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  • Toshiba said it was open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate's prized chip unit - an apparent olive branch after it chose another suitor as preferred bidder.The two have been feuding bitterly and Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba's main semiconductor plant, has sought a US court injunction to prevent any deal that does not have its consent.The softer tone from Toshiba comes on a day of further indignities as the crisis-wracked conglomerate saw itself demoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and estimated bigger losses for the past financial year.This week it chose a consortium of Bain Capital and Japanese government investors as preferred bidder for the unit, the world's No. 2 producer of NAND flash chips. It wants to clinch a deal, worth some $18 billion, by June 28, the day of its shareholders meeting.Foxconn Says Pursuit of Toshiba Deal 'Not Over'"Western Digital used to be..

    Toshiba Says It’s Willing to Talk With Western Digital About Chip Unit Sale

    Toshiba said it was open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate's prized chip unit - an apparent olive branch after it chose another suitor as preferred bidder.The two have been feuding bitterly and Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba's main semiconductor plant, has sought a US court injunction to prevent any deal that does not have its consent.The softer tone from Toshiba comes on a day of further indignities as the crisis-wracked conglomerate saw itself demoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and estimated bigger losses for the past financial year.This week it chose a consortium of Bain Capital and Japanese government investors as preferred bidder for the unit, the world's No. 2 producer of NAND flash chips. It wants to clinch a deal, worth some $18 billion, by June 28, the day of its shareholders meeting.Foxconn Says Pursuit of Toshiba Deal 'Not Over'"Western Digital used to be..
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  • At the Develop Conference 2017, the one-time lead engineer on the Xbox One and Xbox Live founder Boyd Multerer stated that mobile devices are driving innovation in CPUs.“Mobile phones drive the research of CPUs, there's no question about it,” Boyd Multerer, said at Develop. Processor developers like Intel and ARM have prioritised their mobile projects because “the market is phones. Who cares about a couple of hundred million PCs anymore? This is about billions of phones.”When desktop processors were a priority, Multerer explained that it was about making faster CPUs. Now he believes that it's all about cutting power usage.“If they can lower the amount of power use of that instruction by a little bit, that gives them a competitive edge against other chips. [...] The phone industry says I can have 16 CPUs so that when you want to run a complicated app I can go into high power mode and I'll have all of them working at the same time and work really fast. As soon as that a..

    Xbox One Lead Engineer: ‘Who Cares About a Couple of Hundred Million PCs Anymore?’

    At the Develop Conference 2017, the one-time lead engineer on the Xbox One and Xbox Live founder Boyd Multerer stated that mobile devices are driving innovation in CPUs.“Mobile phones drive the research of CPUs, there's no question about it,” Boyd Multerer, said at Develop. Processor developers like Intel and ARM have prioritised their mobile projects because “the market is phones. Who cares about a couple of hundred million PCs anymore? This is about billions of phones.”When desktop processors were a priority, Multerer explained that it was about making faster CPUs. Now he believes that it's all about cutting power usage.“If they can lower the amount of power use of that instruction by a little bit, that gives them a competitive edge against other chips. [...] The phone industry says I can have 16 CPUs so that when you want to run a complicated app I can go into high power mode and I'll have all of them working at the same time and work really fast. As soon as that a..
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  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte sought him out to explain negative media comments he made about Spurs during the summer. Conte takes his reigning Premier League champions to face Spurs at Wembley on Sunday as Pochettino's side look to start their season away from White Hart Lane with a London derby victory.During pre-season Conte questioned the ambition of Tottenham, given they had not signed any new players at that stage, but Spurs' first arrival of the transfer window came on Friday in the shape of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.The Italian also said it is "not a tragedy" if Spurs do not win the title or qualify for the Champions League - whereas it is for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. But Pochettino said that Conte approached him at the recent Premier League launch event to make clear what he had meant by his statements. "Last week, we had (an) opportunity to talk a little bit an..

    Mauricio Pochettino plays down Antonio Conte’s comments about Spurs in summer

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte sought him out to explain negative media comments he made about Spurs during the summer. Conte takes his reigning Premier League champions to face Spurs at Wembley on Sunday as Pochettino's side look to start their season away from White Hart Lane with a London derby victory.During pre-season Conte questioned the ambition of Tottenham, given they had not signed any new players at that stage, but Spurs' first arrival of the transfer window came on Friday in the shape of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.The Italian also said it is "not a tragedy" if Spurs do not win the title or qualify for the Champions League - whereas it is for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. But Pochettino said that Conte approached him at the recent Premier League launch event to make clear what he had meant by his statements. "Last week, we had (an) opportunity to talk a little bit an..
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  • German Touring Car Championship long-stay Mercedes Benz announced in July that it would be leaving the series in favor of Formula E, changing the tone for the two remaining competitors, Audi and BMW. When the news was released, the two marques were forced to reevaluate the situation, and in turn, caused a bit of doubt as to how the series would go on. Now, Audi director of motorsport Dieter Gass is concerned about the future of the sport, claiming that a two-manufacturer DTM is "hard to imagine."While this isn't the first time there have been only two makes in the series, Gass feels that it could be more difficult now than before. In an interview with Autosport, Gass mentioned the six-year span that included just Audi and Mercedes before BMW joined again in 2012."We have seen the championship with two manufacturers in the past, Audi and Mercedes," he said."Having said that, in the current situation it's difficult to imagine it."Gass added that it's near-essential to a..

    Audi Skeptical About Two-Manufacturer DTM Series, Calls It ‘Hard To Imagine’

    German Touring Car Championship long-stay Mercedes Benz announced in July that it would be leaving the series in favor of Formula E, changing the tone for the two remaining competitors, Audi and BMW. When the news was released, the two marques were forced to reevaluate the situation, and in turn, caused a bit of doubt as to how the series would go on. Now, Audi director of motorsport Dieter Gass is concerned about the future of the sport, claiming that a two-manufacturer DTM is "hard to imagine."While this isn't the first time there have been only two makes in the series, Gass feels that it could be more difficult now than before. In an interview with Autosport, Gass mentioned the six-year span that included just Audi and Mercedes before BMW joined again in 2012."We have seen the championship with two manufacturers in the past, Audi and Mercedes," he said."Having said that, in the current situation it's difficult to imagine it."Gass added that it's near-essential to a..
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  • It's all about what Bannon does next First of all, there's no doubt that Bannon was fired in reality. Surely he would have loved to stick around the White House.

    Fired or not: Why the semantics matter about how Bannon left the White House

    It's all about what Bannon does next First of all, there's no doubt that Bannon was fired in reality. Surely he would have loved to stick around the White House.
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  • The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) is a high-flying universal translator and rebroadcasting system of sorts that has provided game-changing effects in challenging war zones like Afghanistan. Yet the relatively tiny BACN aircraft force remains somewhat misunderstood and largely unappreciated. The War Zone aims to change that. We had a wide-ranging and eye-opening discussion with the BACN program's head honcho over at Hanscom AFB, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Helfrich, as well as an experienced Joint Terminal Air Controller (JTAC) Weapons Officer who has used BACN successfully in combat, Captain Dennis Seay. We learned what BACN really can and can't do, how its capabilities are applied to real-life combat situations, and where the program is heading in the near future, as well as a ton of other insights into just how valuable this system is to warfighters on the ground and in the air.The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, better known as BACNLt Col Helf..

    We Chew The Fat About BACN With Program Boss And Airman Who Used It In Combat

    The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) is a high-flying universal translator and rebroadcasting system of sorts that has provided game-changing effects in challenging war zones like Afghanistan. Yet the relatively tiny BACN aircraft force remains somewhat misunderstood and largely unappreciated. The War Zone aims to change that. We had a wide-ranging and eye-opening discussion with the BACN program's head honcho over at Hanscom AFB, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Helfrich, as well as an experienced Joint Terminal Air Controller (JTAC) Weapons Officer who has used BACN successfully in combat, Captain Dennis Seay. We learned what BACN really can and can't do, how its capabilities are applied to real-life combat situations, and where the program is heading in the near future, as well as a ton of other insights into just how valuable this system is to warfighters on the ground and in the air.The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, better known as BACNLt Col Helf..
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  • Southampton are thought to be closing in on the capture of Holland defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio.Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has refused to rule out a deal for the 23-year-old, while the St Mary's outfit are understood to have lodged a £15.5million bid for the four-cap centre-back.Southampton continue to insist they can retain wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk, despite the Dutchman continuing to agitate for a move to Liverpool.When quizzed on Hoedt, Pellegrino replied: "I know the player but I will not talk about the market because when you talk about it, a negotiation isn't 80 per cent or 90 per cent, the negotiation is either 100 per cent or zero per cent."When he signs, a player is then for you (to talk about), but before that I have nothing to say."Former Celtic star Van Dijk missed Saints' goalless Premier League opener with Swansea on Saturday, officially due to a virus.Pellegrino revealed the centre-back has now recovered - but will not be considered ..

    Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino remains tight-lipped about Wesley Hoedt

    Southampton are thought to be closing in on the capture of Holland defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio.Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has refused to rule out a deal for the 23-year-old, while the St Mary's outfit are understood to have lodged a £15.5million bid for the four-cap centre-back.Southampton continue to insist they can retain wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk, despite the Dutchman continuing to agitate for a move to Liverpool.When quizzed on Hoedt, Pellegrino replied: "I know the player but I will not talk about the market because when you talk about it, a negotiation isn't 80 per cent or 90 per cent, the negotiation is either 100 per cent or zero per cent."When he signs, a player is then for you (to talk about), but before that I have nothing to say."Former Celtic star Van Dijk missed Saints' goalless Premier League opener with Swansea on Saturday, officially due to a virus.Pellegrino revealed the centre-back has now recovered - but will not be considered ..
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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reaffirmed the company's interest in India during the latest quarterly earnings call as the iPhone-maker reported strong sales across all major product categories.Answering an analyst's queries about the company's recent progress in India, Cook said Apple continues to be "very bullish and optimistic about India," as the company continues to invest in the country.Apple took many analysts by surprise when it reported a revival of the iPad business and steady sales of the Mac. iPhone sales were also better than expected. But even as the world's most valuable company reports strong sales across several of its businesses, Tim Cook reaffirmed that the company hasn't forgotten about the emerging markets.Cook reminded analysts that it recently began assembling the iPhone SE model in India, a move that could eventually lead to the availability of lower-cost iPhone models in the country. "We're bringing all of our energies to bear th..

    Apple ‘Very Bullish and Optimistic’ About India, Says CEO Tim Cook

    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reaffirmed the company's interest in India during the latest quarterly earnings call as the iPhone-maker reported strong sales across all major product categories.Answering an analyst's queries about the company's recent progress in India, Cook said Apple continues to be "very bullish and optimistic about India," as the company continues to invest in the country.Apple took many analysts by surprise when it reported a revival of the iPad business and steady sales of the Mac. iPhone sales were also better than expected. But even as the world's most valuable company reports strong sales across several of its businesses, Tim Cook reaffirmed that the company hasn't forgotten about the emerging markets.Cook reminded analysts that it recently began assembling the iPhone SE model in India, a move that could eventually lead to the availability of lower-cost iPhone models in the country. "We're bringing all of our energies to bear th..
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  • More than two-third of Smart car dealerships in the U.S. are going to stop selling the tiny cars altogether as the brand moves electric, according to Automotive News.Similar to Volvo, Smart made the decision to switch its North American models to battery-powered vehicles in February. This model would eliminate the ability for dealers to sell any of the remaining gas-powered options in Smart's fleet that is to be sold outside the U.S. The new powertrain has an 81-horsepower electric motor powered by a small 17.6 kWh battery, providing between 96 and 100 miles of range with a charge time of just 2.5 hours, depending on the model. Pricing will range from $23,800 to $28,000 before incentives.Currently, Smart has 85 dealers which peddle the brand's vehicles. When Daimler reached out to dealers to ask if they would continue selling the brand once Smart transitions to a fully electric brand, 58 of the dealers (or 68 percent) said they would no longer continue selling the vehicles,..

    The Smart Brand Is About to Get a Bunch Smaller in America

    More than two-third of Smart car dealerships in the U.S. are going to stop selling the tiny cars altogether as the brand moves electric, according to Automotive News.Similar to Volvo, Smart made the decision to switch its North American models to battery-powered vehicles in February. This model would eliminate the ability for dealers to sell any of the remaining gas-powered options in Smart's fleet that is to be sold outside the U.S. The new powertrain has an 81-horsepower electric motor powered by a small 17.6 kWh battery, providing between 96 and 100 miles of range with a charge time of just 2.5 hours, depending on the model. Pricing will range from $23,800 to $28,000 before incentives.Currently, Smart has 85 dealers which peddle the brand's vehicles. When Daimler reached out to dealers to ask if they would continue selling the brand once Smart transitions to a fully electric brand, 58 of the dealers (or 68 percent) said they would no longer continue selling the vehicles,..
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