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Intel reboot in process

Chip maker Intel’s next-generation Core processors for PCs, codenamed “Kaby Lake", will be critical as they look to reconfigure the PC chip business. On track for a late 2016 release, these chips will feature advancements in performance, battery and media handling capabilities. This confirmation should put the market at ease, after the previous two chip releases were delayed. The Kaby Lake processors will be Intel’s third 14-nanometer architecture chips to hit the market, after Broadwell and Skylake. Earlier this year, Intel had announced it was no longer adhering to its “tick-tock" processor release cycle, which saw shrinking chip fabrication processes in one year and building new architectures the next year.

Instagram’s new business tools

Social network Instagram has released a bunch of tools that will help businesses get back data on traction around their advertisements on the platform. These will be available to users who have a business profile. The first feature is Insights, which will give businesses more data on the interaction behaviour and demographics, while the Promote feature will enable businesses to convert a post into an advertisement and add a call-to-action button on any post that is doing well.

Nextbit’s Robin sold out

San Francisco-based smartphone maker Nextbit says that the pre-orders for the Robin smartphone on e-commerce platform Flipkart have been a success, and the phone is already out of stock even before the general sale begins today. The company, however, does not clarify how many units were actually put up for pre-orders. The Nextbit Robin is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, 5.2-inch Full HD display and runs Android 6 (Marshmallow). The most exciting aspect of the phone is the 100GB cloud storage for automatic backups, which works parallel with the 32GB internal storage in the phone. The Nextbit Robin is currently priced at 19,999. (Read review here )

Fight against hate speech

In order to tackle racism and xenophobia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have signed an online “code of conduct", an initiative of the European Union, aimed at fighting hate speech on social media platforms. The companies say they will try to review most notifications and flags raised by users about the behaviour of another user, within 24 hours. However, what is interesting to note is that this code is not legally binding. The definition of hate speech, as covered by the EU’s code of conduct document, states that “all conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin".

MySpace hacked

A social network from an era gone by (but it still is around, nevertheless). MySpace, a social blogging platform that was acquired by Time Inc. in February this year has been hacked. In a statement, Time Inc. said, “As part of the major site re-launch in the summer of 2013, MySpace took significant steps to strengthen account security. The compromised data is related to the period before those measures were implemented." While you may not use MySpace anymore, this sort of breach is still bad news if you tend to use similar logins and passwords for multiple accounts online.

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