Taiwanese electronics giant Asus has cooperated with Fenox Venture Capital in founding a USD50 million venture capital fund to promote emerging Silicon Valley start-ups that want to enter Asian markets.Asus will focus on sectors like artificial intelligence, big data, AR/VR, Internet of Things, and enterprises that need integrated software and hardware.Apart from providing guidance, the venture capital fund will also offer support in finance, manufacturing, and distribution channels to help start-ups with product localization and intellectual property protection.Anis Uzzaman, chief executive officer of Fenox, said that Asus has invested from their balance sheet before, but they realized that they can take an aggressive steps in the venture capital area.This fund will enable Fenox to invest in start-ups that will benefit from collaboration with Asus, said Uzzaman.Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, said that Fenox is one of the best partners to assist Asus in their global outreach due to their innate understanding of the Asian business culture and unmatched access to North America, Europe, and the broader Asian market.
Foxconn signed an agreement with the municipal government of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, planning to invest over CNY37.5 billion to build a new smartphone plant in the city.Under this basic agreement, Foxconn's new plant will not only produce smartphones, but also will include a LCD TV factory and R center, facility for semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and logistics center.The municipal government of Nanjing will probably provide capital and land support in infrastructure construction, but totals have not yet been made public.Foxconn confirmed this investment plan, but did not reveal any details.The company already has a smartphone factory in Nanjing, but it is small.The construction of this new plant indicates the company's intention to expand its production system and gain more orders from the growing Chinese smartphone brands.
Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered.Otherwise, feel free to skip to the sections that cover your particular devices.AppleCare is Apple’s term for its warranty programs.If you already know you want it, buying AppleCare+ with the product is a good idea, just so you don’t forget.Alternatively, Apple will send you a box and shipping labels for you to ship any Apple product back to them for repair.If the problem is relatively small, Apple can sometimes just send you a part, like a new iPhone charger or Apple TV remote.
It doesn’t matter if you watched or missed Apple’s big event earlier this month, there’s only one phone that seems to be rolling off everyone’s tongue: iPhone X.There are fewer color options now: Gold, silver, and space gray (goodbye rose gold and jet black).It makes the rear look more minimal than ever, as there’s just the dual camera module and flash at the top, along with the Apple and iPhone logo.We’d have liked to see an improved IP68 water resistance, like Samsung’s smartphones, but IP67 should be more than enough for most situations.The screen is flanked by chunky edges that make the phone’s design look dated and unpleasant.A feature that’s trickled down from the iPad Pro, True Tone automatically changes the iPhone’s display “based on ambient lighting conditions to make colors appear consistent in different environments.” So for example, in incandescent lighting where everything has a yellow hue, the display will shift from slightly cool to a warmer tone.
Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is spending $1 billion to start the production of electric vehicles at a factory in Alabama.Blockbuster investment in electric vehicle manufacturing in a US state?Sure sounds like someone’s trying to take down Tesla.The investment will create Daimler’s fifth battery plant worldwide, and turn the existing Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant into a big threat to Tesla.It’s set to assemble all-electric SUVs, which are designed to take on the Model X and Tesla’s upcoming crossover vehicle.“We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary at our production facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and we’re taking this as an opportunity to expand the operation and further fuel growth,” production chief Markus Schaefer told Bloomberg.
semiconductor technology developer compte oct Solutions has collected 450 000 euros in seed financing the company's early stage of development.This year founded in turku in working in a company in its four founders.the principal investor of the financing round is a venture capital firm Inventure.semiconductor materials is, for example, led lights, laser devices and the phone's parts.the Materials are the equipment manufacturer in important, but they have a tendency to oxidize quickly in the manufacturing process, which leads to weaker performance.compte oct has solved the problem of patented Kontorox-technology, in which it seeks to bring semiconductor technology to a new level.
Tesla is apparently working with computing manufacturer AMD to create its own chip to handle autonomous driving for its range of electric vehicles.It seems that the plans are already in full swing too.Tesla has apparently already received samples of the chip and is running tests.The reason for the move is currently unclear, but given Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s previous precedent of stepping in when progress isn’t developing at the pace he’d like, there is a possibility that the move comes as part of Musk’s plan for Tesla’s to be capable of complete autonomy by 2019.On @Tesla autonomy, @TEDchris: "How long until you can get in your car, fall asleep, and wake up at your destination?"Standing on its own four wheels
New submitter re385 shares a report from Science Magazine: Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first "molecular robot" that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimeter in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm.Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is made up of just 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms.To put that size into context, a billion billion of these robots piled on top of each other would still only be the same size as a single grain of salt.The robots operate by carrying out chemical reactions in special solutions which can then be controlled and programmed by scientists to perform the basic tasks.In the future such robots could be used for medical purposes, advanced manufacturing processes and even building molecular factories and assembly lines.
Google is buying part of HTC's smartphone division for $1.1 billion, and acquiring 2,000 new employees.It's a lifeline for HTC, which has struggled in recent years.First, it offers a lifeline to HTC — helping the company keep going and ensuring a key partner for Google doesn't drop out of the hardware game.And secondly, it means Google can further refine its flagship Pixel smartphone offering — making the Pixel more competitive against the likes of Apple and Samsung, while acting as a shining example to other smartphone makers of what can be possible on Android.It is getting 2,000 new staff, as well as non-exclusive access to HTC's intellectual property.But the twin announcements are also fairly light on details, CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said in a telephone interview — including on whether Google will get any factories or manufacturing capabilities as part of the deal.
Google isn't buying HTC outright, à la Motorola; instead, Google and HTC have signed an agreement to send some of HTC's employees over to Google, while HTC gets a $1.1 billion cash infusion.The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC's intellectual property.While earlier rumors pointed to an outright acquisition of HTC by Google, with this deal HTC remains an independent company, and will still manufacture smartphones.Google is acquiring some of HTC's employees but not any of the Taiwan company's factories.Manufacturing facilities are more of a liability today in the smartphone business than anything, with even Apple, the king of vertical integration, outsourcing that work to companies like Foxconn.On Google's side, the deal was announced by SVP of Hardware and former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh.
The 2017 3D Printing Gala in Ulsan was held in the Engineering Building of UNIST.at UNIST from September 14th to 16th, 2017Organized by the Ulsan IT Industry Promotion Agency, a variety of events were featured at the Gala, which includes 3D Printing Industry Exhibition, a test drive in a 3D-printed electric car, the testing of 3D-printed drones, and an international seminar.The event also featured the DfAM competition, as well as the inaugural meeting of KAMUG (Korean Additive Manufacturing User Group).The 3D Printing Industry Exhibition introduced 3D printing-based materials, equipment, softwares (SW), and other related areas.It was participated by a total of 62 companies and organizations, both domestic and international.The exhibition booths were packed with various 3D-printed products, which include toys, industrial parts, and dental models.
While that's good news for companies focused on a mobile-first strategy, what could be an even greater boon for business is iOS's native augmented reality (AR) play, via its ARKit SDK.While Apple's AR move may appear at first blush to be focused on consumers with animated emojis and masks, native AR toolkits open up a world of possibilities for business users and app developers, according to IDC analyst Bryan Bassett.ARKit is purported by Apple to allow for "fast and stable motion tracking," which should make virtual objects look more realistic as they appear in a physical space, enabling them to sit flat on tables and other surfaces."Retail, manufacturing and field workers have a lot to gain through the use of AR; so making ARKit native to iOS going forward will only bolster AR's credibility in the workplace," Bassett said."While ARKit does provide enterprises with a way to develop AR solutions, they would be targeted at the iPhone environment, and not all companies think that's the preferred solution," Gold said.And you will see other vendors of smartphones join in the fray by introducing competing products to Apple's over the next 12 months."
It’s more like a bulked-up second cousin who spent the summer deadlifting.A thick casing extends the length of its edges, and shock-absorbent bumpers jut out from all four corners.It carries the same HDR Premium certification too, which means greater color volume for high-dynamic range (HDR) content.Even compared to Google’s Pixel, the de facto benchmark for smoothness among Android phones, the S8 Active held up remarkably well under stress.Still, some apps managed to punch holes in the otherwise seamless experience.Near Field Communication (NFC) and Samsung’s proprietary Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) are on-board, which lets you pay for in-store items with Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and other contactless platforms.
But one thing that’s different about the best smartphones of 2017 is that the price of admission is going up.Apple, Samsung, and Google will each be offering you a variety of ways to spend four figures on your next phone.The three key factors are that (a) it’s not a huge rise from last year’s Note model, (b) it’s padded out with immediate bundles and sweeteners that get you extras like a DeX desktop dock, and (c) Apple’s making the same move, which normalizes it.For Apple, the iPhone X’s OLED screen from Samsung is surely a pricey component, especially when you consider Samsung’s likely reluctance to share an exclusive piece of hardware (no one else does bezel-less OLED of this quality, not even LG) with its biggest mobile rival.As consumers, we still have a wide breadth of options that can keep us satisfied without being at the absolute pinnacle of new technology.It’s going to be an uneven path forward, though the likelihood is high that we will continue to enthusiastically support phone makers as they make that shift.
If reports from earlier this month and new developments today are anything to go by, Google is almost certainly going to acquire Taiwanese phone maker HTC this week.That’s good news for HTC, and good news for Pixel fans too.This company knows how to make good hardware, and has had some clever ideas in the past, like the squeezable U11 and the Vive VR headset.It’s believed to be manufacturing the search giant’s next Pixel 2 flagship handset.It also previously partnered with Google to make the Nexus 9 tablet in 2014.Fun fact: HTC also made one of my favorite phones of all time, the One X from 2012.
HTC has issued a trading halt on its stock, effective tomorrow, as it’s set to make a major announcement to shareholders.The announcement ties in perfectly with existing rumors that Google has agreed a deal to take over HTC’s smartphone business.A deal would see Google acquire engineering and manufacturing assets to produce smartphones, but leave HTC’s brand and peripherals business — especially its VR divison — intact going forwards.Today’s concrete news comes from the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE), which announced HTC’s trading ban this morning.According to notorious mobile leaker Evan Blass, the announcement will be made at HTC’s headquarters.HTC is expected to announce that Google will acquire the company’s smartphone business, including engineering assets.
Globalfoundries, one of the world’s biggest contract manufacturers of chips, has unveiled a new 12-nanometer manufacturing process that can yield a 10 percent performance gain over the previous generation.This kind of process will be the backbone of semiconductor factories that cost $10 billion or more, and so it can be viewed as one of the drivers of the technology economy.The new process can create chips with 12-nm FinFET features, which are faster and more efficient than the previous generations of chips that were built with 14-nm or 16-nm circuit dimensions.That means that customers of Globalfoundries will be able to design chips that are faster than the previous generation, in line with the cadence of Moore’s Law, which predicts that chips will double performance every couple of years or so.Sanjay Jha, CEO of Milpitas, California-based Globalfoundries, said in an interview with VentureBeat that customers such as Advanced Micro Devices wanted to have an in-between step between generations.Chip makers such as Intel are moving from 14-nm chips to 10-nm chips.
Small and medium-sized enterprises sales rose in July to 7.6% and from may to July during the 7.8 per cent compared to last year, says the accounting firm talenom's recent Sme survey.in July, the hardest part of the ride increased service sector companies, with a sales gain of 12.6 percent over last year's corresponding period.growth in Services has been a barometer in the particular strong throughout this year."April, except for the whole year has been for small and medium-sized enterprises a very good growth period", talenom's ceo Jussi Paaso told the bulletin.in the May-July period, the services sector grew by 11.3%, construction 8.7%, manufacturing 6.7% and trade 4.6 per cent."Mielsivätpä sme entrepreneurs themselves then developing into or not, talenom's sme survey, smes are growing now faster than ten years," Paaso said.
We’re in the midst of a big data revolution.Around the world 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced daily.And how about this: approximately 90% of the world’s data was generated in the last two years alone.For years, companies have been collecting and analysing massive amounts of information – everything from structured data on production, marketing, sales, HR, finance, facilities and operations to transaction-level data on suppliers, customers and partners.To understand the priorities and challenges that global companies are facing on their digital journey, the University of Applied Science Würzburg/Schweinfurt, in cooperation with SAP Ariba, conducted a survey of more than 650 leaders in procurement, finance and supply chain functions from organisations in North America and Europe.Procurement systems capture a vast amount of data, including sourcing information, weather reports, manufacturing and delivery data, supplier data, purchasing data, catalogue data.
Celestica International Inc. on Tuesday will release what executives described as its most significant brand overhaul since 2000, positioning the electronics manufacturing services firm as the enabler of innovation among companies from its native Canada to Silicon Valley.The rebranding includes a new logo that says goodbye to the flaming red comet that has served as Celestica’s most familiar image.In its place is a “C” made up of small red circles that suggest a group of components, around which are even smaller grey circles that explode into a star-like pattern.Beyond the logo, however, is a series of brand elements that include a mission statement describing Celestica as a company that “enables the world’s best brands” by solving technology challenges, and attributes such as “driven,” “informed” and “bold.”In an exclusive interview with B2B News Network prior to the reveal of its latest brand identity, Celestica CEO Rob Mionis said the work partly reflects his own attitude towards the company before he joined it about two years ago.“Celestica was a supplier of mine back in the day and I always viewed it as operating underneath the radar.
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