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Intel: 9.4 Million Chromebooks Sold in Q3 2020
Chromebook logo
Chromebook logo Credit: Google

Intel revealed today that hardware makers sold at least 9.4 million Chromebooks in Q3 2020, good for 122 percent growth year-over-year. By comparison, Apple, the fourth-biggest maker of computers, sold just 6.2 million Macs that quarter. So Chromebooks outsold the Mac by over one-third, and achieved 12.86 percent market share. That 9.4 million figure, which presumably only counts Intel-based Chromebooks, would not include Chromebooks based on other processors, such as those produced by AMD and Mediatek.

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"One More Thing" – Apple announces event for November 10th
"One More Thing" – Apple announces event for November 10th
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Apple has announced its last event for the year. Set for 10 am PST on November 10th, the event called "One More Thing" is presumed to introduce the company's first Arm-based Macs running on Apple Silicon chips instead of Intel processors.

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20GB of Intel documents were leaked online
20GB of Intel documents were leaked online
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More than 20GB worth of Intel internal documents have been leaked, and it was publicly available on BitTorrent feeds. The leak contains data that Intel makes available to partners and customers under NDA.

The leak, posted Thursday night by Tillie Kottman, an IT consultant based in Switzerland, included source code, development and debugging tools and schematics, tools and firmware for the company’s unreleased Tiger Lake platform.

A misconfigured Akamai CDN server and files with the password “intel123” have been pinpointed as the apparent cause of the leak.

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Mac computers to use Apple-designed processors, and run iOS apps
Macbook with new ARM based processor
Macbook with new ARM based processor Credit: Apple (Reproduction)

During the WWDC today, Apple announced the switch from Intel to custom ARM-based processors for its Mac computers. The move means Macs will run on the same family of chips as the iPhones and iPads and will be able to run iOS applications natively.

"We expect to ship our first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year," said chief executive Tim Cook.

Climate & Environment
Intel commits to cut waste and greenhouse gas emissions
Intel sticker on laptop computer
Intel sticker on laptop computer Credit: Harrison

Intel recently announced their environmental goals for 2030. The technology company aims to make the switch to 100% renewable energy and to recycle all its trash by the end of the decade. Currently, Intel does recycle over 90% of its trash and hazardous waste. Even though the company is decreasing its own emissions, they are not counting emission caused by companies and factories in their supply chain.

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Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro Credit: Apple Newsroom

Apple released its updated 13-inch MacBook Pro on Monday. The device comes with the new Magic Keyboard and an Intel 10th Gen processors "for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance". RAM can be upgraded up to 32GB and storage up to 4TB. The model starts at $1,299 in the US and 1,499€ in Europe.

Technology • Internet & Web
Intel acquires transit data startup Moovit for $900 million

Intel Corporation announced it has acquired Moovit for approximately $900 million ($840 million net of Intel Capital equity gain).

Intel claims "The addition of Moovit brings Intel’s Mobileye closer to achieving its plan to become a complete mobility provider, including robotaxi services, which is forecast to be an estimated $160 billion opportunity by 2030".

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Intel to buy transit startup Moovit for $1B
Moovit application screenshot
Moovit application screenshot Credit: Moovit Media Assets

Techcrunch sources claim Intel is close to acquiring transit app developer Moovit in a deal estimated at around $1 billion.

Moovit — which had previously been backed by Intel Capital in a strategic investment — will become part of Intel’s Israeli automotive hub and help with Intel's overall self-driving strategy.