Intel's first discrete Xe graphics cards will cost $200, battling AMD and Nvidia for the mainstream crown

From PC World: Intel’s discrete “Xe” graphics cards will be priced to move when they debut in 2020. In an interview with Russian YouTube channel Pro Hi-Tech, Intel’s chief architect and graphics head Raja Koduri said that the chip giant is targeting the mainstream $200 price point with its initial consumer offering.

Apple Stops Listening In To Users On Siri, Will Let Users Opt Out

From Forbes: When you’re talking to Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, some of the recordings are listened to by humans to quality-check the results for accuracy. This was revealed in a report by the Guardian a few days ago, and you can read about it here on Forbes.

Now, Apple has responded – in super-quick time – to address the issues that were raised.

Smartphone Shipments: Apple Down 12%, LG Down 18.5%, Samsung And Huawei Both Up

From : Clearly, smartphones are the new PCs: global shipments are down for the seventh straight quarter. Globally, smartphone shipments dipped to 360 million in the second quarter of 2019, down 1.2% or 4.3 million devices from the same quarter in 2018.

But Chinese manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo bucked the trend.

Huawei grew 4.6% in spite of the U.S. government's attempts to limit its market share, while Xiaomi edged up .9% and Vivo grew 2.1%.

Western Digital: Nearly All NAND Capacities Resumed Normal Operations

From : Western Digital and its manufacturing partner Toshiba Memory Co. (TMC) had managed to resume normal operation of almost all of their joint production lines at their Yokkaichi Operations campus in Japan, Western Digital said on Wednesday. Damages to wafer and manufacturing tools will cost Western Digital up to $339 million in total.

Apple Is Ramping Up R&D to Find Its Next Big Product

From PC Mag: Apple's Q3 earnings came with good news and bad news. The tech giant's services segment continues to grow steadily and helped buoy Apple's overall revenue growth, but profits dipped more than 12 percent amid declining iPhone sales.

Google's Pixel 4 offers a glimpse into a hands-free future

From CNET: After it bucked the rumor mill and "leaked" an official image of the Pixel 4 in June, Google continued its unorthodox strategy by dropping a 22-second video about the Pixel 4 on Monday, way before its anticipated October launch. The video and accompanying blog showed off two new features of the phone: face unlock (similar to Apple's Face ID) and motion sense -- the latter of which lets you "skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls" by waving a hand in front of the phone's embedded radar chip.

Alphabet overtakes Apple to become most cash-rich company

From The Verge: Google’s parent company Alphabet has overtaken Apple to become the most cash-rich company in the world. The Financial Times reports that as of the second quarter of this year, Alphabet holds $117 billion in liquid reserves, compared to $102 billion for Apple.

Cisco Pays $8.6M to Settle Claims it Sold Flawed Software to the US

From PC Mag: Cisco has agreed to an $8.6 million settlement on claims the company knowingly sold video surveillance software that contained security flaws to the US government and military agencies.

The software package, called Video Surveillance Manager, was sold about a decade ago to the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service, the US Army, and numerous other federal, state, and local government departments, according to a 2011 court complaint, which was unsealed on Wednesday.

FTC: You might get 'far less' than $125 in Equifax settlement

From CNET: The Federal Trade Commission is encouraging people affected by the Equifax data breach to choose free credit monitoring over the $125 cash alternative. Why? Because you might actually end up getting "far less than $125."

The FTC on Wednesday said the public response to the $700 million settlement it reached with Equifax has been "overwhelming." The 2017 breach exposed 147 million consumers' personal information, including driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers and birth dates.

New Fractal Design PSU is whisper-quiet and ultra-flexible

From Fractal Design Press Release: Available immediately from Fractal Design, the Ion+ Platinum is a modular, high-performance PC power supply with emphasis on whisper-quiet operation, enhanced cable flexibility and superior output quality.

A user selectable semi-passive Zero RPM mode ensures the fan won’t spin up until needed, and even then it is unlikely to be noticed thanks to a highly efficient custom design leveraging an exceptionally low minimum speed.

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