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On Monday, August 21, Intel plans to unveil its 8th-generation Core processors. But it may have also unveiled one member of its 9th-generation Core family: Ice Lake.

A terse note on the company’s website describes the new technology: “The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th-generation Intel Core processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10nm+ process technology.”

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Google Allo for web finally arrives, but only for Android users - The Verge

Beginning today, Google’s Allo can now be used on web browsers, but you can only install it by scanning a QR code on your Android phone. iPhone users are left out for now.

Google first hinted at Allo coming to desktop soon back in February when VP of communications Nick Fox tweeted a sneak peek photo. Users were expecting it to launch sometime near Google I/O back in May, but didn’t receive a clear update on when it would be arriving.

Allo is Google’s smart messaging app with plenty of stickers, adjustable text sizes, and Gmail-style Smart Reply that lets you reply with a single tap. As the site explains, Allo “learns if you're more of a ‘haha’ or ‘lol’ person so the more you use Google Allo, the more ‘you’ the suggestions become.”

The app supports the Google Assistant, making this the first official time that the Google Assistant is coming to desktop. It can help suggest movies and restaurants inside the chat. Allo, just like Chrome, also has an incognito mode for chats, allowing you to set them to expire and have private notifications.

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Apple, Facebook, and other companies ask Supreme Court to block warrantless cellphone tracking - The Verge

In a legal brief filed last night, a group of several high-profile technology companies asked the Supreme Court to consider the privacy implications of warrantless law enforcement access to cellphone location data.

Case could have major privacy implications

The court recently agreed to hear the case Carpenter v. United States, which centers on whether law enforcement can obtain electronic location information without a warrant, if that information is held by a third party. The case will be closely watched, as the court’s decision may have profound implications for privacy in the digital age.

The brief was signed by companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, and Dropbox, who jointly said that “they believe the Court should refine the application of certain Fourth Amendment doctrines to ensure that the law realistically engages with Internet-based technologies and with people’s expectations of privacy in their digital data.”

Arguing that some interpretations of the law “are not sustainable” in the modern world, the tech companies write that the courts should take “a more flexible approach that realistically reflects the privacy people expect in today’s digital environment.”

The ACLU is representing Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted on robbery charges after investigators obtained location information on him without a warrant. The ACLU says the Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments beginning in the fall.

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Amazon Debuts 'Instant Pickup' for Ordering and Picking Up Items in Under Two Minutes - Mac Rumors

In its ongoing push into retail, Amazon today announced the opening of five "Instant Pickup" locations in the United States, allowing Prime subscribers to choose from a selection of "daily essentials" that are made available for pick up in two minutes or less (via Reuters). The essential items include snacks, drinks, electronics, and Amazon's own devices.

The Instant Pickup process begins with Prime and Prime Student users visiting Amazon's iOS or Android app to browse through hundreds of essential and daily care items. Users can then place an order, decide on an Instant Pickup location, and then go to the retail store to pick it up from a self-service locker.

On the employee side of things, when users place an order someone at the Instant Pickup store gathers the items in a back room, and then places them within one of the numbered lockers. After customers place their order, they're given the number to the locker and a barcode to access its contents at the Instant Pickup store.

“Instant Pickup is another way Amazon is making life more convenient for Prime members,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director, Student Programs, Amazon. “As shopping behaviors continue to evolve, customers consistently tell us that they want items even faster. Whether it’s a snack on-the-go, replacing a lost phone charger in the middle of a hectic day or adding Alexa to your life with an Echo, Instant Pickup saves Prime members time. While Instant Pickup is available at select pickup locations today, we’re excited about bringing this experience to more customers soon.” Amazon is launching Instant Pickup as an expansion to five of its established pickup locations in Los Angeles; Atlanta; Berkeley, California; Columbus, Ohio; and College Park, Maryland. More pickup shops will be getting Instant Pickup in the coming months.

For those near one of the locations who want to try out Instant Pickup, Amazon advises users to update their Amazon iOS app to version 9.15 [Direct Link], and then look for Instant Pickup in "Programs and Features." The new service is a free addition to any Prime or Prime Student membership.

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Samsung Portable SSD T5 - PCMag

Samsung Portable SSD T5

Solid state drives like the 2TB Samsung Portable SSD T5 ($799.99) buck the 2.5-inch form factor of their portable hard drive predecessors. Since SSDs don't need to house a spinning platter, they're a whole lot smaller and easier to slip into a small pocket. While our capacious 2-terabyte test drive may be too expensive if you who simply want to back up files from your laptop, its speed and capacity are suited to well-heeled digital packrats and graphics professionals.

Card-Size Drive

As just 0.4 by 2.3 by 3.0 inches (HWD) and 1.8 ounces, the T5 is imperceptibly heavier and the same size as its predecessor, the Samsung Portable SSD T3. The 1TB ($399.99) and 2TB versions have a monochromatic black finish, while the 250GB ($129.99) and 500GB ($199.99) capacities are blue. It's a lot more subdued than the smaller, gold Adata SE730 External SSD, and a bit more attractive than the relatively plain-looking OWC Envoy Pro EX, which has a greater length, but otherwise similar dimensions. All three of these drives will fit in a pocket more easily than the G-Technology G-Drive Slim SSD, a traditionally sized drive (0.39 by 5.08 by 3.23 inches). The T5's case is aluminum, and there are no moving parts, and it's rated to survive a tumble up to 6.6 feet.

The drive connects via USB-C, matching the G-Drive Slim, Adata SE730, and our current top pick, the Sandisk Extreme 900 (the Envoy Pro EX uses a legacy micro USB 3.0 port.) Like the Extreme 900 and G-Drive Slim, the T5 SSD comes with both USB-C-to-USB-C and USB-C-to-USB-3.0 cables, so you can use it with virtually all laptops and desktops. (The previous Samsung Portable T3 SSD and Adata SE730 don't come with USB-C cables.)

Good Per-Gig Value

The 2TB iteration of the T5 SSD works out to 39 cents per gigabyte, which is reasonable compared with the higher per-gigabyte ratio of 52 cents for the Sandisk Extreme 900. The G-Drive Slim is comparable at 38 cents per gigabyte, but our current SSD co-champion, the Oyen Digital MiniPro 3.1 USB-C Portable Solid-State Drive, has the best ratio (29 cents per gigabyte at a 1TB capacity). To be fair, the MiniPro 3.1 is physically larger, more akin to a desktop drive than the smaller SE730, T3, and T5. Paying a little extra for the T5's miniature case is worth it, particularly when you consider it's $50 less than the T3 at the same capacity.

Software is relatively sparse. The drive includes the Samsung Portable SSD software utility, which activates and manages the drive's built-in AES 256-bit encryption via password, but that's about it. The encryption software works on Android tablets and phones, Macs, and Windows PCs. The T5 SSD is exFAT formatted, so it will work with all three operating systems out of the box. Samsung backs the drive with a three-year warranty, which is on par for this class of portable SSDs. Since there are no moving parts, there's not a lot that can go wrong.

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