Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Hardware

Origin PC EVO16-S review — Awesome RTX graphics with a noisy fan

The funny folks at Origin PC sent me a laptop with a custom Cuphead panel on the cover. So what the heck. I tried out the Origin PC Evo 16-S, a heavy-duty laptop with Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics. It’s a pretty beefy system, and it didn’t let me down in the middle of combat. The […]

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T-Mobile and MediaTek claim first multi-vendor standalone 5G data call

All of the earliest 5G networks have relied upon a preliminary version of the 5G standard known as “Release 15,” which leaned heavily on existing 4G network infrastructure — and limitations — to deliver “non-standalone” 5G services. With Release 16 scheduled to enable standalone 5G in June 2020, T-Mobile and Taiwanese modem maker MediaTek announced today […]

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HPE unveils high-performance ProLiant servers with 2nd-gen AMD Epyc chips

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is unveiling two ProLiant DL servers using second-generation Epyc processors from Advanced Micro Devices. The servers have delivered 37 world-record performance benchmark results, HPE said. The HPE ProLiant DL325 and HPE ProLiant DL385 servers eclipsed previous virtualization performance records by as much as 321% and power efficiency records by 28%, the company […]

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Book S, an ultra-thin laptop with a 23-hour battery life

New smartphones weren’t the only thing Samsung announced today at its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in Brooklyn. The Seoul company today unveiled the Galaxy Book S, a premium Windows 10 laptop with a thin and light clamshell-style design that evokes 2-in-1s like Microsoft’s Surface Pro series. Unlike the Surface Pro, however, the Book S doesn’t […]

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Apple preps iPad Apple Card app for August launch, ends Barclays rewards

Now that the Apple Card‘s launch is officially imminent — coming in August, as confirmed this week by Apple CEO Tim Cook — the company is reportedly planning to quickly address one of the credit card’s most obvious shortcomings: its dependence on an iPhone. While Apple executives proudly touted the Card’s iPhone-based sign up and […]

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Nvidia’s GauGAN has been used to create 500,000 images

In March during its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California, Nvidia took the wraps off of GauGAN, a generative adversarial AI system that lets users create lifelike landscape images that never existed. In the first month following the beta version’s release on Playground, a web hub for Nvidia’s AI and deep learning research, […]

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 ahead of Apple Card launch

A little over two months ago, Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 — late point releases for its 2018 iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch operating systems, which were expected to lay the groundwork for the Apple Card credit card offering this summer. Today, final versions of both releases are […]

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Samsung starts mass-producing 5G- and AI-ready 12Gb LPDDR5 DRAM chips

As wireless networks and mobile CPUs become faster, the speed of the RAM used in portable devices can actually become a performance bottleneck, preventing them from processing data at peak speeds. Samsung is doing its part today to accelerate the performance of next-generation mobile devices, as it announced that it has started mass production of […]

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If iGlasses are truly on ice, Apple’s 2020 will be dull but lucrative

One of the most difficult things for persistent Apple critics to grasp is that the company’s success — at least, as measured by Wall Street — isn’t as dependent on innovation as might be assumed from the company’s most common (and stinging) criticism. Besides the Apple Watch, Apple hasn’t launched a category-defining product in years, but […]

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How Walmart is getting more out of its data thanks to Nvidia’s Rapids

Forecasting demand for products used to be a process that would take Walmart weeks. Now, with the help of Nvidia, this key component of supply chain management can happen in hours. Walmart is among the first companies to work with Nvidia’s open source Rapids software, which allows the retail company to more easily churn data […]

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Apple registers 5 unreleased iPads running iPadOS 13 with the EEC

Over the last two years, Apple’s registrations of new iPads, iPhones, and Macs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have served as the earliest canaries in its hardware release coal mines, typically leaking months before actual product launches. Today, the EEC (via Mysmartprice/MacRumors) has published five new listings for Apple tablets running iPadOS 13, hinting […]

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Glass fiber keyboards, OLED screens, and Apple chips may redefine MacBooks

It mightn’t be obvious from unit sales, which appeared to be plateauing before Apple stopped reporting them each quarter, but the company’s most popular Macs — its laptops — are facing an existential crisis. MacBooks have routinely sold at premium prices compared with rival notebooks, such that customers could in some cases buy two new Windows […]

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As Ive departs, Apple should refocus on durability and user interfaces

There’s no question that Apple’s design chief Jony Ive is leaving the company with a complicated legacy — too many elegant hardware designs and patent-worthy enabling innovations to count, offset by some profoundly misguided software interface decisions and an irritating track record of fragile products. It is now impossible to consider Apple’s triumphantly thin MacBook […]

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Raspberry Pi 4 hits stores with faster CPU, 4K video, and RAM options

Three and a half years after the Raspberry Pi Foundation released its first version of the Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer, the true sequel is finally here — and it’s a beast, despite preserving its predecessors’ $35 entry price point. This is the Raspberry Pi 4, which has been dramatically overhauled with long-awaited chip, memory, and connectivity […]

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ProBeat: Tablets were always doomed

This week we learned that Google was giving up on tablets. The company will instead focus on Chrome OS laptops like the Pixelbook. Anyone paying attention to Google’s tablet business should not be surprised. Plus, tablets are dying a slow death anyway. Tablets did not end up delivering as promised. The form factor never took […]

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Apple expands repair service to all U.S. Best Buy stores

Best Buy’s Geek Squad already provided repair services for Apple products as an Authorized Apple Service Provider, but as customers noted,  the service wasn’t always fantastic. Today, Apple announced that Best Buy has expanded its Apple service and repair capabilities, widening the number of locations where customers can receive “expert service and repairs” for Apple […]

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Intel, Qualcomm, and Xilinx quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban

(Reuters) — Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said. Executives from top U.S. chipmakers Intel and Xilinx attended a meeting in late May […]

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Intel hires Xbox chip architect John Sell and Apple’s Manisha Pandya

Intel has hired John Sell, the chief architect of next-generation console chips at Microsoft. Sell worked on the chips for the Xbox One, Xbox One X, and the upcoming Project Scarlett. Sell changed his LinkedIn profile to a new job at Intel, and the company confirmed that it has hired him. The new hire is […]

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Apple’s $999 Pro Stand is just the latest sign of its identity crisis

If you’ve followed Apple for a while, you probably know that the company has spent decades evolving from a personal computer maker to a luxury retailer that outpaces diamond vendor Tiffany & Co. in revenues per square foot. But what might superficially seem like a linear progression from selling $666 motherboards out of a garage […]

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MediaTek’s 7-nanometer 5G SoC chip targets high-end devices

5G is here. That’s the assertion Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek has been making for the better part of a year, and it’s less outrageous than it sounds. Early networks have already launched in the U.S., Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Uruguay, and South Korea, and the U.K.’s EE announced earlier this month that it’ll blanket select cities with […]

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