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AMD’s 7nm Navi graphics cards have been spotted in the source code of macOS, with four variants listed, indicating that we could see the range of next-gen GPUs sooner rather than later – underlining previous speculation of a July launch.These details were unearthed by Gigamaxx, a forum denizen over at Tonymacx86.com (as seen by Videocardz).They were found in the Mojave 14.2 beta version, by scrutinizing the innards of the ‘AMDRadeon6000HWServiceskext’ file.The Navi 16, Navi 12, Navi 10 and Navi 9 models are mentioned in the file, and it’s not fully clear exactly what these refer to at this point, although as Videocardz theorizes, the numbers could well refer to the quantity of Compute Units carried by each particular model.Gigamaxx observes that before the launch of Vega, similar code strings were turned up in macOS Sierra, and that all this underlines that maybe we’re only six months away from the launch of Navi.This ties in with previous buzz on the GPU grapevine, as well.
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Today’s most 2019 story is that the newest Acer Chromebook has a camera under its bottom.This camera is not below the display, and it’s not hidden under a key in the keyboard.It’s the one under the bum we’re looking at right now.This is the Acer Chromebook 512, one of two of Acer’s first 12-inch Chromebooks.Both models were revealed for the first time this afternoon, complete with rugged bodies and features that make for some interesting pieces of hardware.They’re both made for the education market.
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Samsung’s next flagship is shaping up to be quite a mixed bag.On the other hand, you will also see the new thing everyone loves to hate: the punch hole camera.But setting aside that controversial design for now, there is at least some good news or the confirmation of good news.The Galaxy S10 will indeed have an in-screen fingerprint scanner and we have Samsung’s own Samsung Pay app to thank for that proof.Samsung has been rather generous with its clues lately.It has been, intentionally or not, including hints in its firmware updates, even if said features don’t have anything to do with the phone it’s being installed on.
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Researchers from Osaka University, in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Grenoble Alpes University, succeeded in efficiently controlling the direction of a nano-sized magnet by heating at high speed.The researchers also discovered that nano-magnets amplify microwave signals.This group's achievements will contribute to reducing power consumption of magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) and artificial intelligence (AI) devices.This will make AI devices read and write to their memory more efficiently, thereby suppressing the power consumption of AI functions such as machine learning and decision making.Spintronics is a widely-researched field in which MRAM technology has been developed using magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs).MRAM uses the direction of a magnetic pole to store information, so it can retain memory without standby power.
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Last summer, a report claimed that Walmart was planning to launch its own video streaming service, a product that would differ from its existing Vudu offering.Sources speaking at that time had cautioned that Walmart wasn’t final in its decision to proceed with a streaming service, and now a new report claims that Walmart has made an unexpected decision: it won’t launch the product.According to a new report citing sources with an update on the matter, Walmart has abandoned plans to launch a new streaming service.The decision was reportedly made after failing to work out a deal with media veteran Mark Greenberg, who is said to have talked with Walmart about creating a service targeting “middle America.”The sources allege that Walmart wasn’t comfortable with the idea of making a big investment in the service, particularly in light of the large number of established competitors and Walmart’s own relative lack of experience in the industry.This reluctance reportedly resulted in Walmart’s talks with Greenberg falling through and the company ultimately nixing the service plan.
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While full-frame seems to be the buzzword in camera world at the moment, with several launches this year, it doesn't look like we're going to see a full-frame Olympus camera any time soon.However, at the start of the year Olympus itself started a teaser campaign for a new high-end Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera which looks set to be launched on January 24.Let's take a closer look at everything we know so far about this new flagship camera from Olympus...Olympus OM-D E-M1X: main features20MP Micro Four Thirds sensorCapable of 18fps burst shooting
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The world wowed a few years ago when a very clever startup from Bristol, U.K., came up with 3D-printed bionic limbs for amputees.Uniquely, the limbs were lightweight, cheap to make and could even be made into Iron Man-style arms to enthuse amputee children.They went on to sign a deal with the huge U.K. National Health Service to bring new technologies to amputees, announced at a TechCrunch Crunch Disrupt.Today, Open Bionics has successfully raised $5.9 million from investors, including F1’s Williams Advanced Engineering Group.Their Series A round was led by Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund, joined by Ananda Impact Ventures and Downing Ventures, which continued to support the company with follow-on funding from their seed round.The funding marks another success for the Bristol Robotics Lab, arguably the largest in the world, which plays host to other robotics startups such as Reach Robotics, which closed $7.5 million Series A for its augmented reality bots last year.
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Epic Games, the studio behind the massively popular Battle Royale shooter Fortnite, was awarded an “F” rating for its customer service by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).The Better Business Bureau tagged Epic Games with its lowest possible rating because of “unanswered customer complaints.” The bureau said that it has 279 complaints against the studio on file over the past three years, with 271 complaints logged in 2018.Out of the total number, the Better Business Bureau said that 247 are unanswered.According to the BBB, most of the complaints against Epic Games deals with its customer service, and issues regarding refunds or exchanges.The bureau cited two particular complaints, one that alleged the company failed to protect customer security resulting in several unsanctioned charges, and another on the lack of a phone number or at least prompt email response time for the removal of an unauthorized charge of $160.The Better Business Bureau added that it has tried to contact Epic Games, but it has not received a response from the Fortnite maker.
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Zoe Ball has attempted to play down the supposed rivalry between her and Sara Cox, ahead her debut as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.The pair were firm friends during the late 90s and early 00s, and were both reported in the running to replace Chris Evans on the station before it was announced Zoe had landed the job last year.After beating Sara to the role, Zoe has now spoken out to insist they have been supportive of each other, despite no longer being as close as they once were.Zoe told the Radio Times that Sara had even beaten her to jobs she had wanted in the past.She said: “We spoke a lot during the whole process.We’re old buddies and we’ve always been really supportive of each other.
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Monday is a massive day of press conferences at CES 2019, and nestled among them is HTC.The company's live-streaming its press conference on January 7 at 1pm PT/4pm ET, and CNET will be there.A bag of gear, a blue logo, and the rest is up to our imagination.But HTC has used previous CES shows to make major VR announcements.And in a year where Facebook's Oculus platform is largely taking CES off as the company awaits the spring 2019 release of its next mobile VR headset, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive has a chance to steal the VR spotlight.A continued push for enterprise and location-based VR entertainment
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The Swedish fintechbolaget Tink are now approximately 2 billion.It is more than twice as high as in August 2017, when the company was valued at approximately 845 million.Tink, which was founded by Daniel Kjellén and Fredrik Hedberg in 2012, has recently gone from being a pure privatekonomiapp to now deliver the technology to the banks.What is Tinks major shareholder Creades that adjusts up the valuation of their holdings in the company, from 93 to 226 Million.Sven Hagströmers listed industrial holding company then owns the previous 11 per cent of the shares.the write-up depends upon "a transaction in the Tink", according to what Creades announces in a press release, but details are otherwise sparse.
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Peak Apple Apple shares were temporarily pulled from trading on Wednesday as the Cupertino idiot-tax operation warned of lousy sales numbers on the horizon.CEO Tim Cook told investors that come January 29, the phone-flinger won't hit the revenue figures it said it would reach, and would in fact see its first year-over-year decline since 2016.It is the first time Apple has had to lower its estimates in over a decade.Under the new guidance, Apple says revenue will be around $84bn, well short of the $89-93bn range Apple had estimated and a sizeable drop from the $88.3bn revenue haul Apple reported in Q1 FY 2018.In fessing up to the looming fiscal disappointment, the Apple boss blamed the shortfall not on the eye-wateringly high prices for its latest lines of kit, but rather on the people of China, who let Apple down by not purchasing as many shiny doodads as was expected of them."While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China," Cook told shareholders.
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It’s not Lunar New Year yet, but there is something new on the moon.In a major milestone for space exploration, China announced that its lunar program has successfully soft-landed a probe on the far side of the moon, making it the first one to do so.The historic landing was reported by Xinhua, China’s official news agency, earlier today.According to the China National Space Administration, the probe, consisting of a lander and rover, touched down at about 10:26AM Beijing time.This is the first ever soft-landing (meaning a landing without damage or destruction to the space vehicle) on the far side of the moon, which is never visible from Earth.Named after the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e-4 launched on Dec. 8 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province.
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I've admired ModWright Instruments components from afar for years at audio shows.I haven't covered much in the way of vacuum tube components this year, but when I heard the new ModWright PH 9.0 tube phono preamp I knew it deserved a more extended listen at home.The PH 9.0 is designed and handcrafted in the US, and uses parts from a mix of US and Asian suppliers.The PH 9.0 is a zero feedback design.A Mono/Stereo toggle switch is located on the preamp's rear panel.The preamp design utilizes four tubes, two 6C45s and two 6922s.
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Just like Santa, every year good ol’ Gabe Newell brings the good boys and girls a sackful of discounted game deals that are part of Steam’s Winter Sale - and this year is no different.From December 20 through January 3, 2019, expect delightful discounts on some of your favorite games of the last few years with massive markdowns on everything from Assassin’s Creed and Hitman 2 to Donut Country and Rocket League.In addition to the significant savings that can be had this month, Steam is also running its annual Steam Awards (with voting open to the public now) and added a new perk to the savings call The Extremely Cozy Cottage of Surprises that will offer fun little surprises like wallpapers and in-game skins every day until the sales end on January 3.With over 15,000 games on sale over the next two weeks, however, these Steam sales can be a bit… overwhelming.If you can’t decide on which game to buy - and where to draw the line before overspending - we’re here to help.Here are the best deals we've yet to find on Steam so far.
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the EU countries have agreed on the future levels of the carbon dioxide emissions.After pressure from, among others, the Swedish press and hold the requirements will also be binding.The new proposed an emissions requirement for new heavy goods vehicles is a decrease of 15 percent by 2025 and 30% by 2030, compared with levels for the year 2019.the ministers for the Environment agreed to a large extent the EU-the commission proposal.– With some adjustments, not least the significant adjustment to the target for 2025 and 2030 will be binding targets, says Swedish minister for the environment Karolina Skog (MP) to TT.– Now we all know what that is valid until 2030, but then there is also a review of the objectives by the year 2022.
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Börsjätten Spotify och musikförlaget Wixen Music Publishing har tillsammans gjort upp om stämning på 1,6 miljarder dollar som Wixen lämnade in till en federal domstol i Kalifornien 2017.Wixen anklagade då Spotify för att ha använt tusentals låtar av artister som Tom Petty, Neil Young och The Doors utan licens och utan att ge kompensation till musikförlaget.Spotify hade bland annat inte skickat fysiska brev till låtskrivarna för att få deras godkännande for en slags royalty som går under benämning “mekaniska licenser”.Som kompensation krävde Wixen 150000 dollar per låt, vilket totalt blev 1,6 miljarder dollar.I stämningen påpekade Wixen att Spotify lagt ut arbetet hos en tredje part, Harry Fox Agency, som de säger varit “dålig utrustad för att erhålla alla nödvändiga mekaniska licenserna”.Någon vecka efter börsnoteringen i april köpte Spotify Loudr, ett bolag som utvecklar produkter för att identifiera, spåra och betala ut royalty, och är specialiserat på just mekaniska licenser.
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Rolling out a comprehensive security plan can be challenging—especially when considering application-to-application communications between data centers.Organizations often look to the network infrastructure to provide a means to secure data passing between data centers.However, providing network encryption at Layer 3 can be costly and difficult to scale.Fortunately, optical layer encryption provides first-level defense and is simple to implement.It is protocol-agnostic, and can support a variety of traffic types.Download the whitepaper to learn more.
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While continues to woo China, and is, in fact struggling for the existence of its older iPhones thanks to Qualcomm’s successful patent lawsuit, other smartphone makers have set their eyes on new, faster growing markets like India.Of course, Apple has also attempted to set its foot there, going as far as make concessions to the government’s “Made in India” requirements.Unfortunately, based on the latest report, it’s efforts are not paying off as its flat pricing strategy across markets and limited selection make its iPhones an unattractive option for Indian consumers.There’s no getting around the fact that smartphones are getting more and more expensive every year and Apple, Samsung, and, more recently, Huawei are leading the way.While that doesn’t seem to be a problem for markets like the US and UK, those markets are now seen to be stagnating and plateauing in terms of profits.While Android phone makers have mid-range backups for emerging markets, Apple may have painted itself into a corner using the strategy that has been working for it so far.
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Ahead of the big day, seven famous types told HuffPost UK about their foody traditions and the Christmas meals they’ll never forget.Myleene Klass: ‘Forgetting to put the oven on’“I don’t cook on Christmas day.We were about four hours behind!“I’ve got a Filipino mum and Austrian dad, so food-wise it’s whatever goes.They don’t really celebrate Christmas over there, but ever since KFC ran an ad about Christmas, somehow going to KFC on Christmas Day became a thing, to the point where people queue up and pre-booking is advised.
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