Computer usage falls as 20% of millennials go mobile-only

A decade ago, almost all web browsing was happening on desktop and laptop computers. The explosion in smartphone popularity has rapidly changed the dynamic, and older predictions may have underestimated the impact. According to new report from comScore, computer use is dropping off quickly as mobile devices encourage new types of interaction. In fact, many…

Upcoming Nvidia GTX 1080 pictured, may not use HBM2

It’s no secret that AMD and Nvidia are planning to launch new GPUs in the next few months, but there are still questions about configurations and technology. Initially, we expected these new cards to use the HBM2 memory standard, but the persistent rumor has been that AMD’s upcoming Polaris would be GDDR5 based. That now…

Microsoft’s new Ink Workspace is less than you’d think from the headlines

As a long-time users of pen-and-stylus-based applications, I was very excited when I read the announcement of Microsoft’s new Ink Workspace in the latest Windows 10 Anniversary Edition preview build. I probably should have known better, since Microsoft has been trolling pen computing breakthroughs for over a decade, and has never delivered anything amazing other…

BackBlaze details new 4U storage pods with a massive 480TB of space

BackBlaze’s business is selling online backup solutions, but it has also been so kind as to release data on hard drive failure rates and the design/specs of its storage hardware. Today is a big day for BackBlaze as it’s announcing a new version of its 4U rack-mounted storage pods. The Storage Pod 5.0 crams an…

Samsung: Full speed ahead for 10nm, EUV deploys at the 7nm node

For the past 12 months, Samsung’s foundry division has occupied a leadership position at the 14nm node. The company recently revealed some of its plans for future nodes, including an aggressive rollout of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), a technology that’s been promised, hyped, and slowly developed for nearly twenty years at this point. The image…

New microcontroller runs on radio waves, can be reprogrammed in the field

A new research initiative between a University of Washington team and TU-Delft in the Netherlands has created a microprocessor that can power itself through stray radio waves and receive programmable updates in the same fashion. While the CPU in question is exceedingly weak by modern standards (it’s a RISC-derived 16-bit microcontroller clocked at just 16MHz),…

Apple just posted its first quarterly sales decline in 13 years

Apple’s results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 are just in, and the company’s reign as a near-invincible titan of Wall Street is, in the words of Nathan Fillion, “certainly coming to a middle.” On the one hand, the company just posted its first year-on-year quarterly decline in 13 years (meaning Q2 2016…

Seagate now shipping seven-platter, helium-filled 10TB hard drive

Seagate is now shipping its 10TB helium-filled hard drive in volume, and it’s hit this target without using performance-penalizing technologies like SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording). While early high-capacity drives used SMR (a technology in which part of each track is overlaid atop the other, resembling shingles), it penalizes drive writes compared with non-shingled perpendicular recording….

SoFIA later: Intel kills upcoming smartphone and tablet hardware

Two and a half years ago, Intel dropped a bombshell. The company’s products were struggling to find their footing in the mobile market and Intel’s smartphone and tablet division wasn’t performing as desired. To address this, Intel would partner with rival TSMC to build smartphone and tablet chips on the latter’s 28nm process technology. Initially,…