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Facebook reveals the future of VR headsets, and it’s more ‘CSI Miami’ than ‘Tron’ – Mashable

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Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads – VentureBeat

Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns.

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(Reuters) Alphabets Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition, the U.S. tech company said late on Monday.
The bid, announced in November last year, would help Google take on market leader Apple and Samsung in the fitness-tracking and smart-watch market, alongside others including Huawei and Xiaomi.
This deal is about devices, not data. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the European Commission on an approach that safeguards consumers expectations that Fitbit device data wont be used for advertising, Google said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Reuters reported last week that such a data pledge may likely help Google secure EU approval for the deal.
With just 3% of the global wearables market as of the first quarter of 2020, Fitbit is far behind Apples 29.3% share and also trails Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei, according to data from market research firm International Data Corp.
While the deal has drawn heavy criticism from privacy advocates on both sides of the Atlantic, on concerns that Google may use Fitbits trove of health data to boost its dominance in online advertising and search, privacy issues do not fall under competition rules.
The European Commission is expected to seek feedback from rivals and users before deciding whether to approve the deal, demand more concessions or open a four-month-long investigation if it has serious concerns.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)

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Google’s first Pixel Buds feature drop will arrive next month with fix for audio cut out problems – Android Police

The Pixel Buds have only just launched in Canada, the UK, and many more international markets, but the good news don’t stop there: Google promises a

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The Pixel Buds have only just launched in Canada, the UK, and many more international markets, but the good news don’t stop there: Google promises a feature drop update to the true wireless earbuds, according to information the company relayed to Forbes. Along with unspecified new capabilities, the update is supposed to finally fix the notorious audio cut out problems the Buds are plagued with, which Google already promised a month ago.
Even though Google says that the audio cut out problems are “corner cases,” the problem seems to be widespread enough to warrant a software update. Hopefully, we’ll see some substantial improvement. Other than that, not much is known about the update. Google only told Forbes that “our next release will have a combination of new features…and then we’ll also have performance improvements in terms of more stability coming into the product.”
While the company didn’t mention a specific date, it “is aiming for late August,” so it’s possible that the Buds update will be released alongside the fourth Pixel phone feature drop. That would almost be in line with the first three releases, which have hit phones roughly every three months, the last one being released on June 1.

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AMD’s next-gen RDNA 2 rumor: 40-50% faster than GeForce RTX 2080 Ti – TweakTown

Big Navi is waving something Big alright around, RDNA 2 leaks see it destroying RTX 2080 Ti.

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The spotlight has been on NVIDIA’s next-gen Ampere GPU architecture and the upcoming GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards for a while now… so it’s now time for AMD’s next-gen RDNA 2 architecture to enjoy that light.
A new rumor for Big Navi is teasing some truly huge performance, with YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead saying that AMD’s flagship RDNA 2-based graphics card will be 40-50% faster than NVIDIA’s current flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
Big Navi being 40-50% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti is a huge, huge deal.
But it’s also not the first time we’ve heard that Big Navi would be twice as fast as the Navi 10-powered Radeon RX 5700 XT. In those rumors, we heard about 80 compute units, 5120 stream processors, and 17.5 TFLOPs of compute performance.
The leak says that AMD will be using 72 SMs with “two clusters of 36 CUs in each”, with an unknown amount of GDDR6 on a 384-bit memory bus. The GPU has a game clock of 2.05GHz and boost clock of 2.15GHz in its current form.
Big Navi being this fast means AMD has caught up to NVIDIA in a big, big freaking way. It also means that the previous leaks of NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 being about as fast as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti that much more true.
If Big Navi is indeed this fast, it’ll be the biggest shake up in the GPU industry in almost forever.
Lisa Su and the re-focused team at AMD and Radeon are ready to take this battle right to NVIDIA’s door it seems, but don’t think NVIDIA is going to take this lying down.
Whatever NVIDIA has cooking with Ampere is going to be big, but from what I’m seeing we’re going to see a huge shake up at the sub $600 range. If I can buy a next-gen PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X console with a 16-thread AMD processor, RDNA 2-based GPU, and super-fast GDDR6 for less than $600 — a graphics card on its own for $600 better be freaking good.
But this means the current flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti — which launched starting at $999, will be dethroned by cards that are sold for half as much.
If you’ve got a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, then its value is going to diminish quite quickly if these new rumors are true (and I really think we’re getting very close to what we’re going to see) then we’re in for a wild ride at sub $600 graphics cards.
What about above $600 and up to the $1000-$1200 mark where the current RTX 2080 Ti falls now? Well, maybe that’s what all the fuss about the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3090 ULTRA or whatever-the-hell it ends up getting called is what NVIDIA has waiting in the wings.
Maybe we’ll see a limited launch of some of the best cards we’ve ever seen, while NVIDIA prepares an even higher-end GeForce RTX 3000 series card with the return of the ULTRA moniker — something I’m trying to turn into a thing. So, send me your positive vibes, peeps.
Moore’s Law Is Dead’s new video also suggests that AMD naming Navi 2X and Navi 3X was no mistake, as Lisa is pushing for a 2X upgrade in performance over the Navi 10-based Radeon RX 5700 XT. Navi 3X means we’ll be seeing 3X the performance of Navi 10 which would be quite teh lofty goal for AMD.
If you look at how they’ve been going from stride to stride with Zen and their phenomenally successful (game-changing and Intel crushing) Ryzen 3000 series processors… then imagine that type of success and nailing down of everything Radeon, with the next-gen RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 architectures.
Seriously, I’m nerding out at how good the next few years are going to be for the graphics card market. Literally the most exciting time in graphics card history is right in front of us.
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Last updated: Jul 14, 2020 at 01:48 am CDT

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