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Raja Koduri, SVP of AMD RTG Shows Off World's First 14nm GPU- Radeon RX 480 When AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) first disclosed details of its upcoming Polaris GPU architecture, it called it a “historic leap in performance per watt for Radeon GPUs”. If you don’t follow the GPU scene closely, Polaris is AMD... Read more...
Intel is making headlines at Computex this week with its outrageous Core i7-6950X deca-core processor, which comes with an equally outrageous price tag. However, AMD also came to Taipei with new processors in-hand, but they’re not nearly as outlandish or expensive as Intel’s latest and greatest enthusiast chips. The... Read more...
With blue skies and warmer weather on its way, it's hard to not get excited for summer. We just saw NVIDIA launch its latest mid-range GPU, the GeForce GTX 1070, and we know that AMD's Polaris will be shown off soon as well. Those launches alone are huge, but Intel wasn't about to be drowned out by them. At... Read more...
E3 is still a few weeks away, but Microsoft is kicking off the festivities early with another price cut for its Xbox One gaming console. Nearly all of the Xbox One bundles have been given a $50 price cut, which means that base 500GB bundles now start at $299. The price cuts even extend to more expensive offerings... Read more...
Qualcomm announced today at Computex the new Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC. This particular processor is destined to fit into wearables for children and the elderly, fitness trackers, and smart headsets. It is intended to complement the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, which is designed for multi-purpose wearables.  Anthony... Read more...
Last year, the BBC embarked on an ambitious project to help inspire children to code. The BBC’s “Make it Digital” initiative aimed to put one million Micro:bit computers into the hands of Year 7 students (11 and 12 year olds) in the UK for free, and drew on the expertise of software and hardware partners including... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell P2415Q 24" 4K 3840x2160 IPS display, a MASHI 20000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 External Battery Portable Charger, and up to 60% Off Select Storage & Networking Products at Amazon... Read more...
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech from here on out) has filed a lawsuit against both Apple and Broadcom claiming the two companies are using wireless technologies that infringe on various patents in its portfolio. Perhaps coincidentally, two of Apple's wireless products have since been pulled from store... Read more...
In the United States, the smartphone market feels almost like a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung, with HTC galloping a fair distance behind. But lest anyone forget, Sony offers some intriguing handsets under its Xperia banner, four of which are arriving unlocked in the next couple of months. Forgiveness is... Read more...
Dell unveiled a new line of Inspiron 2-in-1s with Windows 10 at Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. These new PCs include the Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1, the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop. Each of the devices come preloaded with Windows 10, which means you have access to such features as Cortana, convenient and secure... Read more...
We already know that Sony is making a big play towards virtual reality (VR) gaming with PlayStation VR, and according to recent rumors, Microsoft won’t be too far behind. Previous reports have suggested that Microsoft will support VR (via perhaps the Oculus Rift) in its upcoming, more powerful version of the Xbox One... Read more...
Ransomware is not only a real thing, it's a real pain in the tuchus. I point this out because I recently had a conversation with someone who, up until a recent ransomware breakout at her place of employment, thought it was a made up concept that only happens on TV. To the contrary, ransomware is a growing threat, and... Read more...
Trade event shows such as Computex often feature future thinking designs from hardware players, some of which eventually make it to market while others become an obscure footnote in the history of technology. We hope it's the former category that ASUS ROG's Avalon concept falls into because it's one of the most... Read more...
It was all the way back in August of 2014 that Intel officially launched its Haswell-E based Core i7 series processors and its companion X99 chipset. At the time of its release, Haswell-E’s top of the line, 8-core Core i7-5960X was easily the most powerful processor for multi-threaded workloads on desktop systems... Read more...
When it comes to making advances in the solid state drive (SSD) space, you can always count on Samsung to spice things up a bit. While Samsung’s most recent SSDs have been hellbent on breaking data speed records, its latest product is more concerned with miniaturization. The new PM971-NVMe is the world’s first NVMe... Read more...
Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House is almost a reality. Asus chairman Jonney Shih unveiled Zenbo, the first Asus robot, at Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Zenbo is a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship. Shih stated, “For decades, humans have... Read more...
The 2-in-1 design for laptops is growing in popularity as demand for standalone tablets is in decline. For that you can thank Microsoft for providing its hardware partners with a blueprint in the form of its Surface line, which in turn has led to some compelling solutions in the convertible category. That includes new... Read more...
Google just recently announced that its Photos service—the one it introduced only a year ago and that replaced Picasa—is now used by around 200 million people, who've collectively uploaded 13.7 petabytes of pics, including 24 billion selfies. It's a well liked service, to state the obvious, and for Nexus owners, it's... Read more...
The first day of summer is just around the bend and if you're wanting to shed a few pounds before hitting the beach, a fitness band is a good way to turn that motivation into action. But which of the many different ones available should you go with? One of our favorites is the Microsoft Band 2, especially when it's... Read more...
Time and again we've talked about there not being any mulligans on the Internet—once you put something on social media, it's there to stay even if you delete your post. An AMD executive is finding this out after a deleted Twitter posted continues to make the rounds. More specifically, it's the picture he posted of an unannounced Radeon RX Read more...
Asus definitely impressed us with its ZenFone 2 family of products, which offered solid performance (via an Intel Atom SoC) and very attractive pricing off-contract and unlocked. Asus is back at it again with the new ZenFone 3 Android smartphone lineup, and the Taiwanese company is once again turning heads for all the... Read more...
Apple hoped to revolutionize the thin and light category with its 12-inch MacBook in early 2015. Not everyone was convinced, however, given the notebook’s meager performance, single USB-C port that was used both for charging and expansion, and $1,299 entry point. The 2016 update didn’t move the bar much further, which... Read more...
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