Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Hardware

Apple reveals 10.5-inch iPad Air and Apple Pencil-ready iPad mini 5

Apple today revealed two new tablets: a 10.5-inch iPad Air starting at $499, and the fifth-generation iPad mini starting at $399. The two models are both being offered as midrange alternates to last year’s entry-level $329 iPad, and the Air effectively replaces the now-discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro at a lower price point. Both new models […]

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Synaptics CEO on how touch, AI, and sensors are giving us smart edge devices

Synaptics isn’t a household name, but it makes a lot of the underlying technology behind things like smartphone touchscreens, automotive displays, voice-enabled smart speakers, and virtual reality headsets. As we make our internet of things (IoT) devices smarter and smarter so that we can get dumber and dumber, or at least more relaxed, we’re creating […]

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Lightbits Labs raises $50 million for software-defined ‘disaggregated’ server technology

Datacenters with servers directly attached to solid-state drives (SSDs) often suffer from an imbalance of storage and compute: Either there’s not enough processing power to go around, or physical storage limits get in the way of daily data transfer operations. These stranded resources don’t just waste power as they stand idly by — they take […]

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Intel and tech companies create CXL standard to link datacenter CPUs to accelerators

A consortium of technology companies has formed to create a new standard, called Compute Express Link, to provide an extra-fast interconnect between datacenter central processing units (CPUs) and accelerator chips. The consortium includes Intel, Microsoft, Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Huawei. The aim is to deliver breakthrough datacenter performance that […]

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Researchers say Thunderbolt and PCI Express enabled Mac and PC attacks

Hardly a month goes by without the disclosure of a new security vulnerability that could deeply compromise computers, so the latest revelation — weaknesses in the high-speed Thunderbolt and PCI Express interfaces used by Macs and PCs — is par for the course at this point. But the depth of this just-disclosed issue is troubling […]

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New Apple subscription services alone don’t justify a March event

Subscriptions are becoming increasingly major sources of Apple’s “Services” revenue, and the company’s been openly working on two followups to Apple Music: a paid subscription service for Apple News, and a video subscription service for iOS devices and Apple TVs. Each is said to be Apple’s take on the popular all-you-can-watch streaming service Netflix, here […]

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Lenovo’s TruScale lets companies rent servers on a usage-based plan

A slight majority of executives aren’t confident in their IT teams’ technical prowess, according to a recent survey conducted by research firm IDC. About 65 percent of chief information officers reported that a lack of talent is holding their employer back, and 46 percent of employers said they outsource some of their IT work as […]

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iPad mini 5, 2019 iPhones, and AirPods 2 reportedly have only minor changes

Despite flat — if not modestly declining — sales in 2018, Apple will continue its tradition of iterative rather than major improvements for 2019 devices, including the iPad mini 5, iPhones, and AirPods 2, according to a trio of reports this morning from Asia. While there will reportedly be processor bumps and other small tweaks […]

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Nvidia’s DGX-Ready Data Center program connects businesses with local server operators

Companies pursuing on-premises accelerated computing solutions will soon have new choices in providers, courtesy of Nvidia. The San Jose company today announced the DGX-Ready Data Center program, which gives customers access to datacenter services through a network of colocation partners. Tony Paikeday, director of product marketing for Nvidia DGX, said the new offering is aimed at […]

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Apple’s Mac Pro manufacturing woes could doom U.S. iPhone assembly

Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated attempts to pull more Apple device assembly back to the United States, the New York Times today points to the Mac Pro’s troubled Texas assembly lines as illustrating why iPhones won’t be built in the country they’re designed in. While the report spotlights limited local availability of custom screws as one issue, the larger problem […]

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Apple adds 6 new iPads to regulatory database, hinting at major refresh

Less than a year after getting Eurasian Economic Commission approvals for two new tablets later revealed to be the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the sixth-generation iPad, Apple has again received EEC registrations for new tablets. This time, the registrations cover a collection of six models, suggesting that a major refresh is coming […]

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Apple reportedly plans iPad 7 and iPad mini 5 for first half of 2019

After spending several years without updates, Apple’s iPad mini 4 was finally rumored late last year to have a sequel under development, and a new report offers a release window for both the small tablet and a new version of the entry-level iPad: the first half of 2019. The dates come from manufacturing publication DigiTimes, […]

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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unplugged — The blockchain bubble and car autopilots

Sitting in a press Q&A with Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, is like listening to a comedy routine. I appreciate that because so few tech CEOs are willing to engage in a dialogue and crack jokes with the media. Huang’s sessions are unique because he’s one of those billionaires who doesn’t muzzle himself in […]

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Apple considered Samsung and MediaTek for 5G modems in 2019 iPhones

(Reuters) — Apple held talks with Samsung Electronics and MediaTek along with existing vendor Intel to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole […]

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Arm CEO interview: Little low-power processors and big powerful dreams

Arm is in good shape. It has a couple of more thousand engineers since SoftBank acquired it for $31 billion in September 2016, bringing its total workforce to more than 6,000. The Cambridge, England-based company designs processors that are energy efficient, and the world’s $450 billion semiconductor market has moved in this direction. SoftBank estimates that […]

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Google’s Project Stream cloud gaming will use AMD Radeon Graphics

Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, announced that Google’s Project Stream cloud gaming project is using AMD’s Radeon graphics. Su announced AMD’s Radeon VII is coming in February, but she didn’t provide details on whether Google is using that. Late last year, Google announced that it was able to stream Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, […]

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Synaptics’ new chips enable smarter voice-based home hubs and appliances

Touchscreen sensor maker Synaptics has unveiled a new family of AS3xx chips that enable a wide variety of voice-enabled smart home hubs and other appliances. The idea is to deliver more processing power at the edge of the network so we can have smarter and smarter devices in the internet of things. Synaptics said the Smart […]

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Nvidia GPUs now support some FreeSync monitors

Nvidia is crashing AMD’s FreeSync party. The company announced today at CES that it is testing every “adaptive sync” monitor to see if they meet its GSync standards. So far, it has found 12 displays function properly, and it is going to automatically turn on GSync support for those monitors in its GeForce software. GSync, […]

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HP debuts monitors and laptops with integrated privacy screens

HP is blasting out products for CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The line-up includes various gadgets for work and play, including a 23.8-inch display with an integrated privacy screen. The consumer PC line-up covers a wide range of audiences, from gamers to executives to people who want more […]

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Samsung announces its first Exynos-branded Auto V9 processor, partners with Audi

Samsung is starting the year off with a push to expand the reach of its chips. The company today announced Exynos Auto V9, its first auto-branded processor under the Exynos umbrella, as it looks to gain traction in the in-car infotainment space. The company says the Exynos Auto V9 chip is designed to power in-vehicle […]

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