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Qualcomm expands its PC bet with its new 7nm 8cx platform

Qualcomm wants to become a major player in the PC/laptop market. Now that there is Windows 10 on ARM, that’s more than a pipe dream, but in its earliest iterations, those Qualcomm-based Windows 10 laptops used the Snapdragon 850 system on a chip that was specifically designed for PCs but still very much a direct descendant of its smartphone platform. Today, the company announced its Snapdragon 8cx platform, “the most extreme Snapdragon ever,” in Qualcomm’s parlance, which still leverages some of the company’s mobile expertise and building blocks, but which…

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Guardian Circle upgrades with a decentralized alert network

Chris Hays and Mark Jeffrey wanted to create a way for everyone to be able to tell their loved ones if they were in trouble. Their first product, Guardian Circle, did just that, netting a mention a few years ago. Now the same team is truly decentralizing alerts with a new token called, obviously, Guardium. The plan is to create an ad hoc network of helpers and first responders. “Guardium and Guardian Circle together open the emergency response grid to vetted citizens, private response and compatible devices for the very first…

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Apple’s first 5G iPhone won’t be ready until 2020, report says

Apple's first 5G iPhone could launch in 2020.Image: lili sams / mashable Apple’s first 5G iPhone is still two years away. That’s according to a new report, which says the iPhone maker won’t be 5G ready until 2020. That would put Apple a year behind some of its Android rivals which have said they plan to have 5G phones in 2019. The news, which comes from Fast Company, cites a single source said to have “knowledge of Apple’s plans.” SEE ALSO: 5 things to know about 5G The report also…

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Data is the name of the game, as Intel Capital puts $60M in 15 startups, $566M in 2017 overall

Intel Capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly $60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data (with a full rundown below). The investments come on the back of a big year for the group: In 2017 so far, Intel says that it’s invested $566 million in startups in its portfolio. The focus on big data in this latest group of startups comes out of…

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Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chip

Intel’s quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech in the Netherlands. It’s not a major advance in the actual computing power or applications — those are still in very early days — but it’s a step toward production systems that can be ordered and delivered to spec rather than experimental ones that live in a physics lab somewhere. Intel’s celebration of this particular chip is a bit arbitrary; 17 isn’t some magic number in the quantum…

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Gaming firm Razer seeks to raise over $600M in Hong Kong IPO

Gaming firm Razer has filed to go public through an IPO in Hong Kong as it looks to raise more than $600 million to go after growth opportunities. The U.S.-based company, which traces its origins back to Singapore, filed initial paperwork on Friday. Certain details such as how much Razer is looking to raise, its valuation and the timing of the IPO are not disclosed in the 345-page filing, but a source close to the company confirms its likely to be upwards of $600 million (earlier in the year, it…

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Intel could be about to release a very expensive Core i9 CPU

AnandTechs board. It looks like some employee or partner took a photo of a PowerPoint presentation in German with the full upcoming lineup. Ill let you head over to the upcoming Mac Pro. The only issue is that Intels top CPUs tend to cost a small fortune. I wouldnt be surprised if Intel asked for more than $1,000 for this Core i9 CPU. Other Core i9 options are going to feature 6, 8 or 10 cores. And if you tend to run single-threaded tasks, Intel will be able to run…

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Shareholders pressure Intel over PAC spending

Intel isnt the only tech company with a political action committee funneling money into Congress. But some of Intels recent donations includingto politicians known for opposing marriage equality like North CarolinaSenator Richard Burr andMinnesota Representative Tom Emmer have alarmed shareholders, who are now political accountability guidelines after the November election, the sentence about explaining significant incongruencies between a candidates record and our own policies had vanished. In a recent self-described #LGBTQAlly, has championed diversity in Silicon Valley and vocally opposed anti-LGBT legislation. The company announcement of a new Intel factory…

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