Posts From Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran
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<p>While my primary efforts are now PC hardware, I will continue to offer coverage on mobile and other technology relevant to our audience. My goal is to help share insight and news on topics often beyond the mobile device coverage XDA is world renowned for. It’s all part of the ecosystem that developers use to bring that goodness to you!</p>

Intel Core i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review: Coffee Lake Goes With More Cores

A few days ago we gave a preview of what Intel shared with us and some ideas as to what the bigger picture may look like. We also took some flak for a recent review of a processor that had been out for quite some time. At the time I suggested that there was a...

Google Daydream View is a Refreshed VR Headset for 2017, Priced at $99

Announced as part of Google's Keynote today, Google will be releasing a version 2.0 of its Daydream platform. According to Google Blog the updated Daydream View will be compatible with the recently announced Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL as well as any other Daydream-ready device, and will be priced at $99. The refreshed View...

Google Assistant Gets a Male Voice, Live on Phones and Google Home

Google Assistant has been answering questions and assisting Android and Google Home users, but since its release last year that has been always in a female voice. Thankfully those looking for a male voice alternative now have the option to select one. The new male voice can be found in the preferences page of the...

Reviewing Intel’s Consumer Strategy As Coffee Lake Announced

Back near the start of summer we covered the news from Computex and how Intel was shifting gears on its high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup. What we got was a lineup that didn't seem to make sense at the time - a Core X-Series (which even I have, for some time, erroneously referred to as the...

AKiTiO Node: Testing NVIDIA eGPU Support in Ubuntu 17.10

Ever since the announcement of Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology there has been external graphics card (eGPU) support. Unfortunately for most of last year, including with Intel's own Skull Canyon NUC, putting this solution to use was challenging at best. Most motherboards didn't fully support the technology and those that did typically required a system that...

Google signs $1.1 Billion Deal to Acquire Part of HTC’s Smartphone Team & Non-Exclusive IP Rights

It's not the full acquisition we were hoping for, but Google has just officially announced that they have signed a deal with HTC Corporation to acquire a part of HTC's smartphone team as well as non-exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights. The deal was expected to come today given that stock trading was halted the day before pending...

Intel Core i7-7700k Review: A 7th Generation Mainstay And Coming Change

Healthy competition is a great thing in the marketplace. In the processor segment it's something that Intel hasn't had to strongly challenge for years -- it's why we have seen 7 generations of the Core branding's mainstay featuring 4 core CPUs with Hyper-threading. After the release of AMD's processors based on the Zen architecture, our...

Ryzen Performance In Smaller Builds: A Look at the GIGABYTE AB350N-Gaming Wifi

One of the things that I personally have been looking forward to as part of AMD's Ryzen release was the announcement of AM4 boards in a mini-ITX environment. It's been a while since we've had a top-of-the-line AMD mITX build and, after getting the missing piece while visiting Los Angeles for SIGGRAPH, it's time to...

XDA Begins Regular PC Hardware Coverage, Designed For Our Audience

At the tail end of 2015, I started writing for XDA-Developers -- it wasn’t a big jump given my involvement on the site for many years, but until then it was all on the forum side. Since then there have been a lot of changes, capped off with a new geographical location and work schedule....

Open Source Adreno Project “Freedreno” Receives New Update

Users of Freedreno, the open-source graphics driver support for Adreno on Linux distributions, will be pleased to know that a new update has been released in the past week. Lead developer Rob Clark discussed many of the details in his blog, which highlight above all the support for Adreno 500 series GPUs. Among the highlights...

Japanese HTC Blog Finds Possible Pixel 2 References in U11 Files

The blog HTC Soku released an entry today which discovered data that HTC may be, or may have been handling two of the Pixel 2 variants. Inside the blog entry were the details, which we have translated: "The following descriptions were found in the system file of HTC U11 Taiwan version (OCEAN # DUGL). OCEAN_WHL OCEAN_UL OCEAN_DUGL OCEAN_DTWL OCEAN_UHL OCEAN_UHL_JAPAN OCEAN_A S2 M2" The blog's author believes, given that...

Microsoft, Qualcomm and Intel: The Windows 10 ARM Dustup

In December 2016 Qualcomm and Microsoft released news that they were going to do something many in mobile didn't expect: Another attempt to get Windows to run on an ARM processor. But the similarities between this new attempt and previous ones marred by the Windows RT release were quickly put to bed. During the same announcement...