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Apple's new MacBook has performance of the MacBook Air from 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 hour, 6 mins ago

Apple's new Retina MacBook doesn't reach consumers until April 10, but we are now looking at some early 64-bit Geekbench benchmarks of the Core M-powered laptop.

 

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The Intel Core M-5Y31 processor is clocked at 1.1GHz, with someone running the benchmark twice, providing two single-core scores of 1924 and 2044. The multi-core benchmarks provided a score of 4038 and 4475. Comparing this to the entry-level 2015 MacBook Air with its 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, we've seen single-core results of 2881 and multi-core results of 5757.

 

Performance wise, we're looking at the new Core M-powered Retina MacBook being about as fast as the higher-end MacBook Air from 2011, with its 1.8GHz Core i7 processor. Graphics performance will most likely be better on the 2011 MBA, but we won't know that until benchmarks are performed on the new Core M-powered MacBook.

 

There are two processor upgrades consumers can choose for the new Retina MacBook, with the 1.1GHz processor being optioned out for a 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz part. The new Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest and lightest notebook to date, with pricing starting at $1299 for the 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB model, and $1599 for the 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB model.

GIGABYTE passes ASUS, becomes the leading motherboard vendor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 25 mins ago

The motherboard wars are firing up again right before Computex, with GIGABYTE overtaking ASUS to become the world's largest motherboard vendor, according to the latest preliminary shipment figures, reports Digitimes.

 

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GIGABYTE shipped around 4.8 million motherboards in Q1, while ASUS shipped around 4.5 million. Between the two Taiwanese giants, they make up around 80% of China's motherboard market. MSI and ASRock come in third and fourth place, with both of them churning out around 3 million motherboards each. Both companies are looking to hit around 6.5 million units each for the entire of 2015.

 

With a slowing demand on motherboards and with GIGABYTE and ASUS securing most of the consumers, MSI has moved its focus over to the gaming notebook market, while ASRock is slowly shifting over to making products for the IPC server market.

Microsoft's Music and Video apps for Windows 10 drop Xbox branding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 3 hours, 12 mins ago

Microsoft is shifting the focus of its new Music and Video apps for the latest Technical Preview of Windows 10 away from Xbox, dropping the Xbox branding on them altogether.

 

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With the Xbox branding seemingly behind them, the new Music and Video apps aren't much different to their Windows 8.1-based counterparts. We do have a few UI changes, and a modified menu system that collapses by default when you enter a windowed view. The Verge has played with the new apps, noticing that the new Music app doesn't have playback controls when hovering over the app in the taskbar.

 

The Video app isn't much better, with purchased content taking a couple of seconds to begin while adding or removing folders from a video library causing the app to crash. What we need to take away from this is, Microsoft has removed the Xbox branding from their two large media consumption apps for their upcoming Windows 10 operating system. This is big news, and something I think the company needed to do to not confuse consumers between Xbox and Windows.

Acer new touch-capable 21.5-inch Chromebase features NVIDIA Tegra K1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 4 hours, 39 mins ago

Acer has just taken the wraps off of its Chrome OS-powered Chromebase, which features a 21.5-inch touchscreen-capable Full HD display. Inside, it is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor.

 

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We have USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as an HDMI out. There's also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with a front-facing camera on the front for those Google Hangouts chats on Chrome OS.

 

Acer will be launching the Chrome OS-powered Chromebase in the US and Asia Pacific markets in Q2 2015.

Nintendo announces Mario Maker for Wii U, arrives in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 9 mins ago

Nintendo has announced Mario Maker during its presentation today, with the do-it-yourself Mario level creation game hitting the Wii U in September.

 

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The Japanese gaming giant revealed Mario Maker back at E3 last year, but we haven't heard much about the game since. Mario Maker for the Wii U will let gamers design their own 2D Mario game levels in the varying styles we all know and love from Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.

Sling TV adds HBO just in time for 'Game of Thrones'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 7 hours, 1 min ago

Sling TV and HBO have announced that HBO will head to the streaming Sling TV service, ahead of the Game of Thrones season launch on April 12. HBO will cost $15 per month as part of the "Best of Live TV" core package that costs $20 per month for Sling TV subscribers.

 

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"Sling TV is bringing HBO to our customers on all of our supported devices in time for one of the most important TV moments of the year," said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. "HBO delivers hit shows and movies that TV viewers crave, and with this addition we're adding another heavy hitter to a lineup that includes ESPN, AMC, TNT and more."

 

Sling TV continues to add more channels and content for its subscribers, and has proven to be a legitimate cord cutting option for consumers.

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Bungie's senior gameplay designer on Destiny leaves for Bethesda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 13 mins ago

Bungie's Senior Gameplay Designer for Destiny has left the company, with Josh Hamrick moving over to Bethesda. The news has been confirmed by Pete Hines and John Hamrick on Twitter.

 

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Hamrick worked for Bungie for around six years before he left, having his skills placed on the Halo games when they were still being developed by Bungie. As for Bethesda, we can expect something from the company in June at E3 2015, where they will hopefully announce some new titles, and maybe a few surprises.

F-35 head continues to defend his program, amid major budget issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 35 mins ago

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the chaotic and expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, has consistently heard criticism and complaints. Bogdan says the F-35 program is better than what the public perceives, despite schedule delays, technical and design issues, and huge cost problems.

 

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Lockheed Martin, the F-35 JSF manufacturer, and Pratt & Whitney, the F-35 engine maker, are fighting for support - and urging the Pentagon not to slash budgets.

 

The cost of production has more than doubled, and the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better. Once the kinks are worked out, the F-35A for the Air Force will cost upwards of $110 million each, an F-35B for the USMC will be $134 million, and the Navy F-35C has a $129 million price tag.

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More classic 'X-Files' characters board revival

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 9 hours, 3 mins ago

It was only a week ago that Fox announced the return of TV's 'X-Files' for a limited run of 6 new episodes, but events are moving fast, with David Duchovny announcing more original stars will re-appear - many for the first time in 13 years.

 

 

Speaking to David Letterman yesterday, Duchovny has confirmed that the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) have both signed on, while TVNews are reporting that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish, who filled the void in later seasons, will also return.

 

It now looks that everything is falling into line to make the first new 'X-Files' stories since 2008's 'I Want to Believe'. The X-Files' is expected to return sometime next year for the six episode limited series revival.

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Report: Number of Apple Pay problems at checkout

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 9 hours, 25 mins ago

Apple Pay helped bring attention to the mobile payments market, but the company must deal with a few different problems that shoppers and retailers are now reporting. Two-thirds of Apple Pay users say they've had problems at checkout, with repeat usage suffering because of these problems.

 

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Half of consumers visited a merchant said to be accepting Apple Pay but could not pay using the mobile payment system - and many don't want to bother trying again. Since 66 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners signed up for Apple Pay, according to Phoenix Marketing International, this is something that Apple will likely try to correct as quickly as possible.

 

"They've created demand, but it can't be fulfilled," said Greg Weed, director of Phoenix Marketing International, in a statement to Bloomberg. "To make it more difficult to use or to create any uncertainty in your customer base as to whether it's going to work is just going to slow it down."

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