AMD releases Q2 2016 earnings
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Chipmaker showing signs of recovery

On Thursday, AMD took the wraps off its Q2 earnings results and revealed a surprising upswing in revenue momentum that many investors anticipated would not emerge until Q3 at the earliest.

GloveOne haptic touch VR gloves displayed at E3 2016
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First VR gloves to enable touch feedback and weight sensations

Earlier in January, we wrote that some startups were preparing to launch haptic VR gloves to offer a much more natural alternative controller interface for head-mounted displays than the traditional units currently offered by Oculus, HTC, Sony, Samsung, Razer and others.

Microsoft Xbox One S playable at E3 2016
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Refreshed console and controller available in August


At E3 2016 this week in Los Angeles, Microsoft made its new Xbox One S console playable on the show floor for attendees to try out the revised Bluetooth controller before the console officially hits store shelves in August.

Apple announces iOS 10
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Redesigned Control Center, facial recognition, dynamic maps and more


On Monday during WWDC 2016, Apple announced the tenth version of its mobile operating system, now called iOS 10. With iPhone sales remaining almost flat over the past two quarters, the company knew it had to bring its software platform up to speed in any acceptable way possible to prevent revenue drag for the upcoming iPhone launch this September.

Microsoft's next-gen, 6-teraflop Xbox arrives in Q4 2017
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“Project Scorpio” will be VR-ready, built by AMD


At the end of next year, Microsoft is expected to announce the sequel to its Xbox One console which originally launched in November 2013, marking just a short four-year lifespan for the company’s eighth-generation video game console.

Microsoft announces Xbox One S console
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4K output, Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, starts at $299


On Monday during its E3 press conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced a redesigned, smaller version of its Xbox One console that will go by the name Xbox One S. The refreshed console is 40 percent smaller than the original and features a much-needed Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, support for 4K (3840x2160p) video output over HDMI 2.0a and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Prey reboot coming in 2017 from Arkane Studios
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Developers replacing 2011 sequel with a "re-imagined" game


During its E3 press conference in Los Angeles, Bethesda announced that a reboot of the original Prey (2006) first-person shooter game will be releasing sometime in 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The science-fiction action game shares little similarities with its predecessor and can be described more as a “re-imagining” of the original from the ground up, with cover art very reminiscent of the movie Prometheus.

Fallout 4 and Doom coming to HTC Vive
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Fallout 4 VR in 2017, Doom VR to be announced


On Sunday during its press conference at E3 in Los Angeles, video game publisher Bethesda announced that its sales breaking Fallout 4 game will be heading to the HTC Vive headset in 2017. While an updated version of the game will be ready next year, Bethesda also says that Doom will be coming to VR as well but has not given it a release date.

TSMC CEO signals sharp rebuke of Chinese-appointed directors
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It will not be easy to protect intellectual property

In a TSMC annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, company executive Morris Chang made a clear and concise policy decision on whether Chinese investors should be allowed to appoint directors to the Taiwan-based company’s board.

TSMC to outgrow market in 2016 despite unfavorable market climate
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U.S. semiconductor industry on the rocks, TSMC pulls ahead


In the industry of wafer manufacturing that drives the advancement of Moore’s Law and technological progress, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company claims it will outgrow the rest of the semiconductor market in 2016 despite unfavorable market conditions that have resulted during the year.