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Intel puts 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 5GHz turbo option in a laptop processor

Enlarge / An eight-core/16-thread Coffee Lake die. Intel The first processors to include Intel’s ninth-generation Core branding came out last year with a limited line-up: just a handful of high-end desktop processors in the Coffee Lake family. Today, the company has unveiled a bumper crop of new ninth-gen chips. There’s a set of H-series processors […]

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Microsoft engineer complains that company is biased against white men

Enlarge Rory Finneren Some Microsoft employees are criticizing the company’s efforts to increase hiring from under-represented demographics to make its staff more diverse, according to messages leaked to Quartz. Threads started by an as-yet unnamed female program manager and posted on the internal Yammer message board in January and April assert that white and Asian […]

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McAfee joins Sophos, Avira, Avast—the latest Windows update breaks them all

Enlarge / A colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of an Ebola virus virion. (Cynthia Goldsmith) CDC The most recent Windows patch, released April 9, seems to have done something (still to be determined) that’s causing problems with anti-malware software. Over the last few days, Microsoft has been adding more and more antivirus scanners to its […]

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Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant

Enlarge / Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both Portal devices have built-in Amazon Alexa. Facebook Facebook is working on developing an AI voice assistant similar in functionality to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, according to a report from CNBC and a later statement from a Facebook representative. The CNBC report, which cites […]

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Microsoft buys Express Logic, adds a third operating system to its IoT range

Enlarge / Multi-threading. Jamie Golden / Flickr Not content with having a Windows-based Internet of Things platform (Windows 10 IoT) and a Linux-based Internet of Things platform (Azure Sphere), Microsoft has added a third option. The company has announced that it has bought Express Logic and its ThreadX real-time operating system for an undisclosed sum. […]

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50-inch Surface Hub 2S: $8,999, shipping in June; 85-inch version next year

Enlarge Microsoft First announced last year, Microsoft’s second-generation Surface Hub now has a price and release schedule—and a couple of new siblings, too. Surface Hub is Microsoft’s hardware dedicated to collaboration within meetings. It combines several roles, most notably digital whiteboarding and video conferencing, with Teams, Skype, and OneNote built into a single combined, integrated […]