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AMD mulls a CPU+GPU super-chip in a server reboot

AMD emerged as a serious threat to Intel in servers more than a decade ago, but after a series of missteps and bad chips, the company's server business is hanging on by a thread.

Now, AMD is rebooting its server chip business with the upcoming Zen CPU, which will also be used in PCs. AMD is getting creative with Zen and considering merging the CPU with a high-performance GPU to create a mega-chip for high-performance tasks.

"It's fair to say we do believe we can combine a high-performance CPU with the high-performance GPU," AMD CEO Lisa Su said during an earnings call on Thursday.

Su's comment was in response to a question on whether AMD would ultimately combine its Zen CPU with a GPU based on the upcoming Vega architecture into one big chip for enterprise servers and supercomputing.

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IDC: Smartwatch sales decline for the first time

IDC?s smartwatch sales estimates for the second quarter of 2016 are in, and the news isn?t great, particularly for Apple.

According to IDC?s latest report, worldwide smartwatch sales slumped 32 percent in the second quarter of 2016, when compared to the same period last year. Much of the drop is due to an apparent decline in Apple Watch sales, according to IDC. The research firm estimates that Apple shipped 1.6 million smartwatches in the quarter, down from 3.6 million a year earlier.

Overall, smartwatch makers shipped a total of 3.5 million devices in the April-to-June quarter, IDC says. That compares to a total of 5.1 million in the year-ago quarter. 

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Cyanogen reportedly cuts jobs, may shift its focus toward apps

Cyanogen appears to be undergoing a major shakeup, according to reports from Android Police and Recode.

Citing ?multiple sources,? Android Police reported Friday that the company was ?in the midst of laying off a significant portion of its workforce around the world.? According to Android Police?s sources, the company has laid off about 20 percent of its staff, though the report notes that ?it?s unclear? whether more employees will also lose their jobs.

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51% off Inflatable Lounge Bag Hammock Air Sofa and Pool Float - Deal Alert

This innovative "lounge" requires no external pump and is a suitable substitute for folding chairs, bean bags, hammocks, picnic blankets and pool floats. To inflate, simply unfold, scoop air into it, roll and buckle. Elastic loops allow you to anchor your lounger to solid ground in the windiest conditions. Currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 59 reviewers (read reviews). It's list price of $79.99 has been reduced by 51% to just $39. See this discounted summer item now on Amazon.

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SurveyMonkey: Pokémon Go popularity may have already peaked

Pokémon has absolutely taken over the mobile gaming scene since its release on July 6. But if new data from SurveyMonkey is any indication, the game?s popularity may already be waning.

First, the good news for Nintendo and game developer Niantic: Pokémon Go is still a massive hit, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 or 22 million daily active users in the United States on July 20, according to SurveyMonkey?s data. The bad news is that daily usage is down from the peak daily usage of over 25 million users, which Pokémon Go hit on July 14.

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More than half the world is still offline

While it may seem like half the world is chasing Pokemon right now, the other half is not even on the Internet.

About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population, will still be offline at the end of this year, the International Telecommunication Union estimates. Even in Europe, the most connected region, 20.9 percent of all people aren?t online. In Africa, the least connected continent, 74.9 percent are offline.

Those figures are part of the annual statistical report from the agency, which is part of the United Nations. The report also showed there?s still a huge divide between rich and poor countries, and a growing gap between men and women, when it comes to internet access. It shows that efforts by companies like Google and Facebook to get all people connected could take a long time.

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The Full Nerd Episode 5: Kaby Lake-X, the best new budget graphics card, and ...

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Alaina Yee ponder Intel's future: Would the chip maker dare move to a single-socket world with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X? Brad also has the 411 on which budget video card you should buy right now.

In Builders? Corner, Gordon shows off Seagate?s new 10TB hard drive. Then he crunches the numbers to see if this big Bertha of consumer hard drives is worth it.

Of course, we answer your burning questions about PC hardware. Have a question? Drop it in the comments or email thefullnerd@pcworld.com and we?ll answer it in the next episode.

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This week in games: Dark Souls III player replaces all textures with a crab i...

You can tell we?re getting close to the fall, because each week this news roundup includes more and more trailers. But that?s just the fluff. I know you?re really here this week because someone replaced all the textures in Dark Souls III with an image of a crab. That?s the hard-hitting journalism you?ve come to expect, and here I am to deliver.

Also this week: Mafia III teaches us how to get dressed in the mornings, and Rick and Morty teases virtual reality. This is gaming news for July 18 ? 22.

A hefty discount

I said last week that it?d been a while since a Humble Bundle impressed me. Well, now we?ve gotten pretty crazy bundles two weeks in a row, so I might have to revise that statement. This week it?s a 2K bundle, and the notable bit: Battleborn is included for $15. Guess Overwatch is really kicking that game?s ass.

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This Tinder scam promises to verify your account, but actually sells porn

Tinder users beware. The popular dating app generally doesn?t verify most user accounts, but that hasn?t stopped spammers from pretending to offer the service.

In recent weeks, automated bots masquerading as Tinder profiles have been telling real users to get ?verified,? as part of a clever scam to sell them porn, security firm Symantec said on Thursday.

The spam bots first send off flirty messages, like ?Wanna eat cookie dough together some time?? only to then ask whether Tinder has verified the user.

It?s a free service, the spam bot will claim, and done ?to verify the person you wanna meet isn?t a serial killer lol.?

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Five to Try: Swiftmoji serves up the emoji you need, and Dots & Co is a very ...
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EU dual-use tech ban plan could classify smartphones as weapons

European Union plans to extend export controls on so-called "dual-use" technologies to include cyber-surveillance tools could put the brakes on sales of smartphones.

Dual-use technologies are those that can serve civil or military purposes, and some countries impose restrictions on their sale because of fears that they could be used to abuse human rights in the destination country. A draft of new EU export regulations could put smartphones in that category because of their location-tracking capabilities.

The potential for some technologies to be misused has been a concern in the EU since documents leaked following a compromise of Italian company Hacking Team revealed that it had sold its cyber-surveillance tools to repressive regimes.

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Gaming desktops with AMD Zen chips will be hard to come by this year

If you're expecting widespread availability of gaming desktops with AMD's Zen chips by year-end, don't hold your breath.

It's been a long wait for Zen since it was first announced in mid-2015. It's shaping up to be the best CPU from the company in more than a decade, and the AMD faithful are hungry to get their hands on a desktop with the chip.

High-end desktops with Zen will be available, but in "limited volume towards the end of the fourth quarter," said Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, during an earnings call Thursday. The number of available Zen-based desktops will depend on how testing of the chips goes and how ready PC makers are to ship the machines, Su noted.

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How and why to verify your Twitter account

The equally vaunted and ridiculed blue checkmarks on Twitter are no longer exclusive to elites or those with connections who have an ?in? at Twitter. The company this week opened the verified account designation up to all users and put some rules in place for consideration. Many of Twitter?s 310 million monthly active users don?t qualify for verification, but the company is opening the secretive and invite-only process up to anyone.

Accounts of public interest, particularly those maintained by individuals and organizations in ?music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas? are all up for consideration, according to Twitter. ?We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience,? Tina Bhatnager, Twitter?s vice president of user services, said in a prepared statement.

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A hackable election: 5 things you need to know about e-voting machines

As the U.S. heads toward an especially contentious national election in November, 15 states are still clinging to outdated electronic voting machines that don't support paper printouts used to audit their internal vote counts.

E-voting machines without attached printers are still being used in a handful of presidential swing states, leading some voting security advocates to worry about the potential of a hacked election.

Some makers of e-voting machines, often called direct-recording electronic machines or DREs, are now focusing on other sorts of voting technology, including optical scanners. They seem reluctant to talk about DREs; three major DRE vendors didn't respond to questions about security.

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Verizon will cut off unlimited data users who use too much unlimited data

Verizon's continuing its ongoing mission to pare down the number of customers on unlimited data plans by migrating them to ones with hard limits. Recently, the company came up with a way to get rid of its biggest data hogs.

Verizon is notifying customers using an ?extraordinary? amount of data per month that they must move off their unlimited data plan by August 31. If they don?t switch, the carrier will disconnect their accounts, though they?ll have 50 days to reactivate them on a limited plan, as first reported by Droid Life.

Verizon ceased offering unlimited data plans in 2011.

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