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.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
Samsung Combines Some U.S. Operations
Samsung took several steps today to further streamline operations across its various businesses. In the U.S., Samsung has consolidated the sales organizations of Samsung Electronics America and Samsung Telecommunications America, which oversee distribution of the company's consumer electronics and mobile devices, respectively.
Sony to Reign In and Reduce Its Smartphone Business
Sony today announced its intent to transform its smartphone business with a eye on making it a profitable operation. The company, in effect, admitted its goal of becoming the world's number three smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple was perhaps too ambitious.