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AMD has Ryzen to Intel’s challenge as leak reveals powerful new CPUs
There has been a sudden avalanche of leaked information concerning AMD’s incoming Ryzen processors, pouring a whole heap of fresh fuel onto the hype fire, with some exciting details on the performance...
Sound bar buying guide: What you need to know
The Samsung is one of the best sound bars we’ve ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. Dolby Atmos is only available...
Updating our benchmark suite for 2017 and beyond
reader comments 8 Share this story If you've looked at some of our reviews in the last couple of days, you may have noticed a few different benchmarks and some new charts that we weren't using before....
Top 5 best application performance management solutions
Technology plays a major role in our everyday lives. Not only do we use it in domestic environments, but it’s even more important in the business world. Companies use computers and other technological...
Jet lag hits for power against major league ballplayers
EnlargeLouisville, KY reader comments 5 Share this story Baseball, America’s pastime, has been part of the nation’s culture for more than 140 years—we go to games, watch games on TV, and teach our kids...
ZenVPN is a Commonwealth of Dominica-based VPN which claims to offer a good mix of features for a very reasonable price.The company has servers in 34 locations, covering all the places you'd expect and...
Most VPN companies downplay torrents. Some don't support them at all. BTGuard is very different, though, proudly heading its website with its offer of ‘Anonymous BitTorrent Services’.BTGuard's website...
Getflix sounds like the perfect name for a service which unblocks Netflix, but there's just one problem: it can't. The company specialises in unblocking more than 200 video and music streaming services...
VPNBook Dedicated VPN
Sign up with most VPN companies and you've no idea how busy their servers might be. Is there enough bandwidth for everyone to get decent speeds, or will performance drop to a crawl at peak times? There's...
AMD Ryzen: The hype train is here, but should we get on?
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 11 Share this story During AMD's "New Horizons" live stream, which served as a coming out party for the Ryzen CPU, the company showcased a brand new performance demo....
VPNMaster is a US-based security company which has been providing VPN services since 2008.The product range is simple: there is just a single level of service which can be billed monthly ($7.95, £6.50...
Op-ed: The desktop CPU isn’t dead, it just needs a swift kick in the butt
Enlarge / The Core i7-7700K. Underwhelming? Maybe. Harbinger of death for the desktop CPU? Probably not. reader comments 15 Share this story Further ReadingIntel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the...
Launched in June 2015, SecureVPN is a US-based VPN provider which can be used on just about any device and network.The company grabbed our attention immediately with its free plan. This has notable restrictions...
VPN4All is an interesting Netherlands-based company which has been in the VPN business since 2009.The service isn't for users on a budget. We noticed a crossed-out $24.95 (around £20, AU$34) on the pricing...
Snapdragon 835 promises 27 percent more performance with 40 percent less power
Enlarge / On the left, Qualcomm Vice President for Product Management Keith Kressin. On the right, Samsung Senior Vice President for Foundry Marketing Ben Suh. In their hands, the ever-so-tiny Snapdragon...
5 hottest cars to look for in 2017
The world of cars has changed a lot over the last year, and there are no signs of the industry slowing down in 2017. Already we’ve seen electric cars start to come into their own, diesels shunned thanks...
Nintendo Switch uses Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC, clock speeds outed
Enlarge reader comments 39 Share this story The Nintendo Switch—the hybrid portable games console/tablet due for release in March 2017—will be powered by Nvidia's older Tegra X1 SoC and not its upcoming...
Top 5 best human resource (HR) management services
There are many crucial areas of a business, but when you consider the importance and value of employees, human resources trumps everything else. If a company doesn’t have an efficient HR process, then...
Microsoft Makes Azure SQL Performance Tracking Available by Default
The latest Azure updates include a change to Azure SQL's "flight data recorder," Japanese language support for Media Indexer and Redis Cache improvements. Microsoft is taking the mystery out of performance...
The Last Guardian’s PS4 Pro performance doesn’t bode well for original PS4 owners
When Sony announced the PS4 Pro back in October, it promised that it wasn’t leaving the original PS4 hardware behind. Games would still run on the three-year old PS4 console, but if users wanted increased...
Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Death Stranding trailers premiere at Game Awards
reader comments 1 Share this story The Game Awards returned for another annual iteration on Thursday, and like in years past, the online-streamed ceremony was probably more interesting because of game...
Android’s improved SD card support leads to new “app performance” ratings
Enlarge / Android phones with SD card slots are the primary driver behind the new "app performance" rating for SD cards.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 2 Share this story SD cards have historically...
MicroSD cards are getting new performance ratings to help you buy the right one
SD and microSD cards may all look alike to the untrained eye, but in fact there are different performance levels hidden behind the plastic exteriors - mainly to do with how fast data can be written to...
HP Omen X: An affordable gaming-caliber laptop almost worth buying
EnlargeSam Machkovech reader comments 3 Share this story For over a decade, I have split my computer use into two discrete categories: highly mobile and highly powered. It's traditionally been a two-device...
Honda aims for the purists with the 2017 Civic Si
reader comments 20 Share this story The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si. Honda There's a big rear spoiler to signal to the world that this is a sporty Civic. Honda The side-skirts are rather aggressively...
AMD Targets Gaming, VR with New Radeon GPUs
The Radeon Pro WX Series of professional GPUs is based on AMD's Polaris 14nm architecture and delivers high performance and power efficiency. Advanced Micro Devices is targeting content creators in such...
AMD reveals Radeon Pro 400 series GPU specs, as used in new MacBook Pro
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story Following the announcement of the new Apple MacBook Pro, AMD has launched the Radeon Pro 400 series of power-efficient graphics cards for laptops. Further ReadingAMD...
Apple supplier profit warning sparks sell-off
The company, which trades on the FTSE 250 and recently lost its chief executive to Cobham, warned underlying pre-tax profits would be about 30% down on last year.Its shares were almost 50% lower in morning...
Samsung 960 Pro review: The fastest consumer SSD you can buy
Edward Chester reader comments 17 Share this story The all new Samsung 960 Pro, released today, is the follow up to last year's 950 Pro. It offers the same core set of features, with an M.2 form factor,...
Yahoo hit with another lawsuit claiming anti-male discrimination
Photograph by Randy Stewart reader comments 14 Share this story Another former Yahoo employee has filed a lawsuit claiming that management running the company's "Media Org" was biased against men. The...
Toshiba throws down gauntlet in battle for cheapest SSDs
In the battle of increasingly affordable SSDs, Toshiba has a new weapon in the form of a fresh range of value-oriented drives.Toshiba's OCZ TL100 series comes in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and it's nippy...
Forza Horizon 3: Performance, framerate, and 4K tests in Windows 10
Enlarge / Maserati + 4K + Windows 10 + Forza Horizon 3 = ...uh, this doesn't seem like a good math problem.Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios reader comments 5 Share this story Our Forza Horizon 3 game...
New Version of Azul's Zing JVM Boosts Cassandra, Spark Performance
Azul Systems delivered a new version of its Zing JVM, which improves performance of Apache Cassandra, DataStax and Apache Spark apps. Azul Systems, a provider of Java runtime solutions for developers,...
AMD Launches 7th Generation Desktop PC Processors
The "Bristol Ridge" chips offer improved performance and efficiency, but the real shift will come with the "Zen"-based processors early next year. Advanced Micro Devices is shipping its latest desktop...
AMD Makes Argument for Zen at Hot Chips Show
Company engineers outline the myriad innovations in the new CPU microarchitecture that drove performance and efficiency improvements in Zen. Officials with Advanced Micro Devices went to the Hot Chips...
Most effective teams have high testosterone and low cortisol
http://www.colorado.feb.gov/index.php?content=17&page=Alternative%20Dispute%20Resolution reader comments 2 Share this story Working collaboratively in small groups is one of the primary ways that modern...
AMD Puts Its Focus on Upcoming Zen Processors
During an event with journalists and analysts, AMD executives demonstrated Zen-based desktop PC and server chips, which will begin shipping later this year. SAN FRANCISCO—Fifteen months after announcing...
AMD says Zen CPU will outperform Intel Broadwell-E, delays release to 2017
This is not a Zen chip. I just included it because, well, the original AMD Athlon holds a special place in my heart. It's also the last time that AMD challenged Intel for the performance crown. Click...
104-year-old cyclist named world’s greatest centenarian athlete
Fast track: age no barrier to sporting success for Robert MarchantReuters/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Helen ThomsonThink you’re too old to do sport? Think again. Researchers have analysed the performances of...
Despite the name and the privacy angle, TorGuard has nothing to do with the Tor Project. Instead it's a company which offers a range of privacy-related products, including an anonymous VPN plan for protecting...
Some VPNs try to win you over with big privacy claims. Others point to their super-low prices. Spotflux does both, but also piles on the extras, including ad blocking, phishing protection, tracker blocking,...
Review: Private Internet Access
Some VPN companies ask you to choose from only five or 10 servers, but Private Internet Access offers a huge selection of 3300+ servers in 24 countries, leaving everyone else trailing in its digital wake.The...
Riverbed to Extend App Monitoring to End-User Devices
Company officials say Riverbed will buy Aternity and fold its device-monitoring products into Riverbed's SteelCentral management platform. Riverbed Technology, whose SteelCentral platform already monitors...
Green Grid Unveils New Data Center Power/Cooling Metric
New standard combines three key metrics -- PUE ratio, IT Thermal Conformance and IT Thermal Resilience -- to supply needed real-time visibility into data centers. The Green Grid has published a new, real...
Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Introduction and specsOh what a joyous time to be a PC enthusiast. This year is set to be the largest single advancement in manufacturing processes and performance increases since the start of Intel's...
Barracuda shares jump after beating earnings estimates
Barracuda Network's stock leaped almost 19 percent Friday after the company announced higher-than-expected earnings The firm reported earnings per share of 20 cents in its first quarter fiscal report,...
Review: $699 is a lot to ask for the fairly basic Sony Xperia X Performance
Valentina Palladino The Sony Xperia X Performance. Valentina Palladino The Sony Xperia X Performance. Valentina Palladino The 5.6-inch brick-like handset has rounded glass edges. Valentina Palladino The...
Network Analyzer Corvil Goes Deep into App Performance
App Agent digs deep into an application's internal functions, allowing companies to drill down and track performance and latency of transactions. Network data analytics provider Corvil has added a new...
Small brain, astounding performance
The elephantnose fish explores objects in its surroundings by using its eyes or its electrical sense -- sometimes both together. Zoologists have now found out how complex the processing of these sensory...
Nvidia Brings Tesla P100 GPU Acceleration to PCIe Servers
The move will expand the reach of the company's powerful GPU accelerator, which can be used for such emerging workloads as AI and deep learning. Nvidia officials are adding to the company's portfolio...
Intel unleashes new Xeon E7 v4 CPUs including 24-core monster
Intel has unleashed its new Xeon E7-8800 and E7-4800 v4 range of processors which offer what the company claims is remarkable performance improvements over predecessors, with CPUs boasting up to 24-cores.The...
AMD Bristol Ridge APUs: Same Carrizo design, 20 percent more performance
AMD has fully taken the wraps off its brand new seventh generation APU architecture Bristol Ridge, which it announced earlier this year. It promises users around a 20 percent boost in CPU performance,...
ARM Takes Aim at VR, AR, Mobile Gaming with New GPU, CPU
Company officials say the Mali-G71 GPU and Cortex-A73 CPU will drive the development of smartphones that will better run emerging applications. Over almost a decade ARM has become the key silicon player...
ARM’s newest CPU design wants to make throttling a thing of the past
Many companies, Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm included, like to rely on their own custom ARM CPU architectures for their chips, but the CPUs and GPUs that ARM itself designs for other companies to use...
What we need to fix our slow internet
A senior cabinet minister admits delays and cost blowouts during the government's rollout to the NBN. Do we need a broadband monitoring network? INTERNET speeds have become a big issue in the election...
Rumoured Sony PS4K could have faster CPU and more RAM
The much-rumoured upgraded PlayStation 4, nicknamed PS4.5 or PS4K, has inched closer to reality, with details emerging of the revised console's specifications. Although Sony itself has still not officially...
Review: Acer Chromebook 11
Introduction and designWhile many Chromebooks try to stand out from the rest using features like rugged designs or tablet conversion, the Acer Chromebook 11 practically takes the opposite approach. This...
Intel's new SSDs with 3D NAND tech are staggeringly quick
Intel has revealed some blazingly fast new SSDs, including models which are the first drives to utilise its 3D NAND technology.Those 3D NAND-toting beasts are the DC P3520 and P3320 series of solid-state...
NetApp updates its SANtricity OS, targets analytics workloads
NetApp on Tuesday said it has released a new version of its SANtricity storage operating system with the aim of speeding up analytics workloads.The release of SANtricity, which powers the storage vendor's...
This article was peer reviewed by Panayiotis Velisarakos, Tim Severien and Dan Prince. Thanks to all of SitePoint’s peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! With all the talk about...
Woman: After I rebuffed my Uber driver’s advances, he tried to rape me
EnlargeOre Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 36 Share this story Further ReadingMan claims Uber driver “left him in a pool of blood” after refusing tripA woman in Minnesota has sued Uber,...
Uber denies targeting ex-engineer in claimed ‘smear campaign’
Susan Fowler, the former engineer whose detailed recounting of sexual harassment and management infighting at Uber prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to apologize for the rough-edged culture he created at the...
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a "toxic" work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense. Today, the...
Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working
alizasherman reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingEx-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigationSocial media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark