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Ban on investment to Chinese military related companies 11/16/2020
The Chinese government accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hamper competition and warned Friday that Trump's order would hurt U.S. and other investors worldwide.
Airbus signed contract to deliver 38 new Eurofighter aircraft; creates 100,000 jobs 11/16/2020
The variant offered in Switzerland corresponds to the configuration of the German Quadriga order. The equipment includes the world's latest electronic radar, future-proof hardware and software and unlimited multi-role capability for engaging air and ground targets.
Propose to tax those who works from home 11/16/2020
Deutsche Bank proposed a 5% daily tax on each employee that continues to work from home, which could raise tens of billions of dollars for governments. The money could be used to help lower income workers who have taken on greater risk because their jobs can't be done remotely.
Foxconn says: iPhone twelve demand is robust 11/13/2020
Foxconn saw “stronger than expected” demand for both smartphones and servers, with strong shipments of Apple’s new iPhone 12 supporting revenue.
Holiday Season online shopping delivery delays will not be avoided 11/13/2020
Brie Carere, chief marketing and communications officer at FedEx. “Like everything else in 2020, this is going to be an unprecedented peak season. We’ve actually seen three years of growth in e-commerce pulled forward. So we are expecting a ton of volume."
Get the music sensation without listening to it 11/13/2020
The technology uses a 3-D sensing module and locates and tracks the ear position sending audio via ultrasonic waves to create sound pockets by the user’s ears. Sound can be heard in stereo or a spatial 3-D mode that creates 360 degree sound around the listener.
Future of the travel industry unknown 11/13/2020
“There's an element of face-to-face that's necessary, but I would be OK without it.”
Walmart teams up with the General Motors to test autonomous delivery 11/12/2020
Battery powered Chevrolet Volt vehicles will begin deliveries in Scottsdale early next year. At first they'll have human backup drivers who will monitor the cars and help to deliver packages to doors. But Ray Wert, spokesman at GM's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit, says they'll eventually move to fully autonomous deliveries.
China auto sales rebounded in October 11/12/2020
China’s sales of vehicles including trucks and buses rose 12.5% over a year earlier in October as the industry recovered from the coronavirus, but total purchases in the year’s first 10 months still were below pre-virus level.
Apple rolling out new Mac computers that can also run iPhone apps 11/12/2020
The new Mac lineup unveiled Tuesday will be in stores five months after Apple announced it would abandon its longtime partner Intel in favor of using its own processors for Mac computers.
Amazon-owned Ring recall 350,000 doorbells for possible fire 11/12/2020
Reports have emerged that 23 of these doorbells have actually started on fire after installation.
European Union regulators filed antitrust charges against Amazon 11/11/2020
The EU's executive Commission, the bloc's top antitrust enforcer, issued the charges after it started looking into the company two years ago. Adding to Amazon's regulatory headaches, EU officials also opened a second investigation into whether the company favors product offers and merchants that use its own logistics and delivery system.
TSMC confirms plan to build $3.5 billion plant in Arizona 11/11/2020
Last year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report that relying on foreign chip producers reduced costs but “can also make it harder" for the military to get supplies if governments cut off access.
Kandi America to offer ultra low cost EV cars 11/11/2020
In Colorado, there is a $4,000 tax credit on electric vehicle purchases. This would make the Kandi K27, after all credits and specials, cost $5,999.
General Motors to add 3,000 jobs for the design of EV and autonomus cars 11/11/2020
GM wants to hire electrical system and infotainment software engineers as well as developers for Java, Android, iOS and other platforms. The company says it wants to increase diversity with the new hires to build on its existing software expertise.
Profit dropped at major memory companies 11/10/2020
Apacer reported revenue grew by a slight 0.45% on quarter to nearly NT$1.7 billion in the third quarter, when gross margin slid 5.47pp to 11.03%. Innodisk generated revenue of NT$1.63 billion in the third quarter, down 15.1% sequentially, when net profits declined 21.1% on quarter to a seven-quarter low of NT$194 million.
Astronauts readying for SpaceX’s second crew launch 11/10/2020
The crew of three Americans and one Japanese are scheduled to rocket away Saturday night, provided approaching Tropical Storm Eta doesn’t interfere. It will be a speedy trip to the space station, a six-orbit express lasting under nine hours.
SoftBank has pulled out of the red 11/10/2020
The Tokyo-based company reported a 627 billion yen, or about $6.1 billion, profit in July-September, compared with a loss of 700 billion yen in the same quarter of 2019. SoftBank said its quarterly sales rose nearly 5% to 1.35 trillion yen, or $13 billion, from 1.29 trillion yen.
Pfizer vaccine is 90% effective 11/10/2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top-infectious disease expert, said the results suggesting 90% effectiveness are “just extraordinary," adding: "Not very many people expected it would be as high as that.”
Qualcomm to lean back on 5G datacenters 11/9/2020
It appears that Qualcomm's interest in the datacenter has been renewed. At the moment it is still unclear as to what the company plans to do when it comes to datacenters but The Register believes that Arm's chips will play a big role.
Globalfoundries gets contract to fab 5G chips on 300mm RF-SOI wafers 11/9/2020
primary driver of the wafer supply agreement is the growth of its most advanced RF-SOI solution, 8SW RF SOI. The leading RF front-end-module (FEM) platform with best-in-class switches and low noise amplifiers.
Virgin Galactic readying to launch its first manned test flight into space 11/9/2020
The company’s spacecraft, VSS Unity, conducted two previous test spaceflights from Mojave, California, before moving in to its facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Testing there has included unpowered glide flights and now the spaceflight planned between Nov. 19 and 23.
S2A Modular plans for "Megafactory" in the East Coast 11/9/2020
The location, which is expected to have a more than $140 million impact on the area, is the company’s first East Coast "Megafactory."
Shortage of power management chips to disrupt iPhone shipment for Holiday Season 11/6/2020
The cause of the shortage is trade restrictions and supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, the sources told the news agency. US attempts to limit sales to Huawei have resulted in the embattled Chinese company stocking up on components, leaving fewer parts for other buyers.
Fed decided to keep interest at the bottom 11/6/2020
The central bank has been buying Treasury and mortgage bonds to hold down long-term borrowing rates to encourage spending. And it has kept its key short-term rate, which influences many corporate and individual loans, near zero.
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