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    Chip Wars Rage at Computex, as AMD Debuts Threadripper

    Story Source Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) provided more details about its new high-end Ryzen desktop processor at Computex today, including demonstrations of some desktop systems from its OEM partners powered by the new chip. The top end of the Ryzen line, the Ryzen 9 1998X, will carry a total of 16 cores and start […]

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    Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips To Power New Windows 10 PCs

    Story Source Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all coming out with Windows 10 PCs that will be powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 835 processors, although no release dates have been given yet. Qualcomm made the announcement today at Computex 2017, one of the largest IT trade shows in Asia. The new Snapdragon-powered devices will support […]

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    Autonomous Car Researcher Fired by Uber

    Story Source Uber has followed through on threats to fire star autonomous-car researcher Anthony Levandowski, whose hiring touched off a bitter trade-secrets fight with Waymo, the former self-driving car arm of Google. Waymo has alleged that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents containing its trade secrets before he left the company to found a startup that was […]

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    Wal-Mart Works To Close Gap Between Itself and Amazon

    Story Source Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room. Wal-Mart’s acquisition of Jet.com and brands that appeal to younger shoppers gave it an e-commerce boost as it works to close the gap between itself and the online leader. The world’s largest retailer is […]

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    Qualcomm's Refund to BlackBerry Swells to $940 Million

    Story Source The final check that San Diego’s Qualcomm must write to smartphone maker BlackBerry for overpayment of patent royalties is $940 million. BlackBerry released the total settlement amount Friday. Qualcomm will make the payment by May 31. In April, a three-judge arbitration panel ruled that BlackBerry overpaid for patent royalties between 2010 and 2015 […]

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    Trump's Cellphone Diplomacy Raises Security Concerns

    Story Source President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach […]

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    Intel Kicks Off Computex 2017 with Big News

    Story Source Computex 2017 is starting off with a bang, with Intel unveiling its top-of-the-line Core i9 processor, part of its Core X line of high-performance desktop chips. Computex is running from May 30 to June 3 in Taipei. The top-end model will be the first commercially available chip to reach teraflop speeds, and contain […]

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    Android Creator Launches ‘Essential’ Modular Phone

    Story Source The former Google executive behind the development of the Android mobile operating system has unveiled a new modular smartphone called the Essential set to be available sometime this summer. Priced starting at $699, the phone is designed to be upgraded with a variety of magnetically snapped-on accessories, including a 360-degree camera and a […]

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    Amazon Joins the $1,000 Club, Pushing Value of Online Goliath

    Story Source Amazon, the internet goliath that revolutionized the way much of the world shops for books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone Tuesday. Its stock surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time. That price put Amazon’s market value at about $478 billion, double that of the world’s biggest traditional retailer, Wal-Mart, […]

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    Airlines Have Rules about Taking Photos, Video on Planes

    Story Source Without the shocking video, it’s unlikely that the world would have learned or cared about the violent manhandling of a 69-year-old man on a plane last month. The outrage on social media, the mea culpa by an airline CEO, the promise to treat customers better — none of it would have happened. The […]

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    U.S. Official Mulling Greatly Expanded Airplane Laptop Ban

    Story Source U.S. Official Mulling Greatly Expanded Airplane Laptop Ban Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he’s considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly […]