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Reaching the level of trust needed for mass AI adoption

Reaching the level of trust needed for mass AI adoption

Artificial intelligence (AI) is often thought of as a technology that will have a huge impact in the future and change both the way we live and how we work. However, AI already has an increasingly ubiquitous presence in our lives and can be found in a number of the services we use today from healthcare apps to the AI-powered travel predictions offered by Google Maps.TechRadar Pro spoke with Open Text’s head of artificial intelligence Zachary Jarvinen to learn more about the barriers holding AI back from mass adoption.

Zachary Jarvinen, Head of Artificial Intelligence at OpenText UK
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Chromebooks for Christmas: the best Chromebooks to gift this season

Chromebooks for Christmas: the best Chromebooks to gift this season

So, you’re left with mere days before Christmas and one of the few people left on your shopping list has simply  asked for ‘a laptop.’ With so little information and a budget to consider, we’d suggest fulfilling that wish with one of the best Chromebooks on the market.These laptops run the gamut from affordable and sufficient to impressive and luxurious, with Google’s lightning-fast Chrome OS powering the experience.Since you’re left with little more than knowing your loved one wants a laptop, much less whether they’d prefer it run on Windows or Mac, Chrome OS is a good choice. It’s based on Google’s Chrome web browser, so it should be easy for folks of all backgrounds to use a Chromebook.With that, here are three Chromebooks we heartily recommend – across price points – for gifting to your loved ones this season.

The Dell Chromebook 11 is about one thing first and foremost: value. Reinforced by a 180-degree hinge, hardy design and a water-resistant keyboard and trackpad in addition to a hearty typing experience, this Chromebook is a pleasantly portable package. Not only properly equipped for education and work, the Dell Chromebook 11 even includes a set of booming stereo speakers for listening to tunes or watching movies. Don’t worry about banging it up, either, as this laptop remains the most rugged Chromebook we’ve reviewed.Read the full review: Dell Chromebook 11

When Android apps arrived on the best Chromebooks, it wasn’t long before Samsung took its mastery of the two operating systems and produced something truly amazing. With a 12.3-inch QHD touch display and a 360-degree hinge, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is lauded for its built-in stylus – the first of its kind to appear in a Chromebook. Not only does this laptop trump a majority of those in its own category, but it’s better than most Android tablets as well. Whomever you gift this to would be a happy camper for a long time.Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

This is – bar none – the best Chromebook that money can buy. Not only can it run Android apps natively, it’s almost the most powerful and capacious of its kind. (It’s also by far the most attractive and pleasant to use.) When you throw in the impressive stylus and deep Google Assistant integration, it is no surprise that the Pixelbook is the best Chromebook of 2018 – even this long after its 2017 launch.Read the full review: Google Pixelbook

If you didn’t find any of these Chromebook recommendations to your liking, then we invite you to check out our ranking of the best Chromebooks we’ve tested all year long.Finally, check out this guide on how to run Android apps on your Chromebook – you know, for your giftee.
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Catch-up to Qualcomm: how close are Intel and AMD to 7nm processors?

Catch-up to Qualcomm: how close are Intel and AMD to 7nm processors?

While we’ve all been waiting for the first 7-nanometer (nm) processors for laptops to come from Intel and AMD for years, Qualcomm swooped in to win first place with the Snapdragon 8cx. It’s not only the first 7nm processor for laptops, but the chip is also built on an entirely different architecture supplied by ARM, the leading smartphone processor manufacturer.Now that Qualcomm is first out of the gate with a 7nm processor for laptops, where does that leave its incumbent competition, AMD and Intel? Now, it’s a matter of determining the silver and bronze medal winners.Well, let’s just say one of those two is way, way closer to second place than the other, shall we?

AMD – a narrow second place
The Red Team, as its known, is essentially on the cusp of revealing its 7nm processors, and is slated to pull back the curtain on them during CES 2019 – mere weeks away at the time of writing. This is official information, as AMD itself teased the announcement to come during company president and CEO Lisa Su’s keynote.Furthermore, AMD isn’t just going to show off 7nm Ryzen processors built on its 7nm Zen 2 transistor architecture, but also plans to debut 7nm Vega graphics cards. With this announcement, AMD claims it will “catapult computing, gaming, and visualization technologies forward with the world’s first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs.”This will not only see AMD meet face-to-face with Qualcomm in the compute world, but also surpass Nvidia’s first 12nm architecture for graphics, Turing. As for Intel, well, that’s another story.

Intel – a distant third place
Now it’s time to bring out the violins for the Blue Team. Intel has experienced great challenges in bringing its transistor manufacturing process down from 14nm, where the company has been for several years. Intel has iterated on this process to great effect over the past few years, but has struggled to shrink those transistors down in a scalable way.For instance, Intel’s true successor to its 14nm processors, a 10nm processor known widely as Cannon Lake, has been delayed twice since its originally-scheduled 2016 release. At this point, we don’t expect to see a wide variety of laptops with these 10nm processors inside – a scant few are available now in low-end devices, while we’re still waiting for 10nm Intel Core parts – which might not arrive until the end of 2019.Furthermore, the next phase of processors in line after Cannon Lake is an iteration on its long-delayed 10nm process known simply as ‘10nm+’, or Ice Lake. These surely won’t see the light of day until 2020, considering Intel’s delay of Cannon Lake and that Ice Lake is said to be an improvement upon that existing 10nm process.With that, you can imagine just how far we are from Intel processors with 7nm transistors inside. However, according to comments made by Intel recently which Anandtech picked up, the company is back on track with its 7nm manufacturing process. In fact, Intel said that its 7nm initiative has been underway alongside the 10nm project, implying that we could see these tinier chips follow much more closely behind 10nm parts than we previously thought.Regardless, Intel will have to give Cannon Lake and Ice Lake some breathing room if it wants to make any return on that manufacturing cost, much less the research and development costs. So, at the very earliest, perhaps we’ll see 7nm Intel chips in year-end 2020.There you have it: exactly how close AMD and – roughly how close – Intel are to meeting Qualcomm with 7nm processors. The next battle? Which 7nm processor will be the best.
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Goodbye Windows? Microsoft building simplified ‘Lite’ OS to take on Chrome OS

Goodbye Windows? Microsoft building simplified ‘Lite’ OS to take on Chrome OS

Early in 2018, we discovered that Microsoft was working on a lightweight version of Windows codenamed Polaris, intended to be optimised for tablets and 2-in-1s as well as desktop and laptops.According to Brad Sams, a journalist known for breaking news on Microsoft, the computing giant has left a considerable amount of clues in its insider builds of Windows 10 about the lighter version of the OS. This, in conjunction with insider knowledge, has lead Sams to make some educated guesses about what he believes is currently called “Lite” (notice a lack of “Windows” in the title). For one, he believes it’s squarely aimed at the likes of Chromebooks – i.e. tablets, 2-in-1s and laptops that use the lightweight Chrome OS from Google.
Windows is building a lightweight version of Windows called PolarisSound familiar?
While Microsoft has gone part-way in releasing a trimmed-down Windows in the past with Windows 10 S, this was still able to be upgraded to the full edition of Windows 10 because it used the full code, merely limiting users to UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps.Sams believes Lite will be a “truly lightweight” and have instant-on functionality, be always connected and able to run on any CPU. He makes special mention of the upcoming Snapdragon 845 successor from Qualcomm, stating it will be powering many of the first Lite devices. If the rumors and speculation are to be believed, we could well be seeing Lite launch in early 2019 across a number of devices with a UI rather separate from its Windows counterpart – we suggest keeping an eye on TechRadar for the freshest news on Microsoft’s latest endeavours.
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AWS launches own server hardware

AWS launches own server hardware

Waiting for someone else to design an Arm server processor that can work at scale on the cloud just wasn’t working for Amazon Web Services (AWS) – so the company has instead decided to build its own.At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS introduced the AWS Gravitron Processor, giving customers a third option to hardware that use processors from Intel and AMD.While AWS did not provide specific details about the processor itself, the company did confirm that the product was designed for scale-out workloads that require a lot of servers to solve problems.The new instances will be called EC2 A1 and they will be able to run applications written for Amazon Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. As of now, EC2 A1 is generally available in US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and Europe (Ireland).
Serve competition
Intel currently controls the market for server processors both in the cloud and in the on-premise server market. AMD has tried to challenge the company’s dominance for years but has been unsuccessful although its new Epyc processors have been praised by people purchasing servers and by cloud companies like AWS.AWS’s Gravitron Processor builds on the company’s acquisition of Annapurna Labs back in 2015.“With today’s introduction of A1 instances, we’re providing customers with a cost optimized way to run distributed applications like containerized microservices,” said Vice President of Compute Services at AWS, Matt Garman. “These new instance launches expand what’s already the industry’s most powerful and cost-effective computing platform to meet the needs of new and emerging workloads.” Via GeekWire
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Logitech shelves $2.2bn deal to buy Plantronics

Logitech shelves $2.2bn deal to buy Plantronics

The Swiss computer accessory maker Logitech has ended its discussions to acquire the US Bluetooth earpiece and gaming headset manufacturer Plantronics.The negotiations between the two companies were first reported by Reuters this weekend, though now they have both confirmed that their discussions have ended.Logitech did so in a statement in which it confirmed that it had been in talks about a potential deal while Plantronics’ CEO Joe Burton explained that it would deliver on its strategy as a stand-alone company, saying:“I have been and remain tremendously optimistic about the opportunity in front of us, and with our focused strategy and leadership team, I am confident that Plantronics will create significant long term value for shareholders.” 
Negotiations fall through
Logitech and Plantronics were aiming to conclude negotiations this week before the Swiss company decided to walk away from the potential deal on Sunday according to those close to the matter.The company’s board ended negotiations over price disagreements despite the fact that Plantronics opened its books to Logitech following a $3bn offer.If the deal had gone through, it would have been Logitech’s largest acquisition as the company looks to expand its business beyond computer accessories. Plantronics meanwhile completed its largest acquisition to date back in July when it purchased the US video-conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc.Via Reuters
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The best Microsoft Surface Go prices and deals for Cyber Monday 2018

The best Microsoft Surface Go prices and deals for Cyber Monday 2018

It’s only just been released but we’ve rounded up the latest Microsoft Surface Go prices and deals for your consideration with the freshest batch of orders for the new tablet. Despite the Surface Go being a new device, we’ve already seen some decent Black Friday prices, so expect similar offer for the Cyber Monday deals too. If you’ve been eyeing up the line of Surface Pro tablet/laptop convertibles but thought they were a bit expensive, or too big to carry around a lot, the Surface Go is the cut-price diminutive alternative.
The latest Microsoft Surface Go prices
During the initial launch phase there are two versions of the Microsoft Surface Go tablet for you to consider. The cheapest option comes in at $399.99 / £379.99 / AUS$599.99  and has a 64GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Need a boost in spec? There’s also a 128GB / 8GB RAM model coming in at $549.99 / £509.99 / AUS$839.99.Much like the bigger Surface Pro though, the Surface Go, doesn’t come with a keyboard (known as the Type Cover) as standard, so do bear that in mind when checking out the latest prices, as the cheapest offers more than likely don’t include the keyboard as a bundle. As things stand, you order the Type Cover separately, with prices starting at $99.99 in the US, £99.99 in the UK AU$149.95 in Australia. We’ve included a comparison chart for these below too.If the 10-inch screen or reduced spec aren’t going to cut it for you though, we’ve rounded up the latest Microsoft Surface Pro deals and prices too.
Microsoft Surface Go release date
The Microsoft Surface Go is out now, having finally launched in the USA, UK and Australia. It was released on the dates below in each region.
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The best cheap MacBook Pro deal prices and sales for Cyber Monday 2018

The best cheap MacBook Pro deal prices and sales for Cyber Monday 2018

Welcome to the home of the best cheap MacBook Pro prices. Here at TechRadar, we check around for the cheapest MacBook Pro deals in the sales everyday at the top retailers on the net. So you’re certainly in the right place to save money on your new Apple laptop. Better yet, we’ve just updated our guide with the latest models. We’ve still included the earlier models, as some of them are a lot cheaper. Many models have already gone cheaper for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. The MacBook Pro has become the go to laptop range for professionals and enthusiasts alike, absolutely powering through tasks regular laptops fear. Apple’s staggering lineup of Retina screens lead the way for crisp visuals and the increasingly excellent physical design of the laptops themselves has seen the latest MacBook Pro usurp the svelte form of the MacBook Air. You want the best there is, but there’s no reason to pay more than you should for it. If you want to save some money you could check out the other non-Pro MacBook deals or maybe even a standard cheap laptop deal.

The 2018 version of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro is the best yet, comes with the Touch Bar as standard and features a range of improvements over the older models. The screen resolution may be the same with the excellent Retina display, but now there’s True Tone technology inside that senses ambient lighting in the room or outdoors to adjust the brightness of the screen for the best possible picture. The keyboard is quieter and less ‘clicky’ too. You’re getting the brand new 8th-gen Coffee Lake core processor and the quad-core CPUs have doubled the performance of the 2017 models. With more options for larger RAM too, options really open up for creatives and professionals with the MacBook Pro 2018.

The larger 15-inch version of the 2018 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar is generally going to cost a fair bit more than the 13-inch model, but that’s not just because of the larger screen. This model packs a lot more under the hood too, with Apple providing multiple options with increased RAM, extra processing power with a six core Coffee Lake processor and larger SSD storage options. Naturally, you’re getting the same improvements over the 2017 version too like the True Tone screen technology and quieter keyboard. This really is a powerhouse laptop for designers and industry creatives. If you don’t need all the power though, we’d consider the cheaper 13-inch model, or maybe even one of the older versions found below if the prices are right for you.

The best Macbook Pro with Touch Bar (2017) prices
2017 update: The 2017 lineup has recently been released too. The newer models aren’t a massive upgrade over the 2016 lineup. Actually the -admittedly still excellent- retina display and overall size are the same. If you’re looking for increased performance, you’re in luck as the new models have been upgraded to include the 7th-gen Kaby Lake processor chips for enhanced 4K streaming and media editing.The new 2017 MacBook Pros will eventually phase out the older models, which means you’ll more than likely be able to snag a cheap MacBook Pro deal on the older laptops.

2016 was crying out for a refresh of the MacBook Pro and Apple once again come up with something rather special. In addition to the internal spec getting a long awaited upgrade and that gorgeous Retina display (available in 13-inch and 15-inch flavours), Apple has introduced their long-rumoured Touch Bar technology. This mini-LED display replaces the Function keys and comes up with different touch display controls for an increasing number of programs. Uses so far include Safari bookmarks, predictive text, search field, emojis, photo galleries or even more intensive actions like photo editing or mixing records. Simple, yet innovative. Expect rival firms to start copying it soon.

This new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the cheapest way to get your hands on one of Apple’s latest laptops, released in late 2016. This is the lightest MacBook Pro ever made, but still packs an incredible punch with 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor options. You don’t get the new Touch Bar on this version, but you do get a Retina display and the new larger trackpad. Prices start around $1,499/£1,449/AU$2,199. Stay updated on the latest prices in the comparison chart below.
MacBook Pro 13-inch – no Touch Bar (2017)
2017 update: Just like the aforementioned Touch Bar models, the screen and shape are unchanged since the 2016 models. You are getting the new Kaby Lake 7th-gen processor though. 2016’s lineup was very expensive, which is why we’re delighted to see that Apple has released an even cheaper 13-inch model for an entry-level, but still very modern, MacBook Pro experience. This does come at the cost of a smaller storage capacity though, with the cheapest options including a 128GB SSD instead of 256GB.These new 2017 models will start to phase out some of the older ones, so keep an eye on our comparison charts as we expect to see some tasty discounts on the 2016 crew as retailers make way for the new breed.

The 2015 MacBook Pro didn’t undergo a dramatic reimagining, but then there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it in the first place. Improvements to its performance mean it’s better value than before, and the noticeably improved battery life makes it even more of a mobile workhorse. As ever the cost of adding memory and storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock MacBook Pro is an incredibly versatile computer and arguably Apple’s best ever laptop. Newer MacBooks may be more portable, but the Pro has all the power. 

If you’re looking for the larger-sized laptop experience in the MacBook range, you’ll be wanting to take a look at the seriously impressive specs of the 2015 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The Intel Core i7 2.5 Ghz processor combined with 16GB of RAM will make light work of anything you can throw at it. 512GB of super fast flash storage, a new Force Touch trackpad and that incredible four million pixel-packing display make this one of the best laptops in the business.

The unsung heroes of Black Friday

The unsung heroes of Black Friday

Black Friday 2018 is upon us and with it comes a week of fevered spending. What was once a one-day affair has evolved into a weeklong extravaganza, with retailers clamouring to maximise the pre-Christmas shopping rush. According to figures from 2017 a staggering £1.4b was spent over the Black Friday weekend and it’s estimated that over 225,000,000 parcels were delivered around the country. Indeed, Amazon reportedly sent out a full delivery truck every minute and a half, while Royal Mail bolstered their 160,000 staff numbers with 19,000 extra to deal with the demand. Online retailers have further upped the pressure stakes with discounted express shipping and guaranteed next day delivery. This severely ramps up the pressure on logistics companies who have to deliver an extraordinary amount in an extremely small window of time. All this before we look at returns, a staggering number of which are made almost immediately. Much has been made of the opportunity – and pressure! – on retailers, but what of the logistics elves working behind the scenes who work tirelessly to pack, ship and deliver the much-coveted sales items? 
Minimising injuries to personnel
Imagining a distribution centre at peak time probably conjures images of boxes speeding along conveyor belts and staff madly lifting, packing and scanning. And this is largely accurate. It would be easy too, to imagine any complaints of injury would be a result of heavy lifting. In fact, one of the biggest cause of pain in repetitive strain injury (RSI). The nature of repeated scanning at such huge frequency has a knock-on effect on the users.To combat this, logistics firms and warehouses are investing in technology that better marries capability with ergonomics. Precisely for this reason, ASICS Europe BV deployed Zebra Technologies TC8000 devices across its European distribution centre. Not only did the devices increase productivity by an over an hour each shift, it was also praised by workers, who make as many as 2,400 scans in a shift, for increased comfort and reduced strain. The lightweight TC8000’s large screen and design eliminates the need to tilt and verify each scan, capturing barcodes, checkboxes, text fields and signatures simultaneously, ultimately reducing worker fatigue and injuries.ID Logistics similarly deployed Zebra’s WT6000 wearable terminals to improve productivity and efficiency of the mobile workers within its warehouses. This latest generation terminal provides operators increased comfort through a new fastening system, a 27% reduction in weight and a 36% reduction in bulk, as compared to previous models. 
Maximising the capabilities of workers
Beyond staff safety, technology is revolutionising the efficiency of warehouses worldwide. The use of AI is becoming increasingly prevalent – one look at the Ocado warehouse demonstrates the absolute wonder of robotics in distribution. But similarly, clever tweaks and upgrades have helped staff in all points of the logistics chain to maximise the efficiency of staff and better manage inventory, supply chain and customer satisfaction levels. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and inventory management platforms are expected to grow by 49 percent in the next few years, accordingly to the Future of Fulfilment Study from Zebra Technologies. RFID-enabled software, hardware and tagging solutions offer up-to-the-minute, item-level inventory lookup, heightening inventory accuracy and shopper satisfaction while reducing out of stocks, overstocks and replenishment errors.In one customer warehouse, Zebra is helping staff track goods by pairing RFID and drones. The combination not only speeds up discovery of goods, but dramatically increases the accuracy of stock management. Meanwhile, ID Logistics’ operators are combing wearable tech with tablet computers to increase workforce productivity including barcode scanning, data entry and ruggedness for durability. During the busy peaks, when temporary staff are being utilised and time is at an absolute premium, it is crucial that logistics firms have technology on hand that is easy to train staff on and that reduces risk of error. Maximising use via long life batter power and rugged design is also an absolute coup. Having one device that ticks all these boxes, maximised staff efficiency and reduces injury is exactly why both ID Logistics and ASICS Europe BV picked the TC8000 to enhance their supply chain management. In this time and in the run up to Christmas, logistics and retail businesses employ significant numbers of additional seasonal staff. With its advanced Android devices and understanding of retail and logistics, Zebra is also working with businesses to develop on device training using video to speed up the training process and help workers to be productive quicker.
Praise for the logistics heroes
Without question, the increased complexity of omnichannel retail has made the supply chain more challenging than ever. Combined with huge peaks around sales offerings, logistics firms have never had so much to plan for. So while consumers get bang for their buck during the sales, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the many thousand people (and technology) working tirelessly behind the scenes.   Mark Thomson is retail industry director EMEA at Zebra Technologies
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Razer DeathAdder Elite: Should I buy this mouse?

Razer DeathAdder Elite: Should I buy this mouse?

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is an update to the Razer DeathAdder line, which includes the competent DeathAdder Chroma, giving gamers full RGB lighting control while maintaining the look and feel of the previous award winning gaming mouse.The DeathAdder Elite is a fairly affordable gaming mouse with good overall specs. It has seven programmable buttons, two zones of Razer Chroma lighting, and an incredibly high maximum DPI of 16,000, though we don’t believe the max DPI says much about a mouse. What’s more important here is the 1000Hz polling rate, and the fast hand movements the mouse sensor can handle.Inside the DeathAdder Elite is a custom made 5G sensor Razer created in partnership with with Pixart (the maker of most of the best mouse sensors). This sensor can handle accelerations up to 50 G while maintaining accurate tracking at 450 inches per second (IPS), which puts it on an even footing with the best gaming mice. All of this performance packed comes packed into a gaming mouse that costs just $69, though its age makes it easy enough to find for a slight discount.If you’re a fan of the DeathAdder design and want a high performance gaming mouse, this one fits. However, there are some alternatives that may be more compelling.
The Razer DeathAdder Elite’s competition
The Razer DeathAdder Elite’s combination of high DPI, high IPS and high acceleration thresholds may stand out for the price, but there are other competitive mice on the market that may hold more appeal for gamers or other advantageous features.Razer’s own Mamba Elite is a step up from the DeathAdder Elite, adding more buttons and more lighting zones for a small step up in price. The Mamba Wireless, on the other hand, is functional equivalent to the DeathAdder Elite in terms of buttons, specs, sensor and the added ability to use it wirelessly – though that comes at bump in price.Perhaps the most compelling competition for the DeathAdder Elite comes from SteelSeries. The company’s top mice never cease to impress us. For $79, just a hair more than the DeathAdder, the Rival 600 is ready to offer a best-in-class gaming experience. It can handle the same acceleration, but not the same IPS or DPI. However, its TrueMove 3 dual-sensor makes for astoundingly accurate tracking, and it’s design is also remarkable with excellent lighting and custom weights.And, for less than the price of the DeathAdder elite, both the Sensei 310 and Rival 310 offer incredible performance, solid construction, and two-zone RGB lighting to top it off.With the competition in mind, we’d only recommend the DeathAdder Elite if you can’t spare an extra $10, or if you know you need 16,000 DPI and tracking at 450 IPS.
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