Ryzen sales lead AMD earnings, despite issues with game optimization and mining

From PC World: Ryzen was the star of AMD's second-quarter earnings call Tuesday: The processors helped boost earnings 19 percent compared to a year ago. Company executives also had two messages for gamers: one, that game developers had largely completed their code optimizations for Ryzen, and two, that miners who hoarded graphics cards wouldn't be around forever.

HP's desktops get a down-low makeover with new CPUs, webcams

From CNET: HP is quietly updating its Pavilion All-in-One desktop series with new 24- and 27-inch models that include newer CPUs, a thinner design and a pop-up webcam that can be pushed out of sight for privacy.

Qualcomm opens up its AI optimization software, says dedicated mobile chips are coming

From The Verge: In the race to get AI working faster on your smartphone, companies are trying all sorts of things. Some, like Microsoft and ARM, are designing new chips that are better suited to run neural networks. Others, like Facebook and Google, are working to reduce the computational demands of AI itself. But for chipmaker Qualcomm — whose processors account for 40 percent of the mobile market — the current plan is simpler: adapt the silicon that’s already in place.

Alphabet, even with record EU fine, remains a money machine

From CNET: Alphabet, the parent of Google and one of the most powerful companies in the world, is fighting a big antitrust battle in Europe and other fronts. Even so, it's still a cash cow.

Microsoft Paint is getting killed off in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

From The Verge: The era of Microsoft Paint appears to be coming to an end with the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The image-editing application is officially being classified by Microsoft as a “deprecated feature,” as noted by The Guardian. That means that, come this fall, Paint will “not be in active development and might be removed in future releases.”

Microsoft Sees Xbox Hardware Revenue Drop 29 Percent

From PC Mag: Late last week, Microsoft revealed it FY17 Q4 results, ending June 30, 2017. For the gaming division specifically, there's both good and bad news, and some clear feedback for Microsoft regarding how it handles gaming hardware announcements and launches.

Telegram now sends disappearing messages, just like Snapchat

From CNET: Telegram, popular for its encrypted messaging service (and adorable emojis!), just upped its privacy game for users.

The app now lets you send your friends "self-destructing" photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds, the company said in a blog post yesterday. How long it takes for the media to go away depends on how long you set the timer for.

Do you own a smart speaker?

Yes, it's awesome
20% (31 votes)
No, I have no interest in one
66% (101 votes)
What is a smart speaker?
13% (20 votes)
Total votes: 152

Focal Spark Review (Page 1 of 4)

After leaving from an event on a cold Friday night in Edmonton earlier this year, I encountered a check stop and was stopped by the police. As I pulled into the stall, I rolled down my window and the officer began to speak. "Have you had anything to drink tonight?" he asked. "No sir," I replied. "But can I try the breathalyzer?" He chuckled for a bit and explained it does not do anything if I did not drink anything. As persistent as I could be, I asked him if I could try it anyway several more times. He continued to refuse, and eventually politely asked me to leave before stopping the next car. My friends thought I was kind of crazy, but I was genuinely interested in getting tested. And why not? It was something I always wanted to try, and I knew I would blow a 0.00 anyway. The officer could also clearly see that as well, hence he was not interested in wasting his time. However, if someone had something to drink, they probably would have reacted differently. Here at APH Networks, we are kind of like the breathalyzer when it comes to audio reviews. Although we can be very brutally honest at times, I give credit where credit is due like I did in the V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless review last month. Today, we have a new manufacturer here to take on our challenge. Focal is a renowned French manufacturer of performance audio equipment since the 1980s, and the company's product portfolio includes the astronomically priced Focal Utopia, which is regarded as one of the best headphones in the world. But they decided to take our challenge not with something that costs $4000, but using earphones with a price tag that barely counts as a rounding error as the flagship. For about 1.75% of the price of the Utopia at press time, how good is the Spark? Read on to find out!

LG X power 2 | Reports

If there is anything I value more in smartphones, it is the battery life. My first actual phone was a candy bar Nokia phone, and it seemingly never ran out of juice. For example, I remember going to Vancouver with the phone without bringing a charger. It lasted the entire week, even though I did not change my usage habits then. Nowadays, smartphones do not necessarily have anything comparable in terms of endurance. My next phone, an Android device, had decent battery life to begin with. However, after two years of use, I ended up replacing it solely due to the lacking battery life. Even now, my current phone is starting to show its age with the battery life dropping like a rock. I used to be able to just charge my phone overnight and last the whole day until I went to sleep the next night. After two years, I now have to charge midday at work every day just to keep my phone alive. As you can see, I think battery life is the most important part of a smartphone, because if it dies and you cannot use it, it is useless. Today, we have the LG X power 2, the second iteration of a phone we have looked at in the past. The first X power emphasized primarily on battery life, but the rest of the phone was not exactly up to par. With the X power 2, I can probably expect superb battery life again. However, is the rest of the phone capable enough to be a compelling option? This question, and more, will be explored when we take a closer look today!

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