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Apple has hired Google’s head of search and artificial intelligence

Enlarge Steve Jennings / TechCrunch / Flickr Yesterday, Google SVP of Engineering in charge of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea announced his departure from the company. Now the reason for that departure is clear: he’s been hired by Apple to lead the company’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. […]

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Intel bumps up mobile chips to 6 cores in expanded 8th-generation line-up

Enlarge/ Intel 8th-generation Core H-series mobile chip. Intel first launched its 8th-generation branding last year. In the mobile space, we had the U-series Kaby Lake-R: four-core, eight-thread chips running in a 15W power envelope. On the desktop, we had Coffee Lake: six-core, 12-thread chips. In both cases, the processor lineup was limited: six different chips […]

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Apple is actively working on Macs that replace Intel CPUs

Enlarge/ The iMac Pro. Samuel Axon A new Bloomberg report claims Apple is working on its own CPUs for the Mac, with the intent to ultimately replace the Intel chips in its computers with those it designs in-house. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the project (which is internally called Kalamata) is in the very early planning stages, […]

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You can officially buy an Android Go phone in the US

The ZTE Tempo Go. Check out those ambiguously labeled hardware buttons. ZTE The back is probably plastic, but that texture is crazy-looking. The side and bottom, where you’ll find a headphone jack. ZTE put its new Tempo Go smartphone up for sale on Thursday, making it the first phone with Google’s Android Go configuration to be available […]

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Apple’s macOS 10.13.4 is here with full external GPU support

Enlarge/ When you have an eGPU connected and working, it appears in “About This Mac.” Samuel Axon Apple has released the 10.13.4 update for macOS. This update adds external graphics card (eGPU) support for most recent Macs, implements Apple’s new approach to privacy that we already saw in iOS 11.3, and adds Business Chat in […]

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Microsoft reorg shakes up Windows group, Windows leader Terry Myerson departs

Enlarge/ Terry Myerson Microsoft Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a company reorganization today, with major changes coming to the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), the organizational unit housing Windows development, Surface, and HoloLens. The WDG is no more. The group is being split up. A new unit, “Experiences & Devices” will be led by Executive […]

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Apple releases iOS 11.3, the biggest update for iPhones since iOS 11 first launched

Enlarge Apple Today, Apple released iOS 11.3 to all supported devices, including the iPad Air and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPhone 5S and later, and the sixth-generation iPod touch. The update is available for download now in supported regions. With several new features, it’s arguably the biggest update to iOS since […]

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As one Windows major update nears completion, the other passes 90% uptake

Enlarge AdDuplex Windows 10 version 1709, the Fall Creators Update, is now installed on more than 90 percent of Windows 10 machines, according to the latest numbers from AdDuplex. This high uptake comes just in time for the next big update, the still as-yet-unnamed version 1803. The most recent insider builds have shipped with no […]

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Google’s Wear OS developer preview gets dark UI, lots of battery savings

Enlarge Wear OS by Google Android Wear showed a bit of life a few weeks ago when it was rebranded to “Wear OS by Google,” and today it’s getting a new Developer Preview based on Android P. Besides the upgrade to a newer version of Android, there are a few new features outlined in Google’s blog […]

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Analysis: New iPads will help Apple in education but probably not enough

Enlarge/ Apple VP of Product Marketing Greg Joswiak speaks at Apple’s event in Chicago on March 27, 2018. Eric Bangeman In today’s Apple event at Lane Tech High School, Apple CEO Tim Cook reminded the audience that Apple has been in the education business for 40 years. I can’t speak to the 1978-80 timeframe, but […]

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Bring your own Linux to Windows with new open source tool

Enlarge Microsoft After starting with Ubuntu, Microsoft has added a number of Linux distributions to its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Linux runtime environment. A Windows machine can simultaneously offer an Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian, and Kali “personality,” providing users with a choice of the different distributions’ preferences and package management. But if your distribution isn’t […]

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Report: Snap Working on New Smart Specs

Word has it Snap is working on a new pair of connected sunglasses. Cheddar on Friday reported that Snap aims to “launch a second version of its Spectacles glasses this year followed by a more ambitious third version equipped with two cameras in 2019.” Spectacles 2.0 will reportedly be water resistant and come in some […]

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Chrome OS tablets are official—Meet the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Yep, that’s a tablet. Acer You get a browser and lots of Android apps. Acer The back has a Chrome logo and a stylus. Acer Also available in portrait orientation. Acer Speakers and a USB-C plug on one side. Acer And a microphone, headphone jack, and more speakers on the […]

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Colorful New Apple Watch Bands Unveiled for Spring

What’s pink and blue and various shades of stripes? Apple’s new Watch band collection. The Cupertino tech giant on Wednesday unveiled a new Spring Apple Watch band collection, which is wonderfully pastel. Watch wearers can choose between new Sport bands in the colors “denim blue,” “lemonade,” and “red raspberry;” Sport Loop bands in “flash light,” […]

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Apple may surpass $1B content budget, new shows could debut in March 2019

Steve Rhodes Despite underwhelming performance thus far, Apple isn’t giving up on its original programming ambitions. According to a report from The New York Times, the tech giant’s entertainment plans are slowly but surely taking shape. Apple could reportedly push out a number of original series and films any time between March 2019 and summer […]