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Samsung begins mass producing "industry's most advanced" DDR4 memory

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 8:47 am

Today Samsung announced that it has began mass-producing what it says is the most advanced DDR4 memory being made for enterprise servers in next-generation data centers. Designed run a 20nm-class process the modules facilitate demand for 16Gb and 32GB capacities.




"The adoption of ultra-high-speed DDR4 in next-generation server systems this year will initiate a push toward advanced premium memory across the enterprise," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "After providing cutting-edge performance with our timely supply of 16GB DDR3 earlier this year, we are continuing to extend the premium server market in 2013 and will now focus on higher density and added performance with 32GB DDR4, and contribute to even greater

growth of the green IT market in 2014."


Samsung says that the new 4Gb-based DDR4 has the fastest DRAM data transmission rate of any other module available. At 2,667Mb/s, they represent a 1.25-fold increase in performance while lowering power consumption by more than 30-percent. Samsung remains committed to advancing the development of next-generation green memory devices and solutions in IT markets. With innovative developmental approaches directed at systems, solutions and software the company will continue to reinforce its green memory strategy and maximize the creation of shared value for its customers, while facilitating further expansion of the green IT marketplace.

RumorTT: Dell working on both 8- and 10.6-inch Windows tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:36 am

Dell is a close partner to Microsoft, but the closer we get to Windows 8.1's release date, the more products we're going to see unleashed from virtually all manufacturers.




According to DigiTimes' supply chain sources, Dell is working on an 8-inch Windows tablet that will be unleashed to the enterprise market. DigiTimes is also reporting that the company is also working on a 10.6-inch tablet that will be powered by either an Intel Core processor or an Atom processor. We should hear more details on these two slates in the near future.

Next-gen ASUS PadFone Infinity caught on camera, launches next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 6:35 am

A leaked photo of ASUS' upcoming refreshed PadFone Infinity has arrived, as you can see below. There isn't much to know about it just yet, but we can see that it is very similar to the current PadFone Infinity on the outside.




ASUS is rumored to have the new PadFone Infinity compatible with its current Infinity tablet base, which would be nice news to current PadFone Infinity owners who want to upgrade. ePrice sources have said that we could expect ASUS to launch its new PadFone Infinity in Taiwan in the third week of September, which is not long away at all.

Kickstarter led 'Pressy' uses your 3.5mm jack, turns it into a button

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:35 am

This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" devices, which is sitting on Kickstarter right now known as "Pressy." Pressy is a tiny button that sits in the 3.5mm headphone jack of your device, turning it into a multi-function button.






The company who designed Pressy says that the Android-based device can perform pretty much any task you can think of. There's an app required, with the default Pressy settings seeing three pre-set actions: one short click toggles your flashlight on or off, one long click toggles the phone in and out of silent mode, and a double-press will take a photo.


But, thanks to Android, Pressy will see lots of customization. These options will include the ability to use Pressy to record a phone call, toggle Wi-Fi/Bluetooth on or off, capture a screenshot, or close all of the running applications. Pressy requires Android 2.3 and above, which covers nearly all of the devices on the market right now.

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Twitter adds a 'report abuse' button to all platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:31 am

After an outcry in UK over rape and bomb threats sent to female journalists and a member of Parliament, Twitter has updated all of its platforms with a 'report abuse' button. The social networking/microblogging site is also adding more staff to help go through the flagged tweets from the rape and bomb threats.




This all began with UK activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who successfully lobbied to have novelist Jane Austen featured on a UK banknote. People seemed to be completely outraged at this, after which she was slammed with multiple rape threats over Twitter.


It culminated in one of her followers opening up a petition pressing Twitter to make it easier to report abuse. Before Twitter implemented this change, users needed to search the site in order to find out how to report abusive messages. The petition was a huge success, taking in over 139,000 signatures.

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Facebook Home updated with lock screen music controls and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:32 am

Facebook for Android has just been updated, with some big Facebook Home changes. Facebook Home for Android now includes music controls on the lock screen during playback, which is nice.




But, it doesn't end there: there's also animated stickers now available in messages. Not a huge update, but the music controls in the lock screen is definitely a nice addition. I've tried out Facebook Home on my Galaxy S4, and I don't know what to think. If your life centers around Facebook, which many do, then it might be nice to check this out.

Warcraft movie to arrive in 2015, Duncan Jones to direct

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 2:36 am

It's been a long time coming, but the World of Warcraft movie finally has a filming date: January 2014. Duncan Jones is going to be getting into the director's chair for this, with his previous movie, Moon, being one of my favorite of recent years.




Legendary showed off some decent test footage at Comic-Con, announcing the studio would start filming in early 2014. Warcraft will start shooting in Vancouver on January 13, 2014, with casting yet to be announced. Since January is only a few months away, we should begin to hear about casting very, very soon.


Rumors are pegging the movie to not be some PG-rated flick, but will be a full-blooded fantasy flick, in the same path as The Lord of the Rings and will reportedly follow the RTS games from the 90s, and not World of Warcraft. The World of Warcraft, er, world, will be used in a future movie, with the current movies taking it slower and concentrating on the mid-90s titles.

Tex Murphy returns thanks to Kickstarter, new game arrives in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 1:29 am

One of the first games that really pushed me to upgrade back in the day was Under a Killing Moon. I didn't have a CD ROM drive at the time, and the game arrived on multiple CDs, something that cost close to AU$1000 back in the day.




If you remember back that far, Under a Killing Moon featured Tex Murphy, who is making a comeback thanks to Kickstarter. The game will be called Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure will hit PC and Mac in early 2014, from publisher Atlus. The title received around $600,000 in funding a year ago when it was known as Project Fedora.


Developer Big Finish Games is now stepping in with a big name publisher in order to help it "more fully" realize its vision for the game. I can't wait to see the game in action, FMV and all.

The official trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 12:23 am

Here it is! The official trailer to Rockstar's sure-fire, record-breaking, open-world game, Grand Theft Auto V. The trailer is expansive, topping all of the previous footage and trailers we've seen yet. Check it out:



September 17, folks, September 17! I don't have a current generation console, so I won't be playing this because Rockstar isn't supporting the platform they started out on: PC. Not even next-gen consoles, which is disappointing. Hopefully Rockstar are just keeping the next-gen version behind closed doors for now.

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StackExchange founder designs new mechanical keyboard for programmers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:26 pm

Programmers are a fickle bunch when it comes to their keyboards. While some prefer a massive gaming style keyboard others prefer smaller more compact units that are straight to the point. However the one unifying feature that all programmers like is mechanical key switches. Today WASD Keyboards released a new keyboard aimed specifically at programmers.




WASD says that the new Code 87-Key Mechanical Keyboard was designed by the legendary Jeff Atwood, the creator of Stack The keyboard came to be after Atwood was unable to find the ideal backlit mechanical keyboard to fit his coding needs. The result is what Atwood says is "the only simple, clean and beautiful backlit keyboard" he's ever found.




The keys are said to feature that distinct tactile pump while remaining quiet and non-clicky. Possibly the coolest feature though is the ability to switch between windows, Mac, Dvorak, and Colemark arrangements at the hardware level via a switch convenient placed under the keyboard. This means users can switch keys around then flip the switch and their set up on a new layout. The keyboard retails for $149.99 and comes in 87 and 104 key varieties.