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Chevy Bolt electric car: $29,995 post federal tax credit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

The electric car market is heating up, but the mainstream market needs to adopt them, and won't do that until they begin appearing for less than $50,000 - and much less. Chevrolet's upcoming Chevy Bolt electric vehicle will be priced starting at $29,995 after a federal tax credit of $7,500.

 

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General Motors announced the news that its first electric car will be capable of over 200 miles on a single charge, for under $30K. Future owners of the Chevy Bolt will have to pay at least $7,500 in federal income tax in order to be eligible for the full tax credit, as it's not a refundable purchase, reports The Verge.

 

Before the credit, the Chevy Bolt will cost $37,495 for the LT trim model, while the higher-end Premium trim starts at $40,905. The base trim features a bunch of standards like 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 60kWh battery that should have you driving around 238 miles, and a powertrain that pushes out 200 horsepower, and 266 pound-feet of torque.

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Forza Horizon 3 on PC has unlocked frame rate on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

UPDATE: Forza Horizon 3 can run with an uncapped frame rate beyond 60FPS on PC if you switch V-Sync off.

 

Forza Horizon 3 launches in the next few hours on the Xbox One and PC simultaneously and the PC version of the game is locked at 60FPS. There's no reason for a frame rate cap in games these days, and especially not from big developers like this with the backing of Microsoft Studios - you know, a subsidiary of Microsoft that made Windows and owns Xbox.

 

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Microsoft has been for years attempting at winning back PC gamers, and with one of their biggest launches of the year in Forza Horizon 3, a brand exclusive to Microsoft's platforms: Xbox and PC, with an even bigger stake in the market with Windows not just being for gamers. Although, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 onto gamers in a big way with lots of promises from a much more improved API in DirectX 12, but they're gimping nearly every single game in some way.

 

Forza Horizon 3 seems to have launched with some great graphical settings to play around with, but there's a 'frame rate' option with a limit of 60FPS. Sorry, but there's no reason for this - any frame rate cap is placed there, and is not forced by the game engine (unless they want it to), or by the API (DirectX 12) neither of which is happening. We have 144/165/180Hz monitors now, and with powerful graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1080, we're more than capable of 60FPS - especially at 1080p and 1440p.

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Pokemon GO player mugged during livestream in NYC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 22 hours ago

Ever since Pokemon GO was released, people have been injuring themselves by not looking where they're going - with people even dying while playing, and now someone in New York City was mugged while he was playing, and live streamed the entire thing.

 

 

RickeyBot was walking through Central Park in New York where he was attacked from behind, and his live stream you could hear Rickey pleading with the attacker, before the camera moves and we see the criminal run off with his device, which was still streaming.

 

While the mugger had the phone, people in Rickey's live chat were saying whether they should call the police, how to record the stream, and if anyone knows if the thief had been caught. The stream eventually goes dark, without us knowing the outcome of the mugger. Rickey himself is okay, taking some damage to his jaw - forcing him to drink through a straw for a few days.

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Samsung goes for gold with its massive 15TB SAS drive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung has been unveiling a bunch of new storage goodies at its SSD Summit 2016, with some new enterprise-class drives, the super-quick EVO 960, and now the PM1633a.

 

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Samsung's impressive PM1633a might not sound so impressive by its name, but it's a new 2.5-inch SAS-based drive for enterprise environments, which utilizes the impressive V-NAND 3bit MLC from Samsung. Not only that, but it rocks the REX controller, and has some decent read/write speeds of up to 1.35GB/sec and 1.3GB/sec, respectively.

 

It's the capacity that Samsung's PM1633a is available in that blows me away, with 480GB/960GB/1.92TB/3.84TB/7.68TB and finally... a massive 15.36TB. Yeah, 15TB of SAS storage goodness all in a single 2.5-inch drive. Crazy stuff.

AMD reportedly delaying Navi GPU architecture into 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

We've just heard some juicy details on AMD's next-gen Vega 10 and Vega 20 graphics cards - with 16GB of HBM2 and 32GB of HBM2, respectively. But it's the news on Navi that has me even more excited, and simultaneously disappointed.

 

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VideoCardz.com's source says that Navi 10 and Navi 11 are "currently planned for 2019", meaning that AMD has delayed Navi by 12 months from its original 2018 release, and now into 2019. We haven't confirmed this yet, but I've sent some emails and will update this post when we hear back from someone at AMD.

AMD's purported Vega 20 graphics card rocks 32GB of HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

We just reported on the first details of AMD's next-gen Vega 10 graphics card, but it seems as though that's the mid-range model, while the higher-end Vega 20 is shaping up to be a damn monster.

 

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AMD's upcoming Vega 20 graphics card will feature 32GB of HBM2 memory with 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, up from the 16GB of HBM2 with 512GB/sec bandwidth offered on Vega 10. Not only that, but the Vega 20 chip will reportedly support the upcoming PCI-Express 4.0 standard.

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AMD's next-gen Vega GPU details leaked, dual-GPU coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

As Batman said in Batman v Superman: "well... here I am", and now here we are with details on Vega, teasing us by saying "well... here I am", with the same sly smile Batman had when he first talked to Superman.

 

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Vega 10 will arrive in Q1 2017, with a reported 16GB of HBM2 and 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Power wise, the Vega 10-based card should see a 225W TDP, while the dual-GPU based on the Vega architecture will be released in Q2 2017, with a purported TDP of around 300W.

BioShock Remastered will soon be patched on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

2K Games is thankfully listening to PC gamers that the PC port of the recent BioShock remasters is a pile of crap, with the studio taking to the Steam forums detailing their plans for an upcoming patch.

 

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The company is working on an FOV slider, improved mouse controls, support for 21:9 displays, and "general stability improvement to reduce instances of game crashes". The complete list is a little more detailed:

 

  • General Mouse Fixes, including better Mouse Smoothing, Sensitivity and Acceleration Options in BioShock;
  • Additional Speaker Mode Options in Audio Settings in BioShock;
  • Improved FoV Slider Options in BioShock, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den;
  • Support for 21:9 display ratios in BioShock, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den;
  • General stability improvement to reduce instances of game crashes.

Samsung's new PM1725a SSD - up to 6.4TB at 6.4GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung is hitting some major home runs at its SSD Summit 2016, with our storage god Jon Coulter on the ground sending us back some golden nuggets of storage news - like the new PM1725a, which is a beast NVMe-based SSD.

 

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Samsung's new PM1725a arrives in the 2.5-inch form factor, based on NVMe and uses V-NAND 3bit MLC alongside Samsung's new Epic controller. The PM1725a comes in 800GB/1.6TB/3.2TB/6.4TB capacities, with some pretty impressive read/write speeds of up to 3.3GB/sec and 2.9GB/sec, respectively.

 

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It also arrives in an HHHL version, using a PCIe x8 slot, with the read/write speeds scaling up to an insane 6.4GB/sec and 3GB/sec, respectively.

 

The new PM1725a isn't going to be your next gaming SSD, as it's an enterprise-class drive for 24/7/365 operation in high-performance, and low latency environments. Samsung's epic enterprise PM1725a uses just 23W during active periods, and only 7.7W when idle. It weighs only 190g, and will roll out to enterprise machines later this year.

Microsoft launches their last Nokia phone, ever

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Microsoft surprised everyone today and announced a new Nokia phone - the Nokia 216, a feature phone with dual SIM capability that will be available in India and Pakistan by the end of October.

 

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For a mere $37 you get a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, 1020 mAh replaceable battery and two 0.3 MP VGA cameras. 16MB of RAM is enough to run the Series 30+ OS, Opera Mini browsers and other pre-installed apps. Storage is basically your memory card which can be up to 32GB.

 

Microsoft also points out that you can store up to 2,000 contacts.

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