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Why It May Never Happen

How Digital Contact Tracing Could Work in the US, and Why It May Never Happen It’s widely agreed that re-opening major portions of our economy relatively safely will require an extensive testing and contact-tracing system. Manual contact tracing — where those who test positive are interviewed about recent travel and …

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USB4 for 16K Displays

USB4 Will Usher in Support for 8K, 16K Displays We already knew that USB4 would be a versatile standard partly derived from Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, but it looks like the upcoming standard will have more features than we knew. VESA has announced that USB4 will fully support DisplayPort 2.0 through …

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HTC’s Mining Phone

HTC’s Cryptocurrency Mining Phone Takes Half a Millennium to Pay for Itself Last year, HTC launched its blockchain/cryptocurrency-focused smartphone, the HTC Exodus. While the specs on the device are decidedly modest, it made a serious attempt to integrate blockchain-based security and cryptocurrency capabilities. I’m not here to talk about the …

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New DJI Mavic Air 2

Hands On With the New DJI Mavic Air 2 While those of us who are loyal Mavic Pro users will have to wait a bit before “the 3” comes out, in the meantime DJI has introduced a tantalizingly feature-rich successor to the Mavic Air. The Mavic Air 2 ($799) upgrades …

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Intel Unveils Comet Lake

Intel Unveils Comet Lake Desktop CPUs: Up to 5.3GHz, 10C/20T, and Some Unanswered Questions The existence and imminent launch of Comet Lake, Intel’s first 10th Generation mainstream desktop CPU family, has been an open secret for several months. But Intel has stayed quiet about the specs and capabilities of the …

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Building a 48Core Ryzen?

No, AMD Isn’t Building a 48-Core Ryzen Threadripper 3980X Rumors are rocketing around the ‘net that AMD is preparing to launch a 48-core Ryzen Threadripper 3980X, based on a fake image being passed around on Twitter. It’s a superficially tempting thought, as it offers the prospect of a high-core-count CPU …

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Zero-Day Vulnerability

Zero-Day Vulnerability Discovered in iPhone Mail App Apple likes to tout the security of its iOS platform, but no operating system is perfect. We’ve seen hacks targeting the iPhone, but they’re rarely so-called “zero-day” hacks that catch Apple off guard. Researchers from security firm ZecOps now say they’ve found such …

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Fortnite For Android

Epic Grudgingly Releases Fortnite for Android on Google Play Store Fortnite is the most popular video game on the planet, and while most people are playing on computers and consoles, the mobile version is surprisingly in vogue as well. Epic’s success with Fortnite has given it enough power to push …

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AMD Launches Ryzen 3

AMD Launches Ryzen 3 3300X, Ryzen 3 3100: 4C/8T Starting at $99 AMD announced two new budget quad-cores, pushing 7nm CPUs down to just $99. The Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 are both 4C/8T designs. The only difference between the two is the clock speed — the Ryzen …

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Nvidia Promises No Layoffs

Nvidia Announces Company-Wide Raises, Promises No Layoffs During Pandemic The CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, has announced that Nvidia won’t be laying off any of its employees or asking them to accept pay cuts as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Far from it. The company is giving raises to …

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