Google is developing tools to help mobile carriers build better networks, announces partnerships with India's Bharti Airtel and South Korea's SK Telecom (Daniel Cooper/Engadget)


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Google is developing tools to help mobile carriers build better networks, announces partnerships with India’s Bharti Airtel and South Korea’s SK Telecom  —  If you didn’t think that Google was into everything before, wait until it’s providing the infrastructure for your mobile network.


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Seagate to push SSD products; but will not forget HDD

Hard disk drive (HDD) players such as Seagate, have been pushing into the solid state drive (SSD) market via acquisitions or forming strategic alliances with SSD partners. Although demand for SSDs from the notebook market has been rising, Seagate senior vice president of global sales BS Teh believes that SSDs and HDDs will co-exist and develop together.
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NVIDIA Unveils Its $700 Top of the Line GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card

MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: NVIDIA just lifted the veil on its latest monster graphics card for gamers — the long-rumored GeForce GTX 1080 Ti — at an event this evening in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference (GDC). The card will sit at the top of NVIDIA’s GeForce offering with the Titan X and GeForce GTX 1080 in NVIDIA’s Pascal-powered product stack, promising significant performance gains over the GTX 1080 and faster than Titan X performance, for a much lower price of $699. The 12 billion NVIDIA GP102 transistor on the card has 3,584 CUDA cores, which is actually the same as NVIDIA’s Titan X. However, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will have fewer ROP units at 88, versus 96 in the Titan X. The 1080 Ti will also, however, come equipped with 11GB of premium GDDR5X memory from Micron clocked at 11,000 MHz for an effective 11Gbps data rate. Peak compute throughput of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is slightly higher than the Titan X due to the Ti’s higher boost clock. Memory bandwidth over its narrower 352-bit GDDR5 memory interface is 484GB/s, which is also slightly higher than a Titan X as well. NVIDIA also noted that peak overclocks on the core should hit 2GHz or higher with minimal coaxing. As a result, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be faster than the Titan X out of the box, faster still when overclocked.

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SunPower to set up PV module JV in China, say reports

US-based SunPower will set up a joint-venture factory to make PV modules using stacked solar cells in Yixing City, eastern China, with China-based solar wafer maker Zhonghuan Semiconductor, power-generating equipment maker Dongfang Electric and the city government of Yixing, according to China-based media reports.
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Lux Capital, which has invested in Zoox, AirMap, and drone and AI firms, announces new $400M fund to back science and tech startups, mostly at Series A stage (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)


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Lux Capital, which has invested in Zoox, AirMap, and drone and AI firms, announces new $400M fund to back science and tech startups, mostly at Series A stage  —  Lux Capital, a venture capital (VC) firm that makes “long-term bets on contrarians and outsiders,” has announced a new $400 million fund …


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Americans Have Fewer TVs On Average Than They Did In 2009

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Americans went from having an average of 2.6 TVs per household in 2009 to having 2.3 TVs in 2015, according to survey data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA). The data comes from the agency’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), which has been conducted periodically since the 1970s to understand American energy use. The 2015 survey included 5,600 respondents who were contacted in person and then given an option to follow up by mail or online. A fine-detail report on the survey results is due to be released in April 2017. The latest data shows that in 2015, 2.6 percent of households had no TV at all, a jump from the previous four surveys in 2009, 2005, 2001, and 1997 in which a steady 1.2 to 1.3 percent of households didn’t own a TV. The 2015 data also showed that the number of people with three TVs or more dropped in 2015. That year, 39 percent of households had more than three TVs, whereas 44 percent had more than three TVs in 2009. Interestingly, the number of households with one or two TVs increased in 2015 to 58 percent, from 54 percent in 2009.

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A New Video Shows Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Arguing With a Driver Over Fares

A new video published by Bloomberg shows Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver over fares. It all started when one of Kalanick’s “companions” appears to say that she’s heard that Uber is having a hard year. Bloomberg reports: That pleasant conversation between Kalanick and his friends in the back of an Uber Black? It devolved into a heated argument over Uber’s fares between the CEO and his driver, Fawzi Kamel, who then turned over a dashboard recording of the conversation to Bloomberg. Kamel, 37, has been driving for Uber since 2011 and wants to draw attention to the plight of Uber drivers. The video shows off Kalanick’s pugnacious personality and short temper, which may cause some investors to question whether he has the disposition to lead a $69 billion company with a footprint that spans the globe. Uber declined to comment on the video. Here’s part of the conversation:
Travis Kalanick: “So we are reducing the number of black cars in the next few months.”
Fawzi Kamel: “It’s good.”
Kalanick: “You probably saw some email.”
Kamel: “I saw the email [says] it starts in May. But you’re raising the standards and dropping the prices.”
Kalanick: “We’re not dropping the prices on black.”
Kamel: “But in general.”
Kalanick: “In general but we have competitors. Otherwise we’d be out of business.”
Kamel: “Competitors? You had the business model in your hands you could have the prices you want but you choose to buy everybody a ride.”

You can read the transcript of the conversation here via Recode. UPDATE 2/28/17: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has issued “a profound apology.”

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