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Ideal for crypto mining? (Image Source: JD.com)

Hasee starts preselling 16.1-inch laptops powered by desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs in China

Hasee is a Chinese laptop maker that is probably most known for its dealings with the crypto miners who recently snagged hundreds of devices during the Bitcoin price boom. It looks like Hasee already managed to secure quite a few ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0100
Inner Mongolia on a map. (Source: Wikipedia)

Crypto mining's upcoming ban in Inner Mongolia may help explain Bitcoin's recent resurgence

Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region of China with an economy best known for cheap power. It has thus reportedly become a magnet for cryptocurrency miners. Apparently, the region does not appreciate this attention, having just o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:26:00 +0100
The ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 TURBO is one of the blower-fan models to get the axe (Image source: ASUS)

NVIDIA's AIB partners are discontinuing blower fan designs for the GeForce RTX 3090

AIBs including Gigabyte and ASUS have removed a number of GeForce RTX 3090 models with a blower-style fan from their websites. A Videocardz report hints that this could be in order to make way for cryptocurrency mining cards with ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 11:03:00 +0100
NVIDIA may revise its entire RTX 30 series product stack to limits its appeal to crypto miners. (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA may re-release the RTX 3080, RTX 3090 and others with anti-mining features built-in; current SKUs to be phased out

While NVIDIA has announced plans to scupper the crypto mining capabilities of the RTX 3060, multiple sources are claiming that the company will extend this to the rest of its RTX 30 series product stack. Apparently, NVIDIA may do ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:44:00 +0100
Nvidia now has GPUs to cater for both the gaming and mining communities. (Image source: Nvidia)

Gamers vs miners: Nvidia announces GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards will come with gamer-friendly hash-rate limiting drivers and reveals new CMP HX processors for crypto mining

Nvidia has announced in an official blog post that the upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards will feature drivers that limit the GPU’s performance if the board is used for crypto mining. At the same time, Team Green has also re...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 16:42:00 +0100
The ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 30 Series White Edition cards are hooked up seemingly ready for crypto mining. (Image source:@ZOTAC_USA)

Updated | ZOTAC antagonizes an army of gamers as it promotes a parade of Gaming GeForce RTX 30 Series White Edition cards as ready for crypto mining duties

The Hong Kong-based video card maker ZOTAC has uploaded an image on Twitter that has already been met by considerable ire from gamers. The picture shows a lineup of White Edition GeForce RTX 30 Series cards that look like they are...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:59:00 +0100
Nvidia's MSRPs for the GeForce RTX 3060 are US$329/€329/£299. (Image source: Nvidia - edited)

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 prices hiked as high as €699.90 (US$849) before February 25 launch as gamers blame crypto miners for retailer gouging tactics

There have been reports of computer part retailers in Europe hiking prices of GeForce RTX 3060 AIB boards before the graphics card is even launched. Nvidia’s MSRPs for the GeForce RTX 3060 are US$329/€329/£299 but retailer prices ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:08:00 +0100
Hundreds of Hasee gaming laptops with Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs have been used in mining farms. (Image source: Godfish BTCer/Nvidia - edited)

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 laptops from Hasee snapped up by the hundreds for a single crypto mining farm in China as business booms

New images and a video of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptops being used for cryptocurrency mining have been shared on Chinese social media. Hundreds of units from the laptop company Hasee can be seen lined up on shelves in a m...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 11 Feb 2021 08:07:00 +0100
Bitcoin value spikes almost 20% in one day with the help of Tesla. (Image Source: TechCrunch)

Bitcoin value hits $48,000 as Tesla announces $1.5 billion BTC purchase and upcoming crypto payments

BTC's bullish run does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. With the latest announcements from Tesla, long-time crypto currency supporter Elon Musk essentially helped raise the value of BTC by almost 20% in a single day.
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:01:00 +0100
Ethereum miners have been taking advantage of powerful RTX 30 series laptops. (Image source: GodfishBTCer/iconfinder - edited)

Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series laptop shortages likely as Ethereum hunters in China turn to mobile mining

A financial blogger on Chinese social media has posted various images of Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series laptops being used for cryptocurrency mining. The rigs on show involve dozens of gaming notebooks stacked up just for hunting do...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 11:02:00 +0100
Crypto miners may disrupt the availability for upcoming laptops featuring the mobile RTX 3000 dGPUs.  (Image Source: Nvidia)

Crypto miners could target laptops next: Nvidia's mobile RTX 3060 Max-P GPU is actually fast enough for ETH mining

The new RTX 3080 cards proved to be quite the crypto mining monsters, but these high-end solutions are still in very short supply. A better and more efficient alternative could be presented by Nvidia's mobile RTX 3000 dGPUs, as su...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 26 Jan 2021 16:57:00 +0100
Bitcoin historical maximum value of US$31,388.38 (Source: Coin Stats)

Bitcoin hits US$30,000 milestone

With a daily low of less than US$29,000 and a maximum price of no less than US$31,388.38, today is a very exciting day for Bitcoin investors. The value of this cryptocurrency is now 25% higher than a week ago, and the monthly grow...
Codrut Nistor, Sat, 02 Jan 2021 16:35:00 +0100
Bitcoin historical maximum value of US$20,735.61 recorded on December 16 2020 (Source: Coin Stats)

Bitcoin breaks the US$20,000 barrier for the first time in history

Today was a very interesting day for Bitcoin, which jumped from an early minimum of US$19,321.08 (reached at 2:30 AM) to the day's — and all-time — highest value of US$20,735.61. With two weeks left until the end of the year, rema...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 16 Dec 2020 17:57:00 +0100
Are crypto miners runing things for gamers across the world once again? (Image Source: 1st Mining Rig)

New financial analysis suggests the Nvidia RTX 3000 ongoing shortages could be pinned on crypto miners

All those scalpers we have been hearing about may actually turn out to be crypto miners hoarding the new RTX 3000 cards for Ethereum mining farms. Analysts somehow discovered that Nvidia has already sold $175 million worth of RTX ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 27 Nov 2020 14:53:00 +0100
Bitcoin's today extremes with a US$1,100+ gap (Source: Coin Stats)

US$25,000 by the end of the year? Bitcoin has reached US$19,000 already

Bitcoin continues its fast road uphill with a new peak reached in a day that started with a low value of around US$18,000. However, everything went smoothly and in just a few hours the well-known cryptocurrency had managed to hit ...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:56:00 +0100
Bitcoin's today peak of US$18,453.87 (Source: Coin Stats)

Bitcoin hits a new peak above US$18,000

Less than two weeks since it managed to hit the US$15,000 threshold, the world's most popular cryptocurrency recorded a 24-hour jump of almost 9 percent and reached the highest value of the year so far — US$18,453.87. Now, can it ...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:50:00 +0100
Bitcoin's today peak of US$15,561.39 hit on November 6, 2020 (Source: Coin Stats)

Bitcoin jumps above US$15,000 to hit the highest value of the year

After struggling around the US$10,000 line for most of the year and with the lowest point of 2020 at US$4,887.52, Bitcoin is now above US$15,000. Earlier today, the world's most popular cryptocurrency has reached the highest value...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:52:00 +0100
The GeForce RTX 3080 could turn out to be the GPU of choice for cryptocurrency miners (Image source: NVIDIA)

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is an Ethereum mining monster: overclocked cards deliver nearly 100 MH/s, double the Radeon RX 5700 XT

Leaked cryptocurrency mining benchmarks suggest that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is set to deliver record-breaking cryptocurrency performance among commercial GPUs. The benchmarks indicate that overclocked RTX 3080s offer nearly t...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:11:00 +0200
The Chrome extensions stole data from over 32 million people (Image source: Panda Security)

“Massive criminal surveillance campaign” of malicious Google Chrome extensions stole data from over 32 million users: do you have these installed?

A report by Awake Security indicates that 70 Google Chrome extensions, downloaded by over 32 million people, have been stealing user data and browsing history on a massive scale. The large-scale operation was enabled by a maliciou...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:56:00 +0200
NVIDIA is now in legal trouble over its 'crypto SKUs'. (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA faces the ire of its investors amidst allegations of crypto-card income hiding

In very recent memory, powerful NVIDIA GPUs normally marketed to gamers became popular among cryptocurrency enthusiasts for their ability to mine. Allegations of misrepresenting the actual amount of money made off this use-case ha...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 20 May 2020 00:07:00 +0200
Microsoft could make cryptomining great again. (Image Source: Kryptographe)

Microsoft could revolutionize cryptomining with user body activity proof-of-work

A recent Microsoft patent details how the cumbersome proof-of-work implementation on current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that has ever-increasing processing power requirements can be replaced with a system that validates user bo...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:24:00 +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
AMD aims to promote the

AMD becomes Blockchain Gaming Alliance member

AMD recently joined the Blockchain Gaming Alliance, the first hardware manufacturer to do so. They aim to provide members with computing platforms to power new, blockchain-based gaming functionality. What are the implications for ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 17:32:00 +0100
Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave, a Chromium-based browser designed around user privacy and anonymity, has finally released version 1.0 after four years in development. The browser has a unique method for upending the traditional ad-revenue basis of website...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:19:00 +0100
The memory log from one of the

Hackers target legacy Windows PCs to mine crypto via BlueKeep exploit

A security researcher discovered the first worm to take advantage of the BlueKeep in older versions of Windows exploit disclosed earlier this year. Machine running Windows 7 and below have a critical security flaw that can allow a...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:58:00 +0100
BTC prices as of 10/27 10:20 PM CST

Bitcoin plummets after quantum supremacy, rallies to end month higher

Bitcoin had a wild ride this week. After dipping over 6% on Wednesday, the cryptocurrency rallied about 30% to finish the week 18% higher. Bitcoin is up over 50% since last October. The most likely causes of the swings this week i...
Sam Medley, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 04:34:00 +0100
On the outside, the Hygon C86 is identical to the original AMD EPYC CPUs, but the internals are slightly customized. (Source: Anandtech)

AMD EPYC CPU clone Hygon C86 developed in China is best suited for cryptographic loads

The Hygon C86 is essentially an AMD EPYC Zen 1 chip with an additional cryptographic layer added by the Chinese joint venture company collaborating with AMD. The chip was manufactured by GlobalFoundries as a proof-of-concept, and ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:14:00 +0200
Facebook Libra is shaking - PayPal bails out

Is Facebook Libra doomed to fail? PayPal withdraws from the project

Libra Association, the 28-member nonprofit organization that was formed back in June 2019 to oversee the creation of Facebook's cryptocurrency and its consumer rollout, has just lost one of its supporters. Sadly, the brand that ha...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 10:55:00 +0200
The digital Yuan is coming. (Source: paymentscardsandmobile)

China to soon launch its own digital currency

China was initially against cryptocurrencies, and that fact that it almost banned crypto-mining should further prove the conservative attitude. However, the impending launch of Facebook's Libra has somehow altered China's adversit...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:35:00 +0200
An infected directory showing files with a

Lilu/Lilocked ransomware has now infected thousands of Linux servers

Lilu (also known as Lilocked) is a relatively new ransomware that is specifically targeting Linux servers. The ransomware has been infecting systems since mid-July and has so far attacked at least 6700 systems. Lilu targets specif...
Sam Medley, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 22:02:00 +0200
The Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit is part of the SD 855. (Source: Qualcomm)

The Snapdragon 855 is the first mobile processor certified to be as secure as a smart card

Qualcomm has announced that its latest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855, is the first CPU for mobile devices to attain the Smart Card Equivalent Security Certification. This means the processor can handle applications normally con...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 26 Jun 2019 03:00:00 +0200
AT&T is currently the only U.S. wireless provider to allow Bitcoin payments for the monthly bills.

Bitcoin can now be used to pay AT&T phone bills

In an effort to improve and expand services for its clients, AT&T is now offering the possibility of using Bitcoin to pay for monthly bills. AT&T is collaborating with BitPay, as many of its clients are already suing this payment ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 24 May 2019 22:06:00 +0200
HTC is planning a cheaper sequel to the Exodus blockchain smartphone dubbed the Exodus 1s. (Source: HTC)

HTC announces plans for the Exodus 1s, a cheaper blockchain smartphone

HTC has announced that it is currently working on the Exodus 1s, a cheaper blockchain smartphone. The device follows in the footsteps of the original Exodus flagship smartphone that is now sold out.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 12 May 2019 03:43:00 +0200
Bitmain is notorious for using its own ASIC miners to mine Bitcoin. (Source: CCN)

Bitcoin miner maker Bitmain cuts own mining hash power by 88%

It is unclear what caused the drastic drop in hash power, but several hypotheses stipulate that Bitmain may have reallocated more hash power towards AI-driven activities, or the company may have rented out most of its hash power t...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 09 May 2019 20:34:00 +0200
Visual representation of Bitcoin, US$40 million Binance theft May 2019 (Source: Getty Images)

Grand Theft Crypto: Hackers steal the equivalent of over US$40 million from Binance

Although the security breach that has just been discovered by Binance impacted the BTC hot wallet only — which contained only about 2 percent of the total BTC holdings of the exchange — the hackers managed to withdraw 7,000 BTC in...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 08 May 2019 08:52:00 +0200
Bitcoin's price has not yet been affected by this piece of news and it looks like the Chinese bans could actually prove to benefit cryptocurrencies. (Source: Hacked)

China ready to ban crypto mining

As the cryptocurrency market is slowly recovering from the drastic corrections that occurred in 2018, China is all set to outright ban all crypto mining activities due to lack of regulations and increasing energy requirements. Ins...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 10 Apr 2019 20:16:00 +0200
Bitwise's report was submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. (Source: The Daily Reckoning)

Study declares 95% of reported bitcoin trading is fake

A comprehensive study carried out by Bitwise Asset Management has come to the conclusion that the majority of reported volume in bitcoin trading is faked. Some unethical bitcoin traders are deliberately manipulating the volume to ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 24 Mar 2019 08:57:00 +0100
Vectordash aims to bring smooth gameplay for systems that do not integrate a gaming GPU by tapping the power of unused cryptomining GPU rigs. (Source: ebay)

Vectordash looking to provide cloud gaming infrastructure through cryptomining GPUs

The game streaming infrastructure envisioned by Vectordash puts GPU-based cryptomining rigs to good use in order to bring a smooth gaming experience for computers that do not integrate dedicated gaming GPUs. The service will first...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:37:00 +0100
OneCoin has been called a get-rich-quick scheme. (Source: Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

Leader of OneCoin cryptocurrency pyramid scheme arrested by US authorities

The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has announced the arrest of Konstantin Ignatov, the so-called “leader” of the supposedly fraudulent OneCoin cryptocu...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 09 Mar 2019 03:23:00 +0100
Despite almost halved gaming GPU sales, Nvidia's revenues for 2018 turned out to be on the plus side. (Source: PCMag)

Nvidia explains disappointing RTX 2080 / 2070 sales, year-over-year gaming GPU sales down 45%

Nvidia's investors can now breathe easy, as the latest fiscal year report shows decent gains throughout 2018. Things are not looking good for gaming GPUs, though, since the report shows sales in this sector were almost halved comp...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:53:00 +0100
JPMorgan Chase will be trialing a digital currency called the JPM Coin. (Source: MarketWatch)

JPMorgan Chase embraces blockchain and creates a cryptocurrency called JPM Coin

CNBC has reported that JPMorgan Chase has developed a new cryptocurrency that will be called JPM Coin. The digital currency will apparently be used in the banking company’s “wholesale payments business.” The JPM Coin will adopt th...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:36:00 +0100
SoftBank sold the entire US$3.6 billion Nvidia stake throughout the month of January. (Source: Android Police)

Nvidia's largest investor pulls out, completes entire stake sale

Last December, the steep depreciation of Nvidia's stock complicated the company's predicament to the point where its largest investor threatened to sell its entire stake. It looks like the green team could not convince the investo...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:49:00 +0100
A new report shows how Nvidia might have misinformed its investors about revenues recorded between mid-2017 – mid-2018. (Source: Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

Nvidia allegedly misinformed investors about crypto mining revenues

Latest report coming from RBC analyst Mitch Steves presents Nvidia misinforming its investors about revenues recorded during the crypto boom of 2017. We're talking about over US$1.3 billion that were not attributed to GPU sold to ...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 05 Feb 2019 23:42:00 +0100
QuadrigaCX lost its founder, and more besides, recently. (Source: QuadrigaCX)

Crypto exchange reportedly loses the equivalent of US$137 million along with its founder

Gerry Cotten, the founder of QuadrigaCX, a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, recently passed away at the untimely age of 30. However, the company's woes quickly escalated as it became apparent that Cotten had not left the password...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 03 Feb 2019 15:02:00 +0100
Bitcoin scammers are targeting Facebook users in comments now. (Source: Flickr)

Scammers are mimicking reputable brands on Facebook in order to steal cryptocurrency

Earlier in the year, reports of some party or parties purporting to be Elon Musk in order to bilk Twitter users out of Bitcoin surfaced online. Now, it seems that this tactic is back, in the form of Facebook comments this time. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Dec 2018 18:57:00 +0100
Image via OnLeaks (w/ edits)

No, the Galaxy S10 will not ship with a cryptocurrency "cold wallet"

Contrary to news circulating earlier today, Samsung has confirmed that rumors of the Galaxy S10 including a cryptocurrency cold wallet are merely speculation. The rumors stem from EU trademark filings made by Samsung earlier this ...
Sam Medley, Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:51:00 +0100
Turing HubblePhone K3-XR crypto pre-order campaign starting December 13 (Source: The Dawn of HubblePhone newsletter)

The Crypto Pre-Order Campaign of the Turing HubblePhone K3-XR next-gen handset will start on December 13

Advertised as a multi-screen 5G smartphone with a professional camera and a mobile gaming console, the HubblePhone K3-XR Copernicus is supposed to arrive in about a year, but there are two more models — Cassini and Herschel — that...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:15:00 +0100
The Bitcoin bubble may not have completely burst, but it's heading in that direction. (Source: NewsBTC)

Bitcoin stays below US$4,000, approaching "capitulation moment"

Bitcoin has closed at a price of US$3,964.89 today, keeping the well-known digital currency under the US$4,000 mark. Its value actually dropped to a low of US$3,505 on November 25 but has managed to gain a little over the last few...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:53:00 +0100
Bitcoin and Litecoin used to be mineable with GPUs, but lately, Ethereum became the go-to cryptocurrency for GPU miners. (Source: CCN)

Asus and Quantumcloud put your idle GPUs to good use

Even though the crypto market is at it its lowest this year, getting some cryptocurrency as passive income never hurt anyone. Asus and Quantumcloud joined forces in order to make it easier for Asus GPU owners to mine cryptocurrenc...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:29:00 +0100
Even though the AIB GPU sales saw a decline in Q3, the overall GPU market (iGPUs and mobility GPUs included) is still on a positive trend.  (Source: playkey.net)

Desktop AIB GPU sales took a 16% y-o-y dive in Q3 2018, with 19.2% decrease over Q2 2018

Jon Peddie Research informs that the GPU market is doing relatively well, even though the AIB GPU sales saw a significant decline. The overall GPU sales (including iGPUs and mobility GPUs) were up 10.64% compared to Q2 2018, and I...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:54:00 +0100

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