Xiaomi phones will be available in the US by 2019

From CNET: Xiaomi, the Chinese startup that has made waves through Asia and South America, may finally make its way to the US.

The Chinese manufacturer's phone will launch in the US "in two years, if not sooner," according to Wang Xiang, the new global head said in an interview with CNET after the Mi 6 launch last week.

AMD's new Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo is slower than its predecessor

From InfoWorld: AMD's new Radeon Pro Duo graphics packs two of the company's fastest GPUs, but surprisingly, is slower than its 2016 predecessor.

The Pro Duo, announced on Monday, is based on the Polaris architecture. It provides 11.45 teraflops of single-precision performance, which is a downgrade from the 16 teraflops of performance offered by last year's Pro Duo, based on the Fiji architecture.

AMD shows off Vega's ability to handle 8K graphics at NAB

From PC World: AMD is giving a demonstration of the brute force of its upcoming Vega GPU, showing its ability to handle 4K and 8K graphics.

The company is showing off its next-generation Radeon Pro professional graphics card based on the Vega GPU at the NAB show in the Las Vegas this week.

One demonstration has the Vega GPU handling 8K video processing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017. The other focuses on 4K post-processing with Radeon ProRender, which renders high-end graphics.

Seeing red: Samsung to offer software fix for tinted Galaxy S8 displays

From InfoWorld: Millions of people around the world are enjoying their first days with the Galaxy S8, marveling over the screen and rocking out with the new AKG-tuned earbuds. But not everyone is singing a happy tune. For some users, the infinity display isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, with some S8 screens showing a distinct red tint.

Unroll.me 'heartbroken' after being caught selling user data to Uber

From CNET: You know what they say: If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

Now some are realising the price they paid for using free inbox clean-up service Unroll.me, after the company opened up about its practice of selling users' email data.

Unroll.me promises to organise your inbox by sorting subscription emails and letting you unsubscribe from the ones you don't want. But according to reports, Unroll.me also tracked emailed receipts sent by the ridesharing company Lyft, and sold them to Uber, Lyft's biggest competitor.

Oracle floats Java hardware acceleration proposal

From InfoWorld: A proposal currently floating in the Java community would use hardware acceleration to improve bulk calculations in the platform.

Project Trinity would explore enhancing execution of bulk aggregate calculations over Streams by offloading calculations to hardware accelerators. Streams in Java allow developers to express calculations so that data parallelism can be efficiently exploited, and the Stream capability in Java Standard Edition 8 is for processing data declaratively while leveraging multicore architectures.

HP's new Zbook laptops crushes Apple's ancient Mac Pro on features

From PC World: Apple’s Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10 mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance.

Take HP’s latest Zbook laptop workstations, which were announced on Friday. These heavy built laptops—which is why they are called mobile workstations—have comparable memory and storage capacity technology to the Mac Pro, but excel in other areas.

The laptops feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, DDR4 memory, Intel’s latest Kaby Lake-based Core and Xeon processors, and the latest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.

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Seasonic PRIME Titanium 850W (Page 1 of 4) | Reports

What is power? My favorite definition, according to Dictionary.com, is the "ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something." A lot of times, people in a group setting like to define themselves by showing their power largely through trivial means, like deciding where to go for lunch or what equipment to buy for your next corporate project. However, real power does not come from these meaningless symbolic acts. In my opinion, the "ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something" boils down to a person's ability to influence change -- where decisions are not made because you ram it through the door, but because you have other people also in positions of power who are in one accord with you, and you can use yourself to mold a culture that fosters an environment where something you want will be accomplished. Therefore, I would argue real power is in the hands of the person who enables other people to do things on their behalf; someone who has no need to make every decision on the table, but can achieve their end goal regardless. In many ways, the power supply in your computer has this kind of power. Not only does it literally supply electrical power to the rest of your computer, the ability of every component in your system to function -- from major components like your CPU to the smallest item like an LED light -- solely depends on your power supply to enable its core functionality. So while your PSU may be a humble part at the bottom corner of your chassis working silently from day to day, it is a part of your PC you simply cannot overlook for its sheer importance. Today, we will take a look at Seasonic's PRIME Titanium 850W. Seasonic has long been known as one of the best power supply manufacturers in the market, and with the company's flagship product in our labs, what kind of power does it truly have? We cracked one open to find out.

SilverStone ST45SF V3.0 450W (Page 1 of 4) | Reports

As you may have read in the forums, a couple of us have swapped to a new phone carrier including myself. After being with the Telus sub-brand, Koodo, for about two and a half years, I decided it was time to move on. Personally, I have never had much loyalty with any of the telecommunication companies. I have been with Bell, Rogers, and Telus all at different times, and only now am I technically going back to Rogers. However, I decided to do an experiment. Pulling out my old Nokia 1661, my first Rogers-locked phone, I tried to use it for a week. After one evening, I quickly put the SIM card back into my unlocked LG G3. I never realized how much I relied on the extra features a smartphone has, whether it was a camera, GPS navigation, or a touch screen. However, using a dumbphone made me appreciate a few things. First of all, the build quality of the smaller phone was, and will probably always be, a lot better than many smartphones out there. In addition, it was nice to cut down all the phone features to just the necessities like calling and texting. Battery life was also a lot better, though this is not surprising considering all the lacking features. However, my favorite thing about using the Nokia was just the fact it was super compact. I did not have to lug around anything larger to get exactly what I need from a cellular phone. Today, we have the SilverStone ST45SF V3.0 450W power supply, another tiny SFX unit in our offices. With such a small overall footprint, it will be quite impressive to see what it is capable of. How did SilverStone’s OEM make such a tiny unit? And will it be capable for general users? Read on to find out!


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