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Apple, Google, Amazon in Bidding War for Toshiba NAND unit?

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Apple, Google, Amazon in Bidding War for Toshiba NAND unit?

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun Daily a number of big names are in a bidding war for the Toshiba NAND memory unit, including the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon.

In total, the Japanese newspaper says, 10 companies are looking to buy the Toshiba semiconductor operation. Among them are US private equity firm Silver Lake, Broadcom (who reportedly offered Toshiba around $18 billion for the unit), Western Digital, SK Hynix, Foxconn and TSMC.

Toshiba accounts for 20% of the NAND market, but apparently plans to sell the lucrative unit to make up for the loss of US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

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Cisco Completes AppDynamics Buy

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Cisco Completes AppDynamics Buy

Cisco completes the $3.7 billion acquisition of application intelligence software developer AppDynamics-- one of the biggest deals in the networking vendor's history, announced back in January 2017.

"We acquired AppDynamics because they are a market leader in a category that will be a cornerstone for how enterprises drive their business forward," cisco says. "Together, AppDynamics and Cisco will be the only company that can deliver complete visibility spanning from the infrastructure to application to end user."

Cisco bought the 9-year old AppDynamics days before it was to go IPO. It was the 17th Cisco acquisition under the leadership of Chuck Robbins, who took over the company as CEO in 2015.

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Extreme Networks Buys Avaya Networking Business

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Extreme Networks Buys Avaya Networking Business

Extreme Networks gets more networking with the acquisition of the networking technology business of Avaya-- a company currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy-- for $100 million.

"The addition of Avaya's networking business is consistent with our growth strategy and will broaden Extreme's enterprise solutions capabilities by complementing our product portfolio across our vertical markets," Extreme CEO Ed Meyercord says. "Furthermore, we expect the Avaya business to generate over $200m in annual revenue, increase our market share and offer new opportunities for our customers."

Avaya filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in January 2017 in order to facilitate a required restructuring of its balance sheet. The company describes the sale of the networking business as a "clear and positive path" for its networking customers and partners, since it should allow for a focus on unified communications and contact centre solutions.

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Post-PC Intel Looks to Drones

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Post-PC Intel Looks to Drones

An ailing PC market drives Intel to look for other product categories in which to prosper-- such as drones, as Chipzilla now offers the Aero Ready to Fly Drone.

The Aero is a full-assembled drone complete with integrated flight controller, remote control receiver and transmitter. Since it is an Chipzilla product it uses an Intel CPU (specifically an Atom x7-Z8750) and a 3D RealSense depth camera, which come in handy when used together with GPS, altimeter and magnetometer to power an auto-pilot mode.

Other details include 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 802.11ac wifi and a USB 3.0 port. The OS of choice is a version of Linux, meaning programmers can develop apps for the drone. Construction is in carbon fibre, and of course it also includes electronic speed controllers, motors and propellers. Strangely enough the package does not include a power pack-- instead customers need to buy a specific high-capacity lithium-polymer battery separately.

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AOPEN Presents Chrome Mini Range at ISE 2017

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AOPEN Presents Chrome Mini Range at ISE 2017

The AOPEN ISE 2017 stand hosts the European launch of the Chrome Mini range with the Chromebox Mini and Chromebase Mini, as well as the AOPEN Surveillance platform.

The Chrome Mini range consists of a pair of Chrome OS-powered devices. The Chromebox Mini is a solid-state device described by the company as the smallest enterprise-ready Chromebox currently available on the market. It supports Chrome Device Management and features a fanless design, Bluetooth, wide-reaching dual-band antenna and power button extension ports for ease of mounting.

Meanwhile the Chromebase Mini is an all-in-one 10.1 inch solution. It does not require a kiosk protective case, and unlike a consumer touch device it is water- and tamper-proof. It supports AV conferencing platforms such as Google Hangouts, and offers mounting via built-in Vesa stand. Also included are a camera, audio and dual-microphone, while optional extras include recess wall mounts, PoE adapters and adapters for various payment solutions.

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