Fabs stretched thin as chip shortage shrinks inventories to just 5 days

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US chip supplies are close to the breaking point as a new survey reveals diminished inventories and overstretched fabs.

The numbers put the chip shortage in stark relief. In 2021, companies that purchase semiconductors had less than five days of inventory on hand as opposed to the 40 days of inventory they had in 2019, according to a survey of more than 150 companies conducted by the US Department of Commerce. At the same time, demand was up 17 percent. Many of the companies surveyed

Amazon Halo View review: Costly conundrum


Amazon brings even more to the table with its latest fitness tracker, the Amazon Halo View. While still a very basic device, the Halo View boasts a brand new display and interesting new measurables in hopes of helping users on their wellness journey. Overall, it’s a decent device at a very good price, but users will need to sign up for a subscription to get the most out of it. Find out more in our full Amazon Halo View review.

About this Amazon Halo View review: I tested the Amazon Halo View over a period of 12 days. The Amazon

Save $50 on Blink outdoor cameras with a floodlight or solar charger


Mondays are for football hangovers, extra strong coffee, and deals. If the weekend brought you grief due to some big playoff upsets, we’re here to ease the pain with great savings on gadgets. What better way to dull the sting of an abysmal 13-10 loss to the sixth seed when you’re supposed to be the favorite to win it all? Put down the cheese and dry those tears with some excellent deals.

First up, the latest Blink Outdoor cam with a floodlight attachment is currently just $89.98 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is $50 less than its regular price

Here’s what Apple might announce at a spring event this March

Enlarge / The 2020 iPhone SE.

Samuel Axon

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Apple announced a plethora of new iPhone, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro computers, but we’re likely now just a couple of months away from another product unveiling event from the company.

The Internet is spinning with wild speculation today, so now seems like a good time to check in and set expectations as much as is possible at this stage.

Why a spring event?

Apple spring events in the past several years have fallen on April 20, March 25, March 27, and March 21.

Xiaomi Mi 11 review revisited: Is it still worth buying?


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At Android Authority, we cover a lot of phones, and in 2021, we saw a large variety of devices that were extremely competitive in the flagship arena, with the Xiaomi Mi 11 among those devices. In our original review, we stated that the Mi 11 had “the right price and the right specs to compete with the current crop of flagships in the market.” Of course, that was way back in February 2021.

Now, just shy of a year later, let’s see what’s good and what’s not so good about Xiaomi’s affordable flagship as

Samsung Galaxy S22 European price leak suggests a base Ultra model with less RAM


Potential European pricing information for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 series has been released by reliable leaker Roland Quandt, as reported by Android Police. Samsung appears to have carried over its prices from the previous S21 lineup, with the only inconsistency being an equally-priced S22 Ultra model that supposedly comes with less RAM than its S21 predecessor.

Bitcoin drops to six-month low as investors dump speculative assets


Bitcoin dropped to a six-month low on Saturday, extending a steep fall recorded in the previous session as the cryptocurrency market was swept up in a powerful shift by investors out of speculative assets.

The price of the biggest digital token by market value fell 4.3 percent in the European morning on Saturday to $35,127, the lowest level since July 2021. Bitcoin has now lost almost a quarter of its value this year.

Other cryptocurrencies have also come under intense selling pressure, with an FT Wilshire index of the top five tokens excluding bitcoin down 30 percent in the first

A lackluster return to value flagships


OnePlus is dead, long live OnePlus. Ardent fans and many closely following the smartphone industry have been sounding the alarm over the company’s apparent disconnect from what customers want. If the increasingly northward-bound prices and the diversified but increasingly bland lineup weren’t a clue, the “official” merger with Oppo was, seemingly, the final nail in the coffin.

The OnePlus 9RT is the antithesis to that. A phone that tries to scramble back to the company’s value flagship origins but, at first glance, comes across as incredibly derivative with its copious recycled design elements. But is there more than meets the

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