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Jaguar R&D chief isn't interested in creating full autonomous vehicles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 20 hours, 52 mins ago

Luxury automaker Jaguar is working on introducing autonomous functionality to vehicles, but don't expect a full self-driving car anytime soon. Ultimately, Jaguar wants humans to be in control and able to drive their own vehicles while behind the wheel.

 

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"We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B," said Wolfgang Epple, R&D chief at Jaguar, while speaking to the media during a recent UK press event.

 

Instead, Jaguar wants to include semi-autonomous feature in vehicles, boosting driver comfort and making vehicles safer. Offerings such as parking-assist, remote control functionality via smartphone, lane-assist, and other technologies seem to have drawn more interest from engineers at Jaguar.

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Xiaomi nearing 35 million smartphone units sold worldwide in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 hours, 39 mins ago

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has sold 34.7 million smartphones during Q1 and Q2 of 2015, an impressive 33 percent year-over-year increase. Xiaomi's sales have slowed down slightly in China, but expansion into new territories seems to be going well for the company.

 

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Xiaomi's home market of China has generated the bulk of sales, but the company has ambitious expansion plans for India, Brazil, and other select markets. The company is still taking baby steps in the United States, and doesn't want to rush into mature markets without developing a strong foundation.

 

"Roughly 90 percent of Xiaomi's volumes have been in China in the past, followed by India in a very distance second," said Bryan Ma, VP of IDC Asia, in a statement to CNET. "Sure, the US and Western Europe are important markets (especially in terms of influence), but in terms of numbers, these smartphone markets are each only just over 10 percent of the worldwide market right now. India, on the other hand, is expected to be larger than the US in unit terms by 2017."

WB knew about Batman: Arkham Knight PC issues 'for months'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 43 mins ago

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment reportedly was aware of problems for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight for months, and chose to focus more on the console versions of the game.

 

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The final game that was released proved to be an ugly port to PC gamers, and it not surprisingly was pulled. Rocksteady Studios didn't even bother working on the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, and outsourced it to Iron Galaxy Studios.

 

"I will say that it's pretty rich for WB to act like they had no idea the game was in such a horrible state," an unnamed tester told Kotaku. "It's been like this for months and all the problems we see now were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago."

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Report: Nintendo will begin initially manufacturing NX in October

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 23 hours, 20 mins ago

Nintendo plans to launch its next-generation NX game console sometime in 2016, and its supply chain manufacturing partners will begin initial test production in October, according to a report published by Digitimes. Mass production won't begin until next May or June, with a rumored July console launch, the article claims.

 

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The NX is said to be a home console, but additional details have been extremely scarce. We know that gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto won't be involved much - and Nintendo is worried Sony and Microsoft would steal ideas from its new console.

 

In addition, Nintendo wants to be prepared to ship around 20 million units during the first year of release, which would be an extremely strong product launch. Since launching in 2012, the Wii U has shipped about 9.5 million units worldwide - and looks like it will become the poorest selling console in Nintendo's history.

Save 39% On the Portable Battery Pack With a Built-In AC Wall Outlet

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 day ago

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Walls? Where we're going, we don't need walls. Welcome to the future, where your portable battery pack now comes equipped with a handy AC wall outlet. Get the ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet for $199 at TweakTown Deals.

 

Charge your phone for an entire week. Power your laptop multiple times. Forget a time when walls were even important to you. This battery pack from ChargeTech is one of the first ever to come equipped with a fully-functioning AC outlet, letting you power any USB or AC compatible device-laptops, tablets, phones, fans, power tools, you name it. You can even charge up to three devices simultaneously. Plus, it's lightweight and compact enough to travel with, in case you want to be the most popular person at the airport.

 

Get the ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet for $199.

Radeon R9 Fury X will feature updated radiator, solves loud pump noise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

After a week with the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, one of the things that has annoyed me was the very loud noise coming from the pump. It sounds like coil whine, and under heavy stress, the Fury X really begins to sound quite loud.

 

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But it looks like a member of the AnandTech has noticed that AMD is shipping an updated version of the radiator with the latest batches of the Fury X. It looks like the first batch that mostly went to selected press and a handful floating out into the world is the only one effected, with the second batch and hopefully beyond including a radiator that isn't as noisy.

 

The unit that the news of the revised radiator was from SAPPHIRE, so we should expect other AIB partners to use the revised pump as soon as possible.

Synology's new NAS systems can support over 1000TB (1PB) of storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

If you thought the 24TB+ NAS systems we're seeing these days were good, Synology has just announced two new business-focused NAS systems that will blow you away. The new RS18016xs+ and its expansion unit RX1216sas have some insane expansion capabilities, and more.

 

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Synology's new RS18016xs+ is capable of 3.9GB/sec with 348,000 IOPS, which is just insane. On top of that, if you're using encrypted share folders, it's still capable of pumping out over 3GB/sec, meaning you can have super-secure data, with huge performance. The new Synology RS18016xs+ native supports SATA 6Gbps and SAS, and can be upgraded all the way up to 32GB of ECC RAM, and 10GbE, with the RX1216sas providing a next-gen scale-up system capable of stacking 14 of the RX1216sas expansion units together, delivering a 180-drive cluster.

 

The full run down on Synology RS18016xs+ systems:

 

  • Extreme performance: providing over 3,900 MB/s and 348,000 IOPS throughput, the RS18016xs+ effortlessly provides storage and application serving to hundreds of users. With a dedicated encryption engine, the RS18016xs+ boasts over 3,000 MB/s reading on encrypted shared folders, ensuring data security without any major performance drop.
  • Point-in-time data recovery: The RS18016xs+ brings snapshot technology which allows businesses to automatically capture point-in-time copies of data as frequently as every 5 minutes without occupying system resources. Customize the retention policy to save up to 256 recovery points on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.
  • High uptime: With support for Synology High Availability, as well as numerous redundant hardware components including: redundant data paths, power supplies, system fans, and four network ports with failover support; the RS18016xs+ maximizes service uptime.
  • Future-ready: The RS18016xs+ natively supports 6Gb/s SAS/SATA III technologies and can be upgraded with up to 32GB ECC RAM and 10GbE capabilities to ensure maximum compatibility and return on investment.
  • Seamless scalability: when storage capacity on the Synology RS18016xs+ reaches its limit, Synology RX1216sas provides an easy way to immediately scale up. Stacking up to 14 RX1216sas expansion units creates a 180-drive cluster managed from a single point of entry.

Star Wars: Battlefront alpha has leaked out to torrent sites already

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

With the alpha build of Star Wars: Battlefront opening up in the last few hours to a select few gamers, there are already copies of the game floating out onto torrent sites.

 

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Someone who has already downloaded the alpha build, screenshots of the menu of Star Wars: Battlefront have leaked. This is what you're seeing above, which shows off a slick menu for the game. With Star Wars: Battlefront only just arriving in the last 24 hours, what do you think EA or DICE would have to say about it leaking so quickly?

 

This would be quite the marketing stunt for the game, as it's now going to be played by many more people than the closed off alpha build would've been exposed to.

PayPal splashes $890 million on money-transfer startup Xoom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

PayPal has just announced that it is acquiring Xoom, a San Francisco-based digital money transfer startup for a huge $890 million.

 

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Xoom has transferred over $7 billion for its 1.3 million customers, and that's just over the last 12 months. Most of this business was done over mobile devices, and between friends and family, so you can see why PayPal would be interested in acquiring a company like Xoom. PayPal wants to see Xoom expand into other markets, with Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil.

The first major iPhone 6S images leak, virtually the same design again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

We all know a refreshed iPhone is coming out later this year, but we have been split on rumors: is it the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S? According to the latest leaks, we're looking at Apple unveiling the iPhone 6S later this year.

 

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But there has been a big leak on the iPhone 6S, showing off everything - inside, outside, the style, no dual lens camera, and everything in between. We should hopefully see Apple cram in a more capable rear-facing camera that is hopefully 4K capable this time, but it's the inside of the new iPhone that has been upgraded versus the exterior, which is usually the case for the 'S' upgrades on the iPhone.

 

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Inside of the iPhone 6S, we can see that there are new mounting points for the logic board, but the volume buttons, SIM card slot, and sleep/wake buttons on the iPhone 6S are in the same spots, so there's nothing new there.

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