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All News for May 2019

Are Apple’s app practices anti-competitive? Phillip Shoemaker, the former head of App Store approvals, is concerned about the current competition between Apple and other developers. He argued that Apple should update its guidelines to give users a better experience, but noted that the app review process is rather... Read more...
Is the 2.5-inch display on the Echo Spot too small, while the 10-inch Echo Show is too big for your Alexa smart speaker needs? Well, Amazon think that is has a perfect solution with the aptly named Echo Show 5, which has a 5.5-inch display. The Echo Show 5 is roughly half the size of its Echo Show counterpart and... Read more...
Maybe in an alternate timeline, Android 3.0 was called Honeycomb Glacier instead of just Honeycomb, when it released in 2011. In this timeline, however, Honeycomb Glacier is the codename of a new dual-screen laptop form factor concept that Intel is showcasing at Computex 2019 this week, in hopes of encouraging its OEM... Read more...
Microsoft abandoned its monolithic approach to Windows with the release of Windows 10, and instead now doles out major feature updates twice annually, the most recent of which was the May 2019 Update. Might there still be something beyond Windows 10? That's a good question, and Microsoft hinted at a "modern operating... Read more...
In case you haven't been paying close attention to the PC hardware scene lately, take note that Intel has been stepping up its game with respect to graphics. The first major waves made by Intel's newly formed Graphics and Visual Computing group came with the hiring of key executives from AMD, including Raja Koduri and... Read more...
For the first time ever, AMD on Monday delivered the opening keynote at Computex 2019, and the company did not disappoint. As expected, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled a new generation of Ryzen 3000 series processors based on the company's Zen 2 CPU architecture, and talked about Navi. Following the event, AMD's stock... Read more...
While some companies have begun trotting out PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drives, Toshiba on Wednesday announced an updated version of its XG6 series from last year. The new XG6-P still shuttles data through the PCIe 3.0 bus, but ups the ante over the previous generation drives with faster sequential and random read and... Read more...
Flipboard is a news aggregator app, and the company has announced that it fell victim to hacks. The hacks potentially exposed user account information and left that information where it could be copied for nine months. The exposed user details included Flipboard user names, encrypted passwords, and email... Read more...
The first generation of 5G smartphones has already landed, but they are full of compromises (i.e. needing separate chips for the SoC and the 5G modem). MediaTek, a Taiwanese-based chip company whose SoCs typically end up in budget smartphones, has announced the first SoC with an integrated 5G modem. MediaTek is... Read more...
AMD is looking to one-up Intel on numerous fronts with its Zen 2-based announcements at Computex 2019. In addition to introducing us to the first members of the Ryzen 3000 family, AMD also introduced the X570 chipset that natively supports the new processors. Perhaps the biggest feature addition with X570 is the... Read more...
WWDC isn't far away now, and we have heard rumors about what we can expect at the event. One of the big announcements is expected to be iOS 13. This is the version of iOS that is rumored to leave behind some older smartphones, such as the beloved iPhone SE. If you are on one of those older devices, you may not get to enjoy the goodness Read more...
It looks as though a planned June re-launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Fold won't happen after all. The intriguing Galaxy Fold flagship was supposed to launch in late April, but that release was foiled by an epic fail with regards to the smartphone's display and hinge mechanism in the hands of reviewers. It was... Read more...
More details on upcoming products are coming out of Computex, which began with a keynote by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su on Monday, and runs through Saturday, June 1. AMD kicked things off with a bang—the Sunnyvale chip designer announced its Ryzen 3000 series lineup based on Zen 2, and formally introduced the world to Navi... Read more...
We've all been waiting a long time for 10nm Ice Lake processors to arrive, and Intel is finally ready to deliver after sticking with the 14nm process node (albeit with refinements along the way) for four years. Everyone of course is eager to hear about the performance of the first Ice Lake processors (which will... Read more...
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