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Updated Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook gets true gaming credentials

Latest Tech News - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 00:00

Razer has an update to the Razer Blade Stealth 13 coming this month, debuted during IFA 2019 in Berlin, and with it comes the most powerful graphics option for the Ultrabook yet.

The new Late-2019 model can come fitted with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics processor (GPU) among other upgrades that finally make this Ultrabook a proper gaming laptop.

The new Razer Blade Stealth (Late 2019) will go on sale in the US and Canada later in September 2019; meanwhile, the UK, Australia and several other markets don't have a set release date yet.

Previous Razer Blade Stealth models had limited potential when it came to gaming on their internal hardware. The most recent model had dedicated graphics, but in the form of an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, which is hardly ready for most new games.  The upgrade to a GeForce GTX 1650 is a major step forward in gaming performance.

In addition, it will come kitted with a new Intel Ice Lake processor – specifically, the four-core, eight-thread Core i7-1065G7 – as well as 16GB of onboard, battery-saving LPDDR4 memory (RAM). With the new internal power, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Late 2019) will be ready for more gaming without the need for Razer's external graphics card dock.

Other specs – and another model

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 with GTX graphics comes in two flavors: a Full HD version and a 4K touchscreen version. Both feature 100% coverage of the sRGB color space and have slim side bezels. They also both include a 512GB, PCIe M.2 solid-state drive (SSD).

But, Razer is also launching a non-GTX model that focuses more on the Intel side of the equation. It includes the same processor, but with a bumped up power profile, using 25 watts. The laptop also uses Intel Iris Plus graphics instead of the Nvidia dedicated option. And, it comes with a smaller 256GB, PCIe M.2 SSD. It's also Mercury White, in contrast to the matte black GTX models.

Otherwise, the models are similar. They share the same dimensions, which have a depth of just 15.3mm. They also offer Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Thunderbolt 3 with four lanes of PCIe throughput, and a Windows Hello-ready infrared camera.

They're on the heavy side for Ultrabooks, though. The Mercury White model weighs 2.99 pounds (1.36kg) while the 4K GTX model is heaviest at 3.26 pounds (1.48kg).

Razer isn't getting into nitty gritty pricing for these new Blade Stealth models just yet, simply stating that they will start at $1,499 (€1,679, about £1,250/AU$2,220). So, expect to pay a pretty penny for the truly gaming-ready version of this Ultrabook.

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A hotly anticipated Sony full-frame mirrorless camera could arrive next week

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 22:17

Sony’s camera team has been quite busy lately – not only did the company announce the new Alpha A7R IV in July, but the A6600 and the A6100 APS-C mirrorless cameras joined Sony’s ranks only a week ago.

However, a new Sony camera code – first discovered in early August and recently found on Japanese site Nokishita (which has listed every single currently known camera model) – has the photography world speculating whether the Japanese electronics giant will unveil another snapper in the near future.

The only information we have so far on model WW942015 is that it is a new Alpha camera with 5GHz wireless frequency support. This model number doesn’t match any camera in Sony’s current stable, with sources telling Sony Alpha Rumors that the potential new shooter will be a full-frame model that is the “big one”.

The rumors site also says the announcement will be made "very soon" while disclosing that Sony will livestream two press conferences in September. 

According to the information received by Sony Alpha Rumors, the second press conference on September 13 to be livestreamed from the IBC Show (International Broadcasting Convention) will be when Sony discloses what could be the Alpha A7S III. Considering that the Alpha A7S II was announced at the IBC Show in 2015, there’s a real possibility that this could be true.

That said, sources have also told Sony Alpha Rumors that an "A9 II announcement should be in about 1-2 weeks", with the camera said to boast a 33-36MP sensor and "mind-blowing specs".

A refresh for both the A7S II and the A9 are long overdue, but Sony fans have been keen on seeing the A7S III for a long time now. Either way, if there's any truth to these reports, we don't have long to wait to find out for certain what Sony's been cookin'.

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Samsung's Galaxy Fold 2 could get a clamshell-style square design

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 21:42

When the Samsung Galaxy Fold landed in the hands of reviewers earlier this year, those testers quickly spotted and reported on a range of reliability issues and kinks, and the result was that the official launch got a last-minute delay. That pause has now stretched to more than five months, with a final retail release date still yet to be confirmed.

Despite this, we’re already starting to hear whispers about a potential Fold successor, with a series of earlier patents potentially uncovering the design of a future Samsung foldable device, and a new a report today from Bloomberg that seems to confirm one of these designs.

Specifically, the report claims that the next foldable Galaxy device from Samsung (tentatively titled the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2) will fold in half vertically rather than horizontally, with a 6.7-inch display protected on the interior (clamshell-style), leaving a square device that’s half the size and considerably more pocketable.

The Bloomberg article lends more weight to the recently-discovered patent (shown above) that depicts a crease running horizontally across the device, and an external display on half of the exterior – when folded clamshell-style, the other half would be home to the primary camera array. 

While the handset in this patent wouldn’t strictly resemble a square when folded, the external display itself is much closer to a 1-to-1 aspect ratio than typical smartphone displays.

A particularly techy pocket square

Other details that Bloomberg has garnered from “people familiar with the product’s development” include an early-2020 announcement that will depend largely on the performance of the first Galaxy Fold.

The report also mentions that Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Fold 2 thinner and more affordable than its predecessor. It will also apparently feature a hole-punch selfie camera (akin to the existing Galaxy Note 10 range) and a dual-camera rear display (which is somewhat at odds with the aforementioned patent).

While there's no doubt that cutting-edge tech like this is generally considered to be a premium item, Bloomberg claims that the Fold 2 is being made in collaboration with American clothing designer Thom Browne and is aimed at those "more interested in fashion, status, and luxury than a device's tech specs".

Of the existing and upcoming foldable smartphone designs, this vertical clamshell approach comes close to only one currently-rumored design – the Motorola Razr V4, which is purported to be a foldable reboot of the iconic clamshell that kicked things off in 2004. 

None of the Galaxy Fold 2 details are concrete at this point of course – in fact, it’s possible we’re seeing details on multiple handsets – and we’re unlikely to get any official confirmation on the Fold’s successor until the original unit at least hits the market.

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Adidas has two new wireless headphones that can improve your 100m dash

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 20:01

Adidas has announced that its releasing two new wireless headphone models in collaboration with Zound Industries, the audio technology developer behind Urbanears and Marshall Headphones. 

Comprising a pair of wireless earbuds and wireless over-ear headphones, the new Bluetooth-enabled range is designed with athletes in mind, with a focus on "movement and durability" according to the sports brand. 

Adidas says that the design and sound of the new wireless headphones is made to support everyday athletes "every step of the way from warm-up, to workout, right through [to] recovery". 

Comfort in mind

First, let's take a look at the wireless in-ears, the FWD-01s. They come with 16 hours of playback and fast USB-C charging, which should be more than enough to handle even the longest workout (unless you're running an ultra-marathon, of course).

In terms of design, they seem to be made with comfort in mind, with interchangeable ear tips and wings, and a knitted cord with inline controls, which is designed to not tangle in your bag. 

Magnetic earbuds means that you can wear them around your neck without worrying about them sliding off, while an IPX4 rating means they'll withstand the sweat generated by an intense workout. 

They'll be available to buy from September 25 for £129.99 – pretty expensive for wireless neckband earphones.

The over-ear RPT-01s are similarly made to be comfortable, with an IPX4 rating, and removable, washable knitted ear cushions and inner headband – although it's not totally clear as to why you'd want to wear over-ear headphones while working out in the first place. 

As far as over-ears go though, they do look pretty lightweight from what we can tell from the campaign images, and they come with 40 hours of battery life.

So far, Adidas hasn't actually revealed any information about the audio technology on offer with either model; nothing about drivers, frequency response, or sensitivity. 

If their anything like the Marshall Major IIIs, we're probably in for great top and mid ranges, but they could be lacking in the bass area – not idea for working out. 

The Adidas RPT-01 wireless headphones will also be available from September 25 for £139.99.

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Why Estonia pioneered digital identity

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 19:26

Estonia topped a poll of the most digitally advanced nations this year, according to research conducted by global community network InterNations. They praised Estonia for offering expats and digital nomads the ability to live a more connected life, and hence a better work-life balance. 

Comparatively, the UK did not make it into the top 10, despite the fact that UK tech firms have received record-breaking investment over the last year, according to Tech Nation. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is looking up at Estonia, a small  country of just 1.3 million people, to provide digital solutions. The country is home to more tech unicorns - private companies valued at $1bn or more - per capita (more than any other small nation in the world). 

The e-Residency programme, a government initiative introduced in 2014 that encourages non-Estonian entrepreneurs to start businesses in Estonia (and by extension the EU), is just one part of the Estonia’s digital strategy. European countries are currently faced with technology developing far beyond the capabilities of their infrastructure, but Estonia, being a small country with a digitally forward-thinking government, welcomes the change.

Where did it all start?

Although we could look back to Estonia’s declaration regarding internet access being a human right as the beginning of our journey to becoming the most advanced digital nation, we have to consider the nation’s history as a country that fought for its independence from the soviet bloc, to ascertain why such rapid development took place.  

According to Ott Jalakas, the COO and co-founder of Estonian tech company Lingvist, the lack of investment in technology during the Soviet era meant that by the time they began to modernise in the 1990s, their base infrastructure was more advanced than that of other countries. This meant that subsequent innovation has been based off of much more modern systems - databases in the UK and other countries are based off of 1980s architecture, whereas everything began in the 1990s for Estonia so they skipped over the tech that was deployed back in the 80s.

Fast-forward to 2014, Estonia introduced an e-Residency programme, which tells the tale of its digital rise. E-Residency is a government-issued digital identity and status that provides access to Estonia’s e-services and a transparent business environment for companies and micro-businesses to work over the internet as part of the EU. 

Now nearing its five-year anniversary, e-Residency has grown to become a community of nearly 60,000 digitally empowered citizens from around the globe. Over 6,000 business have been started as a result of the initiative, and millions of pounds have been contributed to the Estonian economy, demonstrating how being digitally advanced has opened doors for Estonia to become more self-sufficient and make a name for itself amongst some of the other European power-houses.

The e-Residency model has been so successful that big names such as Barack Obama and recently the Pope, have accepted invitations from the Estonain government to join the  e-residency initiative! It's initiatives like this that will give people more freedom in the years to come. Borderless and flexible working will be far easier with a digital ID that permits people to work anywhere, and thanks to Estonia leading the charge and bringing this digital ID program to the world stage, companies and organisations have the chance to give their employees more flexibility, which will no doubt lead to more productivity and success for their respective workforces. With 89% of businesses and employees finding flexible working a big motivator for their productivity, giving workforces more access to this type of working will be crucial going forward. 

Estonia has already seen the beneficial economic impact of introducing the e-Residency programme. As e-Residents often work across borders, they have also been great in spreading Estonia’s cultural values to the wider world, and have been instrumental in the rise in e-Residents we’ve observed worldwide. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has now also unveiled a roadmap for “e-Residency 2.0”, which will further improve the offering for entrepreneurs, and include more ways for e-Residents to enjoy Estonian culture.

Inspiring other countries to innovate

Other governments are following suit , learning lessons from the Estonian success story. Recently Dubai unveiled its 50-year charter which includes plans to create virtual economic zones where people elsewhere in the world can obtain digital identities, much like the Estonian e-Residency model. Lithuania have also announced a similar programme, with intentions to give people from overseas access to Lithuania's public and commercial services. 

A universal desire for a more connected world can bring countries together by promoting borderless working through programmes such as e-Residency, serving a unified rather than divided global mission. It’s only a matter of time until the UK offers its own version of e-Residency in order to export its business environment and culture – and ultimately make more friends around the world.

An ode to the rankings, Estonia could not simply leave the programme as it was created. Development and indulgence in new tech and digital entities is what makes this nation a front runner and a nation to be exemplified, which is why Estonia will continue to innovate and transform the way businesses and individuals around the world operate.

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PureVPN backs up no log claim with independent audit

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 17:23

Audits are becoming a trend in the VPN industry as providers look to legitimize their claims and PureVPN is the latest company to undergo an independent audit.

PureVPN is committed to the online privacy and security of its users and as part of that commitment, the company hired the California-based Certified Information Systems Auditor Altius IT to perform a security audit of both its systems and its no-log policy.

Last year, the VPN provider revised its privacy policy to become a zero-log VPN company and it now reads:

“We DO NOT keep any record of your browsing activities, connection logs, records of the VPN IPs assigned to you, your original IPs, your connection time, the history of your browsing, the sites you visited, your outgoing traffic, the content or data you accessed, or the DNS queries generated by you.”

In addition to PureVPN, other VPN providers including NordVPN and ExpressVPN also have no-log policies and keep no records of their users' activity online.

No-log VPN

After updating its privacy policy to become a zero-log VPN, PureVPN received thousands of queries, emails, support tickets and feedback from its customers and visitors to its website regarding its internal logging policies.

To substantiate its claims, the company decided to hire Altius IT to conduct an audit of its security systems and privacy policies. Once the audit was completed, Altius IT provided the following conclusion, stating:

“[we] did not find any evidence of system configurations and/or system/service log files that independently, or collectively, could lead to identifying a specific person and/or the person’s activity when using the PureVPN service.”  

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Thousands of servers can be remotely hacked

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 16:28

Security researchers have discovered that at least 47,000 Supermicro severs in 90 countries have unpatched vulnerabilities in the firmware for their baseboard management controllers (BMCs) and this could leave them open to remote attacks.

The security firm Eclypsium found the vulnerabilities and reported them to Supermicro and the company has since issued a patch to fix the issue. However, if left unpatched, the vulnerabilities could be exploited to allow an attacker to connect to a server and virtually mount any USB device over the internet.

The attack, called USBAnywhere, could be carried out against any vulnerable BMC by attackers after gaining access to a corporate network. This means that the number of vulnerable servers could be much higher than the 47,000 which are exposed to the internet.

BMCs are designed to allow administrators to perform out-of-band management of a server and this is why the vulnerability discovered by Eclypsium is so serious.

USBAnywhere

The USBAnywhere vulnerability arose from several issues in how BMCs on Supermicro's X9, X10 and X11 platforms implement virtual media which gives administrators the ability to remotely connect a disk image as a virtual USB CD-ROM or floppy drive. Eclypsium's researchers found that, when accessed remotely, the virtual media service allows for plaintext authentication, sends most traffic without encryption, uses a weak encryption algorithm and is susceptible to an authentication bypass.

Potential attackers could exploit these issues to gain access to a server by capturing a legitimate user's authentication packet, using default credentials or without any credentials at all in some cases. Once a connection has been established, the virtual media service allows an attacker to interact with the host system as if they had directly connected a USB device to it. From here, an attacker could load a new operating system image, use a keyboard and mouse to modify the server, implant malware or even disable the server entirely.

Usually it is recommended that organizations isolate BMCs on their own private and secured network segment. However, Eclypsium found that many organizations forget or choose to ignore this step and the firm used a Shodan scan which revealed that at least 92,000 BMCs are easily discoverable on the internet to illustrate this.

To avoid falling victim to such an attack, Eclypsium recommends that all organizations update their BMC with the latest firmware and that they avoid exposing them directly to the internet as new BMC vulnerabilities are being discovered at a rapid rate.

Via Computer Weekly

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Excited to Exercise: Best fitness technologies for every personality

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 15:54

No matter what motivation you need to get moving, there’s a tool for that. Aurora University Online’s Modern Fitness Technology Guide lays out the many and various ways that technology – from wearable tech to streaming fitness classes – can help consumers and athletes get excited to exercise. In this guide, we’ll highlight findings from the University’s online M.S. in Exercise Science study on modern fitness technology tools. Whether you’re just starting out, seeking the next hottest workout, or looking to get more competitive with your training, here are the many technology options for limbering up, stretching out, and raising your heart rate.

Best for: People Who Think Exercise is Boring

A common excuse for not working out is that exercise is boring. Staring at the bottom of the pool while doing laps or the screen of a stationary bike can get old, fast. Luckily, there are other options – specifically, a category of working out called “exergaming.” 

Exergaming, or the combination of exercise and high-tech gaming, became popular with the advent of Nintendo’s Wii console and the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution. For those who find exercise boring, playing these games will give them a workout without even realizing it. Research from Harvard found that “the Wii Aerobics package, for example, gives you a workout that’s the equivalent of walking at 3 miles per hour.” That kind of moderate-intensity activity won’t turn players into pro-athletes, but it does provide tons of health benefits without the tedium of some workouts. 

The next iteration of exergames includes virtual reality (VR) technology. VR promises to up the workout intensity while providing an immersive, entertaining experience. Games like Knockout League and Thrill of the Fight have been proven by the Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise to burn approximately 8-10 calories per minute, the equivalent of rowing. And, as VR is still relatively new, expect to see more types of this exercise tech come to the market in the next few years

Best for: Fitness Fanatics

For those who want to get a solid workout in frequently, on-demand, in-home fitness technology is usually the best option. Peloton has cornered the in-home market with its stylish bike, treadmill, and schedule of live classes available digitally, achieving almost cult-like status since its first product launched in 2012. The company is worth more than $4 billion as of February 2019 and has a reputation for being the “Apple of fitness.” According to AU Online's guide, “The major draw is that the device provides home users with 24-hour access to live and on-demand group workout classes . . . Additionally, in the spirit of virtually any piece of modern fitness technology, home users receive live, in-class data metrics that span cadence, resistance, output, and heart rate.” 

Best for: Early Adopters Looking For The Next Fitness Trend

Peloton has many competitors, but one piece of in-home fitness technology is causing a buzz: Mirror. Mirror looks like its namesake, a mirror, until you turn it on. It’s actually an LCD screen that streams fitness classes right into your home. Users open the Mirror app, add key health details such as their height, weight, and fitness goals, as well as any injury details. Then, users connect with the Mirror screen using a Bluetooth heart rate monitor (or Apple Watch) that tracks heart rate and calories burned. Sign up for any of Mirror’s 50-plus on-demand classes: barre, yoga, boxing, strength training, HIIT, and more, all at different levels. When not in use, the Mirror goes back to being . . . a mirror. 

Best for: Professional Athletes

In-home technology is great for those who aren’t getting paid to compete at the top of their game. But, professional athletes require more advanced fitness technology that can provide data points to improve and optimize performance. Catapult Sports produces fitness technology used by the NBA to reduce injuries and collect data on how players move, including their accelerations, elevations, and jumping ranges. This is the next level of fitness technology, a tool that allows coaches to “tailor programs specifically to each player’s unique physiology, correcting injury-inducing problems like imbalances between each side of the body,” according to Fast Company. “A player, for example, could be favoring one leg over the other when jumping, due perhaps to an old injury that never properly healed or muscular weakness never addressed.” 

Best for: Amateurs Looking To Raise Their Game 

Perhaps the best multi-use fitness tech tool is the Apple Watch, used by pros and amateurs alike to improve training. Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches on the market, getting high ratings in our TechRadar guide. 

Why is it great for athletes and fitness aficionados? Apple Watch can differentiate between regular movement and actual exercise. There are reminders to stand up and move around during the day. And, even more importantly, users can see how much they’ve moved, exercised, and stood throughout the day right on the easily read interface. GPS capability can show how far the wearer has run or cycled, and the sleep tracker monitors the user’s recovery between sessions. Like the Fitbit line, Apple Watch is one of the many great fitness tracking tools on the market today. 

Modern fitness technology continues to evolve as capabilities become more advanced and consumers demand more data for their workouts. For more on the future of fitness wearables, read AU Online's guide here

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A High-End Smartphone Without The High-End Price Tag

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 14:19

It’s not often that a smartphone comes along that packs in all the bells and whistles we’ve come to know and love - err demand - in a smart device, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. But, that’s exactly what the Axon 10 Pro - the latest flagship smartphone from ZTE -  does!

The Axon 10 Pro features a sleek, elegant design and brilliant display. It has a 3D-curved Corning Gorilla Glass display on the front and back and is encased in a high-strength aluminum alloy frame. There’s a triple rear camera, and the whole device measures just under 8mm thick. 

The 6.47” screen is the first smartphone to integrate AMOLED and touchscreen into a quad-curved display. They’ve also - very smartly - integrated Chip on Pi into the device, which has helped to reduce the bottom bezel allowing the device to have a larger screen and provides more antenna room under the display for a stronger network signal.

The Axon 10 Pro screen has an in-display fingerprint sensor, front camera facial recognition and an RBG sensor to adjust the temperature of the screen when inside, outside, or in reading mode.

On the inside, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor, which as it happens is the same processor you’ll find in the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10. What that means is you’re going to get a fast phone that has smooth multitasking and provides a great user experience.

It comes with 8GB of RAM, or you can upgrade to the 12GB model, and 256GB of memory. There’s also a MicroSD slot that can hold up to 2TB of additional data!

The Axon 10 Pro has a large 4,000mAh battery and uniquely customizable battery software, which means you’re not going to lose juice! 

Supporting the F2FS file system, combined with the smarts to learn your behaviors, this highly intelligent device will get smarter over time. It’s ready to launch with Android P OS and ZTE is promising it will provide an update to the next major release of Android before the end of the calendar year.

Today’s smartphones are known more for their stunning picture quality and ability to take amazing video. Good for us, ZTE thought of that too. With AI Portrait Lighting Adjustment, AI Motion Capture and AI scene recognition, the Axon 10 Pro brings all the benefits of AI to picture-taking. 

And with optical and digital zoom, 20x smart tracking, new portrait types and other modes all optimized by artificial intelligence - your selfie game will be on point.

As if that wasn’t enough, it also features DTS:X Ultra 3D sound, which provides a stunning on-the-go concert experience through the in-ear headphones included in the box. 

Alternatively, you can hear and optimize the sound through its dual speakers, for a center-stage experience in the comfort of your own home. Either way the Axon 10 Pro offers exceptional sound quality for videos and music. 

It’s also been optimized to enhance your gaming experience, ensuring games load quickly and play smoothly.

The Axon 10 Pro is the ideal device for those of us who are increasingly frustrated by the rising cost of smartphones that feature only minor performance enhancements. And when it comes to what really matters in a smartphone: speed, performance, memory, clarity and camera - you can’t deny you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

The Axon 10 Pro is available for preorder in the US now! Get yours online at zteusa.com and through participating retailers Newegg Inc. and B&H Photo. 

And the best part, the 8GB model is only $549 while the 12GB versions is $599. That’s a fraction of the cost of what other smartphone manufacturers are charging! ZTE may be onto something with the new Axon 10 Pro.

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Intel powers one of world’s fastest academic supercomputers

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 13:20

Intel, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dell Technologies and other science and technology partners have unveiled the 5th most powerful supercomputer in the world, Frontera.

The new supercomputer is based on 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and features Intel Optane DC persistent memory to help accelerate scientific research and innovation.

Vice president and general manager of Extreme Computing Organization at Intel, Trish Damkroger explained how the Frontera supercomputer will power the next generation of academic research, saying:

“The Frontera system will provide researchers computational and artificial intelligence capabilities that have not existed before for academic research. With Intel technology, this new supercomputer opens up new possibilities in science and engineering to advance research including cosmic understanding, medical cures and energy needs.”  

Frontera supercomputer

Frontera is the world's fastest academic supercomputer and it will enable breakthrough research across a number of fields including astronomy, medicine, AI, quantum mechanics and mechanical engineering.

Early projects currently being run on Frontera include understanding the influence of distant stars, diagnosing and treating glioma brain tumors, teaching neural networks quantum chemistry, eradicating emerging viruses and building a sunnier energy future.

Frontera was first announced in August of last year and the supercomputer was built in early 2019 at which time it earned the fifth spot on the top500 list of the world's most advanced supercomputers. The system features Dell EMC PowerEdge servers outfitted with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Frontera's 8008 compute nodes can deliver peak performance of 38.75 petaFlops.

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OnePlus TV will be a Dolby Atmos-equipped display with eight speakers

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 13:15

According to a newly-launched product page for the OnePlus TV, OnePlus is cooking up a class-leading sound system for the television that’s slated to launch in India in September and likely to come to the US sometime next year. 

According to the Amazon India listing, the TV will include eight speakers totaling 50W of power, and will be capable of Dolby Atmos playback.

To put that in perspective, most mid-range TVs use either two 10W speakers or two 20W speakers to get good stereo sound or, at best, simulated surround sound through digital signal processing. 

What OnePlus is purported to offer here is substantially better.

Does OnePlus have a one-up in audio performance?

By using eight discrete speakers - some of which are presumably upfiring units - the OnePlus TV can create an immersive sound bubble for Atmos to work properly. That would certainly be a better solution than the stereo surround sound of most older flatscreen TVs and a potential upgrade on the simulated surround sound on this year’s crop of LG, Samsung and Sony mid-range sets.

Why is there some hesitation? Well, despite being better than most other TVs in terms of sheer power output, the sound quality will depend on how well the sound is tuned and how the speakers are integrated into the chassis of the TV. If either of those solutions aren’t right, the TV could sound a bit worse than its rivals. It's also unlikely that the OnePlus TV will be able to stand up to a dedicated Dolby Atmos soundbar - some of which can output up to 500W.   

We'll need to wait to hear it for ourselves, but on paper, the OnePlus TV certainly sounds like it will have a leg up on the competition when it eventually launches in India, the US and elsewhere  - which might not be until later in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

Via 9to5Google

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Dave Bautista wants a role in the Gears of War movies, but he's settled for Gears 5

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 13:01

Former WWE wrestler and actor Dave Bautista has made it no secret that he wants to star as Marcux Fenix in the Gears of War film - nor have his fans. But despite trying "everything", Hollywood just wouldn't budge.

But Gears of War developer The Coalition didn't let fans pleas fall on deaf ears and instead have offered Bautista the next best thing - a playable role in Gears 5. That's right, you can play as Dave Bautista in Gears 5.

Unleash The Animal

Baustista will land as a playable character in Gears 5 multiplayer on September 15. While we don't know what his abilities will be or what his character will actually look like, it's welcome news. 

Check out The Animal's announcement tweet below: 

Who doesn't want a multiplayer squad featuring Terminator's Sarah Connor, Dave Bautista and Marcus Fenix? 

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Android 10 launches today for Google Pixel phones

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 13:00

As was rumored, Android 10 is starting its rollout today, as the official page has gone live with a full list of all the features coming in the update.

While the page doesn't mention which phones are getting the update first, we can easily assume that the Google Pixel lineup - like the Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3XL, and Google Pixel 3a phones - will get it on launch day, as has been the case with prior major Android releases.


The page does list everything new in Android 10, including Dark theme, which you toggle on and off in the page itself to see how it will look in the screen demos of other new features. Most, but not all first-party Google apps work with dark mode today, though some like Gmail won't support it until later in September, according to The Verge.

Those include Focus Mode, which blocks out most notifications, and Gesture Navigation, to get around the phone without triple buttons, bottom bars, or side-swipes. And, of course, more privacy controls, as well as Project Mainline, which enables over-the-air security updates that beamed to your device automatically between major Android releases.

Other quality-of-life features listed on the Android 10 page include Live Caption, which we saw first at Google IO back in May that captioned streaming audio and video in real time. Sadly, that won't launch until later in 2019 and will only be available for Pixel phones, at least at first.

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Save £100 on SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus deals in this flash sale

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:33

Voucher codes, free gifts, exclusive colours - while all of these incentives are a tempting consideration when buying a phone, sometimes a nice simple price drop is just the thing you need to convince you to sign up for a new device.

And luckily for the Android fans of the world, that is exactly what is happening with some of our favourite phones right now - the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. Going straight to Samsung or a number of other retailers, you can buy both of these devices with an £100 decrease in price.

That means the Samsung Galaxy S10 could be yours for a SIM-free price of £699 and the S10 Plus for £799. And it can get even cheaper than that. Go straight through Samsung and you can secure a further discount of up to £350 by trading in your phone.

If you manage to secure the full amount of trade in from Samsung you can be paying as low as £349 for a brand new Samsung flagship. And while there is no doubt these are some of the best SIM-free mobile phones currently available, you will have to act fast with this discount ending on September 10.

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These Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus deals in full: What are the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus like?

Samsung Galaxy S10:
The smaller (and cheaper) of the two brothers, the S10 is an excellent smartphone. Fitting perfectly between Samsung's affordable S10e and its mammoth S10 Plus and Note 10 devices, this phone is the ideal middle ground. You're getting a high-quality screen, in-screen fingerprint scanner and a powerful battery/processor combo.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 review here

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus:
Samsung's biggest S10 device, the S10 Plus is about as good as phones come right now - it's gone straight to the top of our best smartphone charts. The S10 Plus has a beautiful infinity-O display, in-screen fingerprint scanner, strong battery life and a powerful processor. But obviously with all of these features comes a big price, which is where these affordable offers come into play.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review here

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Tesla releases a fully vegan Model 3, to the delight of animal-lovers

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:16

Despite all of its green credentials, the Tesla Model 3 fell down in one area: a leather steering wheel. But not any more. Following pressure from customers and animal rights groups such as PETA, Tesla has decided to make the Model 3 completely vegan, offering a leather-free steering wheel to match the existing 'Tesla Synthetic Material' used in the seating.

The option is not a completely new one; the Model S and Model X have been available with vegan-friendly steering wheels for a little while now. At the company's annual shareholder meeting in June, Elon Musk announced that the interior of the Model 3 would be completely vegan by 2020.

Don't have a cow

At the time he said: "I believe we were close to having a non-heated steering wheel, that's not leather. There are some challenges when we heat the non-leather material and also how well it wears over time."

A few days ago, the company said that it had managed to reach this goal earlier and shared the news on its Twitter feed:

It is not only possible to buy a new Tesla Model 3 with a non-leather steering wheel; the company is also offering retrofits which are reported to cost $550 plus $50 labour. Next year's Model Y will also be a fully vegan vehicle.

PETA had already welcomed Tesla's embracing of non-leather materials, praising the company for turning to cruelty-free, sustainable alternatives.

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Watchmen TV show release date, cast, and that Comic-Con trailer

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:00

When HBO’s new Watchmen TV show started getting chatter back in 2015, many fans of the iconic graphic novel, or Zak Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation, wondered: is this a retread of what we’ve seen before?

The Watchmen TV series is being produced by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment, and broadcast by HBO – which will likely want the show to prop up viewer numbers before the Game of Thrones Prequel lands in 2020. Screenwriter and producer Damon Lidelof (Lost, Prometheus) has created the TV series.

Watchmen was originally released as a comic mini series, eventually collated together into the graphic novel you’ll still find in countless bestseller lists, as well as Time’s 100 Best Books of All Time. Created by comic book artists Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke) and Dave Gibbons (2000 AD), it’s widely seen as the best argument for comics as literature, and it’s no surprise to see HBO wanting to riff on the story of Watchmen for the small screen.

The nine-episode Watchmen TV series, however, will actually take place 34 years after the end of the comic series, in an alternate 2019 America that swaps out modern conveniences like the internet or smartphones for a culture of masked, vigilante justice. Who needs technology, eh?

The IMDb description is as follows: “Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.”

On the surface, this looks to be a grounded take on the source material, and might not include some of the more… giant alien squid elements of the original comic series. Then again, it might. To find out what will be included, read on for our full Watchmen TV show guide below.


Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The TV adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's graphic novel
  • Where can I watch it? HBO (US), Channel 4 (UK), Foxtel (AU)
  • When will it be released? October 2019 (likely October 20)
  • Is it in 4K / HDR? Likely, but exact formats are yet to be confirmed
Watchmen TV show trailers

We got a brief teaser trailer back in May 2019, and a more in-depth look at the Watchmen TV show’s Oklahoma setting that was in the extended Comic-Con trailer in July (watch it below). 

With what looks like a militia group inspired by the legacy of Rorshach (an iconic anti-hero from the Watchmen comics), and police forces taking to wearing masks as well, the scene is set for a lot of action – and some difficult questions about police brutality and the means by which citizens seek justice. Who will watch the Watchmen? Who indeed.

Watchmen TV show release date

There’s no official release date for the Watchmen TV show, though it’s expected to land in October – which would fit in the “Fall 2019” window at the end of the Comic-Con trailer above. That means the first episode is only a few weeks away, with the series likely finishing its nine-episode run before 2019 is out.

The Instagram fan account hbo.watchmen also spotted an interview with Lindelof in the magazine TV Guide's Fall Preview, with what looks like an October 20 release date printed in the pages, but this is yet to be officially confirmed.

Some new faces (masks?) look set to appear alongside canonical characters

Where can I watch the Watchmen TV show?

The Watchmen TV series will be landing exclusively on HBO in the US, with UK viewers being able to watch on Channel 4 / the All 4 on-demand TV streaming service. In Australia, viewers will be able to access the show through Foxtel.

Rorschah's mask will be on show, despite the character who originally wore it being long gone

Watchmen TV show cast and characters

Who will play the Watchmen? There’s some big talent lined up to appear in the show, including Academy Award winner Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), and British actor Jeremy Irons (lots of things, but also the original voice of Scar in the 1994 The Lion King).

Other cast members include Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Frances Fisher (Titanic, Fargo), Hong Chau (Downsizing), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen (from the Black Mirror episode Striking Vipers).

Given the jump in time from the graphic novel’s setting, it looks like we’ll be getting a lot of original characters. Only three canonical figures have been confirmed for the series, including the Silk Spectre, the blue Doctor Manhattan (who appears briefly in the trailer), and ‘smartest man in the world’ Adrian Veidt (also known as Ozymandias) who is being played by Jeremy Irons, as seen below.

Watchmen favorites seen in the film, like Night-Owl, Rorshach, and The Comedian aren't expected to appear, at least not without some liberal changes to the Watchmen timeline.

Adrian Veidt sits down with some innocuous cake

How is the Watchman TV show different to the original comics?

Show creator Damon Lindelof cleared up some confusion in an Instagram post, where he clarified that the source material would be “remixed” rather than retread. It’s an original story, then, and – unlike the 2009 film adaptation – one that will take place over 30 years after the events of the graphic novel, meaning there will likely be a lot of artistic license to spin something new.

Touching on Alan Moor’e explicit disapproval of Watchmen being repeatedly adapted (which is only possible given DC and Warner Bros. retaining the rights to the characters), Lindelof also apologizes to fans while laying out his personal connection to the story and why he felt “compelled” to take on the TV series anyway. It’s very much worth a read.

In the hbo.watchmen post that found the October 20 release date, there are a number of comments from the interview that caught our attention – including Ozymandias having some surprises in store, and some "weird" things for old fans or those coming to Watchmen for the first time. Even that "giant alien squid" – one of the weirder moments from the graphic novel – gets a shout out.

These claims should be taken with a pinch of salt for now – given we don't have screengrabs of the actual magazine – but the Watchmen TV show is shaping up to be a curious addition to HBO's programming.

So, can we expect more than the nine episodes currently coming to your screens? In the eternal words of Doctor Manhattan: “Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.”

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Sony Xperia Compact fans get ready – new handset teased for IFA 2019

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:48

It looks like a Sony Xperia Compact smartphone is in the works, over a year and a half after the last one was released, which is perhaps the biggest news for Sony smartphone fans in a long time.

That's according to the most trusted source possible – Sony itself. The company posted a short video on its Instagram page, which is pretty undeniably teasing the return of the Xperia Compact range.

While the video doesn't show a phone itself, it shows the words 'Xperia in the palm of your hand' which isn't really open to interpretation. This is followed up by "IFA 2019 Berlin 13:00 CET," so we know we'll see the phone at upcoming electronics trade show IFA 2019. Sony notably forgot to name a date, but we can fill in that blank: Sony's press show is on September 5.

We don't know much about the Sony Xperia Compact phone, because we've been hearing rumors about loads of different handsets from the company, so it can be hard to work out which is which. It's possible this device will be the Sony Xperia 2, which we're expecting to see, or merely a compact version of it.

The return of Sony's compact range of smartphones is big news, because they've proven hugely popular with phone fans. The last compact phone was the Xperia XZ2 Compact, which launched at the beginning of 2018, and the Xperia XZ3 from IFA 2018 had no compact alternative.

The Sony Xperia 1, which is a spiritual successor to the XZ3, had no compact version either, although the Xperia 10 was a more affordable version of it.

TechRadar is on the floor at IFA 2019, in order to report on all the latest news and rumors in the worlds of smartphones, speakers, TVs, computing and more, so stay tuned from September 4-11 for all the latest tech news.

IFA 2019 is Europe's biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new TVs, watches and other tech as they're announced.

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Bitdefender is offering 60% off the world’s best antivirus software

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:47

You wouldn’t leave your wallet or laptop lying around publicly, so why would you leave your confidential information on your computer or phone out in the open?

Antivirus is an essential component to any online device, be it your laptop, tablet or your phone. It protects and secures all your otherwise vulnerable information from evil cybercriminals and nasty malware. And if you haven’t got any yet or are unsure which to buy, don’t panic because Bitdefender has got you covered with a ridiculously good saving.

We know you’re busy and that’s why we have removed the painful necessity of antivirus research by doing it all for you. We have scrutinised, reviewed and tested all antivirus software out there and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 is our all-round top choice.

On top of being extremely reliable and efficient Bitdefender is offering up to a whopping 60% discount on its three market-leading packages. That means ensuring all your data and information is protected and secure for less than $2/£2 per month.  

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Why is Bitdefender the best antivirus?

We have chosen Bitdefender as it has all your antivirus needs covered, deflecting all the threats that could be coming your way. below are just five reasons why we rate Bitdefender's products so highly:

  1. Protects all systems: If you’re worrying that it won’t be able to defend your device, Bitdefender’s Total Security 2020 covers Android, Mac and iOS systems.
  2. Security: In our rigorous tests, we found that Bitdefender was one of the most impressive services out there for pure blocking of malicious software. So it will give you peace of mind once installed.
  3. Anonymity: All of its antivirus software seeks to ensure you remain anonymous online, also offering file encryption, firewall and anti-spam perks. 
  4. Affordable: Despite its lofty position in our best antivirus countdown, Bitdefender still has extremely competitive prices in comparison to other antivirus software.
  5. No compromise necessary: Bitdefender says that all of its antivirus software preserves your battery and the speed of your devices, so they keep running smoothly. We found that it doesn’t significantly interfere with your system’s speed or battery life, unlike other antivirus software.

Still unconvinced? Check out our examination into Bitdefender's 2020 antivirus packages to see why we rank it as the best all round antivirus software. 

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Dell's foldable laptop display gets yet another patent

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:45

Dell is well into work on its rumored foldable laptop display, judging by the latest patent granted to the company by the US Patent Office. This patent, merely days old at the time of writing, is all about the hinge technology behind this folding display.

The patent comes along with several images detailing the various individual elements of this hinge, which Dell calls the "Information handling system with thin flex." Judging by the name, this thin flex hinge part is designed to both facilitate the foldable nature of the device's display and the transfer of information between parts of the display.

Dell's summary of the patent reads: "An information handling system may include a flex hinge having a first flexible sheet that bends at a different radius than a second flexible sheet when the flex hinge is transitioned from a first position to a second position. A mounting bracket fixes each of the flexible sheets to the information handling system, and a friction linkage engages with slots within the first and second flexible sheets. An organic light emitting diode is connected to the flex hinge."

Getting ahead of the foldable future of computing

In Dell's mission to drive foldable displays in computing, it has to be incredibly vague as to what it's working on within publicly accessible patent applications. This is why you see language such as "information handling system."

According to Dell, an information handling system can be anything from a full-on computer to a solid-state drive or a processor. Of course, looking at Dell's patent artwork clearly reveals the intent to apply this patent to a mobile computer – most likely a laptop – with a foldable display. The very same we've already seen rumored.

Why a foldable display? Dell uses terminology such as "flex sheets" in reference to images of what are clearly displays. It appears that these two flex sheets within the device could support a contiguous display.

"... the flex hinge assembly can support an information handling system with around an eight mm thickness," the patent reads. "While the information handling system  is shown with two displays ... the flex hinge assembly can support the information handling system with a single flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) display that extends across both portions..."

So, yes, Dell is almost certainly working on a foldable laptop display. But, since we're still seeing patent applications release in 2019, we're almost certainly not going to see a finished product until sometime in 2020 or beyond.

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Fortnite Creative codes: 10 best Creative mode custom maps

Latest Tech News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:39

Fortnite has gone from an obscure PvE title to the biggest multiplayer phenomenon in videogame history, but the team at Epic Games hasn’t stopped there. Despite the Battle Royale mode getting constant updates, the team has also managed to add in Creative mode.

Allowing players the chance to build custom maps that have a chance to be featured within Battle Royale, Creative mode sees players creating obstacle courses, practice courses and platforming challenges - and even remakes of classic games.

To access these maps, boot up Fortnite on your platform of choice and head to ‘Creative Mode’. Select ‘Start a Server’ (alone or with your party) and you’ll find one of the four rifts on the island you land on. You’ll be able to enter a code there and then step through the rift, which will whisk you away to one of these incredible creations. 

While it can be difficult to drill down and establish which maps are worth downloading, we’ve put together the following list of our favorites, along with the Fortnite Creative codes you need to find them. 

World Run - 3229-4676-3571

This parkour map from wc19-creators was featured at the Fortnite World Cup Creative Finals, offering team-based platforming for 16 players. Each pair competes to earn more coins than the opposition, and pixel-perfect jumping is required to be able to move fluidly.

Modern Warfare 2 Terminal - 6412-7533-9638

The first of a few remakes you’ll see on this list, this one does what it says on the tin. Terminal is one of the finest first-person shooter maps of the last 10 years, and it holds up surprisingly well with Fortnite’s exaggerated physics and third-person combat. Kudos to xlp629 for a job well done

Portal - 8883-7894-7324

Still yearning for Valve’s physics-defying threequel? IdiotsPlayGames has attempted to soften the blow by building 10  stages of puzzling portal gameplay within Fortnite. There’s even a (sadly mute) version of GlaDOS, but we haven’t found any cake - yet.

Hawkins Laboratory - 3638-4341-2025

If you thought the previous Stranger Things crossover in Fortnite’s Season 9 was the last you’d hear of the Upside Down, we have some news for you. Another chance for two pop-culture phenomenons to collide, this map takes you to Hawkins, Indiana to explore a surprisingly eerie recreation of the laboratory from the show. expa_aztox is clearly a big fan!

PUMP IT! Shotgun Arena - 2201-4498-7425

Senix has tapped into the kind of twitch-based arena shooting that Unreal Tournament perpetuated back in the day to offer this shotgun arena with plenty of flanking routes for up to four teams to compete in. Lock and load, squads. 

Snipers vs Runners - 6352-8048-2222

Some of the best maps on offer combine movement and steady aim to create new experiences, and this creation from BluDrive is a doozy. Focused on an obstacle course, one team has to get from one end to the other within five minutes, while another snipes from afar to try and stop them in their tracks. It’s pulsating stuff.

Working Phone - 2977-8511-9806

Pimit’s bizarre proof of concept is a working phone that allows players to browse Twitter, Reddit, and even YouTube WITHIN Fortnite. It’s not much of a game mode per se, but it’s certainly well worth checking out due to the mind-boggling magic of it. 

Warm-up Course - 5618-2963-5299

If you’re still fairly new to Fortnite and are yet to grab that elusive first Victory Royale, Candook has you covered with an excellent training course which offers tips for building, editing, and shooting. It’ll just be up to you to put it into practice.

Battle Bus Hide & Seek - 9653-5199-9021

For those of you that want to see more of the Battle Bus (for whatever reason), this map is a giant facsimile of the famous floating vehicle and offers a game of hide and seek. We know, it sounds strange, but LordSpinkingham has done a great job of making it surprisingly tense. 

The Legend of Zelda: Full Original Map - 2326-3456-6999

Arguably the most impressive creation on this list, MustardPlays has put together this incredible remake of the Legend Of Zelda’s original overworld. As exciting as that is, the map also includes NINE dungeons recreated in Fortnite. Incredible, isn’t it?

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