Netgear brings person detection and E911 capabilities to its Arlo cameras

From The Verge: Nearly a year ago, Netgear announced Arlo Smart, a new service built using artificial intelligence that would add new features like person detection and smart notifications to improve the experience with Arlo cameras across the board. Now that service is here, and Arlo Smart will bring a host of new features, including the ability to remotely call 911, cloud activity zones, and rich notifications to every Arlo camera the company has released — for a small fee.

Alienware's AW988 is a premium wireless headset for a premium price

From PC World: When Alienware stepped back into peripherals last year with its AW568 keyboard and Elite Gaming Mouse, I figured a headset was sure to follow. It took about six months longer than I expected, but sure enough I was right: Alienware unveiled the AW988 wireless headset on Wednesday. Just be prepared to pay a premium for the privilege.

ZTE gets a deal with the US that brings it back from the brink

From CNET: The US appears to have struck a deal with Chinese telecom giant ZTE, resolving a controversy that had put the Chinese telecom giant in peril.

The deal includes a $1 billion penalty against ZTE, and a compliance team, chosen by the US, will be embedded at the company, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC Thursday morning. It also requires ZTE to change its board of directors and executive team in 30 days.

AMD tops Intel with its 32-core Threadripper 2, which will ship this year

From PC World: AMD just did Intel one better at Computex. Intel wowed the Taipei crowds on Tuesday with a 28-core Core chip, which the company promised by the end of the year. One day later, on Wednesday, AMD announced Threadripper 2—and at 32 cores and 64 threads, it will easily top what Intel promised.

BlackBerry Key2 specs leak just a day before its launch

From CNET: The BlackBerry Key2 will launch tomorrow, but there may not be much left to reveal.

On Wednesday, tipster Evan Blass tweeted out what appears to be a spec sheet for the upcoming device. The phone is expected to have a keyboard design similar to the KeyOne, and the leaked sheet lists a 4.5-inch LCD screen, QWERTY keyboard and fingerprint scanner in the spacebar for the Key2. It will also have dual-rear cameras and a 3,500mAh battery, according to the leaked specs.

Toshiba Sells PC Business to Foxconn-Owned Sharp

From PC Mag: Toshiba has been a pioneer in laptops, but on Tuesday it decided to depart with the company's declining PC business and sell it to the Foxconn-owned Sharp.

Toshiba is offering the 80 percent stake in the PC unit for a mere 4 billion yen or $36 million, according to its financial filing. The deal is scheduled to close in Oct.

Since 2015, the Japanese firm has been trying to restructure its business, amid weak growth in the PC market and an accounting scandal, in which the company was overreporting profits.

Intel Celebrates x86 40th Anniversary with 5GHz Core i7

From PC Mag: Intel's big announcement yesterday at Computex was Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake eighth-generation Core processors alongside showing off a prototype 28-core chip. But there was another reveal which is sure to excite performance junkies: Intel is releasing a limited edition anniversary processor that is capable of hitting 5GHz.

Intel is celebrating its 50th anniversary next month, but also the 40th anniversary of the x86 architecture and 8086 microprocessor. Intel thinks that's worth marking, and so we're getting a limited edition 8th Gen Core i7-8086K processor.

Microsoft buys GitHub for $7.5 billion

From InfoWorld: After several days of rumors to the effect, Microsoft today revealed it had reached an agreement to acquire popular code-sharing site GitHub, for $7.5 billion.

New Safari privacy features on MacOS Mojave and iOS 12 crack down on nosy websites

From CNET: When Apple announced a new Safari privacy feature last year called intelligent tracking protection, advertisers accustomed to tracking your behavior online squealed. Get ready for some more squealing.

At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, the company showed some new restrictions it's imposing on online tracking technology. For one thing, when you use websites with buttons to like and share stories, Safari will intervene to prevent those tools from slurping in your behavioral data unless you permit it.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 PC chip boosts performance, pushes battery life to a new high

From PC World: PCs powered by Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon PC processor struggled with performance issues while providing incredible all-day battery life. Qualcomm has addressed these problems with the new Snapdragon 850, adding 30 percent more performance while extending its already incredible battery life another 20 percent to what it now calls "multi-day" longevity.


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