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New iPad Mini and entry-level iPad expected for early 2019

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Early 2019 is now expected to hold not just one but two new iPad announcements from Apple, thanks to a new DigiTimes report. The Taiwanese outlet claims to know that the next iPad Mini and entry-level iPad are due out early this year.

"Apple reportedly plans to launch two entry-level tablets in the first half of 2019," DigiTimes writes, "including a fifth-generation iPad mini and another entry-level iPad model, said the sources."

Specifically, this would mark the launch of the iPad Mini 5 as well as what would technically be the seventh standard iPad of its kind, or the iPad 7.… Read the full article

Windows 10 S Mode release date, news and features

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Windows 10 S Mode was first unveiled as a standalone operating system back in May 2017. However, after some mixed reception, the slim OS has been evolving ever since. Most of this criticism came down to the restrictions it places on anyone trying to install any programs not found on the Windows Store.

Windows 10 S Mode will limit you to apps found on the Microsoft Store, rather than just letting you install what you want. Luckily for any PC traditionalists out there, you can shift out of it whenever you want for free, so you don’t have to use it.… Read the full article

Chromebook storage could soon be opened up like a PC

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Chromebooks have long had local storage in the form of the Downloads folder of Chrome OS, but very little could be done with this pocket of space on the hard drive. Now, MSPowerUser has discovered that the latest version of Chrome OS contains changes to blow Chromebook storage wide open.

Found in the latest beta version of Chrome OS, 72, a flag is now available within the code – ‘enable-myfiles-volume’ – that allows users to turn the entire My Files folder into a read-write drive, with customizable folders and file names.… Read the full article

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

Google Fuchsia release date, news and rumors

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

We were expecting to see Google announce Google Fuchsia, or Google Andromeda – a fusion of its Chrome and Android operating systems (OS) – back in October 2017. That announcement never happened. 

What will Google Fuchsia look like, though? Well, the Google Pixelbook and some of the other best Chromebooks, are able to run both an early version of Fuchsia itself, and Android Apps from the Google Play Store – which Fuchsia itself is rumored to do. We think that Google Fuchsia – if and when it gets finished – will end up being the penultimate Google operating system across all different kinds of devices. 

Basically, we don’t know what Google Fuchsia will ultimately be.… Read the full article

AMD debuts 7nm Radeon VII graphics card to combat Nvidia RTX 2080

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

During its CES 2019 keynote, AMD has announced the Radeon VII graphics card, AMD's latest and most powerful of its kind for consumers. As expected, this is AMD’s first 7-nanometer (nm) graphics processor (GPU), and improves upon AMD’s previous best graphics card in every way.

Built upon AMD’s Vega 20 GPU using its Graphics Core Next 5 architecture, this GPU boasts a boost clock speed of 1,800MHz – about 14% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64. However, the GPU’s base clock speed is unknown at this time.… Read the full article

Powercast’s over-the-air charging Nintendo Switch Joy-Con grips tease truly wireless power delivery

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Truly wireless power delivery has been a dream for basically a century now, and it’s coming to fruition in the strangest of places, like Nintendo Switch controllers. At CES 2019, a company called Powercast has debuted a range of products designed to wirelessly charge your Switch Joy-Con controllers over the air.

Here’s how it works: players connect one of Powercast’s new Powerspot wireless power transmitters to an outlet. This transmitter then creates a short field of radio frequency (RF) around itself – in this case up to two feet, but Powercast claims it can broadcast up to 80 feet of RF with the Powerspot.… Read the full article

Gigabyte’s Aero 15 for 2019 uses Microsoft AI to optimize performance

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

During a CES 2019 press conference, Gigabyte pulled the curtain back on a brand-new Aero 15 with Nvidia’s RTX graphics and a complete suite of Intel components inside.

The laptop is identical to the previous model in terms of chassis design. Instead, Gigabyte is focused on not only updating the hardware inside the laptop but ensuring as much of it is Intel-made as possible – from the processor to the SSD and the modem.

There’s a reason for this: Gigabyte has partnered with Intel and Microsoft to bring cloud-based, artificial intelligence-driven (AI) hardware optimization to the Aero 15.… Read the full article

Nvidia GPUs built with Samsung’s 7nm process could come in 2020

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

Nvidia is reportedly courting phone maker-meets-processor manufacturer Samsung for a 2020 line of RTX desktop graphics cards built using Samsung’s 7-nanometer (nm) transistor process. 

This comes from Japan’s My Navi News, claiming access to Samsung sources and information. The processors will be developed using Samsung’s extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) process, which uses a plasma laser to drive silicon material into 7nm transistor structures. 

Samsung started producing 7nm processors using this method in October 2018, which Tom’s Hardware reports is ahead of its promised early 2019 launch schedule.… Read the full article

Vuzix Blade AR glasses cost as much as an iPhone XS

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

Vuzix, the company that wowed CES last year with its Vuzix Blade augmented reality (AR) glasses, is finally selling a finished product just in time for CES 2019.

As promised, the Vuzix Blade pair of AR glasses are available directly from Vuzix for $999.99/€1,099 (about £793, AU$1,431). This is a mighty steep price for AR glasses with Amazon Alexa inside.

The cost includes immediate access to the Vuzix Blade Developer Center, which offers product documentation, support forums, sample code examples and downloads.… Read the full article

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