Pine A64 is world’s first $15 dollar 64-bit computer
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May support Windows, crowdfunding starts tonight

Since 2005, single board computers (SBCs) have become popularized by hardware companies and user communities including Arduino, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, OLinuXino, BeagleBoard, and others. The one setback they all have in common, however, is that they all run ARM-based 32-bit processors. In less than a day from now, that will all change.

Google Glass no longer best option for enterprise workplaces
Published in Wearables


Other options superior for quality control, hazardous environments 

A report from independent research and advisory firm Lux Research Inc. has identified Google Glass coming up short in many usage cases, with smart glasses like Sony’s SmartEyeglass and Osterhout Design Group’s R-7 better suited for the needs of industrial workers, customer service reps and quality control agents.

Honda's new hydrogen fuel cell sedan arriving later this year
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300 mile driving range, 60 percent increase in power density

Today at the 2016 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda announced plans to release a new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity sedan. The vehicle is expected to begin sales in select California markets before the end of 2016 with an MSRP of $60,000 and a targeted monthly lease under $500 per month.

Netflix begins blocking VPN users
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Friday, 22 January 2016 02:30

Netflix begins blocking VPN users


Access to full content catalog now restricted

On Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that some users in Australia are now being blocked when they use virtual private network (VPN) services in their home country to access Netflix content intended for other regions, primarily the United States.

Netflix to raise "grandfathered" plan prices after Q4 earnings
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Price hike begins in 2H 2016 for "Standard" 1080p subscribers


In a recent letter to shareholders, the company announced its earnings for Q4 2015, showing a $36.7 million profit year-over-year and warning its grandfathered subscribers on the $7.99 price for “Standard” 1080p service that they can expect a price hike starting in the second half of this year.

Polaris GPU series is AMD’s beginning of “journey into space”
Published in Graphics


Brighter stars, galaxy systems in future GPU codenames

Over the past few years, Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) has tread many uncharted waters near and far to gather enough "island" codenames for over five generations of graphics processing units. According to Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, all of that is about to change.

Microsoft to recall Surface Pro 1, 2 and 3 chargers
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Set to announce free trade-in scheme on Friday

The folks in charge of manufacturing Microsoft’s A/C charging cable for the first three generations of its Surface Pro series apparently forgot to quality check for overheating issues.

Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player arriving early
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Mid-February if you pre-order for $100 below launch price


Back at CES 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this month, we were able to take a glimpse at Samsung’s very first consumer 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, and the small selection of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc launch titles to go along with it.

Samsung begins 20nm High Bandwidth Memory 2 production
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256GB/s with four 8Gb stacks, seven-fold increase over GDDR5

Roughly six months ago, AMD launched the first graphics cards packed with first-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Today, Samsung has just announced production of the industry’s first 20nm 4GB DRAM package based on second-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2).

AMD releases Q4 2015 and FY2015 earnings
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:20

AMD releases Q4 2015 and FY2015 earnings


Down 28 percent, partly from economic slowdown in China

Earlier today, we mentioned that AMD was expected to report revenues for Q4 2015 with at least a 10 percent revenue decline as the chip maker struggles to turn its profits around. This afternoon, the company reported its fourth quarter 2015 and fiscal year 2015 revenue earnings results, showing a 23 percent revenue decline from lower sales of CPUs, lower demand for GPUs used in game consoles, and an economic slowdown in China.