Panel orders drop by 20 percent, chip orders by 15 percent
On Friday, the Nikkei Asian Review journal published a story hinting that some of Apple’s part suppliers in the iPhone supply chain are still trying to fix low yield rates of their components. Some forecasts are now cutting total iPhone production for the July to December period by five percent, from 120 million down to 114 million.
Plan draws backfire from Silicon Valley technology groups
Earlier this week, a few US-based civil society groups joined Silicon Valley giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google to petition an optional Department of Homeland Security proposal to collect social media identifier information on the I-94W forms of visitors entering the country.
Topic rankings now controlled by algorithms
Before the start of the weekend, Facebook announced some notable changes to the way its social network would be handling “Trending” news topics, which previously contained topic descriptions curated by staff members and were verified through a non-algorithmic editing process.
Security report discovers spyware attack on human rights activists
On Thursday, Apple issued three important zero-day security vulnerability patches in a new iOS 9.3.5 release of its mobile operating system, with some sources claiming that the exploits are particularly fatal to human rights activists and other individuals who work or act to protect human rights around the world.
5.5-inch 1080p display with Helio X20 SoC
Yesterday Sharp announced a new second-generation Aquos Z2 smartphone for the Taiwan market. The device includes a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display and 4GB of RAM, among other specifications.
In the week leading up to the IFA 2016 tradeshow in Berlin several brand vendors are preparing to launch what they think are next-generation wearable devices including offerings from Acer, Asustek and Samsung.
“Seamless updates” only for new devices
Earlier this week, Google released the first over-the-air updates of its fresh Android 7.0 N operating system to owners of a Nexus 5, 5X, 6, 6P, 9, Nexus Player, General Mobile 4G or Pixel C tablet. But the operating system will support one key new feature exclusively given to the company’s upcoming Nexus smartphone devices, at least for now.
Upgrades bi-directional ports from 160GB/s to 200GB/s
On Monday, PCWorld reported that the first servers expected to use Nvidia’s second-generation NVLINK 2.0 technology will be arriving sometime next year using IBM’s upcoming Power9 chip family.
Quad-core 15W ultrabooks, 18W gaming notebooks next year
A report from the folks at NotebookCheck.net shows an Intel slide detailing some updates to the company’s mobile ULV processor lineup based on the Kaby Lake third-generation 14nm processor lineup.
Improves reliability of DNS servers, Windows kernel
It’s another “Patch Tuesday,” and this time Microsoft has released two new updates to Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 1607) that now bring the operating system to Windows 10 build 14393.82, accompanied by a notable list of important patches and security fixes.