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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AMD and Nvidia to Power Four ExaFLOPS Supercomputer

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) this week announced its new supercomputer that will combine deep learning and simulation computing capabilities. The Perlmutter system will use AMD’s top-of-the-range 64-core EPYC 7763 processors as well as Nvidia’s A100 compute GPUs to push out up to 180 PetaFLOPS of ‘standard’ performance and up to four ExaFLOPS of AI performance. All told, that makes it the second-fastest supercomputer in the world behind Japan’s Fugaku. 

“Perlmutter will enable a larger range of applications than previous NERSC systems and is the first NERSC supercomputer designed from the

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review: Next step in the evolution of Chromebooks

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Chromebooks turned 10 years old this year and Acer has made them from the start. In fact, if you want to see just how far Chromebooks have come, take a look at our 2012 review of the Acer Chromebook C7 and compare it to the new Chromebook Spin 713. Chrome OS is no longer just a browser, and the Spin 713 — announced at the PC-maker’s [email protected] virtual event Thursday —  is much more than a netbook. It’s one of the best in the category and an excellent laptop in general.

Although the new Chromebook Spin 713

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SNPS Stock News: Chip Design Software Firm Synopsys Trounces Earnings Targets

Chip design software maker Synopsys (SNPS) late Wednesday trounced Wall Street’s targets for its fiscal second quarter. It also guided higher for the current quarter and full year. SNPS stock rose in extended trading.


The Mountain View, Calif.-based company earned an adjusted $1.70 a share on sales of $1.02 billion in the quarter ended April 30. Analysts expected Synopsys earnings of $1.52 a share on sales of $988.7 million. On a year-over-year basis, Synopsys earnings rose 39% while sales climbed 19%.

For the current quarter, Synopsys expects to earn an adjusted $1.78 a share on sales of

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Clewiston principal caught paddling first-grader over damaged computer

CLEWISTON, Fla. – A school principal was recorded on video hitting a first grade student with a paddle because she had scratched a school computer, according to the family’s attorney.

The 6-year-old’s mother was notified about the damage in mid-April and was asked to come to the school with $50 and was told her child needed to be punished.

The principal, Melissa Carter, and her assistant, Cecilia Self, were in the school office with the student when the mother arrived on April 14, according to the lawyer.

The mother does not speak English, so Self translated some information to the

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Acer Announces Another Tsunami of Hardware Products

At its virtual [email protected] 2021 event today, Acer announced new Concept3D, Predator, Chromebook, Swift, and TravelMate hardware products.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so rather than regurgitating everything that Acer announced, I will instead point you at the [email protected] 2021 website and point out what I feel are some of the highlights:

Swift X. This new ultraportable ships with AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop graphics, and a 100 percent sRGB display, and it will provide up to 17 hours of battery life. The Swift X arrives in June and will

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Google Reveals ‘Half-Double’ Technique for Exploiting Rowhammer in DDR4

A seven-year-old flaw in DRAM chips is making another comeback. Google revealed this week that it’s discovered a new technique, Half-Double, that can be used to exploit the Rowhammer bug thought to have been fixed with the release of DDR4.

Rowhammer was discovered in 2014 when researchers showed that it was possible to manipulate data stored in DDR3 memory by repeatedly accessing (“hammering”) a single row of memory cells to cause bit flips in adjacent rows.

Manufacturers responded with Target Row Refresh (TRR) mitigations, but in March 2020, researchers showed that it was possible to bypass those protections in a

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