Samsung Poised To Dethrone Intel as King of Microchips

Intel’s more than two decade-long reign as the king of the silicon-based semiconductor is poised to end Thursday when South Korea’s Samsung Electronics elbows the U.S. manufacturer aside to become the leading maker of computer chips.

Samsung reported record-high quarterly profit and sales Thursday. Analysts say it likely nudged aside Intel in the April-June quarter as the leading maker of semiconductors, the computer chips that are as much a staple of the 21st century wired world as crude oil was for the 20th century.

Samsung said its semiconductor business recorded 8 trillion ($7.2 billion) in operating income on revenue of 17.6 trillion won ($15.8 billion) during the April-June period.

Intel, which reports its quarterly earnings later Thursday, is expected to report $14.4 billion in quarterly revenue.

On an annual basis, Samsung’s semiconductor division is widely expected to overtake Intel’s sales this year, analysts at brokerages and market research firms say.

Mobile devices and data are the keys to understanding Samsung’s ascent as the new industry leader, even as its de facto chief is jailed, battling corruption charges, and it recovers from a fiasco over Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that had to be axed last year because they were prone to catch fire.

Manufacturers are packing more and more memory storage capacity into ever smaller mobile gadgets, as increased use of mobile applications, connected devices and cloud computing services drive up demand and consequently prices for memory chips, an area dominated by Samsung.

Just as Saudi Arabia dominates in oil output, Samsung leads in manufacturing the high-tech commodity of memory chips, which enable the world to store the data that fuels the digital economy.

“Data is the new crude oil,” said Marcello Ahn, a Seoul, South Korea-based fund manager at Quad Investment Management.

For over a decade, Samsung and Intel each ruled the market in its own category of semiconductor.

Intel,…
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Twitter Tumbles in Second Quarter with Stalled User Base

Twitter Inc. (TWTR) on Thursday reported a loss of $116.5 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the San Francisco-based company said it had a loss of 16 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 8 cents per share.

The results beat Wall Street expectations. Beginning with the April-June quarter, Twitter changed the way it calculated adjusted earnings. Under the old method, it would have been 12 cents per share. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share.

The short messaging service posted revenue of $573.9 million in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $536.8 million.

Twitter said its monthly average user base in the April-June quarter grew 5 percent from the previous year to 328 million, but it was unchanged from the previous quarter. Twitter’s stock fell more than 9 percent to $17.75 in pre-market trading Thursday after the numbers came out.

Twitter shares have increased 20 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has risen slightly more than 6 percent in the last 12 months.
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Foxconn: A Closer Look at World's No. 1 Contract Electronics Maker

Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group says it plans to build a $10 billion plant in Wisconsin to make liquid-crystal display panels, or LCDs. Little known to consumers, the maker of iPhones and other gadgets is a giant in the electronics industry thanks to its dominant position in the global manufacturing supply chain.

Here’s a closer look at Foxconn.

THE COMPANY: Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., is the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, with factories across mainland China. It’s best known for making iPhones and other Apple devices but its long list of customers includes Sony Corp., Dell Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd.

AMERICAN EXPANSION: A new U.S. plant will bring Foxconn closer to its biggest market. “TV was invented in America,” Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said at a White House press conference. “Yet America does not have a single LCD factory to produce a complete 8K system. We are going to change that,” he said, referring to the latest generation in TV picture clarity, offering four times the resolution of high definition TVs.

GLOBAL AMBITIONS: Foxconn bought a majority stake in Japan’s Sharp Corp. for $3.5 billion in 2016, in the first foreign takeover of a major Japanese electronics company. It also has sought a stake in Toshiba Corp.’s lucrative memory chip business though rival bidders are expected to prevail. Gou has made it clear he intends for Foxconn to build its brand and acquire leading technology of its own.

HUMBLE ROOTS: As a 24-year-old, Gou borrowed $7,500 from his mother to found Hon Hai in 1974 to make plastic knobs for black and white TVs. The company went on in the 1980s to make electrical connectors for companies like IBM and Atari, growing quickly thanks to the soaring popularity of video games and personal computers. Foxconn’s first factory in…
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Attention Travelers: The TSA Wants To See Your Tablets

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday that it will require passengers to remove all electronics bigger than a cellphone, such as tablets and e-readers, from their carry-on bags due to an “increased threat to aviation security.”

The electronics will have to be placed in a bin and put through an X-ray screener, similar to how laptops are currently handled. The TSA said it has been doing pilot testing of the increased screening at 10 airports across the country and will eventually expand to all U.S. airports in the coming months.

In addition, TSA said passengers could experience more bag checks when going through security, but said it has improved “screening procedures with quicker and more targeted measures to clear the bags.”

“It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia. “By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats,”

TSA advises passengers to keep their electronics organized and easily accessible in their carry-on bags to keep lines moving.

The 10 airports where the new security measures are currently in use are:

— Boise Airport (BOI)

— Colorado Springs Airport (COS)

— Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

— Logan International Airport (BOS)

— Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

— Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)

— Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)

— McCarran International Airport (LAS)

— Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

The new security measures come one month after Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced he would push for more stringent security measures to be enforced in airports.

“Terrorists want to bring down aircraft to instill fear, disrupt our economies, and undermine our way of life,” he said….
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Sharp Aquos S1 and S2 leakage

It’s definitely been a substantial amount of time since we last wrote about a Sharp smartphone on here. (I think this 2014 post was the last one).

Today though, we hear that the Sharp Aquos S1 and S2 have leaked, and yet again we’ve got the phrase “bezel-less”. The S2 also reportedly has an “under-glass fingerprint reader”.

Sharp Aquos S1 and S2 leakage

The Aquos S1 doesn’t have a great deal of information with it. We know it looks a lot like the Essential Phone, but that’s about it. It’s said to cost around $400 and could possibly have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 CPU, but I’ll be honest – there’s not a great deal known.

Sharp Aquos S1 and S2 leakage

Meanwhile, the Aquos S2 has a 5.5″ 2040×1080 display according to the leaks, and not a great deal of bezel (border) around it either. Inside,
if the details are right, is a Snapdragon 660 CPU, two 13 megapixel rear cameras and an 8 megapixel selfie cam.

Other kit inside includes 64GB of storage and either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. A Sharp event is scheduled for August 8th, so we should know more shortly.

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  • Google Turns Off Instant Search

    Google is eliminating its instant search feature, which generated search results in real time as people typed their search queries. The feature was introduced in order to save time, but as the majority of searches are now performed on mobile devices the tool doesn’t make as much sense. “We launched Google Instant back in 2010 with the goal to provide users with the information they need as quickly as possible, even as they typed their searches on desktop devices,” explained Google in a statement provided to Search Engine Land. “Since then, many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints. With this in mind, we have decided to remove Google Instant, so we can focus on ways to make Search even faster and more fluid on all devices.” The move makes Google Search more cohesive between desktop and mobile devices. Google will continue to offer search suggestions in the search box as people tap out their queries.

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    Why pay a crazy amount for your next phone? Get into the MIX.

    If you saw my earlier story, you’ll know that I’m having a bit of an epiphany. Why, just why are we paying nearly £800 for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 + ? It’s a bucket-load of money, and whichever way you look at it, the top Android phones that people tend to go for are still going to cost £400, £500, £600 or more.

    That’s a stack of cash, but for much, much less you can get a different Android phone with specs and looks that match – or at least come extremely close to – those big-name brands.

    Today I had an email from Mike Phillips. He pointed me towards this Xiaomi Mi MIX 5.5 handset. There’s also a bigger version available with a 6.4″ screen but, let’s not go crazy eh? 🙂

    Why pay a crazy amount for your next phone? Get into the MIX.

    I’ll be honest, yes it’s from Banggood.com and you’ll need to keep your fingers cross that it gets through customs without being opened and a big fee being applied, but … have a guess how much this is. Go on. Have a think.

    It’ll do 4G, it’s powered by a Helio octa-core 2.5GHz CPU, there’s 4GB of memory, 64GB of on-board storage and a microSD slot. That 5.5″ screen is, I’ll admit, not full HD (it’s “only” 1280×720) but there’s a whacking 93% screen-to-body ratio which results in it being called a “bezel-less phone”.

    WiFi, Bluetooth, a trick rear 16 and 8 megapixel camera setup is here plus there’s a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. It even manages to pack in a fingerprint sensor and a 3,380mAh battery.

    The price? Well, was your guess anywhere near £133.71 ?

    That’s good value, and that’s all you’ll be paying for this good-looking phone

    Mike emailed me. He’s just bought one, and he tells us…

    You need to reach out to Doogee to review one of their Doogee Mix phones.

    I’ve tried fella, I really have. No response yet, but I’ll keep mailing them.

    This phone is fantastic, unlocked on banggood.com. The customs details label it as a £26 music player so no import duty, people should stop buying from networks at £60+ per month for a £600 Samsung, they should be getting £21 for 20GB SIM-only deals from EE and buying Chinese phones like this.

    I hear you buddy. I do. Indeed, if you fish around you can get cheaper SIM-only deals. This mega-thread at HotUKDeals is usually my go-to place. 8GB for £12 per month is just one of the highlights.

    Has anyone else out there got one of these Doogee MIX 5.5 devices? We’d love to hear from you?

    Here it is in action…

    Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, Mike tells me that …

    For info, I have no affiliation with Doogee, EE, or Banggood, I’m just a happy customer who thinks that too many people in the UK are buying their phones on highly priced two year network contracts when they should be buying the hardware from cheaper Chinese suppliers and squeezing the best SIM-only deals from UK networks.

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  • Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red

    Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month. YouTube Red allows people to enjoy an ad-free YouTube experience for $10 per month. Purchasing YouTube Red, however, gives people access to Google Play Music at no extra charge. Google also offers YouTube Music and YouTube TV, which are separate services for music videos and live TV, respectively. Moving forward, Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be offered together. “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering,” said Cohen. Cohen didn’t provide any details on what the merged service might look like, but he did say Google will give customers plenty of warning. “Music is very important to Google and we’re evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made,” said Cohen in a statement provided to The Verge. YouTube TV is the newest of these media services and is only available in 15 markets around the country. It costs $35 per month and will continue to stand on its own.

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    LG Pins Mobile Hopes On Forthcoming High-End Phone

    LG today reported second quarter earnings and the news was mixed. While three of its four business units saw growth, its Mobile Communications Company saw flat income and an operating loss of $117.4 million. LG blamed its quarterly performance on weaker than expected sales of its flagship smartphone, the G6, and an increase in component costs. LG showed off the G6 at the Mobile World Congress event in February and the device reached world markets in April. It’s a premium metal-and-glass smartphone with a unique 18:9 display and dual cameras. LG said its mobile unit did see a 13% increase in sales across North America thanks largely to strong performance of its mass-tier handsets, such as the K20 and Stylo 3. LG hopes things will get better. “The introduction of the new Q series and the rollout of a new high-end device in the weeks ahead are expected to bolster the company’s performance in the second half of 2017,” it said in a statement. The high-end device in question is likely the V30, a follow-up to last year’s V20. LG has a press event scheduled on August 31 during the IFA trade show, which will take place in Berlin.

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    Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver – Review

    Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

    This little gadget is going to be ideal if you have a big hi-fi or speaker system which doesn’t have Bluetooth capability. Likewise, it’s going to be ideal if you’ve got a TV or another non-Bluetooth device and you want to push the output to a Bluetooth speaker. It’s on Amazon for £30.99.

    Confused? Well, don’t be. This gadget can accept a 3.5mm audio input or an SPDIF digital optical cable, then it’ll send the resulting audio out to a Bluetooth speaker… or two Bluetooth speakers as you’ll see in a moment. Before I get started, I’d advise reading the manual. Although there’s only one button to operate the thing, it’s worth reading the setup instructions, especially if you’re going to hook up two Bluetooth speakers.

    Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

    Something else I should point out? Well, below I’ve taken the optical audio output of my TV and I’m sending it out through two Bluetooth speakers. So far so good, but I should point out that – if you want to turn off the TV, go out and then come back again tomorrow, you’ll need to power most Bluetooth speakers on again. It’s a bit of a faff and in NO WAY anything to do with this gadget, but most Bluetooth speakers have a power-saving feature which means that they’ll shut down when there’s no audio going through them.

    However, if you want to connect your Bluetooth speakers to your TV and enjoy an orchestra in HD with beautiful sound, just whack the digital audio output (cable supplied) or the 3.5mm output (cable supplied) into the TV, put the other end into the Etekcity gadget and then plug in the USB power (cable supplied, and you can steal the power from your TV).

    Here’s me trying out that setup with two speakers …

    This features aptX Low Latency technology, reducing the lag time, meaning that you can watch TV shows without the lips going out of sync with the sound. Plus, although I mentioned the power requirement, you can charge it up for a couple of hours and then enjoy 15 hours of use, adding to the portability. The device also remembers the devices you paired with previously.

    Using the thing is simple enough after you’ve read the instructions, and there’s a couple of switches on the side which are self-explanatory. One will flick between sending the audio out over Bluetooth or receiving Bluetooth (obviously you need to wire the outputs on the back of the device to suit) and the other switches the input / output from SPDIF to AUX.

    Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

    On the back here you’ll see the various ports, again pretty self explanatory. If you have a car with a 3.5mm audio input then you can put this gadget in your motor and plug it into a USB outlet. Pop your 3.5mm audio cable in, then simply connect your phone and you get to listen to your music on your car stereo without a problem. It’s worth noting though that this device doesn’t have a microphone, so no hands-free calling.

    Likewise, old stereo systems and your favourite 3.5mm headphones can get in on the Bluetooth action. Just plug in your posh headphones, switch it to “RX” and “AUX”, then pair your phone and, with this Etekcity device in your pocket, you can listen to music while your phone sits on a cupboard or table.

    Etekcity give a two-year warranty and lifetime support on this one.

    Here’s me trying it in the car..

    Overall

    I really couldn’t find an issue with this. If you’ve got two Bluetooth speakers which don’t auto-power off then, by pairing with both and not turning the device off, you can instantly have your phone or tablet pumping music out in two different rooms. Likewise, this has a range of uses, and I like the fact that your big and expensive headphones can suddenly be converted into Bluetooth headphones with a rugged and rubberised device which is only around 6cm square. A great little device which does exactly what it says.

    Get the Etekcity Bluetooth Sender / Receiver on Amazon.

    Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

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