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Intel's next-gen Xeon platform will support 6-channel DDR4 RAM in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 35 mins ago

I really have to stop reading about Intel's upcoming Xeon platforms, as I'm just going to disappoint myself that I'll never own one. The chipmaker is teasing its next-gen Xeon Skylake platform: Purley. The new architecture is going to be quite the leap over the current generation, with support for 6-channel DDR4, up from the quad-channel DDR4 support we have today.

 

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Skylake Purley will be one of the biggest updates to the Xeon platform in quite a long time, with Skylake EX Purley supporting not just 6-channel DDR4, but up to eight processors that support 28 cores per chip, too. We also have the AVX 512 instruction set that will include the 100G OmniPath interconnect.

 

The OmniPath interconnect is something you've probably never heard of before, which is something that will be called Storm Lake. The PCH itself will be codenamed Lewisburg, with it sporting updated Ethernet controllers. The TDP that Skylake EX Purley processors will have will be between 45W and 165W, with CPUs slotting into something called Socket P. Another major update to the platform will see the number of PCIe slots increased to 48, with x4, x8 and x16 divisions allowed, which is a big upgrade to the platform.

Selfie with a gun? Lady accidentally shoots herself in the head

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 6 hours, 46 mins ago

A 21-year-old Russian woman just wanted to take a selfie with a 9mm handgun... but accidentally shot herself instead.

 

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There are conflicting reports about the weapon, with some reports claiming the security officer left it unattended in an office before leaving for holiday. However, the RT says the security guard reportedly allowed the woman to use his weapon to take a selfie, and then the woman began to pose for a picture. She grabbed the trigger, the weapon discharged, and a bullet ricocheted off a wall and into her head, according to a witness.

 

If true, the guard faces a negligent weapon possession leading to injury charge, and could face up to six months in a Russian jail if convicted.

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Qualcomm teams up with Mercedes to study wireless EV testing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 7 hours, 16 mins ago

It looks like Mercedes-Benz and Qualcomm will team up to help study wireless electric vehicle recharging functionality, in addition to helping wirelessly recharge smartphones. It could be possible to wirelessly charge devices such as smartphones and tablets, which are increasingly utilized via connected technologies now included in higher-end cars.

 

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"It's important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers," said Thomas Weber, board member of the research and development team at Daimler, in a statement published by Reuters. "With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm."

 

There is a race among automakers to work with tech companies, helping push the boundaries of vehicle software, telecommunications - and overall connected functionality. German automakers are especially eager to embrace technology in luxury cars, which should continue trickling down to more affordable vehicles.

The UK's Richi Bowzer brings his best mod to the global stage

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 13 hours, 56 mins ago

Hailing from the United Kingdom, master modder Richi 'rchiileea+richi' Bowzer has been selected as one of seven modders to go head to head with other big names that TweakTown has already covered in Thermaltake's caseMOD invitational competition - check out Stuart Tonks (AUS) and Fabio Moma (JP).

 

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Looking a little different from most mods you will see in this day and age, Bowzer quotes his expansive computer history as part of his modding know-how, stating "how old am I? well old enough to know you can run a AMD K2 without a heat sink for a few minutes, and to also know a small company called abit only released mobos with German translated manuals" all while navigating through a dial-up connection.

 

With the theme of this case being titled as 'Illusionist', Bowzer has gone about integrating the Thermaltake Core X9 case on offer with a fancy painted color scheme coupled with a cool 16GB of Avexir Blitz 1.1 RAM.

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The $10,000+ Apple Watch Editions are now being shipped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 15 hours, 9 mins ago

If you're not a celebrity or part of the 1%, you probably haven't received your Apple Watch Edition yet. Sure, you might have slapped down over $10,000 for Apple's first wearable, but consumers are only beginning to receive their expensive new Watch in the last few days.

 

 

Now that it's here, we have an unboxing video that you can check out above, which shows off the external packaging Apple has used. For $10,000+, the packaging is virtually identical to that of the stainless steel Apple Watch, except for the 18-karat gold casing and unique band on the side of the Watch.

 

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Inside of the Apple Watch Edition box, we have the colored leather-covered box that features the MagSafe connector, with a color-matched cleaning cloth with the word 'Edition' embossed into the material. The very first time you boot up the Watch Edition, a description onf the Watch's hardware materials will appear, as you can see in the image above.

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Uber testing out its self-driving car on Pittsburgh's streets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 16 hours, 54 mins ago

Continuing its domination, ride sharing giant Uber is testing out its self-driving car on the streets of Pittsburgh. The car itself had "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" on the side of it, making it stand out even more.

 

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Uber announced plans of testing out its self-driving car technology back in February, where it was going to be working with Carnegie Mellon University to build a new facility in Pittsburgh for research into mapping, vehicle safety and autonomy technology. Uber spokesperson Trina Smith has said that part of Uber's early research into mapping, safety and autonomy systems was test driving the new self-driving vehicle.

 

The ride sharing company has come out and said that the model snapped on the streets of Pittsburgh, was in fact not a self-driving car, after all.

Leaked benchmarks on AMD Radeon R9 390X see it beating the Titan X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 18 hours, 23 mins ago

As we get closer to the official announcement and launch of the Radeon R9 390X from AMD, all we have to enjoy for now are leaked benchmarks that show the "Fiji XT" card beating out the GeForce GTX Titan X, barely.

 

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With its super-fast HBM, the AMD Radeon R9 390X beats out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, the unreleased and expected GTX 980 Ti, and every other single GPU solution from NVIDIA in the average scores from 19 benchmarks according to a leaked look at the next-gen card from AMD.

 

When it comes to power consumption, it looks like AMD's next-gen Fiji architecture and High Bandwidth Memory aren't enough to save it from the perils of high power consumption. The leaked benchmarks show that the R9 390X uses 289W of power, which is just 3W away from the R9 290X which is quite the consumer of power. Comparing this to the Titan X which uses 256W, and the GTX 980 Ti which uses 235W, AMD is once again consuming a large amount of power in order to beat NVIDIA.

 

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These are of course leaked results, so we can expect a better look from the R9 390X, and the GTX 980 Ti when they're both officially released.

Google updates Hangouts Chrome app for Windows, OS X and Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 19 hours, 13 mins ago

Some of you may have already realized this, but Google has pushed out a refreshed Hangouts Chrome app for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The new app is actually quite great, so if you're a Hangouts user, you should update.

 

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Google's Mayur Kamat wrote on his Google+ account about the new update, saying: "New version of Hangouts Chrome App is out. Give it a try, especially if use Mac OS X". He also said that it's available for Windows, ChromeOS and Linux, too. If it hasn't already been updated, you can uninstall and reinstall the dedicated Chrome Hangouts app, which should then refresh and delight you with its new look and features.

Sony hiring for its 'next generation gaming system', is this the PS5?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 20 hours, 46 mins ago

We've heard previous rumors of the PlayStation 5 in that it would be a cloud-based console, with the producer of Tekken teasing that it wouldn't be a physical console at all. Now we're seeing job postings from Sony, teasing the PS5 once again.

 

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On the official Sony PlayStation page, the Japanese giant is looking for a "Senior Game Programmer", with the job description reads: "We have an exciting opportunity at Sony Computer Entertainment of America (PlayStation). We seek a senior game programmer to assist us in developing a game used for R&D purposes related to our next generation gaming system. For someone passionate about gaming this is a very rare opportunity. After reviewing the below job profile, if this is you, please apply!"

 

The PS4 has enjoyed 19 months on the market so far, but most games are not being rendered at 1080p let alone 1080p 60FPS. I think Sony would cannabalize PS4 sales with a new console, but if it introduced the PS5 with a discrete GPU and told consumers and gamers that it was capable of 4K 60FPS and 1080p 120FPS, for $499, it would sell very well. Project Morpheus, Sony's virtual reality headset, is going to need much more grunt than the PS4 is capable of to deliver a great VR experience, so bring on the PS5.

Samsung announces 10nm production for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 22 hours, 22 mins ago

Intel has already teased that it will begin talking about its plans for 10nm later this year, but rival Samsung has said that it plans to ramp up its 10nm production sometime in 2016.

 

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Samsung has confirmed that the smaller node will be in "full production" sometime in 2016, but other than that, it was very coy about its plans. With Intel expected to be the first to 10nm, its rivals are now playing catch up, with 2016 being the year of 10nm technology. TSMC isn't far behind with 10nm, either.

 

The South Korean electronics giant has also confirmed that its 14nm FinFET technology is being made in four foundries, with two of them located in South Korea, and two of them in the United States.

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