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  • La création d'une rue Steve Jobs a Paris crée la polémique (MacBidouille)

    Le Bombon rapporte que la proposition de la Mairie du 13" arrondissement de Paris de Baptiser une rue "Steve Jobs" crée la polémique.

    Pourtant l'emplacement de cette rue était plutôt bien choisi, proche d'un nouvel incubateur de Start-up situé à la Halle Freyssinet.
    Toutefois, certains reprochent à Steve Jobs et à travers lui Apple les optimisations fiscales massives de la société et les conditions de travail sur les chaînes de production de la société en Chine.


  • La question du dimanche à Tim Cook (MacBidouille)

    Aujourd'hui la question portera sur une actualité qui nous a beaucoup plus contrarié que nous n'avons pu le montrer dans les brèves qui en parlaient, l'abandon de la division destinée aux bornes Airport.
    En effet, non seulement nous apprécions beaucoup ces produits extrêmement simples à gérer, mais ils faisaient partie d'un écosystème Apple en tant que compléments naturels qu'il était facile à installer, intégrer et déployer.

    Cet abandon avait bien entendu un autre retentissement étant donné qu'il suivait à quelques semaines celui de l'abandon de la gamme d'écrans Apple. Certes ces derniers étaient dépassés, mais seulement parce que cette gamme avait été mise de côté depuis trop longtemps.

    Quelle est la prochaine branche que vous allez couper ?

    On peut se poser la question mais le deviner n'est pas évident. En effet, ces deux gammes de produits avaient deux choses en commun. Pour commencer, les ventes étaient forcément faibles mais le manque de nouveautés était forcément lié à cet état de fait. L'autre point commun est qu'ils ne participaient pas directement à la croissance de l'écosystème de la société sur lequel elle met le paquet. Il s'agit des ventes et locations générées par les App Store, iTunes et Apple Music.

    A nos yeux, ces abandons sont quelque part les premières décisions marquantes de l'ère Tim Cook et elles ne nous plaisent pas car elles nous font perdre d'une certaine manière confiance de l'avenir en tant que consommateurs.
    De plus, en forçant ses clients à se détourner vers d'autres marques, Apple prend le risque qu'ils finissent par acquérir non seulement des produits qu'elle ne propose plus mais aussi d'autres concurrents.

    A vous d'en discuter.

  • Mises à jour et téléchargements de la semaine (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Comme tous les dimanches, retrouvez notre résumé des mises à jour et téléchargements de la semaine.
  • Microsoft prépare un lifting pour Windows 10 Redstone 3 (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Microsoft continue de chercher à rendre son Windows 10 plus séduisant, et dans les mois à avenir, on devrait assister à un lifting complet de l'OS. La firme de Redmond prépare ainsi un tout nouvel habillage graphique pour son OS.
  • Un employé de Foxconn a dérobé plus de 5000 iPhone (MacBidouille)

    Un ancien dirigeant de Foxconn a été arrêté pour avoir dérobé et revendu près de 5700 iPhone.
    Il travaillait dans un département de test des appareils et si ses vols n'ont pas été découverts plus tôt c'est parce que les appareils servaient à réaliser des tests de production et devaient ensuite être recyclés.
    Une fois sortis de l'usine, ces appareils (iPhone 5 et 5S) étaient revendus à des commerçants de Shenzhen.

    Il risque maintenant 10 ans de prison devant la justice de Taiwan.

  • Un bug sous iOS 10.1 permet de contourner les sécurités contre le vol (MacBidouille)

    Avec iOS 7, Apple a décidé de lutter contre le vol des appareils iOS sous la pression des diverses polices de par le monde qui voyaient ce genre de délit se multiplier.
    Maintenant, il n'est pas possible de "virginiser" un iPhone ou iPad associé à un compte iCloud même en le restaurant.
    Au redémarrage, il demande inlassablement l'identifiant et le mot de passe du compte auquel il a été associé la dernière fois pour se relancer.
    Des hackers ont découvert un bug dans iOS 10, y compris la 10.1, permettant de contourner cette limitation. Le voici en action dans une longue vidéo.


    En résumé, en rentrant un identifiant très long, on va finir par provoquer un plantage de l'application chargée de gérer cette protection, ce qui laissera l'accès libre à l'appareil et la possibilité de l'associer à un nouveau compte iCloud.

    Si nous vous parlons de cela, c'est parce que cela va sans le moindre doute provoquer une rapide recrudescence des vols d'iPhone (ils étaient en forte baisse) .

    Pour finir, notez qu'Ars Technica a testé la procédure mais n'a réussi à la reproduire que sur des iPad.

  • iPhone 6S: Apple explique les causes des batteries défectueuses (MacBidouille)

    Apple a déclenché un rappel d'iPhone 6S dont les batteries défectueuses provoquent l'extinction prématurée de l'appareil avant qu'elles ne soient totalement déchargées.
    La société en a dit plus sur ce problème, à la China Consumers Association, et ses raisons en rappelant avec force qu'il n'y a aucun risque d'explosion ou de blessures.
    Lors de la production de ces batteries, les composants auraient été exposés à l'air ambiant plus longtemps que préconisé. Cela a conduit à une dégradation plus rapide de ces derniers et à une usure prématurée de ces batteries. Elle provoquera l'arrêt de l'iPhone dès que la batterie passerait sous les 60% de charge, surtout dans un environnement froid.

    L'affaire n'est en tout cas pas terminée car on ignore le nombre de batteries réellement affectées et certains commencent déjà se plaindre d'avoir les mêmes problèmes sur des iPhone 6.

  • Apple écrit un courrier aux autorités de régulation automobile des Etats-Unis (MacBidouille)

    Macrumors rapporte qu'Apple a envoyé un courrier officiel à l'administration chargée de la sécurité automobile aux Etats-Unis.
    Dans ce courrier, la société déplore que les constructeurs automobile établis puissent bénéficier dans certaines conditions d'exemptions aux normes fédérales lors de certains tests sur les routes ouvertes alors que cela est interdit aux nouveaux entrants qui souhaitent réaliser des tests.
    Pour Apple, la meilleure façon de maximiser la sécurité des futurs véhicules autonomes est que tous les acteurs ou futurs acteurs de ce marché aient droit au même traitement.

    Dans la seconde moitié du courrier, Apple parle encore de véhicules autonomes et en particulier du partage des données que pourraient faire les acteurs, en particulier sur les cas où des accidents ont été évités de peu, un moyen de progresser plus vite dans la sécurisation des systèmes. L'ultime volet parle encore de ce partage et de la nécessité de protéger quand même la vie privée des utilisateurs.

    Apple semble donc ne pas avoir renoncé au marché automobile et semble bien, comme on pouvait le penser, se lancer dans les aides à la conduite plutôt que dans la création de A à Z d'une voiture.

    On constate toutefois que la société, comme toujours, essaye de changer les règles du jeu avant de se lancer pour se faciliter la tâche.

    Pour finir, il est important de noter que la lettre a été signée par Steve Kenner avec le titre de vice-président d'Apple Product Integrity. On ignore quand il a pris ce poste étant donné qu'il est toujours selon ses informations personnelles directeur mondial de la sécurité automobile chez Ford.

  • HMD Closes Nokia Brand and Patents Deal with Microsoft, Smartphones Due in 2017 (AnandTech)

    HMD Global and FIH Mobile on Thursday announced that they had completed their buyout of Nokia assets from Microsoft which opens a way for return of Nokia branded smartphones to the market. As expected, HMD and FIH will keep selling Nokia-branded feature phones in developing countries but will add a range of android-based smartphones and tablets to the lineup in 2017. The two companies hope that relationships with operators as well as manufacturing assets (Foxconn) will be instrumental for making their endeavor a success.

    As reported earlier this year, HMD Global and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group (we will call the company “Foxconn” for simplicity), paid Microsoft approximately $350 million in cash for various Nokia-related assets. Under the terms of the agreement, HMD got exclusive rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets globally (except Japan) for the next 10 years, standard essential cellular patent licenses, software for feature phones and some other intellectual property. Meanwhile, Foxconn got a manufacturing facility in Hanoi, Vietnam, which is used to manufacture Nokia-branded devices along with customer contracts, critical supply agreements, sales and distribution assets (in fact, these will be owned by a subsidiary of FIH called TNS and HMD will have rights to acquire TNS over the next ten years) and so on. HMD and Foxconn will jointly develop, manufacture and sell Nokia-branded devices, whereas Nokia will participate in development and will receive royalties covering both brand and IP rights from HMD for sales of every Nokia-branded product. The three companies are poised to work together because they critically depend on assets owned by each other.

    In its announcement on Thursday, HMD reaffirmed plans to introduce a range of Android-based smartphones and tablets in 2017. The company’s announcement was short on details, but it confirmed that the devices will be jointly developed with Foxconn under supervision of Nokia (which intends to control certain aspects of design, performance, and feature-set of the devices), who has know-hows not only in high-volume manufacturing but also in device engineering. Given the short amount of time that HMD, Foxconn and Nokia had to design their new devices, expect the latter to use already known hardware platforms, but add certain elements for differentiation. We do know that Nokia has developed its own UI for Android called Z Launcher, hence it is logical to expect the company to expand the project for Nokia-branded smartphones. Meanwhile, since a lot of important Nokia IP (e.g., PureView imaging, ClearBlack display, etc.) remains at Microsoft, three companies will have to either develop certain technologies from scratch or use off-the-shelf solutions. Such approach has pros and cons: on the one hand, it is hard to create a unique device based on popular platforms; on the other hand, it is possible to build a device in a relatively short amount of time. Hence, expect HMD Foxconn and Nokia to reveal their first smartphone already in the first half of 2017.

    Right now, the core business of HMD and Foxconn is Nokia-branded feature phones that are popular primarily in developing countries. On Thursday, HMD also announced the Nokia 216 handset with a 2.4” display running the Nokia 30-series software that will be inexpensive but will still provide basic “smart” functionality like Internet browsing and multimedia playback. Even though sales of such phones are rapidly decreasing, there are still hundreds of millions of such devices sold every year. HMD naturally hopes that it will be able to replace feature phones with inexpensive smartphones and thus will capture a sizeable chunk of the market. As such, expect HMD to focus on not only advanced models for the U.S. and Europe, but also on affordable smartphones for countries like India and Russia, where the brand is particularly strong and where reasonably priced phones are popular. From a market share point of view, inexpensive models are more important than the flagship devices. Nonetheless, Xiaomi and some other makers clearly demonstrated how fine flagship devices affect brand recognition, hence, they are crucial for success.

    Wrapping things up, the deal between Microsoft, HMD Global and FIH Mobile is now closed and Nokia-branded smartphones (and tablets) are on their way back to the market. It is unlikely that we will hear about them anything at CES, but HMD Global will be present at MWC 2017 and this is where the firm will likely showcase at least some of the upcoming products or at least their key features.

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    Sources: HMD Global, FIH Mobile, Nokia.

  • Enermax Enters SFX Game with Revolution SFX PSUs (AnandTech)

    As small form-factor gaming PCs gain traction, more companies enter the scene with small form factor power supplies. Enermax this week introduced its first power supplies in SFX form-factor designed for high-performance systems. The company is now the fifth major supplier of PSUs to offer gaming-grade SFX power supplies, such that enthusiasts now have five brands to choose from, up from two early this year.

     

    The Enermax Revolution SFX family currently includes two models rated for 550 W (ERV550SWT) and 650 W (ERV650SWT) power output. The new PSUs are compliant with the SFX12V V3.3 and ATX12V V2.4 specifications as well as carry the 80 Plus Gold certification badge. The power supplies come in standard 100-mm depth chassis and feature 80-mm fans that do not operate at loads below 30% as well as a modular design with flexible flat-type cables to ensure easy cable management. Enermax also says that the new PSUs use Japanese electrolytic capacitors rated to handle 105°C temperature and have special protection circuitry to ensure durability and safety.

    Enermax Revolution SFX Series
    Connector type 550 W
    ERV550SWT
    650 W
    ERV650SWT
    ATX 24 Pin 1
    EPS 4+4 Pin 1
    PCI-E 6+2 Pin 2
    SATA 6
    4P Molex 4

    The Revolution SFX power supplies from Enermax have EPS12V power connectors (one 24-pin and a 4+4-pin connector), two PCIe 8-pin power connectors, six SATA power connectors and four 4P Molex plugs. The presence of two 8-pin (6+2) auxiliary power connectors makes the Revolution SFX compatible with virtually all high-end graphics cards released in the last couple of years, including NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070/1080 that need only one 8-pin plug as well as AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X that require two 8-pin power connectors. Not all gaming-grade SFX PSUs have two 8-pin power connectors and thus Enermax deserves a credit for this feature.

    Enermax Revolution SFX Series DC Output Specifications
      ERV550SWT ERV650SWT
    Rated Combined Rated Combined
    +3.3V 18 A 90 W 18 A 90 W
    +5V 15 A 15 A
    +12V 45.8 A 549.6 W 54 A 648 W
    -12V 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W
    +5Vsb 3 A 15 W 3 A 15 W
    Total Power 550 W 650 W

    Both Revolution SFX PSUs come with an SFX to ATX adapter brackets and can be installed into SFX and ATX/Mini-ATX builds. The Revolution SFX 650 W is the most powerful SFX PSU in a 100-mm depth enclosure (SilverStone has 700 W SFX PSUs, but they are 30 mm deeper), hence, it is logical that it can be installed not only into tiny SFX cases, but into general gaming PCs as well. Truthfully, the amount of power connectors supported by both power supplies seems like an overkill for an SFX system, whereas the presence of four 4P Molex plugs indicates that the developers did not forget about those who use either special-purpose hardware.

    The Enermax Revolution PSUs are expected to hit the market shortly as typically announcements are made about a month ahead of actual availability (though, we do not know whether they are set to become available this year, in time for new PCs ahead of holidays). The 550 W version is set to cost $109.99, whereas the 650 W PSU is to be priced at $124.99.

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  • Seagate Announces Duet: An Amazon Cloud-Syncing Portable HDD for $99.99 (AnandTech)

    Seagate this week has continued to introduce special-purpose storage devices tailored for select applications: the company is launching its Duet external hard drive that automatically downloads and uploads content from (and to) Amazon Drive to enable instant and offline access to data stored in the cloud. The HDD will be useful for those,who store up to 1 TB of data in the cloud but prefer to have local copies as well.

    The Seagate Duet is a re-badged Backup Plus Portable Drive with 1 TB capacity and special software that syncs it with the Amazon Drive service. The drive uses a USB 3.0 interface to connect to computers (running Windows or macOS) and has 5400 RPM spindle speed and two platters featuring PMR technology. The HDD needs to be plugged into a PC with internet access in order to connect to the Internet to upload or download data. Users who would like to use the drive like a normal external HDD will have to reformat it (it is doubtful that there will be a lot of such people as the drive costs considerably more than the regular external 1 TB HDDs without cloud-syncing technology).

    During the initial setup, the Duet drive logins to a customer’s Amazon account and then automatically syncs photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music. After a file is added to the Duet drive, it will be uploaded to the cloud and then available from almost everywhere using any device, including smartphones and tablets that have special apps installed. Alternatively, every file uploaded from a mobile device to Amazon's Drive eventually ends up on the Seagate Duet drive when the device is synchronized.

    The Seagate Duet drive will be available exclusively from Amazon in the U.S. for $99.99, which is considerably more expensive than the actual retail price of Seagate’s Backup Plus Portable 1 TB model ($55 - $60). For new U.S. Amazon Drive customers the Duet will come with one free year of Amazon Drive Unlimited Storage (a $59.99 value), which makes the external storage device somewhat more attractive. Meanwhile, existing Amazon Drive customers will essentially pay $40 - $45 for cloud-syncing software. The HDD is covered by a two-year limited warranty from Seagate.

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  • ASRock Upgrades Beebox-S SFF PCs with Kaby Lake CPUs (AnandTech)

    ASRock has introduced updated versions of its Beebox-S small form-factor PCs. The new NUC-like systems are powered by Intel’s Core i5-7100U/i3-7200U CPUs featuring the Kaby Lake microarchitecture, but apart from that the computers are identical to their predecessors running the Skylake chips. ASRock positions its Beebox-S both for general-purpose computing as well as for multimedia playback.

    Just like their predecessors, the Asrock Beebox-S comes in a small black enclosure (110×118.5×46 mm, 0.6 L) that is akin to other Intel NUC-like systems. Since the PC is based on Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, it has rather advanced video playback capabilities, which make it a good candidate for an HTPC. Moreover, ASRock specifically mentions HDMI 2.0 and support for 4Kp60 with 10-bit HDR output as one of the key features of the new Beebox systems. The manufacturer also installed an IR receiver compatible with a bundled remote controller, further emphasizing a possible positioning of the Beebox-S.

    When it comes to connectivity, the SFF PC seems to be good for both office and the living room. The system is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 output (implemented using an LSPCon controller, most likely a MegaChips MCDP2000, and supporting 4096×2160 pixels at 60 Hz as well as HDR10) to connect to modern 4Kp60 UHDTVs (not sure about HDCP 2.2 support, but it should logically be there), an HDMI 1.4 as well as a DisplayPort 1.2. The Beebox-S also has one USB 3.0 Type-A and one USB 3.0 Type-C headers as well as a 3.5 mm TRRS connector for headsets on the front panel. Tthe back panel features two more USB 3.0 ports and one GbE connector.

    The heart of the ASRock Beebox-S is either Intel’s Core i3-7100U or Core i5-7200U microprocessor in BGA packaging with integrated HD Graphics 620. The system can also be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 memory (two SO-DIMM slots), an M.2-2280 NVMe SSD and a 2.5” SSD/HDD depending on demands of exact customer. Meanwhile, Intel’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 wireless module is pre-installed.

    ASRock Beebox-S SFF PCs Based on Intel's Kaby Lake CPUs
      Beebox-S 7200U Beebox-S 7100U
    CPU i5-7200U
    2C/4T
    2.5 GHz
    3.1 GHz
    i3-7100U
    2C/4T
    2.4 GHz
    GPU HD Graphics 620
    24 EUs
    up to 1050 MHz
    RAM 2×DDR4-2133 SO-DIMMs (up to 32 GBs)
    SSD Up to M.2-2280 SSDs
    HDD 2.5"/9.5 mm
    GbE Intel i219-V (?)
    Wi-Fi Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (?)
    1×1 802.11ac + BT 4.0
    (via M.2 2230 card)
    I/O USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) via ASMedia ASM1142
    USB 3.1 Type-C
    USB 3.0 Type-A
    Video 1×HDMI 2.0 (HDCP2.2) via LSPCon
    1×DisplayPort 1.2
    Audio Realtek ALC283
    TRRS and HDMI connectors
    Size H: 46 mm
    W: 118.5 mm
    L: 110 mm
    Full
    Specs
    Beebox-S 7200U Beebox-S 7100U

    This week Newegg started to sell the Beebox-S 7100U and Beebox-S 7200U SFF PCs for $291 and $349, respectively. As it appears that retail pricing of the new Kaby Lake-based ASRock Beebox-S SFF PCs is higher that of the Skylake-powered Beebox-S, which are available for $264 to $320. One more thing to note about the new Beebox-S systems is that they only come in black enclosures, whereas their predecessors feature black, white, silver and golden finishes. We haven't heard of other colors coming, although that may change in the future.

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  • L'Application AirDroid sous Android rend ses utilisateurs vulnérables aux attaques (MacBidouille)

    AirDroid est une application Android proposée sur la boutique en ligne officielle de Google. Elle permet d'utiliser AirDrop et aurait été téléchargée 10 millions de fois.
    Les experts en sécurité de la société Zimperium ont découvert que ce logiciel est une potentielle porte d'entrée pour attaquer les appareils sur lesquels il est installé.
    En effet, les développeurs de ce logiciel n'ont pas assez sécurisé les échanges de données entre AirDroid et ses serveurs de mises à jour ainsi que les appareils avec lesquels il communique.

    Si un pirate arrive à se connecter au même réseau que l'utilisateur de ce logiciel il peut récupérer les identifiants uniques du smartphone, identifiants de son compte mais surtout lui envoyer une fausse mise à jour contenant du code malveillant.

    Informés en mai dernier, les développeurs ont tardé à réagir et ne l'ont fait que bien timidement depuis, pas assez pour endiguer le risque.

    L'utilisation de ce logiciel, même aujourd'hui, fait donc prendre un risque à moins de ne l'utiliser que chez soi, sur un réseau parfaitement sécurisé.

  • The Fnatic Rush G1 Mechanical Keyboard Review (AnandTech)

    In this review we are having a look at the Rush G1, the first keyboard from Fnatic, the professional eSports team who is making an attempt in entrepreneurialism. Their brand name, Fnatic Gear, supplies only apparel and peripherals designed specifically with eSports in mind. 

  • Google Chrome avec HTML5 par défaut pour tuer Flash (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Google livre la version stable de Chrome 55. Le navigateur fait de HTML5 l'expérience par défaut et réduit son empreinte mémoire.
  • Démantèlement du botnet Avalanche lié à des malwares majeurs (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Hébergeant une infrastructure utilisée par des cybercriminels, le réseau mondial Avalanche a été démantelé. Ce botnet est responsable de cyberattaques avec des malwares au cours de ces dernières années.
  • Apple va renforcer sa présence en Inde (MacBidouille)

    Selon The Economic Times, Apple a décidé de prendre en main la distribution de ses produits en Inde, qui est actuellement déléguée à d'autres sans réelle régulation.
    La société voudrait créer une structure chargée de gérer toute la distribution de ses produits afin de s'assurer que les prix sont ceux prévus par la société.
    Afin de ne pas se mettre les autorités indiennes à dos, elle le fera avec un partenaire local.

    Il s'agira aussi de mettre fin aux marchés parallèles et de conserver globalement la main sur la vente de ses produits comme partout ailleurs dans le monde.

    Après l'effondrement des ventes en Chine, Apple vise le marché indien pour lui assurer une nouvelle croissance. Ouvrir à terme des Apple Store sera au moins un moyen d'apporter une meilleure image de la société dans ce pays.

  • L'Application AirDroid sous Android rend ses utilisateur vulnérables aux attaques (MacBidouille)

    AirDroid est une application Android proposée sur la boutique en ligne officielle de Google. Elle permet d'utiliser AirDrop et aurait été téléchargé 10 millions de fois.
    Les experts en sécurité de la société Zimperium ont découvert que ce logiciel est une potentielle porte d'entrée pour attaquer les appareils sur lesquels il est installé.
    En effet, les développeurs de ce logiciel n'ont pas assez sécurisé les échanges de données entre AirDroid et ses serveurs de mises à jour ainsi que les appareils avec lesquels il communique.

    Si un pirate arrive à se connecter au même réseau que l'utilisateur de ce logiciel il peur récupérer les identifiants uniques du smartphone, identifiants de son compte mais surtout lui envoyer une fausse mise à jour contenant du code malveillant.

    Informés en mai dernier, les développeurs ont tardé à réagir et ne l'ont fait que bien timidement depuis, pas assez pour endiguer le risque.

    L'utilisation de ce logiciel, même aujourd'hui fait donc prendre un risque à moins de ne l'utiliser que chez soi, sur un réseau parfaitement sécurisé.

  • Nouvelle charrette de Mac obsolètes (MacBidouille)

    Apple vient d'annoncer à ses SAV que les machines suivantes seront déclarées comme obsolètes le 31 décembre prochain:

    - MacBook Pro (15 pouces, début 2011)
    - MacBook Pro (17 pouces, début 2011)
    - Mac mini (début 2009)
    - MacBook (13 pouces, mi 2009)

    Comme toujours, cela ne veut pas dire qu'elles cesseront de fonctionner ce jour-là, mais seulement qu'Apple n'en assurera plus le SAV.
    Heureusement, il restera toujours facile de changer leur disque dur, chose qui ne sera plus possible sur les portables plus récents aux SSD propriétaires ou pire soudés.

  • MediaTek Adds the Helio X23 and X27 to Its Deca-Core SoC Family (AnandTech)

    MediaTek added two additional products to its premiere deca-core SoC family today. The Helio X23 and X27 join the previously released Helio X20 and X25, adding additional performance levels for OEMs to choose from.

    All four SoCs use the same deca-core CPU configuration—two ARM Cortex-A72 cores for heavy workloads that require higher performance and two quad-core Cortex-A53 clusters, using different DVFS curves, for medium to light workloads where lower-power operation is desirable. MediaTek’s custom-developed, power-aware scheduler, CorePilot 3.0, still handles thread distribution. The differentiating factor is clock frequency, with peak frequencies increasing from 2.1GHz / 1.85GHz / 1.4GHz (A72 / A53 / A53) for the X20 to 2.6GHz / 2.0GHz / 1.6GHz for the new X27. The ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU runs at up to 780MHz in the X20 and X23 and up to 850MHz in the X25. The new X27 bumps the GPU frequency even higher to 875MHz, just shy of the 900MHz peak frequency used by HiSilicon’s Kirin 950/955 that also uses a Mali-T880MP4 GPU.

    MediaTek Helio X2x Family
    SoC MediaTek
    Helio X20
    (MT6797)
    MediaTek
    Helio X23
    MediaTek
    Helio X25
    (MT6797T)
    MediaTek
    Helio X27
    (MT6797X)
    CPU 2x Cortex-A72
    @2.1GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @1.85GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @1.4GHz
    2x Cortex-A72
    @2.3GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @1.85GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @1.4GHz
    2x Cortex-A72
    @2.5GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @2.0GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @1.55GHz
    2x Cortex-A72
    @2.6GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @2.0GHz

    4x Cortex-A53 @1.6GHz
    GPU ARM Mali-T880MP4
    @780MHz
    ARM Mali-T880MP4
    @850MHz
    ARM Mali-T880MP4
    @875MHz
    Memory
    Controller
    2x 32-bit @ 933MHz
    LPDDR3

    14.9GB/s b/w
    Encode/
    Decode
    encode:
    2160p30
    H.264 / HEVC w/HDR

    decode:
    2160p30 10-bit
    H.264 / HEVC / VP9
    Camera/ISP Dual ISP
    32MP @ 24fps (single camera)
    or
    13MP + 13MP @ 30fps (dual camera)
    Integrated
    Modem
     LTE Category 6
    DL = 300Mbps
    2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

    UL = 50Mbps
    1x20MHz CA, 16-QAM

    FDD-LTE / TD-LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / CDMA / GSM
    Mfc. Process 20SoC (planar)

    Both the Helio X23 and X27 are manufactured on the same TSMC 20nm process as the X20 and X25. It’s not clear if MediaTek made any implementation changes to push the X27 to higher frequencies, but the fact that its A72 cores can hit 2.6GHz on a 20nm planar process is interesting considering ARM only targets frequencies this high on 14nm/16nm FinFET processes.

    Other blocks within the X23 and X27, including MediaTek’s Imagiq ISP and integrated Category 6 modem, remain unchanged. The ISP still includes support for dual camera sensors, including color + monochrome configurations that can capture more light than a single color sensor, potentially improving low-light photography. There’s also a 3D depth engine built in to enable depth-of-field post-processing effects.

    Products using the new Helio X23 and X27 SoCs have yet to be announced, but MediaTek says smartphones using the new chips will be available soon.

  • Panasonic Develops IPS Panel with 1,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio, 1000 Nits Brightness (AnandTech)

    Panasonic has developed a new type of IPS liquid crystal panel that has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as a peak brightness of up to 1000 nits. Many LCD displays often advertise such contrast ratios which are measured against a dynamic backlight and are essentially meaningless, but in this case Panasonic is talking about the static contrast ratio of the display, which only reaches as high as 2000:1 on a typical IPS display. Little information is available about the technology at this point, but Panasonic claims that it is achieved by implementing pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity and that panels featuring the tech can be produced using contemporary LCD manufacturing facilities.

    One of the key advantages that OLED displays have over LCD displays is extremely high contrast ratio that results in superior blacks. The reason why OLEDs can display deeper blacks is simple: such panels do not use backlighting and can completely switch pixels off when they need to display blacks. By contrast, LCDs use backlighting that cannot be turned off on a pixel-by-pixel basis, which is why in many cases blacks look like dark greys.

    In the most optimal case, an LCD display will use full-array backlighting, where there are several LEDs placed directly behind the liquid crystal layer. This allows for a degree of control by performing local dimming of certain areas, which is how LCD televisions have managed to meet the standards required for HDR certification. However, the precision of the backlight control is not close to that of an OLED display which works at the pixel level. Even more common, especially in monitors and less expensive televisions, is the use of edge lighting where LEDs are placed along the edges of the display and the light is distributed across the panel using a guiding plate, which means you can really only control the overall brightness across the entire display.

    As it appears, Panasonic has found a way to substantially increase contrast ratio of IPS LCDs using a high-brightness backlight and a special layer of light-modulating cells that enable pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity. These cells are made of light-tolerant liquid crystal material that has different light-transmission properties compared to those used in the display cells. The layer of light-modulating cells is placed between the backlight and the LCD cells and thus can control light leakage. At a high level, one could think of them like gates placed behind each pixel on the display.

    Panasonic does not reveal many details about its light-modulating cells, but since it uses the term “cells”, it clearly indicates that we are dealing with a relatively thick layer of liquid crystals, not a thin layer of quantum dots (you can see an illustration from Nanosys (a company that produces quantum dot films that are currently used on Samsung TVs and displays) to compare “cells” versus “quantum dots”).

    Usage of a high-brightness backlight and a layer of light-modulating cells enable Panasonic to build display panels with up to 1000 nits brightness as well as a static contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. These figures mean that a black level of 0.001 nits should be possible, which is well beyond what even the best full-array backlit LCD displays can offer today.

    Panasonic claims that the addition of the layer can be done using the existing equipment for LCD manufacturing, but it's not clear how costly the technology will be to implement or if it requires further components to be added to the LCD stack. The company plans to offer displays featuring the new technology for various professional applications, such as video production, medical, automotive, engineering and so on. Given the positioning, it is obvious that the price of IPS displays with enhanced contrast will be well above that of mainstream monitors.

    Panasonic intends to start sample shipments of its new monitors in January, 2017, so the commercialization of the technology will not be too far off.

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  • Voici l'Apple Store de Saint-Germain (MacBidouille)

    Voici des photos de l'intérieur de l'Apple Store de Saint-Germain, qui ouvrira samedi.

    Il est petit, une surface proche de celui de Cap 3000 à Saint Laurent du Var.

  • Urgence Firefox et Tor Browser pour un exploit 0-day (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Découverte d'un exploit pour désanonymiser les utilisateurs du navigateur Tor Browser et tirant parti d'une vulnérabilité critique dans Firefox.
  • Seagate Revives Maxtor Brand for External Storage (AnandTech)

    UPDATE 12/1 9AM: Seagate confirmed Thursday that it decided to revive the Maxtor brand in a bid to sell value products. In the coming months the company plans to phase-out its inexpensive Samsung-branded products and Maxtor will take their place.

    Seagate has quietly started to sell Maxtor-branded external storage devices in various countries. At present, the company offers the Maxtor M3 and the Maxtor D3 Station DAS devices, which it also sells under the Samsung name (yes, you read that right - click here for proof). Right now, it is unclear for how long Seagate plans to use the trademark, which it has not touched for quite a while.

    Maxtor was a major maker of hard drives that was founded in 1982 and acquired by Seagate in 2006. In the early 2000s, Maxtor was the largest maker of HDDs in the world after its acquisition of HDD division from Quantum, but its advantages somewhat diminished by the middle of the decade due to various reasons, such as the lack of a comprehensive lineup of 2.5” hard drives in the product stack. Maxtor faced severe financial troubles for the most part of its history, and after it was acquired it was also plagued by quality problems as well as controversial management decisions. After Seagate took the company over in 2006, it did ship Maxtor-branded internal and external drives for a couple of years (in fact, external storage was a strong side of Maxtor), but eventually the trademark was dropped.

    Earlier this year Seagate decided to start using the Maxtor brand again to sell its M3 and D3 Station external storage products. Both of the DAS devices are also known as the Samsung M3 as well as the Samsung D3 Station which are available worldwide today. In fact, it is surprising to see that Seagate still uses the Samsung brand for hard drive products about five years after the acquisition of Samsung’s HDD business. Under the initial agreement, Seagate had rights to use the Samsung trademark for hard drives for 12 months following the buyout. Apparently, the two companies have amended the initial agreement as Seagate currently offers four Samsung-branded products for consumers. Meanwhile, the revival of the Maxtor brand could indicate that Seagate has begun to phase-out use of the Samsung trademark for its products, which is why it creates alternatives featuring a different brand (some may say that we are dealing with a plain re-badging).

    Seagate’s Maxtor DAS Lineup
    Product Capacity Interface Dimensions
    W×L×H (mm)
    Model Number
    M3 500 GB USB 3.0 82 × 112 × 17.5 STSHX-M500TCBM
    1 TB STSHX-M101TCBM
    2 TB STSHX-M201TCBM
    3 TB 82 × 118.2 × 19.85 STSHX-M301TCBM
    4 TB STSHX-M401TCBM
    D3 Station 2 TB 129.2 × 180.6 × 129.2 STSHX-D201TDBM
    3 TB STSHX-D301TDBM
    4 TB STSHX-D401TDBM
    5 TB STSHX-D501TDBM

    The Maxtor M3 external drive offers 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB capacities via a USB 3.0 interface. The top of the range Maxtor M3 model is based on the Spinpoint M10P 2.5”/15 mm HDD with five 800 GB platters featuring shingled magnetic recording technology at 5400 RPM spindle speed as well as 16 MB of cache. In the meantime, models with lower capacities use different hard drives and have smaller dimensions. The DAS comes with AutoBackup and SafetyKey software for automatic backup and protection.

    The Maxtor D3 Station uses two 2.5” HDDs to offer 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB and 5 TB capacities (as opposed to up to 6 TB offered by the Samsung D3 Station version). Just like the M3, the DAS uses a USB 3.0 interface both for data transfer and for power. In addition it also comes with AutoBackup and SafetyKey. Since the D3 Station is designed to serve essential storage needs, it is basically a JBOD device that does not offer any kind of RAID for additional performance or reliability (it also makes for an inconsistent performance profile).

    At present, Seagate uses its own brand to sell various external storage devices, the LaCie trademark for premium DAS products and the Samsung brand for select inexpensive external storage solutions. On Thursday the company said that it plans to continue using three brands for its external storage devices going forward with Maxtor taking the the place of Samsung. Seagate intends to add more products into the Maxtor lineup when it makes sense. The statement by Seagate reads as follows.

    "Seagate’s consumer strategy is to have three brands to serve our customers varied external storage needs. Seagate (mainstream), LaCie (premium/creative pro) and Maxtor (value)," the company indicated. "The Samsung external HDD line is indeed being transitioned to the revived Maxtor brand. We will continue to provide products under the Maxtor brand and evolve the line as it makes sense."

    At present, the Maxtor M3 and the Maxtor D3 Station products are available at Amazon and multiple other online and retail stores across the world.

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    Du spam avec le calendrier iCloud ? Apple a conscience du problème et présente ses excuses.
  • Un million de comptes Google compromis (MacBidouille)

    Des chercheurs en sécurité de la société Check Point ont découvert qu'un malware baptisé Gooligan s'attaque à des appareils sous Android afin de leur dérober identifiants et mots de passe aux comptes Google.
    Pour être précis, ce malware récupère le token (jeton) échangé lors de la connexion et permet ensuite à ses promoteurs d'accéder à tous les services de Google, Gmail, Google Drive.
    Il s'en prendrait à Android 4 et 5.

    Il y aurait plus d'un million de comptes compromis et chaque jour 13000 s'ajouteraient.

    Le seul moyen de se débarrasser de ce malware est de réinstaller sur les appareils touchés un système d'exploitation et seulement après de changer son mot de passe à ces services.

    Une page mise en place par Check Point permet de savoir si son compte a été compromis en rentrant son identifiant.

    https://gooligan.checkpoint.com


  • L'institut du film britannique va numériser d'anciens programmes TV (MacBidouille)

    Le British Film Institute, proche de notre INA en France, va s'attaquer à un colossal travail, numériser près de 100 000 programmes télévisuels dans les 9 prochaines années.
    Ces derniers sont actuellement stockés sur des supports proches de l'obsolescence et le but de la manœuvre est de sauvegarder ces mémoires du passé de la télévision.
    Il s'agit d'un travail colossal qui va accaparer des équipes entières à plein temps.

    Si nous vous parlons de cela, c'est également pour que vous songiez, avant qu'il ne soit trop tard, à récupérer également les choses qui pour vous ont une valeur historique et qui sont actuellement stockés sur des supports en voie de disparition.
    Nous pensons bien entendu aux films Super 8 mais également aux contenus des cassettes DV, VHS et même dans une moindre mesure les DVD et CD.

  • Les produits AirPort étaient les plus appréciés (MacBidouille)

    Comme vous le savez, et bien que ce ne soit pas encore officiel, Apple a abandonné la recherche et le développement de sa gamme de routeurs AirPort.
    Hasard du calendrier, une étude qui vient d'être publiée montre que c'étaient les produits ayant le plus haut niveau de satisfaction.

    Ayant eu chaque génération de produits AirPort et de Time Capsule, nous déplorons également cet abandon.

    Apple devrait d'ailleurs en profiter pour rendre Open Source le Firmware de ces bornes afin de permettre à d'autres de les améliorer et même d'en proposer des adaptations pour des produits concurrents.

  • Meizu Launches the PRO 6 Plus: 5.7-inch SAMOLED and Exynos 8890 SoC (AnandTech)

    Meizu added a new flagship phablet to its smartphone lineup today. The new 5.7-inch PRO 6 Plus is the direct successor to the PRO 5, but it incorporates the updated styling from the smaller 5.2-inch PRO 6. On paper at least, the PRO 6 Plus appears to be a definitive upgrade relative to Meizu’s previously released phones, unlike the PRO 6 which trailed the older PRO 5 in performance, battery life, and audio quality and failed to separate itself from the similar but less-expensive MX6.

    The PRO 6 Plus incorporates the same aluminum unibody construction and elegant styling as the PRO 6. The slightly raised, circular camera surround with Meizu’s circular, dual-tone LED flash ring below give the back of the PRO 6 Plus a distinct look. The plastic antenna strips are colored to better match the sandblasted aluminum chassis and stick close to the upper and lower edges to further minimize their appearance. Its rounded edges and radiused corners make it comfortable to hold, although its smooth finish makes it feel a bit slippery. The 2.5D edge-to-edge glass covering the front eliminates sharp edges, enhancing the smooth feel of the phone.

    What separates the design of the PRO 6 and PRO 6 Plus from so many other metal unibody phones, however, is Meizu’s attention to detail. Every edge and hole—the camera surround, ring flash, speaker holes—has a polished chamfer, and the single piece volume rocker and power button near the top of the right edge are inset into a polished groove. All of these extra machining features give the PRO 6 phones a premium look and feel.

    Meizu PRO 6 Series
      Meizu PRO 6 Meizu PRO 6 Plus
    SoC MediaTek Helio X25
    (MT6797T)

    2x Cortex-A72 @ 2.5GHz
    4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz
    4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
    Mali-T880MP4 @ 850MHz
    Samsung Exynos 8890

    64GB:
    4x Exynos M1 @ 2.0GHz
    4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
    Mali-T880MP10

    128GB:
    4x Exynos M1 @ 2.6GHz / 2.3GHz
    (1-2 core / 3-4 core load)
    4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.6GHz
    Mali-T880MP12
    RAM 4GB LPDDR3-1866 4GB LPDDR4-3666
    NAND 32GB / 64GB (eMMC 5.1) 64GB / 128GB (UFS 2.0)
    Display 5.2-inch 1920x1080 SAMOLED 5.7-inch 2560x1440 SAMOLED
    Dimensions 147.7 x 70.8 x 7.25 mm
    160 grams
    155.6 x 77.3 x 7.3 mm
    158 grams
    Modem MediaTek (Integrated)
    2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6)

    FDD-LTE / TD-LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / CDMA (China only) / GSM
    Samsung Shannon
    2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 12)

    FDD-LTE / TD-LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM
    SIM Size 2x NanoSIM (dual standby) 2x NanoSIM (dual standby)
    Front Camera 5MP, 1/4" OmniVision OV5695, 1.4μm, f/2.0 5MP, f/2.0
    Rear Camera 21.16MP, 1/2.4” Sony IMX230 Exmor RS, 1.12µm pixels, f/2.2, PDAF + Laser AF, HDR, dual-tone LED flash 12MP, 1/2.9” Sony IMX386 Exmor RS, 1.25µm pixels, f/2.0, PDAF + Laser AF, 4-axis OIS, HDR, dual-tone LED flash
    Battery 2560 mAh (9.73 Wh)
    non-replaceable
    3400 mAh
    non-replaceable
    Connectivity 802.11b/g/n/ac, BT 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS/GNSS, USB 3.1 Type-C 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS/GNSS, USB 3.1 Type-C
    Launch OS Android 6.0 with Meizu FlymeOS 5.2 Android 6.1 with Meizu FlymeOS 6

    The Meizu PRO 6 Plus, like the PRO 5 before it, uses a 5.7-inch SAMOLED display from Samsung; however, resolution increases to 2560x1440, which is a vast improvement over the PRO 5’s 1080p panel whose pixel density was insufficient to overcome the limitations of its PenTile subpixel arrangement. The display’s brightness ranges from 3 nits to 430 nits in direct sunlight when using the auto-brightness boost feature, according to Meizu. Although an APL value was not specified, I assume these are for 100% APL based on our measurements of the PRO 6, which achieves 436 nits at 100% APL and 512 nits at 50% APL.

    Meizu also claims 103% coverage of the NTSC color gamut, which is good news for people who prefer highly saturated, vivid colors. Meizu introduced several different screen modes, including a proper sRGB mode, in FlymeOS 5.2, along with a color temperature slider, to allow for some adjustment of the display’s output, although it’s unclear if these features carry over to FlymeOS 6.

    Most phones are now incorporating special night modes that filter out blue light for nighttime reading or low-light situations, and the PRO 6 Plus is no exception. It’s also the first Meizu phone to come with an always-on display (AOD) that shows the time, date, battery level, and notifications when the phone is locked. If enabled, Meizu claims it only consumes 1% of the battery’s charge per hour.

    Inside the PRO 6 Plus is an Exynos 8890 SoC. Meizu has used Samsung’s Exynos chips in previous phones, most recently the Exynos 7420 in the PRO 5, and with Snapdragon 820/821 off the table because of its ongoing licensing disagreement with Qualcomm, the Exynos 8890 is a logical choice. The octa-core CPU uses a big.LITTLE pairing of four low-power ARM Cortex-A53 cores and four higher-performance, custom Exynos M1 cores from Samsung. Core frequencies vary depending on which storage option is selected. The version with 64GB of UFS 2.0 NAND uses a lower-binned SoC that limits the peak frequency of the Exynos M1 cores to 2.0GHz and the A53 cores to 1.5GHz, while the version with 128GB of internal storage allows the A53 cores to run at 1.6GHz and the M1 cores to run at up to 2.3GHz when three to four cores are active or 2.6GHz for better single-threaded performance when only one or two cores are active. Both versions use an ARM Mali-T880 GPU and come with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, but the lower-binned SoC only includes ten cores instead of the Exynos 8890's usual twelve like in the 128GB version. While the amount of internal storage is reasonable, there’s no microSD support for storage expansion.

    The PRO 6 Plus’ 3400mAh battery is a little on the small side given its size. Huawei’s 5.9-inch Mate 9 comes with a 4000mAh battery, for example. Even several smaller 5.5-inch phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge (3600mAh), Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 Pro (4050mAh), and Meizu’s own M3 note (4100mAh) come with larger batteries. Meizu clearly prioritized thickness and weight over battery capacity, but we’ll have to wait and see how it performs in our battery tests before we can assess the impact of this decision. Regardless of how long the battery lasts, it should charge quickly thanks to Meizu’s mCharge fast charging technology that pulls up to 24W (8V/3A) at the wall.

    Around back is a 12MP camera based on Sony’s IMX386 Exmor RS sensor with 1.25µm pixels. It employs a hybrid autofocus system that combines the benefits of phase detection (PDAF), laser, and contrast methods. The PRO 6 Plus also includes 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), a first for Meizu, which should help improve low-light photography by allowing sharp exposures up to 0.25 seconds. Covering the camera sensor is a 6-element lens array with f/2.0 aperture. Meizu also says its improved image-enhancing algorithms and noise processing take full advantage of Samsung’s integrated ISP.

    One of the PRO 5’s best features was its excellent sounding audio subsystem. The PRO 6 took a more traditional approach and its results were disappointing by comparison. Fortunately, the PRO 6 Plus uses the same ESS Technology es9018k2m SABRE32 DAC as the PRO 5, which supports 16/24-bit audio from 44.1kHz to 192kHz with a dynamic range of 127dB and low noise. It also includes a dual-channel AD45275 power amplifier from Analog Devices.

    The PRO 6 Plus comes with a touch-based, capacitive fingerprint scanner integrated into the front-mounted home button along with Meizu’s pressure sensitive screen technology it calls 3D Press, which the PRO 6 and PRO 6s also include. Because the software API’s are proprietary, the ability to press an icon on the home screen and open a shortcut menu or press on a hyperlink, email, or text message to open a preview are generally limited to Meizu’s apps.

    In addition to 3D Press support, Meizu’s new FlymeOS 6 includes more than 400 new features, including the “One Mind” artificial intelligence engine that optimizes system performance by monitoring how the phone is used and prioritizes resources to the most used apps.

    The PRO 6 Plus is available in three different colors: gold, gray, and silver. The gold and silver colors come with a white front, while the darker gray color comes with a black front. You can also choose between 64GB (¥2,999) or 128GB (¥3,299) of internal storage. The integrated Samsung Category 12 LTE modem supports 5-mode operation (no CDMA) and the following frequency bands (no LTE support in the US): FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B7, TDD-LTE B38 / B39 / B40 / B41, WCDMA B1 / B2 / B5 / B8, TD-CDMA B34 / B39, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz. It will be available in many Asian and European countries in December.

  • ZOTAC VR GO Backpack PC Gets Priced: Core i7-6700T, GeForce GTX 1070, $1999 (AnandTech)

    ZOTAC this week plans to start sales of its VR GO backpack PC designed for virtual reality enthusiasts. The system uses a quad-core processor from Intel, and is equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics processor and comes with I/O capabilities, just like any normal desktop. The manufacturer plans to sell only fully configured VR GO backpacks for $1999, but the PCs can be upgraded by end-users themselves in a bid to meet their requirements.

    ZOTAC formally introduced its VR GO backpack PC earlier this month, but kept the final specifications under wraps. This week, the company revealed that the system will feature Intel’s Core i7-6700T CPU, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory (MXM module), 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM as well as a 240 GB M.2 SSD with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface from an undisclosed supplier. End-users can then upgrade the VR GO machines with a 2.5” SATA SSD (obviously, nobody wants a hard drive in a backpack PC due to extreme failure risks) as well as install up to 32 GB of DRAM. In theory, the CPU and the GPU could be swapped for higher-performance parts, but since the proprietary low-profile air cooling system was designed with the particular components (the i7-6700T and the GTX 1070) and TDP (150W) in mind, such upgrade would be considerably trickier.

    Meanwhile, I/O capabilities of the ZOTAC VR GO are clearly worth a mention as the system has an HDMI 2.0 output as well as two USB Type-A ports on top to connect a VR headset as well as four additional USB 3.0/3.1 Type-A ports, four display outputs (two HDMI 2.0, two DP 1.3), an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 module, two GbE ports, an SD card reader as well as two 3.5-mm audio jacks.

    ZOTAC VR GO Specifications
        ZBOX-VR7N70-W2B/W4B-BE/J/U/K
    CPU Intel Core i7-6700T
    4 cores/8 threads
    PCH unknown 100-series
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    2048 stream processors
    128 texture units
    64 ROPs
    256-bit memory interface
    8 GB of GDDR5 8 GT/s memory
    Memory Two SO-DIMM slots
    16 GB DDR4-2133 installed
    compatible with 
    up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133
    Storage 240 GB M.2/PCIe SSD
    + one extra 2.5"/SATA bay
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac + BT 4.2
    Ethernet 2 × GbE ports (Realtek)
    Display Outputs 3 × HDMI 2.0
    2 × DP 1.3
    Audio 3.5 mm audio in and 3.5 mm audio out
    USB 6 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
    Other I/O DC12V-out for HTC Vive
    Dimensions 410 mm × 270 mm × 76 mm
    16.14 × 10.63 × 2.99 inches
    Weight update: 4.95 kilograms
    PSU External
    Batteries 2 batteries, rated at 95Wh, 6600mAh
    OS Windows 10 Home
    Price $1999.99

    The ZOTAC VR GO can work autonomously for two hours (obviously, the figure depends on applications used) on two Li-ion batteries rated at 95Wh (6600mAh). The batteries can be hot-swapped and charged separately. When not in use as a backpack to play virtual reality games, the VR GO can be used like a normal desktop computer: its form-factor allows it to be placed on a desk either vertically or horizontally and all the ports will remain accessible.

    ZOTAC will sell its VR GO backpack PC with Windows 10 Home for $1999 in the U.S. The MSRP of the system is similar to the price of MSI’s VR One backpack computer that became available earlier this month. Each system has its own set of peculiarities, which is good as we see a competition in an emerging segment. For example, ZOTAC’s VR GO for $1999 has the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, whereas a comparable MSI’s VR One 6RD comes with the GeForce GTX 1060. On the other hand, MSI’s machine has a Thunderbolt 3 port and comes with Windows 10 Pro, whereas ZOTAC’s backpack has a desktop-friendly form-factor and more I/O ports, but uses Windows 10 Home. To sum up, VR enthusiasts now have at least two models of backpack PCs to choose from. Meanwhile, both are quite expensive for niche PCs.

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