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Savannah public schools will be thousands short of its order of computer devices when classes start – News – Savannah Morning News

As Savannah-Chatham County public school students return to school via online learning Wednesday, not all of them will have a computer or tablet to access the virtual education platform.

Supply chain issues have delayed the delivery of approximately 14,000 devices ordered by the district in June, school officials acknowledged Monday.

“We are not going to have enough devices for the start of school,” said Stacy Jennings, the district’s director of communications. “Everyone who needs a device will get a device, and they will get that device as soon as it becomes available.”

The School Board authorized the purchase of 14,000 Chromebooks and 7,000 iPads this summer. The district had received only 8,000 Chromebooks and none of the iPads, as of Monday. The iPads are primarily for pre-kindergarten through second grade students.

Laptops and tablets have been in high demand across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as

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The smartphone market is getting a buffeting: not all of it Covid-related, Digital Platforms & Services

Disruption is hitting the smartphone business. Like every other tech sector Covid-19 has struck some hard and others less so. That alone is enough to see rankings and prospects for different vendors change, but there are other disruptive forces out there to exacerbate things. Here’s some detail on the latest buffetings:

Qualcomm v. Huawei

Qualcomm is doing a victory lap having negotiated a back-dated and long-term patent agreement with Huawei which  gives the companies access to each other’s IP. The agreement ends a long dispute between the two with Qualcomm benefiting by $1.8 billion in the September quarter alone. That was enough to boost its share price by 13 per cent in the immediate wake of the news.

Although the US government has banned Huawei from buying Qualcomm chips, buying technology licenses is apparently OK. 

According to Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkopf: “As 5G continues to roll out, we are realizing

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Warburg, TPG Invest in $12 Billion Norwegian Software Firm Visma

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Photographer: DIRK WAEM/AFP

Warburg Pincus and TPG agreed to invest in Norwegian software developer Visma, valuing the company at 110 billion krone ($12.2 billion) including debt in one of the European technology industry’s biggest deals this year.

The U.S. private equity firms will acquire minority stakes in Visma, according to a press release Friday. Visma’s biggest shareholder, European buyout firm Hg, is reinvesting in the business and will put up most of the new capital, it said in the statement.

Visma’s deal shows how transactions are still getting done in the technology industry even as Covid-19 hobbles mergers and acquisitions in other sectors. The company’s backers have been considering a stake sale since last year, only to see the plans put on hold during the pandemic. Visma owners revived the sale in recent weeks, targeting a select group of potential investors, Bloomberg News reported this month.

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