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Amazon Diversifies Into Semiconductors

The pace of diversification of these U.S. tech firms is breathtaking. Starting as a bookseller, Amazon has become the largest supplier of cloud services, a space rocket operator and, now, a semiconductor supplier. You might think Amazon would want a chip company to support its cloud business but, it seems, Amazon wants chips to get into the home. In fact ...

Tech To The Rescue Of England Rugby Team

Our rugby team could be about to go hi-tech. God knows it needs something. One Tap Rugby could be it. The newly-appointed  England  coach Eddie Jones, formerly Japan’s coach, used a computer programme generated by a Japanese start-up company called Euphoria to monitor the condition of Japan’s Rugby World Cup squad in minute detail. The measure of its success was ...

Auto ICs Lead Semi Growth

The craze for stuffing cars with electronics may not benefit consumers plagued by hacking thefts, or VW plagued by dodgy programming, but it certainly benefits the chip-makers with the market for automotive ICs growing at  6.7% CAGR between 2014 and 2019, according to IC Insights. Automotive IC sales will represent 7.3% of the total $287.1 billion IC market this year ...

Life Is Better With An iPhone

Life is better with an iPhone. When 4G came along I chopped in my iPhone 3G for a Samsung Galaxy S4 chosen because of its big screen. Now I’m back to an iPhone and I’ve missed it. The S4’s dual home screen bugged me – when you saved a site to home-screen you never knew which home screen it was ...

IoT Product Which Makes Sense

IoT has given rise to a lot of jokes about toasters, connected cows and sock-matching services but earlier this week I met someone who’d founded an IoT-based company which actually made sense. Ayla Networks, which runs machine-to-Cloud-to-mobile device networks, launches a product next week which will allow machine manufacturers to monitor their products’ behavioural patterns and other characteristics after they’ve ...

Halve The Upgrade Cycle and Stuff The Carriers.

Having wittered on about the upgrade cycle yesterday I see that Apple has developed a witty plan to keep people on the annual upgrade path. This may not be unrelated to the revelation from Chetan Sharma that the US smartphone upgrade frequency has gone out to 26.3 months and rising. Apple’s cunning plan is an old idea – the Never-Never ...

Tits-Up

It’s all gone a bit tits up. The respected telecoms analyst Chetan Sharma Consulting says the smartphone replacement cycle in the USA is now 26.3 months. Five years ago it was 18.2 months. The foundries say that smartphone SoCs inventories are high and the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association says demand won’t pick up until Q2 next year. When was the ...

Auto-Eyes

Pioneer has developed vision system for autonomous cars that could eventually cost $80 instead of the $24-73,000 lidar 3-D systems being used in test self-drive cars today, reports the Nikkei. The downside is that Pioneer’s auto-eyes won’t hit the $80 price point until volume drives down cost which Pioneer doesn’t expect to happen until 2025; the upside is that, according ...

US To Legislate On Car-Hacking

Earlier this week US Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts introduced The Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act. “Rushing to roll out the next big thing, automakers have left cars unlocked to hackers and data-trackers,” says Blumenthal. The intention of the bill is that: “The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in ...

Surge Pricing

If Uber is the ugly face of apps-based taxi services thebpn Split could be the benevolent face. Uber has proved to be the Millwall of taxi services – it doesn’t cate what people think of it. Yesterday in the London tube strike Uber tripled fares, declared a minimum fare of £14:50 and charged 43p per minute for sitting in stationary ...