Walmart Plans Personal Shopper for 'Busy NYC Moms,' Cashier-Free Stores

From PC Mag: Walmart has setup a new subsidiary called Code Eight, and the two services it is currently testing show the retail giant is keen to expand the customer base it appeals to. In particular, to consumers who have more money to spend, so-called "high net worth urban consumers."

Netflix updated to support HDR on Windows 10

From The Verge: Netflix is adding High Dynamic Range (HDR) support to both its Windows 10 app and the Microsoft Edge browser. Netflix’s hardware requirements for HDR on PC mean you’ll need Intel’s 7th-generation or higher processors to support the HDR10 encoded content, and Intel’s integrated GPU or an Nvidia 1050 or higher. AMD GPUs or even CPUs are currently unsupported.

Intel Lists Knights Mill Xeon Phi on ARK: Up to 72 cores at 320W with QFMA and VNNI

From AnandTech: Today it was noticed, without any fanfare from Intel, that Knights Mill information has been uploaded to Intel’s specification database ARK. There are three known SKUs so far, with up to 72 cores and a 320W TDP. The Xeon Phi 'Knights Mill' products are a new iteration on the older 'Knights Landing' family, with a silicon change for additional AVX-512 instructions. As far as we can tell, these parts will only be available as socketable hosts and not as PCIe add-in cards.

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year

From The Verge: Apple might start to converge iOS and macOS in a big way next year by letting developers create a single app that runs across both platforms. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to let developers create apps that will adjust to whichever platform they’re running on, so that they’ll support touch input on an iPhone or an iPad and mouse and trackpad input on a Mac.

AMD’s Next-Generation Navi GPU Could Ship by Late 2018

From ExtremeTech: AMD’s Navi has been of interest to AMD fans since it first popped up on roadmaps, with hints of a next-generation memory subsystem and a “scalability” option that might be similar to the modular GPU designs that Nvidia is supposedly considering for its own products. First, the hints. As Hot Hardware reports, some driver notes for a Linux driver update back in July that were recently discovered reported:

Cable companies are looking for ways to limit password sharing

From The Verge: Cable companies are over people sharing logins with all their friends and family. As first spotted by Bloomberg, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said at the annual UBS conference this month: “There’s lots of extra streams, there’s lots of extra passwords, there’s lots of people who could get free service."

Facebook will use facial recognition to tell you when people upload your picture

From Recode: If someone uploads a photo of your face to Facebook, the company usually knows that it’s you thanks to facial recognition technology.

Now Facebook won’t just know it’s you — it’ll tell you about the photo, too.

Facebook is expanding its use of facial recognition technology and will now alert people that a friend, or a friend of a friend, uploaded a photo of them, even if they haven’t been tagged in the picture.

Apple iPhones slow down as batteries age, says report

From CNET: If you've noticed your older iPhone slowing down, the problem might be tied to the battery.

John Poole, founder of Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software, says in a blog post that iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 phones have a problem that is "widespread, and will only get worse as phones (and their batteries) continue to age."

Samsung May Announce Galaxy S9 in February 2018

From ExtremeTech: Samsung is the top Android device maker by a comfortable margin, which makes it a natural rival to Apple. The companies are constantly trying to one-up each other with their latest flagship designs, and the most recent blow was struck by Apple with the iPhone X. Despite that high starting price, the iPhone X is doing well. Samsung may be looking to slow Apple’s momentum with an earlier-than-expected unveiling of the Galaxy S9. Sources report Samsung is looking to show off the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in February 2018.

U.S. Government Blames North Korea for WannaCry Ransomware Attack

From eWeek: The U.S Government officially pointed the finger on Dec. 19, at the Government of North Korea as being responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attacks that first appeared in May 2017.


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