Newegg Black Friday deals: Asus Vivobook, Acer Aspire, more

It may lack the mainstream appeal of a Best Buy, but online retailer Newegg has long held a place in the hearts of PC builders and upgraders with its wide assortment of components. More recently it’s expanded its presence by offering a wider variety of electronic goods and participating in the annual Black Friday shopping hullabaloo. With Newegg’s 2020 Black Friday ad, DIY types get plenty of discounts on upgrade parts, but there are also a number of solid laptop and desktop PC deals that we’ve highlighted below.


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While many of the Black Friday laptop deals we’ve seen so far in 2020 have featured 10th-generation Intel Core processors, here’s one that includes one of the latest 11th-gen (a.k.a. Tiger Lake) CPU — the Core i5-1135G7, specifically. It highlights a solid lineup of specs this Aspire 5 configuration possesses, including 8GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state

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Who will your algorithm harm next? Why businesses need to start thinking about evil AI now

From Google‘s commitment to never pursue AI applications that might cause harm, to Microsoft‘s “AI principles”, through IBM‘s defense of fairness and transparency in all algorithmic matters: big tech is promoting an responsible AI agenda, and it seems companies large and small are following the lead.  

Statistics speak for themselves. While in 2019, a mere 5% of organizations had come up with an ethics charter that framed how AI systems should be developed and used, the proportion jumped to 45% in 2020. Key words such as “human agency”, “governance”, “accountability” or “non-discrimination” are becoming central components of many companies’ AI values. The concept of responsible technology, it would seem, is slowly making its way from the conference room and into the boardroom. 

This renewed interest in ethics, despite the topic’s complex and often abstract dimensions, has been largely motivated by various pushes from both governments and citizens

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Vodafone, Ericsson trial automated flight paths for connected drones

Vodafone and Ericsson have successfully tested safe sky corridors for drones using intelligent aspects of the mobile network.

The development, described by the companies as a technological breakthrough, is designed to allow professional drone operators, critical national infrastructure providers and emergency services to deliver medical, commercial and industrial supplies, safe in the knowledge that they will arrive at the correct destination on time while remaining connected to the mobile network.

In a proof-of-concept trial conducted at Vodafone’s 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven, Germany, the companies used intelligence from the network to produce coverage maps, which enabled the drone to stay in areas with a good signal up in the air. They also collated anonymised mobile user information so the drone could avoid crowded areas down on the ground and did this using information obtained via Vodafone’s Network Exposure Layer.

In practice, this works by Vodafone providing these two key

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Amazon expands its IP Accelerator, which helps SMBs selling on Amazon obtain and protect trademarks on their intellectual property, to Europe (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)


Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

Amazon expands its IP Accelerator, which helps SMBs selling on Amazon obtain and protect trademarks on their intellectual property, to Europe  —  As we head into the biggest shopping period of the year — which this year may well have an even stronger online component than usual because of COVID-19 … … Read More