AMD Radeon VII release date, news and features

The whole computing world has been waiting with bated breath for AMD’s high-end graphics card – and it’s finally here. Although it’s not the Vega II launch that seemed all but certain, the Radeon VII looks like a stunner that may even beat the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.

Featuring a whopping 16GB of video memory and a high boost clock of 1,800MHz, this looks like a very exciting graphics card from Team Red. Hang with us for a bit as we tell you everything you need to know about the AMD Radeon VII.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? AMD’s latest high-end graphics card
  • When is it out? February 7, 2019 
  • What will it cost? $699 (about £550, AU$980)

AMD Radeon VII

AMD Radeon VII release date

While we don’t report on production numbers externally,” the statement reads, “we will have products available via AIB partners and at launch of Feb. 7, and we expect Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers.
AMD to Overclock3D

AMD held a grand spectacle of a keynote at CES 2019, and its headlining announcement was that the Radeon VII will launch on February 7th.

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Ikea’s discreet, shelving-based Sonos speakers arrive in August

In 2017, Sonos announced a ground-breaking partnership with Ikea that would integrate full-fledged Sonos speakers into everyday furniture. Today, we found out those speakers will be available starting in August of this year.

When they’re released later this year, the Syfonisk series will encapsulate everything that makes Sonos speakers so great – namely, their sound quality and multi-room functionality – in a number of everyday pieces of furniture, like shelves and cabinets. 

When the speakers were first announced, Ikea debuted a number of prototypes, including a few speakers that were built directly into shelves, but said that those weren’t final products and were just prototypes.

While today’s announcement gives us a window of when to expect the Symfonisk series on Ikea shelves, it doesn’t provide any more details on what those speakers will look like – or, more importantly, how much they’re going to cost. 

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Satya Nadella teases potential Microsoft 365 consumer launch

Microsoft could soon release a consumer version of its popular Microsoft 365 bundle according to a discussion the company’s CEO had with journalists at a recent media event.

The company first unveiled its Microsoft 365 bundle which included Windows 10 and Office for businesses and the education sector back in 2017.

Buying Office and Windows licenses in a bundle makes a great deal of sense for the commercial market but Microsoft may have to tweak the contents of a similar package to appeal to consumers who generally don’t buy Windows licenses outright unless their building their own PC.

However, with the company’s recent focus on Windows as as service, a consumer version of Microsoft 365 could help shift users’ mindsets away from the idea of buying a one-time license for its OS in favor of a subscription model similar to Office 365.

Business vs. consumer

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8K TV: everything you need to know about the futuristic resolution

Like it or not, 8K resolution is here to stay. A couple of years ago, 8K seemed like little more than a whisper or a resolution noone had yet to ask for. But as the saying goes: if you build it, they will come.

Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Hisense, and LG are all ploughing ahead with 8K televisions, with this year’s CES 2019 tech expo showcasing a number of dazzling new models to be released this year. Not to mention a whole new 8K Association set up to guide the visual standard of the future.

While 8K sets are still the preserve of committed cinephiles – you’d have to be, with those prices – we’re certain to see the technology trickle down to cheaper sets, just as 4K did.

With manufacturers, broadcasters, and production studios are starting to get behind the new technology, it’s crucial to know what you can expect to see on your televisions in the coming years, and the 8K technology that’s actually on offer now.

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Twitter bug made private tweets public for years

Twitter has admitted it discovered a bug that made users’ private tweets public.

Twitter’s disclosure of the issue explains how if you had a private Twitter profile, with the “Protect your Tweets” setting enabled, but then used the Twitter Android app and changed certain account settings (such as changing your email address), then the “Protect your Tweets” setting was disabled without alerting the user.

Any changes that Android app users made to their accounts between November 3 2014 and January 14 2019 could potentially have triggered this issue.

According to Twitter, it has contacted people who has been affected by the issue, and turned the privacy setting back on.

While the company has tried to contact everyone affected, if you have a private Twitter account, have used the Android app during that time and have not heard from Twitter, make sure you check your privacy settings straight away.

Breach of trust

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Speed limits get the green light on Google Maps

Google has begun rolling out speed limits for Google Maps throughout the US. The company began testing the feature in 2017, but it was restricted just two areas: the California Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Now, Android Police has received tips from Maps users scattered throughout the US (including Los Angeles, New York City and Minnesota) who have begun seeing speed limits as a small tile on the bottom left of the map.

As Android Police notes, the app itself hasn’t received an update recently, so the change has happened on Google’s servers. Therefore, although all the reports so far have been from Android users, iPhone owners are likely to start seeing speed warnings as well.

In the slow lane

It’s a surprise it’s taken so long for Google to add speed limits to Maps, considering it already has the data, and brought the feature to Waze in 2016. 

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LG G8 looks near identical to its predecessor, new leak suggests

UPDATE: Ken Hong, Head of LG Electronics’ global corporate communications, has taken to Twitter to dismiss the below renders as “speculative” and “not real”. Original article continues below. 

It would appear that LG didn’t get the memo about notches being out this year, if these new leaked renders and 360-degree video from 91Mobiles and @OnLeaks are to be believed. 

The renders, said to be of the upcoming LG G8, show a handset that looks almost identical to last year’s LG G7 ThinQ, though keen observers will notice some very subtle differences between the two phones. 

Firstly, it looks as though the LG G8 has slightly reduced the size of its chin bezel. Before you rush off to preorder, it’s also worth noting that its aforementioned notch now seems to house a dual camera setup, which will either provide depth-of-field selfies or better face unlock functionality. 

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Netflix hits 139 million subs, but fears YouTube and Fortnite

If you get the feeling that everyone you know has a Netflix subscription, there’s a good chance you’re right – Netflix just announced that it has 139 million paying subscribers around the world. 

That number doesn’t take into consideration all the folks who use Netflix either through a shared account or are on a free trial account – which likely explains why that number isn’t even higher – but that means there are more people paying for Netflix than there are people living in Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Mumbai, combined.

Netflix’s latest report to shareholders, which is where that data originates, claims the company has gained nearly 9 million of these paying subscribers in the last three months of 2018 – closing out the year with 29 million more paying subscribers than it started with.

If analysts’ predictions are right, that would put Netflix on par with the number of Amazon Prime subscribers worldwide (around 100 million at last count), [...]  read more

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is reportedly in the works

We’ve heard plenty of rumors that Nvidia plans to announce a new GTX 11-series of graphics cards, but this is the first time we’re hearing about GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

Apparently, such an oddly-named card is indeed in the works and it’ll feature a TU116 GPU with 1,536 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR6, according to three sources that spoke with Videocardz. This GTX 1660 Ti is also said not include any RTX cores – there’s no word on whether Tensor Cores have been cut as well – as a costcutting measure for users who don’t want to spend the premium on raytraced graphics.

Around the launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, there was heated speculation that a Geforce GTX 1160 card would also be announced, so there suddenly being this rumored GTX 1660 seems a bit odd. We’re also taken aback by how few CUDA cores it has compared to the 1,920 count found on the Nvidia RTX 2060, but it would still technically be an upgrade over the Nvidia GTX 1060 and its 1,280 CUDA Cores

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Windows 10 users are baffled as rereleased patch fails to install

A patch has been rereleased for Windows 10 and it’s apparently causing problems on some PCs, as it’s failing to install.

KB4023057 is the patch in question and it has been pushed out to machines running Windows 10 April 2018 Update or earlier (so basically, everyone except those on the very latest October 2018 Update).

The patch delivers reliability improvements for Windows Update itself, and can also free up disk space – by compressing files in your user directory – in order to make more room for Windows updates. And if it does indeed do the latter, it can be a lengthy affair.

Still, that isn’t the issue here. Rather, the problem, according to reports on Reddit, Twitter, and indeed Microsoft’s own support forum, is that KB4023057 is failing to install (with an ‘Error 0x80070643’), and informing the user that a newer version of the patch is already present on the system.

That’s not surprising, because this particular update has been pushed out by Microsoft [...]  read more