National / International News

Samsung and Apple: It's complicated

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:00

We’ve been seeing reports that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal for Samsung to supply most of the chips for Apple iPhones and iPads, starting in 2016.

There's no confirmation from Apple, but there’s no denying that Samsung has been a major supplier for Apple, which could be surprising, considering they’re competitors. 

Apple and Samsung have fought in court over patents. But, like many a squabbling couple, they find they need each other.

“It’s a complicated relationship,” says Jon Erensen, research director in the semiconductor group at Gartner.   

Erensen says Samsung needs Apple because it’s a big player, ordering lots of chips. Apple needs Samsung because it can reliably spit out lots of chips for Apple products.

“They want to make sure they don’t create a bottleneck in their supply chain for a key component,” Erensen says.

But how can they be so intertwined, when they seem to hate each other? It’s simple. Samsung has compartmentalized its relationship with Apple.

“It’s different parts of Samsung," says Michael Palma, the IDC research manager for consumer semiconductors. "Samsung is a huge corporation. The chip business is run separately.”

So, while the Samsung division that sells phones may hate Apple, its chip business found a way to Apple’s heart. 







































The number of homeless kids is on the rise

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-18 02:00

A new report on child homelessness in America finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually.

The numbers represent a historic high and the root causes are primarily economic.

The study, published by the National Center on Family Homelessness, finds that as many as one in thirty children are homeless at some time during the year, an increase of 8 percent.

“The largest group is families that are doubled up and living place-to-place. They’re moving in with families and friends, and they’re kind of moving around a lot,” says Carmela DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

DeCandia says part of the reason for the shockingly high numbers is that previous studies on child and family homelessness often didn’t count families living outside the [homeless] shelter system.

High living costs are a particular problem in California, which accounts for more than one-fifth of all homeless children in the country, nearly 527,000.

According to the report, California's high cost of living means an average two-bedroom apartment in California costs $28/hour in income.

“Which means that that even if you had two parents working at minimum wage, they would still not be able to afford that kind of apartment,” notes Colette Auerswald, a pediatrician and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Minimum wage in California is $8/hr.

Auerswald says homeless children need to become a funding priority for state and federal agencies, much like chronically homeless adults and homeless veterans. 

'Infected' kidney op death inquest

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:58
An inquest into the death of two men who died after having a kidney transplant allegedly infected with a parasitic worm begins in Cardiff.

More English patients with Welsh GPs

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:57
More English patients are registered with GPs in Wales than vice versa, a top NHS official tells MPs.

Rochester campaign enters last days

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:55
The campaign for the by-election in Rochester enters its last 48 hours, as the BBC's Norman Smith talks to all candidates for the seat.

Baby loss mum wakes from 19-day coma

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:27
A woman, who ambulance crews had difficulty reaching in a locked high-rise building, wakes up from a coma 19 days after prematurely giving birth to twin girls who later died.

India guru devotees in police clash

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:27
Thousands of supporters of a controversial Hindu guru clash with police outside his ashram in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

Why is Japan heading to the polls?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a parliamentary election two years ahead of schedule. The BBC's explains why he chose to do this and what it might mean.

McCoy admits defeat in 300 wins chase

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:22
Champion jockey AP McCoy admits his quest for a record 300 season winners is likely to have been ended by injury.

House prices 'up 12.1% in a year'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 01:05
House price growth accelerated to 12.1% in the year to the end of September, official figures show, despite other surveys suggesting a slowdown.

Small teams want Abu Dhabi meeting

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:57
Formula 1's smaller teams want to meet boss Bernie Ecclestone to discuss how the sport's revenues are distributed.

VIDEO: S Club 7 on 'amazing' comeback

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:55
S Club 7 are back together after reuniting to perform on Children in Need.

UK inflation rate rises to 1.3%

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:51
UK inflation rose to an annual rate of 1.3% in October, up from 1.2% in the previous month, official figures show.

VIDEO: Libya's hashtag of hope

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:50
How a murdered teenager became a Libyan symbol of hope

Watchdog ranks GP surgeries by risk

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:48
Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission ranks almost every GP surgery in England in terms of risk of providing poor care.

Vape is 2014's word of the year

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:45
The people behind Oxford Dictionaries have picked vape because of the huge rise in popularity of e-cigs.

Premier League faces TV rights probe

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:12
Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the Premier League sells live TV media rights for Premier League football matches.

Rapist compared to Guildford Four

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-18 00:02
The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland comes to the defence of convicted rapist and former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.

Ouch talk show 113: Did you say 'inspiration porn'?

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-17 23:57
Why disabled people don't always want to be admired

Charge in dead boy racist slur probe

BBC - Mon, 2014-11-17 23:56
Two people are accused of spraying racist graffiti hours after a black teenager was found dead in Merseyside.