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Broadcom Said to End Bid for Qualcomm, Keep Plan to Move to US

Singapore-based Broadcom is planning to scrap its bid for Qualcomm, after US President Donald Trump blocked the chipmaker’s proposed acquisition on national security grounds earlier this week, although it will press on with its plan to move its base to the United States, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Broadcom’s board was meeting on Tuesday night to formalise its plans and it could make an announcement as soon as Wednesday, the two sources added. The company will also drop its challenge to Qualcomm’s board, the people added.

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Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel

Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, made a surprise appearance on the Westworld panel at SXSW. After getting cued up by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator of HBO series Westworld, Musk walked out on stage to people cheering and one person screaming, “Elon, we love you!”

During his stage time, he spoke about the excitement of space travel, sending a Tesla into a space and what a time it is to be alive. Musk kicked off his quick on-stage appearance with discussing how there are a lot of negative things in the world.

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We need to improve the accuracy of AI accuracy discussions

Reading the tech press, you would be forgiven for believing that AI is going to eat pretty much every industry and job. Not a day goes by without another reporter breathlessly reporting some new machine learning product that is going to trounce human intelligence. That surfeit of enthusiasm doesn’t originate just with journalists though — they are merely channeling the wild optimism of researchers and startup founders alike.

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How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its finances, restricting how far it’s willing to go to protect us from the harms of over use.

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Facebook should actually be Tinder too

There’s beauty in the double-blind opt-in. That’s the way you match with someone on Tinder. You like them, they like you, you both find out and get connected. But to date, the feature’s largely been trapped in dating apps that match you with randos or that not everyone wants to be on. That means this anti-loneliness technology is leaving some people out.

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The TV market has grown for the first time since 2014

Sales of televisions in the world for the first time in three years have grown, helped by the increase in food prices, according to the IHS Markit study.

Analysts estimate that in July-September 2017, manufacturers shipped a total of 54.8 million TV sets, which is 5% less than a year earlier. At the same time, revenue in the market rose by 1%, and this rise was the first since 2014.

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Android Wear is dead, and in many ways it’s Qualcomm’s fault

The single-chip system Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 has been knocked down for two years. While most of the flagship chips for mobile electronics have a life cycle of about one year or less until they give way to more advanced, powerful and energy-efficient solutions, the Wear 2100 has been playing the role of the best single-chip Android Wear wrist watch system for two years. By modern standards it is already an ancient crystal. Apparently, the leader of the market of mobile chips Qualcomm refused to try to gain influence in the sector of wristwatches. The announcement of the Wear 2100 took place in February 2016, but a year later Qualcomm did not prepare anything for the replacement, and now it is not likely that a worthy change is being prepared.

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Apple HomePod review. This Siri speaker’s smarts don’t quite match its stunning sound…

Apple is so late to the smart speaker party it’s rung the doorbell at 6am and woken up all the sofa surfers in your lounge.

This is nothing new – the iPod and Watch both watched their rivals hit the tequila too hard, before becoming the life and soul of music players and smartwatches.

Still, it’s a bit different this time. Amazon’s Echo army and Google Home’s family are already great voice-controlled speakers that can organise your digital life. The Sonos One, meanwhile, mixes Alexa smarts with great sound quality and multi-room tunes.

But guess what? Apple thinks it can do better. And in some ways, the HomePod, does outshine its fellow party guests

It’s swept into the room with Apple’s signature hauteur, refusing to speak to nerdy Android phones or go beyond polite conversation with Spotify.

But if you’ve got an iPhone, subscribe to Apple Music and prioritise sound quality over A.I assistance, it might just be your new smart soulmate…