Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is ready to take on the MacBook Pro

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Microsoft Surface Book
The Microsoft Surface Book 2.
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The MacBook Pro is about to face some tough competition from Microsoft’s newest laptop/tablet hybrid that was just revealed today.

Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 computers are being billed as the most powerful laptops to come from Microsoft. The company even says they’re twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro.

Google Pixelbook finally makes Chrome OS exciting

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Google Pixelbook
As fancy as a MacBook.
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Google’s Chrome OS platform is finally exciting, thanks to the new Pixelbook.

It sports a premium design that’s incredible thin and light, and powerful hardware that you won’t find in another Chromebook. It’s also compatible with the new Pixelbook Pen, which makes light work of annotating documents, finding information, and more.

Paul Otellini, who helped bring Intel chips to Mac, dies at 66

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Paul Otellini
Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
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Paul Otellini, the former CEO of Intel, who had a huge influence on helping Apple make the transition away from AMD processors on its Mac lineup, died earlier this week.

Otellini passed away in his sleep on Monday, Oct. 2 at the age of 66. He was the fifth CEO of Intel and helped the company make some huge strategic adjustments that helped it maintain its lead as the world’s premier manufacturer of computer CPUs.

Intel’s Cannon Lake processors may be delayed, again

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Intel's Coffee Lake processors have a lot of potential.
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The next great update for the MacBook Pro may not happen until late 2018 thanks to a delay in Intel’s highly anticipated Cannon Lake processors.

Intel has allegedly decided to push back the launch of its Cannon Lake processors yet again, according to a new report that claims the company is now looking to launch them toward the end of 2018.

Juicy iPhone 8 leaks and a strange twist for Apple car project, on The CultCast

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Why, I just looove our new Apple car, mummy!
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This week on The CultCast: Even more juicy details leak on iPhone 8, plus a report says Apple’s keynote reveal is right around the corner. Plus: There’s a strange twist in Apple’s autonomous car project; why the 13-inch MacBook Pro might soon get a lot more horsepower; and stick around for an all-new storytime, where we’ll tell you what it’s like inside the eerie darkness of a total solar eclipse.

Qualcomm demands ITC ban iPhones powered by Intel

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The 2017 iPhones are all getting big internal upgrades.
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The ongoing fight between Apple and Qualcomm could result in an import ban on all new iPhones powered by Intel.

Qualcomm requested today that the U.S. International Trade Commission place a “limited exclusion order” on all iPhones that use Intel’s 4G wireless modem. iPhones powered by Qualcomm’s chip would be excluded from the ban.

Today in Apple history: Apple chooses Intel over PowerPC

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Intel is starving for a chunk of iPhone's chip business.
The transition to Intel was a big achievement for Steve Jobs.
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Jun6June 6, 2005: Steve Jobs reveals that the Mac is switching over its CPUs from PowerPC processors to Intel ones.

Speaking at that year’s WWDC, Jobs’ revelation reminds us that he is a CEO who can get things done. Given Intel’s focus on mobile computing, it also offers a hint at what Apple’s CEO has planned for the second half of his reign at the top of Apple…