Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Hardware

Google’s Coral AI edge hardware launches out of beta

Last March, Google took the wraps off of Coral, a collection of hardware development kits and accessories intended to bolster the development of machine learning models at the edge. It launched in select regions in beta, but the tech giant today announced that it’s graduating to a “wider” and global release. All Coral products — […]

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro leaks on Amazon with improved Tegra X1 chip

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of my favorite devices. It’s an Android-powered set-top box that is great for streaming media from Netflix, Amazon, and Plex. It’s also a great device for emulating classic games and streaming games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud service. But the original Shield TV came out in 2015, so it […]

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PC shipments grew in Q3 2019 thanks to Windows 10 refresh

The PC market grew between 1% and 3% in Q3 2019, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. After six years of quarterly PC shipment declines, 2018 was mixed, with negative, flat, and positive quarters. 2019 is doing slightly better: Q1 was negative but Q2 and Q3 were positive. Gartner and IDC analysts pointed to […]

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Arm enables custom instructions for embedded CPUs

Arm has enabled custom instructions for embedded centralized processing units (CPUs) to give chip makers more flexibility in a changing world. The new custom instructions will enable partners — who license the Arm architecture and design their own chips — to differentiate their system-on-chip (SoC) products from other chip makers for embedded and internet of […]

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How Falcon Northwest keeps making custom gaming PCs one at a time

Custom gaming PCs have always seemed like toys of the rich or geeky hobbyists. But you’d be surprised at the kind of people who talk to Kelt Reeves, CEO of Falcon Northwest, about creating the ultimate gaming machine. Reeves has been running Falcon Northwest in Medford, Oregon, since before he got out of college in […]

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Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 7 with USB-C

At its annual hardware event in New York City today, Microsoft refreshed its Surface Pro with updated specs and USB-C support. The price tag has also changed slightly: The Surface Pro 7 starts at $749 ($150 less than its predecessor). Microsoft has simply replaced the Mini DisplayPort with USB-C. There is still a USB-A port […]

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Apple will build Mac Pro in Texas using tariff-exempt components

After winning U.S. government tariff exemptions on a number of Chinese-made components late last week, Apple said today that it will soon begin assembling its next-generation Mac Pro desktop computer in Texas, rather than moving the assembly process wholly overseas. The announcement is qualified good news for the U.S. manufacturing sector, which has spent decades in […]

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iPad is the right way to play Apple Arcade games

Apple didn’t draw much of a connection yesterday between the new iPad and the Apple Arcade game subscription service, but in the hands-on demos, it had the right idea. I played Frogger in Toy Town, one of the premiere Apple Arcade games, on the new iPad. It was a lot of fun playing the game […]

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Apple unveils entry-level 2019 iPad with a 10.2-inch screen

Roughly a year and a half after introducing the sixth-generation iPad — an entry-level model virtually identical to its predecessor, but with Apple Pencil support and a faster processor — Apple today revealed a redesigned seventh-generation model with a larger screen. For the first time since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, the base model […]

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Panasonic’s modular Toughbook 55 lasts up to 20 hours on a charge

Panasonic introduced its Toughbook lineup in 1996 with the CF-5, which was designed to withstand vibration, drops, spills, extreme temperature, and rough handling in industries from construction and defense to emergency services, government, health care, law enforcement, manufacturing, oil, gas, telecom, and utilities. Panasonic has revamped its Toughbook product family countless times since, most recently […]

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IFA 2019 highlights: Amazon Fire TV Cube, LG Dual Screen, and Huawei Kirin 990 5G

IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, began humbly in 1924 as an international radio exhibition. Since then, it’s grown into one of the largest annual consumer electronics shows anywhere, with more than 200,000 visitors anticipated over the next few days. The Berlin expo is a who’s who of the appliance and device makers, with the likes […]

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Samsung debuts Exynos 980, a single-chip 5G modem, CPU, and GPU

As first- and second-generation 5G devices make their way into stores, chipmakers are already working on third-generation 5G chips that are more tightly integrated into their CPUs and GPUs. Today, Samsung announced that its first all-in-one processor and 5G modem, Exynos 980, will begin mass production by the end of 2019, setting the stage for […]

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Acer unveils 300Hz gaming laptop for $2,800, Planet9 esports platform

At IFA 2019 in Berlin today, Acer unveiled two gaming laptops, a gaming chair, an esports platform, four new monitors, two more refreshed laptops, an all-in-one desktop, and four Chromebooks. The company clearly didn’t want to wait for CES 2020 before unloading its latest wares. The first and most obvious trend at IFA this year […]

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VMware and Nvidia launch hybrid cloud on AWS for machine learning

Nvidia and VMware today announced an enterprise-grade hybrid cloud on AWS that is optimized for machine learning, AI, and data science workflows. The VMware Cloud on AWS with Nvidia is capable of operating from cloud and on-premise servers and will make it easier to migrate VMware vSphere-based applications to the cloud to accelerate high-performance computing […]

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If Apple Watch adopts Apple Card’s poor titanium coating, look out

On Tuesday, weeks after the Apple Card began its first and second rounds of prerelease testing, Apple officially began offering its credit card to all U.S. customers — and quietly disclosed a flaw that some people have characterized as ridiculous. “If your titanium Apple Card comes into contact with hard surfaces or materials,” Apple says, “it’s […]

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Apple Card officially launches in U.S.

After two invitation-only beta testing periods, Apple has officially launched the Apple Card to potential customers in the United States today. The credit card is a joint offering between Apple and Goldman Sachs, and is being widely offered to consumers with various income levels and credit histories, albeit with some caveats. Apple Card is issued […]

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now service launches on Android by the end of 2019

While Google and Microsoft have attracted a lot of headlines about their cloud-gaming plans, Nvidia has continued to run its GeForce Now beta on Shield TV. The company is revealing how it is pushing this technology forward with RTX visuals and GeForce Now on Android. During a presentation at the Gamescom fan event in Germany […]

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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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