Fujitsu quits phone business, report say

From CNET: Another big name in Jaoanese technology is quitting the phone industry. Fujitsu is reported to be looking to offload its smartphone business to spend more time on artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Nikkei reports that Lenovo and Foxconn may swoop in for Fujitsu's mobile phone unit, which has had success in Japan with the Raku-Raku feature phone brand. Instead it will focus on connected devices like the Ontenna hairclip for deaf people or industrial devices.

Western Digital My Book Duo Offers 'Colossal' 20TB of Storage

From PC Mag: Need a way to store and back up tons of personal or small business files in one place? Western Digital has a new option.

The company on Tuesday introduced its highest capacity external desktop storage system yet, the My Book Duo. Available in capacities up to 20TB, My Book Duo "has the capability to back up colossal amounts of photos, videos, music and important documents in one place while also providing users with complete control of their content," Western Digital says.

Justice Department walks back demand for information on anti-Trump website

From The Verge: After controversy over a broad search warrant that could have identified visitors to an anti-Trump website, the Justice Department says it’s scaling back a demand for information from hosting service DreamHost

Age of Empires IV is officially in the works, from Company of Heroes and Homeworld developer Relic

From PC World: During E3’s annual PC Gaming Show this year Microsoft announced Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and that was pretty cool. But an Age of Empires IV? I didn’t dare to dream.

It’s happening, though. Shock of all shocks, Microsoft announced the news Monday during Gamescom and even dropped a short teaser:

Samsung unlocks Bixby voice app for more countries

From CNET: As with movies and smart home devices, Australia, the UK and other countries come late to the new tech packing the US market.

One of the latest is the Bixby voice feature in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones, Bixby being the assistant software similar to Siri or Google Assistant -- which itself just arrived in Australia with the Google Home this July.

Nintendo Details SNES Classic Rewind Feature

From PC Mag: On September 29, Nintendo will launch the SNES Classic complete with 21 games including the never before released Star Fox 2. It's sure to be as popular, if not more popular than the NES Classic which preceded it. At Gamescom, Nintendo decided to reveal some additional features the SNES Classic will include, with the stand-out feature being the ability to rewind gameplay.

There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4

From The Verge: Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game credit, sticker packs, a chrome racing helmet, and 60 PS4 avatars.

HTC Vive Price Drops $200

From PC Mag: Back in July, Oculus VR announced it was cutting the price of the Oculus Rift plus Touch bundle to just $399 for a limited time. When that deal finished at the end of the summer, the price will only go back up to $499. Oculus and parent company Facebook clearly want to sell a lot more headsets, but now HTC is striking back with a Vive price cut.

The HTC Vive was $799. Now it's $599.

Microsoft's Project Scorpio returns as a special Xbox One X for preorders

From The Verge: Microsoft first revealed its Xbox One X back at E3, and now it’s allowing consumers to preorder the console today ahead of its release on November 7th. Just like the Xbox One Day One Edition, Microsoft is also creating a special edition for the Xbox One X: the Project Scorpio Edition. Priced at $499, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition includes a gradient design on the console itself, alongside the console’s Project Scorpio codename on the controller and console.

Intel bets on a big speed boost for 8th-gen Core chips

From CNET: Intel is very concerned that you may be using a five-year-old computer. The company claims there are at least 450 million computers still in service that are five or more years old.

So, one of the big selling points for the just-announced 8th generation of Core i-series CPUs is that these new chips are twice as fast as those found in five-year-old laptops. That's not too much of a stretch, as we've seen massive performance improvements over the last five years in laptops, desktops, hybrids and tablets.


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