Texas Instruments to Lay Off 1,700 As It Winds Down Mobile
Texas Instruments today announced plans to reduce its head count by about 1,700 employees. Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would scale back its mobile processor business. Today's head count reduction is one of the first major steps in executing that plan. Moving forward, Texas Instruments will focus its OMAP processor business on embedded devices, rather than smartphones and tablets. The company has lost ground in recent years to Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple.
Review: IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo
The iRig Pro Duo from IK Multimedia lets musicians plug two musical instruments or microphones into their mobile device for recording whatever you care to record. This flexible piece of hardware works hand-in-hand with IK Multimedia's own software, as well as third-party recording apps.
Synaptics Says A 'Top Five' Phone Company to Use Its Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader
Synaptics today said of the five largest phone manufacturers in the world has agreed to use its Clear ID FS9500 optical, in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 can scan fingerprints through the full thickness of smartphone cover glass, which means device makers can create sleek, button-free designs and still include a fingerprint reader on the front.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
Yahoo Forms Committee to Look at Strategic Alternatives
Yahoo today said it has formed a committee of board members to head up its exploration of strategic alternatives. Earlier this month, Yahoo announced its intent to weigh changes to its core business in order to regain financial footing.