Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Hardware

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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If bent iPads are the new normal, Apple is betraying Jobs’ perfectionism

Even after one of its bumpiest years in two decades, there’s no denying that Apple is in much better financial shape today than it was at any time during Steve Jobs’ tenure as CEO. The company’s market capitalization is over twice its highest level during the Jobs era, and was fully three times higher until […]

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Zspace unveils laptop that enables easy AR/VR interaction

Zspace has dedicated itself to “spatial content,” and today it is unveiling a laptop targeted at kids that lets them easily interact with augmented reality or virtual reality content. The company will show the device, which is available now, at the CES 2019 trade show event in January. The Sunnyvale, California-based company said the laptop […]

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Nvidia launches Jetson AGX Xavier module for autonomous machines

Nvidia launched the latest version of its Jetson Xavier chip module, which is kind of a server on a chip that handles all of the AI processing, imaging, and other computing tasks for autonomous drones and robots. The new Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier module will be used in everything from delivery robots to inspection drones, […]

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Nvidia sets 6 MLPerf benchmark records for AI performance

Nvidia has set six new records for how fast an AI model can be trained using a predetermined group of datasets. MLPerf is a benchmark suite of tests created by prominent companies in the space to standardize and provide guidelines for how to measure AI training and inference speed. MLPerf is often used to share […]

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Super Micro: Audit found no spy chips in motherboards

(Reuters) — Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards. In a letter to customers, the San Jose, California, company said it was not surprised by the result of the review it commissioned in […]

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Amazon Fire HD tablets gain Drop In video calls and Announcements

If you’ve ever felt the urge to ping an unsuspecting Fire HD tablet owner with a video call, good news: now you can. Amazon this morning announced that starting this week, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 owners will be able to make and receive Drop In video calls to and from Alexa-enabled devices […]

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Razer Blade Stealth updated with better display, battery life, and game performance

Razer wants gamers to be badasses, no matter what machine they’re playing on. So the company is updating its ultraportable gaming laptop, the Razer Blade Stealth, so you can actually play games on it. In the past, the Razer Blade Stealth was more like a high-end productivity machine, with integrated graphics and a very thin […]

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Google’s Home Hub hits Apple in its new blind spot: Affordable tablets

Introduced chaotically alongside Pixel 3 phones, Pixel Slate tablets, and Pixel Stand accessories, Google’s $149 Home Hub seemed somewhat out of place at its October launch event. Odd name aside, the latest Google “smart display” — a tablet designed to be left in one place — arrived months after similar options from JBL and Lenovo, but […]

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Google Pixel Slate review: An expensive work in progress

Another year, another powerful Chrome OS device from Google. Like clockwork, flagship devices have accompanied milestone releases of the Mountain View company’s lightweight, Linux-based operating system for the past several years and doubled as showcases for spotlight features. Now it’s the Pixel Slate‘s time to shine. The Slate has the distinction of being Google’s first 2-in-1 […]

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 benchmark reveals Android Oreo and Qualcomm CPU

Google Glass was never a hit with average consumers, as the early AR headset’s $1,500 price and cyborg-like industrial design saw it relegated to industrial “enterprise” applications. Now Google is preparing to release a followup called Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, which appears set to preserve its predecessor’s form factor — but with a significant […]

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Crypto-mining hangover continues to hit AMD and Nvidia

The crypto-mining craze is fully behind us. Few people are still using PC graphics cards to mine for Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency, and that has pushed shipments back down for the GPU market. Shipments of new GPUs were down 2.2 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018, according to industry intelligence firm Jon Peddie Research. That […]

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