The last rumor we had to report on about AMD was the exciting new HBM-based, 4096-bit wide memory bus Radeon R9 390X, but now we're going to tell you a little about the lower-end cards that will most likely find their way to consumers in the first half of 2015.
These new cards will reportedly be AMD's new MXM-based GPUs, arriving as the Litho XT and Strato PRO. These two new mystery cards have just reached Zauba.com, with the Litho and Strato most likely standing for the space-driven names of Lithosphere and Stratosphere. Starting with the Litho XT, which will be a Type A MXM GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, while the bigger Strato PRO will be a Type B MXM GPU with 4GB of RAM.
The XT side of things will be the powerful card, while the PRO will have a cut die. We could also see a Strato XT in the future, but we won't know anything until the new rumors start floating online.
One of Google's more interesting initiatives, is Project Loon; giant, helium-filled balloons that fly through the stratosphere providing Internet access to those below. Since Google has been flying Project Loon in our skies, they've learned quite a bit about running them more efficiently, and how to keep the balloons in the air for extended periods of time.
Over the last 12 or so months, Project Loon balloons have travelled over 3 million kilometers, which is the same as going around the world around 75 times. The problem is, they could only stay in the air for a certain period of time before Google needed to bring them back down to the ground to be re-deployed. Loon balloons are now capable of staying in the air for up to 10 times as long as they could last year, and stay there for around 100 days, or just over three months.
The current record Google has for Project Loon staying in the air, is 130 days, with the extended fly-time due to "hundreds of discoveries" that have helped the company prevent leaks, and assisted with automating the manufacturing process. Google has new auto-fill equipment that drops fill times to just under five minutes, as well as the ability to launch some 20 balloons a day as the company improves its "ability to launch consistently at scale".
To celebrate this week's release of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have four copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, and a major prize of a Blu-ray signed by star Mark Wahlberg, thanks to our friends at Paramount Home Entertainment.
'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history... while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its cross-hairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.
To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:
Name the voice artist who has provided the voice of Optimus Prime for 30 years
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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is available on Blu-ray HD and DVD from Australian retailers on November 26th. ©2014 Par. Pics. ©2014 Hasbro.
Just when you thought your GbE, or Gigabit Ethernet connection was fast with 1Gbps, and its lame, old wires - light-based communications are now coming into play and could blow away current physical line speeds.
Harald Haas, Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh said that the potential for wider bandwidth and quicker response time than Wi-Fi, is with light-based communications. He said: "All the components, all the mechanisms exist already. You just have to put them together and make them work". Haas is working with researchers from many different universities, which are currently half way through an expensive $9 million project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, in the United Kingdom.
The researchers are looking into ultraparallel visible light communication, which uses "multiple colors of light to provide high-bandwidth linkages over distances of a few meters", as the Spectrum IEEE site reports. This system has the team using commercially-made red, green and blue LEDs as both emitters, and as photodiodes to detect light. Using this simple technology has speeds of 110Mbps, and when transmitting data in one direction only, they reached 155Mb/s.
The fourth 'Jurassic Park' might not be released until June next year, and the first teaser trailer until later this week, but that hasn't stopped the glorious marketeers at Universal Studios from giving die-hard fans desperate enough for the first look at the film, by releasing a teaser for the teaser trailer. Yes. You read that right.
The 10 second clip below gives a fleeting, but tantalising glimpse at the iconic park gates, upgraded to a monorail above a lake, a stampeding Gallimimus tour, and portraits of stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dalls Howard to a slow, haunting piano rendition of the familiar 'Jurassic Park' theme.
'Jurassic World', the first 'Jurassic Park' sequel 14 years is directed by franchise newcomer Colin Trevorrow and marks a bold new direction for franchise. The full teaser is released at midday on Friday, Australian time here.
Sony is aiming for 1080p at 60FPS for PlanetSide 2 when it lands on the PlayStation 4, but this might be a hard task thanks to the constraints of the Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU, inside of the PS4.
Sony Online Entertainment, the developer behind the game, is having some trouble with the CPU side of the APU. The team is trying to get more on-screen action happening, while maintaining the 60FPS frame rate, but the CPU is the bottleneck. PlanetSide 2 will be released onto the PS4 next month, with the developer doing some last minute tweaks to get the game hitting 1080p at 60FPS.
The Creative Director on the project, Matt Higby, talked with Eurogamer that the game is constantly being optimized, with the real bottlenecks in the development process being on the CPU side of the PS4s APU, and not its GPU. He said that the GPU side of the AMD-powered APU isn't getting hit as badly, with the GPU handling the graphical side of things well, but the CPU is dragging its heels with the frame rate and the amount of on-screen activity. Higby said: "Our real bottlenecks are on the CPU side. From a graphical fidelity perspective, people will be impressed with what they see on the PS4. That's always one of those things people are skeptical about. I see every time we post an article like this I always get called out: 'haha, it's bullshit he's saying it's going to look as good.' It really does".
Numerous data breaches throughout 2014 forced American consumers to be more vigilant and proactive of their own personal accounts. As shoppers head online and into local stores to purchase Christmas gifts, more security experts are providing a friendly reminder to look after their own financial safety.
A recent survey found 55 percent of shoppers will head to a local store or mall to purchase items, while 36 percent will be searching for and purchasing gifts online. Specifically, 55 percent of consumers will use their credit cards, and 24 percent will use debit cards, checks, mobile payments, and other forms of payments to make purchases.
"Unfortunately, the threat of fraud is a reality, but it doesn't mean you're helpless," said Phil Hatfield, Capital One Vice President of Fraud. "Ensuring that you're monitoring your accounts and getting alerts to make you aware of unauthorized activity are simple steps and things you should do year-round and especially during the hectic holiday shopping season."
Retailer GameStop wouldn't mind seeing the aging Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles receive a price cut, as gamers largely choose the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Analysts believe both manufacturers should slash prices on both platforms, but nothing has been promised.
However, even with no price cuts imminent, GameStop doesn't believe Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware and software sales to simply drop completely off a cliff.
"We think it would be excellent and definitely would increase the sell-through rate on the old-generation consoles," said Tony Bartel, GameStop President. "We definitely think that would help. Year to date in the US, Xbox 360 and PS3 software and hardware are down 57.8 percent on a dollar basis. That's clearly significantly more than we anticipated at the beginning of the year."
The Regin stealth malware is one of the most sophisticated pieces of attack code written, and was likely created by a government for corporate espionage, according to the Symantec security firm. Regin was used for the past six years and has the ability to take screenshots, recover deleted files, and steal usernames and passwords from infected machines.
It is believed that machines from Ireland, Russia and Saudi Arabia have been most infected, with an effort to attack end users, companies, and government organizations. The Regin creators were diligent to cover their tracks, and it could have taken months to develop the software.
"We believe Regin is used primarily for espionage," said Liam O'Murchu, Symantec security researcher. "We see both companies and individuals targeted. The ultimate goal is to listen in on phone calls or something like that. [Regin's operators] target individuals and spread the attack to find whatever it is they're looking for. All of these things together make us think that a government wrote it."
Dell is now shipping its Alienware Alpha all-in-one console PC gaming unit, promoted as a Steam machine to consumers in time for Christmas. The entry-level Alpha machine has an Intel Core i3-4130T dual-core CPU, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 500GB HDD, with all models created so they can be easily upgraded.
The Alienware Alpha is available now and starts at $549, with $699, $799, and $899 models also available. The units ship with Alpha UI, but can boot directly to Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Steam Big Picture.
"We've been working hard this past year to break the mold and develop a system that finally brings hundreds of Steam games, including some really fun indie titles, to TVs," said Frank Azor, Alienware GM. "The team and I are excited to finally deliver our vision for big screen gaming and give our fans a console that delivers true next-gen performance with the flexibility to choose how, what and where they want to play."