Fawad Murtaza (Tech Writer)
Ich bin ein Technikfreak. Als Tech-Junkie geht meine Beziehung zur Technologie bis in meine Kindheit zurück. Als ich meinen ersten Intel Pentium 4 PC bekam, war das zugleich der Beginn meiner journalistischen Tätigkeit, die mich schließlich zu Notebookcheck brachte. Ich schreibe ich seit 2018 für verschiedene Tech-Medien. Von kleinen No-Name-Projekten bis hin zu Branchenführern habe ich bereits mit einer Reihe von Tech-Publikationen zusammengearbeitet.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) network is down, resulting in wide ranging internet outages
A major chunk of the Amazon Web Service (AWS) network is down, resulting in global internet issues. The issues are affecting Amazon’s in-house services like Alexa, as well as other sites like Facebook. Amazon says that it is working to get all the services back online.
AMD FX-6300, released in 2012, breaks an overclocking record as it hits 8 GHz
A serial overclocker going by the name of Yosarianilives has managed to overclock an AMD FX-6300 processor to 8 GHz. This is the first time that anyone has ever achieved such a high frequency on AMD’s six-core FX-6300 from 2012. Yosarianilives reportedly used a bus speed of 280.92 MHz and a multiplier of 28.5.
Google Pixel phones suffer privacy woes as phones sent for warranty repairs are getting hijacked
Some users are reporting that their Google Pixel phones, which they had mailed in for repairs, are getting stolen from the warehouses and their data compromised. A recent incident saw someone allegedly obtaining a Pixel 5a from a Google warehouse and using it to look at the victim’s private data.
eBay accidently deletes several user accounts
eBay accidentally deleted several user accounts on December 3. According to a tweet by eBay, the suspension was unintentional. After an outcry on Twitter and Reddit, the company resolved the issue the following day. eBay is now notifying banned users about recovering their accounts.
Sapphire introduces the GearBox 500 eGFX solution, a Thunderbolt 3 external GPU enclosure with a Radeon RX 6600 XT
Sapphire has released the GearBox 500 eGFX solution, a GPU enclosure with a built-in Pulse RX 6600 XT graphics card. The enclosure comes equipped with a 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port capable of 60 W Power Delivery (PD), two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a gigabit ethernet port. A 500 W PSU powers the eGFX solution.
Macy's, the famous US retail chain, auctions off Thanksgiving Day Parade NFTs
Macy’s is auctioning off NFTs to commemorate its 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade. The art pieces in the collection represent parade balloons from previous decades, going back to the 1920s. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
AT&T and Verizon decide to lower energy emissions of their 5G base stations to ease FAA's concerns over mid-band 5G waves potentially interfering with aircraft equipment
AT&T and Verizon have decided to limit the energy emitted by their 5G cell towers in response to Federal Aviation Administration's concerns over mid-band 5G potentially interfering with aircraft radio altimeters. Earlier this month, AT&T and Verizon pushed back the launch of their mid-band 5G to January 5, 2022, over issues raised by the FAA.
Big performance gains incoming to Windows notebooks as Intel starts shipping Alder Lake-P CPUs to laptop manufacturers
Intel has begun shipping its 12th gen Alder Lake-P mobile chips to laptop makers. Gregory M Bryant, Executive Vice President and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group, broke the news on Twitter. The Alder Lake-P chips are expected to come in two variants. The low-end Core i3 and Core i5 chips will have two Golden Cove performance cores, while the high-end Core i7 and i9 will rock up to six.
Oppo Reno7 SE specs leak before official launch
Oppo Reno7 SE specs have leaked before the phone's official launch. The phone will be rocking a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, and a triple camera system on the back.
Gigabyte releases tool to disable E-cores on Alder Lake processors
Gigabyte has released a new tool to fix DRM issues on Intel Alder Lake processors. Due to the presence of E-cores on 12th gen Intel CPUs, some games were performing poorly. The tool disables E-cores without needing the user to go to the BIOS.
Tesla users lose access to their cars due to app outages, Musk blames network traffic congestion
Some Tesla users were locked out of their cars on Friday due to global app outages. The outages were the result of the mobile app's inability to connect to the servers. Responding to a Tesla user, Musk blamed network congestion caused by an unexpected increase in traffic.
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G runs an outdated Android version, leaked user manual reveals
Samsung's cheapest 2022 5G phone, the Galaxy A13 5G, will reportedly launch with an outdated version of Android. According to the recent user manual leak, the A13 5G will be running on One UI 3 based on Android 11. Other notable specs of the phone include a triple camera system and a 5000 mAh battery.
Fisker announces all-electric SUVs with Tesla-beating range
Fisker, a US EV startup, has announced three all-electric SUVs. The two high-end models, the Ocean Extreme and the Ocean Ultra have reported ranges that trump the Tesla Model Y. Fisker will start production of the announced models in November 2022.
Fortnite quits China as the Chinese government tightens regulations of the games industry
Chinese servers of the popular game Fortnite stopped working on November 15 after the game failed to get approval from the Chinese government. This marks the end of Fortnite's three-year limited trial run in the country. Fortnite's failure to get approval is a byproduct of the Chinese government's tightened regulations of the games industry.
OnePlus Nord N20 5G renders break cover showcasing a brand new, iPhone-like design
Renders of the OnePlus Nord N20 5G, the successor to the affordable Nord N10 5G, have appeared online. The phone is expected to adorn an iPhone-like design with flat sides, a flat AMOLED display with a punch-hole selfie camera. There are three cameras on the back that are integrated separately into the body of the phone.
European Union toughens its stance against anti-competitive US tech firms as the General Court dismisses Google's appeal against a US$2.8 billion fine
European Union’s General Court has rejected Google’s appeal against a US$2.8 billion fine that the company had received in 2017. The fine was the result of the European Commission’s verdict that Google had broken antitrust law by giving preference to its own shopping comparison product in search results over other, potentially better alternatives.
Apple backs away from controversial iPhone 13 screen replacement procedure that breaks Face ID
Apple has decided to issue an update that will make iPhone 13 screen replacements a lot easier. Currently, iPhone 13 screen replacements break Face ID if the microcontroller attached to the old screen isn’t transferred to the new screen. After the update, screen replacements won’t require transferring the microcontroller.
Pokemon GO creator, Niantic, envisions a "real-world metaverse" as it releases an AR Developer Kit
Niantic, famous for developing games like Pokemon GO, has released an Augmented Reality Developer Kit (ARDK) for people who want to build AR games. The ARDK is available for free and allows developers to build upon Niantic's core technologies.
Robinhood, the popular no-fee trading app, suffers a security breach exposing details of millions of customers
Robinhood, the no-fee stock and crypto trading platform, has suffered a security breach. The breach was the result of a third party getting access to some of the company's customer support systems. Infiltrators stole five million email addresses and two million full names of Robinhood's customers.
Say goodbye to Exynos as rumors point to Samsung using Snapdragon chips in all Galaxy S22 models
Ex-Samsung employee turned insider Super Roader alleged that Samsung may be ditching the Exynos 2200 in favor of the Snapdragon 898. Until now, Samsung has shipped its flagship phones with Exynos chips in all markets except the US and some other countries where it uses Snapdragon SoCs. Reportedly, the ongoing chip shortage is making it hard for Samsung to procure enough Exynos chips for the upcoming Galaxy S22 phones.
Apple hires ex-Tesla engineer to work on its upcoming self-driving car
Apple has hired Christopher Moore, an ex-Tesla engineer, to work on its self-driving car. Moore's work will revolve around the software that will power the fully autonomous vehicle from Apple. This is not the first time that Cupertino has hired former Tesla employees. Last year, Apple employed Stuart Bower who has previously led Tesla's Autopilot program.
Tesla recalls over 11,000 electric cars after issues caused by a faulty software update
Tesla has issued a recall for more than 11,700 cars. The recall follows a faulty software update that Tesla rolled out to its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta program. After the update, users reported unexpected activation of the automatic emergency brakes and false forward-collision warnings.
Global chip shortage hits Apple hard as it reduces iPad production in favor of the iPhone 13
Apple has reduced iPad production by 50% to boost the iPhone 13 inventory. The move is Apple's attempt to mitigate the effects of global chip shortages that have resulted in fewer iPhone 13 shipments amid increasing demand. Consumers will now have to wait up to six weeks to get their hands on an iPad.
Apple plans to bring a life-saving Google Pixel feature to the iPhone and the Apple Watch
Apple is planning to bring a car crash detection feature to the iPhone and the Apple Watch in 2022. According to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the feature would work similarly to the Apple Watch's fall detection and would call the emergency services if there is a car crash. Pixels have had crash detection for years.
Apple's App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy that requires apps to ask for users' permission before collecting their data has cost social media companies US$9.85 billion. Social media sites including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube were all affected. Snapchat suffered the biggest blow to its business as it lost the most percentage revenue.
Samsung improves the Galaxy Watch4 to fight the Apple Watch Series 7 with a new update
Samsung is rolling out a new update to the Galaxy Watch4 to consumers in the US, the Netherlands, and a few other regions across the globe. The update brings new watch faces, support for backups, and an improved heart rate measurement algorithm. The update also carries the November security patch.
Apple loses the title of "the most valuable company in the world" to Microsoft after its Q4 revenue fails to meet expectations
Apple's Q4 revenue has fallen short of expectations, allowing Microsoft to become the most valuable company for the first time since July 2020. Apple earned US$83.36 billion with an annual growth of 29%. iPhone sales contributed US$38.87 billion, growing 47% year-over-year. Mac and iPad revenue also grew and came in at US$9.18 billion and US$8.25 billion respectively, representing a 1.6% and 21.4% annual growth.
Land Rover introduces a fully-electric Range Rover due to come out in 2024
Land Rover recently announced that its Range Rover SUV will have an all-electric drivetrain in 2024. The company also took the wraps off its new Range Rover model. The 2022 model will come with Amazon Alexa, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wiresless charging pad, along with two big touchscreens.
Ransomware group involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack hacked by the FBI
REvil, a Russian-led ransomware group that was involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack, has been hacked and its website was taken down by the FBI. The bureau, along with the Secret Service and partner countries, managed to infiltrate the group's infrastructure and compromise its backups. The anti-ransomware operation is part of a larger initiative by the US government to curb cyberattacks on the country's facilities.
US lawmakers threaten Amazon with a criminal probe over the company's alleged misuse of third-party seller data and search result manipulation
US lawmakers from the House of Representatives have written a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy demanding evidence in support of the company's 2020 congressional testimony. Recently, reports from Reuters and The Markup alleged that the company uses third-party seller data to copy popular products and manipulate search results to favor its private label products. These reports go against the congressional testimony that the company executives gave in 2020.
Hacking group based in Iran continues to target US citizens, Google reports
A hacking group named APT35 has been targeting important US citizens and institutions since 2017. The group was involved in targeting former US President Donald Trump's election campaign staff during the 2020 elections. Google's Threat Analysis Group continues to monitor APT35 and 270 other independent and government-backed hacking groups.
The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than Apple
Bitcoin's recent price surge has sent the cryptocurrency market to an all-time high. The crypto market is now worth more than Apple, thanks to Bitcoin's price hike. Since the start of October, Bitcoin has increased by more than 30% of its value. This has put the currency on track to break its previous price record by the end of 2021.
Samsung starts mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM
Samsung has begun mass producing its 14nm DDR5 DRAM with cutting-edge EUV technology. Samsung's five-layer EUV process has allowed it to achieve the highest DDR5 DRAM bit density in the industry with 20% productivity enhancement. The DDR5 DRAM also draws up to 20% less power than the previous DRAM node.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra dummy unit makes an appearance
The design of Samsung's next big flagship phone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, has been leaked thanks to a dummy unit. The unit shows a phone that looks like a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra successor. The phone will have a curved screen, p-shaped camera housing, power and volume keys on the right side, and the S-pen slot.
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G with MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC spotted on Geekbench, launch expected soon
Samsung is looking to bring more entry-level 5G handsets to the market. The company's yet unannounced Galaxy A13 5G appeared on Geekbench. This budget, 5G offering from Samsung will come with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC and 4 GB of RAM in the base model.
Samsung brings RAM Plus to more phones and tablets increasing RAM capacity by 4GB
Samsung is rolling out its RAM Plus feature to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. RAM Plus increases smartphone memory capacity by using 4GB of internal storage. Initially, the feature was only available to the Galaxy A52s 5G. Samsung is now rolling out RAM Plus to more smartphones and tablets.