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XIGMATEK pushes its a bright red power supply to market, the S550

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 23 mins ago

It's not often you see a power supply as brightly colored as this and that isn't always a bad thing. For those looking at a bright color-schemed build, XIGMATEK has offered up its 550W 80 Plus Silver power supply to the market.

 

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Featuring a single +12V rail, Core C6/C7 states support, a modular design and cooling through the utilization of a 135mm LED fan, this power supply is designed with single video card consumer systems in mind.

 

The XIGMATEK Vector S550 offers connections including a 24-pin ATX plug, an 8+8 pin EPS, two 6+2 pin PCIe plugs, six SATA power options, three Molex and one Berg plug.

Ubisoft learns from Watch Dogs, shows games on 'target machines' at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 18 mins ago

After the mess that was Watch Dogs, where Ubisoft was caught gimping the graphics of the PC version of the game and showing off footage from the game that was clearly not captured on consoles at the time, it changed its policies for E3 2015.

 

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The studio has reassessed how it shows off pre-release games, with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot telling The Guardian: "With E3 2015 we said, OK, let's make sure the games are playable, that they're running on the target machines. When we show something, we ask the team, make sure it's playable, make sure gamers can immediately see exactly what it is. That's what we learned from the Watch Dogs experience - if it can't be played on the target machine, it can be a risk".

 

Guillemot in a way blames the undefined early hardware of next-gen consoles (at the time) for the problems of Watch Dogs, where he added: "It's a real challenge to create those types of games. When they come out, especially the first iterations, they are not perfect on everything. We think we launched a good quality game for a first step in a new brand with a new technology. It's just so complex - seamless multiplayer, connectivity with mobile and tablets, so many things - it was maybe a bit too much for a first iteration".

 

But as VideoGamer.com said, if all of the demos at E3 2015 were running on target hardware, we should not expect the likes of The Division, For Honor, Rainbow Six: Siege, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate or Ghost Recon: Wildlands to be watered down in any shape, way or form.

AMD financials continue to decline, even with the launch of Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 12 mins ago

AMD has launched its new first flagship video card in nearly two years, the Radeon R9 Fury X, and even still it's looking down the barrel of yet another quarter of disappointing financial results.

 

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The chipmaker is expected to announce its Q2 results on July 16, with numbers that are said to be lower than even the worst estimates by analysts. AMD's Q2 sales have reportedly underperformed the worst estimates by analysts, and that investors are to expect revenue to be down 8% sequentially.

 

AMD's total revenue for Q1 was $1.03 billion, down 26.3% from the same period of 2014. If AMD's Q2 results are lower than this, in the $950 million mark, it would be a drop of around 34% from Q2 2014. Why? Well, according to AMD it's because of "weaker than expected consumer PC demand" but with AMD's dropping market share in the discrete GPU market, and NVIDIA securing a large chunk of it after it launched its GeForce GTX 980 late last year, I'd say it was the lack of any new products that saw sales slump, for AMD at least.

Sony rumored to unveil its new Xperia Z5 smartphone in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 15 mins ago

It looks like Sony is continuing to push on with its Xperia line of smartphones with the news of the Xperia Z5 to reportedly arrive in September, according to Technodify. The Xperia Z5 would arrive alongside the Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Ultra and other variants that will roll into other markets.

 

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Sony is reportedly preparing the Z5 with some exciting new features and technology, with the heart and soul the Xperia Z5 being Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 processor. This means the Xperia Z5 will feature an 8-core processor with 3GHz per core, using the company's new Kyro cores, as we move away from the Krait cores used in previous Snapdragon chips.

 

Not only that, but the Xperia Z5 should feature a fingerprint scanner, 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera that uses Sony's own Exmor RS IMX230 sensor, and a huge 4500mAh battery. If the battery rumor is true, we could be in for one of the best Android smartphones ever released.

LG uses Advanced In-Cell Touch technology for next-gen laptop screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 4 hours, 28 mins ago

It's not just storage technology and Intel processors making laptops thinner and thinner, but display technology. LG has just announced that its Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) screen technology will be getting an increase in size over its mobile counterparts, shifting over to laptops.

 

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LG's AIT technology is already found in smartphones like the LG G4, which substitutes a touch panel layer for a touch sensor, built into the LCD itself. This makes the display up to 25% thinner, and up to 35% lighter than a traditional laptop touchscreen. Not only that, but it will see less light reflection, which LG Display says that it'll make next-gen screens brighter, and clearer.

 

The South Korean giant plans to usher in multiple sizes, including stylus-compatible models, all in the near future.

GIGABYTE Z170 motherboards teased, with a super-hot new look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 6 hours, 17 mins ago

With the launch of Intel's new Skylake processors and chipsets right around the corner, GIGABYTE has begun teasing its new motherboards with a seriously slick new look. GIGABYTE will be kicking off its new Gaming G1 series based on the Z170 chipset, with boards like the one pictured below.

 

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GIGABYTE will include the GA-Z170X Gaming G1, GA-Z170X Gaming 7, GA-Z170X Gaming 5 and the GA-Z170X Gaming 3 motherboards all rocking the Z170 chipset. There will also be other motherboards such as the new GA-Z170X-UD5 TH and GA-Z170X-UD3, which will be joined by the new Z170 SOC Force that will be for the super enthusiasts and overclockers.

 

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The flagship motherboard featuring the Z170 chipset will be the new GA-Z170X Gaming G1, which will feature an E-ATX form factor and the usual arsenal of technologies, features and goodies for enthusiasts and overclockers to enjoy.

Samsung pushes the SSD game with 2TB 850 Evo and 850 Pro additions

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 7 hours, 23 mins ago

There's no denying that SSDs increasing in size isn't a brilliant thing - have you seen the price of 240GB drives these days? In order to continue forward developments, Samsung has announced 2TB additions to its 850 EVO and 850 PRO product lines. Oh, what's that - we have reviews on those new SSDs right here.

 

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Sitting pretty at a release price of $800, the 850 EVO is bested by the $1,000 850 PRO, with this alone explaining that the PC user isn't quite looking at SSD-only storage just yet. However, in a few years it may be the norm for workstations and general use home PCs to be running on flash-only memory due to performance, storage size and costing when compared to mechanical counterparts.

 

Samsung Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Un-Soo Kimm, said that this development was due to "demand for 500 gigabyte (GB) and higher capacity SSDs with the introduction of our V-NAND SSDs," so they went all out with the 2TB. Measuring in at the same dimensions of 7mm thick and 2.5 inches in size, these SSDs are aimed at consumers and are the first major brand to do so.

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Microsoft will put the finishing touches on Windows 10 this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 7 hours, 43 mins ago

With the launch of Windows 10 set for July 29, Microsoft is hard at work for its next desktop operating system to hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage, and according to The Verge, that will happen this week.

 

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The RTM process has always been quite the milestone for Microsoft to reach with each successive OS, but with Windows 10, it's not such a big achievement. This is because the company has adopted a "Windows as a service" model, very similar to its competitors. Microsoft will consider Windows 10 the "final version of Windows" which kind of marks an end to an era for Microsoft in one way, but opens many doors - or windows - in another.

 

There were three different versions of Windows 10 builds released to testers last week, showing that the company is pushing out massive progress with the OS, with each update containing just minor updates and improvements. There are sure to be a few more updates before the company reaches RTM, but it doesn't look like it will be long now.

 

Are you ready for the plunge on July 29 for Windows 10? Will you be upgrading?

Japan accepts recently issued giant robot challenge from US company

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 10 hours, 7 mins ago

It looks like the United States has a dance partner, after Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry accepts a giant robot challenge. Suidobashi founder Kogoro Kurata is more than willing to accept the challenge from a MegaBots challenge issued a few days ago.

 

 

However, it's a bit of showmanship by Kurata to mention the use of real weapons: "you know what we really need: melee combat. If we're gonna win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it." We're awaiting an official response from MegaBots.

 

Details regarding a future match must be ironed out, so it's something far from confirmed. Robotics research in Japan has helped the country in recent years, and has become a well-supported industry by the government. Meanwhile, the United States often attracts some of the best design and software experts in the world.

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Duran Duran: Streaming music 'is the way forward for the future'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 11 hours, 17 mins ago

Rock band Duran Duran recently described streaming music sites as "the way forward" but it's up to services to find the right balance in monetary support. Of course, the group also recently received the Spotify Lifetime Achievement award during the O2 Silver Clef Awards.

 

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"I think music streaming is the way forward for the future," said Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran keyboardist, in a statement published by the Irish Examiner. "There are a lot of great sites that provide an amazing service to the public, and it's brilliant that music can be accessed like that. They need to sort out the deals properly for all artists and then we'll all be happy."

 

You can find music from Duran Duran on Spotify and other streaming services.

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