Google open-sources Chrome browser for iOS

From InfoWorld: Google is open-sourcing its Chrome browser on the Apple iOS platform, after making changes enabling the code to be part of Google’s Chromium browser project.

The code will be moved to the open source Chromium repository, which lets developers build their own Chrome-like browsers. It had been kept separate from Chromium because of Apple's requirement that all iOS browsers be built on the Apple-controlled WebKit rendering engine.

Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped by the Note7 debacle

From PC World: Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note7 over overheating batteries, according to a research firm.

The iPhone maker shipped 78.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter for a market share of 17.8 percent in comparison to 77.5 million smartphones shipped by Samsung, which had a market share of 17.7 percent, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.

Nintendo defends Switch's thin launch line-up

From CNET: The Nintendo Switch looks good, but where are the games? Don't worry, says Nintendo, they're coming -- but you'll have to be patient.

The new console, which transforms into a handheld without interrupting your game, launches with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as its only major title. Critics say that could damage the Switch's sales at a time when it should be flying off shelves.

AMD confirms its Ryzen CPU will launch in early March, followed by the Vega GPU

From PC World: AMD’s eagerly-awaited Ryzen processor will launch in early March, according to AMD chief executive Lisa Su. Su specified the target date during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday afternoon.

“There will be widespread system availability from day one,” Su said during the call. Channel vendors will receive the first Ryzen chips, along with system integrators. More traditional hardware vendors will come later, Su added.

Amazon's deep learning darling MXNet hits Apache Incubator

From InfoWorld: MXNet, chosen by Amazon as its "deep learning framework of choice," has been accepted into the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Incubator to support its future development.

This is not the only machine learning project with ASF sponsorship. Apache Mahout provides scalable machine learning resources on Hadoop clusters; Apache Spark has machine learning functionality as well. However, MXNet is specifically aimed at deep learning, which is used in complex applications like speech recognition or computer vision.

Even Sprint beat AT&T and Verizon in customer growth

From CNET: Customers are turning to Sprint again.

In fact, they're starting to look to the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier over stalwarts like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The company said it added 405,000 net new post-paid subscribers -- people who pay at the end of the month and tend to be more loyal. Of that total, 368,000 were phone customers, Sprint's highest rate of growth in four years.

Google strengthens Android relationship with Intel in IoT

From PC World: Intel may have cut ties with Android on smartphones and tablets, but the company's partnership with Google on Android for the internet of things is growing stronger.

Google's Android Things, a slimmed down version of Android for smart devices, will be coming to Intel's Joule 570x computer board.

The combination will allow makers to cook up Android-based gadgets or smart devices for use in home, retail, or industrial settings.

Walmart kills its Amazon Prime copycat

From CNET: Walmart waited a decade to introduce a membership shipping service to compete against Amazon's hugely successful Prime program. Less than two years later, it's killing off the new program and changing tactics.

The big-box retailer said Tuesday it got rid of ShippingPass, which offered unlimited two-day shipments on for $49 annually. In its place, Walmart cut the minimum for free shipping and sped up those deliveries.

TensorFlow 1.0 unlocks machine learning on smartphones

From InfoWorld: TensorFlow, Google's open source deep learning framework, has announced a release candidate for a full-blown version 1.0.

Version 1.0 not only brings improvements to the framework's gallery of machine learning functions, but also eases TensorFlow development to Python and Java users and improves debugging. A new compiler that optimizes TensorFlow computations opens the door to a new class of machine learning apps that can run on smartphone-grade hardware.

Fitbit cuts 6 percent of employees amid missed 2016 goals

From CNET: Fitbit announced Monday that it will be conducting a "reduction in force, that will impact approximately 110 employees." That's about 6 percent of the company's workforce.

The decision comes after a disappointing fourth quarter for the wearables giant. Fitbit's 2016 Q4 revenue expectations were as high as $750 million, but it now estimates an earned range between $572 million and $580 million.


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