Intel launches first-ever 10-core desktop processor

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Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, processor manufacturers raced to offer processors with ever-increasing clock speeds, which more or less equaled performance.

Then, when clock speeds hit a wall at about 4 GHz due to a variety of factors, they took a back seat, and manufacturers started a race to increase the number of processor cores in a single CPU. Intel introduced its first dual core processor for home use in 2006, and it took about seven years for the number of cores in processors for desktops and laptops to reach eight. 

Now, at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Monday, Intel launched its first 10-core processor aimed at home users (the company already sells 10-core Xeon processors, but those are for professional use).  Read more…

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How driverless cars will change car ownership forever

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Fast-forward 20 years. Driverless cars coast around every street in the country without a human driver behind the wheel. They’ve reached market saturation — the technology is as commonplace as cruise control is today.

The rise of self-driving cars leads to a host of questions, of course, but for the moment let’s focus on just one: Will you still be able own a car? Would you even want to? I mean, why buy when you can take an autonomous pod everywhere for far less?

Thing is, the answer to that question isn’t a simple yes or no. But finding the answer is rooted in trends happening right now. Read more…

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I made iMovie magic on the iPad Pro

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For the last few months, I spent hours creating a video celebrating my quarter century of marriage. It’s honestly too personal to show you, but what I learned in the process is not.

You can make something quite awesome with an iPhone, iMovie (for the iPad) and an iPad Pro.

When I got married, we couldn’t afford a videographer. We ended up with beautiful photos and the memories we could replay in our own heads. For my project, I decided to create a wedding video out of available assets (our old wedding photos) and newly shot material.

I’ve been editing video on and off for decades, but I had never done something at this scale. There were a lot of moving parts and, honestly, a lot I didn’t know about what I would need and how I could actually edit it. Read more…

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India rejects Apple's plans to sell refurbished iPhones, but might agree to Apple Stores

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The Indian government has rejected Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, but said it was considering the company’s application seeking a waiver of the mandatory local sourcing rule to open its retail stores.

“We would not be in favour of whatever you may call them — used but refashioned, remodelled, updated… used goods,” commerce and industry minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said. 

However, she said that it could look at relaxing the 30% local sourcing norm required for all foreign single brand retails stores in India for Apple. This rule is exempt for cutting-technology products.  Read more…

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Asus ZenBook 3 will make your current laptop look fat

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When Apple launched the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, it instantly became a benchmark for ultra-light computers, surpassed in portability by only a few models. 

The thinking behind Asus’ new ultraportable, the ZenBook 3, seems to have been approximately this: Let’s make a laptop that’s even thinner and lighter than the MacBook, but more powerful and with a slightly larger screen.

Amazingly, the company’s done it. The ZenBook 3 is a 12.5-inch computer that’s only 11.9mm thin (0.47 inches), weighing just 910g (2 pounds). For comparison, the Apple MacBook has a 12-inch screen, is 0.52 inches tall at its thickest point, and weighs 2.03 pounds.  Read more…

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Asus Zenbo is an E.T.-like home robot with a touchscreen face

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Writing about tech is often straightforward. But finding words for Asus’ Zenbo home robot, announced just before the start of the Computex trade show in Taipei, is a tougher task. The multi-faceted robot is hard to categorize and, well, just plain weird. 

Designed to provide “assistance, entertainment and companionship to families,” the Zenbo looks as if E.T. got together with an iMac G4. The robot is partly a home surveyor, and partly an Amazon Echo-style assistant. 

It can understand spoken commands, so you can do thinks like tell it to remind you of a doctor’s appointment. It also automatically monitors the home for emergency situations, notifying family members via a smartphone when something bad happens. It has a built-in camera (great for taking family photos, Asus claims) and can be remotely controlled, say to check what your dog or toddler is doing.  Read more…

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