Motorola Z3 review
This phone's Snapdragon 835 chipset keeps things moving at a respectable pace, and Motorola's Android tweaks are as thoughtful as ever. That said, the Moto Z3 lacks some of the flourishes that made earlier Moto Z phones truly great, and the best argument for owning one -- the 5G Moto Mod -- is still months away and will only be of use to Z3 owners in select markets.
NVIDIA's Turing-powered GPUs are the first ever built for ray tracing
At the SIGGRAPH conference, NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang revealed eighth-generation Turing-GPU hardware that's actually capable of accelerating both ray tracing and AI. Ray tracing is a technique that should usher in far more realistic computer graphics than we've ever seen before by simulating the way light works in the real world. Its first Quadro RTX professional cards with the technology (and super-fast Samsung GDDR6 RAM) cost between $2,300 and $10,000, but we should see consumer cards on the way soon.
Samsung's new mesh routers use Plume's WiFi optimization tech
Samsung is tackling both mesh WiFi and smart-home connectivity with its new, simply-named SmartThings WiFi mesh network system. While the integrated SmartThings hub makes this offering unique, it also has some notable features on the WiFi side as well. Samsung partnered with Plume, one of the first companies to build out mesh WiFi systems, to offer AI-based networking optimization. Once everything is set up, the network begins 'learning' about how a household uses the available bandwidth.
Elon Musk explains funding plans for taking Tesla private
In a blog post, Musk claimed that it "wouldn't be right" to limit talks of going private to just the largest investors. The country's Public Investment Fund had brought up going private "multiple times" starting in early 2017, he said, expressing interest in the move as a way to reduce its dependence on oil. However, musician Azealia Banks said she spent the weekend with Musk and his girlfriend, Grimes, describing the CEO as "scrounging" for investors after making a tweet while on acid, and the New York Times said Tesla board members were "blindsided" by the announcement.
Pixel XL may lose fast charging after Android Pie update
Android Pie has been out for a week; now Google's latest mobile operating system has a problem. Users of the company's own Pixel XL from 2016 are reporting issues with fast chargers after they've updated to Pie.
FBI warns banks about ATM cash-out scheme
The FBI is warning banks about a fraud scheme called an ATM cash-out, Krebs on Security reports. With this type of heist, attackers typically compromise a bank or payment card processor with malware, disable fraud controls and withdraw large sums of money -- sometimes millions of dollars -- with cloned bank cards.
Solar-powered aircraft stays aloft for record-breaking 25 days
Airbus announced that its solar-powered Zephyr S HAPS (high-altitude pseudo-satellite) flew for 25 straight days, setting a time aloft record for any airplane, ever. It shattered the previous record of 14 days, marked by a previous prototype Zephyr aircraft.
The nine headphones that made our back-to-school guide
Whether you need a pair of earbuds, a set of sound-cancelling cans or just a pair of budget headphones that don't suck, our annual back-to-school guide has you covered.
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