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Technology,

Intel Coffee Lake is coming – AMD is losing ground again

It seems that Intel desktop chips are again becoming more popular than conventional AMD processors. This is evidenced by the latest statistical information on the sales of desktop processors from the largest German online store Mindfactory.de. These data show that Intel processors have again begun to crowd AMD Ryzen, which have mostly dominated Germany in the retail market since their release last year.

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Technology,

Apple could be rethinking its release cycle for iOS and macOS

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is switching things up for this year’s major updates. Instead of meeting a tight deadline and ticking all the boxes on the checklist, development teams will be able to push back some features if they’re not polished enough.

Axios and Bloomberg previously reported that Apple was focusing on stability with iOS 12. You can still expect iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 this Fall (and probably new versions of watchOS and tvOS), but the WWDC keynote might be a bit shorter than in previous years.

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Social Media,

Unilever warns social media to clean up “toxic” content

Consumer goods giant Unilever, a maker of branded soaps, foodstuffs and personal care items and also one of the world’s biggest online advertisers, has fired a warning shot across the bows of social media giants by threatening to pull ads from digital platforms if they don’t do more to mitigate the spread of what it dubs “toxic” online content — be it fake news, terrorism or child exploitation.

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Social Media,

Google takes AMP beyond basic posts with its new story format

For the most part, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project was about what its name implies: accelerating mobile pages. Unsurprisingly, that mostly meant quickly loading and rendering existing articles on news sites, recipes and other relatively text-heavy content. With that part of AMP being quite successful (if not always beloved) now, Google is looking to take AMP beyond these basic stories. At its AMP Conf in Amsterdam, the company today announced the launch of the AMP story format.

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Blog, Technology,

Android Wear is dead, and in many ways it’s Qualcomm’s fault

The single-chip system Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 has been knocked down for two years. While most of the flagship chips for mobile electronics have a life cycle of about one year or less until they give way to more advanced, powerful and energy-efficient solutions, the Wear 2100 has been playing the role of the best single-chip Android Wear wrist watch system for two years. By modern standards it is already an ancient crystal. Apparently, the leader of the market of mobile chips Qualcomm refused to try to gain influence in the sector of wristwatches. The announcement of the Wear 2100 took place in February 2016, but a year later Qualcomm did not prepare anything for the replacement, and now it is not likely that a worthy change is being prepared.

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Computers, Technology,

The history of AMD GCN architecture will be completed in 2019-2020 together with GPU Navi

Last May, AMD shared its plans for the development of video accelerators for the coming years. The GPU of the next generation Vega is codenamed Navi, it will be launched this year and will be produced on the 7-nm DUV process technology at GlobalFoundries plants using next-generation multi-layered HBM memory, will offer significantly increased performance and improved scalability. The following for Navi accelerators were only known dates: the beginning of 2020, and the use of the second generation of the 7-nm process technology EUV.

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Social Media,

It’s easier to plan travel through Google’s mobile services

Google has made it so that planning a trip from a smartphone is even easier than usual. To do this, the company has improved the filtering of prices for hotels and simplified the search for information about the amenities. Also, the Californian giant added the ability to book numbers directly through the search: no longer need to go to different specialized sites, enter the desired dates and specify details.

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Games,

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III will no longer receive updates, and the developer moved on to the next project

Recall that Dawn of War III is a hybrid of RTS and MOBA. The game was released in April 2017 and tried to please long-time fans of Dawn of War, as well as to find new ones using MOBA elements. It did not work: the constant base of players Dawn of War III was recognized too small to continue to invest in the project, and the management of Relic Entertainment and Sega expressed doubt that the updates will be able to solve this problem.

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Technology,

Details of the Snapdragon 670 processor

We already informed you about the development of the Snapdragon 670 chip. According to rumors, the product can debut at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, which will be held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1.

According to new information, Snapdragon 670 solution will not use the classical architecture big.LITTLE with quartets of productive and energy efficient cores. Instead, the processor will receive only two powerful Kryo 300 Gold cores (customized version of ARM Cortex-A75) with clock speed up to 2.6 GHz and six energy-efficient Kryo 300 Silver cores (based on ARM Cortex-A55) with a frequency of up to 1.7 GHz.

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Blog, Technology,

Apple HomePod review. This Siri speaker’s smarts don’t quite match its stunning sound…

Apple is so late to the smart speaker party it’s rung the doorbell at 6am and woken up all the sofa surfers in your lounge.

This is nothing new – the iPod and Watch both watched their rivals hit the tequila too hard, before becoming the life and soul of music players and smartwatches.

Still, it’s a bit different this time. Amazon’s Echo army and Google Home’s family are already great voice-controlled speakers that can organise your digital life. The Sonos One, meanwhile, mixes Alexa smarts with great sound quality and multi-room tunes.

But guess what? Apple thinks it can do better. And in some ways, the HomePod, does outshine its fellow party guests

It’s swept into the room with Apple’s signature hauteur, refusing to speak to nerdy Android phones or go beyond polite conversation with Spotify.

But if you’ve got an iPhone, subscribe to Apple Music and prioritise sound quality over A.I assistance, it might just be your new smart soulmate…

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Tablets,

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market as sales decline once again

Bitcoin and crypto aren’t the only things on the decline, sales of tablet devices once again dropped in 2017, according to new data.

Figures from analyst firm IDC show that overall tablet shipments fell by 6.5 percent to 163.5 million units last year. That’s down from 174.9 million in 2016, when the annual decrease was in double digits.

Despite demanding falling overall, Apple managed to grow its shipments from 42.6 million to 43.8 million, giving it a leading 27 percent market share, up from 24 percent a year previous. Samsung (second) and Lenovo (joint fourth) saw their sales drop, but Amazon (third) and Lenovo (also fourth) registered gains.

In a show of just how dominant Apple is, “others” accounted for 34 percent of the market with only Samsung and (just about) Amazon registering double-digit market share for 2017.

IDC found that while traditional ‘slate’ tablet shipments fell, ‘detachable’ tablet shipments were up 1.2 percent year-on-year. Indeed, in the final quarter of 2017 — the holiday period — detachables grew 10 percent to reach 6.5 million shipments. That’s dwarfed by 43.1 million for ‘slates’ in the quarter — with Apple picking up a dominant 27 percent of those numbers.

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Social Media,

Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016

The relatively open nature of Android has made it a target for malware authors and other bad actors of all stripes who often try to get their wares onto your phone through both the official Google Play Store, third-party app stores and any other way they can think of. For most users, though, the main Android app store is Google’s own Play Store and as the company announced today, the company removed 700,000 potentially harmful or deceiving apps from its store last year. That’s up 70 percent from 2016.