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Custom PC Builder Puget Systems Details the Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2021

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Puget Systems is a custom PC builder from — where else? — the Puget Sound area, and in a new blog post it’s sharing some very interesting data about hardware failure rates over the past two years, both from its own labs and from systems in its customers’ hands. Like any boutique shop, Puget puts each system it assembles through a battery of tests before shipping it to the customer so it can make sure the hardware in question is working

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Tesla is rolling out software ‘fix’ to heat pump issue in cold weather, but some think it’s a hardware problem

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is starting to roll out a new over-the-air software update that includes a ‘fix’ to a heat pump issue that has been plaguing Tesla vehicles in cold-weather regions.

However, some are worried that it might need more than a software fix, as Tesla service centers have indicated to owners that it might be more of a hardware problem.

Last week, Electrek reported on Tesla owners are losing heat in extreme cold as some heat pumps are failing.

As we explained, it’s a problem that first emerged last winter with Tesla vehicles equipped with the automaker’s

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Initial Sound Open Firmware Support For AMD Hardware Comes With Linux 5.17

The sound subsystem updates have been merged into the Linux 5.17 kernel with a few notable hardware driver additions this cycle.

First up, there is initial Sound Open Firmware “SOF” support for AMD. The AMD Renoir Audio Co-Processor is now supported with Sound Open Firmware (SOF). The Renoir ACP was previously supported on Linux outside of the SOF path. Back in November when the patches first surfaced I wrote more about Sound Open Firmware coming to AMD hardware with the Renoir audio co-processor being the first supported target.


Sound Open Firmware

Sound Open Firmware was started by Intel and now

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Windows 11 could soon run better on less powerful hardware

Microsoft is preparing an update for Windows 11 that could prove popular among owners of older and cheaper hardware.

Currently available to members of the Insider early access program, Windows 11 Build 22526 introduces a number of fixes and enhancements, many of which are relatively minor.

Notably, however, Microsoft is using the latest build to experiment with a new approach to indexing file locations, which the company hopes will help users hunt down important files more quickly in File Explorer.

Windows 11 performance boost

Although Windows 11 brought with it a number of performance improvements, File Explorer (an absolutely essential

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Best of CES 2022: The Most Innovative Hardware Coming Soon

No doubt this was the weirdest and, in many ways, saddest CES ever. Where, in 2021, the event was all virtual, this year the convention went forward in person, but most of the companies we met with stayed home due to COVID concerns, as did we. And some companies that normally release products during CES chose to save all their announcements for later in the year, leaving this show with less news than usual.

However, in a slow year, there was even more room for the few truly innovative products to shine through. From an exciting new lineup of Intel

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Positive Grid expands its hardware lineup with the new BIAS FX 2-friendly Riff audio interface

Following the launch of its hugely popular Spark practice amp in 2020, Positive Grid has marked a further foray into the world of hardware with the arrival of the new Riff audio interface.

Designed to “supercharge your mobile rig”, the Riff is compatible with both computers and smartphones via USB connectivity, and is chiefly intended to couple with the company’s BIAS FX 2 amp modeling software, which allows users to design their own digital guitar rigs from the ground up, choosing from hundreds of amps, cabs and effects.

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Positive Grid Riff

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BlackBerry Showcases BlackBerry IVY on Auto-Grade Hardware at CES 2022 with Partner Integrations from Amazon Web Services, HERE Technologies, Car IQ and Electra Vehicles

EV Range Expert demo illustrates how the platform’s adaptive and intelligent features enhance experiences for drivers, passengers and OEMs alike

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2022 /CNW/ — BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today unveiled how it is laying the groundwork for the software-defined vehicles of the future with an automotive-grade hardware demonstration of BlackBerry IVY™, the company’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, co-developed with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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This demonstration will be available to view at CES 2022 in Booth #4319 in the West Hall, marking the first time BlackBerry IVY has been

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Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup has big software changes, smaller hardware upgrades

Samsung introduced its first TVs with Mini LED technology at CES 2021, and they wound up being perhaps the best sets that the company has produced yet — not counting the exorbitantly priced The Wall, that is. So this year, Samsung is opting for a different approach: it’s taking smaller strides in hardware and focusing more of its efforts on software refinement and new features.

Samsung’s 2022 TVs will continue to run the company’s Tizen OS, but they’ll now come with a totally revamped home screen that’s described as “a testament to our vision for the future of TVs.” The

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Arbitrum network suffers minor outage due to hardware failure

The Ethereum layer-two network Arbitrum has suffered its second outage in less than five months following a hardware failure.

Arbitrum is back online at the time of writing but the team did report some downtime during the late hours on Sunday. The timing of the tweets suggests that the network was down for around seven hours.

At the time, the Offchain Labs platform reported that it was experiencing some issues with the sequencer which prevented transactions from being processed for the period.

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Best of CES 2022: The most intriguing and innovative PC hardware

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