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US Tightens Exports to China’s Chipmaker SMIC, Citing Risk of Military Use

The United States has imposed restrictions on exports to China’s biggest chip maker SMIC after concluding there is an “unacceptable risk” equipment supplied to it could be used for military purposes.Suppliers of certain equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation will now have to apply for individual export licenses, according to a letter from the Commerce…

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US Tightens Exports to China’s Chipmaker SMIC, Citing Risk of Military Use

The United States has imposed restrictions on exports to China’s biggest chip maker SMIC after concluding there is an “unacceptable risk” equipment supplied to it could be used for military purposes.Suppliers of certain equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation will now have to apply for individual export licenses, according to a letter from the Commerce Department dated Friday and seen by Reuters.The latest move marks a shift in US policy from earlier this year, when applicants seeking “military end user” licences to sell to SMIC were told by the Commerce Department that the licenses weren’t necessary, according to three people familiar with the matter.SMIC said it had not received any official notice of the restrictions and said it has no ties with the Chinese military.”SMIC reiterates that it manufactures semiconductors and provides services solely for civilian and commercial end-users and end-uses,” SMIC said.”The Company has no relationship with the Chinese military and does not manufacture for any military end-users or end-uses.”SMIC is the latest leading Chinese technology company to face U.S. trade restrictions related to national security issues or U.S. foreign policy efforts. Telecoms giant Huawei Technologies had its access to high-end chips curtailed by its addition to a Commerce Department blacklist known as the entity list.”There’s been a lot of coverage on the Trump administration’s actions regarding TikTok, but the more significant action – from a global economic standpoint and that will have considerable ripple effects through global supply chains – are the increasing restrictions on SMIC and other Chinese national champions like Huawei,” said Nicholas Klein, a Washington lawyer who specializes in international trade. He said these actions are more likely to draw a retaliatory response from Beijing.The United States has moved to ban the popular short video app TikTok, citing national security concerns stemming from its Chinese ownership.SMIC’s new designation is not as severe as being blacklisted, which makes it difficult to get any export license approved.The Pentagon earlier this month, Reuters was first to report, said it was working with other agencies to determine whether to blacklist SMIC for its purported links to the Chinese military.US companies including Lam Research, KLA, and Applied Materials, which supply chipmaking equipment, may now need to get licenses to ship certain goods to SMIC.It is unclear which suppliers received the letter, but typically once the Commerce Department comes to the conclusion that there is a risk of military use or diversion, it sends that information to the companies.The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security declined on Saturday to comment specifically on SMIC, but said it was “constantly monitoring and assessing any potential threats to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests”.The administration has increasingly trained its focus on Chinese companies that bolster Beijing’s military. Last month, the United States blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted people it said were part of construction and military actions in the South China Sea, its first such sanctions against Beijing over the disputed strategic waterway.© Thomson Reuters 2020

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has gone all out for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, telling you what PC components you’ll need to run the game on different graphics settings (low / high / very high / ultra high), resolutions (1080p / 4K), and frame rates (30fps / 60fps).Common specifications across the board include 64-bit Windows 10, a GPU with support for DirectX 12, and 50GB free storage space (SSD recommended). Without further ado, here are the PC system requirements for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, via Ubisoft —Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC minimum system requirementsCPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1Ghz / Intel i5-4460 3.2Ghz GPU: AMD R9 380 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: LowAssassin’s Creed Valhalla PC recommended system requirementsRecommended for 1080p at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2Ghz / Intel i7-4790 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 570 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 1080p at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0Ghz / Intel i7-6700 3.4Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 64 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 2K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7Ghz / Intel i7-7700 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 56 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 2K at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8Ghz / Intel i7-8700K 3.7Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080S 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 4K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6Ghz / Intel i7 9700K 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 2160p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Ultra HighAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is out November 10 on PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, and November 12 (US/AU) and 19 (EU) on the PS5. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil
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Samsung Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD Cards Launched in Four Storage Denominations

Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards…

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Samsung Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD Cards Launched in Four Storage Denominations

Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards are offered in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 264GB storage variants. Both Pro Plus and the Evo Plus will be available from this month.Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards are water-proof, temperature-proof, x-ray-proof, magnet-proof, shock-proof, drop-proof, and wearout-proof. They can withstand drops of up to five metres as well as up to 10,000 swipes, as per Samsung. They come with a 10-year limited warranty.The Pro Plus SD card enables 4K UHD video recording and burst shots. According to Samsung, this makes it an ideal product for professional photographers, cinematographers, and YouTubers. The Evo Plus, meanwhile, promises smooth playback even while editing 4K videos.The SD cards can be used across a wide range of devices including DSLR cameras, mirrorless and compact cameras, camcorders, and PCs. Samsung said that the SD cards have been designed with maximum durability in mind. Both the SD cards have UHS-I interface and a class 10 rating.“For years, consumers around the world have trusted Samsung to deliver high-performance memory cards in a variety of capacities that meet their unique needs,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Samsung’s memory brand product biz team, in a prepared statement. “Samsung has gone beyond that with the Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards, providing additional layers of protective measures to withstand intensive usage and the most rugged conditions.”While Samsung hasn’t announced any pricing details, a report by Engadget says that the 32GB Evo Plus will be priced at $7 (roughly Rs. 513) and the 256GB model at $40 (roughly Rs. 2,931). The Pro Plus, meanwhile, will be available for $10 (roughly Rs. 733) for the 32GB variant and $50 (roughly Rs. 3,665) for the 256GB variant.Flipkart, Amazon have excellent iPhone 11, Galaxy S20+ sale offers, but will they have enough stock? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon With 11th-Gen Intel Core Processors, QHD Display Launched

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has been launched as the latest model in the company’s Yoga series. The new laptop comes with a lightweight, 966 grams, chassis made of an aero-grade carbon fibre material that is touted to meet MIL-STD-810G standards and is designed to withstand knocks and bumps. The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon also…

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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon With 11th-Gen Intel Core Processors, QHD Display Launched

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has been launched as the latest model in the company’s Yoga series. The new laptop comes with a lightweight, 966 grams, chassis made of an aero-grade carbon fibre material that is touted to meet MIL-STD-810G standards and is designed to withstand knocks and bumps. The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon also comes Intel’s Evo badge that is meant for premium ultraportable laptops to highlight their overall performance-rich experience along with a longer battery life and a thinner design. Under the hood, the new Lenovo laptop carries 11th-generation Intel Core processors. The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon also comes with a Flip-to-boot technology that allows the system to boot up just by lifting the display.Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon availability detailsThe Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon in a single, Moon White finish and two distinct configurations — with Intel Core i5-1135G7 and Intel Core i7-1165G7 — is launching in India soon. However, Lenovo is yet to reveal the exact launch date and pricing details in the country. In terms of its global availability, the laptop will debut in Hong Kong and Singapore in the middle of October, followed by Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam.Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon specificationsThe Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon comes with a 13-inch QHD (2,560×1,600 pixels) display that has an NTSC colour gamut of 72 percent and 300 nits of peak brightness. The display also comes with 16:10 aspect ratio as well as supports Dolby Vision. Additionally, it is certified by TUV Rheinland for a comfortable viewing experience. The laptop is powered by up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM and Intel Iris Xe graphics. You will also get up to 1TB of SSD PCIe M.2 storage.Lenovo has provided a range of connectivity options on the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon. These include two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, a USB Type-C port, as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.0. The laptop also comes with stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos.The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon also comes preloaded with artificial intelligence (AI) backed smart features including the Lenovo Smart Assist that is claimed to offer a curated hardware and software experience. There is also a Glance by Mirametrix that automatically blurs the on-screen content when the user is looking away. Further, the laptop includes the Lenovo Q- Control that brings an intelligent cooling mode as well as the Lenovo Vantage that provides customisation of smart settings and is touted to protect from security threats.Alongside the preloaded features, the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has Amazon Alexa support. The laptop also includes an infrared (IR) camera that supports Windows Hello for facial recognition.The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon packs a 50 Whr battery that is rated to deliver up to 15 hours of video playback or 13 hours of “all-day office” productivity. There is also a Rapid Charge Boost fast charging technology that is claimed to provide two hours of usage in just 15 minutes of charge. Besides, the laptop measures 296.9×208.9×14.25mm.Is Mi Notebook 14 series the best affordable laptop range for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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