Tech News – AMD Radeon Pro Duo + Xiaomi Mi 6 + Instagram Shutdown + New Samung Displays

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New video on the channel. This of course is a brand new episode of Tech
News. The series on this channel where I give you
the rundown on some of the top tech news topics of the day or week. In this video I’ve got a few interesting
things to talk about so let’s get right into it. AMD Launches The New Radeon Pro Duo. AMD announced the Radeon Pro Duo graphics
card targeting the professional consumer market. This new GPU is based on the fourth-generation
Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and can perform graphic and arithmetic instructions
in parallel. The benefit of the dual GPU Radeon Pro Duo
graphics card is that designers can now use two software packages simultaneously. Professionals can take advantage of the parallel
computing power of the Radeon Pro Duo graphics card to accelerate compute-intensive tasks
in computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, and other applications that support OpenCL. Even if your application doesn’t support
multi-GPU acceleration, this professional graphics card makes it possible to dedicate
one GPU to the functions of separate applications concurrently, or to work with multiple 4K
video streams in real-time. According to AMD, live content creation using
the first GPU, with real-time rendering and/or ray tracing on the second GPU, is now possible. The Pro Duo, announced on Monday, is based
on the Polaris architecture. It provides 11.45 teraflops of single-precision
performance, which is a downgrade from the 16 teraflops of performance offered by last
year’s Pro Duo, based on the Fiji architecture. Performance usually goes up with each new
GPU generation, but AMD opted to lower the power draw and the number of processing cores
in the Pro Duo; as result, the product generates less heat. The Pro Duo draws 250 watts of power, compared
to 350 watts by its predecessor. The launch price of the Pro Duo is also $500
less than its predecessor. The new graphics card will start at $999 and
ship worldwide by the end of May. Onto other news, Xiaomi’s new Mi 6 was showcased
last week and the needed info has been released. Xiaomi has announced its latest flagship phone,
the Mi 6, at an event in Beijing. While Xiaomi drew widespread attention last
year with its impressive bezelless Mi Mix phone, the regular Mi line is a more mainstream
affair, and that’s reflected here in the Mi 6’s design and pricing. That’s not to say that Xiaomi is skimping
on the specs. The Mi 6 has a Snapdragon 835 processor, the
top-end Qualcomm chip only previously seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and announced in
the Sony XZ Premium, which isn’t coming out until summer. There’s 6GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch display
as seen on the Mi 5, and a 3350mAh battery. Xiaomi is also including a 12-megapixel dual-camera
array that takes Apple’s approach of pairing the regular wide-angle lens with one of double
the focal length. The design on the phone can be called simplistically
beautiful. One thing to keep in mind is that this phone
comes with top of the line specs for a very low budget price. The Mi 6 starts at 2499 yuan (about $360)
for a model with 64GB of storage, and a 128GB model will cost 2899 yuan ($420); that makes
it a little more expensive than the Mi 5, which started at 1999 yuan. A Mi 6 variant with a ceramic back panel and
128GB of storage will sell for 2999 yuan ($435). Moving on, Instagram experienced a one-hour
outage Yesterday. For a short while yesterday, Logging into would bring up either a server error, or it would take a long time to load. Instagram has confirmed the outage but has
not clarified what caused the down time. The outage appears to have started around
1:30PM ET. As for the reason why the site went down no
reason was actually given, but let’s hope the people working with it’s system have
done something to prevent this from happening again in the future. In more mobile related news, Samsung and LG
are rumored to be working on phone screens that curve on all four sides. According to a report from Etnews in Korea,
Samsung is working on a screen that would blend into all four sides of their smartphones. The company has reportedly started development
of a four-sided curved display, which will theoretically allow for more than 98 percent
of the visible front of the phone to be used as a screen. That said, it could be a while before we see
a full face Infinity Display on a Samsung device. The report notes that the lamination process
of manufacturing the screen currently has some issues that need to be solved before
it hits the market, including the fact that currently, with a four-sided curved display,
the corners of the screen aren’t able to register touchscreen inputs. Lastly, it seems that Samsung isn’t the
only one working on a totally curved display — LG is reportedly also developing its own
version of the technology as well. If this is indeed true I’m really interested
in seeing how this actually turns out and how the devices will look. Next up, ZTE has announced a 6-inch Android
Nougat phone for $130. ZTE announced its new Max XL phone today,
a Boost Mobile exclusive that features a 6-inch Full HD display and Android Nougat 7.1.1. The phone will cost only $129.99. So here are a few specs that we are getting
with this device. 1.4GHz Qualcomm octa-core processor
2GB of RAM; 16GB of storage, expandable up to 128GB
3,990mAh battery 13-megapixel rear-facing camera; 5-megapixel
front-facing camera Includes headphone jack and rear fingerprint
sensor And USB-C
Moving on, Waymo’s self-driving minivans are now offering rides to real people in Arizona. Starting today, residents of the greater Phoenix
metropolitan area can sign up to go for a ride in a self-driving minivan. As often as they want. For free. Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun off
from Google late last year, announced today that it’s offering its services to members
of the public for the first time. Waymo is calling it an “early rider program,”
intent on cataloguing how on-demand, driverless cars will factor into people’s everyday
lives. Interested participants can sign up on the
company’s website, and Waymo will select riders depending on the the types of trips
they want to take and their willingness to use the self-driving service as their primary
mode of transportation. Onto our next news bit, Sony’s XA1 is now
available for preorder for $299.99. Sony’s “super mid-range” Xperia XA1
phone is now available to preorder through Amazon and Best Buy. It’ll go on sale at other retailers, like
B&H and Fry’s, on May 1st. The company announced the device during Mobile
World Congress this year. Here are the specs : 5-inch, 720p HD display
MediaTek Helio P20 processor 3GB of RAM; 32GB of storage
23-megapixel rear-facing camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera
2,300mAh battery And also USB-C
The XA1 and the larger XA1 Ultra also feature something called “Xperia Actions,” which
Sony says can learn users’ habits to automatically change settings and manage apps. For instance, the phone’s software could
learn your bedtime and automatically adjust screen brightness and volume. And now onto the final news story for today,
Apple has reportedly hired AR and VR expert Jeff Norris from NASA. Apple has hired NASA augmented and virtual
reality expert Jeff Norris, Bloomberg reports, to build AR and VR projects for the company. Bloomberg says Norris apparently joined Apple’s
augmented reality team earlier this year as a senior manager reporting to former Dolby
Labs executive Mike Rockwell. It’s not clear exactly what Norris will
be doing at Apple, but Rockwell’s team is supposedly working on AR glasses that may
function like a new version Google Glass, and won’t be revealed until 2018 at the
earliest. But that’s not the only bit of AR technology
that Apple is working on. Tim Cook has repeatedly talked of AR’s potential,
saying last July that the company was “high on AR in the long run,” and confirming this
year that he saw it as a “big idea like the smartphone.” And that’s all for today’s tech news video. If you liked it, learnt anything new or want
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  1. This video was recorded and edited on Tuesday 25th April 2017. The video has gone up one day late but the information still stands as true

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