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AMD made a flurry of announcements this evening during its Financial Analyst Day presentation, one of which includes new mobile solutions that pairs the company's Ryzen CPU architecture with its forthcoming Vega GPU architecture. Or put another way, AMD is readying its first Zen-based mobile APU (accelerated processing unit) with on-die Vega graphics, both for desktops and laptops.Click to EnlargeWe're still in the process of gathering information, but here is what we know so far. Compared to AMD's 7th generation APUs, Ryzen Mobile will up the CPU performance ante by 50 percent while offering 40... Read more...
Earlier this month, OnePlus announced that its forthcoming OnePlus 5 flagship is indeed real, and that it would be landing this summer. As useful as that information might have been, though, it was the only morsel that we got out of the company. Everything else has been left up to rumor. However, today, we get our best look at the phone to date. Etailer GeekBuyer has the phone listed for preorder right now, and owing to the authenticity of the listing is the backing-up of some key specs. Listed, for example, is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB of storage, and a very generous... Read more...
  These days, we all take Google’s Android operating system for granted. We just accept that Android is highly capable, customizable, and ubiquitous enough that it is installed on over 70 percent of smartphones sold around the globe. However, could you imagine a mobile landscape without Android? It appears that Google definitely is, and it may be pinning its future on Fuchsia. We first learned about Fuchsia back in August, when the project was discovered on Google’s GitHub repository. At the time, we learned that this new operating system supports both x86 and aarch64 (ARM 64-bit) architectures... Read more...
OnePlus has been on a bit of a roll since... well, its inception. All of its flagship devices have been well-received and have sold well, leading us to believe that its next major launch could continue the tradition. Even though the phone hasn't been officially announced yet, we know that it's going to be called OnePlus 5, skipping over "OnePlus 4" entirely. Last fall, OnePlus released its OnePlus 3T, an upgraded OnePlus 3. That in effect should have been called OP4, simply because it's the phone to preface the OP5T. But, it's just a matter of semantics, we suppose. According to The Verge, which... Read more...
When I first heard about Nintendo's plan to build a hybrid console, I thought it was a long shot. And truthfully, it was. But I also reckoned the response to a 2-in-1 console (or 3-in-1 if you count tabletop mode, as Nintendo does) would ultimately be lukewarm. Having now spent the past couple of weeks actually playing with the Nintendo Switch, I can say I was (mostly) wrong in my original assessment, and certainly in my expectations. We'll get to my own thoughts in a little bit, but first let's talk about the Switch's reception. Despite the skepticism by myself and many others leading up to the... Read more...
When you're doing battle with the biggest social network in existence, it's pretty difficult to make sure that you're always offering your customers fresh functionality to stay ahead of the pack - which has been Snapchat's modus operandi for quite some time. Just a month ago, Facebook copied Snapchat's Stories feature, and mere weeks later, it copied Snap's ability to add a variety of filters to your Stories. At some point in the future, Facebook should be bringing the ability to add 3D objects to the videos you share, as Snapchat has just unveiled the feature today. A quick, but great example... Read more...
This spring, Microsoft is going to be launching a brand new online store for its ultra-popular Minecraft world builder. There are multiple goals that can be accomplished through this new portal: fans will have a lot of great new content to play, and community members who produce good content could reap the benefits of being featured on the store. One thing that will make this online store different from most is the fact that all of the content is curated, meaning that not just anyone can produce content and expect it to appear there. Ultimately, this is a very good thing, as it means that... Read more...
It has been quite the tumultuous journey for BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM). After a series of failed attempts to claw its way back into relevance through various hardware releases and software strategies, BlackBerry sort of faded from view, at least in the media. What actually happened is that it pivoted to software almost exclusively, and found a potentially winning strategy in the process. BlackBerry's latest financial results are promising. In the company's fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, it raked in $297 million, racing past the average estimate by analysts... Read more...
Based on its features, specs and power consumption claims, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) was already looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and more than a day of talk time on next-gen smartphones with a single charge, for starters. However, it will also serve up hours of VR gaming and claimed general performance lifts of up to 25 percent in both CPU and graphics/gaming workloads. Regardless, until now, we could only speculate... Read more...
T-Mobile just changed the amount of data its customers are allowed to consume before they face potential throttling, depending on network usage. The limit now sits at 30 gigabytes per billing cycle, whereas previously T-Mobile's network management policy listed the ceiling at 28GB. Obviously that is not a ginormous change, and it still underscores the funny way that wireless carriers have of defining "unlimited." According to Merriam-Webster, the word unlimited has three definitions: lacking any controls: unrestricted / unlimited access boundless, infinite / unlimited possibilities not bounded... Read more...
If you listened to rap music in the early 1990s, you undoubtedly heard Flava Flav spit rhymes to "911 is a Joke," the song he is most famous for. However, it was no laughing matter when mobile phone users subscribed to AT&T's wireless service were unable to call 911 emergency dispatchers in more than a dozen states on Wednesday night. Service has since been restored, but given the seriousness of the situation, the FCC has opened an investigation into what went wrong. During the outage, law enforcement and emergency response officials were on social media warning people across the nation of... Read more...
It shouldn't be too shocking to learn that there are many people anxious to get their mitts on Nintendo's Switch console, and thanks to one retailer that didn't check its calendar carefully, many people are now envious of one lucky customer who managed to get their unit a full two weeks early. That lucky user is Hiphoptherobot, who happens to frequent popular gaming site NeoGAF and decided to show off his unexpected wares. In a three-minute video posted to Vidme, Hiphoptherobot shows us what we can expect to see after powering on the Switch tablet for the first time. While there's not a lot to... Read more...
What's that sound? Oh, it's just the collective sound of Fallout fans who'd rather not game on mobile platforms letting out a collective "Finally!". That's right: Bethesda's super-hot mobile game based on the Fallout universe, called Fallout Shelter, is coming to Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PCs. Sorry, PlayStation fans. This is one of those times where you can hear about an announcement and not have to wait forever and a day for it to come to fruition. Microsoft says that Fallout Shelter will hit both of its platforms on February 8, and like the mobile game, it's going to be free to download,... Read more...
Just a couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the Israeli security firm Cellebrite, and how it suffered a major data breach. After the information began to trickle out, it seemed like no real damage was done. Cellebrite itself said that what leaked was an old, irrelevant backup. A new discovery, however, questions that answer. If you're not familiar with Cellebrite, it was the firm that the U.S. government hired to break into an iPhone 5c to aide with investigation of the December 2015 San Bernardino terror attack. Apple at the time refused to help crack the phone, so Cellebrite was brought in, and... Read more...
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