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FINALLY: New iPhone will have much better battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:55 am

There are a heap of rumors surrounding Apple's new iPhone 8 - which is meant to be joined by the higher-end, ground breaking iPhone X - but for now, we'll stick to the iPhone 8 discussion.

 

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According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be using a more expensive stacked logic board for the new iPhone 8 - which is also known as a "substrate-like PCB mainboard". The benefits? It'll see the iPhone 8 with an OLED display that will have a similar size to the 4.7-inch iPhone, but with battery life more akin to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone.

 

Kuo expects the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 to have a 2700Mah L-shaped two-cell battery pack, adding: "As battery material tech isn't likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7" TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5" TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5" TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts".

 

Kuo teased that the OLED-based 4.7-inch iPhone 8 should have better battery life numbers than the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, as OLED panels are more power efficient. Consindering the iPhone 7 has a 1960mAh battery and the bigger iPhone 7 Plus has a 2900mAh battery - these improvements are actually quite significant.

'Iron Man' comes to 4K Blu-ray... but only in Germany

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:47 am

Just shy of its first birthday, the 4K Ultra HD format continues to go from strength to strength, with a solid collection of new and catalogue titles consstently delivering the goods. While Disney continue to be the sole holdout amongst the big Hollywood studios, that hasn't stopped a smaller German distributor from doing their own thing with one of their biggest titles.

 

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Concorde has announced the upcoming availability of 'Iron Man', 'Iron Man 2' and 'Iron Man 3' as standalone titles and in a trilogy steelbook boxset on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format. Each film is set to be remastered at 4K resolution, with HDR and lossless DTS HD Master Audio tracks, and will also include a 1080p Blu-ray copy.

 

Disney have not announced any plans to release these, or any other titles for other markets, but we're hopeful they'll make their plans known sometime this year.

Apple orders 160m OLED displays from Samsung for iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 4:26 am

Apple's next generation iPhone X is expected to blow minds when it comes out, but now The Next Web is reporting that the new iPhone 8 (and I'm sure, iPhone X) will feature OLED displays - with Apple ordering a huge 160 million OLED displays... from its direct competitor.

 

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Samsung has been tapped to supply OLED displays to Apple for its next-gen iPhone, according to South Korean outlet The Investor, which reports that Apple reached an agreement with Samsung's display division for 160 million OLED panels.

 

Apple had no chance but to go to Samsung, as the South Korean giant - and the maker of the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, is producing around 95% of the total worldwide supply of OLED panels. LG has been ramping up, but won't come close to Samsung's mammoth numbers for quite a while.

Intel's new 48-core Xeon: 200MHz faster, costs $8898

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 2:38 am

AMD will own the 16-threaded consumer CPU market within the next 6-12 months, but Intel is still fighting the good fight in the Xeon area with the introduction of the new Broadwell-EX XCC (Extreme Core Count) die that features 24C/48T of CPU processing power.

 

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Intel's new Xeon E7-8894 v4 features 24 CPU cores with 48 threads in total thanks to Hyper-Threading, as well as a huge 60MB of L3 cache, 165W TDP, and default clocks of 2.4GHz and Turbo clocks of 3.4GHz. But it's the massive price that will have you worried: $8898... yeah, that's right - nearly $10K.

 

But don't worry, if you want to shave off 200Mhz there's the Xeon E7-8890 v4 which has identical specs - except its default frequency is just 2.2GHz (down from 2.4GHz) and Intel sells that for $7147. This represents a 24% increase in price, for a 9% increase in stock frequency - worth it? Yeah, nah.

AMD to host Capsaicin event during GDC 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 1:58 am

This is an event I've been dying to tell you all about: AMD will be hosting their new Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference on February 28.

 

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During GDC 2016, AMD hosted their first Capsaicin event where we got to see the Radeon Pro Duo and a bigger tease of Polaris 10 before its release a few months later. But what should we expect from Capsaicin this year? Well, I expect a larger tease of Vega - in fact, I'd really enjoy a massive unveiling of Vega at Capsaicin.

 

You'll be able to tune into the Capsaicin livestream, which will begin at 10:30AM on February 28, which AMD teases as a "feature-packed show highlighting the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the games industry forward".

 

Where: Ruby Skye (420 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94109)

When: February 28, 2017

 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Doors open

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: AMD Capsaicin & Cream Livestream

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Cream developer sessions

7:30 PM - Midnight: Capsaicin & Cream after party featuring a special guest DJ (Make sure to wear your badge from the events earlier in the day)

 

I will be there for the entire thing, so be sure to tune into our social media pages - especially our Facebook page.

Apple/LG's new 5K sales halted, hardware issues blamed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 12:46 am

LG released their new UltraFine 5K monitors last month, an exclusive for high-end MacBook Pro models from Apple - but they were plagued with issues. So much so, that Apple has halted sales of the 5K display until it can fix the monitor, permanently.

 

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Last week I wrote an article saying that early models of the 5K display were affected, and they should'lve been fixed - but according to Business Insider's sources, Apple is halting the sales of the LG UltraFine 5K display because of hardware-based issues within the monitor.

 

Apple won't have any new high-end 5K displays to sell alongside their new MacBook Pro for at least another 6 weeks or so.

Solve our 'Sherlock' contest to win a Series 4 Blu-ray!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 12:13 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Sherlock: Series 4' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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In this eagerly anticipated fourth series, Sherlock is back on British soil once more, while Doctor Watson and Mary prepare for their biggest ever challenge - becoming parents for the first time. The hit drama returns with three new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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New Wolfenstein game is 'f*cking bananas,' says Bethesda

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 11:36 pm

Machine Games is currently developing a sequel to their stellar FPS hit Wolfenstein: The New Order, and according to Bethesda's Pete Hines, this new sequel will push the bar even further than its predecessor.

 

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Wolfenstein: The New Colossus will be the next Wolfenstein game from Machine Games, and we have strong reason to believe it'll be set in a Nazi-occupied United States. Bethesda teased The New Colossus during its E3 2016 showcase, but so far the publisher has been quiet on the game.

 

Now Bethesda's Pete Hines has broken that silence: "Machine Games has been hard at work on something, which I can tell you I have played. It's fu*cking bananas. And I can't wait to show what it actually is," Hines said in a recent podcast interview with Kinda Funny Games.

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Nier Automata deals with death in an innovative new way

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 10:27 pm

Nier: Automata is one of the best-looking games I've seen in the last few months thanks to its innovative style and action-packed mechanics. But according to a recent leak, the android-infused action RPG will have a very unique representation of "death" that reminds us of fighting Shadow Link in Zelda II.

 

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In Nier: Automata you play as an android. You're not human, so you can't really "die" so to speak--not really, although your body can be broken down.

 

But Platinum Games didn't end there. In true JRPG fashion, the devs pushed the envelope to redefine what we expect with player death and "game over" sequences. Here's how dying works in Nier: Automata--but be forwarned, here there be spoilers!

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Nintendo Switch uses 20nm Maxwell Tegra SoC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 9:29 pm

Nintendo Switch will use a second-generation 20nm NVIDIA Tegra SoC processor based on the Maxwell architecture, according to recently leaked documents.

 

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Remember when Eurogamer broke the news about the Switch's 6.7-inch screen and varying processor speeds across handheld and docked modes? The source document used for that coverage has now been leaked, and they confirm the Switch will use a Maxwell Tegra X1 instead of NVIDIA's new Pascal-powered 16nm "Parker" SoC as we previously reported. The documents highlight specs for internal devkits, but actual retail models should use the same processor.

 

The Switch's internal Maxwell-based Tegra SoC ishighly customized to scale across the resolution and performance disparity between docked mode (up to 1080p 60FPS) and handheld mode (720p varying FPS). However in basic raw specs, it should be quite similar to NVIDIA's new Android-based Shield TV Pro microconsole, which uses a new refreshed Maxwell Tegra X1 chip with 256 CUDA cores, four ARM Cortex-A57 cores, 1024 TFLOPs of compute power, and support for advanced APIs like Vulkan and OpenGL.

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