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Before Apple's iPad first burst onto the tablet scene in 2010, a leaked Microsoft concept generated a lot of buzz in the enthusiast community. Called Courier (pictured above), the tablet featured dual displays attached to a folding hinge, along with touch and pen input. However, Microsoft never went forward with the... Read more...
When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, NVIDIA is heavily invested on the hardware side of things with products like its Tesla GPU accelerators and the DGX Station. Those AI efforts are also fully on display with the DRIVE PX platform that is powering today's semi-autonomous... Read more...
There is a ton of attention being paid to artificial intelligence and machine learning in the tech industry at the moment, encompassing a variety of fields, everything from digital assistants in smartphones and other gadgets, to self-driving vehicles, and more. It is no surprise, then, that chipmaker ARM has gone and created a new machine Read more...
Amazon seems to have struck gold with its push into smart speaker territory. The company's digital assistant, dubbed Alexa, is every bit as recognizable as Siri, and Amazon's been able to monetize its AI assistant across a growing line of products. Now third-party developers will get their chance. Amazon is... Read more...
Google launched Android 8.0 Oreo over the summer, but chances are pretty slim that your device has received the update unless you have a supported Pixel or Nexus device in-hand. Smartphone OEMs are notoriously slow to release major Android updates, but that isn't stopping Google from moving on to the next branch of Oreo: Android 8.1. Android Read more...
For many people, the most important aspect of a smartphone is the camera performance. That is why phone makers put so much focus on the camera, with each new generation handset upping the ante with better photo-taking capabilities. But what if these cameras were used to spy on you? According to a software developer... Read more...
We can finally stop talking about the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti as a speculative release based on leaks and rumors. Following several weeks of bread crumbs teasing the card's launch, NVIDIA this morning made the new card official, and is even accepting pre-orders for it on the company's website. The only real disappoint is... Read more...
AMD has had a banner year thanks to the launch of the many incarnations of its Zen processor architecture (Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper, EPYC), as well as its Vega graphics cards (Radeon RX Vega 56, Radeon RX Vega 64). Now, however, the company is set to launch the combination of those standout architectures in a single... Read more...
It's not a shark with frickin' laser beams on its head, but Dr. Evil would most certainly put the slick new Hisense 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV on the wall inside his evil lair. This isn't really a TV in the traditional sense, it's more like a projector and screen with a full speaker system right in the... Read more...
Many Verizon Wireless customers weren't very happy with the carrier back in August when word first surfaced that it would be throttling video streaming on its Unlimited data plans. That throttling meant no matter what sort of device you were using, you only had streaming capability at up to 720p with most plans... Read more...
Sony has tossed a new mirrorless digital camera into the limelight and the camera is a beast. It's called the A7R III and it has a 35mm full-frame 42.4MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. The sensor uses a gapless, on-chip lens and anti-reflective coating for significantly improved light collection efficiency. The... Read more...
It's not very often that we hear Apple speak about rumors and the numerous reports concerning its products. However, if Apple does take the time to respond, it's often when a story widely misses the mark and casts an incredibly negative light on its products – especially a product that is just days away from... Read more...
Honda hasn't exactly had the best track record with hybrid vehicles, as we've seen with sales dudes like the original Honda Accord Hybrid, the Civic Hybrid along with the unloved CR-Z and second-generation Insight. But the company is still pressing forwards with its electrified vehicle efforts as witnessed by the... Read more...
Here is some good news for Gmail users—living up to its promise earlier this year, Google today expanded the potential capabilities of Gmail by launching native support for third-party add-ons. Now users can tap into services such as Asana, Dialpad, Hire, Intuit QuickBooks Invoicing, and others right from within their... Read more...
Apple finally joined the wireless charging revolution with the introduction of its iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X handsets, bringing a feature to iPhone users that the Android camp has been enjoying for a long time. Hot on the heels of announcing those headsets, Apple has gone out and acquired PowerbyProxi, a... Read more...
Microsoft has found a way to fight back against the growing threat of ransomware, a devious type of malware that encrypts files and folders on a victim's PC and then demands a ransom—oftentimes in Bitcoin due to its anonymity—in exchange for unlocking the user's data. Some ransomware strains even come with a timer... Read more...
This does not always happen, but AMD finally has reason to celebrate after posting a quarterly earnings reports. The Sunnyvale chip designer raked in $1.64 billion the third quarter of 2017, to the tune of a $71 million profit. That is a remarkable turnaround from the same quarter a year ago in which AMD posted a... Read more...
Over the past two decades, Amazon has grown to become the dominant force in the online retail space, and has changed our expectations for how fast we receive items with 2-day Prime shipping. That has expanded with services like Prime Now, which can have a package on your front door within 1 hours of placing an order... Read more...
Everyone is wondering just how well the iPhone X is going to perform when it lands, and specifically how well Face ID will work. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has doubts about how well Face ID will function. A report has now surfaced claiming that Apple was forced to reduce the accuracy of Face ID in order to... Read more...
This has been a bad year for wide-scale ransomware attacks, where malware encrypt a user's computer and demands payment to unlock the machine. The two major ransomware attacks that have happened in 2017 include WannaCry and ExPetr (or Petya and NotPetya as they were also called). The hackers behind WannaCry cashed out... Read more...
Given that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been slow out of the gate with respect to sales according to various reports, all eyes are now focused on the incoming iPhone X. Priced from $999 ($1,149 for the 256GB model), the iPhone X will be the torch bearer for Apple's smartphone family through this time next... Read more...
A myriad of devices are powered by processors or SoCs featuring ARM technology. From your smartphone or smartwatch, to your router or media streamer -- and a multitude of devices in between -- odds are that an ARM-based processor has some sort of impact on your daily life. While out covering ARM TechCon, which is... Read more...
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