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802.11ac Wi-Fi Wave 2 update will double the already fast Wi-Fi speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 2:26 pm

There's a huge change coming to Wi-Fi technology, with the industry body behind Wi-Fi meeting, and signing off on a new level of performance that's going to blow the walls off of your house. The only issue is it won't roll out instantly, as we'll need new smartphones, tablets, routers, and Wi-Fi adapters to be upgraded to this super-quick new standard.

 

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The new standard is 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which has individual 5GHz channel speeds of up to 867MHz. The update known as 'Wave 2' is coming, pushing the Wave 1 speeds from 802.11 to new heights, including technologies like MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input multiple output) and wider channel bandwidth that will allow for faster than ever Wi-Fi transfers.

 

The Wave 2 update to 802.11ac Wi-Fi has maximum channel widths of up to 160MHz, which provides twice the potential throughput of the current 802.11ac devices on the market. Previous chips used up to three input/output streams, but the new standards can do four input/output streams.

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Xbox Ultimate Game Sale: all the games and discounts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 12:17 pm

Microsoft's huge Ultimate Game Sale is back, and this time Redmond has slashed prices on both console and PC games.

 

 

The new Ultimate Game Sale slashes prices on 250 Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 10 games like Quantum Break and Rise of the Tomb Raider are discounted up to 60% off, with Xbox LIVE Gold members getting an additional 10% off on all sale prices.

 

Notable deals include the newly minted backward compatible Red Dead Redemption for just $7.50, Halo 5, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and The Witcher 3 for $29.99, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Evil Within, Saint's Row IV, and Wolfenstein: The New Order for just $15; and Metro Redux Bundle for just $7.50. Check below for the full list, or head over to Major Nelson.com for all the links.

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Witcher 3 could be getting a GOTY version with all DLC and expansions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 11:14 am

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition has been officially rated on German USK ratings site on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

 

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Although CD Projekt RED has no plans to release a Witcher 3 Enhanced Edition, it looks as though a Witcher 3 GOTY SKU is in the works. Presumably the Witcher 3 GOTY Edition will include the base game, the two huge Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions, all the free DLC packs, and new patch updates on a single disc. Before now the only way to get the expansions was to buy a $74.99 digital bundle or the $24.99 Expansion Pass, so this route will be much more affordable for gamers.

 

The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition was rated just a month after the game's one-year anniversary (June 22), but we still have no actual release information. Given Witcher 3 has been on sale on PSN and Steam for $24.99 or thereabouts (and will be 50% off starting today on the Xbox Ultimate Sale) I think it's fair to say almost everyone owns the game already, so CDPR isn't really losing much cash by bundling the game + expansions for $59.99.

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Want to know what iOS 10 will offer? Check out this detailed video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 9:20 am

Apple has unleashed the second developer beta of iOS 10, which includes a slew of tweaks and improvements to Apple's mobile operating system.

 

 

MacRumors has put together an informative video that highlights a bunch of the new features and improvements in iOS 10 beta 2, which includes the new Messages app, sticker packs from Apple, changes to the Control Center 3D Touch actions, Apple's new organ donor signup, and more.

 

Apple will officially launch iOS 10 in September, so begin preparing your iPhones and iPads now. Personally, I've been using an iPhone 6S for over a month now and iOS severely lags behind Android, so I'm hoping there's some big improvements in iOS 10.

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Google's next-gen Nexus smartphone might look like Nexus 4 from 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 7:29 am

Google is poised to unleash its next-gen Nexus smartphone, which is being made by Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei, very soon. How soon? Really soon.

 

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According to the latest news from Android Police, Google's new Nexus will look very familiar - as they're reporting that the new Nexus will have a similar style to that of the Nexus 4 from 2012, which was one of Google's most popular Nexus smartphones.

 

It's a very hot rumor right now, and might be way off base, but Android Police are a pretty solid source on all things Android.

AMD's new drivers for Radeon RX 480 will fix PCIe current draw issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 7:22 am

AMD has released an update regarding the impending release of their new Radeon Software 16.7.1 drivers, which will fix the Radeon RX 480 from drawing excess current from the PCIe bus. If you haven't seen it, we just posted up an article on the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire beating out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

 

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The company posted on their AMD Gaming Facebook page that they are "confident that the levels of reported power draws by the Radeon RX 480 do not pose a risk of damage to motherboards or other PC components based on expected usage, we are serious about addressing this topic and allaying outstanding concerns. Towards that end, we assembled a worldwide team this past weekend to investigate and develop a driver update to improve the power draw. We're pleased to report that this driver-Radeon Software 16.7.1-is now undergoing final testing and will be released to the public in the next 48 hours".

 

AMD's upcoming Radeon Sofware 16.7.1 drivers include a tweak that will handle the power distribution on the Radeon RX 480, which will decrease the current drawn from the PCIe bus. Not only that, but AMD has included an option to reduce the total power drawn from the Radeon RX 480, with a "minimum performance impact". This new option will be found in the "compatibility" UI toggle in the Global Settings menu of Radeon Settings.

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Microsoft to make multi-GPU support in DX12 games easier for game devs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 5:05 am

Microsoft is in quite the position with Windows 10, but it hasn't fully realized what it can do with DX12... yet.

 

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The company has just announced it will be offering game developers a new abstraction layer that will allow developers to have better multi-GPU support in DX12 games. This new layer will also allow game developers to add multi-GPU support into their games with minimal additional code required.

 

Developers will still have to work much harder to add Explicit Multi Adapter, which is Microsoft's way of allowing multi-GPU setups to work under DX12 from NVIDIA and AMD... combined. That way, you can use something like a GeForce GTX 980 alongside a new Radeon RX 480, with both of the GPUs working together under Explicit Multi Adapter and DX12.

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Nintendo teases it could make controllers for smartphones, tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 3:15 am

Nintendo has been in the headlines for most of the year with the teases of its next-gen Nintendo NX console, which should be powered by an upcoming, but yet unannounced Pascal-based Tegra processor from NVIDIA.

 

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Well, Nintendo has hit the headlines in another big way, with Shinya Takahashi - the GM of Entertainment Planning and Development for Nintendo talking with Polygon recently, where he said: "Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves".

 

Takahashi continued, saying: "I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game".

AMD launches its new Radeon website, a new hub for all things Radeon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 1:45 am

AMD has just launched its new Radeon.com website, with it being a new hub for all things Radeon.

 

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Radeon.com offers feature articles, details on RTG's new Radeon RX 480 video card, and entire section at the bottom dedicated to recent social media posts, and so much more.

 

AMD's new Polaris architecture is detailed, with the latest 'VR For All' featured article at the top, and an easier spot to grab the latest Radeon Software drivers for your video card in an easy-to-reach location at Radeon.com.

 

If you haven't checked out our recent article on the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire, you might want to check it out - as they're pretty damn kick ass, beating out NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 in 1440p and 4K. Impressive for two mid-range cards, eh?

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 beats AMD Radeon RX 480 in leaked benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 12:12 am

The leaks continue on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060, which is reportedly set for an official announcement for July 7. The latest leak is from a 3DMark performance result, which gives us a taste of what to expect from NVIDIA's upcoming GP106-based mid-range video card. NVIDIA will want to hit AMD where it hurts, which is with their new Radeon RX 480.

 

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 will reportedly feature 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, and 6GB of GDDR5 RAM at 8GHz on a 192-bit memory bus. As for the nitty gritty, it'll feature the GP106 GPU which is a different ASIC than the GP104 used on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 - and for clock speeds, we're set to see 1506MHz on the Base clock, while we have 1708MHz on Boost.

 

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Now what about that 3DMark performance? XFastest has leaked out some results of the GTX 1060, with it scoring 3014 in 3DMark FireStrike Ultra (the 4K run of the benchmark) which is higher than the 2712 that the AMD Radeon RX 480 scored in our benchmarks of the card. 1080p performance is just as good, beating out the AMD Radeon RX 480 once again - with 11,225 on the GTX 1060, while the Radeon RX 480 manages 10,600.

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