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Bitcoin’s Price Reaches a New All-Time High of $65,000

Bitcoin set a new record price this morning by rising above $66,000 per BTC. Coinbase put Bitcoin’s price at $66,102 at the time of writing; CoinDesk had it at $66,444. Both price trackers say that’s a roughly 7 percent increase—7.19 for Coinbase and 7.53 for CoinDesk—to the cryptocurrency’s value over the previous 24 hours. CoinDesk reported that BTC’s rising price likely had something to do with ProShares introducing the first Bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund (ETF) to receive the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval to the New York Stock Exchange. The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF trades on the NYSE under the…

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I Spy With My Raspberry Pi, Doom Running in a Skull’s Eye

Just when you think there’s nowhere else for Doom to be played, a developer known as Foone manages to run Doom in the eye of a skeleton—all with the help of our favorite SBC, the Raspberry Pi. You may already know the name Foone, they have a history of running Doom on unusual devices, including running the retro classic on a pregnancy test. For Foone’s next project they have chosen to create what could be one of the best Raspberry Pi projects ever. Inside the skull of a larger than life plastic skeleton there is a Raspberry Pi and a…

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Building a Gaming PC Is Now Easier With NZXT’s New BLD Kits

If shopping for PC components is too complicated for you, NZXT might have your back. NZXT is introducing BLD kits to its store that will include all the parts necessary to build your own PC. This gives users an easy way to get into the world of DIY PC building without the worry or hassle of shopping for individual components. The BLD kits start at $1,399. NZXT designs each BLD kit to be as user-friendly as possible. Each kit will come with all the necessary tools, hardware, and documentation to build a PC. There’s also the bonus of full customer…

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Razer’s New Seiren Mics Look Like Big Seiren Minis

Razer’s updating its desktop microphone lineup again this year, this time focusing on its higher-end devices now that the Razer Seiren Mini has the cheaper and more portable end of the spectrum covered. That means a new V2 model for the Razer Seiren X, which has been carrying the torch of the original Razer Seiren since it launched in 2019, plus a cheaper version of the Razer Seiren Elite called the Razer V2 Seiren Pro. Since our main complaint about the Elite when we reviewed it was its $200 MSRP, a price cut puts it in easy contention for the…

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AMD Secure Memory Encryption Has a Flaw, Now Disabled by Default in Linux Kernel

According to a report from Phoronix, the Linux 5.15 kernel is receiving a new fix that involves disabling AMD’s Secure Memory Encryption, or SME. This feature is normally enabled by default, but due to unexpected boot failures on some AMD machines, SME will now be disabled by default. Devs will update the Linux 5.15 kernel first, but the change will also move to prior kernels. AMD Secure Memory Encryption is a feature exposed to AMD’s EPYC and Ryzen Pro processors that allows the CPUs to encrypt the memory at a hardware level. AMD says the feature offers no significant impact…

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Gelsinger: Intel Wants Apple Back

You might think, as Apple prepares to announce its next series of machines powered by the latest M1 series chips, that its divorce from Intel was well and truly over. Intel thinks differently. In an interview with Axios’ chief technology correspondent Ina Fried shared by Marketwatch, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said he wants Tim Cook back. (Image credit: Shutterstock)“I never give up on the idea of anything not running on Intel chips,” Gelsinger said in response to a question about Macs and Apple Silicon. “Apple decided they could do a better chip themselves than we could. And, you know, they…

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Raspberry Pi Pico Entertains Dog with Automatic Ball Launcher

This Raspberry Pi project, created by maker Brankly, is just as fun for Fido as it is for us humans. Using a Raspberry Pi Pico, Brankly developed an automatic ball launcher totally from scratch—everything from the 3D-printed housing to the electronic components inside was designed from the ground up. According to Brankly, the long-term goal is to teach his dog to operate the launcher independently but until then, it’s up to the humans to drop the ball into the top. A sensor detects when a ball has been placed inside, causing the Pico to initiate the ball launching system. (Image…

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How to Run Windows 11 on a USB Drive (and Take it With You)

For many years, we’ve been able to make Linux Live disks that boot and run completely off of a USB Flash drive (or optical disc). These portable OS installs can be useful when you just want to try an operating system without messing with whatever platform you have on  your internal hard drive or SSD. And they can be good for when you want to take your OS and programs with you as you move back and forth between computers. Thanks to Rufus, a popular free app that creates bootable USB drives, you can make a portable install of Windows…

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Vertagear PL4500 Review: Make Gaming Hurt Again

Today’s best Vertagear PL4500 dealsVERTAGEAR VG-PL4500_RD Gaming…Amazon£324.29ViewVERTAGEAR VG-PL4500_WT Gaming…Amazon£325.50ViewVERTAGEAR P-Line PL4500…Currys£376ViewShow More DealsWe check over 250 million products every day for the best pricesIn its bid to get a seat at the big kids table with industry leaders like Secretlab and Andaseat, Vertagear has given us a solidly constructed and attractive chair in the PL4500.  With its attractive designs and odor-resistant fabric, there can be no doubt that the PL4500 looks like it should command its $489 asking price. However, a hard seat and stiff armrests prevent this premium piece from competing with the best gaming chairs. Vertagear PL4500  Specs …

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Intel Shows Off Multi-Chiplet Sapphire Rapids CPU with HBM

Intel formally confirmed that select 4th Generation Xeon Scalable ‘Sapphire Rapids’ processors will feature on-package HBM memory late last year, but the company has never demonstrated an actual CPU equipped with HBM or revealed its DRAM configuration. At the International Symposium on Microelectronics hosted by IMAPS earlier this week, the company finally showcased the processor with HBM and confirmed its multi-chiplet design. While Intel confirmed on numerous occasions that Sapphire Rapids processors will support HBM (presumably HBM2E) and DDR5 memory and will be able to use HBM either with or without main DDR5 memory, it never showcased an actual HBM-equipped CPU, until this week (thanks to the picture published by Tom Wassick/@wassickt). As…

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How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Zombie Arm for Halloween

Halloween is my favorite time of the year and what better way to spend it than creating animatronics with a Raspberry Pi to scare trick or treaters. This year I’m building a series of smart devices for my porch on Halloween. I’ve always wanted to build a zombie arm that jumps out as people walk by – and we’ll show you how to do it with a bit of pneumatics, a relay, and a Raspberry Pi.  What You’ll Need For This ProjectRaspberry PiPneumatic Air Cylinder4 Way 12 V pneumatic control valveTwo push-to-connect fittings compatible with your air cylinderTwo push-to-connect fittings…

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Intel Shows Game Developers How to Optimize CPU Performance for Alder Lake

Intel released a new development guide for game developers to optimize PC games for Alder Lake’s new hybrid core architecture featuring performance and efficiency cores. The guide is very in-depth, as it discloses a multitude of ways that you can push workloads to specific core clusters. The goal of optimizing code for Alder Lake’s hybrid layout is to ensure the performance cores are doing all the heavy lifting while the efficiency cores handle all the light workloads and background tasks. To simplify the programming model for developers, all performance cores and efficiency cores have the same instruction set, meaning both…

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How Microsoft Puts The Squeeze on Windows 11 Update Sizes

The size of Windows updates has long been a contentious matter, with complaints about how long the files, often hundreds of megabytes in size, take to download on normal, suburban, internet connections. A fascinating post on the Microsoft IT Pro Blog by software engineer Jonathan Ready tackles this, and details how Microsoft has been working to reduce the size of the update downloads. (Image credit: Microsoft)It all comes down to new compression technology, which has allowed Microsoft to reduce the size of Windows 11 downloads by 40%. Ready, rapidly gets technical about the forward and reverse differential compression used in…

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Last Chance to buy This RTX 3080-equipped Alienware Aurora R12 at its Lowest Price

Last week, Dell dropped one of the best RTX 3080 system deals we’d ever seen. Today, that discount has been 75% claimed, which means it won’t be around for much longer! Be quick, as the Alienware Aurora R12 with RTX 3080 is now just $2,155 after a big $334 price cut, and we expect it to go out of stock imminently. More: Best gaming PCsBest deals on tech & PC hardwareDell coupons Alienware Aurora R12: was $2,489.99, now $2,155.99 at Dell This powerful configuration of Alienware’s Aurora R12 features an Intel Core i7-11700F CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 16GB…

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Russia Gets First Batch of Arm-Based Homegrown SoCs: All 66 Kgs of Them

Baikal Electronics, a chip designer from Russia, has received the first commercial batch of its Baikal-M system-on-chips from manufacturing partner TSMC. The SoCs will enable Baikal’s partners like iRU to start production of ‘all-Russian’ PCs, yet the volumes of chips that Baikal can procure from TSMC will hardly let such computers to compete against x86-based systems in terms of volumes. Baikal Electronics this week got 5,000 Baikal-M (BE-M1000) SoCs from TSMC, reports CNews. The ‘package’ weighs 55 kilograms (which means 13.2 grams per SoC), according to the company, a novel method to quantify semiconductors. Due to global chip shortage and high utilization rate…

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Alienware Aurora Gets Redesigned for Company’s 25th Anniversary

Just in time for Alienware’s 25th anniversary, the company is announcing a redesign of its Aurora gaming desktop. The new design adopts more industry standard parts and layouts, a common feature in some of the best gaming PCs. It’s not for sale yet, but is expected to be a part of the next major Aurora launch. While existing Auroras use a swing-out power supply (also found in some Dell XPS desktops), which effectively makes that part difficult to upgrade or replace, the redesigned model does not. It’s still not entirely clear, though, if the company has switched to standard ATX…

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ViewSonic Targets Gamers With 150 Hz 32-Inch Elite XG320U 4K HDMI 2.1 Monitor

ViewSonic expanded its gaming monitor lineup today with the reveal of the Elite XG320U. The Elite XG320U features a 4K IPS panel that measures 32 inches diagonally and supports refresh rates of up to 150 Hz. Given its gaming focus, the Elite XG320U adopts an HDMI 2.1 interface that can output 4K content at up to a 144 Hz refresh rate. However, that refresh rate can be overclocked to a maximum of 150 Hz when using a DisplayPort connection, to help it compete with the best 4K gaming monitors on the market. ViewSonic also claims that the XG320U monitor features…

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Ubuntu 21.10 Releases Impish Indris On Desktops Everywhere

Windows is not the only operating system with a new version to show off. Ubuntu, the Debian-based Linux distribution, has just released version 21.10 (Impish Indri), and quite a lot has changed. Image 1 of 4 (Image credit: Future)Image 2 of 4 (Image credit: Future)Image 3 of 4 (Image credit: Canonical)Image 4 of 4 (Image credit: Future)Ubuntu is a popular choice for both new and seasoned Linux users and with Ubuntu 21.10 we see a new shell, Gnome 40, which starts up with a new Activities view rather than a blank desktop. The favorites bar is now at the bottom…

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TSMC to Build Specialty Fab in Japan to Address Local Demand

Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Co. confirmed on Thursday (via Bloomberg) that it would build its first semiconductor manufacturing facility in Japan. The fab will produce specialty chips using mature and specialty process technologies, which is expected to improve supply of components to local clients, including automakers. This means that its fabs outside of Japan (read in Taiwan and China) will be able to allocate more capacity for various PC applications.  “After conducting due diligence, we announce our intention to build a specialty technology fab in Japan, subject to our board of directors approval,” said CC Wei, chief executive officer of TSMC, at the…

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Raspberry Pi-Powered Display Rotates into Portrait Mode

This project, created by Reddit user Su77ungr, puts a spin on traditional displays in the most literal sense possible. Using a Raspberry Pi, he’s managed to create a rotating screen that operates just like the Samsung Sero TV. If you’ve never seen a Sero in action, you’ll now that it works by synchronizing with a smartphone to both display what’s on the screen and rotate to match the orientation of the phone. In this project, a Raspberry Pi 4 is used to cast an Android screen and send a signal to rotate the monitor. A YouTube video is available showing…