Lockheed Martin has received a $26.3 million contract from the US government to develop laser-based weapons for Air Force fighter jets. The Air Force is hoping to test the laser weapons by 2021, after which they'll be used in a defensive manner against enemy weapons.
Twitter has launched a $99/month tool that lets users promote their content. Known as "Promote Mode," the subscription is first rolling out in beta form in the United States and UK. Users paying for promotion will see their tweets and profile show up in other users' feeds.
Telltale Games is restructuring and it's laying off 25% of its workforce as a result. The studio, which is known for series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, says 90 people will lose their positions. It's decided to reduce its staff so that it can be "more competitive."
Apple is facing a lawsuit from Corephotonics, an Israeli company, over its alleged infringement on patents covering dual lens camera technology. The lawsuit claims the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus violated four patents. Corephotonics says it discussed this issue with Apple.
As Apple experiences a significant increase in revenue in India, one of its suppliers for the region is announcing an expansion of its operations. Wistron, which assembles iPhones, will grow its operations in India with a new manufacturing facility. It's looking for a location.
Twitter has apologized to users for a bug that led to an absence of results for terms like "bisexual." It says an error was discovered with its search system that led to photo and search results being blocked for affected terms. Posts were inaccurately treated as sensitive.
Tencent, the Chinese owner of WeChat and primary owner of League of Legends, is said to be working on its own autonomous vehicle system. Bloomberg reports it has a working prototype that's being tested internally. The existence of this system doesn't come as a surprise.
Tesla has acquired Perbix, a longtime supplier that's based its manufacturing operations around automated systems. The purchase will help Tesla boost its own manufacturing capabilities, specifically those utilizing robots. Tesla is focused on heavily automated production.
Walmart has picked an interesting way to talk about the popularity of Walmart Pay, its mobile payment service. It claims the service is on its way to overtaking Apple Pay, though it comes to that position based on the percentage of eligible users either service has.
A long-term health study called All of Us, which is run by the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH), will use fitness devices from Fitbit to collect data on Americans. The All of Us program aims to collect information, like biological and lifestyle data, from a million people.
A game streaming service that doesn't require a console may launch from Microsoft by 2020, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Speaking with Bloomberg, he said the company will "probably" come out with a streaming option for "some types of content in the next three years."
Leaked documents known as the Paradise Papers reveal Apple seemingly shifted its tax reduction practices to the island of Jersey after there was a crackdown against Irish tax shelters. The island, though a "dependency" of the UK, doesn't typically tax corporate income.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled this summer that a de-indexing decision against Google should be applied all around the globe, not just in Canada. A US federal judge has now ruled the court's decision doesn't have any applicability within the United States.
Apple is going to let developers on the App Store offer their users discounts on in-app subscriptions so long as those subscriptions are created with auto-pay enabled. This new discount option was discussed in iOS 11.2's beta release notes. iOS 11.2 doesn't have a release date.
The high-end iPhone X should do well in the Chinese smartphone market, predicts IDC. Apple has recently seen an increase in revenue and phone sales in the region, attributable to the iPhone 8 series. In its report, IDC notes this suggests there's clear demand for iPhones.
Samsung's appeal of a $120 million patent ruling in Apple's favor has been rejected by the US Supreme Court. The Court decided to retain a 2016 US Court of Appeals decision upholding the position that Samsung infringed on Apple's patents and should pay the full amount.
Intel and AMD are joining forces for the first time since the 1980s to produce a chip that'll combine an Intel processor with an AMD graphics unit. They're aiming to offer a product that's a better competitor to those delivered by Nvidia. The chip will be targeted at gamers.
Uber is donating $5 million to a group of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence. Along with giving money to those groups, it's implementing a training program for employees and is using in-app messaging to educate drivers and riders.
Microsoft intends to grow the Xbox video game market by coming out with more of its own software. Xbox chief Phil Spencer says the company will open more of its own studios or it'll acquire them. It had previously moved towards closing studios and cancelling games.
Xiaomi itself couldn't think of having such successful year, but latest information suggests that it has shipped 70 million smartphones already this year. This means it has achieved its smartphone shipment target for the year with a couple of months left.