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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday June 5th, 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|SL||Dow Jones announced Tuesday that Twitter would replace Monsanto in the S&P 500. Twitter jumped roughly 5 percent Tuesday after the news. Changes go in effect Thursday, June 7, when German pharma company Bayer finalizes its $63 billion takeover of Monsanto.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-monsanto/twitter-inc-to-join-the-sp-500-replacing-monsanto-idUSKCN1J02WP?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|tm||I hesitate to call Lenovo a liar but they certainly deceived us. Back on May 31 we passed along the many reports that noted the Lenovo promotional render of the Z5 phone showed an all-screen front with no notch and no bezel. I the announcement Lenovo showed the Z5 not only has a notch but also a chin. Lenovo still claims its bezels and notches are smaller than the iPhone X and Mi 8. Z5 goes on sale in China June 12 for 1,299 yuan up to 1,799 yuan. Our next bezelless hope comes from Vivo's announcement June 12th.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/6/5/17428580/lenovo-z5-phone-announced-notch|
|sl||Sharp is acquiring Toshiba's PC business and will issue $1.8 billion in new shares to buy back stock from banks. Sharp's parent Foxconn is the world’s biggest contract manufacturer, to produce PCs and TVs more cheaply. Sharp said it will take an 80.1 percent stake in Toshiba’s PC unit on Oct. 1, and also retain the Dynabook brand. Toshiba sold 17.7 million PCs seven years ago, and 1.4 million units last year.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toshiba-sharp-pc-announcement/japans-sharp-says-to-buy-toshibas-pc-business-idUSKCN1J10A0?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|tm||Facebook announced the fifth Oculus Connect will take place in San Jose September 26th and 27th. Registration details are not out yet.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/05/facebook-announces-oculus-connect-dates-sept-26-27/|
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|:33||sl||Spotify registered with the FCC Tuesday, the first step in getting harware devices approved for use in the U.S. Spotfy wlll first get a grantee code, which allows the company to file to have wireless networking devices approved by the FCC. Previous reports included plans for an in-car device.||https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/spotify-hardware-fcc-registration-1202830677/|
|:35||tm||Asus announced several new products Monday at Computex. |
The VivoWatchBP has what Asus says is a "medical-grade" blood pressure monitor. That means it got US FDA approval for its ECG and PPG heart rate and blood pressure sensors. Omron announced a similar feature at CES. Asus says the VivoWatchBP will last 20 days on a charge.
The ZenBook Pro 15 turns the trackpad into a second 5.5-inch touch screen or what Asus calls ScreenPad. A calculator and music player come that work on it and it supports Microsoft Office similar to Apple's touchbar. F6 toggles it between touchpad and screen modes. Specs run up to Core i9 16 GB of RAM and GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB RAM. It uses Amazon for voice control.
Project Precog is a dual-screen laptop with no keyboard, targeted at AI. The one they showed was a prototype but they say they intend to make it available in 2019. Among its many nifty promises are knowing where your hands are and shifting the virtual keyboard accordingly. Conserve battery in advance of your meetings. Work with Microsoft office to make smart suggestions. Like ways to present data in Excel. It can work in book, laptop, flat and tent modes with a stylus. Plus, it'll have face and object recognition.
|:39||sl||Intel announced at Computex it will launch a single-socket desktop CPU with 28 cores running at 5GHz. SVP Gregory Bryant ran the Cinebench benchmark on stage yielding a score of 7,334. Intel plans to sell the CPU by the end of the year. |
Intel also announced it will make 50,000 special Core i7-8086K CPUS to celebrate Intel’s 50 year company anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the 8086 processor. It's Intel's best performing mainstream Coffee Lake processor, with a base frequency of 4.0 GHz and a single core turbo of 5.0 GHz, for a probable. 4.6 GHz all-core turbo.
Finally Intel teased 14-nanometer 8th-gen Whiskey Lake processors for ligghtweight laptops and 14-nanometer Amber Lake thin laptops and tablets. A 1.5-TB Optane SSD in a smaller M.2 design. And a partnership to sell 5G-capable laptops from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP , Lenovo and Microsoft in Sprint stores next year.
|:43||tm||At Computex Tuesday Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform designed for PCs, promising a 30% boost in performance, a 20% boost in battery life, and a 20% increase in 4G LTE speeds. PCs with the 835 just hit shelves but Qualcomm says 850-powered PCs will be coming by holiday time. Qualcomm saiod more manufacturers will use the 850 than used the 835 naming Samsung as one company that will use the 850 in a future device. And to keep those older 835-powered devices selling Sprint announce it will provide free unlimited LTE data for devices that run the Snapdragon 835.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17426766/qualcomm-snapdragon-850-always-connected-pc-features-computex-2018|
|:47||sl||China is investigating allegations of DRAM chip price fixing against Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron who together control 96% of the DRAM market. Reuters reports a source said doubling of DRAM prices in the past 2 years prompted the investigation as it hurt Chinese electronics manufacturers who operate on low margins. A South Korean government official said Samsung and SK Hynix both deny price fixing, simply strong demand that outstripped manufacturing capacity.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-samsung-elec-china/china-probes-dram-chip-makers-samsung-elec-sk-hynix-and-micron-idUSKCN1J02DI?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|:49||tm||Ride-hailing company Grab is partnering with Cargo to offer convenience items to passengers while riding with Grab drivers. Cargo provides a small plastic ontainer that first between the front seats and contains free samples as well as items for sale like chips, gum, ibuprofen, phone chargers etc. Drivers get 25% commission on paid sales and $1 every time a passenger places on order at cargo.menu even for a free sample. Cargo offers it services to Lyft and Uber drivers in the US on an informal relationship.|
[[Side note: Grab launched Grab Ventures to develop develop technology start-ups in sectors such as transport, food services, logistics and financial services. The. portfolio already includes self-driving technology firm Drive.ai and Indonesian payments service Kudo. ]]]
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|sl||Kelvin from YouTube commented on our discussion last week about Amazon's Australian based platform:|
I agree this stinks, being a determined Australian. I think Amazon is not only plays us with Amazon's own site but with Audible more so than Kindle. eg you can only have 1 credit a month not the 2 i was used to before the AU site came active among other backward steps than still exist even years later. keep up the great work.
|tm||thumbwarriordx from YouTube commented on yesteraday's show.|
Dude Dark mode is something I've always wanted and it's disgusting that we had 20 years of white internet. Anyone remember booting up Windows 2000 early in the morning and getting blasted with the force of 1000 suns? Yeah we don't need any of that. Save power, reduce eye strain. Stop imitating paper like it's relevant.
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