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Texas Instruments makes all sorts of chips for a vast range of devices running from mobile phones and set top boxes to other electronic devices that you probably don't even know they work with. TI runs its own fabs where it builds its chips itself rather than being a fabless semiconductor firm like some that farm out the actual construction of their chips to someone else.
TI has announced today that it has acquired a new analog semiconductor fab in China. The fab is the first that TI has in China, is located in Chengdu, and will be known as TI Chengdu. The fab is a fully equipped 200mm fabrication facility and TI purchased the fab from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Company at an undisclosed price.
Skype official version 5 is out, including group chat which was previously seen in betas - can now link up with your Facebook account for status updating and quick calls to friends Skype or landline numbers.
Amongst bug and performance fixes, includes group video chat. The Facebook integration is also included - you'll have to ask your friends to list their Skype names on Facebook.
Skype 5 is a free download for Windows users only - future editions of Skype for other clients will included group chat, eventually.
The lads over at KitGuru have an interesting interview with Richard Huddy of AMD.
If you're a fan of GPU's (from either team) it's a very good read. There will be more interviews to come.
The interview explains a lot about both business practices, benchmark's, the Batman AA scandal, DX11, the future of PC gaming and hardware and how every game up until 2012 will be developed around the AMD Radeon as they were the first GPU company with DX11 level hardware.
Here are some snippets from the interview:
"With one exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon"
We asked Huddy about the ways in which differences in hardware design translate into the DevRel push. "AMD being able to deliver DirectX 11 hardware into the hands of developers a full 6 months ahead of nVidia, means that with one single known exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon hardware. that gives us a huge advantage".
The picture is deceiving isn't it - especially for a tech site, but now that you're here, sit down for story time and enjoy this news bit.
Today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and IBM Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Glen Boreham announced a new global R&D lab to be based at the University of Victoria. The deal creates 150 jobs, the major reason behind it is the NBN.
The new R&D lab will open in Q1 or 2011.
At the University of Melbourne, Gillard made the announcement. The lab will be the first IBM lab to combine both R&D into a single operation, it's aim to accelerate progress toward a smarter planet. More specifically, it will focus on areas such as water management, transport in urban centres, natural disaster management, smart electrical grids and more.
The lab is expected to bring more benefits to Victoria, not just including the 150 new researcher positions over five years, 38 of those being PhD students.
Telstra is really stretching out lately - another news bit, that they are upgrading their online bill payment facilities after research showed online payment as the preferred method of customers paying their phone bills.
Telstra's research was the result of Pure Profile's August 2010 sample of 1250 Australian's aged over 18, from both regional and metropolitan areas. Karen Ganschow, executive director of relationship marketing and online, said that the research they had showed 85 percent of Australian's preferred simple transactions on their PC or mobile phone, rather than in person or on the phone.
She added, "The average Australian has entered a new age of embracing online in their day to day lives. More than a third of us go online daily to perform simple transactions - such as paying bills or checking account information - with 10 per cent using the net up to four times a day to perform these tasks."
Microsoft's search engine "Bing", will soon allow searchers to see results generated by their Facebook friends' use of the "like" button.
Microsoft's president of Microsoft Online Services, Qi Lui and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a press conference in Microsoft's Silicon Valley HQ to announce the new feature, which will be a "liked by your friends" section that will take advantage of the way other web publishers have implemented Facebook's "like" button on their sites.
Microsoft are set to start this feature as of yesterday in the US, Bing users will find a little pop-up window in the top right hand corner of their screens that asks them if they want to use their Bing accounts with their Facebook accounts. However, it's not obligatory, users can choose to decline the "offer", with their Facebook profile and "likes" not being shown on Bing. Another feature is the ability to delete Bing from your Facebook applications if you decide later to exclude your data - Microsoft will show this reminder five times.
One of the features of the new integration, will allow Bing searchers to see when their friends on Facebook have clicked the "like" button on a web page. No search data is being sent back to Facebook, which means your Facebook friend's won't see what you're searching for on Bing.
Intel have recorded another record quarter, raking in $11.1 billion in revenue, with $3 billion of that in profits.
Supposedly, the record revenue and profits are due to increases in laptop and server chip sales, but Atom doesn't get any of the fan-fare, Atom sales actually dropped by four percent.
Other Q3 highlights are:
Telstra has named their new CIO today.
Meet, Patrick Eltridge:
Former Seek and Westpac CIO, Patrick Eltridge has stepped up to the plate of chief information officer, replacing former CIO John McInerney who resigned in June of this year.
Patrick begins his turn as CIO from November 22nd of this year.
Telstra's chief operating officer, Michael Rocca said in a note to Telstra staff "I am pleased to announce that Patrick Eltridge joins us from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, starting as CIO on 22 November 2010. Patrick is ideally suited for Telstra's CIO role as his wide experience in the banking sector includes managing significant system changes, performing in a global architectural role and operating in a customer-facing business unit,"
"Patrick's deep knowledge and support of a customer-led business with a particular focus on online customer experiences and workforce productivity will add significant value to the position."
Right now there's no confirmation, but the one thing that should interest you is the news caused Adobe Systems stock to rise 17% before falling slightly down to 11.5% higher than before the rumour. Microsoft shares rose by 0.4%.
News broke from The New York Times as they reported Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a secret meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen at Adobe's San Fransisco offices "recently".
The two had supposedly talked about Apple's dominance in mobile phones and discussed various options to attack that, with the inclusion of Microsoft purchasing Adobe.
Both Microsoft and Adobe have declined comment.
AMD is stamping it's one year anniversary of the AMD Fusion Partner Program by introducing the AMD Fusion Partner Program distributor track. The expanded program will give distributors access to all of the benefits and goodies within the AMD Fusion Partner Program to help increases sales of AMD-based solutions. AMD is also introducing the AMD Rewards Program - which is being used to add sales-based incentives for partners to increase channel sales growth.
David Kenyon, corporate vice president, Worldwide Channel Marketing, AMD said "It's amazing to see how far we've come in such a short amount of time," he also added "By extending the AMD Fusion Partner Program to all of our valued distribution partners, AMD is proud to now offer them vital information, motivation, support and incentives to help them to be successful in today's marketplace."