AMD Strix Point APU with RDNA 3+ graphics could come close to NVIDIA RTX 3050 GPU's performance

Darren Allan | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Apr 12, 2024 12:00 PM CDT

AMD's Strix Point may have been slightly nerfed (kind of, if a fresh rumor is right), but they remain keenly awaited next-gen APUs and we've just been treated to a rumor around how powerful they might be in terms of graphics grunt.

AMD Strix Point APU with RDNA 3+ graphics could come close to NVIDIA RTX 3050 GPU's performance

As you may be aware, the integrated graphics in these chips are RDNA 3+ (also known as RDNA 3.5), which is essentially a beefed-up take on RDNA 3.

How well might RDNA 3+ perform though? Well, as Wccftech reports, according to leaker @Xinoasassin, we can expect impressive performance levels from this integrated GPU.

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New battery-free Apple Pencil patent could point to future iPhone support

Oliver Haslam | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Apr 12, 2024 11:30 AM CDT

The Apple Pencil has long been a great accessory for iPad owners who want to take notes on their tablets. It's also perfect for artists who want to sketch on their iPad as well, but it can always be improved. The lack of iPhone support has also long been an annoyance for some, especially given the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note line of phones followed by the Galaxy S24 Ultra and similar devices. But a new patent suggests that things could be about to change.

New battery-free Apple Pencil patent could point to future iPhone support

Whereas the current Apple Pencil requires to be charged, a new patent suggests that Apple is working on a new version that is battery-free which could open the door to a new, smaller version that would work with other devices like the iPhone and even the Apple Watch.

The patent, which was filed to protect a design invention back in September 2023, was only approved on April 11, 2024. It's called 'Photo-sensing enabled display for stylus detection' and describes a non-powered stylus similar to an Apple Pencil.

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It takes the average Apple Watch wearer 334 days to walk or run a marathon, data shows

Oliver Haslam | Wearable Computing & Fashion | Apr 12, 2024 11:15 AM CDT

If you own an Apple Watch you'll already be very familiar with its various features, especially if you're someone who enjoys physical activities like walking or running. It's a wearable that has long been a go-to for people who want to maintain, or improve, their fitness. As part of that the Apple Watch collects a ton of data on the wearer's activity and movements and that means that it can be uniquely placed to offer insight into fitness data.

It takes the average Apple Watch wearer 334 days to walk or run a marathon, data shows

As part of that, new data shared by the Apple Heart and Movement Study offers some insights into the training habits of people who are working towards being able to run a marathon, a common thing that people aim for when they are trying to improve their fitness. The study looks into how Apple Watch wearers use their wearable when walking and running. It does that based on data collected from November 2019 through January 1, 2024, across almost 198,000 people who recorded at least a single walking workout and more than 99,000 people with at least a single running workout.

Of those people, more than 50% of the people who recorded either exercise achieved a 5K (3.1 miles) distance or more at least once. The study goes on to wonder that if all the running and walking workouts were added together in a given period, how long would it take to reach the 26.2-mile marathon point?

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With new GPU driver release, NVIDIA offers advice to Intel CPU owners plagued by games crashing

Darren Allan | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 12, 2024 10:29 AM CDT

NVIDIA has taken the unusual step of addressing a bug caused by another firm's hardware in Team Green's driver release notes - in this case, Intel's 13th-gen and 14th-gen processors.

With new GPU driver release, NVIDIA offers advice to Intel CPU owners plagued by games crashing

In case you missed this one, it seems that high-end (Core i9) CPUs from the current and last generation of Intel's silicon are becoming instable when PC gaming and crashing regularly.

Unfortunately, this appears to be a problem which only gets worse as time goes on, and is a particular issue with games that use the Unreal Engine (UE).

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Panther Lake apparently on track for 2025 launch as tools for Intel's mobile CPUs are spotted

Darren Allan | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Apr 12, 2024 7:58 AM CDT

Panther Lake CPUs are still some way off - we've got Arrow Lake to come first, as the next generation from Intel (and Lunar Lake alongside it) - but we've just caught sight of the Intel chips that are currently slated to launch in 2025.

Panther Lake apparently on track for 2025 launch as tools for Intel's mobile CPUs are spotted

As Wccftech flagged up, test tools are already present for PTL-U on Intel's official site, meaning Panther Lake U series CPUs, low-power chips for laptops - as highlighted by Harukaze5719 on X (formerly Twitter).

Panther Lake will be present in both mobile and desktop incarnations (just like next-gen Arrow Lake processors which should land later in 2024, though maybe not until the very end of the year).

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SanDisk reveals world's first 4TB SD card that should take 8K video recording in its stride

Darren Allan | Storage | Apr 12, 2024 6:36 AM CDT

SanDisk has revealed the world's first 4TB SD card, offering a ton of space crammed into a sliver of a storage device.

SanDisk reveals world's first 4TB SD card that should take 8K video recording in its stride

The manufacturer is set to show off this new 4TB SD card, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDUC, at the NAB 2024 event (National Association of Broadcasters) which is about to kick off at the weekend in Las Vegas.

SanDisk notes that the SDUC standard (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) allows for capacities of up to 128TB, and using the UHS-I interface, it's seriously speedy, and ideal for heavyweight work like 4K - or indeed 8K - video recording.

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Hints about Build 2024 suggest Microsoft's set to reveal killer AI feature for Windows 11 PCs

Darren Allan | Software & Apps | Apr 12, 2024 5:49 AM CDT

We've just had word of some hints as to what Microsoft is planning to reveal about AI PCs and Copilot, as well as Windows on ARM, at its Build conference which takes place in May.

Hints about Build 2024 suggest Microsoft's set to reveal killer AI feature for Windows 11 PCs

Build 2024 runs from May 21 to May 23, in fact, and Windows Central was quick to spot that new details of the sessions that'll take place at the conference have been shared via the official website.

One of those sessions is entitled 'Introducing the Next Generation of Windows on Arm' and we're told that this is all about telling us why the ARM-based spin on Microsoft's desktop OS is about to experience a leap in its potential.

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Get 77% off this Fallout bundle on Steam, it has every Fallout game ever made plus all DLC

Kosta Andreadis | Deals | Apr 12, 2024 3:04 AM CDT

Amazon has just released its Fallout TV adaptation on Prime Video, and it currently has a 93% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans are also praising the adaptation on Reddit and social media, saying that it captures the look and feel of the video game franchise while being right up there with HBO's The Last of Us as one of the best video game adaptations ever.

Get 77% off this Fallout bundle on Steam, it has every Fallout game ever made plus all DLC

In addition to Fallout 4 finally getting the 60 FPS remaster treatment for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S later this month and Fallout 76 currently experiencing a free-to-play period, a massive Fallout franchise sale is happening on Steam. You can pick up the 'Fallout Franchise Bundle' for $55.55 USD - a massive 77% off the total price.

The bundle includes every Fallout game and all associated DLC: Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997), Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1998), Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (2001), Fallout 3 (2008), Fallout: New Vegas (2010), Fallout 4 (2015), and Fallout 76 (2018).

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Arm CEO says AI could end up consuming up to 25% of all power in the United States by 2030

Kosta Andreadis | Artificial Intelligence | Apr 12, 2024 2:33 AM CDT

The latest IEA Electricity 2024 report states that the electricity and power demands from the data center sector in countries like the United States and China will increase dramatically by the time 2030 rolls around. If you've been keeping track of some of the AI data center plans from the likes of Google, Meta, Amazon, and others, you're aware that this year alone, hundreds of thousands of high-performance NVIDIA GPUs are set to be installed in various locations.

Arm CEO says AI could end up consuming up to 25% of all power in the United States by 2030

The report writes, "The AI server market is currently dominated by tech firm NVIDIA, with an estimated 95% market share. In 2023, NVIDIA shipped 100,000 units that consume an average of 7.3 TWh of electricity annually. By 2026, the AI industry is expected to have grown exponentially to consume at least ten times its demand in 2023."

According to Rene Has, CEO of Arm (via The Wall Street Journal), if AI accounts for around 4% of current power usage in the United States, this could rise to around 25% by 2030. He also called out generative AI models like Chat GPT as "insatiable" regarding electricity.

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Minisforum's new portable 1440p 144Hz display sounds great for productivity and gaming

Kosta Andreadis | Displays & Projectors | Apr 12, 2024 2:01 AM CDT

Laptops can be excellent productivity tools, but they often come in second to a proper desktop setup with multiple displays, an ultrawide, and plenty of desk space for peripherals. Thankfully, with high-speed USB-C, affordable portable displays are becoming more prevalent, bringing that dual-screen experience to people on the go.

Minisforum's new portable 1440p 144Hz display sounds great for productivity and gaming

Thanks to its tasty specs and features, the Minisforum MSS-A156 Portable Monitor (currently available for $189 USD) is suitable for day-to-day tasks, content creation, and gaming.

The 15.6-inch QHD (2560 x 1400) IPS display features an impressive FreeSync-compatible 144 Hz refresh rate, 400-nit peak brightness for outdoors and bright rooms, supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, a wide 178-degree viewing angle, and 10-point touch functionality.

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