Alienware has a very powerful gaming laptop in its new Alienware 18, but now news is coming out that the gaming laptop can be configured with its Core i7-4940MX processor overclocked to an incredible 4.4GHz. While this clock speed might not be all that impressive on the desktop, for a notebook with limited cooling abilities, and a very limited space to dissipate heat, this is damn impressive.
The smaller, and cheaper Alienware 17 can be configured with an overclocked Core i7 processor, with its i7-4910MQ capable of being configured to hit 4.1GHz. Intel's latest Core i7-4940MX has a stock clock speed of 3.1GHz, and boost clock of 4.1GHz. Alienware's laptop system designers decided to crank it up a bit with some factory overclocking, with Intel writing through its 'Chip Shot' blog that the overclocked i7-4940MX to "enable some of the highest-performance laptop PCs on the market". The company is aware of the thermal issues with an overclocked processor in a gaming notebook, where it added "Alienware engineers really got creative and developed a new thermal solution to ensure reliable and cool operation in such a small system".
The Alienware 18 gaming notebook is quite a beast, with an 18.4-inch 1920x1080 display, configurable with up to two, yes two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880Ms in SLI, or two AMD Radeon R9 M290X GPUs in Crossfire. Up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a slew of storage and ODD options, as well as an 8-cell 86wHr battery. The Alienware 18 starts at $2099, but if you build it up as serious as those aforementioned specs, you're looking at closer to $5000.
Ubisoft confirmed Rainbow Six: Siege for next-gen consoles and PCs back in June, but we didn't know about the resolution and frame rate. Well, the latter has now been confirmed.
The news is coming directly from the official Rainbow Six Twitter account, which was replying to a tweet asking it it would be running at "720p, 25fps?" but the reply was "The game will play at 60 fps on all platforms". The resolution wasn't confirmed, so I'm suspecting we're going to see 900p and 1080p for the Xbox One and PS4, respectively. But, at 60FPS, we might see this drop to a lower resolution, something like 720p, something we'll find out in the months to come.
Rainbow Six: Siege launches sometime next year for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Oh, Ubisoft. The latest in a massive string of frame rate-related news, the Creative Director of Far Cry 4 has stepped forward to talk about Far Cry 4's frame rate on consoles. The upcoming adventure-based first-person shooter will be rendered at 1080p on the PS4, which is great and all, but it is locked at 30FPS, making it yet another Ubisoft title to be locked at the potato-powered frame rate. I'm sure that Ubisoft locked it at 30FPS, because we know that they think 60FPS "looks weird".
Alex Hutchinson, the Creative Director behind the game, replied to someone on Twitter who was asking "why not 1080p 60 fps", to which Hutchinson replied: "We'd have to simplify the art, have less people or events on screen or make other sacrifices". Someone else asked about the Xbox One version of the game, where Hutchinson said "We will announce all PC and console specs in crazy detail very soon: no point restricting it to Twitter. XBone looks great".
When it comes to the Xbox One version of Far Cry 4, versus the PlayStation 4 version, Hutchinson said he couldn't really tell a difference between the two. He said: "I would say identical but then some asshat would say a tree had one more leaf on xbone. So let's say I don't see a difference". It should be interesting to see what resolution Far Cry 4 is running at on the Xbox One, but judging from previous games on the PS4 running at 1080p, we should see Far Cry 4 on the Xbox One running at 900p, or possibly 1080p with some things dialed down to maintain that massive 30FPS frame rate.
Probably the strangest addition to a long-time team-player based first person shooter with a massive fan base, Valve has added a music-kit feature to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where it replaces the in-game music with the listed music.
Once the music is equipped in-game for any scenario, you can share it with anyone and play in that particular selected action when it takes place. It also includes a feature where a special MVP anthem plays whenever you become the in-game MVP (Most Valuable Player). Scenarios include starting the round, planting bombs, diffusing bombs, shot dead and few more.
As of now, there are nine kits available via Steam market. One of these artists also made background music for games like Ghost Recon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, etc. Valve implemented this so that players can 'establish your identity', but I am sure a lot of people would like to see this feature let them choose the music that they want to play. In any case, some players seem to like this new addition. There have been few artists of these kits who have interacted with gamers as well in Reddit, and gamers can pitch in ideas or suggestions if they want to.
The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.
The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The improvements are coming from a form of nanostructures, where instead of traditional graphite used to create the lithium-ion battery's anode, this new technology uses a cheap titanium dioxide gel, which is a similar material to that used in sunscreen, that absorbs UV rays.
The scientists have discovered a way to turn these compounds into nanostructures that super-speed the charging process, with this change making lithium-ion batteries capable of charging 20x faster, and lasting up to 20x longer. Associate Professor Chen Xiaodong of Nanyang Technological University said in a release "With our nanotechnology, electric cars would be able to increase their range dramatically with just five minutes of charging, which is on par with the time needed to pump petrol for current cars". The researchers hope to have this technology on the market within two years, which should be perfect timing for our next, next-gen smartphones and electric cars.
Some exciting news for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Robert Downey Jr. reportedly "on the verge" of signing up for Captain America 3. Downey Jr. will reprise his role as the infamous Tony Stark, or Iron Man, for Marvel's upcoming movie, which will go head-to-head with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which screens a few months earlier - moving its debut two months away from Captain America 3.
Downey Jr. teased the news during his interview with Howard Stern, a move that could really change into a new phase of movies from Marvel. JoBlo also reports that this could "bring on the "Civil War" storyline from the Marvel Cinematic Universe". Continuing: "The plot has Stark ging against Captain America's alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities. Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in "Captain America 3," providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth 'Avengers.'".
Captain America 3 reaches screens on May 6, 2016.
Android app developers can now get their hands-on an Android L emulator to design 64-bit architecture. This will help developers who take advantage of features and instruction sets that only 64-bit processing can provide.
But they're restricted to Intel's x86 64-bit architecture: Bay Trail and Atom - for now. Questions are raised by the Android community and other tech journalists, as to why Google didn't allow for ARMv8, knowing that ARMv8-based NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit capable chipset is going to be out soon. Qualcomm is also prepared its Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor as well.
The reason behind this could be that Intel may have worked closely with Google to develop Android L, but it's currently unknown if ARM or NVIDIA is having similar development tie-ups with Google. In regards to Google Android L, the 64-bit version of Android L will provide larger addressable memory space, larger number of registers and newer instruction sets that developers can play around with. Not only developers can build newer apps, but also optimize their older apps for the Android L architecture.
The emulator can be accessed via Google's developer portal.
It appears China is ready to embrace the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, as preorders reportedly topped 20 million in three days. A mix of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, the three largest Chinese wireless carriers, snagged 10 million preorders, while retailers racked up 9.5 million preorders.
Previous generations of the iPhone sold extremely well in the United States and Western Europe, but struggled against Google Android-powered devices in emerging markets. However, analysts have predicted huge potential for consumer electronics in China, as the market continues to mature.
The iPhone will hit China starting on Friday, October 17, and should continue to generate surprising interest leading into the 2014 Christmas holiday season.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admits the company dropped the ball with Windows 8, but has listened to complaints and hopes to win over trust with the Windows 10 operating system. The company took both consumer UI and IT components into consideration with Windows 10 development, and Nadella said he currently feels "very good" about progress.
Here is what Nadella recently said: "Let's face it, we got some things wrong in Windows 8. Windows 10 is a very important step for us. It's the first step in a whole new generation of Windows... computing is much more ubiquitous. It will run not just on tablets and PCs but 200+ billion sensors. So we want to make sure that we architect Windows 10 at its core, so it can run across a lot of things."
This is a drastic turnaround from Microsoft's stance on promoting Windows 8, with users unfamiliar with the format - and having different branding and UI for smartphones, tablets, and desktop versions of the OS.
The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in at least 115 countries before the end of 2014, Apple recently said. Before the end of the month, there will be 36 additional markets added in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East - as Apple hopes to drive demand for its newest iPhones.
The iPhone is extremely popular in the United States, UK and Western Europe, but the company hopes to expand interest in emerging markets. The company hopes their release in China and India, scheduled for October 17, will also help drive up sales in two increasingly tech-centric markets.
Apple wanted to hit the ground running - and despite several high-profile hiccups - wants to expand sales faster than any other generation of the device. Furthermore, Apple has worked with the Chinese government to ensure there were no security backdoors for the U.S. government to snoop on Chinese users' personal information.