AT&T unleashes drones to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief

Flooded Lake Forest area of New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina with buildings burning uncontrolled in the background.

As residents on or near the coast of Texas continue to try to pick up the pieces of devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, the ability to communicate to the outside world has become more and more important. Yesterday, AT&T deployed a fleet of 46 drones to inspect areas in South Texas that have been impacted. The key goals for the deployment were to check out all the towers, determine the network impact and ensure that customers continue to be able to speak to their loved ones.  A total of 26 drones were sent the day before, prior to sending out the 46 drones yesterday.  AT&T…Read More

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Archos unleashes more than half a dozen smartphones at IFA 2017

Archos is a French brand with announcements that often go under the radar. The company is at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and we can’t miss the massive amount of new devices that the manufacturer is introducing. Archos is unveiling its incredibly cheap smartphone series Access along with just a bit more expensive Archos Core 50. The rugged Sense series welcomes a new smartphone and a new tablet while the star of the show is the Archos Diamond Alpha+ and its 10.1″ slate sibling the Archos Diamond Tab. Archos Access and Archos Core The Archos Access is offered in four different…

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MediaTek unleashes two new mid-range chipsets – the Helio P23 and the Helio P30

As we told you before, MediaTek announced two new chipsets to the SoC market today – the Helio P23 and the Helio P30. Devices with the ICs will hit the market in the last quarter of 2017, but the P30 will be available only in China. Helio P23 Helio P30 CPU 4 Cortex A53 cores @ 2.3 GHz, 4 Cortex A53 cores @ 1.65 GHz 4 Cortex A53 cores @ 2.3 GHz, 4 Cortex A53 cores @ 1.65 GHz GPU Mali G71MP2 @770MHz Mali G71MP2 @950MHz Camera/ISP 13 MP + 13 MP Dual / 24 MP Single 16 MP + 16 MP Dual / 25 MP Single …

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Sony unleashes Android 7.1.1 update for the Xperia Z5, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet

After a brief hiccup, the Android 7.0 update for the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet rolled out in February this year. Now comes the sequel – 7.1.1 is being received by these same devices as we speak. The build number of the new update is 32.4.A.160 and it brings the Android security patch level to June 1, 2017. Xperia Z5 Dual’s About screen after the update Among the new features is Xperia Assist (an introduction and some tips for your phone, plus Stamina mode control). Image processing has reportedly been improved, but the laggy call log has not. Via

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Apple Unleashes the iMac Pro, Its ‘Most Powerful Mac Ever’

Apple is giving its iMac lineup a huge upgrade when it comes to graphics capabilities and performance enhancements, the company announced during its WWDC ‘17 keynote address. Additionally, Apple gave a sneak peek at the all-new iMac Pro, what it calls the “the most powerful Mac ever made.”

iMac Updates

The entire iMac lineup is getting a boost, including a 43 percent brighter Retina display that will support over 1 billion colors. In addition, the 2-in-1 desktops will be equipped with Intel’s latest 7th generation Kaby Lake processors. The 21.5-inch iMac can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, while the larger 27-inch model tops out at 64GB of RAM.

The iMac lineup’s GPUs are getting a boost, too. The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac will be equipped with an Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics cards, while the 4K 21.5-inch model will be outfitted with the Radeon Pro 555 or 560 GPUs. The 27-inch 5K iMac will also have a choice between the Radeon Pro 570, 575 and 580 GPUs — with a maximum of 8GB of VRAM available. The physical design of the iMac lineup remains relatively unchanged, but the latest 2-in-1 desktops will be equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Ports — the first Apple desktop to receive the new standard.

The new iMac lineup is available starting today. The 21.5-inch, entry-level model will start at $ 1099, while the 4K 21.5-inch model is priced at $ 1299.

iMac Pro

Alongside the incremental iMac upgrades, Apple also gave a sneak peek of the iMac Pro — a desktop that the company calls “the most powerful Mac ever made.” The new machine will combine professional workstation-level performance with Apple’s popular and convenient iMac design. To help the desktop stand out even more, it’ll ship in an all-new space gray finish.

The iMac Pro will feature Intel’s next-generation Xeon processors — with available configurations up to 18 cores. It’ll also feature all-flash and innovation thermal architecture, giving the iMac Pro up to 80 percent more cooling capacity. On the GPU side, the iMac Pro will come with the Radeon Pro Vega graphics card — which will be the most advanced GPU ever put into a Mac. The iMac Pro will support up to 4TB of SSD storage and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and will feature four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a 10Gb Ethernet port. Like the standard 27-inch iMac, it’ll also pack Apple’s 5K Retina display with support for one billion colors.

All in all, the platform will allow for extremely high performance for “advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering.” And perhaps, most of all, the machine cements Apple’s commitment to its pro community. The iMac Pro will start at $ 4999, and is slated to ship in December.

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