Hyperbola Linux Review: Systemd-Free Arch With Linux-libre Kernel

In the last month of 2019, the Hyperbola project took a major decision of ditching Linux in favor of OpenBSD. We also had a chat with Hyperbola co-founder Andre Silva, who detailed the reason for dropping Hyperbola OS and starting a new HyperbolaBSD. HyperbolaBSD is still under development and its alpha release will be ready by September 2021 for initial testing. The current Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre v0.3.1 Milky Way will be supported until the legacy Linux-libre kernel reaches the end of life in 2022. I thought of giving it a try before it goes away and switches to BSD completely. What is Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre? Back in April 2017, the Hyperbola project … Read more

Oppo Find X3 Pro Mars Exploration Edition announced

  China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft has successfully landed on Mars, and as a tribute to the mission, Chinese phone maker Oppo announced a special edition Find X3 Pro, dubbed Find X3 Pro Mars Exploration Edition. The Oppo Find X3 Pro Mars Exploration Edition (machine translated from Chinese) comes in a new gray paint job, making it the fifth color option for the flagship joining the already available Blue, White, Gloss Black, and Cosmic Mocha colorways. Oppo says the gray shade is inspired by outer space, and the phone’s rear panel is made of high-fog AG Glass with metallic luster to achieve the texture of the materials from outer space. The back … Read more

Xiaomi Mi 11i in for review

  This is the Xiaomi Mi 11i if you’re in Europe. If you’re in India, then this is the Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro and it shares the majority of its specs and all of its looks with the Xiaomi Mi 11X and the Poco F3. Confused? Don’t worry – depending on where you live, Xiaomi will supply just one of these very good phones. The European model we have here ships with a 33W charger, USB cable, 3.5mm dongle and a case. You can pick the Mi 11i now for €649 with 8/128GB or €699 with 8/256GB and in three colors – Celestial Silver, Cosmic Black and Frosty White. We … Read more

Microsoft Edge update fixes YouTube crashes, freezes

Microsoft has fixed a nasty bug that was causing the Microsoft Edge browser to crash while watching YouTube videos or reading comments. Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft Edge would become unresponsive when watching a full-screen video, and a circular loading graphic would appear. Eventually, the browser would stop responding and crash. Frozen YouTube video Users who experienced this issue noticed that one of their Microsoft Edge processes would begin to use gigabytes of memory, which eventually led it to crash. At the time, Microsoft acknowledged the issue in numerous Reddit discussions and asked users to try Microsoft Edge Canary to test a fix that they were working on. … Read more

Windows 10 is gaining these nifty enhancements in the next update

The next version of Windows is called the May 2021 Update and it’s going to be a minor service pack style-like with a strong focus on quality improvements for enterprise customers. Later this year, Microsoft will release the first big update of the year codenamed “Windows 10 version 21H2”. In addition to a new Start Menu, we’re also expecting a number of improvements for existing features, such as the Windows Settings app. Below we have outlined the new nifty changes expected to launch this year. HDR support for colour managed apps In the Sun Valley update, Microsoft will enable support for HDR mode in apps creative and artistic apps that … Read more

Best Windows 10 commands to diagnose your Internet connection

Diagnosing an Internet connection in Windows can be a frustrating experience. To help with this, we have outlined six Windows 10 commands that you can use to troubleshoot your Internet connection and help determine why you cannot reach a website. All of the commands we list below require you to execute them via the Windows 10 command prompt. To access the command prompt, click on the Start button, type cmd, and click on the ‘Command Prompt‘ search result when it appears. Windows 10 will now open the Command Prompt and wait for commands that you type in and then press enter on your keyboard to execute. Windows 10 Command Prompt … Read more

System76 ‘Launch Configurable Keyboard’ unveiled

Linux PC systems specialist System76 has unveiled the ‘Launch Configurable Keyboard’, its first product for the PC peripherals market. The Launch boasts several aspects that will appeal to a certain niche of PC users. As well as being “fully configurable and engineered for comfort and efficiency,” it is 100 per cent open source, both hardware and software, and handcrafted to your spec in Colorado USA. This comes at a price with pre-orders for a base configuration which will ship in June starting at US$285. System76 touts the following as the biggest selling points for its ‘Launch Configurable Keyboard’: Comfort with soft, textured keys, TKL design, and split space bar Choice … Read more

Intel Photoreal Enhancement ML project demoed in GTA V

Researchers at Intel labs have been looking at enhancing the realism of synthetic images. Stephan R. Richter, Hassan Abu Alhaija, and Vladlen Kolten recently published a research paper and accompanying demo video showing a new ML-based technique in action – changing the great but obviously synthetic graphics in GTA V to a much more realistic and photoreal experience. The new ML rendering method is described as enhancing the in-game graphics by leveraging a convolutional network that has been trained on the ‘Cityscapes dataset’. The results are clearly different and appealing in a real-world way. However, it is explained that the ‘Cityscapes dataset’ isn’t derived from driving around Southern California, but … Read more

Modular 13.5-inch laptop by Framework up for pre-order

A laptop startup has opened pre-orders for its modular laptop design. The Framework Laptop promises to deliver an upgradeable, customizable, repairable portable that still manages to be stylish, and appeal to those looking for a thin, light, and high-performance device which doesn’t break the bank. Framework is making its eponymous laptop available in both DIY and pre-made base versions, with quite a few choices for customers in the CPU, RAM, and storage departments. Moreover, it is introducing a natty Expansion Card system, which lets you choose the ports you want, and which side of the machine you want them. Things are customisable on the surface too, with magnetic attaching bezels, … Read more

AMD Radeon RX 6600 / XT specs outlined in GPU-Z screenshots

Earlier this week HEXUS reported upon the EEC regulatory filing from ASRock, which sketched out the AMD AIB partner’s intentions to launch approximately six graphics cards as Radeon RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT products. Now some supplemental technical information has emerged with regard to these GPUs via Twitter’s HXL and China’s ChipHell forum. A Chiphell forum user updated his drivers and used the latest GPU-Z 2.39.0 release to check a refreshed PC system which was installed with a Radeon RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT in turn. The user claimed that the two graphics cards were ES versions (Engineering Samples) from Sapphire. However, in the forum post, they complained … Read more

Watch Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis Beta’s Super-Detailed Character Creation in Action

The global beta of Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis has started, and it’s time for many to enjoy one of the fan-favorite PSO2 activities, creating characters. If you didn’t get access to the beta, we created a few characters for you, so you can take a look at the many options available. Of course, since this is a beta, it’s likely that a lot more will be include when the game releases next month. If you’re used to Phantasy Star Online 2, you won’t be surprised by learning that the character customization suite is really deep and detailed. I can imagine many will spend several hours playing with all … Read more

Rune Factory 5 for Nintendo Switch Reveals Lots of Gameplay Ahead of Japanese Release

Rune Factory 5, the next chapter of the Rune Factory JRPG meets-farming-simulator franchise, is about to be released in Japan. To celebrate, Marvelous Entertainment revealed a lot of gameplay today. We get to see a dungeon, battles, mounts (including the ability to ride with a companion), the inevitable farming, and more. You can watch it below, while we wait for more information about the western release. Rune Factory 5 releases in Japan exclusively for Nintendo Switch on May 20, 2021, while for now the western release is slated simply for 2021. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, here’s an official description. “Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy … Read more