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Apple and Google’s web-controlling pact under threat in US lawsuit

When Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, the chief executives of Apple and Google, were photographed eating dinner together in 2017 at an upscale Vietnamese restaurant called Tamarine, the picture set off a tabloid-worthy frenzy about the relationship between the two most powerful companies in Silicon Valley. As the two men sipped red wine at a window table inside the restaurant in Palo Alto, their companies were in tense negotiations to renew one of the..

Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee Dies at 78

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said. Under Lee's leadership, Samsung rose to become the world's largest producer of smartphones and memory chips, and the firm's overall turnover today is equivalent to a fifth of South Korea's GDP. Samsung's meteoric rise helped make Lee South Korea's richest and mos..

Axiom Space finalizing first commercial ISS mission

WASHINGTON — Axiom Space hopes to soon finalize its first commercial mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for late 2021, as it continues development of a commercial module for the station. During a panel discussion at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Oct. 13, Michael Suffredini, president and chief executive of Axiom Space, said his company had lined up the the customers for that first mission, a 10-day flight to t..

Chinese rocket companies secure local government support for research, production facilities

HELSINKI — Two young Chinese rocket have secured deals with local governments for the establishment of major launch vehicle research and production facilities. The agreements made in September demonstrate ongoing and deepening support of commercial space endeavors by Chinese provincial and local governments. Beijing-based Galactic Energy will construct a base in Jianyang, a county-level city under the administration of Chengdu, a city of 16 mi..

Microsoft Is Bringing a Skype Meet Now Button to Your Windows 10 Taskbar for...

Microsoft is bringing a “Meet Now” icon to the taskbar of the latest Windows 10 version to let users quickly set up a video call and invite their friends and colleagues to discuss things virtually. The new development comes over six months after the Redmond company introduced the Meet Now feature on Skype to let people start a virtual group conversation without requiring any app or sign up. Emerging players including Zoom have seen a significant ..

Intelsat rejects $1.8 billion SES claim for C-band clearing payments

WASHINGTON — Intelsat rejected a $1.8 billion claim filed by SES regarding the breakup of the C-Band Alliance, arguing instead that SES’s action cost Intelsat more than $1.6 billion in potential C-band clearing payments. SES filed the claim in July in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where Intelsat filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. SES argued that Intelsat violated the agreement among the members of the C-Band Al..

Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 Sale: Best Offers on Smartphones, Smart Speakers, Wi-Fi Routers,...

Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale is about to enter into its second week. The sale kicked off last week with hundreds of deals and bundled offers on a large selection of mobile phones, speakers, laptops, and Amazon devices. The first phase of Amazon's big festive season sale will end at midnight tonight with the HDFC Bank payment offer ge..

How the iPhone 12 compares to Google and Samsung’s latest phones

While Apple's lineup of iPhones has ballooned to more models than ever before this year, its stock standard iPhone 12 is the hero. Just as in the Android space, where $999 premium phones have become the clear value leaders rather than $2000 ultra-premium devices, Apple's $1349 iPhone 12 is a significant leap over the iPhone 11 and makes the prospect of shelling out more for a Pro device less appealing than in previous years. But how doe..

Tiny USB dongle the key to stronger security

A tiny security key which you can tap on your smartphone or plug into your computer, Yubico's YubiKey 5C NFC offers an extra line of defence to keep out uninvited guests. Hackers are getting smarter when it comes to tricking us into handing over our passwords via scam emails. Two-factor authentication (2FA) offers an extra security check when logging into online services like Facebook and Google, which makes it harder for someone to break in..

How TSMC and ASML plan to get to the 2nm process node

With the release tomorrow of the Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPad Air (2020), consumers around the globe will get to experience a 5nm chipset for the first time. Built by TSMC, the number one independent foundry on the planet, Apple's A14 Bionic shoehorns an unimaginable 11.8 billion transistors inside an integrated circuit. That compares to the 8.5 billion transistors employed by the A13 Bionic.TSMC, ASML look ahead to 3nm and 2..

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