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GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

Our next Intel Z170 based Skylake motherboard on the test bench is GIGABYTE's Z170X-UD5. Come and read our review and find out if it's for you or not.

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6S Marketing hopes Apple names new phone the iPhone 7, not iPhone 6s

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 mins ago

6S Marketing may like iPhones and other Apple products, but hopes the new iPhone isn't dubbed the iPhone 6s. The company rented billboard space in Times Square, along with plastering trucks with a plea to Microsoft.

 

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You see, the company, which has offices in New York City, Toronto and Vancouver, doesn't want Apple to name its next-generation smartphone as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new phone, which is expected to be unveiled later this month, could break 6S Marketing's hearts:

 

"See, our company name is 6S Marketing, but our clients, friends, and colleagues simply refer to us as good ol' "6S." It's a small name but a big part of our identity -- one we've been using since 2000, when we started this company in my tiny apartment. At that time, we didn't think that one of the biggest, and most well-respected, companies would use it to name a mobile device. (We were still using Motorola flip phones at the time, after all.)

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Pandora announces Listener Love Day on Sept. 9, a day of ad-free music

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 hour, 19 mins ago

Streaming music service Pandora invites everyone to enjoy one day of ad-free music, as the company celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The special day takes place on Wednesday, September 9, and is fully sponsored by Pandora One - so from 12:00 am ET until 12:00AM ET Thursday, anyone can listen to ad-free music.

 

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Despite the drastic rise of Spotify, Pandora still streams the most music out of all competing services - with almost 80 million listeners each month, listening to 74 billion hours of music, creating 8 billion stations, and sharing more than 55 billion thumbs over the past decade.

 

"From the first song Pandora played in 2005 to the 50 billionth we celebrated earlier this year, our mission has remained the same - to provide each of our listeners with the best music experience possible, whether an old favorite or introducing them to a new artist and style of music," said Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora. "Listener Love Day is a celebration of not only our listeners, but a day dedicated to great music."

Xbox manager: 2015 shaping up to be best year of gaming since 2007

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 27 mins ago

It doesn't matter if you're a PC gamer or console owner, this looks like a fantastic time to be playing video games. Microsoft Xbox product manager Patrick Perkins recently described it as the strongest gaming period in almost 10 years, with plenty of high-profile titles that have either launched - or will launch in the next several quarters.

 

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"Before we even launched the Xbox One, we knew that this was the year," Perkins recently said while speaking on the GameStop Expo livestream. "You just look at the development cycles and when everything's going to come together."

 

While speaking on the livestream, Perkins compared the upcoming 2015 holiday and early 2016 gaming season to that of 2007 holiday and early 2008 - when games such as Assassin's Creed, Halo 3, BioShock, Rock Band, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Mass Effect launched. Of course, games such as The Witcher, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Crysis, and Super Mario Galaxy also were released in that same time frame.

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Entrepreneur voices concerns robots could have on human workforce

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 23 mins ago

Tech entrepreneur and author Martin Ford has again expressed concern that robots will take over the workforce, stealing much-needed jobs from human workers.

 

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"It's not just about doing manual labor as it was in the past," Ford recently said. "Now we've got robots and machines and algorithms that are taking over brain power and it's much more broad-based, it's ubiquitous. These technologies are everywhere; they're going to invade every industry across the board."

 

Ford recommends humans create some time of contingency plan, especially if the already competitive workplace faces added pressure from robotic automation. It may be a while before artificial intelligence (AI) - which some experts have showed concern regarding - actually goes mainstream, though robotic automation is already happening.

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Simplify World Travel With the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 6 hours, 14 mins ago

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We're always looking for ways to travel lighter. Rather than leave our favorite devices at home, we prefer to ditch the bulky chargers and travel adapters instead. That's when the sleek, compact Twist Plus+ World Charging Station comes in handy. Get it for just $34.99 at TweakTown Deals.

 

The pocket-sized, ultra-portable adapter is designed to charge your MacBook and four USB-compatible devices at the same time, in over 150 countries all over the world. Charge your laptop, smartphone, tablet, e-reader, and more, all through a single outlet and without having to carry multiple chargers and adapters when you travel. Built-in fuse protection keeps your devices safe.

 

Pack lighter and get the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station for just $34.99.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's pre-order scheme could change everything

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 29 mins ago

Square Enix recently revealed the official release date for sci-fi wonder Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but the celebration was dampened with a strange pre-order scheme that could have a huge impact on the future of the games industry.

 

 

The studio's neo-noir augmented dystopian sci-fantasy Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks to be one of the best games in recent memory, and it now has a release date of February 23, 2016. Unless enough people pre-order the game--then it'll release four days earlier on February 19, 2016. To get the game early a good portion of gamers will have to pay up front and everyone gets the game early...this time.

 

In the future might be different. What if there are actually two release dates for games: the early pre-orderers who acted like early adopters in a weird sort of Early Access for AAA games, and the regular joes who get access to the game later. If this kind of disparity is created it'll likely eschew an exodus towards pre-buying as the mainstream public will probably want to get their game as soon as possible--it's the same price, right, so what's the big deal?

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Ocarina of Time gets an enchanting Unreal Engine 4 makeover

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 32 mins ago

Ever wondered what Ocarina of Time would look like as a modern day game? Talented 3D artist Michael Eurek answers this query with a truly stunning vision of the Nintendo 64 classic rendered in Unreal Engine 4.

 

 

Eurek's enchanting overhaul takes us on a tour of the flowing oasis of Zora's Domain, fully realizing the original island vibes with torch-fire licking the rough-hewn rock walls, beautiful waterfalls, lush flora, and a color scheme that truly immerses you in another world. When I played the game as a kid, this area was one of my personal favorite areas in the game because of the tropical atmosphere, and it's amazing to see Zora's refuge given such a high-detail overhaul.given such a high-detail overhaul.

 

King Zora XVI sits atop his throne, features muted and frozen in stone. The water churns and endlessly flows while the exotic jungle plants sway in the gentle breeze. Everything is rendered in such pristine hyper-realistic fidelity that it really brings a new dimension to the franchise, offering a testament to the new generation of game-building engines that developers have at their fingertips.

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ASUS unveils the new Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti video card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 14 hours, 4 mins ago

ASUS has just unveiled its new Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti, with the GM200-powered video card set to be one of the best GTX 980 Ti cards on the market. Check out the video below teasing the cooling technology deployed on the card.

 

 

The ASUS Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti includes a factory overclock on the GM200 GPU, right up to 1228MHz. We still have the usual 6GB of GDDR5 onboard, but the cooling design is what sets this card apart from the rest. ASUS has used the 'DirectCU H2O' which is a hybrid cooler of sorts. It's similar to what ZOTAC has been doing with the GTX 980 Ti ArticStorm.

 

ASUS says that the Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti should have 5C lower temperatures with the stock cooling, while up to 30C less temperatures when its under water cooling. The company has also used its new Auto Extreme manufacturing process, which is a mostly automated process now.

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Sony unveils the Xperia Z5 Premium, the world's first 4K smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 15 hours, 37 mins ago

Sony has unveiled three new smartphones at IFA 2015, with the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact not standing out too much, but the new Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first 4K smartphone.

 

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Starting with the Xperia Z5, which features Sony's new 1/2.3 Exmor RS sensor crammed into a huge 23-megapixel camera with an F2.0 G Lens. This is Sony's "first completely re-imagined smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1" and has been "designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera Alpha technology for clear, vivid imagery every time".

 

The new Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is an 8-core GPU with 4G LTE speeds and the latest in Wi-Fi technology. Both handsets pack Sony's incredible battery stamina and power-saving technologies, as well as Quick Charge 2.0 which will have your Xperia Z5 charged up in no time.

 

But as we said, it's the Xperia Z5 Premium that takes the cake. What we have here is a beautiful 5.5-inch 4K TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, with the Xperia Z5 Premium upscaling your content to 4K making everything you playback on Sony's premium smartphone look beautiful. The Xperia Z5 Premium packs 32GB of internal storage, but you can cram in a huge 200GB microSD card which is where it really takes a leap ahead of the current smartphones on the market - I'm looking at you, Samsung.

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Hideo Kojima: The players are everything, I get my energy from them

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 53 mins ago

To celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has released an official debriefing that shows Hideo Kojima is truly one of the most heartfelt developers in the industry.

 

 

Hideo Kojima cares about his audience and really connects with the people who play his games. During the MGSV debriefing, the grandmaster of tactical stealth espionage personally visited the home of Sean Gillespie, a fan who had recently tragically died of cancer. Before his death in February, Sean's love and enthusiasm for Metal Gear Solid directly touched and inspired Kojima and his dev team.

 

"I'm visiting Sean's home after he passed because my energy comes from the players," Hideo Kojima said in the video, his voice seeming to hitch with emotion. "When I announced a release date for MGSV I swore to follow through, and not to disappoint them. The players are everything. Without them, nothing I do would matter."

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