Way back in January we talked a bit about what TP-Links claims is the world's first wireless AD router called the Talon AD7200."With the Talon AD7200, we ve bringing consumers the fastest Wi-Fi ever made," said Lewis Wu, executive vice president of TP-LINK USA.It s a completely different experience than most of us are used to from our network, and we re excited to deliver this innovative technology to the world for the very first time."The router features a 1.4GHz dual core processor, dual USB 3.0 ports, VPN, guest network, parental controls and settings can be controlled remotely with an Android or iOS app.The router also has four Gigabit Ethernet ports.The router has an MSRP of $349.99 and is available online at Newegg and at Fry's and Microcenter locations.
The iPad Air 9.7 is ruling the roost as the best tablet in the world, but with prices starting at £499 and rising to £839, it's clearly priced in a bracket way above many people's budget.Google's operating system now adorns a multitude of tablets, from those priced at the same lofty heights as Apple's offerings many of which will be packing Android Marshmallow soon to suspiciously cheap tablets that can be picked up for less than £100 at your local supermarket – although we'd advise against purchasing most of these.Amazon FireIt's the cheapest from Amazon so farWeight: 313g Dimensions: 115 x 191 x 10.6mm OS: Fire OS 5 Screen size: 7-inch Resolution: 1024 x 600 CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz RAM: N/A Storage: 8GB Battery: N/A Rear camera: 2MP Front camera: VGAFamily friendlySturdy designAmazon has gone for the lowest price possible on the new Fire tablet, and that means it's not for everybody.If money is your biggest factor, the Amazon Fire may be the one for you.EE Harrier TabWeight: 338g Dimensions: 212.8 x 124 x 8.5mm OS: Android 5.0 Screen size: 8-inch Resolution: Full HD CPU: octa-core RAM: 2GB Storage: 16GB Battery: 4650mAh Rear camera: 8MP Front camera: 2MPThe EE Harrier Tab is a tablet of greater taste than its shiny-as-you-like fake metal rear might suggest.Read the full review: EE Harrier Tab1. iPad mini 2Weight: 331g Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm OS: iOS 9 Screen size: 7.9-inch Resolution: 1536 x 2048 CPU: Dual-core 1.3GHz RAM: 1GB Storage: 16/32/64/128GB Battery: 6470mAh Rear camera: 5MP Front camera: 1.2MPWhat's this?
The chiclet-style keys are large the letter keys in particular and well-spaced for easy finger-finding.That's really saying something when the type cover only measures two-thirds of a centimeter thick.All this keyboard focus does have an unfortunate downside: the trackpad suffers from Oliver Twist syndrome.It's squat nature is particularly noticeable during vertical scrolling.Spec sheetHere is the HP Elite x2 1012 G1's configuration sent to techradar for review:CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54 dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515RAM: 8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAMScreen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 FHD UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screenStorage: 256GB M.2 SATA TLC SSDPorts: USB Type-C with Thunderbolt support, USB 3.0, headphone/mic combo jackConnectivity: 2 x 2 Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 ComboCamera: 2MP FHD 1080p front-facing webcam, 5MP FHD 1080p rear-facingWeight: 1.8 pounds tablet , 2.65 pounds tablet with travel keyboard , 2.79 pounds tablet with advanced keyboard Size: 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches tablet , 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches tablet with travel keyboard , 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches tablet with advanced keyboard W x D x H PerformanceFew 2-in-1's can deliver a great non-mobile gaming experience, and the Elite x2 is no exception.BenchmarksHere's how the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:3DMark: Cloud Gate: 3,548; Sky Diver: 2,016; Fire Strike: 494Cinebench CPU: 218 points; Graphics: 24.44 fpsGeekBench: 2,915 single-core ; 5,739 multi-core PCMark 8 Home Test : 2,447pointsPCMark 8 Battery Life: 3 hours and 53 minutesBattery Life techradar movie test : 5 hours and 1 minuteConsidering its hardware, its not surprising the Elite x2 is no graphical powerhouse.
Asus has bombarded the world with several new Zen-branded products, with three new phones, a new laptop and two new tablet/laptop hybrids.Key specificationsLow-energy consumption dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7-U processors12.5in Full HD display, Gorilla Glass 4 coating910g weightUp to 16GB memoryUp to 1TB PCI-E SSD1x USB-CUp to 9 hours of battery lifePrice: From £799Asus Transformer 3 ProAsus unsurprisingly likes to compare this device to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and, frankly, it looks almost identical.Asus didn t specify which processors were on board, only saying Seventh-generation Intel Core .Key specifications 7th gen Intel Core Tablet mode695g weightUp to 8GB RAMUp to 512GB SSD1x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3Price: Starts from $799 £657 inc VAT The restAsus also unveiled - a smaller 10.1in Transformer Mini T102 no pricing yet with an Intel Atom x5 processor - and the ZenBook Flip UX360 £699 , which is a Core M-powered laptop with a 360-degree hinge for tablet-style operation.We can expect to see all of the above devices in the UK in August and September.Finally, the Zenfone Ultra is a huge 6.8in Full HD display, a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 6S52 processor and 4GB of RAM.
The three variants of the Zenfone 3 series by Asus AsusTaiwanese company Asus unveiled three new smartphones at Computex 2016 introducing the Asus Zenfone 3 series.Why advertise with usAsus, the world's fourth largest PC maker, got into the smartphone business relatively late but has managed to entice consumers with its offerings in a short span.The Zenfone series has been extremely popular in the past especially in the Asian markets.This is the third instalment in the Zenfone series and like previous years, the company has launched more than one variant under the series.IBTimes UK gives you a breakdown of the specifications of each of these phones and how they are different from one another purely based on specs.SpecificationsAsus Zenfone 3Asus Zenfone 3 DeluxeAsus Zenfone 3 UltraScreen Size5.5-inches5.7-inches6.8-inchesDisplaySuper IPS capacitiveSuper AMOLED capacitiveIPS LCD capacitiveWeight155 g 5.47 oz 170 g 6.00 oz 233 g 8.22 oz Resolution1080x1920 pixels1080x1920 pixels1080x1920 pixelsDimensions6.01 x 3.05 x 0.30 in6.16 x 3.05 x 0.30 in7.34 x 3.70 x 0.27 inFingerprint scannerYesYesYesFront Camera8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixelRear Camera16-megapixel23-megapixel23-megapixelProcessorQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz KryoQuad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53RAM3 GB6 GB4 GBStorage32 GB64 GB64 GBOSAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowBattery3,000 mAh3,000 mAh4,600 mAhSIM capacityDualDualDualPrice$249$499$479
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f101535%2fintel 10-coreThroughout the 1990s and early 2000s, processor manufacturers raced to offer processors with ever-increasing clock speeds, which more or less equaled performance.Intel introduced its first dual core processor for home use in 2006, and it took about seven years for the number of cores in processors for desktops and laptops to reach eight.Now, at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Monday, Intel launched its first 10-core processor aimed at home users the company already sells 10-core Xeon processors, but those are for professional use .Side note: You're probably used to seeing latin prefixes to denominate multi-core processors; an 8-core processor is octa-core, so why isn't the 10-core processor a deca-core?We'll still call it deca-core in our hearts, though.In its press release, Intel points out that this would be the perfect processor for virtual reality gaming, be it on the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.
Marvell Semiconductor is sampling its Armada 7000 and Armada 8000 system-on-chips SoCs , based on the ARM Cortex-A72 architecture.Marvell reckons the SoCs are good for appliances from SOHO up to data centres, with dual- and quad-core versions, and are in the hands of "tier 1" vendors' design teams.MoChi is Marvell's approach to interconnecting devices where the SoC needs too many functions or interfaces to fit on a single chip.It provides an interconnect to make multiple modules look, to the Armada 7000/8000 driver, as if they're a single integrated operation the company calls this vSoC, virtual system-on-chip .This lets the two SoC families integrate multiple 10 Gbps Ethernet ports, each running packet processing and offload engines for security and storage.The Armada 8000 also includes:Quad- and dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 at 2.0GHz1MB shared L2 cache; 1MB exclusive L3 cacheFull ARMv8-A CPU virtualisation and I/O virtualisationCoherent memory subsystemNetworking packet processor with 2x10GbE 4x2.5GbE connectivityA 10 gigapackets per second security engine supporting IPsec and SSL offloadDDR3/3L/4 32b/64b ECC extension, and SATA3.0, USB3.0, PCIe3.0The Armada 7000 comes in dual-core 1.4 GHz or quad-core 1.8 GHz flavours, and lower-throughput networking and security engines.
Samsung is hosting a press event on 2 June in New YorkSamsung has begun sending out invites for a press event scheduled for 2 June in New York to "experience how Samsung's devices work together to create a Galaxy of possibility".The new fitness tracker dubbed Gear Fit 2 has made several appearances through leaks.Sammobile has just shared exclusive details of the smartband revealing all its hardware features.According to the latest disclosure, the Gear Fit 2 will have a 1.55in curved Super AMOLED display with resolution at 216 x 432 pixels.A dual-core 1GHz processor by Samsung would power the wearable device, while paired with 512MB RAM.It would be resistant to water and dust with IP68 certification and offer 2GB internal storage.
Samsung's holding a media event in New York tomorrow, and we're all expecting the Gear Fit 2 to be unveiled - the follow-up to the original fitness tracker the company launched back in 2014, and which we kind of liked.That means you'll be able to track your runs without a connected phone, of course, and the reported 200mAh battery should be enough to keep you going for a good few hours.The IP68 rating means the band will be able to stand being submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes.No surprises pleaseSamMobile also says the Gear Fit 2 will have a 1.55-inch, 216 x 432 pixel AMOLED display, a Samsung 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and 2GB of internal storage so you can sync your early morning jog playlists to your wrist.Based on the leaked renders and photos we've seen the pic above is courtesy of the ever-reliable @evleaks , Samsung hasn't messed around with the design of the Gear Fit 2 too much, and it looks largely like its predecessor.The only remaining questions are when it's going to go on sale and how much it's going to cost the first Fit sold for $199/£180 or around AU$275 .
Hayes Davidson / Sebastian AnthonyArs Technica is looking for an Engagement Coordinator to join its London-based team.This is a role that will be mostly focused with social media, investigating new platforms and technologies, SEO, analytics and statistics, and other stuff that helps increase the impact and reach of Ars Technica UK's superb and sometimes dauntingly awesome editorial output.But there is another challenge that we need to crack: think about those millions of science, tech, policy, and car nerds out there who aren't currently reading Ars Technica... but should be.You will have to be present at our swanky new office on Hanover Square, just off Oxford Circus most of the time but you can work from home occasionally .You will be posting stuff on Facebook and Twitter, so you need to at least be able to pretend that you know the difference between Wi-Fi and WLAN, NiMH and Li-ion, dual-core and duel-core, Mac and PC, and so on.The following would also be nice to have, but not required: knowledge of new and alternative publishing platforms Instagram, Facebook Instant Articles, Apple News, Google Amp and how they may or may not be useful to Ars Technica; experience with WordPress our CMS ; how to post to and interact with Facebook and Twitter; basic knowledge of various useful tools Photoshop, Keynote/PowerPoint, etc .
In what came as a surprise to few, last month saw Google announce Home, its entry into the smart-speaker market currently dominated by Amazon's Echo.While a number of the device's capabilities were shown off, including performing Google web searches and managing simple tasks, not a lot of details about the hardware itself has been revealed.The two Google products are so similar that they make use of many of the same hardware components, including the dual-core ARM processor, WiFi chip, and 4GB of RAM.The Information's source said that the connected speaker and streaming TV dongle were even developed by the same team at Google.The Chromecast is incredibly cheap, selling for just $35, and it's been one of Google most popular hardware products.Basing the Home on Chromecast not only allows Google to keep the manufacturing costs down, but it will help them compete with the dominant Echo by drastically undercutting its $179 price.
With that sort of resume, it s hard to pinpoint just 10 Intel CPU launches that shook things up the most, but with the help of a few friends and PCWorld editors, I believe I ve narrowed things down to a nice crop of contenders.That achievement seemed almost miraculous for the time, and it paved the way for the PC revolution that would play out over the next decade.The 8008, while very primitive by today's standards, laid the groundwork that would later be expanded upon with Intel s 8080, 8085, 8086 CPUs that powered much of the early PC industry.See larger imageIntroduced: April 1974How it shook things up: If you ve heard of the MITS Altair 8800, the computer kit that effectively launched the personal computer industry, then you know why the 8080 was important.See larger imageIntroduced: March 22, 1993How it shook things up: After a U.S. court decided that numbers like 80386 could not be trademarked, x86 knock-off competitors during the 486 era, such as Cyrix and AMD, flourished by undercutting Intel with less-expensive chips that were often branded as 486 chips too.The Core series, with its impressive performance-per-watt ratio, changed the competitive balance dramatically, and the affordably dual-core Core 2 Duo series once again made Intel the must-have PC CPU vendor in a big way.
It s been more than two years since Samsung launched its first fitness tracker, the Gear Fit.On Thursday, the South Korean technology giant unveiled the follow-up, predictably called the Gear Fit 2.Samsung s new tracker features a 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED display 432 x 216 pixels, 322 PPI powered by a dual-core Exynos 3250 SoC alongside 512MB of RAM.It packs a 200mAh battery that Samsung says should last around three or four days, depending on usage, with recharging taking place via proprietary charging cradle, we re told.The wearable also carries an IP68 rating meaning you won t need to take it off to shower although you probably won t want to go for a swim with it on.Like the Pebble 2 and Time 2, Samsung s new wearable will include a dedicated Spotify app for music streaming.
SamsungWhen it comes to your wrist, there are two kinds of wearable gadgets besides a wristwatch.You can go with a fitness tracker, an efficient little wristband that may or may not have a display.And despite the added firepower, Samsung says it s good for as long as four days on a charge.Samsung says the Gear Fit2 riffs on the Tizen operating system powering its Gear smartwatches.Inside you ll find a heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and a dual-core 1GHz processor.The device auto-tracks the usual categories like steps, floors, calories, and sleep, and it s purportedly even smart enough to recognize when you re doing squats, riding a bike, using a rowing machine, or doing hot yoga and logs those stats accordingly.
Samsung has now shown up its latest activity bracelet Gear Fit 2 - sequel to Gear Fit from 2014. Some of the additions is the integrated GPS, full support for displaying notifications from Android, as well as a faster processor, dual-core Exynos 3250th The curved Super AMOLED screen is 1.5 inches with 432 x 216 pixels. A Galaxy model therefore not be required to use the bracelet. The design is IP68-rated and Gear Fit 2 weighs either 28 or 30 grams, depending on how far the bracelet is. Gear Fit 2 can obviously identify your training in different ways and synchronize data with their mobile app.
Samsung launches Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker SamsungAs expected, Samsung unveiled the successor to Gear Fit fitness tracker and Gear IconX, a pair of wireless earbuds, at its media event held on 2 June in New York.The Gear Fit 2 would be available for purchase from the 10th of this month whereas the earbuds would not be available until the third quarter.The Gear Fit 2, as rumoured previously, sports a 1.5in curved Super AMOLED display with resolution at 216 x 432 pixels and is powered with a 1GHz dual-core processor.It features an embedded GPS and heart rate monitor HRM to provide accurate fitness tracking and measurement.You can monitor as many as 15 different activities such as bike, step machine, treadmill, pilates, yoga, crunches and squats.Samsung announces Gear IconX wireless earbuds SamsungThe Gear IconX cord-free earbuds can track fitness information and provide users with the feedback on their running performance.
Networked storage specialist Synology has announced the launch of an upgraded four-bay network attached storage NAS box for the home, the DS416play, with improved performance over its predecessors.Based on the DS216play but offering four drive bays instead of two, the DS416play includes a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 with 2.48GHz Burst Mode support, 1GB of DDR3, and two gigabit Ethernet ports which can be configured in failover or link-aggregation mode - the latter giving it 2Gb/s of bandwidth to the switch.Cooled by a pair of 92mm fans in the rear, Synology claims that the new model offers a mere 19.4 dB A noise level and draws 29W during hard drive access and 12.5W when the drives are asleep - though this figure will naturally vary depending on the quantity and type of drives you install.For the play-suffix functionality, the CPU includes a hardware transcoding engine supporting transcode of H.264, MPEG-2 and VC-4 at up to 4K30 resolution.As always, the NAS runs Synology's Linux-based DiskStation Manager DSM operating system.Details on the device are available from Synology's official website, with UK pricing yet to be confirmed - but expect to pay a small premium over the earlier DS415play.
At Google I/O 2016 last month, Google revealed how Android apps would soon be coming in full capacity on Chrome OS via Google Play Store.That has just made Chromebooks nearly worth twice their value in terms of the things you can do on the laptop.It is quite timely, then, that Google makes available two of Acer's latest models, the Chromebook 14 and the 2016 refresh of the Chromebook 11.It is powered by an older Intel Celeron N2840, a dual-core processor running at 2.1 GHz.There's only 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of SSD storage, since Google wants you to use its cloud.And when you consider that the Chromebook 11 2016 and Chromebook 14 carry price tags of $179.99 and $299.99 respectively, reaching out for a Chromebook may have just gotten more tempting.
So don't expect any official support if things go catastrophically wrong – they very well might – and bear in mind that if Apple puts the brakes on your Apple ID or sends lawyers to knock on your door you won't have any recourse.Apple Macbook 2015A small, yet powerful, laptopCPU: Up to 1.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core M processor Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz with 4MB shared L3 cache Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 RAM: 8GB 1,866MHz LPDDR3 Screen: 12-inches Storage: Up to 512GB PCIe-based flash Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi‑Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Dimensions: 28.05cm 11.04 inches x 19.65cm 7.74 inches x 1.31cm 0.52 inches DesignRead the full review: 12-inch MacBookThe hardwareLet's make this very clear: OS X's presence on the standardised Mac platform is one of the keys to it working in such a slick manner.There's a comprehensive guide to the sorts of things to look for but, in short: look for something with a modern Intel CPU and chipset which deals with as many of the laptop's functions as possible, avoid units which switch between integrated and discrete graphics, and be prepared to pick up USB Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules if yours don't work.HP's Probook series is often noted as being highly compatible – you can pick up a refurbished previous-generation model for around £200 $288, AU$392 .If you feel like there's even a remote possibility that you'll want to roll back your machine, take a full clone of your existing drive with a program like Macrium Reflect.It's very possible that a fellow Hackintosher has run into the same problem as you and will have at least a partial solution.
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