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LeakedTT: ASUS GeForce 760 DirectCU II OC video card specs and pricing seen on retail sites

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 4:40 pm

A European price-aggregator website has spotted what appears to be the first real leak on the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 video card. The leak showed off pricing and specification details on the ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC.

 

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The GTX 760 DirectCU II OC was not pictured at either of the two stores that listed it, but the name and pricing was there along with some specifications that match yesterday's leak. The GTX 760 DirectCU II was listed at 264€ ($353 USD) before VAT and 316€ ($422 USD) after VAT, which leads us to believe that we should see vanilla GTX 760's priced in the $250-300 range.

 

Specifications included a 28nm GK104 silicon, with 1,152 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory interface holding 2GB of memory. This specific offering from ASUS also includes their award winning DirectCU dual slot cooler design, which should look similar to other ASUS DirectCU designs.

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Hands-on video with the brand new Huawei Ascend P6, the world's thinnest smartphone

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 4:01 pm

Johannes Knapp is currently at the Huawei launch event in London right now for what the Chinese company is marketing as the world's thinnest smartphone. Let's discuss the Ascend P6 a little.

 

 

In our hands-on video which is embedded above, you'll get a great close-up look at the new P6. As far as specs go, it includes a decently sized 4.7-inch 720p display and is powered by a Hisense 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of onboard memory and an 8GB ROM. There is also a microSD card slot for expanding the storage capabilities. Inside the phone is a 2000 mAh battery and it comes installed with Android 4.2.2.

 

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Besides the fact that the device is super thin, Huawei is also making a big deal about the camera capabilities of the new device. Included is an 8 megapixel camera on the back for up to 1080p videos and on the front is a really impressive 5 megapixel camera for chatting at up to 720p. Johannes noted in our video above that the camera quality is excellent, with nice vibrant colors - Huawei is setting this device to compete against Samsung's S4 and Apple's iPhone 5, and initial impressions seem pretty solid.

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Huawei debuts Ascend P6, world's thinnest smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:45 pm

Huawei has just launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Ascend P6, which is being touted as the world's thinnest phone. While we have seen this phone pop up in many leaks over the past few weeks, the P6 is actually a refreshing take on an Android smartphone.

 

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Featuring a brushed aluminum exterior, the Ascend P6 houses a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is augmented by a micro SD slot. Additionally, a super slim profile of just 6.8mm lands the P6 the title of world's thinnest smartphone.

 

Other features include an 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, while a 4.7-inch 1280x720 screen handles the display duties. The Ascend P6 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but unfortunately there is no LTE coverage and users will have to settle for 3G connectivity for their mobile data needs. A 2000mAh battery will however keep the phone up and running for a very respectable time.

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New undisclosed features found in iOS 7, including new gestures like corner swipe

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:14 pm

Apple showed off many new visual improvements along with some functionality in iOS 7 last week at the WWDC conference, but they apparently did not play their whole hand. iOS developer Hamza Sood discovered several secret settings menus in the beta edition of iOS 7.

 

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The secret menus control many additional settings that are not currently enabled in the beta build of iOS 7, but most likely will be enabled in future builds. The most interesting discoveries include settings for gestures like: corner swipe, edge swipe, as well as a press and hold gesture.

 

 

There are also options for parallax, dock, zoom animations and new folders. Icon animations, adaptive display tinting, nested folders, and a new hide app feature all seem to be something Apple does not want anyone playing around with at the moment. Many of these features are again just rehashes of features that are either present on Android, or have been on Android in the past. We will just have to wait until iOS 7 goes live to see what gets implemented.

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Madman Entertainment to unleash Mathematical Adventure Time on Blu-ray in September

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:03 pm

Madman Entertainment have announced a September release for the insane (and insanely popular) Cartoon Network show Adventure Time in separate season one and two Blu-ray releases.

 

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For the uninitiated, Adventure Time is the hit U.S. animated show focusing on Jake the Dog and Finn the human and the eclectic denizens of the Land of Ooo. The show nary makes a lick of sense, but damn if it's not hugely entertaining and frequently funny. In a short time, Adventure Time has crossed over into pop culture and achieved cult status.

 

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The September 4 releases mark the first time that Adventure Time has been released in high definition in Australia, but also the first time that season releases have been released on home video. With commentaries and behind the scenes featurettes, the releases will likely mirror the Warner Bros. discs that have been recently released overseas.

 

Algebraic!

AMD is building its first ARM chips aimed at the server industry

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:06 pm

The first half of 2014 will see AMD release its first ARM-based CPU, if the Wall Street Journal is correct. AMD, the company best known for it's APU line of processors is said to be building their first-ever ARM CPU as we speak. The chip is codenamed Seattle and is based on a similar ARM architecture to that used in smartphones and tablets currently.

 

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Rumors have it that the first chip released will be an eight-core version with a sixteen-core model being released later down the line. Both processors will have a clock speed of 2GHz, but no word yet on cache sizes or any other CPU specifics. We do know that Seattle will be aimed at the server industry, which is a fast growing market in desperate needs of power saving CPUs.

 

This is not the first time that someone has aimed an ARM processor at the server world; Applied Micro Circuits did something similar with their X-Gene "server-on-a-chip," and it worked out fairly well for them. The major question is if AMD can manage to follow in AMC's footsteps and make this a profitable venture. I guess we will have to revisit this in a year to find out.

Google's engineering director says humanity is close to achieving immortality

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:30 am

Google's engineering director, Ray Kurzweil, has come out with a crazy prediction - that the human race will soon develop the technology to keep us alive forever. CNBC reports that Kurzweil told the Global Future 2045 World Congress this week that life expectancies "will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now."

 

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Kurzweil added that within "probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress." This means that Kurzweil thinks within the next 20 years, technology will have reached a point to add more years to our lives than the pace we currently live at through natural ageing. I don't quite think we'll get there, with all of the government regulation and the idea that everything has to be about making money - and everyone not dying surely has to have some serious consequences.

 

If no one died, how would the economies of the world work exactly? If you could live for 5000 years, you'd live a much different life than you would now, wouldn't you? It really does make you think - what do you think about living forever?

AMD Radeon HD 8970 spotted, but this time there's nothing to get your hopes up over

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:56 am

Normally next-gen video cards get me all excited, but to tell you the truth folks, the HD 8970 isn't that exciting. First off, we should expect a refresh and nothing that is architecturally new, and normally that is ok - but I want boundaries being pushed.

 

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There's new circling that AMD's Radeon HD 8970 has been pictured, with some specs attached to this boat that is barely being kept together out at sea. We should expect a 1000MHz Base Clock, 2304 Stream Processors, 48 RO's, 3GB of GDDR5, a 384-bit memory bus and a 250W TDP. So we're talking a slight bump on what we have with the HD 7970 - nothing exciting. The other issue is the HD 8970 actually already exists, with AMD selling it as an OEM-only product.

 

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There are specs on AMD's website about it, which put it on level with their HD 7970. So while this video card could be the HD 8970, there's no real reason to care. I think we should expect something great from AMD toward the end of the year, considering they are the ones powering all three next-gen consoles...

Nintendo won't drop the price of the Wii U, even with sale numbers not being so strong

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:22 am

The true next-gen consoles were fully unveiled in the last couple of weeks in the form of Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, but Nintendo's Wii U is still here, right now - but sales aren't doing well.

 

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Gamers have been hoping for Nintendo to drop the price on the Wii U, but during an interview with VentureBeat last week, Nintendo marketing executive Scott Moffit said that Nintendo have "no plans to change the price of the Wii U." He added that the Wii U is "great value" for gamers, expecting sales to increase once some shiny new Nintendo games are released - such as Mario, Zelda and Super Smash Bros.

Oculus receives $16 million in funding, Rift could see new heights

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:29 am

If there's one technology that has me positively tingling with excitement over, it's Oculus' Rift. The company announced yesterday that they have just closed a deal that will see them with a cash injection of $16 million.

 

 

The funding comes from Spark Capital and Matrix Partners with Santo Politi, Spark founder and general partner and Antonio Rodriguez, entrepreneur and general partner of Matrix, joining Oculus' board of directors. The injection of cash will help speed up the development of virtual reality hardware, software and services, which will hopefully see Oculus' Rift as a great, commercially available VR platform.

 

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Considering Oculus raised $2.4 million from their Kickstarter campaign, which was close to 10 times the amount they originally needed, this $16 million should do some wonderful things for the company.

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