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8/18/2017

Blockchain's ability to protect a database has attracted the attention of the Pentagon, which has been working with NATO allies to develop apps for the military using the technology. Blockchain could be used to expedite processes, per a note from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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The Washington Times
8/18/2017

It is being speculated that the wireless charging on the Apple iPhone 8 works similarly to how Wi-Fi is delivered to devices by using 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to power the device. Also, the company is expected to use a glass body instead of aluminum to maintain the phone's charge.

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8/18/2017

Sony is showing off two new in-vehicle audio options; they offer a sleeker user interface and better smartphone connectivity. The XAV-AX200 receiver boasts Android Auto system and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with Sirius XM connectivity, a DVD player and three-camera input.

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TWICE
8/18/2017

ZTE saw a 36% increase in smartphone shipments in the second quarter and now controls 11.5% of the US smartphone market, Counterpoint Technology reports. The company's aggressive chip marketing and low-cost devices have helped it become the fourth-largest smartphone provider in the US.

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ZTE
8/18/2017

The Nintendo Switch was more readily available last month, and increased supply allowed it to outsell the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, The NPD Group reports. Despite that, consistent supply has allowed PlayStation to outsell all other hardware platforms year-to-date.

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VentureBeat
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8/18/2017

The Tectonic container management platform created by CoreOS is now generally available on Microsoft Azure. Tectonic also has been updated to the latest Kubernetes 1.7 release.

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TechCrunch
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Microsoft
8/18/2017

China's chipmakers have been producing a lot of ARM-based mobile chips, and strong growth is seen for ARM-based internet of things devices in China, ARM CEO Simon Segars says. ARM is increasing its research and development for the deployment of IoT devices under the ownership of SoftBank Group, he adds.

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DigiTimes
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8/18/2017

Phillip LoPresti, president and CEO of Everspin, discusses spin torque magnetoresistive random-access memory technology in this interview. "MRAM is a nonvolatile memory that provides the aspects of a working memory like SRAM and DRAM," he says.

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8/18/2017

The Trump administration's executive order mandating a government investigation into intellectual property theft is chiefly aimed at China, while Korea doesn't have as much of a problem with US chipmakers, this analysis notes. The acquisition of Xcerra, a supplier of semiconductor testing equipment, by a Chinese government-controlled investment fund may be in jeopardy if the US government sees national security issues involved.

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8/18/2017

DRAMeXchange reports the tight supply conditions for DRAMs lessened during the second quarter, in comparison with the first quarter of 2017. Worldwide DRAM sales grew 16.9% in Q2 to $16.5 billion, the market-research firm estimates, as average selling prices for PC and server DRAMs were up more than 10% from Q1.

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EE Times