Intel Launches New Pentium Silver and Celeron Atom Processors: Gemini Lake is Here

From AnandTech: Intel on Monday introduced its next-generation Pentium Silver and Celeron platform and processors. These processors are under the codename 'Gemini Lake' and are focused on low-power platforms for inexpensive desktops and mobile computers.

iMac Pro will be available Dec. 14

From CNET: First announced in June, the new iMac Pro will drop later this week.

An update to Apple's website on Tuesday delivered the release date: Dec. 14.

With the iMac Pro, Apple is targeting professionals who need really fast processing and lots of computing horsepower.

Dutch police will stop using drone-hunting eagles since they weren't doing what they're told

From The Verge: Last year, police in the Netherlands were ready to deploy a team of eagles to take down rogue drones. Now the police say they’ve stopped using the birds because training them is more expensive and complicated than they anticipated, reports Nos, as spotted by Gizmodo. The eagles wouldn’t always do what they were trained to do, and the police also doubted if the birds would perform well outside of their controlled training environment. Dutch police bought four sea eagle chicks after completing their trials last year.

PepsiCo orders 100 Tesla Semis, the largest reservation yet

From CNET: If you want your name spread across the internet in late 2017, there's no better way to do it than by ordering some Tesla Semi trucks.

PepsiCo has placed an order for 100 Tesla Semi trucks, Reuters reports, citing a conversation with a company executive. It's believed to be the largest such order -- of the orders that have been made public, at least.

Google is sending more traffic than Facebook to publishers - again

From Recode: Google used to be the main source of referral traffic for web publishers. Then Facebook eclipsed it.

And now, Google is back on top again.

Over the course of 2017, the search engine has become publishers’ main source of external page views, according to new data from, a digital analytics company.

Engineers Charged in Tech Theft Plot

From EETimes: Four former Applied Materials executives have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department in an alleged plot to steal trade secrets from their employer and use them in a competing startup in China.

Apple scoops up Shazam for a musical score

From CNET: Apple on Monday confirmed its acquisition of music recognition app Shazam, saying it's "thrilled" to be gaining one of the consistently most popular apps in its App Store.

"Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users," the company said in a statement. "We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today's agreement."

Marvell Announces 802.11ax Wireless Portfolio

From AnandTech: Marvell introduces three products today (88W9068, 88W9064, 88W9064S), each catering different market segments from the enterprise down to use-case scenarios such as OTT set-top-boxes. All three products fully support OFDMA and MU-MIMO on both down- and up-link, as well as 1024-QAM. Where they differentiate is in the spatial stream and frequency band capabilities as well as Bluetooth 5 integration.

Toshiba, Western Digital Reportedly Close to Settlement

From EETimes: Toshiba and Western Digital are nearing a settlement that end litigation between the firms which continues to be an obstacle to finalizing an $18 billion deal by Toshiba to sell its semiconductor business to a consortium led by private equity firm Bain Capital, according to a report by the Reuters news service.

HP Forgets Keylogging Code In Driver (Again)

From Tom's Hardware: Security researcher Michael Myng announced that he uncovered a keylogging component in HP’s keyboard driver. The keylogging code seems to be from a debugging tool that HP forgot to take out before shipping the driver to customers. The company forgot to disable similar keylogging functionality from an audio driver earlier this year, and it was also found to be silently collecting data on its customers computers with a new telemetry client.


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