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Qualcomm: Apple stole trade secrets to help Intel September 25, 2018 - 15:35
AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme gets pictured September 25, 2018 - 13:19
3D NAND now makes up over 60 percent of NAND bit output September 25, 2018 - 12:02
Tech giants spend $80 billion in 2017 to keep competitive edge September 25, 2018 - 11:49
Intel adding 14nm CPU production capacity September 25, 2018 - 11:10
Office 2019 is now available for non-cloud users September 25, 2018 - 10:36
Light up your desk with the Cooler Master MP860 RGB LED mousepad September 25, 2018 - 09:48
AMD Polaris 30 GPU made on 12nm coming real soon? September 24, 2018 - 22:43
Former Google CEO thinks Internet will fork, one part led by China September 24, 2018 - 18:21
Kingston HyperX Fury RGB SSD with fancy LEDs hits the market September 24, 2018 - 16:01
Intel Ice Lake delayed to 2020, Coffee Lake-R in 2019? September 24, 2018 - 15:06
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 15:35:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Qualcomm is taking legal action against Apple, alleging that the smartphone giant stole modem chipset trade secrets and gave them to Intel. Apple exclusively used Qualcomm models from 2011-2016 but has now reportedly switched completely to Intel. During the year-long cooperation between Apple and Qualcomm, the former received access to confidential software tools to help integrate the modems into the iPhone. Qualcomm claims it discovered that Apple engineers repeatedly used this software to help Intel engineers to improve the performance of Intel's chipsets.
They go further than the original complaint by alleging Apple stole Qualcomm trade secrets in a “multi-year campaign of sloppy, inappropriate and deceitful conduct ... for the purpose of improving lower-quality modem chipsets, including those manufactured by Intel, a competitor of Qualcomm, to render such chipsets useable in Apple devices with the ultimate goal of diverting Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel.”
The accusation is made in a motion to amend a complaint that was originally filed in November. Intel is not named as a defendant in the case.

Via: Reuters
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 13:19:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz got its hands on photos of the AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme video card from Gigabyte. This model features 12+2 phase VRM and has seven display connectors; 3x DisplayPort, 3x HDMI 2.0 and one USB Type-C port. It uses a triple-fan cooling solution and has fancy individually programmable RGB LEDs.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 12:02:24 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Industry observers told DigiTimes that 3D NAND flash memory technology now makes up in excess of 60 percent of global NAND flash bit output. The site adds that NAND flash prices have dropped 40 percent this year, as major vendors migrated to 3D NAND manufacturing.
Samsung Electronics has boosted its 3D NAND manufacturing to 85% as a proportion of its total NAND chip output, the observers said. Toshiba with its technology partner Western Digital also has as high as 75% of output using 3D NAND process technology, the observers indicated.

Micron Technology and SK Hynix have had 90% and 60%, respectively, of their total NAND chip output built using 3D NAND technology, the observers said.

In addition, these major NAND chip vendors will have new production lines come online in 2019, while China-based startups such as Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC) will also start running their new fabs, the observers suggested. As a result, the global NAND flash bit output will continue growing to drag down memory prices further, the observers said.
The move to 3D NAND will also result in higher storage capacities. Next year, flagship smartphones are expected to feature a capacity of 512GB.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 11:49:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new Bloomberg article highlights that US tech giants are now one of the United States' biggest spenders on capital goods. Last year, Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook spent a combined total of $80 billion on expensive physical assets, including manufacturing equipment, specialized assembly tools, and undersea Internet cables. Impressive figure, it's up from $40 billion in 2015.
Their combined outlay is about 10 times what GM spends annually on its plants, vehicle-assembly robots, and other materials. The splurge by tech companies is behind an upswing in capital-goods spending among big U.S. companies, which is seeing its fastest growth in years, according to a Credit Suisse analysis. The $80 billion tab also is a snapshot of why it’s tough to unseat the tech giants. How can a company hope to compete with Google’s driverless cars when it spends $20 billion a year to ensure it has the best laser-guided sensors and computer chips? There are a lot of physical assets behind all those internet clouds.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 11:10:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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WCCF Tech noticed that Intel is expanding production capacity for test/finished processor goods at its Ho Chi Minh City facility in Vietnam. The move will aid with alleviating the current shortage of 14nm processors and chipsets. Delivery of processors from the new site is expected as early as October 8.
In order to ensure a continuous supply of the Intel Processors listed in the “Products Affected” Table below, Intel will be adding an additional manufacturing site for Test/Finished Goods. The new site is located in Vietnam. The new manufacturing site has been certified equivalent (form, fit, function, and reliability) for the affected products and technologies of this change.

Fabrication (Fab), sort, and assembly test facilities follow a Copy Exactly! (CE!) philosophy. Copy Exactly! enables delivery of product from multiple production sites, which operate as a virtual factory that performs consistently and independent of the manufacturing source site. Additional benefits include faster production ramps that improve product availability and improved consistency to quality performance. – Intel PCN
Intel is struggling with supplying the market with enough 14nm chips because the firm's 10nm process suffered multiple years of delays. Demand remains high and as more and more of Intel's product mix shifted to 14nm, the company ran out of 14nm capacity.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 10:36:54 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft releases Office 2019 for Windows and Mac. The software giant's primary focus is on the Office 365 subscription service, Office 2019 is a one-time release for customers who prefer not to use the cloud. Office 2019 features most of the new features that have been added to Office 365 ProPlus over the last three years, but will not receive future feature updates. Office 365 on the other hand receives monthly feature updates. Office Home & Business 2019 is listed for $249.99 per user, whereas Office 365 Home costs $99.99 per year for up to 5 users ($69.99 for the one-user Office 365 Personal).
Office 2019 delivers features across apps to help users create amazing content in less time. In PowerPoint 2019, you can create cinematic presentations with new features like Morph and Zoom. And improved inking features across the apps in Windows—like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects—allow you to naturally create documents.

Excel 2019 adds powerful new data analysis features, including new formulas and charts and enhancements to PowerPivot.

Word 2019 and Outlook 2019 help you focus on what matters most. Learning Tools, like Read Aloud and Text Spacing, make it easier to engage with your content. Focus Mode blocks out distractions and puts your content front and center. And Focused Inbox moves less important emails out of the way—so you can get straight to taking care of business. For a longer list of the new features in Office 2019, see our FAQs.

Office 2019 also includes new IT value for enhanced security and streamlined administration. We introduced Click-to-Run (C2R), a modern deployment technology, in Office 2013, and it’s now used to deploy and update Office across hundreds of millions of devices worldwide. With Office 2019, we’re moving the on-premises versions of Office to C2R to reduce costs and improve security. The advantages of C2R include predictable monthly security updates, up-to-date apps on installation, reduced network consumption through Windows 10 download optimization technology, and an easy upgrade path to Office 365 ProPlus. C2R offers the same enterprise-focused management capabilities as Microsoft Installer (MSI) based products and will also support an in-place upgrade when you move to Office 2019 from older MSI-based products. To learn more, refer to the Office 2019 Click-to-Run FAQ.

The 2019 release of Office products also includes updates to our servers, and in the coming weeks, we will release Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 25 2018 @ 09:48:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
RGB LED mousepads are nothing new but Cooler Master tries to add some more value by introducing a model with a dual surface. The new Cooler Master MP860 has a textile side for control and precision, and an anodized aluminium rear for speed. The product also seems relatively thin for an RGB LED mousepad, most rivals have clunky RGB LED controller units.

The MP860 has 19 integrated RGB LEDs and offers dozens of light effects that can be synced with other Cooler Master gear.

The Cooler Master MP860 has a suggested retail price of 79.99EUR.

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Posted on Monday, September 24 2018 @ 22:43:13 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Asian tech forum ChipHell is spreading a rumor about a mysterious Polaris 30 GPU from AMD. WCCF Tech translated the news and writes we could see the launch of a new Polaris-based GPU refresh as early as next week. Take it with a grain of salt though, as this is the first time we're hearing about this supposed GPU launch.

Anyway, Polaris 30 is reportedly made on the 12nm FinFET process and could offer a 10-15 percent performance increase at the same power consumption level. Guess we'll find out soon whether this rumor is true.
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Posted on Monday, September 24 2018 @ 18:21:44 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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At a private event in San Francisco organized by investment firm Village Global VC, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that the Internet will split in two. In response to a question from economist Tyler Cowen about the odds of the Internet fragmenting into different sub-internets, Schmidt replied that the most likely scenario is not a splintering, but a bifurcation. One part led by the US, and one part led by China:
"I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America.

If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal. Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number.

If you think of China as like 'Oh yeah, they're good with the Internet,' you're missing the point. Globalization means that they get to play too. I think you're going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China. There's a real danger that along with those products and services comes a different leadership regime from government, with censorship, controls, etc.

Look at the way BRI works – their Belt and Road Initiative, which involves 60-ish countries – it's perfectly possible those countries will begin to take on the infrastructure that China has with some loss of freedom."
Via: CNBC
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Posted on Monday, September 24 2018 @ 16:01:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Kingston added two new storage products to its HyperX lineup. First up we have the Save EXO SSD, an external flash drive that ships in 480GB and 960GB capacities. The disk uses 3D TLC NAND flash memory and has USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connectivity. The firm promises read/write speeds of up to 500/480MB/s.
Fast External Storage: The SAVAGE EXO SSD is the ideal storage for users looking for fast, external storage for game backups, video editing and other speed sensitive storage requirements. The SAVAGE EXO SSD features read speeds of 500MB/s and write speeds of 400MB/s, and offers simple connectivity for Windows and Mac, as well as compatibility with XBOX One and PS4 via USB 3.1 Gen 2. SAVAGE EXO SSD weighs 56 grams offering a slim and compact design for maximum portability making it is the perfect solution for quick storage and data transfer on the go. It offers a load time increase of up to 20 percent on today’s consoles. It is available in 480GB and 960GB capacities.
Next is the Fury RGB SSD, a solid state disk with built-in RGB LED light effects. This product is offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. The disk uses 3D TLC NAND flash memory and you get read/write speeds of up to 550/480MB/s.
Enhanced Visual Experience: The FURY RGB SSD offers an enhanced visual experience for gaming, overclocking PCs, and DIY system builds with up to 550MB/s read and 480MB/s write speeds and a visually stunning lightbar that offers dynamic, customizable RGB lighting effects. Compatible with RGB motherboards that support RGB lighting and multiple RGB devices, FURY RGB SSD can also be daisy chained to sync RGB effects across system internals. FURY RGB SSD is available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. It is sold as a standalone RGB SSD or with an upgrade bundle kit that includes a USB 3.0 enclosure, 3.5” bracket and mounting screws, RGB cable, SATA data cable, USB 3.1 Type A to mini-USB Cable and Hard Drive Cloning Software.
Both products are immediately available and are backed by a limited 3-year warranty.

 FURY RGB SSD and SAVAGE EXO SSD
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