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Comment Re:Still Catching Up (Score 1) 43

I have a theory that what Apple really wants is to integrate the modem into their SoC (integrated modems are more power efficient). But Qualcomm weren't willing to give Apple access to their IP, so then they got talking to Intel and Intel was more flexible. In other words, the iPhone 7 is a field test for the Intel modem, in the next version it'll be integrated.

Comment Last throughts of Schiaparelli (Score 2) 180

"Whatâ(TM)s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ⦠ow ⦠ound ⦠round ⦠ground! Thatâ(TM)s it! Thatâ(TM)s a good name â" ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?"

Comment Re:How does this compare to Intel (Score 1) 49

Intel will have 10nm next year which is more dense than Samsung's 10nm, but on the other hand the yield isn't too good. It won't be until 2018 that the 10nm yield is good enough for their 4 core chips.
By that time TSMC have 7nm which is denser than Intel's 10nm. So basically, yes Intel has lost the lead. TSMC will be ahead of everybody in 2018.

Comment Opportunity lost for AMD (Score 1) 585

There's lot's of people that don't want Windows 10 spyware forced down their throat and with AMD running out of money and desperate to win market share from Intel, that could have been the key selling point for Zen - Windows 7 support.
That would be a similar game plan as Vulkan versus DirectX 12 - offer them something that the competition doesn't have.

Comment Tim Cook is lying (Score 1) 410

According to BBC, Tim Cook is lying about how much tax Apple has paid:
"He claimed that Apple paid tax at a rate of 26% around the world, that isn't the whole story.

Apple works out its tax rate as if it had paid taxes due in the US at a rate of 35%.

But the actual payment of those taxes is deferred - till when, nobody knows.

Maybe until US taxes come down or some special tax amnesty is agreed to repatriate hundreds of billions that Apple and others keep off US shores in the tax equivalent of outer space.

In fact, the scramble to avoid paying tax at 35% is the reason the whole structure exists in the first place."

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