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Dec 9, 2014

Two security firms launch rival automatic password changers

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A French-American start-up
launched an automatic password changer in an attempt to remove
the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase “computer
security” a worrying oxymoron, leading a rival U.S. software
firm to launch a similar service.

For most people, properly managing passwords verges on
impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on
which we have all become increasingly reliant. But Dashlane.com
and LastPass are stepping up their offerings to counter hackers.

Dec 9, 2014

UK start-up Truphone gets 51 mln pounds in new funding; cuts jobs

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – British telecoms company Truphone
said on Tuesday it will get 51 million pounds ($80 million) in
new financing from existing backers including Russian steel
magnate Alexander Abramov but will also cut roughly a quarter of
its existing workforce.

The company has been looking for a way to staunch mounting
annual losses, which widened to 91.5 million pounds in 2013,
compared with a 34.4 million pound loss the previous year, as
it has pursued aggressive international expansion
.

Dec 9, 2014

French-American software start-up to launch automatic password changer

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A French-American software
start-up is to launch the world’s first mainstream automatic
password changer in an attempt to remove the all-too-human
frailty that has rendered the phrase “computer security” a
worrying oxymoron.

For most people, properly managing passwords verges on
impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on
which we have all become increasingly reliant. But Dashlane.com
is stepping up its offering to counter hackers.

Dec 8, 2014

U.S. consumers warm to wearable tech, Europeans cooler: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumers are warming to the idea that wearing a computer on their wrists or clothing may not be the fashion faux pas that early clunky prototypes led many to fear, with 2015 poised to be a breakout for the much-hyped trend, a new study has found.

Forrester Research said in a report to be published on Tuesday that the number of people using a wearable computer will triple in 2015, led by the expected arrival of Apple Watch, which it predicts will draw 10 million users next year.

Dec 3, 2014

Global semiconductor outlook brightens, Microchip sees sales rebound

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Strong demand for smartphones and
automotive electronics has boosted growth for the semiconductor
industry this year, as a global industry association said
results for 2014 were set to have beaten forecasts with further
modest growth expected.

Even Microchip Technology, which sent shudders
through global markets in October by warning of a coming
industry downturn, now says business is proving to be better
than previously expected and sales should return to
quarter-on-quarter growth early next year.

Dec 3, 2014

Corrected – IBM signs $1.25 bln WPP cloud deal and says more coming

LONDON (Reuters) – (Corrects quote in 5th paragraph to refer to “these deals” (not “big deals”) and to clarify speaker was referring to cloud computer-class deals, not necessarily to deals which will be billion-dollar plus in scale)

IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview.

Dec 2, 2014

IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

LONDON (Reuters) – IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer sciences giant said in an interview.

Late on Tuesday, IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts, saying it had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world’s top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud.

Nov 27, 2014

Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds

FRANKFURT, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Investment in the fast-growing
market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year
and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms
buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger
advisory firm said on Thursday.

Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners’ report said
that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to
acquire so-called “Internet of Things” suppliers, with $5
billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine
months of 2014.

Nov 24, 2014

ASML sees sales at 10 bln euros in 2020 if Moore’s Law slows

AMSTERDAM/FRANKFURT, Nov 24 (Reuters) – ASML, the
world’s second largest maker of semiconductor production
equipment, said on Monday it could nearly double annual sales to
10 billion euros ($12 billion) by 2018 — or up to two years
later if customers put off buying its latest machines.

ASML is working to introduce a new generation of ‘extreme
ultraviolet’ (EUV) tools which can multiply the number of
transistors the world’s top chipmakers such as Intel,
Samsung and TSMC can fit onto silicon.

Nov 21, 2014

Soitec, a back-up bet if Moore’s Law progression takes a detour

BARCELONA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A little known French company
says it may have an alternative if, as some fear, the technology
industry’s most important engine of progress – the capacity to
multiply computer power while shrinking costs – has begun to run
out of steam.

Moore’s Law, the 50-year-old prediction that the density of
transistors that fit onto the latest chips will continue to
double every two years, has hit various road-bumps and delays in
recent years.

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      "Eric Auchard is editiorial innovation director at Reuters News. He builds tools to help journalists at the world's largest news organization report, edit and present the news. In 2009, Eric was a technology investment columnist for Reuters. Previously, he was the chief technology correspondent from 2000 to 2008. His main focus was covering consumer Internet trends, global technology competition and emerging technologies. He has worked for Reuters covering technology news since 1993. He began covering politics for Reuters in in California in 1992, then moved to Washington. He moved to New York and switched to technology writing for Reuters late in 1993. ..."
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