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Google vows support for Asian startups in 2022

Google for Startups Accelerator programs and more

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After a record year for venture funding across the Asia Pacific, Google for Startups is keen on working with all relevant stakeholders in the startup community in the region.

This includes working with venture capital firms, startup founders, and even governments as Google for Startups is launching Accelerator programs in 2022 in India, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

This will provide support and mentorship for growing startups. Likewise, the new Startup Academy Program which has just launched in Indonesia will coach early-stage startups.

Google is also partnering with different sectors through initiatives like Women Founders Academy, Project Hatcher (Taiwan), and Startups & FinTechs programme with Cyberport (Hong Kong).

Overall, these projects aim at helping digital economies grow further while moving technology forward.

Moving with startups’ trends

As of April 2021, almost 200 startups valued at US$ 1 billion or more are based in the Asia Pacific, second only to the United States (290) and ahead of Europe (69).

These include Grab which is popular in Southeast Asia and Japan’s CogSmart which focuses on dementia prevention.

And with the on-going COVID-19 situation, Google has estimated that about 60 million people across the region have become digital consumers – using at least one online service since the pandemic started.

The situation also paved the way for even more startups, like India’s Zyla health technology company and BrainSightAi, Indonesia’s Kata.ai, Singapore’s Shoplinks, and the Philippines’ Advance.

Given the current trends, Google is promising Asian startups that the tech giant is providing all the necessary opportunities needed to grow and utilize technology for the region and beyond.

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Qualcomm plans to buy Arm with its rivals

It’s a consortium of companies

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For NVIDIA, Arm is its greatest the-one-that-got-away story. For months, the chip company worked on an acquisition plan for Arm. However, those plans eventually fell flat. SoftBank, Arm’s current holders, is still focused on getting a buyer for the asset. Now, a party led by Qualcomm is emerging as another potential suitor.

“A party” is, of course, an understatement, in this case. According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm is banding with other chipmakers (see also: their rivals) to each purchase a tiny bit of Arm. While a singular consortium of companies will buy the company, everyone will grab a minority stake in Arm. Of note, Samsung proposed the same deal years ago. Obviously, that old plan didn’t pan out well for either company.

Today’s renewed efforts, however, come after NVIDIA’s failure. NVIDIA reportedly backed out of its plans because acquiring Arm would have stifled competition in the market.

On the other hand, Qualcomm’s plan directly addresses this concern since everyone will own Arm. With enough companies in the consortium, it will end up with the “net effect that ARM is independent,” according to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon.

Currently, it’s unclear whether the plan has any traction. It will require a lot of cooperation between several companies just to form a consortium. If anything, Samsung might go with the idea since the South Korean company proposed the same previously.

SEE ALSO: Nvidia planning to drop Arm acquisition plans

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Samsung is increasing the prices of its chipsets

Others have already accepted

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Shortages are still plaguing the tech industry. Because of various lockdowns throughout the past few years, new devices haven’t met the surge of demand from consumers. Besides not delivering devices, companies also deal with a loss in profit. Inevitably, that lost profit would rear its head in another way. Samsung, a major player in the chipmaking industry, has decided to up its chipset prices.

First reported by Bloomberg, Samsung is renegotiating the prices of its chipsets. If successful, the company’s clients will reportedly pay between 15 to 20 percent more to get their components. Additionally, chips made on legacy nodes will likely pay more in the end.

According to the report, some clients, currently unnamed, have already agreed to the price increase. Others are still in the process of negotiations. Though it’s certainly more expensive, the current forecast speculates that most clients will likely take the new deal. For one, other companies have already upped their prices as well. Samsung isn’t alone. However, the South Korean company has an advantage: more high-tech machines resulting in better chips and faster production.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there. While some clients have already accepted, there is no indication as to who will ultimately shoulder the brunt of the price increase. Will this mean more expensive devices in the future, or will companies graciously take a lesser margin of profit?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Love at first touch

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Qualcomm unveils its plans for Wi-Fi 7

Can reach up to 33Gbps speeds

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The transition from 5G to 6G shouldn’t be the only thing we’re excited for. Companies are also working on huge improvements for Wi-Fi. Because of the ongoing popularity of 5G, not a lot of the spotlight was shone on the current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E standards. However, home internet is just as important. Now, the future wants to make things even faster. Qualcomm has announced the next chips to introduce Wi-Fi 7.

Recently, the company officially revealed the Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series. The lineup will eventually don the future of routers for a variety of environments including home and enterprise use. According to Qualcomm, the chips will reach speeds of up to 33Gbps with stabler connections and lesser interference. They will support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz channels.

For reference, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E can reach only up to 9.6Gbps speeds. Though the jump is certainly dramatic, reaching higher speeds is crucial in today’s time when 4K streaming is quickly becoming a norm.

Of course, patience is key. Amid Qualcomm’s announcement, Wi-Fi 7 isn’t exactly here yet. Both networks and router makers haven’t released any products for the standard. However, some sources, like MediaTek, are currently predicting 2023 as a target date for the new standard’s launch in some capacity.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

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