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Apple reportedly bought the topic-based podcast app Scout FM

Apple has purchased Scout FM, an app that makes it easy to find podcasts tailored to your tastes, according to Bloomberg. Rather than just letting you choose individual podcasts, Scout FM curates them based on your listening history. Much like YouTube or TikTok, its AI algorithms adjust to your preferences over time, removing things you tend to skip. Apple confirmed the acquisition, which reportedly happened earlier this year. The app used to be available on iOS (including CarPlay), Android and Alexa, but Apple shut it down on all platforms shortly after the deal was made. Source linkContinue readingApple reportedly bought the topic-based podcast app Scout FM

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President Trump reportedly has approved the Oracle deal for TikTok’s US operations – TechCrunch

President Donald Trump said has has given his stamp of approval “in concept” on the Oracle bid for the U.S. operations of the wildly popular social media app, TikTok, according to a report from Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report Trump said, “I have given the deal my blessing,” as he left the White House for a campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday. “I approved the deal in concept,” Trump reportedly said. The spinout of TikTok’s U.S. operations from its parent company Bytedance was something that Trump administration had demanded on the grounds that the company’s data handling policies and popularity in the U.S. posed a national security threat. The President’s push to sever the applications ties to China also followed TikTok users’ alleged prank that turned what was supposed to be a triumphal rally for the President in Oklahoma City into a Presidential campaign embarrassment that cost the job of Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale. That said, the U.S. has been looking to curtail the operations of several Chinese technology companies on the grounds that they pose security threats to the U.S. Indeed, the Presidential order that demanded TikTok’s spinout also called for the discontinuation of the U.S. operations of the messaging service WeChat, which is owned by Tencent — one of China’s largest technology companies. And the U.S. government has also put a target on the telecommunications and networking technology developer, Huawei. With the TikTok deal set to be approved, a new company called TikTok Global will…Continue readingPresident Trump reportedly has approved the Oracle deal for TikTok’s US operations – TechCrunch

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Microsoft reportedly launching Surface Pro X 2 in fall with new chip and color variant

Microsoft is reportedly planning to refresh its ARM-powered Surface Pro X this fall. Windows Central reports that the Surface Pro X will be updated to include Microsoft’s SQ2 processor, which will likely be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. It’s not clear if this refreshed Surface Pro X will include 5G support, but Qualcomm’s latest chip supports the option for Microsoft to include it. Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a new color variant for this updated Surface Pro X, which would see the device launch in the platinum typically found on the Intel-based Surface Pro line. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro X in black last year, with a black Type Cover. It’s likely we’ll see a variety of Type Cover colors for this new Surface Pro X to complement the new platinum variant. The ARM-based Surface Pro X processor.Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge There are no rumors around any design or significant hardware changes beyond the chip update, so it’s likely that Microsoft will stick to the thinner and lighter design it introduced last year for the Pro X. The processor alone could help improve the performance of the Surface Pro X, which struggled with traditional emulated apps. Microsoft will likely hold an October Surface event to introduce this updated Surface Pro X, alongside a rumored smaller 12.5-inch Surface Laptop. Source linkContinue readingMicrosoft reportedly launching Surface Pro X 2 in fall with new chip and color variant

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Sony reportedly making millions fewer PS5 consoles than expected

Sony has cut its expectations for PlayStation 5 production by four million units and now expects to manufacture about 11 million units by the end of March, according to a new Bloomberg report. Bloomberg had previously reported that Sony planned to boost production to around 10 million units by the end of December, but now says that the company has run into manufacturing problems. The PS5’s system-on-a-chip, its core processing component designed by AMD, is said to be a particular issue with yields as low as 50 percent at one point, meaning that half the parts produced weren’t fit to ship. While that figure has been improving, according to Bloomberg, the yields are “yet to reach a stable level.” The revised figure is still well above what Sony was said to have been originally planning for the PS5 launch. As of this April, Sony was reportedly expecting to produce five to six million consoles by the end of March, which would have been fewer than it made for the PS4 launch in 2013. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, caused the company to sharply increase its forecasts as the gaming industry boomed in popularity. Sony is holding an online PS5 event on Wednesday where it is likely to reveal the final price and release date for the console, which comes in two variants: one with a disc drive and one without. Until that pricing information is confirmed, it’ll be hard to speculate on whether Sony will have enough supply to meet demand.…Continue readingSony reportedly making millions fewer PS5 consoles than expected

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SoftBank is reportedly preparing to sell ARM to Nvidia for more than $40 billion

SoftBank is reportedly is preparing to sell chipmaker ARM to Nvidia as early as next week in a deal worth more than $40 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported. Rumors of the deal began circulating in July, and Nvidia has been reported to be the only suitor in concrete discussions with SoftBank. The deal, if it goes forward, would be one of the largest ever in the chip sector and would likely face intense regulatory scrutiny. According to the WSJ, the companies have been in “exclusive” talks for weeks. SoftBank bought ARM in 2016 for $31 billion. The British company’s chips power mobile device processors for companies including Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm. ARM has likely only increased in value since the SoftBank acquisition, with Microsoft making an ARM-based Surface and a version of Windows for ARM, and Apple planning to switch future Macs to ARM-based chipsets. Nvidia is the leading maker of GPUs, which ARM also designs, but other than its Tegra line of mobile chipsets used in devices like the Nintendo Switch, Nvidia doesn’t do much in the way of CPU design or mobile hardware. An ARM acquisition is likely to change that. Source linkContinue readingSoftBank is reportedly preparing to sell ARM to Nvidia for more than $40 billion

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SoftBank is reportedly close to selling ARM to NVIDIA

NVIDIA declined to comment to Engadget. We’ve also asked SoftBank and ARM for comment. If a deal goes through, it could represents one of the largest semiconductor buyouts in history. It potentially gives NVIDIA an edge across a wide range of computing devices, ranging from mobile chips to the most powerful supercomputers. For SoftBank, it would prop up sagging stocks and help the Japanese tech giant refocus. However, this is also assuming any deal clears regulatory hurdles. NVIDIA clearly wouldn’t be a neutral owner. It might face stiff opposition from officials concerned that it might withhold technology from rival chipmakers or otherwise give itself an unfair advantage. It could effectively dictate the futures of companies that design ARM-based chips, like Apple and Samsung, and both the government and competitors would likely want reassurances that ARM’s owner will play fair. Source linkContinue readingSoftBank is reportedly close to selling ARM to NVIDIA

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Windows 10 update reportedly kills Linux support

Windows 10 has run into trouble with its latest cumulative update for the May 2020 Update, it probably won’t surprise you to learn, and this time the apparent casualty is Linux support. Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) has been broken by update KB4571756 (September’s round of monthly OS patching by Microsoft), according to reports, an update which delivers the fix for a thorny and problematic SSD issue that’s been plaguing Windows 10 users for some time now. As seems to be the case all too often these days, however, the update gives a fix with one hand, and removes something with the other – at least for some users – and in this case, some of those trying to fire up WSL2 are getting an ‘element not found’ error. Windows Latest observes that there are reports of this problem on the Feedback Hub and Microsoft’s Github bug report forum, but it’s not clear exactly how widespread the alleged issue may be. No acknowledgement Certainly, Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the bug – at least not yet – so it may be affecting only a small number of users (reports online aren’t majorly widespread either). The only documented issue with KB4571756 at the time of writing pertains to buggy behavior with the Microsoft Input Method Editor (for Japanese or Chinese languages). Sadly, the only solution to this problem at the moment – and it’s not really a workaround as such – is to uninstall KB4571756, meaning you’ll have to live without the various fixes…Continue readingWindows 10 update reportedly kills Linux support

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Nintendo reportedly boosts Switch production due to pandemic-driven demand

Nintendo is sticking with its forecast of 19 million consoles for the year, likely out of an abundance of caution. However, it’s own figures show it has sold 11.4 million consoles in the last two quarters alone, nearly double over the same period last year. To keep things rolling, Nintendo is reportedly working on a new Switch that’s set for release next year. It could be a high-end model, as the company asked “several outside game developers” to prepare 4K upgrades for their titles. That ties in with previous rumors that Nintendo has more Switch consoles planned and that Sharp could be making high-resolution panels for them. Source linkContinue readingNintendo reportedly boosts Switch production due to pandemic-driven demand

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Xbox Series X will reportedly cost $499 and arrive November 10th

Microsoft revealed last month that the Xbox Series X will arrive in November, just in time for this year’s holiday shopping season. Now, Windows Central reports a more specific release date and even a price point for the tech giant’s next-gen console: the Series X will apparently set you back $499 and will be available on November 10th. The publication’s report comes hot on the heels of a leak that shows what the Xbox Series S, which is expected to be Microsoft’s cheaper disc-less console, could look like. According to Windows Central, Microsoft will offer a $35-per-month Xbox All Access financing option for the Series X. The publication also confirms that the Series S will cost $299. Microsoft will reportedly offer a $25-per-month Xbox All Access financing option for it and will be trying to capture as many markets as possible by having a large global rollout for the cheaper console. The Series S will be available on November 10th as well, the publication says. Source linkContinue readingXbox Series X will reportedly cost $499 and arrive November 10th

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AT&T reportedly backs away from selling Warner Bros. Interactive

For the time being, AT&T has reportedly decided against selling its Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gaming division to another company. According to Bloomberg, the telecom concluded the unit was too valuable to ditch, even if a sale would have helped the company with its $165 billion debt load.  When news of the potential sale first broke, CNBC reported the sale of the division could have netted AT&T as much as $4 billion. Several prominent video game publishers were reportedly interested, including Microsoft, Take-Two, EA and Activision Blizzard. Bloomberg reports two main factors likely led to AT&T’s decision to scrap the sale. Source linkContinue readingAT&T reportedly backs away from selling Warner Bros. Interactive