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iMac Pro review: Hard to upgrade, but holy Jony Ive it’s fast

posted onFebruary 19, 2018
by l33tdawg

Some high-end professional Mac users are frustrated, and they have been for years.

The current Mac Pro received a lukewarm reception when it began shipping in 2013, and it has been preserved in amber ever since. The MacBook Pro went with few substantial updates for a long period of time after 2012. And when Apple overhauled its video editing software and released Final Cut Pro X in 2011, many editors were turned off by its compromises.

Slow iPhone X sales turning out to be a huge headache for Samsung too

posted onFebruary 19, 2018
by l33tdawg

It's not just Apple feeling the effects of lackluster iPhone X sales.

Samsung is also now grappling with the same problem. Since Apple relies on the Korean tech giant for the iPhone X's expensive display panels, it is now searching for a new buyer, according to a report from Nikkei.

Google is good at building phones but terrible at selling them

posted onFebruary 13, 2018
by l33tdawg

With the recent acquisition of one of HTC's smartphone teams, Google appears more committed than ever to being a smartphone hardware maker. The company still has a long way to go to reach a substantial customer base, though. The research director for IDC, Francisco Jeronimo, shared some interesting smartphone shipment numbers from the IDC's quarterly industry report.

These Are The Best GPUs For Ethereum Crypto-Mining

posted onFebruary 9, 2018
by l33tdawg

No question about it, Ethereum is a hot topic these days, with the burgeoning new cryptocurrency currently on pace to intersect and even outpace Bitcoin's market cap valuation. Though it suffered some wild volatility as of late, the open-source, blockchain-based currency platform is on a tear with hobbyists and enthusiasts looking to download and crunch transaction workloads for the ecosystem, on high end desktop PCs.

Google Flips the Switch on Its Pixel Visual Core

posted onFebruary 6, 2018
by l33tdawg

When Google launched its Pixel 2 flagship smartphone last year, it included something of a surprise: A co-processor called Pixel Visual Core, the company’s first homegrown, consumer-facing piece of silicon. And while that feels like a momentous foray, the co-processor has lain dormant for months. Monday, Pixel Visual Core goes to work.

Apple working on three new Macs using its own ARM co-processors

posted onJanuary 29, 2018
by l33tdawg

Apple has been slowly expanding its chip design process. Starting with the A4 back in 2010, its latest A11 Fusion 64-bit ARM SoC powers the 2017 model iPhones. And Apple hasn't stopped there, creating its own GPU and a neural AI chip. According to a new report, the company could be expanding its chips even further, with three of its coming Mac products likely having custom Apple ARM co-processors.

What to expect from Apple’s HomePod launch

posted onJanuary 29, 2018
by l33tdawg

Two Fridays from now, Apple’s HomePod will arrive in stores. While hard-core Apple fans will get to enjoy the most exciting unboxing experience since December’s iMac Pro launch, everyone else will be waiting on the sidelines for real world opinions on the $349 smart speaker.

Given how hot the smart speaker market has been recently, why wait? Apart from its high price, HomePod is launching in what some might call “beta” form, including some rough edges and omitting some promised features. Here’s what you should expect next week.

DJI's New Drone Is Tiny, Light, and Practically Uncrashable

posted onJanuary 24, 2018
by l33tdawg

Drone-maker DJI announced a new hobby aircraft today, one that weighs just a shade under a pound, fits in a jacket pocket, and is capable of flying itself.

The Mavic Air ships on January 28 for $799. At that price, it hovers in DJI's lineup between the $499 DJI Spark, the gesture-controlled flyer released last year, and the more capable $999 Mavic Pro.

Android makers want to copy the iPhone X’s Face ID, but it’s not that easy

posted onJanuary 11, 2018
by l33tdawg

As soon as the iPhone X became official, various reports said that Android device makers will be quick to steal one its signature features, the 3D facial recognition system that’s more sophisticated than what’s found on Android counterparts.

Since then, more reports have emerged detailing Apple’s various moves to secure 3D modules supply for future device supposed to support Face ID, including 2018 iPhone X successors and new iPads. Android device makers are also looking to make use of the same components, but they may take their time copying Face ID.