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AI program achieves above average score in Japan's college exam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Japan's National Institute of Informatics has said that its AI program has achieved an above average score on the country's standardized college entrance exam.




Corporate and university researchers have been developing the AI system since 2011, with the latest exam by the AI scoring 511 out of a possible 950. The national average is 416, with the institute adding that the AI system would have an 80% chance of being accepted into the 33 national universities, and 441 private colleges.


The text covers five subjects, with the AI program performing the best when it comes to history and math. In physics, the AI system wasn't so great, which is said to be because of its shortcomings in processing language.

NVIDIA relaunches its Tegra K1-powered Shield Tablet for $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

NVIDIA launched the Shield Tablet quite a while ago now, with a price of $299, but now in time for the holidays the company has relaunched Shield Tablet, dropping the price to just $199.




The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is powered by the company's Tegra K1 processor, with the slate featuring an 8-inch 1920x1200 display, 16GB of flash storage, 2GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. NVIDIA has removed the stylus and its holder, with the speaker grilles being made from soft-touch polycarbonate versus the hard plastic on the original model.


The Shield Tablet ships with Android 5.1 onboard, with NVIDIA promising an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the near future. The accessories for the Shield Tablet will be sold separately, so if you want to grab the controller you'll have to shell out $60.

LG's smart TVs will soon be able to stream Google Play movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

LG has just announced that its recent webOS- and NetCast-based smart TVs will soon be capable of streaming content from Google Play, such as movies, and TV episodes.




If you're about to buy, or already own an LG TV - like the super-awesome 65-inch curved 4K OLED TV we reviewed not too long ago - you'll soon be able to stream Google Play Movies & TV through your LG smart TV. It'll roll out to select countries first, which include Australia, Canada, the UK and US - but movies from 104 different countries will be on offer.

China now has 109 supercomputers, up from just 37 six months ago

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

From the outside, it must seem like China is close to the final construction of Skynet, and it really does seem that way. China's Tianhe-2 has retained the title of the faster computer system in the world, for the sixth consecutive time, thanks to the latest Top 500 supercomputer rankings that were released yesterday.




China has almost tripled the number of supercomputers it has on the Top 500 supercomputer list to 109 supercomputers, up from just 37 only six months ago. The US has the most supercomputers on the list from a single country, with 201 supercomputers, but it's the lowest number since the Top 500 was created in 1993.


The Tianhe-2 was created by China's National University of Defense Technology has an insane 3.1 million cores, and is capable of a swift 33.86 quadrillion floating point operations, or FLOPS, in a single second. It's nearly twice as fast as the second most powerful supercomputer in the world, the Titan Cray XK7 which the US energy department owns.

The first DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront arrives in 'early 2016'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

EA is a little more open with details regarding the DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront now that the game has launched, teasing that the first DLC will launch in early 2016.




EA said: "Expand your galaxy with the Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass*. Get 4 upcoming digital expansion packs filled with new content that will take you to new locations across a galaxy far, far away. Act now to secure two-week early access to each expansion pack and an exclusive "Shoot First" emote. The first expansion pack will be released in early 2016. Stay tuned for more details on Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass* in the coming weeks".


We found out more details on the DLC not too long ago, with AMD also announcing it will be bundling Star Wars: Battlefront with its Fiji-powered video cards, like the R9 Fury X. EA also talked about its plans on making a bunch more Battlefront games, which has us both excited and frightened.

LG's upcoming G5 smartphone should feature metal unibody, out in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

It looks like LG is ready to better compete against the likes of Samsung, Apple and HTC in 2016 with rumors that its G5 smartphone will rock a metal unibody design.




We saw Samsung dive into a full metal unibody design this year, but we also saw the company take away the replaceable battery and microSD card slot. These two omissions are something LG were able to use against Samsung, as their G4 smartphone had a replaceable battery and microSD card slot. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, did not.


With the release of the V10 smartphone recently, LG has been stepping closer and closer to a truly premium smartphone, but I think that the G5 could really deliver with an awesome design, and keep its customers if it can retain the microSD card slot and removeable battery.

AMD bundles Star Wars: Battlefront with their Radeon R9 Fury cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Now that Star Wars: Battlefront is here, AMD has announced it is bundling the new first-person shooter from EA DICE with their latest Fiji-powered video cards, including the Radeon R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X.




AMD owners will be able to redeem their Star Wars: Battlefront key until January 31, 2016, when the promotion ends. AMD doesn't have an unlimited number of keys, with the chipmaker noting that the campaign period ends on January 31, 2016 or "when supply of Key Codes is exhausted, whichever occurs first".


In order to redeem your Star Wars: Battlefront key, you'll need to redeem it by February 29, 2016 at the latest, after which the AMD Unique ID you'll need to redeem your key will be invalid. You'll need to visit this site to redeem your key.

Rumor: 4-inch iPhone enters production, features A8 chip

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Often-right Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing reliable sources, reports Apple has developed a 4-inch iPhone based on the iPhone 5s and the sixth-gen iPod Touch.




Specifications include an A8 chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a better FaceTime HD camera with f/2.2 aperture. It's said 3D Touch will not be present, so as to further differentiate the 6s and the 6s Plus from this phone.

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ASUS, XFX, GIGABYTE R9 380X images leaked, 4GB VRAM pictured

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago has leaked images of the forthcoming ASUS, XFX, and GIGABYTE versions of the R9 380X video card in preparing its reviews. The images, now pulled, show the R9 380X has 4GB GDDR5 memory, as previously rumored. As well, you can expect DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort for all display output configurations.




The ASUS card is known as the STRIX R9 380X and is said to come factory overclocked; the XFX card looks similar to the 380, and the GIGABYTE card will be part of the G1 Gaming series and employ dual-fan WindForce 2X cooling.

Continue reading 'ASUS, XFX, GIGABYTE R9 380X images leaked, 4GB VRAM pictured' (full post)

Val Kilmer joins 'Top Gun' sequel cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It's been coming for nearly two decades, but 'Top Gun' star Val Kilmer has revealed that the jets are about to take to the sky again in a sequel to the 1986 mega-hit.


I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script..."It's starring Gene...

Posted by Val Kilmer on Monday, November 16, 2015


Tom Cruise is expected to return as fighter pilot Maverick, with a script by Writer Justin Marks. The plot is expected to revolve around the increasing role of drones in aerial combat, following comments made by producer Jerry Bruckherimer. But before you engage the afterburners prematurely, production is still very much in the early stages so don't expect 'Top Gun 2' anytime before 2017.

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