AMD has its eyes on Las Vegas with Polaris GPUs

From InfoWorld: AMD wants its new Polaris GPUs to dazzle gamblers in Las Vegas using electronic devices.

Qualcomm, meanwhile, wants its embedded Snapdragon chips to be installed in robots, drones, and smart devices used in homes and for commercial applications.

For both chipmakers, the internet of things market is becoming too big to ignore. The companies this week announced CPUs and GPUs adapted from PCs and mobile devices for use in IoT devices.

Samsung: Safe batteries inside over 1 million Note 7 phones

From CNET: Samsung's global recall and replacement is in full swing for its Galaxy Note 7 phones with flawed batteries.

The South Korean electronics giant said more than 1 million people globally are using new Note 7 phones with safer batteries, according to Reuters.

The company voluntarily recalled the Note 7 earlier this month when a major battery flaw caused a small number of the phones to explode and sometimes burst into flames, damaging property and leaking dangerous chemicals.

New USB-C audio standard joins the iPhone 7's quest to kill the headphone jack

From PC World: The future of mobile device audio is here, and if you hated the iPhone 7’s Lightning connector headphones, you’ll loathe this new solution. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced the audio specification for USB Type-C was now complete.

HP says sorry (sort of) for crippling third-party ink cartridges

From CNET: If HP really clogged your nozzles with its printer security update that killed your third-party ink, good news -- in the form of another update -- is on the way.

Earlier in the month, HP updated a cartridge authentication procedure for select models of its office inkjet printers. That procedure shut down certain third-party cartridges that don't use original HP security chips, basically flagging them as clones or counterfeits.

Oracle denied new trial in copyright dispute with Google over Java

From InfoWorld: A federal court in California has denied Oracle another trial in its long-standing copyright infringement dispute with Google over the use of Java code in the Android operating system.

A jury had cleared Google of copyright infringement in May this year, upholding the company's stand that its use of 37 Java APIs (application programming interfaces) in its Android mobile operating system was fair use, thus denying Oracle up to $9 billion in damages that it was seeking.

Apple 'iPhone 8' already in the works, report says

From CNET: Many Apple fans are still trying to get their hands on a new iPhone 7, but we're already hearing rumors about the iPhone 8.

Apple is developing hardware for the iPhone 8, which will be released next year, at an office in Israel, Business Insider reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed local employee. The iPhone 8 will have a "different" design -- earlier rumors suggest an edge-to-edge display or ceramic body -- and an improved camera, the employee told Business Insider.

Nvidia teases Volta GPU in next-gen Xavier self-driving car computer

From PC World: Nvidia's current Pascal GPUs are generating a lot of enthusiasm, but their successor, the Volta GPU architecture, is on its way next year, and there's a lot to be excited about.

Nvidia unveiled Volta in a new Xavier supercomputer chip designed for self-driving cars, with the small surprising coming Wednesday at the company's GPU Technology Conference in Amsterdam.

No Man's Sky investigated over misleading advertising claims

From CNET: The UK's Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Man's Sky after it received "several complaints" about the game's potentially misleading advertising.

A representative for the organization confirmed to Eurogamer that the investigation has begun and is focused on the No Man's Sky page on Steam. The ASA's stated ambition is to act on complaints and proactively take action against "misleading, harmful or offensive advertisements."

Microsoft Azure networking is speeding up, thanks to custom hardware

From InfoWorld: Networking among virtual machines in Microsoft Azure is going to get a whole lot faster thanks to some new hardware that Microsoft has rolled out across its fleet of data centers.

The company announced Monday that it has deployed hundreds of thousands of FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) across servers in 15 countries and five different continents. The chips have been put to use in a variety of first-party Microsoft services, and they're now starting to accelerate networking on the company's Azure cloud platform.

Yahoo hack: It's not just Verizon. AT&T should be worried too

From CNET: The massive hack Yahoo disclosed last week is a headache for Verizon, the telecom giant set to take ownership of the company early next year.

Rival AT&T should be nervous too.

That's because many AT&T customers get the option to use -- yep, you guessed it -- a Yahoo Mail account to manage services like home broadband, wireless and pay-television services.


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