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AMD unveils more powerful Bristo Ridge Pro chips to rival Intel's

Advanced Micro Devices has launched the new Bristol Ridge Pro processors for enterprise PCs which could be a serious contender to Intel chips that currently dominate the market. The chips are based on a 28-nanometer architecture the company launched early this year. The highest-performing chip, the A12, offers a clock rate of up to 4.2 gigahertz, 1 gigahertz faster compared to the 3.2 gigahertz of Intel's i5 6500 CPU chip, and has eight Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). According to AMD, the new chips are 14% better at CPU performance than the previous generation of PRO processors and 22% faster at graphic performance, while using two-thirds the power. They are compatible with the upcoming Zen processors, which will allow enterprises to upgrade their computers without having to buy new units. AMD also added controls based on the DASH security standard to enable administrators to remotely wipe or disable machines if a breach has occurred. Said chips will be shipping in the next months, and can be found in new HP and Lenovo machines.

Key Takeaway: 

Advanced Micro Devices, a rival of Intel, has unveiled its new Bristol Bridge Pro processors which are faster and offer better graphics than predecessors; new features include compatibility with upcoming Zen processors that will allow companies to upgrade units easily and the ability to remotely wipe data or disable machines if necessary.

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EU may fine Google for uncompetitive practice

The European Union could fine Google a hefty amount and order the search engine company to stop giving financial incentives to smartphone manufacturers that include its search engine on devices by default. The company is also under scrutiny for pre-installed Google apps on Android phones, which the EU calls an uncompetitive practice as they limit third party apps' chances to be downloaded by users, as well as perceived favoring of its shopping service over competitors. The amount of the fine could be a percentage of Google's Adwords revenue in EU countries or purchases made in the Google Play Store.

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The EU is expected to stop and fine Google for providing smartphone manufacturers financial incentives to have its search engine on default and having pre-installed apps on mobile devices which may give the company's products unfair use advantage over other applications.

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October 3, 2016

How mobile has changed people's search behavior

Data compiled by Search Engine Land shows mobile has changed the way users view search results and how fast they consume them. Users now scan search results vertically in both mobile and desktop environments compared to viewing them horizontally 10 years ago, based on eye-tracking studies. Users are also spending less time time viewing search results, from 2.6 seconds to 1.3 seconds. The top organic search listings still get the most click activity regardless of device. However, with the introduction of Knowledge Graph, it reduced clicks to the number one organic search result by 22%. When it comes to sponsored ads, mobile fared better with the top two sponsored ads getting 19% clicks on mobile versus 15% on desktop. Map and local listings gain more traction when placed above the organic listings.

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According to Search Engine Land, extensive use of mobile devices has transformed how people scan search engine results, on both mobile and desktop, from horizontal a decade ago to a more vertical orientation today; it has also made people consume search results faster, down to just a little over a second.

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October 3, 2016

Paris Agreement expected to take effect after EU's approval

EU member states gave their approval to officially join the Paris Agreement, the new climate deal wherein countries pledge to reduce their emissions to counteract climate change. Once the EU ratification papers are submitted to the UN on Wednesday, the deal is expected to take into effect. So far, seven EU members have ratified the Paris Agreement with others expected to follow. This brings the total to 68 nations, representing 57% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, embracing the new climate deal. Europe has pledged to reduce its carbon output by 40% of 1990 levels by 2030. US, China and India have already formalized their participation. Other countries that could also submit their formal approval of the new climate deal include Canada and Japan.

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With the 28 member states of the European Union informally approving the new climate deal, the Paris Agreement is expected to take effect soon on Wednesday; 68 nations have so far ratified the agreement, representing 57% of the world's emissions.

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October 3, 2016

Baidu introduces a voice-first keyboard app on Android

Chinese search giant Baidu released TalkType, the first Android keyboard app which receives voice as primary input. Its speech-to-text AI program developed by professors at Stanford University, using deep learning, is three times faster than typing on mobile devices and 20.4% more accurate compared to iOs' built-in English keyboard. In Mandarin, the program is 2.8 times faster and 63.4% more accurate. According to James Landay of Stanford, this technology may herald other mobile apps that feature speech as their primary input. The keyboard which is on Android for now also has swipe texting, keyboard themes, location sharing and emojis.

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Baidu launched the first truly voice-first keyboard app which, according to the company, is three times faster than typing on a standard mobile keyboard app, both in English and Mandarin; could lead to the development of more apps that use voice as a primary input.

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