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).

Nvidia raises the curtain on its latest mobile GPUs: the GeForce GTX 970M and the GeForce GTX 980M

From PC World: Nvidia dropped its other GPU shoe today, taking the wraps off the mobile version of its “Big Maxwell” architecture, embodied in the GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M mobile graphics processors. The new parts have the same advanced feature set as the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 desktop GPUs that Nvidia announced on September 18.

Samsung expects 60 percent drop in profit for Q3 2014

From CNET: Three months after warning that the second half of 2014 would "remain a challenge," Samsung announced Monday it expects a decline of nearly 60 percent in its operating profit for the third quarter of 2014, its fourth straight quarterly drop.

The South Korean electronics giant said it expects to record an operating profit of 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 billion) for the quarter ended September 30, a 59.7 percent drop from the year-ago quarter. The company also said it expects sales for the quarter to come in around 47 trillion won, a 20 percent decline.

HP Launches $279, 10 Plus Tablet Running Android 4.4.2

From DailyTech: Hewlett-Packard announced earlier this morning that it is splitting into two companies: HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. The company also has a quieter announcement on tap for today — a new tablet.

With the crazy amount of tablets that get released on a yearly basis, HP’s latest effort is meager at best. The HP 10 Plus features a 10.1” 1920x1200 display and that may be its most impressive stat; everything else is decidedly ho-hum. It also features a 1.3GHz Allwinner A31 quad-core processor (Cortex A7) that packs in 2GB of RAM.

Apple signals Oct. 21 as OS X Yosemite launch date

From InfoWorld: Apple signaled that it will ship OS X Yosemite on Oct. 21; it has scheduled its third-quarter earnings call for the day before.

Although Apple has not yet officially revealed the launch date for Yosemite -- which is also identified as OS X 10.10 -- the earnings call on Monday, Oct. 20, is a clue that the upgrade will appear in the Mac App Store the next day.

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