Last Week in Technology News – 17 – 23 April 2017

| April 23, 2017

In this issue: AMD introduced Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560 and RX 550; Smartphone Xiaomi Mi 6 officially announced; Sony α9 mirrorless cameras even for professionals; Microsoft started blocking updates for older versions of Windows; Mastercard introduced biometric bank card; Intel will no longer hold IDF (Intel Developer Forum).

AMD introduced Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560 and RX 550

New products based on 14-nm chips Polaris and aimed at gamers with displays Full HD. Next card, Radeon RX 580, has in its composition 36 computing units (CU), which corresponds to 2304 stream processors. 4GB or 8GB GDDR5 memory associated with GPU 256-bit memory bus. Owners of accelerators based on the architecture of the first generation Polaris sense to buy new solutions not, the level of performance gain is minimal.

Smartphone Xiaomi Mi 6 officially announced

Last week the long-awaited premiere of the new flagship smartphone company Xiaomi. Novelty called Xiaomi Mi6 received 5.15-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD, Snapdragon processor 835, and 6 GB of up to 128 GB flash memory, a dual 12-Mn rear chamber 8 and the front-Mn, stereo and battery at 3350 mA · h. We should also note the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Prices for the smartphone will start from $ 360.

Sony α9 mirrorless cameras even for professionals

Sony has proved that mirrorless cameras can be popular among professionals – full-frame series α7 liking to many photographers. New to the α9 camera face will surprise even the most demanding professionals. It is based on a new full-frame sensor Exmor RS CMOS, thanks to the mirrorless camera which can do 20 frames per second. 693-point AF allows to make sharp pictures in practically any situation. The camera can also shoot video in 4K format. Become the owner of Sony α9 will be in May – for the camera will have to pay $4500 in the US.

Microsoft started blocking updates for older versions of Windows

Microsoft did not postpone its promises on the back burner and has already begun to implement the next steps to popularize Windows 10. Last week, the owners of systems based on Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen processors on which the previous version of the OS installed, encountered difficulties when trying to install regular updates to the operating system. However, enthusiasts have already released a patch that solves this problem. But the company from Redmond certainly inflict a retaliatory strike.

Mastercard introduced biometric bank card

Bank card security is poor, and the amount of fraud is growing every year. The new plastic card, presented by MasterCard, is to improve the safety of operations. It is planned to achieve this thanks to the presence on the scanner card fingerprint. Thus, only the cardholder can withdraw cash or pay off a card for purchases. It remains to wait for such cards will be available for Russian customers of banking institutions.

Intel will no longer hold IDF (Intel Developer Forum)

The first forum for developers Intel Developer Forum (IDF) was held twenty years ago – it was held in California. Since then, Intel held dozens of similar events in different cities of the world, including in Moscow. In recent years, the schedule of IT-giant was only the main IDF, traditionally held in San Francisco. But, it seems, the IDF events become history – according to sources, Intel no longer plans to hold similar conferences for developers.

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