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6/15/2018

Rackspace unveiled new colocation tools that allow customers to deploy their own hardware to Rackspace's data centers. "This offers another tool for channel partners to offer customers who are less inclined to relinquish their control," says Michael Levy, product director for Rackspace's colocation services.

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6/15/2018

The gap in interpersonal skills, such as communication and team coordination, is three times larger than the technological skills gap, says LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Employees in the tech industry who lack interpersonal skills often struggle to advance in their field, a West Monroe Partners report found.

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TechRepublic
6/15/2018

Chip design houses in China and Taiwan are contending to secure 8-inch wafer fabrication capacity at local foundries, as a short-term capacity shortfall threatens to become a long-term issue and wafer pricing will rise 20% to 30% during the third quarter, industry sources report. The phenomenon is driven by increasing demand for automotive ICs, internet of things chips, microcontrollers and other devices, while foundries are finding it difficult to obtain 8-inch wafer fabrication equipment, those sources note.

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DigiTimes
6/15/2018

Macronix is planning a $1.5 billion expansion in production capacity during 2019 due to high demand for its memory devices, says Miin Wu, the chipmaker's chairman and CEO. "We believe this situation will continue for a few years, as we are to roll out new products that will consume more capacity," he says.

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6/15/2018

Rice University researchers report synthesizing laser-induced graphene by using a laser to heat polyimide films, then sculpting 3D blocks of graphene foam. The material could be used in batteries and supercapacitors, while also serving as a mold for conductive, flexible sensors, they say.

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6/15/2018

The PE29101 gallium nitride field-effect transistor driver for solid-state lidar systems was introduced by pSemi. Lidar technology is used in advanced driver-assistance systems and is expected to be a key element for fully autonomous vehicles.

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Electronics360
6/15/2018

Analog Devices brought out the ADRF5024 and ADRF5025 single-pole, double-throw switches, specified to operate at 44 gigahertz. The parts are made with a silicon-on-insulator process.

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6/15/2018

Microchips designed with 10-nanometer and 7nm features are experiencing performance failures related to near-threshold approaches, due to process variation and timing issues, this analysis notes. "Near-threshold design brings new challenges because a lot of the statistical parameters become non-Gaussian," says Oliver King of Moortec Semiconductor.

6/15/2018

Google released its App Maker for G Suite to the general public, giving developers a framework to create business apps. The App Maker supports a "Bring Your Own Database" model and offers built-in support for Cloud SQL.

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6/15/2018

An Amazon Alexa unit recorded a conversation in which an Oregon woman participated and sent it to a phone contact without the woman's knowledge, the woman says. Now, two members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee are seeking answers from Amazon about how such an event could occur.

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