Fawad Murtaza (Tech Writer)
I am Fawad, a fellow tech nerd. As a tech junkie, my relationship with technology goes back to my childhood years. Getting my first Intel Pentium 4 PC was the start of journey that would eventually bring me to Notebookcheck. Finally, I have been writing for tech media since 2018. From small no-name projects to industry leaders, I have worked with a number of tech publications.
Nvidia's latest Game Ready 512.95 driver restores LHR crypto mining limiter on Ampere cards but it is not foolproof
Nvidia has released its latest Game Ready drivers. The 512.95 drivers enable Light Hash Rate (LHR) fully once again on the RTX 3000 series cards. The drivers also bring DLSS and raytracing support for Hitman 3.
AMD promises more than 10 hours of battery life for low-end notebooks with the new "Mendocino" APU
After bringing Ryzen 6000-based APUs to the market earlier this year, AMD is readying another APU based on the aging Zen 2 architecture. Codenamed "Mendocino", the APU is meant for low-end laptops and Chromebooks. It will launch sometime in Q4 2022.
iFixit accidentally outs pricey Steam Deck replacement parts
iFixit accidentally puts up spare parts for Steam Deck up for sale on the company's UK store. While the company did take down the webpage later, it did confirm that iFixit is collaborating with Valve to facilitate DIY repairs.
AMD Radeon RX 6300M performs poorly in leaked Geekbench 5 Vulcan and OpenCL benchmarks
If recent Geekbench 5 benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 6300M are true, the entry level GPU looks quite weak. According to BenchLeaks, the RX 6300M is almost 77% less powerful than the RTX 3070 when using the Vulcan API in Geekbench 5.
Robinhood plans to launch a non-custodial crypto wallet for web3 before 2023
After launching a custodial crypto wallet in April, Robinhood has announced that it is developing a non-custodial crypto wallet, calling it a "web3 wallet that will allow customers to have total control of their crypto." Robinhood will be launching the beta this summer.
AMD's Chief of Marketing claims AMD RX 6000 series GPUs provide up to 89% more performance/US$ than competing Nvidia GPUs
AMD's Chief of Marketing, Frank Azor, has posted a chart on Twitter illustrating the performance per dollar advantage that AMD's RX 6000 series GPUs enjoy over Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3000 series. Per the chart, the RX 6700 XT offers 30% more performance/US$ and 10% more performance/watt than the RTX 3060 Ti.
"Quieter than any other card in its class": Asus and Noctua launch the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition
Asus and Noctua have joined forces yet again to launch the Asus GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition with the promise of considerably quieter and cooler operation. The board features two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans and a new heat sink design. The companies claim that their new card runs "quieter than any other card in its class."
PUBG: Battlegrounds going free-to-play proves to be a goldmine for Krafton as quarterly profits soar by more than 600%
Krafton has posted Q1 2022 financial numbers for PUBG in its latest earning report. Per the developer, PUBG: Battlegrounds enjoyed 17.8% growth in quarterly revenue, resulting in the best quarter for the game. PUBG going free-to-play in January 2022 was the primary contributing factor to the growth.
Leak points to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 allegedly coming with 24 GB of ultra-fast GDDR6X memory
Nvidia RTX 4090 is allegedly coming with the same memory configuration as the RTX 3090 Ti. According to prominent leaker kopite7kimi, the RTX 4090 will be based on the AD102 GPU, featuring GDDR6X memory. The leaker has also fleshed out his previous leak about the RTX 4070's memory spec.
Asus Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED is official with a Core i7-1260p and 2.8K OLED display
Asus has launched the Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED notebook powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors and up to 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory. The laptop will come in four colors and be ready to buy in Q3 2022.
Asus launches the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED: Powerful creator notebook with an Intel Core i9-12900H and an RTX 3050 Ti
Asus has taken the wraps off the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED notebook. The laptop is powered by up to a 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900H, 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory, up to 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage, and can be configured with a discreet RTX 3050 Ti. It will be available in Q3 2022.
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED debuts: Slim notebook with a Ryzen 7 6800U and 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED is official and can be configured with up to a powerful Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory running at 6400 MHz, and 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD. The notebook will hit store shelves in Q3 2022.
AMD Radeon RX 6400 suffers a double digit performance decrease on PCIe 3.0
TechPowerUp has benchmarked the AMD Radeon RX 6400 on PCIe 3.0 and has found out that the card experiences meaningful performance degradation. For instance, in Doom Eternal, the RX 6400's performance drops as much as 43% compared to the performance registered on PCIe 4.0.
AMD launches the Ryzen 5000 C-series for Chromebooks, promising double the performance of its previous-gen Chromebook chips
AMD has taken the wraps off its newest Ryzen 5000 C-series chips for Chromebooks. With the new CPUs, the company is promising almost double the performance of the Ryzen 3000 C-series processors and significantly battery life than Intel's 11th gen notebook processors.
4K/60 fps gaming at $20 per month: Nvidia GeForce Now apps on Windows and macOS can now stream games at 4K resolution at a silky 60 fps
Nvidia has published a blog post detailing changes and new games coming to the GeForce Now game streaming service. GeForce Now native apps on Windows and macOS are now able to stream games at 4K resolution, at up to 60 fps. The high-resolution game streaming option will only be available to users of RTX 3080 subscription tier.
AMD Phoenix APU to pack an RDNA 3 GPU for performance that allegedly rivals desktop GPUs
Rumors have it that AMD is preparing a Zen 4-based "Phoenix" APU with an integrated GPU powered by the upcoming RDNA 3 architecture. Leaks suggest that the Phoenix APU can pack as many as 16 RDNA 3 CUs, resulting in a massive performance increase compared to the current generation AMD APUs.
AMD Ryzen 7000 series chips to support impressive DDR5 memory speeds out of the box
AMD's Ryzen 7000 series desktop process and EPYC Genoa server chips based on the Zen 4 architecture will support DDR5 from the get-go. Zen 4's DDR5 capabilities are reportedly so good that DDR5 memory overclocking on Ryzen 7000 CPUs will achieve speeds never seen before.
Samsung Galaxy S10 devices in the US set to receive their last big software update in the coming days
Samsung is finally updating the Galaxy S10 devices in the U.S. to Android 12 through One UI 4.1. Built on top of Android, One UI is Samsung's proprietary software experience that powers Galaxy smartphones. One UI 4.1 brings several feature improvements the majority of which focus on the camera.
Eight AMD Radeon RX 6600 GPUs in one computer: Biostar unveils the iMiner 660MX8D2
Biostar has launched the iMiner 660MX8D2, a cryptominer with eight RX 6600 GPUs. Per Biostar, the miner will deliver 248 MH/s of ETH mining performance. Biostar is advertising the rig as a "plug & play mining solution."
"1000 W+ PSUs will just be the standard soon": Nvidia allegedly pushing Lovelace to its limits to beat AMD RDNA 3
Serial leaker Tom of Moore's Law Is Dead YouTube channel suggests that Nvidia will give the RTX 4090 an insane TBP. Per one of Tom's sources, Nvidia is going to drive Lovelace as hard as it can to make sure that AMD doesn't take the performance crown from Team Green.
Leak suggests AMD Zen 5 CPUs to pack impressive IPC performance gains and hugely increased core counts
RedGamingTech has leaked some early AMD Zen 5 info. The leak suggests Zen 5 chips will come with a hybrid design similar to Intel Alder Lake CPUs and will pack impressive gen-on-gen IPC performance gains.
AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs become increasingly cheaper as the Ryzen 9 5950X drops to its lowest price in Europe
AMD Ryzen 5000 processors are continuously dropping in price. At Micro Center, the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X is going for US$520 which is US$280 cheaper than the launch MSRP of US$800. Although still discounted, prices on other retailers are above the ones offered by Micro Center.
Leak suggests Dell may launch a successor to the Precision 7760 workstation with an Intel Arc Pro GPU
A leaked spec sheet of an unannounced Dell Precision workstation suggests that the laptop may come with 12th gen Intel Alder Lake-HX processors and Intel Arc Pro GPUs. The machine looks to be a successor to the Dell Precision 7760 workstation.
Tencent soon to make it extremely hard to play foreign games in China
Chinese gaming giant Tencent will be updating its games speed booster apps to restrict Chinese players from accessing unapproved foreign games. Tencent's move to block access to foreign titles may be the result of tightening regulations by the Chinese authorities.
Pay more for less: Custom AMD Radeon RX 6400 on sale in Singapore at a higher retail price than the RX 6500 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6400 will go on sale on April 20. This hasn't stopped NVX System Integrators from selling the card in Singapore. What's more interesting however is the price that the MSI RX 6400 AERO ITX is going for.
"RDNA 3 will decimate Nvidia in efficiency": AMD's Navi 33 GPU supposedly arriving with huge performance improvements and an enticing price
Leaker Moore's Law Is Dead has revealed everything he knows about AMD's next-gen entry/low-midrange Navi 33 GPU. The leak suggests that Navi 33 will have better performance and less power consumption than the RX 6900 XT. Navi 33 is reportedly featured in the RX 7700 XT.
Google set to limit the discoverability of outdated apps on the Play Store
Google will limit the ability of some users to search and install older apps with outdated API versions from the Google Play Store. The change will take effect after November 1st. Current users of the targeted apps won't be affected by the change.
Scathing report claims that "miners, speculators, and gougers" are responsible for the ongoing GPU shortage
A new report from Jon Peddie claims that the current GPU shortage is the result of rampant buying of cards by scalpers and miners, along with severe price gouging by retailers. The report also correlates the insane price hike with the rise of ETH mining.
AMD confirms that the Adrenaline GPU drivers are overlocking Ryzen CPUs without user consent
AMD has confirmed that some users of the AMD Adrenaline GPU drivers are experiencing automatic CPU overclocking of their Ryzen processors. Talking to Tom's Hardware, the company remarked, "We are investigating the issue and we’ll share more information as soon as we’re able."
Sterling out Blockchain in: Royal Mint set to mint an NFT to signal UK's positive attitude towards crypto
The Finance Minister of the UK has instructed the Royal Mint, the entity that produces Britain's coins, to mint an NFT by this summer. The NFT is meant to signify the "forward-looking approach" that the UK is taking towards cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500 and Ryzen 5 5600 fail to beat Intel rivals like the i5-12400 in gaming benchmarks
A review by Tom's Hardware of the Ryzen 5 5500 and the Ryzen 5 5600 has shown that the chips fail to dominate their Intel rivals in gaming performance. Both CPUs try to go toe-to-toe with the Intel Core i5-12400 and the Intel Core i3-12100 but come up short, in most scenarios.
A global laptop shortage looks highly likely after new COVID prevention measures in China target a major notebook manufacturing hub
A new wave of anti-COVID measures in Kunshan may soon result in a laptop shortage per Commercial Times. Kunshan is a region in China that is home to several major contract notebook makers manufacturing laptops for the likes of Apple, Dell, Lenovo, etc. So any restrictions in Kunshan that can affect manufacturing will have global consequences.
Buying eBooks on Android just became a lot harder as Barnes & Noble stops selling eBooks in its Android app
Due to a policy shift from Google, Barnes & Noble will stop offering users the ability to purchase digital books from inside the company's NOOK app from next week. Google first announced the in-app purchase policy under question in September 2020.
Defective PS5 chips allegedly find their way into AsRock's cryptomining rig
A cryptomining computer allegedly running twelve repurposed PS5 chips has been spotted by Twitter user Komachi. The rig looks like it is from ASRock, costs a whopping US$14,800, and has reportedly been designed in collaboration with AMD.
Kaspersky joins Huawei and ZTE as a national security threat on the FCC's entity list
The FCC has added Kaspersky, a Russian cybersecurity firm, to its entity list, a collection of companies that the regulator deems as threats to the country's security. Kaspersky is the first Russian firm on the regulator's list.
Dell's upcoming Precision 5470 mobile workstation may feature an unannounced Intel Arc Pro GPU
An alleged spec sheet of Dell's unannounced Dell Precision 5470 mobile workstation has leaked, offering us a glimpse into the device's formidable hardware. Aside from the obvious powerhouse chips like the Intel Core i9-12900HK, the datasheet mentions a surprise Intel Arc GPU.
Telegram back in Brazil after it was shut down by the Brazilian Supreme Court over misinformation charges
Brazilian Supreme has unbanned popular messaging app Telegram. Previously, the app was banned in Brazil for its failure to curb the spread of misinformation. The suspension was lifted after Telegram tweaked the way it deals with false information.
AMD reveals surprising reason why the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is not overclockable
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is not overclockable, the company's director of technical marketing confirmed in a recent interview. AMD recently revealed the price, US$449, and availability, April 20, of the chip. The company is positioning the chip as a competitor to Intel Core i9-12900K in gaming performance.
GPU prices continue to crash as average board price on eBay falls dramatically in the first two weeks of March
GPU prices on eBay have dropped almost 9% in the first two weeks of March 2022 according to Tom's Hardware. Compared to December 2021, the prices have come down by an average of 25%. Both the current-gen and the last-gen GPUs experienced this price reduction.
Spectre-v2 mitigation wreaks havoc on the performance of some Intel CPUs as AMD chips come out largely unscathed
Testing performed by Phoronix on some AMD and Intel CPUs has revealed that Intel CPUs suffer as much as a 35% performance drop due to the Spectre-v2 mitigation on Linux, whereas almost all AMD processors post a drop of less than 10%.
Ukrainian government plans to potentially transport sensitive data and servers to a different country
The Ukrainian government is planning to transport data and servers to a European country if the threat of Russian forces getting access to sensitive government documents is unavoidable. However, the question of how the country will do that remains unanswered.
Massive RTX 4000 info dump from prominent YouTuber reinforces incredible performance claims for Nvidia's next-gen GPUs
YouTuber Moore's Law is Dead has leaked a trove of new information about the Nvidia AD102 GPU that will reportedly be featured in the RTX 4090/RTX 4080. The information includes alleged TDP numbers and GDDR memory spec for the upcoming chip. The YouTuber also confirmed incredible performance numbers for Nvidia's next-gen lineup.
Apple M1 Ultra appears to be a multi-core beast as it rivals the 64-core AMD Threadripper 3990X in leaked benchmarks
Alleged Geekbench 5 scores of Apple M1 Ultra SoC have leaked. The score indicates that M1 Ultra's multi-core performance is in touching distance of the numbers posted by AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. For reference, Apple M1 Ultra has 20 CPU cores while AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has 64 cores.
Russian and Belarusian hackers launch large scale phishing attacks against Ukrainian and European entities, reveals Google
Google's Threat Analysis Group has pointed out in a blog post that Russian and Belarusian hackers are targeting Ukrainian and Polish military and governmental entities with phishing attempts. Hacking groups FancyBear and Ghostwriter are believed to be the major threat actors behind the attacks.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and the S22 Ultra get a mediocre score in iFixit's teardown
According to a teardown done by iFixit, Samsung's newest Galaxy S-series flagships are not repair-friendly. For instance, Samsung uses a lot of adhesive to hold down components. Unfortunately, the adhesive is strong and ends up making the repair process a lot difficult.
AMD's ultra-powerful EPYC Milan-X CPUs with 3D V-Cache are less than a month away
AMD previously announced that its EPYC Milan-X chips with 3D V-Cache will be released in Q1 2022 but didn't give a set release month or date. At the SIG Annual Tech Conference 2022, Dan McNamara, AMD's senior vice president of the Business Unit, has now revealed when we can finally expect the new chips to hit the market.
Valve issues a speedy update as reports of Steam Deck consoles suffering from stick drift start to come in
Some users have experienced stick drift issues with the Steam Deck. Posting videos on the subreddit r/SteamDeck, three users reported cursors moving on their own, both in-game and in the OS. Valve has now acknowledged the issue and deployed a fix.
An Android app blows Apple out of the water when it comes to AirTag detection, study claims
A group of researchers has published a study claiming that their “AirGuard” Android app is better at detecting nearby AirTags than Apple’s tracker detection service on iOS. Incidents of AirTags being used to track and steal things like cars have been reported from the get-go. To prevent this, several apps have popped up, aiming to alert users about nearby trackers.
A new money-stealing malware makes rounds on Google Play Store posing as an innocent app with over 50,000 downloads
A new type of malware has been discovered making rounds on the Google Play store. Posing as a run-of-the-mill device speeding app "Fast Cleaner", the malware attempts to steal financial information from users of more than 50 European banks.
Unsettling study claims that humans can no longer differentiate between AI-generated and real faces with certainty
A new study has claimed that photos of human faces created using AI technology are shockingly close to real images. Upon asking people to point out the fake pictures from a pool of fake and real photos, researchers found that, in more than half of the instances, participants failed to identify forged ones.
Moore's Law Is Dead leaks massive double-digit performance bump for Intel's 13th gen Raptor Lake chips
Intel previously revealed that its 13th gen Raptor Lake processors will launch in late 2022. YouTuber Moore's Law Is Dead has now reported the alleged performance numbers for the 13th gen CPUs as well as the possible release dates for both mobile and desktop SKUs.
Android apps are out of the picture for AMD Ryzen 2000-based PCs as Microsoft publishes frustrating Amazon Appstore requirements
Microsoft has listed the Amazon Appstore requirements for running Android apps on Windows 11 and AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs didn't make the cut. Minimum CPU requirements for Amazon Appstore include an 8th gen Intel Core i3 or above and AMD Ryzen 3000 chips or above.
Tesla Model 3 fails to come out on top as Ford Mustang Mach-E becomes the Consumer Reports' top pick for 2022
Ford Mustang Mach-E now occupies the top spot in Consumer Reports' electric car rankings for 2022. Ford's premier EV beat the Tesla Model 3 to come out on top. Compared to Mach-E, Model 3 faltered in self-driving safety and the steering wheel, among other factors.
AMD promises up to a whopping 24% performance increase in some games with the latest Adrenaline driver update
AMD has released the Adrenaline 22.22.2 driver update, promising up to a 24% performance increase in select games on some of the company's mobile CPUs and GPUs. The company achieved the gains by optimizing its Smart Access Memory (SAM) feature.
OnePlus presumably abandons plans to ditch OxygenOS as it announces OxygenOS 13
OnePlus has announced a new Open Ears Forums event for OxygenOS 13. The online event will take place on February 28, 2022, and will run between 7:30 - 9:30 EST. Only 15 people will be allowed to attend. OnePlus's move to continue the development of OxygenOS may be a sign that company may not ditch its Android skin after all.
Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 3000 board prices sink to promising new levels
GPU prices are falling drastically and availability is the best it has ever been since January 2021 according to a report by 3DCenter. The current fall in the prices can be attributed to the recent cryptocurrency crash that has seen the price of ETH go down as low as US$2,242.
CIA mass surveillance: the agency spied on and collected unknown data from U.S. citizens
CIA spied on some American citizens, a letter from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee has disclosed. The agency hid the surveillance program from the committee and didn't disclose the exact details of the kind of data collection and surveillance carried out until March 2021. Details of the program haven’t been made public yet.
"They're not crediting us or giving us 20 percent": composers of Halo trilogy sue Microsoft for royalties
Composers of the original Halo trilogy have sued Microsoft for unpaid royalties. According to Marty O'Donnell, the music he and his partner created for Halo was licensed and not sold to Bungie. After Microsoft acquired Bungie, the music rights were transferred to Microsoft for 20% of the royalties made from using the music in non-gaming scenarios.
RTX 3090 Ti may be launching soon as the card allegedly shows up in the EEC database
An EEC listing for an unknown Nvidia GPU has shown up with the model number PG136C. The entry is rumored to be for the upcoming RTX 3090 Ti. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti was previously reported to have been delayed indefinitely.
No more a Google Pixel exclusive: Android 12's Material You dynamic theming is finally making its way to non-Pixel phones
One of the best features of the Google Pixel 6 series, the Material You dynamic themes, is making its way to non-Pixel smartphones. Smartphones like the Galaxy S22, the OnePlus 9 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be the first to get the feature.
Intel Arc Alchemist GPU that allegedly rivals the RTX 3070 Ti makes an appearance in a short video
A short video showcasing an Intel Arc Alchemist GPU has appeared on Twitter. The video depicts someone picking up an Intel-branded GPU from the box. The card on display has a dual-fan, dual-slot design and is identical to the one that was leaked a few days ago by VideoCardz.
Scathing report finds people profited immensely by selling themselves their NFT collections to artificially increase the value
A report published by Chainalysis has detailed the prolific wash trading going on in the NFT marketplace. The 262 sellers that were selling their NFT collections to themselves engaged in the practice a minimum of 25 times. After artificially increasing the value of the collections, the sellers profited more than US$8 million by later selling the NFTs to unsuspecting buyers.
Japanese retailer lists MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Suprim with an eye-watering price tag
A Japanese retailer has listed the MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X 24G for backorder on its website with an absurd price tag. RTX 3090 Ti, which NVIDIA announced at CES 2022, has yet to hit the market. Till today, NVIDIA has given no official release date or the MSRP of the GPU.
Mobile gaming proves to be a gold mine as it racked in more money in 2021 than PC and console gaming combined
According to a report published by Newzoo, mobile gaming racked in a revenue of US$93.2 billion (€81.5 billion) in 2021. The revenue figure represents 52% of the total gaming revenue for last year. Consoles and PCs, on the other hand, brought in US$50.4 billion (€44.07 billion) and US$36.7 billion (€32.07 billion) respectively.
Moscow Arbitration Court refuses to enforce a ruling that banned the sale of 61 Samsung smartphone models in Russia
An arbitration court in Moscow has refused to enforce a ruling that banned Samsung from importing and selling 61 smartphone models due to an alleged patent infringement. Back in October 2021, a Swiss company SQWIN SA filed a lawsuit against Samsung claiming that Samsung Pay infringed on the company’s patents registered in Russia.
Intel Core i7-12700H smashes the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in leaked benchmarks: close to 25% better single-core and almost 35% better multi-core performance on display
A graphic showing benchmark results of the Core i7-12700H has been posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The results show that the Core i7-12700H is almost 25% faster in single-threaded and almost 35% better in multi-threaded Cinebench R20, R23, and CPU-Z benchmarks than the Ryzen 7 5800H.
Dark Souls' PC servers go temporarily offline after a severe vulnerability was discovered in Dark Souls 3's online mode
PC servers for Dark Souls games have temporarily gone offline after a vulnerability was discovered that could allow hackers to execute code remotely on affected computers. Reportedly, the exploit can also plague Elden Ring. Only the PC PvP servers have been taken down, console servers are still up.
AMD's technical staff member tries to explain Radeon RX 6500 XT's poor performance by claiming that the GPU was designed for laptops
By popular consensus, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is a mediocre GPU with gaming performance on par with the last-gen Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB. A member of AMD's technical staff has now tried to explain the situation by positing that the Navi 24 chip featured inside the RX 6500 XT was initially meant to power discrete notebook GPUs.
NVIDIA unlocks GPU System Processor with a driver update, a feature that can boost performance of Max-Q laptops coming in 2022
NVIDIA has unlocked the GPU System Processor (GSP) on its enterprise cards with a driver update. The GSP allows some CPU-intensive tasks to be offloaded to the GPU for improved efficiency and performance. GSP is expected to make an appearance on 2022 Max-Q laptops.
Apple drastically reduces the trade-in value of Android smartphones
Apple has significantly reduced the amount of discount users get when they trade in their Android smartphones for an Apple device. For instance, where Apple used to give US$325 for the Galaxy S21 5G, the company now gives US$260. The reduction in value is reflected throughout Samsung’s flagship phone lineup.
Apple to allow independent payment options for dating apps in Netherlands, complying with a ruling from a Dutch market regulator
Complying with an order by the Netherlands' Authority for Consumers and Markets, Apple is now allowing developers of dating apps to offer non-Apple payment options. By allowing developers to use payment options outside of Apple's system, the company is forgoing the 15-30% cut that it takes on app sales and in-app purchases.
Intel Core i5-12400 posts astounding performance numbers after YouTuber "der8auer" successfully overclocks the locked Alder Lake CPU
YouTuber "der8auer" has successfully managed to overclock some non-K Alder Lake chips and the results speak for themselves. After overclocking to 5.2 GHz, Intel Core i5-12400 even beat the stock Core i9-12900K in some titles. However, not all motherboards support base clock overclocking for non-K Alder Lake CPUs.
AMD gets ready to announce the Radeon Pro W6400 but the card won't be beating NVIDIA's high-end workstation powerhouses
AMD's Radeon Pro Twitter account has revealed the release date of a new Radeon Pro workstation GPU. The card is set to be announced on January 19, 2022. Unfortunately, we don't know the exact specifications of the GPU except that it has a Navi 24 chip inside.
Germany's federal cybersecurity body fails to find any proof of built-in censorship inside Xiaomi phones
The Federal Cyber Security Authority, Germany's cybersecurity watchdog, has failed to find any evidence that Xiaomi is censoring certain words from its smartphones. In September 2021, Lithuania alleged that Xiaomi smartphones automatically censor words such as "Free Tibet" and "democracy movement".
A US$42 Alder Lake Celeron CPU packs enough grunt to match Intel Core i9-10900K's single-core performance
A Geekbench 5 entry for Intel's cheapest Alder Lake processor, the Celeron G6900, has shown that despite the chip's meager specifications, it matches or slightly beats the Intel Core i9-10900K in single-core performance. The results are surprising since the Celeron G6900 only has an MSRP of US$42.
Apple finally able to meet iPhone 13's demand while the supply for MacBook Pro models still lags behind
An analysis from Goldman Sachs has revealed that Apple has largely met demand for the iPhone 13 series of smartphones. On the other hand, the supply for the 14-inch and the 16-inch MacBook Pros still lags behind the demand. Unlike the iPhone 13, the MacBook Pro supply situation has worsened.
Apple's AR glasses may come with adjustable lenses to deliver image correction similar to prescription lenses
Apple Glass, AR glasses that the company is rumored to be working on, may come with lenses that adjust to correct users' visual defects. According to a patent granted to Apple, multiple electrodes are used to adjust the physical properties of liquid crystal lenses, allowing the lenses to mimic prescription lenses.
Tesla pleads with its userbase to help the company get approval for direct sales in New York
Tesla has asked its fanbase to contact the Governor, Senate, and Assembly of the state of New York and ask them to allow direct sales of electric vehicles. In some U.S. states, car manufacturers can't sell directly to buyers.
Intel Core i5-12490F soundly beats Core i5-12400F and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in Geekbench but it's a China-only chip
Intel Core i5-12490F has appeared on Geekbench. The CPU packs 6 cores and 12 threads with a base clock of 2.99 GHz and a boost clock of 4.58 GHz. The CPU scored 1806 in Geekbench's single-core benchmark and 8872 in the multi-core test.
Leak indicates Intel's 13th gen Core i9-13900K to pack 24 cores and 32 threads
A recent leak seemingly confirms that Intel’s upcoming Core i9-13900K will rock 24 cores and 32 threads. Intel is reportedly preparing the Bootlog for its 13th gen Raptor Lake CPUs, which means that the development of the CPUs hasn’t slowed down.
CES 2022 | Razer announces new Razer Blade 14 with a Ryzen 9 6900HX and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Razer took the wraps off a new Blade 14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. The machine will come equipped with either an RTX 3060, an RTX 3070 Ti, or an ultra-powerful RTX 3080 Ti. All configurations of the Blade 14 have 16GB of 4800 MHz DDR5 memory.
CES 2022 | Razer Blade 17: Razer's desktop replacement comes with up to a 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900HK, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Razer has announced the Blade 17, a 17 inch laptop meant to replace your desktop. The Blade 17 can be configured with up to a 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900HK and an RTX 3080 Ti. The entry-level models are also no slouch either with the Intel Core i7-12800H and an RTX 3060.
CES 2022 | Lenovo announces the ThinkCentre neo 70t, neo 50s, and neo 30a 24 AIO desktop computers for medium to small businesses, powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors
Lenovo has unveiled a brand new series of desktop computers for medium to small businesses. The ThinkCentre neo 70t, neo 50s, and neo 30a 24 all-in-one computers are powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors. The neo 70t can also be equipped with an RTX 3060 Ti.
CES 2022 | Acer reveals the Predator Orion 5000 and the Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktops with 12th gen Intel Core i7 processors and RTX 30 series GPUs
Acer has revealed the Predator Orion 5000 and the Orion 3000 gaming desktops for high-end and mid-range gaming markets. Orion 5000 desktop is the more expensive of the two with a 12th gen Intel Core i7 processor and an RTX 3080 GPU, while the cheaper Orion 3000 packs an RTX 3070.
CES 2022 | HP adds to its portfolio of business laptops with the Elitebook 605 G9 series of notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 family of mobile CPUs
HP has taken the wraps off its Elitebook 605 G9 series of business laptops. The Elitebook 645 G9 and the Elitebook 655 G9 come with AMD Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs.
CES 2022 | HP announces the Elitebook 805 G9 series of business laptops with the latest AMD Ryzen processors and 16:10 screens
HP has announced the HP Elitebook 805 G9 series of business laptops. The notebooks come with AMD's latest Ryzen mobile chips, 16:10 aspect ratio screens, and fast charging. While the smaller Elitebook 835 G9 has fixed memory, the Elitebook 845 G9 and the Elitebook 865 G9 has user-replaceable RAM.
Intel tweets a screenshot showcasing an Alder Lake CPU with a 5.5 GHz boost clock
Before its CES 2022 press conference, Intel has teased the fans about an upcoming Alder Lake processor. Intel's tweet showcases a 12th gen Alder Lake chip hitting a 5.5 GHz boost clock. The tweet didn't give out the name of the product but it looks like the upcoming Intel Core i9-12900KS.
Tesla smokes analyst predictions as it ships a record number of vehicles for the sixth consecutive quarter
Tesla has shipped a record number of vehicles for the sixth consecutive quarter, handily beating analyst predictions. Wall Street analysts had predicted that due to the ongoing chip shortages and supply chain constraints, Tesla would only be able to deliver 263,026 cars. The company beat the predictions by delivering 308,600.
NFT hype train makes it way to Samsung TVs, allowing you to see and purchase artwork from your living room
Samsung has announced that its upcoming TVs will support NFTs. The company is building a whole ecosystem to support creators and buyers to showcase and buy NFTs respectively. The first TVs with NFT support will start rolling out in the coming months.
AMD's CES 2022 lineup leaks, enhanced Ryzen 9 6980HX, Ryzen 9 6900HX, and Ryzen 7 6800H on the cards, including a new Radeon RX 6850M XT laptop GPU
AMD's CES 2022 lineup has leaked thanks to WCCftech. The company will announce refreshes of its Zen3 Ryzen chips. The yet to be announced Zen3+ APUs, codenamed "Rembrandt", include Ryzen 9 6980HX, Ryzen 9 6900HX, and Ryzen 7 6800H all of which feature 8 cores and 16 threads. AMD will also announce the Radeon RX 6850M XT, an RDNA2 GPU for laptops.
Retail unit of the unannounced 12th gen Intel Core i5-12400 impresses with strong performance and manageable temps with the stock cooler
A YouTuber has already managed to buy a retail unit of the unannounced Intel Core i5-12400 CPU. Upon benchmarking, the Cinebench score of the retail Core i5-12400 came out slightly lower than the Core 15-12600K. As for temps, with only the stock cooler, the chip shot up to 81°C (177.8°F).
A Russian court slaps Google with a US$98 million fine for failing to delete illegal content
A Moscow court has slapped Google with a US$98 million fine over the company's failure to remove content that violates Russian law. Content that glamorizes drugs, weaponry, harmful behavior, and extremism is illegal in Russia. Reportedly, Google had failed to remove 2600 pieces of such illegal material.
Report claims that Apple will release its next-generation M2 silicon in the second-half of 2022 and will be built on TSMC's 4 nm process
Apple will reportedly target an 18-month product refresh cycle with its M2 processor. Allegedly, Apple's M2 silicon will be built using TSMC's 4 nm process. Furthermore, there will only be an M2 next year with more powerful Pro and Max chips falling to 2023.
Tesla gifts free supercharging to customers travelling before Christmas on certain routes
Tesla has announced that its customers can charge their EVs free of cost at 70 Superchargers located around the U.S. Users can take advantage of free charging from December 23 to 26, during off-peak hours. Most of the chargers are clustered around California.
Leaked GeForce RTX 2050 and MX550 3DMark scores showcase disappointing performance
3DMark Time Spy scores for the newly announced GeForce RTX 2050 and MX550 have leaked. The scores showcase mediocre performance. The numbers aren't unexpected since the GeForce RTX 2050 is a cut-down version of the RTX 3050. The same goes for the MX550 which is a castrated GTX 1650.
Parler, a controversial social media app, prepares to ride the NFT hype train
Parler, a social media platform that aims to serve as an alternative to platforms like Facebook, has announced its move into the NFT market. According to Parler's CEO George Farmer, the platform is looking to become an early-adopter of the Web 3.0 movement to break free from Big Tech's influence.
Microsoft moves one step closer to killing the classic Control Panel with new Windows 11 update
Microsoft has moved another batch of Windows 11 settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app. The change is part of the Windows 11 Insider build 22509. Among the settings that have moved, advanced sharing options like public folder sharing are the most prominent.
Anonymous financial market sources claim that the Russian central bank is preparing to ban all cryptocurrency investments
Financial market sources familiar with the Russian central bank have told Reuters that the bank is preparing to outlaw all investments in cryptocurrencies. Reportedly, the central bank is considering this due to cryptocurrencies posing a risk to financial stability. The Bank of Russia's hostile attitude towards cryptocurrencies is nothing new.
Google announces Android 12 (Go Edition), bringing new privacy features and better performance
Google has announced Android 12 (Go Edition). The new version of Android 12 will feature better performance, longer battery life, improved privacy features, and new sharing options. Devices with Android 12 (Go Edition) will make their way to market in 2022.
An AMD processor with DDR5 support leaks, appearing to be a Zen3+ chip with a 4 GHz clock speed
A processor from AMD's upcoming Ryzen chips has reportedly leaked thanks to a notebook making a stop at the BAPCO website. Going by the codename "AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000560-40_Y", the processor appears to have 8 cores and 16 threads. It was paired with a 4800 MHz memory, giving rise to speculation that the processor was DDR5 capable.
Tesla at the center of another controversy as it allows drivers to play video games while the car is moving
Tesla users can now play video games on their cars’ center screens even if the vehicle is in motion. The feature was pushed out through a software update last summer. The implementation of the feature has come under criticism since the driver can easily start playing games while driving.
Gigabyte prepares to release several different SKUs of GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB
Gigabyte has filed a listing with the EEC, confirming many different variants of its upcoming RTX 3080 12 GB and RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB GPUs. There are ten SKUs of the new RTX 3080 and six of the still unannounced RTX 3070 Ti.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) network is down, resulting in wide ranging internet outages
A major chunk of the Amazon Web Service (AWS) network is down, resulting in global internet issues. The issues are affecting Amazon’s in-house services like Alexa, as well as other sites like Facebook. Amazon says that it is working to get all the services back online.
AMD FX-6300, released in 2012, breaks an overclocking record as it hits 8 GHz
A serial overclocker going by the name of Yosarianilives has managed to overclock an AMD FX-6300 processor to 8 GHz. This is the first time that anyone has ever achieved such a high frequency on AMD’s six-core FX-6300 from 2012. Yosarianilives reportedly used a bus speed of 280.92 MHz and a multiplier of 28.5.
Google Pixel phones suffer privacy woes as phones sent for warranty repairs are getting hijacked
Some users are reporting that their Google Pixel phones, which they had mailed in for repairs, are getting stolen from the warehouses and their data compromised. A recent incident saw someone allegedly obtaining a Pixel 5a from a Google warehouse and using it to look at the victim’s private data.
eBay accidently deletes several user accounts
eBay accidentally deleted several user accounts on December 3. According to a tweet by eBay, the suspension was unintentional. After an outcry on Twitter and Reddit, the company resolved the issue the following day. eBay is now notifying banned users about recovering their accounts.
Sapphire introduces the GearBox 500 eGFX solution, a Thunderbolt 3 external GPU enclosure with a Radeon RX 6600 XT
Sapphire has released the GearBox 500 eGFX solution, a GPU enclosure with a built-in Pulse RX 6600 XT graphics card. The enclosure comes equipped with a 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port capable of 60 W Power Delivery (PD), two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a gigabit ethernet port. A 500 W PSU powers the eGFX solution.
Macy's, the famous US retail chain, auctions off Thanksgiving Day Parade NFTs
Macy’s is auctioning off NFTs to commemorate its 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade. The art pieces in the collection represent parade balloons from previous decades, going back to the 1920s. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
AT&T and Verizon decide to lower energy emissions of their 5G base stations to ease FAA's concerns over mid-band 5G waves potentially interfering with aircraft equipment
AT&T and Verizon have decided to limit the energy emitted by their 5G cell towers in response to Federal Aviation Administration's concerns over mid-band 5G potentially interfering with aircraft radio altimeters. Earlier this month, AT&T and Verizon pushed back the launch of their mid-band 5G to January 5, 2022, over issues raised by the FAA.
Big performance gains incoming to Windows notebooks as Intel starts shipping Alder Lake-P CPUs to laptop manufacturers
Intel has begun shipping its 12th gen Alder Lake-P mobile chips to laptop makers. Gregory M Bryant, Executive Vice President and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group, broke the news on Twitter. The Alder Lake-P chips are expected to come in two variants. The low-end Core i3 and Core i5 chips will have two Golden Cove performance cores, while the high-end Core i7 and i9 will rock up to six.
Oppo Reno7 SE specs leak before official launch
Oppo Reno7 SE specs have leaked before the phone's official launch. The phone will be rocking a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, and a triple camera system on the back.
Gigabyte releases tool to disable E-cores on Alder Lake processors
Gigabyte has released a new tool to fix DRM issues on Intel Alder Lake processors. Due to the presence of E-cores on 12th gen Intel CPUs, some games were performing poorly. The tool disables E-cores without needing the user to go to the BIOS.
Tesla users lose access to their cars due to app outages, Musk blames network traffic congestion
Some Tesla users were locked out of their cars on Friday due to global app outages. The outages were the result of the mobile app's inability to connect to the servers. Responding to a Tesla user, Musk blamed network congestion caused by an unexpected increase in traffic.
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G runs an outdated Android version, leaked user manual reveals
Samsung's cheapest 2022 5G phone, the Galaxy A13 5G, will reportedly launch with an outdated version of Android. According to the recent user manual leak, the A13 5G will be running on One UI 3 based on Android 11. Other notable specs of the phone include a triple camera system and a 5000 mAh battery.
Fisker announces all-electric SUVs with Tesla-beating range
Fisker, a US EV startup, has announced three all-electric SUVs. The two high-end models, the Ocean Extreme and the Ocean Ultra have reported ranges that trump the Tesla Model Y. Fisker will start production of the announced models in November 2022.
Fortnite quits China as the Chinese government tightens regulations of the games industry
Chinese servers of the popular game Fortnite stopped working on November 15 after the game failed to get approval from the Chinese government. This marks the end of Fortnite's three-year limited trial run in the country. Fortnite's failure to get approval is a byproduct of the Chinese government's tightened regulations of the games industry.
OnePlus Nord N20 5G renders break cover showcasing a brand new, iPhone-like design
Renders of the OnePlus Nord N20 5G, the successor to the affordable Nord N10 5G, have appeared online. The phone is expected to adorn an iPhone-like design with flat sides, a flat AMOLED display with a punch-hole selfie camera. There are three cameras on the back that are integrated separately into the body of the phone.
European Union toughens its stance against anti-competitive US tech firms as the General Court dismisses Google's appeal against a US$2.8 billion fine
European Union’s General Court has rejected Google’s appeal against a US$2.8 billion fine that the company had received in 2017. The fine was the result of the European Commission’s verdict that Google had broken antitrust law by giving preference to its own shopping comparison product in search results over other, potentially better alternatives.
Apple backs away from controversial iPhone 13 screen replacement procedure that breaks Face ID
Apple has decided to issue an update that will make iPhone 13 screen replacements a lot easier. Currently, iPhone 13 screen replacements break Face ID if the microcontroller attached to the old screen isn’t transferred to the new screen. After the update, screen replacements won’t require transferring the microcontroller.
Pokemon GO creator, Niantic, envisions a "real-world metaverse" as it releases an AR Developer Kit
Niantic, famous for developing games like Pokemon GO, has released an Augmented Reality Developer Kit (ARDK) for people who want to build AR games. The ARDK is available for free and allows developers to build upon Niantic's core technologies.
Robinhood, the popular no-fee trading app, suffers a security breach exposing details of millions of customers
Robinhood, the no-fee stock and crypto trading platform, has suffered a security breach. The breach was the result of a third party getting access to some of the company's customer support systems. Infiltrators stole five million email addresses and two million full names of Robinhood's customers.
Say goodbye to Exynos as rumors point to Samsung using Snapdragon chips in all Galaxy S22 models
Ex-Samsung employee turned insider Super Roader alleged that Samsung may be ditching the Exynos 2200 in favor of the Snapdragon 898. Until now, Samsung has shipped its flagship phones with Exynos chips in all markets except the US and some other countries where it uses Snapdragon SoCs. Reportedly, the ongoing chip shortage is making it hard for Samsung to procure enough Exynos chips for the upcoming Galaxy S22 phones.
Apple hires ex-Tesla engineer to work on its upcoming self-driving car
Apple has hired Christopher Moore, an ex-Tesla engineer, to work on its self-driving car. Moore's work will revolve around the software that will power the fully autonomous vehicle from Apple. This is not the first time that Cupertino has hired former Tesla employees. Last year, Apple employed Stuart Bower who has previously led Tesla's Autopilot program.
Tesla recalls over 11,000 electric cars after issues caused by a faulty software update
Tesla has issued a recall for more than 11,700 cars. The recall follows a faulty software update that Tesla rolled out to its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta program. After the update, users reported unexpected activation of the automatic emergency brakes and false forward-collision warnings.
Global chip shortage hits Apple hard as it reduces iPad production in favor of the iPhone 13
Apple has reduced iPad production by 50% to boost the iPhone 13 inventory. The move is Apple's attempt to mitigate the effects of global chip shortages that have resulted in fewer iPhone 13 shipments amid increasing demand. Consumers will now have to wait up to six weeks to get their hands on an iPad.
Apple plans to bring a life-saving Google Pixel feature to the iPhone and the Apple Watch
Apple is planning to bring a car crash detection feature to the iPhone and the Apple Watch in 2022. According to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the feature would work similarly to the Apple Watch's fall detection and would call the emergency services if there is a car crash. Pixels have had crash detection for years.
Apple's App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy that requires apps to ask for users' permission before collecting their data has cost social media companies US$9.85 billion. Social media sites including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube were all affected. Snapchat suffered the biggest blow to its business as it lost the most percentage revenue.
Samsung improves the Galaxy Watch4 to fight the Apple Watch Series 7 with a new update
Samsung is rolling out a new update to the Galaxy Watch4 to consumers in the US, the Netherlands, and a few other regions across the globe. The update brings new watch faces, support for backups, and an improved heart rate measurement algorithm. The update also carries the November security patch.
Apple loses the title of "the most valuable company in the world" to Microsoft after its Q4 revenue fails to meet expectations
Apple's Q4 revenue has fallen short of expectations, allowing Microsoft to become the most valuable company for the first time since July 2020. Apple earned US$83.36 billion with an annual growth of 29%. iPhone sales contributed US$38.87 billion, growing 47% year-over-year. Mac and iPad revenue also grew and came in at US$9.18 billion and US$8.25 billion respectively, representing a 1.6% and 21.4% annual growth.
Land Rover introduces a fully-electric Range Rover due to come out in 2024
Land Rover recently announced that its Range Rover SUV will have an all-electric drivetrain in 2024. The company also took the wraps off its new Range Rover model. The 2022 model will come with Amazon Alexa, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wiresless charging pad, along with two big touchscreens.
Ransomware group involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack hacked by the FBI
REvil, a Russian-led ransomware group that was involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack, has been hacked and its website was taken down by the FBI. The bureau, along with the Secret Service and partner countries, managed to infiltrate the group's infrastructure and compromise its backups. The anti-ransomware operation is part of a larger initiative by the US government to curb cyberattacks on the country's facilities.
US lawmakers threaten Amazon with a criminal probe over the company's alleged misuse of third-party seller data and search result manipulation
US lawmakers from the House of Representatives have written a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy demanding evidence in support of the company's 2020 congressional testimony. Recently, reports from Reuters and The Markup alleged that the company uses third-party seller data to copy popular products and manipulate search results to favor its private label products. These reports go against the congressional testimony that the company executives gave in 2020.
Hacking group based in Iran continues to target US citizens, Google reports
A hacking group named APT35 has been targeting important US citizens and institutions since 2017. The group was involved in targeting former US President Donald Trump's election campaign staff during the 2020 elections. Google's Threat Analysis Group continues to monitor APT35 and 270 other independent and government-backed hacking groups.
The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than Apple
Bitcoin's recent price surge has sent the cryptocurrency market to an all-time high. The crypto market is now worth more than Apple, thanks to Bitcoin's price hike. Since the start of October, Bitcoin has increased by more than 30% of its value. This has put the currency on track to break its previous price record by the end of 2021.
Samsung starts mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM
Samsung has begun mass producing its 14nm DDR5 DRAM with cutting-edge EUV technology. Samsung's five-layer EUV process has allowed it to achieve the highest DDR5 DRAM bit density in the industry with 20% productivity enhancement. The DDR5 DRAM also draws up to 20% less power than the previous DRAM node.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra dummy unit makes an appearance
The design of Samsung's next big flagship phone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, has been leaked thanks to a dummy unit. The unit shows a phone that looks like a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra successor. The phone will have a curved screen, p-shaped camera housing, power and volume keys on the right side, and the S-pen slot.
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G with MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC spotted on Geekbench, launch expected soon
Samsung is looking to bring more entry-level 5G handsets to the market. The company's yet unannounced Galaxy A13 5G appeared on Geekbench. This budget, 5G offering from Samsung will come with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC and 4 GB of RAM in the base model.
Samsung brings RAM Plus to more phones and tablets increasing RAM capacity by 4GB
Samsung is rolling out its RAM Plus feature to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. RAM Plus increases smartphone memory capacity by using 4GB of internal storage. Initially, the feature was only available to the Galaxy A52s 5G. Samsung is now rolling out RAM Plus to more smartphones and tablets.