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Intel’s Core I9 Extreme Edition CPU Is an 18-core Beast

Last year at Computex, Intel unveiled its first 10-core consumer CPU, the company’s move into the world of a “megatasking.” It was a pricey chip, launching at around $1,700, but it satisfied the needs for users who needed to juggle several intensive tasks at once. Now, Intel is upping the ante with a whole new family of processors for enthusiasts, the Core X-series, and it’s spearheaded by its first 18-core CPU, the i9-7980XE. Priced at $1,999, the 7980XE is clearly not a chip you’d see in an average desktop. Instead, it’s more of a statement from Intel. It beats out AMD’s 16-core Threadripper CPU, which was slated to be that company’s most powerful consumer processor for 2017. And it gives Intel yet another way to satisfy the demands of power-hungry users who might want to do things like play games in 4K while broadcasting them in HD over Twitch. And…

Geeks Make a Giant Working 6502 Chip 7,000 Times Bigger Than the Original

One of my favorite projects at the 2016 Maker Faire Bay Area was Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories’ insane MOnSter 6502 board. The MOnSter 6502 is a “dis-integrated” circuit project, a transistor-scale replica of the classic MOS 6502 microprocessor. This year, the MOnSter is back, now with more MOnStrousness. It is now a fully working board capable of running programs in assembly, BASIC, and Forth. Another 100 LEDs have also been added to the board to further visually illustrate the status of the board’s operations. For those who aren’t up on their computer chip history, the MOS 6502 holds a significant place there. It was the processor at the heart of the Apple ][, Commodore PET, Atari 400 and 800 game consoles, the BBC Micro, even Tamagotchi digital pets! Variations of it were also found in the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, and the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). This thing really…

Microsoft Is Betting Large on the Surface Family (Video)

A week after introducing the Surface Laptop to the world, he’s sitting in a room in Microsoft’s Building 88 ready to show off his team’s latest creation: the new Surface Pro. At first glance, it looks a lot like 2015’s Surface Pro 4, but it’s part of a bigger lineup of the entire Surface family that Microsoft is now ready to take worldwide. For the first time in Surface history, Microsoft will start shipping two new products (Surface Pro and Surface Laptop) worldwide at launch. June 15th will see these new products launch, and a big expansion for the Surface Studio all-in-one PC, too. It’s clearly a date that Microsoft has been working toward for quite some time, and as I walked around Microsoft’s secretive Surface building located at its Redmond, Washington, campus, it’s easy to see that the Surface family of devices is now coming to life. “We’ve taken…

First Look At New Surface Pro From Microsoft

With the reveal of the new Surface Pro, Microsoft is playing it safe. It is not a huge step forward, like what the first Pro device was. The Redmond guys rather keep refining and improving some aspects of the lineup. Might not look like much, but a welcome step that will breathe new life into the laptop/tablet. Don’t fix what’s not broken Design The fifth generation Pro looks awfully similar to its predecessor, released in late 2015. It has lost several grams and a fraction of inches, now it’s 1.7 pounds and 8.5 mm thin. Microsoft promises, though, that the laptop is remarkably quiet. Every component has been tested and calibrated to make sure it makes as little noise as possible. While the display remains the same in size and resolution – 12.3-inch ad 2736×1824 – as the Pro 4, it has better responsiveness. You should thank new thinner glass…

Why Apple And Adobe Should Fear The New Microsoft

Microsoft has certainly been gaining momentum in the last couple of months. First, the tech giant released the first Creators update of its Windows 10 OS, followed by an announcement of another bulky update, coming this fall. Then, it has been making some real noise in mixed-reality and computing-related hardware. Don’t forget the new Surface laptop too. It seems that Microsoft is aggressively pushing its operating system as the primary platform for creative and productive activities. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Apple and Adobe will vanish into oblivion. Apple’s positions on the markets are strong, and the company will probably introduce something new to counter Microsoft’s products at WWDC on June 5. Adobe produces some of the best editing tools out there, in addition to various instruments like Marketing Cloud and the Creative cloud application – Photoshop. Microsoft wins mixed reality However, Microsoft is taking the creative process to…

What All of Your Computer’s Specs Really Mean

Computer specs can be a baffling mix of acronyms and numbers at the best of times, but it’s worth learning something about them: It’ll help you choose a new computer, troubleshoot your old computer, and generally understand more about the relationship between the specs on the page and the experience you’re getting. Such is the complexity of the modern-day computer, we could’ve written an article twice this size on any one of the categories listed below (look at any graphics card forum for proof)—but the main aim here is to help you understand the specs you see listed with desktops and laptops and give you an idea of the difference they make to performance. CPU The Central Processing Unit, or CPU, or processor, is the brains of the operation: it handles all those calculations that keep your computer actually working. The CPU inside your machine is the main (but not…

6 Fascinating Pieces of Hardware Made By Google

Google and its services have firmly become our everyday companions. We use the company’s search engine and continue to find it to be the most efficient out there. Gmail has been the standard for exchanging emails between corporate workers and average people too. Google Docs is a great free replacement for pricey Microsoft Office, and Drive has been nothing but amazing for keeping personal files and photos online. But Google doesn’t end there. It also has a few trick up its sleeve when it comes to gadgets. Some of them are excellent, some are questionable, but all of them are unique and bring something new and fresh to the existing markets. So let’s take a look at the devices by Google. Google WiFi We hope you’ve already had a chance to appreciate this fascinating set-up having read our earlier write-up on it. But this cool-looking mesh Wi-Fi system meant to put…

Hands-On With Microsoft’s Newest Surface Laptop Bundled With Windows 10

Microsoft has just announced a new addition to its laptop lineup – the Surface Laptop, aimed at students. Starting at $999, it sports the latest hardware and looks and feels premium. What we are not so sure about, is the new approach to the operating system. But let’s start from the beginning. Design The newest Surface laptop sure is good-looking. Not the thinnest device you’ve seen out there – or the lightest for that matter – but it’s just as stylish as its rival Apple MacBook Pro. It’s 14,5 mm thick and is quite suitable for daily carry at 2,74 pounds, or 1,24 kilograms. The laptop is bound to attract some views when it’s taken out of a backpack. Microsoft proudly flaunts the build quality of the clamshell, and not without a reason. The device seems to be put together quite nicely, with the use of premium materials. The lid…

REVEALED: Microsoft’s new $999 Macbook killer

Source: Newsofficials.com – Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Laptop — a new laptop, starting at $999, aimed squarely at stealing customers away from Apple’s newest MacBooks. It’s available in four colors. Pre-orders start today, although, for those unwilling to wait there are still plenty of great options from Microsoft and we suspect, prices for the Surface Pro and Surface Book should start falling soon, if not already. But the Surface Laptop will likely stand out from anything made by Apple: It sports a 13.5″ screen, a 14 hour battery life (or so Microsoft promises), a clamshell body, and a keyboard covered in alcantara fabric; the same material used for premium Surface Pro covers. At the very least, the Surface Laptop won’t look much like any other computer out there. Microsoft hardware chief Panos Panay said at an event today that this new laptop is born from the need that students have…

Microsoft Surface Laptop Images Leak Prior to MicrosoftEDU Event

Source: Newsofficials – Tomorrow Microsoft is holding its #MicrosoftEDU event where we expect to find out how it will take on Google’s Chrome OS, but some of the news may have already leaked. Notorious Microsoft watcher @h0x0d tweeted out a few images of a slim 13.5-inch laptop that apparently runs Windows 10 S — a cloud-optimized version of Windows that only access apps from the Store — has a PixelSense display, comes in four colors and features an Alcantara-covered keyboard. We’ve seen that material on a Surface Pro 4 keyboard before, and the other specs line up from the Chromebook fighter we’re expecting. Interestingly, it also only has a few ports visible. Surface Laptop: 13.5-in PixelSense display, 4 colors (Platinum/Burgundy/Cobalt Blue/Graphite Gold), Alcantara-covered keyboard, Windows 10 S pic.twitter.com/AEAAhYPgQN — WalkingCat (@h0x0d) May 2, 2017 Surface Laptop: 360 view pic.twitter.com/b5ENVcCIzI — WalkingCat (@h0x0d) May 2, 2017 Surface Laptop weighs 2.76lbs, 14.47mm thin at the back, 9.9mm thin…