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AMD’s Radeon Boost could be a secret weapon to take down Nvidia’s budget graphics cards

By | December 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We know AMD has a major driver update planned for its Radeon products in December – rumors have even indicated official ray tracing support could be part of this, but whether that’s true or not, there might also be a seriously smart sounding new feature coming to ramp up frame rates. And this could be particularly useful for less powerful GPUs – with AMD about to launch new budget models, as it happens…

AMD’s Radeon Boost is the feature in question, and it was mentioned in grabs that look like marketing materials which were leaked online (posted on Reddit and Twitter, as spotted by Videocardz).… Read the full article

Windows 10 October 2018 Update users are being forced to upgrade – ready or not

By | December 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft has begun the process of herding those still running the Windows 10 October 2018 Update into upgrading to the most recent November 2019 Update.

The same thing has already happened to those running the April 2018 Update, and that previous forced upgrade scheme kicked off in July (instigating automatic upgrades to the May 2019 Update, which of course was the most recent version of Windows 10 at the time).

So this is the second time Microsoft has wielded an upgrade cattle prod, effectively, and the reason for doing so is security – because the end of service date for the update in question is on the horizon.… Read the full article

Sprint contractor exposed a ton of cell phone bills stored in Amazon’s cloud

By | December 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Data stored in the cloud by a Sprint contractor, containing hundreds of thousands of phone bills of US citizens, was left exposed and potentially viewable by anyone for an undetermined period of time, it has emerged.

As TechCrunch reports, the cache of data – kept in an AWS bucket, essentially an area of storage in Amazon’s cloud platform – consisted of over 260,000 documents, most of which were phone bills of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile customers dating back up to four years in some cases.… Read the full article

MacBook Pro 16-inch owners report glitchy speakers and ghosting display

By | December 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple’s new MacBook Pro 16-inch has had the shine taken off it somewhat, at least in some cases – that's going by reports of problems about the laptop’s speakers making popping noises, and issues with that fancy new larger display.

Apple Insider highlighted the alleged flaw on the audio front, whereby some owners are reporting that popping or clicking sounds are emanating from the speakers of their fancy new MacBook Pro 16-inch.

This has echoes of earlier problems with Apple’s laptops, and you may recall complaints about crackling speakers with the MacBook Pro 2018 (which affected both 13-inch and 15-inch models).… Read the full article

Amazon is reportedly facing an antitrust probe of its cloud business

By | December 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon is reportedly being looked at in the US regarding potentially anticompetitive policies when it comes to the cloud computing arena.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Federal Trade Commission investigators have widened their scope beyond Amazon’s retail operations to look at AWS (Amazon Web Services), which could mean the FTC is trying to ascertain whether Amazon is breaching any antitrust regulations with its cloud division.

Sources who wished to remain anonymous told Bloomberg that FTC investigators have been questioning software companies around the practices of AWS in terms of whether they could be harmful to the cloud competition.… Read the full article

Amazon Kendra is an enterprise search that aims to take down Google and Microsoft

By | December 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon is breaking more fresh ground at AWS re:Invent 2019 with the introduction of a new enterprise search product to rival existing offerings from Google and Microsoft.

As with all these offerings, Amazon Kendra provides a means to easily and quickly find the files or content you need, wherever they may be stored across the company.

It’s powered by machine learning, and uses natural language queries for an intuitive search experience, with Amazon promising a high degree of accuracy when it comes to the search results.… Read the full article

Amazon’s new security tool could help prevent big data breaches

By | December 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

At the big AWS re:Invent 2019 conference, Amazon has revealed a new security tool for customers using its S3 cloud storage service, to help ensure that data put in the cloud, stays in the cloud, and isn’t leaked elsewhere by accident.

The utility, called Access Analyzer, is for S3 (Amazon’s Simple Storage Service) and it monitors access policies to ensure they are working as intended.

Now by default, buckets (the name for a block of S3 storage) are created to be private, but AWS gives users various mechanisms such as Access Control Lists to configure different levels of access if necessary.… Read the full article

Darktrace’s self-learning AI security systems are now in AWS Marketplace

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Darktrace has announced that its Enterprise Immune System and Antigena security solutions are now available in AWS Marketplace.

These are products which are built on the firm’s Cyber AI platform, a self-learning artificial intelligence system which is designed to pick up and respond to emerging threats that can be very tricky to spot.

Darktrace explains that the AI system learns the unique footprint of activity, or real-time ‘pattern of life’ for all users, assets, and containers, learning from what it sees, and making “billions of probability-based calculations in light of evolving evidence”.… Read the full article

Amazon introduces AI-powered note-taking to help doctors focus on patients’ needs

By | December 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Over at AWS re:Invent 2019, Amazon has launched a new machine learning-powered service which can transcribe conversations between doctors and patients, effectively creating a digital copy of those consultations with relative ease.

Amazon Transcribe Medical automatically (and accurately) converts speech-to-text and recognizes medical terms, putting that text straight into the patient’s medical record. It can also pull off tricks like inserting punctuation so the doctor doesn’t have to worry about dictating commas, periods and so forth.

This is essentially a tailored version of Amazon Transcribe, an automatic speech recognition service that Amazon launched back in 2017.… Read the full article

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC players get free stuff to make up for all the bugs

By | November 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

You may recall that when Rockstar tweeted its apology for the various issues that have plagued the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 – including the dreaded stuttering – a complimentary care package was promised to anyone who had played from launch “through to the holiday season”.

Well, that bonus bundle of free stuff for Red Dead Online is now available to PC gamers, as Rockstar made clear in a blog post, while also announcing that it believes “the vast majority of performance issues for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC have now been resolved”.… Read the full article