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AMD APU Ups the Game in a Big Way

It seems that AMD has been really picking up their game - not just with the Threadripper - they are making big performance improvements generation-to-generation with their APUs as well. In the past, the APU was a good chip for a low-end all-in-one, but that has changed with the past couple of generations. The new 'Raven Ridge' APU picks things up even further with 90% performance gains over the previous generation. While Intel is still a HUGE contender and a larger player in the market, the boys and gals at AMD have got to be smiling these days.

Both Zen and Vega are designed to run on a 14nm process architecture, compared to their predecessor technology's 28nm. While Zen, in the form of Ryzen desktop CPUs, have been well received, the reception for Vega has been more muted, with debut devices not providing the big performance leap over rival Nvidia many had expected.

Source: TheInquirer

Western Digital 12TB Gold HDD

Western Digital has joined the magic 12TB crowd with their WD Gold drive. This beast of a drive has 8 platters and is filled with helium to help cooling. While the idea is wonderful, if you ever get this close to full, just image the backup job required to keep all your data safe. Don't get me wrong, I'd love a NAS full of these for sure. Due to platter density and the 7,200 spindle speed, the transfer rates on this mechanical drive reach and blistering fast at 255MB/sec. That's steller for a mechanical drive.

From a hardware point of view, the WD Gold 12 TB is similar to the HGST Ultrastar He12 12 TB hard drive: both are based on the fourth-generation HelioSeal technology that uses eight perpendicular magnetic recording platters with a 1.5 TB capacity for each platter. The internal architecture of both HDDs was redesigned compared to predecessors to accommodate the eighth platter. Since the WD Gold and the Ultrastar He12 are aimed at nearline enterprise environments, they are equipped with various sensors and technologies to protect themselves against vibration and as a result, guarantee sustained performance.

Source: AnandTech

Chrome Will Support Feature to Disable Autoplay Videos

Google Chrome is working on putting the finishing touches on a feature that has been a long time coming. Their latest feature will allow you to choose a setting that will disable autoplay video ads. I'm sure developers and advertisers will find a way around this very quickly, but I'm glad to see that Google understands how irritating it is to have junk playing the background on one of your open tabs. This features will be available soon in Chrome 63. This is one feature that I'm actually looking forward to.

Google Chrome is currently the most popular internet browser, beating the competition by quite a distance. Google consistently updates the software in order to add new features or to fix bugs. However, not all of the changes that are made to Chrome from time to time are favored by its users. One such feature is autoplay videos - videos that play autonomously, sometimes with sound enabled, regardless of whether you interact with them or not.

Source: Neowin

Pirate Bay "Borrows" CPU to Mine Virtual Currency

Although Bitcoin fell a bit (almost half-price) last week, that's not stopping the Pirate Bay from getting into it on a bit of a shady side of things. There is a nice malicious piece of code floating around over at the site that hijacks your CPU to crunch cryptocurrency for the Bay. I guess they probably just need it for their legal defense now that they are under heavy attack. This is not good that browsers and systems can be exploited through ads and such. Be careful where you search - and remember - nothing, absolutely nothing is free. There's always a price to pay.

The site tells TorrentFreak that it was testing the feature for about 24 hours as a new way of generating revenue, and that it could eventually be enough to replace ads. In short, don't be surprised if this becomes a mainstay of the site going forward. Users have found that they can block the miner through their browser settings or add-ons like ad blockers, so it's not inescapable.

Source: Engadget

Bitcoin prices going down

The last few stories about Bitcoin have been about how it keeps going up, however, looks like it's going down pretty steadily in the past 2 weeks and has seen its value drop from $5000 to just over $3000. Now even at $3000 that is higher than earlier on in the year, but it looks like the market has started to correct itself. It's not just Bitcoin that is taking a beating, all of the other cryptocurrencies have also dropped significantly in the past couple weeks. Arstechnica has more details.

The last year has seen an astonishing boom in the two most popular cryptocurrencies: bitcoin and ether—the latter being the currency of the Ethereum network. The price of bitcoins soared from around $1,000 at the start of the year to nearly $5,000 on September 1. Ether rose from $8 to almost $400 over the same period.

But now both currencies are plunging. Bitcoin has fallen to $3,000—an 18 percent drop in 24 hours and down by 40 percent from the start of the month. Ether is worth about $200, down more than 20 percent in 24 hours and almost 50 percent since September 1. And this is part of a broader cryptocurrency bloodbath, with dozens of lesser-known currencies posting double-digit losses in the last 24 hours.

Google looking to invest in Lyft?

The rumor of the week is that Google is looking at making an investment into Lyft and that investment could be in the $1 billion dollar range. Lyft of course has been #2 to Uber, however, Uber has had some missteps and Lyft could just be the one to gain some ground or even potentially pass them. TechCrunch has the story.

It’s about as good a timing as any for Lyft to capitalize on the tidal wave of negative publicity that Uber is facing right now, and it looks like it might end up with a significant investment from Alphabet in the middle of that train wreck, according to a report by Axios.

That’s not to say that this is directly related to Uber, which has a new CEO and is trying to move on from the disaster of the past few months. Still, Alphabet appears to be discussing a $1 billion investment in Lyft in an effort led by CEO Larry Page, according to the report. Lyft last raised $600 million at a $7.5 billion valuation in April.

No autoplay for Chrome in January 2018

Google has announced that Chrome will no longer play autoplay media which is a great thing. Unfortunately you'll have to wait until January 2018 for this to be added as a feature to Chrome but I guess for most it's still a victory. Head over to VentureBeat for the full story.

Not all users have the same preferences for autoplay media, so Google has looked at letting users mute and unmute entire websites — we first heard the company was experimenting with such an option last month. This is now part of the browser’s roadmap.

Chrome 63 will add a new user option to completely disable audio for individual sites. This site-muting option will persist between browsing sessions, allowing users to customize when and where audio will play.

Dell Visor

I'll break down this next story like a "choose your own adventure" book based on what category you fall into:

 

For VR Fans:

Good news VR fanatics, Dell has announced their $349.99 USD Visor VR system and $99 controller for that system and you'll be able to get them in time for Christmas!!! 

The Dell Visor is available for pre-order today on Dell.com/Visor in the US and Dell.co.uk/visor and PC World in the UK. The Dell Visor will start shipping globally on Oct. 17, just in time for the holidays at $349.99 USD (headset) and $99.99 USD (controllers), or $449.99 USD (headset and controllers kit). It will also be available at the Microsoft Store, MicrosoftStore.com, Best Buy stores, BestBuy.com and other retailers starting in October.

The headset is sleek and stylish, with gorgeous white contours, complemented by the black handheld controllers. The flip-up visor is engineered for convenient transitions, but it’s a cool sensation just raising and lowering it, like a sleek pair of Ray-Bans.

 

For VR non-fans:

Who cares....

 

More on the release can be found over at Dell in their press release.

Samsung sole provider for iPhone 8 screens

People are excited about getting the new iPhone 8, however, that cool edge-to-edge display that is one of the big features is ironically made by Apple's biggest competitor, Samsung. Of course since Samsung is the only ones who can make a screen like that, the prices have gone up and I'm sure that is being passed along to the end consumer. AppleInsider has the story.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, revealing that Samsung has strong bargaining power against Apple.

He suspects that the OLED displays for the "iPhone 8" cost Apple between $120 and $130 per unit — well beyond the $45 to $55 per unit Apple is said to pay for the iPhone 7 Plus 5.5-inch LCD screen.

According to Kuo, "Apple is in urgent need of finding a second source of OLED." Any diversity in the supply chain will take time, however, as competing display makers need to not only ramp up OLED output, but also master manufacturing of the next-generation display technology to meet Apple's quality control standards.

iPhone X Compared to the Best Android Has to Offer

With Apple launching a new "flagship" device with the iPhone X, there are always comparisons to the other devices out there. Apple hasn't really been paving the way for years now, but they have been making solid products. It's interesting to see that the iPhone X comes close to the Galaxy S8 in terms of specifications. Even though the S8 has been out for half a year, the iPhone X falls a bit short.

But if Apple has shown one thing time and again with every iPhone generation, it’s that optimization of hardware and software matter just as much - if not more - than the hard numbers of which phone has more RAM, which is why Apple’s phones tend to perform so well, even with comparatively weaker hardware.

Source: TheVerge

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