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Raspberry Pi Fridge Magnet Plays News When it Detects People

Staying informed is always a challenge and definitely takes time, but what if we could automate our news consumption on a semi-regular basis? Before you say, “Get me out of here!” check out this awesome news-playing Raspberry Pi fridge magnet project created by Reddit user Frakman1. Using a PIR motion sensor, the Pi automatically plays recent news clips when a person walks by. The best Raspberry Pi projects are the ones you can modify, and there’s no reason you couldn’t adjust this project to play any audio file you want! What’s fun about this design is how accessible it is…

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CPU Market Q1 2021: AMD’s Fastest Growth in Servers Against Intel in 15 Years

Image 1 of 2 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 2 of 2 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)The Mercury Research CPU market share results are in for the first quarter of 2021, which finds AMD scoring its highest single-quarter market share increase in the server market since 2006, leading to record revenue as it steals more sockets from Intel. Those share gains are isolated, though, as AMD lost share in the notebook segment and overall market share while remaining flat in desktop PC chips. Those regressions might not be as problematic as they appear on the surface, though, due to AMD’s shift to…

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Flexxon Launches X-Phy SSD with Embedded AI-Based Security Features

Flexxon, a Singapore-based security firm, has introduced an SSD with embedded AI-based security capabilities that the company says promises protection against traditional threats like malware and viruses, or physical tampering with the drive.   Modern SSD controllers rely on several Arm Cortex R cores and are basically rather high-performance system-on-chips with fairly sophisticated compute capabilities. These very capabilities, along with firmware enhancements, are what powers Flexxon’s X-Phy SSD platform.   The platform relies on a technology that Flexxon calls AI One Core Quantum Engine and a special secured firmware. The company’s description of its technology is vague at best, so it is unclear whether its engine…

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Galax Launches First GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 With Ethereum Nerf

Galax (via VideoCardz) has re-released the brand’s GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 Black General graphics cards with Nvidia’s revamped Ampere silicon, which cracks down on Ethereum mining. The new graphics cards with the anti-mining limiter are identical to the previous revisions in every way, starting from the packaging to the graphics card’s aesthetics. According to the previous rumors, Nvidia has reportedly asked its AIB partners to differentiate the fresh variants from the prior ones to avoid confusion among consumers. The Lite Hash Rate (LHR) moniker was rumored to be the internal codename for the new series.  We don’t know…

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AMD’s 32GB Radeon W6800 Drives ‘Outstanding’ Performance

AMD launched its RDNA2-based Radeon RX 6000-graphics cards in early November, so it’s about time for the company to use the latest Big Navi GPU for its Radeon Pro graphics cards aimed at CAD/CAM and DCC professionals. Indeed, the first benchmark score of AMD’s yet-to-be-announced Radeon Pro W6800 with 32GB of memory got published recently.  The AMD Radeon Pro W6800 32GB (1002 73A3, 1002 0E1E) scored an ‘outstanding’ result in UserBenchmark, hitting 146% of the average effective GPU speed. When compared to other graphics cards, 146% is between Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super (138%) and GeForce RTX 3070 (152%). Meanwhile, AMD’s Radeon RX…

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Raspberry Pi SDR Tracks Airplanes in Real-Time

There’s definitely something intriguing about accessing public data—from citizen band radio to tracking the ISS, the Raspberry Pi has proven to be a capable choice for tinkerers with a hunger for information. But for those with an interest in local aerospace activity, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi aircraft monitoring rig like maker Dr2mod has created! Most aircraft use ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) technology to transmit location data to control stations in real-time while in flight. This data is also accessible by anyone using the right receiver. Dr2mod is able to access this data using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ alongside…

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Razer CEO Teases AMD-Based Blade Notebooks on Twitter

In the past few weeks we saw a number of indicators that Razer is getting ready to launch an AMD-based Blade gaming notebook. In a rather odd-looking Twitter conversation on Thursday night that went into Friday morning, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and Frank Azor of AMD suggested the possibility of a collaboration.  “What do you think about making an AMD equipped Razer Blade laptop, @minglintan,” asked Frank Azor, AMD’s gaming chief in a Twitter post.  I dunno guys. What do you all think? Do you all want to see an @AMD equipped @Razer Blade? https://t.co/u6hpVPWFj3May 7, 2021 See more”I get a…

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Semiconductor Sales to Top $522 Billion in 2021

With the ongoing pandemic and chip shortages still making headlines semiconductor revenue totalled $464 billion in 2020 and will top $522 billion 2021, according to IDC. Despite widespread shortages, sales of chips are going to grow further this year as more devices are getting smarter and more chips are consumed overall. Fuelled by home working and education computing is set to be the main driver of growth as each PC uses dozens of chips many of which are made using an advanced process technology. Meanwhile, shipments of chips for smartphones, consumer electronics, and automotive applications will also be strong.  Global…

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Salad Builds Mining Supercomputer by Using Gamers’ PCs

Salad started in 2018 as a decentralized computing infrastructure that uses gamers and gaming PCs to mine the Ethereum blockchain in exchange for items like gift cards, redeemable game codes, subscriptions, DLC and more. But now, Salad’s community of users has grown so large that all its processing power is faster than the 9th fastest supercomputer in the world. Due to this growth, Salad’s CEO says that Salad will start expanding beyond blockchain mining and will dabble in other workloads like AI, rendering workloads, and medical research (similar to Folding at Home). Salad’s CEO Bob Miles started the project with…

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TSMC to Produce 5nm Chips for Cryptocurrency Mining

As Bitcoin and Ethereum reach record-high prices, miners can increase their spending on hardware and companies developing mining ASICs waste no time rolling out new models. Bitmain, a designer of mining accelerators, has reportedly placed an order with TSMC to produce an ASIC using the foundry’s latest N5 fabrication process (5 nm).   Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is expected to start making Bitmain ASICs using its N5 technology starting the third quarter of the year and ‘ramp up’ its output for Bitmain substantially in Q1 2022, reports DigiTimes. It is unclear how high demand for mining ASICs made using a leading-edge manufacturing…

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Sony Reportedly Prepping PS5 With 6nm AMD CPU

According to a report on DigiTimes, Sony’s manufacturing partners are preparing to start production of a redesigned PlayStation 5 model in about a year from now. The new model is expected to be cheaper to build, which will enable the company to cut the price of its latest console, which is in line with typical strategy to cut a console’s price after two years on the market. The redesigned unit is projected to have a shorter lead time, which should improve supply.  The new version of Sony’s PlayStation 5 will reportedly rely on an AMD-designed system-on-chip (SoC) made using TSMC’s…

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Ryzen 5 5600G Falls to the Core i5-11400 In New Benchmarks

AMD’s Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) desktop APUs will make their debut in OEM and pre-built systems before hitting the retail market by the end of this year. However, the hexa-core Zen 3 APU (via Tum_Apisak) is already showing up in multiple benchmarks around the Internet. The Ryzen 5 5600G comes equipped with six Zen 3 cores with simultaneous multithreading (SMT) and 16MB of L3 cache. The 7nm APU operates with a 3.9 GHz base clock and 4.4 GHz within the a 65W TDP limit. The chip also leverages seven Vega Compute Units (CUs) that are clocked at 1,900 MHz. The Core…

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New York Bill Could Ban Crypto Mining to Study Environmental Effects

A bill proposed in New York state by state Sen. Kevin S. Parker could stop cryptocurrency mining to study and issue findings on how it affects the environment. The bill, NY State Senate Bill S6486, was first reported on by Earther. Beyond making PC components notoriously difficult to find, running powerful computers day in and day out uses huge amounts of electricity. The bill, which is still in committee so could change, calls for a “three-year moratorium on the operation of cryptocurrency mining centers in the state, including, but not limited to cryptocurrency mining centers located in converted fossil fuel…

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Your Raspberry Pi Pico Could Soon Be Online

The $4 Raspberry Pi Pico may be great value, but it had to lose something in order to keep the price low, and that was WiFi. Sure, we can hack our own solution, but Pimoroni’s upcoming Pico Wireless board, demonstrated by Pimoroni employee Phil Howard (better known as @Gadgetoid), is shaping up to serve all of our WiFi needs. Armed with a chonky @TPLINKUK access point, some borrowed code and a little glue, magic and wishes…. I’ve got Pico Wireless serving an HTML file from an SD card! pic.twitter.com/cXf4cUytmjMay 5, 2021 See morePico Wireless is an ESP32 powered “pack,” a…

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Alleged Benchmark Results of AMD’s Ryzen 7 5700G ‘Cezanne’ Uncovered

An unknown user has submitted alleged benchmark results of an HP Pavilion Desktop TP01-2xxx machine based on the AMD Ryzen 7 5700G APU to CPU-Z and UserBenchmark databases, hardware blogger @Tum_Apisak has discovered. R7 5700GCPU-Zhttps://t.co/3FwvDcOwlkUserbenchhttps://t.co/MqlHowIAZY pic.twitter.com/rPEeYNorHBMay 5, 2021 See moreAMD yet has to announce its long awaited Ryzen 7 5700G accelerated processing unit with Zen 3 cores and built-in Radeon Vega graphics, yet these chips are floating around as PC makers are getting ready to launch computers based on the new processors. PC manufacturers also have to test their new systems before shipping and sometimes these test results leak. As ever, take this leaked data with…

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Best External Drives: Portable SSDs and Hard Drives of 2021

Any portable drive will let you transport, store and backup files. But getting the best portable SSD or best portable hard drive for your specific needs is important. An external hard drive or SSD is a do-it-all storage device, a pocket-friendly gadget that you can use to carry huge files (or lots of small ones) between PCs, Macs and Android devices, back up essential data, offload footage from your DSLR or drone while on the go and more. But with dozens of models available, how do you know which is the right external drive to buy? And should you opt for…

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RX 6700/6900 XT Join Ampere GPUs in Today’s Newegg Shuffle

Almost every SKU of the RTX 30-series line returns in today’s Newegg Shuffle, save for the RTX 3090. But making up for that high-end absence are new bundles for some of AMD’s best graphics cards, giving you a total selection between not only the RTX 3060, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, but also the RX 6700 XT and RX 6900 XT. Like most of Newegg’s recent shuffles, all of today’s cards do come bundled with another component. For the most part, that’s a power supply or motherboard, though there are a few RAM bundles in today’s shuffle…

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Get This WD Blue SN550 1TB NVMe SSD for under $100

When it comes to picking fast, reliable memory for your PC build, Western Digital offers some of the best SSDs you can buy. And now a new discount is taking one of the company’s most popular models down to under $100. For a limited time at Newegg, the WD Blue SN550 1TB M.2 SSD is now just $99.99 with a special discount code.  More: Best deals on PC hardware and tech Newegg coupon codes  WD Blue SN550 1TB: was $129.99, now $99.99 at Newegg with code SSDMAY33 This PCIe 3.0 3D NAND drive offers fast speeds, a custom-designed controller and firmware…

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Best Gaming Microphones for 2021

When it comes to ensuring you’re voice is heard on the battlefield, nothing quite beats a dedicated standalone USB microphone. As much as the mics on the best gaming headset have improved over the years, they still can’t hold a candle to the wind when it comes to a plug-in, full-sized microphone. Better yet, you can now get some of the best gaming microphones — or at least a fairly serious one — for well below $100/£100. And if you’ve already outfitted yourself with one of the best gaming keyboards and best gaming mice, opting for an excellent standalone mic is…

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PlayStation Will Connect With Discord Following Investment Round

PlayStation and Discord are working together to “bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year,” SIE president and CEO Jim Ryan wrote in a blog post. For the first time, Discord will have some sort of functionality on a console; the popular chat and social app was popularized by PC gaming before spreading widely. It is unclear if there will be a native Discord app on the PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4, or if it will be plugged in to the PlayStation user interface somehow, nor is there information on how mobile…