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ASUS ZenFone 4 to be premium device with Snapdragon 835

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 1:27 pm

ASUS recently posted the first official teaser of the upcoming ZenFone 4. The device is rumored to be announced on August 23rd, and the teaser revealed that it would feature dual camera setup.




According to a new leak, the phone should come with a QHD 1440p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, which powers this year's flagships such as the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.


We recently learned that the Snapdragon 836 would make its debut with Google's Pixel 2, meaning that the Galaxy Note8 and LG V30 will be powered by Snapdragon 835.

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Nanomaterial charges phones, electric cars in SECONDS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 7:35 am

Even with the latest flagship smartphones in the world, it still takes over an hour to charge your phone on average... at least for now. Drexel researchers might be onto the next big thing, using nanomaterial-based electrodes called MXene, that will charge chemical batteries much, much quicker than today's technology.




Engadget reports that the "near-2D design combines an oxide-metal 'sandwich' with hydrogel to create a structure that's extremely conductive, but still lets ions move freely as the battery builds up a charge. In the lab's design, you can charge MXene electrodes within "tens of milliseconds" -- you could top up a phone in seconds or an electric car in minutes". Impressive, eh?


As always the big issue here is getting to production quality energy cells, something that will require a number of years before we get to that point. Factories would have to adapt to the new technology, learning the new electrodes over current methods. The future of charging our smartphones and electric cars could be a hell of a lot quicker, as this is the future that is quickly coming up the road.

Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 845 teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 4:25 am

It looks like Qualcomm is planning to release their next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor sooner rather than later, with the new Snapdragon 845 listed in new patent documents.




The news is courtesy of the on-going legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, with teh Snapdragon 845 showing up on Qualcomm's ITC filing that wants to ban iPhone sales in the US. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S9 is said to be the first to rock the Snapdragon 845, and will be released in early 2018. LG is also touted to use Qualcomm's latest chip in their next-gen flagship due out in 2018.


As part of the documentation on why Qualcomm wants the iPhone sales to be banned in the US, the company listed patented chipsets - something that includes SDM845, or the Snapdragon 845.

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Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 lets you land on the moon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 3:29 am

Cloud Imperium Games is getting into the festive season a little early with a tease of Star Citizen's upcoming Alpha 3.0 release, showing off a new Alpha 3.0 trailer. Check it out below.



As you can see, the team is pushing out moon landings, the awesome-looking planetary rover, and the new Nox hover speeder. But there's even bigger news that has happened over the last few days that really overshadows the Alpha 3.0 release, in the fact that Chris Roberts has come out saying that the team plan to launch Star Citizen (whenever that is...) with just 5-10 star systems compared the 100 he teased with the original Kickstarter in 2012.




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Intel Core i9-7960X benchmarks: 16C/32T 'Skylake-X' CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 2:16 am

Intel is preparing their new Core i9 range of processors, and while the flagship Core i9-7980XE gets all of the attention, there will be a 16C/32T chip at $1699, the Core i9-7960X.




Now there's some results of the upcoming Core i9-7960X on Geekbench, but the new 16C/32T processor isn't shaping up so well, scoring 5238 in single-core results, while hitting 33,672 in multi-core. Comparing this against Intel's current Core i9-7900X (10C/20T) which has less cores and threads, the single-core performance is superior at 5390, and so is the multi-core score at 33,945.




The upcoming 7960X does beat AMD's upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X (16C/32T @ 3.4GHz) with its single-core score of 4074 and multi-core score of 26,768. Both the 7960X engineering sample and early sample of the ThreadRipper 1950X have their CPU clocks much lower than the 3.4GHz on the 7900X (even though it has less cores than the other two processors).

Intel's new Core i7-8700K CPU detailed, 6C/12T @ 4.3GHz?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 12:42 am

Intel is preparing its new Core i7-8700K to fight off the largest CPU fight against AMD in years, with new details on the Coffee Lake-based 6C/12T processor arriving through a new purported engineering sample.




The new 8700K engineering sample clocks in higher than previous leaks, with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a maximum multiplier of 43, hinting at a huge 4.3GHz boost clock. For a 6C/12T processor at 4.3GHz, we could be in for quite the beast in the 12-thread processor game. AMD's current Ryzen 5 1600X processor clocking in at 4GHz under XFR, 300MHz shy of Intel's upcoming Core i7-8700K.

GTA parent company's indie segment is making AAA games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:52 pm

Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two Interactive has an independent gaming initiative that is making games "intended to be AAA titles".




Having already crested the AAA gaming market with billion-dollar IPs like Grand Theft Auto, Take-Two Interactive is now setting its sights on the independent games segment with a new indie-centric initiative. The GTA parent company hasn't revealed specifics about this new indie focus, but it got the ball rolling on the program by purchasing the popular Kerbal Space Program IP and adding it to group of developers directed by Take-Two exec Michasel Worosz.


Interestingly enough, it appears that Take-Two's indie-centered group may be making actual AAA games to supplement the company's release slate instead of crafting AA indies. In a recent interview with Games, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that Worosz's group, which includes indie devs and other games-makers, is working on a "number of titles that are intended to be AAA products."


"We have a number of titles that Michael Worosz's group is developing with independent developers, which are intended to be AAA products," Mr. Zelnick said in the interview. "We are quiet about it because there isn't much to say. They are in development and we'll bring those to market as and when. And then within that group is also Social Point. If we are successful with the independent games initiative, and if we are successful with growing Social Point, then that will essentially be a third label of the company."

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The Rock and Apple announce a movie co-starring...Siri?!

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:04 pm

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has announced that he has partnered up with Apple to develop a movie which stars no other than Siri. Because that makes total sense, right? If Steve Jobs got multiple movies, then it's only fair that Siri gets one too!




The movie is named The Rock x Siri: Dominate The Day, and it will be released on YouTube. Very little is known about the movie at this point, and the promotional poster reveals...very little or very much...


We can see The Rock holding an iPhone 7 Plus...then space, a plane, robot, car, and more Dwayne Johnson. Also Chinese lanterns?

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A view from space: How Tesla Gigafactory grew in a year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 10:19 pm

Tesla's Gigafactory 1 in Nevada has expanded significantly over the last year. The company worked tirelessly on its first Gigafactory in preparation for the start of the Model 3 production.




Thanks to Planet's constellation of satellites, we can now see how the Gigafactory grew over the last year. And that's not even the finished building. What we see now represents around 30% of the total finished factory.


Tesla plans to finish the factory around 2020, and when they do, the Gigafactory 1 should be the largest building on earth by footprint.

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2K Games lays out five-year plan, wants one AAA a year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 8:15 pm

2K Games' new president David Ismailer has laid out a fresh five-year plan for the label that will tap the strengths of its catalog IP including its growing AAA games business and annualized sports titles.




Despite releasing a number of key games in FY17 like Mafia III and Battleborn, 2K Games didn't contributed as strongly to total fiscal year sales earnings as it normally would with such a hefty release slate. Of course it didn't help that Battleborn was quickly swallowed up by Blizzard's Overwatch, and Mafia III was plagued with a rocky start. The current fiscal year, FY18, sees 2K Games' slate much thinner than usual. The label's newly appointed president, David Ismailer, has laid out a new five-year plan that will leverage the label's beefy catalog in strategic ways to help boost earnings.


In a recent interview with Games, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick and 2K Games President David Ismailer discuss the future of the label. The publisher's "huge" new game is still on for FY19, which is likely to be Borderlands 3, and 2K will continue annually releasing sports games from its WWE and NBA IPs to help bolster profits. Ismailer affirms that his new five-year plan isn't dramatically different from 2K's current strategies, but he is aiming to release a new AAA game every year.

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