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US senator believes self-driving vehicles should be tested on tracks

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

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) thinks self-driving vehicles would be better tested in a controlled environment, such as a race track instead of public roads.

 

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"It is an incredibly hazardous environment to be out on the streets," Sen. Peters said while speaking at an opening of the University of Michigan Mcity track. Even though Michigan still hasn't approved self-driving vehicles on public roads - which is scheduled to begin in 2016 - it looks like Peters isn't a fan.

 

Google self-driving vehicles have been involved in a number of auto accidents, though the autonomous vehicle acted accordingly - and human drivers were at fault in each incident.

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New AIO cooler fits both CPU and GPU simultaneously

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week ago

When you're not sure if you should be cooling your CPU or GPU with a fancy new all-in-one cooler, why not follow the advice of a popular meme - why not both?

 

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ID-COOLING has released this $139.99 HUNTER DUET cooler to the market, equipped with a 240mm radiator which features two SF-12025 high static pressure fans for airflow. The fans are PWM controlled and range from 800 to 2000RPM, featuring a maximum airflow capability of 84.5CRM per spinner. Sound is also minimized through four rubber corner mounts, dampening vibration.

 

The pump comes complete with LEDs and a speed of 2500RPM, with the bearings being ceramic. Rubber tubes connect everything together, featuring a CPU water block to GPU water block length of 250mm, a GPU to radiator of 380mm and a radiator to CPU length of 250mm.

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Windows 10 after Xbox One release

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

Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 next week on July 29, with one of the more exciting games coming out for the new OS, the new Gears of War: Ultimate Edition teasing DirectX 12 support.

 

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We didn't know when Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was going to be released, but now we're hearing from Xbox boss Phil Spencer that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Windows 10 will be released "later than Xbox One". When we heard that the DX12 support would be used, with the game looking incredible when it was shown off last, this is disappointing news for the launch of Windows 10 next week.

GIGABYTE's Z170X SOC Force unveiled, features a slick design, and more

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

The release of Intel's new processors along with the Z170X chipset is right around the corner, and now we're getting to see what GIGABYTE is preparing for us in the form of the Z170X SOC Force.

 

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GIGABYTE will have a slew of new boards arriving with the Z170X chipset, including: Z170X Gaming G1, Z170X Gaming 7, Z170X Gaming 5, Z170X Gaming 3, Z170X-UD7-TH, Z170X-UD5-TH, Z170X-UD3 and a Mini-ITX Z170X. The GIGABYTE Z170X SOC Force is going to be the flagship motherboard from the company, with an e-ATX design, and the usual orange and black color scheme with silver accents across the board.

 

GIGABYTE will be providing a 20 Digital Phase Power design with a Gen.4 IR Digital Controller and Gen.3 PoweIRstage ICs. Not only that, but GIGABYTE has provided high-end black capacitors, a Turbo B-Clock chip that provides the ability to push the BCLK frequency between 90-200MHz (instead of 100, 125 and 167MHz). The GIGABYTE Z170X SOC Force features four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB with speeds of up to 3400MHz.

 

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Expansion slot wise, we have four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x16/x8), three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and three M.2 slots. The three M.2 slots are an interesting take, as it shows that M.2 is truly the future thanks to its radically increased bandwidth. 8 x SATA III 6Gbps ports, three SATA Express ports, and plenty of USB ports, GbE, 7.1-channel audio, and a USB Type-C port.

AMD's super-tiny R9 Nano has R9 290X performance, half the power usage

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

While the Radeon R9 Fury X is already one of the smallest flagship video cards ever released, the upcoming R9 Nano is going to shrink that down to a whole new level. The R9 Fury X measures in at around 19cm, but the R9 Nano is just 15nm.

 

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How much power does the R9 Nano have behind it? Well, according to some leaked benchmarks, the R9 Nano would feature similar performance to the massive R9 290X, but with half the power consumption. Considering the size of the card, this is quite the achievement, with most of the thanks going to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Another benefit over the Fury X is that the Nano features an air-cooler, and not an all-in-one liquid cooler like the Fury X.

 

Back to the benchmarks, where DGLee from IYD.KR reports that the Unigine Heaven benchmark running at 4K with the R9 Nano pushing out 26FPS. These numbers are from AMD themselves, showing off the bandwidth per stream processor. The R9 290X has 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth, with 2816 stream processors, leaving the R9 290X with 0.1136GB/sec. The R9 Nano with its 4096 stream processors and 512GB/sec bandwidth courtesy of HBM, delivers 0.1250GB/sec. When it comes to the power efficiency, the R9 Nano has 0.152 FPS/watt, while the R9 290X features 0.076 FPS/watt... a large increase in the R9 Nano's favor.

 

The release of the R9 Nano happens next month, where you can be sure we'll be running it through its paces here at TweakTown.

Apple secures 75% of the smartwatch market with Watch

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

We don't know what numbers Apple are pulling with Watch, but whatever the company is doing is making some big waves in the smartwatch market. Apple has secured itself 75% of the smartwatch market, in the last three months since Watch was released.

 

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The news is coming from Strategy Analytics, which also points out that the global smartwatch shipments increased 457% year-over-year. Samsung lost the most during the last quarter, dropping to second position shipping only 400,000 smartwatches. While Apple won't release sales numbers on Watch, CFO Luca Maestri said that Watch is responsible for a cool billion dollars in sales so far.

Arcade classic 'Rampage' coming to the big screen

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

With precious few video games left to adapt to the big screen, Warner Bros. through its subsidiary New Line Cinema have snapped up the rights to the classic Midway arcade game 'Rampage' as a starring vehicle for Dwayne Johnson.

 

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Fresh off the success of this year's disaster flick 'San Andreas', Deadline Hollywood are reporting that the studio is keen to re-team director/star combo Brad Peyton and Dwayne Johnson for the video game epic, which sees three monsters attack buildings, snatching would-be hostages in the process.

 

The last game in the 'Rampage' franchise; 'Rampage: Total Destruction' was released on the Nintendo Wii console in 2006. The feature film isn't expected to hit cinemas until 2017.

AMD might have found the solution to low Radeon R9 Fury X stock

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

With our exclusive report that AMD would be making just 30,000 units of its HBM-powered Radeon R9 Fury X, the news that it is receiving help from United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) in the form of the company entering volume production of TSVs (Through Silicon Vias) which is used in the production of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory).

 

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AMD has already acknowledged the supply issues of the R9 Fury X, but with the release of the air-cooled Fury and the imminent release of the R9 Nano, these HBM supply issues are only going to get worse. UMC had kept AMD at bay until July 20, where it entered volume production of TSVs, which means the bottleneck that AMD is experiencing, should be gone.

 

UMC said: "AMD has a successful history of delivering cutting-edge GPU products to market. This volume production milestone is the culmination of UMC's close TSV collaboration with AMD, and we are happy to bring the performance benefits of this technology to help power their new generation of GPU products. We look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership with AMD for years to come".

'Jurassic World' becomes 3rd highest grossing film of all time

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

Any doubt that this year's 'Jurassic Park' sequel 'Jurassic World' wasn't going to be a success seems to be a distant memory now that the film has surpassed 'The Avengers' to become the third highest grossing film of all time, behind James Cameron's 'Avatar' and 'Titanic'.

 

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Universal had an amazing run this summer, with 'Jurassic World' and 'Furious 7' together grossing $3 billion at the worldwide box office - the first time the studio has released a film to more than $1B worldwide.

 

'Jurassic World' has opened in all markets except Japan where it opens next month and is expected to do business of somewhere around $50 million.

Hackers show vehicle infotainment systems are vulnerable to attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Auto manufacturers are anxious to pack as much infotainment as they can into new vehicles, but that is opening the door to potential security risks. The NCC Group recently informed the BBC they were able to use digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals to launch attacks - a tactic that could be utilized to interfere with how a vehicle's brakes operate.

 

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Chrysler had to release a patch to resolve an issue reported by security researchers, able to demonstrate remote takeover of a vehicle - by sending data to the infotainment and navigation system. Not surprisingly, Chrysler was quick to offer a statement regarding connected vehicle security:

 

"[Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] has a program in place to continuously test vehicle systems to identify vulnerabilities and develop solutions," a Chrysler spokesperson told Wired. "FCA is committed to providing customers with the latest software updates to secure vehicles against any potential vulnerability."

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