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We're NOT DOOMED after all: Global semiconductor sales post record 2013

The PC business may be imploding and large chunks of the global economy may still be struggling, but you wouldn't know it from last year's worldwide semiconductor sales – they topped $300bn for the first time in history, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). For the full year, the industry raked in $305. …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Feb 2014

AMD lowers revenue expectations in run up to Q3 report

AMD has announced lowered expectations for its third-quarter financial results, with revenues declining 10 per cent from the previous quarter, down from the 1 per cent – give or take 3 per cent – that it had previously projected. "The lower than anticipated preliminary revenue results are primarily due to weaker than expected …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2012
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'Robots can save America', says Obama

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to revitalise the economic health of the USA by deploying a mighty nationwide task force of robots. In a speech delivered on Friday launching the National Robotics Initiative – part of the wider Advanced Manufacturing Initiative – the President sought to boost US efforts in …
Lewis Page, 27 Jun 2011
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National space agency for Blighty, says Drayson

Biznovation minister Lord Drayson has announced that the UK is to get a proper space agency along the same lines as the USA's NASA, French CNES and German DLR. Until now, British government space business has been handled by a loose alliance of departments and research councils - though the UK commercial space sector has become …
Lewis Page, 11 Dec 2009
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Hands off our boffins!

Updated The UK's main sci/tech research funding body, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), has sent out clear signals that Blighty's science budget is being refocused in large part as an industrial subsidy. Government biznovation minister Lord Drayson appears to be behind the moves. Signs of a shift in emphasis have …
Lewis Page, 1 Oct 2009
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Arms biz: Your taxes mainly go on our fat salaries! Ha ha!

Analysis Yesterday the UK's arms industry launched its renewed pitch for more government money. Shooting themselves in the foot somewhat, assembled weapons-biz kingpins revealed that - by their own estimation - the UK taxpayer is already supporting at least twice as many well-paid British arms workers as there are (poorly-paid) soldiers …
Lewis Page, 2 Sep 2009
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F-22 may live on: Cheap secondhand Eurofighters on offer

Paris Airshow Washington politicians are trying to frustrate the Obama administration's attempt to cease manufacture of the controversial, extremely expensive US ultrafighter, the F-22 Raptor. Meanwhile the Eurofighter - perhaps the second best air-dominance plane in the world - is now to be available second-hand at knockdown prices. …
Lewis Page, 19 Jun 2009
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Computer-related injuries in US 'increase sevenfold'

American medical eggheads have issued a stark warning today about the latest deadly health scourge to hit the developed world. It's one particularly relevant to Reg readers. We refer, of course, to the unprecedented rise in computer-related injuries, which have - shockingly - surged by a shocking 732 per cent in America during …
Lewis Page, 9 Jun 2009
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Pork industry in 'swine flu' tag beef

The pork industry is a little bit upset that the "swine flu" tag attached to the terrifying mutated H1N1 death virus, currently making short work of journalistic common sense worldwide, might hit sales hard. Despite there being no scientific proof whatsoever that pig plague can be caught from pork products, some countries have …
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2009
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Apple rides fanbois to popularity crown (again)

Apple trounced all competition in a recent Forrester Research customer-satisfaction survey. And in other news, dog bites man. The Cupertinians have been rated as most-loved for years - but this time their margin of affection is embarrassing. According to Forrester's survey of 4,564 Americans, Apple scored a full 14 percentage …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2009
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Acer rides little netbooks to big profit

The ongoing global Meldown isn't melting everyone, as Taiwan's Acer demonstrated in its 2008 financial results, released Tuesday. In fact, 2008 was a growth year for the world's third-largest PC maker, with operating income up a hefty 38 per cent from 2007: income was $428.8m (£299.8m) in 2008, up from $310.3m (£217m) in 2007 …
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2009
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UK IT should 'fire men first', says Kate Craig-Wood

Famed skydiving hosting-biz queenpin Kate Craig-Wood has called for IT companies hit by the recession to fire male employees before female ones, as men are - she says - paid more to do the same jobs. “In the IT industry women earn a massive 23 per cent less than male counterparts, despite being equally capable,” says Craig- …
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2009
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Arms biz glovepuppets Parliamentary kit probe

Comment A long-awaited Parliamentary investigation into British defence equipment purchasing has just been published. Both the report itself and the media response to it reveal the astonishing degree to which the onshore UK arms industry has managed to dominate this area of debate. The report, from the MPs of the parliamentary Defence …
Lewis Page, 27 Feb 2009
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Asian IT in good news shock

There's a smattering of good news coming out of Asia. It seems that the death grip of the global financial crises may be easing its hold on the gasping throat of the technology industry. According to a series of reports from Taiwanese industry-watcher DigiTimes, orders are piling up at some tech companies, and forecasts of …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Feb 2009
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Thames windfarm execs: We need more subsidy

One of the firms participating in the London Array project, under which the world's biggest offshore wind farm would be built in the outer Thames Estuary, has questioned the scheme's economic viability. The Financial Times reported at the weekend that Paul Golby, chief executive of E.ON UK - which owns 30 per cent of the Array …
Lewis Page, 26 Jan 2009
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Demise of British tank industry foretold admitted

Comment Oh woe! The country which invented the tank (Blighty) may soon no longer have a tank industry! The end of yet another era is at hand. It's just like Concorde! And the Vulcan, Lightning, etc. Let gloom be unconfined - Santa won't be bringing any more British tanks for Christmas in years to come. Or so says the British tank …
Lewis Page, 30 Dec 2008
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Memset CEO gets female biz-leaders' award from IBM

Famed skydiving hosting-biz queenpin Kate Craig-Wood, head of Memset, last week won an IBM and NatWest sponsored award for successful women in business. Memset representatives informed the Reg: Kate has overcome personal hurdles having undergone a gender reassignment in 2005, which involved numerous operations, whilst still …
Lewis Page, 11 Dec 2008
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NYT scribe: No bailout for Tesla-buying 'centimillionaires*'

A New York Times columnist has launched an attack on the idea of electrocar poster-child firm Tesla Motors receiving "bailout" federal loans, saying that the company's products are toys for the super-rich. Tesla says that the only reason it wants the government money is to finance the production of more affordable cars; the …
Lewis Page, 1 Dec 2008

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