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Bitcoin Trading is Official - Price Surges

It appears that Bitcoin is now on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and has seen prices climb on it's first day of trading. I'm still not sure why it's actually worth anything at all, but here it is - a virtual and digital currency that is currently sitting at just under $16,800 USD. It's a marvel and one that may continue to climb - or could crash suddenly making people very poor. Actually, most of these people don't actually have any money from Bitcoin, so they would be just the same as they are now. Very odd stuff though.

Coindesk writes: "In all, the tumultuous start is perhaps a fitting start to the trading of the new contracts. CBOE's is the first to be traded on a major regulated exchange in the U.S., and it's set to be followed next week by CME Group, which has announced that it will launch its own products on Dec. 18."

Source: NPR

Ryzen 2 Processors Announced

AMD has had some pretty good success with their Ryzen processors and have made Intel scramble and release a new processor (that was an older processor, simply clocked and volted higher) to try and look like they are staying current. Well, AMD is tired of their success with the Ryzen processor and is not stepping up to the Ryzen 2. Early in 2018, we can expect these to arrive and they will have more cores and higher clock speeds with a much higher boost speed. If any of the rumors are true, these could really keep up and take down the high-end Intel CPUs - at a fraction of the price.

Dubbed 'Pinnacle Ridge', the wave of second-gen Ryzen chips will start predictably with the flagship Ryzen 7 in February, followed by its less gutsy siblings in March. With up to eight cores and clock speeds reckoned to hit up to 4.4GHz, the Ryzen 2 CPUs are not only set to butt heads with Intel's eighth-generation processors, but also take on Intel's 9000 series CPUs set to make a splash mid next year.

Source: TheInquirer

Toshiba Brings 14TB Drives for Everyone

There are some interesting storage technologies in the works, but magnetic storage has been the staple of the mechanical hard drive for many years. With the latest 14TB drive from Toshiba - nothing has changed. This is still a traditional magnetic, mechanical drive. Keep in mind that this particular unit has 9 platters crammed into a standard height 3.5-inch drive, is sealed and helium filled. Some of these massive drives have slower spindle speeds, but Toshiba keeps it screaming along at 7,200rpm. It looks impressive and is cheaper than a Titan V.

The series also utilizes Toshiba Group’s laser welding technology to ensure the helium remains securely sealed inside the drive enclosure. The drives support a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and 7,200rpm access performance. The 9-disk 14TB models achieve a 40% increase in maximum capacity over previous MG06ACA 10TB models. Additionally, the 14TB models improve power efficiency by over 50% (W/GB).

Source: BusinessWire

Jony Ive is Back at Apple

For those of you wondering why products from Apple have really sucked over the last few years - it is probably because Jony Ive was away. I'm not sure how many of us realized that Jony was out, but that really does explain the iPhone 7, 8 and X. Granted, he wasn't the only one designing products, but back when it was Steve and Jony at the design controls, things were way better than they are now. I expect the iPhone 12 or so to be back on track. Just kidding. Apple has been behind Samsung for a few years now and that's not likely to change in a couple years.

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple’s design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015. 9to5Mac noted that Ive’s design deputies Dye and Howarth were no longer listed on Apple’s leadership page earlier today, and news of Ive’s return broke from Bloomberg.

Source: 9to5Mac

MIcrosoft Edge Passes 1 Million Downloads - On Android

Microsoft Edge browser for Android has been out of the "preview" stage and has been available to everyone for just a little over a week. The crazy thing is that Google's download tracker shows that it has over a million downloads. I'm not sure why. Granted, Chrome is not the perfect mobile browser, but it's built in and it just works. I'm not sure how many people love Edge enough to make the effort to download a different browser, but apparently a million people do. Unless Microsoft is gaming the system... Hmmmm....

The number comes from the Google Play Store's own download tracker. Edge is also currently listed as the third most-popular free app in the "Communication" category on Google Play. The next milestone of five million downloads will take a little longer to reach, but hitting a million downloads a week out from launch, and two months since initially hitting preview, isn't too shabby.

Source: WindowsCentral

The Game Awards

The Game Awards are touted as being the video game industry's answer to the Oscars and this week the awards were dished out in Los Angeles. The big winners of th night appears to be Nintendo with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking the top prize in addition to Nintendo grabbing a few other of the categories as well. You can find the who list of winners and coverage of the event over at Engadget. 

Geoff Keighley has been touting this year's The Game Awards as the gaming industry's answer to the Oscars. Now that the ceremony has concluded, we can safely say that he delivered. It had all the hallmarks of a lavish awards show: Live orchestra (check), fervent spiels (check), Hollywood a-listers (check). And, there was the return of the hotly-anticipated game reveals that -- in part -- helped nab 8.6 million viewers last time round. If you didn't catch the action online, we've got your back. Below you'll find a list of the night's winners and the game trailers that went out live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. As always, there were touching moments too, like a noticeably awestruck Melina Juergens getting the Best Performance award for Hellblade from Andy Serkis.

Nvidia Titan V

Nvidia has just released the most powerful GPU ever with their Nvidia Titan V. 

With the Titan V you'll get 110 teraflops of performance, 12GB of HBM2 memory, 5120 CUDA cores, and 640 tensor cores. What this all means is that it should off up 9x the deep-learning performance of the previous model.

Now of course, with all of that capacity, how much will this cost? $2,999 USD.

The Titan V is available for order right now just in case you won the lottery. If you don't want to order one right now, you can read all about it over at The Verge.

It seems like Nvidia announces the fastest GPU in history multiple times a year, and that’s exactly what’s happened again today; the Titan V is “the most powerful PC GPU ever created,” in Nvidia's words. It represents a more significant leap than most products that have made that claim, however, as it's the first consumer-grade GPU based around Nvidia’s new Volta architecture.

That said, a liberal definition of the word “consumer” is in order here — the Titan V sells for $2,999 and is focused around AI and scientific simulation processing. Nvidia claims up to 110 teraflops of performance from its 21.1 billion transistors, with 12GB of HBM2 memory, 5120 CUDA cores, and 640 “tensor cores” that are said to offer up to 9 times the deep-learning performance of its predecessor.

Also it comes in gold and black, which looks pretty cool.

Weekly Tech Update #416 - New Mobile Hardware Launches at CES 2018

We have just posted up Episode #416 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we'll be discussing Cyber Monday was a big one, Lenovo says goodbye to the ThinkPad and CES 2018 will reportedly see the launch of the Galaxy S9 and the LG G7. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Google to remove YouTube support from Amazon Fire TVs

The battle between Amazon and Google has heated up once again with Google announcing they'll be pulling YouTube from Amazon Fire TV devices come January 1st, 2018.

This has been going on for a while with Google accusing Amazon of not following their terms of services and blocking Fire TV users a few months back. Amazon then figured out a workaround which of course didn't make Google all that happy and now they are once again putting a stop to Amazon Fire TV users from using their services.

I'm sure none of this has anything to do with the fact that they both sell competing media devices...

Arstechnica hs the full story.

This drastic measure comes a few months after Google blocked YouTube access for Amazon’s Echo Show device. At the time, both sides blamed the other. Google claimed Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated its “terms of service” and created a “broken user experience.”

Amazon recently got YouTube to work again on the Echo Show, but in a roundabout way that wasn’t sanctioned by Google. The new version also overlaid voice commands on the on-screen controls, which Google claims also violates its terms of service. That version of YouTube will be blocked immediately while the Fire TV app won't work, starting January 1, 2018.

Bitcoin mining platform hacked, 56M gone

Sorry, 2 Bitcoin stories in the same day, I apologize in advance to everyone who is sick of hearing Bitcoin news.

It's being reported that NiceHash, which is a Bitcoin mining program, has been breached and potentially has seen 56 million USD worth of Bitcoin disappear. 

I'm sure there will be a few customers of theirs that aren't so happy but unfortunately their paths of recourse are pretty much zero.

Guru3D has the story.

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