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Thursday, September 20, 2018
The U.S. music market trends in the first half of 2018 continued to reflect the music industry's rapid transition from unit based physical and digital sales towards streaming music sources.
Global shipments of standalone and tethered Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are expected to total 4.2 million units in 2018, up 31% from 2017.
At The Computing Conference 2018 hosted by Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China, Intel and Alibaba launched the Joint Edge Computing Platform, an open architecture for Internet of Things( IoT) applications that integrates AI and cloud technologies for edge computing.
Following the call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities in July, Airbnb has committed to making the necessary changes to their terms and conditions and improving the presentation of their prices.
Tech Bureau, the operator of Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif, reported on Thursday morning that hackers had stolen 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) worth of digital currencies.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Cadence announced the Tensilica DNA 100 Processor IP for on-device AI, with up to four times the multiply-accumulate units and up to 12 times the performance of its Vision C5 launched last year.
Fitbit Care combines wearables, digital interventions and health coaching through the new Fitbit Plus app to deliver a more personalized healthcare experience and better health outcomes.
China is concerned about the security risks as a result of the tremendous expansion of the connected devices in the era of Internet of Things (IoT), and plans to safeguard the IoT ecosystem of devices and services through strict laws and homegrown software and hardware.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk's public statements in August that he was considering taking the electric carmaker private.
Microsoft released new features for sales and customer-service software that make use of artificial intelligence and its HoloLens augmented reality goggles.
Ireland has fully recovered 13.1 billion euros ($15.3 billion) in disputed taxes from Apple plus interest of 1.2 billion, just before an appeal against an EU tax ruling, Ireland's finance minister said on Tuesday.
The first release of Firefox Reality, a web browser that has been designed from the ground up to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality (or mixed reality) headsets, is available in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores.
Speakers at the Samsung AI Forum 2018 held in Seoul last week featured AI experts, who discussed how advancements are not only helping to create technology that will make our lives more convenient and efficient. They're also teaching us more about how our own minds work.
The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars.
Twitter is making it easier for users to see a full time-ordered list of messages from users they follow, returning to the way the service worked at the start for everyone.
Facebook's Instagram will let users buy things with Instagram "Stories," or vertical strings of video and text that are becoming one of the most successful social media formats.
U.S. President Donald Trump has escalated the trade war with China to new heights with a fresh round of tariffs.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google today announced a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the automotive alliance.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first SpaceX ride around the moon and plans to invite as many as eight artists to join him.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Restrictions on U.S. exports of equipment and materials would deal a severe blow to China's ambitions to build a domestic semiconductor industry.
On Monday, Facebook announced an update to its bug bounty program designed to help prevent user information from leaking through security flaws in third-party apps.
Volkswagen is driving the transition to e-mobility and today announced plans to put new models at affordable prices on the road, paving the way for the breakthrough of electric vehicles.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Adobe Systems Inc. gave a high sales forecast, signaling that strong demand for its creative products continues to drive growth.
Panasonic succeeded in the visualization of the two-dimensional distribution of the lithium ions (Li-ions) in the LiCoO2 cathode for the first time in the world, in a big step toward commercialization of the next-generation batteries.
Avid's next generation Maestro | Engine real-time graphics and video hardware rendering platform has been announced at IBC.
Facebook has confirmed reports the social networking giant is hiring chip engineers and designing at least one ASIC.
Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX said it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Facebook has been fighting misinformation on the platform using third-party fact-checkers, and is now expanding fact-checking for photos and videos.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
BlackBerry today unveiled BlackBerry Spark, an Enterprise of Things (EoT) platform designed and built for ultra-secure hyperconnectivity from the kernel to the edge.
Google, Facebook and Twitter must remove extremist content within an hour or face hefty fines, the European Commission's president has said.
EU lawmakers agreed on Wednesday on a common position on copyright reforms ahead of talks with the 28 EU countries on legislation to force Google, Facebook and other tech giants to share revenues more fairly with Europe's artists and content makers.
Pioneer agreed to a 60 billion yen ($538 million) bailout from Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA.)
After its recent failure with the 7nm FinFET, Globalfoundries and the Fraunhofer IPMS research institute are expanding their 13-year development cooperation in Dresden and will develop materials, processes and components for the FDSOI in the future.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The Eropean Parliament on Wednesday will decide whether the EU copyright law will curb the power of Google and Youtube over content online.
Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has recently developed "A smart helmet with HUD" application concept, along with a 5.5-inch "Light Field Display" which dipslays natural-looking 3D video.
BrainChip is bringing the the Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC), an accelerator for spiking neural networks (SNNs), to the market.
Altaba, the holding company formed from the overseas investments of the company that used to be Yahoo, will raise about $4.34 billion by selling its entire stake in Yahoo Japan Corp.
AT&T is discussing with technology suppliers to start testing and building commercial-grade AirGig equipment.
Renesas Electronics, the second-biggest supplier of semiconductors used in cars, plans to acquire Integrated Device Technology Inc. for about $6.7 billion to expand beyond the automotive sector.
Monday, September 10, 2018
The NetSpeed Systems team is now part of Intel's Silicon Engineering Group.
HP Inc. is making a big push into the manufacturing industry with its first printer that can churn out 3-D metal parts.
Alibaba Group, Asia's most valuable company, today announced that one year from today, September 10, 2019, chief executive officer Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman of the board of the company.
Sunday, September 09, 2018
In addition to five facilities in Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Russia, Samsung Research is establishing another artificial intelligence (AI) Center in New York, focusing on robotics.
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Tesla CEO Elon Musk elevated company official Jerome Guillen to head of automotive operations and announced several other executive promotions Friday.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Mark Liu, revealed that the firm could buy a memory chip company.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Tesla's Elon Musk keeps getting publicity as he briefly smoked marijuana on a live web show with comedian Joe Rogan.
Microsoft has made changes to the support cycle of the Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Twitter has banned alt-right personality Alex Jones and his InfoWars website for violating its "abusive behavior" policy, the company announced Thursday.
Apple will unveil a web portal for processing and tracking requests from law enforcement officers across the globe for users' data.
The U.S. government on Thursday charged and sanctioned a North Korean man in the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware cyberattack and the 2014 cyberassault on Sony.
International Airlines Group said on Thursday that financial data has been stolen from potentially hundreds of thousands of British Airways customers who made online bookings in recent weeks.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
The European Union approved Apple's planned acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam on Thursday, saying an EU antitrust investigation showed it would not harm competition in the bloc.
Facebook said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data center in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022.
In the congressional hearings on misinformation and election interference, Facebook and Twitter committed to trying to get better at explaining how their automated systems sort and block content on their social networks, and how they spot material that needs to be removed.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
To enable easy access to the huge amount of data released by scientists and data journalists, Google is launching Dataset Search.
Mozilla has stopped supporting Firefox ESR 52: the final version of Firefox with Windows XP support.
BitTorrent has launched the first version of μTorrent Web, a browser-based tool that supports support torrent streaming and has been designed to make torrenting simpler.
Toyota Motor is recalling more than a million of its Prius and C-HR vehicles globally due to the risk of fire.
Volvo Cars presented a fully electric robo-taxi on Wednesday, as the company races to meet an ambitious target for driverless vehicle sales with its Uber supply deal on hold.
Google is celebrating Chrome's 10th birthday, and the browser's latest update is bigger than normal.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Facebook opened its newest building at its Menlo Park headquarters as the world's largest social network continues to hire aggressively to support its growth.
The Samsung Foundry Forum 2018 Japan was held in Tokyo and Samsung disclosed details about its silicon innovations that will be at the heart of future high-performance computing and connected devices.
In an era where everything you do on the internet is being tracked and third-party ads often contain tracking cookies that allow advertisers to build a picture of your browsing habits, Mozilla plans to protect users of its Firefox browser by blocking tracking.
Amazon's surging revenue in advertising makes it a competitor to Facebook and Google, since the company offers a much more controlled environment on its e-commerce site where products are actually being sold.
Monday, September 03, 2018
United Microelectronics Co, the world's No. 3 contract chipmaker, will not consider rejoin the race to develop 7-nanometer (nm) technology after bigger rival GlobalFoundries abandoned a plan to invest in it.
Researchers at Queen's Human Media Lab have designed a flexible display into what they describe as a rollable touch-screen tablet.
Google on Monday released the Content Safety API, a developers' toolkit that uses deep neural networks to process images in such a way that fewer people need to be exposed to them.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
One of the next steps in digital advertising is tracking sales in physical stores link the precious data back to the online advertising platforms, and Google seems to be a pioneer on that.
Saturday, September 01, 2018
An Apple self-driving car was rear-ended while merging onto an expressway near the company's Silicon Valley headquarters this month, the company said in an accident report posted on Friday that confirmed the iPhone maker is still building autonomous vehicles.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Facebook Inc. is launching Watch, its video rival to YouTube, internationally and expanding the financial incentives that encourage people to share their content there.
Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics LLC, a six-year-old maker of displays for augmented-reality glasses, as the iPhone-maker explores a foray into the burgeoning field.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Facebook said on Monday it was removing certain Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an Instagram account to prevent the spread of "hate and misinformation."
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said late on Friday he would no longer pursue a $72 billion deal to take the luxury electric car maker private, abandoning an idea that stunned investors and drew regulatory scrutiny.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Google said on Thursday it had identified and terminated 39 YouTube channels linked to state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Panasonic has partnered an affiliate of Japan Display Inc to license out a low-cost organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel-making process, a possible alternative to the conventional method.
Samsung today announced its new narrowband (NB) Internet-of-Things (IoT) solution, Exynos i S111.
Qualcomm and the Datang Telecom Group, also known as China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT), today announced a multi-chipset vendor interoperability of 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 C-V2X direct communications (PC5) Mode 4, which is also referred to as LTE-V2X.
Facebook has investigated thousands of apps and suspended 400 of them since a developer data leak scandal broke in March.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Fujitsu today announced the specifications for the A64FX CPU to be featured in the post-K computer, a supercomputer being developed by Fujitsu and RIKEN as a successor to the K computer.
Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to Iranian actors that a cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday were promoting Iran's geopolitical agenda around the world.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The new Google Fit version, rolling out this week, is centered around two smart activity goals based on American Heart Association (AHA) and World Health Organization's (WHO) activity recommendations shown to impact health: Move Minutes and Heart Points.
Helped by the strong demand for DRAM and NAND flash over the past year, Samsung Electronics had 22% more semiconductor sales than Intel in the first-half 2018, IC Insights estimates.
HTC VIVE has annpunced that the pre-orders of the new Vive Wireless Adapter, designed for both the HTC Vive and Vive Pro, start Sept. 5.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Apple has pulled thousands of gambling apps from its Chinese store after the local state-run broadcaster accused the smartphone maker of being slow when it comes to cleaning up banned content.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
The U.S. government is pushing Facebook to break the encryption in its Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, Reuters reports.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Arm has publicly disclosed both forward-looking compute performance data and a CPU roadmap for the company's Client Line of Business from now through 2020.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
China's BOE Technology is making preparations for trial production of micro-OLED panels for AR/VR applications, according to a Korea-based ET News report.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Facebook will introduce an authorization process for users who manage Facebook pages with a large U.S. following, it said here on Friday, seeking to help prevent abuse on the social network.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Today at Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Summit, Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, shared the company's strategy for the future of data-centric computing, as well as a view of Intel's total addressable market (TAM), and new details about server product roadmap.
Toshiba reported a record quarterly net profit on Wednesday, thanks to the $18 billion sale of its flash memory chip business earlier this year to a consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital.
Samsung plans to invest 180 trillion won ($161 billion) to ramp up its ability to produce memory chips and other products vital to future growth.
Western Digital today unveiled a set of open standards, architecture and products to address the demands of high-scale private and public cloud data centers.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday he is considering taking Tesla private, moving the electric car maker out of the glare of Wall Street.
Monday, August 06, 2018
Facebook on Monday removed four pages belonging to U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several day" that breaks its community standards.
Everspin Technologies will be demonstrating technologies at two memory industry events this week in Santa Clara, CA., MRAM Developer Day and Flash Memory Summit.
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd, the world's largest contract chipmaker, had to deal with a computer virus in some of its fab systems.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
CCleaner, the popular computing system cleaning tool, will offer users more control over whether or not their data is collected and submitted to the company, following user outrage.
Wave Computing has reportedly snagged Broadcom Inc. as an ASIC designer for a 7-nm AI processor.
The South Korean government will impose taxes on Google, Apple, Amazon and other global IT companies.

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