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Technology Deals That Failed to Get Regulatory Approval

SoftBank announced on Monday the sale of chip designer Arm to Nvidia or as much as $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,93,320 crores) in a deal set to reshape the semiconductor landscape.The deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals including in Britain, the United States and China, will be putting a long-neutral technology vendor to Apple and…

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Technology Deals That Failed to Get Regulatory Approval

SoftBank announced on Monday the sale of chip designer Arm to Nvidia or as much as $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,93,320 crores) in a deal set to reshape the semiconductor landscape.The deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals including in Britain, the United States and China, will be putting a long-neutral technology vendor to Apple and others under the control of a single player.It could face potential pushback from regulators, as the ongoing US-China tech spats have put any global deal in the semiconductor sector under much tighter scrutiny.Below are a list of prominent global deals that collapsed due to regulators’ rejection in the last five years:US President Donald Trump in March, 2018, blocked microchip maker Broadcom’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm on national security grounds. Qualcomm walked away from a $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,23,687 crores) deal to buy NXP Semiconductors after failing to secure Chinese regulatory approval in July, 2018 amidst China-US trade talks. China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), the antitrust regulator reviewing the deal, did not respond to the companies after the deadline for the deal to expire passed. Semiconductor equipment maker Lam in 2016 terminated its $10.6 billion (roughly Rs. 77,966 crores) deal to buy rival KLA-Tencor after the US Department of Justice told the companies it had serious concerns that the deal would harm competition.Some global deals were able to get China’s approval after making some changes or concessions:China approved Google’s $12.5 billion (roughly Rs. 91,941 crores) acquisition of Motorola in 2012 on the condition that Google keep Android free and available without discriminating against any particular device maker for five years. China cleared Japanese trading house Marubeni’s $5.6 billion (roughly Rs. 41,185 crores) purchase of US grain merchant Gavilon in 2013 with stiff conditions such as demanding the two keep separate, independent trading units when selling soybeans to the country. Glencore in 2014 sold a $5.2 billion (roughly Rs. 38,234 crores) mining project in order to win China’s approval for its $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,20,606 crores) takeover of miner Xstrata. Nokia in 2015 had to combine its China business with former Alcatel-Lucent’s in the country for its EUR 5.6 billion (roughly Rs. 48,834 crores) merger with the French company to be approved by China. Beijing also stipulated that local telecoms groups could renegotiate rates on mobile technology patents borrowed from Nokia and Alcatel if they were ever sold on to a third party.  China in 2017 conditionally approved chipmaker Broadcom’s $5.5 billion (roughly Rs. 40,458 crores) acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems.  China approved HP’s $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,091 crores) purchase of Samsung’s printer business with certain restrictions in 2017, citing concerns about the US firm’s dominance of the domestic laser printer market. Bayer secured conditional approval from China’s commerce ministry for its $65 billion (roughly Rs. 478,142 crores) acquisition of the world No. 1 seed company Monsanto in 2018 after agreeing to offload certain assets.© Thomson Reuters 2020Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Tecno Spark Power 2 Air With 6,000mAh Battery, 7-Inch Display Launched in India: Price, Specifications Redmi 9A 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage Variant Launched: Price, Sale Related Stories

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Lenovo Yoga 13s Series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c Laptops With 11th Gen Intel Processors Launched

Lenovo Yoga 13s series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, and Lenovo Yoga 14c laptops have been launched in China. The Yoga 13s series includes the Lenovo Yoga 13s and the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon. The Lenovo Yoga 14s is offered in both Intel and AMD configurations, while the Lenovo Yoga 14c only has Intel. All of…

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Lenovo Yoga 13s Series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c Laptops With 11th Gen Intel Processors Launched

Lenovo Yoga 13s series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, and Lenovo Yoga 14c laptops have been launched in China. The Yoga 13s series includes the Lenovo Yoga 13s and the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon. The Lenovo Yoga 14s is offered in both Intel and AMD configurations, while the Lenovo Yoga 14c only has Intel. All of these laptops are running Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors and come with impressive specifications. The company is calling these its 2021 lineup of laptops.Lenovo Yoga 13s, Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c: PriceThe Lenovo Yoga 13s price starts at CNY 5,499 (roughly Rs. 60,800) while the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon is priced at CNY 6,299 (roughly Rs. 70,000). The Yoga 14s starts at CNY 5,699 (roughly Rs. 63,000) for the Intel configuration and CNY 5,899 (roughly Rs. 65,300) for the AMD Ryzen configuration. Lastly, the Lenovo Yoga 14c starts at CNY 5,999 (roughly Rs. 66,400) for the Core-i5 model and CNY 6,999 (roughly Rs. 77,400) for the Core-i7 model.Pre-orders for all these laptops, except for the Lenovo Yoga 14s Intel version, will start from November 1 and shipping will start from November 11. The Yoga 14s Intel version pre-orders are live and will start shipping from November 1.As of now, there is no information on international availability.Lenovo Yoga 13s series specificationsThe Lenovo Yoga 13s comes with a 13-inch 2.5K display with 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon shared the same specifications but features a carbon fibre body. Both the models have slim bezels and while the Lenovo Yoga 13s comes in a grey variant, the Carbon model comes in white.Lenovo Yoga 14sThe Lenovo Yoga 14s can be equipped with either an Intel 11th Gen Core-i5 1135G7 processor or the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor. It features a 14-inch display with 2,880×1,800 pixels resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. It comes with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for storage. The batter is 61Wh and connectivity options include a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port and two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports. The Intel variant weighs about 1.38kg.Lenovo Yoga 14cThe Lenovo Yoga 14c is offered in two configurations, one with the Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, and the other with a 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU with the same amount of RAM and storage. You also get a webcam above the display, which has slim bezels. It comes in a grey colour option.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. 

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has gone all out for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, telling you what PC components you’ll need to run the game on different graphics settings (low / high / very high / ultra high), resolutions (1080p / 4K), and frame rates (30fps / 60fps).Common specifications across the board include 64-bit Windows 10, a GPU with support for DirectX 12, and 50GB free storage space (SSD recommended). Without further ado, here are the PC system requirements for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, via Ubisoft —Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC minimum system requirementsCPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1Ghz / Intel i5-4460 3.2Ghz GPU: AMD R9 380 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: LowAssassin’s Creed Valhalla PC recommended system requirementsRecommended for 1080p at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2Ghz / Intel i7-4790 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 570 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 1080p at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0Ghz / Intel i7-6700 3.4Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 64 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 2K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7Ghz / Intel i7-7700 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 56 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 2K at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8Ghz / Intel i7-8700K 3.7Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080S 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 4K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6Ghz / Intel i7 9700K 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 2160p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Ultra HighAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is out November 10 on PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, and November 12 (US/AU) and 19 (EU) on the PS5. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil
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Samsung Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD Cards Launched in Four Storage Denominations

Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards…

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Samsung Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD Cards Launched in Four Storage Denominations

Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards are offered in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 264GB storage variants. Both Pro Plus and the Evo Plus will be available from this month.Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards are water-proof, temperature-proof, x-ray-proof, magnet-proof, shock-proof, drop-proof, and wearout-proof. They can withstand drops of up to five metres as well as up to 10,000 swipes, as per Samsung. They come with a 10-year limited warranty.The Pro Plus SD card enables 4K UHD video recording and burst shots. According to Samsung, this makes it an ideal product for professional photographers, cinematographers, and YouTubers. The Evo Plus, meanwhile, promises smooth playback even while editing 4K videos.The SD cards can be used across a wide range of devices including DSLR cameras, mirrorless and compact cameras, camcorders, and PCs. Samsung said that the SD cards have been designed with maximum durability in mind. Both the SD cards have UHS-I interface and a class 10 rating.“For years, consumers around the world have trusted Samsung to deliver high-performance memory cards in a variety of capacities that meet their unique needs,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Samsung’s memory brand product biz team, in a prepared statement. “Samsung has gone beyond that with the Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards, providing additional layers of protective measures to withstand intensive usage and the most rugged conditions.”While Samsung hasn’t announced any pricing details, a report by Engadget says that the 32GB Evo Plus will be priced at $7 (roughly Rs. 513) and the 256GB model at $40 (roughly Rs. 2,931). The Pro Plus, meanwhile, will be available for $10 (roughly Rs. 733) for the 32GB variant and $50 (roughly Rs. 3,665) for the 256GB variant.Flipkart, Amazon have excellent iPhone 11, Galaxy S20+ sale offers, but will they have enough stock? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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