Arjun Krishna (News Editor)
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
The laptop Intel i9-10980HK actually draws more power than an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU with twice the core count
According to a power draw comparison, Intel's laptop i9-10980HK draws almost 30 percent more power than the Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core 32-thread CPU meant for high-end desktop use. While the Comet Lake H flagship might power past Renoir offerings, it does at significantly higher power draw.
Hong Kong outlet leaks Comet Lake S performance review: i7-10700, i5-10600K, i5-10500, and i5-10400 go up against AMD Ryzen 3700X, 3600X, and Coffee Lake
HKEPC appears to have gotten their hands on multiple Comet Lake S parts. Their leaked performance review compares the i7-10700, i5-10500, and i5-10400 against the Ryzen competition and current Coffee Lake parts like the i7-9700K. The i5 parts offered disappointing performance relative to the Ryzen 7 3600X, but the i7-10700K held its own against the Ryzen 7 3700X.
AMD Ryzen 4800H Laptops just hit retail: world's fastest mobile CPU demolishes top-end Intel i9-9980HK in Cinebench, Blender, AND Passmark with 40 percent lower power draw
AMD's Ryzen 4000 series has finally hit the market. Consumer laptops with the Ryzen 4800H are crushing benchmarks. The Ryzen 7 part bested the i9-9980HK in Cinebench, Passmark, and Blender to become the fastest notebook CPU on the market right now.
Amazon has world's cheapest AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and RTX 2060-powered Asus laptop for pre-order at an incredible US$1199
Amazon recently put up an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and RTX 2060-powered Asus TUF Gaming laptop for the remarkable price of US$1199. This undercuts i7-9750H notebooks and delivers incredible value in the sub-US$1500 price bracket.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H forces Intel to build 8-core i7-10875H: scores 8369 in leaked Geekbench listing
Intel was spotted prepping the eight-core sixteen-thread i7-10875H, most likely in response to AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H. The Comet Lake part effectively renders both the i7-9750H and i9-9980H redundant. Success or failure, however, depend on pricing relative to the Ryzen competition.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptops with RTX 2060 being sold in China right now at under US$1000: priced to compete with Intel 9th gen i5s
Chinese electronics retailer jd.com is already selling Renoir Ryzen 7 4800H-equipped laptops in China. The Asus laptops are retailing for less than US$1000 for RTX 2060/4800H configurations, a remarkable value.
AMD ships 10 times as many motherboards as Intel per latest Mindfactory data
Recent Mindfactory data indicates that AMD has sold 10 times as many motherboards as Intel over the last week. This aligns with previous numbers for Ryzen processors and cements their lead over a beleaguered Intel.
Did Nvidia just crack the ray-tracing puzzle? DLSS 2.0 delivers better than native image quality in Control
Remedy's Control recently received a DLSS 2.0 update. The update leverages Nvidia's radical overhaul of its DLSS AI-based temporal supersampling system to deliver better than native image quality in-game.
The Playstation 5’s “no loading” SSD is a gimmick: here’s why
During Sony’s announcement of the PlayStation 5’s key specifications, the console maker lavished a lot of attention on the PS5’s new SSD. While the 5.5 GB/s storage solution is blazing fast, it is not a cure-all for other, fundamental compromises in the PlayStation 5’s architecture relative to the Series X.
No, the PS5 won’t offer anywhere near the graphics performance of Xbox Series X: Navi benchmarks prove it
Sony’s claim that high clockspeeds offset its meagre shader allocation on the PlayStation 5 doesn’t hold water when Navi overclocking results are factored in. Due to non-linear performance/clock scaling, the likely performance deficit between the two consoles is in the 25-30 percent range, which may have a major impact on 4K performance.
Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate program guarantees PC-Xbox Series X parity with VRS, mesh shaders, DXR, and more
Microsoft recently unveiled DirectX 12 Ultimate, a rebrand for the DirectX 12_2 featureset. Graphics cards that are DirectX 12 Ultimate Compatible will have feature parity with the next-gen Xbox Series X.
AMD forces Intel to narrow its Cooper Lake Xeon lineup, even as 10nm woes put Ice Lake Xeon in question
Intel recently stated that it would be “narrowing” its Cooper Lake family of Xeon server CPUs. The move comes in the context of rapid AMD gains in the segment and the impending arrival of EPYC Milan.
To combat COVID-19, DH2i just made its enterprise-grade DxOdyssey “unVPN” free for all work from home employees
With COVID-19 forcing millions of employees to work from home, network software company DH2i just made its DxOdyssey “unVPN” free for stay-at-home workers until August 31st.
The 10-core i9-10900KF matches the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X in leaked Time Spy bench, but upcoming Ryzen 4000 lineup means Comet Lake could still be DOA
Leaked Time Spy CPU benchmark scores for the Intel i9-10900KF show the 10-core Comet Lake part holding its own against the Ryzen 9 3900X. However, the desktop Ryzen 4000 lineup’s impending launch puts its long-term relevance in question.
This is how Xbox Series X and PS5 ray-tracing works: leaked patent shows RDNA2’s texture processor-based ray tracing capabilities
Tipster @rogame correlated a 2017 patent filing with a leaked quote on the RDNA2 architecture to identify how exactly the Xbox Series X’s ray-tracing hardware functions.
Khronos’ Vulkan ray-tracing extensions launch after Xbox Series X spec reveal: will leverage spare CPU cycles to maximize performance
Khronos Group recently announced the official launch of Vulkan’s ray-tracing extensions. The platforms ray-tracing features will largely deliver parity with Microsoft’s existing DXR 1.1 standard, with the exception of some nifty performance options.
Motorola Razr launches in India, at Rs. 124,000 (US$1672): redefines inverse price-performance
The Motorola Razr is set to arrive in India on April 2nd. The phone maker's 2005-ain't-dead clamshell foldable will sell on Flipkart for Rs. 124,000 (US$1672).
The Ryzen 7 4800U powers past Tiger Lake U in Time Spy with 40 percent higher CPU performance
Leaked Time Spy CPU scores for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 7 4800U show massive gains over both the older Ryzen 7 3780U and Intel's yet-to-be-released Tiger Lake U lineup.
Intel's upcoming 6nm and 3nm Xe GPUs to be built by TSMC following the 10nm debacle
Intel is reportedly abandoning its own 10nm process in favor of TSMC for upcoming Xe GPUs, according to Tech News Taiwan sources. The rumor underscores indications that Intel's 10nm process is doing poorly, something Team Blue's CFO recently discussed on record.
15W Ryzen 5 4650U demolishes 25W i7-10710U in leaked FireStrike graphics bench: Vega 6 iGPU is 80 percent faster
Leaked 3DMark FireStrike scores indicate that the Ryzen 5 4650U delivers 80 percent better GPU performance than the Comet Lake 10710U, also beating out Intel’s Ice Lake i7-10657.
Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro officially unveiled: Snapdragon 865, liquid cooling, 270 Hz touch sampling and more
Xiaomi subsidiary Black Shark officially unveiled its Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro gaming phones. The new models feature liquid cooling, a Snapdragon 865 SoC, physical triggers, and 65W fast charging.
i9-10980HK leaks on Userbenchmark: Just 10 percent faster than Ryzen 7 4800H for 3 times the cost
A leaked Userbenchmark listing paints a bleak picture of Intel's upcoming Comet Lake i9-10980H. The "world's fastest" mobile CPU delivers a mere 10 percent performance uplift over the Ryzen 7 4800H, while laptops featuring it will likely cost 2-3 times more.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ running Android 11 spotted on Geekbench: OneUI 3.0 could be in the works
Samsung is apparently testing out an Android 11 update for the Galaxy S10+. An S10+ running on the new operating system was recently spotted on Geekbench. While Android 11 won't even be released until May 2020, this indicates that Samsung's making a strong push to get the OS on the Galaxy S10 series as early as possible.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U scores leak on 3DMark: 15W Renoir with Vega 7 iGPU wrecks 25W Nvidia Geforce MX250
3DMark 11 scores were recently leaked for the Ryzen 7 4700U. The 15W mobile part posted 5446 on the graphics test, substantially higher than Nvidia's discrete GeForce MX250. It also posted a physics score on par with a desktop system equipped with the 65W i7-6700.
Facebook is getting sued by the IRS for not paying $9 billion in taxes
The IRS is suing social media giant Facebook for allegedly undervaluing its 2010 IPO, thereby avoiding over $9 billion in tax payments.
Xbox Series X will have dedicated audio hardware for spatial sound
Microsoft is reportedly deploying dedicated audio processing hardware in the Xbox Series X to enable immersive, next-generation spatial audio experiences.
Intel i7-10700F leaks on Cinebench, barely edges out the Ryzen 7 3700X
A leaked Cinebench R20 listing was spotted for the unannounced Intel i7-10700F. The Comet Lake process barely edges out the Ryzen 7 3700X in both the single and multi-threaded tests.
Leaked Galaxy A71 5G Exynos 980 results surface on Geekbench: Midrange 5G SoC pips the Galaxy S8
A new 5G variant of the Galaxy A71 was recently spotted on Geekbench. Sporting the Exynos 980, Samsung's first 5G-integrated SoC, the Galaxy A71 5G delivered better single and multi-core scores than the vanilla Galaxy A71.
As AMD increases server market share, Intel lets go of 129 Data Center employees, citing changed "priorities"
Intel laid off 129 employees from its Data Center Group, even after excellent Q4 2019 financial performance. Could AMD's server market presence have been a factor?
The Witcher is now playable on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through the Witcher Reality Project
An enterprising modder is bringing 2007's The Witcher to mainstream VR headsets through the Witcher Reality Project. The opening segment of the game is already playable
Asus blames AMD for overheating ROG Strix RX 5700 Series cards
In an unusual move, Asus shifted blame for its overheating ROG STRIX 5700 series graphics cards to AMD, claiming the GPU maker's mounting pressure guidelines delivered inadequate mounting force.
Spooked by Alexa? Samsung says it has no plans to sell the Galaxy Home Mini separately
In a conversation with a prospective Galaxy Home Mini buyer, a Samsung rep stated that the company has no plans to sell the Galaxy Home Mini on a standalone basis. This makes a Galaxy S20 pre-order the only way to get hold of the smart speaker.
Nvidia teases RTX 2077 on Twitter to commemorate the upcoming RTX-enabled Cyberpunk 2077
In what looks to be an interesting cross-branding exercise, Nvidia tweeted a blurred image of what appears to be an RTX 2077, commemorating CD Projekt Red's upcoming Cyberpunk 2077
Huawei Honor V30 to arrive in Europe next week with HMS instead of Google Services
Huawei's midrange Honor V30 is set to launch in Europe next week. However, in the aftermath of the phone maker's spat with Google, the Kirin 990-toting smartphone will not feature Google Services, arriving instead with Huawei's homemade HMS suite for maps, mail, and other key functions.
4800H laptop pricing and release date leaked by Asus partner: $1600 TUF Gaming models arrive on April 3rd
A Swiss e-retailer listed pricing and release dates for Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H-equipped Asus TUF Gaming laptops. The midrange models range from US$1114 to US$1622 and may launch on April 3rd, taking the fight to the i5-9300H and i7-9750H.
Intel Xe in trouble: Leaked Intel DG1 Sisoft Sandra scores are 51 percent slower than the GTX 1050 Ti
Leaked SiSoft Sandra scores for Intel's Xeon LP DG1 indicate that the GPU runs far worse than expected: as much as 50 percent slower than the GTX 1050 Ti. The leak adds credence to rumors of corporate infighting at Intel over major issues with the Xe architecture.
New Tiger Lake U leak: 2.2 Ghz and 2.7 GHz configs; massive CPU performance delta hints at future OEM cooling shenanigans
Leaked Timespy scores hint at the existence of lower-tier Tiger Lake U SKUs. A massive difference between the 2.2 GHz and 2.7 GHz config scores implies that OEM cooling solutions could make or break performance.
Leaked 12-core Ice Lake server ES nearly 100 percent faster than Cascade Lake in Geekbench, takes the fight to EPYC Milan
A leaked Geekbench listing for Intel's upcoming Ice Lake server parts shows massive performance gains. The 12-core Ice Lake server ES delivers nearly the same multithreaded performance as a 24-core Cascade Lake part.
Leaked Radeon Instinct MI100 GPU and HBM clockspeeds disappoint: Arcturus slower than RTX 2080 Ti, crushed by Ampere?
Leaked GPU and HBM clocks for the Radeon Instinct MI100 paint a grim picture: AMD's upcoming HPC contender will likely be slower than Nvidia's existing HPC parts. With Ampere arriving in a few months, the MI100 may be dead on arrival.
Putting the Mi Note 10, Galaxy S20, and Huawei P30 Pro to shame? Satirical “unlimited detail” iPhone exclusive raises questions about the future of smartphone tech
A satirical news report claimed that Apple’s working on an “unlimited detail” camera based on quantum mechanics. While this is not the case, the report raises questions about the possible role of quantum computing in the future of smartphone tech.
Massive Ryzen 4500U leak: 50 percent faster than i5 8250U, Console-level Vega 6 benched in AC: Odyssey and GTA V
Breaking embargo, Ukrainian outlet Overclockers.ua posted a review of the Ryzen 4500U-powered Acer Aspire SF314. The review and benchmarks provide us with a clear picture of how the Ryzen 4000-series APU performs.
World’s first 6-core 8-thread CPU? Intel scrambles hexacore i5-10500H to tackle Renoir
According to a 3DMark page leaked by tipster @TUM_APISAK, Intel may be prepping a 6-core, 8-thread i5-10500H to take on AMD’s Renoir Ryzen 4000 competition in the notebook space.
Is the RTX 2060 KO an RTX 2080 in disguise? Some RTX 2060 KOs ship with the TU104 GPU
In the wake of AMD’s RTX 5600 XT launch, Nvidia instituted a heavy RTX 2060 price-cut, bringing 2060 prices down to $299. The RTX 2060, the cheapest RTX part, now offers viable competition to the 5600 XT. How exactly did Nvidia manage this? Reports indicate that TU104 GPUs are being repurposed in heavily cut-down form in some of the new RTX 2060s.
Is your Wraith cooler genuine? AMD calls out fake Wraith coolers
AMD recently cleared the air about the online presence of a number of counterfeit Wraith Coolers, some with a different heatpipe configuration. None of the knock-offs has official sanction and AMD plans on “enforcing its rights.”
Galaxy S20 Plus hands-on video leaks
An XDA Developers source leaked a 15-second hands-on video of what is presumably a Galaxy S20 Plus. Apart from the video, the leaker confirmed a number of other rumors about Samsung's upcoming device.
New OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T Open Beta 4 update announced
OnePlus recently announced the release of OxygenOS Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. The new beta upgrade offers incremental bug fixes as well as new Reading Mode functionality.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers delayed
According to developer statements, both Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers will be delayed. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is now slated to arrive on 10th April, while Marvel's Avengers will only launch on 4th December.
The NSA reports "extraordinarily serious" Windows flaw to Microsoft: The US military's already received an update
Sources told Krebs on Security that Microsoft is working to patch an "extraordinarily serious" vulnerability, potentially affecting every Windows system released in the last 20 years.
Google's AI "precipitation nowcasting" can forecast extreme weather in near-realtime
Google researchers unveiled their AI-based "precipitation nowcasting" solution, which can predict rainfall at a 1km resolution, 6 hours ahead of time, with just 5-10 minutes of calculation. The new approach could mean better crisis management and reduce life and property loss.
PC makers continue to eat into Mac's dwindling market share
Market research estimates by Gartner and IDC indicate that Apple's share of the PC market continues to decline. With a 7.5 percent share as of Q4 2019, Apple remains the world's 4th largest PC seller. However, it is outsold significantly by market leaders Lenovo, HP, and Dell.
Download the Galaxy S20's official wallpapers before it even launches
A source over at XDA Developers shared a number of official preloaded wallpapers and videos for the Galaxy S20. The phone hasn't even been confirmed officially by Samsung yet. However, these wallpapers may tide Galaxy fans over until the likely official announcement in February.
Intel allegedly prepping monstrous i9-10990XE with 22 cores
A user on the ChipHell forums posted unconfirmed evidence of the Intel i9-10990XE. If the post is genuine, it could mean that Intel's attempting to brute force its way to multi-core dominance with an insane 380W, 22-core, 44-thread monster CPU.
Ming Chi-Kuo predicts mmWave and standard 5G iPhones will arrive simultaneously
Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo recently predicted that Apple will bring mmWave and standard 5G iPhone 12 models to the market at the same time, allaying fears of a drawn-out iPhone 12 release timeframe.
The original iPod had an incredibly short 10-month development cycle
The CEO of payment platform Stripe claims that Apple's former Senior Vice President Tony Fadell told him that the original iPod was developed in under 10 months.
FireFox Voice gives you full-browser voice control and Siri-like natural language features
Mozilla adds natural language voice processing to FireFox with the new FireFox Voice feature. Currently limited to desktop, FireFox voice gives you near-total control over the FireFox browser using just your voice and natural language commands.
Galaxy S10 Lite India launch date unveiled by Samsung
Shortly after confirming its existence, Samsung recently announced the official India launch date for the Galaxy S10 Lite. The near-flagship arrives in India on January 23rd. There's still no word on pricing, however.
Elon Musk claims that Teslas will soon be able to talk to people nearby
The tech billionaire tweeted a picture of a Model 3 Tesla driving by as its speakers play a brief audio clip that says "Well don’t just stand there staring, hop in." The clip hints at Musk's plan to turn all Teslas into a giant fleet of autonomous taxis.
Xbox Series X might support Windows Mode, Steam, and Epic Games Store: here's why that matters
A rumor is circling that the Xbox Series X may feature a "Windows mode" startup option, effectively giving gamers access to a full-fat version of Windows on Microsoft's new gaming console. Will Windows mode really happen? Will you be able to run Steam on your Xbox Series X?
AirPods Pro selling on Amazon for record-low price
Amazon is selling Apple's AirPods Pro at their lowest-ever price of $234.98. While $15 isn't much of a discount, wait times for the out-of-stock AirPods Pro are expected to be much lower than when buying direct from Apple.
RTX 2060 price drops to $299 after AMD's RX 5600 XT reveal
Seemingly in response to AMD's RX 5600 XT announcement, Nvidia's slashed prices on the RTX 2060. The new EVGA RTX 2060 KO is set to arrive on January 13th, priced at just $299. What will this do to the RX 5600 XT and GTX 1660 Ti?
Apple's Night Mode Challenge showcases iPhone 11 series' photography chops
Apple announced a new Shot on iPhone campaign for iPhone 11 series users. Under the Night Mode Challenge, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max users will submit low-light night mode photos taken on Apple's latest phones.
Ray-tracing on 2W smartphones? Israeli startup Adshir's LocalRay solution claims to deliver
Israeli startup Adshir claims that its "algorithmic" LocalRay ray-tracing solution can be scaled to run on 2W smartphones. At CES 2020, the company showcased a non-RTX graphics card running LocalRay demos at 60 FPS. Is LocalRay set to transform ray-tracing in gaming?
Renoir iGPU performance leaks on Userbenchmark: 65 percent faster than Picasso's Vega 10
Tipster @TUM_APISAK shared a leaked Userbenchmark GPU comparison between Renoir's iGPU and Vega 10. The benchmarks indicate that Renoir will feature substantially faster graphics performance than previous-gen APUs.
AMD set to become TSMC's largest 2020 client
Citing supply chain sources, Taiwanese outlet Apple Daily predicts that AMD is set to become TSMC's largest 7nm customer by the end of 2020, displacing Apple in the process. The spectacular success of Ryzen and Apple's move to 5nm are likely reasons.
Yuanta Securities predicts Nvidia Ampere will be 50 percent faster than Turing while consuming 50 percent less power
Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting recently offered up juicy predictions about Nvidia's upcoming Ampere lineup. According to a report by the consultancy, Ampere may deliver 50 percent more performance than Turing, while consuming 50 percent less power.
12 million Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro units sold, Sina Mobile reports
Sina Mobile reports that Huawei managed to ship 12 million Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro units. The Chinese tech giant managed to ship these high volumes despite having been blacklisted by the US government. This raises questions about exactly where these units are being sold.
Xiaomi Mijia connected to Nest Hub seemingly streams footage from random peoples' houses to other Nest users
A Redditor reported that, after connecting his Xiaomi Mijia security camera to Google Nest Hub, his security feed started showing random images from other peoples' houses. Google swiftly disabled Xiaomi Nest Hub integrations after finding out.
TRACED Robocall legislation signed by Trump
Donald Trump recently signed off on the TRACED Act. The Act, which received bipartisan support in the US Congress, imposes stiffer penalties on robocallers. It also seeks to tackle the issue of caller ID spoofing.
RX 5600M benchmark leaks: nearly as fast as the notebook RTX 2060
Leaked 3DMark scores spotted by _Rogame show what appears to be the RX 5600M paired with the unannanounced Ryzen 7 4800H. The mobile Navi card seems to perform in the same ballpark as the laptop RTX 2060. Is the purported 5600M set to become 2020's bang-for-buck laptop GPU?
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha delayed: no release date currently in sight
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi stated that it does not have an expected release date for its Mi Mix Alpha concept phone. The limited edition device, featuring a wraparound display panel, looks less and less likely to launch as attention increasingly shifts towards foldables. Will the Mi Mix Alpha ever come out?
Ryzen 7 4800H leak: 4.3GHz boost clock, 8C/16T, and 19K 3DMark Physics score
Tipster @TUM_APISAK outs specs for the rumored Ryzen 7 4800H. The APU will supposedly feature eight cores, sixteen threads, and sport 2.9 GHz/4.3 GHz base/boost clocks. 3DMark Physics scores indicate that it's set to become one of the fastest laptop CPUs on the market.
OxygenOS 10.3.0 update promises better camera performance for Oneplus 6, 6T owners
OnePlus recently released a stable OxygenOS 10.3.0 update for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. The update fixes a number of bugs and introduces improvements to camera and fingerprint scanner performance.
Remarkable, seemingly accurate PS5, Xbox Series X specs leak
A data leak from an independently verified source indicates that the PS5 and Xbox Series X may boast GPU performance at or beyond RX 5700 XT levels. If confirmed, the next-gen consoles may deliver a true generational leap.
EVGA announces mammoth SR-3 DARK Xeon motherboard
EVGA announced the SR-3 DARK LGA 3647 motherboard. Priced at $1800, it's one of only a handful of boards known to support the Intel Xeon W-3175X. The ultra-premium E-ATX board is currently available for preorder.
Pi Zero-based WiFi hacking module created
A security developer on Twitter recently released a tutorial on how to create a WiFi hacking gadget using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. The module runs Raspbian Buster, under the hacker-friendly re4son kernel.
ADATA expands XPG portfolio with new laptops, desktops, and monitors
SSD and RAM maker ADATA is expanding their XPG lineup with the Photon monitor, Gaia desktop, and Xenia laptop. Detailed information about the new products will be announced at CES 2020.
Asrock accidentally outs RX 5600 XT specs
In a website listing that's since been deleted, ASRock accidentally revealed specifications for the as-yet-unannounced RX 5600 XT. The GPU appears to be similar to the RX 5700, albeit with a cut-down memory configuration.
Deal | MacBook Pro discounted by $1850 in B&H sale
B&H is discounting MacBook Pros by as much as US$1850 as part of their Mega Deal Zone promotion. The entry level 13-in MacBook Pro (2018) is available for just $1299, while the top-tier Core i9 15-in model is selling for $2699. The sale ends on 31st December at 11:59 EST.
Galaxy Note 9 gets new One UI 2.0 beta update
Samsung recently rolled out the fifth One UI 2.0 beta update for Galaxy Note 9 users in South Korea. The update fixes just two bugs, suggesting a stable version might be around the corner.
The Witcher games, Witcher books, get a big boost after The Witcher Netflix launch
The runaway success of Netflix’s Witcher adaptation appears to have had a knock-on effect on the rest of the franchise. The Witcher games recently reached record-high player counts and Andrzej Sapkoswki has been propelled to the top of Amazon's book charts.
Apple Watch: Doctor sues Apple for violating atrial fibrillation patent
A lawsuit was recently filed against Apple, claiming that the company engaged in willful patent violation. The issue at hand is that the Apple Watch Series 3 allegedly violates a patent filed by Dr. Joseph Wiesel with regards to atrial fibrillation detection technology.
2020's power-hungry 5G iPhones may cause a surge in capacitor demand
Taiyo Yuden, one of Apple’s capacitor suppliers, indicated that capacitor demand may increase next year due to the introduction of 5G iPhones. The capacitor maker has seen profits rise this year on the back of increased capacitor sales to Samsung and Huawei, both of which introduced 5G phones. A 2020 5G iPhone may take Taiyo Yuden’s shares to even greater heights.
Deal | Galaxy S10+ is 30 percent off on Amazon, at $699.99
Amazon is offering great deals on the entire Samsung Galaxy S10 family. The S10 Plus received a steep 30% discount, making it cheaper than the sticker price for the budget Galaxy S10e. The S10 and S10e are also heavily discounted.
Apple "Tree Angel" Jony Ive contributes US$129,000 to UK tree-planting campaign
Jony Ive, Apple’s former design head, made a $129,000 contribution to the Daily Mail’s “Be a Tree Angel Campaign.” The campaign, running over the course of National Tree Week, seeks to spread awareness and enhance the UK’s green cover.
The Playstation 2 could apparently handle real-time ray-tracing
A video from 2002 recently surfaced, showing the 19-year-old Playstation 2 apparently running a ray-tracing tech demo in real-time. With the ninth-gen consoles touting ray-tracing as a premium feature, it’s interesting to look at an almost-forgotten implementation of the technology from two decades ago.
ToTok, alleged UAE government spyware posing as a chat app, pulled from Play Store
Following a damning New York Times report, popular chat app ToTok was pulled from the Google Play Store. The report indicated that the app was UAE government spyware masquerading as a chat app to monitor the personal information of millions of users.
AirPods Pro suppliers reportedly expanding production in Vietnam
Apple suppliers Goertek and Luxshare are reportedly seeking financing to invest in Vietnamese AirPods Pro manufacturing. In the context of the ongoing US-China trade war and rising wages in China, this marks another instance of production shifting from China to neighbouring lower-wage countries.
Supposed iPhone 12 case design mockup spotted on Alibaba
Japanese publication Macotakara got their hands on what is allegedly an iPhone 12 case mockup. The design appears to conform closely to predictions that analyst Ming Chi-Kuo made earlier, including an iPhone 4-like edge design.
"Best-performing stock of the decade": Netflix posts 4000 percent decadal returns
Netflix’s stock delivered over 4000 percent in decadal returns, making it the “best-performing stock of the decade.” But, as competition heats up in the streaming video market, questions are raised about just how viable Netflix’s low-margin business approach is. What does the future hold for the streaming giant?
Weibo video indicates that Mate X might be another fragile foldable
A video on Weibo raises concerns about the durability of the Huawei Mate X. A plastic display coupled with an outward-folding design imply that the Mate X might be just as, if not more fragile than, the Galaxy Fold.
Nvidia claims RTX 2080 Max-Q is faster than PS5, Xbox Series X
Nvidia head Jensen Huang claimed that the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is faster than ninth-gen console GPUs at GTC China 2019. The claim raises questions about exactly how fast the PS5 and Xbox Series X really are.
NZXT's new audio lineup is coming to India soon
Peripherals maker NZXT recently announced that their gamer-centric audio lineup is headed to India. Three parts, the AER hi-res headphones, the MIXR audio station, and the STND headphone stand will be up for pre-order "soon."
"A masterclass in repairability": iFixit tears down the 2019 Mac Pro
iFixit recently took on the new Mac Pro and rated it 9 out of 10 for repairability. A “Fixmas miracle,” the 2019 model is far easier to repair than older “trashcan” Macs. Together with the new public repair manuals, servicing is more user-friendly than ever.
Apple Security Bounty revamped: now invitation-free, with bigger rewards
Apple recently revamped its Apple Security Bounty program. The new Bounty program is open to all researchers and substantially ups the reward ceiling. Is this enough to help Apple find critical iOS and macOS vulnerabilities in time?
AMD becomes Blockchain Gaming Alliance member
AMD recently joined the Blockchain Gaming Alliance, the first hardware manufacturer to do so. They aim to provide members with computing platforms to power new, blockchain-based gaming functionality. What are the implications for gamers?
Report: Apple earned 32 percent of all revenue in the smartphone industry
Third quarter financial results show that Apple continues to reign supreme in the smartphone space. Reports indicate that Apple secured over half of the industry's profits and one-third of its revenue.
Data breach at Facebook left nearly 270 million usernames, phone records visible
Facebook’s security troubles continue. In a recent security incident, the personal information of nearly 270 million people was leaked to a public server. This comes in the context of ongoing security and privacy concerns pertaining to the social media platform.
Apple's rumored 2025 plan: beam data to iPhones from satellites
Reports indicate that Apple is keen on investing in satellite technology. If the company’s under-wraps satellite project succeeds, data transfer to iDevices could be possible without the internet. In an era of increased digital surveillance, this could provide users with greater control over their own data.
Alleged Galaxy Fold 2 unit shows up on Weibo, looks like 2019 Motorola Razr
After the Galaxy Fold’s well-documented problems, Samsung seems to have had a design rethink: this alleged Fold 2 leak sports a completely different foldable design, reminiscent of the 2019 Motorola Razr. Spotted on China’s Weibo microblogging platform, the new Fold is smaller and sleeker.
Twitter testing out new layout for its iPad app
Twitter is testing some much-needed changes to the interface of its iPad app. Multiple columns make full use of the iPad’s larger display, among other quality of life improvements.
Foxconn allegedly sold iPhones made from rejected parts: Apple investigates
An alleged fraud ring at Foxconn used defective parts to assemble and sell iPhones, raking in over US$40 million over three years. Apple's Business Assurance and Audit team launched an investigation to assess the situation.
Redditor finds GPU configuration for 28 Renoir SKUs in AMD's Bootcamp driver
Redditor _rogame spotted GPU configurations for the entire Renoir APU lineup in a data dump of AMD's Bootcamp driver. The leak indicates that Renoir will feature Vega graphics. CPU performance, however, will see a big boost thanks to Zen 2.
New study claims "night mode" might keep you up longer
According to a University of Manchester study, your smartphone’s night mode might not let you fall asleep as previously thought. The warmer light transmitted may actually keep you awake for longer than with night mode disabled.
New quad-core 1.2 Ghz Tiger Lake CPU appears on Geekbench, races past Comet Lake
Tipster @TUM_APISAK uncovered Geekbench scores for two quad-core Tiger Lake U chips. These 15-25W parts appear to have a significant IPC uplift, outscoring the hexa-core i7-10710U on single and multithreaded tests.
SuperData XR Dimensions market intelligence platform introduced: claims VR isn't dying
SuperData recently announced its XR Dimensions market intelligence platform. XR Dimensions focuses on trends in the AR and VR industries. Initial XR Dimensions reports make bold claims: VR is thriving and AR is already mainstream. But does the evidence hold up?
Godfall, first official PS5 title, announced at The Game Awards
Sony showcased Counterplay Games' Godfall, the first official PS5 title, at The Game Awards. The reveal was near-concurrent with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Hellblade II reveals.
First game announced for Xbox Series X: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II
Following the announcement of the Xbox Series X, Ninja Theory showcased Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, the first game officially announced for the platform. Photo-realistic trailer visuals have set expectations high for Microsoft's upcoming 9th-gen console.
AMD launches the RX 5500XT graphics card at US$169 for 4 GB variant and US$199 for 8 GB
AMD recently released a new graphics card based on the Navi 14 architecture, the RX 5500 XT. The 5500 XT comes in 4 GB and 8 GB flavors and takes the fight to Nvidia's GTX 1650 Super. But with the RX 580 still selling for as low as $159, is AMD's new Navi card worth it?
"Obsessed" Trump reportedly cost Amazon $10 billion defence contract
According to a lawsuit filed by Amazon, Donald Trump's "personal vendetta" against the company and Jeff Bezos may have resulted in it losing out on a $10 billion US military contract. While Amazon faces an "uphill battle" to prove its case, this might be another case of "improper activity" by the US president.
Analyst predicts as many as 6 iPhone 12 models will launch in 2020
Rosenblatt securities predicts that as many as 12 new iPhone models may be announced by Apple next year. While the claims are unverified, multiple predictions now indicate that 2020 will see a record number of iPhone launches
Nvidia trademarks "Aerial" and "Hopper": New MCM GPUs on the way?
Unconfirmed rumors earlier in the year indicated that Nvidia was working on a next-gen MCM GPU architecture called Hopper. A US Trademark filing for "Nvidia Hopper" by the company indicates that these rumors may indeed be true.
Official box art indicates Final Fantasy VII Remake is a PS4 timed exclusive
Final Fantasy fans on PC and Xbox might still be able to get their hands on the much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake. Despite Square Enix earlier saying they "had no plans for other platforms," official box art indicates that Remake is slated to be a 1-year PS4 timed exclusive.
Quantum Vector EK waterblocks introduced for Asus ROG Strix 5700 series cards
EKWB introduced the Quantum Vector, a new full-cover water block for the Asus ROG Strix 5700 series. With D-RGB lighting and enhanced thermal performance, the Quantum Vector is an excellent high-end cooling solution for Navi owners. But with a $154 sticker price, it may more sense to just buy a stock RTX 2070 Super.
Intel claims that i3-9350K is faster than the entire Ryzen 5 lineup in fresh PR slipup
Intel's Asia Pacific marketing team claimed in China that the Intel Core i3-9350K is faster than the entire Ryzen 5 lineup. Is this a simple PR mixup or a sign of worse to come as Intel faces eroding market share, securities issues, and a supply shortage? (Edit: Addressed a typo in the title--Ryzen 5 and not Ryzen)
Developers aren't too enthused by supposed Xbox Lockhart variant with weaker GPU, less RAM
Kotaku's Jason Schreier, who spoke earlier about the Xbox Scarlett's alleged Lockhart variant, offers further details about the budget Scarlett SKU. If it's real, Lockhart may hit the market with less RAM and a weaker GPU. Will this fragment the Xbox ecosystem?
Intel revives Haswell-era Pentium G3420
Facing a severe supply shortage at 14nm, Intel recently revived the Haswell Pentium G3420. This part, discontinued in 2015, could prove popular with OEMs for budget builds. However, will it be enough to alleviate Intel’s supply crisis?
5000 mAh Galaxy S11 Plus battery spotted on Korean certification portal
According to a recent listing on a Korean safety portal, the Galaxy S11+ might feature a 5000 mAh battery. A clear picture of the battery highlights its capacity, while the part listing correlates to S11+'s model number. Samsung fans might have an multi-day performer to look forward to.
3DMark adds Tier-2 variable rate shading test for Turing cards
The 3DMark benchmark suite was updated with a Variable Rate Shading Tier-2 test. Before-and-after comparisons show almost no loss in image quality, together with a big performance boost. Is this a path to playable framerates at 8K and beyond?
Pablo Escobar's brother launches $349 Fold 1 smartphone
Pablo Escobar's brother just unveiled the Fold 1, a $349 foldable phone with flagship specs, available to pre-order right now. But the too-good-to-be-true price and uncanny similarities with the Royole FlexPai cast doubts. Is this a real price-performance monster? Or is it a stunt?
Ryzen 3 4200G “Renoir” spotted on SiSoft Sandra
Industry insider TUM_APISAK recently spotted a SiSoft Sandra OpenCL listing for the supposed Ryzen 3 4200G. Higher clock speeds promise better GPU performance. But does it feature Vega or Navi?
Xiaomi launches ultra-affordable Mi Band 3i in India
Xiaomi introduces its ultra-affordable Mi Band 3i to the Indian market at Rs. 1299 (US$18). The Mi Band 3i offers feature parity with the Mi Band 3, only giving up heart rate tracking. At this price-point, is the Mi Band 3i a viable first wearable for Indian users?
Intel announces 665p SSD: faster and higher endurance than the 660p
Intel’s new 665p NVMe SSDs just arrived on the market. Leveraging the company’s second-gen QLC technology, the new model brings faster performance and 50 percent higher endurance than the old 660p. 96-layer 3D NAND stacking allows Intel to price the 1 TB variant competitively with far slower SATA SSDs.
PowerColor announces the 5700 XT Liquid Devil: Navi with an EK Waterblock
PowerColor recently announced its RX 5700 XT Liquid Devil, a 5700 XT with an EK Waterblock straight out of the box. Priced at US$599, this liquid-cooled 5700 XT might just give the RTX 2070 Super a run for its money.
Nvidia working on driver-level checkerboard multiGPU mode
Nvidia recently implemented a checkerboard multiGPU rendering option in its graphics drivers. This enables multiGPU scaling in any DX 10+ game, including those without SLI support
Simply NUC's Ryzen-powered Sequoia doesn't have Intel inside
Simply NUC just announced the Sequoia, a small form-factor NUC-like device with AMD internals. It can be configured with either a Ryzen Embedded V1807B or V1605B and is designed for industrial use cases. But with prices starting at £445, it might just be a good fit for your HTPC setup, too.
Microsoft teases Age of Empires IV gameplay at X019
Microsoft unveiled the first gameplay trailer for Age of Empires IV today at the X019 event. The trailer offered a snapshot of two in-game civilizations: The English and the Mongols. At only a minute long, though, it raises more questions than it answers.