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Google gives away 2GB of Drive space to celebrate Safer Internet Day

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Want more free storage on Google Drive?

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, Google is giving away 2GB of extra storage to users who complete their annual Security Checkup.


Think of it as your annual physical exam, except that this process takes less than 2 minutes, and requires only a few clicks.

To get started click on Security Checkup and log into your Google Account. You’ll then be asked to verify if your account recovery options, connected devices, and third party services you’ve granted permission to are still current.  Once you are on the last step, click done and you’re good to go.

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Google is giving users up to February 11, 2015 to complete the checkup. Once you do, the additional 2GB of storage space will be yours for life.

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ASUS unveils 30th anniversary collection of its phone, laptop, and motherboard

For true ASUS fans out there

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ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 | GadgetMatch

ASUS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate this milestone than unveiling special devices during Computex 2019. For true ASUS fans out there, get ready to be excited about a limited edition smartphone, laptop, and motherboard.

ZenFone 6 Edition 30

The newly announced ZenFone 6 is already getting a new variant: the ZenFone 6 Edition 30. It’s essentially a ZenFone 6 with a few cosmetic changes to make it unique and a couple of internal upgrades to make the best ZenFone out there.


It features the now-iconic concentric-circle pattern we’ve seen with other premium ASUS devices in a special Matte Black color. To make the phone stand out, it has an embossed Edition 30 logo on its back.

ASUS ZenFone 6 | Image credit: SupraPixel

Inside, the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is the most powerful ZenFone to date with 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Of course, it’s still powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and has an innovative Flip Camera system with 48- and 16-megapixel sensors. There will be 3,000 units available and it’ll come with a 30-month warranty.

ZenBook Edition 30

If ASUS’ smartphone gets a special edition, their laptop must also have one. The ZenBook Edition 30 is based on the new ZenBook lineup featuring the ScreenPad 2.0.

On the outside, the ZenBook Edition 30 is truly special thanks to its classic look with a futuristic twist. The laptop’s lid features a Pearl White genuine Italian leather that’s hand-crafted and hand-stitched. Complementing the lid’s white color is the Rose Gold diamond-cut edge and trim bar. To top everything off, this ZenBook has an 18-karat rose-gold-plated 30th-anniversary logo on the lid.

ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 | GadgetMatch

While the ZenBook Edition 30 has a luxurious exterior, it’s also a top-of-the-line notebook with a NanoEdge display, latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.

Additionally, it comes exclusively with a set of premium accessories, including a Pearl White mouse, a leather-like mouse pad, and a genuine-leather sleeve.

Prime X299 Edition 30

For ASUS fans that are PC builders, the company also has the Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard. The earliest product of ASUS is a motherboard, hence the Prime X299 Edition 30 honors the legacy of the company.

The special edition motherboard supports the latest Intel Core X-series desktop processors with a new flagship 16-stage power solution and enhanced cooling. It has two M.2 slots with passive heat sinks, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a DisplayPort. Connectivity-wise, it has built-in 5G Aquantia Ethernet, Intel Gigabit LAN, and Wi-Fi 6 support.

The motherboard also features a 2-inch LiveDash OLED display to show system stats with support for custom text and images for a personalized build. Furthermore, there’s a second LiveDash display in the new Smart Control Console which is an external module connected via USB.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo offers largest secondary touchscreen yet

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Qualcomm announces 5G variant of the Snapdragon 8cx

In partnership with Lenovo

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5G on smartphones is already established by multiple manufacturers, but how about laptops? Qualcomm and Lenovo collaborated to push next-generation connectivity on notebooks.

Last year’s Snapdragon 8cx chip has been upgraded this year to have 5G connectivity and it’s aptly called the Snapdragon 8cx 5G. While current laptops can have cellular connectivity, it’s not as efficient as Qualcomm’s solution. Essentially, notebooks running on Snapdragon’s 8cx 5G chip are always connected to the internet just like a smartphone, but without the compromise in battery life.


5G means super-fast speeds which will enable Snapdragon 8cx 5G devices to load online files like it’s from local storage. Also, 8K streaming and AR/VR applications will connect seamlessly.

Since Qualcomm’s new 5G SoC is based on its previous version, it still has the key features including multi-gigabit connectivity and multi-day battery life with support for enterprise applications and security. The 5G modem used here is Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon X55 5G. 5G is not yet widely available, but the chip also sports Category 22 LTE with peak speeds of up to 2.5Gbps.

The chip is yet to come to purchasable consumer devices, but we expect it to become available first with Lenovo. Qualcomm promises to showcase more in early 2020 or when 5G is already accessible globally.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition

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AMD announces faster 12-core Ryzen chips

Coming in July

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The processing war is starting up again. Fresh out of the oven, AMD has announced a variety of new chips for launch this year. In a recent press conference, Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s chief executive, presented the company’s future — 12 cores and 7 nanometers.

First up, the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X CPU will boast a boost clock of 4.6GHz and a base clock of 3.8GHz. It will also sport 70MB of cache memory. Notably, AMD’s new chip will go up against Intel’s Core i9-9920X. Su demonstrated her chip’s performance against Intel’s driver. In comparison, the Ryzen 9 3900X performs more efficiently and cooler than Intel’s chip. Most impressively, AMD’s chip will retail for only US$ 499, a far cry from Intel’s US$ 1,199 price tag.


Likewise, the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X touts the same improved efficiency. According to Su, the new chip will have a boost clock of 4.4GHz and a base clock of 3.6GHz. It will churn out 15 percent better efficiency than its predecessors. It will also produce only 65 watts of heat when active. The Ryzen 7 3700X will retail for only US$ 329, compared to its rivalling Intel Core i7-9700K’s US$ 385 price tag.

For more power, the Ryzen 7 3800K boasts more performance. Demonstrated on stage, the chip can play modern games remarkably well: 34 percent higher frame rate on League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive; 22 percent higher on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds; 21 percent faster on Overwatch; 15 percent faster on Dota 2; and, 14 percent faster on GTA V. Similarly, it performs 37 percent faster on multi-threaded tasks. It will retail for US$ 399, compared to the Intel Core i9-990K’s US$ 484 price tag.

Besides the iconic Ryzen series, AMD also teased a new initiative: the Navi architecture. Unlike the company’s other offerings, the Navi team will build chips based on the new 7nm architecture. According to Su, the new architecture will ship with the upcoming Radeon RX 5000 series. Compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070, the upcoming Navi chips will tout higher clock speeds and more efficient power usage. AMD is motivated to do everything better with the Navi architecture.

Unfortunately, AMD has not released a lot of details surrounding the upcoming chip. AMD is delaying a more detailed launch for June’s E3 show. However, the company has confirmed an appropriate July 7 release date for the new 7nm chips.

SEE ALSO: AMD reveals next-generation 7nm graphics card

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