Intel Ships Record Number of Laptop Chips on Rising PC Demand

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In another sign of surging demand for PCs, Intel shipped its most ever laptop processors during Q1, the company announced in a Thursday earnings call.

The chipmaker didn’t break down the exact shipment number for laptop processors, but in Q1, volumes soared by 54% year over year, according to an Intel stock exchange filing. “The PC ecosystem in particular is experiencing resurgence,” Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said on the call.

Indeed, demand for PCs has soared to levels not seen in a decade, due to COVID-19 forcing millions of people to work and study at

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How Do Bots Buy Up Graphics Cards? We Rented One to Find Out

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It’s Sunday morning, and I’ve just purchased two AMD graphics cards from Amazon—all without being anywhere near my computer. 

Given the ongoing shortage for GPUs, it feels like I’ve pulled off a miracle. But I had help. For the past week, my Windows laptop has been running a bot. Or rather, a piece of automated software that scalpers have been using to nab PC graphics cards from all the major online retailers. 

The bot can do what I can’t: Every three seconds, the program checks Amazon’s listings for various PC graphics cards. If they’re back in stock, the

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Computer systems at OSF Healthcare remain down

PEORIA (WEEK) — OSF Healthcare confirmed Friday evening their computers remain down across the healthcare system that serves nearly three million people.

Employees say they were forced to do most of their work on pen and paper. while one patient’s father says his son’s brain surgery was delayed.

That father said they were told systems went down around 3:30 Friday morning.

According to an email sent to employees at OSF, Epic, a software used to record patients’ care, is down and at the time of the message being sent, there was no timeline on when it would return.

The father,

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The Biden Administration’s Impending Executive Order on Software Security

Last year’s revelation of the infiltration of federal agency digital supply chains—via the information technology (IT) contractor SolarWinds—revealed gaping holes in America’s cyber defenses. The White House recently attributed this intrusion to the Russian foreign intelligence service, further highlighting the sophisticated nature of malicious cyber actors targeting the United States. Following closely on this news was the announcement by Microsoft that probable Chinese government hackers had exploited previously unknown attack vectors in one of its products. The Biden administration has begun responding to these and other high-profile exploitations of vulnerabilities in commercially available software—including some used by the

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Samsung launches software update to turn older Galaxy phones into IoT devices

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Samsung said on Wednesday it has launched a new software update that will allow consumers to convert their older Galaxy smartphones to various types of IoT devices.

Called Galaxy Upcycling at Home, it is an expansion of its Galaxy Upcycling program and is aimed at giving new life to older devices. 

Currently in beta, Galaxy Upcycling at Home will be available in South Korea, the US, and the UK first. The company said it would research usage in the three countries and support technical verification, then provide the service to additional countries at a later time.

According to

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UiPath rises 23% in NYSE debut after one of top software IPO’s ever

People celebrate the UiPath IPO outside the New York Stock Exchange, April 21, 2021.

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UiPath rose 23% in the company’s stock market debut on Wednesday after the software vendor and its investors reeled in $1.34 billion in the company’s IPO. The shares closed at $69.

The company, whose software helps businesses automate repetitive tasks, sold shares Tuesday night at $56 apiece, above its expected price range of $52 to $54. At the closing price, UiPath had a market value of $35.8 billion.

If underwriters buy their allotted shares, UiPath’s offering will be the third-biggest ever for a U.S.

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Panasonic to buy U.S. supply-chain software firm Blue Yonder for $7.1 bln

In its biggest acquisition in a decade, Panasonic Corp (6752.T) on Friday said it will buy U.S. supply-chain software company Blue Yonder in a deal worth $7.1 billion, to tap growing demand from companies as the COVID pandemic tests their resilience to disruption.

Panasonic, which bought a 20% stake in Blue Yonder for 86 billion yen ($797 million) last year, will acquire the rest of the stock from shareholders including Blackstone Group Inc (BX.N) and New Mountain Capital, in an agreement, including debt, that values Blue Yonder at $8.5 billion, the company said in a press release.

“The need for

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Bad software sent postal workers to jail, because no one wanted to admit it could be wrong

For the past 20 years UK Post Office employees have been dealing with a piece of software called Horizon, which had a fatal flaw: bugs that made it look like employees stole tens of thousands of British pounds. This led to some local postmasters being convicted of crimes, even being sent to prison, because the Post Office doggedly insisted the software could be trusted. After fighting for decades, 39 people are finally having their convictions overturned, after what is reportedly the largest miscarriage of justice that the UK has ever seen.

The impact on these employees has been

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One-Netbook reveals additional specs and product images for the One Mix 4 10.1-inch convertible

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Chrome OS update adds a host of small but useful features

Google is beginning to roll out the latest iteration of Chrome OS, version 90, which delivers a host of enhancements and extra utilities.

Chrome OS is the Linux-based operating system that powers Chromebooks, the portable and cloud-centric netbook alternatives. 

The devices and the OS that powers it have seen a recent surge in popularity thanks primarily to the pandemic, which forced many workers into remote-first and cloud-dependent environments.

A couple of weeks ago, Chrome OS took on some new education-related features to make the devices more useful for remote learning. Chrome OS 90, meanwhile, adds a handful of useful productivity

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