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Intel's Bay Trail mobile chips will have big performance improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 8:28 am

For the leader in desktop processors, Intel has been lagging behind the likes of ARM when it comes to mobile processors. This is all set to change with its Bay Trail range of processors, which are multi-core, low-power chips built on Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate technology and new "Silvermont" micro-architecture.

 

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Intel is pushing its Z3000 Bay Trail-based processor, which will arrive in both a dual- and quad-core configuration and will see Intel pushing double the CPU performance, and a reported tripling in GPU performance when compared to the previous generation Intel Atom-based processors. Where Intel's new Z3000 processor will shine is in its ability to run both Windows 8.1 and Android on devices between 7 and 11.6 inches in size.

 

Intel will be delivering performance increases, a smaller footprint and considerably lower power consumption, but the chipmaker claimed that its Z3000 "delivers leading performance with all-day battery life." Intel also claims that it will be delivering 64-bit compatibility to the Z3000 early next year, which will give Apple's A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S a run for its money.

Alienware pump its Aurora gaming desktops with Ivy Bridge-E goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 7:33 am

Intel unleashed its Ivy Bridge-E processors not too long ago and premier gaming desktop maker Alienware has announced customers can now option Intel's latest and greatest CPU into its Aurora range of desktop gaming PCs.

 

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The new Ivy Bridge-E processors are 6-core beasts with 15MB of cache and see stock overclocking abilities of up to 4.3GHz. The new IVB-E options within Alienware's Aurora range of PCs start from $1,399.

RumorTT: Apple hit with iWatch delays due to low yields

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:25 am

Samsung may have already announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Omate has impressed the world with its TrueSmart 'smartwatch 2.0' device, but it looks like the previous market leader, Apple, may be behind considerably with its own smartwatch, the iWatch.

 

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DigiTimes has released a new article stating that the Cupertino-giant, who just launched its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones, is experiencing low yield-rate problems, with upstream supply chain sources of DigiTimes stating that Apple is only receiving 30-40% of its original order volumes: "The iWatch is built using powder metallurgy technology and then processed by CNC equipment. Since Apple requires the iWatch be thin and light and still features an elegant design, it has been known that this will pose a great challenge to the device's chassis suppliers as well as related component makers and back-end process service providers."

 

Apple is expected to launch its iWatch device sometime in mid-2014, with manufacturers Inventec and Quanta Computer the companies behind the manufacturing muscle for the iWatch.

Diablo 3: Storm of Light novel coming in 2014, ties in with Diablo 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 5:29 am

Prepare yourselves for a tie-in novel for Diablo 3, which was announced by Blizzard Entertainment yesterday. The novel will be called Diablo 3: Storm of Light, with the novel being the fourth Diablo 3-related book to be released.

 

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Storm of Light will bridge the gap in story lines between Diablo 3 and the upcoming expansion Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, which will be released early next year. Storm of Light will concentrate on two characters: Shanar and Jacob, who were featured in the DC Comics series: Diablo: Sword of Justice.

Tweakipedia: Introducing our new Tweakipedia test bed!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 5:18 am

Our Tweakipedia section has a new post.

 

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To start September, we built a new Tweakipedia testbed, which consists of some of the best components on the market for the LGA 1150 Haswell platform. We have had some help from GIGABYTE, SAPPHIRE, NVIDIA, Corsair and InWin for some truly epic components. We have two videos included, one introducing the system itself, and one checking out the video cards that we'll be playing with in the weeks and months to come.

 

You can read more on the Tweakipedia article right here!

Remedy Entertainment scoops up ex-president of Epic Games, Mike Capps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 4:32 am

Mike Capps left his position as president of Epic Games last year, and has now joined Remedy Entertainment's board of directors. You might remember Remedy, as the developer behind Quantum Break and the smash hits Max Payne and Alan Wake franchises.

 

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Remedy CEO, Matias Myllyrinne has said: "Like any team, I think a good board is a combination of different kinds of skill sets, and different kinds of strengths that really come together. That's the way, in my experience, the best teams work. Obviously Mike has a tremendous track record in the games industry. He's been very successful and has proven himself over and over again."

Apple to unleash the iPhone to China Mobile's 700 million subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 3:32 am

China Mobile is the world's largest mobile provider, with an astounding 700 million subscribers. Apple has been talking with the Chinese provider, where it has finally reached an agreement with China Mobile.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that China's Telecom Equipment Certification Center has approved the iPhone to run on China Mobile's network. China Mobile's TD-LTE bands (38, 39 and 40) are being pushed onto its fourth-generation network, and will work on certain models of Apple's new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones.

4K TVs to halve in price within twelve months claims UK retailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2:28 am

One thing that needs to happen to Ultra HD TVs is the price needs to come down to an affordable level so that they go more mainstream, and according to one UK retailer, this should happen within the next twelve months.

 

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Jonathan Marsh Head Buyer at John Lewis spoke exclusively with TrustedReviews, where he said: "We are going to see big steps in 4K next year. At the moment there is a premium associated with 4K and we have seen that since launching the first 4K TVs a couple of months ago. However, as we've seen these technologies mature, they have come down in price and become much more affordable very quickly."

 

We have already seen numerous TV manufacturers unveil, and release a few 4K-capable TVs, but pricing is still quite high. Once we see some new screen sizes, with the average being 55-inch or so, come down, this will drag the price down with it. Marsh continues: "With more OLED next year, we will new sizes come to the market which will also bring the price point down to a more manageable level. At the moment all the 4K TVs are pretty big and around 55-inches. The natural step is that we will see 46-inch models developed for next year."

HP unveils its new colorful Chromebook 14, will retail for $299

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 1:21 am

IFA 2013 - Earlier today HP released the Chromebook 14, an Intel Haswell-based Chromebook that will be available in three distinctively vibrant colors. The new Chromebook 14 will feature a 14-inch screen, 16GB of built in storage and will include 2 years of free 100GB Google Drive cloud storage.

 

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Connectivity includes an HDMI port, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi is included and HP will toss 200MB of free T-Mobile Data per month for 2 years. HP says that we will see the new Chromebook 14 hit store shelves this holiday season and it will retail for just $299.99. For a basic internet surfing, email checking, photo browsing device, it is hard to beat the $300 price tag, but at the same time, there are Android tablets with much more internal storage for the same pricing point.

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KFA2 unveils its new GeForce GTX 780 HOF edition GPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 12:31 am

Today KFA2, Galaxy's premium brand of graphics cards, released its all new GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition GPU. The company says that each of the new GTX 780 HOF GPUs are hand-picked and then given an incredible factory overclock of 1058MHz. This makes the card as much as 20-percent faster than a standard GTX 780.

 

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The company has added a new Hybrid Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe Cooler that is said to transfer heat 30x more efficient than copper. Twin 90mm fans are specially designed with grooved blades to reduce noise while increasing cooling efficiency. In a press release, KFA2 said that the GTX 780 HOF edition has been completely redesigned and populated with the highest quality components possible.

 

Most notable of these are the CHiL CHL8318 top-of-the-line VR11.1 compliant digital PWM and IR3550 PowIRstage DrMOS 4.0 compliant chipset, which together create a powerful 8 + 2 phase circuit with 90-percent efficiency capable of delivering an awe inspiring 480 amps of current to the GPU. Other additions include high quality POSCAP capacitors with 2X longer lifespan and high current Coiltronics inductors. The PCB itself is a custom white substrate with 10 layers for optimum signal routing.

 

KFA2 has also added a new Hyper Boost button that acts as a hardware supercharger and increases core clock speeds by up to 8-percent. The company says that multiple world record benchmark scores have been broken already by just using this button. In my opinion, this is one of the best looking GPUs on the market aside from a GTX TITAN. The all white PCB combined with the mech-styled cooler creates a look that just screams power!

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