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Tests Appear to Show the OnePlus 5 Cheats on Benchmark Tests

For as long as we’ve had benchmarks, we’ve had companies willing to cheat on those benchmarks to make themselves look good. It’s a never-ending cycle to identify what companies do and how they do it, and we don’t often get a clear window into the process. XDA-Developers managed to get their hands on a OnePlus 5, however, and the results are damning. This is a phone that’s designed to deliberately obfuscate its own performance in the name of looking better than the competition. Here’s how they describe the problem: The ...

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Tesla Model S Hypermilers Get 560 Miles on a Single Charge

A pair of Tesla fanatics in Belgium proved you can drive a Tesla Model S more than 560 miles (900 kilometers) on a single charge. That is a record, for now. It involves some tradeoffs, though: flat roads, light traffic, slow speeds, and no climate control. Steven Peeters and Joeri Cools drove at speeds around 25 mph (40 kph) as the car ran for just under 24 hours on the 100-kilowatt hour battery of a new Tesla S P100D. The record-setting Tesla P100D. Belgian police at first thought it was a ...

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The Steam Summer Sale Starts Thursday, June 22

The time has come for gamers the world over to joke about burying their wallets in the backyard, but they’ll never do it. The Steam Summer Sale is starting Thursday, and that means big sales on games. An embarrassingly small number of those games will ever be played. But the prices are really good! Be honest, you’re going to buy things. This is a twice annual tradition on the Steam Store; once in the winter and again in the summer. The summer sale has been going on longer—the winter sales ...

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AMD Looks to Crush Intel’s Xeon With New Epyc Server Chips

AMD has officially launched its new Epyc server CPU family in a bid to take the fight directly to the top of Intel’s highly profitable Xeon product lines. These chips are built on the same fundamental architecture as the company’s Ryzen CPU cores, and they’re aimed at the incredibly powerful data center market. AMD’s 32-core / 64-thread Epyc CPUs combine four eight-core dies, each connected to the other via the company’s Infinity Fabric. According to AMD, this approach is significantly cheaper than trying to pack 32 cores into a single ...

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Please Read This Before Pitching Us Your Kickstarter

Dear folks pitching us crowdfunded hardware all day: There’s a good chance we won’t hear you. Here’s why. At ExtremeTech, we try to spend as little time as possible on Kickstarters. We think crowdfunding in general is a great idea for creative and art projects, as well as niche interests (music albums, books, painting, pet research projects). It’s somewhat less reliable for games, if still viable. But when it comes to putting together a supply chain and delivering quality products, hardware Kickstarters tend to have a lot more challenges ahead. ...

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Skylake-X Packs a Punch, but It’s Not Intel’s Best Gaming CPU

Intel’s Skylake-X platform launched this week, with support for Kaby Lake and Skylake HEDT CPUs ranging from 10-core chips available on June 26 to an 18-core processor that’ll be available in October. We’re still working on our review, but the overall performance level of the new CPUs looks fairly solid. There’s one important thing to keep in mind, however: High core count CPUs, generally speaking, are not the best gaming chips you can buy. That’s the conclusion PC Gamer came to during their work testing the new Skylake-X, and it’s a conclusion ...

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OnePlus 5 Unveiled With Snapdragon 835 and Dual Cameras for $479

Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has made its name over the last few years by offering high-end specs for a much lower price than more established smartphone makers. It’d developed something of a cult following, too. The run-up to the OnePlus 5 announcement was filled with rumors and leaks, and now we have all the details. OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 5 with an aluminum chassis, Snapdragon 835, up to 8GB of RAM, and a dual camera array. Pricing starts at $ 479 and pre-orders are live today. The Snapdragon 835 is ...

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The WhiteFox Mechanical Keyboard Comes to Kickstarter

Getting deep into custom mechanical keyboards can be a costly hobby as you search for the right combination of switches, keycaps, and features. Even more annoying than the cost is the arduous process of simply finding those keyboards. One of the best custom keyboards out there is now available in a new place—Kickstarter. A campaign for the Input Club WhiteFox has gone live with a number of new features and a lower price. I built a WhiteFox kit from the original Massdrop release last year, which you can read about. ...

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Force Fields Become a Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Scientists from the UK have figured out how to use a force field to separate cells, and it’s about to change prostate cancer research. It’s done with an “electric sieve” that began its life as a bit of aluminum foil with some epoxy smeared on it. This new, sci-fi approach is based on another research technique called “dielectrophoresis.” To date, the major use case for dielectrophoresis has been DNA sequencing. Sanger sequencing, the cornerstone of DNA sequencing for decades, depends on dielectrophoresis to organize mixed-up bits of DNA so we ...

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Was the 24-Hour Le Mans Endurance Race Too Tough on Hybrid Tech?

Toyota’s president said 24-hour endurance races may be too hard on hybrid electric drivetrains, and for now, he may be right. The winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Sunday, a Porsche, spent an hour in the pit getting repairs to the hybrid front axle. Meanwhile, the best Toyota entrant spent two hours getting a similar repair and finished eighth. “While the hybrid technology that has advanced through competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship puts its abilities on display in six-hour races,” Toyota president Akio Toyoda said, “it ...

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