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Intel announced its latest 8th generation Core processors today, and is promising that the new chips will offer up to a 40 percent speed boost over the previous 7th generation Kaby Lake chips.

The 8th generation chips will be doing things a little differently from other generations. In the past, Intel has either used generational steps for introducing new chip architectures (say, the jump from 22nm to 14nm between Haswell and Broadwell) or to offer an improved version of the previous generation’s architecture (like Skylake, which was an upgraded version of the 14nm node).

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Last year I wrote a piece poking fun at Apple’s marketing campaign claiming its iPad Pro can replace a laptop. I was hardly the only tech writer who felt that way at the time — after all, the iPad’s OS is basically a blown up version of a mobile phone OS, lacking the ability to truly multi-task more than two apps at once or basic (yet crucial) PC things like having access to your files. But that still didn’t stop devoted Apple fans from getting upset with me.

Well, Apple has worked hard in the past year to make even doubters like myself shut up. I’m currently typing this article on the relatively new (released a month and half ago) iPad Pro 10.5-inch with a beta version of iOS 11, and … everything is going fine. In fact, I’ve been using this device as my work laptop for the past few hours and I haven’t pulled my hair out.

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Microsoft Corp is working on technology that it believes can make blockchain-based systems faster and more private, as it looks to speed up use of the distributed database software by enterprises.

The company said on Thursday that it had developed a system called Coco Framework, which connects to different blockchain networks to solve some of the issues that have slowed down their adoption, including speed and privacy concerns.

Coco, whose names stands for Confidential Consortium, will be ready and made open source by 2018, Microsoft said.
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The Galaxy Note 8-related rumors and leaks are popping up constantly, and a new image has just surfaced in China, it’s showing off all the color variants of Samsung’s upcoming phablet. If you take a look at the provided image, you’ll be able to see eight different color variants of Samsung’s flagship phablet. As you can see, the front side of the device is not pictured here, but the front side of the Galaxy Note 8 will be black either way, no matter what color variant you get, as was the case with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.

 

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iPhone 8 has already had incredible reveals and this includes several Forbes exclusives, but now Apple AAPL -1.00% itself has focused attention on significant new upgrades…

The ever reliable 9to5Mac brings these new details and Apple iself is again the source with its new HomePad beta software revealing the iPhone 8 will not only skip Touch ID but look to replace it entirely with a commercially untested ‘Face ID’ facial recognition system for both logistics and pay. The hope will be Apple can succeed where others, notably Samsung, failed.

 

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Microsoft has been working extremely hard to make Windows 10 the most capable and appealing version of its desktop operating system ever, and it’s already made some great progress. Once flooded with compatibility issues and bugs, Windows 10 has come a long way since its launch, and with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft promises it’s going to be even better. A newly released insider build of the OS gives us an idea of what to expect, and as PCWorld reports, Microsoft has snuck in several new features.

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There will be something for just about everyone in Bay Area companies’ earnings reports over the next few weeks. And this week, two of the most-opposite companies from the region will garner the attention of Wall Street and investors.

Facebook will deliver its second-quarter results after the close of trading Wednesday, and analysts have forecast the social-media giant to earn $1.12 a share on $9.2 billion in revenue. During the same period a year ago, Facebook earned 97 cents a share on sales of $6.44 billion. Mobile users and revenue from mobile ads will be main areas of focus, as well as the performance of Instagram and Instagram Stories ads.

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Samsung on Tuesday officially launched voice capabilities for its Bixby smart sidekick in the US, about three months after the artificial intelligence technology first became available on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company had delayed the launch and missed its own promised “later this spring” deadline, at least in the US.

Owners of its newest phones will be able to access Bixby Voice after downloading a software update, rolling out at 9 p.m. PT. South Korean users, who’ve had access to Bixby Voice in the Korean language since May 1, will also be able to now access the English language capabilities. The company didn’t say when Bixby Voice will be available in other countries.

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Whenever a new update is rolled out for WhatsApp, the world waits for the most popular messaging platform to gain features that make life easier. This time, the update for WhatsApp brings certain features that change the way you use the app. The highlight of the update has to be the enhanced file sharing feature.

WhatsApp now lets its users share any kind of file on the platform. Earlier, it was just limited to file formats that the mobile platform can understand, with exception of third-party apps. The update limits the file size sharing up to 100MB, which is more than enough for sharing large documents on the go.

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It isn’t long now until the Galaxy Note 8 launches, and given the radical changes coming it seems even Samsung can’t resist ‘accidentally’ teasing this phone…

Using the company’s official Twitter account for its Exynos chipsets, today Samsung tweeted a promotion for the Exynos 8895 – the chipset used in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. But the phone used in the promotion was neither of these well known flagships.

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