Just last week, Google unveiled an experiment with light fields to realistically capture reflections and depth. There is possibly more behind this virtual reality project as Google is now reportedly acquiring Lytro - a company whose long running speciality is light field technology.
For argument's sake, let's believe that Google believes its newest efforts to boost publishers - by promoting subscriptions, news literacy and other things publishers like - will help publishers. Let's also believe that Facebook believed it was helping publishers when it announced its own effort to boost publishers a year ago, and multiple times since then.
Advanced Micro Devices, Intel's main rival in computer microprocessors, said a report earlier this month alleging that its chips have widespread, fundamental vulnerabilities greatly exaggerated the severity of the threat.
The US Federal Trade Commission is reported to be investigating Facebook after allegations that 50 million users' private information was misused by a political consultancy firm.
SoftBank could relist Arm Holdings, the UK chip designer bought two years ago by the Japanese internet-to-telecoms conglomerate, according to its senior executive.
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MediaTek, Cirrus Logic, and Xilinx could all be on Broadcom's shopping list.
The UK's information commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica. The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016.
Uber said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. A 49-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona.
Chinese memory chip manufacturers pose no serious threat yet to established players, Micron Technology CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said, citing high barriers to entry for aspiring global suppliers.
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LG Display applies Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) to lighting so that lighting fixtures can generate sounds like speakers.
Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it's facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its workforce (it's now down to "fewer than 20" workers) and has replaced CEO Joerg Tewes with co-founder Ed Tang.
Alcatel confirmed that the Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 3V will launch in the US in the coming months. The two phones were announced alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5 during MWC 2018 in February.
Apple is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation. The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation micro LED screens.
According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), patents related to AI semiconductors, which was 32 in 2013, soared to 391 in 2017 in South Korea, a ten-fold increase over the four years.
China will continue to invest in the development of high-end chips and will monitor the sector to ensure that only products of high quality are manufactured, said the head of the country's national semiconductor fund.
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Broadcom executives said the company is eyeing fresh potential targets for acquisition, just days after US President Donald Trump quashed the company's proposed $117 billion hostile takeover attempt of rival Qualcomm.
Google Maps will now show wheelchair accessible routes in cities like Boston, New York, and London. The search giant said Thursday that people can now use Google Maps to get directions that are catered specifically to people with mobility problems.
A dubious video has started to circulate on Weibo that claims to show the upcoming 'iPhone SE 2' using the same design language as the iPhone X, but the smartphone appearing in the brief clip is probably not the follow-up to the iPhone SE, for a number of reasons.
Intel is revealing today that the company is introducing hardware protections against the Spectre CPU flaw that was discovered last year. While the Meltdown vulnerability will continue to be addressed through software updates, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the company has "redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning" that will protect against the Spectre variants. Intel's next-generation Xeon processors (Cascade Lake) will include the new partitioning, alongside 8th generation Intel Core processo
The move comes days after US President Donald Trump blocked Broadcom's $142bn hostile bid for the San Diego-based company over national security concerns.
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Amazon Japan said its offices have been raided by the country's fair trade regulator on suspicion of anti-trust violations. The online retailer is suspected of asking suppliers to shoulder costs incurred for selling their products at a discount, according to media reports.
Just months after Meltdown and Spectre were disclosed to the public, security researchers have uncovered another set of critical processor vulnerabilities. This time Intel owners can breathe easy, these exploits are unique to AMD's processors, including its latest Ryzen chips.
Samsung plans to invest US$7 billion over the next three years for the expansion project.
Microsoft said Tuesday that it has expanded its ongoing efforts to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in two directions: by providing patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and archiving microcode patches for Intel's Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake chips. To address Meltdown and Spectre, PC owners need patches for both the operating system and the processor on their device.
Google and LG are set to present an 18-megapixel 4.3-inch OLED headset display with 1443 ppi and a higher refresh rate of 120Hz during the Display Week 2018 trade show in late May. The display will have a wide field of view and high acuity.
Google will ban online advertisements promoting cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings starting in June, part of a broader crackdown on the marketing of a new breed of high-risk financial products.
Talluri joins Micron after nine years at Qualcomm, where he most recently served as senior vice president of product management, responsible for the company's Internet of Things business and, before that, its mobile computing platform
A unit of Apple's Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron has won approval from Karnataka to build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state, signaling a potential expansion of iPhone assembly work in India.
President Donald Trump has blocked Singapore-based Broadcom's proposed US$140 billion takeover of rival US chipmaker Qualcomm on grounds of national security. His order cited "credible evidence" that a takeover "threatens to impair the national security of the US".
Apple's rumored iPad Pro with Face ID will likely be released in the second quarter of 2018, according to Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.
Western Digital will invest about JPY500 billion ($4.68 billion) over the next three years in a memory chip venture with Toshiba, helping their joint operations recover after a bruising legal spat between the companies.
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Samsung's new Galaxy S9 uses ST's 6-axis IMU in addition to ST's pressure sensor.
The billionaire founder of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has accumulated a stake worth about EUR7.3 billion ($9 billion) in Daimler AG, marking the biggest investment in a global automobile manufacturer by a Chinese company.
Chinese display maker BOE Technology Group is embarking on a CNY96.5 billion (US$15.2 billion) production expansion, but local governments will cover the lion's share of the cost, enabling the company to take on South Korean rivals at a time when China is looking to shift the nature of its economic growth to quality from quantity.
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After more than four years as chief executive officer of Globalfoundries, Sanjay Jha will hand over the company's top position to Thomas Caulfield, senior vice president and general manager.
HP announced a new line of laptops, displays, and all-in-one desktops resistant to intense cleaning materials for people who work in hospitals and doctors' offices.
Android Wear might be on the cusp of a Google Pay-style rebranding. Users exploring the latest Android P Developer Preview have noticed that Google is not only referring to Android Wear as "Wear OS," but has replaced the usual watch-like logo with a distinctive "W." This doesn't necessarily indicate that a formal name change is imminent (9to5Google noted that Play Services betas alluded to Google Pay for months), but it does suggest it could happen by the time Android P is released, if not by the Google I/O conference in May.