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Snapdragon X Series

(Image credit: Qualcomm) There’s a buzz building around Qualcomm’s forthcoming Arm-based system-on-a chips, a new product line called the Qualcomm Snapdragon X, which will launch in laptops in mid-2024 and were unveiled at the company’s annual conference in Hawaii in late 2023. The chips are the latest volley in the attempt to move more Windows users… Read more

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Intel CPU-dispensing vending machine game spotted in Japan — one user got a Core i7-8700 for $3

(Image credit: Sawara-San on YouTube) There are capsule toy machines in Japan that dispense Intel CPUs. As tweeted by @LaurieWired, one user who goes by the handle Sawara-San acquired an Intel Core i7-8700 CPU after inserting 500 Yen (around $3.25) and twisting the customary knob. However, the ‘prize’ CPU did appear to have some flaws…. Read more

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AI PC

(Image credit: Asus) AI PCs mesh new processing power from Intel’s Meteor Lake, AMD’s Ryzen 8040, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Series directly with new features being built into Windows 11 (and someday Windows 12) to unlock AI for all. Someday, that is: We’re only just at the dawn of the age of the AI PC… Read more

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AMD rumored to use ‘slow’ 18Gbps GDDR6 in RDNA 4 — leaker says Team Red’s next generation GPUs won’t use GDDR7

(Image credit: AMD) Prolific leaker Kepler on X (Twitter) reports that AMD will be utilizing “slow” 18Gbps GDDR6 memory modules with its next generation “RX 8000-series” RDNA 4 GPU lineup. If true, this will be the fourth RDNA architecture in a row to utilize GDDR6 memory. The first RDNA chips from the RX 5000-series used… Read more

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Intel and ExxonMobil working on advanced liquid cooling — laying groundwork for 2000W TDP Xeon chips

(Image credit: ExxonMobil) Today, Intel and ExxonMobil announced they will collaborate to develop advanced liquid cooling technologies. The big tech and big oil pairing will work closely during their multi-year collaboration to “develop and certify next-generation, energy-efficient, liquid-based cooling technologies” writes ExxonMobil in the press release. Intel wants significant improvements in order to cool future… Read more

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EKWB issues public apology regarding delayed payments — promises employees and suppliers it will change its ways

(Image credit: EK) EKWB has responded to recent reports revealing financial disarray within the company. CEO Edvard König issued a public statement affirming the company’s faults and promising to rectify issues including outstanding payments to personnel and suppliers, as well as improving internal communication within the company. König confirmed that everything previous reports discovered was… Read more

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These Raspberry Pi-powered glasses translate sign language into speech

Some Raspberry Pi projects really tug at your heartstrings. As cool as it is to build a robot or a plant-monitoring system, there’s something to be said about projects that help bring us closer together as people. Today we’ve got a wonderful example of such a project, created by a maker who goes by Nekhil…. Read more

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Tiny11 gets a major update, can now be used to trim down any Windows 11 image

(Image credit: @NTDEV_ on X) Tiny11 developer NTDEV announced on X (Twitter) that Tiny11 builder has been completely overhauled, featuring more flexibility than ever before. The newly overhauled version of Tiny11 can now be used to trim down any Windows 11 release (seemingly from any build), freeing it from its previous limitations. According to NTDEV,… Read more

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Sapphire launches budget Mini ITX AM5 motherboard in China — PCIe Gen 4 lowers costs

Official render of the Sapphire Nitro+ B650I Mini ITX Motherboard. (Image credit: Sapphire) Notable AMD GPU hardware partner Sapphire has released a new Mini ITX AM5 motherboard currently exclusive to China, as first reported by VideoCardz. This mini ITX motherboard, the Sapphire Nitro+ B650I Mini ITX, is priced at 1,689 Chinese yuan, roughly $233 US… Read more

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2D transistors can mimic a locust’s brain to avoid collision— super-efficient tech could lower the energy costs of tomorrow’s AI

(Image credit: Getty Images) Researchers have created an ultra-low power 2D transistor to mimic the collision-avoidance neurons of a locust in their autonomous robots. Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and King’s College London collaborated on the study to explore low-power solutions for autonomous robots and vehicles, which are growing in prominence.  Autonomous… Read more

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DeepCool latest Mini-ITX case sports a carrying handle and lots of mesh

DeepCool has unveiled a new portable Mini-ITX chassis with more mesh paneling than a typical ATX chassis. Dubbed the CH160, the Mini-ITX case sports mesh paneling on the top, front, rear, bottom, and right side panel to maximize airflow. The only part of the case that is not mesh is the left side panel, which… Read more

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AMD pushes forward with its Radeon stack open-sourcing plans — after being prodded by Tiny Corp

(Image credit: AMD) AMD has stated that it’s on track to release its Micro Engine Scheduler (MES) documentation in late May, followed by source code. Then it will follow through with releases of additional parts of the Radeon stack as open-source. The statement was seemingly made in response to a Tweet/X by Tiny Corp, which… Read more

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WD Gold 24TB HDD review: The highest capacity hard drive you can buy right now

Tom’s Hardware Verdict The WD Gold 24TB HDD brings no surprises, providing satisfactory performance for mechanical storage. It’s pricey but includes unique features thanks to the OptiNAND and ArmorCache technologies. Pros + High capacity + OptiNAND and ArmorCache technology Why you can trust Tom’s Hardware Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and… Read more

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EKWB reportedly plagued with financial disarray — many employees and suppliers were allegedly left unpaid for as long as four months

(Image credit: Der8auer) EK Cooling allegedly has slipped itself into a hot soup of seemingly endless financial woes, where it has not paid its staff, suppliers, and contractors for many months as the company is facing liquidity problems and a surplus of inventory left unsold, stuck in the warehouse for a more extended period. Gamers… Read more

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Adding ZIP file support to Windows 30 years ago almost got the creator of Task Manager fired

While ZIP file support has long been a commonplace feature of Windows and other operating systems, this wasn’t always the case. Once upon a time, a Microsoft engineer had to create a kernel extension called “VisualZIP” to enable standard ZIP features. This same kernel extension nearly got Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer fired due to workplace… Read more

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