Moto's New Z4 Pushes Verizon 5G Under $500

From PC Mag: Motorola seems to be done with flagships. But it isn't done with cutting-edge features.

While its new Z4 is definitely a midrange phone, it works with Motorola's backpack add-on for Verizon's new 5G system, and Motorola and Verizon plan to sell the two together for $439.99, if someone's activating a new line. The phone will sell for $499.99 unlocked, with a 360 camera attachment.

"In the US, it's a duopoly in the flagship space between Apple and Samsung," said Doug Michau, Motorola's director of product operations in North America.

US officials want T-Mobile and Sprint to create a new wireless competitor, report says

From CNET: Justice Department officials reportedly want T-Mobile and Sprint to make a new, competing wireless carrier as part of a deal to clear their $26.5 billion merger, according to Bloomberg.

Sprint and T-Mobile weren't immediately available for comment.

The two wireless carriers are working on possible concessions to get the deal approved, unnamed sources told Bloomberg. Merging T-Mobile and Sprint would reduce the number of major US carriers from four to three. DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim reportedly still wants four carriers.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Showcases All-New Gaming Gear at Computex 2019

From ASUS Press Release: ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveiled at Computex 2019 an all-new line-up of gaming innovations designed to delight and excite players around the world. Products revealed include: ROG Theta and Theta Electret gaming headsets; ROG Strix XG17 portable gaming monitor; ROG Strix power supplies; ROG Strix LC 120/240/360 RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers and Aura Creator (beta), an all-new app for next-level control of Aura Sync illumination.

ASUS Announces AMD X570 Series Motherboards

From ASUS Press Release: AMD’s 1st and 2nd Gen Ryzen™ desktop processors have been a massive hit with both gamers and professional users everywhere. Now AMD is returning with 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs that pair its Zen 2 architecture with next-gen PCI Express® 4.0 (PCIe) connectivity, promising more bandwidth and performance than previous generations. The family remains focused on offering high numbers of cores and threads, a class of chip that needs a quality motherboard. ASUS is ready for action with an array of new models based on the latest X570 chipset.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Swift PG27UQX with G-SYNC ULTIMATE

From ASUS Press Release: ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ROG Swift PG27UQX with G-SYNC Ultimate, the world’s first gaming display to be engineered with mini-LED technology, enabling it to deliver stunning 4K HDR visuals with super-high contrast ratios.

GIGABYTE Showcases Newest AORUS High-End Gaming Solutions For Maximizing The User Experience

From Gigabyte Press Release: GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd redefines high-end gaming excellence with the newest additions to the AORUS ecosystem at today’s AORUS XTREME POWER showcase.

G.SKILL Showcases Extreme DDR4 Live Demo Kits at Computex 2019 – Up to DDR4-4000 384GB & DDR4-5200 16GB

From G.Skill Press Release: G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd. is showcasing several ultra-high speed and low latency DDR4 memory kits on Intel and AMD platforms at Computex 2019. These live demo systems feature motherboards from ASUS, ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI, as well as multiple memory kits made with Samsung B-die ICs.

DDR4-4000 384GB (32GBx12) – Massive Capacity DDR4 Beast of a Kit

AMD is releasing its 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs on 7/7

From The Verge: AMD’s third generation of Ryzen CPUs are here, including the company’s first mainstream CPU to feature 12 cores, the Ryzen 9 3900X. The company is announcing five new processors as part of the lineup, all with a release date of July 7th. Their prices range from $199 to $499, and all of them are based on the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture with support for the new PCIe 4.0 interface, which offers double the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0.

Intel Turns the NUC Into a Modular Slot-In Card

From PC Mag: We're used to the NUC being a micro desktop PC you can attach to the back of a monitor, but Intel is now turning it into a modular card capable of slotting into a range of devices.

Intel is using Computex 2019 to introduce a range of new hardware products, with the idea of what form a NUC can take being tweaked. As well as those tiny desktop computers, Intel is launching the NUC Compute Element. It's a modular card consisting of an Intel CPU, memory, storage, and connectivity that can be plugged into a range of devices using a proprietary connector.

Amazon's Echo Show 5 smart display takes on the Google Nest Hub with a smaller screen

From CNET: Amazon didn't wait long after Google announced the Nest Hub Max at its May developer conference to introduce its latest smart display, the $90 Echo Show 5.

But unlike the 10-inch Hub Max -- a direct competitor to the 10-inch second-gen Echo Show -- the Echo Show 5 is aimed at the entry level side of the smart display category. With a 5.5-inch display, the Echo Show 5 is smaller than the Echo Show, but only slightly smaller than the the seven-inch screen on the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub), the popular smart display Google released last fall.

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