Google is reportedly launching its own smart display later this year

From The Verge: Google has already given its blessing for third-parties to make Assistant-powered smart speakers with displays, but the search giant has yet to venture into this territory itself. That might change later this year, with a new report from Nikkei claiming that Google plans to launch its own rival to Amazon’s screen-equipped Echo Show later this year.

Intel rolls out NUC mini-PCs with 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics

From PC World: Fans of tiny PCs have some interesting new toys to play with. Intel announced several fresh bare-bones NUC kits rocking eight-generation Core processors late Wednesday, as well as two interesting NUC mini-PCs that introduce several firsts to the mainstream Next Unit of Computing lineup.

Christened the NUC8i3CYSM and the NUC8i3CYSN, both palm-sized computers (pictured above) come equipped with the 2.2GHz, dual-core “Cannon Lake” Core i3-8121U, bringing chips built on Intel's beleaguered 10nm process to small form-factor PCs for the first time.

T-Mobile will sell the OnePlus 6T in October

From CNET: OnePlus' next flagship phone will get a feature that's new to the company: the backing of a major US carrier.

T-Mobile will be the exclusive US carrier partner for the OnePlus 6T when it launches in October, according to people familiar with the launch plans. That includes a specific version of the OnePlus 6T optimized for T-Mobile's network, the people said.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces 17.3" Strix SCAR II (GL704)

From ASUS Press Release: Fremont, Calif., August 16, 2018 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix SCAR II (GL704), the latest 17.3-inch addition to the ROG Strix gaming laptop lineup.

Thermaltake Riing Plus and Pure Plus RGB Radiator Fan Series Now Amazon Alexa Supported

From Thermaltake Press Release: Thermaltake is thrilled to announce that the TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem is officially Amazon Alexa enabled. All TT RGB Plus products such as the Riing Plus 12/14/20 LED RGB Fans and Pure Plus 12/14 LED RGB Radiator Fans come with Amazon Alexa integration, allowing users to adjust lighting modes and fan speeds by giving voice commands to Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to existing functions, the TT RGB Plus Ecosystem has also developed exclusive effects for Amazon Alexa Skills.

Intel Starts Teasing its Graphics Card

From PC Mag: The discrete graphics market is dominated by two companies: Nvidia and AMD. However, Intel remains the largest producer of GPUs in the world simply because its processors ship with integrated graphics. Come 2020, though, and Intel looks set to offer a graphics card.

We were reminded of this today because of a newly created Twitter account by the Intel Graphics team. The first tweet posted to the account includes a video teasing the new card. We even get to see it, albeit shrouded in shadow.

Arm promises massive speed boost for Intel-shunning laptops

From CNET: The "Intel Inside" marketing campaign has put an Intel sticker on millions of personal computers since it launched in 1991. But your next laptop could have Intel outside if rival chip designer Arm gets its way.

Foreshadow attacks Intel CPUs with Spectre-like tactics (but you're probably safe)

From PC World: Move over, Meltdown and Spectre. A new “Foreshadow” attack, alternatively called L1 Terminal Fault or L1TF, targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips.

Microsoft and Amazon release preview of Cortana and Alexa integration

From The Verge: Microsoft and Amazon are integrating their digital assistants this week. A new preview is being offered to both Cortana and Alexa users that will allow each digital assistant to summon each other and access additional apps and services. The integration was first announced last year and demonstrated earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, and now Microsoft and Amazon are seeking feedback before it’s broadly rolled out to all devices.

China Stops Approving New Games for Sale

From PC Mag: China's billion-strong population loves to game which is why it comes as no surprise China is the world's largest gaming market valued at $37.9 billion. But there's a big problem we are only now learning about: the Chinese government has stopped approving new game licenses, and it hasn't done so for months.


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