AMD and Intel are working together on a CPU

It seriously sounds like an April fool's joke but it's not: AMD and Intel are working together on a CPU, sharing silicon for the first time ever to deliver high-end graphics performance ultra-thin form factors.

The new chip, called the Intel core "G" CPU is an enormous, monumental development simply because AMD and Intel have been arch-rivals forever, but by combining their powers we'll likely see a new type of PC that's actually able to play games.

Intel reportedly approached AMD about the deal when it realized it wanted to bring "top tier" performance to laptops while maintaining that ultralight package that made ultrabooks so popular.

A new technology, EMIB, adds extra logic cores to a CPU and allows massive performance improvements, battery savings and chops 2.9 square inches off a motherboard's space.

This new partnership won't bear fruit until 2018 and there are very few hard facts about it right now. 

What we do know is the chips are targeted at $1,200 - $1,400 laptops, and that it'll unlock a form factor that's thinner than a MacBook Air but potentially capable of mobile VR as well.

Strange times, but exciting as well: innovation in PCs is back, simply because they're being squeezed and it's fun to watch.

Why it matters: AMD + Intel marks new territory for integrated graphics and could see the rise of people gaming on MacBook Air-style machines; lowering the barrier for both VR and top-end gaming significantly.

Apple quietly moves its tax HQ

The "Paradise Papers" leak over the weekend revealed a lot of shady investments and Apple got caught in the tide: the company quietly moved its tax headquarters away from Ireland.

In 2014, off the back of an EU investigation into Apple's tax dealings, the company moved the tax HQ to the Channel Island of Jersey (I'd never heard of it either) which has a corporate tax rate of 0%. 

For its part, Apple claims it has not saved any money through the arrangement but also went to great lengths to keep the move secret according to the leaked documents.

It's common practice for US companies to stash their money overseas but the scale of Apple's overseas cash hoard is more than that of entire countries: $252 billion. 

Apple is under pressure to move that money back to the US but Tim Cook previously said he'd only do it if a specific deal were in place and if the government required a specific percentage of that hoard to be moved which is exactly what republicans are trying to do.

Why it matters: This is one of the first times we've seen Apple's strategy laid bare, revealing how it actively moves tax residency to avoid tapping into that cash pile.

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See inside the guts of the iPhone X
The iPhone X hit general availability last Friday and the hype is in full swing. I always enjoyed the teardowns by iFixit and this year they went to great lengths - flying all the way to Australia to get a device first and tear it down in the space of a few hours. 

Google delivers Pixel fixes in software update
As part of Google's November security fixes, the company delivered a bunch of updates to the Pixel 2 XL which claim to resolve much of the screen's issues. If you have one, you can now select the screen saturation settings on your own - and the device self-protects against burn-in.

We'll see if this makes a difference, but it's a positive move. I'm hoping to have a dedicated review for you, right here, in the next week or two of the Pixel 2 XL. 

Apple finally allows trial subscriptions
The App Store has been bizarre when it comes to subscriptions for a long time, requiring developers to basically convince people to sign up for a monthly paid offering without actually offering a way to do trial pricing. Now, that's fixed in iOS 11.2.

How to attack neural networks
An interesting paper published last week details how neural networks, which power the "AI" many companies tout, can be weaponized to think one object is actually something else. Researchers found a way to trick Google's AI into thinking a turtle is a gun - seriously.