It looks like AMD is about to hit an even rougher patch, with rumors from DigiTimes that "AMD is likely to suffer from a record low share of both markets in the first quarter of 2016", according to their industry sources.
DigiTimes reports: "Demand for standalone video cards has already been sluggish given a weak PC market, and the market for standalone gra[p]hics cards continues to decline. In the already-shrinking market, AMD's rival NVIDIA has eaten away at its market share, the sources indicated". The latter part is true, with NVIDIA having 82% of the discrete GPU market - something we reported on in November 2015.
But AMD has reportedly been hurting on the CPU side of things thanks to an onslaught from Intel - and nothing really worthy of consumers and gamers moving away from their Intel-powered systems. We have AMD's exciting new Zen architecture around the corner, with DigiTimes' sources stating that it's still unknown if Zen is enough to save the company from more troubles. I agree there, but I think if Zen is as good as it looks on paper - and AMD has enough support from their partners, which I think are going to be an issue thanks to Intel's stronger relationships with the likes of ASUS and GIGABYTE - then we can expect some big changes from AMD in the near future.
When it comes to the GPU industry, Polaris is on schedule and ready to rock in June/July. We suspect AMD will tease something next month during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco - and after hearing and writing about this news, let's hope they knock our socks off.
Taiwan's technology giant Foxconn was set to purchase struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp for nearly $6 billion this morning until it discovered some concerning information released by the latter company yesterday. Now Foxconn is taking time to look over the details, but says it hopes to resolve the situation quickly and then complete the deal.
Its concern is understandable: Sharp released a list of approximately 100 contingent liabilities that would see Foxconn inherit a potential $3.1 billion worth of risk should it take the company over, sources close to the matter say.
This latest disturbance is just one of many in the long-running on and off negotiations which date back to at least 2012.
Continuing its acquisition spree, Microsoft is set to snap up Xamarin, a company considered to possess the best mobile developer tools and resources anywhere. In combination with Visual Studio (which already made use of Xamarin) and the recently acquired Azure, this deal puts Microsoft in an excellent position from a mobile development standpoint. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Xamarin's platform supports iOS, Android, and Windows, so users of all kinds will benefit from this deal. The company boasts over 15,000 customers in 120 countries, including over 100 Fortune 500 companies. Yeah, they're kind of a big deal.
Plans relating to the acquisition will be revealed in a few weeks at the Microsoft //Build conference in late March/early April as well as at Xamarin Evolve in late April.
http://www.techpoweru'Bleepin' Janitor' from the self-stated free technology community 'Bleeping Computer' purchased a SpyHunter License and unleashed a review to all readers on the forum. Enigma (SpyHunter creators) isn't happy with the negative review and has threatened legal action.
Tech Power Up reported that Bleeping Computer says Enigma has been "bullying" this community into altering the scathing review, with a threat that non-censorship will result in a lawsuit.
While Bleeping Computer has publicly stated that the lawsuit is a waste of time it is still crowdfunding for an official defense, as seen in the pop-up advertisement above - something that appears when you first open the website. Enigma Software claims that this review is slanderous towards its software, while Bleeping Computer states that it is exercising its right to free speech by reviewing and reporting on a product as they see fit.
Despite being invented in Australia, it's somewhat ironic that Australia has been incredibly slow to embrace in-flight wi-fi, with travellers expected to pick up a good book. But the national airline Qantas has today announced that the last bastion of internet free environments is coming to an end.
According to News.com.au, Qantas has today announced plans to add in-flight wi-fi to the airlines fleet of A330s and B737s early next year. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that "bringing high-speed wi-fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen" and will "give Qantas customers download speeds in the air similar to what they're used to on the ground".
The wi-fi plan will be rolled out via a partnership with ViaSat, which will utilise National Broadband Network fibre backhaul.
Bloomberg and ZDNet are telling us that Yahoo will start its look for bidders as soon as Monday, approaching companies and private equity firms alike.
This announcement as a whole isn't too surprising given that Yahoo has already publicly announced a committee to deal with this task, with a slew of companies already pinpointed for a possible buyout. Bloomberg thinks that some large names are keen on this purchase, including the likes of Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Bain Capital Partners, KKR & Co and TPG.
Bids are expected to kick off later on in March this year, coming amidst Yahoo's plans to restructure and focus its operations.
Theatrical ticket provider Fandango has just acquired Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster, which were both owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, for an undisclosed sum of money.
Warner Bros. has secured itself a minority ownership in Fandango, and will continue to serve as an ongoing strategic partner. Warner Bros. said that both Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes receive around 20 million unique hits per month, but with Fandango's magic and combined audience, it projects these numbers to grow to over 63 million per month. Fandango and Flixster's mobile apps have been downloaded over 100 million times, according to Warner Bros.
Fandango President Paul Yanover said that Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster were invaluable resources for movie fans, and they look forward to seeing their new acquisitions grow. The company wants to increase theatrical ticketing and super-serving consumers with all of their movie needs, with both sites continuing as consumer-facing brands. Fandango will however add its ticketing capabilities to the Flixster app in the coming months.
NVIDIA has posted its earnings report for Q4 2015, smashing its previous records pulling in a huge $1.4 billion - 7% higher than the previous quarter of $1.3 billion. Full-year numbers were also impressive, with a record $5.01 billion - up 7% as well, from the previous year of $4.68 billion.
The company experienced growth in all market sectors, with Gaming, Professional Visualization, Datacenter and Automotive sectors all growing well. If we look back at 2015, it was a massive year for NVIDIA. The company launched its Maxwell-powered parts in late 2014, riding that wave throughout 2015. The company commanded 76% of the discrete GPU market in early 2015, and later in the year NVIDIA secured a huge 82% of the dGPU market.
Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA said: "We had another record quarter, capping a record year. Our strategy is to create specialized accelerated computing platforms for large growth markets that demand the 10x boost in performance we offer. Each platform leverages our focused investment in building the world's most advanced GPU technology".
The devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 is still having on-going affects to both the citizens of the country, and businesses - like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
TSMC said earlier this month that the earthquake would have an effect of less than 1% on their wafer shipments for Q1 2016, adding that 95% of its foundry machines would be restored to normal conditions within 2-3 days. Machines at Fab 6 and Fab 14B have been 100% restored, according to the company.
TSMC added that even though the earthquake has affected them, they are confident of reaching target consolidated revenues of $5.9 to $6 billion for Q1 2016. Let's hope that TSMC gets back to 100% operational capacity in the very near future.
Backed by the statement that "Women disproportionately make contributions that projects need more urgently," a study conducted by Cal Poly and the North Carolina State University concluded that women make better coders than men, as seen on Gizmodo.
This paper is reportedly still waiting for its peer review process so all statement may be taken with a grain of salt. However, the findings are still quite interesting. Utilizing the data taken from 4 million GitHub users, the researchers then narrowed it down to 1.4 million users (the ones they were able to figure out the gender of) and discovered that code by women is more likely to be utilised compared to male coding - showing a 78.6 percent pull request rating compared to the male figure of 74.6 percent.
Using this newfound data and further research which is linked in the full story, the paper concluded that "Women have a higher acceptance rate of pull requests overall, but when they're outsiders and their gender is identifiable, they have a lower acceptance rate than men," further stating "Our results suggest that although women on Github may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless."