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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 10:15:02 AM
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"Tech companies steal the thunder at the L.A. Auto Show"...............................................................
Name change in order?
Tech-Auto Show?

Tech companies steal the thunder at the L.A. Auto Show
Nov. 16, 2016 9:52 AM ET|By: Clark Schultz, SA News Editor

The Los Angeles Auto Show is off and running this week, with technology companies stealing some of the early headlines.

Samsung ( OTC:SSNLF) got the ball rolling with its huge acquisition of Harman (NYSE: HAR), while Amazon dazzled many by showcasing its connected-car Blue Link technology that uses the AI-heavy Alexa in Hyundai cars.

Ride sharing platforms are on display, led by BMW's Reach Now program which is a potential Uber (Private: UBER) X competitor. may have sent a bit of shock wave through the auto retailer sector by demonstrating its advanced messaging platform that uses Facebook Messenger to help direct buyers to cars.

Then there is Olli which is the first self-driving vehicle to use IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson as its brains.

There are plenty of new models on display at the Staples Center - including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Volkswagen e-Golf, Land Rover Discover, Porsche Panamera and Mazda CX-5. The first look at the Jaguar all-electric I-Pace SUV is one of the more talked about introductions.

The all-electric Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model X mobile design studio will also be making an appearance in LA. Expect some updates on both as the GM vs. Tesla war starts to get ratcheted up.

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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 12:12:08 PM
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Oil traitor Mercuria storing 60K tons of gasoline components.........................................

greedyman and chiti had a bunch of leased tankers offshore with oil pushing the price to $100/barrel.
every market manipulated by traitors. There are no fundamentals. only traitors and shill contort n distort.

Awash in gasoline, US refiners export fuel at record pace

Laura Blewitt

The U.S. has more gasoline than it knows what to do with.

Exports have risen above imports for three consecutive weeks as recurring pipeline outages and higher production levels by refiners caused Gulf Coast inventories to grow. Typically a net importer of gasoline, the U.S. has shipped a record amount of the motor fuel abroad and doesn’t show signs of stopping.

“Exports will have to be high to keep stocks under control,” Robert Campbell, head of oil products research at market consultant Energy Aspects Ltd. in New York, said in an e-mail. “Runs should be quite high on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the coming weeks.”

The abundance of gasoline pushed Gulf Coast gasoline prices to an eight-month low last week and spurred the longest losing streak since 2012 in futures, making U.S. gasoline an affordable buy. That has triggered some some unusual moves by refiners and traders.

Out to Sea

Independent refiner Valero Energy Corp. shipped excess supplies to Canada instead of Colombia and Phillips 66 sent the first gasoline shipment in 16 months to Egypt, according to shipping data and people familiar with the transactions. Oil trader Mercuria Energy Group is said to be storing a 60,000-ton parcel of gasoline blending components produced in India at an offshore site in the Bahamas.

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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 5:47:49 PM
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Conn bails out 2nd traitor outfit. the mob creates "good" jobs, too.........................................

the somali pirates, too, had many "good" paying "jobs".
Maybe, Connecticut should recruit them.

Connecticut approves aid package for 2nd hedge fund

Associated PressNovember 15, 2016


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For the second time in six months, a Connecticut panel approved giving taxpayer money to a hedge fund in exchange for promises to keep and add jobs in the state.

On Tuesday, the State Bond Commission gave the OK to $28 million in forgivable loans and $7 million in grants for AQR Capital Management LLC in Greenwich, which provides hedge fund and traditional investment services for a range of clients. The funds will help pay for an expansion project.

Under the arrangement, AQR will retain 540 jobs and create up to 600 jobs over 10 years. In return, the loans will be forgiven and the grant will be disbursed in phases as the job company's job obligations are met.

AQR is one of the world's largest hedge funds, with $172.4 billion in hedge fund and traditional assets under management.

In May, the same commission approved a $22 million loan and grant package to help the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, expand its offices in Westport, Wilton and Norwalk.

Democratic State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, a Bond Commission member, voted against both deals, questioning whether the state could afford them given its continuing financial challenges.

"For me, it's not necessarily if this is right deal or the wrong deal," he said, adding how, "we don't get to do it all and we're going to have to make some hard decisions."

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy disagreed, noting how the state is "investing in a company" that already has a large number of jobs in Connecticut and is willing to hire more people "with incomes that are very substantial and will more than pay back the state."

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 7:18:46 AM
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"Barnes & Noble debuts $50 Nook tablet to take on Amazon"................................................

Like I said. Many, many times over many, many years.
The gadget biz will get evermore brutal.
The only way to survive and thrive, in the 21st, is to stuff evermore leading edge Integrated circuits in evermore smaller packages.

Think EUV/ArF Age.
Think OnPulse or NoPulse.
Insist on Cymer.

Will screen guys have to beg for LTPS AMOLED done TCZ? The screen guys cannot keep up with demand because yield has remained stubbornly low.

Barnes & Noble debuts $50 Nook tablet to take on Amazon

The battle for bookworms' hearts and eyes this holiday season is officially underway! Barnes & Noble announced on Wednesday the forthcoming release of its new Nook tablet. The tablet will retail for just $50 -- 30 bucks less than the baseline Amazon Kindle and on par with the Amazon Fire -- when it becomes available on Black Friday, November 25th. It features a 7-inch IPS display, 7 hours of battery life and 8GB of onboard storage, which can be boosted by up to 128GB using a microSD card. Take that, Macbook Pro

Barnes & Noble offers millions of digital book downloads from its online store which the Nook can pull from. Plus, it has full access to the Google Play content library so finding something good to read while your relatives political discussions devolve into fist fights at the family dinner table.

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 8:21:32 AM
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Slack & Guru: 21st guys collaborate on AI for interaction.....................................................

Just saw a video with the Guru CEO.
There is no doubt gathering and interpreting all sorta data is going to be huge in the 21st. Very bit intense data. Including A/V stuff.

Very, very exciting times.

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 9:39:18 AM
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NEWR: "Project deliver advanced AI and machine learning"

21st stuff is going to be huge. Bit intense leading edge stuff.


New Relic Previews Artificial Intelligence Technology: Project Seymour
Wed November 16, 2016 12:45 PM|Business Wire|About: NEWR

Seymour to uncover insights from New Relic Digital Intelligence Platform

FutureStack kicks off in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NEW RELIC FUTURESTACK – Digital intelligence leader New Relic, Inc. (NYSE:NEWR) today shared a preview of its artificial intelligence (AI) technology, code-named “Project Seymour,” at the company’s fourth annual FutureStack event in San Francisco. Project Seymour is designed to deliver advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to help companies uncover the most interesting, most relevant, and most actionable insights to improve their customer experience, and the performance and availability of their digital initiatives.

“Our customers have increasingly complex systems and often struggle to understand all of the facets of what’s going on in their customer experience, in their applications, and in their infrastructure. Seymour is another manifestation of New Relic’s continued obsession to make it easy for our customers to understand everything going on in their digital business,” said Lew Cirne, CEO and founder, New Relic ( NEWR). “New Relic has a unique opportunity to leverage the power of AI because our cloud-based platform already analyzes billions of metrics for our customers every day. We simply do not believe you can get the same benefits from on-premise solutions because you wouldn’t have enough data to uncover the same meaningful insights.”

Project Seymour Aims to Bring AI to New Relic’s Digital intelligence Platform

Project Seymour is designed to help companies see their digital businesses more clearly in the following ways:

  • Discovery: Seymour’s personalized news feed can surface the trends and issues that users care about most, based on their role and permissions.
  • Deep Diagnosis: Not only does Seymour highlight issues and trends, but it can also provide users with a diagnosis of the problem and recommend a solution. Rather than clicking through their complex environment to try to figure out why an app slowed down, Seymour can highlight why it has slowed down and suggest how to fix it, all in one place.
  • Collaboration: Seymour lets users quickly share important information with other team members and discuss those issues right in the New Relic interface, or through integrations with leading chat tools, such as Slack. Conversations are stored and searchable so users can later look back to see how specific issues were handled.
  • Learning: New Relic’s machine learning algorithms can learn what individual users care about most and surface interesting trends and issues. Users can give feedback on what is important, or not important, and the system is designed to get smarter through machine learning.
  • Prediction: Seymour looks at the massive amount of data in New Relic’s cloud platform to help predict and prevent future issues

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 10:15:17 AM
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Brick n Mortar starting to get need to provide immersive experience?..........................

I've been saying this for over a decade.
Brick n Mortar must give up the dead horse 20th model it's been flogging.
Only leading edge circuits can provide the 21st Customer Experience.


The dawn of a new era of "immersive" and "always on/always aware" smartphone functionality is upon us. Further, it will be more collaborative with other devices without user interaction. Other devices being wearables, automobiles, and a plethora of IoT devices such as home automation and entertainment systems.

Here is an example of "immersive" use of a smartphone: imagine a person walking out of work while talking on the phone. The phone should recognize when the person leaves the office and immediately switch off WiFi, turn on Bluetooth, and turn on GPS. The user speaks to the phone and tells it to navigate home with the appropriate traffic alerts (i.e., avoid traffic jams where possible). When the user gets home they may put their phone on the couch and it should know that it's not on a person anymore and start powering things down that are consuming extra power. The user should be able to speak to the phone and ask it to tune the channel on the home entertainment system, change the room temperature if desired, and order and pay for some take out dinner. In summary, a more "immersive" experience is where a user doesn't have to use fingers to communicate with their device. They are able to speak and think naturally and the device is able to respond not only to the user, but also to the user's context in any given situation (walking, driving, sitting, exercising, home, work, etc.).

Quicklogic is seeing a big desire now for more software applications that will be installed on smartphones to be used in a more immersive way, and that will likely manifest in 2017.

That can only happen if the processing that is done for contextual awareness in that immersive experience is done in low power hardware and in always on mode so users don't have to push buttons to activate things. Quicklogic is very uniquely positioned with its EOS S3 sensor processing system-on-chip to enable that.

Other examples of immersive experiences include:

  • While shopping, a series of sensors will know what department and products you are looking at. The store's computer system will quickly search the Internet for the best price available and immediately download a coupon or offer to buy. You can speak to your phone and say, yes buy that using my Amex. Your credit card will be charged and all you have to do is carry the product out the door (Costco style) or in the case of larger items, pick them up on the way out. No line for cashiers. Companies like Best Buy are interested in this technology/user experience because they fear customers are shopping in their stores to see and touch products, then they go home and buy them on line. They want to capture the sale.
  • A plethora of sensors for health, fitness, and navigation among others from multiple device inputs (cars, wearables, inbody implanted sensors, etc.) will require always on sensors generating continuous streams of data that will need to be absorbed, interpreted, and acted upon by smartphones.
  • Implanted sensors to monitor a wide variety of heath issues in people real time feeding application software on smartphones is also an example that will require devices to be always on and monitoring data streams.

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 10:26:12 AM
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10nm Snapdragon 835 1H17………………………………………………………......................................

Qualcomm extends Samsung Electronics collaboration for 10nm, Snapdragon 835 manufacture

Nov. 17, 2016 9:10 AM ET|About: Samsung Electronics Co.,... (SSNLF)|By: Eric McCaffrey, SA News Editor

Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF), having begun mass 10nm processor fabrication last month and consequently becoming the first within the industry to do so, is capable of producing 10nm chips with 30% greater efficiency, 27% higher performance and 40% lower power consumption over its previous 14nm technology.

Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 835 is at present in production and expected to ship commercially in H1 2017.

Additionally bundled with the development, Qualcomm's fast-charging technology has been upgraded to Quick Charge 4, which will become available with Snapdragon 835. Associated Dual Charge technology will enable 20% faster charging times and up to 30% greater efficiency over the Quick Charge 3.0 predecessor. A five or more hour battery extension for premium smartphones is also claimed on five minutes of charging

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 10:39:23 AM
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LITE PR: "Industry-First Uncooled...Pump Laser"...........................................

Lumentum Introduces Industry-First Uncooled Distributed Feedback 980 nm Pump Laser
Thu November 17, 2016 8:30 AM|GlobeNewswire|About: LITE

GlobeNewswire MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lumentum Holdings Inc. ( LITE) (“Lumentum”) introduced today the T13 Series of 980 nm pump laser modules which are based on an industry-first uncooled distributed feedback (DFB) 980 nm pump laser chip. The T13 family of products combine a high-power DFB diode laser with additional components into an ultra-small form factor, coaxial package. Sample quantities are available now, with volume production in December 2016.

About Lumentum

Lumentum is a market-leading manufacturer of innovative optical and photonic products enabling optical networking and commercial laser customers worldwide. Lumentum’s optical components and subsystems are part of virtually every type of telecom, enterprise, and data center network. Lumentum’s commercial lasers enable advanced manufacturing techniques and diverse applications including next-generation 3D sensing capabilities. Lumentum is headquartered in Milpitas, California with R&D, manufacturing, and sales offices worldwide.

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From: BeenRetired11/17/2016 11:03:18 AM
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NTAP CC: "all flash array business tripled year-over-year"........................................

...while slime streeters "express" "investor" "concerns" (read contort n distort) about 20th HDD hotbox stuff...


In the second quarter, our all flash array business tripled year-over-year to an annualized net revenue run rate of over $1 billion inclusive of all flash FAS, EF and SolidFire product and services. With flash moving from a point solution to a per basis technology, we refreshed our portfolio of ONTAP powered hybrid in all flash arrays in Q2. We also enhanced ONTAP Select to support flash in commodity servers. Our new hybrid array systems expand the requirements of large enterprise data centers to small enterprises and mid-size businesses offer dramatically increased speed and responsiveness compare to our previous hybrid arrays and scale up to 14 petabytes in a single system and out to a 172 petabytes in a Cluster.

Our new all flash systems offer the industries best data management features with up to twice the performance of prior system at half the latency and are designed for easy setup in less than 10 minutes. Our new all flash FAS systems are included in our flash promotion which offers 3X guaranteed performance and a 4:1 guaranteed increase in storage efficiency over competitive disk arrays as well as a risk free upfront trial, free storage controller upgrade and support extension to simplify ongoing operations. The majority of our growth in the All-Flash-Array market is driven by the All-Flash FAS customers are deploying the All-Flash FAS to improve existing infrastructure and processes, lower cost and enhanced flexibility.

A North American Financial Services Company choose the All-Flash FAS to create a modern alternative to their expensive legacy monolithic private channel SAN array from a competitor. Another North American Financial Services Company replaced the competitor's NAS footprint with an All-Flash FAS cluster connected to a disk base cluster with snap log [ph] backup services to create a tiered cloud service model for its next generation file services platform. We’re gaining new customers and new footprint at existing customers with our All-Flash-Array's.

For the first half of calendar 2016 NetApp is the fastest growing SAN [ph] vendor as measured by IDC. A clear indicator that we are moving outside of our traditional installed base and expanding our market opportunity.

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