Black Friday 2020 laptop computer deals: Save big on Intel MacBook Air, Gateway, Lenovo ThinkPad and more!

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This year has had more people working from home than ever before and so laptops are back in demand. Do you need a new ones? Well thankfully, Black Friday sales got you covered! You’ll find a whole host of discounted laptops from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and Walmart, encompassing top brands like HP, Lenovo, Apple, Microsoft and more. We’ve gathered the best Black Friday laptops deals that are available now — and those we know are coming soon. Be sure to check back; we’ll keep this story updated as current sales expire and new deals emerge.

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Important to note: This is not a sale on the new M1 MacBook Air,

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System Infrastructure Software Market Next Big Thing | Major Giants Intel, Microsoft, Canonical

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Nov 10, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Latest added COVID-19 Outbreak-Global System Infrastructure Software Market research study by HTF MI offers detailed product outlook and elaborates market review till 2025. The market Study is segmented by key regions that is accelerating the marketization. At present, the market is sharping its presence and some of the key players in the study are Intel, Microsoft, Canonical, BMC Software, McAfee, IBM, NetApp, Red Hat, Brocade Communications Systems, Trend Micro, The Attachmate Group, SAP, Apple, Kaspersky Lab ZAO, Symantec, CA Technologies, NEC, Oracle, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Tibco Software, Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Progress Software, LANDesk Software, VMware, Dell, Hitachi & Cisco Systems etc. The study is a perfect mix of qualitative and quantitative Market data collected and validated majorly through primary data and secondary sources.

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Windows 10 20H2 and 2004 upgrades blocked over Intel Thunderbolt ‘DMA violation’

Microsoft has warned Windows 10 users that they might be blocked from upgrading to Windows 10 versions 2004 or 20H2 due to a compatibility issue with Intel’s Thunderbolt NVMe SSD. 

Whenever Microsoft releases a new feature update – even minor ones, like Windows 10 20H2, which is basically the same as version 2004 – hardware drivers invariably run into compatibility issues. 

This time, Intel and Microsoft have found that a compatibility issue with these two versions of Windows 10 causes a nasty blue-screen error when plugging in an external NVMe SSD via Thunderbolt.

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium)

Microsoft warns that on either version of Windows 10 users might see a blue-screen error stating: ‘DRIVER_VERIFIER_DMA_VIOLATION (e6) An illegal DMA operation was attempted by a driver being verified.’

DMA refers to Direct Memory Access, which Thunderbolt has when plugged in, allowing a device to transfer data to and

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AMD has Ryzen up to beat Intel with its new Zen 3 CPUs

AMD has beaten Intel’s performance advantage in desktop PCs with its new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. That’s the verdict from a range of reviewers this week that have been testing AMD’s flagship $799 Ryzen 9 5950X with its 16 cores and 32 threads. Even the entry level Ryzen 5 5600X offers some impressive performance at just $299.

AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X steals the performance crown from Intel in gaming in most tests. Tom’s hardware has the 5950X beating Intel’s Core i9-10900K comfortably in an average of eight games at 1080p and 1440p. Some other games are closer, but AMD’s latest Zen 3 chips beat Intel’s equivalents for single-threaded performance too.

Anandtech saw similar gaming performance results, with the 5950X beating the i9-10900K in the majority of its gaming tests at a variety of resolutions. HotHardware also put the 5950X up against the i9-10900K in a variety of gaming benchmarks, and

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FireEye releases ThreatPursuit, a Windows VM for threat intel analysts


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FireEye, one of today’s top cybersecurity companies, has released a new pre-configured virtual machine (VM) that was specifically set up to help threat intelligence analysts hunt down adversaries.

Named the ThreatPursuit VM, this is a Windows 10 installation that comes with more than 50 software programs that are commonly used by threat intel analysts.

The idea behind ThreatPursuit is to provide companies with a ready-made OS that can be deployed to new workstations before, during, or after a security incident and provide threat intel analysts with a ready-to-use work environment.

For example, ThreatPursuit could be deployed to tens or hundreds of machines at the same time and scale up a security firm’s incident response capabilities.

It can also be deployed on computers inside a customer’s network when providing incident response in a remote location, where a victim company may be lacking a threat analysis environment.

ThreatPursuit comes

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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) – Intel To Buy AI Software Optimization Platform Company SigOpt

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) announced Thursday a deal to bolster its expertise in artificial intelligence, an up-and-coming technology.

What Happened: Intel said it will acquire SigOpt, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a leading platform for the optimization of artificial intelligence software models at scale.

The chip giant said it plans to use SigOpt’s software technologies across its AI hardware products to help accelerate, amplify and scale its AI software solution offerings to developers.

Intel said it expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter. Transaction terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

“SigOpt’s software technologies combined with Intel hardware provide competitive advantages and differentiated value for data scientists and developers, and they complement Intel’s existing AI software portfolio,” Intel said in the release.

Related Link: Understanding Intel’s Unusual Options Activity

Why It’s Important: Intel has been panned of late for having ceded technological leadership in chip designing. Its focus 

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Nvidia, Intel, Lumentum: Is It Time To Buy Internet Infrastructure Stocks?

Our indicative Theme of Internet Infrastructure Stocks which includes a diverse set of companies that sell semiconductor products, networking equipment, and related products that underpin the Internet – has gained about 19% year-to-date, significantly outperforming the S&P 500 which is up by about 5% year-to-date. (as of 10/28/2020). These stocks should benefit from the growing requirement for connectivity and computing power, as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerates the shift online. While Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) remains the strongest performer, up 130% year-to-date, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) have underperformed significantly, and are down by almost 20%.

Nvidia (NVDA) is a semiconductor company best known for its graphic processing units (GPUs) that are increasingly used in servers for machine learning and artificial intelligence. In September, the company said that it would acquire U.K based chip designer ARM which specializes in power-efficient central processing units (CPU). The stock is up 131%

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It May Take Some Time For The Market To Recognize That Intel Is Undervalued

Intel’s stock (NASDAQ: INTC) fell nearly -12% during the last 5 trading days, with the earnings release date accounting for the bulk of the drop. Why? It appears that the market considered tech giants unshakeable during the pandemic but that expectation did not completely hold up – as the data center business did not do as well as expected. Well, that’s in the past now. What to expect for the future? There are two ways to look at this. First, is the

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Breaking Down Intel Options After Last Week’s Plummet

Below is a list of 20 stocks that have attracted the highest weekly options volume in the last 10 trading days, courtesy of Schaeffer’s Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White, with highlighted names new to the list. With earnings season picking up steam, many traders are turning to options to speculate on outsized moves and potential volatility. One name new to the list is tech name Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).

This uptick in options activity is undoubtedly linked to the company’s recent third-quarter earnings report, which came out last Thursday. By now, it’s no secret that the event was nothing short of disastrous, with Intel posting revenue from its data-center business that sorely missed analysts’ expectations. In fact, the stock experienced its worst day in almost three months following the report, and is continuing this downward momentum into today —  off 3.6% to trade at $46.48, and set for its lowest

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Intel is flailing and the chip giant face a rough 2021, analysts say

  • Intel shares tumbled on Friday after the chip giant posted a drop in revenue for its data center processor business. 
  • Some analysts warn that Intel, the biggest semiconductor maker in the world, faces rougher waters in the coming year, amid stiffer challenges from rivals AMD and Nvidia.
  • “Fundamentals are now deteriorating at an alarming pace,” Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon told clients in a note. “We have to believe that 2021 is going to be worse.”

  • Other analysts offered a more upbeat view: “Intel still has a tremendous amount of intellectual property that can be deployed to make money well into the future,” analyst Roger Kay told Business Insider, calling it “a solid company underneath.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Intel is having a really terrible year, and some analysts predict the next will even be worse.

The chip giant’s shares plunged more than 11% on Friday after reporting

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