Hardware

Google Meet gets new videoconference hardware with interactive displays

The Google Meet Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 are the latest addition to Google’s teleconferencing system.


Avocor

As hybrid and remote work are projected to be the new norm even after the COVID-19 pandemic, Google is teaming up with Avocor to launch two new devices designed to make in-person and remote meetings more efficient: the Google Meet Series One Desk 27 and Board 65. Avocor, which makes interactive displays, shared the update in a release Wednesday.

The two new touch-enabled video devices are the latest addition to the Google Meet Series One teleconferencing system that launched in September.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has amazing hardware, but its software feels unfinished

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 LifestyleSource: Chris Wedel/Android Central

Foldable phones are still relatively new in the grand scheme of smartphones. But that doesn’t mean that some of these products aren’t impressive. For example, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t a significant improvement over the second generation Galaxy Z Fold 2, the fine-tuning that Samsung has done with the device is very much welcomed. However, the bulk of that tweaking Samsung did with the Z Fold 3 was mainly on the hardware side of things. The software and UI are very much the same as the prior version — and that’s unfortunate because

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BCN3D targets “deep hardware and software integration” with AstroPrint purchase

Spanish 3D printer manufacturer BCN3D has completed the acquisition of cloud-based additive manufacturing platform AstroPrint

Having initially been agreed last April, the deal, which will see AstroPrint’s software team begin working on ways of optimizing the performance of BCN3D’s machines, has now been finalized. With the integration and continued R&D of AstroPrint’s technologies, BCN3D aims to streamline the experience of its users, and introduce innovative features, the likes of which have “never been seen before on the market.”

“We see this as a new chapter in our quest for offering the absolute best possible solution to clients across both

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Studio hacks: 9 inspiring tricks for hardware sequencing

Whether you’re programming drum patterns or generating synth riffs, hardware sequencers, grooveboxes and drum machines are great creative tools. 

1. Use LFOs!

Interesting sequences are all about subtle variations over time. If your sequencer has an LFO (or two), put it to use! The Digitakt’s recent 1.30 update added an additional LFO to each track. For instance, with a hi-hat track you could assign one LFO to sample start and another to filter cutoff. Let the LFOs run freely, and you have tons of easy variation.

2. Quantise when it makes sense

You want your beats to be tight,

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Kryptor FPGA – Tiny MAX10 FPGA board works as a hardware security module (Crowdfunding)

Kryptor FPGA, sometimes just called Kryptor, is a compact Intel/Altera MAX10 FPGA development board mostly designed for encryption, and acting as a dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) with a custom soft-core from Skudo OÜ. But obviously, you could also use the FPGA board for other purposes.

Hardware encryption can be quite more secure than software-based encryption with reduced attack surfaces, especially since data processing can be done in the FPGA RAM. The HSM can be used to encrypt files, videos, emails, IoT messages, etc… from various hardware platforms including Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards. Contrary to closed-sourced commercial solutions, the

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Microsoft’s 2021 Surface hardware event: How to watch the computer, tablet and phone reveals

Microsoft’s rumored to be updating many of its Surface products, including its Duo phone.


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It’s been nearly a decade since Microsoft surprised the tech industry with its first Surface hybrid tablet. Until that moment in 2012, Microsoft had primarily been a software company. Fast forward to 2021, and Microsoft is a hardware veteran, making well-regarded Surface tablets, laptops and desktops. The company makes headphones, keyboards, mice and pens too. It even jumped back into making phones, with the Surface Duo last year.

This year, the company’s expected to announce updates for many of its Surface

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August Was a Bad Month for AMD in the Steam Hardware Survey

It is the beginning of a new month, and Valve just updated its Steam Hardware Survey, giving us an updated glimpse into the millions of systems with Steam installed. The latest survey shows an interesting drop in AMD’s CPU market share, hitting its lowest point during 2021.

Valve’s Steam Hardware Survey is not exactly a scientific tracker of processor market share. The survey relies on millions of volunteers to participate, providing data on their rigs with Valve crunching the data ready for publication every single month. However, it still represents a great way to get some insights into market

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You Can Use Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware, But You May Not Want to

A photo of various types of Windows laptops with their screens on the Windows 11 interface

Is your device compatible with the next version of Windows?
Image: Microsoft

Windows 11 is going to be a major upgrade. But before you can get there, Microsoft wants you to have the necessary hardware. The company published a blog post officially detailing the system requirements for Windows 11. It lays out the processors and systems that will be compatible with the new operating system, while also helping clear out some of the confusion caused by the company’s initial guidance on the necessary hardware.

Microsoft’s list of system requirements includes at least a 1GHz or faster CPU, 4GB

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Microsoft relaxes Windows 11 hardware requirements

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Microsoft wobbles the Windows 11 hardware goalposts – Software – News

On Friday, Microsoft published an update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements. It also released a new version of the PC Health Check (upgrade advisory) app for Windows Insiders. The information in the article was quite straightforward: it was helping a few older Intel CPUs over the minimum bar; and the new Health Check app would be fully up-to-date with the latest minimum specs, informative, and helpful in its feedback.

Continuing with the official Microsoft Windows Insider information that was revealed by the blog, the following Intel processors would be added to the approved list of 64-bit processors:

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