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Apple Invests In Laser Chipmaker

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Great news for Sherman, Texas!

CNBC is reporting Apple is investing $390 million into Finisar, a company that makes chips used by Apple products for depth and proximity sensing.

The company will use the money to reopen a shuttered plant in Sherman, Texas, and create 500 jobs.

More details here:

Finisar will transform a shuttered, 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas, into a high-tech facility developing VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) chips. These chips enable depth and proximity sensing, helping to power some of Apple’s new features, including Face ID, Animoji, and ARKit, which is the set of tools that allow developers to create augmented reality apps. There are three VCSELs in every iPhone X. VCSEL chips also are used in Apple’s AirPods, but those chips are not made by Finisar.
– via CNBC

And as to how Finisar’s products are used…

Finisar’s primary products are transceivers and transponders that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless and cable TV applications. The company, founded in 1988, is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and employs 14,000 people. In addition to Apple, its customers include Cisco, Huawei, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise
– via CNBC

Sounds to me like a ramp up for Apple’s aggressive augmented reality strategy!

Written by turbotodd

December 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Grocery Targets

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Not to be outdone by Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, Target has announced plans to acquire grocery delivery platform Shipt for $550M in cash, according to a report from Recode.

Shipt clients pay $99 a year for unlimited deliveries from a selection of partners that include Harris Teeter, Meijer, and Texas grocery giant H-E-B, and operates in 72 cities currently, with plans to be in 140 markets by the end of next year.

Target plans to join the Shipt online marketplace, while Shipt intends to keep serving its other retail partners. Eventually, Target will offer the Shipt same-day delivery service on Target.com and the Target app.
– via Recode

The deal also marks the latest move by Target to modernize its logistics and fulfillment efforts. The company recently launched its own curbside pickup tests at about 50 stores, after initially working with a startup as a partner in previous years. It is also expanding how many of its stores serve as mini-fulfillment centers to source inventory for online orders. Starting early next year, Target customers who want to order their groceries through the Shipt service will have to pay for a Shipt membership and order through the startup’s website or app. By summer, about half of Target’s 1,800 stores will have joined the Shipt platform; by next holiday season, just all Target stores should be on board.
– via Recode

Written by turbotodd

December 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

IBM and Blue Prism Deliver Digital Workforce Capabilities

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Blue Prism and IBM have joined forces to deliver a secure, scalable and easy-to-use ​D​igital ​W​orkforce for ​e​nterprises worldwide.

Clients across a range of Industry segments are utilizing blue prism to drive Innovation and improve overall customer service.

Walgreens, for example, is now using robotic processing automation to support its HR function, which meets the company’s high standards of security and governance while allowing employees to put more focus on their customers and patients.

With an enterprise-wide automation offering for my ​I​BM and blue prism, organizations can help scale and manage workloads with ​ease​ while freeing up existing employees to spend more time on strategic tasks.

This results in business​es ​having more time to focus on improving customer engagement, ​i​nnovation and accelerating transformation within the business IBM has been working for three years deploying Blue Prism software robots in its own cost saving initiatives in application and infrastructure outsourcing, as well as transforming internal operations. Together IBM and Blue Prism have completed multiple client contracts across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Blue Prism’s Operating System for the Digital Workforce incorporates investments in over a decade of software development and includes insights from more than 450+ global enterprise customers.

These include leading Fortune 500 companies in highly regulated industries, including finance, insurance, utilities, telecom, healthcare, retail and manufacturing. An RPA pioneer & industry leader, Blue Prism pioneered the Digital Workforce Operating System, invented the term RPA in 2012 and was recently acknowledged by MIT Technology Review as one of the 50 smartest companies globally.

Written by turbotodd

December 13, 2017 at 10:43 am

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