Monthly Archives: March 2018

China Says Earth-Bound Tiangong-1 Space Lab Will Offer ‘Splendid’ Show

A defunct space laboratory that will plunge back to Earth in the coming days is unlikely to cause any damage, Chinese authorities say, but will offer instead a “splendid” show akin to a meteor shower. China’s space agency said that the roughly eight-tonne Tiangong-1 will re-enter the atmosphere some time between Saturday and Monday. The

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SpaceX Deploys 10 More Iridium Satellites in Used Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX on Friday said a partially-reused rocket successfully launched and deployed the latest group of satellites to upgrade communication networks for Virginia-based company Iridium. “We have successful liftoff of the Falcon 9,” a SpaceX commentator said after the rocket roared off with a tail of fiery exhaust from Vandenberg US Air Force base in California.

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Toshiba’s $19 Billion Chip Sale Delayed as Deadline Missed

After waiting more than a year to learn the fate of its memory chip business, Toshiba Corp. investors are going to have to hold on a little longer. The Japanese technology giant said Friday it’s missed an initial deadline to close the JPY 2 trillion ($19 billion) sale of the division by the end of March,

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China Cuts Tax Rates for Chipmakers Amid Trade Tensions

China’s finance ministry said on Friday it has introduced tax breaks for chipmakers made in the country, at a time when the government is seeking to reduce dependence on foreign semiconductors amid trade tensions with the United States over technology transfers. The move comes as the United States is considering imposing tariffs on $50 billion

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iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3 Released: How to Download and Install

Apple has released iOS 11.3 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models with the anticipated feature that allows you view battery health on your device and toggle performance throttling. This feature debuted on the second beta build of iOS 11.3 in February. The new iOS version also includes the first post-launch update for HomePod.

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Microsoft’s Windows Chief Terry Myerson to Depart in Biggest Reorganisation in Years

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella unveiled the company’s biggest reorganisation in three years, combining the divisions that focus on devices and software for businesses while moving the Windows operating system unit into the cloud operations. It’s a sweeping set of changes that includes the departure of Windows chief and Microsoft veteran Terry Myerson and

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ISRO Successfully Launches GSAT-6A Communication Satellite

India on Thursday successfully launched the GSAT-6A satellite that would provide mobile communication facilities, using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08), in a copybook style. The GSLV-MkII rocket slung the satellite in a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from where it would be taken up to its final geostationary orbit by three orbit raising

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Samsung, Fujitsu Pick France for New AI Research Centres

South Korean giant Samsung said Wednesday it will set up its third-biggest research centre for artificial intelligence in France. The announcement was made by Samsung Electronics president and chief strategy officer, Young Sohn, during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. At the same time, Japanese group Fujitsu also announced it would set

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G7 Nations Agree on a ‘Common Vision’ for AI

Group of Seven countries have agreed to a “common vision” for the development of artificial intelligence, a Canadian minister said Wednesday. Officials met in Montreal for a jobs and innovation forum ahead of Canada’s hosting of the G7 industrialised nations summit from June 8-9 in La Malbaie, Quebec. “G7 innovation ministers have agreed on some

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Qualcomm Fights Apple’s Attempt to Move Battleground to Britain

The saga of Apple’s war with Qualcomm over its lucrative use of patents has spilled into a British court. But Qualcomm says their legal fight should stay firmly across the Atlantic. Qualcomm asked Judge Paul Morgan on Tuesday to declare the British court has no right to determine whether it breached competition laws because the

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