Intel Unveils Full Lineup of Skylake Processors for Notebooks and Desktops, Early 2016 Likely for Most Macs

Intel has released detailed information about its upcoming Skylake processors for notebooks and desktops ahead of IFA 2015 in Berlin (via Ars Technica). The sixth-generation chips will deliver CPU and GPU performance improvements and longer battery life, and are likely to power future MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models released over the next year.

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Intel’s new lineup of Core M processors appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook will provide up to 10 hours of battery life, between 10%-20% faster CPU performance and up to 40% faster graphics compared to equivalent Broadwell chips.

CPU World accurately shared Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 specifications last week, with all three families of chips including Intel HD 515 graphics, 4MB of L3 cache and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP).

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The low-end Core m3 6Y30 replaces the Core M-5Y31 and is likely suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook sold for $1,299. The mid-tier Core m5 6Y54 and Core m5 6Y57 replace the Core M-5Y51 on the high-end 12-inch MacBook sold for $1,599, while the high-end Core m7 6Y75 replaces the Core M-5Y71 for top-of-the-line 12-inch MacBook custom configurations.

Core M processors have configurable TDPs, allowing for performance and heat output to be adjusted. Core m3, m5 and m7 chips can be run at 3.5-3.8 watts or be increased to 7 watts to allow for higher CPU clock speeds. For the current 12-inch MacBook, Apple boosted the 900 MHz 5Y31 chip to 1.1 GHz, 1.1 GHz 5Y51 chip to 1.2 GHz and 1.2 GHz 5Y71 chip to 1.3 GHz.

Ars Technica notes that Core M processors should be available to Apple and other PC makers now, meaning that Core m3, m5 and m7-powered notebooks could begin shipping within the next few months. However, given that the 12-inch MacBook just launched in April, it remains uncertain if Apple is willing to release updated models this soon or hold off until 2016.
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Australia’s economy slows as China stumbles

A woman walks past an advertisement for financial services in a bank window in Sydney on September 1, 2015Australia's economy expanded at its slowest quarterly pace for more than two years as mining and construction activity fell and exports declined, data showed Wednesday, hit by weakening growth in its biggest trading partner China. Resources-driven economies such as Australia, Brazil and Canada have been hurt by softening Chinese demand for commodities, which has triggered a dive in prices for metals and oil, sending their currencies tumbling and hitting revenue. Canada, the world's fifth-largest oil producer, said Monday it had fallen into recession for the second time in seven years, while Brazil's GDP contracted for the first two quarters of this year.


Anderson Cooper Says Goodbye To His Puppy Molly

What sad news.

Anderson Cooper may be one of the most perfect men in the world, but even he has to have some bad days.

Well, it seems Tuesday may have just been one of his worst because his puppy Molly passed away earlier in the day.

The CNN anchor paid tribute to his pet pup on Instagram, saying:

“An old picture of my sweet dog Molly, who passed away today.”

We’re so sorry for your loss, Anderson!

Rest in Peace, Molly.

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Power Ranking the PGA Tour Rookies for 2015

With the 2015 PGA Tour season winding down, it’s the perfect time to look back and assess this year’s rookie class power-ranking style.

From Patrick Cantlay (with his lone PGA Tour appearance) to Tony Finau and Justin Thomas (who have camped out near the top of leaderboards for months), all 27 rookies are analyzed and ranked in ascending order.

These power rankings are based on a combination of factors, including FedEx Cup points, number of made cuts and top-25 finishes, with allowances made for significant accomplishments (such as excellent play at the majors) that may not translate fully into points.

Now, let’s take a look at the PGA Tour’s freshman class (as defined by PGATour.com’s Rob Bolton) starting with No. 27 to see how everyone stacked up—and find out if Daniel Berger or Zac Blair was able to beat Finau and Thomas to one of the top spots.

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Canadian Couple Is All Smiles In Selfie As They Walk Down The Aisle… In Divorce Court

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A couple from Calgary, Alberta, Canada was all smiles in a Facebook picture celebrating a momentous occasion, their walk down the divorce court aisle.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, the picture came complete with the hashtag #DivorceSelfie.

The post had thousands of likes in just a few days. The couple explained their cheerful faces and amicable divorce in the post.

“We’re smiling because we’ve done something extraordinary (we think anyway!) We have respectfully, thoughtfully, and honourably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children,” they wrote.

Manhattan Matrimonial Law attorney Valerie Tocci said the selfie sheds a positive light on a usually negative event.

“My first impression was that it was funny and cute,” she said, “I like the spirit of the selfie. it shows that these people were able to get through their divorce with a degree of friendliness and humor.”

Tocci said the couple shouldn’t have mentioned their children in the post.

“It affects not only the couple, but the entire family, and the divorce selfie is really about the couple, it’s not so much about the kids,” Tocci said.

Many believe the public post was not private enough.

“I think that’s really bad, you know,” Akash Popat said.

“This is between themselves. Their divorce, so they should keep it to themselves,” Jessica Weston said.

“Do we really care as a society about whether people get divorced or not, is that like a real pressing issue that people need to see?” Eric Gottlieb said.

The couple probably didn’t realize the picture would get worldwide attention. The post has since been removed from public view on Facebook.

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Missouri executes man after 25 years on death row for murder of teenage girl

Roderick Nunley confessed to killing 15-year-old Ann Harrison in 1989 but had asked supreme court to halt ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment

Related: Executions and death sentence statistics worldwide: interactive

A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri’s death row was executed on Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

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Ultra low-power wireless communication through the human body using magnetic fields

Engineers at UC San Diego have created a device that will allow ultra-low-power wireless connectivity with monitors and wearables using the human body as the communication path

Be it on the inside or the outside, the human body is becoming host to an ever-increasing array of electronic devices that need to wirelessly communicate with each other. Now engineers working at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have come up with a different type of wireless communication that sends ultra low-power magnetic fields through the human body. This makes it extraordinarily more energy efficient and secure from prying eyes than comparable wireless communication technologies… Continue Reading Ultra low-power wireless communication through the human body using magnetic fields

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Andy Murray vs. Nick Kyrgios: Score and Reaction from 2015 US Open

Andy Murray entered first-round play at the U.S. Open against Nick Kyrgios with momentum on his side, and a composed and efficient effort allowed him to keep things rolling under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night.

The world No. 3 downed Kyrgios7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1to continue a strong run that has included a defeat of Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup final and a competitive semifinal loss to Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

“He’s (Murray) in form too, probably playing the best tennis of his life, winning Montreal and losing to Federer last week, pretty tight, so I know that he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment,” Kyrgios said prior to the showdown, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Murray tallied 18 aces and wielded an edge in first-serve points won (71 percent to 64 percent) that allowed him to stymie Kyrgio’s comeback attempt, which was hindered by 39 unforced errors.

With the win, Murray improved to 4-0 in his career against Kyrgios after defeating him at the French Open and Australian Open earlier this year. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Murray is now 32-1 at the U.S. Open when he wins the first set.

Murray told reporters that he expected Kyrgios to come out with intense focus, and the 20-year-old proved him right for a few games, as the New York Times‘ Zach Schonbrun noted during the first set: 

“To be honest, I think he likes playing on big stages,” Murray said, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Stanley Kay. “That’s where he’s played his best tennis throughout his career. I would expect him to be ready for the match. He gets himself fired up for the big events.”

However, some overaggressive tactics deemed that momentary advantage moot as Murray broke right back against Kyrgios to even the first set at two games apiece. Kyrgios’ immense potential was on display throughout the first set, though, particularly when he enlisted the help of a tweener to set up an authoritative forehand winner.

The Aussie also stayed competitive thanks to solid net play with the first set on the line, as the U.S. Open noted on Twitter:

And as Grantland’s Brian Phillips observed, Kyrgios’ ability to stay competitive early was impressiveall things considered:

But Murray stood tall and took the first set thanks to a 7-3 edge in aces and his ability to win 75 percent of his first-serve points in an opening frame that saw Kyrgios lose his composure a bit, according to the New York Times‘ Ben Rothenberg:

That frustration proceeded to carry over into the early stages of the second set, per Rothenberg:

Kyrgios’ evening wasn’t a complete failure, though.

According to ESPNTennis on Twitter, the Australian’s third-set win marked the first of his career against Murray. With that silver lining in hand, Kyrgios can feel more confident as he seeks to rebound from back-to-back first-round exits in the weeks ahead.

Thanks to his victorious effort, Murray advances to face Adrian Mannarino in the second round of U.S. Open action. Mannarino defeated Konstantin Kravchuk in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4, 6-1, on Tuesday and will enter his second-round clash against Murray a heavy underdog.

With a second U.S. Open title in his sights, expect Murray to intensify his offerings after laying the foundation for a prosperous fortnight.  

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