Samsung and Google wage war over "assistants"
Published in Mobiles


Samsung benefits from Siri engineers


If there is one takeaway to learn from recent announcements of smartphone lineups and refreshes, it is that AI-based voice assistants have become a top-valued feature for most serious manufacturers and are expected to gain significant momentum in new devices shipping through at least the next several quarters.

Voice assistants are a priority in smartphone launches
Published in News

This year, several smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi are expected to introduce new devices that feature better AI-based assistants in an effort to increase overall market share, according to industry reports.

HP recalls 101,000 notebook batteries
Published in Notebooks


Less than 1 percent of notebooks affected


Hewlett Packard told the press that it will recall nearly 101,000 notebook batteries from products sold between March 2013 and October 2016, because the units could overheat and pose serious fire and burn hazards.

Samsung called dibs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
Published in Mobiles


No chip for others

According to the latest report, it appears that Samsung managed to secure an exclusive deal with Qualcomm, scoring the latest and fastest Snapdragon 835 SoC for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, which means that other flagships will have to settle for Snapdragon 821.

Foxconn faces problems setting up shop in US
Published in News


Sharp co-operation is not done and dusted


While the press has made much of Foxconn’s plans to co-operate with Sharp to build a new panel plant in the US, the deal is so far from being done and dusted it is increasingly looking unlikely.

Nvidia’s founders chip miffs partners
Published in Graphics


Killing partner’s profits


Nvidia’s Founders Edition graphics cards have angered its own partners who are complaining that the range is gutting their own profits.

IBM continues to fire US workers and cut more jobs overseas
Published in News


Bows to Trump and yet ignores him completely


While some companies are spinning their US plant expansions in the hope of getting Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump off their backs, Biggish Blue is tearing a leaf from his PR playbook.

Google about to give Raspberry PI a brain
Published in Motherboards


And a few machine learning tools


The Raspberry PI will get AI programming later this year thanks to a cunning Google  plan to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools the board later this year.

Texas Instruments has a great bottom line
Published in Processors


Thanks to car makers


Former digital watch maker and chipmaker Texas Instruments reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, thanks mostly because of its analogue and embedded chip products from the automotive and industrial markets.

Seagate does better than expected
Published in News


Cloud based money


Hard drive maker Seagate has done better than the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted this quarter.