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Samsung develops battery capable of double the capacity we have now

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

Samsung Electronics' research arm has just created something that will truly trump Apple in a few years time, where the South Korean giant has just developed a new technology that will pave the way for all-day battery life on smartphones and tablets.




The new technology will see Samsung create a silicon cathode material for coating high crystal graphene on a silicon surface to usher in an energy density that is nearly two times more than existing lithium batteries. Current lithium batteries were developed and commercialized by Sony in the 90s, and have slowly been getting better and better, but the material itself has its limitations.


Most of the development of high-capacity battery materials has been done in the US, but there is a major technological problem that shortens the life of a lithium battery from constant charging and discharging. The R&D center of Samsung Electronics has succeeded where no one else has, developing a high-density and very durable cathode material by coating the strong and conductive graphene on the surface of the silicon, in order to create a type of protective shell around the silicon.


Samsung has been working on improving battery capacity to make itself stand out from the competition, and this technology could be its ticket. Licensing out the technology will surely make them virtually have the ability of printing money, especially considering how many hundreds of millions of devices are sold each year.

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Google engineer says humans will be hybrids by 2030 thanks to nanotech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

We're only 15 years away from the year 2030, where we're expected to see human brains assisted by nanobot implants that will turn us into "hybrids", according to one of the world's leading thinkers.




The Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, has said that in the 2030s, we will see implants connecting humans to the cloud. We would then be able to pull information from the cloud, from our own brains, all while information will be allowed from your brain to the cloud, letting you back your brain up to the cloud. You know, in case of a bad hangover one night, you could just restore your brain to the night before. #backsupforlife


Kurzweil has said that as the cloud accessing our brain improves (and before Skynet takes over), our thinking and cognitive abilities would expand quicker than we can imagine. At first, it would be a "hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking", but as we shift into the 2040s, most of our thinking will be done off-brain, and would thus be non-biological. Think, "OK Google, can I afford to buy pizza tonight" or "OK Google, what is 5.2 million divided by 2.39".

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EA will kick off the Star Wars: Battlefront closed alpha on July 2

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

While the full game won't be released until November, the closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront will begin pre-loading for gamers on July 1, and then playable on July 2. It was only a couple of days ago that EA said it would delay Star Wars: Battlefront if the 'quality isn't right'.




If you don't manage to make it into the closed beta, EA will be showing off the PC version of Star Wars: Battlefront at Comic-Con between July 9 and July 12. On the official site, the company says: "Apply for your chance to join the Closed Alpha and help us prepare for the release of Star Wars Battlefront starting on November 17, 2015 in North America. Available for Origin on PC only, the purpose of the Star Wars Battlefront Closed Alpha is to perform a number of technical tests that will help the team at DICE as they continue the development of the game".

#GuysCuddlingWithVideoCards, start cuddling your video cards

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

Forbes' Jason Evangelho has kicked one of the most awesome things I've ever seen for video cards, where he started off by posting a picture of himself on his Facebook cuddled up to the HBM-powered AMD Radeon R9 Fury X.




AMD's Roy Taylor kicked in posting his own photo, and then offering $2 to the charity of Jason's choice for every picture, up until $500 is raised for the hashtag #guyscuddlingwithvideocards. Well, I have countless video cards here in my office, so I covered my daughter from head to toe in video cards and snapped the above photo! Great fun!


You can support Jason right here.

Snapdragon 820 to be made on Samsung's 14nm process, clocked at 3GHz

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

According to the latest reports, Qualcomm will be getting Samsung to produce its upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor on its 14nm FinFET process.




Additional reports state that Qualcomm will be pushing its Krait cores to the site, using the more efficient and faster Kyro cores instead. The Snapdragon 820 processor should see 8 cores clocked at 3GHz, which will make it one of, if not the fastest mobile processor in the world. When will we see the Snapdragon 820 architecture powering devices?


We should see Qualcomm pushing the new Snapdragon 820 processors into devices in Q4 2015.

Intel's enthusiast Skylake-S 'K-series' will ship without stock cooler

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

With Intel all set to unveil their new Skylake-S series of processors at Gamescom 2015 in August, we're hearing that the new 'K-series' enthusiast processors will not ship with a stock cooler.




Intel is set to release its Core i7-6700K processor a week after Windows 10 is released, with Intel aiming at enthusiasts buying their own high-performance air, or liquid cooling system for their new CPU. The chipmaker will be offering a new PCG 2015D high performance air and liquid cooling solutions, but the processor itself will ship without a HSF.


The next question is, will Intel drop the price to counter that the processor doesn't include a stock cooler, or will Intel make more profit per K-series CPU it ships, thanks to not giving consumers a cooler.

BlackBerry shows interest in creating bacteria-free smartphone

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

BlackBerry isn't giving up on smartphones, and is looking for opportunities to create phones in the workplace - including in hospitals, where a bacteria-free device could be needed.




BlackBerry CEO John Chen didn't confirm if the company is already working on a bacteria-free smartphone, but has shown interest. "Healthcare workers have to be worried about one less thing to wipe down" if they have a bacteria-free phone, Chen recently noted.


Bacteria and infections are transferred between doctors and patients, causing a "huge issue," said Dr. Aviv Gladman, chief medical information officer at Mackenzie Health, in a statement published by Bloomberg.

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Distracted drivers using technology... an actual addiction?

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

Drivers seemingly can't avoid texting, talking, and even using voice chat while behind the wheel of their vehicles - and it's still extremely dangerous. Sixty-one percent of drivers admitted to texting and driving, one in 10 drivers engage in video chats, and 17 percent say they take selfies.




Additional frightening statistics: One-third of survey respondents say they check their email, and 30 percent of drivers frequently check Twitter while driving. One in five say checking social networks while driving is an "addiction," and there might be actual scientific research to back it:


"In essence, it's a drug, or what I call a digital drug," said Dr. David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut, in a statement to CBS News. "The reward comes in an unpredictable fashion, both in terms of what, when and where; and when the reward comes and it's positive and you actually like it, that's going to elevate the amount of dopamine in your brain, which is a pleasure chemical. It increases the likelihood of wanting to do it."

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Reported close call between Delphi, Google autonomous cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Autonomous vehicles from Delphi and Google had a close call while recently traveling the roads in Palo Alto, according to Delphi.




John Absmeier, director of the Delphi automated driving program, was a passenger in the self-driving Audi Q5 crossover vehicle. While Google declined comment, Absmeier said the Lexus RX400h Google self-driving prototype cut off the Audi as it was preparing to change lanes - and Delphi's car was able to take "appropriate action" before a collision occurred.


Ironically, Delphi and Google both have offices in Mountain View, and want to develop autonomous vehicles, while both their vehicles have been involved in minor traffic accidents with the public. Meanwhile, Google is now testing its latest generation self-driving pods in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nadella: Gaming is critical to 'broader vision for Windows' OS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently sent an email to all of the company's employees, as everyone anxiously awaits the Windows 10 launch, and wants to help "empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."




Not surprisingly, gaming earned its own spot in the email:


"We will pursue our gaming ambition as part of this broader vision for Windows and increase its appeal to consumers," Nadella said in his email to employees. "We will bring Xbox Live and our first-party gaming efforts across PC, console, mobile and new categories like HoloLens into one integrated play."

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