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All eyes are on Bitcoin these days, mainly because of its meteoric rise in valuation. Just a day ago, with Bitcoin's price easily surpassing the $10,000 threshold and hopefully bullying its way into mainstream acceptance, there were reports that Nasdaq, Inc. would launch Bitcoin futures during the first half of next... Read more...
We talked not too long ago about a study that had found that the Apple Watch might be usable for detecting high blood pressure and sleep apnea, thanks to the sensitivity of its heart rate monitor and an accompanying app. This week marks the first actual FDA approved accessory for the Apple Watch that is able to... Read more...
Google is no stranger to the Raspberry Pi platform, as witnessed by its Artificial Intelligence Yourself (AIY) Projects initiative. Today, the company is launching a new product under the AIY umbrella that is called the Vision Kit. The AIY Vision Kit includes a VisionBonnet circuit board, RGB button, piezo speaker... Read more...
It has taken a bit, but we are starting to see more custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards emerge. One of the newest is from Gigabtye. The company has officially launched its Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G, which as the model name suggests is an overclocked variant of the Radeon RX Vega 64, with 8GB of second generation... Read more...
When we launched our early preview look at AMD Ryzen Mobile performance with the new HP Envy x360 15z laptop last week, we expected it would pull in a few eyeballs. Our benchmark results were likely some of the first anyone had seen that showed what AMD's Ryzen core CPU architecture, coupled with its Radeon RX Vega... Read more...
Perhaps one day we will look back and laugh at how we used to keep track of our mobile data usage, to avoid going over any caps that might exist, just as we can look back now and remember when dial-ups (like AOL) used to put time limits on Internet connectivity. Barring a pricey unlimited plan, we are not there yet... Read more...
Activision and Bungie have teamed up with Amazon to offer Destiny 2 players a new level of immersion, though not through virtual reality. Using a new Destiny 2 Ghost skill for Alexa, Amazon's AI-powered assistant, Destiny 2 gamers can bark out commands and verbally ask for tips from Ghost, the in-game AI companion... Read more...
Apple seems to be having a tough time getting out of its own way, in regards to a dopey security flaw that was recently discovered and fixed. The flaw allowed users to gain administrative access to systems running macOS High Sierra by typing "root" for the username and leaving the password blank. Apple rolled out a... Read more...
Toshiba has announced the new XG5-P NVMe SSD that promises fast speeds in capacities up to 2TB. The M.2 gumstick style NVMe SSD is based on 64-layer 3D BiCS NAND memory and Toshiba says that it's tuned for an improved full access range of random read/write performance with gains of up to 55% compared to standard... Read more...
There's a new generation of Radeon driver software arriving next month, and AMD today is announcing the name for the suite. It will be called the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, and is named after the Adrenalin Rose. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition will launch roughly a year after the Radeon Software Crimson... Read more...
Verizon has announced that it will begin its rollout of 5G services to customers in certain U.S. markets next year. However, this isn't lightning fast 5G wireless for your smartphone to connect to while you are out and about. Verizon plans to use this 5G wireless service to provide faster internet access to homes and... Read more...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been firing on all cylinders lately. Last week, the company announced a new Secret Region for U.S. intelligence agencies, and this week it has announced a new camera that will help businesses leverage the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI). Meet AWS DeepLens, which is a deep... Read more...
Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus. It's not building a spaceship campus as Apple did, but it will be adding 18 new buildings and up to 8,000 more workers to the payroll. Microsoft says that the massive expansion might not be completed until 2025. Microsoft announced the... Read more...
Microsoft had lofty ambitions for the adoption rate of its Windows 10 operating system when it was released back in 2015. After all, Windows 10 was initially made available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users (and it is still available for free for a limited time if you meet certain requirements) and... Read more...
Updated November 29th at 11:52am Apple has issued a patch for the macOS High Sierra security exploit, less than 24 hours after it was made public. It is addressed in Security Update 2017-001, which Apple encourages all macOS High Sierra users to download immediately. Apple describes the security incident... Read more...
Most consumers do not own a 3D printer, though perhaps one day that will change. For now, 3D printing at home remains a niche obsession, however the barriers of entry have started to come down with some models focusing on ease-of-use and others aiming for relatively low price points. Some combine both. One thing that... Read more...
The legal bickering between Apple and Qualcomm shows no signs of backing down. When we last visited the battlefield earlier this month, Qualcomm sued Apple, alleging that the company shared confidential baseband source code with Intel. Now, Apple is firing back with a countersuit of its own, and it goes right after... Read more...
Owners of Google's flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices can't seem to catch a break. It seems there has been one annoying issue after another, such as the distracting, high-pitched buzzing sounds that some users observed emanating from the earpiece, and inaccurate battery life estimates, to name a couple recent... Read more...
Many Destiny 2 gamers are not particularly happy with how the title turned out and they have been making a stink about it. Bungie caught a whiff and as a result has decided to cancel today's livestream showcasing the game's upcoming expansion, Curse of Osiris. It was to be the third and last livestream promoting the... Read more...
Some HP laptop customers are outraged over the discovery a piece of hidden software that is getting installed and running without their consent. It is a Windows telemetry serviced called HP Touchpoint Analytics Client that harvests telemetry information that is used by HP Touchpoint's analytical services. it seems to... Read more...
It's good to be the king! Just over two weeks ago, General Motors officially pulled the wraps off the scintillating 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (days after it had leaked to the internet). Now, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the convertible version of the vehicle made a surprise appearance. This marks the first-ever... Read more...
Jeep has let slip everything you might want to know about the new JL Wrangler ahead of its official launch. The new JL Wrangler looks much like the outgoing JK Wrangler it replaces, but it is heavily changed from that outgoing model. The key takeaway here is that the JL Wrangler is said to be vastly improved both on... Read more...
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