Category: computing

Raspberry Pi 4 2GB RAM now costs as much as 1GB version

The Raspberry Pi is one of those small yet brilliant ideas that changed the world. Thanks to its low footprint, its small size, and especially its affordable price, the RPi gave birth not just to a new market but also to a new maker culture. Times have changed, however, and so have the price of components, which is why the RPi Foundation is making a welcome but somewhat odd price cut in time for…

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Brave web browser will link to Wayback Machine on offline pages

For many, the browsers wars have more or less ended with just two or three key players in the market. That’s not stopping others from trying to carve out their niche, often pointing out glaring flaws or lapses in the major web browsers. Brave, whose pedigree includes Brendan Eich of Javascript and Mozilla fame, is one such browser and it has partnered with the Internet Archive to bring dead web…

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Windows 10 Start Menu to ditch Live Tiles, look more like Windows 10X

When Microsoft launched Windows 8, desktop users were taken aback by the strange new Start Screen (it wasn’t even just a menu back then). Not only were their programs presented in a grid with large colored boxes, some of those boxes would regularly flip to show some information gathered from the app or from an online source. These Live Tiles may have been a hit on the Windows Phone but they have…

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Gmail adopts deep learning to scan and block malicious attachments

Thanks to its ubiquity via Google’s other services, Gmail accounts have become prime targets for malicious or even illegal activities. It isn’t just spam or phishing scams either, as emails can also include files that, when downloaded and opened, could compromise users’ devices and files. That’s why Google is ramping up its efforts to block these attachments from even reaching your Gmail inbox in…

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

5G is big in mobile but that’s not the only place it’ll be in, naturally. Desktop and laptop computers are also fair game but only if they have the hardware to slurp from that high-speed network. Most will use external peripherals but Qualcomm is, of course, pushing a new breed of Always On, Always Connected PCs that this year will gain the ability to tap into 5G networks. And to reassure future…

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Lenovo has revealed a revamp of some of its most popular laptops, with the ThinkPad T, X, and L Series adding 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and WiFi 6 support to road-warrior-ready chassis. In addition there are features like Dolby Audio and Dolby Vision, together with Wake on Voice and optional embedded 4G LTE WWAN.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s and T15

Mainstays of the range, and no strangers to the bags and briefcases of many a pro, the ThinkPad T14, T14s, and T15 now get their pick of Intel’s 10th Gen Core i5, i7, and i5 and i7 vPro. The T14s pairs that with Intel Integrated Graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage.

Its 14-inch display can be had in Full HD, Full HD touchscreen, 400 nit low-power, 500 nit touch with privacy, and finally 4K UHD IPS. There’s a 57 Whr battery, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, two USB-C – one of which being a Thunderbolt – microSD, HDMI 1.4, and an audio jack. Lenovo also adds two far-field microphones, WiFi 6 2×2 (AX), and optional LTE.

The new ThinkPad T14 adds NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics with 2GB of memory. It can have up to 48GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory, and has a 50 Whr battery. Along with the same display options for the T14s, there’s an HD TN panel, and a 4K UHD IPS panel with Dolby Vision. Lenovo throws in an ethernet port, too.

Finally, the ThinkPad T15 has a choice of 15.6-inch Full HD, Full HD touch, or 4K IPS Dolby Vision displays, and the same GeForce GPU as the T14. It, too, can be equipped with up to 48GB of memory and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. The battery clocks in at 57 Whr, and there’s a separate numeric keypad.

The ThinkPad T14 will be priced from $849, the ThinkPad T14s from $1,029, and the ThinkPad T15 from $1,079. All three will go on sale from Q2 2020.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga

Smaller, and more easily carried than the T Series, the ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga have a 13.3-inch display as the naming suggests. On the X13, that can be had in HD, Full HD, Full HD touch, or Full HD Privacy Guard forms, and is powered by Intel Integrated Graphics along with the 10th Gen Intel Core i3 through to i7 vPro chips.

There’s up to 32GB of memory and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. Lenovo squeezes in a 48 Whr battery, plus two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, two USB-C – one of which being a Thunderbolt – microSD, HDMI 1.4, and an audio jack. vPro models get WiFi 6, and LTE is optional.

As for the ThinkPad X13 Yoga, that adds a 4K OLED display option, along with a Full HD anti-glare option. It tops out at 16GB of memory, but has a slightly larger battery, at 50 Whr. There are the same ports, and the same 2.85 pound weight, too, with Lenovo using a carbon fiber hybrid material for the chassis.

The ThinkPad X13 will go on sale from $849, while the ThinkPad X13 Yoga will be priced from $1,099. Both will go on sale from Q2 2020.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14, L15, L13 and L13 Yoga

More affordable, but still hitting the same 12 Mil-Spec top level tests and 22 subtest procedures – including cold, heat, vibration, humidity, shock, altitude, radiation, dust, and others – the ThinkPad L14, L15, L13 and L13 Yoga can still be had with WiFi 6 and integrated WWAN. They’re thinner and lighter than before, too, and the 14-inch model can be had with an aluminum top cover. All offer 10th Gen Intel Core i3 through to i7 vPro processors – the L14 can get a Premium 6405U, too, while the L15 has a Celeron 5205U option – with the L14 and L15 offering up to 32GB of memory and the L13 and L13 Yoga topping out at 16GB.

Storage is up to 2TB of HDD or 1TB of PCIe SSD on the L14 and L15; the L13 and L13 Yoga only offer SSD storage. All four systems use Intel Integrated Graphics. The L14 and L15 have 45 Whr batteries; the L13 and L13 Yoga have 46 Whr batteries.

For ports, the ThinkPad L14 and L15 have two USB 3.1 Gen 1, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, a USB-C Gen 2, microSD, audio, ethernet, and HDMI 1.4. The ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga have two USB 3.1, two USB-C, audio, and microSD, plus HDMI. WiFi 6 is available on the L14 and L15, and the vPro configurations of the L13 and L13 Yoga. Embedded LTE is offered on the L14 and L15.

The ThinkPad L13 will start from $649, while the ThinkPad L13 Yoga will start at $799. The ThinkPad L14 will start at $649, as will the ThinkPad L15. All four will go on sale from Q2 2020.

Waiting in the wings: a ThinkPad AMD option

Right now, Lenovo is baking Intel processors into its new ThinkPad models. That won’t always be the case, however. The company has confirmed that it will be offering the AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile processors in the ThinkPad T14s, T14, X13, L14, and L15 notebooks.

That’ll make Lenovo the first PC vendor to offer the new CPUs, it points out. Full configuration details for those AMD-powered machines will be coming at a later date, Lenovo says, as will pricing and availability.

Lenovo ThinkPad T, X and L Series add new CPUs into MIL-SPEC notebooks

Lenovo has revealed a revamp of some of its most popular laptops, with the ThinkPad T, X, and L Series adding 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and WiFi 6 support to road-warrior-ready chassis.

Slickwraps massive data breach could have been avoided

Hacked websites, databases, and companies are nothing new these days but some make headlines either because of their massive reach, egregious negligence, or publicized drama. The incident surrounding almost all of skin-maker Slickwraps’s customer data has all those elements, at least depending on which side you give credence to. The company has owned up to being hacked but only for a relatively…

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GPD Win Max is a curious cross between mini laptop and handheld console

Despite the recorded downward slope in PC sales, the PC market has been quite an exciting one in terms of new technologies and form factors. It isn’t just about foldables or dual screen computers either, as a couple of Chinese manufacturers have created and cornered a new market for smaller form computers. Somewhat ironically or perhaps inevitably, these mini laptops are becoming larger and…

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New Windows 10 Fluent Design icons ditch flat monochrome looks for good

Although it hasn’t always gone smoothly, Windows is undergoing a period of change. It isn’t just the way that Windows 10 is being developed and delivered, broken as that may be, Microsoft is also in the process of changing the operating system’s literal image. It developed its new Fluent Design language which has started to appear in bits and pieces of Windows 10 UI. Now the company has started…

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JDI announces LCD screens made specifically for VR headsets

Virtual reality head-mounted displays, at least the ones not powered by smartphones, aren’t that easy to make, which is partly why dedicated HMDs are far and few in between, not to mention expensive. In addition to the variety of sensors and cameras required for tracking, the displays used in these headsets are often custom made per VR platform. One way to bring down prices and make VR headsets…

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