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Monthly Archives: January 2011
Powerchip, Taiwan’s biggest D-Ram company, said on Monday it was exiting the commodity PC D-Ram market in favour of making more specialised chips used in mobile computing devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Frank Huang, chairman, said his company would wind down its business of selling PC D-Ram chips under the Powerchip brand. Instead, Powership would become a contract manufacturer of PC D-Ram chips for long-time partner Elpida of Japan, the world’s third biggest D-Ram company. Read more
Vodafone confirmed that it had been asked by the Egyptian government to “suspend services in selected areas” and that Egyptian legislation meant it was “obliged to comply”. Read more
Time to throw out the 78s, LPs, CDs, cassettes and even your digital downloads? With so many services offering to stream your favourite songs over the internet and store playlists now, there seems no need for a permanent record collection. After exploring cloud gaming last week, the Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section this week looks at cloud music services, ahead of the inevitable entry of Google and Apple. Read more
There was one inexplicable omission in the features unveiled for Sony’s next-generation portable (NGP) device in Tokyo on Wednesday night and one bold and exciting move regarding the future of the PlayStation platform. Read more
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, has for the first time laid out its roadmap for moving to bigger silicon discs to drive down chip manufacturing costs.
The world’s biggest chipmaker said on Thursday that it plans to have a trial production line using 18-inch wafers ready by 2013 or 2014. Full production would begin in 2015 or 2016. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
- RIM is considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps, according to BGR. The company is looking at using a Java virtual machine that would allow the forthcoming PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform.
Yes, Demand Media’s IPO looks frothy. But there’s a reason for all the attention: purpose-built business models for creating online content are few and far between, and this just might be one that has a future. Read more
European tech startups establishing offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley seem almost an everyday occurrence as they strain for a whiff of that oxygen of publicity and VC money uniquely available here. However, SoundCloud’s announcement on Tuesday of its new West Coast operation is unusual in the extent it takes to heart the entrepreneurial cafe culture of San Francisco. Read more
A transport coordinator, a teacher for the children’s centre, a specialist in diversity recruitment – oh, and the odd engineer or two. Those are some of the jobs Google is looking to fill as it gears up for its most active year of hiring yet. Read more
Will.i.am, front man for the Black Eyed Peas, is following Dr Dre and Lady Gaga in lending his pop-star credibility to technology companies. It has to be a sound and vision thing. As technology companies try to figure out how best to sell their growing multimedia firepower to consumers, they are turning to creative types like Will.i.am for ideas, insight into the tastes of a younger demographic and looking for their star power to add some sheen to their products. Read more
Ongo, a digital news aggregator launching in the US on Tuesday, starts life with promising credentials. Not only does Alex Kazim, its founder and CEO, come with a revenue-generating background as head of marketing for PayPal and then president of Skype, but its $12m of Series A funding came from the top of the US newspaper pile: the New York Times, the Washington Post and Gannett, owner of USA Today. Read more
The patent wars raging in the smartphone business are not the only example of how IP rights are being brought to bear in the fight for control of an important new consumer technology market. Microsoft has just extended its case against TiVo, asking a US court to block imports of set-top boxes it claims infringe four of its patents. Read more