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  • Intel Launches First IDM 2.0 Global Chip Fab Assault Breaking Ground On Two Arizona Plants

    All the world’s chip giants are rushing to increase fab capacity as shortages rock multiple industries. Although Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is the largest contract chipmaker, Intel is moving to beef up its fabs. And best of all, the company is expanding right here in the United States. Intel today broke ground on two new “leading-edge” chip

  • ChatBots Africa, Fashtracker win pitch sessions at TechCabal’s ‘Future of Commerce’

    ChatBots Africa and Fashtracker won the pitch sessions organised by TechCabal as part of the ‘Future of Commerce’ conference.

  • NVIDIA Shows Beefy Arm CPUs Battling x86 Servers For A100 GPU-Powered Cloud AI Dominance

    NVIDIA is thumping its chest over a round of impressive benchmark runs that highlight the potency of mixing its A100 accelerators with either Arm or x86 hardware. Regardless of the CPU platform, NVIDIA contends that its accelerators enable the "best results in AI inference," and it has another batch of benchmarks to support its claim. The

  • ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED Review: Ryzen 5000-Powered Excellence

    Much of the conversation surrounding AMD’s continued assault on Intel has revolved around the desktop and server markets, where the company’s Ryzen and EPYC processors have consistently increased in popularity, gen over gen. AMD has, however, also made significant inroads in the mobile space, with both high-end gaming notebooks...

  • AMD Reportedly Eyes MediaTek Partnership To Add 5G To Ryzen SoCs

    AMD has witnessed a significant resurgence in the PC market with its Zen-based processors, which currently encompass the Ryzen 5000 family in the consumer space. However, the company is always looking for a competitive edge over its close rival Intel, and a new partnership with MediaTek could advance those efforts. DigiTimes alleges that

  • Intel Arc Alchemist Gaming Cards Allegedly Incoming From ASUS, Gigabyte And MSI

    Hey, have you heard? Intel is releasing its first modern discrete graphics card next year! Of course you've heard, because Intel has not kept its high-level plans a secret, not by a long shot. Lower-level details have been a bit tougher to source, though Intel has shared some additional info in recent weeks, and of course the leaks and rumors

  • Nintendo Switch Online Expanding With N64 And Sega Genesis Games

    Nintendo announced it is expanding its online service for its Switch console, with a new membership plan arriving in about a month from now. Unveiled during the latest Nintendo Direct event, the upgraded plan (or add-on, really) will open up access to a collection of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, in addition to the current catalog of

  • What will commerce look like in Africa over the next decade?

    With Covid-19 restrictions forcing more people to shop online, e-commerce companies and platforms on the continent have enjoyed a surge in activity. Jumia, for instance, saw a significant uptick in major indicators in the second half of last year. Also, retailers that did not previously have an online presence were compelled to do so. The

  • Massive DJI Mavic 3 Pro Leak Points To Dual Cameras, 46-Minute Flight Time And More

    Drone maker DJI may not have many surprises to reveal when it gets around to announcing its upcoming Mavic 3 Pro. That's because multiple leakers have published a flurry of information covering just about everything there is to cover, including the specifications, special features and upgrades, and even the pricing. It has been more than

  • MacOS Monterey Beta Reportedly Leaks 14- And 16-Inch MacBook Pro Display Resolutions

    With the iPhone 13 launch out of the way, all attention is diverting towards Apple’s next big release. If the rumors are accurate, Apple’s next big keynote will introduce the all-new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Fortunately for us, Apple’s upcoming macOS Monterey is already leaking details surrounding the new laptops. The folks over at MacRumors discovered

  • How To Get Windows 11 For Free Now Prior To Microsoft's October Public Release

    Yesterday, Microsoft made Windows 11 available to the Release Preview Channel, which means that the company is confident enough to ship this build (or slightly newer builds) to the public. We don’t know at this time if Windows 11 Build 22000.194 will be what ships on October 5th, but it’s close enough. For those that want to join in on the

  • TechCabal Daily – The Future of Commerce in Africa 🔮

    In today's edition of #TechCabalDaily: - #FOC2021 is happening today! - Quick Fire 🔥 - Zola Electric raises $90m to light Africa up - Phishing out scams - TC Insights: Funding Tracker - Tech Probe

  • Windows 11 Build 22000.194 Hits Release Preview Channel

    Microsoft is moving along quickly with the launch of Windows 11. The company already indicated that its next consumer operating system would ship on October 5th, and now the company has taken the latest step to ensure that the launch goes off without a hitch. Windows 11 build 22000.194 was first delivered to Windows Insiders in the beta channel

  • Chip Shortage Slams The Brakes On Automakers Who Stand To Lose $210 Billion

    While we are over here complaining about the lack of graphics cards and, at times, out-of-stock CPUs (AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900 were difficult to obtain for a period of time), the auto industry is facing related challenges of its own. As in, automakers could miss out on a whopping $210 billion in revenues this year, due in large

  • Kioxia's PCIe 5.0 SSDs Crank Monstrous 14GB/sec Bandwidth, Q4 2021 Debut Possible

    Although it may seem hard to believe, we've experienced the performance blessings of PCIe 4.0-based SSDs for over two years. Performance has ramped to the point that we've currently seeing sequential write and read speeds that are twice their PCIe 3.0-based predecessors. For example, the T-Force Cardea A440 Pro Special Series can hit sequential

  • Here's Why Far Cry 6 Ray Tracing And AMD FSR Will Be PC-Exclusive Features

    Many games have seen launch dates pushed back during the COVID-19 pandemic and Far Cry 6 was no different. After missing the initial release date of February 18th, Far Cry 6 is finally slated to release on October 7th. It will be made available on console for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. As for PC, you will

  • Samsung's New Galaxy Watch 4 Drops To A Low $230 With Free Wireless Charger

    Samsung just launched its Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic last month, but there is already a pretty hefty discount available on the former. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes, but the smaller size sees the biggest discount (percentage-wise) today at Amazon. The Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) has an MSRP of $249.99, but

  • TCL MoveAudio S600 ANC Earbuds Review: Great Sound At $99

    When it comes to wireless earbuds, you might say we're fairly particular and almost snooty about them. It's not easy to reproduce decent acoustics with such tiny drivers, never mind with quality active noise cancellation (ANC) that doesn't make it sound like you're listening to music in some kind of weird anechoic chamber. Regardless,...

  • 2.5 Geeks: New Microsoft Surface Devices - What's HOT And What's NOT?

    During our latest 2.5 Geeks stream, we feature a quick breakdown analysis of Microsoft's newest Surface products, including the Surface Pro 8 2-in-1 convertible, Surface Duo 2 foldable Android device, the Surface Laptop Studio and more. Are they all that and a bag of DRAM? Do they check the right feature boxes? Let's discuss… Show Notes: 04:52

  • How African businesses and individuals can protect themselves from phishing scams

    Nigerians are generally stereotyped as the highest perpetrators of internet scams — especially email scams — and series of recent events somewhat justify the stereotype. But this doesn’t mean Africans aren’t susceptible to phishing attacks.