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President Trump invokes emergency powers, US fights invisible enemy

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 18, 2020 at 09:11 pm CDT

President Trump has just invoked emergency powers, something that will marshal medical supplies as the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreck havok on the US and the world.

The 70-year-old Defense Production Act gives President Trump the power to push production by privately-owned companies, in order to manufacture and supply the United States with masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies. President Trump tweeted: "I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!"

President Trump also recently closed the US-Canada border, with just essential travel allowed. The Trump administration will also be sending relief cheques to millions of struggling Americans, too.

Trump to temporarily close US border with Canada due to coronavirus

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 18, 2020 at 09:14 am CDT

President Donald Trump has just announced that the United States will closing its border with Canada, where all "non-essential traffic" will be blocked over coronavirus.

The moves by President Trump closing the US-Canada border come barely 24 hours after the European Union agreed to close its external borders to non-citizens. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently made similar moves in Canada, where he considered closing Canada's border to non-citizens, while US citizens were exempt from that ban.

President Trump tweeted: "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" The story is breaking, and I will update it when more information is made available.

British Airways cancels ALL flights to and from mainland China

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 29, 2020 at 02:23 am CST

British Airways has just announced it has suspended all flights to and from mainland China, a move made after Britain warned against all but essential travel to China because of the on-going coronavirus outbreak.

British Airways cancels ALL flights to and from mainland China | TweakTown.com

British Airways said in an email: "We apologise to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority. Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on BA.com". British Airways isn't the first airline to make a bold move like this, with South Korean airline Air Seoul stopping all flights to China over coronavirus.

Thai Lion Air also announced that it has stopped all flights between Thailand and Chengdu in southern China until February 10, while airlines including Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines letting crew wear masks on China bound flights. American Airlines is providing hand sanitizer wipes for flight attendants to use on all China bound flights.

Uber loses license to operate in London after multiple safety failures

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 25, 2019 at 06:04 am CST

Uber has just lost its license to operate in London, where after multiple safety failures Transport for London said the ride-sharing giant was not "fit and proper" as a license holder.

Uber loses license to operate in London after multiple safety failures | TweakTown.com

The ride-sharing giant lost its license back in 2017 but the TfL granted two extensions, and they expired on Sunday. With around 45,000 drivers working for Uber in London, the license to operate being up in the air is a big deal -- London is also in the top 5 markets for Uber globally, too.

As for the "pattern of failures" by Uber in London, these include passenger safety and security concerns -- where Uber's internal systems allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to Uber driver accounts. TfL reports that over 14,000 fraudulent trips took place in London in late 2018 and early 2019.

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Samsung develops first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging tech for HBM

Shannon Robb | Oct 7, 2019 at 05:25 pm CDT

We've all seen HBM deployed on various GPU's primarily from AMD starting back in the days of the FURY and FURY X. However the market for HBM has grown quite a lot and is used for not just GPU but similar devices such as compute accelerators and FPGAs

Samsung develops first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging tech for HBM 01 | TweakTown.com

Samsung today announced that they have developed an industry first in the new 12-layer 3D-TSV (Through Silicon Via) design. The design uses 60,000 TSV holes to enable the stacking of DRAM chips in a vertical configuration. The TSV holes are stated to be one-twentieth the thickness of a human hair.

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Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule accused of rape

Derek Strickland | Aug 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm CDT

Video games composer Jeremy Soule, described as the John Williams of game music, has been accused of raping an independent developer.

Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule accused of rape | TweakTown.com

Nathalie Lawhead, the indie dev behind Tetrageddon Games, says she was raped by Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule while working on a hellish ARG project. The following is based on Lawhead's story.

"On November 4 2008 I was contacted by a studio in Vancouver to design and build an ARG for their new IP. I talked about my experiences of working with this company before. For example, in this post."

"What I didn't share, when talking about my experiences, is that I was raped by Jeremy Soule while I was working there."

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Corsair confirms it has acquired gaming PC company ORIGIN PC

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 24, 2019 at 08:17 am CDT

It turns out the rumors of Corsair buying custom gaming PC company ORIGIN PC were true, with Corsair officially announcing it has acquired ORIGIN PC in a statement on its website.

Corsair confirms it has acquired gaming PC company ORIGIN PC | TweakTown.com

The acquisition of ORIGIN PC will see the custom PC maker integrate Corsair's iCUE software ecosystem into their family of PCs, offering up system-wide lighting synchronization and performance monitoring. Better yet, the new Corsair Hydro X Series custom cooling will be making their way into ORIGIN PC systems in the near future.

More details on the cooperation and integration of Corsair and ORIGIN PC products will be "announced in the near future" the company explained in its press release.

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Telltale Games hit with layoffs, studio loses 25% of workers

Derek Strickland | Nov 7, 2017 at 01:46 pm CST

Telltale Games, the dev behind a slew of narrative-driven games such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and the Game of Thrones series, is letting go of 25% of its workers--about 90 people across all divisions.

Telltale Games hit with layoffs, studio loses 25% of workers | TweakTown.com

This new restructuring is effective immediately, and the reasoning behind the layoffs is so Telltale Games can become more competitive and launch "fewer, better games with a smaller team." The company said that the shake-up won't affect projects currently in development.

"The decision is designed to make the company, a leader in player-driven narrative games, more competitive as a developer and publisher of groundbreaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality in the years ahead," the press release notes.

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Sprint and T-Mobile cancel merger plans

Derek Strickland | Nov 4, 2017 at 01:13 pm CDT

After months of negotiations, the monumental Sprint-T-Mobile merger has been cancelled.

Sprint and T-Mobile cancel merger plans | TweakTown.com

According to latest reports from The Wall Street Journal, Sprint and T-Mobile won't be combining forces after all. Japan's SoftBank consortium, which serves as Sprint's parent company, has made good on past reports of calling off the deal. T-Mobile recently proposed new terms in a bid to keep the deal active

"Sprint and T-Mobile Calling Off Merger," The WSJ reports. "SoftBank To Buy Additional Shares of Sprint in Open Market."

Google buys HTC's mobile division for $1.1 billion

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 20, 2017 at 09:34 pm CDT

Google has just announced it has acquired HTC's mobile division in a deal worth $1.1 billion, which was expected after HTC announced it would briefly halt trading on the Taiwan stock exchange ahead of "material information" that was coming today.

Google buys HTC's mobile division for $1.1 billion | TweakTown.com

Google hardware boss, Rich Osterloh, said about the deal: "These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we've already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we're excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property".

HTC made both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone for Google last year, with the Taiwanese smartphone maker being a silent contractor. Google marketed the smartphones as if they were their own, without mentioning HTC. But this new deal means Google can better compete, very directly, against Samsung, Apple, LG, Huawei, and others that are industry heavyweights.

HTC has made the upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone, but the larger Pixel XL 2 was manufactured by LG.