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Facebook investigated for the acquisitions of WhatsApp, Instagram and other companies

If you can't beat them, allies or, better yet, buy them . It is an extreme synthesis, but it gives an idea of ​​the suspicions about the anticompetitive practices that led the US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) to the decision to investigate the work of Facebook in relation to the numerous acquisitions made over the years. Those of WhatsApp (in 2014) and Instagram (in 2012) are the best known, but are placed in a more articulated strategy through which the company of Mark Zuckerberg has incorporated about 90 companies in the last 15 years.

The purpose of the investigation, which is now brought to the media's attention by The Wall Street Journal , is to establish the exact motivation that prompted Facebook to start such a massive '' buying campaign ' ': it was motivated by the legitimate desire to strengthen the resources at its disposal and to expand business activities or the desire to eliminate potential competitors?

Facebook obviously favors the first hypothesis: during the convening at the United States Congress on 16 July as part of the important Antitrust investigation against web giants , Matt Perault , head of Global Policy Development at Facebook, said that these operations they gave an impulse to innovation and allowed to bring together companies with peculiarities and complementary strengths. The startups and companies that joined Facebook, according to Perault:

as part of Facebook they had more chances to innovate than they would have had on their own.

Among the acquisitions that could be passed under the magnifying glass of the FTC is that of 2013 by Onavo Mobile : as recalled by the US daily, Facebook has used its technology to collect data in order to identify promising companies or new product categories /services. The acquisition of WhatsApp would have been decided precisely by analyzing the data collected by the Onavo Protect app, removed in recent months from the Play Store .

We will have to wait for the outcome of the investigations conducted by the FTC to establish whether the Facebook strategy violates the competition rules. If the social network giant were found guilty, various scenarios would open up: from the cancellation of some of the acquisitions - it is an idea supported by a certain part of the US political class , and not only in relation to Facebook - to the application of limits to the use of acquired resources.

A new difficult period is on the horizon for Facebook, after the record $ 5 billion fine that the FTC ordered last July . 

Qualcomm and Tencent together for 5G and mobile gaming

Qualcomm and Tencent will collaborate in the mobile gaming sector : in practice, the two companies will optimize the performance of TenCent games on some Qualcomm chips, and will produce a 5G version of the ASUS ROG Phone 2 ( Video Preview ). The involvement of the Chinese company in the development of ASUS's recent gaming smartphone was already evident with the announcement of a special variant , precisely "TenCent Edition", characterized by more conservative memory cuts and an extremely attractive price.

The Qualcomm SoCs affected by the initiative are those that fall under the Snapdragon Elite Gaming program - a subset of processors that, according to the manufacturer, guarantee maximum performance to video game enthusiasts. The brand was inaugurated a few months ago, and currently includes the only Snapdragon 855 , the top-of-the-line chip that we have seen in most of this year's flagships.

The decision to collaborate in the creation of a ROG Phone 2 5G is particularly important for TenCent, which is developing a mobile cloud gaming service. The greater speed of the network, added to the lower latencies, will be crucial for the success of the initiative.


Huawei, Kirin top range with integrated 5G modem later this year | Rumor

Huawei could present two top-of-the-line SoCs by the end of the year: in addition to the already planned Kirin 985 , whose debut should take place with the launch of Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro , a chip with an integrated 5G modem would be coming ; it would be the first on the market, given that so far all processors with support for 5G networks rely on external modems mounted on the motherboard. For example, staying at Huawei, the Mate 20 X uses a normal Kirin 980 with integrated 4G modem, while 5G connectivity is guaranteed by the "external" Balong 5000 modem .

The solution of the external modem is naturally temporary for everyone. It allowed the arrival of 5G more quickly, but it has important negative aspects to take into account, including greater consumption and more space occupied on the motherboard - and in a smartphone every square millimeter is precious.

The indiscretion, which comes from the respected Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei , does not dwell on the possible technical details of the new SoC. We do not know if Huawei will be able to keep the Kirin 985 features unchanged and simply include a 5G modem instead of the 4G one, or it will have to compromise. Also for this chip, however, the debut should take place on a Mate, specifically the 5G variant of the 30 , whose presentation is scheduled for December .


Chinese division Alibaba reveals its first IoT-focused chip

Known for being one of the leading companies in China and standing out in the e-commerce market, Alibaba has announced that it has officially begun developing its first IoT processor.

Named Piegtouge Xuantie 910, the new chip is based on RISC-V, an open-source architecture developed by a consortium of researchers and technology companies, serving the simplest functions, especially for internet access.

The main advantage of betting on RISC-V as opposed to buying some patented option is precisely to avoid the risks of government sanctions that may occur sometime in the future, similar to what happened to Huawei when the US government decided to embark on making it difficult to negotiate with ARM.

"Chinese companies that rely on RISC-V need not rely on vendors like Arm or Intel. There is no threat of them losing access to a fundamental part of this design." - Stewart Randall, who monitors China's semiconductor industry at Intralink Consulting 

 According to Alibaba, the intention is to obtain royalties from its intellectual property by making the technology available to chip makers. However, it is confirmed that some of their code will be made available in the well-known GitHub developer repository to stimulate the creation of chip-related applications at some point in the future.

For now, there is no information about the arrival of products with this embedded chip and whether there are already companies working with Alibaba for launch in the near future.


Apple announces acquisition of Intel's cellular modem business for a billion dollars

Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple would be acquiring Intel's smartphone modem business. Today, Apple announced the billion-dollar deal. The original report was pretty spot-on, with the deal being worth $1B and it including patents, employees, and equipment. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

“This agreement enables us to focus on developing technology for the 5G network while retaining critical intellectual property and modem technology that our team has created,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “We have long respected Apple and we’re confident they provide the right environment for this talented team and these important assets moving forward. We’re looking forward to putting our full effort into 5G where it most closely aligns with the needs of our global customer base, including network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and cloud service providers.”

With this deal, 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, and the company says that it will now hold more than 17,000 wireless technology patents, now that it has absorbed Intel's patents.

Interestingly, Intel will still be able to make cellular modems, just not for smartphones. That means that if you buy a PC that connects to a 4G LTE network, it could have an Intel modem.

But Intel's entire cellular business has been struggling. Back in February, Intel announced that its 5G modem would be delayed until 2020. After Apple and Qualcomm settled their legal disputes, Intel said it was canceling its 5G plans altogether, just hours later. 5G PCs are coming next year, and Intel clearly won't be a part of that, so while the firm can continue to make modems for PCs, it clearly won't be a part of that next generation.

While today's deal should give Apple what it needs to get involved with 5G without relying on Qualcomm, don't expect to see it this year. After all, new iPhones will be announced in about a month and a half, and this deal won't be finalized until the fourth quarter of this year. 2020 or 2021 seems more likely for a 5G iPhone, and most customers won't have access to the technology until then anyway.


Apple discusses buying 5G modems from Intel

Apple may be close to making a deal to buy Intel-made mobile modem production, The Wall Street Journal reports. The agreement will be announced next week.

In April, Intel announced it would quit mobile modems (chips that support cellular networks) after Apple reached an agreement with Qualcomm, as a result of which the smartphones of the Cupertino company will be equipped with Snapdragon modems. Intel CEO Bob Swan said that without Apple, as a client of the company, there was no point in continuing production.

Intel has reportedly begun searching for a buyer for its dial-up business. Apple is interested in it. Recent rumors about working inside the company on their own modem models confirm this information.

Part of Intel’s business, including a portfolio of patents and key employees, is estimated at $ 1 billion or more.


HongMeng OS: Huawei confirms it's not for smartphones

Huawei board member and senior Vice President Catherine Chen said here on Thursday that the company's Hongmeng operating system is not for smartphones and the company intends to continue to use Google's Android operating system for its smartphones.

The Hongmeng system has previously been widely reported in the media as a potential alternative to Android on smartphones, but Chen, when asked at a media roundtable in Brussels, was unequivocal that it is not designed for that.

She said the recently-trademarked Hongmeng is for industrial use and actually has been in development long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android.

Chen said while an operating system for smartphones usually contain dozens of millions of lines of codes, Hongmeng contains much fewer - in the quantity of hundreds of thousands - and therefore very secure. The Hongmeng system also has extreme low latency compared with a smartphone operating system, she added.

Huawei, a worldwide leading vendor of equipments to telecommunications operators such as Vodafone, has also become in recent years an international powerhouse of consumer devices such as smartphones which run on the Android system. The China-headquartered company intends to continue using Android, she added.


Google increases Chrome bug bounties, top Chromebook vulnerability now $150K

Google has long maintained bug bounties that pay researchers for discovering and submitting security issues directly. The Chrome Vulnerability Reward Program is now increasing amounts across the board, with a standing $150,000 prize for Chrome OS compromises.

Created in 2010, Google has received over 8,500 reports and paid $5 million out to researchers. The program is now tripling the max baseline reward from $5,000 to $15,000. Meanwhile, the maximum reward amount for high quality reports has doubled to $30,000.

Over the years we’ve expanded the program, including rewarding full chain exploits on Chrome OS, and the Chrome Fuzzer Program, where we run researchers’ fuzzers on thousands of Google cores and automatically submit bugs they find for reward.

The biggest sum is still for a Chromebook or Chromebox compromise with device persistence in guest mode, or “guest to guest persistence with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.” Previously $100,000, such a flaw will now net $150,000. Additionally, security bugs in firmware and lock screen bypasses are have their own reward categories.

This increase for Chrome bug bounties will be applied to submissions filed after today. For reference, the old table is below:

Google is also clarifying what it considers a high quality report so that applicants can maximize the reward potential. Bug categories have also been updated to better reflect the types of bugs that are reported, and what issues the company is especially interested in receiving.

Elsewhere, the Google Play Security Reward Program has increased amounts for remote code execution bugs from $5,000 to $20,000. All Google apps are included and third-party developers can opt-in. Theft of insecure private data and access to protected app components has been tripled to $3,000.


Less social? Facebook patent reveals plans to leave users talking to walls

Soon Facebook can lead to maximum "talk to the walls" to a new level.

The company obtained the patent of a technology to implement filters of restrictions in the social network in which the user would not even know that it suffered some type of sanction. A comment you make on a group, page, or even a post in your own profile could be restricted to view itself, with no alert indicating that something is wrong with your words being issued.

As the patent describes, administrators or even software managed by neural networks could analyze or create keywords to be locked in spaces they manage. A user could also have restricted comments from the manual decision of the owner of a page, which would silence an opinion for his audience, except the commentator himself.

The only clue that something goes wrong for the user would be the non-interaction of other users. Facebook describes that the new feature would serve to avoid profane, extremely negative, racist, or derogatory speeches from the platform. Something that Instagram already does with its new anti-bullying tools.

Until then the social network already restricts comments denounced or caught by their current systems when they are classified as spam. They are hidden and a signaling to users is displayed that that content has been marked as unusual, but can still be queried after alert.

Remember, this is just another controversy involving the company's name: after several problems involving users' privacy, the company finds itself on a journey to fit Libra - its crypto-currency - into US regulations, with the aim of launching the financial product with some support market.

And you, what do you think of Mark Zuckerberg's solution to letting badly made users talk to themselves? Tell us in the comments!


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 Plus with 15% faster graphics and even more powerful CPU

Qualcomm has just officialized its latest mobile processor, which comes as a slightly turbinated version of Snapgradon 855, chipset presented at the end of last year by the manufacturer.

The Snapdragon 855 Plus, the new platform brings improvements in graphics rendering speed, performance and also 5G performance, with the first device to be shipped with it being the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone II.

Qualcomm's newest technology delivers 15% more GPU and higher CPU clock speeds, with the frequency at 2.96 GHz - the original model was at 2.84GHz.

The new SoC is designed for gamer smartphones and will also offer, of course, high-speed 5G connectivity (X50 modem) and features like artificial intelligence and virtual reality. It also comes equipped with the X24 LTE modem for 4G connectivity.

The first models to bring the Snapdrgaon 855 Plus will hit the market by the end of the year. According to Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management at Qualcomm:

The Snapdragon 855 Plus will elevate the concept for smartphone gamers with improved CPU and GPU performance.

ASUS will kick off the adoption of the new platform in its ROG Phone II, which also features an AMOLED 90Hz screen and a feature called AirTriggers, which are touch-sensitive corners that can be used as extra buttons in games .

The arrival of the new processor aims to "warm up" the market for mobile devices that, in recent years, is still a bit of news.

As users increasingly take time to upgrade their smartphones, components with even better processing power and performance may actually be something to appeal to consumers, especially the niche that is a fan of games.

It is worth mentioning that Qualcomm also introduced a few days ago an input processor , the 215 that, interestingly, came to market without the Snapdragon brand.


U.S. sales with Huawei could resume in just two weeks

A senior U.S. official has revealed that the U.S. government might begin approving licenses for companies to start new sales with the Chinese firm, Huawei, within as little as two weeks. Back in May, Huawei was added to the United States' Commerce Department’s list which bans U.S. firms selling American-made goods and services unless they’ve received a license to do so.

Last week, it was announced that U.S. companies could begin applying for licenses to sell to Huawei, however, it was unclear how long it would take for the Department of Commerce to approve those licenses. With today’s revelation, we now know that licenses will start being issued two to four weeks from now.

According to Reuters, the news that the DoC would begin handing out licenses in the next few weeks came via a representative from an unnamed manufacturer who had been told by a U.S. official when the licenses would begin being handed out. The criteria to receive licenses was not revealed by the U.S. official but did say that licenses would be issued case-by-case, at least at first.

Despite the U.S. relaxing its stance against Huawei, the Chinese firm believes it should be taken off the list altogether. A spokesperson for the firm previously said:

“The Entity list restrictions should be removed altogether, rather than have temporary licenses applied for US vendors. Huawei has been found guilty of no relevant wrongdoing and represents no cybersecurity risk to any country so the restrictions are unmerited.”

The U.S. market is very important for Huawei, not only does it sell a lot of devices there, it also does a sizable amount of trade with U.S. firms. In 2018, it spent $11 billion buying from U.S. firms such as Qualcomm, Intel, and Micron Technology - that represents a little over a seventh of its total spend on components.


Microsoft rolls back decision to take away internal usage rights from partners

Last week, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue internal usage rights (IUR) for its partners, a rule that had allowed partners to use Microsoft's products without purchasing a license. The rule was set to go into effect on July 1, 2020, but as one might expect, there was a backlash.

Today though, the firm reversed its decision regarding that and competency timelines, saying that it has heard the feedback and it has taken action.

Your partnership and trust matters to us," said CVP Gavriella Schuster in a blog post. "Given your feedback, we have made the decision to roll back all planned changes related to internal use rights and competency timelines that were announced earlier this month. This means you will experience no material changes this coming fiscal year, and you will not be subject to reduced IUR licenses or increased costs related to those licenses next July as previously announced."

The statement also said that moving forward, it will provide more advance notice on these types of changes. That means that if Microsoft does decide to take away internal usage rights at some point in the future, partners will have more than a year's notice.

The change is somewhat surprising though, as a lot has happened in a week's time since the change was first announced. Earlier this week, Microsoft even held a webcast where it defended the decision, saying that it had to cut costs and that it's still a competitive partner to choose.


U.S. DOC confirms companies can apply for licenses to sell U.S. tech to Huawei

Huawei was added to the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) 'entity list' in May. This effectively banned the Chinese firm from purchasing any tech from U.S. suppliers. However, following a period of uncertainty, United States President Donald Trump announced at the G20 summit last month that an agreement with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping had been reached, one that would essentially reverse the ban - with a few caveats.

In the days following Trump's statement, the U.S. Director of the National Economic Council clarified that the lifting of the ban only applied to certain widely available products. Now, the DOC has officially verified this stance at its conference, stating that companies would only be allowed to sell tech to Huawei as long as it didn't pose a national security risk.

It has also been noted that Huawei will continue to remain on the entity list. In essence, this means that U.S. companies will have to apply for a license before being able to sell any technological services to the Chinese firm. Furthermore, the applications will be considered under the "presumption of denial". This implies that the chances of rejection of any application would be high, and that the onus of having to thoroughly prove that the tech in question does not have any national security implications lies upon the companies.

"Within those confines we will try to make sure that we don’t just transfer revenue from the U.S. to foreign firms", noted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. However, he did not mention any timeline for when applicants could expect the licenses to be granted.

It would be fair to assume that Huawei's future in the United States still accompanies major doubts. Moving on, how the DOC actually responds to received applications should give all parties involved a better idea of how they can expect to fare with regards to purchase and selling of U.S. tech in the coming months.


Bill Gates calls himself a “minor wizard”, Steve Jobs “an a**hole”

Apple’s Steve Jobs has always been accused of generating a Reality Distortion Field which sucked consumers into his technology vision and hid the flaws of his products long enough for him to fix it.

It seems instead of alien technology ex-Microsoft CEO and archrival of Apple felt the secret was rather more magical. Speaking to CNN Gates said Steve Jobs used his magical powers to take a company “on a path to die” and turn it into the world’s most valuable — in part by “casting spells.”

He cited NeXT computers, a failed venture by Jobs which was purchased by Apple in 1996, as an example of Jobs mesmerizing people with a poor product and succeeding even when he failed.

He said NeXT “completely failed, it was such nonsense, and yet he mesmerized those people.”

In a somewhat cringe-worthy comment Gates, however, said he was immune to Steve’s powers, as he himself was a “minor wizard.”

“I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting spells, and I would see people mesmerized, but because I’m a minor wizard, the spells don’t work on me,” said Gates.

He did attribute some of Jobs’s success to real managerial talent, however.

“I have yet to meet any person who” could rival Jobs “in terms of picking talent, hyper-motivating that talent, and having a sense of design of, ‘Oh, this is good. This is not good,’ ”

He, however, warned people against blindly following Jobs’s example.

He called Jobs an “asshole” at times and said it was easy for leaders to “imitate the bad parts of Steve,” but noted that Jobs“brought some incredibly positive things along with that toughness.”

Steve Jobs is known for example for not acknowledging his illegitimate daughter or giving much to charity, and firing people at will.

Speaking of his own early days at Microsoft, he noted they were “a self-selected set of people who were mostly males, I’ll admit, and yes we were pretty tough on each other. And I think sometimes that went too far.”

Now retired, he said he had mellowed a bit but still had a tendency to micromanage even his charity work.

“I’m still clear about, ‘Hey, that toilet design’s too expensive. It’s a dead end. We’re not going to put more money into that,”’ Gates said.


Huawei vs. US: Trump government does not present evidence of alleged Chinese espionage

It seems that the administration of Donald Trump does not have much evidence to prove the alleged espionage promoted by Beijing through Huawei. This is because the New York Times published an article on Saturday (6) which highlights that the Chinese decided to act and had an unusual response from the US government.

According to the publication, the manufacturer has legally questioned a law passed late last year that prevents the purchase of its equipment by companies that provide services to the government. The text was the first step of the federal government before the dreaded "blacklist . "

However, in response to the questions, the Trump administration argued that the "mere suspicion" is enough to ban any Huawei operation in the country. Therefore, the US authorities need not produce evidence against the Chinese.

The US government also said that the purpose of the law was not to punish Huawei , but to protect citizens from possible espionage of Beijing . Therefore, for federal lawyers, there is no reason to question the Chinese giant.

With the release of the response, it is quite clear that the Trump government appears to have no evidence to justify the pursuit of Huawei. So the case has also caught the attention of European officials as the US government has pressed for the Chinese ban on the old continent.

For now, we do not know how the relationship between the Chinese and the US government will follow. Even so, a Huawei spokesman said the company did not give up and should continue to ask for evidence to prove the espionage charge:

We remain confident in our case. This law selectively imposed substantial restrictions on sales of Huawei equipment for the sole purpose of taking the company out of the United States


Samsung rolls out Bixby Marketplace in the U.S. and South Korea

Late last year, Samsung opened its Bixby ecosystem to third-party developers, enabling them to develop experiences compatible with its digital assistant. Today, the South Korean tech giant officially announced the launch of Bixby Marketplace in the U.S. and South Korea as part of an effort to help developers offer their services to consumers.

Bixby Marketplace will be available through the Bixby main page, which can be accessed by pressing its dedicated button on Samsung smartphones. Users will then be able to search for services or "capsules" according to their categories like travel and transportation, shopping, sports, food and drink, productivity, and more.

Users can search for capsules according to different filters such as name, developer, or specific keywords. The marketplace also makes it easier to find services with high ratings and those that have been specially picked by Samsung's staff. In addition, users can rate specific capsules and post their own reviews on the marketplace, just like on any other app store.

It's also possible to add capsules with a single tap and select preferred capsules for specific requests. It's a way of customizing the user experience, according to Samsung. For example, users can choose one of the compatible rideshare capsules such as Uber when they request for a ride to a certain destination.

Samsung vows to add more capsules to the Bixby Marketplace in the future and plans to announce more details at its developer conference later this year.


Exploring the 5G! Big Chinese makers test Samsung chips on their handsets

Samsung has evolved quite a bit throughout the year to manufacture its chips for smartphones that want to make use of 5G technology as a way of connecting. The recent popularization of it is beginning to be reflected among the world's largest mobile phone manufacturers, to the point where South Korean equipment is being tested by several companies in their handsets, mainly in China.

The 5G is one of the solutions found by the technology market to meet the growth in the need for faster and stable connections, since nowadays, most users perform more activities using mobile data than WiFi networks.

However, the application is still in the test phase and the full implementation should take a few more years, especially if we take into account the fact that several cities in Brazil still have 3G as the standard.

Regardless of this situation, smartphone manufacturers are modernizing to handle most of their customers residing in places where the 5G is going to take effect soon, so the search for the best modem options on the market compatible with this type of connection comes growing every day.

According to reports from the Digitimes newspaper , major Chinese manufacturers such as Oppo and Vivo are buying samples of the Samsung 5G chipset to find out if South Korea has been able to develop the best solution for the industry so far. that the company has developed the Exynos 5100 modem, the Exynos RF 5500 and the Exynos SM 5800 power management chip in 2019 to serve this market.


Huawei US ban to be lifted, now allowed to purchase products from US companies again

Last month, Huawei was added to the US Department of Commerce's 'Entity List' - effectively banning it from from buying any material from US suppliers without government approval. From losing Google support for its devices, to admitting it could lose $30 billion in revenue due to the added restrictions, it has been a rough couple of months for the Chinese company since then. However, there could be some light at the end of the tunnel.

At the G20 summit being held in Japan, US President Donald Trump and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping have agreed to restart trade talks between both countries. Furthermore, Trump has explicitly stated that US companies will now be allowed to sell their products to Huawei.

Although companies like Microsoft and Intel had committed to supporting software on Huawei devices, there was still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Chinese firm in the hardware department. Now, however, it looks as though some of these concerns might have been mitigated. Not only did Trump acknowledge that US companies "were not exactly happy that they couldn't sell [to Huawei]", he went on to say that a "tremendous amount" of product was previously sold to Huawei by them, and that they "will keep selling that product".

While there were discussions surrounding the Chinese company, the situation surrounding Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou - currently detained in Canada and facing extradition to the US - wasn't brought up.

It will be interesting to see how Huawei reacts to the developments following Trump's statement. At least for now, the company will still remain on the Entity List though an imminent removal could be at hand. Either way, it is fair to say that many Huawei users will be breathing a sigh of relief if the situation continues to de-escalate, now that initial steps towards removal of the trade ban have been taken.


Microsoft predicts AI to contribute $5 trillion to global GDP growth, among other advantages

Microsoft has made many moves centered around the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in the recent past. These include a partnership with General Assembly to curb the skills gap in AI, detailing of its innovations in AI to help the environment, and the release of a book that takes an in-depth look at the role of AI in manufacturing.

Now, the tech giant is once again highlighting the importance of AI, with the release of a new report in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), explaining how AI can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and assist with an overall growth trend of gross domestic product (GDP) worldwide.

The applications of AI tech in four areas have been signified in the report, namely - agriculture, water, energy, and transport. If properly made use of, investment in these areas would help increase the global GDP by up to $5.2 trillion by 2030 - which amounts to roughly a 4.4% increase. Simultaneously, the report indicates that global GHG emissions may be reduced by up to 4% in the same timeframe.

Interestingly, about two years ago, PwC predicted that AI will contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. Given the aforementioned statistics, it looks like the firm has slightly tempered its expectations regarding the growth.

Economic benefits are expected to be seen predominantly in Europe, East Asia, and North America, with each region seeing a bump of up to 5.4%, 5.1%, and 4.2% respectively. With regards to GHGs, the greatest fall is predicted for North America with a 6.1% decrease. The Sub-Saharan Africa region, meanwhile, would reportedly have only 0.2% less emissions in comparison. More detailed statistics can be viewed above.

Furthermore, it is also explained that regions with AI growth and adoption 'blockers' in place will see less of an economic growth. However, if progress is made to eliminate these blockers, noticeable change would emerge on the positive end.

The energy sector is expected to feature the highest increase in annual GDP contribution ($2.6tn) as well as the greatest decrease in annual GHG emissions among the four sectors. More information regarding each sector can be viewed in the following image.

Nearing the end of the report, Microsoft states that the aforementioned expectations are only possible if there is increased collaboration among AI tool creators and users, and a shared sense of responsibility. This would ultimately lead to AI successfully reaching its "full potential" to help our planet in the most beneficial way possible.


Microsoft plans Surface with ARM-based Snapdragon platform

And it looks like Microsoft's Surface line fans will be presented with good processing power in the next issue of the product as rumors are pointing to a possible use of the ARM-based Snapdragon platform in that product.

The information was shared by Zac Bowden, WC, on his Twitter, leaking even the possible name of the product, which may be "Excalibur." This may be the foldable device that has been the subject of several speculations in recent months , which will still feature Always-Connected feature.

Still in the post, Zac makes it clear that this will be the first device to come with Qualcomm's 8cx series platform, which is called SCX8180. This chipset features Cortex-A76 from ARM, eight cores and a clock rate of 3 GHz to give a good speed to the equipment.

By the way, that processing unit that can be chosen to equip the Surface Excalibur performs similarly to the Intel Core i5 processor, so buyers will have no problems with the delivered speed.

There is not much information yet about price and availability in the market, but it is believed that it should hit the market by 2020.