Computers

  • If you buy a USB-equipped gadget today, you'll get the latest USB 3.1 standard, if you're lucky – but the technology isn't standing still. The preliminary specs for the USB4 standard have just been announced, promising a doubling of potential speeds and a range of new capabilities.
  • ​Though many alternatives are available, the Raspberry Pi computer boards are probably the most well known and widely used in the maker community. Hardkernel recognizes that there's a strong market for more powerful, more capable and more expensive boards. The Odroid N2 ticks all of those boxes.​
  • Ahead of CES next week, Samsung has revealed three new 2019 monitors it will be showing off at the expo. Leading the line-up is the Space Monitor, designed to take up as little room as possible, along with an ultra-wide gaming monitor and a 4K curved display aimed at content creators.
  • At its first artificial intelligence developer conference in Beijing, China, last week, Intel unveiled a second generation neural network in USB form, the Neural Compute Stick 2. Designed to level the neural net development playing field, the thumbdrive-sized device is shipping worldwide now.
  • ​When you think of home-brewed computer projects, Raspberry Pi or Arduino may be the first maker boards to spring to mind. But Hardkernel has been selling ARM-based single board computers for a good while and has now revealed the Odroid H2, its first built on Intel's x86 architecture.​
  • If you're short on space, an All-in-One computer setup makes a lot of sense – which squeezes a desktop computer and monitor into one package. The latest such workstation from Asus features a 4K screen and a base where you can place your smartphone down for a quick wireless top-up.
  • The FAA has certified BAE Systems' Active Stick technology for use in civilian aircraft. Standard equipment on the new Gulfstream G500 business jet, the technology provides tactile feedback to fly-by-wire systems, allowing the pilot to feel how the aircraft is handling.
  • With IFA 2018 about to kick off, Samsung is launching a new line of ultra-wide, curved, quantum dot monitors. But the main new addition is the Thunderbolt 3 port, which can transfer power, data and display much faster.
  • A cybernetic pioneer in the form of a fully functional "Byte Shop"-style Apple I computer is going on the block at RR Auction. One of the most significant early personal computers of the 1970s, the restored original Apple I board with its components and accessories is estimated to fetch US$300,000.
  • Injuries and strains from repetitive computer use are all too common, which is why the new Logitech MX Vertical tries something a little different. The mouse is designed to be held in a more natural hand position, reducing effort and strain while keeping all the usual point-and-click functionality.
  • Nvidia has unveiled its latest GPU architecture, as well as three new chips based on it. Named Turing, the eighth-gen platform is designed with a focus on ray tracing, and the three new GPUs – the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000 and 5000 – are made for professional use in video and simulation.
  • Intel has unveiled what it calls the world’s densest solid state drive (SSD), packing 32 TB into a device the size of an old 12-inch ruler. The development should help data centers get more bang for their buck, cutting the cost of cooling and making more efficient use of the physical space.