Consumers are increasingly wary of surrendering personal data, with a survey by Jebbit revealing more than a third of adult smartphone users express distrust of brands that demand excessive information in forms. A separate survey on data gathered surreptitiously found more than one-third of respondents feeling powerless to control their own information.
HCL Technologies has purchased a $1.8 billion software portfolio from IBM, including Notes and Domino. "The products that we are acquiring are in large growing market areas like security, marketing and commerce, which are strategic segments for HCL," says HCL Technologies CEO C Vijayakumar.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 chipset and its new 8cx processor could allow developers to improve functionality of always on PCs by offering smartphone class processing in desktop computers. The 8cx power allows users to complete more tasks faster, though it could negatively affect battery power.
Big Switch Networks announced the general availability of Big Monitoring Fabric for use with Amazon Web Services' Public Cloud Monitoring. This marks the company's first step in its strategy to enable monitoring and switching for hybrid cloud and will be available early next year.
CEOs from Microsoft, Google, Qualcomm and Oracle met with the Trump administration on Thursday to discuss how to ensure the US leads the way in technology and high-tech jobs. The meeting focused on US companies developments of technology including artificial intelligence, 5G wireless communication and quantum computing.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will construct an 8-inch wafer fabrication facility in Tainan, Taiwan, to address demand for mature and specialty technologies. The foundry hasn't built an 8-inch fab in around 15 years, yet the world market has been clamoring for more 8-inch production capacity to make chips with older processes.
The Samsung Group promoted 158 executives in preparation for 2019, down from 221 promotions a year ago. Among the senior ranks of management, the company promoted Kim Ki-nam, CEO of Samsung's device solutions division and chairman of the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, to vice chairman of the conglomerate, while Roh Tae-moon, executive vice president and head of R&D at the mobile communications business, was promoted to president of the smartphone unit.
Broadcom reported fiscal fourth quarter and full-year results that topped analyst estimates for the period, while forecasting revenue of $24.5 billion for the current fiscal year, including CA Technologies, the software company acquired last month. Broadcom's wireless communications business saw its quarterly revenue fall 5% from a year earlier to $1.7 billion, reflecting what CEO Hock Tan called a "downtick" in wireless chip orders from Apple and other customers.
Samsung Display is planning to convert its L8-1 fabrication facility, which makes 8.5G LCDs, to production of quantum-dot organic light-emitting diode panels during 2019, industry sources say. The L8-1 fab has a production capacity of 200,000 substrates per month and could likely produce 160,000 to 180,000 substrates each month for QD-OLED panels, those sources note.
Qualcomm brought out its Snapdragon 855 processor, a system-on-a-chip device for 5G smartphones, while also introducing its Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform for Windows PCs. The company previously offered its Snapdragon 835 mobile processor for 2-in-1 laptops.