Month: May 2021

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti’s Final Specs May Have Just Been Leaked

After months of build-up, we finally see a GPU-Z validation (courtesy of Matthew Smith) for Nvidia’s looming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. Barring any last-second surprises, the information from the validation entry should be the final specifications of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

If you haven’t been following the rumor mill, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti utilizes the GA102 silicon. The submission fails to specify the exact die revision, but we expect it to come with the new silicon with an improved Ethereum anti-mining limiter. With 80 enabled Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs), the Ampere graphics card debuts with 10,240

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Graphs as a foundational technology stack: Analytics, AI, and hardware

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How would you feel if you saw demand for your favorite topic — which also happens to be your line of business — grow 1,000% in just two years’ time? Vindicated, overjoyed, and a bit overstretched in trying to keep up with demand, probably.

Although Emil Eifrem never used those exact words when we discussed the past, present, and future of graphs, that’s a reasonable projection to make. Eifrem is chief executive officer and cofounder of Neo4j, a graph database company that claims to have popularized the term

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Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Although gaming handhelds have been around since the days of the Nintendo Game Boy, the Nintendo Switch definitely kicked up interest by a notch, revealing a potentially profitable market for portable devices that can run AAA titles, even in medium or low settings only. That, in turn, has created a series of devices and concept designs inspired by the Switch, except running PC hardware and PC games instead. Given that trend, it’s not surprising to hear that Valve, best known for the Steam PC gaming platform, is planning to jump into that fray and no later than the end of

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FireOS: does Amazon’s software compete with Android?

Ever since Google’s Android operating system debuted back in 2010, it’s allowed other vendors to create their own take on it, from smartphones to tablets.

Amazon has done precisely that with FireOS, curating a look that makes it known that you’re in Amazon’s world.

It even appeared in the much-maligned Amazon Fire Phone back in 2014, which only lasted for a year before it was cancelled.

However, the similarities between FireOS and Android are too many to count, but there are some use cases that could make you wonder if a Fire device could work in your household.

Differences with

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PC Sales Are Strong. That’s Good News for Chip Giants Intel and AMD.

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Intel and Advanced Micro Devices each received roughly half of last year’s revenue are derived from PCs, and Lenovo, HP, and Dell noted continued strong demand for them.

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Three large personal-computer companies reported powerful results Thursday. The chips that power such machines are also selling at record levels, which is likely to be a positive sign for the rest of the year, according to a Citi Research analyst.

Together Lenovo (ticker: LNVGY),


(HPQ), and Dell Technologies (DELL), represent 63% of PC-market share, according to Citi Research analyst Christopher Danely. In a Friday client note, Danely

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Android 12 will force apps through the official share menu

You know how when you open a photo or link to share it and it doesn’t always open the same share dialog? It turns out that’s because Android allows app developers to customize the so-called “sharesheet,” creating inconsistency from app to app. To have a more uniform experience, you can currently set third-party apps like Sharedr as the default sharesheet rather than the stock Android version. However, Google plans to stop that behavior in Android 12, according to XDA Developers

Sharedr’s developer filed a bug report after noticing that Android 12 no longer prompted users to select between Android

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Yamaha offers free hardware fix for HDMI 2.1 AV receiver problem

It’s a good day for 2020 Yamaha AV receiver owners who will be waking up to the news that Yamaha is offering a fix for their HDMI 2.1 troubles.

In a statement on the official Yamaha US website, the company has announced that it is starting a hardware upgrade programme, beginning Autumn 2021, to update the HDMI board on select 2020 AV receivers to allow 4K/120Hz signal transmission for Xbox Series X and NVIDIA RTX30 GPU-based devices.

Details have not been shared on exactly how the update process will take place but Yamaha has stressed that owners of the

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AMD’s Zen 5 CPUs, APUs Will Likely Tap TSMC’s 3nm Process Node

AMD’s Zen 4 processors haven’t even launched yet, and rumors are already emerging about the chipmaker’s future Zen 5 chips. Given the time frame that we expect for the Zen 5 chips to debut, the information from the leaks makes sense. Nevertheless, we still recommend you approach all rumors with caution.

The partial AMD roadmap, which originated from China, claims that AMD will market its Zen 5 processors under the Ryzen 8000 branding, with both mainstream Ryzen processors and APUs reportedly uniting under the Ryzen 8000 branding umbrella. The rumored codenames for Ryzen 8000 chips and APUs are Granite

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How Google’s Chromebook Erodes Your Digital Freedom

This month, Chromebook turns ten years old. It’s a good time to take a look at Google’s latest Chromebook offering and show you why you can do better. Much better. Although the Pixelbook Go has a hefty price tag and is lighter, thinner, and faster than ever, it’s still just a Chromebook. Here’s why using a Chromebook weakens your computing power, erodes your digital freedom, and reduces your ability to learn and think.

“I’ve got the power,” goes the famous 90’s song by Snap!, but you wouldn’t be able to sing that with confidence holding a Chromebook.

Somewhere between netbook

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Marvell’s New PCIe 5.0 SSD Controllers Have 14 GBps of Throughput

Marvell has introduced the industry’s first SSD controllers for NVMe 1.4b-compliant drives that will feature a PCIe 5.0 x4 interface. The Bravera SC5 controllers are designed primarily for bandwidth and performance-hungry servers used in cloud data centers. They will provide up to 14 TB/s throughput as well as up to 2 million random read IOPS, with the former being two times faster than today’s fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Marvell’s new controllers have already gained support from various industrial partners, including AMD, Intel, Facebook, Microsoft, and Renesas. 

Marvell’s Bravera SC5 family includes two controllers: the eight-channel MV-SS1331 and the 16-channel MV-SS1333.

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