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UK graphics company Imagination Technologies is laying off 350 as it feels the iPhone pinch

hardware semiconductor Smartphone sales are slowing down, and it looks like Apple might see its first iPhone sales decline in the next quarter. That pinch is now being felt by one of Apple’s key suppliers. UK company Imagination Technologies announced today that it is restructuring its company. It will lay off 350 people and shutter some operations in the process — 200 announced today, on top of… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

March 17th

Gadgets

Gartner: Device Spend To Decline For First Time, Shipments Grow Only 1.9% In 2016

computerdog The slowdown in hardware sales continues apace. Gartner today published its latest forecasts for device sales — covering PCs, tablets, ‘ultramobiles’ and smartphones — and it predicts that while end-user sales overall will continue to grow to 2.4 billion units in 2016, it will be at a snail’s pace, up just 1.9% on 2015. On top of that, those who are in the… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

January 20th

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Mobile

IBM’s Watson Now Powers AI For Under Armour, Softbank’s Pepper Robot And More

IMG_4708 From its debut to the world as a Jeopardy champion in 2011, IBM’s Watson has made a name for itself as a powerful artificial intelligence platform for large enterprise applications, from medical research through to finance. Now IBM is aiming to take Watson to the consumer. Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

January 7th

Gadgets

Intel Says Its Button-Sized Curie Will Ship In Q1, Costing Under $10

mountain bike Computing devices are getting smaller by the day, and today at CES in Las Vegas Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich announced new details about one of its big (little?) efforts in the space. Curie, Intel’s button-sized wearable hardware module that was first unveiled a year ago, will begin shipping this quarter and will cost less than $10, he said. Amidst flashy demonstrations involving… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

January 6th

Gadgets

Mobile

Intel Acquires German Drone Startup Ascending Technologies

Intel-acquires-drone-developer-Ascending-Technologies Intel has made yet another hardware acquisition to build up its business of integrating its processors and RealSense imaging technology into the next wave of connected devices beyond PCs. Today the company announced it has purchased Ascending Technologies, a Germany-based startup that makes small drones and the software used to fly them. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

January 4th

Gadgets

Microsoft Lays Off 60 On Its HoloLens Team In Israel As It Shifts Development To The U.S.

hololens 1 Microsoft has yet to ship its first HoloLens holographic imaging device, but it is moving swiftly on to the next generation of development nonetheless. TechCrunch has confirmed that Microsoft has dismissed 60 people in Israel who work on the HoloLens — 30 full-time staff and 30 contractors. The plan is to wind down work on its VR headset and platform in the country and shift… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

December 1st

Gadgets

Amazon Expands Launchpad, Its Product Hunt-Meets-Shopify-Shyp Rival, To The UK

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 14.39.10 Following on from last week’s news that Amazon would expand its Pantry household items delivery service to the UK while also discounting new Prime memberships in the country, the e-commerce is now quietly adding another service to the UK to build holiday shopping momentum: Launchpad — a portal to market, sell and deliver gadgets and other products made by startups — is… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

November 16th

Gadgets

Amazon Expands Launchpad, Its Product Hunt-Meets-Shopify-Shyp Rival, To The UK

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 14.39.10 Following on from last week’s news that Amazon would expand its Pantry household items delivery service to the UK while also discounting new Prime memberships in the country, the e-commerce is now quietly adding another service to the UK to build holiday shopping momentum: Launchpad — a portal to market, sell and deliver gadgets and other products made by startups — is… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

November 16th

Gadgets

Drone Maker DJI Takes Minority Stake In Iconic Swedish Camera Company Hasselblad

inspire_pro_in_flight On the heels of a $75 million investment from Accel, Chinese drone king DJI is putting some of its funding to use by making some investments of its own. The company this week announced that it would be taking a stake in Hasselblad, a camera maker from Sweden that focuses (!) on high quality equipment, often used in more challenging environments. This is a minority stake and neither… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

November 6th

Gadgets

Sweden’s Anoto Buys Digital Pen Maker Livescribe For $15M

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 09.41.16 The writing is on the wall for more consolidation in the world of startups… both literally and figuratively. Today Anoto, a digital writing company based out of Sweden, announced that it would acquire longtime partner Livescribe, another a smart pen maker, for $15 million in a deal that is expected to close this month. Specifically, Anoto says this is an all-cash deal and is based… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

November 6th

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