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A Reddit user charted just how much AMD is beating Intel right now

It’s no secret that AMD is experiencing a surge in both popularity and sales, but we’ve just seen some analysis that really puts AMD’s recent victories into perspective. Recently through the German retailer, both the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and AMD Ryzen 5 3600 have outsold Intel’s entire product range – and this isn’t exactly a new occurrence. That alone would be enough to assert AMD’s dominance, but Reddit user ingebor  gathered up a whole bunch of sales data from Mindfactory that illustrates just how far AMD has come in the last decade. 
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According to this data, AMD has been beating Intel in the amount of processors sold since the tail end of 2018, but that didn’t exactly result in AMD collecting more cash. This is probably because Intel charges much more for its processors on average. Reddit user ingebor included a graph recording the average selling price for each processor, and Intel has been much higher for years now. So, even if AMD sells more processors, that doesn’t result in more revenue. Until recently, that is. According to the revenue graph, AMD has recently experienced a massive spike in revenue (and in the average selling price of its processors). The graph isn’t labeled by month, but it looks like this spike occurred right around when AMD launched its Ryzen 3rd Generation lineup, spearheaded by the Ryzen 9 3900X.  From the way things are looking now, it doesn’t look like Intel will be taking back its leader position in the desktop CPU market, at least until Team Blue puts out its 10th gen desktop lineup. We’ve seen some rumors that it would be putting out some 10th-gen Cascade Lake-X processors, but it’s unlikely that HEDT chips like that will regain Intel’s market dominance.  
Why is AMD doing so well?
AMD launched its first generation of Ryzen processors in early 2017, and that’s right when we see the first spike of that red line on all three graphs. Before that, AMD had relied on its struggling Bulldozer CPU architecture, which allowed Intel to  dominate the desktop CPU market with little to no competition. AMD Ryzen could have easily been a fluke,  but Intel kept releasing more and more optimizations of Skylake, rather than innovating, which helped AMD’s Zen architecture take over. With each AMD Ryzen release, we  see AMD gaining market share – with another spike in 2018 with Ryzen 2nd generation, and than an absolutely meteoric rise this year with AMD Ryzen 3rd generation. Intel will be putting out a new Coffee Lake Refresh chip with the Intel Core i9-9900KS, and while it will probably sell – 5.0GHz on all cores means it will be a speedy little piece of silicon – but we really don’t think it will be enough to reverse the trend. However, if Intel is able to bring some of the efficiency and AI features in Ice Lake to the desktop audience without significantly raising the price of its silicon, we might see Team Blue start to claw its way back to dominance.  And, honestly, we hope something actually happens. It’s nice to see AMD give Intel some long-awaited competition, but the last thing we want to see is AMD fall into complacency like Intel did. When the PC components marketplace is competitive, everyone wins, so we want nothing more than for Intel to put out some killer processors. Now all we have to do is sit and wait to see what the 10th generation has in store.  Via Tom’s Hardware
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Cyberthreats have evolved – but Norton protection has too

We all know how critical it is to have good quality protection when online these days, particularly when entering credit card details for shopping, accessing online banking, or other finance-related activities.Cybercriminals have an increasingly diverse range of tricks and attack vectors at their disposal, and we’ve recently witnessed them going as far as cloning the website of a popular VPN provider in an attempt to fool unwitting surfers into downloading malware. Not to mention a huge increase in mobile banking malware threats and a major comeback from ransomware, one of the nastiest infections around. In short, the threat landscape is more dangerous terrain than ever, and with cyberthreats constantly evolving and becoming more prevalent, you need a security solution which is equally evolved – and covers you from multiple angles.
Multiple layers of defence
Having a simple antivirus app might be a good start in terms of defending your devices, but really, you need multiple layers of defence to be truly safe online. However, the trouble is it’s something of a headache thinking about what security apps you might need, and which of those solutions are best.For example, as well as antivirus, you’ll likely want a VPN to better protect your online privacy – but which one exactly? And perhaps more to the point, how much will that cost? There may be free VPNs out there, some of you might be thinking, but these can – and often do – have a hidden cost in terms of your privacy (ironically).Wouldn’t it be much easier if there was a single all-in-one solution that had antivirus, VPN, and several other layers of security you need built-in? Fortunately, there is such a solution: Norton 360 is a new type of security solution which has been developed to cover multiple bases in one convenient package.Naturally, top-notch antivirus (with real-time protection) is a given, but along with that, even the most affordable version of Norton 360; Norton 360 Standard provides you with an easy-to-use VPN which has no data limits or other catches.This security suite also delivers a password manager, protection for your browser (PC-only), plus an intelligent firewall, all of which combine with the core antivirus (with ransomware protection) and VPN to make you that much safer online.The layers of protection don’t stop there, though. Norton 360 also provides webcam protection to prevent untrusted apps from accessing your camera, a particularly intrusive attack vector which is perhaps the ultimate invasion of your privacy, meaning you’re literally being spied on.There’s also a good quality spam filter (PC-only) to keep your email inbox free of junk.There are other extras present in Norton 360, too, including a PC cloud backup facility to keep vital data safe in case the worst happens (such as a drive failure) and also some system maintenance tools to help clean up PC.

Protection for the whole family
Norton 360 Standard covers all your security requirements as an individual, but if you have a family, the next step up – Norton 360 Deluxe – provides coverage for more devices for all family members, alongside more PC cloud backup space, and it adds parental control to keep your kids safe when they’re online.Part of the strength of Norton 360 is that not only does it cover a huge array of different aspects of security but it covers them really thoroughly. Norton LifeLock actually delivers quality across all its many facets.That VPN? It’s a fully-fledged service featuring bank-grade encryption. Those parental controls? They don’t just allow you to police the content your kids will see, and the times they can be online, but they also facilitate deeper coverage in terms of monitoring social network usage and web searches.Every part of Norton 360 is fully fleshed out and polished to a high standard. As the name suggests, this is a protection covering your devices and information from multiple angles when it comes to maintaining your online privacy and being protected against the latest dangerous threats.

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Remember Yahoo Mail? It’s back to tame your messages – even if you use Gmail

Yahoo has released a new version of its mobile app, and even if you’re wedded to Gmail or Outlook, it’s well worth a look.Unlike Google or Microsoft’s email apps, the new Yahoo Mail is effectively a mobile email client that you can use with any email provider. Just download it for iOS or Android, connect your accounts, and you’re ready to go.
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There’s no need to switch to Yahoo’s email service, but there’s an impressive 1TB free storage available if you do (compared to 15GB with Gmail or Outlook).
Never lose another attachment
If you’ve ever lost a file in your inbox and had hunt down the email it was attached to, you’ll appreciate the ability to see all received files in a single place. They’re arranged by date, and you can filter them by type if you know exactly what you’re looking for.If you subscribe to several deals newsletters, you can also choose to filter your messages so they all appear in one place. You don’t have to spend time making folders, rules or labels – it all happens automatically. If you’re using iOS, you can also choose to see deal emails from nearby retailers.Apple users can also see time-sensitive updates at the top of their inbox, including package dispatch notifications or deals that will expire soon.There’s a shortage of powerful free email clients for mobile devices, so the new Yahoo Mail is a welcome addition to Google Play and the App Store. It’ll be interesting to see if any other email providers follow suit with similar features.
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Is Nikon about to unveil an APS-C mirrorless camera?

Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless models, the Z7 and the Z6, have proved popular since their launch last year, and now rumors suggest the company could be planning to unveil a mirrorless APS-C model.NikonRumors claims the new model will be called the Z50, and will be supported at launch by a pair of new APS-C format (DX in Nikon terminology) lenses. The site says the camera will have a 20MP sensor, an articulating three-inch screen and an electronic viewfinder, and will offer 11fps shooting. The lenses that are rumored to be launching with it are a 16-55mm f/3.5-6.3 kit-type lens and a 50-230mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens. 
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Mount options
These aren’t the first rumors of Nikon launching a lower-cost or entry-level mirrorless camera, and it would make a lot of sense for Nikon to enter the mirrorless APS-C market, which until now it’s left to rivals Sony and Canon.

If it does launch an APS-C model, it’ll be interesting to see whether Nikon uses the same mount across all its models, as Sony does, or splits them into distinct APS-C and full-frame categories with separate lenses, as Canon does. With relatively few specs to go on it’s not immediately obvious who a camera like the Z50 would be aimed at, but it’s likely to go head to head with the likes of the Sony A6600, or perhaps the Sony A6100 if Nikon is aiming for the entry-level market.September and October tend to be busy months for new launches as manufacturers look to cash in on the lucrative Christmas market, so watch this space.
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MacBook sale at Best Buy: save $500 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, then you’ve come to the right place. Best Buy’s MacBook sale includes massive discounts that include different models, sizes, and price points. Our top MacBook sale is the 2018 MacBook Pro that’s on sale for $1,299.99. That’s a $500 discount and the best price we’ve found for the 13.3-inch laptop.

The 2018 MacBook Pro features a 13.3-inch Retina display, a Quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and packs 256GB of storage. This MacBook Pro includes a Touch Bar which adds a row of multitouch controls to the top of the keyboard and includes a Touch ID sensor so you can conveniently unlock your laptop and use Apple Pay with a swipe of your finger. The ultra-thin laptop weighs just three pounds and provides an impressive all-day battery life of 10 hours.

Like we mentioned above, this is the best price we’ve found for the 2018 MacBook Pro and a fantastic price for an ultra-fast and powerful laptop. We don’t know how long Best Buy will have the MacBook on sale, so you should snag this deal before it’s gone.
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Samsung Galaxy Fold release date in the US: it’s coming September 27

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be the first foldable phone to make its way to the US, with an official release date happening at the tail end of this week.It’ll launch on Friday, September 27 and be available in two versions: one meant for the AT&T network and another fully unlocked to work with every American carrier.You’ll find the new Galaxy Fold at the AT&T store, Best Buy and Samsung, with the latter two options selling both the AT&T and unlocked variants of the phone.
Galaxy Fold US release date shakeup
The release date for the Samsung Galaxy Fold has been all over the place. It was due to launch five months ago – to the day – on April 27 in the US, a date announced at February’s Samsung Galaxy S10 launch event. The UK was to get it May 3.Samsung kept delaying the launch of its phone due to the foldable screen hardware breaking in the hands of reviewers. The company now promises that the revised Galaxy Fold has been “engineered with new materials and technologies.”The Samsung Galaxy Fold has already launched in Korea at the top of September and the UK on September 18. While the dates have shifted dramatically, the price remains incredibly high: $1,980 / £1,800 (€2,000).We’ll have more on the future of Samsung’s smartphone line this week, as we plan to test out the Samsung Galaxy Fold: Part II.
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AirPods’ virtual audio splitter is coming to Beats headphones with iOS 13

Apple has announced that the Audio Sharing feature that’s coming to AirPods with iOS 13 will also arrive on Beats headphones with the Apple H1 or W1 chip – allowing you and a friend to listen to the same music from one iPhone. According to What Hi-Fi? Audio Sharing will be compatible with the Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats 3 Wireless, BeatsX, Solo 3 Wireless, and Studio 3 Wireless noise-canceling headphones, as well as the Apple AirPods.
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The feature will be available from September 23, as part of Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 13. Not every iOS 13 device will support Audio Sharing though, so you’ll need to have the iPhone 8 or later, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Air (2019), iPad Mini (2019), or the iPod Touch (7th generation). 

Two buds, one iPhone
Audio Sharing is a pretty nifty feature – if you and your buddy both have a pair of AirPods (or compatible Beats headphones), you need simply to tap two phones together and you’ll both be able to listen in with your individual AirPods to whatever is playing.It’s not a huge surprise that its come to Beats headphones; after all, Apple acquired Beats in 2014 for a staggering $3 billion. It’s not clear whether Audio Sharing will come to non-Apple audio devices, but as What Hi-Fi? points out, the tech is “primarily driven by Bluetooth 5.0”, so it wouldn’t be a huge stretch for other manufacturers to come on board.
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Half of Wi-Fi kit in 2024 will support Wi-Fi 6

More than half of Wi-Fi devices sold in 2024 will support the Wi-Fi 6 standard, opening up a range of possibilities for mobile and broadband providers.Earlier this year, the Wi-Fi Alliance decided to adopt a more consumer-friendly nomenclature, ditching technical standards like ‘Wi-Fi 802.11ac’ for a more generational approach. This means that the next major iteration of the technology – Wi-Fi 802.11ax – will be known as ‘Wi-Fi’ 6.Among other things, Wi-Fi 6 enables faster speeds, increase capacity and improved performance in congested areas or during periods of high demand. Wi-Fi 6 kit will also support speeds of up to 10Gbps.
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Wi-Fi 6 growth
For broadband providers, Wi-Fi 6 will allow broadband providers to improve Wi-Fi speeds in the home, reducing churn, and enable them to differentiate their services with additional offerings such as smart home.ABI Research predicts that demand for higher speed applications that require lower latency will see sales of wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE) reach 254 million, more than half of which will support Wi-Fi 6.“Many applications, including video streaming, gaming, and smart home applications, are simultaneously used by home broadband users from multiple devices,” says Khin Sandi Lynn, an analyst from ABI Research“As gigabit-speed broadband service is already available to many residential broadband users, consumers are increasingly demanding faster whole-home Wi-Fi coverage with reliable, high throughput.”Equipment manufacturers and many telecoms operators believe Wi-Fi 6 will be a complementary technology to 5G, aiding the creation of converged network services.Specifically, convergence will see the lines between wireless and cellular connectivity blurred, allowing operators to seamlessly move traffic between networks while maintaining a high level of control and visibility. The end user should benefit from a superior experience and better connectivity.The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has previously published guidance and a set of minimum specifications in order to stimulate adoption.
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Cost of replacing Huawei kit in Europe could be £2.8bn

The total cost of replacing telecommunications equipment made by Chinese vendors in Europe would be around $3.5 billion (£2.82bn), a new analysis has claimed. This is far less than the sum quoted by mobile industry body the GSMA.Huawei, and to a lesser extent ZTE, command 40 per cent of the European telco equipment market but have effectively been frozen out of the US on national security grounds.Huawei has frequently denied any allegations that its products are a security risk, while the US government has produced no evidence of any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, Washington is now urging allies to follow its lead and ban Huawei from their 5G deployments.
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Huawei 5G kit cost
European operators have frequently voiced their opposition to any ban, arguing that excluding Huawei would result in decreased innovation and higher prices.A GSMA report suggested the cost of replacing Chinese-made gear would be as high as €55 billion (£48.6bn), while the rollout of 5G could be delayed by up to 18 months.However a report from Stand Consult said examples from the USA and Australia showed that not using ZTE or Huawei had not increased prices or delayed rollout.The report said that because European operators need to replace significant amounts of aging or non-upgradable radio kit regardless of the Huawei ban, the cost would be much less. Strand estimates the cost of replacing Huawei or ZTE kit that could be upgraded to 5G is around $3.5 billion.The UK has been carrying out its own assessment on the future role of Huawei in the UK’s telecoms infrastructure but a final decision has yet to be made.  Leaks suggested Huawei would be banned from core network infrastructure but not the radio element of 5G networks – effectively maintaining the status quo. However upon publication, the review omitted the final ruling.A separate report has claimed any ban would jeopardise the UK’s position as a 5G leader by delaying the widespread availability of services by 18-24 months. This could cost the UK economy as much as £6.8 billion.
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