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Maingear’s luxury Bitcoin mining PC comes with exclusive cryptocurrency rates

With more and more PC components designing specifically for bitcoin mining, it was inevitable that we would see a made-to-order PC wholly dedicated to the pursuit.In collaboration with the eSports betting brand Unikrn, Maingear has introduced the new ACM (Advanced Crypto Miner). It might not look much compared to the company’s other impressive liquid-cooled towers of power, but this boxy, ‘large desktop format’ PC can house up to six GPUs. Meanwhile, an even larger ACM Pro will employ a rack-mount chassis to support over eight graphics cards at the same time.Mining PCs have come a long way from simply bootstrapping six or more GPUs to a table and hoping your power supplies don’t blow everything. This by far is one of the most polished solutions we’ve seen thus far.

Aside from the incredible bitcoin mining performance of this PC’s hardware, Unikrn will also extend exclusive mining pool access and rates. The extra incentive will give ACM owners, likely to be first-time miners, a head start right out of the box.Every ACM machine will also come with an exclusive, native link to Unikrn Connekt, which gamers can use to earn UnikoinGold – Unikrn’s own Ethereum-based cryptocurrency often used for eSports betting – for playing ranked matches of their favorite games.Of course, outside of Unikrn’s network, users will be able to use their rig to mine all types of cryptocurrency, including Litecoin, Dash and even Razer’s zGold.Maingear has yet to divulge the full specifications of its ACM computers, their price or release date beyond ‘later this year.’ However, the company has announced it will begin accepting UnikoinGold as a payment for its gaming desktops and notebooks, so you could accrue enough cryptocurrency to buy this mining PC to make even more bitcoin. And so, the cycle continues.
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iOS apps on Mac computers are still likely to appear in 2018

Apple may be pushing back major iOS feature updates in favor of stability upgrades, but it’s still keen on getting iOS apps onto Mac computers this year, Axios reports.First revealed in a Bloomberg report late last year, this is one of the few major additions to Apple’s software lineup that is expected to sneak through this year, sources speaking to Axios anonymously have confirmed.Apple’s planned quality-of-life upgrades to macOS in 2018 also include security boosts as well as speeding up the waking and unlocking of Mac systems, according to the report.These stability and performance boosts through the next versions of macOS and iOS could make way for what might be one of the most important features to come to both operating systems in years.
Catching up with the competition
If Apple were to allow iOS apps to run on Mac systems, this would see the firm catch up to both Microsoft and Google in a big way. Before these reports, Apple had been known to draw firm lines between its two major OS products.Microsoft launched Windows 10 – in July 2015 – to run nearly seamlessly between PC systems, tablets and phones from the start, while Google brought its Google Play Store and Android apps to Chromebooks early last year.For the past few years, a clear trend has grown in breaking down the walls between phones, tablets and laptops or desktop computers, and it’s one that Apple appears to have been watching to learn how it can one-up previous efforts. Whether that tactic will end up playing out well for Apple or working against it, not to mention exactly how this implementation will work without touchscreens on Mac computers, won’t likely be answered until WWDC 2018, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held later this year.
These are the best Macs – ready and waiting for iOS apps

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AMD sees impressive Ryzen sales, promises Spectre-proof chips coming soon

Things continue to go well at AMD, as shown in the company’s latest financial results, with the firm also talking about cranking up the supply of graphics cards in the face of the current shortage, as well as baking in solutions for Spectre into Zen 2 chips.The headline figure for Q4 (2017) revenue was $1.48 billion (around £1.05 billion, AU$1.85 billion), up 24% year-on-year, with computing and graphics (CPUs and GPUs) raking in $985 million (around £695 million, AU$1.2 billion), up a mighty 60% on the previous year. Impressive indeed.Ryzen is still selling well and driving a lot of this success, although there was a very slight blip in terms of average selling prices (ASPs) remaining flat and the same as the last quarter (although still up year-on-year) – that was due to sales of Ryzen 3 CPUs. The latter are going well, but these are cheaper models, so they’re something of a headwind for that ASP.AMD doesn’t produce separate figures for GPUs, lumping them together with processors in the computing and graphics division, but there have been question marks over how Vega is performing. These mainly revolve around flaky supply of the cards, particularly in the face of the current mining mania (with cryptocurrency miners buying up many powerful and even mid-range cards of late).
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Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s chief executive, noted the latter issue, and made a point of saying that the firm is busy ramping up GPU production, which will definitely be music to gamers’ ears.Su further explained that the problem in producing more graphics cards is actually down to the memory side of things, with GDDR5 and HBM shortages being the primary bottleneck right now. It’s good to hear that the situation is apparently changing, though, and hopefully sooner rather than later. Graphics card prices are getting pretty ridiculous right now.Another hot topic of the moment – the huge Spectre flaw which affects a whole gamut of processors including AMD’s – was also addressed, with Su stating that AMD will be baking in protection with the forthcoming Zen 2 processors.Zen 2, which uses an improved 7nm process, is apparently now just past the design phase, but actual CPUs won’t be available until next year (according to what AMD has previously said).On the other hand, Intel is claiming that it will have Spectre (and Meltdown – which only pertains to Intel’s chips) defenses baked into its processors later this year. In that respect, Intel appears to be ahead of the game, although the current status of patching for the chip giant is wobbly to say the least.Via Tom’s Hardware
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