We're hearing more and more about AMD's upcoming dual Hawaii-based GPU, but right now there's no name for it. Dutch tech site BouweenPC.nl is reporting that AMD might call it the "Radeon R9 295X2."
The report states that the core clocks on the R9 295X2 would be under 1GHz, and that the company is working on a hybrid air+water cooling solution for the card. The cooler will reportedly feature heat sinks with airflow to the RAM, VRM and other hot components, while two liquid cooling blocks would take the head away from the GPUs.
If this is the case, the Radeon R9 295X2, or whatever AMD call it, would not be a simple installation. I'm hoping this report isn't true, and that whatever AMD releases, it is a simple plug-and-play card. The image above is of the ASUS ARES II GPU, which has a similar cooling setup for comparison.
Right now, Ultra HD monitors are out of most consumers' reach as they are priced too high. 4K-capable displays range from nearly $1000 to close to $5000, depending on what you are after.
NPD DisplaySearch is now reporting that the industry will ship around 2 million Ultra HD monitors by the end of the year, with display makers paving the way for "affordable" 4K monitors at around 28 inches by the middle of the year. Normally cheap means crap quality, but Samsung and LG are both diving into the "affordable" 4K race, which should have users excited.
So if you're in the market for a monitor with a massive 3840x2160 resolution, you might want to wait a few more months as there should be more monitors to choose from.
During the winter months when it gets cold, it gets much harder to get to the shops and buy your beer... so what step do you take next? You order your beer to be delivered by an unmanned aerial drone, that's what.
Lakemaid, a Minnesota-based brewing company, has done just that - after it saw 60 Minutes' bit on Amazon's same-day delivery system that uses drones. The owners of Lakemaid Brewing Company developed its own unmanned aerial delivery vehicle, which just delivered Lakemaid's popular winter lager to an ice fishing shack near Lake Millie Lacs.
A drone had a 12-pack of Lakemaid's popular Winter Lager strapped to it, where it took off to its delivery point. The video above, was met with divided response, with beer fans wanting to know when their local brewers would adopt the same technology, but was also met with criticism as drones are often used for surveillance by the military.
Later on today, scientists will announce a "major discovery" at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. There will be a press conference held, which will begin at 11:55am EDT, something you can watch here.
What should we expect to be announced? The Guardian is reporting on speculation that the discovery involves the discovery of primordial gravitational waves, which are ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were produced in the early universe. The imprint they left behind goes back to when the universe was created, some 13.82 billion years ago.
The Guardian said: "The signal is rumoured to have been found by a specialised telescope called Bicep (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) at the south pole." Hiranya Peiris, a Cosmologist from the University College London told The Guardian: "It's been called the Holy Grail of cosmology. It would be a real major, major, major discovery."
The Thief reboot is set to receive a patch tomorrow that will have AMD users smiling from ear-to-ear. The new patch will add support for the company's TrueAudio and Mantle.
TrueAudio will see the world of Thief enjoy an effect dubbed "convolution reverb," which will simulate the echoes you'd normally hear in a similar real-life location. The effect works by recording an impulse response of a real location, which is then used by the game as an echo characteristic to manipulate the audio into sounding much more realistic.
This new feature is something gamers can tweak on their system, where they can have the option enabled to be run off their CPUs, which will increase gamers' CPU utilization, and on some systems, negatively impact performance. Alternatively, Thief gamers can offload the audio to their TrueAudio-enabled Radeon GPU. For this to happen, you'll need AMD's Radeon R9 290X, R9 290 or R7 260X.
Respawn Entertainment has teased that it has been playing Titanfall with Oculus VR's virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift. The developer's Community Manager, Abbie Heppe told Digital Spy: "We've been so busy just trying to get the game out. That is one of those things that we will evaluate post launch. We have them in the office, we've definitely played around with them, but that was more a side project for some of our coders."
Heppe continued: "After launch we will have probably a little more time when we are not totally crazy trying to get a game out. I've walked through a couple of the demos and it's pretty neat, especially with the cool stuff we have in Titanfall, there is a lot of possibilities. I'm always a little bit sceptical when it comes to stuff that's wearable because you've seen people attempt to do it in the past and it's never caught on large-scale. But it's so much fun to play with, so we'll see"
So there you have it, we could expect some virtual reality goodness in Titanfall, but I wouldn't hold your breath, it could be a while.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hand-picked Dmitry Kiselyov to be the head of Russia Today, with the news anchor appearing on the show on Sunday saying that Russia could "turn the US into radioactive dust."
Kiselyov made the statement on state-controlled Rossiya 1 TV, with the broadcasting going out shortly after the polls of the Crimean peninsula showed that 95% of people wanted to leave Ukraine, and become part of Russia. Kiselyov then talked about Russia's "dead hand" defense system, where he said: "Even if people in all our command posts after an enemy atomic attack cannot be contacted, the system will automatically fire our missiles from mines and submarines in the right direction," right as an image of a Russian missile headed toward the United States appeared on the screen.
Kiselyov has been referred to as "the Glenn Beck of Russia" and seems to not believe in a free and objective press: "I understood that objective journalism, distilled, is absolutely not in demand."
To celebrate this week's release of the 2013 blockbuster sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on home video formats, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment we have three copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to some lucky readers. Filled with extra features offering even more Jennifer Lawrence goodness than before and a superb digital and audio transfer, fans will no doubt be clamoring to take this release home.
To go into the running to take one copy home, simply answer the following question in 35 words or less:
What is the most devious and challenging level of the Hunger Games you could possible devise?
Send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on March 20th.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is available on Blu-ray + UltraViolet digital copy double play, DVD & Digital from Australian retailers from March 19th.
Watch Dogs is still a few months away, but now we know just how long people will be wandering around in the open-world title from Ubisoft if they plan on finishing the main story line: 35-40 hours.
The news comes from Jonathan Morin, Ubisoft Montreal's Creative Director. He tweeted a response to a question asking how big Watch Dogs is, story wise - as in the amount of hours required to complete the main story. Morin replied with: "I would say the average player which does free roam a bit tend to reach the end within 35-40h. But doing everything is close to 100h."
The last time we heard about Watch Dogs, was when we found out that it would be running at 1080p at 30FPS on the PS4, 960p at 30FPS on the Xbox One and on the PC, up to 4K and beyond with variable FPS. Watch Dogs is set for release on May 27, 2014.
There's better ways Samsung could market its smartphones, instead of letting Ellen use one at the Oscar's to take a selfie. How about using the eight-core brain of the Galaxy S4 to solve a Rubik's Cube in just 3.253 seconds?
Cubestormer 3 - a robot that solves Rubik's Cubes - in just seconds. The third-generation robot was built by co-inventors David Gilday and Mike Dobson for a single reason: speed. They used the eight-core variant of Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone, with the eight processors controlling eight Lego Mindstorms actuators.
Gidday explains: "We knew Cubestormer 3 had the potential to beat the existing record but with the robot performing physical operations quicker than the human eye can see there's always an element of risk." The eight cores inside of the Galaxy S4 analyze the cube's starting arrangement, then tells the four attached robot arms to process the required steps to get the cube into its complete state.