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Tech News Flash: Thursday -- December 14, 2017

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Google Reveals What Searchers Wanted in 2017
Creatives Not Likely to Blanch at iMac Pro's $5K Price
New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks
Oops... Some HP Laptops Shipped With Hidden Keylogger
If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way
The Tech Wars of 2018
Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC
Google and Amazon Square Off, Ignoring Customers in the Middle

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Today's Story Highlights

Google Reveals What Searchers Wanted in 2017
The iPhone 8 and iPhone X ranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in overall
searches on Google this year, and No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the
consumer tech search category on the Google Trends Year in Search 2017
list released Tuesday. Bitcoin ranked No. 2 in global news searches, and
"how to buy bitcoin" ranked No. 3 among how-to searches on Google in

Creatives Not Likely to Blanch at iMac Pro's $5K Price
Apple will release a professional version of its all-in-one iMac desktop
computer with a $5,000 price tag on Thursday. Up to now, all-in-one
computers in general and iMacs in particular have been seen as stylish
offerings for home and family, but Apple has changed that in a big way
with the iMac Pro. Apple has given the Pro workstation-class graphics,
processors, storage, memory and I/O -- all without increasing the size
of the iMac.

New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks
ExpressVPN on Tuesday launched a suite of open source tools that let
users test for vulnerabilities that can compromise privacy and security
in virtual private networks. Released under an open source MIT License,
they are the first-ever public tools to allow automated testing for
leaks on VPNs, the company said. The tools are written primarily in
Python, and available for download on Github.

Oops... Some HP Laptops Shipped With Hidden Keylogger
Some HP laptops users came with a preinstalled program to capture the
keystrokes of users, a security researcher recently discovered. The
researcher, Michael Myng aka "ZwClose," discovered the keylogger
software while trying to solve a keyboard problem for a friend. The
software is turned off by default. After Myng contacted HP about the
program, it quickly released a patch to get rid of it.

If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way
Newcomer ArchMerge Linux offers a big change for the better to those
switching from the Debian Linux lineage to the Arch Linux
infrastructure. ArchMerge Linux is a recent spinoff of ArchLabs Linux,
which is a step up from most Arch Linux offerings in terms of
installation and usability. Arch Linux distros are notorious for their
challenging installation and software management processes.

The Tech Wars of 2018
We are coming up to the end of the year, and it's a good time to look
forward. Stepping outside of politics and the obvious war between the
Democrats, Republicans and common sense, there is the war between Amazon
and Google, which likely will redefine the growth of digital assistants.
There's also the war between Intel and Qualcomm in the personal
computing arena.

Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, an SoC built
for immersive multimedia experiences including extended reality, on-
device AI and high-speed connectivity. The SoC will power next-
generation Android flagship smartphones and Windows 10 notebooks based
on ARM architecture. Xiaomi reportedly will use it in its forthcoming Mi
7 flagship, to be released next year.

Google and Amazon Square Off, Ignoring Customers in the Middle
A long-simmering dispute between Google and Amazon has escalated into a
front-burner feud, following Google's decision to block its YouTube
video service from Amazon's Echo Show, effective immediately, and from
its Fire TV, effective Jan. 1. Google apparently decided to cut off
YouTube as retaliation for Amazon's refusal to carry its products,
including Chromecast and Google Home, on its website.

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