June 24, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

A new report from IHS Markit suggests that Microsoft may build Android emulation into future Surface devices, specifically the rumored “Centaurus” dual-screen PC said to launch early next year.IHS Markit told Forbes that the dual-screen device, with two 9-inch displays, would be powered by Intel’s 10nm “Lakefield” system-on-a-chip. Microsoft’s new Windows Core OS (WCOS) will serve as the operating system, IHS added. (Microsoft hasn’t confirmed that it’s necessarily working on a future successor to Windows, but we know that devices like the Surface Hub 2 will include new “experiences,” said to be WCOS.) IHS also aid that the device would…

June 24, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Al Capone’s just met a girl named Maria. Problem is, he hasn’t met her lover yet.Or potential problem, I should say. So far, Maria’s been a fine addition to our fledgling criminal empire. She’s handy (enough) with a gun, and we’re in no position to turn down the extra personnel. Her lover is out there though, and chances are he’s working for a rival crime boss. Hell, maybe he is a rival crime boss.Whether leader or lackey, his shadow now stretches over our little enterprise. On that fateful day when he and Capone meet, be it in five minutes or…

June 24, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Don’t be fooled by its size or price—the Raspberry Pi 4 rolling out today promising enough oomph to run two 4K screens at once, and it’s rocking more and better RAM. It’s so powerful, in fact, the Foundation says this Pi 4 is good enough to be a “complete desktop computer.”The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is available in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB RAM variants. This is the first time we’ve seen multiple versions of the same Raspberry Pi model, and the first time a Raspberry Pi has had more than a gig of RAM. Prices start at the…

June 24, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Earlier this year we reviewed the new Super X-Fi Amp from Creative, and since then it’s continued to amaze me and the people I demo it for. Now Creative has taken the same amazing audio processing technology and jammed it into a pair of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones called the Super X-Fi Air. Unfortunately the headphones themselves are not as amazing as the tech they contain, but they still offer some great features for the price. Adam Patrick Murray/IDGSuper X-Fi technology To recap what Super X-Fi is, it’s audio software processing that simulates a surround-sound speaker setup, and accurately reflects that setup…

June 24, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

As the U.S. Government’s ban on Huawei grinds on, the biggest questions consumers likely have are whether that Matebook laptop on Amazon is safe to buy, or whether the Huawei machine they’ve already bought is safe. After all, if Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and other U.S. tech companies can no longer sell chips to the Chinese tech company, isn’t the company basically dead to you?The answer likely depends on whether you care about Huawei’s future as a PC maker, or if you only care about your particular future with a Huawei laptop.What the U.S. ban on Huawei means The ban on…