Intel Iris Xe Max Discrete GPU for Slim Laptops Announced, Promises AI and Encoding Performance Boost

Intel’s 11th Gen Core ‘Tiger Lake’ CPUs are the first to feature the company’s new integrated Xe graphics architecture. Just as laptops built around these CPUs are going on sale in many parts of the world, the company has revealed that some of them will also ship with its first discrete GPU, the Intel Iris Xe Max. In a surprise announcement, Intel has also disclosed details of how laptops can use integrated and discrete Xe GPUs together to increase graphics performance and accelerate certain kinds of compute-intensive or AI-based tasks.

The Intel Iris Xe Max name first leaked when

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Google Faces November Deadline for Initial Response to US Antitrust Case

Alphabet’s Google must tell a district court how it will respond to a federal antitrust lawsuit by mid-November, with the two sides making initial disclosures later in the month, US Judge Amit Mehta said in a brief order Friday.

The US Justice Department sued Google on October 20, accusing the $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 74,54,800 crores) company of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.

The federal government alleges that Google acted unlawfully to maintain its position in search as well as search advertising. Google

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Black Friday 2020: The Best Tech Deals

The holiday shopping season is approaching and many retailers will be participating in Black Friday sales. This guide can help you figure out where and how to shop to find the best bargains.

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Many shoppers look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday every year. After all, it’s one of the best times to get that holiday shopping list whittled down without breaking the bank. The 2020 holiday shopping season is likely to look a little different than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In years past, many retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy

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Microsoft Excel: Huge update expands data types beyond just text and numbers

Excel customers can now import their own data directly to Excel and use it as a data type.

Businesses can now create data types from their own data in Excel

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Excel is receiving what could be its most significant overhaul in years, after Microsoft announced that the program will allow users create custom data types.

Historically, Microsoft Excel has only allowed users to work with text and numbers. This changes in an upcoming update, which will enable customers to import their own data directly to Excel and use it as a data type.

This means that organisations will

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How to build an advisory board to help you with tough decisions

Some of the best decisions are made in consultation with others. Here’s how to set up your own advisory board.

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At the end of the day, our biggest responsibility as leaders is making decisions. The higher we climb in the leadership ranks, the more complex, difficult, and impactful those decisions become, in some cases even impacting life and limb. Many of the most effective leaders that I’ve worked with realize that decision making doesn’t always need to be a solo performance, despite the fact that at the end of the day, the leader often “owns” the decision and

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Ford announces Active Drive Assist pricing, package options, and more

The company also detailed an “early adopter incentive” and over-the-air software update information.

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On Friday, Ford Motor Company announced the pricing for its driver-assistance technology. Ford’s Active Drive Assist system leverages a suite of technologies including camera and radar to enable hands-free driving. Ford also announced vehicle package options, early adopter pricing discounts, scheduling information for over-the-air software updates, and more.

“As breakthroughs in new technology allow us to help reduce the stress of long highway drives, it’s important to make sure these capabilities can be enjoyed by the largest spread of people possible,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief

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