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John McAfee Settles With Intel Over Name

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John McAfee Settles With Intel Over Name

Colourful antivirus pioneer John McAfee decides to settle with Intel, following the dismissal of his September 2016 lawsuit (and Intel countersuit) over the right to use his name on other projects.

As Reuters reports, McAfee sued Chipzilla after a warning that renaming his latest venture, MGT Capital Investments, as "John McAfee Global Technologies Inc." would infringe its trademarks. In turn, Intel countered with accusations of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The reportedly amicable settlement has McAfee agree to not use his name, trademark his name or the phrase "John McAfee Privacy Phone" or use "John McAfee Global Technologies" in connection with security-related products or services. He retains the right to use his name in advertising, promotions and presentations, including in regard to his former role at McAfee the company, which he sold to Intel for $7.7 billion back in 2010.

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Toshiba Sues WD over Memory Business Sale Delay

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Toshiba Sues WD over Memory Business Sale Delay

The sale of the Toshiba memory unit gains another wrinkle, as Toshiba declares it has had enough of Western Digital interference-- the former is suing the latter for $1 billion (or 120 billion yen).

The litigation seeks to stop WD from claiming it has any ownership over the memory unit, which Toshiba is desperate to sell in order to gain some much needed cash. It comes a day after WD resubmitted a bid for the unit, just as Toshiba was set to finalise the sale to a consortium lead by the Japanese government, American private equity firm Bain Capital and S. Korean manufacturing giant SK Hynix.

In the meantime, WD continues to insist the sale represents a breach of the two companies' joint venture agreement, and as such it should be treated as a preferred bidder. However, sources tell the Financial Times that the resubmitted WD bid was "similar" to the one previously considered as "underpriced" by Toshiba.

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Micron Closes Lexar Business

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Micron Closes Lexar Business

Memory maker Micron announces it is closing down the Lexar removable storage business, the result of company efforts to "focus its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels."

The Lexar unit is best known for memory cards, but it also sells USB flash drives, readers and storage drives to retail and OEM customers. Micron adds it will continue supporting existing customers through the transition period and, in case of specific requirements, customers should contact their Lexar sales representative.

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And the Buyer of the Toshiba Memory Unit is...

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And the Buyer of the Toshiba Memory Unit is...

Toshiba names a preferred bidder for the sale of its much wanted memory chip business-- a consortium bringing together the Japanese government and interests from the US and S. Korea.

The group consists of the state-backed Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) fund, the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) and US private equity firm Bain Capital. Also involved in financing are S. Korean chipmaker SK Hynix and the core banking unit of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. It promises to offer at least $18 billion, the minimum Toshiba is asking for the unit, and should automatically receive the Japanese government's seal of approval.

“Toshiba has determined that the consortium has presented the best proposal, not only in terms of valuation, but also in respect to certainty of closing, retention of employees, and maintenance of sensitive technology within Japan,” a company statement reads.

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Imagination Technologies Goes on Sale

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Imagination Technologies Goes on Sale

British firm Imagination Technologies puts itself on sale, the result of losing 70% of its value after Apple decided to start designing own GPUs instead of using PowerVR technology.

Back in May Imagination put two units, MIPS and Ensigma, for sale, but now it is looking for buyer for the entire company. The announcement states it already has "received interest from a number of parties," which analysts suggest can include the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek, CEVA and various Chinese entities. Even Apple might be interested.

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IBM Process Manages 5nm Chipmaking

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IBM Process Manages 5nm Chipmaking

A collaboration between IBM, Samsung and Global Foundries brings about an industry firsts-- silicon nanosheet transistors allowing the production of 5 nanometer (nm) chips.

Presented at the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits conference in Kyoto, Japan, the process arrives just 2 years after the development of a 7nm test node chip with 20 billion transistors, paving the way for 30 billion switches on a "fingernail-sized" chip.

As Big Blue puts it, the breakthrough uses "stacks of silicon nanosheets" to build the transistor instead of FinFET architecture, the current blueprint for the semiconductor industry. It promises a 40% performance enhancement at fixed power, or 75% power savings at matched performance, bringing about a "significant" boost in the performance of anything from AI systems to VR and mobile devices.

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Hardware Takes the Stage at WWDC 2017

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Hardware Takes the Stage at WWDC 2017

Apple presents an unusual keynote at WWDC 2017-- the traditionally software-focused conference hosts a slew of hardware launches, with "the most powerful" iMac Pro, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the HomePod, a cylindrical speaker armed with Siri intelligence.

Of course, the two-hour keynote also introduces updates of all Apple operating systems, namely iOS 11 (now with AR Kit, support for person-to-person payments via iMessage, HomeKit improvements and a redesigned App Store), watchOS 4 (with a Siri-powered wach face able to customise contents in real time according to user needs), tvOS (not much revealed about this one, other than a new content source in the shape of Amazon Prime Video) and macOS High Sierra (a "perfected" version of the OS with Safari updates, HEVC support and new photo editing tools).

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Acer’s Newest Spin…Plus Gaming & VR/MR

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Acer’s Newest Spin…Plus Gaming & VR/MR

This year Acer’s stand at Computex took a movie-going design: it featured a large enclosed space dedicated to showcasing Acer's gaming PCs, Windows Mixed Reality and StarVR Head-Mounted Displays (HMD). The movie-going feel included a ticket counter with show times on a digital display where visitors could sign up for a StarVR and/or Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD demo.

In addition to HMDs, the enclosed space is also showcased Acer's latest Predator series notebooks and monitors, including the behemoth Predator 21 X curved-screen gaming notebook, the thin Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook and the Predator X27 gaming monitor with support for NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR at 4K resolution.

This is the first time that Acer is showcasing its comprehensive Virtual Reality, Windows Mixed Reality, and Gaming offerings to international media, buyers, and consumers at the same time.

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Apple Buys... Sleep Tracker Maker?

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Apple Buys... Sleep Tracker Maker?

A privacy policy update reveals Apple has bought Beddit, a Finnish maker of sleep-track devices users can connect with iOS and Apple Watch apps.

"Beddit has been acquired by Apple," the policy reads. "Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy."

The latest Beddit product is the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor-- a sensor-equipped strip users install under the bed sheets. It tracks movements using "ballistocardiography," with no need for users to wear an activity tracker (or even remember to switch it on). Once the night is over it pushes collected data to iDevices, with HealthKit compatibility.

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