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Google bans cryptomining Chrome extensions because they refuse to play by the rules

Enlarge/ Mining: no longer welcome in Chrome. Jeremy Buckingham / Flickr After a policy that previously permitted them, Google has decided to remove any and all Chrome extensions that mine for cryptocurrencies after finding that too many developers didn’t play by the company’s rules. Google allowed Chrome extensions that performed mining with the proviso that […]

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Intel bumps up mobile chips to 6 cores in expanded 8th-generation line-up

Enlarge/ Intel 8th-generation Core H-series mobile chip. Intel first launched its 8th-generation branding last year. In the mobile space, we had the U-series Kaby Lake-R: four-core, eight-thread chips running in a 15W power envelope. On the desktop, we had Coffee Lake: six-core, 12-thread chips. In both cases, the processor lineup was limited: six different chips […]

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Microsoft reorg shakes up Windows group, Windows leader Terry Myerson departs

Enlarge/ Terry Myerson Microsoft Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a company reorganization today, with major changes coming to the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), the organizational unit housing Windows development, Surface, and HoloLens. The WDG is no more. The group is being split up. A new unit, “Experiences & Devices” will be led by Executive […]