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AMD Ryzen Mobile

We've been waiting for this one for a while now but the day has arrived where AMD Ryzen mobile devices are now available. The Ryzen CPUs have sold well and now you'll be able to get them in laptop form. The Ryzen mobile CPUs will also feature the popular Vega graphics, which is probably the more exciting side of things for people who are looking for a mobile device that can still turn out some decent gaming performance. To begin with, Acer, HP, and Lenovo, will all have devices available at launch with the Ryzen/Vega combo and from early indications it looks like they could be a good choice for your next laptop. Anandtech has the details.

The final piece of AMD’s return to high-performance computing is in laptops. While Ryzen, Threadripper, and EPYC have used the 8-core Zeppelin building block for their products, the laptop side of the equation will combine the new high-performance Zen core with the latest Vega graphics in a single piece of silicon. AMD is now set to release the results of their efforts: a single silicon chip offering four Zen cores, up to 10 Vega compute units, and a unified power delivery system all in under 15W, with AMD touting +200% CPU performance and +128% GPU performance over its previous generation of laptop processors. HP, Lenovo and Acer are releasing laptops based on the Ryzen Mobile hardware today (or soon), and we expect to see more OEMs at CES in January with their offerings.

Twitter: Math is hard

Ahh Twitter...

Twitter is tooting their own horn this week announcing that they've added 4 million new monthly users over the last 3 months, so they are growing!

Also announced was the fact that they falsely reported user growth for the past 3 years and "accidently" inflated those numbers.

For the past couple years user growth has been on a decline, and it probably was even bleaker than they were reporting and could have been around 1-2 million users les per quarter since the end of 2016 and beyond that they really aren't sure how much worse it was.

But other than that, this last 3 months they've grown! (that was a sarcastic exclamation point)

Gizmodo has the story.

Today Twitter revealed that while it’s actually growing now—it added four million monthly Tweeters over the last three months—the company has made a crucial error: It accidentally inflated user growth in its reports for the previous three years.

On Thursday morning, Twitter released its quarterly earnings in a letter to shareholders. In the report, the company wrote that it recently discovered that, since the end of 2014, it had been erroneously counting users of apps that used Digits, Twitter’s now defunct developer toolkit, in its tally of monthly users.

Twitter launched Digits in October of 2014. The service, released independently from the social network, was pitched to developers as a way for them to simplify how users signed up for (and logged into) their apps. But according to Twitter’s story, if you made an app and used Twitter’s Digits SDK over the past three years, the company might have counted your users as its own.

Xbox Kinect = Dead

Remember when the Microsoft Kinect was the next big thing and was going to revolutionize the gaming industry?

Well since the release back in late 2010, the Xbox Kinect has had a rocky road, at first it was setting records, but then it ended up being the accessory that gamers were wanting to have removed from the Xbox bundles so that they could save a couple bucks.

In the end the Kinect didn't do what everyone was hoping it would and even though it stuck around for nearly 7 years, Microsoft has pulled the plug and stopped manufacturing the accessory.

Now the whole story isn't all doom and gloom, some of the technologies have been morphed into the HoloLens, however, the Kinect-style gaming trend that some were banking on seems like it has long been forgotten about.

The Verge has the full story.

Microsoft is finally admitting Kinect is truly dead. After years of debate over whether Kinect is truly dead or not, the software giant has now stopped manufacturing the accessory. Fast Co Design reports that the depth camera and microphone accessory has sold around 35 million units since its debut in November, 2010. Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 even became the fastest-selling consumer device back in 2011, winning recognition from Guinness World Records at the time.

Future Windows Update Will Protect Your Files from Ransomware

Microsoft is working on the Fall Creators Update that includes some pretty handy security features. One of these main features is the ability of the Operating System to block ransomware from encrypting your files. This is accomplished through a feature called "Controlled Folder Access" and it's really not that groundbreaking when it comes right down to it. If you don't think Microsoft can fully protect you though, there is always amazing software from Acronis that can help keep you safe and secure.

Consumers can enable the feature through the Windows Defender Security Center app by clicking the shield icon and toggling on Controlled folder access. It automatically protects Windows system folders and default locations such as Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop.

Source: ZDNet

Nissin Noise Cancelling Ramen Fork

If you love Ramen as much as my family, you probably will have one of these pre-ordered. Noise cancelling has taken a practical role and Nissin has put the technology (sort of ) in a fork. In truth, the fork connects to your Smartphone and when it detects the horrid slurping of noodles, it plays sounds on your smartphone to cover up the sound. I think we should just stop buying Ramen - at least in my house. Either way, I think this is a contender for "Useless Gadget of the Year".

This impasse has gone on for a long time, but with the Olympics approaching and foreign tourists arriving in record numbers, noodle harassment threatens to undo the entire spirit of the games. Something needs to be done, and luckily, we have the technology to do…something: Behold Otohiko!


Source: RocketNews

Amazon vs Roku

Amazon recently updated their FireTV to support 4K content as did Roku with their hardware bits. If you want to know which $70 streaming device is right for you, make sure you check out the linke below. They have both the new FireTV and the Roku Streaming Stick+ on their test bench to compare. If you're thinking about picking up an updated device, this is a great read as it could save you some headaches and disappointment.

The Roku Stick+, on the other hand, looks like an oversized version of its cheaper Stick. It juts out further from your TV but still manages to feel impressively compact. Partially, because Roku separated the wireless antenna from its body. That now connects to the Stick+ via a mini-USB port (we don't see many of those anymore these days). It's a unique design, but it makes sense: By pushing the antenna away from the back of your TV, Roku is able to avoid wireless interference.

Source: Engadget

SNES Classic at Toys R Us on Friday

If you still haven't gotten an SNES Classic, you may be lucky enough to snag one at Toys R Us on Friday. They are receiving some more units and will have them available. If you really want one, it may be worth getting up early and lining up as scalpers are demanding (and getting) stupid high prices on eBay. I wouldn't mind one, but not for $250 or more. Stay tuned as more units keep trickling into different retail locations.

There are no bundles or other nonsense to deal with at Toys R Us, but Friday also marks the release of Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see other retailers join in with a shipment of SNES Classic units to go along with it. Toys R Us is selling a Switch bundle with the new Mario game included, but that’s separate from the Classic. (The company warns that this too will be in short supply.)

Source: TheVerge

Weekly Tech Update #410 - Oh, SNAP Spectacles Aren't Selling

We have just posted up Episode #410 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Bitcoin hits new highs, videocard makers are making lots of money thanks to bitcoin hitting new highs and the snap spectacles aren't selling so well. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Play Three Generations of Games on Xbox One

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Case in point is that Microsoft just announced that their backwards compatibility has reached new nostaligic heights (or lows) with support for the original Xbox. That's right, you will now be able to run your original Xbox games on the Xbox One. Thankfully, during installation you get higher resolution textures and features. While it certainly isn't HD, it's not 320x240 either.

The 13 Original Xbox games releasing tomorrow will look better on the Xbox One family of devices, taking advantage of the power of Xbox One with up to 4X the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16X the pixel count on Xbox One X. You’ll be able to play Original Xbox games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase the games digitally in the Microsoft Store.

Source: Xbox

What if iPhone 8 is Better than iPhone X?

There are some that are waiting for the iPhone X, but the guys over at TheVerge have made a few good points regarding the underwhelming iPhone 8. It could quite possibly be better than the iPhone X - and the iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8. This is not good for Apple at all. While some of the article is purely personal preference, the author does make some valid points. Take a look and see where your next paycheck should be spent.

I expect Face ID to work very well on the X... But that doesn’t mean I particularly want to use Face ID. There could be some technical issues to iron out at launch, and even if there aren’t, it’s just another thing to figure out and get used to without any immediate advantages. (I’m not sure Animoji counts.) Apple itself fell foul of this when it announced Face ID, as Craig Federighi couldn’t log into his demo unit on stage after the authentication had been reset.

Source: TheVerge

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