WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion

Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP. In order to obtain this approval, Qualcomm had to agree to certain conditions. For example, the San Diego based company cannot buy NXP’s standard essential patents, and Qualcomm had to promise that rival products will still work with NXP’s.

The deal was originally proposed by Qualcomm back in October 2016, and this past November Qualcomm …


WSJ: Apple product delays double in length with Tim Cook as CEO


According to today’s Wall Street Journal, Apple has seen the time between announcing a new product and shipping it rise to 23 days during the past six years. During the six years before that, the average was only 11 days. This is not a good sign for the tech titan. Apple used to keep lead times short to prevent rival tech firms from responding to a new product from Cupertino. These delays can also upset customers and cost the company money.

One example of a product delay that hurt Apple in its pocketbook is the ongoing one with the HomePod smart speaker. Devised by Amazon, this product …

WSJ: T-Mobile and Sprint have worked out the broad outline of a deal

While T-Mobile and Sprint have yet to announce their oft-rumored merger, this morning’s Wall Street Journal says that the broad outline of the deal has been drawn up. With both carrier’s canceling the post announcement conference call that is traditionally held after every earnings release, analysts now expect an announcement to either be imminent or further delayed. The WSJ says that both sides have agreed on an all stock transaction, and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will be the majority owner of the combined operation.

Charismatic executive John Legere, the president and CEO …

WSJ: Apple remaking Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories' at $5 million per episode

For those who thought that the cordcutting trend will set us free from the basic cable shackles, think again, as Apple is throwing its hat into the ring, and, if it succeeds as a movies and TV shows streamer, we’ll have yet another service to subscribe to. Buoyed by the runaway success that Netflix, HBO, Hulu and other streamers that produce original content have become, Apple was recently rumored to be producing no less than ten new shows in the next year or so, and today we might be hearing about the first one.

Unlike Netflix, however, whose stratospheric …

WSJ: Apple to consider advanced LCD panels from Japan Display for some future iPhone models

With Apple launching the first iPhone to feature an OLED panel later this year with the iPhone X, next year all three 2018 iPhone models are expected to ship with an OLED screen on board. Despite this game plan, a report in today’s Wall Street Journal says that Apple is contemplating using some advanced LCD screens made by Japan Display for certain models being manufactured in the future.

The LCD panels, called “Full Active” by Japan Display, are expected to make up 70% of the company’s business in the smartphone and smart device sector for the year that ends in March 2019. So far, interest …

WSJ: Apple to unveil augmented reality hardware 'in the coming weeks'

When Apple takes the stage tomorrow at its new “space ship” headquarters, it won’t be only iPhones and smart watches announced, it seems. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will be making a grander push into augmented reality, as per CEO Tim Cook’s promise, complete with new hardware and software that will be unveiled “in the coming weeks.” The company already unveiled the a software development kit dubbed simply ARKit, for creating augmented reality apps or games, but it is the claim that there will be new AR hardware by Apple that piques our interest.

Tim …

WSJ: No Touch ID for iPhone 8, but a new facial-recognition feature might be embedded

We’re less than a week away from Apple’s big launch event and we’re still overwhelmed by the sheer number leaks that supposedly depict one or more of the three iPhones that are expected to be unveiled on September 12. 

Wall Street Journal has it from trusted sources that Apple dropped the idea of including a fingerprint sensor in the new OLED display. After deciding to do away with the physical home button, it tried to put the Touch ID function in the display.

Unfortunately, the attempt proved more difficult than Apple initially thought, …

WSJ: Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 7 (FE) on July 7

Samsung has been rumored to bring the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 to market sometime in early July, but the South Korean company did not make any official statements regarding the subject.

The Korean media reported earlier this month that Samsung could introduce the Galaxy Note 7 FE (Fandom Edition) on July 7. Well, it looks like Wall Street Journal has it from trusted sources that the Galaxy Note 7 FE will indeed hit the shelves on July 7.

However, the smartphone will only be available for purchase in South Korea. No more than 400,000 units will be spread …

WSJ: Bixby is having problems with the English language

According to a report published in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bixby has not been a good student when it comes to learning the English language. Apparently, Samsung’s AI personal assistant is failing grammar and is also having problems with syntax. This means that Bixby is having difficulties creating sentences in English. The problem, as far as Samsung is concerned, is that competing assistants like Google Assistant and Siri have no problem turning out a snappy sentence in English when called on to do so.

The Journal’s report says that it won’t be before late June at the earliest before …

WSJ: Apple's valuation soared by $144.8 billion during the calendar first quarter

Apple investors are now celebrating the company’s best quarter in five years. The three month period expired on Friday, March 31st, and during the quarter Apple’s valuation rose by $144.8 billion or 24%. Kicking off the strong buying interest among hedge funds, mutual funds and individual investors was Apple’s surprisingly buff fiscal first quarter earnings report which was released on January 31st. The report showed that Apple had sold a record 78.3 million units of the iPhone during the three months, thus ending a short streak of year-over-year declines in iPhone sales.

On January 31st, …