Silicon wafer prices will rise this year due to demand increase
Published in News


After reaching 11 year low per square-inch


Prices of semiconductor-grade silicon wafers are expected to rise this year thanks to a ramp-up of demand coming from China-based foundries, according to Doris Hsu, chairman and CEO of GlobalWafers.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU gets benchmarked
Published in Processors


Performance close to Core i7-5960X

As we draw closer to the official launch of AMD's Ryzen CPU lineup, it is no surprise that we get to see some benchmark leaks and while there have been some around, this is the first time we have seen a few benchmarks at the same place.

Samsung flogs 100,000 Notebook 9s
Published in News


Just in Korea 


Samsung has flogged more than 100,000 units from its refreshed Notebook 9 line of laptops in South Korea so far, this year.

Microsoft kills second gen HoloLens
Published in Wearables


Working on Version three instead 

Microsoft appears to be getting cold feet over its HoloLens and is not going to release a second version of the gear.

Intel spills the beans on Optane requirements
Published in News


Will need at least a seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor

If you were hoping to get your paws on Chipzilla’s delayed Optane non-volatile memory devices you might need to also invest in a Kaby Lake system.

Apple files appeal against tax bill
Published in News


A long rant as to why it is “special” and the EU smells of nintendo


The fruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple has sent a 14 point legal rant to the EU claiming it is special and does not have to pay tax like everyone else.

EU privacy watchdogs concerned about Windows 10
Published in News


Changes to installation process were only a start


European Union data protection watchdogs said they were still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system despite Vole announcing changes to the installation process.

Samsung planning to release refurbished Note 7s
Published in Mobiles


Flaming heck, the magnificant seven rides again.


Samsung is apparently planning to release refurbished Note 7s.

Wiston chairman says notebook industry facing a crisis
Published in Notebooks


Market stagnation from an industry led only by Microsoft and Intel


While most notebook brand vendors expect the notebook industry to grow steadily in 2017 as a result of increases in shipments, at least one ODM vendor is claiming that the proliferation of more feature-rich smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices is still a good reason to consider otherwise.

Amazon's tablet shipments grew 99.4 percent in 2016
Published in Mobiles


Shipments double to 11 million units


While research groups like IDC and Gartner have shown an overall 15.6 decrease in worldwide tablet shipments in 2016, the market has not gone entirely belly-up, as Amazon continues to pull ahead with a phenomenal 99.4 percent increase in annual tablet growth during the same period.