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Barely larger than a credit card, these small computers come with enough power for A.I-enabled image recognition applications. (Source: Asus)

Asus and Google developing credit-card-sized AI-focused PCs

Machine learning is already making its way into IoT devices, as Google and Asus are now collaborating to release single board computers the size of credit cards. Even though they are small, these devices are powerful enough to en...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:22:00 +0100
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Intel unveils Keem Bay VPU for improved on-device vision processing

Intel unveiled its upcoming vision processing unit (VPU) for edge computing devices. Dubbed Keem Bay, the new chip offers major improvements over existing VPUs from Nvidia and Huawei. Additionally, Keem Bay offers better performan...
Sam Medley, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:23:00 +0100
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Here's the full launch lineup for Google's Stadia (plus what's coming soon)

Google's Stadia game streaming service is coming November 19. The service will initially launch with 12 games (listed below) and will eventually gain 14 more before the end of the year. Only those that purchased a Stadia Founder's...
Sam Medley, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:45:00 +0100
Qualcomm has a new permanent CFO. (Source: ZDNet)

Qualcomm names its next permanent chief financial officer

Akash Palkhiwala is Qualcomm's new CFO (or chief financial officer). His appointment comes following a stint as the company's interim CFO, as well as the senior vice president and finance head of its CDMA tech division. Palkhiwala...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:36:00 +0100
The ICE Tower: A colourful and hefty cooler for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano. (Image source: Seeedstudio)

52Pi brings extreme cooling and color to the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit with the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan

The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is one of the most powerful SBCs on the market, but it only passively cools its 128 CUDA core and 472 GFLOPS-capable GPU. Now 52Pi, the company behind the ICE Tower Raspberry Pi CPU cooling fan, has returned...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:08:00 +0100
A Rockchip RK3308 powers the Rock Pi S. (Image source: Radxa via Seeedstudio)

The Rock Pi S is now available to purchase from US$9.90 with up to 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage

The Rock Pi S has finally made it to market, after being announced this summer. The miniature SBC is underpinned by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC, either 256 or 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage. The board has a micro...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:59:00 +0100
Deutsche Telekom's nuSIM platform moves these functions off a PCB and onto a chipset. (Source: Deutsche Telekom)

Qualcomm will incorporate a new kind of SIM into its next-gen modem for IoT devices

Qualcomm has announced the 9205 LTE modem, a new component destined for internet-of-things (IoT) devices that will connect using this kind of mobile data. However, it will not require a conventional SIM to do so. The OEM has integ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 19:35:00 +0100
MKR WAN 1310: A LoRa developer board that costs ~US$37. (Image source: Arduino)

MKR WAN 1310: Arduino introduces a new developer board with LoRa connectivity

The Arduino MKR WAN 1310 developer board can bring LoRa connectivity to projects without requiring continuous mains power. The board is just 67.6 x 25.0 mm and integrates an ARM Cortex M0+ processor. The MKR WAN 1310 is available ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:50:00 +0100
Gigabyte's latest pic-iTX motherboard is smaller than an iPhone 11. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte releases Pico-ITX Apollo Lake mini PC motherboard smaller than an iPhone

The latest pico-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte comes with an embedded Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC that is powerful enough for video decoding loads. Users have the possibility to add up to 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a SATA HDD and an ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 17:36:00 +0200
Intel unveils its new Tremont microarchitecture. (Source: Intel)

Intel's new Tremont low-power architecture is now official

Intel has released its new low-power solution in full today (October 24, 2019). It is an x86 microarchitecture associated with "significant" IPC enhancements compared to its predecessor. Tremont can also support an L2 cache of up ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:48:00 +0200
Qualcomm is set to make a sizeable investment in 5G's future. (Source: RTE)

Qualcomm incentivizes 5G development with a new multi-million-dollar fund

Qualcomm's Venture division has announced the implementation of the 5G Ecosystem Fund, a source of investment worth up to US$200 million. As the name suggests, it will help support start-ups involved in new, innovative and potenti...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:49:00 +0200
Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020

Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020

Previously thought to be launched in early-2020, the Gemini Lake Refresh CPUs are now expected to release in late-2020 with higher clocks and possibly upgraded iGPUs. New leaks unveil the specs for three new 10 W TDP J-series and ...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:18:00 +0200
Google Home speakers are left unresponsive after a firmware update. (Image via Reddit user Umagafr3sh.)

Firmware update bricks Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers

A firmware update pushed out to Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers earlier this month has been bricking devices, leaving them completely unresponsive. Google has acknowledged the problem and promised a resolution in t...
Sam Medley, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:36:00 +0200
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Google achieves quantum supremacy, IBM cries foul

In a blog post published today, Google claims that its 54-qubit quantum computer Sycamore calculated a complex problem in 200 seconds. The company also estimates the same problem would take the world's fastest supercomputer 10,000...
Sam Medley, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:49:00 +0200
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Apple of my eye: Apple to release AR headset in 2020

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is planning on releasing its rumored AR glasses sometime in 2020. The glasses, while still in development, may eventually become a replacement product of the iPhone. However, a lot of work re...
Sam Medley, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:21:00 +0200
This launch may also affect Lakefield processors. (Source: PCWorld)

Intel is slated to launch its new ULP microarchitecture in October 2019

Tremont is a collective name for Intel's next-gen SoCs developed for mobile, low-end and IoT devices. Currently, they are thought to have a microarchitecture based on a 10 nanometer (nm) process. The Linley Group now asserts that ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:37:00 +0200
The Mini Multi Display PC features a fanless enclosure made of aluminum, which can take quite the beating. (Source: Tranquil PC)

Tranquil PC launches rugged mini PC powered by AMD APUs

The industrial-grade rugged enclosure made of aluminum featured with the Mini Multi Display PC does not come with any active cooling in order to protect against dust, debris and moisture. The system is powered by AMD's Ryzen Embed...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:26:00 +0200
Semiconductors are not going anywhere any time soon. (Source: Flickr)

The semiconductor market will reach US$573 billion by 2024

New research has shown that the market for semiconductors is estimated to grow to US$573 billion in 5 years. This may be driven by a demand for these materials in wireless communications, vehicles and online connectivity. However,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:34:00 +0200
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AMD reveals details on upcoming Zen 3 "Milan" and Zen 4 "Genoa" EPYC server CPU architectures

AMD recently unveiled a roadmap for its EPYC line of server-grade CPUs. The Zen 3 ("Milan") and Zen 4 ("Genoa") EPYC CPUs look like they will continue to pressure Intel's enterprise business. While Milan looks more like a refineme...
Sam Medley, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 05:00:00 +0200
The silicon-interconnect fabric resembles a semiconductor wafer with chips directly placed on it. (Source: IEEE Spectrum)

Motherboards must die: researchers working on silicon-interconnect fabric alternative

Current PCBs are eating too much space and researchers think these can easily be replaced with a new silicon-interconnect fabric that would lead to more powerful devices in reduced form-factors. The use of such new fabrics would a...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:03:00 +0200
An LG NeON R ACe Solar Panel. (Source: LG)

LG's awarding-winning solar panels shine at the SPI 2019 event

LG Electronic's solar energy solutions are in show at the 2019 Solar Power International expo. They include the new NeON R ACe Solar Panel, which comes with its own AC micro-inverter so as to be compatible with conventional power ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 20:13:00 +0200
The new Facebook Portal, Portal Mini and Portal TV are coming soon. (Source: Facebook)

Facebook persisting with Portal, rolls out three new models

Facebook is still persisting with its Portal hardware-based communications platform. The social media company has unveiled three new models including an 8-inch Portal Mini, a 10-inch Portal and a new Xbox Kinect-like Portal TV dev...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 04:02:00 +0200
The Huawei Vision TV. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei's first own-brand TV represents the OEM's Vision of the smart home

Huawei also unveiled a new smart TV at its Mate 30 launch. It is called the Huawei Vision, and will come in 55- to 85-inch variants. The OEM asserts that it can also act as a full smart home control, and has AI-powered user intera...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:25:00 +0200
Rock Pi X: An affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor. (Image source: Radxa via CNX Software)

Rock Pi X: An affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with an Intel Cherry Trail processor that costs less than US$40

The Rock Pi X is like a cross between an Atomic Pi and a Raspberry Pi, but even more affordable. Radxa equips the 85 x 52 mm developer board with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, up to 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, along with a host of por...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:02:00 +0200
The NanoPi M4V2 features a Rockchip RK3399 SoC and 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. (Image source: FriendlyElec)

FriendlyElec NanoPi M4V2: Powerful Raspberry Pi alternative now available for US$70.00

The NanoPi M4V2, as its name suggests, is a new revision of the NanoPi M4, which FriendlyElec launched last year. The Rockchip RK3399 powered single-board computer (SBC) includes 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM, four USB 3.0 Type-...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:43:00 +0200
The NUC 8 Rugged is even smaller than your high-end smartphone. (Source: KoolShare)

Intel plans to release 6 W Chaco Canyon fanless rugged NUCs

No larger than a smartphone, the NUC 8 Rugged is powered by refreshed Apollo Lake CPUs with ultra-low-power TDPs of only 6 W. Gaming on these systems is clearly out of the question, as the HD Graphics 500 iGPU is only aimed at IoT...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:05:00 +0200
Khadas VIM3L: A single-board computer for HTPC applications. (Image source: Khadas)

Khadas VIM3L: An Amlogic S905D3 powered single-board computer for HTPC applications

The VIM3L is the latest single-board computer that Khadas is bringing to market, with the company targeting the HTPC market this time. The VIM3L is powered by an Amlogic S905D3 SoC along with 2 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16 GB of eMMC flas...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:25:00 +0200
Buffering videos could soon be a thing of the past on congested Wi-Fi networks. (Source: Getty Images)

Sick of Wi-Fi video buffering? MIT may have found a solution

A team from MIT CSAIL has developed a solution that can dramatically improve streaming video quality over Wi-Fi networks. Dubbed Minerva, it has been shown to reduce buffering by 50 percent and can even improve image fidelity in a...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:53:00 +0200
Orange Pi Zero2: A miniature Raspberry Pi a quad-core SoC and HDMI 2.0 (Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)

Orange Pi Zero2: A miniature Raspberry Pi a quad-core SoC and HDMI 2.0a

Shenzhen Xunlong Software is bringing a new, compact SBC to market. The Orange Pi Zero2 is slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful to boot. The board comes with an Allwinner H6 SoC that integrates four ARM Cortex-A5...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:49:00 +0200
Image via Check Point Research

Security researchers load ransomware onto DSLR over WiFi and encrypt photos in WannaCry-styled attack

A new report by security experts at Check Point Research demonstrates a glaring vulnerability in modern DSLR cameras: Photo Transfer Protocol. Worse yet, the researchers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in PTP/IP, which transf...
Sam Medley, Mon, 12 Aug 2019 23:23:00 +0200
The EMUI 10 beta program will start on September 8 for the P30 and Mate 20 series. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei EMUI 10 teaser video, beta arriving on September 8 for P30 and Mate 20 series

After Huawei presented EMUI 10 at its Developer Conference last week, more details about features and innovations have appeared online. A teaser video for the upcoming Android Q-based OS and promotional pictures offer an insight i...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:58:00 +0200
Orange Pi Zero LTS: A miniature board even by SBC standards. (Image source: AliExpress)

Orange Pi Zero LTS: A new Raspberry Pi alternative that costs US$10 and should run cooler than its predecessor

The Allwinner H2+ powered SBC runs Armbian's Debian and Ubuntu images and measures just 52 x 46 mm. The tiny board features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, up to 512 MB of RAM, USB 2.0 Type-A and a microSD card slot. There is a 26-p...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:33:00 +0200
Huawei's new open-source operating system is now officially HarmonyOS. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei launches Harmony OS

Huawei’s in-house HongMengOS is here and its shipping name is officially HarmonyOS. The idea behind the naming is that is a scalable micro-kernal that can work across internet of things devices right through to TVs, wearables and ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:54:00 +0200
The XFMEXPRESS NVMe cards will be slightly larger than existing microSD cards. (Source: Toshiba Memory America)

Toshiba intros new XFMEXPRESS form factor for PCIe NVMe SSDs

The new form factor is aimed at ultra-mobile devices like smartphones, IoT gateways and embedded systems. XFMEXPRESS NVMe cards will be slightly bigger than microSD cards, but the transfer speeds should match the M.2 form factor d...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 07 Aug 2019 15:03:00 +0200
Microsoft security researchers discover new cyber attack through Internet of Things connected devices

Microsoft security researchers discover new cyber attack through Internet of Things connected devices

A new publication by Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center points out an increasingly popular avenue used for cyber attacks: the Internet of Things (IoT). The publication states that researchers discovered a new attack that explo...
Sam Medley, Tue, 06 Aug 2019 22:01:00 +0200
Huawei will ship a HongMeng OS-based smartphone after all. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's HongMeng OS could soon break cover, feature on a smartphone before end of the year

Huawei’s much ballyhooed in-house operating system HongMeng OS (aka Oak OS) could be revealed this week according to a Chinese report. Although there has been confusion about its capabilities, the same report also suggests we can ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 13:01:00 +0200
The LYRA includes a 3,000 mAh battery and a 5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen display. (Image source: Kickstarter)

Raspberry Pi: Creoqode brings handheld gaming to the Raspberry Pi CM3L with the LYRA

Think of the Creoqode LYRA as a more affordable version of a Smach Z, GPD Win or GPD Win 2. The 5-inch handheld packs a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite that integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and 1 GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, gi...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:26:00 +0200
Image via DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo adds new features to its mapping system, courtesy of Apple Maps

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has added a few new features to its mapping service. These include improved local searches, support for a Dark Mode, and more. The features were added through Apple's MapKit JS framew...
Sam Medley, Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:46:00 +0200
Image via Nature Machine Intelligence

University of California-developed AI taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube in one second

Researchers at the University of California created an AI that taught itself the shortest solution paths in several different one-goal logic puzzles, including a Rubik's Cube, sliding tile puzzles, Lights out, and Sokoban. While t...
Sam Medley, Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:51:00 +0200
 Did the Pi Foundation act hastily? (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Raspberry Pi 4: The Raspberry Pi Foundation brushes off that the RPi 4 has a temperature problem

The internet celebrated the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 4 last month, with its more powerful SoC, USB Type-C port, dual 4K HDMI and up to 4 GB of RAM. However, a few issues are rearing their head, with the Pi Foundation being quic...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:25:00 +0200
PanGu, an STM32MP1 powered Raspberry Pi alternative with a dual-core MPU. (Image source: I2Som)

I2Som PanGu, an STM32MP1 powered Raspberry Pi Linux alternative that costs ~US$72.50

The PanGu is an STMicroelectronics STM32MP1 powered single-board computer (SBC), which should offer good value for money for some developers. The board runs Debian Jesse and Yocto Linux and is available to order from Taobao for 49...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:50:00 +0200
The pi-top [4], a programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4. (Image source: pi-top)

pi-top [4]: A programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage

The pi-top [4] allows you to code and program on the move thanks to its 5-hour internal battery life. The device comes with 14 electronic components including LEDs, buttons and programmable sensors, while it even works with an opt...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:40:00 +0200
An image from an Apple patent application for AR glasses. (Source: Phone Arena)

Apple kills its AR glasses project while Samsung gains new AR glasses patent

Taiwan's DigiTimes reports that Apple has killed its plans for an AR headset citing supply chain sources. Samsung, however, seems to be ploughing on with its AR headset efforts filing a new patent for a foldable headset.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:35:00 +0200
Thanks to its dual NPU architecture, the i700 SoC is able to provide advanced A.I.-enabled face recognition and AR features for IoT devices. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek announces i700 SoC for A.I. IoT applications

Thanks to its dual-NPU design, the i700 SoC provides 5X increased A.I. acceleration when compared to the already available i500 chip. It also features eight ARM Cortex cores, a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU and supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:04:00 +0200
How eSIMs differ from conventional SIMs. (Source: Deutsche Telekom)

eSIM-enabled device shipments are now thought to approach 2 billion by 2025

The latest market analysis indicates that the volume of eSIM-enabled device shipments reached 384 million last year. The resulting projections suggest that this figure will grow to about 2 billion over the next 6 years. Smartphone...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:51:00 +0200
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Kali Linux now available for Raspberry Pi 4

Kali Linux is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. Currently, the distro is only available as a 32-bit OS, but Offensive Security is planning on releasing a 64-bit version soon. In the meantime, security aficionados who have a ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:39:00 +0200
Raspberry Pi: Bring the chill to your Raspberry Pi 4 for just US$20 with an ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan (Image source: Seeedstudio)

Raspberry Pi: Bring the chill to your Raspberry Pi 4 for just US$20 with an ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan

Seeedstudio claims that the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan can reduce Raspberry Pi 4 core temperatures from 80 °C to 40 °C under load, which should eliminate thermal throttling. The ICE Tower is compatible with all previous RPi boards ...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:11:00 +0200
App names trademarked by Huawei, apparently for HongMeng OS (Source: Indiashopps)

Huawei trademarks new apps, most likely to be integrated into HongMeng OS

Although its relationship with the US has improved a lot and last month's troubles seem to be gone, Huawei is working hard on its own operating system. HongMeng OS will replace Android on a wide range of devices and some of its co...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:14:00 +0200
Entry-range fiber connection for Eastern Europe (Romania) in 2019 (Source: Own)

Why everyone needs a fast internet connection

Over the last decade, the speed of internet connections — with a focus on mobile internet and fixed optical fiber connections — available everywhere increased at a tremendous rate. In this article, we take a quick look at the history of this field, focusing on the past, present, and future use cases that benefit from a fast connection.
Codrut Nistor, Sat, 06 Jul 2019 20:52:00 +0200
The ASRock 4x4 BOX-R1000 features a smaller chassis and active cooling. (Source: ASRock)

ASRock launches its smallest Ryzen mini PC yet

The new 4x4 BOX-R1000 is basically the active cooling version of the iBOX-R1000 model launched in April 2019. It comes with a smaller chassis, but the specs are almost the same, except for the supported RAM that has been downgrade...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:57:00 +0200

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