Gemalto launches multi-connectivity module

Gemalto has launched an integrated IoT module that offers a variety of connectivity options for manufacturers and integrators.

One of the areas that has been hampering the rollout of IoT has been standardized connectivity: the existence of a variety of 12 LTE bands (as well as different forms of cellular coverage) has meant various logistical problems.

The Gemalto Cinterion PLS62-W IoT Module delivers LTE Cat1 connectivity on all 12 LTE bands as well as offering fallback to multi band 3G and 2G networks. This means that  integrators are able to develop a single application that can connect anywhere in the world, regardless of the cellular network standards in the region. 

Embedded Java

In addition to this, Gemalto has also included a Java embedded system in the module that has been designed to make it easier to build applications.  It does this by sharing memory, a large library of existing open source code and recognized software building blocks. The module also contains a power management system and optimized sleep mode to preserve power, an essential element for industrial usage.

Andreas Haegele, senior vice president IoT products at Gemalto, said the product offered great flexibility.   "The Cinterion multi band LTE Cat1 module is ideal for worldwide tracking and tracing, telematics and fleet management solutions, offering a one stop shop for cellular IoT connectivity, no matter where your IoT solutions are deployed or where they move.  It is perfectly suited for applications that need to operate across many different wireless network environments for many years. “

 

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Leaked benchmarks for Intel CPUs with AMD graphics are exciting news for laptop gamers

Intel and AMD may be processor rivals, but as we saw at the start of this week, they’ve got together to produce a new Intel Core H laptop CPU which will feature Radeon graphics – and benchmarks have just leaked showing the power of Intel’s chips which have integrated AMD GPUs.

The reported benchmarks spotted in the wild – and remember, nothing is confirmed at this point – show a pair of quad-core ‘Kaby Lake G’ processors with integrated AMD graphics, the Core i7-8705G and i7-8809G, both of which have a base clock of 3.1GHz and boost to 4.1GHz.

They sport integrated Radeon graphics with 24 compute units and 1,536 stream processors, 4GB of HBM2 memory, with the GPU clocked at 1000MHz for the lesser model, and 1190MHz for the more powerful i7-8809G.

As TweakTown observes, the faster GPU will offer around 3.3 TFlops of compute performance, which, if you wanted to draw a comparison with consoles, is about half of the Xbox One X’s power (but much closer to the PS4 Pro which stands at 4.2 TFlops).

Of course, raw TFlops is far from the best and universal unit of comparison for GPU performance, but we won’t go into that now – rather, this is about the story the leaked benchmarks tell.

Marks aplenty…

And there are plenty of them, with some highlights including a Geekbench OpenCL score of 76,607 for the more powerful i7-8809G, which unsurprisingly outperformed the lesser i7-8705G in 3DMark 11 achieving an overall score of 4,111 versus 3,879 (check out the full benchmarks here: Geekbench, 3DMark 11, GFXBench).

Hot Hardware also spotted results for the Core i7-8705G in the Ashes of Singularity benchmark at 1080p resolution, with the processor hitting 53 fps at low details, and managing 33 fps with high details.

In short, these CPUs show a more than impressive turn of speed, and do indeed look like they’re shaping up to be the most powerful integrated graphics solution going for the likes of thin-and-light laptops.

And bear in mind that these benchmarks are still for prototype chips, too, so we could see even better numbers when it comes to the finished products. Promising indeed.

Via: Liliputing

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Best PC gaming headset 2017: the best gaming headset for your new rig

Assessing the best PC gaming headset is more subjective than you might expect. Whereas you might infer from the title of this article alone that the best PC gaming headset is all about sound quality over everything else, that’s not the case for everyone – some gamers are more concerned with keeping costs low, while others prefer the ubiquity of the Bluetooth interface.

With that in mind, we’ve taken into consideration the breadth of users out there, putting ourselves in your shoes to determine the best PC gaming headset you can buy right now. We’re aware that you spend as much time talking to your friends on Discord as you do playing Destiny 2, so we’ve also factored in the necessity of an attached microphone in most cases. 

From all the top brand names, including Turtle Beach, Sennheiser, Logitech and Corsair, we’ve spotlighted all of the most likely contenders for the best PC gaming headset your heart will desire. Some are pricier than others, but they’ve all been thoroughly tested by the editorial staff at TechRadar, even if they’re not accompanied by full-length reviews. 

Likewise, you can expect a range of specifications, such as whether the headset you’re perusing is wireless, if it features 7.1 surround sound as well as exactly how far away from your computer you can be sitting to use it. Our guide has it all – best of all, you can buy your choice of the best PC gaming headset directly from the green vendor links.

Neglecting all the unwritten rules of fashion, the ROG Centurion 7.1 is a spectacle to behold. Though it’s a living hellscape to set up, this gaming headset delivers both extreme looks and an unruly knack for emitting crystal clear sound waves. The Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 not only bolsters full-fledged surround sound passthrough for an external set of speakers, but its set of onboard amp controls give you complete power, even if there’s a steep learning curve.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset

Razer ManO'War

Quick and easy to set up using a wireless USB receiver that stores inside the headset for transportation, the Razer ManO'War is a user-friendly unit primed for surround-sound gaming. Sure, it's a little chunkier than most other headsets, but two soft leatherette ear cups make it comfortable to wear over extended periods. And, with Chroma RGB lighting customizable through Razer Synapse, it even looks snazzy to observers.

Read the full review: Razer ManO'War

There’s a common misconception the best PC gaming headsets have to cost a fortune. That’s fortunately untrue of the HyperX Cloud Alpha, which presents a compelling design along with impressive mid-range sound. The added dual-chamber drivers are a feat for audio quality that doesn’t break the bank, minus the distortion that usually haunts headphones at this price. Better yet, the sonorous bass will put any first-person shooter, not to mention Skrillex, to the test.

Although it’s designed to be used for the Xbox One, Windows users can take solace in the fact that the Turtle Beach XO Three is compatible with any PC sporting a single jack for both mic input and headset output or a PC splitter cable. In spite of this minor caveat, the XO Three is a steal for the price, especially considering its use of 50mm sound drivers. What’s more, it even supports Windows Sonic for 3D surround sound. 

Read the full review: Turtle Beach XO Three

V-MODA

If you're more interested in the sounds coming out of your gaming headset rather than glowing LEDs, macro keys and other gratuitous extras, then the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless is the headset for you. Its stylish cans are a treat for the ears, booming with sound that's bass-heavy with fantastically crisp treble at the other end. Stepping out of the soundscape, the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless is comfy and spacious too, what with its memory foam earcups.

Read the full review: V-MODA Crossfade Wireless

We called the original Astro A50 a "game-changing, experience-enhancing headset," and thankfully its wireless successor follows the "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" rule. Astro's latest headset does what it says on the tin and adds wireless connectivity to an already stellar package. Not only is it ready to rock with your PC, but with PS4, Xbox One and legacy consoles as well – a headset that’s robust and versatile.

Siberia 840

Following in the footsteps of the already impressive Siberia 800, the upgraded Sibera 840 is pro-Bluetooth, anti-lag and all about personalization. With the SteelSeries Engine 3 app, you can customize everything from equalizer settings to what you want shown on the OLED screen of the accompanying base unit. All of that is, of course, secondary to the Siberia 840's sound qualities which are nothing less than sublime. 

With VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift making their way into PC gamers' rooms, specially-designed audio headsets for virtual reality were bound to follow. The Turtle Beach 350 Stealth VR is one of the most flexible out there, featuring a generous amount of adjustability thanks to its sturdy headband which can fit over the top of VR headsets worn on even the biggest heads.

Unlike some of its competitors, SteelSeries stresses subtlety in its headset designs. The Arctis continues this trend by flaunting sound quality and comfort over gaudy appearances. When you pop an Arctis on your head, the goal is for, say, your stream audience to see a professional environment rather than a Dorito stain on your chair. The customizable lighting gives you plenty of wiggle room, too, in case the whole monochrome look isn’t your thing. 

Best gaming headset

Arguably one of the most affordable gaming headsets available today, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is designed to give players eSports quality audio at a bargain. While the red on black plastic design isn’t much to write home about, this headset’s 50mm directional drivers grace it with superb stereo sound. That goes without mentioning the noise-cancelling mic, which aims to keep background noise from hindering your game sessions.

More affordable than Sennheiser's flagship PC 373D while still packing an audible punch, the GSP 350 carries over that headset's stellar 7.1 Dolby surround sound and closed ear cup design. Brandishing a closed-back design and toting a noise-cancelling microphone that mutes breathing sounds by default, if you like the look of Sennheiser's flagship gaming headset but can't quite stomach the price, the GSP 350 is the “lite” version you’ve been holding out for.

G33 Artemis Spectrum

Logitech's flagship G933 Artemis Spectrum gaming headset can be recognized by its cup-mounted G-keys that provide handy shortcuts to performing actions in-game. And, if you're fed up of round ear-cups on headsets then you'll appreciate its large and comfortable ear-shaped ones. The multi-colored lighting strip running all the way down the ear-shaped cup is merely icing on the cake.

Corsair Void RGB

Capable of exuding first-pumping bass that’s powerful without muddying the mix, the Corsair Void RGB is a near-perfect blend of style and function, letting you configure its lighting colors using Corsair's intuitive software and even make it dance in tandem with the company's K65 or K70 mechanical keyboards. Plus, the Corsair Void RGB bears a wireless range of up to 40 meters, making it a solid and affordable option for surround sound gaming.

Cloud Revolver

Here we have a no-frills headset with an upstanding build quality closely rivaling those which cost nearly double. Used by a number of eSports teams, Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Revolver’s large interchangeable memory foam cups help block out unwanted noise, and the retractable mic allows clear and distortion-free communication with teammates. With 53mm drivers designed for punchy mid-tones and pounding bass, this headset comes highly recommended.

Turtle Beach

Aimed at PC and console gamers, using Turtle Beach's Elite Pro feels like sitting down at a command station and gearing up for war. This headset emanates gamer cred right down to the subtle orange ruler-type markings on the headset's automatically adjusting headband. That's down to Turtle Beach's 50mm NanoClear drivers, which do an especially great job of bringing you into the heart of the action in shooters.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update causing serious issues with Surface Pen

Been having trouble with your Surface Pen? Just installed the new Fall Creators Update for Windows 10? Apparently these two things are not unrelated, as there are plenty of reports of folks suffering the stylus blues after installing Microsoft’s latest upgrade for its desktop OS.

As Computerworld reports, confused hybrid owners have been making multiple posts across the net (mainly Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 users) complaining that the Surface Pen is randomly glitching – it's simply not working for writing in some cases, while pinch-to-zoom functionality is failing in others.

As mentioned, this problem has cropped up after users have upgraded to the Fall Creators Update, and, at least for some folks, it appears to be happening after their Surface device wakes from sleep.

Not-so-magic touch

The problem can be cured by rebooting the machine, or restarting the Intel Precise Touch Device driver in Device Manager – which you can open by simply typing ‘device manager’ into the search bar next to the Start button. You’ll find the relevant driver under Human Interface Devices; just disable, then re-enable the driver here.

Obviously, neither of those workaround solutions are particularly convenient, particularly if this is happening to your stylus on a regular basis.

Microsoft is hopefully working on a fix for this, although there’s no official acknowledgement of that. However, according to one Microsoft community moderator on the firm’s Answers site: “Engineering asked that anyone afflicted with this use the Feedback Hub App to send in a bug while in the bad state before disabling/re-enabling so that they can get the logs.”

It certainly doesn’t look great when a central peripheral for Microsoft’s flagship convertibles doesn’t appear to have been properly tested with the latest update for Windows 10.

Incidentally, if you’re having problems of any nature with the Fall Creators Update, we’ve got a troubleshooting guide you should take a look at.

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SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset offers the best of both worlds for gaming and chat

SteelSeries has introduced a new Arctis gaming headset with a clever trick up its sleeve: the ability to hear audio from both a Bluetooth source and a wired connection at the same time.

You can hook up the Arctis 3 Bluetooth to a PC (or Mac, or console) via the cable and hear audio from that source, while simultaneously connecting the headset via Bluetooth to your mobile device, and also hear the audio from that.

In other words, you can hear the sound from your game (from the 3.5mm wired connection), while, say, taking a call or engaging in a chat on an app installed on your phone (via the Bluetooth connection). Or you could stream music wirelessly over the Bluetooth connection for your own soundtrack to the game (while still hearing the in-game audio).

It’s a nifty little spin on the traditional gaming headset, certainly, and as well as the PC, as mentioned it’s compatible with consoles including the PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

Bluetooth boon

As Brian Fallon, Audio Category Manager at SteelSeries, notes: “Bluetooth is incredibly useful for connecting wirelessly to mobile devices for chat and music, but as most gamers know, Bluetooth has too much latency for gaming. That is why this is a wired headset for gaming and Bluetooth for everything else.”

The Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset also benefits from ‘low-distortion’ speakers to keep audio crisp, along with a SteelSeries ClearCast bi-directional mic which is retractable for convenience, and eliminates background noise.

There has been some thought put into comfort levels, too, with ear cushions fashioned from an ‘AirWeave’ fabric, and a ‘ski goggle headband’ that’s designed not to get uncomfortable even for longer gaming sessions.

  • You can buy the Arctis 3 Bluetooth direct from SteelSeries

The headset is on sale now and retails at $130 (£134.99, around AU$170).

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