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TSMC Chip Yields Hit By Bad Chemical Batch

TSMC Chip Yields Hit By Bad Chemical Batch

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TSMC on Monday said that some of the wafers it has processed recently have lower yields because of a chemical it uses during production. The company began investigation and is in talks with affected customers, thought to include NVIDIA and Huawei, regarding counteractive actions.

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Razer is selling its first pink laptop

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Razer is making a pink laptop. Okay, technically, Razer is making a limited edition Razer Blade Stealth Quartz laptop, which happens to be pink. It’s on sale just in time for Valentine’s Day, and, in the words of Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, it will “steal hearts everywhere.” No matter what color you call it, it’s […]

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I Am Mother is a slow, tense movie about how we love and fear AI

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Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. When a fictional AI “goes rogue,” that often really means that it’s working exactly as intended. Tell a machine to make paperclips, and it will turn the entire […]

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The god box: an oral history of Avatara

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When Avatara launched in 2010, it looked like a dozen other low-budget games. The world was a cartoonish expanse of pink trees and purple rocks, stirred by the occasional alien sprite. Its edges were covered by too many icons, and its interface was a little too eager to spam your Facebook friends with invitations. But […]

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CES 2019 Question and Answer Session with AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su

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One of the major highlights of CES was the reveal of AMD’s next generation Matisse processor. With the cores built on TSMC’s 7nm process, the demonstration of the eight core processor showed performance parity with Intel’s latest eight core, 5 GHz consumer processor – all while consuming less power than the Intel part. AMD’s CEO, […]

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How to turn off FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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Want to listen in on your friend’s conversations? Thanks to a bug in iOS 12.1, all you need to do is call them via FaceTime. You can then use their phone’s microphone to hear what’s going on, even if they don’t pick up the call. This serious bug is now known by anyone who reads […]

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Can AI help crack the code of fusion power?

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With the click of a mouse and a loud bang, I blasted jets of super-hot, ionized gas called plasma into one another at hundreds of miles per second. I was sitting in the control room of a fusion energy startup called TAE Technologies, and I’d just fired its $150 million plasma collider. That shot was […]

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Is a slider better than a notch?

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For the past 15 months or so, the dominant design trait of many smartphones has been the notch. The notch, which has various shapes and sizes depending on which phone you’re looking at, allows phone makers to put a larger screen inside a phone and still include the necessary front-facing camera and earpiece speaker. But […]

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds seemingly confirmed by FCC filing

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Last year, Samsung trademarked the name “Galaxy Buds” in what was speculated to be a successor to the company’s truly wireless Gear IconX earbuds. Now, thanks to a Federal Communications Commission filing, the new headphones have been seemingly confirmed, via 91Mobiles. We still don’t have an idea of what the headphones will look like, but […]

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The music industry is fighting for its analog soul

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