Google hires Homeland Security's former top cybersecurity official

From CNET: Jeanette Manfra, the US Department of Homeland Security's former chief cybersecurity official, will be joining Google Cloud in January.

Manfra led the DHS' efforts to secure the 2018 midterm elections, helping coordinate cybersecurity protections for local voting officials across the United States. News of Manfra's move to Google was first reported by CyberScoop and confirmed by CNET.

Intel Hires Former GlobalFoundries CTO, IBM Chip Exec Gary Patton

From CRN: Intel has hired former GlobalFoundries CTO Gary Patton, a semiconductor industry veteran who has experience leading design enablement as well as the development of process and packaging technologies for computer chips.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company confirmed to CRN the hiring of Patton, whose title will be corporate vice president and general manager of design enablement. A spokesman said Patton will report to Intel CTO Mike Mayberry. Reuters first reported the news.

Samsung Reportedly Invests $8B More in China Plant

From Tom's Hardware: Samsung is betting on China. Reuters, citing Chinese state media, today said the company plans to invest another $8 billion in a NAND production facility in Xi'an.

The investment could allow Samsung to improve production of its NAND flash; it could also be an attempt by the company to curry favor with the Chinese government as it becomes increasingly hostile to foreign technology companies.

Apple’s most expensive Pro Display XDR requires a special, Apple-made cloth to clean it

From The Verge: Apple’s newest top-of-the-line display, the Pro Display XDR, is out today. And it doesn’t come cheap, starting at $4,999, with a matte “nano texture” upgrade for a mere $1,000. If you buy that nano texture upgrade, though, and you ever allow a speck of dust to grace it, don’t you dare think about cleaning it with some water and a microfiber cloth. Instead, an Apple support document says you should only clean that nano-texture glass with a special “dry polishing cloth” that comes with the display, and nothing else (via MacRumors).

Edison Mail makes the jump to the desktop with a new Mac app

From The Verge: Edison Mail (formerly known as EasilyDo Mail) is making the jump from mobile app to desktop email client with the release of a new Mac app.

I’ve been using a beta version of Edison Mail for a few days, and it’s a similar experience to the mobile versions, with a clean UI and the same built-in filters for things like travel, packages, bills & receipts, and entertainment categories. Edison’s easy unsubscribe, sender blocking, and read receipt tracker blocking features are also all included on the Mac version.

Preview: AMD Pumps Up Radeon Software to 'Adrenalin 2020' With Brand New Tech

From PC Mag: It's been a winning year for AMD in the twin worlds of CPUs and GPUs, and now the company is rounding out its December with its annual major update to its Radeon Software suite of graphics apps and drivers, in the form of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition.

This year, the company focused on improving on and expanding features from the 2019 version, while adding a few unexpected updates that could change the gaming landscape for millions of gamers around the world running on low-power graphics cards.

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