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Qualcomm confirms restructure plan as Q3 profit drops

July 23rd 2015

Qualcomm confirmed the implementation of a “Strategic Realignment Plan”, which Steve Mollenkopf, its CEO, said represent “fundamental changes” for the company.Qualcomm reduced the outlook for its semiconductor business in the fourth quarter, “driven primarily by factors impacting premium-tier demand”. These include “increased concentration” in this segment reducing demand for some Qualcomm-powered devices; lower demand for its premium chipsets from an unnamed customer; and lower sell-through in China of some products using its premium-tier silicon. In Qualcomm’s conference call George Davis, CFO, said that (a major issue was) the loss of a “major vertical customer” – Samsung.

Fearing the small

Techwatch July 28th 2015

I was thinking about the Pluto flyby and a comment made by an older gentleman that he doubted we would see as much technological progress as he had, having seen the Wright Brothers (when he was 17) to the moon landing (when he was 84). I think the developments are just as spectacular, but will be miniaturized and virtual, nano devices, and AI, and deep learning—things that will have a profound effect on us, but that we can’t see, and may not even feel. I think it’s this invisibleness that is scaring people.  I, and

Ink — I love ink

Electronic ink or electronic paper (e-paper) was developed in the 1970s by Nick Sheridon at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and it was called Gyricon. Its technical name is electrophoretic display meaning a display that forms visible images by rearranging charged pigment particles (i.e., powder like substances) using anClick here to read this blog entry

My CES

Behold the Consumer Electronics Show, an almost legendary annual occurrence which draws well over a hundred thousand people to Las Vegas. Being a gaming analyst the acronym CES would be more aptly defined as the Computer Entertainment Show, at least that's what I was looking for. My CES experience startedClick here to read this blog entry

MacWorld — love it or love it

Every danged time I got to MacWorld I kill myself trying to get to the keynote. Okay, so I maybe I don’t give myself enough time. But it seems to be that getting on the 7:50 a.m. ferry for a 9:30 keynote, should be enough time. It’sClick here to read this blog entry

iPod Sets Man’s Pants On Fire

ATLANTA—The new iPod Nano is hot. But one Douglasville man said his old Nano got even hotter—hot enough to burst into flames. So I look down and I see flames coming up to my chest, said Danny Williams. Williams said the burn hole from the pocket of hisRead the complete article

Upcoming 8800GT sighted

Follow the link for a picture Tweaktown claims to be Nvidia’s next gen offering. Some are worried that given a one slot cooling system the board will run too hot, but given the rumors of 3SLi a one slot design is a pretty obvious requirement.—CRDsdfsdfsdf Read the complete article