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May 28, 2017

How to Test Your Android Device’s USB Charging Speed

Have you noticed that some chargers seem to charge your smartphone faster than others? Or maybe that some USB cables seem to work better than others? Wondering how fast that USB port on your PC can charge your phone?

Today we’ll be checking out several methods for figuring out just how fast your device is charging as well as the maximum capabilities of your chargers, cables, and devices.

 

Method 1: Ampere

One of the quickest and easiest ways to measure how fast your smartphone is charging or discharging is by using the Ampere app, which is available free through the Android Play Store.

Once the app is installed, simply fire it [...]

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May 28, 2017

Acer Launches Predator Z35P Gaming Monitor: 35-inch, 3440×1440, AMVA, G-Sync

For those who enjoy the experience of massive gaming monitors, Acer is quietly launching an updated version of the Predator Z35, the Predator Z35P.

The Acer Predator Z35 is one of the most impressive monitors on the market featuring 35-inches of screen real estate, Nvidia G-Sync support, and a refresh rate of up to 200Hz; however, with a lowly resolution of just 2560×1080, it’s a bit low for 2017.

Given that the resolution is clearly lacking, Acer’s new Predator Z35P remedies this issue by equipping the monitor with a new 35-inch AMVA+ 1800R curved panel featuring a native resolution of up to 3560×1440 (21:9 aspect ratio), 2500:1 contrast [...]

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May 27, 2017

Microsoft Makes Better Version of Windows 10 for China

Last week, Microsoft held a major event in Shanghai, China where the big news of the day was the release of the new Surface Pro. However, that’s not all that was revealed. During the event, Microsoft also revealed that they’re releasing Windows 10 China Government Edition, a custom version of Windows 10 designed specifically for the Chinese government.

The new version of the Windows 10 operating system was designed after two years of cooperation between Microsoft and the Chinese government. Based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, the Windows 10 China Government Edition allows additional functionality such as the ability to use your own encryption, control [...]

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May 27, 2017

Phantom Trigger Alpha Build Now Available on PC

For fans of of school style games, the awesome team at tinyBuild & Bread team have recently announced that the alpha build for Phantom Trigger is now available on PC.

Phantom Trigger is an “8-bit” style throwback to the days of yesteryear. There has been a good number of game developers going the approach of old school style and if you are a fan, this game holds some promise. This neon slasher is a fun button masher with a few puzzle elements mixed in for an enjoyable mix of game play.

You can check the game for yourself now by visiting the official site to download the alpha build.

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May 26, 2017

Thunderbolt 3 to Go Royalty Free, Become Natively Integrated into Future Intel CPUs

Thunderbolt may become as ubiquitous as USB one day as Intel VP Chris Walker recently shared news that Intel is planning to make the Thunderbolt Protocol specification free beginning sometime next year. Intel also shared news that Thunderbolt 3 will be integrated into future CPUs although no information was provided as to which processor would receive integrated Thunderbolt support first.

Thunderbolt 3 has amassed decent popularity over the past few years as a faster external interface alternative to USB 3.1. Current generation Thunderbolt 3 is capable of bandwidth up to 40Gb/s, which is 3x faster than current generation USB 3.1 Gen 2 which features maximum [...]

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May 26, 2017

SoftBank Makes Massive $4 Billion Investment into Nvidia

No question about it, Nvidia is red hot these days thanks to its superior graphics processing technology driving massive increases in datacenter and automotive technology revenue.

It’s then no surprise that Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank wants a piece of the action as a recent report from Bloomberg claims that SoftBank has slowly acquired a$4 billion stake in Nvidia for 4.9% share of the company. This will make SoftBank the 4th largest shareholder of Nvidia behind Fidelity, Vanguard, and PRIMECAP.

While there’s no question that Nvidia is an strong company with strong financials and a strong product to back it up, it’s interesting [...]

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May 26, 2017

AMD Ryzen AGESA Update Improves Memory and Virtualization Support

As with any new hardware, AMD’s Ryzen platform launched earlier this year with plenty of room for improvement.

The latest update AMD has released is an AGESA (AMD Generic Encapsulated System) update which updates the code to v1.0.0.6. For those unfamiliar, AGESA is the base code from AMD which is what motherboard BIOS makers build their BIOSes off of. The new update largely improves memory support and overclocking, but also adds some new virtualization features as well.

The biggest update with AGESA v1.0.0.6 is improved memory support and overclocking. AMD has added 26 new parameters that can be adjusted in the BIOS for memory that doesn’t adhere [...]

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May 26, 2017

T-Mobile Launching DIGITS Service on May 31

Last year, T-Mobile announced DIGITS, a next generation service which will allow customers to utilize their phone number on multiple devices and utilize multiple phone numbers on a single device. At the time it was announced, T-Mobile launched a beta for customers who wanted to try the new service and promised that it would launch sometime next year. That day has come.

In a recent announcement, T-Mobile will be officially launching the DIGITS service beginning May 31st.

On May 31st, T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phone numbers on multiple devices using DIGITS for free. Getting an additional DIGITS number to use will cost an additional $10/month. [...]

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May 24, 2017

LeEco to Lay Off 85% of US Staff Amid Financial Woes

LeEco, the Chinese technology company that charged into the US market like a cannonball on fire, is putting on the brakes as the company appears to be running into financial trouble.

Following its rapid expansion back in 2016 and a huge CES appearance in early 2017, LeEco is reportedly trimming 325 employees, or approximately 85% of its workforce in the US. The decision is a culmination of all of the company’s financial misfortunes which also resulted in a failed $2 billion acquisition of Vizio and the sale of its massive 49 acre Silicon Valley property almost immediately after acquiring it.

Amidst the chaos, the founder of LeEco, Jia Yueting, has stepped [...]

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May 24, 2017

Apple, Nokia Settle Patent Dispute – Nokia Withing Products Return to Apple Store

Apple and Nokia have reportedly settled a patent dispute where Nokia claims that Apple had utilized 32 of Nokia patents without paying licensing fees. As a part of the settlement, Apple has agreed to pay Nokia an upfront fee as well as any long-term patent licensing fees.

Following the patent dispute, both Apple and Nokia have moved beyond the lawsuits and are now pursuing a more synergistic relationship. As a part of their re-kindled friendship, Nokia’s Withing fitness products are now back in Apple’s retail and online stores with the two companies also hinting at a possible collaboration in digital health technology.

 

Source: 9to5 Mac

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