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US President Joe Biden Picks Big Tech Critic Jonathan Kanter for Key Justice Post

US President Joe Biden nominated lawyer and Google critic Jonathan Kanter as the Justice Department’s antitrust chief on Tuesday in the latest sign the White House is determined to rein in the world’s biggest corporations, especially Big Tech.Progressives who advocate tougher enforcement of antitrust law pushed for the nomination of Kanter, who recently started his…

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US President Joe Biden Picks Big Tech Critic Jonathan Kanter for Key Justice Post

US President Joe Biden nominated lawyer and Google critic Jonathan Kanter as the Justice Department’s antitrust chief on Tuesday in the latest sign the White House is determined to rein in the world’s biggest corporations, especially Big Tech.Progressives who advocate tougher enforcement of antitrust law pushed for the nomination of Kanter, who recently started his own law firm, Kanter Law Group LLP, which bills itself as an “antitrust advocacy boutique.”The White House called Kanter “a leading advocate and expert in the effort to promote strong and meaningful antitrust enforcement and competition policy.”He has spent years representing rivals of Alphabet’s Google, which the Justice Department sued last year, alleging that it broke antitrust law in seeking to hobble rivals.The Biden administration previously chose two antitrust progressives with tech expertise, Tim Wu for the National Economic Council and Lina Khan to be a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project, said Kanter “has crafted many of the most successful legal arguments driving the major antitrust investigations into Big Tech.”Kanter declined comment on the nomination.If confirmed by the Senate, Kanter, who previously worked for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and two other big law firms, will take the reins of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division amid calls for tougher enforcement overall, with special criticism aimed at Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.The tech giants have been under investigation for about two years, with a US House of Representatives panel issuing a report in October that said they used “killer acquisitions” to fend off rivals, charged exorbitant fees and forced small businesses into “oppressive” contracts in the name of profit.The companies have vigorously denied any wrongdoing.The Justice Department Antitrust Division under Kanter will play a key role in implementing the Biden executive order aimed at promoting competition across the US economy. In addition to suing Google, the Justice Department is also investigating Apple.The Federal Trade Commission shares the job of antitrust enforcement with the Justice Department.© Thomson Reuters 2021

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Apple’s Rumoured MacBook Pro Models Could Receive Higher Resolution Screens, macOS Beta Leak Suggests

The latest beta build of Apple’s macOS Monterey has recently provided clues about the resolution of the company’s rumoured 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.According to The Verge, the seventh beta of the upcoming operating system contains references to ‘3456 x 2234 Retina’ and ‘3024 x 1964 Retina’, which are two resolutions not supported in any…

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Apple’s Rumoured MacBook Pro Models Could Receive Higher Resolution Screens, macOS Beta Leak Suggests

The latest beta build of Apple’s macOS Monterey has recently provided clues about the resolution of the company’s rumoured 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.According to The Verge, the seventh beta of the upcoming operating system contains references to ‘3456 x 2234 Retina’ and ‘3024 x 1964 Retina’, which are two resolutions not supported in any of Apple’s current Macs.This theorises that the two new resolutions correspond to Apple’s much-rumoured 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which are widely expected to launch this year with new designs and a new Arm-based Apple processor called the M1X.For reference, the current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the current 13-inch MacBook Pro’s display sits at 2560 x 1600. If the new resolutions are accurate, both laptops should see an increase in pixel density as well as screen resolution.Along with the improved screen resolutions, both laptops are rumoured to feature a revived magnetic MagSafe laptop charger and the return of useful ports like an SD card slot and HDMI.As per The Verge, the widely disliked OLED Touch Bar is also reportedly on the way out. The new laptops are expected to be announced at an Apple event this year, although an exact date is yet to be made public.This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss iPhone 13, new iPad and iPad mini, and Apple Watch Series 7 — and what they mean to the Indian market. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Intel Breaks Ground on $20-Billion Arizona Plants as US Chip Factory Race Heats Up

Intel on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.The $20 billion plants — dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 — will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will…

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Intel Breaks Ground on $20-Billion Arizona Plants as US Chip Factory Race Heats Up

Intel on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.The $20 billion plants — dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 — will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will house Intel’s most advanced chipmaking technology and play a central role in the Santa Clara, California-based company’s effort to regain its lead in making the smallest, fastest chips by 2025, after having fallen behind rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.The new Arizona plants will also be the first Intel has built from the ground up with space reserved for outside customers. Intel has long made its own chips, but its turnaround plan calls for taking on work for outsiders such as Qualcomm, Amazon.com’s cloud unit, as well as deepening its manufacturing relationship with the US military.”We want to have more resilience to the supply chain,” Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger, who earlier in the week attended a White House meeting on the global chip shortage, told Reuters in an interview. “As the only company on US soil that can do the most advanced lithography processes in the world, we are going to step up in a big way.”Gelsinger said it was too early to say how much of the new plants’ capacity would be reserved for outside customers. He said the plants would produce “thousands” of wafers per week.Wafers are the silicon discs on which chips are made, and each can hold hundreds or even thousands of chips.Intel rival TSMC has also purchased land to build its first US campus in Phoenix, not far from Intel’s location, where TSMC plans up to six chip factories , Reuters previously reported.Gelsinger said Intel plans to announce another US campus site before the end of the year that will eventually hold eight chip factories.© Thomson Reuters 2021This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss the Surface Pro 8, Go 3, Duo 2, and Laptop Studio — as Microsoft sets a vision for Windows 11 hardware. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Razer Kaira X Gaming Headset Launched With Xbox, PlayStation Variants

Razer Kaira X wired gaming headset has been launched for PlayStation and Xbox gamers. The new addition to Razer’s gaming headset range comes equipped with TriForce 50mm drivers and HyperClear Cardioid Mic for maximum audio performance. Razer Kaira X has onboard controls, a padded headband, and Flowknit memory foam ear cushions that the company claims…

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Razer Kaira X Gaming Headset Launched With Xbox, PlayStation Variants

Razer Kaira X wired gaming headset has been launched for PlayStation and Xbox gamers. The new addition to Razer’s gaming headset range comes equipped with TriForce 50mm drivers and HyperClear Cardioid Mic for maximum audio performance. Razer Kaira X has onboard controls, a padded headband, and Flowknit memory foam ear cushions that the company claims offer additional comfort. Razer Kaira X for PlayStation is available only in Black and White colour option while the Xbox variant can be purchased in five different colours.Razer Kaira X price, availabilityRazer Kaira X headset is priced at $59.99 (roughly Rs. 4,400) in the United States. It is now available for purchase in the US via Razer’s official website and authorised resellers. Razer said that it is providing up to two years of warranty and tech support for the headset. The company adds that customers purchasing directly from its online store will be eligible to get 14 days of risk-free returns.The gaming headset’s Xbox variant comes in five colours — Black, Blue, Green, Red, and White. Razer Kaira X PlayStation version is available only in Black with White colours. There’s no word on the headset’s India availability as of yet.Razer Kaira X specifications, featuresRazer Kaira X headset uses the brand’s Triforce 50mm drivers and features oval-shaped ear cushions. The Kaira X comes with a frequency response range of 20Hz–20,000Hz and an impedance of 32 Ohms. It works with Windows Sonic spatial sound technology. Noise cancelling feature is not available in the new gaming headset. Also, the battery life of Razer Kaira X is not revealed by the company.Razer says the new gaming headset is compatible with PlayStation, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. The headset’s cable is 1.3 metres in length and comes with a 3.5mm jack. The frequency response of the microphone is 100Hz–10,000Hz. The headset weighs 283 grams.PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which is the best “next-gen” console in India? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. 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.
Nithya P Nair is a journalist with more than five years of experience in digital journalism. She specialises in business and technology beats. A foodie at heart, Nithya loves exploring new places (read cuisines) and sneaking in Malayalam movie dialogues to spice up conversations.
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