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Snapdragon 8cx: A quality chip to power up Windows on Arm



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While Qualcomm has gone to great lengths for its new Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, the American group has not forgotten its partner Microsoft in the Windows adventure on Arm. Until now, these computers “always connected” under Windows 10 were satisfied with Snapdragon smartphone chips, slightly adapted to the needs of PCs.

If the autonomy of these machines was impressive (up to 25 hours for this Lenovo laptop), on the other hand, the performances often left something to be desired!

Qualcomm is taking the bull by the horns, and during the Snapdragon Summit, the company unveiled the Snapdragon 8cx platform explicitly developed for Windows computers on Arm. Qualcomm does not take gloves off: this system-on-a-chip is “the most extreme Snapdragon ever designed”!

The most extreme Snapdragon ever designed?

On paper, this chip impresses. It is the first PC engine engraved in 7 nm (take that Intel!), able to rival or even improve on traditional “desktop” processors. The performance of the Snapdragon 8cx would be comparable to Intel’s U Series processors (those of the MacBook Pro), which have a thermal envelope of 15 watts – except that Qualcomm’s chip only uses a 7-watt TDP.

Compared to a Y-series processor, similar to the Core i5 of the new MacBook Air, the Snapdragon 8cx would be 50% faster. Graphically, the Adreno 680 Extreme that sits next to the CPU is announced as twice as fast as the Snapdragon 850 GPU, the chip at the heart of the Windows PCs on Arm released recently. It also supports two external 4K HDR monitors, compared to only one previously.

All this without a fan, and keeping the “always connected” aspect and the autonomy of several days, however, the first Windows PCs on Arm equipped with Snapdragon 8cx will only be launched from the third quarter of 2019.

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Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s four commandments to regulate the Internet



Mark Zuckerberg believes that the Internet needs new rules. To spread his call, the Facebook boss went through his social network, but also through the Washington Post, where he was able to publish his article. Zuck identified four domains to be regulated: violent and hateful content, election protection, privacy protection, and data portability.

These are areas where Facebook has regularly been singled out for its shortcomings, as was the case very recently during the Christchurch attack.

Modernize regulations to ensure that interference does not threaten elections

Besides, the Facebook boss makes election legislation the second major point of his speech. Mark Zuckerberg, who points out that his social network requires advertisers to verify their identity before buying political advertisements and refers to the searchable archive of advertisers, notes that there is a lack of regulation to determine what constitutes accurate political advertising.

He also notes that “laws on online political advertising mainly target candidates and elections, rather than controversial political issues, which have been the source of more interference.” Zuckerberg thus hopes for modernization of legislation that can reflect “the reality of threats and set standards for the sector.”

Zuckerberg reiterates his approval of the GDPR and wishes to extend it worldwide

Another commandment of the founder of the social network with a thumbs up concerns the protection of privacy, directly echoing the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with which he “agrees” once again. Zuck even believes that it would be “good for the Internet” if the DGMP were to inspire other countries and into creating national legislation.

But Zuckerberg would also be in favor of the creation of a “common global framework,” which would prevent the Internet from being too fractured, as well as artificial intelligence, which could serve “clear rules.”

Common standards on data transferability

Mark Zuckerberg is advocating for a new global regulation that would guarantee the principle of data portability. “If you share data with a single service, you should be able to transfer it to another service securely. It gives people a choice and allows developers to innovate,” he says. In this regard, he recalled the existence of the Facebook for Developers platform.

For the creator of the social network, this domain also requires standards that are common to all platforms. “That’s why we support a standard data transfer format and the open source data transfer project,” he said.

Third party organizations to provide a better framework for the dissemination of violent and hateful content

In his article, Mark Zuckerberg begins with the most recent and relevant topic: violent and offensive content, or what he calls “harmful content.” With skillfulness, the soon-to-be-35-year-old leader responds to a specific criticism, claiming to “agree” with legislators who blame Facebook for exercising too much power over speech. “It is impossible to remove all harmful content from the Internet,” he admits. “We need a more standardized approach.

Zuckerberg thus wishes to see the creation of “third-party organizations, whose role would be to set baselines for what should be prohibited,” and to require companies to set up systems to reduce hate and violent content to a strict minimum.

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With the end of Allo, Google is getting its countless email applications in order



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Google’s intelligent messaging will stop in the coming months. An excellent way to put order back into a previously incomprehensible offer of messaging applications.

Google cleans up its countless email applications. The Mountain View company has just announced in this sense the imminent end of Allo, scheduled for March 2019. Presented at the 2016 Google I/O, this messaging system, powered by artificial intelligence, has never found its audience.

It must be said that Google’s strategy in this area was poorly defined. It is what Matt Klainer, Google’s vice president of email products, is trying to clarify in his statement. With the discontinuation of Allo, the artificial intelligence features enabled by the integration of the Google Wizard will finally be added to the Messages application.

Duo for video calls, Hangouts for the company

Messages now fulfill the role of universal messaging for Android, managing both SMS, MMS and RCS formats. These “Rich Communication Services” allow you to send better quality images or videos, GIFs or to see when your correspondent enters text.

In the end, Messages is very similar to its namesake on iOS, which also manages SMS, MMS and fluidly chat exchanges. By continuing the comparison with iOS, the Duo application will, therefore, take on the role of FaceTime’s equivalent by remaining dedicated to video calls.

What then becomes of Hangouts in this reorganization? This fourth Google email application is gradually being redirected to the company. The company wants to position it as a competitor of Slack or Microsoft Teams. The Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet features are now included in the G Suite, a software package dedicated to companies.

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iPad Pro will stop using a jack socket in 2019



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The jack should disappear from the iPad Pro for the 2019 batch. Moreover, the arrival of Face ID – and its nonfunctioning in horizontal mode – could force Apple to rethink its accessories in vertical mode.

After the iPhone, it would be the iPad Pro’s turn to lose its jack socket: this is in any case what the Japanese site specialized in information relating to the supply chain of large companies, Macotakara asserts. According to our Japanese colleagues, to reduce a little more the dimensions of its tablets, Apple would remove the jack socket of iPad Pro which should be launched next year. This loss of equipment would greatly benefit the 12.9-inch model, which would lose 2 cm in height for the same screen size.

Unlike the iPhone 7, the first device of its kind to get rid of the jack, the future iPad Pro should not be delivered with the Lightning to Jack 3.5 mm adapter.

Face ID can be used vertically.

One technology chases the other: the loss of the 3.5 mm jack would be in favor of the arrival of Apple’s facial recognition technology, Face ID. A system that has a fault: it does not work in horizontal mode.

According to Macotakara, Apple would, therefore, consider encouraging its users to use it vertically, especially for the dock and keyboard. For this, the company could move its Smart Connector, which is located in the middle of the left side of the iPad (when viewed from the front) a little closer to the Lightning connector. A redesign of the accessories is therefore possible… So be careful with backward compatibility.

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