AMD Targets PC Gamers With New Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs Arriving on Nov. 5

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AMD’s new desktop CPUs, the Ryzen 5000 series, will start arriving on Nov. 5 with the goal of offering the best PC gaming performance. 

The main improvements involve the Zen 3 architecture, which is designed to boost the max clock speeds and increase the instructions per clock by 19 percent. The layout on the Ryzen chips has also been redesigned so that the cores have direct access to the L3 cache for lower latency, enabling faster PC gaming. 

“Zen 3 increases our overall lead in performance,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su during a Thursday event. “It increases our lead in power efficiency, and also now it delivers the best single-threaded performance and gaming performance as well.”

The Ryzen 5000 family will first arrive in four processors: 

  • The Ryzen 9 5950X: a 16-core, 32-thread chip for $799

  • The Ryzen 9 5900X: a 12-core, 24-thread chip for $549

  • The Ryzen

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IRS extends nonfilers deadline to Nov. 21 for 9 million to claim stimulus check. Here’s what to do


The IRS this month is contacting 9 million Americans who may still be owed economic stimulus money.

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The IRS on Monday extended the deadline for up to 9 million Americans who didn’t receive a first stimulus check to claim a missing payment. The original Oct. 15 deadline for nonfilers — a group of people who typically don’t file their taxes, including older adults, retirees and SSDI recipients — has been pushed back to Nov. 21.

“We took this step to provide more time for those who have not yet received a payment to register to get their money, including those in low-income and underserved communities,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.

For the most part, the first wave of stimulus checks went out automatically this spring and summer, without the intended recipients having to do anything but meet the qualifications. But a subset of

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U.S. Judge to Hold Nov. 4 Hearing on Commerce Dept TikTok Ban | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge said on Tuesday he would hold a Nov. 4 hearing on whether to allow the U.S. government to bar transactions with TikTok, a move that the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app has warned would effectively ban its use in the United States.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued a preliminary injunction on Sept. 27 that barred the U.S. Commerce Department from ordering Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google app stores to remove TikTok for download by new users.

Nichols must now decide whether to block the other aspects of the Commerce Department order set to take effect on Nov. 12. Nichols’ new hearing is scheduled for one day after the presidential election.

Talks are ongoing to finalize a preliminary deal for Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee U.S. operations. U.S. President Donald

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Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs agree to testify before Nov. 3 election

Lawmakers have sought to convene the hearing to explore social-media sites’ content-management practices and the future of a federal law, known as Section 230, that spares tech giants from being held liable for the way they police their sites and services.

GOP lawmakers have ramped up their attacks in recent months as tech companies take a more aggressive stand against controversial tweets and posts from President Trump, including his widely debunked comments that seek to cast doubt over the 2020 election. Democrats, meanwhile, widely reject the claims of bias — instead, they fault Facebook, Google and Twitter for failing to crack down against harmful or abusive posts, photos and videos, including viral election disinformation.

A spokesman for Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.), the Republican chairman of the Commerce Committee, did not respond to a request for comment. The hearing is set to occur virtually, with the tech executives testifying from the

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PlayStation 5 launch games: Every PS5 title you can buy on Nov. 12

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The year of 2021 looks bright for PlaySatation, with huge titles like God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West hitting the PlayStation 5. But, if you were lucky enough to snag a preorder for Sony’s new console, what games will you be able to play on Nov. 12 when the PS5 launches?

The PS5 has fewer games on day one than the Xbox Series X, but more PlayStation exclusives. Below are the games you’ll be able to play on Nov. 12. 

Note: Not included on this list is Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which will release during the PS5’s “launch window.” Also in the launch period is Watch Dogs Legion, which will

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Google, YouTube won’t allow political ads while votes are counted after Nov. 3

Google said Friday it would stop allowing political ads for an undetermined period of time after polls close Nov. 3 in anticipation of possible confusion or civil unrest while votes are counted and election results are finalized.

Google announced the decision in a message to advertisers, saying it would block all ads related to the election on Google’s search engine, YouTube and all of its other internet ad networks.

“While this policy is in place, advertisers will not be able to run ads referencing candidates, the election, or its outcome, given that an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after election day this year,” the company said in the letter, which was first reported by the news website Axios.

The decision is intended to prevent confusion in a broad range of possible scenarios, including civil unrest, Google said.

The popularity of absentee or mail-in voting this year is expected

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Google will block election ads after polls close on Nov. 3


Google will block election ads after polls close on Election Day.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Google plans to broadly block ads related to the US election after polls close on Nov. 3, the tech giant confirmed to CNET. Google sent an email to advertisers on Friday saying it will implement its sensitive event policy for political ads in order to avoid confusion, according to Axios, which obtained a copy of the email.

Google said in the email that its taking this step due to “an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after Election Day this year,” according to Axios. The policy will block ads referencing candidates, the election, or the election results. It will also apply more broadly to ads that reference federal or state elections and ads that are targeting

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Every PS5 title you can play on Nov. 12

So you’ve managed to Hunger Games your way to a PlayStation 5 preorder. Congratulations! You’ll snag a PS5 on Nov. 12, when Sony launches its next-generation console. But what games will you actually play on it? Sony recently announced juggernaut titles like God of War: Ragnarok, Final Fantasy 16 and Horizon Forbidden West. But those games are for 2021 and beyond (probably far, far beyond in Final Fantasy 16’s case). 

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Miles Morales goes to work.

Below are the games you’ll be able to play on Nov. 12. 

Note: Not included on this list is Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which will release during the PS5’s “launch window.” 

Demon’s Souls

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Super hard action adventure games are now described as “like Dark Souls but.”

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