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Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Apple’s MacBooks, be they the Pro, normal, or Air variety, have always been praised for their slim and light designs, relatively speaking. But as computing hardware gets more powerful, something will eventually have to give. In this year’s case, apparently that is the MacBook Pro’s RAM that was the scapegoat. Apple has taken flak for the laptop’s 16 GB RAM limit, which power users have analyzed and criticized to no end. This has lead Apple SVP for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller to take the mic to defend the decision, which basically boils down to compromising for better battery life.

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Samsung’s 8 GB LPDDR4 DRAM chips are ready to invade mobile

Samsung’s 8 GB LPDDR4 DRAM chips are ready to invade mobile

It’s almost unbelievable that, just three years ago, we were still discussing the future benefits of the then new 64-bit mobile processors. But by next year, we might already be seeing smartphones and tablets with a whopping 8 GB of RAM inside. That will be thanks in no small part to Samsung’s new silicon that packs 8 GB of DRAM in a single tiny package, utilizes the fastest LPDDR4 technology, and boasts of the space and energy savings of a 10 nm process.

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The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 sits comfortably in third position on the full-size pickup sales charts, but don't be deceived: this is one of the most innovative trucks currently on the market. Unlike the Ford F-150, which has dominated the segment for decades, Ram has had to mount a comprehensive strategy that gives pickup buyers features they simply can't find in any other truck in order to lure customers to dealerships - and it's working.

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OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

There's a saying that goes "if you've got it, flaunt it." Of course, that doesn't apply to all cases, thankfully. That apparently is also true for the OnePlus 3, the latest "flagship killer" to come out of the bold Chinese startup because despite it's hardware capabilities, particularly the RAM, it was revealed to perform below expectations. Taking to his Twitter account, co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision to not fully exploit that much RAM all boils down to offering a better user experience, mostly by making sure the smartphone won't consume battery like crazy.

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Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

When smartphones, led by the iPhone 5s in 2013, started marching towards 64-bit processors, there was a lot of talk around RAM sizes greater than 4 GB. Of course, that was one of the most obvious consequences of the new CPU architecture, but back then it was still more of a hype. This year, we're starting to see the first batch of smartphones with that much RAM inside, heralding the new high-end flagship baseline. But is it worth it already? Going by AnTuTu's Top 10 Performance devices in May, maybe not so much yet.

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Galaxy Note 6 could get Samsung’s new 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

Galaxy Note 6 could get Samsung’s new 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

Although long rumored for the upcoming Galaxy Note 6, other smartphone OEMs, like Vivo for example, have beaten Samsung to the 6 GB RAM punch by launching early this year. While those, of course, are commendable, Samsung might still have the last laugh. At a Mobile Solutions Forum is recently held in Shenzhen, China, the Korean OEM unveiled its latest 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM. The difference between Samsung's chip and existing 6GB RAM chips is that Samsung utilizes the newest 10 nm manufacturing process, promising faster, more efficient memory.

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IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

In an ideal world, computers would only have one type of data storage, but thanks to the laws of physics and businesses, we have two main types (three if you count CPU L caches). There's DRAM or RAM, which is fast, expensive, and doesn't retain its data without power. And then there's regular storage, today represented by NAND flash, which has more capacity, retains its data longer, but is slower in comparison. Combining all those benefits, without the drawbacks, has been one of the holy grails of computing. And IBM might have found its version of the answer in its 3-bit phase-change memory.

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Samsung starts production of world’s first 10nm 8Gb DDR4 RAM

Samsung starts production of world’s first 10nm 8Gb DDR4 RAM

Samsung's dynamic RAM, or DRAM, technology has definitely come a long way. Back in 2010 is tarted mass producing 40 nanometer DDR3 chips. In 2014, it jumped to the new 20 nanometer process for DDR3 DRAM. Now, two years later, it halved that figure again by introducing an industry first. The Korean OEM has announced that start of mass production of what it bills as the world's first DDR4 DRAM chip that uses the latest and smallest 10 nanometer semiconductor fabrication process, paving the way for faster, more efficient memory to power the next generation of computers, both personal and enterprise.

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Rowhammer vulnerability still threatens RAM, even DDR4

Rowhammer vulnerability still threatens RAM, even DDR4

When we speak of security exploits, we usually refer to software that take advantage of vulnerabilities in other software. Rowhammer, however, is a rare breed. Discovered almost exactly a year ago, it involved software exploiting vulnerability in hardware, in this case, dual in-line memory modules or DIMMs, in order to affect a change in software. The exploit had chip makers scrambling to get the latest DDR4 chips out the door. But apparently, the security comforts they offered were based on a presumption that researchers are now proving to be false.

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Vivo Xplay 5 specs, photos leaked, 6GB RAM inbound

Vivo Xplay 5 specs, photos leaked, 6GB RAM inbound

Chinese smartphone OEMs seem to be beset, warranted or not, by two stereotypes. One is that they are quite talented at "mirroring" the latest design trends. The second is that they can get pretty crazy when it comes to features. Just like this latest leak coming out of the country regarding Vivo's upcoming Xplay 5 smartphone. If one of the rumored details about it is true, then it could very well be the world's first smartphone with 6 GB of RAM, possibly even beating Samsung's Galaxy Note 6.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 said to have 6GB RAM, 5.8-inch screen

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 said to have 6GB RAM, 5.8-inch screen

Given how the Samsung Galaxy S7 has practically been leaked to death and how near we are to its unveiling, it is perhaps time to start warming up the rumor mill for things still far, far away. For example, perhaps it's time to speculate on the Galaxy Note 6, which is still a good half year away. According to this premature rumor, the S Pen powered phablet will actually increase in size, both in display with a 5.8-inch screen, as well as in RAM, with a whopping 6 GB.

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Xcode hack confirms 2GB RAM on iPhone 6s, 4GB on iPad Pro

Xcode hack confirms 2GB RAM on iPhone 6s, 4GB on iPad Pro

Apple is traditionally mum on some details of its devices' hardware, preferring to talk about how "B is X times faster than A" than raw numbers. It's partly a smart marketing move, using more general but easily understood comparisons than cold, impersonal numbers. But it also relieves Apple from having to concede, much less reveal, how it has sometimes been skimping on some hardware, most notoriously the RAM in even the most recent iPhones. Fortunately, thanks to developer Hamza Sood, there is great news for fans.

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