Voice automation and smart home devices were popular at CES 2018, and they are likely to gain attention this year. The US smart home market is expected to earn $4.5 billion in 2018, a 34% increase over last year, CTA reports.
Releases of Android-based streaming boxes have significantly slowed compared with smart TVs, with the last streaming box for the US being released by Xiaomi in October 2016. This can be attributed to manufacturers releasing more smart TVs and cable providers offering Android connectivity through set-top boxes.
Farming simulator game "Stardew Valley" has sold 3.5 million copies and reports having 700,000 active monthly users. The game is similar to Natsume's "Harvest Moon," as both games involve the player inheriting and working a farm and building relationships with the local townspeople.
"Masters of the Sun," a virtual reality comic book created by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and backed by Oculus, debuted Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Work has already begun on a sequel, along with a new product called "Wizards and Robots."
Cisco has added nine more products to its investigation to detect whether the Spectre and Meltdown flaws affect different systems. A company spokesperson said Cisco has developed fixes for some B-Series and C-Series UCS servers as well as a C460 M4 rack server.
CenturyLink said it is on track to reach 60% of its commitment through the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund program, currently providing broadband services to more than 600,000 rural consumers. CenturyLink pledged to make download speeds of at least 10 Mbps available to roughly 1.2 million rural and high-cost locations by 2021.
Semiconductor companies must do more to make the industry more attractive to engineering graduates, said Dan Durn, chief financial officer of Applied Materials. He said, "Today, kids dream about Google, Facebook and Apple; they don't dream about us, and we need to change that."
Samsung Electronics brought out an ultra-high-performance graphics DRAM for applications in artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The 16-gigabit GDDR6 DRAMs, capable of transferring data at 18 gigabits per second, are in volume production.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Morris Chang said chips for automotive electronics, high-performance computing and the internet of things will propel the foundry's 2018 revenues to be 10% to 15% higher than 2017. The TSMC founder, who plans to retire in June, also said the foundry will have 100% market share in orders for chips made with 7-nanometer features during this year.
Northwestern University researchers report using crumpled graphene balls to create a scaffold that could support lithium ions. This advance may lead to lighter batteries that would be less subject to failures.