Dell buys EMC, Twitter cuts staff, 4K video in space - The Wrap

IDG News Service | Oct 15, 2015

Dell buys EMC in one of the biggest tech aquisitions ever, Apple's A7 chip infringes on a patent and astronauts shoot 4K video in space.

Dell buys EMC and a water drop in 4K looks amazing.

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Here's your tech top 3 and what you need to know this week.

Dell has agreed to acquire data storage company EMC for 67 billion dollars, in one of the biggest tech acquisitions in history. Michael Dell will be the CEO and chairman once the deal closes. For Dell, it will get access to EMC's notorious sales force to drive incremental growth while EMC will gain a foothold among mid market customers. Dell became a private company 2 years ago and EMC would be able to take advantage of the same breathing room away from market pressures.

A jury found that Apple's A7 smartphone chip infringes on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin. That puts Apple on the hook for as much 860 million dollars in damages. The patent in question was awarded to university researchers in 1998 and described table based data speculation for parallel processing computers. The chip is used in the iPhone 5S and iPad Air. Apple and the university wouldn't comment.

Twitter's new CEO Jack Dorsey plans to streamline his company by cutting about 8 percent of the workforce or about 340 employees. Dorsey is under pressure to grow Twitter's user base and he said that the cuts will help Twitter move with greater focus. The engineering team will be cut in order to be smaller and nimbler. Severance benefits will cost between 10 and 20 million dollars.

In focus this week we head to the International Space Station to look at a drop of water. As this drop floats in zero gravity astronaut Scott Kelly is adding drops of food coloring to it. It's cool to look at, but what's special here is how the video is being recorded. It's being shot using a 4K video camera. That means the resolution of the video is 4 times that of full HD. 4K or Ultra HD video can reveal stunning detail and it's the next step in video content. The camera that the astronauts are using is called a RED Epic Dragon and it retails for around 35,000 dollars. It was delivered to the ISS earlier this year via a SpaceX resupply mission. 4K video means that scientists back on Earth can observe science experiments and space in detail never before seen. The camera can also shoot in super slow motion at 300 frames per second. That means in addition to super high quality, action can be played back 10 times slower than regular video. NASA announced earlier this year that it would launch a 4K TV channel and content like this will be important in feeding it. Aside from its scientific importance 4K video from space also just looks plain awesome. I'm Nick Barber and that's a wrap.