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Digital revolution: student touts prosthetic third thumb

LONDON (Reuters) – “I’ve only got one pair of hands”, is the refrain of overworked office staff or stressed parents everywhere.

As Apple forsakes Imagination Tech, concern expressed over possible Chinese takeover

Apple’s decision to design its own GPUs for iOS devices rather than license designs from Imagination Tech may have unexpected consequences. A report over the weekend suggests that an equity fund back by the Chinese government is exploring a bid for the company.

Concern is being expressed at the potential security implications of Chinese control over chip designs used in a wide variety of technology, including aerospace and defence equipment …

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Exclusive: Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by September – sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Music streaming company Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation…

Rival Mobile Makers Reduce Chip Orders in Anticipation of ‘iPhone 8’ Debut

Mobile chip suppliers in Apple’s supply chain are reportedly seeing a drop in orders from rival handset makers as other companies adopt a “wait-and-see” approach in anticipation of what the “iPhone 8” might bring, according to a new report on Monday (v…

Secure chat app Telegram adds self-destructing photos & videos, bios & more

Secure messaging app Telegram has borrowed a feature from SnapChat in the form of photos & videos that disappear after a time-out.

You can now set a self-destruct timer for any photos and videos you share in private chats. If you set a timer, the countdown starts the moment your recipient opens the photo or video you sent. After the time runs out, the photo/video will disappear forever, just like in Secret Chats.

Telegram checks photos & videos to see whether they are publicly-available ones …

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Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete

Microsoft released its latest Windows 10 update earlier this year. The name, Creators Update,makes it sound bigger than it is; it’s really a minor step forward. But about 10 million Windows 10 customers have to face up to an unpleasant surprise: Their machines can’t update to Creators Update.

That’s how many poor sad sacks bought a Windows 8.x laptop in 2013 or 2014 with an Intel Clover Trail processor. Any of them who have tried to update their PC with the March 2017 Creators Update, version 1703, had no success and were presented with this message: “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC.” Boy, that must have been fun!

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Samsung takes aim at TSMC with plans to triple chip foundry market share

YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics plans to triple the market share of its contract chip manufacturing business within the next five years by aggressively adding clients, a senior company executive said, as it targets new growth drive…

Exclusive: Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines – sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc’s sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said.

Apple developing its own OLED technology to reduce dependence on Samsung supply, according to report

At this point, it is well known that the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Pro, or whatever it’s called) will feature a new (5.8-inch) OLED screen. Reports indicate that this display will be exclusively manufactured and supplied by Samsung, as Samsung currently dominates global supply of phone-sized OLED panels. Apple is never happy to depend on just one supplier for a critical iPhone component, not least it’s arch-rival in the tech landscape.

According to a new article from ET News (via Digitimes), Apple has bought CVD machines and has setup a research & development line in Taiwan dedicated to OLED screen technology. It aims to ultimately expand the OLED supply chain beyond just Samsung, although it’s unlikely that Apple itself would actually do the raw component manufacturing …

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Apple Buys Specialist Machinery to Set Up OLED Panel R&D Line in Taiwan

Apple has acquired specialist machinery from Sunic System to build its own OLED panel research and development line in Taiwan, according to a report on Monday.

Korea-based Sunic manufactures systems for OLED display production and supply for both pilot and mass production lines. According to ET News, Apple has purchased chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines from the company to reduce its reliance on Chinese suppliers as it ramps up its R&D into OLED panel and related technology.


CVD is a technique for the fabrication and synthesis of thin films of polymeric materials, which have a broad range of application, including the production of OLED panel coatings with barrier properties.

Japanese Canon Tokki is currently the primary supplier of CVD machines and is said to ship the bulk of its output to Samsung, the biggest producer of OLED panels, but Apple’s acquisition of the machines from Sunic could undermine Canon Tokki’s dominant position in the CVD market going forward.

Samsung has bought five sets of OLED manufacturing equipment from Canon Tokki so far in 2017 and has signed contracts to buy five out of 10 such machines to be rolled out by the Japan-based machinery company in 2018, said the Commercial Times.

Samsung’s own CVD purchases likely feed into its plan to construct the world’s biggest OLED display manufacturing plant, which could begin mass production in 2019.

Apple has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Korean company for the supply of up to 92 million curved OLED panels, at least some of which are expected to be used in this year’s redesigned iPhone, variously referred to in the media as “iPhone 8”, “iPhone Pro”, and “iPhone X”.

Apple is thought to be offering the OLED iPhone as a premium option alongside typical upgraded “S” cycle iPhone 7 handsets that will retain LCD displays. Rumors suggest that all iPhones in Apple’s line-up could come with OLED displays by 2019.

Today’s report suggests Apple is accelerating its research into bespoke OLED technology with the aim of eventually reducing its heavy reliance on Samsung in years to come, although whether it would actually manufacture its own OLED panels is unclear. LG has also reportedly purchased two CVD machines from Canon Tokki and has begun shipping OLED panels to Xiaomi and Google, and although LG’s panels have not yet been validated by Apple, the two companies are said to be negotiating an OLED supply deal in time for 2019.

(Via DigiTimes.)

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IT consultant pilot fish is working for a multinational chemical company, and that translates into some of his internal customers being in Paris — an ocean away.”In order to extend our shared workday, since there was a lot of back-and-forth with re…

CPU architecture after Moore’s Law: What’s next?

When considering the future of CPU architecture, some industry watchers predict excitement, and some predict boredom. But no one predicts a return to the old days, when speed doubled at least every other year.To read this article in full or to leave a …

Telegram Encrypted Chat App Gains Self-Destructing Video and Photo Messages

Encrypted messaging app Telegram received an update on Sunday that makes it the latest chat platform to embrace Snapchat-style disappearing messages.

Up until now, Telegram users have only been able to send text-based “secret chats” that self-delete…

U.S. venture capital’s digital coin quandary: cash-rich startups

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. venture capital firms lining up for a slice of the burgeoning digital currency market are grappling with a novel challenge – some of the hottest tech startups that sell the coins just don’t need their money.

Apple Teams Up With Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for Siri Movie

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson today announced that he’s teamed up with Apple for a movie that co-stars Apple’s AI-based personal assistant, Siri.

According to the poster tweeted by Johnson, the movie is called “The ROCKxSIRI Dominate the Day.” There are no details on how long the film is or what it’s about, but it apparently debuts tomorrow on Apple’s YouTube channel.


Based on the image, it appears to feature car chases, space travel, an alien fight, and a concert performance. In a Facebook post, Johnson calls it the “biggest, coolest, craziest, dopest, most over the top, funnest” movie ever.

I partnered with #Apple to make the BIGGEST, COOLEST, CRAZIEST, DOPEST, MOST OVER THE TOP, FUNNEST (is that even a word?) movie ever.

And I have the greatest co-star of all time – #SIRI.

I make movies for the world to enjoy and we also made this one to motivate you to get out there and get the job done.

I want you to watch it, have fun with it and then go LIVE IT.

The film will premiere on Apple’s YouTube channel on Monday, July 24, but it’s not yet clear what time it will debut.

This is the second time Apple has teamed up with a partner to release a short film. Last month, Apple highlighted “Détour,” a film French director Michel Gondry shot on the iPhone in partnership with Apple and in a decidedly more Apple style.

The project with Dwayne Johnson is unusual, but it comes at a time when Apple is preparing to release the Siri-based HomePod, so that may be why the company has decided to promote its personal assistant in a fun and unique way.

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Apple partners w/ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for new movie co-starring Siri

Seemingly out of nowhere, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has announced on his personal Twitter account that he will soon be starring in a movie created in partnership with Apple. Co-starring alongside The Rock is none other than Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligent assistant.

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The best fan

By Tyler Wells Lynch and Séamus Bellamy

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commis…

PSA: Here’s where you can try Apple’s new interactive HomeKit store displays

Earlier this month we noted that Apple has new interactive HomeKit displays rolling out to select stores, namely those that include its new Avenue video screen area introduced for some stores as part of its latest retail refresh over the last year. There isn’t any official way for the public to easily find out which specific stores have the new displays, so we’ve put together a full list below…

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Forecast data model warns you of tornadoes hours in advance

Meteorologists usually only issue warnings for tornadoes when they’re imminent, which gives you precious little time to take cover — the American average is just 13 minutes. NOAA researchers may soon give you much more time to get to safety, though…

‘Pokémon Go Fest’ issues refunds after tech problems ruin event

After an up and down first year of existence, the Pokémon Go Fest was supposed to be a triumphant event where players could work together in news ways and earn unique awards. The event unfortunately suffered as cell networks and the game’s ser…

The best cable management solutions for your Mac & home studio/office

Keeping all your cables managed, both those in and around your desk and those you need stored away for infrequent use or traveling, can be quite a task. Head below for our roundup of the best cable management solutions for your home studio (or office) setup. more…

New Apple Park drone video shows work on landscaping & visitor’s center continue [Video]

Right on schedule, drone videographer Duncan Sinfield has posted his mid-month flyover of Apple Park. While the overall structure of the new campus has been completed for awhile now, Apple continues to apply finishing touches such as landscaping.

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Latest Drone Footage Reveals Landscaping Progress in Apple Park’s Inner Circle

Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield posted a new video on his YouTube channel today, offering a “late July” bird’s eye view of Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Sinfield’s video reveals landscaping around the camp…

Network & server issues plague first Pokémon GO Fest , Niantic to issue refunds & in-game credit

Niantic heavily touted this weekend’s Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, the first-ever event of its kind. Despite the company’s promises, however, the event didn’t live up to expectations. Server and network issues plagued Pokémon GO Fest from the start, and Niantic is now saying it will offer refunds to those who attended…

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Ireland seeks custodian for Apple $15.2 billion in back taxes as collection nears

The Irish government is setting up a fund to manage the estimated 13 billion euros…

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