Trending in Tech: Intel’s new Tiger Lake chips; China’s role in TikTok sale; Facebook to limit political ads

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Intel releases new Tiger Lake chips

Intel has announced the launch of its 11th generation Core chip, which the company says will boost laptop speeds.

The new Tiger Lake chips with Iris X Graphics will be up to 2.7x faster in content creation, Intel says. They will also be twice as fast in gaming and streaming.

Tiger Lake chips are built using 10-nanometre chipsets. Intel says its tests show the new chip is 77 per cent faster than Ice Lake for streaming online games and 146 per cent faster than AMD.

“When we say it‘s the world’s best processor, it isn’t an exaggeration,” Intel’s executive vice president and general manager Gregory Bryant said in a presentation.

“The 11th-gen Core processor is the best processor Intel has ever built. It’s the best processor on the market. And it certainly rises above all the imitators,” he added.

“11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris X graphics are a major leap forward in real-world processor performance and are the best laptop processors we have built.

“From productivity and content creation to entertainment and gaming, when you pick a system powered by 11th Gen Intel Core – especially one of our new Intel Evo co-engineered and verified designs – you know you are getting the best laptop experience possible.”

Chinese government to play a role in TikTok sale

A deal for the sale of TikTok was reportedly imminent before Chinese officials now said the government will play a part in the sale of the company’s US operations.

A Chinese official has this week reportedly confirmed the country has the power to approve or block the sale of TikTok, after China last month updated its export rules to cover sensitive technology.

The rules mean ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would need to get a license from the Chinese government to be able to sell its US operations.

The new government rules represent a potential roadblock in the sale of the popular app.

Facebook to stop taking new political ads ahead of US election

Facebook has announced it will pause all new political ads in the seven days prior to the US election on November 3.

However, the social network will allow existing ads to continue to run and be promoted.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will also take steps to label any posts from candidates attempting to claim victory ahead of time.

Trump has this week encouraged his supporters to “vote twice” to ensure their vote counts.

Facebook has said it will remove videos of Trump encouraging this if the videos do not offer contextualising information.

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