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HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB OC'ed Video Card Review

HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB OC'ed Video Card Review

We got a sneak peak of it at Computex, but today we get to check out the hybrid water cooled HIS Radeon R9 290X 4GB video card. Let's take a look!

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Google owns the mobile OS market with 84.6%, Apple has just 11.9%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 9 mins ago

The latest numbers from market research firm Strategy Analytics for Q2 2014 see that Google is completely dominating the mobile OS market, with Android hitting a global market share of 84.6%, up from 80.2% in the same quarter of last year.

 

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Google's biggest competitor, Apple, has just 11.9% market share, which is down 13.4% from the same period of 2013. Microsoft has also lost market share to Google, dropping from 3.8% in Q2 2013 to 2.7% in Q2 2014. BlackBerry is barely hanging on, dropping from an already low point of 2.4%, to just 0.6% this year.

 

When it comes to smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi has become the world's fifth-largest brand, which has Strategy Analytics calling the company a "star performer" for taking control of 5% of the global smartphone market by shipping 15.1 million units. Samsung is still number one, with 74.5 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2014, down from 76 million units in the same quarter of 2013. Apple shipped more units this year, hitting 35.2 million shipments, up from 31.2 million in Q2 2013.

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PlayStation 4 sales thrashed the Xbox One for Q1 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 hour, 12 mins ago

How are the console wars going? Well, according to Sony's latest financial report, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One three to one in Q1 2014. Sony has said how many consoles it sold separately between the PS3 and PS4, but combined, they sold some 3.5 million units in the first three months of the year.

 

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In the same period of 2013, the company sold just 1.1 million units, so I would say the majority of those 3.5 million units would've been PS4s. Its competitor, Microsoft, and its finanical report that was announced last week saw shipping numbers for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 sitting at 1.1 million total. So when we see Sony selling 3.5 million PlayStation consoles versus just 1.1 million Xbox consoles, we can see that Sony is kicking some major ass here.

 

Sony generated a huge $2.5 billion in sales from its Games & Network Services division, something that is credited to the launch of the PS4.

Leaked photos of the purported OneWatch smartwatch from OnePlus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 14 mins ago

When OnePlus launched its One smartphone earlier this year, most were wondering when the company would release something else - were they working on the next version of One (Two?) or a wearable? Well, BGR India has an exclusive look at the OneWatch from OnePlus, something the company is reportedly close to launching.

 

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The OneWatch will be build from some high-end materials, something that includes titanium for screen borders, leather for bands, and sapphire for the OLED display's cover. OnePlus kicks it up a notch with the OneWatch though, with Qi wireless charging capabilities, a circular screen like the beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch, and a curved battery. We should also see the OneWatch arrive with a user-configurable physical button on the side.

 

We don't know if OnePlus will use Android Wear on the OneWatch, or whether it'll feature a customized version of Cyanogen mod. OnePlus levied the custom Android-based OS for its One smartphone, so it might do the same with the OneWatch, too. The biggest selling point of the upcoming OneWatch will be its price, with OnePlus pricing its One smartphone incredibly cheap, at under half the price of the competition, with similar, if not better specifications inside of the One smartphone.

Apple rumored to delay its iWatch, continued production difficulties

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 14 mins ago

Apple seems to be stumbling over itself to get the iWatch production started, with another rumor coming from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that the company will start mass producing its iWatch in the second half of November, instead of in September like previous reports have stated.

 

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Kuo has now cut his iWatch shipment projections down with this news, down from his previous estimate of 5 million, to 3 million. Kuo doesn't know why there is a delay, but he did say that the company is having issues producing enough sapphire displays for the iWatch, which will see around half the amount of iWatches shipped this year featuring standard glass displays.

Oculus Rift DK2 teardown reveals it uses Samsung Galaxy Note 3 panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 36 mins ago

iFixit have given the new Oculus Rift DK2 unit its teardown treatment, revealing what makes the DK2 provide one of the best VR experiences known to mankind. Inside of the DK2, iFixit found that Oculus VR is using not just the Galaxy Note 3 panel, but Oculus VR has either sourced them directly from Samsung, or is buying up Note 3s as it still has the Samsung branding on it - inside of the DK2 itself.

 

 

The screen itself is Samsung's 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1080, or 960x1080 per eye. Oculus VR have overclocked this panel up to 75Hz, from the default 60Hz on the Note 3. Remember that Oculus VR has a partnership with Samsung, which would explain the use of the Note 3 panels inside of the DK2.

 

Considering the rumors of the Note 4 sporting a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 panel, this is what I think we'll find in the CV1 (the retail release) of the Oculus Rift. The rest of the iFixit teardown on the Oculus Rift DK2 unit is an interesting watch, and if you don't have time for the video, there's a slew of pictures you can flick through here.

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Samsung expected to launch its Galaxy Note 4 on September 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 16 mins ago

Just a few days before the IFA event in Berlin, Germany, Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. The Korea Times has reported the news according to its sources over at Samsung that the company will unveil the latest Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, a day earlier than it revealed the Galaxy Note 3 last year.

 

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The company is reportedly afraid of the bigger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that is coming, which has seen Apple backtrack on previous sales pitches and marketing on the 4-inch screen being all you need for single-handed iPhone use, and moving toward a bigger screen. The South Korean giant is now putting faith in its Galaxy Note 4 at making a comeback in device sales, with some serious specs being baked into the upcoming Note 4, including a reported 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display.

 

On top of that, we should have an 8-core processor inside of the Note 4, 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera using a Sony sensor. We should know more in a little over a month from now.

Game of Thrones Season 4 headed to Blu-ray with fan pleasing extras

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 32 mins ago

HBO and Warner like to give fans a huge advance notice of the Blu-ray release of 'Game of Thrones' tied to the broadcast of the next years season. Despite that, they've obviously used the time to create a huge incentive for fans to actually purchase the series, with some illuminating and in-depth extra features.

 

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To be released in Australia on 18th February 2015, 'Game Of Thrones' Season Four comes to Blu-ray on 4 discs, with each episode presented in 1080p and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, alongside a range of extra features, including in-Episode Guides, multiple behind the scenes featurettes, multiple audio commentaries, a cast roundtable documentary and deleted Scenes.

 

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It's going to be a long wait for fans, but 'Game of Thrones: Season Five', which promises more surprises, blood and departures from the novel, is scheduled to premiere on HBO in April 2015.

Man survives being shot, with the bullet hitting his Galaxy Mega phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 3 mins ago

A man has survived being shot thanks to having his 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone in his shirt pocket, stopping the bullet from piercing him and possibly killing him.

 

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The man ended up in a street altercation with another man after he armed man dropped his wallet, the victim picked up the wallet for the man, joking about using it to buy a beer. The armed man pulled out his gun, and fired it into his chest, but thankfully his Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 blocked the bullet. You can see in the shot above that the phone is done for, but the owner survived.

 

Now we just need Samsung to build a Galaxy jacket, made from the same materials that stopped this bullet. For someone like myself, who keeps their phone in their jeans or trouser pocket, I would've had this bullet shot into me. Luckily this man, out of all the clothes he owns, wore this top with the pocket on that day.

Distraught startups say London's so-called Tech City has dire internet

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 9 hours, 39 mins ago

An area the British government now officially brands "Tech City" has broadband so poor that a group of startups and small internet providers have formed a lobby to fix it.

 

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Old Street in East London has undergone a series of organic development as tech companies, such as Last.FM, set up shop in the area. Shortly after coming into power, David Cameron's Conservative government announced "Tech City" around the same location and as part of the Olympic site a little further away. Cameron's idea was to promote London as ahead of the curve in a bid to attract international investment from top tech companies - so it will be more than a little bit embarrassing that the startup scene, which arguably forged the area into what it is today, for better or for worse, think so little of its infrastructure.

 

The startups will be meeting with Labour Member of Parliament Meg Hillier to try to iron out the connection, which has been described as "not fit for purpose" and a "national embarrassment". Hillier is now proposing a "comprehensive review of broadband, plans for infrastructure and roll out, and a competitive framework for delivery".

Facebook launches app to provide free mobile internet to all of Zambia

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 10 hours, 42 mins ago

Social networking powerhouse Facebook has launched a brand new app called Internet.org which will provide basic mobile internet for free to the African country of Zambia.

 

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Internet.org, announced today, seeks to provide internet services to areas where access is low or has been difficult to implement. Fixed line internet can be tough to install in certain locations, but mobile's a little easier - and as product director Guy Rosen explained in a blog post, 85 percent of the entire world lives near cellular coverage. But just 30 percent of the world is connected. Zambia is the very first market Facebook's launching Internet.org in, and Airtel subscribers will be the first to trial the service.

 

"Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services," Rosen said in the post. "With this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise."

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