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July 20 2018 - WAN Show Document

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro throttles bad

Source 1: captain_to_fire https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949507-more-details-about-the-throttling-issues-of-the-15-core-i9-macbook-pro-this-time-with-final-cut-pro-x/

Source 2: https://9to5mac.com/2018/07/18/how-macbook-pro-throttles-with-final-cut-pro-x/

Source 3: Hunter 259 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949039-core-i9-macbook-pro-throttles-so-hard-its-slower-than-last-years-i7-model/


  • Some degree of thermal throttling on laptops as thin as the MacBook Pro is to be expected, but issue has been taken with the amount of throttling present in the new 6-core Core i9 models.

    • Base clock: 2.9 GHz

    • Turbo Boost: 4.8 Ghz

    • TDP: 45W

  • 9to5 Mac tested thermal throttling by exporting videos from Final Cut Pro X

    • The video was 4 min, 4K, 60 FPS

    • The video exported in 5 mins 30s

    • Throttling was severe enough to knock the CPU down to idle (800MHz)

  • The cheapest Core i9 MacBook Pro is $2,700.

    • If you max out the GPU, RAM, and SSD, the price is nearly $7000 after tax.

  • Fellow tech youtuber David Lee made a video that shows the Mac running Adobe Premiere Pro at clock speeds of only around 2.2GHz rather than the advertised 2.9GHz speed.

    • "Forget about Turbos and all that stuff, it can't even maintain the 2.9GHz base clock, which is absurd. This CPU is an unlocked, over-clockable chip, but all of that CPU potential is wasted inside this chassis, or more the thermal solution that's inside here."


New MacBook Pro Keyboard DOES have crumb protection

Source 1: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/19/apple-confirms-2018-mbp-keyboard-prevents-debris/

Source 2:


  • In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, Apple has confirmed that the third-generation keyboard on 2018 MacBook Pro models is equipped with a "membrane" to "prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism."

  • Publicly, Apple has only confirmed that 2018 MacBook Pro models feature an "improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing," but many suspected that the silicon membrane was actually to prevent "contaminant ingress"

    • aka crumbs

  • Third-generation keyboards will not be offered as replacements under its service program for 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro second-generation keyboard repairs


Ryzen 3000 series might have more than 8 cores

Source 1: 19_blackie_73 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949649-ryzen-3000-series-might-have-more-than-8-cores/

Source 2: https://www.techpowerup.com/246100/msi-drops-first-hint-of-amd-increasing-am4-cpu-core-counts


  • MSI may have dropped the first hint that AMD is bringing more than 8 cores to the socket AM4 mainstream-desktop platform, mentioning that their upcoming motherboards based on the AMD B450 chipset support 8-core "and up" CPU in a marketing video.

  • AMD will get its next opportunity to tinker with its CPU micro-architecture with "Zen 2," being built on the 7 nm silicon fabrication process.

  • If AMD decides to stick with the CCX approach to multi-core processors, the company could increase per-CCX core counts.

    • A 50 percent core-count increase enables 12-core processors, while a 100 percent increase brings 16-cores to the AM4 platform.

  • The MSI video confirms that these >8-core processors will have backwards-compatibility with existing 400-series chipsets, even if they launch alongside newer 500-series chipset.


What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week.

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Rumour: New Intel chips will have SOLDERED IHS

Source 1: Nicnac https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/948796-new-intel-chips-will-have-soldered-ihs-dropping-august-1st/

Source 2: https://wccftech.com/intel-9th-gen-coffee-lake-refresh-cpus-1st-august-launch-rumor/


  • Rumour has it Intel is going to announce their Coffee Lake Refresh family for LGA 1151 platform on 1st August.

  • There are rumors of a 6 core CPU with a soldered integrated heat spreader that can reach overclocking speeds of up to 5.5 GHz.

    • Currently, the Intel Core i7-8086K can touch up to 5.3 GHz.


WD Shutting Down Hard Drive Factory

Source 1: AlfaProto https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949092-western-digital-shutting-down-hard-drive-factory/

Source 2: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/17/western_digital_petaling_jaya_malaysia/


  • Western Digital will close its hard disk drive factory in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by the end of 2019, citing lack of demand.

  • WD will be left with two disk drive manufacturing plants, both in Thailand

    • The Malaysian plant is in the middle in terms of size

  • “The data technology industry is undergoing substantial change.

    • This market transformation is driving increased adoption of SSDs and NAND flash in traditional HDD applications.

    • Western Digital plans to expand SSD manufacturing in Penang. The company is in the final stages of commissioning its second SSD facility in Penang (Malaysia), which will go into production in the coming months.


Google fined $5 billion by EU

Source 1: SC2Mitch https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949115-update-google-to-be-fined-5-billion-dollars-by-the-eu-for-breaching-antitrust-laws/

Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17580694/google-android-eu-fine-antitrust


  • Google has been hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws.

  • The European Commission says Google has abused its Android market dominance in three key areas:

    • bundling its search engine and Chrome apps into the operating system.

    • blocking phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android

      • Google “did not provide any credible evidence that Android forks would be affected by technical failures or fail to support apps.”

    • making “payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundle the Google search app on handsets.

  • The European Commission wants Google to bring its “illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner within 90 days of the decision.”

    • Google will need to stop forcing manufacturers to preinstall Chrome and Google search in order to offer the Google Play Store on handsets.

  • Google now says it will appeal the decision.


Corning announces Gorilla Glass 6

Source 1: QrQR7Wp5r8iN https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949271-corning%E2%80%99s-new-gorilla-glass-6-announced/

Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/7/18/17587084/corning-gorilla-glass-6-phone-screen-durability-announcement-features


  • Corning has announced the release of Gorilla Glass 6, claiming the glass will survive up to 15 drops from a one meter height, and can be “up to two times better” than Gorilla Glass 5.

    • Gorilla Glass 6 can survive drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops

  • Gorilla Glass 6 will have the same amount of scratch resistance as previous generations.

  • Gorilla Glass 6 is in production now and available to smartphone makers.

    • It’s expected to reach the market in the next several months.

Samsung announces first LPDDR5 Chip

Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/948928-samsung-announces-first-lpddr5-chip-at-up-to-64gbps-per-pin-data-rates-and-up-to-30-reduced-power-consumption/

Source 2: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13084/samsung-announces-first-lpddr5-64gbps-data-rates


  • Samsung has completed fabrication, functional testing, and validation of a prototype 8Gbit LPDDR5 module.

  • LPDDR5 is so cutting edge that the standard itself has yet to be completed;

    • the JEDEC standards group has not yet finalized the specifications for DDR5 or LPDDR5.

  • Samsung is targeting up to 6.4Gbps/pin with the new memory.

    • for a typical 32-bit bus chip, that works out to 25.6GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

    • This is a 50% increase in bandwidth over the current LPDDR4(X) standard, which tops out at 4.266Gbps under the same conditions.

    • a high-end phone where 64-bit memory buses are common, you’d be looking at over 50GB/sec of memory bandwidth, and over 100GB/sec for a standard 128-bit bus PC.

  • Samsung’s LPDDR5 has a single 32-bit (x32) memory channel, with 16 banks in that channel

    • the memory still has a prefetch of 16n, the same as LPDDR4

    • Differential clocking


New bill moves to make Net Neutrality a Law

Source 1: rcmaehl https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/948841-move-over-fcc-guidelines-new-bill-moves-to-make-net-neutrality-a-law/

Source 2: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet/house-republican-backs-effort-to-restore-net-neutrality-rules-idUSKBN1K71F7


  • Republican Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado is introducing legislation to enshrine net neutrality rules into law.

  • The bill would ensure “no throttling, no blocking, no paid prioritization and oversight of interconnection” rules between internet providers and backbone transit providers

    • Coffman said his bill will “create an ‘internet constitution’ with the foundational elements of net neutrality... The fight to keep the internet open belongs in Congress.”

    • It would also bar the FCC from setting rates for internet service.


Disney’s streaming service is resurrecting ‘The Clone Wars’

Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/19/star-wars-the-clone-wars/

Source 2: teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKRnd3yJW8


  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that ran on Cartoon Network for five seasons, is coming back.

  • the show depicted the adventures of Anakin and Obi-Wan - as well as new characters - during the Clone Wars.

    • Fans praised its ability to showcase a wide range of stories, characters and even genres.

  • The Clone Wars was cancelled after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, with a final batch of episodes known as “The Lost Missions” airing on Netflix.

    • Characters and story elements were subsequently incorporated into the animated series Star Wars Rebels — and even into the latest film, Solo

  • Yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm announced that The Clone Wars will return for 12 more episodes, which will air on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

    • The episodes appear to be the end of the Clone Wars story


New USB-C single-cable standard for connecting future VR headsets to PCs

Source 1: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/07/17/1538342/0/en/New-Open-Industry-Standard-Introduced-for-Connecting-Next-Generation-VR-Headsets-to-PCs-Other-Devices.html

Source 2:


  • A new industry consortium led by NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft have introduced the VirtualLink™ specification -- an open industry standard that enables next-generation VR headsets to connect with PCs and other devices using a single, high-bandwidth USB Type-C™ connector, instead of a range of cords and connectors.

    • This Alternate Mode of USB-C simplifies and speeds up VR setup time, avoiding key obstacles to VR adoption.

    • It also brings immersive VR experiences to smaller devices with fewer ports, such as thin and light notebooks.

  • VirtualLink connects with VR headsets to simultaneously deliver four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, which are scalable for future needs; a USB3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of power.


Walmart may launch video streaming service

Source 1: Alexdf17 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/949229-walmart-may-launch-video-streaming-service/

Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/walmart-may-launch-a-video-streaming-service-to-battle-netflix-amazon/


  • Walmart is considering launching a subscription streaming video service to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

  • Walmart is thinking of a service priced below $8 per month

    • Netflix has been steadily raising its prices, which are now between $8 and $14 per month,

    • Amazon charges $8.99.

    • Walmart may also consider a no-cost ad-supported service

  • Walmart already owns Vudu, a service for buying and renting movies.

    • Vudu launched its own ad-supported streaming service, Movies on Us, a few years ago


Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/19/disney-to-debut-its-first-vr-short-next-month/

Source 2:


  • Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August at at the SIGGRAPHcomputer graphics conference in Vancouver

    • It will join other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference’s ‘Immersive Pavilion’.

  • Cycles centers around the meaning of creating a home and focuses on the ups and downs of a family as they create a life in theirs.

    • “We hope more and more people begin to see the emotional weight of VR films, and with Cycles in particular, we hope they will feel the emotions we aimed to convey with our story,”

    • “We wanted to create a story in this single place and be able to have the viewer witness life happening around them.”

  • the short was made in four months with 50 collaborators

  • Disney subsidiary Pixar Animation released a VR trailer for Coco last winter

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Storage: SanDisk - Ultra 3D 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  

Video Card: Sapphire RX 580 4GB PULSE
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Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  
Peripheral: Phillips 227E 1080p Monitor 
Peripheral: Unknown Brand Mechanical Keyboard - Blue and Mouse
Peripheral: Behringer HPM1000 Headphones

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Storage: 128GB SSD


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wouldn't have thought that my first ever post in the tech news section would make it straight to wan show :)




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Talking about streaming services here, rather sadly, I think the 1.5 mbps quality from Netfix or YouTube (courtesy of T-Mobile's Binge-On) has superior quality to HD TV via satellite. And doesn't require home internet service either.

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