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All News for November 2019

We first heard rumblings about Intel's Ponte Vecchio last week, and now Intel has officially announced its first base GPU architecutre that is aimed squarely at the high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) markets. As we had all previously suspected, Ponte Vecchio is based on Intel's 7nm Xe... Read more...
Intel's 14nm process node is most certainly long in the tooth, but the company has tried to make best of the situation with refinements over the past four years. With that being said, Intel is actually recalling one of its recent processors based on 14nm++ lithography: the Xeon E-2274G, which is a member of the Coffee... Read more...
How good does the camera in your pocket need to be? Well, if your name is Samsung, the answer appears to be "extremely" good. Samsung has started rolling out a new version of the Samsung Camera app in One UI 2.0 beta 4, and a quick tear-down of the new APK (courtesy of XDA Developers) reveals a few interesting... Read more...
Flagship smartphones have nudged themselves into four-digit pricing territory, with some of the top models commanding a grand, or more. Fortunately, you don't have to go nuts spending a premium on a high-end smartphone to get a capable handset. Google's Pixel 3a is a mid-range phone with plenty of spunk, and it's on... Read more...
Even though Microsoft is not sharing many concrete details about Project Scarlett, the codename for its next-generation flagship game console, the company is certainly building up expectations. It seems Microsoft has some clear goals in mind, some of which it has been sharing lately. So, what do we know about... Read more...
Black Friday is nearly upon us, though as we have seen in recent years, the deals and bargains are rolling in ahead of time. We are not just talking about previews, either, but actual sales. Over at Walmart, for example, you can score a 70-inch smart TV with a 4K resolution, support for high dynamic range (HDR), and a... Read more...
We're used to seeing small form factor PCs powered by Intel processors -- in the past week we've seen new Intel Frost Canyon NUCs and an entry from MSI -- but there hasn't been much action on the AMD side of things. SimplyNUC, however, is giving AMD some lovin' with the release its new Sequoia mini PC... Read more...
It is always and adventure when Microsoft rolls out a major feature update to Windows 10. Fortunately, the November 2019 Update is less ambitious than most previous ones (it's more akin to a Service Pack from yesteryear), and in my experience, it installs fairly quick and easy. Nevertheless, Microsoft has identified... Read more...
The most flexible controller option for Google's upcoming Stadia cloud gaming service is the company's own Stadia Controller, which is available in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabit color options (each one is priced at $69). As Stadia's launch day fast approaches, Google has posted a comprehensive guide on how to use the controller. Google Read more...
In this day and age, online account security is constantly under attack by nefarious parties that are looking to settle scores, makes a few bucks, or simply trying to make a name for themselves. 2K Games found this out the hard way last night after a number of its social media accounts were hacked in a massive... Read more...
The U.S. government recently conducted a competition to award a highly lucrative contract for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, aka "JEDI." JEDI provides next-generation cloud storage and security infrastructure for the Pentagon while simultaneously connecting the various agencies under its purview. The... Read more...
It looks as though cord cutters are increasingly coming under attack by some of the same tactics that prompted their move away from "Big Cable". Hulu announced today that it is once again raising prices on its Live TV service for customers; its second such rate hike in less than a year. Starting on December... Read more...
We've tracking pricing of AMD's previous generation enthusiast flagship CPU for quite a while. The Ryzen 7 2700X has an MSRP of $319.99 when it launched over a year, but street prices fell to $199.99 prior to the launch of the Ryzen 3000 family this Summer.  Early last month, the Ryzen 2700X hit a low $159.99, and... Read more...
A chip design startup founded by a trio of former Apple semiconductor architects just raised $53 million in funding. The company is called NUVIA and it hopes to make a splash in the data center by "reimagining chip design to deliver industry-leading performance and energy efficiency." Should Intel and AMD be... Read more...
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