IDC on China’s semiconductor tech ambitions

Even though China is spending billions to develop its domestic semiconductor industry, it is still far from reaching the capacity needed to produce cutting-edge chips, an analyst said on Wednesday. Semiconductors are used in everything from smartphones and computers to cars to household appliances. “I still believe that [China is] probably three or four generations … Read more

Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal to Power Its Netflix-of-Gaming Aspirations

Microsoft Corps MSFT 2.72% Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. ATVIA -0.01% aims to shake up the gaming industry by expanding the software giant’s library of blockbuster video games and amplifying its efforts to entice consumers into its cloud gaming service. The planned $75 billion deal would be Microsoft’s largest ever and its most ambitious investment … Read more

Airlines scramble to rejig schedules amid U.S. 5G rollout concerns

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Major international airlines rushed to change or cancel flights to the United States ahead of the 5G wireless rollout on Wednesday, sparking security concerns, despite two wireless carriers said they would delay parts of the rollout. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned that potential interference from 5G could affect height … Read more

Google Assistant White Noise Change Has Users Angry

Google’s relaxing white noise isn’t for everyone. Image: google Google has reportedly changed the white noise audio track of the Google Assistant and people who rely on it to fall asleep are extremely unhappy with it. users in the Google Nest Community Forums complain that Google has quietly swapped out its Assistant’s old white noise … Read more

AT&T, Verizon pause 5G rollout near U.S airports to avoid flight disruptions

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – AT&T (TN) and Verizon Communications (VZ.N) agreed on Tuesday to temporarily delay the activation of certain wireless towers near major airports to avoid significant disruption to U.S. flights. President Joe Biden hailed the deal, saying it “will avoid potentially devastating disruptions to passenger travel, cargo operations, and our economic recovery, … Read more

Wall St tumbles as yield spike hits tech, banks slump after Goldman miss

The Nasdaq logo is displayed at the Nasdaq Market site in Times Square in New York, U.S., December 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Join now for FREE unlimited access to Register Goldman shares fall 7% as earnings hit by weaker trading Benchmark US Treasury yields hit two-year highs Activision skyrockets on $68.7 billion deal with … Read more

Dow down nearly 500 points as bond yields hit 2-year highs, Goldman earnings disappoint

Another massive bond sell-off sent U.S. stocks tumbling on Tuesday after a three-day pause, with the high-growth tech sector coming under the most pressure at the start of a busy week that also sees investors weighing the start of a busy earnings week. A blockbuster technology deal was also in the spotlight, after Microsoft Corp. … Read more

European regulators in Italy, France, Germany and UK rein in Big Tech

A protest against the multinational technology company Amazon during the Covid-19 pandemic, on November 27, 2020, in Rome, Italy. Antonio Masiello | Getty Images News | Getty Images When Italy’s competition regulator imposed a hefty 1.13 billion euro ($1.28 billion) fine on Amazon last month, it was just the latest salvo in a series of … Read more

Volcanic ash delays aid to Tonga as damage reports emerge

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) – Thick ash on the tarmac delayed aid deliveries to the Pacific nation of Tonga, where significant damage was reported days after a massive undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami. New Zealand’s military is sending drinking water and other much-needed supplies, but said the ash on the runway would delay the flight … Read more

China looks to boost tech’s share of GDP by 2025 through 6G, big data

Under its 14th five-year plan, China plans to increase its support for research and development of 6G or sixth-generation internet. 6G is said to come after the current 5G technology, although no global standard or definition has yet been agreed. Rafael Henrique | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images China aims to increase the … Read more