AMD’s Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, have occupied a weird space the past few years – not many people found the idea of a gaming processor with CPU + GPU cores that compelling. But the company’s upcoming Raven Ridge APUs will combine Ryzen CPU cores with Vega Graphics cores, and now some performance numbers have leaked. A Geekbench result popped up yesterday for a quad-core, eight-thread APU called the Ryzen 5 2500U, getting around 30% higher performance than the existing A12-9800 APU. These chips are expected to arrive by the end of this year or CES in January. But would you guys ever consider getting an APU, especially after what the last one pulled at Christmas dinner last year? So rude. Leave a comment.
Since Apple unveiled the iPhone X, with its Face ID security system, people have been debating just how secure it actually is. One twitter user asked Apple software chief Craig Federighi whether a thief could take his phone, point it at his face to unlock it, and run away. Federighi responded, saying you can disable Face ID by pressing the buttons on both sides of the phone. So now you know what to do if you’re captured by bad guys and they reeeally want to see your texts. But someone else who’s concerned is US Senator and former SNL member Al Franken, who wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for clarification on a number of their claims. Where is the facial biometric data being stored? And where did the more than one billion images Apple claims to have used to train their algorithm come from? Franken wants Cook to respond by Oct 13th. Or else. He’ll talk bad about ol’ Tim in the Senate. And you know how nasty they can get.
And here’s an interesting new expansion card to add to your PC: the BrainChip Accelerator for Neuromorphic Computing. That’s a contender to replace Carbon Nanotubes as my uber-nerd meme. Anyways, Neuromorphic computing apparently means mimicking how a human brain operates by processing large amounts of data in bursts over a short period of time. The 8-lane Accelerator can speed up object recognition by 6 times, and is targeted toward video surveillance applications, or, people who are slowly trying to make their desktop PC into self-aware entity, who will then ask why you gave it the curse of sentience when all it can do is sit on your desk and run Minecraft for you. ….
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The much-hyped Essential phone has launched to somewhat lukewarm reception, but its makers hope the addition of a 3.5 mm audio jack module will help with that. As long as it doesn’t take a redistribute your credit card information. Should be ok.
An unnamed source, don’t ya love those, told Reuters that Alphabet is considering dropping 1 billion dollars as an investment into Lyft, because Lyft is already working with Google’s Waymo on self-driving cars, and Uber is just a hot mess, always, it seems like.
Lenovo wants you to know Android tablets are still a thing: they’ve launched the Tab 4 series, all running Android Nougat, even though Android 8.0 Oreo is out. But tablets are still cool! Netflix. They work with Netflix.
IBM researchers have successfully simulated the molecular structure of beryllium hydride! That’s a contender too. Not as good though. The reason that’s a big deal is because they did it with the IBM Q quantum computer, so one day, we wouldn’t even need to do chemistry, we could just simulate it, and then chemists would just be gamers. Future’s bright.
Kailh has unveiled their new compact Mini Chocolate mechanical keyswitches with a linear red version, Brown Tactile version, and White Clicky version. So hopefully we see more laptops with mechanical keyboards or just smaller mechanical keyboards. They’re all pretty huge.
And Assassin’s Creed Origins has released a new trailer that has gotten me from not interested at all to slightly interested, revealing the bad guys, the Order of the Ancients, because the Templars weren’t around in Ancient Egypt. Last AC game I played was 3 – were the other ones good? Will you play this one? Lemme know in the comments.
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