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AMD is about to upend the Chromebook market just like it did for PCs

Acer is doing Ryzen right with its new Chromebook Spin 514.It's the middle of the afternoon on a Friday and

AMD’s CES 2021 keynote: How to watch and what to expect

AMD will kick off its CES 2021 keynote on January 12, highlighting its computing and graphics solutions. We'll show you how to stream the announcement live!

Bad news for gamers: GPU prices expected to go up 25% due to Trump tariffs

If you're waiting for supplies to normalize before upgrading to a new GPU from AMD or Nvidia, be prepared to pay 25% more due to Trump's import tariffs.

Lenovo takes on M1-powered MacBooks with its own ARM-based IdeaPad 5G

Lenovo's IdeaPad laptops come with the broadest selection of processor choices, including ARM-based Snapdragon with 5G connectivity, Intel, or AMD silicon.

Besieged by AMD and ambushed by ARM, Intel needs a CES win

Intel is still the top dog, but the competition has never been so tight. With AMD and ARM closing in, Intel needs to use CES 2021 to make a big impression.

Sonnet Announces New eGPU Docks With AMD Radeon RX 5000 Series GPUs and Support for Pro Display XDR

Sonnet has today announced the eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5500 XT and eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5700 docks

For the first time in 14 years, AMD beats Intel in PassMark desktop market share

Intel briefly fell behind AMD in the desktop CPU market share, according to new data from the benchmarking firm, PassMark. The AMD lead was up to near 1.6%

AMD’s next generation of graphics could use a Ryzen-inspired chiplet design

AMD's secret GPU weapon with RDNA 3 is chiplets. Adopting a design used on Ryzen processors, future graphics cards could benefit from big performance uplifts.

Intel Urged to Take ‘Immediate Action’ Amid Threats From Apple Silicon and AMD

Activist hedge fund Third Point LLC is pushing for a major shakeup at Intel in response to threats from Apple,

AMD Zen 3 vs. Zen 1: Underdog to Intel now a gaming powerhouse

With an 89% improvement in performance, AMD's latest Ryzen 5000 platform becomes a tempting upgrade option for Team Red gamers on the original Zen platform.

Microsoft is designing its own ARM-based processor for Surface and cloud servers

Microsoft is working on an in-house processor with ARM-based designs. It could not only be used to power data centers, but also the Surface line of computers.

Leaked 2021 gaming laptops reveal the future of AMD, Intel, and Nvidia hardware

It's never been a better time to be a mobile gamer

AMD reverses course, will keep making Radeon reference designs

AMD's decision to continue making Radeon RX 6000 reference cards will appeal to enthusiast gamers and those looking to adopt a liquid-cooled GPU.

Here’s why you won’t be able to buy a new graphics card until 2021

A shortage of components is plaguing both AMD and Nvidia, and this means that new GPUs and consoles could be in short supply until February 2021.

How to overclock RAM

When you think of overclocking, you usually think of the CPU, but overclocking your RAM also has benefits. Here are the ways you can overclock RAM on your PC.

Intel’s concerns about AMD CPU performance, laptop battery life raise eyebrows

Intel seems concerned about the performance of AMD laptops. But some argue that Intel's methodology is flawed.

AMD motherboards start getting updates to support Ryzen 5000 processors

AMD gamers looking at picking up a Ryzen 5000 CPU can save a bit of cash. BIOS updates are rolling out to enable support on B450 motherboards already.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT reviews are in. Can Big Navi take on Nvidia?

AMD is entering the high-end GPU space with a bang with the RX 6800 and 6800 XT. These GPUs are designed for gamers seeking an Nvidia alternative.

New leak reveals specs of Google’s upcoming AMD Ryzen-powered Chromebook

This isn't the first time that "Zork" has been spotted online.What you need to knowAn upcoming Google Chromebook has surfaced

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TP-Link introduces new networking and Kasa smart products

On this first day of CES, TP-Link has announced a new range of products, including a range of networking solutions and six different Kasa smart products.TP-Link Mesh WiFiDeco WiFi 6 Mesh with Voice built-in powered by AlexaThe TP-Link Deco Voice X20 features a Mesh Wifi System with a smart speaker that allows for up to 4,000 square feet of coverage while giving you Alexa integration to better interact with your home or other Deco units.AX7800 Whole Home Mesh Wifi 6E System – Deco X96The AX7800 operates on the 6 GHz Band, and brings speeds up to 7800 Megabytes per second(Mbps) with tri-band WiFi. The Deco X96’s mesh technology can sense and understand the unique situation of your home to bring you the best networking possible, in addition to Smart Antennas and Seamless Roaming to improve connections and help you stay connected.AX5400 Whole Home Mesh Wifi 6E System with Smart HubThe TP-Link Deco X76 can bring speeds up to 5400Mbps, and the in-built Smart Hub brings all your products together in an easy-to-use app. This combines with AI-driven mesh and seamless roaming to give you the best WiFi experience possible.AX11000 Tri-Band WiFi 6E Router with 10G PortsThe Archer AX206 is a 10G router with speeds up to 10 Gigabytes per second(Gbps). It includes a 1*10Gbps WAN/LAN SFP+ port, 1*10Gbps WAN/LAn port, and a 1*2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port. The AX206 also features a 6GHZ band for Wi-Fi 6E. OFDMA and UL/DL MU-MIMO technology allows for easy simultaneous data transmission.5-Port 10G Multi-Gigabit Desktop SwitchThe TP-Link TL-SX105 is a 5-Port 10G multi-gigabit desktop switch with lightning-fast connections and auto-negotiation ranging from 100MBps to 10G connections to provide optimal performance. This comes in a metal casing and with a fanless design. There is also an 8 port option.5G Whole Home WiFi 6 GatewayThe Deco X80-5G is a Whole Home WiFi 6 Gateway available in select markets that delivers download speeds up to 5Gbps. This is combined with:Deco Mesh TechnologyAX6000 Dual Band WiFi1*2.5Gbps port and 1 Gigabit portVoLTE/VoIP functionalityNew Enterprise Access PointsTP-Link has also introduced three access points for enterprise use, including a ceiling mount, wall plate mount, and an indoor/outdoor access pointTP-Link Kasa Smart ProductsTP-Link has also introduced a range of Kasa Smart productsMotion-Activated Kasa Smart Dimmer SwitchThe Kasa KS220M is a dimmer with Smart Motion Detection that turns lights off at a set time. It also includes:Ambient Light Sensor, so lights don’t turn on automatically during the daytimeFade In and Fade Out feature fades the lights out at night and gently fades them on in the morningKasa Smart WiFi Light Switch with 3-Way Dimmer KitThe TP-Link Kasa KS230KIT is a Wi-Fi switch with 3-way capabilities that helps convert your 3-way capabilities into smart WiFi lights. This also comes with:Smart DimmingFade In/Fade Out featureVoice Control with Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThingsKasa Smart DoorbellThe KD110 with 1080p Full HD Video is a doorbell with a Person Detection feature that lets you distinguish a person from other objects. This combines with Secure Local and Cloud Storage so you can save footage on up to an 128 Gigabyte microSD card or with the Kasa Care plan for 30-day cloud storage. In addition, the KD110 is IP64 weatherproof and a variety of Indoor Chimes choices.Kasa Spot Pan Tilt with 24/7 RecordingThe TP-Link Kasa KC410S is a camera with 2K HD Video and 4MP resolution. It also features:Starlight Night Vision featurePatrol Mode with multiple distinct viewpointsSecure local storage with a microSS card or a Kasa Care plan for cloud storageKasa Cam Outdoor with 24/7 RecordingThe KC420WS is an outdoor camera with 2K Video and a 4MP resolution, in addition to:Full Color Night VisionStarlight Night VisionIP65 weatherproofingSecure local storage or cloud storage with Kasa CareKasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor PlugThe Kasa KP401 is a plug with a long WiFi range and built-in power amplifier, with Control From Anywhere using the Kasa Smart app and IP64 weatherproofing.

TCL debuts 20 series, including a pair of 5G models

TCL on Monday formally unveiled its TCL 20 series of phones, a lineup that consists of some five TCL-branded phones for the coming year. The company did not divulge the full set of specs or features for all models just yet, but it did provide details on the first two phones arriving in January.The TCL 20 5G and TCL 20 SE will be the first out of the gate, giving consumers a chance to purchase a 5G connected handset for as low as $300. Here’s a quick breakdown of the two phones with their respective specifications.TCL 20 5GAndroid 11 with TCL UI6.67-inch Display (1080 x 2400)Qualcomm Snapdragon 6906GB RAM128GB/256GB storage with microSD (256GB)48-megapixel, 8-megapixel wide, 2-megapixel macro, on rear8-megapixel front-facing camera5G support4500mAh battery w/ QC 4.0USB CMist Gray and Placid BlueTCL 20 SEAndroid 11 with TCL UI6.82-inch Display (720 x 1640)Qualcomm Snapdragon 4604GB RAM64GB/128GB storage with microSD (256GB)48-megapixel, 5-megapixel wide, 2-megapixel macro, 2-megapixel depth sensor on rear13-megapixel and 8-megapixel front-facing camera5000mAh batteryUSB CNuit Black and Aurora GreenThose who pay close attention to smartphones and their announcements know that devices are much more than just a set of bullet point specifications. TCL phones are a testament to these oft-overlooked features in phones.For instance, the phone displays feature NXTVISION technology for more accurate color, contrast and clarity. Additional details include Hi-Res Audio, dual speaker design, AI for the cameras, and reverse charging.US AvailabilityAvailability and pricing has not been announced for US market just yet, but the two phones are now available in Italy for 299EUR (TCL 20 5G) and 149EUR (TCL 20 SE). This would convert to roughly $365 and $180, respectively.Looking ahead, TCL plans to introduce a TCL 20 Pro 5G, TCL 20S, and TCL 20L. The brand suggests that at least two models are set to hit the US but did not specify as to which.

Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide (January 2021)

A growing number of US consumers are becoming familiar with Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Straight Talk. They operate using the towers and infrastructure from the big players but have their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: Cricket WirelessAboutCricket Wireless (Cricket) initially launched in 1999 and is a US-based prepaid wireless service provider; it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It offers its own lineup of GSM phones, many of which are also found at other carriers. As one might expect, it uses AT&T for its coverage.Does Cricket have any special deals?Currently you can find a number of phones discounted with new phone numbers, upgrades, and porting your existing number. Some models are even free with the right combination of port-in and signing up for a particular rate plan.READ: Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsAdditionally, Cricket has discounted phones from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung with some of them potentially free with a plan.What are Cricket rate plans like?Cricket rate plans are no-contract, meaning you can go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, they do not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 10GB of high-speed data$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited data$60/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data 15GB mobile hotspotCustomers can save $5 per month on most plans with automatic bill payment. The $55 plan has data speeds which are limited to a max of 8Mbps while the $60 option is quicker and includes the hotspot feature. Depending on location and phone, subscribers may see 5G speeds on the $60 plan.Does Cricket offer multiple line plans?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. Cricket will let you calculate rates for two to five lines. On the $55 Unlimited Plan, for instance, you get at the following monthly rates:2 Lines – $80/mo ($30 discount)3 Lines – $90/mo ($75 discount)4 Lines – $100/mo ($120 discount)5 lines – $125/mo ($150 discount)Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?Are there any other Cricket features or offerings?Cricket offers a handful of other options to its customers, most of which can pair with the aforementioned rate plans. Details here include international calling, insurance against lost and stolen phones, extra data, and mobile hotspot.Cricket also sells Data Only options with 20GB ($35), 40GB ($50), and 100GB ($90) allotments.What phones are available at Cricket?Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through Cricket we find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Nokia, and Alcatel, too.Like most prepaid providers, phone selection skews toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some compelling devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and the LG Stylo 6.Can I use my own phone at Cricket?You can often use your current GSM phone, especially if it was previously paired with AT&T. Head to Cricket’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. You’ll want to ensure that your phone is unlocked prior to purchasing the SIM card kit currently priced at just $10.

This $30 online training bundle Excel and Alteryx golden ticket

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