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June 19, 2024 3:58 PM

US pushing Netherlands, Japan to restrict more chipmaking equipment to China, source says

A U.S. official was headed to Japan after meeting with the Dutch government in an effort to push allies to further crack down on China's ability to produce cutting-edge semiconductors, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. Alan Estevez, the U.S. export policy chief, was again trying to build on a 2023 agreement between the three countries to keep chipmaking equipment from China that could modernize its military. The U.S. first imposed sweeping restrictions in 2022 on shipm...

June 13, 2024 1:43 PM

AI-powered Apple overtakes Microsoft as world’s most valuable company

Apple once again became the world's most valuable company on Wednesday, dethroning Microsoft from the top spot, as the iPhone maker pushed ahead in a race to dominate artificial intelligence technology. Its shares jumped nearly 4% to a record $215.04, giving it a market valuation of $3.29 trillion. Microsoft's market capitalization stood at $3.24 trillion, falling behind Apple for the first time in five months. The stock surge comes as the tech-heavy Nasdaq hit a record high on fresh signs of ...

June 12, 2024 2:16 PM

How Apple used Google’s help to train its AI models

On stage on Monday CEO Tim Cook's Apple announced a splashy deal with OpenAI to include its powerful artificial intelligence model as a part of its voice assistant, Siri. But in the fine print of a technical document Apple published after the event, the company makes clear that Alphabet's Google has emerged as another winner in the Cupertino, California, company's quest to catch up in AI. To build Apple's foundation AI models, the company's engineers used its framework software with a range of...

June 11, 2024 12:35 PM

Apple brings ChatGPT and more AI to devices

Apple unveiled a long-awaited AI strategy on Monday, integrating its new "Apple Intelligence" technology across its suite of apps including Siri and bringing OpenAI's chatbot ChatGPT to its devices. In the nearly two-hour long presentation at Apple's annual developer conference, executives including CEO Tim Cook touted how voice assistant Siri would be able to interact with messages, emails, calendar, as well as third party apps. Siri will be able to write emails and change the tone of voice to...

June 6, 2024 11:50 AM

Nvidia overtakes Apple as No. 2 most valuable company

Nvidia's rallied to record highs on Wednesday, with the artificial intelligence chipmaker's valuation breaching the $3 trillion mark and overtaking Apple to become the world's second most valuable company. Nvidia is preparing to split its stock ten-for-one, effective on June 7, a move that could increase its appeal to individual investors. The surge in Nvidia's market value above Apple's marks a shift in Silicon Valley, which the company co-founded by Steve Jobs has dominated since it launched...

May 22, 2024 3:07 PM

Global stocks slip on inflation jitters

Share markets fell on Wednesday as stronger-than-expected inflation in Britain offset investor hopes that AI-heavyweight Nvidia could meet sky-high expectations, with the market also waiting for possible clues on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin to bring down interest rates. European stocks dipped 0.3% in early trading, after earlier being poised for slim gains. Britain's FTSE 100 led losses among regional markets with an 0.6% drop. Inflation in Britain fell by less than expected in Ap...

May 21, 2024 10:55 AM

Global stocks inch lower, dollar firm as Fed focus intensifies; crypto soars

Asian stocks drifted lower while the dollar held firm on Tuesday as investors awaited minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting to gauge the timing and extent of possible interest rate cuts this year. Japan's tech-heavy Nikkei edged higher though, driven by chip shares after the Nasdaq hit a record high overnight ahead of Nvidia earnings due on Wednesday. Gold inched back towards Monday's all-time peak, while crude oil prices eased on worries of U.S. interest rates staying high fo...

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