Seagate focuses on TDMR, SMR and HAMR for 12TB and higher drives
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12TB drives later this year, 18TB next year


According to senior executives familiar with Seagate’s research and development plans, the company plans to fine-tune the next three years of its HDD developments using shingled magnetic recording (SMR), two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR), and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR).

Amazon's Alexa apparently works for the CIA
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Device shuts down after being asked about federal connection


In light of recent revelations that the Central Intelligence Agency has been keeping thousands of zero-day technology exploits at its disposal for public surveillance purposes, the Amazon voice-activated assistant known as Alexa has now come out into the light and revealed her potential involvement with the intelligence group’s covert operations.

WikiLeaks says big tech companies will get CIA zero-day exploits first
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“Vault 7” is the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public

On Tuesday, the leak-focused site founded by Julian Assange released thousands of alleged CIA documents purporting to show how the agency has been able to crack open devices from Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft.

SoftBank gives Saudi Arabia a quarter of ARM
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Non-binding fund to oversee creation of at least 50,000 US tech jobs


Softbank said that it will sell a 25 percent stake of ARM Holdings to an investment fund created in partnership with Saudi Arabia and other investors, according to people involved in the discussions.

Foxconn and TSMC attack Toshiba's memory shares
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Recovering from a list of multi-billion dollar writedowns


According to a recent Chinese-language report, TSMC and Foxconn Electronics are partnering up to place bids for shares of Toshiba’s memory business after the company dealt with a major loss in its devices and components business last year amid a drop in global memory prices. And problems with nuclear matters.

Windows Mixed Reality demo is somewhat unrealistic
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Platform launches middle of next month


A few days ago, Microsoft released a new Windows Insider preview build to the public that contains the first available demonstration of the Windows Mixed Reality platform that will  launch later this month, along with new lightweight head-mounted displays providing six degrees of freedom to remove physical boundaries.

Why did Microsoft rename Win Holographic to "Windows Mixed Reality"?
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First developer kits arriving later this month


Last week Microsoft decided to make a brand name change to the Windows Holographic platform that will ship with an upcoming version of Windows and enable a variety of apps and programs to run on new head-mounted display units arriving this spring.

Nest adds two-factor authentication to its smart thermostats
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Prevents unapproved logins in event of account compromise


Palo Alto-based startup Nest Labs, which introduced its first Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011 along with a range of other home automation devices, prior to being acquired by Google, has just announced that it is introducing two-factor authentication for additional security to prevent customer security footage from getting stolen by thieves.

Amazon will hand over Echo audio data in murder case
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Warrant request was made for audio recordings on company's servers

Thanks to a proper demonstration of First Amendment rights by consent of a defendant to release information obtained under a warrant, Amazon has now repositioned its stance on a November 2015 murder case and has agreed to release audio recordings originating from an Echo device during the incident.

Apple redesigns Touch ID sensor for upcoming OLED iPhone
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Using acquisition assets from Authentic and Privaris


According to the latest report from supply chain sources, Apple has been working hard to redesign the fingerprint sensor mechanism used in its Touch ID feature on the iPhone, and will release a new in-house solution for the upcoming OLED iPhone later this year in collaboration with TSMC process technology.