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Intel Meltdown-, Spectre-Proof CPUs to Launch in 2018

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Intel reports record revenues for Q4 and full-year 2017, reaching $17.1 billion for Q4 and $62.8bn for the full year-- even if the fallout of Meltdown and Spectre might affect future financials.

Intel Q4 2014 revenue growth is at 8% Y-o-Y, while 2017 growth reaches 9%. Chipzilla says most growth comes from "data-centric" operations, contrasting with PC-centric operation revenues declining by -2% Y-o-Y in Q4 2017 (or growing modestly by 3% for full-year 2017).

Also showing growth is IoT, with both Q4 and full-year 2017 revenues rising by 20% Y-o-Y. Non-volatile memory is up by 9% Y-o-Y in Q4 and 37% for the year, while programmable solutions revenues are up by 35% Y-o-Y for Q4 and 14% for overall 2017.

EU Fines Qualcomm for Position Abuse

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Qualcomm is the latest company to face the ire of the European Union-- following the €2.42 billion fine slapped at Google, the European Commission orders the chipmaker to pay €997 million for "abusing its market dominance."

Qualcomm"Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance." European commissioner in charge of competition policy Margrethe Vestager says. "Qualcomm paid billions of US Dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals. These payments were not just reductions in price-- they were made on the condition that Apple would exclusively use Qualcomm's baseband chipsets in all its iPhones and iPads."

Technically monopolies are not against EU policy, but according to the EC Qualcomm got to dominate the market through means deemed abusive. How so? In 2011 Qualcomm started making "significant payments" to ensure the exclusive use of its LTE baseband chips in iPhones and iPads. If Apple started using chipsets supplied by a rival (such as Intel) the payments would not only stop, but the agreement dictated the iPhone maker would have to return "a large part" of payments received.

WD Intros G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle

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Western Digital announces a G-Technology external storage addition- the G-Speed Shuttle, an ultraportable RAID storage solution available with Thunderbolt 3 or EV series bay adapters.

G-Speed ShuttleThe 4-bay G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 supports transfer speeds of up to 1000MB/s, allowing users to transfer an hour of 30fps 4K footage in a few minutes. It offers up to 48TB of storage via removable Ultrastar 7200RPM enterprise-class drives with a choice of RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 configurations.

Meanwhile EV series adapter option also offers Thunderbolt 3 support, only with a pair of EV series bay adapters for cross-functionality with EV series drives and readers. It features up to 24TB storage and transfer rates reaching 500MB/s.

Apple Improves Enterprise Business With SVDS Hires?

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According to TechCrunch Apple is maintaining its long-term enterprise strategy with the hiring of 18 employees from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a startup providing data science-powered consultations.

Apple SVDSThe story says Apple did not acquire the startup itself, but a tech team including "at least" two co-founders, one of whom is the CEO. A comment from an anonymous person connected with SVDS says the purchase will "support product dev ambitions," and at least some people who have recently updated their LinkedIn profiles to show they work at Apple used to work at SVDS.

One such person is SVDS co-founder and CEO Sanjay Mathur, whose LinkedIn profile now tells he is a strategy and analytics leader at Apple. Another is another SVDS co-founder, CTO John Akred, whose LinkedIn job description reads "algorithms at Apple."

Synology Storage Packages Pack Intelligence

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Synology releases 3 storage packages for its network-attached storage (NAS) products-- Drive, Office and Moments, enabling users to store, backup and synchronise files while ensuring privacy and security.

Synology deviceMoments allows users to backup photos from PCs and smartphones to a Synology NAS. It uses deep-learning analytics to automatically identify people, places and objects in photos, before sorting in appropriate albums. Meanwhile Drive is a revamp of the Cloud Station Suite file syncing software. It promises simplified data management on Synology NAS, allowing data syncing across multiple devices and easier office collaboration.

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