Computing

Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

The current trend in computing has been to reduce the size of components for both space efficiency and manufacturing considerations. All of that while not sacrificing the processing power needed even for the most intensive computing use cases. For AI and machine learning, however, the power needed goes beyond what regular commercial processors can offer given that trend. That is why young company Cerebras has developed a new "AI-first" chip that throws that convention out the window with what is probably the largest chip ever built.

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Alienware Aurora R9 desktop takes a bold gaming gamble

Alienware Aurora R9 desktop takes a bold gaming gamble

This morning Dell's Alienware brand revealed a desktop machine called Alienware Aurora R9. This desktop is made to be a gaming machine, offering a wide variety of options in processors, storage, and memory, and comes stacked with a wholly unique industrial design. This is a bold design whose color options should give you some idea of how intense the designers at that brand have gotten: Lunar Light OR Dark Side of the Moon.

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Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

News in the computing and tech world often highlights the spectacular and, sometimes, the extravagant. While it's understandable that we get attracted by shiny products and powerful devices, not all consumers are swayed by those factors. Some need simpler yet still usable computers that can not only fit their budgets but also fit their aesthetic tastes as well. Those buyers might want to take the Chuwi GBox Pro into consideration. Despite the "Pro" in its name feeling like a letdown, the small box still has a lot to offer those with more constrained budgets.

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It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

This week's been a bad one for Windows updates. A couple of relatively important Windows updates were released, then found to have unexpected effects on some of the computers on which they were loaded. It's extremely unfortunate when this sort of thing happens because it deters users from downloading patches of all sorts - not least of all security patches and Windows Updates from Microsoft. The good news is that negative results seem to have been reported only by a relatively small subset of Windows users.

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Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

When Microsoft launched its own app store back in the Windows 8 and Windows RT days, it was criticized for being a practical ghost town. It has admittedly grown these days but it seems it's on the verge of shrinking again. Some developers seem to be advocating for Progressive Web Apps or PWAs, whether or not they are on the Store. The latest one to jump ship is Plex who just announced its shiny new desktop app while also announcing the death of its Windows Store app.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Considering its release schedule, Chrome OS doesn't get as much media buzz for each new version that gets rolled out. That doesn't make those releases any less substantial. In fact, the latest Chrome OS version 76 is one of the most notable ones, introducing much-needed features to turn the platform into a more proper competitor to the Windows and Macs. But more than just productivity features, Chromebook users can also be more productive in their entertainment activities.

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Vanity license plates have proven traffic ticket systems faulty for four decades

Vanity license plates have proven traffic ticket systems faulty for four decades

A user by the name of "Droogie" (Joseph Tartaro) decided he'd be clever and register a custom license plate with the word NULL. That means blank, empty, the end - it's not a word you hear people use all that often other than to say "null and void" - which, incidentally, was part of Tartaro's plan. He'd intended on getting 2 custom plates, one for himself, the other for his wife, one that said NULL, the other VOID.

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Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

There's probably little debate that AI-powered smart assistants have become very useful. They started out as good fun but without much utility and have sometimes even become the butt of jokes thanks to misheard commands. These days however, the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri have become a normal part of modern tech life, with or without smart speakers involved. But for all their usefulness and help, these services may have made people less vigilant about what they say and do and, it turns out, those secret utterances might not be so secret at all.

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Galaxy Note 10 DeX now works in window on your laptop, but why?

Galaxy Note 10 DeX now works in window on your laptop, but why?

Today Samsung got serious about their desktop software DeX with confirmation that they would, indeed, be delivering compatibility software for Windows and Mac computers. If you've got an Apple computer like a MacBook or an iMac, or basically any Windows 10 (or thereabouts) PC, you'll be good to go. The DeX software will load inside a window in your laptop, via USB... but why?

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Suprema Biostar 2 exposed millions of fingerprints, faces, and passwords

Suprema Biostar 2 exposed millions of fingerprints, faces, and passwords

Biometrics, usually fingerprints or faces, are often touted as more secure forms of authentication or at least second-factor authentication. But what if those very same pieces of data have been compromised? And what if it happened through sheer negligence of the security company whose business is to help secure people around the world? That is the nightmarish reality of what befell customers of Suprema's web-based Biostar 2 biometrics lock platform and, by extension more than 1 million people across the globe.

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Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

It would seem that the future of the Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack is no more! According to the folks at Minecraft - the official crew - there's only one more "final update" on the Super Duper pack. That update is that the future is dead, and the Super Duper Graphics Pack originally announced back at E3 2017 will no longer be developed. Not in-studio, anyway.

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