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Intel's new $7 billion facility to make 7nm chips in US

By: Derek Strickland | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 9:31 pm

Intel has just announced a massive $7 billion investment to create the "most advanced semiconductor factory in the world" on United States soil.

 

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the new investment alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, and the deal is expected to be a boon for Intel as well as the United States. Intel's new facility will be called Fab 42, and will push Moore's Law even further by making 7nm chips and processors.

 

Fab 42 will take three to four years to complete and will create more than 3,000 high-wage jobs for engineers and technicians as well as 10,000 long-term jobs in the facility's central location in Chandler, Arizona. Apart from the benefits provided by President Trump's business incentives, Fab 42 was built to "help the U.S. maintain its position as the global leader in the semiconductor industry."

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Galaxy S8 will have 3,000 mAh battery, S8 Edge 3,500 mAh

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 8:51 pm

A new report from Samsung confirms the previous leaks by Evan Blass that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge will pack 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh battery.

 

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This means that the S8 will have the same battery capacity as the Galaxy S7, while the S8 Edge will have a slightly smaller battery than the S7 edge which had 3,600 mAh.

 

The Galaxy S8 will feature a huge 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Edge will have a massive 6.2-inch screen. Both models will have a curved display.

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John Wick Chronicles is now live on Steam

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 8:07 pm

John Wick Chronicles is finally out! The highly-anticipated first-person shooter VR game is available as of today on Steam.

 

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John Wick Chronicles lets you play as the legendary assassin John Wick, allowing you to pick up his iconic weapons and head into the world of hired guns - all in virtual reality.

 

I have tried the game, and it is one of the best games VR games I have tried thus far and the game that felt 'most real.'

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Ubisoft PC game sales eclipsed by PS4 three to one

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 7:30 pm

Ubisoft's latest third quarter financials revealed some not so surprising sales results: more gamers play Ubisoft games on PS4 than Xbox One and PC combined.

 

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Due to accessibility and ease-of-use consumers typically choose consoles over PC for their gaming needs, and Sony's PlayStation 4 has utterly dominated console sales throughout its lifetime. Ubisoft reinforces that point in their latest earnings report which confirms the PS4 platform accounted for nearly half of all Ubisoft game sales sold throughout the last nine months (April 1 - Dec. 31, 2016). In fact, PS4 game sales in both the last three-month quarter and nine-month half-year were more than Xbox One and PC combined.

 

The report states that in the last nine months the PS4 saw 42% of all Ubisoft game sales, whereas Xbox One trailed behind at 25% and the PC platform comprised 16% of sales. In the three-month third-quarter period from Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016, PS4 continued to dominate at 46% of all game sales, with the Xbox One at 26% and the PC dropping to 13%.

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Ubisoft already has strong confidence in 2018's games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:42 pm

Ubisoft today announced their third quarter earnings for the current fiscal year, but the company is already making forecast predictions on its 2018-2019 earnings. This pretty much tells us that Ubisoft has high visibility into their development pipeline and likes what they see, hinting big-name Ubisoft games like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry could be on the way.

 

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I noticed something interesting while combing Ubisoft's current financials report: they've already "confirmed targets for fiscal year 2018-2019" despite the fact that 2017 just started. To understand why this is a big deal, we have to do a little clarification on the differences between calendar year and fiscal year and the timelines. Ubisoft's Fiscal Years start on April 1 and end on March 31 the following year--for example, the current Fiscal Year, FY2017, started on April 1, 2016 and ends on March 31, 2017. Ubisoft likes to mix calendar years with its fiscal year reports, so instead of Fiscal Year 2017, the filings read "fiscal year 2016-17," but the two are one and the same. So when Ubisoft says "fiscal year 2018-19" that actually means Fiscal Year 2019, which starts on April 1, 2018 and carries over into the next year ending on March 31, 2019.

 

Yeah I know. It's a bit confusing. But understanding this key bit of info is extremely important to this entire article.

 

The new Fiscal Year (FY2018) begins on April 1, 2017 and Ubisoft hasn't yet confirmed the full release slate we'll see in this twelve-month period. Despite this, the company already knows what's in the pipeline for 2017 and 2018 beyond, even as far as early 2019. Based on this pipeline, they've already locked in earnings targets forecasts for not only this year, but next fiscal year too.

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Huawei to unveil the Honor V9 on February 21st

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:33 pm

While we are waiting for MWC and hopefully the announcement of the P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei has decided to unveil the Honor V9 a week before their Barcelona event.

 

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According to a teaser, the device will be unveiled on February 21st. Previous leaks reveal that the Honor V9 will come with a 5.7-inch QHD display.

 

The device will be powered by an octa-core 2.4GHz processor, and it will come in variants with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

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South Park: Fractured But Whole possibly delayed again

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 5:37 pm

South Park: Fractured But Whole is now slated to release from fiscal year 2017-2018, which is Ubisoft's way of saying it's been delayed as far as March 31, 2018.

 

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The next South Park game has already been delayed once, but now it may not even meet its tentative 2017 release window. South Park: Fractured But Whole was first delayed from its original holiday 2016 to TBA 2017, and there it remains.

 

Now it's worth understanding that there's still a chance the game could release in 2017. Ubisoft's FY2018 (Ubisoft says fiscal year 2017-2018 to give you an idea what actual calendar years are included, but it's still the company's Fiscal Year 2018 timeline) is from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. So South Park: Fractured But Whole could release at any point during that twelve-month period.

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EVGA confirms new GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2/SC2 coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 9:39 am

EVGA had some issues with its original GTX 1080 graphics card, but the company is looking to announce new ICX-based GTX 1080 graphics cards in both the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 parts.

 

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EVGA is expected to refresh its GTX 10 series cards with improved thermals, with the "optional" thermal pads now the norm, with a new and improved PCB on the upcoming SuperClocked 2 and FTW2 models.

 

Jacob Freeman took to Twitter to tease: "I C something eXciting announcing this week", and I don't think he could've been any more clear.

Apple's next-gen iPhone X could cost $1000+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 7:44 am

Apple's next generation iPhone is shaping up well, but we still have no idea what it'll be called - with two rumored names right now in iPhone 8 and iPhone X - I'd go with iPhone X, but hey - that's just me.

 

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Now we have Fast Company reporting that the price being "very likely north of $1000" according to a "source with knowledge of Apple's plans". Apple is expected to leap into the arms of a 5.8-inch OLED display, and will "look something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design" says Fast Company.

 

Apple is expected to unveil successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the form of the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, its yearly tradition - with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Apple will continue using LCD displays in the 7S and 7S Plus, but the new iPhone 8/X will use a spiffy new OLED display, like its competitors have been using... for years now.

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Tesla will begin test building Model 3 cars on Feb 20

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:05 am

Tesla Motors will reportedly enter "pilot production" of its more affordable Model 3 electric vehicle on February 20, according to "people familiar with the matter", says Reuters.

 

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Reuters' sources didn't say how many Model 3 vehicles would be built in February, but it would most likely be a smaller number of cars in order to test Tesla's assembly system, and the quality of vehicle parts used on the Model 3. Tesla Motors' boss Elon Musk told investors that more than 370,000 customers have put deposits down on the Model 3, with July 2017 set to be the kick off month on production.

 

Model 3 vehicles will be built in Fremont, California on February 20, and then two days later - Tesla reports its Q4 2016 results. Perfect timing for the production to start, isn't it? Reuters source said: "What better way to stoke the fan base and Wall Street than to wheel out pre-production models".

 

Tesla's upcoming Model 3 vehicle will be an exciting entry into the electric car market, as it will be priced at around $35,000 before government incentives.

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