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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Apple has almost acknowledged it is working on autonomous vehicles, writing a letter to U.S. regulators offering feedback on proposed guidelines for the emerging technology.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Facebook is offering up a $20 million contribution to help improve the communities around Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, as the social networking giant looks to sweeten the special privileges it receives from the local authorities.

LG Electronics hopes to boost its ailing mobile business under the new leadership of Vice Chairman and CEO Jo Seong-jin.

Huawei has unveiled the first long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery able to withstand high temperatures.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Amazon.com unveiled a new security tool for cloud customers.

Facebook is working on an intelligent software that will automatically flag offensive material in live video streams.

The European Commission (EC) has proposed simplifying value-added sales tax (VAT) requirements for online retailers on Thursday, in a measure that could boost Internet commerce.

On Thursday, Microsoft renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets.

Apple is reportedly planning plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch Google.

Fitness wristband maker Fitbit is said to be close to a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, in order to access its intellectual property.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly and Amazon Rekognition are Amazon.com's new cloud computing products designed for image recognition, speech-to-text conversion and conversational apps, respectively.

Back in 2010, Youtube enabled 4K video support for the very first time. Today, Google is taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

Netflix members worldwide can now download and watch offline in addition to stream series and films at no extra cost.

Intel, Delphi Automotive and Mobileye will collaborate in an alliance in order to advance autonomous vehicles.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Diabetic retinopathy - an eye condition that affects people with diabetes - is the fastest growing cause of blindness, and it can be treated if detected early. Google's deep learning algorithm is capable of interpreting signs of DR in retinal photographs.

Imagination is partnership with Japanese automotive component manufacturing company DENSO sophisticated automotive electronics systems.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reportedly plans to introduce a manufacturing process technology under a 12nm description to help it compete with rivals Samsung and Globalfoundries.

MediaTek plans to bring holistic, fully integrated system solutions to the automotive industry beginning Q1 2017.

Monday, November 28, 2016

AT&T Inc. on Monday took the wraps off its new DirecTV Now streaming service, making a foray into the crowded online video service market.

TechInsights has explored SK Hynix's U-shaped NAND cell architecture and compares it with the 3D NAND approaches followded by Micron, Toshiba, Intel and Samsung.

Hundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany have been hit by network outages that could be the work of hackers.

LG Enters Medical Display Market, Challenges Siemens, Sony

Samsung Electronics Co. and heir apparent Jay Y. Lee are reportedly facing rising pressure from investors for broad change at the company.

A new IPS liquid crystal panel that achieves a contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1 -- 600 times that of conventional liquid crystal panels -- has been developed by Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.

Thanksgiving posts a 17 percent gain to $1.3 Billion, while Black Friday jumps 19 percent to just under $2 Billion, pushing the holiday season-to-date growth rate to 12 percent, according to comScore.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Target, Wal-Mart Stores Best Buy and other chains are offering heavier discounts and a bigger online selection to help keep up with Amazon.com Inc. this holiday season.

Japan plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer designed to enhance the country's research strength in areas such as driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics.

Apple is back with some seasonal deals this Black Friday, although the company is not giving customers money off products - it is just bundling in gift cards worth up to $150 on select purchases.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics plans to commercialize FoPLP (Fan-out Panel Level Package) semiconductor packaging technology in the first half of 2017.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Innovators in China powered global patent applications to a new record in 2015, filing more than a million applications for the first time ever within a single year.

Samsung Electronics is developing its own processor core based on the RISC-V architecture, aimed to be used in microcontrollers (MCUs) for IoT devices.

Hackers gained access to personal information of 134,386 current and former U.S. sailors, the U.S. Navy said on Wednesday.

Toyota Motor plans to develop a more advanced electric-car battery that will allow the Japanese automaker to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range and battery life than they have currently.

Go master Cho Chikun on Wednesday won the final game against DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, to win the three-game series 2-1.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Group on Wednesday, a prosecution official said, after media reports of alleged links with a confidante of President Park Geun-hye who has been indicted in a scandal.

Facebook has developed a censorship tool that could persuade China to allow the social media network to re-enter the world's second largest economy after a seven-year ban, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
HEVC Advance, a licensing administrator, today announced a software policy initiative to accelerate widespread HEVC/UHD adoption in consumer mobile devices and personal computers.
Intel plans to reduce the time to train a deep learning model over the next three years compared to GPU solutions using Xeon, Phi processors along with FPGAs. The company will also deliver the new Intel Nervana platform along with developer tools built for cross-compatibility.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an accident involving an experimental drone Facebook is developing to bring the internet to remote areas of the world.
Amazon.com is exploring live sports streaming and has held talks with leagues including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League for live game rights, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Google is adding to search and maps a real-time look at how crowded a place is right now, to help you decide where and when to go.
Microsoft today announced that 4K content from Netflix is now available exclusively for compatible PCs and 2-in-1 devices with Windows 10, including the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th.
Samsung Electronics unveiled on Monday its vision to become the world leader in connected vehicles solutions, by combining its information technology with Harman International Industries' expertise in the smart car business.
The No. 1 most hackable holiday gift category includes laptops and PCs, followed by smartphones and tablets, media players and streaming sticks, smart home automation and devices, and finally, drones, according to Intel.
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan.
Symantec Corp. and LifeLock, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement for Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $24 per share or $2.3 billion in enterprise value.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Facebook is facing withering criticism for failing to stem a flood of phony news articles in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, so the social network is taking steps to weed out hoaxes and other types of false information.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Google Play Movies & TV app will soon let consumerrent or buy titles in the highest quality available (4K), allowing those with 4K televisions and a Chromecast Ultra to take full advantage of their capabilities.
MPEG LA, LLC has made available the MPEG-DASH ("DASH") Patent Portfolio License.
Amazon.com is set to to take its video streaming service worldwide in a challenge to Netflix, the world?s largest paid online TV network.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has teamed up with Amazon to start selling cars online at discounted prices.
ZTE Corp said on Friday that the U.S. government has provided a further reprieve to Feb. 27 on export restrictions that were imposed on the company.
Researchers at Google's DeepMind wrote in a paper published online Thursday that they had achieved a leap in the speed and performance of a machine learning system.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Facebook on Wednesday said that it has bought facial recognition startup FacioMetrics, in move that could help the company improve services related to photos and video effects.
Russia's communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn's website to be blocked on Thursday to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating data storage laws.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft unveiled a series of products and partnerships that strengthen the company’s Azure cloud platform for building cross-platform apps and services.
Delivering his keynote address at the LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility conference, Brian Krzanich, Intel chief executive officer, today announced that Intel Capital is targeting more than $250 million of additional new investments over the next two years to make fully autonomous driving a reality.
Google today announced enhancements in its translation service, a new PhotoScan app smartphones, and cloud machine learning enhancements aimed at everyone from job applicants to corporate customers.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Twitter, facing pressure for not doing enough to curb abusive behavior on its platform, said on Tuesday it would upgrade some features to better combat cyber-bullying and harassment.
Nvidia's Azure N-Series virtual machines in the cloud will now be generally available to a wider segment of customers.
General Electric said on Tuesday it has acquired two tech startups to build its artificial intelligence capability.
Apple released a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products.
Google and Facebook on Monday announced measures aimed at stopping the spread of "fake news" on the internet by threatening to ban web publishers from ad networks.
Apple is considering expanding into wearable glass headsets and has talked about the project with potential suppliers, Bloomberg reported.
JOLED, a Japan-based panel maker established in January 2015 by Pansonic, Sony, INCJ and Japn Display, will release prototype printed OLED panels initially for use in commercial displays in the first half of 2017.
Monday, November 14, 2016
The Samsung Pay service is launching the "Samsung Rewards" program, in which users of the company's digital wallet service will earn points for each transaction and be rewarded with gifts.
Google has developed a technique that incorporates machine learning in order to produce high-quality versions of low-resolution images.
Consumers in Cleveland, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Ann Arbor, Boulder, Raleigh, Trenton, and more can now access Amazon’s network of local service providers.
On Monday, Microsoft announced its largest purchase of wind energy to date with the signing of two agreements. Combined, these agreements represent 237 megawatts of wind energy, which brings Microsoft’s total investment in wind energy projects in the U.S. to more than 500 megawatts.
Google is introducing the new Google Play Music - a fresh take on the company's music streaming service that is smarter, easier to use, and much more assistive.
Samsung Electronics on Monday announced that it will buy U.S.-based automotive electronics company Harman International Industries Inc., an $8 billion acquisition deal that will help the electronics giant to set in the field of connected car and automotive electronics.
Siemens is expanding its portfolio for industrial software with the acquisition of U.S.-based Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion all-cash deal.
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Samsung and TSMC will describe 7nm SRAMs, Mediatek will show a 10nm SoC and STMicroelectronics will unveil a neural network accelerator made in a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator process.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Some Facebook users received an unsettling shock Friday, as their Facebook profile page topped with a message that referred to the process for "memorializing" the page of someone who has passed away.
Hon Hai Precision Industry maintained a tight grip on costs amid the release of Apple's latest iPhones.
Facebook on Friday announced some changes designed to its "ethnic affinity" marketing solution following criticism that advertisers could misuse the tool.
Apple supplier Japan Display is in advanced talks to receive a bailout of around ¥75 billion (US$703 million) from a government-backed fund that is its largest shareholder, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Microsoft researchers plan to prpvide patients and doctors a new tool in the quest to find cancers earlier: web searches.
Photoshop software maker Adobe Systems said on Thursday it would buy advertising company TubeMogul Inc for about $540 million, net of debt and cash, giving it a bigger presence in the growing online video market.
Google's Android mobile operating system enhances competition rather than hurts it, the company's general counsel said on Thursday, responding to EU antitrust charges that it uses the platform to crush rivals.
Daydream View, Google's VR headset and controller made by Google, is available in stores today.
The first phase of a $50 million virtual reality fund between IMAX and other strategic investors has been completed, paving the way for the creation of at least 25 interactive VR content experiences over the next three years for use across all VR platforms including in IMAX VR centres.
Yahoo is investigating a new claim that user account data was obtained by a hacker, the latest security challenge for the company as it prepares for the planned acquisition of its core web services by Verizon Communications.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Japan Display has agreed to enter a long-term strategic alliance with E Ink Holdingsfor electronic paper (ePaper) business.
PlayStation Vue, Sony’s online television platform, has announced changes to its content line-up, including the departure of all Viacom channels, effective Nov. 11.
GoPro ’s holiday sales season just got even bleaker. The company said it’s recalling about 2,500 of its new Karma drones bought since Oct. 23 after a small number of the devices lost power during operation.
Xiaomi is bringing advanced toys to the masses through an app controlled building blocks robot called MITU Block.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Facebook has agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes, following pressure from the he nation’s privacy watchdog.
Facebook's long-term roadmap is focused on building technologies in three areas: connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Context, knowledge about the world, reasoning and predicting will add human-like intelligence to computers, enabling whole new ways for people to connect, Facebook says.
Tesla has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, an engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation.
SK Hynix will be the second memory chip maker to mass-produce 48-stack 3D NAND flash memory chips starting from the end of the month, following Samsung Electronics.
Fujitsu has developed an artificial intelligence model that can generate highly reliable recognition of handwritten Chinese character strings.
Facebook said on Monday, it was testing a feature that would let page administrators create job postings and receive applications from candidates, a move that could pressure LinkedIn's recruiting business.
Samsung Electronics has been dragged into South Korea’s presidential scandal after investigators raided its headquarters as part of a probe into the political scandal around President Park Geun-hye.
Toshiba today outlined a schedule for the construction of a new fabrication facility at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan, for expanded production of BiCS FLASH, its proprietary 3D Flash memory.
Monday, November 07, 2016
Google's Youtube is adding support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos, meaning that videos with higher contrast are available featuring detailed shadows and highlights with more clarity than before.
Tesco, the banking arm of Britain's biggest retailer, was hit by cyber attackers during the weekend, in which 20,000 of its customers' accounts saw their money missing.
Tesla Motors says it will end free use of its worldwide charging station network.
Google has started experimenting with a "mobile-first" index that primarily ranks sites based on their phone-friendly pages.

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