czwartek, 22 marca 2018 20:00
BMW raises R&D spending for electric, autonomous cars
German carmaker BMW will increase research and development spending to an all-time high of up to 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) this year as part of efforts to bring 25 electrified models to market by 2025. The Munich-based maker of BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini vehicles said that despite higher spending it expects group pre-tax profit to be over 10 billion euros in 2018, at least in line with last year’s level.
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czwartek, 22 marca 2018 18:03
Huawei is in talks to build a blockchain-ready smartphone
Huawei Technologies Ltd. is considering developing a mobile phone that will be able to run blockchain-based applications, according to two people familiar with the plans. Shenzhen, China-based Huawei is in talks to license Sirin Labs’ operating system, called SIRIN OS, to run blockchain applications alongside Alphabet Inc.’s Android system, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Talks are preliminary and no agreement has been signed, the people said.
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czwartek, 22 marca 2018 15:56
EU proposes online turnover tax for big tech firms
The European Commission proposed rules to make digital companies pay more tax, with U.S. tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon set to foot a large chunk of any bill. Despite support from big powers Germany and, especially, France, that risks making it very hard to turn the idea into European law. Under the Commission’s plan, companies with significant digital revenues in Europe will pay a 3 percent tax on their turnover on various online services in the European Union, bringing in an estimated 5 billion euros.
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czwartek, 22 marca 2018 14:06
Google is reportedly acquiring Lytro for around $40 million
Lytro burst onto the scene in 2011 with its then-unprecedented "light field" technology that powered an oddly-shaped camera with the ability to refocus pictures after they're taken. The first $400 camera arrived in 2012, however, after a pivot to virtual reality and pro cameras, TechCrunch reports the company will be acquired by Google. According to unnamed sources, Google is mostly grabbing the company's technology and patents for about $40 million, with some employees having already departed.
więcej na: www.engadget.com
czwartek, 22 marca 2018 12:07
Apple next-generation 5.85-inch OLED iPhone MBOM much lower than iPhone X
Apple plans to launch a new 5.85-inch OLED iPhone this year as an upgrade to the existing iPhone X, but the vendor has managed to reduce the new device's initial manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) to a level much lower than that of its present flagship model, according Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin. Lin cited information from Apple's upstream supply chain as indicating that the new device's MBOM will be more than 10% lower than that for iPhone X.
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czwartek, 22 marca 2018 10:06
Improving fabrication process of nano-structures for electronic devices
Researchers at RIT have found a more efficient fabricating process to produce semiconductors used in today's electronic devices. They also confirmed that materials other than silicon can be used successfully in the development process that could increase performance of electronic devices. This fabrication process can help meet the growing demand for more powerful and reliable nano-technologies needed for solar cells, smartphones, telecommunications grids and new applications in photonics and quantum computing.
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