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PC Magazine September 2017

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3 min.
galaxy note: the world’s most-loved phone

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launched in the fall of 2016, it did so to wide acclaim. The Note series had been one of the most popular ever, offering a larger form factor that was an unexpected hit across the world. And it had a stylus that actually worked. After we tested the Note 7 in the PCMag Labs, we declared it “undoubtedly one of the best phablets available.” The Note 7 was a hit. Samsung sold more than 2.5 million units. And then Note 7s started exploding. Reports came in slowly at first. A Note 7 caught fire in someone’s pocket. Then there was a photo of it on fire in the cab of a truck. Quickly, what started out as anecdotal became a trend. Within two months, Samsung…

2 min.
spacex city: the ultimate startup

A big issue that everyone ignores is the criminal justice system a colony needs. Using U.S. crime statistics as a guide, and we actually have pretty low crime rates despite what politicians claim during election campaigns, once you get to about 2,000 colonists, rapes become statistically inevitable, and once you get to about 10,000 colonists, murders become statistically inevitable. Whose laws apply? What kind of criminal justice system would a colony have to determine guilt? What would be the penalties, given that oxygen is limited and valuable? These things need to be determined early on, or mayhem will result. —Vigilabo_Vigilum When the colony is young and small, it will probably only be necessary to have a basic set of laws that are already commonly agreed upon by all countries (don’t murder, don’t…

5 min.
black hat 2017: the best (and scariest) hacks

The Black Hat conference is a chance for researchers, hackers, and anyone close to the world of security to gather and learn from one another. It’s a week of sessions, training, and — inevitably — some poor decision making in the greater Las Vegas area. In its 20th year, Black Hat 2017 began on a reflective note. Alex Stamos, the CSO of Facebook, looked back on his early days at the conference. For him, it was a place to be accepted, and to learn from the community. He challenged that same community to be more empathetic, and to prepare for the next generation of hackers by welcoming more diversity. The Black Hat sessions have always been the place to see surprising—and sometimes horrifying—examples of security research. This year, we saw how to…

2 min.
queensland gets the world’s longest ‘electric highway’

If ever there was a place to get range anxiety, it’s Australia, with its thousands of miles of uninterrupted desert. Who would even think of driving a battery-electric vehicle there? (Not many; Queensland hosts only about 700 electric vehicles.) But now some Australian travelers can say goodbye to range anxiety, starting in 2018. The state government of Queensland has announced that it’s going to install a network of 18 charging stations along a highway stretching more than 2,000 miles. It runs along the east coast of Queensland from Cairns to Coolangatta and then turns west to Toowoomba. The “world’s longest” appellation has to be a bit qualified it’s the world’s longest electric-vehicle highway in a single state, stretching some 1,260-plus miles (2,000 km). The government didn’t state how long it will…

1 min.
intel’s gemini lake chips offer 15 percent performance boost

If you go out and buy a low-end, entry-level laptop or desktop PC today, chances are it’ll have an Intel Apollo Lake processor inside carrying the Celeron or Pentium branding. These are the just-good-enough cheap processors that allow for light workloads, web browsing, and long battery life. The chip generation that follows Apollo Lake is called Gemini Lake, and details about what to expect from these new chips is starting to leak, including a block diagram revealing quite a bit of detail. The good news is, the 14nm Gemini Lake chips look to offer a 10- to 15-percent performance boost over the Apollo Lake chips shipping today. They also include 4MB of cache (double Apollo Lake) for up to four cores, and a 4-wide pipeline (they can decode four instructions per cycle,…

8 min.
supercomputing with lenovo’s brian connors

Fast Forward is a series of conversations with tech leaders hosted by Dan Costa, PCMag’s Editor-in-Chief. Costa’s guest for this episode was Lenovo’s VP of Strategic technology and Future Platforms, Brian Connors, who talks about what next in AI, HPC, and the data-driven business. (The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.) Dan Costa: We should probably start by talking about where we are. SAP Sapphire Now is actually a huge show here in Orlando. Why don’t you explain a little bit about what’s going on? Brian Connors: This is my third event here in Orlando. It’s what I would consider the premier show of business, business leaders, business process, enterprise business. Two years ago, at the keynote, you could stand in the back and watch. Today, it was like…