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Foxconn puts brakes on $6bn Sharp acquisition

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 26, 2016 1:06 am

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.

Microsoft to acquire mobile developer software company Xamarin

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 3:02 am

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.

Anti-virus company Enigma is suing community reviewer over bad review

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 3:33 pm

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.

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Free in-flight wi-fi offered on future Qantas flights

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2016 2:49 am

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, 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.

Yahoo to start bidder search on Monday, reports claim

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2016 2:31 pm

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.

Fandango acquires both Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 19, 2016 3:25 am

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 reports record quarterly revenue and record full-year revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 18, 2016 6:29 am

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".

Taiwan earthquake affects TSMC more than previously expected

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 16, 2016 4:50 am

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.

Women are better coders than men, study says

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2016 2:32 pm

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."

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Class-action suit filed against Apple over iPhone error 53

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2016 9:01 am

Recently, iPhone users have been encountering error code 53, an issue prevents users from installing updates or just flat out bricks the device. It triggers when the TouchID buttons are damaged or replaced.




Consequently, a Seattle law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit in California against Apple, arguing the behaviour is "abusive" and that Apple failed to warn buyers of what could happen should the sensor be damaged or replaced. It goes on to claim over 62 million units have been affected. For now, class-action status hasn't yet been granted by a judge.

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