Next Year's iPhone May Use a Slim Bezel LCD

From PC Mag: The border we see around the displays on smartphones today are due to the design of the LCD panels they use. The borders are required to hide the screen connectors and other wiring that allow the display to function. However, next year those borders are expected to disappear, with the successor to the iPhone 8 expected to be almost bezel-free while still using an LCD panel.

Nvidia’s CEO Declares Moore’s Law Dead

From ExtremeTech: One of the topics we’ve repeatedly returned to here at ExtremeTech is the state of Moore’s Law and its long-term future. Our conclusions have often been at odds with public statements by semiconductor designers and the foundries that build their hardware. Intel, for example, is still stressing the importance and validity of Moore’s law. Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, no longer agrees.

Infamous fake-news writer Paul Horner dies at 38

From CNET: Paul Horner, a leading peddler of fake news and internet hoaxes during the 2016 election, has died at the age of 38.

Horner was discovered dead in his bed on Sept. 18, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Casey said in a statement Wednesday. Casey said evidence found at the scene southwest of Phoenix suggested Horner died of an accidental overdose.

Intel’s Upcoming Coffee Lake Z370 Motherboards Aren’t Backwards Compatible

From ExtremeTech: Intel’s Coffee Lake refresh represents the largest performance refresh we’ve seen from the company since the Sandy Bridge era. While the benefits will primarily impact users who run multi-threaded workloads, many programs these days support four or more threads. Even when applications aren’t multi-threaded, having more cores can keep a system running smoothly when multiple single-threaded applications are running. All in all, it’s a big step forward for Intel customers, but anyone hoping to upgrade a Kaby Lake or Skylake system is out of luck.

Intel Unveils Neuromorphic, Self-Learning Chip Codenamed Loihi

From ExtremeTech: There’s been a huge surge of interest in topics like AI, machine learning, and deep learning over the last few years. Thus far, we’ve seen much of the market flow towards either GPUs (almost entirely Nvidia, though AMD might be tipping a toe into those waters), or to specialized architectures designed by specific companies. Google has TensorFlow, Fujitsu is working on its own platform, Microsoft uses FPGAs to accelerate web searches, and multiple companies are designing self-driving car hardware around various commercial solutions.

Twitter Testing 280-Character Tweet Limit

From PC Mag: "It's staying," Twitter chief Jack Dorsey said last year of the platform's 140-character limit. Well, it appears the company has had a change of heart, as it's now testing a 280-character limit.

The expanded tweet format is "only available to a small group right now," according to product manager Aliza Rosen. "What matters most is that this works for our community—we will be collecting data and gathering feedback along the way."

Cisco Systems Laying Off 310 Employees at San Jose HQ

From eWeek: Cisco Systems revealed late Sept. 26 that it is trimming about 310 jobs at its sprawling San Jose, Calif. headquarters.

The company employs more than 73,000 employees worldwide, so the layoffs represent less than half of 1 percent of the entire head count.

Amazon’s new Echo Plus doubles as a smart home hub

From The Verge: It’s a day of Echo speakers: Amazon just announced a new Echo Plus speaker, in addition to a second-generation Echo and Echo Connect speaker phone.

The new Echo Plus is set apart, though: its abilities double as a smart home hub, one that connects to various wireless protocols to set up and control connected home gadgets and appliances.

Uber is closing down its car-leasing program

From Recode: Uber, which under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is trying to pare back its losses, is shuttering its car-leasing program after realizing it was losing 18 times the amount of money per car than it expected to, Recode has confirmed.

The ride-hail company previously expected to lose $500 per car that it leased to drivers who didn’t have good or any credit, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. But managers recently informed executives and the board that the program, called Xchange leasing, was costing Uber around $9,000 per car.

Google Reportedly Planning to Establish Independent Shopping Unit

From eWeek: Google is reportedly planning to spin off its online shopping services operation into a separate business unit to satisfy European Union regulators' demands that the company level the playing field for rival comparison-shopping sites.

The standalone Google Shopping unit will have to bid with other shopping sites for ad placement on top of Google's product search results page, Bloomberg News reported Sept. 26 citing unnamed sources. The new unit will also need to rely on own revenues to bid for the ad slots, Bloomberg said.

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