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- AMD Announces the Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics Card - AMD has announced the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card
for the DIY (retail) channel, launched exclusively through its add-in
board partners. Based on the 7 nm "Navi 14" silicon, the RX 5500 XT has
the same exact core-configuration as the RX 5500 launched in October to
OEMs. This means only 22 out of the 24 RDNA compute units are enabled,
and the XT doesn't max the silicon out. These work out to 1,408 stream
processors. Other vital specs include 88 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit
wide GDDR6 memory interface. The RX 5500 XT will still end up faster
than the RX 5500 OEM card from last month, since it has a higher engine
"game clocks" of 1717 MHz, while the RX 5500 OEM ships with roughly
1670 MHz game clocks. Engine boost clocks for the RX 5500 XT are rated
at up to 1845 MHz.
The Radeon RX 5500 XT comes in two variants based on memory size, 4 GB
and 8 GB. Both variants use 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory chips across the
chip's 128-bit wide memory bus. The 4 GB variant uses four commonly
available 8 Gbit chips, while the 8 GB variant typically uses
high-density 16 Gbit memory chips. AMD is pricing the Radeon RX 5500 XT
at USD $169.99 for the 4 GB variant, and $199.99 for the 8 GB variant.
It competes with a spectrum of NVIDIA cards including the GeForce GTX
1650 and GTX 1650 Super.
- AOC Reveals Two New UltraWide Monitors, CU34G2 and CU34G2X:
34" 21:9 VA, 3440 x 1440, up to 144 Hz, 1 ms, 1500R, FreeSync -
AOC has revealed two new additions to their monitor
lineup, which seemingly tick most - if not all - of the right boxes.
The only thing that differs in both the CU34G2 and CU34G2X is their
maximum refresh rates: the CU34G2 can go up to 100 Hz, while the
CU34G2X can refresh at up to 144 Hz. The rest of the specs are
virtually the same: a 34" VA panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution, 21:9
aspect ratio, 1 ms response times, 300 nits maximum brightness, 1500R
curvature, and support for FreeSync. In terms of color space, the
CU34G2 wins out, covering 124% of the sRGB space and 92% of AdobeRGB,
while the CU34G2X tightens the color space a smidge with 119% sRGB and
88% of AdobeRGB. I/O wise, both feature 1x DisplayPort 1.2 and 2x HDMI
(only the CU34G2 uses HDMI 2.0, though). Both monitors also offer a
quad USB 3.0 Hub and 1x Headphone out. The monitors will launch come
January 2020 at attractive price points: $450 for the 100 Hz CU34G2 and
$550 for the 144 Hz CU34G2X.
- Logitech Announces 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam for Apple Pro
Display XDR - Logitech introduced the first webcam designed specifically for the new
Apple Pro Display XDR, available today. With a contemporary design
and seamless mounting experience, the Logitech 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam
offers high-quality video to communicate, collaborate and record right
from your desk with the new Pro Display XDR. Delivering crystal-clear
4K Ultra HD video with crisp resolution, color and detail, the Logitech
4K Pro Magnetic Webcam is perfect for Mac users who use Pro Display
XDR. The webcam's secure magnetic mount makes set up effortless and
holds your webcam firmly in place, even when it is tilted up and down.
Featuring RightLight 3 with HDR technology, the lighting on the webcam
automatically adjusts so you look great regardless if you are low light
or direct sunlight situations. The Logitech Camera Settings app also
allows you to customize and adjust brightness, color intensity,
contrast and more, so you always look your best on camera.
- iOS 13.3 Brings New Parental Controls, Supports Physical
Security - Apple has released the new software (plus
iPadOS 13.3), whose centerpiece is an improvement to Screen Time
parental controls. You can set limits on who your kids can call, text
or FaceTime, including managing contacts and setting time-specific
limits. If you don't want your kids starting video chats with friends
after 9PM, for instance, you can. This won't help if your kids use
third-party apps, but it's a start.
There are also some bread-and-butter functional improvements. You can
create new videos when trimming clips in Photos, and Apple News has
fresh layouts for News+ stories from papers like the Wall Street
Journal. It's easier to like or dislike stories as well. And if you're
security-conscious, you'll be happy to know that you can plug in a
FIDO2 security key instead of typing in a password. Add to this the
usual round of bug fixes (including one that prevents Mail messages
from downloading) and this is a worthwhile update, even if parental
controls don't matter.
There's also a tvOS 13.3 update, although it's not nearly as
substantial. The biggest improvement is an ability to revert the Apple
TV's top shelf to show your Up Next queue. And did we mention a minor
watchOS 6.1.1 update? It's clear that you'll have a lot of updating to
do if you expect to stay current in Apple's universe -- let's just hope
Apple can afford to slow down its rapid-fire update releases in 2020
- iOS 13.3 Bug Allows Kids To Bypass Parental Controls - According
to CNBC, there are several bugs with the feature, but the
biggest of them is that the update doesn't protect kids from talking to
strangers on the phone, via Facetime, or text messages. The
Communication Limits option that allows parents to control who their
kids can talk to is supposed to prevent kids from adding new contacts
unless the parent enters a PIN they have setup.
- Apple sues former chip designer for breach of contract -L
ast month, three former Apple chip execs launched a new company called
Nuvia to take on established silicon giants like AMD and Intel on the
data center market. It turns out that Apple isn't happy about the new
development, and is suing
Nuvia founder Gerard Williams III. In the filing, which was submitted
to the Santa Clara Superior Court in August, the company alleges that Williams violated contractual
terms before he left to pursue his new venture. Williams led the
design of Apple's A-series chips found in iPhone and iPad for nine
years before he decided to leave the company last February.
Nuvia recently convinced investors to commit $53 million in funding to
accelerate its growth. But Apple says Williams started his planning
work on Nuvia back when he was still working at Cupertino. In doing
that, he violated an intellectual property agreement that said he
wasn't supposed to work on anything that would be competitive with what
- Facebook Has Refused Government Requests For Backdoor Into
Encrypted Chats - Facebook has been fighting with the U.S.
government and the governments
of other countries over end-to-end encryption plans that would block
anyone, Facebook included, out of chat conversations on Instagram,
WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. The Federal government doesn't like
that as it says that encrypting everything gives abusers a place to
practice their craft without fear of being caught by authorities.
Facebook's WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption, but the social
network wants to apply that to Facebook Messenger and Instagram. At a
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if
Facebook didn't add the backdoor, "we're going to do this for you." In
response, Facebook penned an open letter that essentially said there is
no backdoor just for governments, criminals and hackers would find
way to exploit the backdoor as would oppressive regimes leading to
real-world harm to users. Along with the U.S. government, the
governments of the U.K. and Australia are also calling on Facebook to
end its "encryption on everything" plan. Facebook isn't alone in
opposing the backdoor for government demand. Over 100 other
organizations are on its side.
- Why you don't need blue light lenses: Hidden camera
investigation - Many of us are feeling the strain on our eyes from
staring at our smartphones and computer screens all day. But some of
Canada's largest optical chains are selling you a solution experts say
you don't need: lenses that protect our eyes from the blue light
emitted from our devices. Leading experts tell Marketplace some of
Canada's top chains seem to be using "misleading" claims to sell the
lenses. And an opthalmologist reveals some easy and free tips that will ease digital eye
- Google Assistant Gains Real-Time Translation for 44
- Google today updated its Google Assistant to add "Interpreter
Mode", which is designed to enable real-time language translation in 44
languages. Users can activate the feature by saying something like "Hey
Google, be my German translator" or "Hey Google, help me speak
Spanish". (On iOS, users need to launch the Google Assistant app
first.) The app accepts both spoken and typed input, then displays
translations, and can also speak them aloud. It also offers smart reply
prompts to speed conversations.
- What Is The Most Expensive Thing In The World? - YouTuber
Half As Interesting sets out to find the most expensive thing in the world and it's not
a boat, building or jet.
- Dangerous tattoo remover from eBay is a MILLION watt laser - This laser tattoo removal device from eBay is the
most powerful laser I've shown on this channel! It is so powerful that
even AIR ignites in the laser beam!
- Jazz drummer reacts: Meshuggah-Clockworks (Tomas Haake) - This
right here is a jazz drummer slowly becoming a metal head! :D
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