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Xbox Series X GPU Capable of 12 Teraflops
Number 1057
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Episode Length 6:33
Hosts Rich Stroffolino

Microsoft reveals that the Xbox Series X GPU will be capable of 12 teraflops, NBCUniversal reportedly in talks to buy Vudu from Walmart, and Huawei announces the Mate Xs foldable with an 80% stronger screen.


Microsoft announced that the GPU in the upcoming Xbox Series X will be capable of 12 teraflops of performance, double the performance of the Xbox One X, and 8 times more than the original Xbox One. Microsoft previously revealed the console will use a custom APU based on AMD’s Zen 2, but also revealed it will use the Radeon RDNA 2 architectures, which includes hardware ray tracing functionality. Microsoft also revealed the console will support Variable Rate Shading, which lets a game shade an area of pixels at a different rate than the typical 1:1, and a Quick Resume feature to let multiple games be suspended at once.
The Wall Street Journal reports that NBCUniversal is in talks to buy Vudu from Walmart, according to sources. If acquired, Vudu may reportedly be merged with Fandango Now in a move to help bolster NBCU's digital-video presence ahead of the launch of its Peacock streaming service. The Information reported back in October that Walmart was looking to sell Vudu.
A lobbying alliance for drone and balloon-based internet standards formed by Alphabet-owned Loon and Softbank-backed HAPSMobile announced new members including Airbus, Nokia, Ericsson, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, and Bharti Airtel. The expanded alliance plans to work at securing spectrum and promoting uniform regulation and industry-wide standards for the high altitude mobile-internet vehicles.
After being banned in Colombia on February 1st, Uber is legally operating again in the country. After a court sided with the taxi company that sued Uber and ruled Uber had violated competition rules, Uber changed its model to allow riders to rent a vehicle along with a driver and will technically act as a "point of contact" between the two parties in Colombia.
The US Transportation Security Administration announced it stopped allowing employees to create agency content on the social network TikTok. The move came after Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter Saturday to TSA Administrator David Pekoske, citing security concerns about how the Chinese-owned TikTok handles user data and location information. The agency said it never directed users to TikTok or posted content directly to the platform, but that a small number of employees had used TikTok on personal devices to create content for TSA's social media outreach.
Sony announced the Xperia 1 II smartphone, featuring a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 865 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4000 mAh battery, IP68 water resistance, wireless charging and a headphone jack. The device has three rear 12-megapixel cameras and a time of flight sensor, including a 24mm lens on the main camera, 16mm ultrawide and a 70mm telephoto. Sony says the camera can hit 20fps in burst mode, supports eyetracking autofocus on humans and animals, and calculate exposure and focus 60 times a second. The phone comes to Europe in late spring with the Qualcomm X55 modem for 5G, a US release date was not announced, but devices will only support 4G.
Huawei announced the Mate Xs foldable and MatePad Pro 5G tablet at a private event in Barcelona. The Mate Xs features the same 8-inch display when unfolded as the original Mate X, but Huawei claims its 80% stronger, and features an enhanced Falcon Wing folding mechanism. When closed, the device features a 6.6-inch front display and 6.38-inch rear display. Inside is a Kirin 990 5G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery. Pricing starts at €2,499, to be released later in 2020. The MatePad Pro 5G is an Android tablet with a 10.8-inch AMOLED display, the Kirin 990 5G chipset, either 6 or 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, a 7,250mAh battery, with a dual rear camera system. The tablet launches in April with a WiFi model starting at €549, 5G models starting at €749. Both devices run EMUI 10 atop Android 10 featuring the Huawei AppGallery for services. Huawei also updated the MateBook Pro X laptop, with the latest 10th-gen Intel processors, available up to a Core i7 model with 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage, and optional discrete Nvidia MX250 GPU, with a new green color available in addition to silver and grey. The MateBook Pro X launches in April with a core i5 model starting at €1,499.
Google published a support article stating that any Huawei devices released after May 16, 2019 lack Play Protect certification, meaning any "sideloaded Google apps will not work reliably." Google further warned that sideloading Google services carries a higher risk that the APK has been tampered with and increases security risks. Devices released before May 16 will continue to receive support and security updates "as long as permitted."
Intel announced several chips designed for 5G carriers and enterprises. The company announced its second-generation Xeon Scalable processors will offer 36% better performance than the 1st gen and come in Network-optimized SKUs, offering 58% better performance for network function virtualization workloads. The company also introduced its first SoC for 5G base stations, the Atom P5900. The 10nm chip includes hardware-based network acceleration features, including integrated packet processing, ultra low latency, and a switch for inline cryptographic acceleration, offering up to 5.6 times packet security throughput compared to software-based solutions. Intel also announced the Ethernet 700 series, 5G-optimized network adapter cards, aimed to provide ultralow latency 100-nanosecond phase accuracy for 5G network service synchronization.


Preceded by:
"Week in Review for the Week of 2/17/20"
Xbox Series X GPU Capable of 12 Teraflops
Followed by:
"Amazon Opens First Amazon Go Grocery Store in Seattle"