PC Parts Shortages Are an Issue Again — Just Ask HP and Dell

As consumers and schools keep snapping up notebooks, component shortages are once more becoming a problem for the PC industry.

On Tuesday afternoon, HP Inc.  (HPQ) – Get Report and Dell Technologies  (DELL) – Get Report — two of the world’s three biggest PC suppliers, along with Lenovo — both disclosed on their earnings calls that they’re seeing PC component shortages.

“We exited the quarter with an elevated [PC] backlog and continue to operate with component supply shortages which are expected to constrain our growth through the first half of 2021,” said HP CEO Enrique Lores. Later, acting CFO Marie Myers added that HP’s PC growth remains constrained by “industry-wide supply shortages” of CPUs and display panels.

Likewise, Dell COO Jeff Clarke said his firm is dealing with LCD-related shortages — both for LCD panels and chips such as timing controllers and display drivers.

The remarks

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Biden names Kerry as U.S. climate envoy, emphasizing diplomacy’s role in the issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden named former Secretary of State John Kerry as special climate envoy, his transition team said on Monday, a sign that Biden is putting the issue at the center of his foreign policy.

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks by video feed during the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention as participants from across the country are hosted over video links from the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 18, 2020. 2020 Democratic National Convention/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Kerry, whose appointment does not require U.S. Senate confirmation, will have a seat on the National Security Council in the White House, the transition team said, marking the first time an official in that body will be dedicated to the climate issue.

Biden has pledged to reverse course on climate from President Donald Trump,

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Apple iPhone 12 Green Tinted Display Issue To Be Addressed In New Update

KEY POINTS

  • Some iPhone 12 series device owners have complained of display problems
  • The issue is similar to the one that affected iPhone 11 series displays earlier this year
  • Apple has already acknowledged the problem and is working on a fix

Apple has acknowledged the existence of a display issue in the iPhone 12 series of handsets and is already working on a software fix for the problem.

Several iPhone 12 series device users have complained of display problems, including flickering and a green tint appearing on the screen during certain situations. The issue affects all four models – the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – and is said to appear whenever the brightness levels are set to 90% and below.

Some who encounter the said problem say the tint is “yellow,” not green. Regardless of color, however, the problem is there

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Ericsson Takes Issue With Swedish Ban on Huawei: FT | Technology News

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Ericsson’s CEO said Sweden’s decision to ban China’s Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks restricts free competition and trade, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

Swedish telecoms regulator PTS earlier this month halted 5G spectrum auctions after a court suspended parts of its decision that had excluded Huawei from 5G networks over national security risks.

The Swedish telecoms gear maker’s CEO Borje Ekholm said it was important to have open markets and free competition.

“I belong in that category that believes competition makes us longer term a better company. It may be painful shorter term but longer term it drives us to be more innovative and make better products for our customers,” he told the FT.

Ericsson has won contracts from all three major operators in China to supply radio equipment for 5G networks, while Nokia has not won any 5G radio contracts in the highly competitive

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Upper stage issue causes Arianespace launch failure, costing 2 satellites

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Enlarge / Technicians lower one of the doomed satellites into the Vega’s payload hardware.

An overnight launch of Arianespace’s Vega rocket failed after reaching space, costing France and Spain an Earth-observing satellite each. The failure represents the second in two years after Vega had built up a spotless record over its first six years of service.

The Vega is designed for relatively small satellites, typically handling total weights in the area of about 1,000 kilograms, though it can lift heavier items into lower orbits or take lighter ones higher. The trip to space is powered by a stack of three solid rocket stages; once in space, a reignitable liquid-fueled rocket can perform multiple burns that take payloads to specific orbits.

Vega had started off with a flawless launch record, averaging about two a year for its first six years of service before a solid booster failure caused the first loss

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December issue SLAS Technology features ‘advances in technology to address COVID-19’

Oak Brook, IL – The December issue of SLAS Technology is a special collection featuring the cover article, “Advances in Technology to Address COVID-19” by editors Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., (National University of Singapore), Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D., (The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA) and Xianting Ding, Ph.D., (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China).

The December special issue houses a collection of articles addressing COVID-19 caused by a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic demands the urgent need to diagnose and treat the disease globally. Research and development of new technologies and therapeutics have remained a pressing need in order to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. This special collection focuses on the advancing technological innovations being used to address the novel disease.

The special collection includes seven articles of original research, in addition to two reviews and the featured cover article.

Original research articles include:

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Mac users couldn’t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issue

Many Mac users reported that their computers have been running slower than usual on Thursday — including a number of Verge staffers — with apps launching slowly or not at all, alongside other Apple service issues.





© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge


It appears that the problem is due to many people rushing to download macOS Big Sur, which was officially released today, which in turn seems to have crashed Apple’s OCSP (online certificate status protocol) service — which is used for several key aspects of macOS, including validating digital certificates for both Apple and third-party software on the Mac, as Ars Technica reports.

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SpaceX seeks to fly unproven rocket, put engine issue to rest

SpaceX has not launched a brand-new rocket since June, when it boosted a GPS III satellite for the US Space Force on a Falcon 9 rocket. Since that time the company has launched several commercial missions and its own Starlink satellites on a variety of previously flown rockets, and they were all successful.

However, when the company tried to launch a new Falcon 9 first stage on October 2—this was for yet another GPS satellite, named GPS III-04—the attempt was scrubbed at T-2 seconds. Later, SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann explained that two of the rocket’s nine first-stage engines ignited early during the early October launch attempt, and this triggered an automatic abort of the engines.

This problem was eventually traced to a tiny bit of lacquer used during a metal-treatment process that was supposed to be removed before flight but was not. Now the company believes it has addressed the problem,

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Shining a light on the issue of wine fraud

Shining a light on the issue of wine fraud
Credit: University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide wine researchers are developing a fast and simple method of authenticating wine—a potential solution against the estimated billions of dollars’ worth of wine fraud globally, but also offering a possible means of building regional branding.


The team of scientists were able to identify the geographical origins of wines originating from three wine regions of Australia and from Bordeaux in France with 100% accuracy with a novel technique of molecular fingerprinting using “fluorescence spectroscopy,” a technology that analyzes fluorescence of molecules.

“Wine fraud is a significant problem for the global wine industry, given a yearly economic impact within Australia alone estimated at several hundred million dollars, and globally thought to be in the billions of dollars,” says Ruchira Ranaweera, Ph.D. student in the University’s Waite Research Institute, who conducted the research.

“Wine authentication can help to avoid any uncertainty around wine labeling according to

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With SpaceX rocket issue sorted, NASA ready to send four astronauts to ISS

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NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who constitute the crew of NASA’s Crew-1 mission, inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.


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SpaceX and NASA say they’ve sorted out a hiccup seen recently in a Falcon 9 rocket and are aiming to send four astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on Nov. 14.

On Oct. 2, a planned Falcon 9 launch of a US Space Force GPS satellite was automatically aborted just a few seconds before liftoff. An ensuing investigation revealed that two of the rocket’s nine Merlin engines had attempted to start early, triggering the automatic abort.

In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX vice president for build and flight reliability, explained that the abort

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