Items tagged with global

Surprised? Don't be. While Apple's iOS is doing just fine in the lucrative North American market place, Google's Android is quickly becoming the all-encompassing player when looking from a global viewpoint. The reasons are numerous: for one, Android is more accessible. It's free, tons of OEMs use it, and it's available on thousands of products across all kinds of price points. iOS, on the other hand, is exclusively available across just a handful of iProducts, and most of them are tremendously expensive -- particularly for emerging markets. Still, the latest market share numbers from research outlet Strategy Analytics show that Android is gaining, while Apple is slipping. The latest report shows... Read more...
Square has done an exceptional job of making it easier for small businesses to accept credit card payments, but what if you're looking to move product in more places than your current city? The company's looking to expand a bit, taking a local idea global. Square Market is the answer, described as an online marketplace for businesses to sell everything from handmade jewelry, housewares and merchandise, to yoga lessons and beauty services. Square Market provides local businesses across the U.S. the ability to sell their products throughout the country to anyone, anywhere. "We're focused on making easy-to-use tools for merchants that create an incredible experience for their customers - no matter... Read more...
T-Mobile is targeting business travelers with a new plan that promises unlimited international data roaming for a set fee. The new T-Mobile Open Europe plan provides unlimited data (though only the first 500MB will be at full-speed) within 28 European countries for a set rate of $50 per line per month. Users of the plan will not incur international roaming tolls. The T-Mobile Open Europe plan will be available next month. T-Mobile also offers Wi-Fi Calling solutions, a pay-per-use plan called T-Mobile Global for Business, and T-Mobile Global Corporate Access for international travelers. T-Mobile To Roll Out 'Open Europe' Plan for Business Customers New Unlimited Data Feature Offers Predictable... Read more...
International travel is pretty stressful as-is, but when you combine the fact that getting smartphone data while abroad could end up costing more than your flight -- well, that's even less fun. Global data roaming is a major, major expense, and while many savvy travelers attempt to pick up loaner SIMs at their destination, there's no doubt that it's not possible to do so in every instance. For those who routinely find themselves scurrying to foreign lands, Verizon Wireless has introduced a new Global Data Plan. Beginning April 23rd, US-based customers can get a 100MB monthly pool of data for $25. That's a tiny pool, yes, but it's far greater than VZW's prior offerings. Whenever you go over that... Read more...
Just when you thought Amazon may be falling behind in the e-reader race, this happens. The Kindle, which is widely viewed as the #1 e-book reader here in the USA, is finally making its international debut. If you'll recall, the Kindle has always relied on Sprint's EV-DO network to give owners wireless access to digital content wherever they are, but of course, the CDMA radio won't function in most overseas nations. In order to remedy that, Amazon has teamed with AT&T in order to sell a GSM-ready version of the device, one that's capable of downloading books in over 100 nations. Amazingly, it seems as if the roaming fees are included; if you buy an International Kindle, you can download books... Read more...
ARM AND GLOBALFOUNDRIES ESTABLISH A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE APPLICATION OPTIMIZED SOC PRODUCTS ON 28NM HIGHK METAL GATE (HKMG) PROCESSRelationship leverages synergies between ARM’s leading low power processor architecture, optimized physical IP and partner Eco-system with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology, design and manufacturing excellence. CAMBRIDGE, UK – October 6, 2009 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announces a long-term strategic relationship to provide their mutual customers with an innovative SoC enablement program.   To support the long-term relationship, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM have signed a broad agreement on processor implementation... Read more...
During AMD's conference call last week, company CEO Dirk Meyer stated that he expected Global Foundries to announce its first customer "within 30 days." We now know that first customer will be STMicroelectronics, which is a major semiconductor player and manufacturer in its own right. Global Foundries has stated that it will partner with ST to produce products based on 40nm Low Power (LP) bulk silicon. Electronics built using LP silicon are typically used in devices where minimal power consumption is paramount, including cell phones, application processors, and other handheld devices. “With the addition of an industry-leader in low-power technology like STMicroelectronics we now begin to deliver... Read more...
Global Foundries Calls for Renewed Focus on 300mm Manufacturing Innovation- At SEMICON West, the new leading-edge semiconductor foundry describes the need for increasing efficiency and minimizing waste in the 300mm manufacturing process - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 14, 2009 – In its effort to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumer technology, the semiconductor industry has long been preoccupied with smaller transistors and larger silicon wafers. While these are important tactics, opportunities for increasing efficiency, becoming more agile, and minimizing waste are often overlooked in manufacturing processes, according to Thomas Sonderman, vice president of manufacturing systems and technology... Read more...
T-RAM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES enter into Joint Development Agreement for application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes MILPITAS, Calif. - T-RAM Semiconductor Inc. (T-RAM) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced today that they have entered into a joint development agreement targeted toward the application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes.According to Gregg Bartlett, Senior Vice President of Technology and R&D at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, “We are pleased to be jointly developing T-RAM memory for 32nm and 22nm technologies. T-RAM’s embedded memory technology shows a great deal of potential for use in low-power, high-performance dense cache applications... Read more...
As we reported to you late last night, news of AMD's wafer manufacturing operations has been announced...    AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Mubadala increases investment in financially-stronger AMD, which is simultaneously unlocking the value of its manufacturing assets — “The Foundry Company” to build new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Upstate New York, creating more than 1,400 jobs, and to expand existing manufacturing facility in Dresden — — IBM welcomes The Foundry Company into the IBM Alliance —          NEW YORK— Oct. 7, 2008 — AMD... Read more...
Last week Interbrand issued its 2008 Best Global Brands rankings. While most of the top 10 remained unchanged from 2007, with IBM and Microsoft swapping places (IBM rose from 3 to 2), one big change emerged: Google rose from 20 to 10, with Mercedes-Benz dropping to 11.  Interbrand produces this report annually, which is then used to produce a special report by Business Week.The report is generated from June 30th to June 30th annually, so while it does show quite a bit of financial firms dropping in global ranking from 2007, it doesn't show the full effect of the recent financial turmoil on Wall Street and elsewhere.  For example, Merrill Lynch dropped from 22 to 34, while HSBC dropped... Read more...
Never heard of Quanta Computer? Can't blame you. They don't put their own nameplate on the laptop computers they build in Taiwan. They manufacture units for most all major computer vendors, so if you've got a Dell or an HP in your lap, for instance, the chances are pretty good that Quanta made it, or one just like it. They even make the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's laptop. Since they serve so many masters, their sales outlook is useful in gauging worldwide demand for laptops in general. The company has factored in the shaky global economy to its 2008 laptop shipment forecast, Leung said. "It looks like there will be some impact on the notebook market in the U.S., but Europe and other areas... Read more...
A massive volume of telecommunications data flows through undersea cables.  We've seen the havoc that's created when one of them is severed, and it looks like the middle-east and western Asia are now experiencing the trouble created when 4 of them are damaged in a little less than a week.Having one cable damaged is unusual, 2 or more in the same time period is very odd, but 4 is virtually unprecedented.“Most telecommunications experts and cable operators say that sabotage seems unlikely, but no one knows what damaged the cables or whether the incidents were related.One theory - that a wayward ship traveling off course because of bad weather was responsible for cutting the first two cables... Read more...
When Amazon MP3 launched last year, you can bet it was looked upon by Apple as just another minor threat to iTunes' dominance. But with the signing of Sony BMG, Amazon is the only retailer selling DRM-free music from all four major music labels. And now it's a major threat.Today Amazon announced that Amazon MP3 is going global, spreading DRM-free music worldwide. "We have received thousands of e-mails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the U.S. They can't wait to choose from the biggest selection of high-quality, low-priced DRM-free MP3 music downloads which play on virtually any music device they own today or will own in the future,"... Read more...
Global warming is a big issue.  Well, at least to many it is.  Nissan wants to use auto navigation systems to keep traffic moving around snarl-ups, reducing carbon emissions and increasing MPG in the process.The Japanese automaker has launched a major effort to better exploit navigation systems--which are essentially on-board computers--and contemporary communications infrastructures to improve the safety of their cars and boost gas mileage, company executives said this week at Ceatec, the large Japanese trade show taking place outside of Tokyo. One application, currently being tested on taxis in Beijing, feeds current traffic data gathered by sensors in other cars on the road to drivers... Read more...
Global microprocessor chip sales are booming. August 2007 came in a 4.5 percent higher than the previous year. It appears manufacturers of devices that use chips are forecasting a strong Christmas season ahead, and are readying themselves to deliver the shiny stuff for under the tree.The increase is better than historical norms, according to John Pitzer, chip industry analyst at Credit Suisse Securities (USA). August marks the third month in a row that chip sales have been higher than seasonal norms. August is the month electronics manufacturers buy most of the chips they need to prepare for holiday season gadget demand, the SIA said, indicating companies expect strong Christmas sales. Rising... Read more...
Intel, Red Hat Launch Global Solution Acceleration Program Program Provides Customers with Tools and Technical Data to Help Accelerate and Optimize Advanced Linux Solutions LINUXWORLD, Boston, April 4, 2006 – Intel Corporation and Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced the creation of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize their deployments of Linux solutions. The program will be the first of its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focused on developing and disseminating tools for virtualization of enterprise computing. "The Red Hat and Intel Solution Acceleration Program will give... Read more...
Good evening brothers and sisters :)  Well, the day has almost come and gone.  With only the gentle hum of my computer to keep me company here the lab, I know bed time is fast approaching.  However, before I crawl between the sheets, there is enough time for one final update for the day.  Here is your Nightcap... SilentTower HeatPipe Cooler Review @ ipKonfig "OK, so now this is a heatsink not often considered by many buyers, but does have some unique characteristics, to say the least. Heatpipe technology has become more popular over the past year, and many have found it effective. And of course the main benefit touted for heatpipe technology is less noise, though use... Read more...