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What to expect from AMD and NVIDIA at CES 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 9:27 pm

I wasn't going to write this article, but then I thought it would make for some good discussion at the very least. AMD and NVIDIA have a very big year ahead of them, and in my opinion it'll be the biggest year ever for the GPU giants, but AMD has a distinct advantage overall.

 

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2015 was a massive year for both companies with AMD kicking off the very end of 2014 with the unveiling of its Polaris architecture, and then NVIDIA hit multiple home runs in May with the announcement of its Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series. It wasn't long after that when AMD launched its Radeon RX 400 series with three cards: the Radeon RX 460, RX 470, and RX 480.

 

All three cards did quite well, with the RX 470 representing some excellent value for money for 1080p 60FPS gamers - and even some 1440p gamers. The Radeon RX 480 was the fastest Polaris-based graphics card in the line up, but it couldn't begin to touch NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. All of this before the unveiling of the new Titan X, which blows away even the GTX 1080 when stressed in 4K gaming and triple-4K display scenarios.

 

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We've already had a peak at the next-gen Vega GPU architecture from AMD in early December, with AMD showing off a pre-production Vega 10-based card with 8GB of new HBM2 technology running DOOM at 4K 60FPS+ on Ultra/Nightmare settings. AMD also showed Vega 10 off playing Star Wars Battlefront at 4K 60FPS+, too. Impressive stuff, but we're hoping it's early days yet with both hardware and software, and that AMD has some surprises in store for 2017.

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New Mass Effect: no FPS cap on PC, optimized for NVIDIA?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 8:15 pm

Good news, PC gamers! BioWare's massive open-universe space exploration RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda will have an unlocked frame rate on PC, and the game itself may be optimized to leverage NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 10-series video cards, and possibly the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

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In an era where PC game ports often ship broken and barely tap the full potential of high-end hardware, it appears BioWare is aiming for the stars with Mass Effect: Andromeda's PC support. We previously reported that the new Mass Effect would run at 30FPS+ on PC, but we didn't know if there was a cap. Now it's official: there is no cap for ME: Andromeda on PC, and the game will also support 21:9 UltraWide displays on day one.

 

According to Kotaku Australia, BioWare producer Mike Gamble also said that the devs were "targeting day one drivers out for Andromeda," but who will get the drivers: Team Red or Team Green? Gamble says the studio has been working alongside "some manufacturers" to ensure day-one driver support, but didn't say which GPU-maker would get the honors.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer is 'pretty seamless'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 6:03 pm

BioWare has revealed a few fresh snippets on its new amazing-looking sci-fi space exploration RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda, this time highlighting how the game seamlessly blends singleplayer and multiplayer.

 

 

Andromeda's multiplayer will be entirely optional, but the line between campaign and online multiplayer will be much more blurred this time around; "it's pretty seamless," said BioWare's Mike Gamble. Multiplayer will be narratively connected with ME: Andromeda's exploration-heavy singleplayer campaign, but don't expect the multiplayer to be seamless in the scope of drop-in/drop-out connectivity.

 

"There's a system that we use called the Strike Team system, and fundamentally it allows you to go between singleplayer and multiplayer within the game. And it's packaged around a meta-story of what's going on in Helios," Bioware producer Mike Gamble told Kotaku Australia.

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The Android phone with a 7,000 mAh battery costs $1000

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 5:24 pm

One of the biggest complaints about smartphones is their short battery life, but with the new Gionee M2017 you won't have to worry about that.

 

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The device, available only in China at the moment, comes with a 7,000 mAh battery which is actually two 3,500 mAh batteries in the same body. The company stated that the battery gives you up to 915 hours of battery life in stand-by or up to 25 hours of talk time.

 

The Gionee M2017 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 653 processor and has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Other features include dual-SIM, fingerprint sensor and a dual 12MP + 1.3MP camera.

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Twitter's CEO admits Twitter needs an edit button

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 4:21 pm

In a series of Tweets where Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey had been soliciting user feedback, the CEO indicated that Twitter is seriously considering the ability to edit tweets.

 

 

As anyone who tweets knows, you currently must delete a tweet to fix any typographical errors, which is both a blessing and a curse. For celebrities and politicians, they can easily be caught making mistakes while regular users constantly delete tweets to fix minor mistakes.

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LeEco breaks ground on $3 billion electric car factory

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 3:32 pm

LeEco has been on a quite precarious ground as of late, partially because their CEO is having issues with some of his other startups, including Faraday Future, an electric car company in the US. However, Faraday Future and LeSee the car division of LeEco are not the same company although the technology in LeSee has been developed by Faraday.

 

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There have been many doubts about Faraday Future's capabilities and future as a company since they have yet to release a product. However, LeEco is still moving forward with their $3 billion electric car factory in China. This is after the company's own CEO Jia Yueting admitted that perhaps LeEco has overextended itself across too many markets. As of right now LeEco makes phones, TVs, bicycles, VR headsets and cars. All of these markets require significant capital and human resources and it appears that LeEco may have stretched themselves too thinly.

 

In September, LeEco got $1 billion to bring its electric and self-driving cars to the Chinese market, but still falls short of the $3 billion necessary to complete the factory. That also doesn't account the funds Jia or his investors will need to also get Faraday Future on track to deliver a car and not implode before they finish their development for LeEco's LeSee car.

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Samsung plans to launch wireless earbuds with Galaxy S8?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 2:28 pm

The rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been floating around for a while now with the biggest one being that the Korean giant might remove the headphone jack.

 

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Whether or not this rumor is true, there are now new reports saying that Samsung will launch a new and improved wireless headset with their next flagship, better than their current earbuds. According to SamMobile, Samsung will launch wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S8.

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Take a look at Fallout 4's scrapped content

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 1:48 pm

While playing Fallout 4, you get a distinct sense that it's unfinished. There's something missing and the game definitely feels incomplete; that's because it actually is, and we've found a nice catalog of all the awesome content that was cut from the original game.

 

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Just like with any game, Fallout 4 has a lot of trimmings left on the cutting room floor. These trimmings might be irradiated, ghoulish, rather creepy and bizarre, but they would've changed the game in so many amazing ways. Players would be able to throw exploding spears, dive into the depths of the irradiated seas with old-school diving bells and suits to take on mutated dolphins and killer squids with an awesome secret harpoon gun. In fact, the quest was called 20 Leagues Under the Sea and had its own little Vault Boy animation.

 

Fallout 4 also once had destructible environments, but I suspect these were a lot less dynamic than, say, Battlefield 1. Throwable weapons were found, including javelins, saw blades and hatchets, as well as a rad crossbow and even an unfinished model for the super-awesome Chinese Assault Rifle from Fallout 3. An assortment of monsters was also found, giving us a creepy look at what could've been.

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Samsung Gear VR 2015 model clearance sale at $49

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 8:52 am

The wireless provider companies are pre-Spring cleaning a few of their good-but-dated accessories. In the waning days of 2016, one of the best routers of 2013 is getting its price reduced to $59 at T-Mobile which is about $100 cheaper than the next best price online. Verizon is doing a similar thing with the 2015 released Samsung Gear VR Headset dropping the price from $100 to $49.99 - its lowest price to date.

 

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In the case of the Samsung Gear VR deal, we've seen it drop to $49.99 before but not in brand new condition like this. Typically the headset still sells in the $100 range while Amazon is selling refurbished sets for $60 right now.

 

 

The ASUS RT-AC68U deal at T-Mobile requires you to enter in promo code WIFI40 at checkout to get the full discount. Even the show price of $99 is not bad at all, considering most retailers are $150 and up, but applying the promo gets you an additional $40 off in the second stage of checkout. T-Mobile ran this deal 2 weeks ago, but it sold out within hours. This deal is set to only run through January 5th, or probably sooner if stock is limited.

 

The Samsung Gear VR Headset deal (model SM-R322) at Verizon is hidden of sorts. Verizon requires you to add the headset to cart before the discount is revealed. There is a moment of uncertainty as you're on Verizon's site with their $99 displayed price, but not much of a hassle to get the deal.

NASA teases future Mars concept base, missing Matt Damon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 8:30 am

According to scientists and experts at NASA's Langley Research Center, we could be one step closer to colonizing mars with their new 'The Mars Ice Home'.

 

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The inflatable tube is lined with a shell of water ice, using materials found on Mars - with the water protecting the inhabitants from cosmic rays, and could even be repurposed as rocket fuel for the Mars Ascent Lander.

 

Right now, NASA's impressive Mars Ice Home is a concept with some issues, as experts have said it would take around 400 days to fill the shell with enough water from Mars. Robots could help, inflating and pumping the shelter while the human astronauts are on their journey from Earth to Mars. The Ice Home will continue to evolve, but this is an exciting new step.

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