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ASUS shows off the powerful ZenBook Pro UX501 with an NVIDIA GTX 960M

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Alongside showcasing its new flagship ZenFone 2 smartphone and the ultra-portable world's thinnest ZenBook UX305 in Manhattan recently, ASUS CEO Jonney Shih also talked about the powerful ZenBook Pro UX501.




Packing an NVIDIA GTX 960M video card and backed by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, this laptop contains a massive 16GB of RAM and supports 4K/UHD video playback. Marketed with 3D rendering and gaming in mind, the 15.6-inch touch display allows you to play away at a 3860 x 2160 resolution coupled with an 178-degree viewing angle.


Offering a PCI-E SSD up to 512GB in capacity, ASUS claim this to be the world's fastest, boasting read and write speeds of up to 1400MB/s - listed as twice as fast as competing PCI-E x2 models.

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Ex-Mass Effect director Casey Hudson joins Microsoft HoloLens team

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Casey Hudson, former BioWare executive and creative director of Mass Effect, will join Microsoft to serve as creative director for HoloLens, Xbox and "other awesome projects." Hudson will reportedly spend most of his time focused on HoloLens, serving as creative director for the blossoming project.




"I am particularly excited about working on HoloLens," Hudson said in a statement. "I was fortunate to try an early prototype of HoloLens before it was announced, and I was blown away by the technology and what it was already capable of. Walking on Mars while sipping coffee in an office setting, Skyping with a friend who can draw on the walls of my environment, sculpting an object in 3D modeling software while a hologram of it sits on a table next to me..."


This is a strong effort by Microsoft to bring knowledgeable, passionate people to HoloLens, with the company expecting big things from its augmented reality project. Hudson left BioWare last August, welcoming new challenges, though apparently took some personal time before announcing he was joining Microsoft.

ASUS shows off its new world's slimmest ZenBook, the UX305

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you're interested in something light, small and portable to take along on business trips of for pleasure, ASUS showcased its new ZenBook UX305 alongside the ZenFone 2 extravaganza recently in Manhattan.




Featuring a 13.3-inch QHD+ screen, an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD to round it all off, ASUS claims this model weighs in at only 2.64lbs and measures just 0.48 inches thick.


The IPS multi-touch display will run at 3200 x 1800 pixels and supports wide viewing angles which compliments the three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, a bundled USB-to-Ethernet adapter and a mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter all located in the overall package.

ASUS pushes the ZenFone 2 to the American and Canadian markets

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

After announcing its ZenFone 2 recently to much acclaim, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih has told users in the United States and Canada to expect this product in their hands soon.




Taking place at an event in Manhattan, the event was all about showing off the ZenFone 2 and new ZenBook alongside artistic and acrobatic dance performances to help drive home ASUS' flair for this smartphone.


This new flagship phone comes packed with a 13MP camera, dual-SIM capabilities and will be offered to the United States public contract-free. Confident in its design, Shih stated that his new product is the "striking the perfect balance of beauty, functionality, and performance" adding that the "ZenFone 2 embodies every aspect of the ASUS In Search of Incredible brand spirit to provide an unparalleled experience to users."

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Study: Want students to learn better? Get rid of the smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Most students are not allowed - or, well, not supposed to - use their smartphones in school, as they can cause significant distractions. It turns out, removing smartphones in schools helps add the equivalent of up to one class room week of studying time each school year, according to a study from Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy.




Their research was published by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and reported 16-year-old students performed 6.41 percent better when smartphones are banned. The study took a look at four cities in the UK and is the latest fuel on the fire for school administrators - trying to find ways to keep mobile phone usage under control.


"We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most," according to researchers. "We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."

Fractal Design releases its Define R5 Blackout Edition chassis

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Compared to the standard Define R5 model, this Blackout Edition will supply you with blacked out PCI slot covers, HDD trays and clips, SSD brackets, a white power LED and all black dynamic GP-14 fans.




Released in a windowed or windowless version, the window option comes in a tinted theme, selling the whole blacked out theme.


Setting you back $109.99 and $119.99 respectively when on the shelves soon, Fractal claims that this case also features its ModuVent fan vent covers and all black Dynamic Series fans in order to provide you with a quieter and cooler experience.

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Report: Apple wanted to release TVs, and then shelved its ambitions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Apple originally had plans to release an ultra-high-definition (UHD) television, but those plans were put aside more than one year ago, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Instead, the company wants to create online TV service and its set-top box, the Apple TV, rather than create a TV.




The online TV service from Apple is expected to launch prior to the end of the year, and the new Apple TV set-top box should be outlined in June.


Investor Carl Icahn still believes Apple will launch an UHD TV sometime next year, even though Apple executives don't have TV production as a focus. "We view television's role in the living room as a strategically compelling bolt-on to the Apple ecosystem," Icahn said in a letter.

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Concern mounting that robots will steal white-collar jobs in the US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Robots aren't just going to one day take over manufacturing jobs, but could also replace lawyers, grocery store clerks, teachers, and other positions in the service sector, according to an author with a background in robots and automation.




There are a number of different focuses for robotics, with companies expanding outside of just manufacturing - with the new generation of robots able to work in fast food restaurants, hotels, retail stores, farms, and other common workplace tasks.


"As we look forward from this point, we need to keep in mind that this technology is going to continue to accelerate," said Martin Ford, Silicon Valley executive and author, in a statement to NPR. "So I think there's every reason to believe it's going to become the primary driver of inequality in the future, and things are likely to get even more extreme than they are now."

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ASUS reveals motherboard with Celeron 'Braswell' SoC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Complete with two wired DDR3 DIMM slots, a PCI-E 2.0 x16 port, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots and the SoC being rated at 6W TDP, ASUS' new N3150M-E Motherboard has quite a lot to offer.




A fanless heat sink design helps keep the SoC (System on Chip) cool which is announced as an Intel Celeron N3150 'Braswell'. This 14nm chip includes a quad-core CPU based on the 'Airmont' architecture and an integrated GPU.


The whole package also provides Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, on-board audio and display outputs including D-Sub and HDMI.

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