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MultiTouch unveils a new prototype 84-inch 4K interactive display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 6:05 pm

MultiTouch has just unveiled one of the largest portable touch-screen displays in existence. MultiTouch showed of off the new 4K resolution, 84-inch multitouch display prototype earlier this year at its company's developer conference in Helsinki Finland and now we are getting more information on the mammoth display.




The 84-inch display features all the benefits of the company's MultiTaction Cell technology which includes ultra-fast response times, simultaneous pen and touch support and the ability to precisely track multiple points of contact simultaneously from hands and fingers. The display is supported by the company's Cornerstone 2 SDK which allows developers to build stunning interactive applications, and greatly simplifies 4K Resolution scaling from single displays to walls featuring several displays up to 50-megapixels in resolution.


"Our 84-inch MultiTaction Cell prototype represents a giant leap not just in screen size but in resolution too," explains Hannu Anttila, VP of Business Development at MultiTouch. "Customers who take advantage of the pre-ordering programme will not only be among the first to benefit from this ground-breaking technology, but will also be able to purchase the complete package at a discount of more than 20%."

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NVIDIA updates GeForce Experience to version 1.7, includes ShadowPlay

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 4:53 pm

NVIDIA has just updated its "GeForce Experience" software to version 1.7 and with the update, has launched the all new ShadowPlay gameplay recording module. ShadowPlay enables gamers to easily record video of their most exciting moments and quickly share them with the world.



ShadowPlay is a hardware-based encoder that reduces the impact that recording has on in-game performance and limits the frame rate reduction drastically over other recording methods by encoding to H.264. This reduces the exorbitantly large multi-gigabyte file sizes we are use to seeing, which equates to more space for additional videos, as well as a less taxing experience on the computers storage medium.


ShadowPlay is compatible with GeForce GTX 650 or higher cards, has two different modes, Shadow Mode and Manual Mode. Shadow mode constantly records gameplay for up to 20 minutes in Windows 8 (10 minutes in Windows 7) at full 1080p resolution. This feature allows you to press a pre-defined hot-key when something epic happens and the footage will be saved to your hard drive. Manual mode is what many of us are use to, and will record 20 minutes of continuous footage to the hard drive.

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NVIDIA unveils pricing on GeForce GTX 780Ti edition GPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 3:31 pm

Just over one week ago, Anthony Garreffa was at an event hosted by NVIDIA in Montreal Canada where he got the first look at NVIDIA's newest GPU, the GeForce GTX 780Ti. At the time, we did not know much about the new GPU other than it was based on the Kepler architecture, and that it would launch in the coming weeks.




Today NVIDIA announced that the new GeForce GTX 780Ti will release to the public on November 7th at an MSRP of just $699. This new GPU's aggressive pricing has caused the company's other mid to high-end GPUs to drop in pricing with the GTX 780 slipping to $499 and the GTX 770 set to lower to just $329 on October 29th. NVIDIA says that it has added the GTX 780Ti to its top-tier holiday bundle as well which includes a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, plus $100 off a SHIELD purchase.

NVIDIA updates Shield to Android 4.3 with new Console Mode

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 2:46 pm

This morning, NVIDIA announced that it has launched a massive update for its Shield handheld gaming console. The update brings forth GeForce. NVIDIA says that the update allows Shield owners to take control of thousands of Android games that were only designed originally for touch-screen devices and remap their controls to be compatible with the Shields physical controls.




The other new and exciting feature is what NVIDIA is calling "Console Mode," which allows users to transform their portable shield into "full living room gaming and entertainment experience" for the big-screen TV. This new mode allows gamers to pair up a Bluetooth equipped gaming controller to the shield, and play the games on the big screen. NVIDIA says that its GameStream mode is compatible with Console Mode and will allow users to stream their PC Games directly to their TV.


Other Android 4.3 feature updates include restricted profiles, expandable notifications, and code and bug fixes that make everything operate much smoother and fluid than before. Additionally, Shield owners can now select game and app files which they want to move to the SD card. Before only .APK files could be moved, but now .OOB files can make their way over as well which will free up a lot of room on the Shield's internal storage.


Finally, PC Streaming moves out of Beta and gets a new name. NVIDIA GameStream allows users to stream their PC games directly to the Shield, and allows for portable gameplay which would otherwise have you stuck at a desk. NVIDIA says that GameStream has been optimized for "game-speed Wi-Fi" with ultra-low latency and can support up to 60 frames per second on some titles. GameStream is said to be supported on more than 50 of the best PC games and is featured on several of the upcoming holiday season blockbusters such as Assassins Creed: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins.

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SanDisk and Kaminario use the SAS Optimus to break SPC-1 world record

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 10:45 am

SanDisk recently purchased SMART Storage Systems. With a busy year of acquisitions in the flash market, this certainly ranked among the best. The acquisition caught many by surprise, but in retrospect, we should have seen it coming. The core competencies of both companies mesh nicely. Both companies bring an ingredient for success to the table that the other was missing.




SanDisk brings the fab and a long, illustrious 25-year history in the NAND market, while SMART brings the award-winning Guardian Technology and the forthcoming UltraDIMM technology.


Guardian Technology brings endurance-enhancing technology to SanDisk, but SanDisk already holds 4,900 NAND patents in their coffers. The acquisition of SMART surely had to bring more than just endurance-enhancing technology to make them a suitable acquisition target for the industry heavyweight.


The Optimus is an existing line of SAS SSD's brought over from SMART that is the very epitome of high performance. We have a lot of experience with the Optimus in our labs, with an in-depth product evaluation in our IT/Datacenter library.

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LG's G Flex gets officially unveiled, features self-healing rear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 9:32 am

Finally! One of the worst kept secrets lately from LG is its G Flex smartphone, which has just officially been unveiled and boy does it look nice. We have a 6-inch curved OLED display that is unfortunately hampered by its sub-standard 1280x720 resolution.




For the rest of the G Flex, it's quite impressive: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC makes an appearance with a 2.26GHz clock speed, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 32GB of internal flash storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and of course: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with LG's own software sprinkled over the top.




One of the stand-out specs of the G Flex is that the rear of the curved smartphone features a "self-healing coating" which LG says it designed to automatically fill small scratches in the finish.

AMD readies its Kaveri desktop APU launch, should hit in early 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 8:36 am

Thanks to a leaked slide, we know when to hopefully expect AMD's upcoming, next-generation APU, codenamed "Kaveri." Kaveri will be officially announced on December 5, but it will see a proper launch in February 2014.




Between its announcement and its launch, we should expect the chipmaker to ship Kaveri APUs to its OEM vendors before 2013 is a wrap. The new Kaveri APUs will be slotted into the new socket FM+ package, which will support AMD's new A88X chipset. Kaveri will feature CPU cores based on the "Steamroller" architecture, which provides an approximate 10% increase in performance over the "Piledriver" architecture.




The new Kaveri-based APUs will feature a Graphics CoreNext-based GPU strapped on, TrueAudio technology, support for even faster DDR3 memory, and PCI-Express 3.0.

Is Google building a new floating data center in San Francisco bay?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 7:35 am

One of the more interesting things to come from the weekend of news is that Google is building itself a gigantic floating data center, which is being constructed in the San Francisco bay.




It's a four-story tall building, which sits on some shipping containers. CNET donned its detective hat and took a look, snapping the picture above. Why would the search giant be building a data center on the water? Well, what do data centers require the most? Cooling. It needs to keep all of those servers cool, where the body of water around it being the perfect spot.


But, saltwater is a different ballgame, so Google would require a desalination or filtering plant to use the water appropriately - which I'm sure it has planned.

Samsung prepares new 64-bit Exynos SoC for the Galaxy S5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 5:35 am

Apple broke some new ground with its iPhone 5S, with the included A7 processor being 64-bit capable. Samsung is the company who manufacturers the chip for the Cupertino-based giant, who is now preparing its own 64-bit SoC.




The new Exynos 5430 SoC is reportedly in an advanced stage of development, and will be 64-bit capable. This will help in more ways than one, and will push up the maximum memory supported by leaps and bounds, too. Samsung's new Exynos 5430 SoC is based on the ARM Cortex-A50 architecture, which is much more efficient and capable of processing more complex calculations, resulting in improved performance across the board.


The new chip will also support DDR4 memory, which should be very interesting when it hits mobile devices. Samsung will feature the new super-powered SoC in its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.

'Reverse microwaves' are coming, will cool drinks down in seconds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 4:35 am

In a "why didn't I think of it first" we can expect the microwave industry to be completely turned on its head, with a next-generation microwave coming which will be a 'reverse-microwave' which will be capable of chilling down a drink in 45 seconds.




The new reverse-microwave will be capable of chilling down soft drinks and wine bottles from room temperature to just four degrees in seconds. The device will cool drinks of all shapes and sizes to different temperatures without disturbing the contents of the drink itself, or the carbonation. The technology has been developed with the help of research funding from the European Union, which works with the help of a cooling vortex which spins the drink around.


This starts a stop-start rotational sequence which creates something known as a Rankine vortex, which is a collapsed vortex in a viscous fluid. The drink will be rotated quickly around twin axes in water which will keep the drink in its original state, all while cooling it down for your pleasure. V-Tex created the technology, where it has said that the process requires just 20% of the energy required by standard drink chillers.