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4/25/2018

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the National Security Agency and the US Cyber Command was confirmed on Tuesday by the Senate. Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone will take over for Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, who is retiring after almost four years on the job.

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Politico
4/25/2018

Amazon today announced the new Echo Dot Kids Edition with FreeTime services, which is aimed at kids ages 5 to 12. Though similar to the regular Echo Dot, it comes with a protective rubber case, kid-friendly content and parental controls.

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4/25/2018

South Korea's LG Display is slowly recovering after posting its first loss in six years. Chief Financial Officer Don Kim reports that panel area shipments are predicted to increase in the second quarter as consumers order bigger TV screens for upcoming sporting seasons.

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Reuters
4/25/2018

Spotify has announced that it is upgrading its app to provide a richer music experience for its nonpaying users. The goal is to expand the free tier's audience from the current 90 million worldwide.

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4/25/2018

Lenovo has decided to target the smart wearables markets in India with products such as fitness bands and smartwatches. Lenovo's Sebastian Peng reports that the smart wearables market in India is expected to increase 30% to 40% this year and that Lenovo already has 6% to 7% of the market share.

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Reuters
4/25/2018

Revenue from consumer electronics sales climbed 3.2% last year to $967 billion and is expected to increase 3.9% in 2018, to $1.01 trillion, GfK Global data indicate. Revenue from television units is predicted to rise 14% to $122 billion, and smart speakers are expected to surpass $150 million, up 230% from last year.

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TWICE
4/25/2018

Google has unveiled Cloud Partner Interconnect, an offering that connects on-premises data centers to the cloud. "This provides a turnkey solution that minimizes the effort needed to bring up network connectivity from your data center to GCP," says Google Cloud Product Manager John Veizades.

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TechRepublic
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cloud, Google, GCP
4/25/2018

China's National Integrated Circuit Investment Fund will welcome overseas investors to participate as it raises a second fund to support the nation's domestic semiconductor industry, said Chen Yin of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The reversal in investment policy comes as China engages in a trade spat with the US, which has banned American companies from selling microchips to ZTE.

4/25/2018

Micron Technology is upgrading the DRAM production capabilities at its plants in Taiwan, taking on around 1,150 new employees as it boosts DRAM output to meet market demand. The facility in Taichung will widen its offerings in high-end IC packaging and testing services for automotive DRAMs, company officials said.

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Taiwan
4/25/2018

University of Michigan researchers report developing a method to stack solution-processed organic solar cells atop vacuum-processed cells. These tandem solar cells are capable of 15% energy-conversion efficiency, they say.

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University of Michigan