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NYU researchers developed an AI that can imitate fingerprints to bypass biometric readers

In a paper presented at a biometric securities conference, a research team from NYU showed off a new algorithm for cracking fingerprint readers. The system, named "DeepMasterPrints," operates in similar fashion to a dictionary att...
SK Hynix has developed 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM. (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix reveals 1Ynm 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM

SK Hynix has published a press release to announce the development of 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM, the first in the industry that meets JEDEC standards. The South Korean memory manufacturer has managed to lower the operating voltage for the D...
Nvidia's RTX technology utilizes ray tracing to bring realistic reflections, lights, and shadows to video games, but it is extremely intensive on compatible GPUs. (Source: PCMag)

RTX on or off? Battlefield V's RTX implementation cuts performance in half for Nvidia's RTX series GPUs

When the Turing based RTX series launched in October, 0 games supported RTX technology. However, that finally changed with this new RTX focused patch for Battlefield V, the world's first RTX compatible game. However, RTX on doesn'...
Google Digital Wellbeing app now out of Beta (Source: Google Play)

Google's Digital Wellbeing is now out of Beta

Google Pixel users — and the lucky ones who are using other handsets — on Android Pie can finally enjoy the Digital Wellbeing app, which has just rolled out of Beta. As more handsets get updated to Android Pie, the list of Digital...
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. (Source: CNET)

New Korean beta ROM for Samsung Galaxy S9 series contains One UI

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have been reported not to be in line for official upgrades to Pie until January. In the meantime, some users do have access to a version of the OS, in exchange for some beta-testing. In Korea, the...
5G may be here soon, but AT&T thinks its path to success won't be that short. (Source: Converge Digest)

5G is not all it's cracked up to be (yet): AT&T

The United States and South Korea are the countries most strongly linked with the earliest widespread roll-outs of the new mobile data-transfer standard, 5G. AT&T is one of the US networks engaged in the upcoming national 5G distr...
Intel will be setting up a new development center in Hyderabad, India. (Source: ELE Times)

Intel plans new development center in India to boost graphics development efforts

Intel has announced that it is opening a new development center in Hyderabad in the state of Telangana, India with a capacity to host about 1,500 staff. Raja Koduri, who is now leading Intel's graphics division, said that the upco...
Microsoft acquires XOXCO (Source: The Official Microsoft Blog)

Microsoft continues its AI offensive by acquiring XOXCO

After this year's earlier AI-related acquisitions that involved Semantic Machines (May), Bonsai (July), and Lobe (September), Microsoft is up for another round. Its latest purchase is XOXCO, a software product design and developme...
The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact. (Source: The Verge)

If you dislike notched phones, you'll detest Sharp's new Aquos R2 Compact that sports two notches

While we're still coming to terms with the distressing fact that notches may be a long-term feature in smartphones, Japanese OEM Sharp has gone the extra mile by including two notches on its new flagship. And no, that is not a jok...
The Snapdragon 8150 represents yet another change in Qualcomm's naming scheme. (Source: Qualcomm)

The Snapdragon 8150 makes its way to AnTuTu, outperforms Apple's A12 Bionic

The Snapdragon 8150, Kirin 980, A12 Bionic, and a few other SoCs were intensively tested on AnTuTu, with the results showing the Snapdragon 8150's overall dominance. The A12 Bionic managed to hold the high ground in a few departme...
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

November 2018 Update. When it comes to inexpensive notebooks, devices with Google's Chrome OS have carved out a niche in the market. Chromebooks are usually a good choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money, although they do require a permanent connection to the Internet to get the most out of them. In this article we will introduce the best models.

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DOE's Perlmutter supercomputer will use Cray's Shasta infrastructure that combines CPU nodes with GPU nodes. (Source: Cray)

Perlmutter supercomputer to combine AMD's EPYC Milan CPUs with Nvidia's "Volta-Next" GPUs

The EPYC Rome server-grade CPUs have just been revealed to have 64 cores and 2.35 GHz clocks, but it looks like AMD is already working on the successor that will be based on the Zen 3 architecture. According to the U.S. Department...
Top 10 notebooks under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

November 2018 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The MSI RTX 2070 Aero ITX card is mostly a vanilla RTX 2070 SKU with a few connectors missing. (Source: VideoCarz)

MSI's GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX is the world's first small form-factor Turing card

The RTX 2000-series has been around for a few months now, and it was just a matter of time until the small form-factor models would start popping up. MSI is among the first to release an ITX Turing card with the RTX 2070 Aero ITX,...
Acer Chromebook R 11 (N3160, eMMC, HD) Convertible Review

81% Acer Chromebook R 11 (N3160, eMMC, HD) Convertible Review

Better thanks to the Play Store. Acer’s 11.6-inch Chromebook convertible offers a touch-enabled IPS display and silent operation. Thanks to the inclusion of the Google Play Store, users can install countless Android apps on Acer’s Chromebook.
Intel Celeron N3160 | Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | 11.6" | 1.3 kg
Fallout 76 hits Xbox One (Source: Xbox Wire)

Fallout 76 hits Xbox One

The award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4 are back with Fallout 76, an online prequel to the epic series of post-apocalyptic RPGs that was introduced by Interplay Entertainment back in 1997. Fallout 76 is now available vi...
LG likely preparing a 17-inch Gram laptop for 2019

LG likely preparing a 17-inch Gram laptop for 2019

The LG 17Z990, 17ZD990, 17ZB990, 17ZG990, and 17Z99 are all probably pointing to a new series of 17-inch devices as part of its existing family of Gram laptops. With CES less than two months away, there's a good chance that LG wil...
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EA confirms Command & Conquer 4K remaster in the works

Good luck, commanders! EA announced today that Command & Conquer, the grandaddy of RTS games, will be getting a 4K remaster in the future. EA will work with Petroglyph Games, a studio founded by some of the original developers of ...
AMD Radeon RX 590 specs. (Source: HD Tecnologia)

Leaked slides reveal AMD Radeon RX 590 specs and pricing information

Specs and pricing information for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 590 based on the Polaris 30 architecture are now available. The Radeon RX 590 is said to have an MSRP of US$279. According to presentation slides accessed by Videocardz,...
Corsair has announced keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One. (Source: Corsair)

Corsair's gaming keyboards and mice are now compatible with the Xbox One

Corsair has announced that its wide range of gaming keyboards and mice will support the Xbox One. Microsoft recently announced keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One and developers can choose to support their game for such in...
Nov 14
The new Windows 10 Light Theme. (Source: Windows Blog)

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 19H1 build to Insider Preview

The October update for Windows 10 is currently being rolled out to the general public. For those in the Fast ring of the Insider Preview program, however, the build of the future is available to try out. This update, known as 19H1...
Epyc is AMD's first competitive server CPU in years, and the new Rome based Epyc CPUs will have double the cores of Intel's highest end single dies and 33% more cores than Cascade Lake AP. (Source: AMD)

Epyc based supercomputer to use new Rome server chip clocked at 2.35 GHz

While both Zen 2 and the Zen 2 based Rome processor were officially announced by AMD at its Next Horizon event, little information was given on things like clock speed, IPC improvements, and other performance figures and specifica...
MSI P65 8RF - Creator

87% MSI P65 Creator 8RF (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, 512 GB SSD, 144 Hz) Laptop Review

Well-dressed high performer! MSI's Prestige series promises desktop-level performance while maintaining maximum mobility at the same time. We have decided to take a closer look at whether MSI managed to keep its promises. At first glance, the device seems to keep its word, and a 6-core CPU and GTX 1070 are great for much more than just working.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Some, but not all, Galaxy S10s may come with 5G next year. (Source: News4C)

The '5G Samsung Galaxy S10' may not have Snapdragon variants

Samsung is rumored to be preparing multiple varieties of its upcoming S10 series, one of which will be 5G-enabled. The well-regarded leakster Roland Quandt believes that, if this SKU is to exist, it will come with the new Exynos 9...
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Vega comes to the MacBook Pro: new models with Vega Pro 16 and Vega Pro 20 GPUs now available

Apple has released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. The new MacBook Pros can be configured with either a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. The new GPU option is only available for the mo...
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets most important update so far, November 13, 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets the most important update so far

The latest update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a massive one and comes with a rather long list of changes, which includes Nuketown, Daily Tier Skip, Blackout with Nuketown Island zombies and the Bowie Knife, stability tweaks, a...
Niantic has teamed up with Warner Bros. for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. (Source: Niantic)

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally has a trailer

The mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has finally received a teaser trailer, just over a year after its development was announced. There are plenty of games based in the Harry Potter world, but this one is particularly newsw...
AirPods utilize an Apple W1 SoC. (Source: BGR)

AirPods 2 could be coming soon; possible images leaked

It has been claimed that Apple will be releasing the successor to its AirPods product before the end of the year. There has been speculation that AirPods 2 could feature a case that can be charged wirelessly, but nothing has been ...
A design schematic for the new Google Glass. (Source: FCC)

Google Glass is coming back, but will stay in a business-oriented sandbox this time

Google Glass was the search giant's first attempt at smart glasses, and could clip onto transparent spectacles to deliver info and shots from its camera via an eyeball-level LED. It was not a popular release, not least because of ...
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The modular Fairphone 2 gets updated... to Android 7.1 Nougat

The Fairphone 2 has finally received an update to Android 7.1 Nougat, a two-year-old version of the mobile OS. Considering the Fairphone 2's age and the slow rollout of supported software, the handset may be entering its end-of-li...
Razer Phone 2 coming to AT&T early November 2018

AT&T adding the Razer Phone 2 to its portfolio later this week

The successor of the original Razer Phone will go on sale this Friday directly online from AT&T's website, but those in a hurry will also be able to grab it from the San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle flagship stores. Eve...
NVIDIA recommends at least a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GPU and 12 GB RAM to play Battlefield V (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA releases new GeForce and RTX Game Ready driver for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2

NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver that is available to download for RTX and GeForce GPUs. The new driver brings optimisations for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2. The Game Ready driver also adds support for real-t...
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Google Chrome Labs unveils Squoosh, an open-source image compression tool that runs in your browser

Google Chrome Labs has just revealed Squoosh, an in-browser image compression tool that can use non-browser image codecs to compress images without much loss in quality. The app can also be run offline after it is loaded in a brow...
Oukitel WP2 Smartphone Review

76% Oukitel WP2 Smartphone Review

Power bank with a display. The Oukitel WP2 combines the two favorite aspects of Chinese smartphones: a robust presentation and huge batteries. But can the rest of the equipment keep up as well?
Mediatek MT6750T | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 6" | 364 g
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Ming-Chi Kuo cuts iPhone XR sales expectations by 30-35 percent

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors to temper sales expectations for the iPhone XR. Citing trade disputes, consumer fatigue, and steep competition, Kuo has slashed sales expectations for the iPhone XR by 35% for 20...
The Exynos 9820. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung unveils its new Exynos 9820 with 8nm LPP process and Cortex-A75 cores

Samsung has unveiled its new premium SoC, the Exynos 9820. The chipset will be used on devices like the much-awaited Galaxy S10 and Note 10. It is built on Samsung's 8nm node and features the new Mali-G76 GPU found on the Kirin 98...
The Nokia 6. (Source: Pocket Lint)

Nokia confirms that the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will receive Pie

HMD has sent the Pie update out to the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus. The company has now reaffirmed its commitment to providing steady software updates by confirming that the last-gen Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will also all receive the A...
The Poco F1. (Source: GSMArena)

Xiaomi officially launches the Pocophone F1 in South Korea

Xiaomi's launched its enthusiast-oriented Pocophone F1 a few months ago in Europe and India. The company is set to bring the device to South Korea on November 19, and it will be sold locally by SK Telecom, LG Uplus, and KT.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Ice Blue Android handset to hit the market as China-exclusive (Source: Samsung China)

Ice Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ coming to China next week

Although there is little doubt about the fact that Samsung will make this color option available for the entire world in the coming months, the Ice Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will only launch in China. Fortunately, those who ju...
The 1060 GDDR5X is heavily cut down from the GP104 die on which the 1080 is also based on. (Source: Taobao)

Nvidia's new GTX 1060 with GDDR5X memory is confirmed to use the same die as the 1070, 1070Ti, and 1080

Previous speculations of this curious variant of the 1060 have been confirmed: this particular 1060 is actually based on the same silicon the 1070, 1070Ti, and 1080 are based on. Nvidia is likely getting rid of old Pascal and GDDR...
Sharp D10

85% Sharp Aquos D10 Smartphone Review

Sharp photos. The Sharp Aquos D10 is attempting to win the hearts of shoppers with its camera that has optical zoom and its almost bezel-free design. The D10 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, and dual 12 & 13 MP PDAF cameras. Read on to find out whether the D10 can perform as good as it looks.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 | Qualcomm Adreno 508 | 5.9" | 165 g
Image source: stock photo, Nintendo logo (w/ edits)

Nintendo wins $12 million from ROM site LoveRoms

Nintendo has won $12 million in a settlement with and, two ROM distribution sites it sued this past summer. The couple that operated the two sites admitted that they participated in copyright infringement...
We compare the XPS 15 9570 Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. Which is the better buy?

We compare the Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. Which is the better buy?

The Core i9-8950HK is faster than the Core i7-8750H configuration, but how much faster is it when compared to the Core i5-8300H? Our direct benchmark comparisons show the Core i7 configuration performing closer than we initially a...
Which title will end up being the big winner on December 6? (Source: Sony/Rockstar/edit)

God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 secure most Game Award nominations

The nominations for The Game Awards have been announced and both God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 managed eight nominations apiece. Other big names securing multiple nominations include Marvel’s Spider-Man with seven, Fortnite...
The OnePlus 5 and 5T appear to be in line for some Pie soon. (Source: Android Authority)

New reports suggest promised Pie-based upgrade coming to OnePlus 5 and 5T soon

Earlier, OnePlus had made a commitment to bring Pie to its older flagship series. However, the company later admitted that this upgrade would be delayed. Now, it seems that the prospect of Pie for last year's phones, the 5 and 5T,...
Nov 13
Microsoft has big plans for Office 365, including migration tool for G Suite users, launch scheduled for Q2 2019

Would you migrate from G Suite to Office 365? Microsoft thinks so and is developing a tool for it

Although Google's G Suite is more than enough for the office-related needs of many companies, Microsoft is working on a tool that would ease their migration to Office 365. If everything goes as planned, this "G Suite migration exp...
The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce WB 8G variant with cooling block. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte reveals four Aorus Waterforce GeForce RTX 20 series Xtreme graphics cards

Gigabyte has published a press release with details of four new graphics card the company is adding to its line-up. All of the new GPUs are part of the Aorus Waterforce GeForce RTX 20 Xtreme series. The Taiwanese company is offeri...
Huawei MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5, Mate SE, and Watch 2 will all get price cuts for Cyber Monday (Source: Huawei)

Huawei MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5, Mate SE, and Watch 2 will all get price cuts for Cyber Monday

The highest configuration of the MateBook X Pro with Core i7 and GeForce MX150 graphics will be 10 percent off while the mainstream MediaPad M5 tablets and Mate SE smartphone will be about 15 to 20 percent off each. Those hoping f...

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