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Intel’s 10th Generation Processors: A Hard Pick From a Buyer’s Point of View

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Intel’s 10th Generation Processors: A Hard Pick From a Buyer’s Point of View

Since the debut of Intel’s next-generation 10nm (ten-nanometer) processors in 2018. The Silicon-valley headquartered technology corporation has launched a few different kinds with very similar features.

Subsequently, making it difficult for customers to select from an array of multiple choices. Following another publication in Q2 2019, the semiconductor manufacturing company announced that it would be launching a new breed of the 10th generation series. In addition to the already existing.

Notably, the core of these latest processors is integrated with an underlying AI technology to provide an advanced CPU & GPU functionality. Just as stated on the company’s website as follows;

“The many advantages of 10th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processors are here — built-in AI, integrated Thunderbolt™ 3 technology and Intel® Wi-Fi 6, 4K HDR, and more. Featuring new CPU and GPU architectures produced on Intel’s advanced 10nm process.”

The 10th Generation Processors

The ‘Cannon Lake’ brand was the first in the lineup of smaller and faster processor chips. Trailing afterward was the launch of almost a dozen 10th generation ‘Ice lake’ processors earlier this month. That was built upon the 10nm manufacturing process. Furthermore, the announcement of the upcoming ‘Comet Lake’ sequel on Wednesday.

Having that the release date of the full version of ‘Comet Lake’ is slated for 2020. The ‘Comet Lake comprises of the U-Series mobile processors; Core i7-10710U, Core i7-10510U, Core i5-10210U, and Core i3-10110U. Together with the Y-Series line; Core i7-10510Y, Core i5-10310Y, Core i5-10210Y, and Core i3-10110Y.

These additional Intel Core processors for laptops are designed on both the 10nm and 14nm architecture. Hence, granting an average Customer with a long list of options to scroll through before making the perfect pick. 

Although the inventory published in the month of August consists of nineteen identical Core processors. Yet each model ships with its distinct feature. Another major thing to note about these 10nm and the 14nm processor architecture is that both are running on the ‘Nanometer Technology’.

Nonetheless, the number one chipmakers are well on their way to making a statement in the technological space. With regards to the addition of the ‘Ice Lake’ earlier this month alongside the ‘Comet Lake’. Intel intends to create a complete family of highly fast and tiny chips that could service any and every customer. This was however confirmed by the company. Highlighting on the main reason for this move, adding that it has resulted to;

“A complete family of processors that complement each other, giving people choices for what usages matter most to them and re-imagining the possibilities of a modern laptop experience.”

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AMC Theatres to Start Accepting Ethereum, Litecoin, And Bitcoin Cash In Addition To Bitcoin By Year-End

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AMC Theatres to Start Accepting Ethereum, Litecoin, And Bitcoin Cash In Addition To Bitcoin By Year-End

The world’s leading movie theatre chain will be accepting Litecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash in addition to Bitcoin as payments for confectionaries and movie tickets at all its U.S. outlets before December 31.

This is according to a Twitter announcement made by the Company’s C.E.O Adam Aron on Thursday morning sending out a wave of bullish sentiments on the three cryptocurrencies by crypto enthusiasts.

“Cryptocurrency enthusiasts: you likely know AMCTheatres has announced we will accept Bitcoin for online ticket and concession payments by year-end 2021. I can confirm today that when we do so, we also expect that we similarly will accept Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.” 

Last month, the C.E.O in an early morning earnings call had disclosed that AMC was actively engaged in setting up payment systems that would allow movie enthusiasts to pay for various services and purchases using Bitcoin. He had also acknowledged receiving a lot of inquiries from users and shareholders on the possibility of the company accepting payments in crypto which could have largely informed Thursday’s announcement.

Although Litecoin foundation did not respond to the statement in writing, Litecoin’s news page and Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin retweeted AMCs announcement gesturing their affirmation.

Broadening the crypto payments net

Litecoin has been making inroads in institutional halls thanks to its long-term persistence and reliability. Its completed MWEB upgrade project which allows the network to become much more scalable and make transaction amounts un-viewable to the public makes Litecoin the ideal choice for payments while protecting users’ data.

According to the Litecoin Foundations Q1 report, various companies have already announced that they’re integrating Litecoin including Paypal, Vaultoro, Flare Network, Moon among others. Its successful payment integrations have also attracted a fair share of challenges with a recent false report that Walmart was integrating Litecoin in its payment network.

Bitcoin cash which fulfills the original promise of Bitcoin as “Peer-to-peer electronic cash” could also see mass use given its fast transactions, low fees, and reliable confirmation. It also allows use on a large list of wallets including Ledger and Trezor among others, which are synonymous with most U.S. crypto owners. Its discounts on payments due to the elimination of credit cards are likely to attract most AMC movie enthusiasts looking to pay using this method.

On the other hand, Ethereum payments to the company could be fulfilled through Ethereum-Pay,  a decentralized ERC-1363 payable token built on the secure Ethereum network specifically tailored to be integrated with E-commerce transactions. 

EthereumPay creates a universal payment platform that allows merchants & users around the world to do business with each other instantly and cheaper than ever. Ethereum payments are accepted by companies including Sotheby, Overstock, Gipsybee,  Shopify CheapAir, Tripio among others.

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Crypto Researchers Concerned About The ‘Centralized Structure’ Of The Binance Smart Chain

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Crypto Researchers Concerned About The 'Centralized Structure' Of The Binance Smart Chain

Binance Smart Chain has been rising in popularity as interest rates from different parts of the world, including South Korea, sent the network’s transaction records to new highs. However, this has not deterred analysts’ from pointing out the increasing level of centralization within the network. Ryan Watkins, a Messari analyst recently addressed the influence that Binance has on the entire Binance Smart Chain, explaining that most of the commendable progress made on the network is not the result of the implementation of innovative concepts. Rather, it is a product of Binance’s control over the BSC network.

“The reason why BSC is faster and more scalable is not because of some magical technological innovation. No, it’s instead the magic of centralization. BSC is an Ethereum fork with a centralized validator set. That’s it. Nothing more.” He wrote on Twitter.

Unlike some other networks, the Binance Smart Chain has a total of 21 validators (people who verify the transactions and confirm their legitimacy, before adding them to the Blockchain). These validators are handpicked by the Binance Chain, further strengthening the notion that the network may be more centralized than it shows itself to be. 

Wilson Withiam rolls out some points to consider, starting with the pattern of resetting active validators, which is determined by the voting power of each validator. He notes that BNB staking and delegation is carried out on the Binance Chain, by Binance Chain validators as well.

In essence, Withiam argues that the pattern of validator distribution across the Binance Smart Chain is questionable as the identities of those behind the nodes in the validator sets are not made transparent. As he puts it “BSC now supports several third-party validators, although at least 5-6 others have close ties to Binance. The distribution of validator accounts is far less clear for Binance Chain.”

To dispute that Binance’s user experience is not ahead of other networks is false, and Withiam agrees with this. Even Watkins acknowledges this as he noted that BSC has fueled mainstream adoption of DeFi “Binance has incredible reach and influence and has used that to funnel a boatload of new users in DeFi. Binance executes period. That’s why BSC is winning.” He asserted. 

However, he argues that speed and scalability outside Ethereum without sharding or a centralization can only be legitimately found on the Solana Blockchain. Conclusively, Withiam urges BSC users to poke into the network, enough to understand where the loopholes are. 

“For those using BSC, take the time to understand the topology of the network. Sure, the fees and speed (both UX factors) are undoubtedly preferable. But strong censorship resistance and fault tolerance are not part of the package.” He wrote in conclusion.

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