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Intel’s Disappearing Assets Sale

It appears that Intel has been unable to flog off its VC investments. It was reported to have hired bankers UBS to handle the sale, it was said to have lined up buyers Coller Capital, HarbourVest Partners and Lexington Partners to take over the investments and it was reported to have set a $1 billion price tag on the job ...

Teasing The Credulous

When I was in Brussels yesterday, I saw a dog driving a car. It was on a video shown by Audi. “If pets can drive that’s truly autonomous driving,” cracked the Audi guy showing the vid and it made me wonder do I have a deficient sense of humour or should not Audi be showing this kind of thing? The ...

Hand-Set Market Not Saturated

Maybe the handset market isn’t as saturated as everyone thinks it is._ Digitimes Research reports that a surge in hand-set IC demand will see Taiwan chip design house revenues grow 6.7% in Q2 over Q1 to $4.35 billion. That’s 14.6% more than in Q2 2015. In March Chinese headset makers saw a pick-up in demand and started to replenish inventories. ...

Fairy Land

As silicon moves into its end game, we are seeing some tortured marketing. It seems that TSMC’s 10nm process will have a minimum feature size of 20nm. The discrepancy between the number on the node and the minimum feature size is nothing new, but a 100% difference is becoming the new normal. At the last honest node Samsung’s 90nm process ...

The Big Giggle

The best side of IoT is it’s comic side – the ever-escalating predictions of the number of connected things, the silliness of the proposed apps and the proliferating number of standards consortia. And the big giggle is – there’s no market. In fact the lack of a market is probably the catalyst for all the talk in deference to the ...

Internet of Terriers

Thanks to Mike Bryant for this one I was going to call it the Internet of Utter Crap but Mike persuaded me that Internet of Terriers was better. Is this what IoT has come to? It’s giving us all a good laugh but is that it?    

DX Bollox

In the great ocean of bolllox sweeping across the tech world e.g. the ‘as a service’ (aaS) thing, the IoT thing, driverless cars, wearables etc, the concept of ‘DX’ has a notable place. DX, meaning digital transformation, appears to be another of those BS marketing terms which are used to make managers feel guilty if they haven’t understood or implemented ...

Smoke and Shadows

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The modern world is a puzzle but nowhere more of a puzzle than in the modern financial world. Why do you borrow $2 billion when you have cash of $200 billion? Well, in Apple’s case, they say it’s to buy back shares, pay divis and generally keep the share price up. A high share price, of course, helps all employees ...

BS

The World BS Champions are, of course, the Yanks, but it still comes as a shock to see two respected US institutions, the SIA and SRC, ask the US government for $500 million to develop technologies for IoT. The argument is that IoT will throw up such vast amounts of data that we will need new levels of computing comms ...

Don’t Be Afraid Of Robots

For all those worried by warnings from technorati that robots are going to take over the world, there may be comfort in watching the preliminaries of Robocup 2015. Robocup was founded with the aspiration that, in 2050, a team of robots would take on the human World Cup winners and beat them. It doesn’t look very likely. The BBC has ...