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Intel’s ‘Kaby Lake’ Core processors are big news for VR, notebooks and convertibles

Intel’s latest processor generation is now official, and the 7th generation of Core processors looks to pack a punch. The so-called “Kaby Lake” lineup is the first to follow the new “tick-tock-tock” beat Intel has adopted for processor development, which means it keeps the same 14nm manufacturing process as its predecessor (Skylake), but there’s still lots to love here, including power efficiency, speed and big potential for 4K video and gaming on the move. * Read the full article here

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How Apple- and the Rest of Silicon Valley- Avoids the Tax Man

Today, the European Union ordered Apple to pay $14.5 billion dollars in back taxes, which its antitrust regulator says the company owes because a sweetheart tax deal offered by Ireland violated EU policy. The penalty, which is the largest the EU has ever lobbied against a single corporation, signals that the Union is getting increasingly serious about holding foreign companies accountable for their tax bills. But Apple is far from alone. * Read the full article here

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This weird trick can free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone

It seems like iPhone storage is always at a premium, especially if you have an entry-level model with just 16GB (an economic necessity for many an iPhone owner). It’s the rare user who doesn’t know the pain of trying to download a new app or snap a few more photos and seeing the dreaded “not enough storage” message. You’ve probably heard all the usual “free up space” tips, but I’m willing to bet you haven’t heard this one. It’s an honest-to-goodness magic trick, one that may fill you with joy…

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Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials

Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought. Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and confirmed by TechCrunch sources. The revelation of a password breach at Dropbox is an evolution of the company’s stance on the 2012 incident — the company initially said that user emails were the only data stolen. * Read the full…

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Tech Giants are ‘Consciously Failing’ on Terrorism, Says Parliament

Parliament has spoken out against Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for “consciously failing” to remove terrorist recruitment content, despite the fact all three companies have denied any lax attitude to such content. A report from the Home Affairs Committee claims that the three sites are “the vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism.” The report is based on information gathered from intelligence groups, the muslim community, counter-terrorism experts, and security specialists. * Read the full article here

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What is quantum computing? WIRED explains how it differs to classical computing

In a world where we are relying increasingly on computing, to share our information and store our most precious data, the idea of living without computers might baffle most people. But if we continue to follow the trend that has been in place since computers were introduced, by 2040 we will not have the capability to power all of the machines around the globe, according to a recent report by the Semiconductor Industry Association. * Read the full article here

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We have better battery technologies, but not better batteries. Here’s why

Last month Ellen Williams, the director of ARPA-E, the U.S. Department of Energy’s advanced research program for alternative energy, made headlines when she told the Guardian newspaper that “We have reached some holy grails in batteries.” Despite very promising results from the 75-odd energy-storage research projects that ARPA-E funds, however, the grail of compact, low-cost energy storage remains elusive. * Read the full article here

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