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Motherboard makers are excited for AMD's new Ryzen CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 8:28 pm

I've been excited for AMD's next-gen Zen CPU architecture since day one, and that excitement has built up over the last 12 months into the official Ryzen CPU architecture AMD teased earlier this month.




Ryzen will rock up to 16 threads of CPU performance with an 8-core processor starting at 3.4GHz, and performance in the levels of the Core i7-6800K and 6900K from Intel. Now we're hearing that motherboard makers have been "rather aggressive about placing orders" for Ryzen-capable motherboards, as they "believe demand for the new platform will increase AMD's share in the worldwide desktop processor market in the second quarter of 2017", reports DigitTimes.


Better yet, we're getting an idea of how far along the Ryzen CPU and compatible motherboards are, with DigiTimes' report continuing: "The sources pointed out that they have started receiving high-end X370, mainstream B350 and entry-level A320 chipsets from AMD and are now in the final stage of finishing related testing and motherboard designing".


AMD is expected to launch its 8-core/16-thread Ryzen CPU in the final weeks of February, or early March. AMD should fully unveil Ryzen at CES 2017 next week, as well what I'm hoping will be a better look at Vega.

Cyber Monday HTC Vive deal with $200 bonus makes return

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 8:25 pm

Update: $100 discount is now gone on the HTC Vive but you can still get a $100 gift card with purchase.


The Microsoft Store must not have sold enough HTC Vive units this Christmas season, because they've brought back the best offer of the year last seen Cyber Monday. This week when you buy an HTC Vive VR system through the Microsoft Store you'll get a $100 discount and a $100 bonus gift card. Taking the gift card bonus into account, that effectively makes the HTC Vive a $599 headset, which is the same price as the cheaper alternative Oculus Rift.




Now the Rift and the Vive each have their own pros and cons, but few would argue the Oculus Rift is the better of the two systems, as the Vive grants you greater options for gameplay (full room vs. stationary headset). Now with there only being a $100 price difference between the two at Microsoft, do you just soak up the $100 loss and get the better system? Great question.



In the case of the Oculus Rift, Microsoft does offer the same $100 bonus gift card. This Gift Card is actually more of a "Gift Code" which arrives via email once your order ships and is good for anything sold at the Microsoft Store like games, computers, tablets, and software.


Microsoft has been offering the $100 bonus gift code for awhile now. In fact the last few weeks they've been running the gift code promo, but it's may not have been a strong enough offer to move the Vive. Thus the $100 discount has come to the potential rescue. What we do know is that this is the best HTC Vive offer since Cyber Monday.

ThinkGeek release snoring 'Snorlax' Pokemon slippers

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 4:25 pm

Original Gameboy Pokémon Red and Blue players can now revisit the past with Snorlax inspired footwear.



ThinkGeek recently announced the Snorlax slippers, as a one-size-fits-all pair of slippers that are available in sizes 10 men and 12 women. The sleeping Pokémon slippers feature snoring noises whilst walking and will retail for $29.99. For more information visit the ThinkGeek website.

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AMD teases next-gen Radeon RX series, Vega is coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 4:06 am

AMD appears to be ringing in the New Year bell a little early this year, with a tease on the official Twitter account for Radeon, with a simple tweet of "New Year. New architecture", teasing its next-gen Vega GPU architecture.




AMD recently held their Tech Summit 2016 event in Sonoma, California - with our first look at a Vega 10-based graphics card with 8GB of HBM2, capable of driving DOOM at 4K 60FPS+ on its highest graphics settings.


It was only a week ago that a Vega 10 GPU of some sort received RRA certification, but so did a 'Polaris 12' graphics chip, too. Performance wise, we should expect Titan X level performance from a Vega 10 graphics card with 8GB of HBM2, and most likely ready to compete against NVIDIA's unannounced and unconfirmed - but teased GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.




We know what to expect from the GTX 1080 Ti - faster than GTX 1080, slightly slower and much cheaper than Titan X. AMD on the other hand, is rocking a next-generation, enthusiast level GPU architecture with the next step in VRAM for graphics cards with HBM2 - capable of 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth on a 4096-bit memory bus. AMD will certainly have the edge when it comes to technology prowess with Vega and HBM2 together, while NVIDIA will stand with its nearly year-old GPU architecture and the cheaper, more mainstream GDDR5 or possibly new GDDR5X technology.

Tesla's next-gen charger will charge its cars in minutes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 12:30 am

If there's one thing that electric cars need, it's faster charging - and it looks like that's in the immediate future for Tesla Motors. Elon Musk, or the real life Tony Stark, has teased that the next generation is Superchargers will be pushing somewhere above 350kW.




Musk fielded some questions over Twitter, Fred Lambert suggesting that Supercharger V3 will have 350kW output - but Musk had the reply of a lifetime, teasing: "A mere 350 kW ... what are you referring to, a children's toy?". If Tesla does indeed hit a doubling in power output, charging up their growing family of electric cars could be faster than ever before.


We could be looking at a stop at the service station, or a specific carpark, being able to charge your Tesla electric vehicle in minutes - impressive stuff.

LG's new Bluetooth speaker levitates, for real

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 10:27 pm

LG will be teasing something really quite futuristic during CES 2017 next week, with an easily-named "Levitating Portable Speaker"... which is exactly what it sounds like - a levitating speaker.




The upcoming Levitating Portable Speaker is an egg-shaped Bluetooth unit that has a round base, something LG calls the Levitation Station. The aptly-named Levitation Station (seriously, give that person a raise) includes electromagnets that provide the floating effect, as well as a subwoofer for bass. LG touts 360-degree sound with a 10-hour battery life, and it's also rated IPX7 for water resistance.


The coolest thing out of it all is that the speaker will automatically descend into the base when it needs to recharge, and I will buy one as soon as I can to test that out. Awesome stuff, LG.

Huawei's new Kirin 970 rocks 8 CPU cores at 3GHz each

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 8:35 pm

The fresh details on Huawei's next-gen Kirin 970 processor have arrived, with Huawei baking it on the new 10nm process with 8 CPU cores at up to 3GHz each. There will be two quad-core processors inside, with an ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53.




The company only just recently unveiled the Kirin 960 chip, but the Kirin 970 will bump up from to 3GHz clocks on the CPU cores, up from 1.8-2.4GHz on Kirin 960. According to the rumors, Huawei will be asking TSMC to manufacturer their Kirin 970 processors in Taiwan.


As for when Huawei will launch a smartphone with its next-gen Kirin 970 chip inside, we should expect it to launch with the Mate 10 - which could be very soon indeed.

Crytek will pay unpaid wages by January 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 6:29 pm

We've been reporting about Crytek more than ever before, with mostly bad things - but then a great spark of excitement from a nearly secured $500 million investment from the Turkish government - and now, we have confirmation on Crytek developers' unpaid wages.




According to an industry insider friend of ours, TweakTown can exclusively reveal that Crytek will pay 100% of their unpaid staff to all unpaid staff by January 13, 2017. This is just over two weeks from now, which I'm sure will coincide with Crytek's recent $500 million deal with the Turkish government. Not only that, but Crytek reportedly holds no debt - which means it should effectively be very steady with this new load of cash coming in, for what will hopefully be a very long time.

Google Pixel freezes for minutes at a time, even for me

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 8:35 am

Google might be spending tens of millions of dollars on advertising for its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but people are experiencing issues all over the place - including me. Even after AUD$1249 outright, to say I'm mad at the situation of my Pixel malfunctioning like this being disappointing, would be an understatement.




In the last week my Pixel has been really quite bad, matching up with reports online that Pixel owners have been having their phone freeze, and you can't do anything with it - and it takes up to 60 seconds before the phone starts working, very randomly. The only way to get out of it is to hard reset Pixel by pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time, and holding them down for 10 seconds.


Not only that, but I've been noticing glitches with the camera and the fingerprint sensor not recognizing my fingerprint. A few weeks ago I was sitting in the cinema watching Arrival and at the end of the movie, I went to unlock my Pixel with my fingerprint - which was rejected, and so was my 4-digit security code. I couldn't get into my Pixel at all, and had to hard reset and wipe the entire smartphone and start again.

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Apple's spaceship campus detailed in 4K drone footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 4:29 am

Apple will be opening up its new spaceship campus is nearing completion, with a beautiful 4K video shot with his drone, providing a Christmas/New Year update for us all. Check it out.



The footage looks great, showing that Apple is using 100% renewable energy for the campus, with the entire ring around Apple's new HQ plastered with solar panels. Matthew Roberts, the person behind the 4K drone footage said that there's around 65% of the total solar panels installed so far.


Apple has designed the campus where it will feature 3000 specially designed, and engineered curved glass panels that will measure in at around one mile in circumference. Steve Jobs said during a Cupertino City Council meeting a few years ago: "There's not a single straight piece of glass in this building. We've used our experience in building retail buildings all over the world. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building... It's pretty cool".

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