Aug 142012

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited has agreed to invest EUR1.1 billion, which was about USD1.4 billion, in ASML, one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world, to ensure its access to the latest chip-making technologies in the future.
Prior to this, Intel also signed a similar agreement with ASML and it invested USD4.1 billion in ASML.

According to a report published by ASML, Taiwan’s TSMC will acquired a 5% stake in ASML for USD838 million and the company promised to make additional investments of EUR276 million for the development of next-generation lithography technologies, including extreme ultraviolet lithography, a new way of printing circuit patterns onto silicon wafers; and equipment that can handle a larger size of circular wafers from which chips are cut.

Eric Meurice, chief executive officer of ASML, said that the goal of this jointly invested project is to ensure and accelerate the development of lithography technologies. These technologies will benefit the entire industry, not only the cooperating partners who invested in this project.

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Aug 132012

Online game company Blizzard Entertainment Inc. says there was unauthorized access to some account information, but Chinese players appear unmolested.
Blizzard says the unauthorized access included email addresses associated with accounts in all regions, outside of China. Additional information from accounts associated with the North American servers was also accessed, including cryptographically scrambled versions of passwords, the answer to a personal security question, and information relating to mobile and dial-in authenticators. Those North American servers generally include players from North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.

Blizzard says it does not believe this information alone is enough to gain access to accounts.

Investigations are ongoing and Blizzard says it continues to work with authorities and security experts.

Aug 112012

Hangzhou-based China E-commerce Research Center has published a data monitoring report on the Chinese B2B e-commerce market for the first half of 2012, stating that by June 2012, the trade scale of the Chinese B2B e-commerce market reached CNY2.95 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 13%.
According to the report, by the end of June 2012, the number of Chinese B2B e-commerce service providers had reached 10,950, an increase of 7% compared with the same period of last year. Meanwhile, the total operating revenue of these providers was CNY7.45 billion, a year-on-year increase of 20%.

By market share, the report stated that eight B2B e-commerce service providers occupied 67.1% share of the Chinese B2B e-commerce market in the first half of 2012. Alibaba topped the list with 41.5% market share, followed by Global Sources,,,, Global Market Group, and

In addition, the report revealed that by the end of the reporting period, the number of Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprise users who used the third-party e-commerce platforms had been over 16.5 million.

Based on the current market growth status, China E-commerce Research Center predicted that the Chinese B2B e-commerce market will achieve a trade scale of over CNY1.8 trillion in the third quarter of 2012.

Aug 112012

Tough times call for tough decisions. Sadly for Research In Motion, that meant axing a huge chunk of its workforce to stay alive while patiently hoping for a better start next year. RIM’s plan to cut jobs was first heard in June this year. Now, an insider has confirmed the news to BGR that the company will begin the layoffs next week. The “trusted source” said that more than 3,000 employees will be axed beginning next week, and that the layoffs will continue over the next couple of weeks.

Even worse is the news that the workers over at RIM are reportedly terrified because they don’t exactly know who’s going and who’s staying. Workers have been told that aside from those working on BlackBerry 10, “no department is out of bounds” for the latest round of reductions. RIM also confirmed the report saying that next week’s layoffs is a part of the company’s previous announcement in June to cut roughly 5,000 jobs this year. Check out RIM’s response after the break.

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Aug 102012

Low power chip designer MIPS has released the source code for a version of Google Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean optimized for devices with MIPS processors.

Right now most Android phones and tablets feature ARM-based processors, but some very low cost devices have MIPs chips, including the Karbonn Smart Tab 1, a $125 tablet for the Indian market.


Developers can find instructions for downloading the source code at the Android on MIPS website. You’ll also find the source code for Android 4.0, Android 2.3, and Android 2.2 on MIPS there.

It’s not clear when the Android 4.1 software update will be available for the Karbonn tablet or other existing devices with MIPs-based processors, but the release of the source code will let device makers (and independent developers) start working to port Google’s latest software to run on those devices.

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Aug 092012

ARM in this year’s Siggraph conference on the launch of three new GPU core, the models are Mali-T628, Mali-T678, Mali-T624, graphics performance and computational performance of which the former two are twice the Mali-T624 and fourtimes compared to earlier released by Mali-T658 is a direct double version of the release of the Mali-T624.


From these brief chart of the Mali-T624 and the above-mentioned Mali-T604 is the same, but the ARM Mali-T624 uses microarray technology to achieve higher frequency so as to improve the performance, followed by all of Mali -T624 graphics kernel support is called the ASTC (adaptive texture compression, developed by ARM, have been incorporated into the new features for OpenGL ES 3.0), can reduce the memory bandwidth requirements, so it means that more energy efficient. According to the ARM, the above three GPU cores will see 2013 products.

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Aug 082012

The folks at Rikomagic UK sell a mini PC called the MK802 which can run Google Android, Ubuntu Linux, or a range of other operating systems. It features an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor and HDMI and USB ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Soon the company plans to offer a netbook with the same low power processor. Like the MK802, the Rikomagic ARM netbook will be able to run Android or Ubuntu. But you won’t need an external keyboard or display to use the computer.


Rikomagic is still working out the kinks with the manufacturer to make sure everything is up to snuff. But in a nutshell what you’re looking at is a netbook with a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB to 8GB of built-in storage.

It has a 1 GHz Allwinner A10 processor and comes with Android 4.0 loaded on the internal storage. You can also boot Ubuntu 12.04 or another operating system from an SD card — much the way you can with an MK802.

Thet netbook has a full-sized SD card slot, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, and audio jacks, and a 1MP camera. Rikomagic UK says the netbook gets about 6 hours of battery life (even if it’s in standby, which is a bit of a problem).

If the mini-laptop looks familiar, that’s because it’s almost certainly based on the same design as the H6 notebook we spotted recently. You can order one now from Pandawill for $141, or wait to see what Rikomagic UK charges for the netbook.

As netbooks go, the little laptop has a very tiny touchpad and a large bezel around the screen.

Ubuntu seems to run reasonably well on the netbook, although hardware graphics acceleration isn’t working yet, which means that video playback is choppy, at best. Rikomagic expects the device to appeal to developers and folks interested in tweaking the laptop — not necessarily people looking for an Ubuntu notebook that runs perfectly out of the box.

The notebook should be able to handle YouTube, Netflix, and local video playback when using Android.

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Aug 082012

Speaking to a group of reporters over at Sprint’s Kansas headquarters, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recalled the company’s decision to sell Apple’s iPhone on its turf. He said that the opportunity to sell the iPhone was too good to pass up, even though Sprint had to spend billions for it. Hesse added that a lot of its customers decided to stick with the carrier hoping that it would eventually offer the iPhone. “You really don’t want to be on the outside,” he said.

When asked about the Apple-Sprint partnership, the CEO noted that the blessing came in the form of a phone call from Cupertino last year, saying, “I think the No. 1 thing was getting the call from Apple that they were interested in at least having the opportunity.” During the course of the conversation, Hesse commented that the iPhone is a good product for the long-term since customers are more valuable in the long run. “Today, looking back, I think it was the right decision,” Hesse added.

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Aug 072012

Microsoft has officially announced its proposal to bring plugin-free real time video/audio chatting to web browsers today. They decided to contribute to W3C WebRTC working group, who is working on a universal API for voice/video chat between web browsers. Microsoft’s contribution is labeled as “Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web,” or CU-RTC-Web.

Microsoft felt that WebRTC doesn’t meet all of its demands and believes its proposal will solve problems such as no ubiquitous deployability, which doesn’t allow inoperability. CU-RTC-Web,on the other hand, will add real-time, peer-to-peer transport layer, as well as build on the existing W3C getUserMedia API. Microsoft’s proposal confirms its commitment to Skype’s future. This type of technology would help propel Skype forward past other methods of video/audio chat since one would only need to open a browser page instead of requiring a traditional application or plug-in. The technology would also allow Skype users to communicate with friends on Google Talk or other methods of communication. Google and Mozilla are both working on their own similar projects.

Microsoft plans on implementing Skype into its new Hotmail). Currently, it would require a plug-in to work, but with Microsoft’s new CU-RTC-Web proposal, it wouldn’t. We’ll keep you updated on the status of Microsoft’s proposal as more info becomes available. Let us know what you think of the proposal in the comments section below.

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Aug 062012

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its Android app, bringing free music to Android phones and tablets. The new Spotify Radio feature works a lot like Pandora, letting you create a personalized radio station based on a song, artist, genre, or playlist.

Then you can stream music from similar artists for free, while further personalizing the station by voting up or down on the songs Spotify chooses for you.

You can still use Spotify to stream millions of songs or albums on demand. But while there’s a free, ad-supported Spotify Client for desktop computers, you’ll need to pay for a Spotify Premium account to do that on a mobile device.

The radio service, on the other hand, is absolutely free (although the app will play audio ads for you every now and again). Spotify Radio has already been available for iOS for about a month.


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