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CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
CES 2018 | MSI's Vortex W25 is one of the slimmest workstation PCs around
MSI will launch this year the workstation variant of its G25 gaming compact PC. The W25 will feature gen 8 Core or Xeon CPUs, Nvidia Quadro GPUs, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, HDD+NVMe combos and VR-ready compliance.
Nvidia wants retailers to prioritize gamers over cryptominers
Availability for the GTX 1000 series cards is severely hit by shortages at all major retailers, driving prices to nearly double MSRP due to increased cryptomining demands. Nvidia is now trying to appease the angry gamers who cannot find decent supplies by limiting orders from major retailers to 2 products per person. Additionally, Nvidia is also selling the ...
Fujitsu announces three new Esprimo desktops, a Quadro equipped Celsius notebook, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software
Fujitsu caps off a busy week with three new desktops, a 17.3-inch workstation notebook with an Nvidia Quadro 5000, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software which removes part of a file and uploads it to a company server to make the original file unreadable.
SK Hynix lists GDDR6 memory as available
SK Hynix has listed the status of GDDR6 memory in its Q1 2018 Databook as available with speeds starting from 10 Gbps and reaching up to 14 Gbps.
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AMD hit by double class action suit over Spectre vulnerabilites
Rosen and Pomerantz law firms representing AMDs investors claim that the processor maker had prior knowledge about the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Investors are also claiming that the stock prices have dropped upon the release of BIOS updates for the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability.
CES 2018 | Zotac showcases "credit card" pico PCs powered by Gemini Lake CPUs
The PI226 and PI336 are the world's smallest mini PCs, but that does not mean their performance is lacking. These are powered by Intel's 6.5 W TDP Celeron 4000 / 4100 SoCs that integrate the UHD 600 iGPUs and come with 4 GB of LPDDR4 plus 32 GB eMMC of internal storage.
Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works
Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom
F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches
Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
CES 2018 | ECS presents new mini PC models with Gemini Lake processors
The Liva Q2, Z2 and One SoC ultra-compact form-factor mini PCs will feature Intel Celeron and Pentium SoCs with 10 W TDP and improved media processing, which finally allow for the inclusion of DDR4 RAM.
CES 2018 | Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks
Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
CES 2018 | Asus ROG Strix Flare is a mechanical keyboard with flair, and the Asus Bezel-Free Kit makes multi-monitor seamless
With the ROG Strix Flare, Asus has added on-board programmability and moved some of the media control keys to improve reachability. Their Bezel-Free Kit is in the concept stage, but uses optical tricks to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
CES 2018 | Intel showcases 58 GB and 118 GB Optane 800p SSDs
The Optane 800p SSDs can act as cache memory, as well as regular storing devices, and the 1W idle state makes them ideal for laptops.
CES 2018 | The Asus ROG Strix GL12 is an E-Sports orientated PC with a hot-swappable SSD bay on the front panel
The ROG Strix GL12 has an angular design that Asus says was inspired by a ninja's mask.
CES 2018 | HP introduces Omen Game Streaming service to create your own Geforce Now style server, and the 65-inch Omen X 65 display
HP announces the 65-inch 120 Hz Omen X Big Format Gaming Display with G-sync, and the Omen Game Streaming service that is similar to Steam in-home streaming but can stream to remote locations over the internet.
CES 2018 | Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors
Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.
CES 2018 | Dell's new 24- and 27-inch monitors are claimed to be the brightest ultra-thin monitors available
Dell's new ultrathin monitors combat bright home and office setups with up to 600 nit brightness, while also being well suited to multi-monitor setups thanks to their InfinityEdge bezels.
CES 2018 | Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect
Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
CES 2018 | Asus showcases three new mini PC models
The Chromebox 3 mini PC sports a diminutive case, but supports gen 8 Intel Celeron Silver quad-core CPUs. The more advance PN40 and PB40 can accommodate CPUs up to Pentium Silver and feature cases that allow for easy upgrades.
Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security updates have been bricking AMD machines
Microsoft has halted some security updates for AMD-powered computers due to said updates apparently bricking people's machines. Microsoft blames inaccurate documentation provided by AMD.
CES 2018 | NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
CES 2018 | Nvidia presents 65-inch 4K @120Hz G-Sync HDR gaming display
The Big Format Gaming Display initiative from Nvidia brings the G-Sync technology to large TV screens with diagonals of at least 65-inch. These large screens are also HDR compliant and come standard with a [email protected] HZ resolution, but do not feature integrated TV tuners. Nvidia claims the BFGDs will have latencies close to regular PC monitors and the first mode...
CES 2018 | Rivet announces new Killer AC-1550-WiFi module reaching up to 1.3 Gbps
Rivet Networks new Killer Wireless AC-1550 module is based on Intels brand new 9260/9250 WiFi chipset and branded as the fastest 2x2 WiFi module on the market today. Reaching up to 1.73 Gbps theoretical and 1.3 Gbps real throughput, it could easily compete with Gigabit ethernet, at least on a short distance.
CES 2018 | Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND
At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
CES 2018 | MSI GT75VR to ship with Killer Wireless-AC 1550, Trident 3 gets Coffee Lake and GTX 1080 upgrades
Some of MSI's more popular models are getting slight SKU updates this year including wireless speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps.
CES 2018 | Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform
One day before CES, AMD has announced two Raven Ridge APUs for the well-known AM4 desktop platform. The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are entry-level offerings, however we still expect them to deliver great performance.
CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics
After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Intel NUC Hades Canyon crams in a 100 W Kaby Lake-G CPU in a 1.2 liter chassis
The Radeon RX Vega M GH will be on par with the GTX 1060 Max-Q in a chassis that's a fraction of the size of a laptop. Its 230 W power supply and 100 W CPU, however, have our heads scratching about heat dissipation and fan noise in such a small design.
CES 2018 | Intel's new 802.11ax Wi-Fi portfolio promises 40% higher data rates and enhanced packet efficiency
Intel will be expanding its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for 2x2 and 4x4 home routers. The new IEEE standard promises 40% higher peak data rates and increased average throughput in congested environments.
CES 2018 | ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors
ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMini GTX small form factor PC.
Intel's new 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 controller brings support for DisplayPort 1.4
Intel has announced upgraded Thunderbolt 3 controllers belonging to the JHL7x40 series, codenamed 'Titan Ridge'. The new controllers retain the 40 Gbps bandwidth and add support for the DisplayPort 1.4 specification.
HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging
The rugged redesign should help these education-centric Chromebooks survive the chaos and destruction that is the K-12 grade school classroom.
Zotac announces this year's mini PC updates
The 2018 Zotac mini PCs will get CPUs ranging from Gemini Lake ultra-low voltage chips to six-core gen 8 processors from Intel. The fanless models will feature redesigned chassis that support processors with TDPs up to 25 W, allowing for pre-overclocked Kaby Lake-R processors.
CES 2018 | G.Skill's new Sniper X DDR4 memory comes with a touch of camouflage
G.Skill has announced the availability of Sniper X DDR4 3600 RAM in a camouflage design that complements gaming PCs. G.Skill offers capacities up to 128 GB and the modules come with support for XMP 2.0.
Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018
The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
CES 2018 | Two new Lenovo ThinkVision monitors: The ridiculously thin X24, and the highly color-accurate P32u
Lenovo has announced two new ThinkVision monitors. One is a sleek looking FullHD monitor with a slim body and thin bezels, while the other runs at 4K, boasts a higher degree of color accuracy, and supports a wider range of movement and more inputs.
Consumer NVIDIA GPUs cannot be used in datacenters henceforth
Recent changes to NVIDIA's EULA prohibits datacenter deployment of their consumer grade GeForce GPUs apart from those used for blockchain processing. This being seen as a move to curb deployment of cost-effective GeForce GPUs for half-precision Deep Neural Network processing.
The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP
Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
Razer Core V2 + Blade Stealth (i7-8550U) Review
A technological Swiss Army knife for the living room. Razer's Core V2 makes anything possible, transforming a slim, unprepossessing ultrabook into a serious gaming PC in seconds. With its dedicated bandwidth, the additional TI82 controller lends the graphics card even more power compared to the previous Razer graphics enclosure. But is it worth investing your hard-earned cash in this device? And how smoothly do games run on the dock? We used several benchmarks and two graphics cards to answer those questions.
iMac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable RAM and SSD but it's not for the faint-hearted
While the new iMac Pro is not end-user upgradeable, Apple component supplier, OWC, did a teardown of the latest iMac Pro base model and found that the RAM and SSD can actually be upgraded if needed.
Apple's Lisa OS source code to be released for free in 2018
Apple and Computer History Museum will jointly release the source code for Lisa, one of Apple's first commercial OSs to feature the GUI. The source code, currently being reviewed by Apple, will be made available for free in the public domain very soon.
Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' burrows into PC BIOSs causing boot issues
The latest Ubuntu release has a bug in the Intel SPI driver in the Linux kernel that seems to be corrupting UEFI firmware on certain Lenovo and Acer laptops leaving users with no options to change UEFI settings or select an alternative boot method.
First pictures of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 5 GB surface online
The first pictures of the rumored NVIDIA GTX 1060 5 GB SKU card have surfaced online. The new Gigabyte card is identical to the GTX 1060 6 GB Windforce OC but comes with the NVIDIA GP106-350-K3-A1 GPU that supports up to 5 GB GDDR5 memory and reduced memory bandwidth.
NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM
NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
AMD Promontory 400-series chipset with support for next gen Ryzen coming soon
We could soon see AMD launch its 400-series chipset close to Ryzen 2000's launch early next year. Existing 300-series boards will, however, continue to be compatible with the next generation Ryzen CPUs.
32-bit NVIDIA drivers will soon be passe
The upcoming version 390 of NVIDIA's graphic driver will be the last to officially support 32-bit OSs. Barring a year's more time of security support for 32-bit drivers, all new features and enhancements will take the 64-bit route going forward.
Zotac Amp Box eGPU dock promises compatibility with any Thunderbolt 3 PC
The Amp Box will be the smallest Thunderbolt 3 eGPU dock with an upgradeable graphics card.
Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP
Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.
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