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Pixel 6 Tensor CPU design revolves around Machine Learning

Pixel 6 Tensor CPU design revolves around Machine Learning

This shouldn't really come as much of a surprise. Google is arguably one of the kings of machine learning (ML) and AI, technologies that it relies on to make sense of all the data it collects through the Internet. So when it revealed that it was making its own System-on-Chip (SoC) named Tensor, it was expected that the chip would have ML at its forefront. That's what Google is now confirming about the Tensor chip and its abilities while still playing a bit coy on the technical details.

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Meet M1 Pro and M1 Max: Apple Silicon’s macOS heavyweights

Meet M1 Pro and M1 Max: Apple Silicon’s macOS heavyweights

Apple's M1 chipset may have given Apple Silicon its big debut, but it's the M1 Pro and M1 Max which power users have been waiting for. Debuting not one but two systems-on-chip (SoC) today, along with two all-new MacBook Pro models to take advantage of them, as before the big pitch is just how much power and efficiency you can achieve when you tightly tailor hardware to software.

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Microsoft might be designing its own Surface processor

Microsoft might be designing its own Surface processor

It seems that the big game in the consumer tech market these days is for companies to design their own silicon in one form or another. Apple has, of course, been making the Apple A series of chips for iPhones and iPads far longer than its rivals, but Google has apparently started to catch on. Even Vivo jumped in on the game with its own V1 imagine signal processor. It's really no surprise that Microsoft might be joining the bandwagon, though its exact plans are still up for much speculation and debate.

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Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max might be the next MacBook Pro chips

Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max might be the next MacBook Pro chips

It's less than a day before Apple's next big event, but there seems to still be some time for a small little change to expectations. Of course, something as minor as a marketing name change won't really affect how the next batch of MacBook Pros will perform, but it could either clarify or confuse consumers about which model to get. Debuting with new Macs is Apple's next-gen Silicon, which might not be called the Apple M1X after all.

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Windows 11 first update made AMD performance problem worse

Windows 11 first update made AMD performance problem worse

The rollout of Windows 11 has been relatively quiet, which isn't surprising considering the small number of PCs that are receiving it or are compatible with it. Incompatible computers don't even get the upgrade, so Microsoft is practically gatekeeping the upgrade anyway. That said, things aren't as quiet over at the AMD camp with confirmed performance issues with some supported CPUs, a problem that was ironically exacerbated by Windows 11's first Patch Tuesday.

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Windows 11 on some AMD Ryzen processors has performance issues

Windows 11 on some AMD Ryzen processors has performance issues

Windows 11 is officially out, and if you're in the market for a new PC, there are a handful already available with Microsoft's latest OS pre-installed. Most people, however, will most likely just be upgrading their Windows 10 PCs, which can bring some uncertainty over the minimum specs required by Windows 11. Unfortunately, even if your computer does meet those requirements, it doesn't always mean that the process and experience will be smooth and painless, as owners of devices running on some AMD processors are finding out to their dismay.

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MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

The most updated version of macOS Monterey beta has code suggesting Apple will bring a special "High Power" mode to MacBook devices. It might be time for Apple to unleash the performance beast, referencing some rumors that've been in the MacOS mix for over a year. While this might not be the Apple Does Gaming situation we've been patiently awaiting for a decade, it does seem like Apple may be willing to drop some of the power conservation restrictions put on computing devices - if the user wishes to flip a few switches.

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Pixel 6 Pro Tensor CPU leak paints a confusing picture

Pixel 6 Pro Tensor CPU leak paints a confusing picture

Major smartphone makers seem to have shifted their strategies a bit to market self-designed silicon, either for imaging or for running the entire device. Perhaps inspired by the attention that Apple has gotten with its new M1 Silicon, more and more manufacturers are getting into that same arena, from Vivo's V1 imaging chip to the AMD-powered Samsung Exynos 2200 to, of course, Google Tensor. The latter has so far avoided being leaked to death, but this latest information might finally settle one debate while leaving pundits and experts scratching their heads.

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Exynos 2200 leaked specs might have one important catch

Exynos 2200 leaked specs might have one important catch

Apple just launched the iPhone 13 with its new A15 Bionic processor, and, naturally, it's already being hailed as the fastest in the mobile market, especially in graphics performance. That might not matter much to Android manufacturers who can't use the chip anyway, so Samsung, Xiaomi, and others are fighting in a different arena. At least for Samsung, that might not be an issue if this new information about the upcoming Exynos 2200 with AMD graphics is right on the mark.

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Pixel 6 Pro pops up at Geekbench with questionable scores

Pixel 6 Pro pops up at Geekbench with questionable scores

There might have been a collective sigh of relief when Google announced its upcoming self-designed Tensor processor and Pixel 6 phones. It seemed that, after a hiatus, Google is ready to once again turn the Pixel into a premium smartphone brand, both in looks and in specs. The Tensor chip, however, has so far been wrapped in mystery and machine learning buzzwords, language that will likely confound most consumers asking the simple question of whether it's powerful enough or not. The Pixel 6 Pro has finally surfaced in a benchmark to provide that answer, but it's still too premature to draw any conclusions from it.

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Galaxy S22+ benchmark scores are not what they seem

Galaxy S22+ benchmark scores are not what they seem

Although it's hard to take them at face value, benchmark sightings, especially on Geekbench, have often become indirect sources of information for upcoming phones and computers. They mostly reveal information about the device's processor and RAM, but they might also hold clues about other specs. At the very least, they can give an idea of how powerful or weak an upcoming device might be. That seems to be the case with this Geekbench entry for what is believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S22+, provided you take the numbers with a grain of salt.

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Snapdragon 695G could give mid-range phones a gaming boost

Snapdragon 695G could give mid-range phones a gaming boost

For almost three quarters straight, MediaTek has managed to wrest the crown from Qualcomm in the mobile application processor (AP) market. Part of its winning strategy is to throw everything it has on a wall and see which ones stick, mostly targeting mid-range phones in both 5G and LTE categories. Qualcomm, of course, hasn't been absent there, and its upcoming Snapdragon 600 series chips are clearly its latest attempt to reclaim its throne in that mid-tier market, especially when it comes to gaming.

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