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Hybrid processors at CES 2019 are the future of computing

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While Intel and AMD were outdoing each other at CES 2019 by announcing their respective 10-nanometer (nm) and 7nm processors, both companies also introduced hybrid processors that may change the future of computing forever.

On one side, there’s Intel’s LakeField processors, with architecture that is more like an ARM CPU than a traditional computer chip. Instead of just having a block of 10nm CPU cores, the LakeField processor will feature one central 10nm Sunny Cove core paired with four Treemont Atom cores.… Read the full article

Blackstar Kick 2019 Off On A Loud Note With New Studio 10 Amp Line

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Inspired by classic models loved by players across the US and their UK, Blackstar have proved themselves to be one of 2019’s big players with their new Studio 10 amp line.

All three of the ten-watt amps feature an ECC83 preamp tube and a single Celestion Seventy-80 12-inch speaker, and in Blackstar’s own words, were designed to give players “the magic of the Class A, single-ended tube power stage.” Musos that try one out can expect crisp, world-class vintage tones, and a usability that’s unrivalled by Blackstar’s peers. … Read the full article

Amazon fires open-source shot with DocumentDB launch

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In a move that will surely upset the open-source community, AWS has launched a new database offering compatible with the MongoDB API called DocumentDB.

The cloud giant describes its new product as a “fast, scalable, and highly available document database that is designed to be compatible with your existing MongoDB applications and tools.” However, it is essentially a replacement for MongoDB that uses its API but none of its code.

According to AWS, its customers have found it difficult to build fast and highly available applications that are able to scale to multiple terabytes with hundreds of thousands of reads and writes per second.… Read the full article

Elac Introduces Jet Tweeter-Fueled Carina Series Speakers

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Elac’s new Carina series speakers are the first Andrew Jones-designed models from the company to incorporate an air-motion transformer (AMT) tweeter module—the same type seen in speakers from GoldenEar Technology, MartinLogan, and others.
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EVGA NU Audio Card engineered by Audio Note UK

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Audio Note UK is announcing an audiophile-grade video card at 2019 CES, the EVGA NU Audio Card.

Launched at this year’s CES after two years’ development, the EVGA NU Audio Card is designed with the expertise of Audio Note UK for the audio section. According to Peter Qvortrup, head of Audio Note UK, the first batch of 3,000 pieces have been sold at the show. A second batch of 5,000 units is now on order.

Official launch date in the U.S.

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TONEAudio Reviews the Purple Flare USB Cable

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Nordost has more to offer than the exclusive, reference-level products that we are best known for. Offering a complete range of products that are designed to complement all systems from the highest-end to the most modest, Nordost has something for every music lover. That is why we are especially excited when we get reviews featuring our introductory products— so that people can see how transformative our most elemental cables can be! In his review, Nordost Purple Flare USB, Jeff Dorgay looks into the improvements that our entry-level USB cable makes on a system.… Read the full article

Google can limit “right to be forgotten” in EU

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A top court adviser for the EU has said that Google can limit the “right to be forgotten” to internet searches made within the European Union.

Back in 2016, Google was fined by France's privacy watchdog CNIL for failing to delist sensitive information beyond the borders of the EU. Maciej Szpunar's opinion on the case will likely help the search giant as the European Court of Justices judges generally follow the advice of the advocate general though they are not bound to do so.… Read the full article

The SVS Prime Series Reaches its Pinnacle

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Speaker and subwoofer-maker SVS took advantage of the low-intensity scene at the Venetian to make a low-key introduction of its new Prime Pinnacle tower speaker (shown at left).
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CES 2019 was absolutely buried in laptops and PCs – why?

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

At CES 2019, we've experienced an absolute deluge of laptops and other computers that made this year’s show feel more like Computex than the Consumer Electronics Show. That’s not even on account of Nvidia’s big push into RTX graphics on laptops.

Not counting the 40-some new gaming laptops on display at the show, we easily saw another 40 general use laptops this year – and almost all of them would have been worth deeper coverage had we not forgotten to clone ourselves before landing in Las Vegas.… Read the full article

US government shutdown leaves websites down

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A number of government websites are now inaccessible after 80 TLS certificates used by the US government have expired and with no staff on hand to renew them as a result of the government shutdown.

According to Netfcraft, NASA, the US Department of Justice and the Court of Appeals are just some of the US government agencies whose websites have been affected by the shutdown.

Hundreds of thousands of government workers have been furloughed including the staff responsible for handling IT support and cybersecurity.… Read the full article