A growing number of big U.S. credit-card issuers are deciding they don’t want to finance a falling knife. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. said they’re halting purchases of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on their credit cards. JPMorgan, enacting the ban Saturday, doesn’t want the credit risk associated with the transactions, company spokeswoman Mary Jane Rogers said, according to Bloomberg.
Samsung announced that it has started mass production of the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory for use in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems.
Intel, trying to defuse concern that fixes to widespread chip security vulnerabilities will slow computers, released test results showing that personal computers won’t be affected much and promised more information on servers, according to Bloomberg.
At CES in Las Vegas, Intel has revealed 8th generation of its Core processors. They come with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics and are packed with features and performance crafted for gamers, content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality.
The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown this week at CES in Las Vegas and are manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’s growing devices division, according to Bloomberg.
Apple is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the plan.
Samsung Electronics announced that its Foundry Business has commenced mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) products built on its second generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus).
Airbus SE is looking to develop autonomous aircraft and technologies that will allow a single pilot to operate commercial jetliners, helping cut costs for carriers, Airbus Chief Technology Officer Paul Eremenko said to Bloomberg. “The more disruptive approach is to say maybe we can reduce the crew needs for our future aircraft,” Eremenko told Bloomberg Television’s Yvonne Man in an interview broadcast on Wednesday. “We’re pursuing single-pilot operation as a potential option and a lot of the technologies needed to make that happen has also put us on the path towards unpiloted operation.”
Apple is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system for the iPhone in 2019, another step toward turning the handset into a leading augmented-reality device, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the plan.
Lenovo announced that it doubled its x86 world record benchmark count with 46 new benchmarks based on the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, more than any other vendor in the latest Intel benchmark cycle. Lenovo’s ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile portfolio of servers, now with 88 total world record benchmarks, continues driving their lead in data center performance.
IBM announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. They represent rapid advances in quantum hardware as IBM continues to drive progress across the entire quantum computing technology stack, with focus on systems, software, applications and enablement.
The $5.1 trillion-a-day currency market is losing its human touch. According to Bloomberg, that’s the conclusion of trading and foreign-exchange heads surveyed by the organizers of the TradeTech FX conference in Miami.
Qualcomm, trying to break Intel’s lucrative stranglehold on server chips, said it began selling a new processor that will outperform its rivals and has support from some of the industry’s biggest buyers of the technology, according to Bloomberg.
Visa, the exclusive payment technology partner at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, introduced three commercially available wearable payment devices. In the spirit of the Olympic Winter Games, Visa created NFC-enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise revealed the world’s most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform, HPE Superdome Flex. It enables enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights.