Toshiba Wants Out of the Chip-Making Business, and Fast

Electronics giant Toshiba Corp is looking to sell off a major chunk of its memory chip business, and may eventually look to spin off the unit as a public company. The company said Friday that it is currently seeking an investor to acquire a less than 20 percent stake in the unit as it seeks to offset losses incurred from a multi-billion dollar write-down in its U.S. nuclear business.

According to reports, the company is hoping the stake sale will generate as much as $1.7 billion for the company. But the stake sale may be only the beginning, as Toshiba may eventually seek to either sell the unit off entirely or take it public.

Major Shakeup for the NAND Market

The move is likely to significantly shake up the memory chip sector. Toshiba is the second-largest producer of NAND flash memory after Samsung electronics, and the unit generates the majority of the company?EU?s overall profits.

The division could prove attractive to a number of strategic and financial buyers, thanks to its role in producing the microchips that power everything from smartphones to digital cameras. Foxconn, for example, is reported to be interested in acquiring microchip production assets to build up its display business.

Western Digital may be another natural acquirer for the stake, given that it already operates a NAND plant with Toshiba in Japan. Canon, another Japanese company that uses Toshiba?EU?s chips in its digital cameras, has already expressed interest in the stake. Canon also acquired a medical device unit that Toshiba sold in 2015, and that history may help grease the wheels for a second purchase.

Not Much Time To Sell

But while Toshiba said it values the unit at anywhere from $9 billion to $13 billion, it may have trouble obtaining the price it wants, given the timing of…
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Does Trump's Old Android Phone Pose Major Security Threat?

Donald Trump is a big fan of the phones in the White House. ?EU?These are the most beautiful phones I?EU?ve ever used in my life,?EU? he told the New York Times in an interview this week. It?EU?s not their aesthetics he?EU?s drawn to, but the security built into the system that ensures no one is tapping his calls.

Unfortunately the president?EU?s love for security doesn?EU?t seem to extend to his smartphone, revealed in the same interview to be an ?EU?old, unsecured Android phone?EU?, which he carries around the White House ?EU?to the protests of some of his aides?EU?. This contradicts previous reports suggesting Trump traded his handset for a ?EU?secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service?EU?.

Android Central analyzed images of Trump using his phone and suggested he likely owns a Samsung Galaxy S3 [model pictured above], first released in 2012 — a phone so old that it would no longer receive any new security updates or major software releases.

If Trump is still using this device, it represents a major security threat.

Perhaps the greatest risk, as highlighted by security expert Bruce Schneier, is possibility that the phone could be hacked and turned into an eavesdropping device, listening in on classified conversations.

?EU?That Android has a microphone, which means it can be turned into a room bug without anyone?EU?s knowledge. That?EU?s my real fear,?EU? said Schneier.

In order to turn Trump?EU?s phone into a bug, a malicious hacker could use a phishing attack by sending a link or attachment from a seemingly trusted source — in an email or even a tweet. If Trump were to click on the link or attachment, his phone could become infected with malware that could record what he types, spy on the network the phone is connected to, track his location and start listening to his conversations via…
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Tesla's New Autopilot Boss Sees Cars as Appliances

As self-driving electric cars evolve, one of the most interesting changes to watch will be how cars are used, owned and treated. So it’s useful to hear how the people building autonomous-driving technologies think about things.

Chris Lattner, who is joining Tesla soon as its new VP of Autopilot software — that’s the software that allows Tesla cars to drive themselves — made his thoughts and ambitions clear in a recent interview.

“I want to accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people’s problems,” he told the hosts of Accidental Tech Podcast, a popular and influential show that mostly focuses on Apple and related technology topics.

Lattner is joining Tesla after 11 years at Apple, where he led several software projects and most recently created Swift, the company’s newish, from-scratch programming language.

“I obviously need a car,” he said. “Cars are really important. But I’m what I consider to be an ‘un-car person’.”

“I’m personally not the kind of guy who loves doing oil changes and fiddling around with them. I just want something that is reliable, that works, ideally drives me everywhere I want to go, and I don’t have to think about it,” he said. “It’s solving my problems, it’s not something I have to care for, feed and maintain. That’s the way I look at cars.”

So why did he want to join Tesla and work on cars?

“I admit that I never considered going to work at a car company before,” Lattner said.

“But that’s because I always considered car companies to be not in need of the kinds of skills that I bring. But Autopilot, I think, is a really exciting and really big problem and it kind of fits with my desire to solve nearly impossible problems and take on new things, and so I’m really excited about it.”

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Facebook Is Copying Yet Another Popular Snapchat Feature

Here we go again. Facebook is copying another key Snapchat feature: Stories, short user-generated photo and video montages that disappear after 24 hours.

The new feature is only live in Ireland, the same market where Facebook is testing a few other Snapchat-like features, and a company spokesperson referred to it as a “test.”

But that test may not last long. “We’re hoping to bring Stories … to the rest of the world in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

Instagram already copied Stories back in August and has seen a lot of success with the product. Instagram claims 150 million people use it every day, which is a group as large as Snapchat’s entire user base.

Given the way Instagram is thinking about Stories, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that parent-company Facebook is adopting it, too. Instagram product boss Kevin Weil recently told Recode that Stories is a format he expects a lot of people will start using, similar to how the hashtag (which started on Twitter) is now widespread online.

“[We] built on a format that Snapchat invented,” Weil admitted in late December. “We believe that format will be universal.”

Still, Facebook has not been subtle about its efforts to stomp out Snapchat. It spent most of 2016 cloning Snapchat features, and Stories is yet another sign that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is worried about Snapchat’s rise.

A report from The Information last April found that “original sharing” on Facebook was declining in 2015; the same thing was happening on Instagram. Adding Stories to Instagram appears to have helped fix that problem, and perhaps it will do the same for Facebook.

It’s hard to find a silver lining here for Snap, Snapchat’s parent company. CEO Evan Spiegel is about to take the company public and user growth expectations will no doubt be a metric investors look at….
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Three launch native WiFi Calling

Three launch native WiFi Calling

Three have today launched native WiFi Calling on selected devices here in the UK, and this is just another step in the direction to #makeitright

Before now, Three have relied on a separate downloadable application called Three inTouch to get customers a better signal using WiFi routing. Whilst this is great and it works across many devices on sale, it relied on using a separate dialler and message app. As this was different to the built-in one, it confusing many people.

Customers with the following devices will now be able to just connect to any WiFi network in the UK, switch on the option in their handset settings and be able to make and receive calls or send / receive text messages.

At launch the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone s6 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (once updated to the latest version of iOS) will get a ‘Carrier Update’ which will enable this option.

Over on the Android front you if you have either the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. This update is also rolling out to the S7 and S7 edge  expect this feature mid-February

Customers with devices not on the list can still enjoy the inTouch app just the same as before, but expect to see many more devices added to this list of native WiFi calling through the year.

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Here is the press release sent to us by Three UK with more information on the service…

Three enables Embedded WiFi across Android and iOS

Three has today announced that embedded WiFi is now available for Android and iOS users*. This means that even when you don’t have mobile signal, you can simply connect to a WiFi network and use your phone for calls and texts wherever you are in the UK.

iOS users will simply need to have the latest software version 10.2 and above and then, once installed, you manually go in to settings – phone – WiFi calling and switch it on to activate it.

Android users simply need to have a compatible device* and then once they have the latest software update it automatically installs and is activated for use without having to change any settings.

It removes the need for the previous Three InTouch app that was able to also route calls and texts through WiFi. However all the activity was separate which led to confusion on call logs or messaging conversations, as you had to check two apps for any communications. InTouch users will now receive a pop-up message informing them that they can now delete the app.

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  • Review: Catalyst Case for Apple iPhone 7

    Catalyst’s case for the iPhone 7 is fully rugged and waterproof. It provides a high level of protection from various threats, including those that adventure seekers are prone to encounter when out and about. Here is Phonescoop’s in-depth review.

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    Sprint Touts Unlimited Plan Promo

    Sprint today rolled out a new promotion meant to compete with recent offerings from its competitors. The promo is for new customers only and includes unlimited data, talk, and text for $55 per month for a single line. Customers who subscribe to auto-pay can receive a $5-per-month discount, which drops the plan cost to $50. (Sprint is advertising the plan as “unlimited data, talk and text for just $50 per month.”) Sprint says customers can score unlimited data, talk, and text for two lines for $90, with additional lines thereafter costing $30 each. According to the fine print, the $55 price is available through March 31, 2018, after which it will increase to $60. Moreover, Sprint says video will be optimized at 480p resolution, music will be capped at 500 Kbps, and gaming will be limited to streams of 2 Mbps. Customers on this plan may be throttled when the network is congested. Electronic billing is required. The plan cost does not include taxes and fees, which are extra. The offer is available from today, Jan. 27, through Monday, Jan. 30.

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    Sony Mobile Division Loses Money

    Sony has released numerous good to excellent smartphones over the last year, but the company just cannot catch a break. Its devices for one reason or another are not finding a consistent consumer base, even if some of them deserve to be more popular. The company’s mobile Xperia division slipped as a result, but Sony still turned in net and operating profit thanks to its flying games (PlayStation), and entertainment businesses.

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    Google Forms Umbrella Hardware Division

    Google’s Nexus product line is a proof of concept series of hardware to show off what exactly the company’s Android platform can do in its stock form. There have been rumors for some time that Google what broaden its hardware output, and that has come to fruition as the company has formed a new hardware division.

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