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Tantalizing Rumors Leak Ahead of AMD’s Vega Launch

AMD has been quite tight-lipped about Vega, its upcoming consumer GPU meant to compete at the high end of the market, as opposed to the midrange RX 400/500 families. Thanks to some leaks, however, we now know a bit more than we did before about what Vega can do and how it does it. Longtime AMD fans may remember the company’s use of various X-derived GPU names, including XL, XT, and XTX. AMD is reviving this branding style for Vega, according to Tom’s Hardware, with plans to offer four different GPU ...

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PC Market Shipments Slip Again, Macs Mostly Flat

A few weeks ago, we covered a report that suggested up to 25 percent of PC users could be preparing to switch to a Mac in the next 24 months. The story was faintly ludicrous as written, and a new set of reports from IDC and Gartner point to this: While the two companies report different figures, their conclusions are similar. Gartner estimates the Mac’s absolute market shrank from 4.26 million Macs in 2016 to 4.24 in 2017, a decline of 0.4 percent. On the other hand, Gartner found Apple ...

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AT&T Attempts to Hijack Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’ With Deceptive Webpage

Yesterday was the net neutrality “day of action” protest around the internet. Companies and websites posted messages of support for net neutrality, which is imperiled by a Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Some sites even provided easy ways to get in touch with your federal representatives to tell them to support net neutrality. However, you probably didn’t expect AT&T to be among them. That’s because it wasn’t — it just used deceptive language to make people think that it was. The battle over net neutrality was fought during the Obama ...

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AT&T Attempts to Hijack Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’ With Deceptive Webpage

Yesterday was the net neutrality “day of action” protest around the internet. Companies and websites posted messages of support for net neutrality, which is imperiled by a Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Some sites even provided easy ways to get in touch with your federal representatives to tell them to support net neutrality. However, you probably didn’t expect AT&T to be among them. That’s because it wasn’t — it just used deceptive language to make people think that it was. The battle over net neutrality was fought during the Obama ...

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Dell Announces First Laptop With Wireless Charging, as 2-in-1s Surge

Dell’s new Latitude 7000 series of 12-inch 2-in-1 laptops has begun shipping, with a number of firsts and impressive capabilities baked into the hardware. The Latitude 7000 series is the thinnest and lightest system Dell has ever built. It also offers integrated wireless charging, courtesy of a partnership with Witricity; the first specific model to launch with this is the Latitude 7000 12-inch 2-in-1 (7285). Dell reports that interest in its 2-in-1s and total shipments have both been growing rapidly, and were up 1.48x in Q1 2017 alone. While we haven’t ...

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Microsoft Unveils Business Subscription Model for Windows, Office

Ever since Windows 10 was announced, there’s been speculation that Microsoft’s free upgrade model for the OS was ultimately a trap. Once enough customers had signed up, the thinking went, Microsoft would suddenly start charging a monthly fee for access to the product. It’s not as if this is without precedent. We’ve seen a number of high-profile companies introduce this kind of subscription model (mostly to the considerable detriment of users’ pocketbooks), and Office 365 is Microsoft’s attempt to convince users that paying 3-5x more for Office over the useful ...

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Intel X299 Overheating Problem Implicates Skylake-X Design

About two weeks ago, we covered a report from overclocker der8auer, who claimed that the X299 VRM cooling situation was a disaster due to improper cooling decisions from a number of motherboard manufacturers. This kind of claim is always controversial, but it’s now been verified — and to some extent, sharpened and clarified — by more advanced testing. Tom’s Hardware has published an extensive article on how the top-end Skylake-X parts, like the Core i9-7900X behave under heavy load in a variety of conditions and when mounted with top-end water cooler ...

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AMD Announces Threadripper Speeds and Pricing, Lists Ryzen 3 Specs

AMD released a number of announcements about Threadripper as the product moves towards production. First, the company reaffirmed that Threadripper, with its 16-core/32-thread CPU, will launch in early August, though an exact date has not been given. But we do have some new information about speeds, pricing, and configuration options. First up, the Threadripper 1950X (16-core) will have a base clock of 3.4GHz and can boost up to 4GHz. How well (and for how long) it can hold its boost clocks will have some significant impact on how it performs. ...

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Massive Iceberg Splits Off From Antarctic Ice Shelf

It’s getting increasingly difficult to deny the reality of climate change as another large piece of the Antarctic ice shelf has broken free. The newly birthed iceberg is 6,000 square kilometers (2,316 square miles) in size, making it the third largest iceberg in recent history. The iceberg isn’t going anywhere yet, but this map-altering change does not bode well for the future of the Larsen C ice shelf. Scientists have been expecting this event for several years after monitoring a crack in Larsen C since 2010. This fissure began advancing ...

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The 2019 Audi A8 Will Drive Itself Up to 37 mph

The 2019 Audi A8 luxury sport sedan, unveiled this week in Barcelona, is awash in technology. Most importantly, the A8 offers self-driving via Audi’s AI Traffic Jam Pilot. This lets the car be fully in charge of driving on divided highways in slow traffic, up to 60 kph or 37.3 mph, while you catch up on your texts and Facebook notifications. That makes it the first production car with Level 3 autonomy — and, possibly depending on timing, the first with lidar. From Traffic Jam Assist to AI Pilot The ...

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