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HTC's new Nexus/Pixel smartphone teased in new renders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 5:04 am

Google's upcoming new smartphone series is nearly here, with the company reportedly moving away from naming the new handsets 'Nexus', and instead they'll instead be named Pixel, and Pixel XL.

 

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HTC is manufacturing the new smartphones with the smaller Pixel smartphone turning up in new 360-degree renders, with 'Sailfish' looking to rock a USB Type-C port instead of a typical micro USB port. There's also some dual stereo speakers which can be seen to the left, and right of the new USB Type-C port.

 

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It looks like we can expect a 5.2- or 5.3-inch 1080p display, while inside HTC seems to be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820/821 processor, with 4GB of RAM. We should expect 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear-facing camera backed up with an 8MP front-facing camera, and joined by a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

 

We should see Google launch the new Pixel smartphone with Android 7.0, with the new Sailfish handset make from metal and glass, which will not only look great, but it'll feel great, too.

AMD's high-end X370 chipset teased, arrives in Feb 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 3:20 am

AMD will be launching its next-gen Zen architecture in February 2017, alongside a new high-end X370 series chipset. The news is coming from Benchlife, teasing the Bristol Ridge series of APUs based on the Excavator CPU architecture, and GCN 3.0-based graphics architecture.

 

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The upcoming AM4 socket will be split into three different chipsets, with the high-end X370 leading the way, and behind it we have the B350 and A320 chipsets. The Zen FX-based CPUs will be part of the upcoming Summit Ridge family of processors, including PCIe 3.0 support, dual channel DDR4 memory controllers, lots of L3 cache, updated storage features including USB 3.1 and NVMe, and more. We can also expect to see CPUs arrive with between 4/8 cores with 8/16 threads, and consuming between 65-95W of power.

 

Motherboard makers are already reportedly building their inventories of X370-based motherboards, with companies preparing to unveil some of their AM4 motherboards in October. AMD will most likely show off their Zen CPUs and new X370 chipset during CES 2017 in January.

Galaxy Note 7 explodes, burns 6-year-old boy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 1:29 am

Another Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has exploded from its battery-related problems, with a 6-year-old boy using Samsung's latest handset while it burst into flames while he was watching videos.

 

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The New York City boy's grandmother, Linda Lewis, told the New York Post that the fire was serious enough that it set off fire alarms in her house. Lewis took her grandson to the Downstate Medical Center where he received treatment to the resulting burns on his body. Lewis told the Post: "he doesn't want to see or go near any phones. He's been crying to his mother".

 

Lewis said that the family has been in contact with Samsung, but didn't comment further. Samsung recently announced a global recall, advising all Galaxy Note 7 owners to turn off, and return their smartphones - with new stock arriving in a few weeks.

Dell's new 30-inch monitor features 16:10 aspect ratio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 12:04 am

Dell has just released a new 30-inch display, which has a 16:10 aspect ratio that is aimed towards professionals and content creators.

 

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The new UltraSharp UP3017 has a 30-inch IPS-based panel with 1.07 billion colors, covering 99% of the Adobe RGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3 color spaces. Video editors will have a sparkle in their eye seeing the sRGB and DCI-P3 support, with the DCI-P3 color space very important in digital movie projection throughout the US movie industry, on more and more Apple devices, and will eventually be rolled out into TVs and home cinemas.

 

Specs wise, we have the older 2560x1600 resolution (up from the usual 16:9 displays with 2560x1440), a 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 350 nits of typical brightness, W-LED backlighting, and 178-degree viewing angles. The UP3017 also rocks a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, with 1 x DP 1.2, 1 x mDP 1.2, 1 x DP 1.2 (out) with MST, and 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports for display connectivity.

 

Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017 is available right now from Dell for $1249.99.

Streamline your programming with Docker training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 11, 2016 3:30 pm

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Why is containerization important? Containers wrap software in filesystems that have everything they need to run, letting them run the same in any environment and saving loads of programming time. This course will show you how optimize your programming with Docker and Linux. Plus, you'll get hands-on training building your own Docker-powered site on WordPress,

 

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Sony made PS4 Pro so gamers wouldn't move to the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 11, 2016 11:56 am

Imagine being in the boardroom when Sony decided to start planning the mid-cycle refresh console that started out as the PS4 Neo, and turned into the PS4 Pro. At the time, Sony reportedly decided in favor of making the PS4 Pro as they were scared that gamers who wanted the "very best graphical experience will start to migrate, because that's obviously where it's to be had".

 

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During an interview with The Guardian directly after the recent PlayStation Meeting where Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony Interactive Entertainment's President and CEO Andrew House said: "I saw some data that really influenced me. It suggested that there's a dip mid-console lifecycle where the players who want the very best graphical experience will start to migrate to PC, because that's obviously where it's to be had".

 

House continued: "We wanted to keep those people within our eco-system by giving them the very best and very highest [performance quality]. So the net result of those thoughts was PlayStation 4 Pro - and, by and large, a graphical approach to game improvement".

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Oculus Touch reportedly launching in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 11, 2016 2:25 am

HTC launched with its motion controllers in the Vive package, providing a room scale experience that Oculus wasn't - and still won't be capable of, even with its upcoming Touch controllers which will reportedly launch in November.

 

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The news is coming from German store MediaMarkt, which has reportedly teamed with Oculus for distribution in the past. The retailer listed the Oculus Touch controllers on its website, priced at €199 which works out to around $230.

 

Oculus hasn't confirmed pricing or the launch date on the Touch controllers, but we can expect more news from the Oculus Connect 3 conference which takes place October 5-7.

Samsung brings back the flip phone with Galaxy Folder 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2016 12:25 am

Samsung has been in the headlines recently after it has recalled all of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over faulty batteries that have been catching fire and causing actual mayhem and thousands of dollars of damage, but now it's here again with the announcement of a new flip phone: the Galaxy Folder 2.

 

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Samsung's new Galaxy Folder 2 is exactly what you think it is, a smartphone in the older flip phone style from years ago when Motorola had its smash hit Razr flip phone. Well, Samsung has crammed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor (8-core CPU at 1.4GHz), with 2GB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch TFT LCD with a native resolution of 800x480.

 

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Inside, there's a 1950mAh battery while an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera keep you snap happy with your new flip phone. Samsung is pushing its new Galaxy Folder 2 in China for now, but would this even be on your radar if it was available in your country?

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 11:30 pm

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If you didn't receive the Windows 10 update, read this

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 9:41 pm

A recently published guide goes through a series of different reasons and solutions on how to properly address not getting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This update has a lot of pretty major features that Microsoft is saying significantly improve the Windows 10 experience.

 

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Microsoft actually has their own blog that they published last month that tells you how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update if you haven't tried already. If you have tried to get the update, but it didn't work then this new guide might be helpful.

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