Making sense of Nvidia/Arm, TikTok/Oracle, plus more tech news you need to know


Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, 14 September 2020.

1. NVIDIA buys Arm

NVIDIA announced on Sunday evening that it would acquire Arm and its vast computing ecosystem for $40 billion in stock and cash, in a deal that will take 18-months to close.

It’s being called the most important semiconductor acquisition ever, and the details from NVIDIA’s press release:

The following are the deal highlights per the press release:

What it could mean:

Will it be approved?

The end result of how this affects you and me, the consumers, won’t play out for some time. But a single hardware architecture being incorporated more widely from IoT to smartphones to supercomputers makes software easier, and a real alternative to x86.

2. Oracle hosts TikTok?

Wall Street Journal and Reuters sources indicate overnight that TikTok will be “sold” to “partner” Oracle, as Microsoft announced its offer had been rejected by ByteDance.

But Oracle isn’t really buying the company, more hosting its US operations.

What does it all mean?

The prevailing opinion right now? Good job Microsoft!

3. Samsung announces likely Galaxy S20 FE launch event: All the info here! (Android Authority).

4. US Customs proudly seizes OnePlus Buds, thinks they’re counterfeit Apple AirPods (Android Authority).

5. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: The only folding phone to buy (Android Authority).

6. The LG Wing is announced on a live stream in just a few hours: 10AM ET (YouTube)

7. Sony announces PS5 event for Wednesday, September 16th 10am ET/1pm PT (The Verge).

8. IKEA partners with ASUS ROG on ‘affordable’ gaming furniture: no word on what exactly, but hard to go past chairs and desks (Engadget).

9. Review: Knife Aid — mail-in knife-sharpening service is a great convenience, but quality of its work iffy (Wired).

10. Zipline and Walmart to launch drone deliveries of health and wellness products (The Verge).

11. Japan will send an 8K camera to Mars: the Red Planet in great detail, coming up (Engadget).

12. Elon Musk says Starship SN8 prototype will have a nose cone and attempt a 60,000-foot return flight (TechCrunch).

13. SpaceX’s dark satellites are still too bright for astronomers (

14. Great, great question: “ELI5: Why does the moon look big to our eyes but when we take a picture it’s really small?” (r/explainlikeimfive).

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