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February 23, 2017

Samsung Announces Exynos 9 8895 10nm Octa-Core SoC: +27% Performance, +40% Power Efficiency

Samsugn Exynos 9 | Source: Samsung

In a recent announcement, Samsung announced their latest 10nm based Exynos 9 8895 SoC. Manufactured on Samsung’s latest 10nm FinFET with an improved 3D structure, the Samsung Exynos 9 8895 features 27% higher performance at a 40% decreased power consumption compared to previous generation 14nm SoCs.

Compute in the Samsung Exynos 9 8895 is powered by eight cores with four 2nd Generation custom Samsung designed cores paired along with four Cortex-A53 high performance cores. Graphics is powered by ARM’s latest Mali G71 GPU. This allows the Exynos 9 8895 to drive resolutions up to WQUXGA [...]

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February 23, 2017

Review: Eero Home Mesh Wi-Fi System

WiFi That Works

Around this time last year, I stumbled upon the Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System. At the time, the concept of mesh Wi-Fi was really limited to just high end enterprise systems that typically used it to blanket places like stadiums, shopping malls, and hotels. Using it in the home however, was pretty much unheard of even though homes are a perfect use case for mesh Wi-Fi. Unless of course you were some sort of network engineer or you had some serious money to invest in a real Wi-Fi system along with an IT team to manage it.

Noticing the market opportunity for mesh Wi-Fi in the home, the team at Eero unveiled their cloud based mesh Wi-Fi system focusing on performance, [...]

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February 23, 2017

Razer Launches Power Bank for Blade Stealth Laptop, Mobile Devices

In a recent announcement, Razer has launched the new Razer Power Bank designed to be used with the Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ laptop.

Constructed out of CNC aluminum, the Razer Power Bank packs a 12,800 mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, providing the Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ laptop with an additional six hours of battery life on a two hour charge.

In addition to compatibility with the Razer Blade Stealth, the Razer Power Bank is also compatible with your other USB powered mobile as it also includes both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports.

The Razer Power Bank will be available beginning in March for $149.99.

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February 23, 2017

Microsoft Releases Patch for Adobe Flash Player on Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge

Check your Windows Updates as Microsoft has just released a new patch for the notoriously insecure Adobe Flash player running on the equally notoriously insecure Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

According to the patch notes, an attacker could execute malicious code on a exploited system by directing users to a specially crafted website designed to exploit the vulnerabilities.

In a web-based attack scenario where the user is using Internet Explorer for the desktop, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit any of these vulnerabilities through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. An attacker [...]

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February 22, 2017

ARRIS Acquires Ruckus Wireless, ICX Switch Business for $800 Million

In a recent announcement, ARRIS and Broadcom announced that they’ve entered an agreement for ARRIS to acquire Broadcom’s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business, a business Broadcom acquired with their acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems late last year. The acquisition, which will cost ARRIS $800 Million plus the cost of unvested employee stock awards will follow the completion of Broadcom’s acquisition of Brocade.

The inclusion of Ruckus’s networking technologies will help expand ARRIS’s product portfolio from the consumer wired and wireless networking market to education, commercial and enterprise as well. According to [...]

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February 22, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 Surges to Amazon Best Seller as Pre-Orders Start Today

Amazon CPU Best Seller List February 22, 2017 | Source: Amazon

For the first time in a very, very long time, Intel has been ousted from Amazon’s Best Seller list for CPUs with AMD now taking three of the top four spots on the list. The most popular AMD Ryzen 7 CPU is the Ryzen 7 1700X, followed by the Ryzen 7 1800X. The only Intel holdout at this moment is the Intel Core i7-7700K which is still clinging on to a top three spot although the Ryzen 7 1700 isn’t far behind at the number four spot.

Revealed earlier this morning, AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 processors have been shown to be very competitive against Intel’s current [...]

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February 22, 2017

Sony Makes World’s Fastest SD Card, Speeds up to 300MB/s

Sony SF-G32 Memory Card | Source: Sony

Looking for the fastest SD card ever? Sony has you covered. In a recent release, Sony introduced the world’s fastest SD card designed for professional photographers and videographers for use with high end DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

The new line of SD cards which Sony refers to as the SF-G Series will feature speeds up to 300MB/s reads and 299MB/s writes with devices that support the SD card UHS-II standard. This has been achieved thanks what Sony refers to as their “unique firmware” programmed into the SD cards.

The Sony SF-G Series SD cards will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and [...]

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February 22, 2017

Nvidia to Launch GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at GDC 2017

There’s no question that AMD has stolen the thunder over the past few weeks with the launch of their highly anticipated Ryzen CPUs, but Nvidia wants you to know that they have something coming out as well.

Nvidia recently added a popover on their site which includes a countdown timer that’s about 6 days and a bit away (February 28th) with the line “IT’S ALMOST TIME #ULTIMATEGEFORCE” with the bolded TI of course referring to the upcoming flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.

No additional details of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080Ti were provided at this time however, according to previous rumors, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is [...]

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February 22, 2017

AMD to Reveal New Vega GPU Details at Capsaicin & Cream 2017 Event at GDC

AMD Capsaicin & Cream Event

AMD recently sent out invitations to their upcoming Capsaicin & Cream event expected to take place at GDC 2017.

According to the invite, AMD will kick off the event at 10:30AM PT on February 28 where they will talk about some of the hottest new graphics and VR technologies. This includes some “exciting details surrounding Vega“, which is AMD’s highly anticipated enthusiast GPU expected to launch in in the 1H2017. AMD will also broadcast a livestream as well for those not able to attend GDC.

Be sure to check out the full invitation which includes the full schedule of GDC sessions [...]

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February 22, 2017

T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U in Spring 2017, Aims to Boost Speed and Capacity

T-Mobile Projected Coverage Map 2017 | Source: T-Mobile

Although T-Mobile is generally associated with competitive pricing, strong marketing, and better-than-the-competition customer service, you simply don’t get 8 million new customers per year, 3 years in a row without seriously investing into network infrastructure.

Over the past few years, T-Mobile has taken the lead on rolling out numerous next generation network technologies including Wideband LTE, VoLTE, WiFi Calling, Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and according to a recent announcement, T-Mobile is also planning to roll out LTE-U this Spring. LTE-U has been a [...]

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