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 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.
Intel has lost one of its best, with 20-year veteran François Piednoël leaving the company. Piednoël was involved in the development of some of Intel's biggest CPU architecture development, including Katmai, Conroe, Penryn, and Nehalem as well as SoCs in Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake.
Piednoël leaving Intel at this time is very strange, especially as AMD is back into the game in a very big way after nearly a decade out of the high-end enthusiast CPU market. AMD is preparing the launch of its new Ryzen ThreadRipper processors that will bring 16C/32T CPUs to the masses, and Intel loses one of its chief CPU engineers. He won't be joining AMD, that's for sure - as he tweeted out a reply to someone saying "going to AMD", he said: "NEVER!" with a follow up tweet asking "why "NEVER!" to which Piednoël replied: "Because my knowledge about Intel is too deep, I would get lawyers knocking on my door next day".
Intel seems to be finding more and more holes in its ship, is there something bigger going on that we can't see yet?
A factory of Samsung SDI, Samsung's affiliate division that manufactured batteries for the doomed Note7, has caught fire.
The factory in Tianjin, China, caught fire on Wednesday and according to Samsung's spokesperson, they experienced a "minor fire." The incident happened at a waste depository within the factory and had no influence on battery production.
According to the South China Morning Post, it took 19 fire engines and 110 firemen to get the "minor fire" under control.
more picture about Samsung SDI in tianjin is on fire... pic.twitter.com/Ui6J4mGwSj— 萌萌的电教 (@mmddj_china) February 8, 2017
Razer has confirmed to Polygon that the two stolen prototypes from CES 2017 were indeed Project Valerie prototypes as we had suspected they would be.
They also confirmed that they are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that would lead to the identification, arrest, and conviction of a criminal suspect.
According to a statement provided to Polygon:
This note is to confirm that two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement's evaluation of the value of the information provided. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Razer. Razer associates are not eligible for the reward. This reward offer is good for one year from the date it is first offered, unless extended by Razer. Information about the theft can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Razer will not publicly disclose material that it receives or details about respondents, except to those persons with whom Razer is directly working to resolve this matter or as may be required by law.
So this just happened - Yahoo has rebranded itself to Altaba Inc., with its CEO Marissa Mayer stepping down effective immediately.
TechCrunch reports that Mayer "may be tapped for a role in Yahoo's integration at Verizon, but her position has yet to be announced". Yahoo has recently gone through some massive troubles, with 1 billion user accounts being compromised - which could lead to its deal with Verizon being troubled, but TC said that the "planned sale to Verizon is still moving forward".
They added: "some portions of the company will be left behind and renamed to Altaba Inc.", a very interesting - and all-of-the-sudden move.
CES 2017 - As this year's CES wraps up, some bad news came from the CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan. He posted on Facebook that two of their prototypes were stolen from their booth at CES 2017.
While it is extremely difficult to steal a prototype, if they were tearing down the booth it's entirely possible those prototypes could have been stolen. It wouldn't be the first time someone copied a Razer product.
At the show, Razer showed off two new prototypes, the Project Ariana and Project Valerie. Ariana is a projection system that is designed to make gaming more immersive by projecting lower resolution game content over the high-resolution TV or monitor. Project Valerie was the most ambitious project where Razer's engineers managed to squeeze three 4K G-Sync monitors into a single laptop, quite the engineering feat.
It seems like San Francisco Municipal riders either got really happy or really angry when MUNI systems got hacked last Friday. The commuters were surprised to find "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs printed on their tickets. Hurray for the free ride?
Apparently, a hacker by the name of Saolis hacked the company using ransomware where it locks the victim computers until a decryption code is given. Saolis demands 100 bitcoins from the company (which equals to 73000USD) according to the Examiner, in exchange of the captured transit agency data.
Yet, much to our surprise, this hacker doesn't seem to have any malicious intent as he states in an exchange with The Verge: "we don't attention to interview and propagate news ! our software working completely automatically and we don't have targeted attack to anywhere ! SFMTA network was Very Open and 2000 Server/PC infected by software ! so we are waiting for contact any responsible person in SFMTA but i think they don't want deal ! so we close this email tomorrow!"
Cards Against Humanity have once again done something remarkable for this Black Friday. In the past, They have done things like selling real bullshit way back in 2014. This time, they are digging a hole with your charity money.
The company have done this kind of gesture to show their disappointment towards the general population and mock the holiday consumerism. But, in their defense, they did answer 'no' if people asked them there was any meaning for digging this hole. If you want to participate to the digging, you can donate $5 for 2 seconds of digging, and each $5 is going to add an extra 2 seconds to the timer. The event has accumulated a whopping $100,000+ and the number is rising every second.
In their frequently asked question section, you can find your questions getting answered in the most philosophical way possible. Here's some of them: "Where is the hole? America. And in our hearts. ", "How deep can you make this sucker? Great question. As long as you keep spending, we'll keep digging. We'll find out together how deep this thing goes. " and "What if you dig so deep you hit hot magma? At least then we'd feel something.".
BREAKING: If you're like me right now, you're trying to access eBay and finding that it's down. The site and its mobile app aren't working right now, with an eBay rep replying on Twitter to concerned users.
The official eBay Twitter account has said: "Some members are having issues accessing the site, but we're working to resolve ASAP. Thanks for your patience! ".
It was less than 24 hours ago that Twitter also experienced an outage.
CES 2016 - At the big electronics showcase in Las Vegas, we were able to sneak the world's first glimpse of Patriot Memory's new RGB mechanical keyboard.
According to our sources, the keyboard is so new it doesn't have a name just yet, but this brilliantly-lit mecha proudly wears the serpentine Viper Gaming badge telling us its another peripheral in Patriot's performance gaming lineup. As you can see from the pictures, the keyboard is full-sized and outfitted with what appear to be macro buttons and color switches.
The keys are outlined with flavorful chromatic backlighting, but we still don't know what kind of tactile switches the keyboard uses, as Patriot has "yet to determine" the switch type. Patriot Memory's Viper Gaming V760 keyboard leverages Kailh Brown switches, so we may see this type used in the new unnamed mecha.