Category Archives: News and Views

Rumor says TSMC will supply chips for iPhones, Macs, and Apple Car | Mashable

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is often right about Apple’s plans well before they become public. And his latest report might sound tame at first, but — if correct — it has tremendous implications for Apple products down the line.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series chips, which ensures the company’s iPhones perform well. Now, in a note shared with MacRumors, Kuo claims that TSMC is so superior to its competitors, that it will continue to be Apple’s only chip supplier for A13 and A14 chips, which should be coming in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

So far, so good. But more importantly, Kuo claims TSMC will also start making ARM-based chips for Macs in 2020 and 2021, replacing Intel.

And finally, TSMC will manufacture chips for Apple’s upcoming Apple Car, starting in 2023.

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eBay sues Amazon for allegedly poaching sellers | CNN

As Amazon continues its rise as the world’s largest online marketplace, rival eBay charges that it got there by crossing a legal line.

eBay filed a lawsuit against Amazon in Santa Clara County on Wednesday alleging it fraudulently poached its high-value sellers by infiltrating an internal messaging system called M2M, In the filing, Ebay says its rival is “unwilling to fairly compete for third party seller business.”

Amazon declined to comment on the lawsuit.

eBay says the Amazon “scheme” violated its user agreement policies and “induced eBay sellers to do the same.”

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Skincare brand Deciem shuts stores following online post by founder | BBC News

Toronto-based beauty brand Deciem has temporarily shut its stores following a shock announcement by its founder.

Brandon Truaxe said in a video on Instagram that they were closing until further notice citing “major criminal activity”. He did not give details.

The company produces The Ordinary brand, which has become a global cult hit for its ingredients-focused and affordable skincare options.

It has stores in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia.

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Google+ Shuts Down Over Breach as Google Offers New Privacy Features | WIRED

GOOGLE ANNOUNCED ON Monday that it is shuttering its Google+ social network, following revelations in a Wall Street Journal report that the company did not disclose a recently discovered bug that had exposed data from up to 500,000 Google+ users users since 2015. In the same breath, the company introduced new tools to give users more control over the data they share with apps and services that connect to Google products.

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Predictably, America wasn’t thrilled with the nationwide Presidential Alert test | Mashable

At 2:18 pm ET on Wednesday, cell phones across the country buzzed with a Presidential Alert emergency test from President Donald Trump.

It was part of the first-ever national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, part of a pair of tests delivered by FEMA, that’s been buzzing phones on a regional basis for years, alerting customers mostly to severe weather and Amber alerts.

News of the test, which hit back in September, got some folks a little riled up because these alerts allow direct communication between the president and the nation in case of an emergency, like a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

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The internet industry is suing California over its net neutrality law | Money CNN

The internet industry is suing the state of California over its days-old net neutrality law.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by major trade groups representing broadband companies, is the second major lawsuit filed against the state over the law — the first was brought by the Justice Department.

On Sunday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown signed what is considered to be the strictest net neutrality law in the country. Under the law, internet service providers will not be allowed to block or slow specific types of content or applications, or charge apps or companies fees for faster access to customers.

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Awesomeness TV founder Brian Robbins named Nickelodeon president | Fast Company

Viacom has named Brian Robbins as head of Nickelodeon, the once-pioneering kids-TV cable network which has been struggling in the ratings lately as it’s faced challenges from both Netflix and YouTube and their seemingly endless supply of children’s programming. Robbins will be moving over from Paramount Players, a division of Paramount Pictures that specializes in creating content related to Viacom’s major brands, including Nickelodeon, BET, and MTV.

The move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, shows how Viacom sees Nickelodeon’s future in increasingly digital terms.

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It Takes 191 Days for a Company to Realize There’s Been a Data Breach | Small Business Trends

Cases of unauthorized persons stealing or accessing sensitive small business data like intellectual property, employees’ personal information or even financial records have been rising.

What’s sad is that when a data breach occurs, companies take an average of 191 days to realize it has happened, according to a recent report highlighted by TekMonks, a global enterprise software development and IT services company.

This slow response to cyber-attacks is alarming. It puts small businesses in a precarious position and demonstrates a dire need for cyber-security awareness and preparedness in every business.

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Amazon opens new store, 4-Star | Business Insider

Amazon is letting its customer ratings do the talking at its new store.

Called Amazon 4-Star, the new concept will stock items that customers have rated four stars or above, on average, according to a blog post announcing the store. That means it will include only the best of the best; Amazon says the current assortment averages 4.4 stars.

It opens Thursday in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.

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Instagram: The dog that launched a social media giant | BBC News

Instagram has attracted a billion users since it was launched in 2010. Now, its founders have announced they are quitting the company.

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have overseen the app’s rapid rise. But what made their idea so successful? And how has it continued to grow?

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