AMD steps up to take on Intel with the Ryzen 7 CPU: How does it stack up?

Something else inside?

If you use a computer, you’ve probably seen that little “Intel Inside” sticker on it somewhere, letting you know that your Facebook posts and cat videos are happening due to Intel’s dominance in the computer chip business. But there’s another computer chip maker, Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, that we don’t hear about very much, although that may be about to change.

Here at DT, Matt Smith has been putting AMD’s new Ryzen 7 1800X chip through its paces, and he’s here to report that the CPU has what it takes to compete against Intel, and at a price that puts it in reach of most people who like to build their own computer systems. The Ryzen 7 packs eight cores against the 10 in Intel’s top Core i7 model, and while it isn’t quite as fast as Intel’s fastest chip, it’s still pretty damn fast and at a price far below Intel’s premium offerings.

Is it a viable non-Intel option for computer builders and OEMs to drop into their machines? Depends somewhat on what the computer will be doing, so check out Matt’s review for a full technical and performance breakdown of the new AMD Ryzen series of silicon CPUs.

Snapping up billions

Today is the big day for Snap Inc., maker of the super-popular Snapchat photo app and those funky fresh Spectacle video glasses, as the company’s IPO got off to a healthy start, opening at $24 a share, which is a good seven dollars a share above what analysts thought it might start at. The makes Snap worth about $30 billion, which makes it one of the strongest tech IPOs since Facebook – and one of the most overvalued, according to some analysts.

Like a lot of tech companies hoping to leverage a big IPO into becoming a profitable business, Snap is still a money loser, something 26-year-old founder Evan Spiegel is certainly aware of, despite just becoming a billionaire on paper that’s about to marry Victoria Secret super-angel Miranda Kerr, who is seven years his senior. Can Spiegel guide Snap to the calm seas of positive cash flow?

There are rumors that a Snap drone and other products are under consideration and Snapchat is used by what seems like every teenager and 20-something on the planet, so maybe we should buy a few shares.

Google’s A.I. Assistant tastes like Marshmallow Nougat

Remember when artificial intelligence was just a sci-fi movie plot device and not running everything in your house and your life in general? Memories, eh?

Well, get ready for more AI everywhere as Google has announced that its Google Assistant AI is coming today to any device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. That’s a whole lot of devices. Google Assistant was only available on Google’s Pixel phones, Google home devices, and some other tech via the Allo app, but starting today, a 6.0 update will replace Search with Assistant.

This is either the start of a tech Nirvana brought to you by Google, or the beginning of a descent into Skynet dystopia. OK Google, open the pod bay doors…

Be sure to check out the Trends with Benefits podcast today (or later on YouTube) as our panel of techie tech folks debate the Nintendo Switch and other hot topics. TwB airs live at 2 p.m. PST.

Computing

Snatch Apple’s 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro for up to $1,200 off at B&H

The latest deal at B&H is offering up 2017 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros, in space gray and silver, with Intel Core i7 quad-core CPUs, 16GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 560 GPUs with up to 2TB of SSD storage.
Mobile

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Deals

Clean up with robot vac, upright vacuum, and spot and stain remover deals

Whether you're gift shopping or need to get your house ready for the holidays, deals on household cleaning appliances are always welcome. We found Walmart's best deals on robot vacs, upright vacuum cleaners, and spot and stain cleaners.
Deals

Liven up the holiday party with the 10 best white elephant gifts for $20 or less

We tracked down 10 awesome gifts with the perfect mixture of humor, practicality, and most importantly, affordability. Take a look at the best white elephant gifts under $20 and get ready to get your white elephant on.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Alexa-enabled Billy Bass, ‘Gear.Club Unlimited 2,’ and more

Alexa-enabled fish and Boring Company lawsuits highlighted this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also welcomed Chris Rosario to talk about Gear.Club Unlimited 2 and Ian Williams of Deadstock Coffee joined the show from Tokyo, Japan.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Harlem Globetrotter Big Easy talks new app, favorite gadget

We welcomed Harlem Globetrotter Nathaniel Lofton to talk about how he became a Globetrotter 14 years ago. Big Easy also told us about the brand-new Harlem Globetrotters app that is now available on Android and Apple.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: First 5G phone, Batcole Foundation, and a new data breach

Tuesday on Digital Trends Live, Greg Nibler discussed trending topics such as the Quora data breach, and Jeremy Kaplan was joined by Katie Linendoll from the Batcole Foundation to discuss the benefits of AR and VR in hospital rooms.
Digital Trends Live

Filmmaker Justin Ching talks about empowering underrepresented voices

Justin Ching, filmmaker and founder of production studio J-school, believes it is important to empower underrepresented communities to tell their own stories. He appeared on Digital Trends Live to talk about his journey and J-school's…
Digital Trends Live

Pro4Ma CEO Liz Dunn explains the retail trends of Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Black Friday is a day of sales, but also of chaos. Pro4MA CEO Liz Dunn appeared on Digital Trends Live to discuss the shifts she has seen in Black Friday weekend, and what they mean for consumers.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Self-driving cars, ocean exploration, and holiday shopping

Today on Digital Trends Live, we discussed the first self-driving car service in Phoenix, an expedition heading to the bottom of the world's oceans, and talked to Liz Dunn from Pro4ma about holiday shopping trends.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Alexa updates, Uber’s self-driving cars, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, Senior Editor Caleb Denison discussed the best streaming devices and we welcomed Danny Pyell and Felia Mano, the Nintendo Power Couple, and Kelly Dachtler from OBVS to the show.
Digital Trends Live

CEO of shoe startup OB/VS talks about exploration-focused footwear

Today we had the founder of OB/VS Kelly Dachtler to talk about why he wanted to start a footwear company, what makes the shoes his firm manufactures unique, and what future products are in store.
Digital Trends Live

HouseSpecial animation team brings DT’s Holiday Gift Guide to life with miniatures

Digital Trends partnered with animation company HouseSpecial to create this year's Holiday Gift Guide. We sat down with art director Gee Staughton to discuss how HouseSpecial brought life to the project.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: The Game Awards recap, smart home hackers, and more

On episode 32 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Jeremy Kaplan broke down the news of the day, including a recap of The Game Awards, a smart home hacking, and more.