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The new Microsoft Edge is now available for download. (Image via Microsoft)

Life on the Edge: Microsoft's new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser is here

The new, Chromium-based version of Microsoft's Edge browser is now available for download. While the browser is similar to other Chromium browsers, there are a few sync features that are missing. Microsoft plans to update Windows ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:16:00 +0100
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Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT: A fanless mini PC that can't take the heat

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT is a rugged but silent mini PC suited for IT deployments and enterprise use. Unfortunately, the little desktop's performance suffers under load, primarily because of thermal throttling.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:48:00 +0100
Extreme events like the bushfires are likely to become more common (Image source: BBC)

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 crisi...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
FireFox voice gives you Siri-like control over the FireFox browser (Image source: Wikipedia)

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 lang...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
Your Tesla could soon talk to nearby people (Image source: Wikipedia)

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 fl...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:09:00 +0100
AnyConnect has developed the Smarter Camera platform. (Source: AnyConnect)

CES 2020 | Asus and AnyConnect partner up to push Smarter Cameras to the Edge

The Smarter Camera platform is an AI-powered solution for the future of industries such as security, logistics and retail. It has been developed by the company AnyConnect, which has just announced a partnership with Asus to delive...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 22:18:00 +0100
openEuler Linux taking off, source code available for download (Source: openEuler)

Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler goes live — source code available as well

With the arrival of the source code on Gitee, Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler Linux distro is taking one step forward. However, this notable effort by the Chinese tech giant is currently sabotaged by its unfinished website and doc...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:59:00 +0100
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CES 2020 | Samsung's NEONs are basically just deepfake-esque digital assistants

Have you ever met an artificial? You will soon be able to, thanks to STAR Lab's project NEON. Despite the marketing claims of intelligent, artificial life, NEON looks more akin to a deepfake video tethered to an Internet-connected...
Sam Medley, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:40:00 +0100
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CES 2020 | The Lenovo Yoga 5G is the world's first 5G PC

Lenovo's new Yoga 5G, which the company showed off at CES today, is the world's first 5G PC. The convertible sports Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx platform. Thanks to its nine individual antennas, the Yoga 5G can connect to 5G netw...
Sam Medley, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
Smart hubs might pose greater privacy and security risks than anticipate (Image source: SiriusXM)

Update | 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...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 20:40:00 +0100
Mr. Smashy's hacking module (Image source: @THESMASHY)

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.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:10:00 +0100
Star Trek's subspace communication could be a reality, thanks to quantum entanglement. (Image via Away Mission)

Scientists used quantum entanglement to instantly transfer data between two chips

In a paper recently published in Nature magazine, researchers claim to have transferred data using the measurement of the states of quantum particles that are connected via quantum entanglement. Quantum entanglement is the physica...
Sam Medley, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 05:08:00 +0100
What is Neon? Your guess is as good as ours. (Image via

So long Bixby, hello Neon: Samsung's latest A.I. project teased for CES 2020

Samsung is generating quite a buzz with a mysterious new project. Dubbed Neon, the unknown product is focused around A.I., asking us if we've "ever met an 'ARTIFICIAL.'" While there is little information outside of some press mate...
Sam Medley, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 04:03:00 +0100
OPPO believes the 5G era has begun in earnest. (Source: EE)

50 carriers worldwide have 5G services by now

50 carriers in 27 different locations had set up 5G networks by October 2019, whereas over 300 others in about 109 additional markets may be preparing to do so. This is in accordance with some of the latest research on 5G deployme...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 19:08:00 +0100
Apple allegedly plans to beam data straight to iPhones (Image source: NASA)

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 su...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 08:19:00 +0100
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Google acquires indie game developer Typhoon to bolster Stadia

Google announced yesterday that it has acquired Typhoon, an independent game developer. Typhoon's first game, Journey to the Savage Planet, is due out January 28, 2020. While Google has not given much detail surrounding the acquis...
Sam Medley, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 05:29:00 +0100
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Several Ring home cameras breached, recycled passwords likely to blame

Multiple families have reported their Ring cameras have been accessed by unknown third parties. The bad actors were able to access the video feeds and speakers of the cameras to frighten members of the affected households, includi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:35:00 +0100
Google has imaged the places where 98% of earth's population lives. (Image via Google Earth)

Google has imaged 98% of the inhabited Earth

Google announced on Friday that it has imaged over 10 million miles of roads and paths in Street View. Additionally, Google Earth has now imaged over 36 million square miles of the earth's surface, which covers 98% of the inhabite...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:22:00 +0100
Visible light communication can enable local networks using everyday fittings. (Source: Medium)

The visible light communication market may exceed US$100 billion in value by 2024

Visible light communication is a form of wireless technology that uses radiation in the visible to infra-red light spectrum to transmit data. It is seen as an increasingly robust and reliable way of doing so, and needs not much mo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 20:10:00 +0100
AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review

AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review

Please Repeat! With the Fritz! WLAN Repeater family, AVM offers a range of small devices for quickly and easily extending the range of Wi-Fi networks. In this review, we shall consider the four new repeaters and one from the older series and clarify which are suitable for certain uses.
Klaus Hinum, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:16:00 +0100
eSIMs may have a bright future. (Source: Medium)

The eSIM market is now thought to be worth US$700 million by the end of 2019

The eSIM market is thought to be capable of growing rapidly in terms of shipment volumes until 2025. New research on the same subject now shows that its value will exceed US$700 million by the end of the year. This may be driven b...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:37:00 +0100
The new Runn treadmill tracker. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone

Those who use treadmills might want to keep track of their speed, incline and other metrics as they work out. The Runn is a new gadget that captures this data and sends it right to a compatible fitness app. It is up for pre-order ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:16:00 +0100
A theoretical light computer. (Image via

Researchers develop first electro-optical processor, bridging the gap between electrical- and light-based computers

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a new device that can transmit, encode, and decode information either through light or electrons. The new device should bridge the gap between traditional computers and new light com...
Sam Medley, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 17:21:00 +0100
The Reolink Argus 2. (Source: Reolink)

Deal | Get about 30% off Reolink's best-rated, PoE or wireless security cameras

Reolink has announced its Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. It includes 31% off the Argus 2, which has been named the best 2019 home security camera (outdoor) by PCMag. There is also 25% off the 355-degree-panning E1 Pro Wi-Fi camer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:39:00 +0100
The new heartbeatz Apple Watch heart rate bridge. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

A new gadget can transfer Apple Watch heart-rate tracking to workout machines

North Pole Engineering has launched heartbeatz, a new device that acts as a bridge between an Apple Watch and any exercise bike or treadmill with ANT+. This enables the machine in question to display heart rate information directl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:56:00 +0100
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Google Stadia upscales games to 4K rather than rendering them natively at 4K as advertised

According to multiple outlets, some games on Google's Stadia streaming service are not rendered natively at 4K, like Google advertised them to be. Rather, some titles are rendered at lower resolutions and then upscaled to 4K once ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:08:00 +0100
Some more Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem specs. (Source: Qualcomm)

AT&T approves Qualcomm’s new 9205 LTE modem for its IoT bands

AT&T now maintains specific bands for internet of things (IoT) devices and other low-power 4G/LTE applications. To this end, the carrier has just validated the new 9205 modem for these kinds of networks and ecosystems. This Qualco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:42:00 +0100
PrinCube: The world's smallest mobile colour printer that can print on all surfaces. (Image source: TheGodThings)

PrinCube: The world's smallest mobile colour printer has raised over US$3.2 million in crowdfunding

TheGodThings claims that the PrinCube is the smallest mobile colour printer on the market. Better still, the device can print on all surfaces and fits in the palm of your hand. The PrinCube costs US$109 and ships next month.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:37:00 +0100
LattePanda Delta 432: An SBC that packs a punch. (Image source: DFRobot)

LattePanda: The Intel-powered Raspberry Pi competitor is now available to purchase globally

The LattePanda is now available to purchase worldwide. The powerful single-board computer (SBC) incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, 4 GB of LPDRR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage. The SBC supports USB Power Deli...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:33:00 +0100
Huawei may get slight reprieve in US markets with extension of trade waiver

Huawei may get slight reprieve in US markets with extension of trade waiver

Despite the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Huawei received a small reprieve in the way of a general license allowing U.S. firms to transact with the Chinese telecom giant. That license is set to expire on Monday, bu...
Sam Medley, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 01:01:00 +0100
NUVIA Inc founders John Bruno, Gerard Williams III, and Manu Gulati. (Image via NUVIA, distributed by Reuters)

Former Apple executives found NUVIA Inc with hopes to take on Intel and AMD

NUVIA, a new company founded by three former executives with experience in designing and manufacturing Apple CPUs and SoCs, has officially been announced. NUVIA will manufacture hardware for use in data centers with a focus on del...
Sam Medley, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:32:00 +0100
John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence

John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence

John Carmack, the creator of Doom and a pioneer of virtual reality, is stepping down as the CTO of Oculus to focus on artificial general intelligence, which can be considered a super-powered version of artificial intelligence. Car...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 05:31:00 +0100
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
Image via Apple

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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