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Xiaomi is working on the Mi MIX successor

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

Back in October, Xiaomi announced their most ambitious phone so far - the Mi MIX. The device comes with an incredible 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, which the company says is the world's 1st.

 

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Less than a four months after the launch, the company has confirmed that they are working on the Mi MIX successor. The news was confirmed by the company's CEO Lei Jun.

 

Jun wrote a post on Weibo in which he noted that Xiaomi is developing the Mi MIX successor with the help of French designer Philippe Starck, who worked on the design of the original Mi MIX.

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Russian NVIDIA fanboy murders AMD fan

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In a bizarre chain of events, a Russian programmer "hacked" his friend with a knife after a disagreement about NVIDIA vs. AMD. The man murdered his friend with a kitchen knife by striking him twice on the head and then stabbed his friend another eleven times after he was already dead. He then burned the body in the attempt to cover the crime.

 

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It appears that the argument was the result of drinking alcohol and there may have been something in the alcohol to result in such a violent reaction over graphics card makers.

 

The tragic event happened over a year ago, but the conviction was only recently handed down by the court to 31-year-old Aleksander Trofimov, responsible for murdering 37-year old Evgeny Lylin in Saransk, Russia.

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EA Origin Access now has a $30 yearly subscription

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Like its console-based offering, EA's PC gaming Origin Access service now has a $30 a year subscription option.

 

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Up until now Xbox gamers got preferential treatment when it comes to EA's subscription-based Access service with a tidy $30 a year rate. PC gamers that used EA Origin, however, had to pay a flat $5 a month to equate about $60 a year. EA has now done away with that favoritism t make EA Access and Origin Access have the same yearly price.

 

"Join now for your free 7-day trial, then it's just $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. Cancel anytime," reads EA Origin's updated site.

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Huawei to unveil high-end Honor 8 Pro at MWC 2017

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

While Huawei will unveil the P10 and P10 Plus at this year's MWC, their Honor brand also has a new smartphone to show.

 

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According to a Russian website Hi-Tech, the company will launch a global version of the Honor V9, which will be unveiled on February 21st in China.

 

The global version of the phone will reportedly be named the Honor 8 Pro, and unlike the Honor 8 and Honor 8 Lite, it should be a high-end device.

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ASRock's Ryzen motherboards: led by X370 Killer SLI/ac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

ASRock looks like its ready to impress AMD Ryzen CPU owners with their upcoming motherboards, led by the flagship ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac motherboard.

 

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The new ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac motherboard has two reinforced PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that are ready for SLI and CrossFire setups, but it also features 2 x M.2 slots for super-fast storage solutions. It will also rock 802.11ac wireless connectivity, with a very slick black and white color scheme.

 

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Next up, we have the ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 which also features 2 x M.2 slots - showing us that ASRock is serious about providing high-end features on cheaper motherboards. This board is a mid-range board with the B350 chipset, but it also has 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots - but no SLI/CF support.

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AMD Ryzen overclocking tool spotted, called 'Master'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

I can't contain my excitement for new technology, with our first official tease of Ryzen motherboards from GIGABYTE and ASUS - and now a tease of AMD's rumored Ryzen CPU overclocking software, something called Ryzen Master.

 

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VideoCardz.com is reporting the news from a screenshot they grabbed from NAMEGT, but it's blurred out - but as they report "the software looks awfully similar to Radeno Settings". There are sliders that look like AMD will let you tweak your Ryzen CPU at a core level, overclocking individual CPU cores - which is a freakin' nice touch.

 

It looks like there are other settings for XFR (Extended Frequency Range) technology, which is something that will automatically adjust CPU frequency depending on the cooling technology you're using. I'm sure we'll find out more about Ryzen Master in the coming days, and the new couple of weeks ramping up to AMD's big launch of Ryzen.

Nintendo Switch 480p downscale hint at Gamecube VC games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Users can downscale the Nintendo Switch's native resolution down to 480p (standard definition) when its docked in TV Mode. Why would anyone need to adjust the system's resolution? Maybe it has something to do with Gamecube games, which run at 480p?

 

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Some retailers apparently broke street date on the Nintendo Switch, and the lucky owners have uploaded some footage of the Switch to the net. When watching the footage I noticed something very, very interesting: in the Switch's settings you can adjust its TV Resolution and set it to 480p. While docked in TV Mode the Switch switches from the tablet's 720p up to full 1080p HD resolution while playing actual retail Switch games, so this 480p setting could be for Virtual Console platforms and games.

 

This could strongly hint that the Switch will have Gamecube VC games that run at 480p, and that gamers could set the system's internal resolution at 480p to ensure Gamecube games run in their native resolution HDTVs. I also bet the Switch has the option to change from 16:9 to 4:3 aspect ratio to match the native ratio of older games--but some Gamecube games actually support 16:9. This would effectively make older Gamecube and other Virtual Console games look better on high-definition televisions.

 

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'Star Trek' rollercoaster warps to German theme park

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Ever wanted to fly the U.S.S. Enterprise? Well, this rollercoaster thrill ride is going to be the closest you'll get.

 

 

Opening at Movie Park Germany, the 'Star Trek: Operation Enterprise' ride finds guests fleeing the Borg after the Enterprise is locked by a tractor beam, as it turns on a half pipe 40 metres in the air to escape. And after the ordeal is over, park guests can spend up big at the Federation Plaza themed area where you'll be able to buy all sorts of weird and wonderful 'Star Trek' merchandise, as well as see some props and other items in a museum area. The ride, which has spent two years in planning and construction, will open in the second quarter of 2017.

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AMD Ryzen motherboards teased from ASUS and GIGABYTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Can you believe we are so close to one of the most important launches from AMD in over half a decade with their next-gen Ryzen CPUs? As we get closer, we're learning more and more about them, and now we're getting some full frontal shots and details on the motherboards from ASUS and GIGABYTE.

 

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Starting with GIGABYTE, we have their upcoming AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 board - which looks slick as hell with its black, silver and orange theme. Both boards are based on the X370 chipset, ready for any Ryzen CPU you throw at it - right up to the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor.

 

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ASUS will have its Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, as well as the Prime X370-PRO, which doesn't look as flash as GIGABYTE's offering - but it does feature their Aura Sync technology for some LED goodness.

 

 

We should expect some very competitive pricing on the new boards, easily under $200 - a fact that will have lots of gamers and PC users diving onto the new Ryzen CPUs on motherboard savings from the expensive world of Intel.

ASUS reveals ROG STRIX Impact RGB gaming mouse

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

ASUS today announced its new gaming mouse, the ROG STRIX Impact, which is optimized for rigorous gaming.

 

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The STRIX ROG Impact mouse features a lightweight and ambidextrous design that's specifically designed for MOBAs. The optical sensor has up to 5000 DPI sensitivity and a tracking speed of 130 IPS, making it an effective solution for MOBAs that need quick response times.

 

The Impact also sports high-quality and durable Omron D2FC-F-K mouse switches to support up to 50 million clicks. An onboard DPI switch lets users easily and quick switch between different sensitivity settings in-game without needing to pull up extra software.

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