This Week in Computer Hardware 421: AMD Vega Frontier is Here

AMD Radeon Vega Is Here!!!! Intel’s 545S… an affordable SSD, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and OnePlus 5 reviews… and mining specific GPUs. That’s a thing now! All that and more in This Week In Computer Hardware episode 421!

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This Week in Tech 611: Bezel Come Back

At the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook shows off its hot new augmented reality technology – which looks a whole lot like Snapchat. Apple is secretly working on non-invasive blood sugar detection, which could be a boon to millions of diabetics. Apple also wants to save the Earth by using 100% recycled materials in its products, covering its headquarters in solar panels, and manufacturing its own sweat. Wait, what? Google, which has made billions in ad revenue, is working on an ad blocker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 came out this week and has yet to explode. Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, seems to be fizzling. According to Qualcomm, the first Windows PC using an ARM chip could be out later this year. in completely unrelated news, Intel has canceled the Intel Developer Forum. HTC’s newest phone, codenamed Ocean, will have a squeezable frame and a questionable logo. Steve Ballmer’s new site makes government spending more accessible. Another bad week for Uber. And McDonald’s new uniforms highlight the techno-dystopia we all live in.

This Week in Tech 607: Ozark Puddin’

US Senate votes to end ISP privacy regulations. The “Turkish Crime Family” demand $100,000 in iTunes gift cards for iCloud hack. Android O needs a name. Supreme Court hears printer ink patent case. Tesla Model 3 is on the way. Samsung Galaxy S8’s big announcement is coming this week. US and UK ban electronics bigger than a phone on flights from Middle Eastern countries by Middle Eastern carriers. Google screws up messaging – again.

–Georgia Dow has two VR rooms in her house.
–Rob Reid knows what music aliens like best.
–Nathan Olivarez-Giles wants a car with a naturally aspirated engine.​​

This Week in Computer Hardware 406: Ryzen 5 and Some Sweet TVs!

AMD announces Ryzen 5 CPUs… lots of cores for not much cash! Thinking about a new TV? Robert Heron joins us to talk up the latest from LG, Samsung, and Sony. Headphones burst into flames, tuning the Ryzen 7 for best performance, all the 1080Ti GPUs are sold, and are we going from Lithium batteries to glass batteries?!? Tons of hardware news in this week’s TWiCH!

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

Samsung isn’t afraid to experiment with gimmicks. They love to include heart rate monitors on their smartphones and have web pages scroll with the movement of your eyes. They came out first with smartwatches that take SIM cards. And now, they’ve also added a curved AMOLED display on their flagship large-screened smartphone. They call this device the Galaxy Note Edge, and it’s one of the more intriguing devices released in 2014.

The “Edge” refers to an extra, curved section of AMOLED 160 pixels wide that has been slapped on to the regular 2560×1440 Note 4 display. Occasionally it will do a few things, and you’ll feel happy you spent an extra $200 on the feature. The rest of the time it just sits there; a blank panel that turns heads because it’s so unusual. It’s a true prototype device, but one that Samsung has also put on the market to tempt consumers.

Aside from the curve, you get a Galaxy Note 4. This means there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 inside, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It also means there’s a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, capable of 4K recording. There’s also the S Pen, which can be used for note-taking and a range of other stuff, just like the identical pen on the Note 4.

But this isn’t the Galaxy Note 4, a device which I thought was outstanding when I reviewed it a few months ago. In fact I often wish this were the Note 4 rather than the Note Edge, for one very simple reason: the Edge itself. Its inclusion completely changes the shape, feel and usability of the device, and not for the better.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review – TechSpot.

Samsung wants the ITC to block Nvidia chips in the US

In the latest round of a patent battle between Nvidia and Samsung, Samsung petitioned the US International Trade Commission to block the sale of Nvidia’s graphics processors in the US, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The request, according to the ITC, would extend to both Nvidia’s graphics cards and systems on a chip, which means it could conceivably impact both Nividia’s GeForce graphics card line and its Tegra mobile processors.

The back-and-forth between the two companies began in September when Nvidia sued both Samsung and Qualcomm, alleging that the two companies infringed on some of Nvidia’s GPU-related patents. At the time, Nvidia said it requested that the ITC block Samsung Galaxy phones that contained certain chips from Qualcomm, ARM, and Imagination Technologies.

For its part, Samsung struck back against Nvidia with a patent lawsuit of its own earlier this month. In its complaint, Samsung claimed that infringed on six of its patents related to chip design and other technologies.

Why this matters: It may go without saying, but a ban on critical components such as graphics cards and processors could have a ripple effect across the tech industry, as it could affect other companies that use Nvidia’s chips in its products.

Engadget notes that “ITC complaints typically take less time to handle than lawsuits,” and that as a result, “there’s a greater chance that Nvidia and partners will have to yank their products.”

An Nvidia spokesperson told Bloomberg that it plans to lodge its own complaint with the ITC against Samsung, though, so this game of chicken is far from over.

via Samsung wants the ITC to block Nvidia chips in the US | PCWorld.

Call-capable Samsung Gear S Smartwatch Launches Nov 7 in U.S.

The Gear S will land on all four major U.S. wireless carriers

Samsung delivered a bit of bad news this morning with its Q3 2014 earnings report, but the company is at least looking forward to making some waves in the wearables market with the official U.S. launch of its Gear S smartwatch. The Gear S was first announced back in August, and is the first of Samsung’s smartwatches that can make and receive phone calls.

Samsung says that the Gear S will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless starting November 7. Pricing varies depending on the carrier, but AT&T will allow you to take home the device after paying $199 and agreeing to a two-year contract. Sprint is offering the device at a full, unsubsidized price of $384 or 24 monthly payments of $16.

T-Mobile has the cheapest option if you’re looking to buy the device outright, charging $350 or $14.58/month for 24 months.

As for calling plans, AT&T will allow you to add the Gear S to your existing Mobile Share plan for an additional $10 per month. Sprint is charging an additional $10 per month as well, however, the wireless carrier will waive the fee until December 2015 if the device is added to a Family Share Pack plan of 20GB or higher.

As for T-Mobile, it’s introducing a new “wearable rate plan” that costs just $5 per month. The plan gives users unlimited talk, texting, and data (the first 500MB of data is “high-speed”, with the remaining “unlimited” data being throttled).

Pricing and plans for Verizon Wireless have yet to be announced.

DailyTech - Call-capable Samsung Gear S Smartwatch Launches Nov 7 in U.S.

The Gear S runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system, features a 2” AMOLED (360×480) display, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It also incorporates A-GPS support, IP67 water/dust resistance, and can make/receive calls over 2G/3G cellular networks.

Samsung says that the Gear S is good for up to two days of typical use.

via DailyTech – Call-capable Samsung Gear S Smartwatch Launches Nov 7 in U.S..