AMD is promoting Epyc processors that feature 16 or 32 cores with a single socket, which product and segment marketing chief Glen Keels says could be cheaper than two-socket options. AMD is also working on a 64-core processor, code-named "Rome," that will be built on a 7-nanometer process.
Microsoft announced artificial intelligence and mixed reality applications for its Dynamics 365 portfolio for businesses. "Bringing in and merging the physical and virtual world allows organizations to quickly do new ways of space planning and realize the potential within different spatial constraints in a new way" says Alysa Taylor of Microsoft.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf says the company could reach a settlement in its case with Apple as the dates approach when they will be forced to make their case in front of legal systems from the US, China, Germany and other countries. Mollenkopf says the two companies could even work together in the future once the lawsuit is concluded.
Taiwan held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Erlin campus of the Central Taiwan Science Park, which will feature production facilities from at least 17 companies, such as Global Tek Fabrication and Hiwin Technologies. The government has given more than $1 billion for the park, which will be used to develop smart technology and machinery.
The developing internet of things holds great promise for the increasingly crucial mission of managing urban wastewater. "With the growing number of connected devices, the wastewater industry is taking advantage of IoT sensors to monitor water levels, chemical leaks, and even regulate water flows," Kelly Potter of Transcendent writes.
Microsoft unveiled its Managed Desktop service, a feature that allows companies to hand off their corporate Windows 10 devices to Microsoft to receive updates and fixes for a monthly fee. The service is available to customers in the US and UK, but the company will extend the service to Canada, New Zealand and Australia in 2019.
Twitter announced a plan to allow users to switch between organizing feeds in chronological order and in order of highest-ranked. "Our goal with the timeline is to balance showing you the most recent Tweets with the best Tweets you're likely to care about, but we don't always get this balance right," the company said.
Facebook has launched a new program that is designed to protect political campaigns from cyberthreats. In addition to two-factor authentication, campaigns will have access to security tools, and the social media network will provide proactive monitoring of enrolled campaigns.
A new phishing campaign uncovered by Malwarebytes uses poorly formatted emails promising victims tax refunds in order to gain personal information. Though the return email addresses are obviously fake and little effort is put into the attacks, some of the biggest cyberattacks in recent years, such as the attack on Sony, started with a phishing email.
Facebook has announced that it fixed a bug that allowed 10 advertisers to view the analytics data of 21 apps during the three-week period ending Aug. 24; the company has also announced that it's carrying out an audit to determine if any data were retained. There's no word on if there will be ramifications for the advertisers, even if they just looked at data out of curiosity, which is against the platform's terms of service.