TechSummit Rewind 116

This is the TechSummit Rewind, recapping the top technology headlines. Stay tuned later today for a special edition focusing on Microsoft’s Windows 10 event.

Google Access halts Fiber rollout, plans layoffs after CEO Craig Barratt steps down


Google has confirmed that Access CEO Craig Barratt is leaving the company, and Fiber’s rollout to new cities has been halted. Layoffs are also planned.

Barratt will remain an adviser to Alphabet CEO Larry Page, and no replacement has been named.

Apple Q4 2016 earnings: Revenue of $46.9B, 45.5M iPhone sales, 4.9M Mac sales, 9.3M iPad sales


Apple reported revenue of $46.9 billion and earnings of $1.67 per share, shipping 45.5 million iPhones, 9.3 million iPads, and 4.9 million Macs.

Next quarter, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is forecasting revenue between $76-$78 billion.

Google: Pixel pre-order demand exceeded expectations


Some early buyers of the Google Pixel are now being told by Google that their units won’t ship until mid-November due to the initial pre-order demand exceeding expectations.

“We’re thrilled to see the excitement for our new Pixel phones, and frankly pre-order demand has exceeded our expectations. We’re working to restock our inventory as soon as possible.”

-Google, in a statement

Intel launches Atom E9000 processors targeting IoT devices in automotive, industrial, video markets


Intel has announced two new Atom processor lines: the E3900 series for connected devices and wearables and the A3900 for smart auto apps.

The E3900 will be Intel’s IoT workhorse for applications in multiple industries, prioritizing processes to perform itself and which to push to a data center. The series will have quad core processors with up to 2.5GHz of power that can manage graphics on three screens at once.

The A3900 series is dedicated for automotive experiences from in-car infotainment to digital instrument clusters to advanced driver assistant systems. This line won’t be available until Q1 2017.

According to Intel, the company’s already working with companies like Delphi, FAW, Neusoft, and Hikvision.

Samsung Pay adding location based coupons, select in-app purchases, online purchases with MasterPass, expansion to three new markets



Beginning in November, Samsung Pay users in the U.S. will have the option of choosing the mobile wallet as a payment option while shopping in payment apps like Velocity, Raise, Fancy, and Hello Vino. The app will also let you find discounts and coupons offered by nearby stores and restaurants that can be redeemed instantly.

Pay users worldwide will now be able to use Mastercard’s Masterpass digital wallet so they won’t have to type in shipping and payment information for every transaction.

Samsung also announced that Samsung Pay will come to Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand, bringing the service to a total of 10 countries.

Amazon adds 60 new Dash buttons, says orders up five times over last year


Amazon has added 60 buttons to its Dash portfolio of buttons, including notable brands like PopTarts, Folgers, Cheez-it, Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Powerade, and Purell. Amazon is also offering some of its own products, including Basics Batteries and Gift Cards.

Dash orders are up five times over the same time period last year.


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