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Nvidia in Advanced Talks to Acquire SoftBank-owned Chip Maker ARM For $32 Billion

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Buying ARM would consolidate graphics giant Nvidia’s position at the centre of the semiconductor industry.

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  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 11:05 AM IST

US chip-maker Nvidia is reportedly in advance talks to acquire SoftBank-owned UK chip company ARM in a cash-and-stock deal worth at least $32 billion. According to a report in the Financial Times on Friday citing sources, the talks began after “Nvidia approached SoftBank, which has been pursuing a series of other asset sales, about a potential acquisition”. The proposed deal includes “both cash and stock and that it valued ARM at above the $32bn price that SoftBank paid for the business in 2016”. Both Nvidia and ARM did not comment on the report. The British chip designer powers major mobile processor from companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and Huawei.

Apple last month confirmed its break up with Intel chips for ARM chips in its Mac desktops, announcing it will transition the Mac to its world-class custom silicon to deliver industry-leading performance and powerful new technologies. Buying ARM would consolidate graphics giant Nvidia’s position at the centre of the semiconductor industry. SoftBank bought ARM for $31 billion in 2016. Microsoft makes an ARM-based Surface laptop and a version of Windows designed for ARM. According to The Verge, Nvidia would make an interesting owner for ARM. While Nvidia is the leader for GPUs, it has little to do with CPU design or mobile hardware.

Nvidia said this week it delivered the world’s fastest Artificial Intelligence (AI) training performance among commercially available chips, a feat that will help big enterprises tackle the most complex challenges in AI, data science and scientific computing. Nvidia A100 GPUs and DGX SuperPOD systems were declared the world’s fastest commercially available products for AI training, according to MLPerf benchmarks. The A100 Tensor Core GPU demonstrated the fastest performance per accelerator on all eight MLPerf benchmarks.



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JioMeet Hits New Milestone by Hosting 3.2 Lakh Viewers Across 42 Countries at RIL AGM 2020

JioMeet, India’s first and only cloud-based video conferencing service, reached a new milestone during the Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries Limited. With a massive number of shareholders tuning in to the RIL AGM 2020 earlier today, JioMeet played the role of a facilitator for thousands across the world, setting a new milestones for Indian video conferencing services. During the meeting, JioMeet hosted over 3.21 lakh viewers on its platform simultaneously, spread across 468 cities in 42 countries around the world. This marks a major milestone for JioMeet, and stands as ultimate proof of its scalability, versatility and efficiency.

Ahead of making key business announcements, Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, stated that JioMeet has received over 5 million downloads across platforms in just a few weeks following its public release. This marks JioMeet as one of the fastest growing video conferencing platforms in India, and further establishes the credentials of a service that has been entirely built in India, for use by Indians. Ambani further underlined that JioMeet was built within just two weeks from scratch by developers working at Jio Platforms.

This cements JioMeet’s stature as one of the very best video conferencing services, in line with the biggest names in video conferencing services around the world. JioMeet has not only heeded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vocal for local and Aatmanirbhar Bharat calls, but also produced a product that is right in line with the very best and established names around the world. The platform provides the ability to host up to 100 active participants, thereby also being an app that can be used by companies to host cross-team video conferences across teams.

JioMeet offers apps for various platforms such as Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and even web browsers, and can be accessed by many users from anywhere in the world. With today’s milestone, JioMeet has underlined its ability to host thousands of viewers for long duration video conferences, making its pledge as a world class made in India service even stronger.

Disclaimer:News18.com is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.


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OnePlus TV 32Y1 vs Mi TV 4A Pro 32 vs Realme Smart TV 32: Comparing The Best 32-inch Android TVs

OnePlus has now entered the affordable smart TV space in India by launching its new Y-Series of televisions in two sizes – 32-inch and 43-inch. The OnePlus 32Y1 features a 32-inch HD panel, and is priced at Rs 12,999. The OnePlus 43Y1, meanwhile, features a 43-inch full HD display and is priced at Rs 22,999.

This puts the company in direct competition with Xiaomi and Realme, both of which have similar offerings. So let’s the have a comparison of the entry-level 32-inch variants

OnePlus TV 32Y1

The OnePlus 32Y1 features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution HD panel. The TV runs on OnePlus’ custom Oxygen Play UI, which is based on Google’s Android TV 9.0 – the same firmware that runs on the OnePlus Q series TVs. In terms of audio, it features two 10W speakers with support for Dolby audio. The TV also offers 93% DCI-P3 panel, dialogue enhancer, in-built Chromecast and OnePlus Connect that lets you control the TV using a OnePlus smartphone.

As for hardware, it is powered by a 64-bit processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage. As for the ports, the OnePlus 32Y1 comes with two USB ports, two HDMI (one with ARC support), an ethernet port, standard RF and AV ports, optical audio, and 3.5mm audio jack. There is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 onboard.

Price: 12,999

Mi TV 4A Pro 32

Xiaomi has been ahead of the game and offers a variety of smart TV models in India. One of the most affordable ones is the Mi TV 4A Pro 32-inch model which comes with a similar 1366 x 768-pixel resolution HD panel backed up by the company’s 7th-gen imaging engine. The TV also features a quad-core Amlogic processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage. On the software front, the TV offers the option to switch between Android TV or its proprietary Patchwall interface. Patchwall brings content from various OTT applications and set-top boxes at a single place along with the option of universal search.

The Mi TV 4A Pro runs on the latest Android TV 9 update that it received last year October bringing apps like Netflix and Prime Video, in addition to apps like Hotstar, Zee5, YouTube and more. Just like the OnePlus TV, you get integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant. For audio, the TV comes with 10W x 2 stereo speakers tuned by dts-HD. As for ports, the Mi TV comes with three HDMI ports, an AV input, two USB ports, 3.5mm audio out, and an Ethernet port. There is also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Price: Rs 12,499

Realme Smart TV 32

Realme recently entered the Indian smart TV market with the launch of two variants, a 32-inch and a 43-inch model. Realme has also used a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution HD panel with a proprietary Chroma Boost Picture Engine. The TV is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor with built-in ARM Cortex A53 CPU and Mali-470 MP3 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. This one also comes with Android TV 9 so you get access to all Google services including Google Assistant and Play Store.

The TV comes with built-in apps like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video as well as support for Chromecast. As for audio, there are 24W quad stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. Connectivity-wise, the Realme TV offers Wi-Fi, Infrared, DLNA, Bluetooth 5.0, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, SPDIF, DVB-T2 (Digital TV interface), and Ethernet.

Price: Rs 12,999


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Google Duo Now Lets You Make Video Calls With up to 32 People

Google Duo for web has been updated to officially support up to 32 participants on a single video call. The information was shared by Senior Director of Product and Design, Sanaz Ahari Lemelson, who also said that the update is starting to roll with the latest version of Chrome Web browser. A screenshot shared by Lemelson shows 19 people on one screen in a group video call.

Back in May, Google had announced that it will finally bring group video calling to the web version of Duo. It had also announced a new Family mode for Duo at a time when people are becoming more dependent on such apps for communication while maintaining social distancing.

Google had also updated the mobile version of Duo in April to bring support for up to 12 participants in a single video call. During the announcement, Dave Citron, Group Product Manager, Google Duo had said, “Every week, over 10 million new people are signing up for Duo, and in many countries, call minutes have increased by more than ten-fold.”

To use Google Duo on the web, just head over to duo.google.com. Assuming you are using Chrome version 83.0.4103.106 and have signed into Chrome with your Google account. It should take a minute to sync your contacts before listing them. There should also be a ‘Create Group’ button on the left. Click on the button to add people to your group call and get a shareable link as well. Add the participants or share the link to start the video call.


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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Estimated to Sell 32 Million Units in 2020

Reputed TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Samsung to sell around 32 million units of the recently launched Galaxy S20 in 2020, which compared to the previous-generation models is not much. According to Kuo, Samsung sold around 36-38 million Galaxy S10 models last year, news portal GizmoChina reported. Interestingly, the report from Kuo contradicts what Counterpoint Research firm which said that the newly launched Galaxy S20 will outsell its predecessor.

Galaxy S20 smartphone price in India is set at Rs 66,999, while S20+ price is set at Rs 73,999 and the Galaxy S20 Ultra will cost Rs 92,999. In terms of specifications, Galaxy S20 comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink colours; Galaxy S20+ comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black and Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black colours.

The Galaxy S20 series comes with a 25W fast charger (S20 Ultra supports 45W superfast charging). S20 houses 4000mAh battery, S20+ has 4,500mAh battery while Ultra has a huge 5,000mAh battery. The entire series is equipped with massive storage as standard, S20 in 128GB variant LTE version with 8GB variant while S20+ and S20 Ultra in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants.

S20 and S20+ have a triple camera system at the rear with main 64MP camera and a 10MP selfie shooter while S20 Ultra has main 108MP camera and 40MP front camera. The S20 Ultra takes things a step further with the option to shift dynamically between a high-resolution 108MP mode and a 12MP mode, thanks to “nona-binning” technology which combines nine pixels into one at the sensor level.