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Intel Confirms It Intends to Support VESA Adaptive Sync in Future GPUs

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Intel has again confirmed that it will support VESA Adaptive Sync with its discrete GPUs. That's the same standard AMD's FreeSync is based on, and it positions the two companies as supporting one standard while Nvidia backs its own version.The post Intel Confirms It Intends to Support VESA Adaptive Sync in Future GPUs appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Vergecast: IFA 2018, iPhone leaks, and Sonos Amp

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This week, The Verge has been at IFA 2018, Europe’s big tech event. There are a lot of new gadgets, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their favorites on The Vergecast.Also, Apple announced its September event this week, and immediately following the announcement, iPhone and Apple Watch leaks surfaced. The crew discusses.And, of course, we have our fan-favorite segments: Liz’s “This week in Elon Musk” and Paul’s “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2”There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Sonos announcing a geeky new amp — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 01:04 - The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong02:08 - Apple’s next iPhone event is September 12th03:24 - Purported iPhone XS image shows gold color...Continue reading…

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Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in September

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Summer is over, which means it’s that special time of year when streaming services start loading up on scary movies because Halloween is coming. (To be clear, I mean the holiday, not the David Gordon Green-helmed sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror flick — though that’s going to premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, so we can get excited for that as well.)Netflix starts things strong, adding Robert Eggers terrifying feature debut The Witch, alongside more pulpy fare like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and The Most Assassinated Woman in the World. Hold the Dark, the new Jeffrey Wright thriller from Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier will be coming to the service in September, but...Continue reading…

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How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made

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The Future of Music, episode 2Continue reading…

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The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life

You might want a note-taking app as an artist, to take notes during a meeting to remember important feedback, or to jot down insights from a meaningful panel. Maybe you’re a celebrity who needs to publish a public apology to social media, and you need more space than a typical post affords. Often, we don’t give much thought to which app we’re using. It’s either the first app that’s available or the one everyone says is good.Still, there’s a small quality-of-life improvement to enjoy when you switch from a mediocre, passable note-taking app to the best one you can find. And wouldn’t it be nice to have one app that fulfills your note-taking needs so that all your notes are in one place? That’s why we looked for the simplest,...Continue reading…

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Huawei promises its Kirin 980 processor will destroy the Snapdragon 845

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At IFA today, Huawei announced its newest system-on-a-chip, the Kirin 980, which boasts a number of world firsts. It’s the first 7nm mobile processor, the first one built around ARM’s Cortex-A76 CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the first with a Cat.21 smartphone modem supporting speeds up to 1.4Gbps, and the first chip to support 2,133MHz LPDDR4X RAM. The Kirin 980 has 6.9 billion transistors, but I’ve seen it for myself and it’s no larger than a thumbnail.The road to today’s announcement started three years ago for Huawei, with the company engaging more than 1,000 senior semiconductor design experts and churning through more than 5,000 engineering prototypes. The end result is roughly a 20 percent speed improvement and a 40 percent reduction in...Continue reading…

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Huawei’s AI Cube is a 4G router and Alexa speaker, not a cube

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The Huawei AI Cube is not a cube. I just really want us to get that fact agreed upon before we proceed any further. It is, however, a rather unique device, combining a 4G modem, a home Wi-Fi router, a high-end 360-degree wireless speaker, and a Huawei-Amazon collaboration that promises Alexa integration and some not-yet-articulated AI capabilities.Shaped like an elongated Google Home with a flat top, the Huawei AI Cube is an effort to get Huawei in on the flourishing smart speaker business. As of today, there are probably more consumer electronics brands with a smart speaker in their portfolio — Apple’s HomePod, the Google Home family of devices, Amazon’s Echo speakers, Lenovo’s Smart Display, and most recently, Samsung’s Bixby speaker...Continue reading…

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Wireless headphones are improving faster than anything else in tech

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If you’re in the market for new wireless headphones, IFA 2018 has been an absolute treat for you. If, on the other hand, you just bought a pair, well... this is going to be an upsetting read. At this year’s IFA in Berlin, headphones manufacturers brought out a litany of meaningful, tangible, delightful improvements that have made the wireless audio market much more exciting than it was just a few days ago. Let’s take each new change in turn.USB-C is the new charging standardAnyone who’s been following my writing will know that I think this change is overdue. For months, I’ve been imploring headphone makers to get with the times — a majority of smartphones and laptops now charge via USB-C — but most of them kept updating their flagship...Continue reading…

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When Elon Musk tweets, no one can ignore it

How much you should be worth in your 20s, 30s, and 40s if you want to retire rich

A third of people making more than $100,000 think they're underpaid, according to new research

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Steve Bardens/Getty ImagesA third of people who already earn six figures want bigger paychecks.According to a new survey of 28,000 US workers, 46% of respondents said they were underpaid, including 37% of respondents who earn more than $100,000.When unemployment is low, people can be more confident in their value and feel they can get a higher-paying job if they choose.At the same time, many six-figure earners live in expensive places with higher standards of living, such as people with high-profile tech jobs in San Francisco.You think it as you drag yourself out of bed every Monday, grumble it under your breath at annoying meetings and message it to coworkers behind your boss's back: "I don't getpaid enoughfor this."But even if you were, chances are you still wouldn't think your salary was high enough.

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These are the 5 leaders in the self-driving-car race (GOOG, GOOGL, GM, F)

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GMTech companies and auto companies are all racing to be the first to roll out self-driving cars onto the road.The stakes are high for everyone involved. The self-driving revolution and the prevalence of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft threatens to reduce individual car ownership, which would eat into a sizable piece of automakers' core business.

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Tesla’s drama, China-based companies are listing in the U.S., and SurveyMonkey is (finally) going public

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.This week, we were a man down, with the excellent Alex Wilhelm of Crunchbase News on a vacation that someone seems to have sanctioned, though it was not us, as we don’t believe in vacations. (Wilhelm, get back here.) We did, happily, have the very knowledgeable Kirsten Korosec of TechCrunch join us on the line; we were also joined by this week’s personable in-studio guest: Lauren Kolodny, a partner at the San Francisco-based, early-stage venture firm Aspect Ventures.It was the perfect mix to talk about car makers and more car makers, including Tesla and CEO Elon Musk’s seemingly ill-planned plans to take the publicly traded company private, then vacillating a bit before changing his mind again, much to the chagrin of his board, the company’s shareholders, and poor Kirsten, who was trying to enjoy her evening last Friday when Musk decided (for now) to leave we…

The Russian automaker that created Putin's armored limo made a luxury version that rips off Mercedes and Rolls-Royce — take a look at the Frankenstein car

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REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovA new sedan and limousine modeled after the state-vehicles used by Russian President Vladimir Putin were unveiled at the Moscow Auto Show Wednesday. The Aurus Senat is a luxury line of armored sedans and limousines developed in conjunction with a Russia state-sponsored research institute agency. The Aurus Senat sedan and the Aurus Senat limousine show striking similarities to the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard, Chrysler 300, and Rolls-Royce Phantom.A new luxury sedan and limousine modeled after the state-vehicles used by Russian President Vladimir Putin were unveiled at the Moscow Auto Show yesterday, though the vehicles show striking similarities to other luxury cars.Aurus Senat, is a new luxury line of armored sedans and limousines developed in conjunction with a Russia state-sponsored research institute agency known by the acronym NAMI, as well as the Russian carmaker Sollers. The car goes on sale in January 2019 and it is reported that while Aurus only e…

Amazon dethrones Tesla as the stock short sellers hate the most (TSLA, AMZN)

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Mark Brake/GettyAmazon's stock is now more heavily bet against than Tesla's, according to data from S3 Partners. The e-commerce giant dethroned Elon Musk's car company Thursday as the most heavily shorted stock as shares climbed above $2,000 for the first time.Follow Amazon's race to be the second $1 trillion company in real-time here. Less than one week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk ended his bid to take the electric-car company private, Amazon has passed it as the most-shorted US stock.Short interest in Amazon climbed to $9.97 billion on Friday, according to data from S3 partners, passing the $9.83 billion in bets against Tesla’s stock, which for months has been the most-shorted name in the market.

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16 cool things Business Insider readers are buying on Amazon right now — some of which really surprised us

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TheInsider Picksteam writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Here at Insider Picks, we are constantly surprised and delighted by the stories and products our readers connect with. Our audience is discerning, passionate, smart, and always on the hunt for things that will make their lives better, more efficient, or more fun. We thought it would be fun to give you all a glimpse into the things that your fellow readers have been buying up on Amazon — from animal-shaped tea infusers to $10 computer glasses to an inexpensive milk frother for perfect cappuccinos. Check out 16 of the most ordered items from Insider Picks articles:An extra-long lightening cable for charging phones.AnkerAnker six-foot lightning cable, $8.99We've written quite a lot about this charging cable, with many from the Insider Picks team citing it as one of the best things we've ever bought. There's just som…

'A huge premium': Here's how analysts are reacting to Coca-Cola's deal to buy Costa Coffee

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Scott Olson/Getty ImagesCoca-Cola on Friday announced a surprise move to buy Costa Coffee, one of Europe's largest cafe chains, from current owners Whitbread for £3.9 billion ($5.1 billion). Whitbread has been clear for a while that it wanted to offload Costa, and had initially planned to spin off the company from its main business. However, it settled on a sale after an approach from Coca-Cola in June.On the surface, the move makes sense for both sides of the deal, with Whitbread earning significantly more from the sale than it would have from a spin out, and Coca-Cola getting a well established brand in a space it is looking to enter.But how are analysts in the City of London and on Wall Street reacting to the news, one of the biggest leisure deals of 2018 so far? To find out, Business Insider rounded up some of the notes and analysis circulated on Friday.Check them out below.Credit Suisse: "A huge premium"Reuters/Phil NobleThe Swiss lender focuses on how much higher a…