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Nvidia’s revenues still hit by death of cryptocurrency

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:31

Nvidia has announced its earnings for the second quarter of the 2020 financial year, and it appears that the graphics giant is still feeling the effects of the death of cryptocurrency, with revenue falling by 17%.

A few years ago, the cryptocurrency craze was in full swing, with people able to make a decent amount of money using their graphics cards to ‘mine’ for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

This led to a surge in graphics card sales, with Nvidia (and particularly AMD) enjoying spectacular results (despite shortages in stock).

The huge popularity of cryptocurrency couldn’t go on forever, and when it became harder to make money, sales for graphics cards dropped off sharply.

This was a big blow to Nvidia’s revenues, and as its recent results show, it’s still being impacted. However, while on paper these results don’t look that great, they actually beat analyst expectations, with $2.58 billion (compared to $2.54 billion). This news helped Nvidia’s stock rise by 7%.

Strength in gaming

According to the results, Nvidia’s gaming products remain its biggest revenue driver, bringing in $1.31 billion, compared to $1 billion last quarter, and still accounts for over 50% of Nvidia’s total revenue.

While it was up compared to the last quarter, gaming revenue was actually down from $1.8 billion a year ago, again highlighting how much the end of the cryptocurrency craze is impacting Nvidia.

So while things look bad, it at least seems like Nvidia has turned a corner, once again thanks to its gaming division.

“Essentially our business is normalized,” Nvidia’s chief financial officer Colette Kress said. An increase in sales for gaming laptops using Nvidia tech, as well as the success of Nintendo’s Switch console (which uses Nvidia graphics) and the announcement of the Switch Lite, all point to a rosier future.

While ‘returning to normal’ isn’t the most exciting of results, in these uncertain times – and with a possible US/China trade war looming – that seems to be good enough for Nvidia.

Via Reuters

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AMD Ryzen 3000 processors could disappoint overclockers

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:28

AMD Ryzen 3000 processors have little available headroom for overclocking, as we’ve previously heard from Silicon Lottery, a company which sells pre-selected CPUs with guaranteed overclock speeds – known as pre-binned – but now that outfit has released the full details of how these new Ryzen chips performed.

And the fresh statistics are quite an eye-opener. When it came to AMD’s flagship 12-core chip, Silicon Lottery found that the Ryzen 9 3900X could be pushed to 4.2GHz (on 1.25V) across all cores on only 6% of the CPUs the company was reselling.

The top 35% of processors managed 4.15GHz (1.237V), whereas 68% could successfully reach 4.1GHz (1.225V). 87% of the flagship CPUs hit 4.05GHz, and every chip that passed through Silicon Lottery’s overclocking mitts was capable of being cranked to 4GHz (1.2V).

So as you can see that’s a pretty narrow range, and little room for overclocking maneuvering. The majority of 3900X chips could be pushed to 4.1GHz, with a third of these processors able to go past that a little to 4.15GHz – but only one in 20 could get further to 4.2GHz.

In other words, there’s very little evidence of the usual CPU ‘lottery’ (which this company is named after), whereby chips of the same model can vary quite a lot in their overclocking potential. There’s little variance here, with every processor created more equally than is the norm with CPU production.

That story continues down the Ryzen 3000 range: the top 20% of 8-core Ryzen 7 3800X CPUs could push to 4.3GHz (on 1.3V), and 53% could reach 4.25GHz (1.287V), with all chips able to hit 4.2GHz (1.275V).

And with the Ryzen 7 3700X, Silicon Lottery found 21% of chips managed 4.15GHz (1.26V), 74% reached 4.10GHz (1.25V), and all the processors could be pushed up to 4.05GHz (1.237V). Again, that’s a very tight range – the vast majority could hit 4.1GHz, with only a fifth able to crank that just a touch more to 4.15GHz.

So, at least going by these figures, it would seem that if you want to get that ‘golden’ processor which has loads of room to push for overclocking with a beefy cooling solution, Ryzen 3000 doesn’t hold a great deal of promise in that respect.

Fairer shout

However, the alternative way to view Ryzen 3rd-gen models having less overclocking headroom is that it means the average consumer is getting a fairer shout.

Certainly it would seem if you’re buying a higher-end Ryzen CPU like the models highlighted here, you’re likely getting pretty close to the maximum performance out of the box, without having to bother with any overclocking. And of course most people don’t want to think about overclocking, fancy cooling solutions and so forth – that’s enthusiast territory.

That said, there’s clearly still a market for pre-binned processors sold by the likes of Silicon Lottery, as the company has sold out of its Ryzen 3000 offerings – the whole lot of them.

And other firms are now getting in on the pre-binned act, with German retailer Caseking selling pre-tested Ryzen 3rd-gen processors offering guaranteed overclock speeds, in conjunction with well-known expert overclocker Der8auer.

Note that Caseking has pushed further than Silicon Lottery, having stock of a Ryzen 7 3700X processor cranked up to 4.3GHz at the time of writing – although the retailer doesn’t specify the voltage used, other than noting that it doesn’t exceed the safe limit of 1.4V.

However, the retailer further observes that due to the big overclock here, you will need a powerful cooling system, with at least a “240 AiO water cooling system” recommended.

  • Here are the details you need to know about AMD's Zen 2

Via Wccftech

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Apple says it supports 2.4m jobs in the US

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:51

Apple as released new findings that claim it supports as many as 2.4 million jobs in the US and is on pace to directly contribute £350 billion to the American economy by 2023.

Across its supply chain, Apple says it deals with 9,000 supplier in the US, spending $60 billion and supporting 450,000 jobs.

In addition to its financial contribution, the firm claims it pushes innovation and quality standards across the board because of its high demands.

Apple US jobs

The Cupertino-based company itself employs 90,000 people across all 50 states, a figure that covers roles in management, retail and engineering. Apple plans to create another 20,000 jobs in the next four years, including through expansions of its campuses in San Diego and Seattle.

The remainder of the jobs cited are in the app economy, which Apple believes is 1.9 million jobs – an increase of 325,000 over the past two and a half years.

The statistics are not just good PR for apple, but also a timely reminder to the US government of the potential economic impact of tariffs on Chinese manufactured goods.

Devices such as the iPhone famously have ‘Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China’ on the back, meaning the cost of the Cupertino-based company’s products would be affected if the tariffs were introduced.

Trump introduced several tariffs last September, with Apple breathing a sigh of relief after its most important products – iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and accessories – were excluded.

Apple has voiced its opposition to further tariffs. In its submission to the government, Apple said that as the largest corporate taxpayer in the US, any tariffs would reduce the company’s contribution to the US treasury and give its rivals – most of whom are not US-based – an advantage in the global market.

In any case, Apple is reportedly looking to move some production away from China. It feels the ongoing risks of depending so heavily on a single country is too great and wants to diversify its supply chain.

Apple’s presence in China is believed to have created more than five million jobs.

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New Samsung phone leak points to whopping 108MP camera – but is it real?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:46

After Samsung showed off its 64MP and 108MP camera sensors the race was on for a smartphone to actually release with the super-powered sensors, and according to a new leak, we could know the names of each.

This leaks come from Sudhanshu Ambhore, who posted on Twitter a graph showing the camera specs of all the 2020 Samsung Galaxy A series phones. The names line up with rumors we've already heard, so that's not exactly news, but the camera specs are all new.

There are a few highlights from this list. Firstly, it seems that the Galaxy A51 and upwards (A61, A71, A81 and A91) could all be quad-camera devices, and with fairly powerful specs to boot (compared to current affordable quad-camera phones like the Honor 20).

Secondly, it seems even the most affordable Galaxy A phones will have three cameras. Since the Samsung Galaxy A10 currently only has one, that would be quite the jump.

Most interestingly, Samsung's 64MP and 108MP sensors are listed, for the Galaxy A81 and A91 respectively. Since this is Samsung's more affordable line of phones, those are some seriously impressive specs.

But are they correct?

The Galaxy A camera specs are in doubt

No sooner had Ambhore posted the specs, several other known phones leakers posted their takes – and they unanimously shot down the specs.

@UniverseIce, one of the most prolific leakers, said they'd asked their insiders, who'd called the list fake, and in the replies other known leakers backed this up.

Ambhore has a fairly solid track record of leaks, but has also leaked some inaccurate information, like renders of the OnePlus 7 with a pop-up camera, which eventually became the OnePlus 7 Pro instead.

That doesn't mean he's an inaccurate leaker, but with several prolific voices in the phones community suggesting the specs are wrong, we're taking the side of caution.

As such, it's best to take the leaked specs with a massive pinch of salt – as some of the debunking leakers say, it seems too good to be true.

The 2019 Samsung Galaxy A series of phones has taken phones fans by storm though, as solid mid-range and budget phones, so we could see Samsung try to bring some pizzazz to the 2020 Galaxy A devices.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro caught on camera with a very curvy screen

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:30

We may have just had our first look at the Huawei Mate 30 Pro in the flesh, as two photos seemingly show the phone from the front and back.

The images were shared to Weibo (a Chinese social network) and show a phone that looks a lot like the rumored Huawei Mate 30 Pro. A case obscures many of the details, but we can see that the screen is steeply curved, as has been rumored, and there’s also a large notch.

Another notable detail is the presence of what looks to be a large flash unit, which the source claims is a xenon flash. This is likely to be more powerful than a typical smartphone flash unit.

The rear cameras themselves are hidden by the case. There is an odd black oblong near the top on the rear of the handset, but it’s unclear what purpose that serves. It’s possibly also part of the case.

Other things that we can see include what looks to be power and volume buttons on the right edge, while a hole on the top edge could be for an infrared blaster. That’s speculation, but it’s too small to be a headphone port.

What we can see of the phone largely lines up with leaks, though that big flash unit isn’t shown in most, so we’d take this with a pinch of salt.

With the Huawei Mate 30 range likely to land in September or October we should have all the official details before long, but stay tuned to TechRadar for all the leaks in the meantime – and for the announcement when it happens.

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The next Star Wars TV show? Disney Plus looks ahead to Obi-Wan TV series

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:22

Worried you weren't getting enough Star Wars TV shows and films in the next few years? Well, it looks like Disney Plus has you covered, with a TV show focusing on iconic mentor and Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (that's 'Ben' to you) set to come to the Disney Plus streaming service.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that not only is an Obi-Wan TV show being planned for Disney Plus, but that Trainspotting and Christopher Robin actor Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise his role as the classic character. McGregor played Obi-Wan in the second trilogy of Star Wars films – The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Of course, as long as the actor is in negotiations, the fate of the TV show isn't certain; Disney may require McGregor to be attached to the project for it to go ahead at all, although it could also consider casting a different actor if his schedule or pay expectations don't align with theirs.

More Star Wars shows, please

The Obi-Wan show is just one of a raft of shows and films planned for the Star Wars universe. We first started getting excited about Disney Plus with news about The Mandalorian, an upcoming Star Wars TV show, while a prequel TV series focusing on Cassian Andor is also in the works.

With Star Wars IX hitting cinemas this December, and an EA-made Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game coming to consoles and PC a few weeks before, there's no shortage of Star Wars content to keep fans happy. 

The scope of the cinematic universe so far means Disney could expand on the lives of any number of characters and planets, too – why not an Ewok documentary, or The Office-style sitcom set on the Death Star? Call us back when you can, Disney.

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Plex has revamped its desktop app – and is killing off a fan-favorite feature

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:06

Plex has fully revamped its desktop software, and it's available to download now for your streaming pleasure. However, there's one major drawback: it no longer supports Home Theater PC (HTPC).

The new app, which is simply called 'Plex', will replace all of the company's existing desktop software. The Microsoft Store app has already been decommissioned, and Plex Media Player will be following suit soon.

The new Plex software features a simplified interface (the section known as 'Sync' is now 'Downloads' to minimize confusion), and the company says that you'll now get more information about downloads while they're in progress.

"It’s a bit of a sneak peek at the direction we’re headed with offline media across the board (including the mobile apps)," said the company, "so check it out and let us know how it works for you!"

No more HTPC

Plex admits that its Microsoft Store app has been "a little broken for a while now", and says it's decided to tie all its various apps closer together.

The new, cleaner look is a welcome change, but the loss of HTPC will be a real blow for Plex users who've relied on it since the software's early days. If that includes you, you might want to check out a different option like Kodi, which shows no signs of giving up HTPC for now.

Via Windows Central

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Playboy debuts its first wireless headphones (bunny ears not included)

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:00

If you think of Playboy, you might not immediately think of wireless headphones; however, the risqué entertainment (ahem) magazine has just launched its own audio brand, called Playboy Audio. 

The brand's first foray into the world of personal audio are the ICON 1 Wireless Headphones, which are available to buy from the Playboy Audio website for $149.99. This works out at around £120 / AU$220, although there's no word on when these over-ear headphones will become available globally. 

Playboy says that the new wireless headphones offer "a premium distortion-free, high-fidelity sound experience using rich, powerful bass", and that ICON 1's "advanced microphone and hands-free technology provides a crystal clear and comfortable listening experience for phone calls". 

A long musical heritage

In terms of battery life, you get up to 22 hours per charge, and you can listen via Bluetooth or with the included auxiliary cable.

Playboy says that the listening experience will "come to life with the Playboy Sound Instagram page, where users can tap into a Pleasures Playlist" – a stories series where artists share some of their favorite songs.  

Playboy says that the headphones are designed to be "ultra-portable", with a lightweight, ergonomic design. The ICON 1 Wireless Headphones certainly don't shy away from the Playboy branding, sporting the infamous Playboy bunny logo on the headband.

While it may come as a surprise that the brand best known for its magazine's nude centerfolds (which include household names like Pamela Anderson and Marylin Monroe) has branched out into the world of audio, Playboy thinks it makes perfect sense. 

In a press release sent to TechRadar, the company cites its long musical heritage, "from the first Playboy interview featuring Miles Davis... to interviews from some of music's most legendary names including Elton John, The Beatles, Stevie Nicks, Justin Timberlake, Lizzo, and Gary Clarke Jr".

Whether the Playboy Audio ICON 1 Wireless Headphones can live up to that in terms of audio quality remains to be seen.  

  • Not impressed? Check out our favorite wireless headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3
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iPhone 11 could have the same screen as the Samsung Galaxy S10

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 04:56

It’s no secret that Samsung makes screens for Apple, but in the iPhone XS and iPhone X generations the company crafted a type of OLED specifically for Apple’s handsets, whereas the iPhone 11 might simply use the same screen as the Samsung Galaxy S10.

That’s according to TheElec, which cites "the industry" as saying that the iPhone 11’s OLED panel will be made from a material set called 'M9', which Samsung also uses for the Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 ranges.

While this is just a rumor for now, it’s a believable move for Samsung to make, as it would likely reduce costs (because a new material set wouldn’t need to be created for Apple’s screens). This move has reportedly also reduced the list of suppliers needed to craft the screens.

Not new but still top

So what does this mean for the new iPhone 11 (and the iPhone 11 Max, or whatever it launches as)? Samsung’s flagships are typically higher resolution than Apple’s, but that’s not a requirement for this screen – you only have to look at the standard Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with its 1080 x 2280 resolution to see that.

Samsung’s latest crop of flagships also have some of the very best screens around. In our review, we stated that the Galaxy S10 has a screen that’s "better than anything Samsung sells its rivals", so you don’t need to worry about the quality, even though it’s not a brand-new design.

It might be that the iPhone 11 doesn’t top the Galaxy S and Note range for screen tech this year, but it’s certainly still likely to be near the top of the heap, assuming this rumor is true. Other rumors suggest the iPhone 11 range will launch on September 10, so we might find out soon.

Via Apple Insider

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Amazon India Mi Days 2019: best deals and offers on Xiaomi products

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 04:53

Amazon India is currently hosting Xiaomi Mi Days sale that's going to go on until August 18. Smartphones, power banks, earphones, wearables from Xiaomi are up on sale at discounts upto Rs 7,500.

Besides, buyers can also exchange their old smartphones and get upto Rs 2,000 off on trading it in.

For ICICI Bank customers, Amazon India is offering an instant discount of upto Rs 1,500 on EMI transactions done via credit or debit cards.

Mi Days August 2019 sale: best deals and offers
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At least 1.5% of online passwords are compromised, Google has found

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:11

Early this year, Google introduced the Password Checkup extension to its Chrome web browser, enabling users to automatically detect if the login details used online have been compromised.

New research from the tech giant has found that, in just the first month of the extension operating, 1.5% of the users (316,000) that installed and used the extension were using logins known to be unsafe – but Google is looking to change that.

When you take into consideration the billions of users that didn’t install the extension, and the likelihood that their login details are compromised as those that did, this is a rather alarming figure.

Regular checkups

The Password Checkup extension works by notifying users if they try signing into any website “using one of over 4 billion usernames and passwords that Google knows to be unsafe due to a third-party data breach”.

Both the checking of user login details, and the cross-referencing with the database of compromised details utilizes encryption to ensure that no information is stored locally or remotely with Google.

Currently, users wishing to use this feature will need to install the extension themselves and opt-in, and the functionality is limited to platforms that support extensions at all (Chrome for Android doesn’t, for instance).

However, as discovered by 9to5Google, the Chromium Bug Tracker is showing evidence that Google will integrate this feature into Chrome directly (specifically, in October’s release of Chrome 78), allowing it to become available by default to many more users.

Chrome, though, isn't the first browser to boast a tool like this. A similar feature (Monitor) already exists in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser, in partnership with the website and database HaveIBeenPwned, and it was recently discovered that improved integration with Monitor and the browser’s password manager will roll out in a future release.

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Kogan's flogging a 55-inch QLED TV for just $800

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:56

Getting yourself a brand-new television set that boasts QLED technology means you'll need to shell out at least a couple of thousand dollars, if not more. And bigger the panel, the heftier the price tag.

Kogan, however, has just debuted its own QLED smart TV at just a fraction of the cost to help "Aussies save thousands of dollars". The company's new 55-inch QLED TV is up for pre-order for just $799.99 – making it the most affordable QLED TV available in Australia right now – and will begin shipping out to customers on August 30.

Although this is just the pre-sale price, Kogan is throwing in free shipping to sweeten the deal. The offer expires August 30, after which the price will go up by $100 to $899.99. While this is still pretty cheap for a QLED TV, click on the green button below if you want to save a massive bundle on a brand-new 4K telly.

Feature-packed

Despite the low price point, Kogan's new QLED TV boasts a 4K UltraHD almost bezel-less display with 3,840 × 2,160 resolution at 60Hz.

Quantum dot is the same technology that's used in several popular television sets, including those from Samsung and LG, and ensures picture quality is crisp, with vivid colour reproduction and intense contrasts. 

While the new Kogan QLED TV promises excellent image quality, it's important to note that you're likely just paying for the display panel. It would be wrong to compare the performance of the Kogan TV with the likes of Samsung, as the user interface and the processing power will vary greatly.

Yet, the new 55-inch Kogan QLED TV comes equipped with apps for streaming Netflix, YouTube and all the free-to-air channels, and runs on the Linux Smart operating system. The remote also comes with YouTube and Netflix buttons for quick access to your favourite streaming sites.

On the back of the telly are six ports – four HDMI and two USB – alongside Wi-Fi and LAN connectivity. 

All that for under $800 is a steal!

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Get 40% off Adobe Creative Cloud with this special, limited-time deal

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 19:01

Adobe is offering huge discount on Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps slashing 40% off an annual subscription for a limited time.

With this deal, you'll pay just £30.34 per month for Adobe's entire suite of creative software, down from the regular price of £49.94. That's a saving of over £200 over the course of a year.

For that, you'll get unlimited access to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign and many others. You'll also receive 10GB cloud storage, plus access to Adobe Fonts, Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Spark with premium features.

Adobe rarely cuts more than 20% off its regular prices, so if you've been thinking about signing up for Creative Cloud then this is the perfect time. The deal ends on August 23, so don't hang around.

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iPhone 11 (likely) launch date is found buried within iOS 13 beta code

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:09

Ready for the next round of iPhones? The new iPhone 11 launch looks like it's been outed - and it's exactly as we predicted.

As iOS 13 beta 7 lands for the public today, developers have been hard at work finding out what's hidden inside. While we haven't cracked through it yet, iHelpBR has found something revealing about the new iPhone.

Located deep inside the code is a placeholder called 'HoldForRelease' - showing a homepage image with the calendar icon showing Tuesday, September 10.

That's exactly the date we predicted for the iPhone 11 launch, fitting in perfectly with what we've seen rumored already and fitting with the previous launch cycle Apple has adhered to.

iHelpBR pointed out that the same placeholder image was used last year in iOS 12 to show when the phone would be launched, displaying Wednesday September 12 (which turned out to be accurate), so we're pretty confident the same will be happening this year.

So, if you're interested in finding all about the new iPhone as it launches, make sure you're not doing anything on September 10 - it'll be an iJamboree across the tech sphere.

But what will we see?

Now, here's the tricky bit. What will actually be shown on stage might seem obvious but there are a number of different things conflicting about what will be unveiled on September 10.

We're almost certain we'll see a refresh of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR - but what they'll be called is up for debate.

Current theory - based on a tweet and a case manufacturer's placeholder entry for the new phones - suggests that we'll get an iPhone 11 (replacing the 11R), and an iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max to sit in place of the XS and XS Max.

The new iPhone is set to look rather similar

This seems unlikely for a couple of reasons: firstly, Apple doesn't seem to be adding enough to the new phones for the name 'pro' to be appended. Were that to happen, we'd expect larger screen sizes, more power and ways to connect a greater number of accessories - things we've not seen a lot of so far in the leaks.

Equally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max seems an incredibly clunky name - Apple's already teetering on the edge with things like the iPhone XS Max, so throwing a 'Pro' moniker in there simply doesn't scan for a brand that revels in beauty so much.

What does seem likely is that we'll get an upgraded battery, and there could be a rainbow, shimmering color to bring a new flavor to the iPhone range.

Apple will be hoping this - along with the much-vaunted triple rear camera - will be enough for consumers to consider it more than just a mild upgrade, which is what many analysts are starting to predict.

TechRadar will be bringing you total coverage of the new iPhone launch as ever, so make sure you bookmark our roundup page to get all the info as it happens.

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Is this the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super? New Nvidia graphics card appears

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:29

Fresh off the release of its Super RTX graphics cards, Nvidia might not be done giving AMD a run for its money. According to Tom’s Hardware, the Santa Clara company is working on an all-new graphics card that will likely surpass or match its most powerful models.

Nvidia hasn’t revealed any plans to design a Super version of its incredibly powerful Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti, but these new details certainly highlight the possibility.

AIDA64, a system information, diagnostics and benchmarking solution for Windows, recently added data in its changelog regarding a previously unannounced “Nvidia GeForce RTX T10-8” graphics card, teasing a graphics processor (GPU) that could be joining Nvidia’s highly popular gaming line.

It’s all about the die

Unfortunately, not a lot of information is available about this Nvidia GeForce RTX T10-8 card at this time. What we do know is that it’s based on Nvidia’s TU102 die, the very same found in the RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce Titan RTX, and that its current moniker highly suggests that it might be intended for the gaming market.

This new card could possibly be a ‘Black’ version of the GeForce Titan RTX, and boast a faster factory clock speed or more memory (as that card already uses a maxed-out TU102 die). 

However, it’s also likely that the GeForce RTX T10-8 will be something akin to a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super, which will put in it between these two cards as far as price and performance.

If this is indeed the Super version of the RTX 2080 Ti, we’re expecting more CUDA cores and faster memory at the very least, just like what Nvidia pulled with the RTX 2080 Super. To make it worth the upgrade for many users, however, we’d like to see a considerable performance boost. 

Ultimately, we don’t want to see another Nvidia RTX 2080 Super, which has been a bit of a letdown, as the performance increase it offers just isn't enough to blow our minds. 

Will this Nvidia GeForce RTX T10-8 GPU end up being the most powerful RTX card yet, or will it live somewhere in between? Only the inevitable spec sheet and price will tell. 

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Many Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models are suddenly being throttled

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:03

Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 are running into some crippling issues, as processor (CPU) clock speeds throttle down incredibly low speeds, TechRepublic reports. The report comes from user complaints that indicate their machines' Intel processors are slowing down to as low as 400MHz.

For reference, the lowest-spec Surface Pro 6 runs an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, which normally clocks at 1.6GHz. That's four times faster than the throttled speed users have experienced. And, that CPU can boost up to 3.4Ghz, more than eight times faster than the reduced clock speed.

The culprit for the throttling is unclear, but the systems in these instances are reporting a "BD PROCHOT" CPU flag that indicates that some component inside the computer is running too hot, which results in the CPU throttling to decrease the temperatures inside the computer. Unfortunately, the throttling doesn't stop, as the 400MHz clock speed remains for some even after shutting down and rebooting the computer.

But, which component?

Normally, you'd hope for the computer temperatures to go down and have CPU return to normal speeds after the component that raised the flag stops overheating. But, in this case, it's not clear that any component actually is overheating. 

Some users did suggest the throttling stopped when disconnecting a Surface Dock or AC adapter, while others suggest antivirus software may be at fault. What may be the root of it all is a firmware update. One was recently released for the Surface Pro 6.

This wouldn't be the first time an update caused issues for Microsoft's machines. Just recently, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers were hit with issues, and the Windows 10 May 2019 update has caused problems for the Surface Book 2.

A Microsoft spokesperson told TechRepublic, "We are aware of some customers reporting a scenario with their Surface Books where CPU speeds are slowed. We are quickly working to address via a firmware update."

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The updated Nintendo Switch battery is a major upgrade from the original

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:42

Nintendo will have a new Nintendo Switch Lite model to offer in September, but it now has a refresh version of the original Nintendo Switch that can offer improved battery life over its predecessor. And, it has shown a substantial increase in playtime in a test by our sister site, Tom's Guide.

The test they conducted involved running two Nintendo Switches, an old model and a new model, side by side at maximum brightness for an endless Super Smash Bros. Ultimate match of eight computer-controlled characters with increased AI and all items enabled.

The result of the test was 4 hours and 50 minutes for the updated Nintendo Switch and 2 hours and 45 minutes for the original Nintendo Switch. It's worth noting that the original had been purchased and in use since 2017, so the battery may have seen some degradation in charge capacity.

But, the results still speak strongly to the increases in battery life of the revised model. Nintendo rates the original Switch battery life at 2.5 to 6.5 hours, and the new Switch at 4.5 to 9 hours. The test showed both devices falling within Nintendo's suggested ranges.

Efficiency over size

Interestingly, the size of the Nintendo Switch's battery hasn't changed between the revisions. The new model still has the original 4,310mAh battery capacity.

And, since Nintendo doesn't details the specifics of other internal components, it's unclear where exactly the battery life gains are coming from. But, there had been some early suggestions that the new Switch would be more efficient. This test seems to prove it, and it could come down to an improved version Nvidia's custom Tegra X1 processor that powers the Switch.

If you're in the market for a Nintendo Switch, make sure you pay attention to whether you're getting the new or original model, as it will make a big difference in your mobile gaming experience.

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Walmart has the Apple Watch Series 3 on sale and back down to $199

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:33

If you've been waiting for the price to drop on the best-selling Apple Watch, then you're in luck. Walmart has the Apple Watch Series 3 on sale and back down to $199. That's an $80 discount and the lowest price we've found for the smartwatch. If you're looking for a bigger display, Walmart also has the 42mm Apple Watch 3 on sale for $229.

The Apple Watch 3 is loaded with health-focused features while also keeping you connected to the outside world. The smartwatch tracks popular workouts, calories burned, everyday activities, and offers heart rate monitoring. The Apple Watch will even notify you when an unusually high or low heart rate is detected.

The waterproof watch includes GPS technology and provides an impressive 18-hour battery life. The Apple Watch also offers basic smartwatch features such as the ability to stream music, send messages, receive notifications, and more.

The Apple Watch 4 is also currently on sale but will still set you back $349. This makes the $199 price tag on the Series 3 extremely appealing. We don't know how long Walmart will have the smartwatch back on sale, so you should take advantage now before it's too late.

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Millions of workers are "unaligned" with their organization's strategy

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:00

A new survey from Slack has revealed that millions of employees are “unaligned” and this puts them at odds with their organization's strategy, vision and operating principles.

To compile its new “State of Work Report” the company behind the popular online collaboration tool worked together with the market research firm GlobalWebIndex (GWI) to survey 17,000 global knowledge workers, managers and executives.

Slack wanted to learn more about their experiences in the modern workforce and did so by asking them what do aligned workers look like, why does having aligned workers matter and how do companies attract and retain aligned workers.

The report found that 1 in 10 global knowledge workers believe they are “unaligned” while 15 percent of UK workers believe they are completely unaligned with their organization's mission.

Aligned vs unaligned workers

Slack's research discovered that only 34 percent of unaligned workers believe their organization's teams are working toward a shared vision. Of the unaligned workers surveyed, 70 percent either “agree” or “strongly agree” that they would like to feel more aligned with their company's vision, values and operating principles.

Aligned workers on the other hand, are the most connected to a company's vision and strategy which leads them to approach their work with optimism and they are more likely to focus on high-value business activities. 

According to the report, the difference between aligned and unaligned workers has a significant impact on business prospects. Aligned workers in the UK are nearly twice as likely as unaligned workers to expect “significant growth” in their company's revenue and workforce. Unaligned workers in the UK though are three times more likely to expect “significant decline” in their company's revenue and growth.

Slack suggests that organizations can help nurture alignment by implementing a clear and frequently communicated strategy with a thoughtful approach to information overload.

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Google employees refuse to work on border agency cloud contract

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:00

Protests within the tech industry are gaining momentum and now Google employees are petitioning the search giant not to bid on a cloud contract with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

A new petition, which began circulating inside the company and on Medium, was created by a group of employees who called out immigration officials for “penetrating a system of abuse and malign neglect” at the US border.

The employees also highlighted the Trump administration's family separation policy as well as the recent deaths of immigrant children at the border as reasons why Google should end its work with CBP.

Just a few hours after the petition was released, hundreds of employees publicly signed the document to show the company how important this issue is to them.

CBP cloud computing contract

In the petition, the employees call on the company to end its work with CBP while also stating that they will not work on the contract if it is awarded to Google, saying:

“It has recently come to light that CBP is gearing up to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract. The winning cloud provider will be streamlining CBP’s infrastructure and facilitating its human rights abuses. It’s time to stand together again and state clearly that we will not work on any such contract. We demand that Google publicly commit not to support CBP, ICE, or ORR with any infrastructure, funding, or engineering resources, directly or indirectly, until they stop engaging in human rights abuses.”

This is just the latest in a series of protests within the tech industry as a whole and inside Google where employees have begun to question the moral implications of how their work will be used. Previously, Google employees successfully protested the company's plan to work alongside the US government on an AI system designed to analyze drone footage called Project Maven.

Google has yet to publicly respond to the petition but we'll keep following this story as it develops to see whether or not this latest protest ends up being a success as well.

Via The Verge

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