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Sep 14, 2013

Oracle in imminent danger of losing America’s Cup to New Zealand

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA is in imminent danger of relinquishing the 34th America’s Cup this weekend to the formidable Emirates Team New Zealand.

Aggressive tactics and near-perfect maneuvers have helped the Kiwis dominate racing on San Francisco Bay since the final series of 17 match races for the 162-year old trophy began last week. Barring a catastrophic misstep by Dean Barker, skipper of New Zealand’s high-tech 72-foot catamaran, experts say Oracle has little chance of catching up.

Sep 14, 2013

Sailing-Oracle in imminent danger of losing America’s Cup to New Zealand

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA is in imminent danger of relinquishing the 34th America’s Cup this weekend to the formidable Emirates Team New Zealand.

Aggressive tactics and near-perfect maneuvers have helped the Kiwis dominate racing on San Francisco Bay since the final series of 17 match races for the 162-year old trophy began last week. Barring a catastrophic misstep by Dean Barker, skipper of New Zealand’s high-tech 72-foot catamaran, experts say Oracle has little chance of catching up.

Sep 12, 2013

Engineers searching for smartphone innovation look within

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – As Apple and other
smartphone makers find it harder to wow consumers with new
devices, engineers think future breakthroughs may depend more on
finding new ways to integrate existing components than on
inventing more powerful chips.

Apple’s new iPhone 5S introduced on Tuesday shows how
difficult it is to keep coming up with compelling innovations
after years of blockbuster hits. The new device boasts a
fingerprint reader and a beefed up processor, but it failed to
inspire a rally on Wall Street typical of past smartphone
launches by the Cupertino, California, company.

Sep 10, 2013

Intel prepares ultra-small chips for Dick Tracy-style gadgets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel is working on a new line of ultra-small and ultra-low-power microchips for wearable devices like smartwatches and bracelets, a bid by the company to make sure it will be at the crest of the next big technology wave after arriving late to the smartphone and tablet revolution.

The new line of chips, called Intel Quark, will ship next year and include an ingestible version aimed at biomedical uses, Intel’s president, Renee James, told reporters late on Monday.

Sep 8, 2013

New Zealand outsails Oracle on day one of America’s Cup finals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand outsailed billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the first day of the America’s Cup finals with near collisions and a man overboard as the high-tech catamarans crisscrossed San Francisco Bay in the first close-fought duels since the regatta began two months ago.

Maneuvering his 72-foot carbon-fiber yacht at speeds close to 45 miles per hour, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker aggressively cut off Cup defender Oracle’s boat several times to win the first two races in the best-of-17 final series.

Sep 8, 2013

Sailing-New Zealand outsails Oracle on day one of America’s Cup finals

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand outsailed billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the first day of the America’s Cup finals with near collisions and a man overboard as the high-tech catamarans crisscrossed San Francisco Bay in the first close-fought duels since the regatta began two months ago.

Maneuvering his 72-foot carbon-fiber yacht at speeds close to 45 miles per hour, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker aggressively cut off Cup defender Oracle’s boat several times to win the first two races in the best-of-17 final series.

Sep 7, 2013

New Zealand bests Oracle in 1st race of America’s Cup finals

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand beat billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the first race in the final series of the 34th America’s Cup sailing regatta on Saturday on San Francisco Bay.

In the first of two races on Saturday, which kicked off a best-of-17 final series to win the Cup, the two teams’ catamarans nearly collided on several occasions as they crisscrossed the bay. New Zealand was slightly ahead at the start and was passed by Oracle for a short time before regaining its lead and winning the race.

Sep 7, 2013

Oracle and New Zealand face off in America’s Cup finals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The 34th America’s Cup sailing regatta enters its final stretch with the kick off of racing on San Francisco Bay on Saturday, with billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA, hobbled by a cheating penalty, trying to fend off a formidable challenge for the famous silver trophy by Emirates Team New Zealand.

The Cup finals, a best-of-17 series that kicks off with the first starting signal scheduled at 1:15 p.m PDT (2015 GMT), culminate a year of preliminary racing plagued by controversies including dangerous catamarans, a fatal accident and accusations of mismanagement.

Sep 4, 2013

Qualcomm jumps into ‘wearables’ fray with Toq smartwatch

SAN DIEGO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc has
unveiled the Toq, a smartwatch that can play music and handle
phone calls and messages, and said it would start selling the
device in the fourth quarter, marking the chipmaker’s entry into
the emerging arena of wearable computing.

The company, which dominates the global market for
applications processors for smartphones and tablets, introduced
the device on Wednesday in a bid to showcase its own technology
to manufacturers as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
unveiled its own much-anticipated “Galaxy Gear” in Berlin.

Sep 4, 2013

Intel ships overhauled low-power chips for data centers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp has started shipping data-center chips that are based on a major overhaul of its low-power Atom line, in a bid to defend its territory from an incursion by British rival ARM Holdings Plc.

The Santa Clara, California, company said on Wednesday the new Atom chips, which are meant for microservers, networking equipment and storage at major cloud-computing providers, perform six times better than previous versions.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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