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Latest Mercedes and BMW cars using 50% more fuel than lab results

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Volkswagen is at the heart of the biggest car fraud story ever, but the likes of Mercedes and BMW will soon be involved. According to the latest on-the-road results from Transport & Environment (T&E), some Mercedes A, C, and E class cars as well as BMW's latest 5 series and Peugeot 308 cars are using up to 50% more fuel than their lab test results.




The problems that this is creating, is that the official numbers given by Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW are different to the real-world performance numbers and this gap is becoming so wide that "it cannot be explained through known factors including test manipulations", reports Things have gotten worse in the last 15 years or so, where the official test results for CO2 emissions/fuel economy and real-world performance have increased from 8% in 2001 to a huge 40% on average for 2014.


The numbers are coming from T&E's 2015 Mind the Gap report, which takes a look at on-the-road fuel consumption by motorists and highlights what Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW have been doing for years. These carmakers have been abusing the system, with EU regulators not closing the various loopholes that allow this to happen. T&E has added that without action, the gap will grow from 40% from 2014, to over 50% on average by 2020.

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Qualcomm is investing up to $150 million in Indian startups

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Qualcomm has just planted its seed in India, with a new venture fund of up to $150 million being spent on Indian startups. The announcement from Qualcomm is in good timing, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Silicon Valley recently.




Modi wants to grow India into technology hub, with plenty of mobile resources to help the country grow. Qualcomm on the other hand wants to move into the Indian market more, with the Chinese market beginning to slow down as it gets slammed by regulators. Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs met the Indian PM at the Digital Economy event in San Jose recently, saying that the $150 million venture fund was in support of the Indian government's Digital India and Make-in-India initiatives.


Jacobs added that Qualcomm shared Modi's vision of transforming India into a "digital empowered society and knowledge economy", reports Fudzilla. Jacobs said: "India is at the cusp of a technology revolution and mobile technologies will lay the foundation for Digital India. We are committed to providing local innovative start-ups with the support needed to help India's IOE ecosystem grow, increasing consumer choice and availability".

Apple's new iPhones powered by two different A9 processors

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

The new iPhones are here, with Chipworks breaking apart Apple's latest smartphones to see what their innards are like. What they found was interesting, with two different A9 processors powering Apple's new iPhones.




Apple has tapped both Samsung and TSMC for the A9 and A9X processors, but the two A9 processors being different is interesting. The A9 chip that TSMC made measures in at 104.55mm2, while the Samsung chip is 10% smaller coming in at 96mm2. Samsung's A9 processor is the 'APL0898' while TSMC's chip is the 'APL1022'.


The question is whether the Samsung-made A9 processor is any faster than TSMC's chip, with Samsung's APL0898 chip on a smaller die which should result in a more power efficient chip.

League of Legends developer confirms its working on new games

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

It should come as no surprise, but Riot Games is working on a new game. It probably isn't something new to know, but until now it had not been confirmed if the League of Legends developer was going to follow up from one of the biggest eSports games ever.




Riot Games' R&D boss Ryan Scott took some questions from fans about what's coming next for the developer, and when asked about what he's working on, Scott said: "No deets for a while, but trying to get the 's' in the Riot Games name". Another fan questioned Scott's Twitter profile, which said that he's a "turn-based strategy and FPS fan", eluding to which genre Riot Games is working on. Scott added: "Genre-wise [it's] pretty broad. The important thing for us is to make something meaningful, not a 'me too' game".


I'm not sure if I'd have confidence in Riot only working on a single game right now, but I'd say there are multiple games in the pipeline and the one that is closest to being revealed, is being eluded to here. It would be silly for Riot to not want to release another game that will surely make the company hundreds of millions of dollars like League of Legends has and continues to.

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Samsung's Milk Video service has bombed, will shut down in November

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

Samsung's huge advertising push for its video service 'Milk Video' has done nothing for the South Korean giant, with the company announcing that Milk Video will disappear next month. The music service, Milk Music, will continue to live another day, though.




The company posted an updated Play Store app description, which was a pretty crummy way of letting the world know. Samsung said: "Thank you for using Samsung Milk Video. While we remain committed to providing premium entertainment services, we have decided to end support for the Samsung Milk Video app as of November 20, 2015. To continue enjoying streaming entertainment, please use the Samsung Milk Music app available at:".

AMD's new Catalyst 15.9 beta driver released

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

AMD has just released its new Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers, which include some improvements and optimizations for Star Wars Battlefront and the DX12-powered Fable Legends.




The new drivers include the usual bug fixes for games like Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition and issues with some FreeSync monitors. Some other issues involving CrossFire-enabled GPUs in DiRT Rally and some crashes in Grand Theft Auto V were fixed on the Radeon R9 390X.


You can get the new AMD Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers here.

Google's new Pixel C tablet will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 chip

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

Google has an event in just a few hours time, where we should be introduced to not one but two new Nexus smartphones, as well as a new Chromecast, and more. But, it looks like we could also see the Pixel C, a new 10.2-inch tablet revealed.




Google's purported Pixel C will rock a 10.2-inch display, and be powered by NVIDIA's super-fast Tegra X1 processor that packs Maxwell GPU cores, and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The new Pixel C slate will feature a USB Type-C connector, too. Just like Google's other Pixel-branded devices, the Pixel C will reportedly have a premium finish, with a 'great looking' display.


The company is also expected to reveal two keyboard accessories, with one built from aluminum and the other from leather. Both of the keyboards will attach to the Pixel C directly. Google is expected to price the Pixel C with a premium price tag, but we haven't heard anything concrete on price just yet.

Enter the world of 'Tomorrowland' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

To celebrate this week's home video release of the 2015 sci-fi adventure 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney, we have five Blu-ray copies to give away, thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment.




From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland', a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as 'Tomorrowland'. What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by 'Lost' writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, 'Tomorrowland' promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.


To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Insider sources say Windows 10 has hit 100 million installs

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Insider sources have divulged some impressive knowledge to the Petri IT Knowledgebase: Windows 10 has exceeded 100 million installs as of last week. This means it took Windows 10 just two months to do what Windows 8 did in eight months. That's the power of free (and good), we suppose.




All signs point to that number increasing even more before long: analysts claim more interest in the OS is just going up, Microsoft has recently signed a deal to get it over to China (which, if you live under a rock, is home to well over 1 billion potential customers), and the Surface Pro 4 is expected to be announced very soon.


Microsoft wants to hit 1 billion installs within three years. Given the rate of progress so far, that should be doable.

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