It looks like Apple has requested Foxconn, which is the largest device manufacturer in the world, to build a new $2.6 billion facility just for the production of displays for its various iDevices.
Apple reportedly wants to have its hands-on an Innolux factory, the display portion of Foxconn, to only make displays for its iPhone, iPad and other popular-selling products. Innolux has been a company that Apple has reportedly been tapping to make the 4.7-inch displays for the iPhone 6. Sophia Cheng, a Public Relations representative for Foxconn's Display Unit, Innolux Corp., said: "Equipment installation will commence next month with mass production of panels to start by the end of 2015 after an urgent request for exclusive capacity".
Cheng wasn't aware if the deal had been signed or not, and Apple is keeping its mouth firmly shut about the deal. Considering Foxconn already has a couple of Apple-dedicated facilities in China, this would still be a first for the company; to have a factory making components exclusively for products for a single company.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions comes out next week, with the developer teasing pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels for PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
On PC the game launches on November 25, while the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One find themselves beginning to get addicted to the new puzzle shooter on November 26. Pre-ordering on PC secures you two bonus levels; the triangle-shaped Secret Eye, and the doughnut-shaped Blood Count. The Xbox One version receiving Blood Count for free if you pre-order. The Xbox 360 on the other hand, has no pre-order option, so Blood Count is provided for free for those who purchase the game between November 26 and December 2.
Both Xbox versions of the game include the exclusive cube-shaped Titan Box, which is colored in the sexy Xbox green. Moving onto the PS3 and PS4 versions of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, where Sony users in the US being the only ones able to pre-order. US-based PlayStation owners will receive the Secret Eye level. Both Sony consoles also include the exclusive Symbolic level, where enemies spawn in clusters shaped like the PlayStation control buttons.
In an earnings call today for investors, Robert Crooke, VP and GM NVM Solutions Group, publicly announced Intel's 3D NAND. The new 3D structure will use lithography larger than 20nm but Intel didn't disclose anything further. The new 3D NAND will be produced in Utah, a IMFT factory, Intel's joint venture with Micron Technology.
Robert Crooke holding an Intel 3D NAND package.
Intel stressed the disruptive nature of the new 3D structure. The company plans to release products in the second half of 2015 with the new flash and plans to use the technology to disrupt SSD prices.
During the 2015 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in February 2015, Intel will reveal more technical details about its upcoming Haswell-EX processor. This processor will be the most complex CPU the company has ever made.
Intel's Xeon E7 v3 "Haswell-EX" processor will work in motherboards with up to eight sockets, packing 18 cores (and 18 Hyper-Threaded cores) for a total of 36 threads per CPU. We will also have 45MB of last-level cache (LLC), quad-channel DDR4 support, PCI Express 3.0 and much more. The new Intel Xeon E7 platform will usher in new reliability, availability, scalability (RAS) capabilities, something that will bring Intel closer to the older Itanium-based servers.
The Haswell-EX processor will be using Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate technology, packing in an insane 5.56 billion transistors, making it one of the most complex x86-based processors ever made.
Microsoft Xbox One console owners will finally have access to the HBO Go app, available to HBO subscribers, with voice and gesture controls supported. The new app is now arriving for US HBO subscribers, and the voice and gesture controls will allow console owners to access the entire HBO catalog using a hand gesture or voice instructions.
"Xbox is one of our subscribers' favorite ways to access HBO Go and its incredible breadth of award-winning programming," said Jeff Dallesandro, HBO VP of digital domestic network distribution. "Now, Xbox One users can get in on the action and Kinect with the very best HBO series and films on this innovative, state-of-the-art device."
There are a wide variety of apps available for the Xbox One, including rival apps from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus - ensuring entertainment apps are available in the living room is an important role for Microsoft, Sony and set-top box manufacturers.
Amazon is rolling out a fleet of robots that will help the company boost productivity and ensure timely deliveries ahead of what should be an extremely busy 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season. The robots can help locate and pick items, which are verified by a human picker before being boxed up and sent from the facility - the company will be able to save upwards of $900 million each year, with robotic assistance able to help save 20 percent to 40 percent per shipped order.
To help ensure it would have a robotics inventory it could call upon, Amazon purchased Robots maker Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012 - and there have been more than 1,400 Kiva robots already working in Amazon's logistics chain.
Amazon tends to have successful shopping seasons, but as the US economy has recovered - and consumers have extra money to spend this Christmas - Amazon wants to ensure everything runs smoothly and customers will be happy.
A Russian website is posting links to hijacked webcams and baby monitors, and US and UK privacy watchdog groups want to try to have the website shut down. The website has a listing of 4,591 cameras in the United States, 2,059 in France, 1,576 in the Netherlands, and numerous other cameras across Europe.
Some of the webcams listed on the website show a static image but don't appear to be running, while others still work just fine.
"The fact that a website is able to stream footage from thousands of cameras, illustrates the risks that consumers are taking by not changing the default passwords on camera enabled devices," said David Emm, Kaspersky Lab Principal Security Researcher. "It only takes a minute to change a password, and the longer it is left unchanged, the greater the chance that the device will be compromised."
The cyberattack that recently targeted the US Postal Service, affecting 800,000 employees nationwide, was a "very sophisticated" attack that is likely tied to the Chinese government. While there haven't been confirmed cases of identity theft, it appears names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other personal information were stolen in the breach.
Meanwhile, Congress wants faster notification of a data breach from the USPS and other agencies - a strong likelihood considering the growing sophistication of cyberattacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the USPS data breach, and government officials didn't want to publicly comment on which group they believe is behind the attack.
"At this time, we do not believe that Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices, as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards, were affected by this incident," said Randy Meskanic, USPS cybersecurity official, during a recent testimony. "There is no evidence that any customer credit card information from retail or online purchases, change of address or other services was compromised."
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is currently engaged in its largest cyber defense exercise, designed at testing its network security protocols. Organized cyberattacks, with growing threats from state-sponsored attacks originating from China and Russia, have forced government agencies and military branches to be prepared for potential attacks.
There are 670 technical, government and cyber experts from dozens of Alliance and partner locations - in addition to testing their defense, NATO also helps strengthen partnerships with universities and private-sector companies.
"Among the priorities highlighted in the Enhanced NATO Policy on Cyber Defense, endorsed at the Wales Summit, is training and exercises," said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. "The cyber threat is not just a potential threat, it is daily reality. Conflicts can be virtual but with consequences that are real and destructive."
Black Friday is only one week away, and Sony is cranking up the marketing machine to win over potential PlayStation 4 customers. The company's new video promo states the PS4 is the "best place to play," a claim Microsoft previously said of its Xbox One game console.
The video shows game footage from Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto V and Destiny, along with promoting the PS4's sports games, including Madden NFL 15, NBA 2K15, FLB 14: The Show, and FIFA 15.
The PS4 has easily outsold the Xbox One since both consoles launched late last year - but a recent Xbox One price cut has indicated Microsoft hasn't lost all hope - and the 2014 Christmas shopping season will present a fierce battle.