Sunday, October 16
Shaggy Dog Edition
- If you can't beat them, beat someone else: How Intel plans to take on AMD, Nvidia, Apple, and Qualcomm... As customers. (WCCFTech)
You know who has fabs? Intel.
You know who doesn't have fabs? AMD, Nvidia, Apple, and Qualcomm.
Currently they use mostly TSMC and Samsung, and Intel is seeking to lure them away. Intel's semiconductor technology was lagging behind in recent years, but they seem to be catching up again.
Intel did have one major foundry customer previously - leading FPGA designer Altera - but then they bought them so it doesn't count anymore.
- All I want is a good, small Android tablet at a not too insane price.
The Razer Edge has the new Qualcomm G3x Gen 1 featuring a 3.2GHz Cortex X2 - the leading edge core from Arm, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSD slot, detachable gamepads kind of like the Nintendo Switch, and a 2400x1080 144Hz AMOLED display. (Liliputing)
$399, coming in January.
What's the catch? That's expensive, yes, but phones with those specs cost more.
The catch is that's a 6.8" screen. Huge for a phone, pretty damn small for a tablet.
Still, maybe. If I nudge up the magnification on my reading glasses prescription it will look the same size as an 8" tablet while being, whoa, maaan, my hands are huuuge.
- Speaking of which, Qualcomm has the worst product briefs in the industry. (Qualcomm) (PDF)
I wanted to check the specs of the new G3x chip, so I went to Qualcomm's site. Basically, it says the chip has a CPU and a GPU. And that's it.
- Why we're moving away from Firebase. (K-Optional)
Short answer: Google.
Long answer: Goooooogle.
- From Firebase, but where to? Supabase. (GitHub)
It's a scalable online database / application platform like Firebase, except that the entire platform is open source. You can pay a subscription fee and they run it for you, or you can download it and run it yourself.
- If you run Fortinet security appliances with remote management enabled, well, first, you are dumb. (Bleeping Computer)
Second, the time to panic and unplug those devices was a week ago.
- The 0x64 from Pine Computing looks like a Raspberry Pi Pico. (Liliputing)
Starting at $6 it's priced similarly to the Pi Pico too. And it's mostly pin-compatible.
But where the Pi Pico has 264k of RAM, the 0x64 has 64M.
That's a lot for a tiny embedded board like this. A lot less than a full-size Raspberry Pi, which starts at 1GB, but that is a fair bit bigger and also cost more than $6.
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