China Bans Officials from Using iPhones and Other Foreign Devices at Work

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Wednesday that Chinese government officials have been ordered not to use Apple iPhones and other foreign devices for work, potentially inflicting a major blow on sales of those devices in China, whose titanic government bureaucracy employs a sizable portion of the population.

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Nvidia Builds Toned Down Microchips to Be Sold in China

Hardware giant Nvidia, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microchips and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), has released a new, slightly less powerful version of its mainstream chips to comply with restrictions on microchip sales in China.

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Chinese Company Behind TikTok to Make Computer Chips

ByteDance, the Chinese corporation that owns the video microblogging platform TikTok, announced this week that it will begin designing and producing its own computer chips with an eye toward chipsets that will maximize the performance of the company’s video software.

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Shanghai Lockdown Causes Toyota to Halt Production at 8 Plants

Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend the operation of 14 production lines across eight factories in Japan for nearly one week later this month as part of the Japanese automaker’s effort to cope with a microchip shortage caused by a month-plus Chinese coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai, China, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

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China: Lockdown Victims Running Out of Food While Regime Worries About Computer Chips

Chinese Communist Party authorities have seemingly prioritized microchips over hungry citizens this week, according to two reports published by the state-run Global Times on Tuesday, which reveal the Party ensured semiconductor production continued unabated in Shanghai during its latest lockdown to contain the Chinese coronavirus while simultaneously failing to provide sufficient food to residents of northeastern China’s Changchun city during its own lockdown.

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IOU 1 Microchip: Ford to Ship Explorer SUVs Missing Chips Due to Shortage

Ford will reportedly soon begin shipping some Ford Explorers without the chips that control rear air conditioning and heating controls among other features not considered critical. The decision to ship vehicles missing chips is the latest development in the ongoing worldwide microchip shortage that is plaguing automakers and manufacturers of all types.

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More Microchip Headaches: Ukraine Halts Half of World’s Neon Output

Ukraine’s two leading suppliers of neon have halted their operations as Russia continues its attacks on the country. Neon is an essential component in microchips which were already struggling with severe shortages, harming American businesses in sectors ranging from consumer appliances to auto manufacturing.

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Taiwan Claims Malfunction, Not Sabotage, Behind Giant Blackout

An electricity blackout that affected nearly 5.5 million households and businesses across Taiwan on Thursday was caused by a “human error” that resulted in an equipment malfunction at a power plant managed by the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), Taiwan government officials announced late Thursday local time.

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‘Silicon Heartland:’ Intel Chooses Ohio to Build Largest Chip Factory ‘on the Planet’

Computer chip maker Intel will reportedly be investing $20 billion to develop a new chip manufacturing site in New Albany, Ohio. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told TIME in an interview that the chipmaker expects the location to become “the largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet,” adding that the plant could expand to 2,000 acres. Gelsinger said that the new site could become the “Silicon Heartland.”

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Canon Tells Customers How to Defeat Printer Ink DRM as Chip Shortage Continues

Printer giant Canon has begun telling customers how to bypass their ink cartridge DRM technology as the global chip shortage has resulted in the company being unable to manufacture ink cartridges with the appropriate DRM chips. The ink cartridge DRM tech is a key component of Canon’s business as it discourages customers from using third-party ink cartridges in their printers.

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