AT&T and Microsoft announce early result of their 5G-cloud partnership

New York (CNN Business)AT&T and Microsoft have announced the next phase of a partnership that’s aimed at advancing development in two of the buzziest areas of tech: 5G and cloud computing. AT&T will implement the Microsoft technology in some of the major metro areas where it’s installed 5G — AT&T says it will be available for select customers in Dallas early 2020, with Los Angeles and Atlanta slated for implementation later in the year. Microsoft and AT&T are excited about the technology’s potential, but Gartner analyst Bill Menezes says it’s not yet clear just how useful this technology will be and when it will be usable. “Right now, it’s creating a lot of noise that plays on a lot of …

Inside WeWork’s week from hell: How the mass layoffs went down

(CNN)When staffers in WeWork’s New York City headquarters received a calendar invite this week for a mandatory meeting with a note telling them to “bring your laptop, WeWork devices, and any personal items with you,” they knew they were doomed. On Thursday, the company finally put a number to the job cuts: Approximately 2,400 employees would lose their jobs globally as part of its efforts to curb costs and find a viable path forward. That doesn’t include the roughly 1,000 cleaning and building maintenance staffers whose jobs are being outsourced but who were given the opportunity to take new jobs at an outsourcing partner. The sweeping layoffs capped off a remarkable comedown for the high-flying tech startup that ballooned to …

IBM exec says we need to get the world ready for quantum computing

New AMD chips bring lots of performance at an unusually low price.Image: AMD Nowadays, most computer users don’t need to worry about the exact specifications of the chips running in their machines — a mid-range processor will run the majority of common tasks without issues.  But every once in a while comes a processor that promises to make everyday computers far more powerful without breaking the bank. AMD’s new Ryzen 9 3900X, launched at the Computex trade show on Sunday, is one such processor.  The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, desktop processor built on AMD’s 7-nanometer architecture; it performs a little better (according to AMD) than Intel’s top-of-the-line Core i9-9920X processor. Despite the performance boost, AMD’s chip has better …