It has been over a month since Amazon launched its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone, but how are sales going? Well, Amazon haven't released official sales figures, but Charles Arthur of The Guardian has smashed some numbers into a calculator, with some estimates on the sales of the Fire Phone.
Arthur's estimated sales number of the Fire Phone comes in at just 35,000 sold, where he used data from both Chitika and ComScore. Arthur found that the Fire Phone has barely made an appearance on US mobile traffic since it launched last month, with the 35,000 estimated Fire Phones sold being the best case scenario.
"Therefore even allowing for margins of error, it seems unlikely - based on Chitika's data and the ComScore data - that there were more than about 35,000 Fire Phones in use after those 20 days [of being available]," according to Arthur. He continues: "Amazon had not responded to a request for comment on the calculation by the time of publication."
Samsung just announced today that they have begun mass production of the industry's first 3D TSV technology based DDR4 modules for enterprise related products. Samsung has said: "announcing that we have begun mass producing the industry's first 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs that use 3D 'through silicon via' (TSV) package technology. The new 64GB TSV module performs twice as fast as a 64GB module that uses wire bonding packaging, while consuming approximately half the power."
"Samsung's volume production of 3D TSV modules marks a new milestone in the history of memory technology, following the company's initial production of 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory last year. While 3D V-NAND technology embraces high-rise vertical structures of cell arrays inside a monolithic die, 3D TSV is an innovative packaging technology that vertically interconnects stacked dies. With its introduction of the new TSV modules, Samsung has further strengthened its technological leadership in the '3D memory' era. Samsung has worked on improving 3D TSV technology since it developed 40nm-class* 8GB DRAM RDIMMs in 2010 and 30nm-class* 32GB DRAM RDIMMs in 2011 using 3D TSV. This year, Samsung started operating a new manufacturing system dedicated to TSV packaging, for mass producing the new server modules."
In order for Samsung to build these 3D TSV modules, the dies are ground down to a few dozen micrometers, and then pierced to contain hundreds of fine holes. Electrodes passing through the holes allow them to be vertically connected and stacked. In the future Samsung believes they will be able to stack more than four dies using 3D TSV technology.
Google has been playing with the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows in beta for a while, but now the Mountain View-based search giant has rolled out the latest stable release of the 64-bit capable Chrome.
Google adds that the latest version of Chrome also increases the performance of graphics and media on supported machines, as well as decoding HD YouTube videos 15% faster. If you want to check it out, go and download the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows right here.
BioWare has teased that Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature four-player cooperative play, with the developer teasing on the official FAQ for that game that players will be able to game with others on new missions given by specialists, acquire gold and loot, craft new items, as well as unlocking new characters, weapons, potions, armor and more.
The developer does have a goal, which "is to make a fun dungeon-crawling experience that you can play with your friends. There will be no pay walls in Dragon Age multiplayer. Everything is accessible with gold coins. You can use premium currency, but you don't have to." Better yet, Dragon Age: Inqusition's multiplayer can be played without any effects on the single-player side of things, and vica versa. The cooperative story is completely separate from the single-player campaign, with items from the multiplayer side of things not carrying over to the single-player side.
"We wanted to make sure that the two economies are separate, which will allow a stronger progression in both SP and MP," BioWare says. They continued: "If you play Dragon Age multiplayer, you will learn how each class plays a different role in combat, how different skills work, and how your party composition can give you a tactical advantage on the battlefield. This knowledge is transferable to SP, but items are not."
The Crew skids onto gamers' machines and consoles on November 11, with Ubisoft teasing that the team working on the game is aiming for 30FPS at 1080p on the Xbox One, PS4 and wait for it... PC. Yes, the PC is getting a framerate cap, for absolutely no reason it seems.
Forum members complained that the beta of The Crew was limited to 30FPS, with an Ubisoft community manager saying: "The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760 x 1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups. Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players."
The community manager later edited his reply, saying that the development team is hoping to hit 60FPS on the PC - something that truly baffles me. He edited his post to say: "We can officially say that we're aiming for 60FPS on PC at launch. Our Beta build is still more performant at 30FPS, but you can expect to play at 60FPS on PC when the game is launched." What I don't understand is why there is a framerate cap in the first place?
AMD announced the new Tonga-based Radeon R9 285 last week, but now AIB partners are showing off their new Radeon R9 285-based GPUs, with Sapphire unveiling not one, but three new models based on the new GPU.
The three new models include the R9 285 ITX Compact OC edition, made specifically for small form factor PCs, as it sports a much shorter PCB that measures just 171mm long. It has a single fan, which should keep the noise levels down, and its core clock of 928MHz and memory clock of 1375MHz should pack quite the performance punch in its small footprint.
Sapphire's R9 285 Dual-X features two aerofoil fans, and a "set of graduated sizes of heat pipes". We have 2GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 1375MHz, 1792 Stream processors all clocked at 918MHz. The R9 285 OC model cranks things up slightly, with an increase of clock speed to 965MHz, and a slight increase of the RAM to 1400MHz. All three models support AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, and AMD's Crossfire multi-GPU technology.
Just when you thought your 4TB HDD was huge, Seagate goes and announces the new 8TB drive for your storage needs. Seagate's new 8TB HDDs are the world's first 8TB HDD, providing "scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage."
"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world's first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."
Seagate's new 8TB HDD leverages the popular SATA 6Gbps interface, which provides a cost-effective way of seriously upgrading the storage inside of your system. Seagate is shipping the 8TB drives out to "select customers" now, with wide availability next quarter.
Swann Security unveiled the Digital Wireless Security System, a camera and monitor utilizing motion triggered recording, designed to be a plug and play wireless surveillance system. The $249.99 system is available at HH Greg, B&H, Meijer and Petra.
The camera is 720p and can record video up to 165 feet away, able to record during daytime or nighttime using 20 infrared LEDs. The system can record audio up to 16 feet away, with owners able to receive updates to smartphones or tablets if the motion sensors are triggered.
"We continuously listen to user feedback, developing new products based on our customers' needs," said Jeremy Steweart, Swann Global Marketing VP, in a press statement. "More and more, consumers want to manage their own home security, whether it's setting up their own security systems or monitoring them remotely. The Swann Digital Wireless Security System provides these advantages while also enhancing technology, resulting in a truly exceptional product."
Iran TV, a state-sponsored TV broadcast channel, reportedly showed images of an Israeli drone that the Revolutionary Guard shot down. The Iranian broadcast identified the drone as a Hermes 450, a medium size UAV designed for longer duration endurance missions.
The drone was shot down over the weekend and there are no visible markings to signify it is an Israeli aircraft, but Iranian military officials say the aircraft belongs to Israel. The drone reportedly also didn't last fly in Israeli airspace before trying to head to the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, around 150 miles south of Tehran.
Iran is negotiating with the western world about its nuclear ambitions, which the U.S. and other nations say is designed to develop a nuclear weapon. Not surprisingly, Iran denies the claims, stating its ambitions are for medical research and energy generation, not weapons development.
Heading to Disney in the future? Don't be surprised if you see drones flying overhead, as the company recently filed multiple patents to use drones in its amusement parks. It seems Disney wants to substitute drone-assisted shows for fireworks or large light shows, providing customers with a new experience.
Disney recently filed three patents for drone use, including a multi-drone projection screen system, possible overhead light displays, and drones attached to puppets or balloons to give them motion capabilities. The drones would be controllable from the ground, but would be pre-programmed and have synchronization to avoid contact with one another while in the air.
Drone use by militaries and governments seem to get the most attention, but there is a booming market for civilians and private sector companies trying to expand their capabilities. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working on commercial drone laws, as more private sector companies want to use small drones for commercial purposes.