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6 key takeaways from Apple's Q2 2017 earnings call
This year's extra-long iPhone rumor cycle is affecting demand, and five other things we learned from Tim Cook and Co.
May 3, 2017
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32 lawsuits filed against Intel over Spectre and Meltdown flaws
Company also accused of failing to act in response to insider trading.
February 16, 2018
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32M staff to undergo voluntary biochip implant for "opening doors", work monitoring and more
Three Square Market (32M) has announced a new scheme which will really test employee loyalty; the company will begin a programme on August 1st where it'll offer to implant an RFID chip into employees' hands. The upgrade, if you can really call it that, will allow employees to "make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine," and perform other work-related jobs.
July 24, 2017
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... and there's the AMD suit
The lawsuit against Intel was launched last week and yesterday a similar case was launched against AMD by a shareholder, alleging that the company knew about their vulnerability to Spectre and hid that information causing detrimental affects to stock prices.
January 18, 2018
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Misc. - A

A Superfishy legal judgement
Lenovo's executives just breathed a sigh of relief as the final judgment in the case against them for the Superfish fiasco was released. The court decided that as this was Lenovo's first offense they would not be fined, instead they have only been asked to follow procedures that most would assume they already had to.
September 5, 2017
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A.R., A.I. and 5G to help drive mobile spending through '21
Companies are expected to boost their deployment of augmented reality software and hardware this year as they bolster efforts to enable employee mobility.
March 13, 2018
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Acer Expands Aspire GX-281 Series With New Ryzen Models
The company has stepped up its AMD-powered PC offerings with a number of new models featuring a variety of processors, starting with AMD's 3.2GHz quad core Ryzen 5 1400 and going all the way up to the eight core Ryzen 7 1700X running at 3.4GHz. Acer's complete line of GX PCs run Windows 10 Home 64-bit and share the same outward appearance. The case(s) measure 6.89 x 18.24 x 15.67" (W x D x H) and features a solid black finish with red accents and lighting.
July 25, 2017
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After Filing For Bankruptcy, Peripheral Maker Mad Catz Is Making A Comeback
Here's what Mad Catz has coming first.
January 4, 2018
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All future Apple products will come from this amazing new office building
In a new interview and campus tour for the WSJ, Apple Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive, along with some other high-profile officials, has shared some remarkable insight into the latest developments surrounding the company's long-anticipated, out-of-this-world new headquarters. The ring-like structure has attracted a ton of interest over the years for its peculiar shape and sheer enormity.
July 27, 2017
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Alphabet's stock rises as revenue from Google increases 22%
Google posts strong revenues, but Alphabet continues to lose money with its "Other Bets."
April 28, 2017
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Amazon has purchased smart doorbell maker Ring for over $1 billion
Similar to Zappos and Twitch, Ring will retain its own branding.
February 27, 2018
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AMD Anoints Two New Heads Of Its Radeon Technologies Group
Raja Koduri's departure from AMD was one of the most surprising stories of 2017, but largely because he left AMD for rival Intel. Now AMD has appointed two new graphics industry veterans to run the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG).
January 23, 2018
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AMD Confirms Vega is Launching this Quarter
Via Facebook, AMD has confirmed that Vega is nearly here - at least, as nearly here as a "this quarter" can be. this means Vega will launch in two-months time (Q2 extends through the months of April, May and June, after all.) Through a post on its Facebook page, AMD replied that Vega will be coming "when it's ready... and it will be this quarter."
April 25, 2017
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AMD Hires Mike Rayfield and David Wang to Lead Radeon Technologies Group
It came as something of a surprise last year when Raja Koduri first announced his sabbatical from Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), the graphics side of AMD, followed by his resignation and then hiring by Intel. Lisa Su, the CEO and President of AMD, took over his duties in leading RTG when the sabbatical started in September, but this was always meant as a temporary role for her, ending when Raja returned, or as we now know his replacement is found.
January 23, 2018
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AMD Hires Two Graphics Execs to Help Tackle NVIDIA
AMD announced today that it has hired two new executives to run its graphics division after the departure of Radeon Technologies Group's previous lead. Raja Koduri left AMD in November to join Intel and launch its new Core and Visual Computing group, creating a hole in the leadership of this critical division at AMD.
January 23, 2018
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AMD On Track to Return to Athlon 64 Market Share Levels
Yesterday AMD held their "One Year Ryzen Anniversary" call which reiterated the company's success introducing Ryzen products and also provided insight into what's planned for 2018 and beyond.
March 13, 2018
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AMD Q1 Earnings Cause Stock to Drop Despite Strong Ryzen CPU Sales
Late Monday, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reported their first quarter financial results and it looks like AMD lost four cents a share on revenue that rose 18% year over year, to $984 million. the earnings report report covered the fiscal Quarter and that means AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processor sales numbers are being taken into account.
May 2, 2017
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AMD Q3 2017 Earnings: A Pleasant Surprise
Expectations for AMD's Q3 earnings were not exactly sky high, but they were trending towards the positive. It seems that AMD exceeded those expectations. The company announced revenue of $1.64 billion, up significantly from the expected $1.52 billion that was the consensus on The Street.
October 25, 2017
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AMD Radeon Boss Raja Koduri Jumps Ship
As we reported back in September, Raja Koduri took a sabbatical leave from AMD's Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) to find himself. AMD CEO Lisa Su was left in charge during this time as Raja wasn't expected to return until December. However, our friends over at Hexus got their hands on a memo that Raja left to this team revealing his intentions to leave the company for good.
November 7, 2017
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AMD Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
AMD today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2017 of $1.22 billion, operating income of $25 million, and net loss of $16 million, or $(0.02) per share. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income was $49 million, net income was $19 million, and earnings per share was $0.02.
July 26, 2017
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Andy Rubin returns to Essential following report of inappropriate behavior
Less than two weeks after his leave of absence began, Rubin has returned to Essential.
December 11, 2017
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Apple acquires digital newsstand Texture as it doubles down on content 'from trusted sources'
As the debate continues over fake news and the role that aggregators like Facebook have played in spreading it, Apple is making an acquisition that could help it lay out a position as a purveyor of trusted information. The iPhone maker is buying Texture, a magazine virtual newsstand that's known as the "Netflix of magazine publishing" that gives readers access to around 200 magazines for a monthly fee of $9.99.
March 12, 2018
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Apple allowed to start 'occupation' of Apple Park
Apple Park - the company's future headquarters, built in Cupertino, California. Often referred to as 'the spaceship' and 'Apple Campus 2', the massive building is taking the next step of its existence. Starting next week, employees will be moving from their current work space - Apple Campus, to the five (out of 12 total) currently finished sections, with the rest still in the making. An employee, lucky enough to be of the first who will undergo the workplace change, even tweeted his joy out:
January 26, 2018
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Apple and Nokia end all litigation as they sign patent license and business cooperation agreement
Apple is dropping its lawsuit against Nokia. The iPhone manufacturer and the Finnish company reached an agreement to not only bring the intellectual property dispute to an end, but also to start a multi-year patent license.
May 23, 2017
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Apple and other companies sought to misdirect the ITC, Qualcomm said
The legal tear between Apple and Qualcomm is still swinging in full, as Qualcomm files official reply documents, in an attempt to defend itself against Apple and other companies' allegations that the chipmaker seeks to manipulate competition.
July 25, 2017
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Apple and Shazam: It's not just about identifying songs
Apple's purchase of Shazam might not be as splashy (or as expensive) as its $3.2 billion Beats buy, but it means much more to the iPhone.
December 11, 2017
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Apple buys Shazam for $400 million, has "exciting plans in store"
At the end of last week, we passed along a rumor that Apple was planning to buy music-naming app Shazam. Both companies have a history of working together as Shazam was one of the first titles in the App Store back in 2008.
December 11, 2017
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Apple Confirms Acquisition of Shazam In Deal Worth $400 Million
Apple has confirmed its plans to acquire the London-based company Shazam who is most well-known for its song recognition app for smartphones. The deal, which industry sources estimate to be worth a bit over $400 million, would see Shazam and its employees become part of Apple who has been in talks with Shazam for the past five months and exclusively dating for two.
December 11, 2017
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Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam
Apple has acquired Shazam, the company announced today. The deal was first reported by TechCrunch last week and is worth $400 million, according to Recode. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials from short audio clips.
December 11, 2017
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Apple could be fined up to $11.5 billion in France after being accused of planned obsolesence
A week ago today, Apple revealed that it slows down the CPU on older iPhone units with aging batteries in order to prevent the devices from shutting down. This led a number of iPhone users to file a lawsuit against Apple for breach of contract, as Apple never informed users that it throttles the speed of their device. Apple is also being accused of slowing down the CPU on older handsets whenever the latest iPhone models are released.
December 28, 2017
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Apple details worker education improvements and more in latest Supplier Responsibility Report
Apple has released its 2018 Supplier Responsibility Report, detailing the efforts of the companies that supply Apple with components and materials to behave as responsible corporate citizens. The report covers areas such as workers rights and education and the environmental impact of each supplier in the last year.
March 8, 2018
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Apple has acquired Shazam
The acquisition could lay the groundwork for new music and AR features.
December 11, 2017
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Apple has signed an agreement to acquire magazine service Texture
It's official -- magazine app Texture is joining team Apple.
March 12, 2018
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Apple has to pay $506 million for using processor technology patented by a school
More than double the previous ruling
July 26, 2017
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Apple hits Qualcomm with countersuit for infringing on battery patents
The Qualcomm and Apple feud is one that's been taking place since this summer, and for those that are just now learning about it or need a quick refresher, here's what's taken place so far:
November 29, 2017
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Apple in 2018: Five questions we need to ask
The company had a big year in 2017. Could next year be even bigger?
December 11, 2017
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Apple is buying the 'Netflix of magazines' for an undisclosed amount
Apple is buying a digital magazine subscription service known as the "Netflix of magazines," which lets readers access over 200 magazines for a monthly fee. The acquisition of the service Texture, owned by Next Issue Media, comes at a time when news publishing as an industry is being shaken up by fake news accusations and Facebook's changing algorithms in ways that prioritize friend activity over brands.
March 12, 2018
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Apple makes more money with services than AirPods, Apple TV, Watch, and iPad sales combined
Apple announced today that revenue from its services division came in at $8.5 billion in the past quarter, a 34 percent year over year increase. That revenue is now more than both iPad and Apple's "other products" division -- which includes AirPods and other accessories, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPod touch, and Beats products -- combined. The news was part of the company's fourth quarter earnings results.
November 2, 2017
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Apple part of group seeking to buy Toshiba's memory chip business for $18 billion
This report came after after the contract manufacturer was rumored to have made an $18 billion bid for the company all by itself. Now, talk about a deal involving Apple is warming up again as Western Digital's own Thursday deadline to reach a deal with Toshiba ends today.
August 31, 2017
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Apple Q1 2018: 77.3M iPhones, 13.2M iPads, 5.1M Macs
Apple has just announced its financial results for Q1 2018, covering the period between October 1 and December 31, 2017. The company sold 77.3M iPhones, 13.2M iPads, and 5.1M Macs. The company's quarterly revenue was $88.3 billion.
February 1, 2018
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Apple to acquire digital magazine subscription service Texture
This 'Netflix for magazines' service could certainly help bolster Apple's News app, but the company's plans are unclear.
March 12, 2018
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Apple saw $5.5 billion in revenue from AirPods, Watches, TVs and other products last quarter
Other than its iPhones and computers, Apple sells a bunch of other products, like the AirPods, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Beats products, iPod Touch and, most recently, the HomePod. In Q1 2018, Apple saw $5.5 billion in revenue for these other products, an increase of 36 percent year over year.
February 1, 2018
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Apple sells lower than expected 77.3M iPhones in fiscal first quarter; iPhone X sales appear strong
Apple was hoping to stop all the talk about disappointing iPhone X sales with the release of its fiscal first quarter earnings; instead, there is more confusion. The tech giant reported sales of 77.3 million iPhone units during the three month period from October through December 2017, with iPhone revenue amounting to $61.6 billion. Analysts were looking for Apple to report sales of 80.2 million handsets. Last year's fiscal first quarter saw Apple ring up a record 78.3 million iPhones, resulting in a year-over-year decline.
February 1, 2018
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Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones over the holidays, but still fell short of estimates
Apple brought in $88.3 billion in revenue this past quarter, on target with the $84 to $87 billion sales figure it projected in its last earnings report. The company sold 77.3 million iPhones, just roughly one million units shy of its last record of 78.2 units in Q1 2017, and below analyst estimates of 80 million.
February 1, 2018
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Apple sold fewer iPhones but made more money thanks to the iPhone X
Turns out, $1,000 phones are good for making money
February 1, 2018
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Apple stops paying Qualcomm's patent royalties
Qualcomm's financial results will take a hit because of Apple's decision to suspend payments to iPhone contract manufacturers until a court can resolve their dispute.
April 28, 2017
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Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion over excessive royalties
Apple is not happy with its longtime partner Qualcomm, as it has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip maker for allegedly being charged "royalties for technologies [that Qualcomm has] nothing to do with."
January 20, 2017
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Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1B Over Alleged Antitrust Violations
Days after federal regulators sued smartphone and device chip maker Qualcomm accusing it of antitrust violations, one of the company's largest customers, Apple, is following suit, seeking $1 billion in damages.
January 20, 2017
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Apple to acquire magazine subscription app Texture, future of Android app unknown
It's official -- magazine app Texture is joining team Apple.
March 12, 2018
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Apple's $1T dreams are on hold as it misses on iPhone sales in the holiday quarter
Apple's dream of becoming a $1 trillion company will have to wait -- at least for a little while.
February 1, 2018
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Apple, Bain Swoop in With Last-Minute Bid on Toshiba's NAND Flash Business
Toshiba is in bad shape right now. The company's problems and nuclear construction delays have left it on the verge of bankruptcy, and the firm is looking to sell its NAND flash manufacturing unit to generate some much-needed capital.
August 30, 2017
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Misc. - B

Best HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories announced at CES 2018
We've seen more smart home products from CES this year than we ever have in the past. If you're predisposed to HomeKit-enabled accessories, here's your rundown of the best we saw!
January 11, 2018
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Box.UK is Having a Sale on One of Intel's Latest Processors and other Hardware
One of the main selling points of consoles over gaming PCs is that consoles are, as a general rule, a bit cheaper than a PC, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to afford a decent PC. If you keep your eyes open, you can find some pretty good deals. for example Box.UK currently offers a bundle featuring a MSI Z270 Gaming M5 motherboard, an Intel Core i5-7600K CPU, and, while supplies last, 256GB Intel SSD 600P for 400 Euro or $427.75 USD.
January 20, 2017
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Broadcom increases Qualcomm bid to more than $120 billion
Broadcom has announced a renewed bid to acquire Qualcomm for more $82 per share.
February 5, 2018
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Broadcom to Nominate 11 Directors for Election at Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting
Broadcom Limited today announced that it has notified Qualcomm Incorporated of its intention to nominate a slate of 11 independent, highly qualified individuals for election to Qualcomm's Board of Directors and to propose certain other matters for the consideration of Qualcomm stockholders at Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
December 5, 2017
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Broadcom wants to buy Qualcomm in unprecedented $130 billion deal
Broadcom would become the world's third-largest chipmaker, behind Intel and Samsung.
November 6, 2017
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Misc. - C

China Investigating Higher NAND Prices, Potential Price Fixing
NAND storage prices weren't great in 2017. Drives were significantly more expensive throughout the year than in 2016, and while prices came down somewhat in the later part of the year, they're still running hot compared with 2014-2016. China is planning to investigate the situation, with an eye on how Samsung could potentially be manipulating the market.
January 2, 2018
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Cisco acquires intelligence software company AppDynamics
Tech giant Cisco has announced that it is buying AppDynamics, a privately-held application intelligence software company headquartered in San Francisco.
January 30, 2017
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CLSA: Samsung's OLED production will grow 26% in 2018 to reach 570 million units
CLSA estimates that in 2017 Samsung Display produced 450 million OLED displays, and this will grow 26% in 2018 to reach 570 million units. Samsung's current capacity for flexible OLEDs is about 330-385.
January 3, 2018
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CNET Asks: Has Apple lost your trust?
Apple has recently been under fire for admitting to slowing down older iPhones to offset battery problems. Will you continue to trust Apple?
January 4, 2018
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Colorful Holds Press Conference Together with Micronics in Korea
COLORFUL's High-end motherboard product showcase on display during press conference
July 7, 2017
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Misc. - D

Data management startup Rubrik confirms $180M round at a $1.3B valuation
Rubrik, a startup that provides data backup and recovery services for enterprises across both cloud and on-premises environments, has closed a $180 million round of funding that values the company at $1.3 billion. the news confirms a report we ran earlier this week noting that the company was raising between $150 million and $200 million.
April 28, 2017
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Despite being totally Megless, HP Inc stands on its own two feet
Still some money to be had in desktops and printers, it seems
August 23, 2017
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DOJ and SEC now want a bite of Apple over throttling disclosure
Apple is taking hits from all sides these days over the disclosure that the company slowed down its older model iPhones to reportedly conserve battery life. Despite a discount battery replacement program and a mea culpa, lawmakers are seeking answers, and so are customers. Now you can apparently, add the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to the list of truthseekers.
January 30, 2018
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DreamHack and CORSAIR Enter Strategic Partnership
CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components, and DreamHack, the world's largest digital festival, are excited to announce a groundbreaking new partnership which will see CORSAIR and DreamHack working together for the next two years as strategic partners, with CORSAIR as a major sponsor of DreamHack's esport properties
December 13, 2017
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DSCC: OLED revenues reached over $5 billion in Q3 2017, will reach $10 billion in Q4
Display analyst firm DSCC released a new market report on the OLED market, in which they have some very interesting estimates on the OLED market. OLED revenues reached over $5 billion for the first time in Q3 2017, and DSCC sees a huge 88% jump in the final quarter of 2017 (to $10 billion) as Samsung starts to supply flexible OLEDs to Apple.
December 21, 2017
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Misc. - E

EagleTree and Partners Acquire Majority Stake in Corsair for $525 Million
EagleTree Capital, the Investment Management Corp. of Ontario (IMCO), and the Honeywell pension fund on Wednesday announced that they had reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Corsair. Andy Paul, founder and CEO of Corsair, will continue to serve as the head of the company. Corsair expects to use investments from EagleTree and its partners to fund development of new technologies and products.
July 27, 2017
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EU Opens Second Antitrust Investigation Against Qualcomm, Targeting NXP Acquisition (Updated)
Two years ago, the European Commission started an antitrust investigation against Qualcomm over alleged abuse of exclusive deals and predatory pricing. Today, the Commission opened another antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, this time targeting the company's $38 billion acquisition of NXP, a Dutch semiconductor manufacturer.
June 9, 2017
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Misc. - F

Former VP of engineering at Qualcomm now leading Wireless SoC at Apple
Esin Terzioglu, formerly VP of engineering at Qualcomm, has taken a new gig leading Wireless in Apple's system-on-a-chip (SoC) group.
May 29, 2017
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Four of the Top Five Tablet Makers Enjoyed Strong Growth Last Quarter
Almost all of the biggest tablet makers saw increases in Q3, with Apple, Amazon, and Huawei enjoying double-digit growth. Lenovo grew almost as well, leaving just Samsung with a year-over-year decline.
November 6, 2017
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Foxconn is welkin bound with their purchase of Belkin, assuming the US isn't balking
There is an offer on the table for Belkin worth $866m, being made by a Foxconn subsidiary. You might think of Belkin solely as a provide of mobile phone accessories and a smattering of wireless devices, however they also own Linksys and the smart home device provider Wemo, which makes this deal bigger than you might have thought.
March 27, 2018
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Foxconn just purchased Belkin, Linksys, Wemo, and Phyn
The deal was made for $866 million in cash.
March 27, 2018
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Foxconn said to offer $27B for Toshiba's memory chip business
The price for Toshiba's memory chip business is getting higher as more bids roll in
April 10, 2017
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French consumer fraud watchdog opens investigation into Apple "planned obsolescence"
France's DGCCRF, the consumer fraud watchdog arm of the French Economy Ministry, has opened a preliminary investigation of Apple and the company's alleged deception and planned obsolescence practices.
January 8, 2018
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FTC slaps Lenovo on the wrist for selling computers with secret adware
Companies need user "affirmative consent" to preinstall MITM adware, FTC says.
September 5, 2017
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FTC spanks Lenovo for bundling security-compromising adware on laptops
Lenovo has settled with the Federal Trade Commission after selling laptops with VisualDiscovery adware pre-installed. The Superfish-developed adware was installed without users' consent and made machines vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
September 6, 2017
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Fujitsu announces new Lightweight Lifebook U937/P
People looking for an i5 notebook that weighs less than a thick novel will want to wait until February, when Fujitsu will bring its new Lifebook U937/P to the market. this new device will weigh just 799 grams (1.76 lbs) and will have a Kaby Lake processor, a 13.3" display with FHD resolution and will also come with a fingerprint scanner. Its biggest downside is its price, which will fall around $2,500, putting it well out of reach for most non-enterprise consumers.
January 20, 2017
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Misc. - G

Giant Chipmaker Marvell Technology Devours Smaller Rival Cavium for $6 Billion
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Cavium, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Marvell will acquire all outstanding shares of Cavium common stock in exchange for consideration of $40.00 per share in cash and 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each Cavium share. Upon completion of the transaction, Marvell will become a leader in infrastructure solutions with approximately $3.4 billion in annual revenue.
November 20, 2017
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GIF search engine Tenor has been purchased by Google
The service will continue to operate under its own brand.
March 27, 2018
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GIGABYTE to Merge its Motherboard and Graphics Card Divisions
To better address the increasingly competitive PC hardware market, GIGABYTE is reportedly undertaking a major internal reorganization. The company is merging its PC motherboard and consumer graphics card divisions into a single division, which will be led by Eddie Lin, the current sales and marketing associate vice president of the company's Gaming Product Business Unit, and the brains behind the Aorus brand.
July 24, 2017
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Global Mobile Industry Ready to Start Full-Scale Development of 5G NR
Today the 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019.
December 21, 2017
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Google acquired Redux, a U.K. startup focused on audio and haptics
Alphabet, the umbrella corporation of Google, Inc. etc., has quietly acquired a UK-based startup called Redux, reports Bloomberg.
January 11, 2018
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Google Acquires Tenor GIF Keyboard, Will Use It to Improve Image Search and Gboard
Google Images has seen several updates in recent weeks, and some of them weren't the greatest. The removal of the View Image button from the image search page is still something people don't appreciate. Now, it looks like Google has acquired Tenor to improve its GIF capabilities.
March 27, 2018
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Google buys GIF platform Tenor
Google has acquired the GIF platform Tenor for Android, iOS, and desktop, the company announced today. Tenor is going to help Google bring up GIFs inside Google images and other services like Gboard more easily.
March 27, 2018
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Google is acquiring GIF platform Tenor
Google will be acquiring Tenor, which powers a variety of GIF keyboards on phones and messengers like Facebook Messenger, the companies announced today.
March 27, 2018
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Google managed to shield $19 billion in taxes via a shell company in 2016
Alphabet Inc. subsidiary, Google has apparently been using a Bermudan shell company to shield its profits from across the world from taxation. This news has come from Netherlands' regulatory filings for 2016.
January 2, 2018
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GPU Shipment Data for Q3 2017 In with AMD up 8% and NVIDIA up 30% from Q2
The data on GPU shipments for Q3 2017 is out now from Jon Peddie Research, with overall shipments increasing 9.3% from last quarter. This is a good sign as GPUs are "traditionally a leading indicator of the market" since every computer needs them. Looking deeper into the data, Jon Peddie Research found AMD's unit shipments increased 7.63% from the previous quarter, Intel increased by 5.01%, and NVIDIA far surpassed both with a 29.53% increase in shipments.
November 21, 2017
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Misc. - H

Hell has frozen over: Intel and AMD team up on PC laptop chip
In a move that seems strange considering the competitive nature of rivals, chip maker Intel has partnered with AMD to create a chip using Intel's 8th generation H-series mobile Core chip and Radeon graphics. The new pairing hopes to target gamers looking for high-end performance on newer thinner and lighter laptops.
November 6, 2017
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Highlights from Apple's Q4 2017 investors call
2017 is almost over, what's Apple up to? We've got the highlights from the Q4 2017 earnings call.
November 2, 2017
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HP announces Device as a Service for Apple
HP is continuing to expand its Device as a Service (DaaS) offerings today, as it announced DaaS for Apple. The idea is to provide support for businesses that are running different multiple operating systems.
February 15, 2018
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HP Buys Out Samsung Printer Business for $1.05 Billion
HP Inc., the world leader in printing, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.'s printer business in a deal valued at $1.05 billion.
November 1, 2017
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HP coughs up $6.5m to make dodgy laptop display lawsuit go away
Pavillion notebook screen died back in 2003? There might be a small check for you
January 26, 2018
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HP expands its Device-as-a-Service offering to include Apple
HP has added Apple smartphones, tablets and laptops to its list of hardware it now supports under its managed service.
February 15, 2018
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HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up
Look at me go, Mum!
May 25, 2017
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HP rises again to be the world's top PC maker as Lenovo slips
HP excelled in North America, which was decisive in helping it beat Lenovo.
April 11, 2017
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HTC's December revenue declines 36% year-over-year; 2017 gross is the lowest in 13 years
December was another bad month for HTC, as the struggling manufacturer rang up sales of $4.02 billion NTD. Based on current exchange rates, that figure equates to $136 million USD. From November 2017, that is a 29% decline sequentially, and an even worse 36% decline year-over-year. For all of 2017, HTC took in $62.12 billion NTD. In U.S. currency, that amounts to $2.1 billion, the lowest annual revenue rung up by the company in 13 years.
January 8, 2018
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Huawei Q2 2017 by the numbers: $41.83 billion revenue, 11 percent operating margins
Huawei has revealed more encouraging financial results as the company extends its influence across the technology world.
July 28, 2017
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Misc. - I

IBM led on patents in 2017, Facebook broke into top 50 for the first time
Patents may sometimes get a bad rap for how they are abused (and misused) by some companies for commercial gain, but they also remain a marker of how a tech company is progressing with its R&D and pushing ahead on innovation. For one measure of that advance, today, IFI Claims, the patent analytics firm, published its 2017 list of companies with the most U.S. patents assigned for the year.
January 9, 2018
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IBM's five years of falling revenues have left it smaller than Apple, Microsoft and Google
IBM has just recorded its 20th consecutive quarter of declining year-on-year rhas been overtaken by upstart Google, and it isn't even keeping up with Microsoft, let alone Apple. what could have been the first trillion-dollar company may never see $100 billion again.
April 24, 2017
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Imagination Technologies, after being dumped by Apple, is now for sale
Imagination Technologies and its stockholders went numb on April 3rd when the company's largest customer announced plans to end its relationship with the graphics chip designer. Of course, that customer was Apple and the tech titan is now working on its own graphics processor for use in devices like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Apple hopes to have its chips inside its own products by next year.
June 23, 2017
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Increase in suppliers lead to more labor violations for Apple
Apple, in its annual audit report of working conditions among its suppliers, found twice as many labor and environmental violations as the previous year. The company found 44 core violations including fabricated work hours data.
March 8, 2018
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Intel Appoints New CTO, Confirms Establishment of Product Assurance & Security Group
Intel this week named Michael Mayberry its new Chief Technology Officer effective immediately. The new CTO will be responsible for Intel's global research and technology development efforts. In addition, the company confirmed establishment of its Product Assurance & Security Group (PASG) and appointed a new human resource officer.
February 2, 2018
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Intel Aware of CPU Flaws Before CEO Brian Krzanich Planned $24M Stock Sale
The news and details on Intel's most recent chip flaw have been coming in almost faster than news outlets can put them out, and it just seems that the company is going through a phase where news are seldom good. New information has come to light that paint Intel CEO's Brian Krzanich's sale of $24M worth of stocks in November 24th in a negative spotlight, euphemisms be allowed.
January 4, 2018
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Intel Braces for an Avalanche of Class Action Lawsuits
Following reports of Intel's gross mishandling of its CPU vulnerabilities Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715), and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754); particularly its decision to not call off 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" processor launch after learning of its vulnerability; and a general barrage of "false marketing" allegations, with a dash of "insider trading" allegations added to the mix, the company is bracing for an avalanche of class-action lawsuits in the US, and similar legal action around the world.
January 5, 2018
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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Says the Company Will Take More Risks
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a memo to Intel employees that the company would be taking more risks in the future. Further, the 2013-anointed CEO said that the company will center its growth strategy on data, not just computing "(...) memory, FPGAs, IOT, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving. Anything that produces data, anything that requires a lot of computing, the vision is, we're there."
December 20, 2017
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Intel CEO sold all the stock he could after Intel learned of security bug
Intel claims sale was unrelated, but he planned sale after researchers disclosed bugs.
January 4, 2018
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Intel claims its new security updates make PCs 'immune' to Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs
90 percent of PCs will be covered by end of next week
January 4, 2018
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Intel faces class action lawsuits regarding Meltdown and Spectre
Class action lawsuits have been filed in California, Indiana, and Oregon.
January 5, 2018
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Intel says chips take 6% hit from Spectre, Meltdown fixes
Patches that fix the security flaws also make the processors run slower in some circumstances, according to Intel.
January 9, 2018
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Intel slapped with 32 class action lawsuits related to Meltdown and Spectre flaws
Intel is currently facing dozens of lawsuits related to the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities.
February 16, 2018
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Intel will have Meltdown and Spectre patches ready for 90 percent of modern processors next week
With Meltdown and Spectre turning into something of a PR disaster for Intel, the chip-maker has promised that patches will be made available for the vast majority of modern processors by the end of next week.
January 5, 2018
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Intel's Diane Bryant Retires, Joins Google Cloud as COO
After 32 years with Intel, Diane Bryant, who served as the head of Intel's Data Center Group from 2012 to mid-2017, decided to retire from the company. Ms. Bryant was subsequently announced as joining Google Cloud as COO. Navin Shenoy will continue to lead Intel's DCG.
December 4, 2017
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Intel, AMD, Google Respond To US Government Meltdown/Spectre Inquiry
In a response to a U.S. government inquiry on the Meltdown/Spectre incident, Intel and other companies agreed that embargoing the disclosure of the vulnerabilities was the correct choice.
February 23, 2018
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IT departments need to transform to stay relevant
IT environments require either moderate or significant transformation if they are to meet business requirements over the course of the next five years, a new report says.
April 7, 2017
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Jeff Bezos' brief stint as world's richest human ends with Amazon's second-quarter whiff
Amazon reported its earnings today, wherein a whiff in earnings sent the stock down around 3 percent and brought CEO Jeff Bezos back to reality as the, once again, second-richest human in the known solar system.
July 27, 2017
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Lawsuits stack up against Intel over Meltdown and Spectre bugs
Since news of the Meltdown and Spectre processor bugs broke, tech companies have been scrabbling to develop patches and get them out to users. Intel, on the other hand, has been desperately trying to salvage its tarnished image. What's not going to improve the mood at the company is the fact that it has been hit by a series of class action lawsuits.
January 5, 2018
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Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue projections
Qualcomm's reduced its third quarter revenue projections as it expects not to receive a large chunk of licensing revenue from Apple's partners.
April 28, 2017
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Lenovo fishes in Brit PC pond for new UK boss
Lands Preben Fjeld
September 25, 2017
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Lenovo settles over Superfish adware, will pay $3.5 million
The adware created security holes in Lenovo laptops, leaving users potentially vulnerable to attacks.
September 5, 2017
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Lenovo to Acquire Controlling Stake of Fujitsu's PC Business
Lenovo, Fujitsu, and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) on Thursday announced plans to form a PC joint venture. Lenovo will own a 51% stake in the new venture -- giving them the controlling stake of what is becoming of Fujitsu's PC business -- while Fujitsu and DBJ will smaller stakes. The joint venture will develop, produce and sell computers under the Fujitsu brand to consumers, but Fujitsu will continue to serve its corporate customers through its channel partner network.
November 2, 2017
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Lenovo Will Pay $3.5 Million To States For Privacy-Invading Ad Software
Only hours after Lenovo got off with what amounted to a warning and a promise to not do illegal stuff going forward, the tech company has agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million to a coalition of 32 states to settle allegations that Lenovo knowingly sold laptops that came with ad-injection software that put all of their online data at risk.
September 5, 2017
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Lenovo's adware push will cost it $3.5 million in fines
Anyone who has ever purchased a PC or laptop knows that it comes pre-loaded with a bunch of stuff you will never use. Unfortunately, laptop maker Lenovo got caught installing adware on their machines that could have compromised the security of user information. After a legal battle involving the Federal Trade Commission and 32 states, the company has agreed to pay $3.5 million in fines.
September 5, 2017
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Lexar acquired by Chinese flash storage maker Longsys
Lexar will live on. Two months and a few days after parent company Micron announced that they would be discontinuing the Lexar band, Chinese flash memory giant Longsys has acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights. The new owner promises that "the solutions and support they have come to expect from Lexar branded products will continue to be available."
September 1, 2017
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LG still undecided on Google's $880 million OLED panel investment offer
A few days ago, we reported that Google is close to inking a $880 million investment deal with LG's display division. the funds are supposed to help LG expand its OLED display production line in order to provide enough screen panels for the upcoming Pixel 2 and other future projects (such as foldable phones).
April 11, 2017
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Longsys Acquires Lexar Brand from Micron
Longsys on Thursday announced that it has acquired the Lexar brand name from Micron. The China-based supplier of NAND flash memory-based products will use the trademark to sell Lexar's traditional devices -- removable storage like memory cards and USB flash drives. The company believes that going forward usage of removable storage will expand.
September 1, 2017
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Macworld's May Digital Edition: iPad Review
Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.
April 28, 2017
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Mad Catz Return From Bankrupty To Showcase A Trio of New Peripherals At CES 2018
Back in March of 2017, Mad Catz, the manufacturer of some of the most extravagant and daring peripherals on the market filed for bankruptcy. In an effort to alleviate the financial troubles, back in September 2016, Mad Catz sold their Saitek brand to peripheral giants Logitech with the hopes of being able to save the company from financial collapse. Unfortunately, on the 30th of March 2017, Mad Catz ceased trading and after filing for relief under Chapter 7 of the U.S Bankruptcy code, this was the last time people thought they would see them.
January 9, 2018
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Marvell to Acquire Cavium for $5.5 Billion, Augmenting Marvell's CPU, Networking, & Security Assets
Marvell and Cavium on Monday announced that they had reached a definitive buyout agreement. Under the terms of the transaction, Marvell will acquire all outstanding shares of Cavium for around $5.5 billion in cash and stock. Boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the deal. The deal in turn will see Marvell acquire Cavium assets that cover a number of businesses and technologies, including CPUs, networking, multimedia, security, and other chips. Marvell hopes that the combined company will have the a product portfolio to enable future growth.
November 21, 2017
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Meg Whitman steps down from HP's board
Meg Whitman is stepping down from HP Inc.'s board, where she was chairman, the company announced Wednesday. Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi Strauss, will be taking her place.
July 26, 2017
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Microsoft FY18 Q1 earnings: Surface and Windows up; phone still immaterial
The company reported a total of $24.538 billion in revenue, which is a 12% increase from last year, which was $21.928B. This can be broken down to $8.238B in Processes, $6.922B in Intelligent Cloud, and $9.378B in Personal Computing, seeing growth of 28%, 14%, and 0%, respectively.
October 26, 2017
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Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware
After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companies announced another chapter in its collaboration.
February 23, 2018
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Microsoft announces quarterly earnings release date
Microsoft to host earnings conference call webcast
January 5, 2018
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Microsoft Cloud strength highlights third quarter results
Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $15.2 billion
April 27, 2017
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Microsoft Q3 FY2017: Strong in cloud and productivity, but Surface revenue falls 26%
The company reported net income of $5.7 billion non-GAAP ($4.8 billion GAAP) for the three months ending March 31, 2017, on revenue of $23.6 billion non-GAAP ($22.1 billion GAAP). Diluted earnings per share stood at $0.73 non-GAAP ($0.61 GAAP).
April 27, 2017
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Microsoft signs up Intel, AT&T, EE, T-Mobile and others to its eSIM vision for connected PCs
Today, at the Computex 2017 tech expo, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced details of new Always Connected PCs on the way from ASUS, HP and Lenovo, built on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 'Mobile PC Platform'. Despite using ARM-based processors, these new laptops and 2-in-1s will run the full version of Windows 10, with the ability to run x86 desktop applications through emulation.
May 31, 2017
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Microsoft Surface PCs Gain Ground in the Enterprise
Dell and HP may rule the corporate PC market, but Microsoft line of Surface devices is steadily winning fans, finds Spiceworks.
September 1, 2017
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Motorola names new president and chairman
The Lenovo-owned phone maker names a 20-year Moto veteran as its new boss.
March 26, 2018
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Multiple Suits Filed Against AMD and Intel Over Spectre and Meltdown
One can hardly be surprised by this news as a total of six lawsuits have been filed against AMD and Intel combined. Four of these suits are against Intel with the other two against AMD. The two against AMD are both concerning if AMD and/or any of its executives and officers misled people about the impact of the vulnerabilities, thereby committing fraud to keep stock values high.
January 18, 2018
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Nextbit acquired by Razer, will cease Robin sales immediately
The story arc of Nextbit continues inside of a bigger company.
January 30, 2017
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Nvidia CEO Points Out That They Are "Ten Times Bigger Than GPU Competition"
The math checks out.
February 9, 2018
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Nvidia reports strong growth thanks to cryptocurrencies and the Switch
Nvidia reported earnings for the fourth-quarter 2017, noting that not only did the company benefit extensively from U.S. tax reform, but also the boom in demand for its Pascal-generation graphics cards. This was mainly due to an increase in cryptocurrency mining during the period, as the Bitcoin price surged. Its excitement surrounding the increase in revenues remain at odds with previous statements, claiming that it would work with retailers to curb sales of its consumer products to miners.
February 9, 2018
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Nvidia's huge run continues as its data center business surges
Nvidia continues to ride the wave of a myriad of huge success stories for the company, like the rapid adoption of the Nintendo Switch and demand for technology to power AI computation within data centers, as it saw yet another quarter where its business continued to expand significantly.
November 9, 2017
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NYU professor predicts Amazon would beat Apple to the $1 trillion milestone
Earlier this year, we told you about an opinion of an Asymco's analyst, stating that Apple could become the first trillion-dollar company this year. In all fairness, the prediction has been quite accurate so far, with the company being the first one with market capital of $800 billion last month.
June 13, 2017
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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing
And heeeere comes Amazon with its crazy low prices
November 6, 2017
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Oracle Reportedly Laying Off More Solaris & ZFS Staff
The mystery around the future of Solaris, ZFS, and SPARC continues with Oracle reportedly letting go of more developers and other staff members.
August 4, 2017
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Overall GPU Shipments Increased 7.2% From Last Quarter, Boosted by Mining - JPR
This is the latest report from Jon Peddie Research on the GPUs used in PCs. It is reporting on the results of Q2'17 GPU shipments world-wide. Overall GPU shipments increased 7.2% from last quarter, AMD increased 8% Nvidia increased 10% and Intel, increased 6%. Year-to-year total GPU shipments increased 6.4%, desktop graphics increased 5%, notebooks increased 7%.
August 23, 2017
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PC market could return to growth in 2019
The success of Windows 10 and the reception Microsoft's latest operating system has had from consumers could mean that the PC market will grow again in 2019.
May 29, 2017
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PC market declines further
It is no secret that the PC market is struggling. Even though there are some encouraging signs, like upgrades to Windows 10 on the business side, it is becoming harder and harder for manufacturers to attract buyers -- even in the back-to-school season.
October 11, 2017
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PC sales will continue to decline
Once again, analysts have predicted a grim, grim future for the PC.
August 28, 2017
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PC shipments predicted to return to growth in 2018 after six-year skid
Gartner projects a minor growth in PC shipments in 2018, driven by upgrades to sleeker PCs and interest in new applications like VR
January 4, 2017
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Peter Thiel is totally over Silicon Valley, people
The billionaire tech investor and prominent conservative says the next Google will likely appear away from San Francisco.
March 15, 2018
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Pokemon GO creator Niantic buys Escher Reality AR startup
The company behind Pokemon GO, Niantic, has announced that it is acquiring augmented reality startup Escher Reality.
February 1, 2018
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Power Outage at Samsung Fab Destroyed Over 3% of Global NAND Flash Output in March Won't Help GPU Prices
Bad news for those feeling the brunt of higher priced NAND Flash products like SSDs, RAM and Graphics cards. A power outage estimated to be for over 30 minutes at the Pyeongtaek fabrication plant in South Korea owned by Samsung has slowed production and damaged tens of thousands of processed wafers.
March 20, 2018
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Prices of SSDs and RAM will crash in 2019, Gartner predicts
It's still too early to predict the impact on the price of PCs and mobile devices
April 14, 2017
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Qualcomm appoints Cristiano R. Amon as its new president
Starting January 4, 2018, Cristiano R. Amon will take charge as the new president of Qualcomm.
December 27, 2017
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Qualcomm Issues Statement on Broadcom Director Nominees
Qualcomm Incorporated today confirmed receipt of Broadcom Limited's nomination of a slate of candidates to replace Qualcomm's existing Board of Directors at the Company's 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Qualcomm is exceptionally well positioned - with technology and leadership positions across mobile, IoT, Automotive, edge computing and networking - and leading the transition to 5G. Qualcomm stockholders are poised to participate in substantial growth and value creation as the Company continues to execute its strategy across its businesses.
December 5, 2017
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Qualcomm says Apple broke contract, hindered performance of its chipsets
Chipmaker demands "fair value for our technological contributions to the industry."
April 11, 2017
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Qualcomm says Apple using its power to pay less for a patent license
Qualcomm is demanding damages and withheld payments from Apple
April 11, 2017
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Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom Offer to Buy the Company for $105 Billion
Qualcomm has announced today that the Board of Directors has rejected Broadcom's proposal to acquire the company for around $105 billion. The BOD believes that Broadcom's offering undervalues Qualcomm and its growth perspectives in the upcoming 5G era.
November 13, 2017
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Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's initial $105 billion takeover offer
But Broadcom is still "fully committed" to the acquisition.
November 13, 2017
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Qualcomm Says No Thank You to Broadcom's $105 Billion Buyout Bid
Qualcomm today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017. "It is the Board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Qualcomm Incorporated.
November 13, 2017
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Qualcomm won't stop shipping chips for the iPhone even though Apple is suing it for $1 billion
The chipmaker is considering its own lawsuit against Apple, sources tell Recode.
January 23, 2017
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Qualcomm: Unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory and why Apple needs to win
With great standards-essential patents come great industry-wide responsibilities and, right now, Qualcomm isn't living up to them.
July 7, 2017
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Raja Koduri, AMD's Radeon Tech Group Leader, Resigns
On the day following what's perhaps one of the greatest (and oddest) product design wins for AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, a second bit of surprising news is coming out of AMD. Raja Koduri, the Senior VP and Chief Architect of the group, who has been its leader since the RTG was formed two years ago, has announced that he is resigning from the company, effective tomorrow.
November 7, 2017
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Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone
Three months after acquiring iconic audio tech company THX, Razer is making another move to expand its business beyond hardware and software for the gaming community. the company has acquired Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone, founded by Android veterans who had set out with high hopes (and some decent funding) to rethink how to build a mobile phone that leaned on cloud storage.
January 30, 2017
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Razer Earnings -- Bigger Growth, Bigger Margins, Bigger Losses
Razer has had an interesting time since it went public last year, initially struggling with too much demand through the book build, it ultimately shifted part of the institutional tranche of stock to the retail tranche for the IPO.
March 30, 2018
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Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer
Just hours after GoPro's disappointing Q4 2017 report--in which the company outlined a cost-cutting plan and announced that it would no longer be making drones--CNBC is reporting that the action cam giant has "put itself up for sale."
January 8, 2018
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Reports: Apple, Foxconn considering a $7 billion manufacturing plant in the U.S.
Foxconn's chairman says Apple may decide to build a display factory in the States.
January 23, 2017
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Roku files for IPO, seeks to raise $100 million
Roku's streaming devices routinely beat out similar products from the likes of Amazon, Google and Apple.
September 1, 2017
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Rosenblatt Securities: "Buy" Rating to AMD Stock, "Sell" for Intel
On the back of impressive performance, yield, and cost metric for AMD's market-warping Ryzen and server-shaking EPYC processors, securities firm Rosenblatt Securities' Hans Mosesmann has affirmed a "Buy" rating for AMD's stock, while saddling Intel with a seldom-seen "Sell"
May 26, 2017
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Ryzen sales lead AMD earnings, despite issues with game optimization and mining
Next up: the Ryzen 3 rollout, this Thursday.
July 25, 2017
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Samsung Electronics Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2017 Results
One of the industry's giants is having a strong showing, with a grand total of $64.17 billion in revenue and $14 billion in profits for Q4 2017. These results were buoyed by earnings increases across almost all of Samsung's sectors: the Consumer Electronics, Device Solutions, and Display Panel sectors registered strong growth. The only outlier was IT & Mobile Communications, where the company fell short for the second consecutive quarter (likely has something to do with splash damage from Samsung's still too close for comfort, exploding failures).
February 1, 2018
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Samsung Electronics Recognized in Vietnam as One of the Best Enterprises for Employees
In operation since April 2009, Samsung Electronics in Vietnam has more than 100,000 employees working across its manufacturing facilities in the Yen Phong Industrial Zone in Bac Ninh Province and Pho Yen District in Thai Nguyen Province.
November 30, 2017
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Samsung Electronics Rises to No. 6 in Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2017
Samsung Electronics announced today that it has been ranked No.6 on Interbrand's "Best Global Brands 2017" list with a brand value of $56.2 billion -- one position up and a 9 percent increase from last year.
September 25, 2017
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Samsung Electronics Wins 55 iF Design Awards
With Four Gold Awards in 2018, Samsung Becomes the No.1 Award-winning Company in the Last Three Years
March 10, 2018
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Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee freed from prison following successful appeal
Jay Y. Lee, the Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, has been released from prison. Lee was serving a five-year sentence after being found guilty of bribery and embezzlement, but on February 5, the Seoul High Court overturned the initial judgment. Lee was detained for a total of 353 days, and although the court slashed his sentence in half to 2.5 years, he's free to go on four years probation.
February 5, 2018
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Samsung opens new plant, begins production of its 2nd generation 10nm SoC
It was a little over a year ago that Samsung announced the start of manufacture of its 10nm chip. Now, the firm has announced the mass production of its second-generation 10nm chip with FinFET technology.
November 29, 2017
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Samsung reports a record-breaking quarter, sees lower OLED revenue ahead
Samsung Electronics reported a record-breaking quarter, with revenues reaching 61 trillion Won ($54 billion USD) and an operating profit of 14 trillion Won (about $12.6 billion USD). The company's enjoyed a very strong chip and component business, which offset a slight decline in mobile devices revenues.
July 28, 2017
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Samsung says that Q1 2017 was its second-most profitable quarter ever
Samsung forecasts record-breaking profits in Q1 2017.
April 7, 2017
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Samsung starts production of SoC chips using second generation 10nm process
Samsung has announced today that it has started churning out chipsets made using the company's second generation 10nm process. Samsung hasn't made any specific announcement, but there is a good chance that this second generation process will be employed in the production of the Snapdragon 845 chipset and the next version of the Exynos SoC.
November 29, 2017
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Samsung's profits hit record
Samsung may be aiming to make us fat and lazier than ever, checking the fridge content and the visitor at the door from the couch in front of the TV, but obviously it is delivering what people want, as it just did a record profit forecast song and dance for this past quarter.
January 8, 2018
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Shots Fired as Qualcomm Bets on Always Connected Devices with Long Battery Life: Intel Responds
At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit today, the majority of the keynote was aimed squarely at how a new product segment of 'Always Connected PCs' with all-day battery life will bridge the gap between the utility of a smartphone and the productivity of a PC.
December 5, 2017
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Silicon Labs to Acquire Sigma Designs, Get Z-Wave IP
Silicon Labs has announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Sigma Designs in a cash transaction valued at $282 million. By taking over Sigma Designs, Silicon Labs will be acquiring the former's Z-Wave-related IP and product portfolio, allowing Silicon Labs to solidify its range of wireles communication solutions for smart homes.
December 11, 2017
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Sony is preparing its sensor business for a stronger yen
According to a Nikkei report, Sony is looking to prepare its sensor business to any appreciation in the yen by cutting costs, raising production yields for new offerings and increasing sales of image sensors used in automobiles. The report also says that a stronger yen benefits Sony's overall operations, but that for semiconductors the situation is different, with a 1 yen appreciation against the dollar decreasing annual profit by 4.5 billion yen.
May 31, 2017
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Subscriptions nourish Microsoft while its hardware businesses go hungry
Microsoft reignited Surface with the Studio. can it do the same to the Surface Pro 4 and a Surface phone?
January 27, 2017
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Surface sales sag and Windows Phones fade, as Microsoft's hardware business takes a hit
As the company reports "negligible revenue from phones," its huge Nokia investment fades into nothing.
April 28, 2017
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Taiwan Fines Qualcomm $773 Million for Antitrust Violations
Qualcomm's global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly $773 million (NT$23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development is yet another antitrust filing levied onto Qualcomm, which has recently seen fines from South Korea (December 2016) and China (February 2015), a lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission (January 2017), and investigation and potential non-compliance fines from the European Union.
October 12, 2017
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The Apple-Qualcomm patent feud expands to the Snapdragon processor
Apple and Qualcomm are not letting up in their legal feud. In response to Qualcomm's patent and royalties suit in July, Apple has countersued, saying that the Snapdragon mobile processor infringes on its battery life patents. The two companies started to go at it when Apple filed a $1 billion suit against the chipmaker in January.
November 29, 2017
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The PC is still king in the office
Desktop computers remain the primary means of work for the majority of the workforce, but this may not be the case for long.
August 30, 2017
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The US DoE awards five new OLED project grants
The US Department of Energy announced 11 new solid state lighting projects grants, out of which five are related to OLED technologies (the rest are for new LED technologies).
July 24, 2017
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Toshiba Memory Corporation to Further Invest in Production Equipment for Fab 6
Toshiba Corporation today announced that its board of directors has approved a further investment by Toshiba Memory Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary that manufactures Flash memory, in manufacturing equipment for the Fab 6 clean room under construction at Yokkaichi Operations. TMC will invest approximately 110 billion yen as a second investment in Fab 6 for the installation of additional manufacturing equipment in the Phase-1 clean room.
October 11, 2017
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Toshiba Sells its Memory Business to Bain Capital for $18 Billion
Toshiba today announced that it has signed an agreement with a consortium led by Bain Capital to sell its memory business for JPY 2 trillion (approximately USD $18 billion). The consortium includes Korean memory giant SK Hynix, which contributed JPY 395 billion (nearly 20 percent) of the consortium's investment toward acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corp. Apple and Dell are the other members of the consortium.
September 28, 2017
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Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company's 2018 Q1 earnings
Apple's first-quarter results for 2018 are in. Here's our transcript of the call.
February 1, 2018
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TSMC is building a $20 billion facility to keep Apple as a customer
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company might not exactly be a household name, but it is one of the bigger players in smartphone component manufacturing. While companies like Qualcomm, MediaTek and Apple design their own chipsets, TSMC is the one that actually manufactures them.
October 10, 2017
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TSMC To Receive Strong Revenue Boost on the Back of Extra ASIC Sales in 2018
TSMC is the world's sole ASIC manufacturer for Bitmain - the world's largest ASIC vendor by far, commanding some 70% of the ASIC market share. DigiTimes is reporting that ASIC manufacturing will be a major part of bridging the 10-15% increase in revenue that TSMC's chairman Morris Chang expects for 2018, which will be mostly fed by high-performance computing (HPC), car-use electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) products.
March 9, 2018
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Western Digital acquires cloud services company Upthere
Western Digital has today announced that it purchased Upthere for an undisclosed amount. Upthere had previously raised $77 million from an impressive list of investors, with KPCB and Western Digital Ventures leading the round, along with Floodgate, Elevation Partners, GV, NTT Docomo Ventures and Square 1 Bank.
August 28, 2017
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Western Digital, Toshiba And Bain Capital Settle Disputes Over Sale Of Toshiba Memory
Western Digital announced in a press conference this afternoon that they have reached a settlement agreement with Toshiba over Western Digital's objections to the sale of Toshiba's stake in their NAND flash memory joint ventures to a consortium led by Bain Capital.
December 12, 2017
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WeTransfer offers $10,000 to every laid-off SoundCloud employee so they can 'develop great things'
'It's not a loan. It's an opportunity'
July 26, 2017
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Why Apple bought Texture
Apple just bought Texture, the all-you-can-read magazine app...
March 16, 2018
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Why did Apple fall down 24 places in an annual company reputation ranking?
Apple has fallen 24 places -- from 5th to 29th -- in the annual Reputation Quotient made by analytics company The Harris Poll.
March 13, 2018
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Why does Apple want your attention?
The average adult American spends almost three hours a day on their smartphone. It looks like Apple wants to take that attention and turn it into service-related products.
January 26, 2018
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Windows boss Terry Myerson leaves Microsoft as part of a major shakeup
Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Windows, is to leave Microsoft "in the coming months". Myerson has been at Microsoft for 21 years, and has been involved in Windows Phone, Windows 10, Xbox One, and Surface devices.
March 29, 2018
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Windows PCs and enterprise: Don't expect a break-up
Despite recent declines in PC sales, research from Spiceworks shows most companies remain tied in tightly with the Microsoft/Windows ecosystem.
August 31, 2017
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Windows PCs gain share in K-12 in the US, but Chromebooks still dominate
Sales of sub-$300 Windows PCs is helping Microsoft grow Windows' share in the US K-12 education market. But, internationally, Chrome OS' and Android's shares are up.
March 6, 2018
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WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion
Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP.
January 11, 2018
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Xiaomi and Microsoft sign strategic MoU in cloud, devices and AI areas
Xiaomi and Microsoft to deepen the cooperation around cloud computing, AI and hardware, in order to make Xiaomi's products and services better fit global market
February 23, 2018
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Yelp is selling Eat24 to GrubHub for $287.5 million
And establishing a partnership so Yelp users can order via GrubHub
August 3, 2017
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Yoonsoo Kim Is New President Of Samsung Malaysia!
Samsung Malaysia Electronics just introduced Mr. Yoonsoo Kim as its newly appointed President. In his new role as the head of Samsung's Malaysian arm, Mr. Kim will be responsible for leading the company's business strategies and operations.
November 29, 2017
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