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A customer tries his Vision Pro at the launch of the product at a store in Los Angeles on Friday.
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 4, 2024
Vision Pro headset is Apple's next Mac and TV combined
The $3,500 headset, which blends 3D content with a view of the outside world, landed in the company’s physical U.S. stores on Friday.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 6, 2023
ChatGPT-owner OpenAI is exploring making its own AI chips: sources
Obstacles include a shortage of the advanced processors and the 'eye-watering' costs associated with running the hardware.
The U.S. is expanding import restrictions for Nvidia AI chips to include some countries in the Middle East, the firm has said.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 31, 2023
U.S. curbs AI chip exports from Nvidia to parts of Middle East
A similar move announced last year signaled an escalation of the U.S. crackdown on China's technological capabilities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
May 5, 2023
Apple stakes future growth on emerging markets, starting with India
For Apple, selling an iPhone in an emerging market represents more than just the sale of one device — it represents the chance to get consumers hooked.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
May 4, 2023
China's AI industry barely slowed by U.S. chip export rules
The rules restricted shipments of Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices chips that have become the global technology industry"s standard for developing chatbots and other AI systems.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 26, 2023
Inside Meta's scramble to catch up on AI
Despite high-profile investments in AI research, Meta had been slow to adopt expensive AI-friendly hardware and software systems, hobbling its ability to keep pace with innovation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2023
For tech giants, AI such as Bing and Bard poses billion-dollar search problem
Executives across the technology sector are talking about how to operate AI such as ChatGPT while accounting for the high expense.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 28, 2021
U.S. senators and pro-China business lobby at odds over chip subsidy bill
A key goal of the funding is to bring the world's most advanced chip plants to the United States, but only foreign firms have the technology to do that.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 25, 2021
At Epic vs. Apple's closing, judge probes implications of upending Apple's App Store
To make her decision, U.S. Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will have to wade through 4,500 pages of testimony, a process she said could take months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Feb 28, 2021
How idled car factories supercharged a push for U.S. chip subsidies
For years, chip industry executives and U.S. government officials have been concerned about the slow drift of costly chip factories to Taiwan and Korea.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 22, 2020
With ‘next level’ battery tech, Apple targets autonomous car by 2024
Making a vehicle represents a supply chain challenge even for Apple, a company with deep pockets that makes hundreds of millions of electronics products each year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 23, 2020
Apple switches to own chips for Macs as it adds features and privacy controls
Apple Inc. on Monday said it will switch to its own chips for its Mac computers, saying the first machines will ship this year, ending a nearly 15-year reliance on Intel Corp. to supply processors for its flagship laptops and desktops.

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