Technology Roundup – Alibaba discloses new manufacturing digital factory, JFrog prices IPO at $44

科技精选——阿里巴巴披露新的数字化工厂,JFrog IPO发行价为44美元
Published on: September 16, 2020
Author: Amy Liu

Alibaba discloses new manufacturing digital factory

Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) has revealed its New Manufacturing model for the first time with the unveiling of Xunxi Digital Factory.

The Hangzhou-based factory offers SMEs a digitalized end-to-end manufacturing supply chain that allows for customized, demand-driven production.

“This allows traditional manufacturers to improve profitability and reduce inventory levels while still being able to meet these personalization needs,” said Alain Wu, CEO of Xunxi Digital Technology, Alibaba Group.

The introduction of New Manufacturing is another milestone in the implementation of Alibaba’s “Five New” strategy introduced in 2016, and comprises New Retail, New Manufacturing, New Finance, New Technology and New Energy.

Powered by new technologies, the factory is able to produce small-batch orders at reasonable costs, increasing manufacturing efficiency from 25% to an average of 55%.

JFrog prices IPO at $44, valuation at $4B

JFrog (FROG) has priced its IPO of 11.6M shares at $44, above recently increased price range of $39-41 a share (originally $33-37 a share).

Of the 11.6M share offering, 8M are for the company and rest for selling holders. JFrog is thereby raising $352M, valuing the company at about $4B.

Financial for 6 months ended June 2020: Total subscription revenue: $69.3M (+50.3%); Net loss: ($0.4M) (+81.0%); loss/share: ($0.02) (+75.0%); CF Ops: $5.9M (+1375.0%).

FTC prepping possible antitrust suit against Facebook – WSJ

The FTC for more than a year has been looking into whether Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is abusing its market position to stifle competition, and while no final decision to sue has been made, sources say the agency is preparing to do so, reports the Journal.

The article does note the FTC appeared on track to sue Google in 2013, but ultimately decided not to pull the trigger.

The FTC has two paths forward, should it decide to move against Facebook. One would be a lawsuit in federal court, and the other would be an in-house complaint, in which the case would before an administrative judge.

Facebook is down 2.5% after-hours.

Snowflake prices IPO at $120 per share for $33B valuation – Dow Jones

That $120 is well above the most recently hoped-for range of $100-$110 (which itself was lifted from $75-$85), and the $33B valuation is miles above the $12.4B valuation Snowflake received in a funding round earlier this year.

Shares will begin trading tomorrow on the NYSE under the symbol SNOW.

Apple launches $399 Watch Series 6, $279 Watch SE, new iPads

IPad Air (post update): The latest iPad Air has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the wake button on top, the new A14 Bionic chip, a six-core design, and a new four-core GPU. There’s also USB-C and WiFi 6 support.

Apple says the new Air offers a 40% performance boost over the previous model.

The iPad Air starts at $599 and will be available next month.

IPad 8th generation (post update) The newest iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina display looks the same but includes the A12 Bionic chip. Apple says the device has a 40% faster GPU and a 2x graphics improvement on the prior model.

The iPad is twice as fast as the top-selling Windows laptop and 3x the top Android tablet, and 6x Chromebooks, claims Apple.

The entry-level iPad starts at $329 to start, $299 for education. Pre-orders today, shipping Friday.

Apple One (post update): The massive Apple bundle is here, including iCloud, Apple Music, TV+, Arcade, News+, and Fitness+ for $15/month for individuals or $20/month for families.

Fitness+ (post update): Apple launches Fitness+, which adds new workouts every week with interactive features between the workout and the Watch metrics. The videos work on iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV. The classes don’t seem to be live, which might be why Peloton (NASDAQ:PTON) shares are up 3.7% right now instead of seeing red.

Fitness+ costs $9.99/month or $79.99/year with family plans available.

Original post: As expected, Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) event is focusing on the Apple Watch and iPad. An iPhone event will likely happen next month after the devices were delayed due to the pandemic’s supply chain disruption.

Apple Watch Series 6 has a blood oxygen sensor, which uses red and infrared light and algorithms to read the color of your blood, which shows oxygen. The reading takes 15 seconds.

The Series 6 has a dual-core processor based on Apple’s A13 Bionic.

Watch SE, the new lower-cost model, is two times faster than the Series 3 and includes an accelerometer, heart rate monitor, compass, gyroscope, motion sensors, and fall detection.

Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399. The SE will sell for $279, and the Series 3 sticks around for $199. Both are open for pre-orders today and launch Friday. Watch financing is available.

Watch Series 6 image screenshot from event.