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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.

AMD’s 2018 roadmap: Desktop APUs in February, second-generation Ryzen in April

posted onJanuary 8, 2018
by l33tdawg

AMD has used CES to lay out its plans for 2018. Over the first half of the year, the company is going to release the final missing members of the Ryzen product line-up. Starting in April and continuing into the second half of the year, Ryzen will start rolling out a refreshed version of its Zen core. We'll also see a more complete GPU line-up released over the next year—but there aren't plans to release a more mainstream Vega-based GPU range.

A practical guide to microchip implants

posted onJanuary 3, 2018
by l33tdawg

When Wisconsin-based tech company Three Square Market offered to pay for its employees to be voluntarily microchipped last summer, the Internet was aghast. But just days before the so-called “chip party” at the 3SM company headquarters, people at the DEFCON hacking conference were eagerly lining up and paying to get microchip implants injected into the subdermal fascia between their thumbs and forefingers.