Global Politics, Rumors, Software Programs, US, VR World

Yahoo to Lay Off Most of Indian Staff

Yahoo

In a surprise move, Yahoo has been rumored to be laying off the majority if not all of their software development staff located in Bangalore, India.

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Global Politics, Hardware, US, VR World

Toshiba Launches 15nm NAND Flash Chip Samples

Toshiba (TYO: 6502) has announced the roll out of its very first 15nm NAND flash memory chip. The chips are already available for sampling starting this October, with the first 16GB version chips to be shipped first and the rest of the other size versions to follow shortly. This new NAND flash memory chip utilizes both the flash memory chip and its controller in a single board. Toshiba claims that this optimization technique promises an overall increase in its data transfer speed (8% read, 2% write), as well as making the chips around 26% smaller compared to its predecessors. Its updated interface also boasts a significant increase in speed,

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Global Politics, US

Ricoh Introduces GR Certification For Smartphone Cameras

Ricoh announces that it will be providing a new certification standard for smartphone cameras through its GR certification program.

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Global Politics, Rumors, US

Touchscreen Notebooks Soon to Disappear?

Touchscreens may soon bid farewell to standard notebook PCs. A recent report from Digitimes — which has often questionable accuracy — has just detailed what seems to be a recent decision by major notebook PC vendors to do away with touchscreens for notebook PCs in the near future. According to the information presented, demand for touchscreen notebooks overall wasn’t as high as expected, and thus affected companies are now planning to adjust accordingly. Following this assessment, the report also states that touchscreen notebook PC vendors will be ceasing production of touchscreen notebooks for the final quarter of the current year. One of the most cited reasons for the

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Global Politics, US, VR World

InnoLight Raises $32M to Build Faster Optical Transceivers for Servers

Chinese startup InnoLight raises $32M in Series C funding led by Google Capital, and will focus on building 100Gbps optical transceivers that enable servers to communicate through fiber-optics.

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Global Politics, US, VR World

SoftBank in Talks to Acquire Movie Studio DreamWorks Animation

$4.6B richer after the Alibaba IPO, Japanese tech and telecoms conglomerate SoftBank is reportedly discussing a potential acquisition of movie studio DreamWorks Animation.

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Global Politics, US, VR World

Intel Makes Another Major Investment in Chinense SoC Makers

In order to catch up in a mobile SoC market dominated by Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) and MediaTek (TPE: 2454), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) announced Friday that it is making a strategic investment in two Chinese SoC makers via Tsinghua Unigroup, a government-affiliated private equity firm. “China is now the largest consumption market for smartphones and has the largest number of Internet users in the world,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, in a statement. “These agreements with Tsinghua Unigroup underscore Intel’s 29-year-long history of investing in and working in China. This partnership will also enhance our ability to support a wider range of mobile customers in China

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Global Politics, Interviews, US

GetResponse Talks Adaptive Design, Mobile-First Approach, and Expansion to Asia

GetResponse kicks off its ASEAN expansion. Our interview highlights key opportunities in this market, as well as the importance of adaptive design and mobile-first strategies.

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Global Politics, Software Programs, US, VR World

Adobe Closes Down China R&D Unit Along With Cloud Push

Adobe will shut down its R&D unit in China amid its new focus on its Creative Cloud platform. Sources also cite piracy as a reason for closing the unit.

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Enterprise, Global Politics, US, VR World

Toshiba Curtails Consumer PC Business

Toshiba (TYO: 6502) has announced the scaling down of its consumer PC business to give more focus on its general business-to-business operations. This decision is in response to the company’s need to secure and stabilize its overall business structure, and as a result around 900 employees from the PC business division will be laid off. In accordance to the change and restructuring of its business operations, the Japanese electronics giant will be shifting more towards corporate-targeted services, such as provision of enterprise hardware like workstations and business-use mobile devices, as well as technology-based client solutions. Part of the plan also includes of the corporation’s extension of

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Global Politics, US, VR World

Apple Supplier Once Again Accused of Labour Malpractices

Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) is on the verge of releasing a new iPhone, and once again it has been targeted by labour groups over allegations of unsafe labor practices by one of its suppliers. According to a report co-authored by China Labor Watch and Green America, employees at a Suqian, China based factory owned by Catcher Technology, a Taiwan-headquartered company, were forced to work excessive overtime and were working in an environment that had excessive aluminum shavings on its floor, no respirator equipment, and improper ventilation. In addition, the groups say that during their undercover investigations they have discovered that workers have not received any safety training.

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Global Politics, US

‘Faction’ of Anonymous Targets Chinese Firm Alleging Fraud in Report

Anonymous, best known for its social justice hacktivism, appears to have targeted Tianhe (HKG:1619), an $8-billion Chinese chemical company, with a scathing investigative report that calls the recently publicly listed company a “massive fraud.” These allegations were made in a report by Anonymous Analytics, a stock research and analysis group which calls itself a “faction” of the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The report alleges that Tianhe’s real financial situation reported in tax filings in China was vastly different than the one it reported to investors via its Initial Public Offering prospectus. In 2012, the report alleges, Tianhe’s revenue was some 85% less than reported. According to

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