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Kishalaya has almost a decade's worth of experience in tech journalism, having written thousands of news, guides, features, and reviews for multiple American, Canadian, and Indian blogs. As a tech buff, he loves to build his own PCs and flash custom ROMs on his Android devices. Apart from tech, his interests include automobiles and sports.
Laptops, keyboards, gaming chairs, RGB lights, and so much more.
Razer announced a slew of new hardware products and updated software during RazerCon 2023 this week. The new lineup includes laptops, keyboards, gaming chairs, RGB lights, and even luxury clothing. The company also announced updates to some of its software offerings, including Axon, Synapse, and Chroma. The announcements follow the launch of the BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed headset and the Viper V3 HyperSpeed gaming mouse earlier this month.
Microsoft is doubling down on AI features for Edge.
Microsoft is rolling out Edge 118 in the beta channel with a number of new features, including an AI-powered 'smart find' option that the company claims would make it easier for users to search for a word or phrase on a webpage. It is one of the many AI features coming to the fledgling browser, including the AI-powered writing assistance tool that promises to make it easier to rewrite text. The latest version also changes the way the browser notifies users about available updates and introduces a new SmartScreen policy that offers admins more control over their downloads.
A portable mini keyboard and another with a full-size layout.
Mechanical keyboard maker Cherry has expanded its entry-level portfolio with the launch of new affordable wireless keyboards, the KW 7100 MINI BT and the KW 3000. As evident from its name, the former is a mini keyboard aimed at mobile working, while the latter is a full-size keyboard meant for workplaces and home offices. Both are available for purchase from today on Amazon.
RTX 50 series rumors have already started flying thick and fast.
The RTX 4090 is already the fastest graphics card in the world, making it a great option not only for gamers, but also creators, AI applications, and professionals. However, Nvidia is now working on its next-gen GPU lineup, and a new leak has now seemingly revealed a few details about the RTX 5090, which is expected to be the top dog in the RTX 50 series.
A lot less grunt for $100 less.
Asus launched the ROG Ally gaming handheld earlier this year as a rival to Valve's Steam Deck. At launch, only the top-spec model powered by the AMD Z1 Extreme APU was available for purchase, priced at $700. Now, the company has finally launched the base model powered by the AMD Z1 chip, offering a slightly more affordable option for gamers on a budget.
Expect deep discounts on a number of products across various categories.
Amazon has announced that its Prime Big Deal Days will be held on October 10-11. This will be the second major sales event for the company this year after its regular Prime Day in July. The retailer has also announced that it will offer deep discounts during the event on a number of products across many categories, including fashion, home, electronics, toys, and more. Announcing the upcoming sales event, Jamil Ghani, the vice president of Amazon Prime, said that it will offer Prime members "yet another way to save, with deals on some of the most wanted gifts of the season."
The next-gen CPUs will be announced next week.
Intel is expected to announce its 14th-gen Core 'Raptor Lake Refresh' desktop processors at its Innovation 2023 event on September 19 before making them available for purchase on October 17. Multiple leaks over the past few weeks have already revealed much of their key specifications, including clock speeds, core configurations, TDPs, and more. The latest leak now gives us an insight into their probable pricing, and there's both good news and bad for potential buyers.
The Studio 2 will be unveiled on September 21.
Microsoft is expected to announce a slew of new Surface devices at its upcoming event next week, and the star of the show is likely to be the Surface Laptop Studio 2. It has long been rumored to feature a 13th-gen Intel Core i7 processor alongside RTX 40-series GPUs and 64GB of memory, which would be a first in a Surface product. A massive leak has now seemingly confirmed some of these specifications, as well as revealed the display specs and some other details about the upcoming device.
Will the minor price cut be enough for the RTX 4070 to compete against the RX 7800 XT?
Nvidia has been feeling the heat in the all important mid-range following the launch of the Radeon RX 7800 XT, and the company is seemingly doing something about it. According to a new report, the GeForce RTX 4070, which is a direct competitor to AMD's aforementioned GPU, could soon see a price cut across all brands and models. For now, though, only a couple of Nvidia's board partners - Gigabyte and Zotac - are offering a discount on the card, while the rest are still selling it at its advertised price.
The Raptor Lake Refresh lineup will be announced next week.
Intel is set to announce its 14th-gen Core 'Raptor Lake Refresh' desktop processors later this month as an iterative upgrade over last year's Raptor Lake lineup. Much has already been leaked about the upcoming processors, including the names and key specifications of most of the top-end SKUs like the Core i9-14900K that's expected to be the new flagship. Now, a new leak claims that the new CPUs will be available for purchase from next month.
The 'Raptor Lake Refresh' chips are launching later this month.
Intel is set to announce its next-gen desktop CPU lineup later this month as an upgrade over the 13th-gen 'Raptor Lake' series that was launched late last year. Called 'Raptor Lake Refresh,' the upcoming lineup has been in the news often in recent weeks, thanks to multiple leaks that have revealed some key details, including core counts and clock speeds of some of the mosts notable SKUs, including the flagship Core i9-14900K. Now, a new leak has seemingly revealed the key specifications of the entire lineup.
Budget-friendly headset with high-end features.
Razer today announced the BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed headset for gamers looking for a budget-friendly option without compromising on features and audio quality. The new device will sit a step below the BlackShark V2 Pro (2023), which we think is one of the best gaming headsets in the market at its price point.
Apple is believed to be developing its own modem and wireless chips to reduce dependence on third-party chipmakers and increase profit margins.
Apple has long been rumored to ditch Qualcomm in favor of its own in-house 5G modems in iPhones, and a reputable analyst has now claimed that the change could happen in 2025. The company was earlier rumored to make the switch in 2024, but multiple delays due to unspecified reasons mean that next year's iPhones are still likely to ship with Qualcomm-made modems.
Opera browser's 'Aria' AI chatbot can write custom bios and give tips on how to launch a streaming career
Aria is available on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
The Opera GX browser is getting an AI chatbot called 'Aria' that could answer questions, write code, and even give you all the details you need about the latest updates to popular games. The software is aimed at largely at gamers, allowing them to get gaming news and tips directly within their browser. It comes with Opera's proprietary Composer architecture that is underscored by OpenAI's ChatGPT, but Opera states that the technology can be used to connect with other AI models to expand Aria's functionality in the future.
The 1st-gen Core Ultra chips are coming next year.
Earlier this year, Intel announced a major rebrand for its processors in over a decade. Starting with the Meteor Lake lineup, the 'Core i' nomenclature will give way to 'Core Ultra' for high-end chips, while the more mainstream parts will move from the "i3/i5/i7/i9" branding to a "Core 3/5/7/9" naming convention. Prior to this week, we already knew a few things about the 1st-generation Core Ultra family, but a new leak has now revealed more details about a few of the SKUs in the upcoming lineup.
The next-gen CPUs are expected to be announced later this month.
Intel is expected to launch its Raptor Lake Refresh CPU lineup later this month, and recent leaks have already revealed several details about it. Earlier this year, a report is believed to have revealed the specifications of at least three unlocked K-series Raptor Lake Refresh desktop SKUs, including the Core i9-14900K, i7-14700K, and i5-14600K. Now, a new leak seemingly confirms some of the leaked specs and also gives us some insight into the performance of the flagship SKU - the Core i9-14900K.
All in the name of turning X into an "everything app."
The social media platform formerly known has Twitter has undergone a multitude of changes in the one year since Elon Musk bought it for a reported $44 billion, including a sudden and unexpected name change to 'X.' Despite the initial concerns over Musk's erratic policies, the site has reportedly seen an increase in user engagement over the past year, and major advertisers that ditched the platform in droves just a few months earlier, are said to be returning in recent months.
The Ryzen 8000-series is expected to launch in 2024.
AMD is expected to release its Ryzen 8000-series 'Strix Point' APUs next year, featuring a combination of Zen 5 CPU cores and RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics. Earlier leaks already revealed several key details about them, including the CPU core count, and now another massive leak has seemingly revealed the full GPU core count of what is likely a Strix Point engineering sample.
The cross-platform chat feature is reportedly going away, having been rolled out with much fanfare less than three years ago.
Meta is reportedly all set to end the cross-app messaging support between Instagram and Facebook Messenger. The feature was rolled out back in 2020 with much fanfare when Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced the cross-platform messaging feature, making it easier for Instagram users to message their Facebook friends, and vice-versa. However, that feature is now seemingly going away after less than three years.
Fairly-procured and recycled materials, highly repairable design, and long-term software support.
Fairphone - the brand known for offering highly repairable and sustainable products with long-term software support commitments, has just announced its latest smartphone. Like its predecessors, the Fairphone 5 comes with relatively middle-of-the-line hardware, but offers a ton of features that could make it an attractive proposition for the environmentally conscious. To start off, the device is said to be made out of 70 percent fairly-sourced and recycled materials, and is built by workers who the company claims are paid a "living wage." According to the official Fariphone 5 listing page, the device comes with more than 70 percent "fair focus or recycled materials," including fairly-procured minerals.