AMD Ryzen processors want to power your next skinny laptop – CNET

The Ryzen APU, with the Zen CPU die on the left and the Vega GPU die on the right.  AMD We’ve recently seen the first laptops powered by Intel’s eighth-generation mobile processors arrive, and now it’s AMD’s turn. The difference is Intel’s processors use a “refreshed” version of the seventh-generation Kaby Lake architecture and a rebranded version of the graphics processor that gains most of its improvements through the addition of a couple of cores and some tweaks.  For AMD, however, the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 use the latest versions of both its CPU and GPU architectures, including a ...

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iPhone X preorders start — and sell out in 10 minutes – CNET

Apple’s newest iPhone ditches the home button and features an edge-to-edge display.  James Martin/CNET You had to be quick to nab an iPhone X. Preorders for Apple‘s newest phone began at 12:01 a.m. PT Friday. A few models of the device were still available online for a Nov. 3 ship date, the day it hits stores, for the first 10 minutes. After that, delays started creeping in. AT&T, for instance, wouldn’t ship for two to three weeks after the launch date. At the half-hour mark, all models from all US carriers had ship times of four to five weeks.  Apple ...

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Mod your phone with Alexa for double the assistants – CNET

Source: Mod your phone with Alexa for double the assistants – CNET OK, Google, ask Alexa to search Google for the new Moto Smart Speaker add-on with Alexa. And don’t take it personally. Motorola Because one voice assistant apparently isn’t enough, Amazon and Motorola have unveiled the Moto Smart Speaker.  It’s one of the many mods available for the Moto Z and part of Motorola’s attempt to make hardware add-ons for phones cool. You can add better cameras, batteries, projectors and now a new voice assistant.  In a blog post Wednesday, Motorola introduced the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon’s Alexa, ...

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Samsung's Bixby, now even smarter, arrives on fridges – CNET

Source: Samsung's Bixby, now even smarter, arrives on fridges – CNET Samsung’s hosting its fourth annual developer conference this week in San Francisco. Shara Tibken/CNET Your appliances are about to get a lot smarter.  Samsung on Wednesday said the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in the US and Korea in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. Bixby 2.0, Samsung’s answer to the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, is smarter than its first version, with deep-linking capabilities and improved natural language capabilities. It ...

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 breaches privacy law, says Dutch DPA

Source: Microsoft’s Windows 10 breaches privacy law, says Dutch DPA Begin: WordPress Article Content The Dutch data protection authority has concluded that Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system breaches local privacy law on account of its collection of telemetry metadata. The OS has been available since the end of July 2015. Personal data being harvested by default by Microsoft can include the URL of every website visited if the Windows 10 user is browsing the web with Microsoft’s Edge browser (and has not opted out of full telemetry), as well as data about usage of all installed apps on their device ...

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