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Samsung denies accusations it cheated on TV emission tests

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

A recent test conducted by the European Union-funded outfit ComplianTV found that Samsung TVs seemed to be more energy efficient under tests than in the real-world, prompting accusations Samsung was gaming the system.




ComplianTV found that the motion lighting feature (which is designed to reduce brightness and thereby energy consumption by activating when motion on screen is detected), is only activated during testing. While they could not prove this was intentional, their report indicated this was most definitely a suspicion.

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Netgear releases a router that doesn't look like a ridiculous spider

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Breaking the trend of crazy-looking mothership or spider routers is Netgear, releasing it's Nighthawk X8 AC53000 Wi-Fi router that looks extremely... normal.




Packing a 1.4GHz dual-core processor within, this reserved router boasts Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps through it's three Wi-Fi band capabilities, six Gigabit Ethernet ports and the ability for more than 12 devices to be connected to the wireless network at once. The 5.3 Gbps transfer speeds is something that Netgear claims is "a new record for a home router."


In total, the record-breaking Wi-Fi speeds are made up of 1000 Mbps + 2166 Mbps + 2166 Mbps connections, allowing for blisteringly-fast networking for home use applications. While the router looks extremely normal, the price is not - expect to spend around $400 on this crazy piece of technology. As much as the price might hurt the wallet, you're really getting what you pay for here.

Pay What You Want for 12 Microsoft Office Online Courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago



One of the most indispensable people at the office? The employee who knows how to do things others don't. Like how to make sense of a huge Excel spreadsheet. Or how to create a PowerPoint presentation that doesn't look like it's from 1996. Learn how to do both (and a ton more) with the Microsoft Office Productivity Bundle. Pay what you want for it at TweakTown Deals.


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- Navigating the Microsoft Word interface

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- Automating tasks in Excel to save you time (and sanity)

- Linking and managing different Outlook email accounts for your company

- Creating sleek PowerPoint presentations that include tables, video, audio, and more

- Gathering, managing, and interpreting data with Access

- Aggregating notes and info from different places with OneNote


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NVIDIA stock reaches 52-week high following Azure collaboration news

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

NVIDIA shares climbed 2.7% to $24.36 before hitting a 52-week high of $24.58 Wednesday, following the news the company would be lending its hand (and hardware) to Microsoft's cloud computing project Azure.




Specifically, NVIDIA GRID will find its way into Microsoft's N-Series virtual machine, affording "Quadro-grade" graphics through the cloud. NVIDIA will also be contributing its Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, with the intention of providing "supercomputing-class performance" for "demanding data center and high performance computing applications."


Stock market website TheStreet is recommending investors buy into NVIDIA, saying, "This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."


The news comes hot off the heels of the unfortunate word from AMD.

AMD Clean Uninstall Utility updated, fixes USB/SATA bug

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

AMD has released a new version of its Clean Uninstall Utility (CUU), which helps ensure a smooth install of new audio and video drivers with no system issues afterward.




Anyone who's installed a ton of drivers and played a ton of games over the years likely knows how messy things can get over time, so CUU provides a very valuable service. While unofficial services like Display Driver Uninstaller exist, one might feel more safe with an official utility.


There's no changelog for the new version, but AMD has informed us this release "does not remove USB/Sata drivers, which was a known problem of the old Utility."


You can grab it at the source.

Samsung unveils new monitor with wireless charging

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In order to clean up your workspace a little more, Samsung has announced its SE370 23.6 inch monitor in a recent press release, showcasing the ability to wirelessly charge your smartphone on the monitor's stand.




Further features include a brightness of 300 cd/m2 running through a Plane-to-Line-Switching (PLS) panel, with 178 degree viewing angles being no issue. This 23.6 inch panel also supports AMD FreeSync technology with its 4ms response time.


Although the charging feature is said to be compatible with Windows and Mac OS, a small issue comes with the panel resolution, rated at 1920x1080 only. If you're interested in picking one of these up for yourself, the SE370 is available on Newegg for $249.99.

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Robot Taxi will have self-driving taxis on Japanese roads next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Japan will soon be home to self-driving taxis, with Robot Taxi announcing it will begin offering autonomous rides to 50 people in the Kanagawa prefecture, which is just outside of Tokyo.



The limited trial will drive passengers from their homes to local stores and back again, autonomously, but there'll also be a human operator in the driving seat just in case something goes wrong. If Robot Taxi's test goes without a hitch, the company is expected to push a fully commercial service out into the country by 2020.


Robot Taxi will reportedly run routes in places that public transport doesn't reach, with additional plans to help out tourists to get around the country. Japan is home to the world's highest population of older people, with around 33% of its population over 60 years old. Robot Taxi wants to help these citizens out, getting them to and from places that they need to be.

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Paramount pictures says 'Hasta La Vista, Baby' to Terminator sequels

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

With the underwhelming performance and reviews of Terminator: Genisys, it should come as no surprise that Paramount Pictures has put any future sequels on hold, indefinitely.




Even though the studio pulled in $440 million worldwide on a budget of $155 million, marketing costs have to be put on top of that, and I'm sure Paramount really splashed out on marketing for the new Terminator movie in hopes it would win big at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Terminator: Genisys is still losing money, even with the $440 million box office haul.

MSI unveils their new GeForce GTX 980 Ti Golden Gaming Edition card

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

MSI has a bunch of GeForce GTX 980 Ti video cards on the market, but their latest one has quite the unique color scheme: orange and black, something that would go perfectly in our be quiet! Silent Base 800 build, don't you think?




The new MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Golden Gaming Edition is pretty much identical to the other GTX 980 Ti cards from MSI, with a new-look cooler. We have three different OC profiles, with the standard OC, Gaming, and Silent Modes. The OC Mode cranks the GM200 GPU to 1190MHz/1291MHz (stock/boost) while the Gaming Mode sets it to 1140/1128MHz and the Silent Mode sits at 1000/1076MHz for stock/boost, respectively.


The same 6GB of GDDR5 is onboard at 7GHz (or 7.1GHz in OC Mode), with no pricing or availability from MSI just yet.

Sony developing animated 'Ghostbusters' feature

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

With Sony Pictures deep in production on the first 'Ghostbusters' feature in over 25 years, starring Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy and making it known they want to expand it into a Marvel Cinematic Universe style franchise, sources reveal that the studio is now also developing an animated film.




Multiple sources have confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 'Ghostbusters' and its sequel will produce the animated feature, with CG animation to be provided by Sony Pictures ImageWorks. There's currently no word on a release date, but it sure looks like we're gonna see a whole lot of 'busting in the coming years.

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