Intel slashes prices of 9th-gen desktop 'F' chips without integrated graphics by up to 20 percent

From PC World: Competition appears to be forcing Intel's prices down in the high-end gaming space. After launching its significantly cheaper Core X-series processors last week, on Monday Intel sliced up to 20 percent off of its 9th-gen "F" parts.

Amazon debuts its first-ever Kindle Kids Edition

From CNET: Amazon's been selling kid-friendly editions of Fire tablets for a while, but now it's bringing the Kids Edition concept to its Kindle e-reader. The new Kindle Kids Edition includes the entry-level Kindle bundled with a case, one year free of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited subscription service and a 2-year free replacement guaranty should the device break. Available for pre-order now, the bundle costs $110 and ships Oct. 30.

Ballistix Elite DDR4-4000 2x8GB Review (Page 1 of 10)

Some people ask me why I like baking, and I often reply with the fact that baking is much more of a science, while cooking is an art. This is not to say good or bad things about either side, but baking is a lot more reproducible. It is why I can follow along recipes and instructions, because they tell me practically everything I need to do. There might be techniques I can change in regards to how I perform some actions, but I can get a generally favorable result if I just add the right ingredients and follow the instructions. On the other hand, cooking can be more subjective in terms of its instructions. Changes can be made on the fly regardless of what you may have done, which can alter the end result drastically. For example, if there is not enough salt or you want to add a certain flavor, you can add it in the middle of the cooking process or even at the end. My baking preference is also biased by the fact baking often involves sugary results and I have a sweet tooth. All in all, I think baking with the right ingredients and process will result in a good product. However, can that be said for other things too? For example, for review we have a Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory kit. While this is not even the first one we reviewed this year, today's Ballistix Elite kit offers a higher operating frequency at 4000MHz. We have already found our original set to perform quite favorably, but how does this Ballistix Elite DDR4-4000 2x8GB compare? With the already good recipe in our first kit, does increasing the RAM frequency make for an even better end result? Let us read on to find out!

Google finds Android zero day that can take control of Pixel and Galaxy devices

From The Verge: Security researchers with Google’s Project Zero team have disclosed an Android vulnerability that appears to have been exploited in the real world, ZDNet reports. The issue affects phones manufactured by Samsung, including the Galaxy S7, S8, and S9, as well as the Huawei P20, Pixel 1, and Pixel 2. An Android spokesperson said that an attacker would either need to get their target to install a malicious application or pair the attack with a second exploit via a program like a web browser. At that point, the exploit achieves “full compromise” of a device.

Google finds Android zero day that can take control of Pixel and Galaxy devices

From The Verge: Security researchers with Google’s Project Zero team have disclosed an Android vulnerability that appears to have been exploited in the real world, ZDNet reports. The issue affects phones manufactured by Samsung, including the Galaxy S7, S8, and S9, as well as the Huawei P20, Pixel 1, and Pixel 2. An Android spokesperson said that an attacker would either need to get their target to install a malicious application or pair the attack with a second exploit via a program like a web browser. At that point, the exploit achieves “full compromise” of a device.

Apple tells suppliers to ramp up production of iPhone 11, report says

From CNET: The $699 price tag for iPhone 11 seems to be paying off. Apple reportedly increased its order for iPhone 11s by 10%, or 8 million units, according to Nikkei Asian Review on Friday.

"This autumn is so far much busier than we expected," an unnamed source that apparently has knowledge of the situation told Nikkei. "Previously, Apple was quite conservative about placing orders. After the increase, prepared production volume for the iPhone 11 series will be higher compared to last year."

Everything Microsoft Announced at Its Surface Event

From PC Mag: It was a busy morning in New York today as Microsoft unveiled a whole new passel of Surface devices that will arrive in time for the holiday season, and teased two innovative, dual-screen gadgets coming in 2020, as well as a number of accessories.

The Surface Laptop is one of Microsoft's most beloved hardware devices, hitting a new high-water mark with the refined Surface Laptop 2. Today, the company announced it was updating the PC again and expanding the offering, revealing a Surface Laptop 3 that comes in both 13- and 15-inch sizes.

Marshall’s latest Major headphones add Google Assistant and a 60-hour battery

From The Verge: With its new Major III Voice headphones, Marshall has added an extra 30 hours of battery life compared to the Major III headphones it released last year, for a total of 60 hours of playback. As well as the extra battery life, the new Major III Voice model also features built-in support for Google Assistant, which you can summon using the headphones’ voice button.

Google Revamps Mobile Shopping to Take on Amazon

From PC Mag: The countdown to Black Friday and Cyber Monday has already begun, and Google is rolling out a slew of new mobile-friendly shopping features to compete with online retailers like Amazon this holiday season.

As of this morning, changes to Google Shopping are live on desktop in the browser via shopping.google.com and the Shopping tab of Google search results, but the biggest enhancements are for mobile shopping.

Microsoft thinks a dual-screen Android phone can take on Apple and Samsung

From CNET: More than two decades ago, Microsoft started designing software for mobile devices. Two years ago, it gave up on phones, conceding that Google and Apple had won the OS battle. On Wednesday, Microsoft reversed course, unveiling a dual-screen smartphone. But rather than push a homegrown operating system in phones, Microsoft has taken up rival Google's Android software, which powers over 2.5 billion devices around the world.

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