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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier launches, with no reviews

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:40 am

AMD launched their next-gen Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card yesterday, but you know what? There are absolutely no performance information on Radeon Vega Frontier at all, nothing apart from what AMD has released themselves, or collaborated on with the likes of PCWorld.

 

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VideoCardz wrote something on Radeon Vega Frontier, and said: Vega is quite possibly one of the most anticipated GPU launches in AMD's history. There are many reasons why this launch is so important. The early adopters of 4K monitors are left with no options other than GeForce GTX 1080 and above. AMD has been teasing demos of 4K gaming on Vega for a while, although no one was able to buy Vega card till today. AMD promised that Vega will launch in the first half of 2017, and that promise was fulfilled. What we didn't know is that only Radeon Pro card will be "available".

 

This triggered me to think about it, and respond. VC are right, it's not something I haven't been saying myself - but the last straw was AMD launching Radeon Vega Frontier Edition without any reviews. I personally reached out to AMD asking for one of these cards, even at my expense ($2000+) so that I could test it with whatever software I have here (and whatever software AMD would want me to test it with) and I would also do some exclusive cryptocurrency testing. Nothing. I've heard nothing in return about any sampling, or even AMD finding a card at retail and letting me take it.

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NVIDIA's new cryptocurrency P106-100 mining cards tested

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:14 am

The huge Ethereum mining rush is still going and while difficulty is dropping and the price of ETH itself is falling rapidly, NVIDIA has finally dumped out its new mining-specific graphics cards. Up first, MSI and GALAX models.

 

 

YouTuber 'Cryptomined' got his hands-on the new cards, with his video available above.

 

The new mining GPUs aren't much better than the consumer gaming graphics cards, with 20MH/s of Ethereum mining @ stock clocks, while we have 24MH/s when overclocked. This is what I'm seeing in all of my testing with stock GTX 1060s. MSI however, didn't even remove the label on the box that says 'the most powerful graphics card'... yeah, somehow I don't think so, MSI.

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Xbox One sales to hit 63 million in 2021, says DFC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 11:17 pm

Based on current industry market trends, analyst firm DFC Intelligence predicts that Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles will break 63 million units sold in four years.

 

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While Sony's PlayStation 4 family of systems has recently broken the 60 million sales milestone, Microsoft's own Xbox One iterative console trio isn't expected to deliver similar sales performance until 2021. In a new report, DFC Intelligence forecasts that the Xbox One console line--which includes the 2013 Xbox One, the 2016 Xbox One S, and 2017 Xbox One X--will reach cumulative sales of 63 million units by 2021. The $499 Xbox One X is expected to sell 17 million units, or 27% of total console sales, versus 46 million combined sales of the original Xbox One and revamped Xbox One S.

 

DFC Intelligence also predicts the video games industry will rake in $102 billion total earnings in 2017, up 8% year-over-year. Despite this strong growth, the firm notes the Xbox One has been underperforming.

 

"Xbox One X is an expensive system designed to appeal to a fairly narrow demographic of gamers who want high quality graphics but do not want to spend money on a high-end PC," said DFC analyst David Cole.

 

"The challenge is that is a fairly small addressable market, even as sales of 4K television sets start to soar. Both the Nintendo Switch or Sony PlayStation 4 offer a very strong value proposition that consumers seem to be flocking towards."

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Ubisoft announces new Assassin's Creed mobile game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 10:19 pm

Ubisoft reveals its fourth Assassin's Creed mobile game, but this one has potential to be its biggest yet.

 

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Mobile games aren't inherently exciting, especially when compared to games like Assassin's Creed: Origins. But mobile games are an important facet of the industry that have a tremendous impact; mobile gaming is expected to rake in $46.1 billion in 2017 and make up 42% of all revenues, according to Newzoo. So when Ubisoft reveals a big mainline free-to-play Assassin's Creed mobile game with the potential to rake in millions in microtransactions, it certainly piques our interest.

 

The new mobile game is called Assassin's Creed Rebellion, and is a F2P strategy RPG for iOS and Android devices. The game appears to have a very real hook that could pull in strong MAUs and ARPMAUs for Ubisoft. So what's the hook? Ubisoft says AC: Rebellion allows users to "build their own Assassin Brotherhood" while managing a key strategic fortress (likely RTS style) along with stealth missions against templars. The game will let players recruit over 40 assassins, many of which are staples from the series including Ezio, Aguilar, Shao Jun, Claudia and Machiavelli.

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Facebook reaches 2 billion monthly users

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 8:25 pm

Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that Facebook reached a new milestone. There are now 2 billion people on Facebook every month.

 

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"We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together. "It's an honor to be on this journey with you," wrote Zuckerberg.

 

To celebrate this milestone, Facebook is launching a personalized video to "celebrate bringing the world closer together." You may see your video in your News Feed or by visiting Facebook.com/goodaddsup.

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Ubisoft founders raise company stake to repel Vivendi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 7:18 pm

Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family has increased its stake of claim and voting rights within the company in an attempt to shield against the looming threat of a Vivendi takeover.

 

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Following its latest acquisition, the Guillemot family now holds 13.6% of Ubisoft's share capital and 20.02% of the company's voting rights, Reuters today reported after viewing an AMF stock market regulation filing. Ubisoft, who's best known for making million-dollar blockbuster games like Assassin's Creed, has been embroiled in a battle for against French media giant Vivendi, who owns a considerable stake in the company. Vivendi has forcibly taken over Gameloft, one of the Guillemot family's companies, and the family fears the conglomerate will do the same to Ubisoft.

 

Vivendi currently holds 27% of Ubisoft's share capital and 24.5% of its voting rights, and experts believe that a hostile takeover could happen this year.

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Samsung sells around 12,000 Galaxy S8 units daily

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 6:28 pm

Samsung has announced the sale numbers of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in South Korea.

 

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According to the company, the company sold 1.3 million units in South Korea alone. This means that they are selling around 12,000 devices daily, which is more than any of its previous phones.

 

The Galaxy S8 sold 1 million units in 37 days, which is almost twice faster than the Galaxy S7 or S6.

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EU fines Google $2.7 billion for breaking antitrust law

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 5:23 pm

The EU (European Union) has fined Google for a record $2.7 billion for tampering with results on Google Shopping.

 

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The decision came after seven years of investigation which concluded that Google abused its market position and fixed search algorithms.

 

The European Commission said in their ruling that Google has 90 days to "stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5 percent of Alphabet's average daily global turnover", reports Reuters.

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Anthem is sci-fantasy, not sci-fi like Mass Effect

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 4:11 pm

Anthem, BioWare's new IP, is a massively ambitious genre-melded online multiplayer shooter, but don't expect it to be like Mass Effect.

 

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BioWare unveiled Anthem at E3 2017 to global fanfare, kicking off a big turning point for the studio. Known for making mega blockbusters like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, Anthem is a different sort of game than we're used to seeing from the Edmonton-based studio, and BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn asserts that Anthem will be more like Star Wars' science fantasy than the high-concept science fiction found in its high-tech Mass Effect series.

 

"You are part of humanity and you're a member of the Freelancers, who are out there to save and protect humanity on an alien planet far away. It's in a genre we call science fantasy, very much like Star Wars and the Marvel Universe where you see lots of amazing things happen but you don't worry too much about how or why they're happening or the science of it. Mass Effect is our real hard-core science fiction IP, and this one is much more about having fun in a game world that is lush and exotic and really sucks you in," BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn said in an interview with Edmonton's CBC Radio.

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