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.
Huawei is reportedly working on a Black Mirror-style futuristic zero-bezel 3K laptop with a “no metal frame design”
According to a Weibo tipster, Huawei is reportedly working on a bezel-less “floating display” laptop with a 3K panel, offering a “more immersive viewing experience.” Does this mean that Black Mirror-esque bezel-less laptops are here to stay?
Apple may ditch OLED and introduce microLED-powered Apple Watches, but they’re at a least a few generations out
According to a DigiTimes report, the chairman of Epistar, a manufacturer of microLEDs purportedly working closely with Apple, claimed that smartwatch vendors are “showing an interest” in microLED technology. However, volume adoption will take a couple more years at least.
Xiaomi launches US$7 Door and Window Sensor 2 to make your smart home slightly smarter
Xiaomi recently announced its smart Door and Window Sensor 2 for the Chinese market. The US$7 smart sensor carries forward the tech giant’s kitchen sink approach to tech releases, from premium TV and midrange phones all the way down to single-function IoT devices.
Tipster claims that the PlayStation 5 will cost more and perform worse than the Xbox Series X: Resident Evil Village could run at a mere 1080p/60
According to tipster Dusk Golem, the PlayStation 5 might end up facing the Xbox One’s launch conundrum: running slower and costing more than the competition. This could be due to Microsoft’s greater ability to absorb manufacturing costs. If the PlayStation 5 does indeed cost more, platform exclusives could become even more relevant differentiators.
Is this the future of AMD’s laptop CPU design? AMD files patent for hybrid computing approach similar to ARM’s big.LITTLE
A US patent uncovered by tipster @Underfox3 indicates that AMD is working on a hybrid computing design that appears similar to ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, with high performance cores paired to power efficient, low-power cores.
AMD’s upcoming RDNA 3 graphics cards might be chiplet based like Zen, implying unprecedented performance gains
Tipster @KOMACHI_ENSAKA claimed that internal AMD references to GCD and MCD likely refer to the “Graphics Complex Die” and “Memory Complex Die” of the purported Navi 31. These terms strongly indicate that Navi 31 (an upcoming RDNA 3 part) will likely be chiplet-based like Zen CPUs.
NVIDIA GeForce Ampere launch timeframe, specs, and product positioning leak: GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070 to arrive in September, others to come later
Sources close to WCCFTech confirmed the product positioning of the whole stack of upcoming NVIDIA GeForce Ampere 3000 series cards, alongside their board numbers and tentative launch timeframes. The report adds further credence to claims that Ampere cards will arrive in September.
Hackers steal over 20GB of confidential design data from Intel in massive data breach
Days after Canon, Intel is the next major company to face a massive data breach. Over 20GB of confidential design data including SDKs, flash tools, marketing templates, debug tools, and more were stolen and subsequently leaked online.
Canon is hit by massive ransomware attack: 10TB of user data at risk, with doubts as to whether or not images were compromised
A large number of Canon domains were recently targeted by the Maze ransomware attack, resulting in the theft of over 10TB of sensitive user data. While Canon claims that photo images weren’t compromised, other sensitive user information is currently at risk.
Picture leaks of purported ASRock X300 Renoir refresh with AMD Ryzen 4000 APU
Tipster @momomo_us leaked what appears to be a picture of ASRock’s refreshed X300 DeskMini small form-factor PC, set to feature an AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 APU. This potentially offers workstation users better value for money, with Ryzen 4000 performance in the sub-US$500 range.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 might disappoint with no under-display camera, says display supply chain analyst
A consultant at DSCC claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will not be featuring an under-display camera, likely due to poor yields and possible compromises in terms of image quality. This could upset hopes of an “all display” Samsung flagship this year.
256-bit Hardware AES encryption on a USB Type-C pen drive for US$59? Meet the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android
Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key 3NXC is reportedly the world’s first USB Type-C pen drive featuring hardware encryption. With a number of laptops and Android smartphones now leveraging USB Type-C, the 3NXC is increasingly relevant. The 4GB based model cost just US$59, but users will have to pay more for higher storage variants.
Alarming “Unpatchable” exploit in Apple’s Secure Enclave could put the data of millions of users at risk, per Chinese hackers
According to Pangu Team, a Chinese hacker group, an “unpatchable” exploit has been uncovered for Apple’s Secure Enclave, the co-processor that stores keys for Face ID, Touch ID, and passwords. This potentially puts the personal data and biometric information of millions of iPhone and iPad users at risk.
Huawei’s HiSilicon 1020 5nm chipset might be a bigger chip than the Apple A14 Bionic and cost more: but will it be faster?
A Weibo tipster recently claimed that the HiSilicon Kirin 1020 chipset will cost somewhere in between Apple’s A14 Bionic and the upcoming ARM chipset for MacBook. This raises questions about pricing for future Huawei smartphones, apart from the performance implications.
Matrox rises from the dead again with a new 4K card called the D1450, but it’s definitely not a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti competitor
Erstwhile GPU maker Matrox released a new 4K-capable graphics card for enterprise users called the Matrox D1450. The new Matrox card will be built by NVIDIA and is designed to power multiple high-resolution displays, supporting up to four 4K monitors via HDMI.
Alleged Halo Infinite 120 Hz free-to-play multiplayer could be next nail in the coffin after the reveal fiasco
An Irish retailer listed 120 Hz gameplay and a free-to-play multiplayer component as two key features of the upcoming Halo Infinite on Xbox Series X. After a gameplay reveal that showcased sub-par graphics, the addition of a free-to-play element and a high frame rate option (which implies graphical cutbacks at 4K), could further stoke the fire.
NVIDIA GeForce Ampere Series cards will start sampling as early as August: GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could be in user’s hands before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X
Sources indicate that NVIDIA will begin sampling GeForce RTX “Ampere” cards by the end of August, potentially in less than a month. This strongly indicates hard launch availability of cards like the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti as early as late September or October. We still don’t know about the timeframe for AMD’s competing RDNA2 Big Navi part, however.
Watch this Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 unboxing a week before the smartwatch launches
Following a cascade of leaks and renders for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, a YouTuber recently unboxed the Mystic Bronze variant of the upcoming smartwatch a week ahead of its official unveiling at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on August 5th.
Is that a phone or a power bank? Ludicrous 10000 mAh Gionee phone turns up on TENAA
A new Gionee smartphone was listed recently on TENAA and features what appears to be a gigantic 10000 mAh battery. This is one of the highest battery capacities we’ve seen on a smartphone and indicates that the device might double as a power bank. But what compromises have been made to accommodate the battery?
All-new Motorola Razr 2020 5G “Odyssey” renders leak: updated Snapdragon 765 chipset and 48MP camera to compete with Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Tipster @evleaks outed renders for the upcoming Motorola Razr 5G (or “Razr Odyssey”). The upcoming foldable smartphone offers little in the way of design improvements over the existing Motorola Razr, with a very similar screen layout. However, rumors indicate that the Razr 5G will get a Snapdragon 765 SoC and a 48MP camera.
Viewer discretion advised: OnePlus Nord bends and breaks bare-handed in painful durability test, highlighting potential cut corners
YouTuber JerryRigEverything subjected the OnePlus Nord to a durability test with less than stellar results. The OnePlus Nord’s frame bends then breaks in the painful test, raising questions about long-term durability and highlighting possible corners cut to hit a midrange price point with the Snapdragon 765G device.
AMD shares soar on the back of Intel’s 7nm woes: 16 percent gains as Ryzen 3000 remains a 7nm leader
Following an Intel earnings call where the CPU maker admitted that its 7nm process still wasn’t ready, competitor AMD saw a massive boost to its share value, with AMD shares having gained 16 percent on NASDAQ.
Vein ID? Creepy Apple patent indicates that new versions of Face ID might map iPhone and iPad users’ facial veins to fool masked hackers
A disturbing Apple patent indicates that upcoming versions of the Face ID biometric technology could generate a map of the veins in a user’s face. While Face ID already has a one in a million false-positive rate, vein mapping could dissuade hackers from attempting to use life-like masks to bypass Face ID.
Purported pricing leaks for the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G, and Ryzen 3 PRO 4350 G: 8-core Ryzen 7 4750G with Vega 8 iGPU undercuts Ryzen 7 3700X pricing
Tipster @momomo_us revealed what appears to be pricing for AMD’s upcoming Renoir Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G, and Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G. The upcoming APUs slot neatly within AMD’s existing Ryzen lineup, offering enhanced graphics performance for a moderate price increase.
An Ampere 4K king? Tipster claims that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 beats the RTX 2080 Ti by 20 percent, suggesting truly monstrous GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Tipster @KkatCorgi claimed that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ampere graphics card will deliver up to 20 percent higher performance than the outgoing GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. This aligns with rumors that the RTX 3080 will be built on the high-performing GA102 silicon and opens up the path to 4K/60 PC gaming.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700G Vega 8 iGPU overclocked to a stunning 2.4 GHz, nearly matches the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 in 3DMark Fire Strike
Leaked benchmarks over on the Chiphell forums paint a positive picture of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 4700G APU. Once overclocked, the APU’s Vega 8 integrated GPU delivered 3DMark Fire Strike performance that wasn’t too far off from the discrete GeForce GTX 1050 and leaked Intel Xe DG1 scores.
Snapdragon 875G shows up in leaked Qualcomm roadmap: next-generation gaming chipset purportedly built on Samsung’s 5nm process, not TSMC’s
Weibo tipster “Mobile Tip Expert” flagged the presence of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875G on a leaked product roadmap. The upcoming flagship chip - with a G suffix indicating a gaming focus - will purportedly be built on Samsung’s 5nm process.
YouTuber alleges that MSI offered money in exchange for hushing “disappointing” MSI Bravo 15 laptop review
YouTuber @TechTeamGB alleged in a Twitter thread that MSI asked him to take down a review of the MSI Bravo 15 and that he was later enticed with money to do so. Fellow streamers including HardwareUnboxed and Linus Tech Tips rallied to his support on the Twitter thread.
Mysterious Lenovo device turns out to be named the Lenovo A8: budget Lenovo A7 successor will have 5000 mAh battery per TUV Rheinland certification
The Lenovo L10041 will apparently be called the Lenovo A8, according to a listing on the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Corporation database. A separate TUV Rheinland listing for the Lenovo A8 indicates that the device will feature a 5000 mAh battery.
Images and specs leak for the Motorola E7: budget entrant with teardrop notch, Snapdragon 632, 13MP dual rear camera, and Android 10 takes the fight to Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Weibo tipster @techmeow shared photos of the Motorola E7, along with a settings screenshot that indicates that the phone will feature a Snapdragon 632 and run Android 10 out of the box. If Motorola prices the E7 right, it could compete successfully with the crowd-pleasing Redmi 9A.
Tipster says Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will get 120 Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution, but both won’t work at the same time, unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro
Tipster @UniverseIce stated that current firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports QHD+ resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate, but not both at the same time. Since this is a feature other devices like the OnePlus 8 Pro already support, we expect that a post-launch update might add this option in.
iTunes on the Xbox Series X? Report indicates that Apple plans to release new Windows 10 app and it might just run on Microsoft’s new console
Italian outlet Aggiornamenti Lumia claims that Apple will be releasing an as-yet-unspecified new app for the Windows 10 platform. This rumor seems to be in consonance with speculation last year that Apple was working on a “next-gen” media app for Windows. If the app is built from the ground up for UWP, it might actually make its way over to Xbox, as opposed to the current Microsoft Store version of iTunes.
LinkedIn taken to court for allegedly snooping on sensitive user info like passwords and credit card details through clipboard data on its iOS app
A California resident filed a lawsuit against LinkedIn for allegedly snooping on user clipboard data on the social media app’s iOS version. The issue was brought to light thanks to a new privacy-oriented feature in iOS 14 that tells users when apps access clipboard data.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti performs abysmally in Watch Dogs Legion demo: preview locked to 1080p/30 FPS with ray-tracing enabled
NVIDIA’s top-end Turing card, the US$1400 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, couldn’t even run Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs Legion at 1080p/60 FPS with ray-tracing effects turned on. This leads to speculation that users might need Ampere or Big Navi cards to properly experience ray-tracing in next-generation titles.
New Huawei MateBook D model hits 3DMark sporting Renoir Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7, Samsung NVMe SSD and 2666 MHz DDR4: matches Redmibook 13 on specs but no hints on price
A refreshed version of Huawei’s MateBook D laptop lineup was spotted on 3DMark, featuring the 15W Ryzen 7 4700U and a 512GB Samsung NVMe SSD. While it matches the Redmibook lineup with its Renoir APU, we have no word on pricing just yet.
Vivo X50 Pro and Vivo X50 set for July 16th launch, beating OnePlus Nord as India’s first Snapdragon 765H devices but US$500-plus pricing makes them hard sells
@Vivo_India tweeted the launch date for Vivo’s X50 series. The Vivo X50 and Vivo X50 Pro will both arrive on July 16th. The Pro will feature an innovative gimbal camera for capturing video. However, high pricing and the midrange Snapdragon 765G make the value proposition questionable.
New ASUS ROG Phone 3 specs emerge through NCC certification: 512GB storage, Snapdragon 865 Plus, and mammoth 6000 mAh battery, but no wireless charging
The ASUS ROG Phone 3 recently passed through the Taiwanese NCC certification process. Thanks to its NCC listing, we now know that ASUS’ upcoming gaming phone will feature a 6000 mAh battery, Qualcomm’s premium Snapdragon 865 Plus and a hefty 512GB of storage.
“Cut in half and add salt”: Surface Duo pictured helping Microsoft VP bake breadsticks, flicking a thumb at Galaxy Fold reliability issues?
Microsoft VP Frank X posted a picture of himself baking breadsticks with a recipe displayed on the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo. Microsoft’s device seemingly adopts a different approach to the dual-screen conundrum, relative to the Samsung Galaxy Fold. But is it resilient enough to bake breadsticks?
Classy Samsung Galaxy Note 21 renders show off curves, zero bezel, and no punch hole, hinting at under-display fingerprint scanner and front camera
Tipster @UniverseIce showed off a snazzy pair of Samsung Galaxy Note 21 and Galaxy Note 21 Ultra renders. The unofficial designs showcase a zero-bezel display, with what appear to be an under-display front camera and an under-display fingerprint scanner.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 public betas just launched: how to update your iPhone 11 or iPad Pro
Apple recently launched the iOS 14 open beta program. iPhone and iPad users enrolled in the beta program can easily get hold of the first public beta build. iOS 14 features a number or improvements including a redesigned home screen and Apple Pencil handwriting recognition.
Rumoured Xbox Series X guidelines ban publishers from selling next-gen upgrades as paid DLC
In what looks to be a pro-consumer move, purported Microsoft guidelines prevent publishers from selling “next-gen upgrades” as paid DLC. This means that Xbox Series X owners might not have to double-dip on cross-gen titles to get enhanced visuals and features.
H.266 video codec finally let you stream 8K and 4K video content without laying waste to your data cap
The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz institute recently announced the new H.266 video codec standard as a successor to H.265. The new codec promises equivalent image quality at half the bit rate. This could make 8K and 4K content accessible to wider audiences.
NVIDIA GeForce “RTX 3070 Ti” leaks along with fellow GA104 part: two different cards or is this the GTX 1060 all over again?
Tipster @kopite7kimi leaked specs for two different GA104 cards. However, contrary to expectations, we think that these might represent the same functional SKU and not two different card tiers, considering the very slight spec difference.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G will feature the same 25W EP-TA800 fast charger as the Galaxy S20: 0 to 50 percent charging in 30 minutes
A 3C certification listing was recently spotted for the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G and indicates that the foldable will come with the same 25W charger as the Samsung Galaxy S20. This means the Galaxy Fold 2 will likely charge from 0 to 50 percent in just half an hour.
AMD EPYC Milan engineering sample spotted in the wild: 7nm+ Zen 3 ES runs at up to 2.2 GHz, matching EPYC Rome ES speeds
Tipster @Execufix spotted a reference to AMD’s upcoming EPYC Milan server lineup. An unspecified EPYC Milan server chip was found to operate with a base frequency of 1.5 GHz and a boost clock of 2.2 GHz, in line with ES clocks for EPYC Rome parts. If EPYC Milan hits these clocks in its final avatar, it should provide a noticeable performance boost versus EPYC Rome parts.
NVIDIA RTX 3000 Ampere cards might be built on Samsung’s 8nm process instead of TSMC’s 7nm node
Tipster @kopite7kimi recently stated that NVIDIA’s upcoming Ampere RTX 3000 series cards will be manufactured on Samsung’s 8nm process, not TSMC’s 7nm node. While this is unlikely to have performance implications this far down the line, it does mean that AMD will retain process leadership for another generation.
Xbox Series S “Lockhart” GPU specs leak: 1280 shader core Navi GPU slower than Xbox One X, AMD Radeon 5500XT - can it really do 1080p/60 FPS?
Further details have emerged about the Xbox Series S’s purported GPU. A tweet by The Verge’s Tom Warren claims that “Lockhart” will have a 20 CU GPU, marginally slower than the Xbox One X and the Radeon RX 5500 XT. This raises a key question: will Lockhart truly be fast enough to power 9th-gen experiences, even at a lowly 1080p?
The upcoming Moto G 5G looks very strange in leaked renders with a dual punch hole camera in front
Leaked renders for Motorola’s upcoming Moto G 5G indicate that the midranger will feature a rather strange dual front punch hole camera arrangement, along with a quad 48MP shooter on the rear. Details about the device are scarce, but we expect it to feature a midrange 5G Qualcomm chipset, such as the Snapdragon 690 5G.
AMD releases beta driver enabling hardware accelerated GPU scheduling in Windows 10: benchmarks indicate moderate performance gains
Hot on NVIDIA’s heels, AMD released its first beta driver enabling support for Windows 10’s hardware accelerated GPU scheduling feature. The new technology, allowing for fine-grained VRAM management, appears to have a small but noticeable impact on performance according to benchmarks.
Did AMD overplay its hand with XT? The cheaper Comet Lake S i5-10400 bests the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT in leaked gaming benchmarks
Leaked benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT indicate that AMD might have overplayed its hand with its Zen 2 refresh: The US$249 3600XT is bested in gaming benchmarks by Intel’s cheaper Comet Lake S i5-10400.
Who needs ray-tracing? Check out this spectacular next-gen lighting mod for The Witcher 3 instead, ahead of Cyberpunk 2077’s launch
Modder sw3dg1n recently released True Fires, a graphics mod that overhauls fire light sources in The Witcher 3. With Cyberpunk 2077 just months away, True Fires might give CD Projekt fans a way to appreciate next-gen graphics in 2015’s RPG classic. You will need a meaty graphics card, though, as double-digit performance drops are to be expected.
8-core, 16-thread Rocket Lake CPU appears on Geekbench: 32 EU desktop Xe graphics deliver 40 percent lower OpenCL score than Vega 10 in 15W AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
An Intel Rocket Lake S CPU recently turned up on GeekBench, delivering OpenCL performance that was slower than even some Kaby Lake GPUs. This raises questions about the state of Intel’s Xe graphics, following the disappointing outing of the DG1 discrete solution months earlier.
Snapdragon 875 gaming phones could feature ultra-fast 100W fast charging in Q1 2021: 0-100 percent in 17 minutes?
According to a tipster, upcoming Snapdragon 875-equipped phones may feature 100W fast charging technology. This would enable gaming phones like the purported Xiaomi Black Shark 4 to top up their batteries in just 17 minutes.
Lenovo marketer claims on Weibo that Intel “cannot keep up in the short term” against Renoir competition - official Lenovo Weibo indicates that Comet Lake H model price cuts are in order to “deal with” AMD
A third-party marketer associated with Lenovo recently claimed that Intel “cannot keep up in the short term” with AMD. This statement was seemingly validated by an official Lenovo post indicating that price cuts on Comet Lake H Intel models were in an effort to “deal with” AMD gains.
New renders leak for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Apple Watch competitor set to feature 1.4-in display, Gorilla Glass DX, and MIL-STD-810G protection; set to run on Tizen OS
Tipster @evleaks revealed what appear to be official renders for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. The new renders confirm that the Galaxy Watch 3 is set to feature a larger display, Gorilla Glass DX, and MIL-STD-810G protection. The release timeframe is still unknown, but rumors indicate an official announcement will be made in July.
Realme’s 1+4+N strategy is a near-carbon copy of Huawei’s 1+8+N, even comes with the almost identical presentation graphics
In an amusing gaffe at a business presentation, Realme appears to have lifted Huawei’s 1+8+N marketing strategy word for word. Its 1+4+N strategy even features almost the exact same presentation graphics.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A01 Core brings back major feature: a removable battery
According to a recent leak, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A01 Core could feature a removable battery. In the era of ultra-thin bezels and shrinking phones, this appears to be a genuine usability win.
Design and specs leak for the upcoming Realme C11: World’s first MediaTek G35 smartphone set to launch on June 30th
A leaked poster for the Realme C11 emerged, showcasing the upcoming budget phone’s design, key specs, and to June 30th launch date.
Alleged NVDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3080 Ti spec sheet leaks: GA102 may deliver 50 percent higher compute than GeForce RTX 2080 Ti - enough to wallop Big Navi?
Tipster @CyberCatPunk leaked what appears to be a spec sheet for NVDIA’s upcoming flagship RTX 3080 Ti. If true, the 23 TFLOPs monster might be enough to take on AMD’s soon-to-be-launched Big Navi lineup.
Specifications leak for the upcoming Honor X10 Max on TENAA: massive 7.1in display, Mediatek Dimensity, and 48MP dual camera
A TENAA database listing for the upcoming Honor X10 Max offers new details with key specifications. The midranger is expected to feature a 7.1-in display, MediaTek Dimensity 800, and a large 4900 mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging.
Intel seemingly compares a 90W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q laptop with 60W RTX 2060 Laptop to highlight Comet Lake S i7 performance gains over Renoir
According to tipster @_rogame, Intel appears to have compared a Comet Lake i7-10750H laptop equipped with a 90W GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q with a Renoir Ryzen 9 4900H laptop sporting a 65W variant in a slide highlighting frame rate improvements
AMD Ryzen 3600XT boosts to a remarkable 4.6 GHz in 3DMark: Core i5-10600K performance for US$60 less?
Tipster @_rogame recently spotted a 3DMark listing for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 5 3600XT CPU. The 6-core, 12-thread midranger s shown boosting to a remarkable 4.6 GHz, substantially higher than most Ryzen 5 3600X units manage. Will it be enough to challenge Intel’s more expensive i5-10600K, though?
Tipster outs new Galaxy Fold 2 details - thinner than ever with 7.7in display, 3.8mm bezel: but is that the right approach after the Galaxy Fold’s notorious QA issues?
Tipster @IceUniverse revealed new details about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Fold 2 device. However, the thinner bezels and larger display raise concerns about durability, especially in the aftermath of Foldgate.
Dutch retailer lists US$1400 Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 Acer Swift 5 laptop: set to arrive on July 27th
A Dutch retailer recently listed the Acer Swift 5, apparently the first Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7-powered laptop we’ve seen til date. The Swift 5 is set to launch on July 27th and should offer GeForce X350-equivalent GPU performance in an ultrabook form factor.
“Massive criminal surveillance campaign” of malicious Google Chrome extensions stole data from over 32 million users: do you have these installed?
A report by Awake Security indicates that 70 Google Chrome extensions, downloaded by over 32 million people, have been stealing user data and browsing history on a massive scale. The large-scale operation was enabled by a malicious domain registrar, GalComm.
Cyberpunk 2077 PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X support confirmed, free for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users: next-gen optimised version will arrive later as a free update
In a consumer-friendly move, CD Projekt Red recently announced that Cyberpunk 2077 would be playable on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X from launch and that game would be free for owners of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit, Clean Master among list of 52 Chinese apps flagged by Indian intelligence agencies amid mounting tensions
Indian intelligence agencies have allegedly requested the Indian government to ban or warn the public about 52 red-flagged apps of Chinese origin, amid mounting tensions between the two countries. Among the flagged apps are the popular networking platform TikTok, SHAREit, and UC Browser
AMD Van Gogh Lite GFX 1040 GPU spotted: RDNA2 Little Navi graphics possible on upcoming APU, potentially blowing away Tiger Lake Xe and the NVIDIA GeForce MX350
A tipster spotted a mention of “Van Gogh Lite” GFX 1040 graphics in what appears to be AMD driver code on Linux. This adds to the speculation that AMD will be launching Navi RDNA-powered APUs next year, with significant gains to GPU power.
Amazon Germany lists the Nokia 8.3 5G: new Snapdragon 765G-powered smartphone could hit retail soon, but high price and LCD panel raise questions
Amazon Germany recently listed the upcoming Nokia 8.3. The listing is an indicator that HMD/Nokia’s latest midrange Snapdragon 765G-powered device might hit retail channels soon. A high price point and lacklustre specs raise questions about its success, though.
12in MacBook or 12.9in iPad Pro? Tipster claims ARM-powered 12-core 5nm MacBooks will arrive this year, potentially putting both iPad and MacBook buyers in a bind
Tipster @L0vetodream recently claimed that ARM-powered MacBooks could arrive as early as this year, potentially in time for the new A14-powered iPad Pros. Holiday buyers could potentially have trouble choosing between an ARM-powered Apple laptop and an ARM-powered Apple laptop replacement.
Nokia takes things back to 2007 with the US$45 Nokia 5310: 2.4in QVGA display, 8MB RAM, 0.3MP camera and no Android in sight
Nokia recently launched the Nokia 5310, a spiritual successor to its 2007-era XpressMusic 5310. The new, 2020 variant features a lightly updated design while retaining a 2.4-in QVGA display, candy bar form factor, and a 0.3MP camera.
Leaked 3DMark listing indicates that a Renoir Ryzen 7 4800U-powered Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is in the works
A leaked 3DMark listing spotted by tipster @TUM_APISAK indicates that Microsoft is prepping a device featuring the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U. This is likely to be the upcoming Surface Laptop 4, the successor to the Ryzen 7 3780U-powered Surface Laptop 3.
No Ryzen 4000 this year? Report claims that AMD’s 7nm Zen 3 “Vermeer” might be delayed to 2021 due to “lack of competition” from Intel Comet Lake S for Ryzen 3000
A report by Digitimes indicates that AMD might delay the launch of its Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs to 2021. The report cites the “mediocre performance of Intel’s Comet Lake” as a key reason for the delay.
NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 could feature a ray-tracing traversal coprocessor: better ray-tracing performance than PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Big Navi?
According to a Coreteks video, NVIDIA might be deploying a dual-sided PCB design, with a ray-tracing traversal coprocessor residing opposite the GPU die. This could potentially provide the RTX 3080 and RTX 30980 with a massive boost to ray-tracing capabilities.
AMD RX Radeon gets a new logo: rebranding effort spotted in Godfall trailer for PlayStation 5 and is in time for the Big Navi reveal
Tipster @Casmoden spotted what looks to be a revamped AMD RX Radeon logo in the latest trailer for the PlayStation 5’s Godfall. The rebranding effort comes close to the arrival of AMD’s RDNA2 Big Navi later this year.
OnePlus Buds mentioned in Android 11 beta code: company’s first TWS earphones set to compete with AirPods and Galaxy Buds
A user over on the XDA forums spotted a mention of the TWS OnePlus Buds in code for the Android 11 Settings APK, lending credence to rumors that OnePlus will soon be releasing its own pair of TWS earphones.
Huami launches Amazfit T-Rex sports smartwatch in India for US$132: Galaxy Gear competitor with MIL-STD-810 ruggedness, Bluetooth 5.0, always-on AMOLED, and 20-day battery
Huami recently launched the sports-oriented Amazfit T-Rex smartwatch in India for INR 9,999 (US$132). The MIL-STD-810 compliant watch supports both Android and iOS devices, has a 20-day battery, and offers 14 different sports tracking modes.
Activision cancelled its WoW: Shadowlands stream to “make space for other voices.” Where was that space when Blitzchung and Hong Kong needed it?
Activision Blizzard recently announced that it would be delaying its World of Warcraft: Shadowlands livestream to make way for “more important voices.” However, the decision appears insincere, especially in light of Blizzard’s treatment of Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung for speaking out about the Hong Kong protests.
10nm Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon details emerge: dual-socket 96 core Xeon on the cards with PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support but is it enough to take on 5nm AMD EPYC Genoa?
A leaked Intel Russia roadmap presentation offered a glimpse at Intel's enterprise server plans for 2020: 10nm LGA 4677 Sapphire Rapids parts are set to take on AMD's EPYC Genoa with PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support.
Purported Samsung Galaxy Note 20 SM-N9810 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G SM-F7070 show up in 3C battery certification database: battery details emerge
Listings on the Chinese 3C battery certification database seemingly confirm the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (listed as the SM-N9810) and the Galaxy Z Flip 2 (listed as the SM-F7070). Details have now emerged about battery capacity for these two devices.
New AM4+ compatibility king? ASUS ROG X570 Strix with 256 Mb BIOS will support ALL AM4+ Ryzen processors: from purported Zen 3 Ryzen 7 4700X, to Zen 2, to Zen+, all the way to the venerable Zen 1 Ryzen 3 1200
Asus recently decided to enable support for all four generations of Ryzen processors on its ASUS ROG Strix X570 motherboard. This means that everything from 2017's budget Ryzen 3 1200 to upcoming Ryzen 4000 parts will be compatible, thanks to a generous 256 Mb BIOS chip.
"Apple Prime" to counter Amazon Prime? iOS 13.5.5 beta code hints at an Apple bundle with Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music
Beta code for iOS 13.5.5 seems to indicate that Apple is considering launching a bundle subscription serving integrating different offerings like Apple News, Apple TV+, Apple Music, and possibly Apple Arcade. Can we expect this "Apple Prime" alternative to Amazon's Prime ecosystem in time for the iPhone 12 release?
AMD's Big Navi RDNA2 set to hit PC before PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X make it to market: likely beats NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
AMD's CFO David Kumar recently claimed that the company's upcoming RDNA2 graphics cards, including the "halo" "Big Navi" product, will arrive before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. This means 4K/60 AMD Navi cards could be available in just a few months.
Leakgate: Tipster excoriates Vivo for "ghosting" him on a Vivo X50 "controlled leak": are companies in on smartphone leaks and tipoffs?
In a startling Twitter revelation, tipster @evleaks claims that Vivo India planned a "controlled leak" exercise with him, involving the Vivo X50 series, but eventually "ghosted" him instead. This raises serious questions about where and how tipsters get hold of supposedly "leaked" information.
New Samsung Galaxy Buds+ renders leak: Purple BTS edition of the TWS buds for K-pop fans, but still no Galaxy Buds X in sight
Tipster @evleaks unveiled leaked renders for Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ BTS edition. The purple TWS earphones are, alongside the Samsung Galaxy S20 BTS edition, targeted squarely at fans of the Korean K-pop group.
iOS 14 update: Will Google Translate become redundant on iPhone 12? AI-powered A14 Bionic Neural engine translation feature set to transform Safari and App Store
An early test build of iOS 14 apparently leverages Apple's Neural engine to enable seamless, in-app machine translation in Safari and other core Apple apps. If the implementation is sound, this could be a major boon for iOS 14 users on the iPhone 12 later this year.
ZTE launches its cheapest 5G smartphone yet, the ZTE Axon 11 SE 5G: Mediatek Dimensity 800, 48MP primary shooter, and a 4000 mAh battery at US$280
ZTE just launched the ZTE Axon 11 SE 5G, its cheapest 5G smartphone yet at US$280. The budget device features the Mediatek Dimensity 800 SoC, along with a triple camera setup and a hefty 4000 mAh fast charging battery.
The Kirin 990 and Dimensity 800-powered Honor Play 4 series will feature a contactless, infrared body temperature scanner, potentially aiding COVID-19 detection efforts
The US$420 Honor Play 4 Pro will feature a contactless, infrared body temperature scanner. The technology, which works like a forehead gun thermometer, should help in COVID-19 detection efforts. The series will likely include a Pro model with the Kirin 990 and a vanilla model powered by the Dimensity 800.
French retailer lists then takes down pricing for €499 AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, €459 Ryzen 7 3800XT, and €319 Ryzen 5 3600XT
A French online retailer appears to have unintentionally leaked pricing information for AMD's upcoming Matisse Refresh Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. The rumored CPUs will sell for more than their vanilla counterparts but are expected to offer better performance.
Intel's 7nm Ocean Cove architecture might deliver 80 percent gains to IPC and higher clocks in 2022: enough to catch up with 5nm AMD Ryzen 6000 Raphael?
A leak on Weibo purportedly lists IPC and process node gains for Intel's upcoming Golden Cove and Ocean Cove architectures. The 7nm Ocean Cove, in particular, looks interesting, allegedly built on the 7nm process and offering upwards of 80 percent IPC gains.
Redmi 9C, Redmi 9A, and Redmi 9 specs and pricing leak: Mediatek G70 and 5000 mAh battery under US$200
Tipster @Sudhanshu1414 recently revealed specs and estimated pricing for the entire Redmi 9 series. The Mediatek Helios-powered Redmi 9, the Redmi 9C, and the Redmi 9A are expected soon in India and international markets at a sticker price under US$200.
Not quite Half-Life 3, but close enough - Pancake FPS Starter Kit helps you play Half Life: Alyx without a VR headset
The Pancake VR Starter Kit transforms Half Life: Alyx into something approximating a standard FPS game on PC. This allows users without the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Valve Index to enjoy the title.
Cheapest Snapdragon 865 phone in India: Vivo iQOO 3 gets discounted to just US$423, 25 percent cheaper than OnePlus 8
A special discount offer makes the Vivo iQOO 3 the cheapest Snapdragon 865 phone available on the Indian market right now. Undercutting the OnePlus 8 by 25 percent, the discounted iQOO 3 offers remarkable value for money with an 800-nit HDR screen, 4440 mAh battery, and 55W charging.
Worrying Intel DG1 3DMark Fire Strike scores leak: Intel's Xe architecture barely keeps up with 3 year-old Pascal NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
3DMark Fire Strike scores for the Intel DG1 have just leaked. Intel's latest attempt at a discrete GPU appears to be barely faster than the 3 year-old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. This raises serious questions about Xe and Tiger Lake integrated graphics.
Windows 10 21H1 is set to bring UI changes, enhanced search, UWP File Explorer, enhanced Chromium Edge and more next year
Next year's Windows 10 revamp, known as 21H1, is set to deliver a number of enhanced features from a smarter search to better multitasking in Edge, to a touch-native interface for Edge.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X sees lowest ever pricing: Comet Lake effect on the 64-core 128-thread HEDT part?
Shortly after Intel brought its Comet Lake S desktop CPU lineup into play, AMD slashed prices on the 64-core 128-thread Threadripper 3990X. The premium HEDT part is now available for its lowest price yet.
GTA 5, Civilization 6, Borderlands, and just maybe The Witcher 3: great, but who exactly are all these Epic games for, anyway?
The Epic Games Store has been offering a steady stream of AAA titles free for quite some time, now. But considering the sheer popularity of games like GTA 5 and the prevalence of piracy, it begs the question: who exactly are these free games for?
Trade War 2.0 or worse? Trump strips Hong Kong of its special trading status, dramatically escalating US-China tensions
In a move that will almost certainly have an impact on global consumer tech supply chains, US President Donald Trump's administration dramatically escalated simmering tensions with China by revoking Hong Kong's special trade status.
Apple finally lets Indian users custom configure MacBooks and Mac Pros
Apple is finally allowing Indian customers to purchase customized, configure-to-build Mac and MacBook variants. This move gives Indian Mac buyers much-needed flexibility in terms of RAM, storage, and CPU/GPU configurations.
MIUI 12 now features selective, free-shape screen capture to make live easier on the Xiaomi Mi 9T, Redmi K20 Pro and other devices
The latest update to MIUI 12 adds a very handy selective screenshot feature. Users on the latest nightly build on the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Redmi K20 Pro will be able to free-select screenshot areas while taking screenshots.
Potential Grand Theft Auto 6 release date leaks: GTA VI might arrive in 2023 per Take-Two's marketing forecast
Take-Two's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission offers strong hints about Grand Theft Auto 6's release timeframe. The downside? PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners might have to wait a couple years for the title.
Intel tweaks its stock cooler for the first time in years: still no match for AMD's Wraith coolers and nowhere near good enough for the Comet Lake S i9-10900K
After nearly a decade of rehashing its stock cooler, Intel's finally made substantial (although entirely cosmetic) changes to its stock cooler design for a limited number of Comet Lake S SKUs.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT benchmarks leak: Comet Lake S Core i9-10900K and Core i7-10700K take a single-core beating despite 500 MHz higher clockspeed
Benchmarks have just leaked for the AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT. These chips beat the Comet Lake S i9-10900K and i7-10700K respectively in Cinebench R20's single-core test.
Realme launches 10000 mAh Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 Power Bank 2 in India for US$26
Alongside the Realme X50 Pro, the Realme TV, the Realme Watch, and a whole host of upcoming devices, Realme launched the Realme Power Bank 2, a US$26 10000 mAh charger with Quick Charge 4.0 technology.
COVID-19: International Chamber of Commerce passes landmark AOKpass declaration to protect health data in an era of invasive COVID-10 tracking apps
The International Chamber of Commerce recently presented its AOKpass declaration to safeguard health data in the context of privacy and data security issues with the current crop of COVID-19 tracking apps.
Rumored clockspeeds leak for 4.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, 4.7 GHz Ryzen 7 3700XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT: Upclocked Matisse refresh takes on Comet Lake S i7-10700K and i9-10900K
A user on the Chiphell forums posted what appear to be base and boost clocks for the purported Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. The CPU, which clocks up to 4.8 GHz, seems to be a short-term counter to Comet Lake S while AMD preps Ryzen 4000.
Realme X50 Pro Player launched in China: US$420 5G K30 Pro alternative sports 6.4 in 90Hz AMOLED panel, Snapdragon 865, 48MP quad-cameras and 65W fast charging
Realme just launched the Realme X50 Pro Player edition in China for RMB 2,999 (approx US$420). The flagship-killer sports a Snapdragon 865, vapor cooling, a 90 Hz panel, and 65W fast charging.
Towers of Everland out on Apple Arcade: first-person dungeon crawler offers a premium alternative to The Elder Scrolls: Blades
Towers of Everland just landed on Apple Arcade. The first-person dungeon crawler offers a more light-hearted experience than The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Legends of Grimrock, without sacrificing content quality. However, poor performance, even on the high-end iPhone 11 Pro Max, raises questions about just how well the game will run across iOS devices.
Epic Mega Sale: US$10 Epic coupons sweeten the deal on Assassin's Creed, The Outer Worlds, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and more on the Fortnite maker's platform
The Epic Games Store is hosting a Mega Sale until June 11th. Popular AAA titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, and Ghost Recon Wildlands are available with steep discounts, sweetened by US$10 sales coupons on eligible games.
Vivo's new TWS earphones: The Vivo TWS Neo AirPods alternative set launch with the Vivo X50 Pro on June 1st
Vivo recently revealed a teaser video for its upcoming Vivo TWS Neo TWS earphones. These AirPods alternatives are expected to cost less than the US$169 Vivo TWS, but fierce competition in the segment from the likes of the Realme Buds Air Neo raise questions about value.
UGREEN's 65W GaN charger is 50 percent off on Indiegogo: This US$37 4-port device can fast charge an iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Pro 2020, and MacBook Air at the same time
UGREEN's All in One 65W GaN charger is selling at a 50 percent discount on Indiegogo. The limited time sale makes the charger price competitive with Apple's 18W, while enabling users to fast charge 4 devices simultaneously.
AMD set to release Ryzen 7 3750X and Ryzen 7 3850X to take on Intel Comet Lake S i7-10700K and i9-10900K
Multiple sources indicate that AMD is set to launch the Ryzen 7 3750X and Ryzen 7 3850X in a bid to counter Intel's launch of the Comet Lake S i7-10700K and i9-10900K. These Matisse refresh chips are set to hold the fort until the arrival of Ryzen 4000 later this year.
Xbox Series X: "Microsoft knows what it takes" says indie dev, claims the console has "magic" load speeds; but what about the PlayStation 5?
Indie developers at Neon Giant studio spoke to EDGE magazine recently about their experience working on Xbox Series X hardware. Microsoft's machine is "easier to develop for," and has "magic loading speeds," they claimed.
Realme Buds Air Neo pricing leaks: US$39 TWS AirPods alternatives with 13mm drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 set to launch on May 25th
Pricing recently leaked for the upcoming Realme Buds Air Neo. Realme's TWS earphones will launch on May 25th, alongside the higher-tier Realme Buds Q, the Realme TV, and the Realme Watch.
iPhone 11 jailbreak update: Get ready for unc0ver 5.0.0: semi-untethered iOS jailbreak with Windows support, compatible with all iOS 13.5 iPhones and iPads
@unc0verTeam recently announced that a working, universal iOS 13.5 jailbreak will be arriving soon. The jailbreak is compatible with Windows, meaning iPhone and iPad users won't need to use a Mac to jailbreak their devices, as with Checkra1n.
Apple's COVID-19 iOS update: iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 deliver easier FaceID with masks on, COVID-19 exposure notifications API, and tweaks to FaceTime group calls
Apple's latest iOS 13.5 update includes tweaks to FaceID and FaceTime group chat that aim to improve user experience due to COVID-specific issues. The FaceID mask tweak makes it easier for users to unlock their iPhones and iPads when wearing a mask.
First the headphone jack, now EarPods: report suggests Apple might not include free EarPods with iPhone 12 and 12 Pro series devices to nudge consumers towards AirPods Pro and AirPods Studio
A report by Ming Chi-Kuo indicates that Apple might not include EarPods with its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series devices this year. The move appears to be an effort to nudge consumers towards buying AirPods Pro and the upcoming AirPods Studio headphones.
Alienware introduces 25-in 360 Hz monitor with AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync: 1080p IPS panel with 99 percent sRGB competes with ASUS ROG Swift 360 for the Fortnite and Overwatch eSports crowd
Dell Alienware recently announced the AW2521HF, a high refresh rate 360 Hz IPS monitor targeting eSports audiences. The AW2521HF will compete with ASUS' ROG SWIFT 360 for gamers who want an ultra-high frequency 1080p experience on the likes of the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti.
Apple Watch Series 3 sells for just US$231: enough to sway Galaxy Gear S3 and Fitbit Versa users?
The Apple Watch Series 3 is now available on Amazon for as low as US$231. This brings it into contention with the Galaxy Gear S3. However, LTE capabilities, superior build quality and tight iOS integration make the Series 3 a solid buy.
Vivo X50 Pro renders leak: catch your first glimpse of the giant Samsung 50 MP ISOCELL GN1 Tetracell binning image sensor on this Snapdragon 768 5G phone
Tipster @UniverseIce revealed what appear to be official renders of the Vivo X50 Pro, an upcoming midrange smartphone set to feature Samsung's ISOCELL GN1 50 MP camera sensor.
2020's Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 could get cameras with optical image stabilization, but the iPhone SE 2 already delivers it
According to a report accessed by SamMobile, Samsung's Galaxy A series smartphones could feature optical image stabilization (OIS) technology this year.
An offer you can't resist: PlayStation Store leaks pricing and release date for Mafia Trilogy-Mafia I remaster set to arrive on August 28th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Accidental listings on the Australian PlayStation Store give us a clear picture about pricing and availability for all three titles in 2K Games' recently-announced Mafia Trilogy, set to arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Ryzen 7 4800H beats the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H in latest 3DMark Time Spy leak: Dell laptop with AMD RX 5600M is 10 percent slower and no match for the Intel i9-10980HK
Leaked benchmark results for the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H paint a bleak picture: in a Dell system config, the flagship AMD mobile CPU is 10 percent slower than the lower-tier Ryzen 7 4800HS and can't hold a candle to the Comet Lake S i9-10980HK.
Over 70,000 Realme Narzo 10 units sold within the first 128 seconds of the 48MP quad-camera phone's launch: A new Mediatek G80-powered US$160 competitor for the Redmi Note 9?
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth claimed that the brand's latest budget smartphone, the Realme Narzo 10, sold over 70,000 units just two minutes after it was launched. The Mediatek Helio G80 powered device goes head to head with the Redmi Note 9, Vivo U20 and other lower-midrange devices.
A new Odyssey for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners? Assassin's Creed: Valhalla set to feature biggest map in the series so far
Contradicting an earlier claim made by a Ubisoft communications rep, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla producer Julien Laferriere stated that the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X title would have a world map that is “probably” larger than Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
YouTube, stop with the 480p bandwidth discrimination in India already
A month ago, YouTube decided to limit Indian mobile users to a maximum of 480p, citing bandwidth constraints. However, with 85 percent of YouTube users residing outside India, completely unaffected, the decision prompts questions about discrimination and equal access to the digital commons.
Realme Watch and Realme TV confirmed: launching in India on May 25th
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth recently confirmed the existence of the Realme Watch and Realme TV. The two products are set to launch in India on May 25th, offering an alternative to the Apple Watch and premium Android smart TVs.
Apparently, 720p isn't HD anymore according to YouTube: sorry iPhone 11 and iPhone SE 2 users, but it's time to move on
YouTube recently decided to reclassify 720p video as SD quality. Users of the YouTube desktop site and mobile apps will no longer see an "HD" badge next to 720p. While the decision is largely semantic in nature, it underscores how technology has moved on from the original HD standard.
2.8 GHz Tiger Lake U chip with 4 Willow Cove cores and 8 threads spotted: leaves 8-core 16-thread 4.2 GHz Ryzen 7 4800U unfazed
A benchmark listing spotted by tipster @_rogame indicates that premium Tiger Lake U chips will run as high as 2.8 GHz. Whether that's enough to bridge the gap with the eight-core sixteen-thread Ryzen 7 4800U, though, remains to be seen.
Huawei P Smart S renders leak: 48MP triple camera, teardrop notch, Kirin 710, and no Google services. DOA compared to the Redmi Note 9?
Tipster @evleaks recently leaked what appear to be renders for Huawei's upcoming P Smart S budget smartphone. The P Smart S will likely sport the Kirin 710 SoC and has a triple camera array. However, head-to-head with the Redmi Note 9, it just doesn't look like a good deal.
Huawei P40 Lite 5G arrives in Europe: Challenges iPhone SE with 5G Kirin 820 SoC and 64 MP quad camera for €399, but no Google services is a deal-breaker
Huawei recently launched its P40 Lite 5G smartphone in European markets. At €399, it goes head to head with Apple's iPhone SE. While the 64 MP quad camera and Kirin 820 are great assets, the lack of Google services continues to be a deal-breaker for Huawei phones.
No competition for the Poco X2: Samsung Galaxy A21S launched with a punch hole display and quad camera but mediocre Exynos 850 performance disappoints
Samsung recently launched its midrange Galaxy A21S smartphone at an event in London. The device offers a quad camera, Dolby Atmos, and a generous 5000 mAh battery at £179. However, a lower end Exynos 850 SoC tempers expectations.
Epic Unreal 5 Nanite and Indian architecture: complicated pyramids coming soon to a PlayStation 5 near you?
Epic's recent Unreal 5 tech demo, Lumen in the Land of Nanite, showcased the engine's Nanite micro-polygon rendering system and seemed to draw heavily from intricate ancient and medieval Indian architectural orders. Will next-gen capabilities like Nanite allow developers to tackle environments that were just too hard to render on eighth-gen consoles?
Toasty Intel Core i9-10900K hits 93 degrees Celsius...with a 240mm liquid cooler: beats the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in single core, but at what price?
A Weibo user recently tested the Comet Lake S Intel Core i9-10900K with an AIO 240mm liquid cooling setup. The user found that, even under high-end cooling, temps soared as high as 93 degrees on Intel's latest flagship.
Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros in your pocket? DolphiniOS 2.20 enables iPhone 11 and iPhone SE support: 60 FPS gameplay on A13 devices with Xbox One and PS4 controller support
The developers of DolphiniOS recently announced the launch of version 2.20 of the Nintendo Wii and GameCube emulator. The latest update enables support for A13 devices, allowing iPhone 11 series users to take advantage of their powerful hardware.
Super Mario Odyssey in 4K? Yuzu Emulator's Prometheus update delivers multi-core support, but you'll still need an Intel Core i9-10900K for 60 FPS
The developers of the Yuzu Nintendo Switch emulator recently announced the launch of the Prometheus update. Prometheus delivers proper multi-core support, enabling massive performance gains in titles like Super Mario Odyssey.
The NVIDIA GeForce MX350 barely beats the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U's Vega 7 iGPU: Why are some OEMs using it anyway?
A new ASUS ZenBook 14 model sports the Ryzen 7 4700U APU, together with an Nvidia GeForce MX350 discrete graphics card. However, considering the narrow performance difference between the MX350 and the 4700U's iGPU, why does ASUS bother with a discrete GPU?
Super Mario 64 gets ported to PC with DirectX 12 and ray-tracing support: doesn't need an RTX 2080 Ti but it still looks...like an N64 game
An intrepid modder built a DirectX 12 port of Nintendo classic Super Mario 64 for the PC. Using ReShade and its ray-tracing plugin, they were even able to get ray-traced global illumination working.
No "baap of all" this year? Raja Koduri claims Intel is still focused on integrated graphics in the short term, leaving RTX 2080 Ti safe at the top
Intel's Raja Koduri recently tweeted that the company's main focus is on integrated graphics, quashing hopes that high-performance Intel Xe GPUs will compete with the RTX 2080 Ti and second-gen Navi cards this year.
AMD earnings per share grew by 1300 percent since last year, propelled by Ryzen 3000 and Renoir Ryzen 4000 sales
AMD's earnings per share grew by a mammoth 1300 percent since Q1 2019. The growth in share value is largely due to consistently high sales of Ryzen 3000 processors, together with growth in the enterprise segment with EPYC and the recent launch of Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs.
The iPhone X is cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 today, at just US$445: better offer than the iPhone SE?
The Apple iPhone X is currently selling on Amazon for just US$445. This makes Apple's erstwhile flagship cheaper than the OnePlus 7T and even the midrange Xiaomi Mi Note 10. Budget users put off by the iPhone SE's compromises might find this an excellent alternative.
Almost 1.5 percent of the entire world was on Xbox Live last quarter, thanks to COVID-19: Will Project xCloud and PS Now make the PS5 and Xbox Series X redundant in a post-COVID world?
Microsoft's Satya Nadella said that record numbers of users logged onto Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Project xCloud over the past few months. With social distancing set to remain, this raises questions about the future of gaming. Are cloud and online gaming on the rise or are consoles here to stay?
ASRock's leaked Base Frequency Boost hacks Intel overclocking limits, enabling non-K CPU and non-Z mobo overclocking: will the i3-10100 trounce the Ryzen 3 3100X?
A leaked slide from a purported ASRock Intel 400 series presentation indicates that the company's Base Frequency Boost (BFB) technology enables overclocking on non-K Intel CPUs and non-Z motherboards.
New renders leak for the OPPO A92: Aurora Purple 5G midranger's 48MP quad-camera challenges the Galaxy S20-Snapdragon 665 and 5000 mAh battery round out the sub-US$300 package
Tipster @evleaks just outed what appear to be official renders for the upcoming OPPO A92 smartphone. The Aurora Purple renders hint at a device that's very similar to the A92S already selling in China.
Huawei and Samsung dominate the 5G market with nearly 70 percent market share, but 5G iPhone 12 models could tip the scales
A Strategy Analytics report indicates that Huawei and Samsung together account for a tremendous 67.6 percent share in the market for 5G smartphones. Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi trail far behind. However, with Apple set to launch its own 5G iPhones later this year, things could change.
A new AirPods Pro competitor? Samsung trademarks the Galaxy Buds X, likely successor to the TWS Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+
Samsung recently filed trademarks for the Galaxy Buds X in India, the UK, and the European Union. The trademark filing comes just a month after leaked renders for a new, bean-shaped Buds SKU popped up, indicating that the Galaxy Buds X are likely Samsung's next contender in the TWS space.
This could be the best time to buy an RTX 2080 Ti: Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI are reportedly planning to clear NVIDIA GeForce RTX Turing stock: GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 set to take on AMD RDNA2 cards in Q3 2020
A report by China Times indicates that Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte-leading Taiwanese OEMs-are all trying to clear their inventory of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series Turing cards to make way for the arrival of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 in Q3 2020.
Huawei Mate30 and Mate30 Pro get stable EMUI 10.1 upgrade with Celia AI, MeeTime video calls, multi-screen collaboration, and more
Huawei recently rolled out an official EMUI 10.1 update for owners of the Huawei Mate30 and Mate30 Pro devices. EMUI 10.1 introduces a number of new features like Celia AI and MeeTime, which try to make up for the loss of integrated Google services.
A ten person team building Skyrim? Google's Project Chimera set to revolutionize Stadia game development through machine learning
A senior Google Stadia executive claimed that that the company's Project Chimera neural network system could be used by developers to craft detailed, open world titles at a fraction of the cost. While Stadia might not be long for this world, machine learning looks set to play a bigger role in gaming.
Redmi Note 9 killer? Render outed for Huawei's purported midrange Y8S smartphone
Tipster @evleaks outed what appears to be an official render for Huawei's purported Y8S smartphone. The midrange device takes a lot of cues from the Huawei Y9, with a similar design and camera setup. The device looks likely to take the fight to Xiaomi's Redmi Note 9 lineup later this year.
Xbox Series X and PS5 storage performance on PC for US$55? Crucial's 3000 MB/s P5 and P2 NVMe SSDs give PC gamers a cheaper option
Crucial, Micron's main SSD brand, recently launched its PCIe Gen4 P2 and P5 SSDs. These blazing fast NVMe SSDs deliver over 3000 MB/s of performance, making them faster than the Xbox Series X. The entry-level 250 GB P2 costs just US$ 55, meaning both model lineups are likely to be cost-effective.
Overclocked AMD EPYC Rome 7742 dual socket tops Corona bench, beating Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L setup by 10 percent
A user over on the Chiphell overclocked a dual socket engineering sample setup of the AMD EPYC Rome 7742, topping the Corona benchmark and leaving Intel's Xeon Platinum 8280L in the dust.
Tipster unveils trove of upcoming Apple products: new mini-LED iPad Air with in-display fingerprint in the offing
A tipster unveiled a large number of purported devices and technology that Apple's set to reveal in 2021. This includes a 12-in ARM MacBook, further confirmation about Apple Tags, and evidence that the 2021 iPad Air might feature mini-LED technology
Large numbers of counterfeit Intel CPUs are circulating in China: Retailers are attempting to RMA en masse
Chinese retailers have been attempting to RMA counterfeit Intel processors in large volumes. Many of these CPUs appear to have had their IHS' modified. Some "processors" are even shipping without a CPU die. Intel stated that it will not honor RMAs on counterfeit parts.
Samsung updates One UI Home launcher to fix wallpaper rotation issues on Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10
Samsung recently updated is One UI Home launcher app to address a screen rotation issue affecting Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 users. The update also patches bugs affecting shortcuts and Task Changer.
The iPhone 12 will sport an all new flat design in 2020, inspired by the iPad: 4 new 5G models and Apple Tags also in the offing
Bloomberg sources indicate that 2020 iPhone models will feature a new design, with sharp corners and flat edges that hearken back to the iPhone 4S. The Bloomberg report also confirms a number of other 2020 Apple rumors about, about Apple Tags, and 5G iPhone models.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra user faces major QA issues: broken autofocus, Exynos 990 overheating, and terrible battery life on a US$1400 flagship
A Galaxy S20 Ultra Exynos 990 user claims to be facing major QA issues on his smartphone. In a Twitter post, the user claims autofocus is broken, even on the latest firmware, and that the US$1400 has "poor performance," "poor battery life," and "heats like hell."
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.