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Trump promises to make Apple build 'damn computers and things' in US

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2016 12:29 pm

In a recent speech, Donald Trump expanded on another way that he's planning to make the US "greater than ever before," telling all that he plans to ensure Apple manufacturers its products on US soil.




"We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries," said Trump, with that being basically all that was mentioned on this topic. In addition to this, Trump explained that he has a similar vision for Ford, stating that "For every car, truck and whatever else you're building, you're going to pay a 35 percent tax every time you bring a car across the border." This tax came about due to Ford investing in Mexican manufacturing plants, rather than focusing on US production.


ZDNet reported that Apple's only all-US product is the Mac Pro, while this tech giant does stipulate that 31 of the 50 US states are used to provide Apple with parts, marerials and equipment.

TSMC plans to open up a 5nm fabrication plant in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2016 11:53 am

With TSMC saying that they're looking at hitting 10nm in the next few months, and even 7nm by 2018, news has broken that the Taiwanese firm will open a 5nm fabrication facility by 202.




TSMC is expected to push 5nm in the first half of 2020 but notes that the production of chips using the 7nm process will happen in early 2018. If this happens without any issues, we could see a 50% reduction in current fabrication technology, in the span of only two years. Developing the manufacturing process capable of sub-7nm lithography has been extremely hard, but TSMC says it has hopes in extreme ultraviolet lithography (UAV).


TSMC says that they've made "significant process" in using UAV, where they're expected to use the technology make the 5nm production happen.

AMD's full-year financials for 2015 show 28% decline in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 20, 2016 1:36 am

Last year one of our biggest stories was the discrete GPU market share numbers, with NVIDIA dominating, taking in a huge 82% of the market - leaving AMD with only 18%.




Well, now we have AMD's full-year financials to look at, with the company reporting a 28% decline in revenue for 2015. AMD reported revenues of $3.99 billion for the year, down from $5.5 billion in 2014. In Q4 2015, AMD saw a 10% decline in revenue compared to Q3, with $958 million compared to $1.06 billion in the previous three-month period.


If we look at the performance of AMD's separate businesses, the computing and graphics part of AMD saw an 11% increase in Q4, with revenues of $470 million. AMD shipped considerable numbers of high-end notebook processors, especially their Carrizo-based APUs and FX processors. The enterprise, embedded and semi-custom side of AMD didn't do well, with $488 million in revenue, and a 23% decline compared to the previous quarter.

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Netflix is getting serious on VPNs, Tor and other proxy use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 8:34 am

If you're someone who uses a VPN, Tor or another proxy network to get around the region blocking on Netflix - you won't be allowed to do that for much longer. Considering Netflix is a powerful player, spending $6 billion in 2016 on original content, you'd think they'd want to keep as many consumers as happy as they can.




Netflix lawyers who write up content licensing agreements with studios and networks think that region blocking makes sense, but to those of us in the real-world, it doesn't. As Boing Boing writes "We just want to be able to watch the stuff we love, wherever and whoever we are".


According to Netflix's Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture, David Fullagar, "If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or 'unblockers' to fool our systems into thinking they're in a different country than they're actually in". He added: "In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location".

Netflix will be spending $6 billion on content throughout 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 3:53 am

Netflix has made huge waves in the last year or so, and especially with gigantic hits like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Marvel's Daredevil and Jessica Jones.




Well, the streaming content giant is committing a huge $6 billion over 2016, which should secure itself as the leader in streaming content. During the Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: "Is there too much TV?" he asked, adding "I'll pause for a second", knowing that reporters would want to note down his next quote: "We don't think there's too much TV. And if there is too much TV, someone else is going to have to slow down, because we have big plans for 2016 and beyond".


Sarandos said that Netflix will have over 600 hours of original content in 2016, adding that 2016's budget is huge. He said: "We're going to spend in 2016 about $5 billion dollars on content on a P&L basis, which means about $6 billion in cash. We are running a global network, one that is not easily comparable either in business or cultural terms ... We're not courting advertisers, because we're not targeting a single demographic".

Activision being sued by children of Black Ops 2 Angolan rebel chief

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 17, 2016 5:02 pm

Activision generally makes a good game, though that's always up for debate. Part of that might include a little artistic license when portraying real-world based characters. And now Activision is being sued by the family of an Angolan rebel chief that was portrayed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.




Three of Jonas Savimbi's surviving children don't agree with how their father was portrayed in Black Ops 2, saying that he was not quite the "barbarian" they showed him as in the game. And as a result of their dissatisfaction with the way that their father's memory was handled, they're seeking €1 million in damages,


In life, Jonas Savimbi was the leader of a guerrilla insurgency against the Angolan government to liberate it. He's the founder, and was the leader, of the National Union of the Total Independence of Angola. Ronald Reagan himself even saw him as a freedom fighter as opposed to placing the other, more extreme, term on his name.

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Full steam ahead, Cooler Master shifts strategy, 'Make it Yours'

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 5:14 am

Visiting Cooler Master and seeing what they had on hand was a blast. They really believe in where they're going, and not just in the usual marketing sense you might assume. The people behind the products are passionate, and committed.




They feel such optimism because of how they're consolidating their product lines into more manageable and easier to digest categories. Cooler Master has had a lot of different lines of cases, fans, coolers and a lot of other products in the past. It was a little confusing to some customers. Even enthusiasts could find themselves a bit taken aback by the sheer number of choices.


And that much choice isn't always necessarily a good thing for business either. It can make it hard and even expensive to manufacture so many different things at once. Hence this great effort towards making their products lines more manageable for themselves and manufacturing as well as for us. A business decision this is, but benefit the consumer much, it does.

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HTC sales dropped 35% in 2015, but the Vive is right around the corner

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 11:28 pm

HTC sales took a big hit in 2015, dropping 35% over sales in 2014, according to the company's newly released annual financial report.




Last year, revenue totaled $3.65 billion, down 35.24% from 2014's $5.64 billion; December 2015 sales totaled $195.7 million, a 57.08% decline year-on-year, and 36.64% sequentially.


HTC is now counting on its Vive VR headset to get them back into shape. Pre-orders start next month.

Intel acquires German drone company Ascending Technologies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2016 8:27 am

Intel has announced that it has acquired Ascending Technologies, a German company that specializes in detect-and-avoid systems for UAVs.




Last year at CES 2015, Ascending Technologies helped Intel show off with a game of "drone ping pong", with the companies teasing a hovering drone that automatically moved away from people and objects that were close to it. The drone was called AscTech Firefly, featuring six of Intel's impressive RealSense depth cameras.


Intel's acquisition of Ascending Technologies is a reiteration of its interest in the UAV business, which is something the company calls "an important computing platform of the future".

Activision buys the majority of eSports giant Major League Gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2016 8:24 am

It was only back in October 2015 that Activision announced its new eSports division led by the founder of Major League Gaming and the former CEO of ESPN - but now, the company responsible for the Call of Duty franchise has secured the majority of MLG's assets.




Activision paid $46 million in the deal, which "essentially dissolves the professional gaming organisation", reports Engadget. MLG secured the deal without a stockholders meeting, with the sale rustling some investors' feathers. MLG co-founder and CEO Sundance DiGiovanni has abandoned his role, replaced by former CFO Greg Chisholm.


Back in 2002, both DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso founded MLG, hosting professional gaming tournaments, entered the streaming business and delivered eSports to television, and made it mainstream. MLG opened up the first United States professional gaming arena in Ohio, with another planned to open in China by 2017.