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Let the CPU wars begin: AMD shows its Zen CPU can compete with Intel’s best

AMD says it's back in the game with its first two Zen chips, which will feature an 8-core consumer chip and a 32-core server chip.

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Intel's lack of potent graphics may hurt in VR and AI chase

Intel is highlighting its CPUs and VR and AI, and the lack of a GPU to chase all the fast-growing markets could be a hole in the company's product line.

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Netflix moved cord cutting forward; it's also holding it back

Netflix's vast video library makes it easy to cut the cord, but you can't see what's available unless you use its native app.

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Alleged NSA data dump contains powerful, rarely seen hacking tools

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen.

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Cisco to shed 5,500 staff in refocus on IoT, security, and cloud

Cisco Systems plans to lay off about 7 percent of its global workforce in a restructuring that will see it further focus on hot IT areas such as the Internet of things, security, collaboration, next-generation data centers and the cloud.

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Microsoft Rewards is how Microsoft will pay you to use Edge, Bing and more

If you liked Bing Rewards, you'll probably love its evolution into Microsoft Rewards. The company will pay you not just for using Bing, but for using its Edge browser or shopping at its online or brick-and-mortar stores.

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It's time to say goodbye to Linux 4.6

If you're using a version of Linux based on the 4.6 series of the Linux kernel, the software's lead maintainer has a message for you: It's time to upgrade.

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Intel abandons copper cables for lights and lasers to speed up data transfers

Intel believes the days of using copper wires for data transfers, both between computers and inside of them, are numbered because optical communications are on the horizon.

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Report: New Nokia smartphones and tablets are coming in late 2016

The reboot comes from HMD, a Finnish company composed of ex-Nokia and Microsoft employees.

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AT&T wants big mobile players to form a 5G dream team

AT&T is hoping to collaborate with a powerful set of carriers and equipment vendors on 5G. On Wednesday, the company said it’s having preliminary discussions with an A-list lineup of players to align their efforts on defining the future standard.

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Intel's secretive Knights Mill mega-chip will challenge GPUs for AI domination

Intel has secretly developed a mega-chip called Knights Mill with the hope to advance artificial intelligence.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole preview: With great farts come great responsibility

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is basically the “Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” approach to a sequel, and that’s totally fine.

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New USB-C certification program to guide consumers away from faulty chargers

Soon you'll see labels that tell you the wattage and ensure you that the charger meets industry standards so it won't fry your smartphone.

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Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.

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HDHomeRun rekindles the Xbox One's DVR dream

Still want some kind of DVR functionality on the Xbox One? Silicon Dust's DIY solution (and a healthy investment in hardware) can help.

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