Dell pushes Alienware 18's CPU to a face-meltingly fast 4.4GHz

From PC World: Dell is cranking up laptop performance with an overclocked 4.4GHz Intel Core i7 chip in its new Alienware 18 laptop, which is targeted at gamers.

The company on Thursday also announced an Alienware 17 laptop with optional Core i7 chips with clock speeds surpassing the 4.0GHz threshold. Processors running at that frequency are rare in laptops, though they can be found in gaming desktops.

Amazon to open first physical store

From CNET: Amazon will open a physical store location in New York, just in time for the holiday shopping season, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The site, which will be located across from the Empire State Building, will serve as a warehouse and storefront for the e-commerce giant, unnamed sources told the Journal, which referred to the store as an "experiment." The store would allow customers to order an item online in the morning and pick it up at the store in the evening. The location will also process returns and exchanges.

Lenovo Announces $499, 13.3" QHD Yoga Tablet 2 Pro with Built-in Pico Projector

From DailyTech: Remember around this time last year when Ashton Kutcher was named as a product engineer for Lenovo? Well, the actor has apparently offered his input on the new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro and naturally, the device (which runs Android 4.4 KitKat) comes packing a built-in Pico projector for displaying your favorite movies on up to a 50” surface (anyone up for a showing of “Dude, Where’s My Car?”).

Foxconn's CEO blames iPhone 6 Plus 'Bendgate' on rivals

From PC World: The outspoken CEO of Foxconn Technology Group, the maker of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, is scoffing at the idea that the iPhone Plus has a problem with bending if left in a user’s pocket too long, and said rivals were behind the controversy.

“How can a phone bend? This was all caused by distortions from competitors. Don’t blindly listen to it,” Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou said in news footage posted online this Tuesday.

AMD's CEO steps down, COO takes over

From CNET: AMD named Lisa Su, its chief operating officer, as its new CEO, effective immediately, replacing Rory Read as the struggling maker of PC chips continues its attempt at a turnaround.

Read, 52 years old, stepped down as president and chief executive, and as a board member. He will support the transition as an adviser, remaining with the company through the end of this year. Prior to joining AMD in 2011, Read was computer-maker Lenovo's chief operating officer, and before then spent 23 years at IBM.

Lenovo Once Again The Top Global PC Maker, Apple Takes 50% of PC Profits

From DailyTech: The latest global PC sales shipments figures from IDC show that while the overall PC market shrunk year-over-year; the actual results aren’t nearly as bad as forecasted. PC shipments for Q3 2014 fell by 1.7 percent compared to the same period last year; this is compared to a forecast that said sales would be down 4.1 percent.

HTC Announces $199 RE Camera; Brings 16MP Sensor but Ditches the Viewfinder

From DailyTech: HTC has officially pulled the wraps off the RE Camera that leaked late last month. Now that the device has been announced, we’re even more puzzled as to what exactly the company is trying to accomplish.

ITC to investigate Nvidia complaint over Samsung phones, tablets

From PC World: The U.S. International Trade Commission, the country's top trade court, is launching an investigation into allegations by Nvidia that several Samsung cellphones and tablet PCs contain graphics technology that infringes on its patents.

The ITC's move is in response to a complaint lodged by Nvidia in early September with the ITC and at the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Symantec may split into separate security and storage businesses

From PC World: Taking a cue from Hewlett-Packard and eBay, Symantec is said to be in talks to carve out the company into two entities.

One of the entities will focus on storage while the other will address the security business, reported Bloomberg, citing people who asked not to be identified because the conversations are private.

An announcement of the split, which is supported by CEO Michael Brown, could be made in a few weeks, according to the report.

Symantec’s spokeswoman Kristen Batch said via email that the company does not comment on rumors.

Gadgets Amazon Probed by EU, Following Charges Over Apple's "Double Irish" Tax Evasion

From DailyTech: The European Union (EU) made waves late last month when its antitrust regulators -- a part of the trade-regulating body known as the European Commission (EC) -- issued a preliminary finding of guilt against America's largest and most profitable tech company, Apple, Inc. (AAPL).

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