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The Co-Founder Who Fell Asleep While Founding A Chip Company

6:27 am PDT, July 19, 2019

Like so many chip companies, Inmos got founded in a bar. Iann Barron, co-founder of Inmos recalls in The Inmos Saga how he first met co-founder Dick Petritz. Both men were at a conference of the International Federation of  Information Processing Societies in Toronto. Barron’s flight out was disrupted by an air traffic controllers’ strike and ...

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Ad astra in retro

3:03 am PDT, July 19, 2019

Millions witnessed the moon landing in July 1969. Caroline Hayes looks at space technology then and in the 21st century. Six years after he opened the Labour Party conference with his rousing “white heat of technology” speech, Harold Wilson was prime minister of the UK and Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin walked on the ...

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Commons Science and Technology committee seeks suspension of facial recognition tech

2:14 am PDT, July 19, 2019

The use of automatic facial recognition technologies should be suspended says a report from the House of Commons Science and Technology committee. The committee says there are concerns over accuracy and bias and the use of the tech needs to be regulated. “It is unclear whether police forces are unaware of the requirement to review custody ...

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Japan ban on exports to Korea pushes up memory makers’ share price

10:30 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

 The DRAM spot market price has risen 15% in a week, says DRAMeXchange, thanks to the Japanese threat to withhold supplies of photoresist and hydrogen fluoride to Samsung and Hynix. Analysts are warning of further large price rises if the hobbling of supplies continues for long. Samsung is looking for non-Japanese suppliers but it is ...

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TSMC on a roll

10:30 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

After a spectacular y-o-y revenue rise of 21.9% in June – which was a 6.8% rise on May – TSMC is forecasting Q3 revenue growth of 18% to between $9.1 billion and $9.2 billion. The June leap in revenues came after five successive months of y-o-y revenue falls. May revenues were 0.7% y-o-y and April’s ...

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