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Samsung shows off the thinnest and lightest 4TB external HDD available

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 11:22 am

Looking for extreme storage capacity whilst on the move? Samsung has recently announced its new 4TB drive in a press release, boasting a tiny 0.78 inch thickness and weighing in at only 8.3 ounces whilst brandishing a 4TB drive located within.

 

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Claimed as "only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive," this 4TB model has been exclaimed as the world's thinnest and lightest available on this planet by Samsung's Dave Klenske.

 

Set for release in June through "authorized distributors," expect to see this USB 3.0 product in M3 and P3 Portable editions.

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti bested by Radeon R9 Fury X at 4K says AMD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 10:57 am

According to a recent release by AMD and as seen on TechPowerUp, the new Radeon R9 Fury X will outperform NVIDIA's GTX 980 Ti when running at a full 4K resolution.

 

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Set for launch next week, the Radeon R9 Fury X reported the biggest performance gap over it's green competitor when playing Sleeping Dogs, seeing an FPS increase of around 10.

 

It's great to see another battle against these two graphical giants, but with every test ranking under 70 FPS - is it a whole lot to get excited over?

Intel Skylake Processors set for debut at Gamescom 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 10:44 am

Taking place in Cologne, Germany on the 5th to 9th of August, Gamescom 2015 is said to be the host of a live global premiere of Intel's new 6th Generation desktop processors - the Skylake series.

 

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We've already seen plenty of Intel Z170 Express chipset motherboards shown off at Computex recently in Taipei, Taiwan and now it's time for the heart of any desktop PC to shine alongside DDR3 or the recently-released DDR4 technology.

 

With further releases set for August/September, Intel will be soon showing off it's full range of champion products ranging from high-end overclocking to consumer desktop performance.

US military seeking ways to defend against small, portable drones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 8:24 am

The US military wants to create solutions to identify and engage enemy drones, as new technologies allow warfare to evolve and change at a significant rate. Future wars will likely rely on drones and robots, with a lot of attention dedicated towards small drones.

 

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The US Navy is currently working with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, while the Naval Air Station Patuxent River has a research agreement with the University of Maryland. Johns Hopkins is helping create a drone defense system, and the University of Maryland wants to more accurately identify drones.

 

"These things are in everybody's hands," said Conrad Grant, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins physics laboratory. Consumers can purchase small drones for a few hundred dollars, leading the way to anyone being able to carry out suspicious activities against the police or military.

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E3 attendance this year was the best in over 10 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 4:31 am

E3 2015 - Attendance at E3 this year saw over 50,000 attendees, which is a first since 2006. Attendance numbers slumped in 2007 and 2008, right down to less than 6,000 - but don't worry, things started swinging up in 2009 right up to over 40,000.

 

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The Entertainment Software Association, the people behind E3, has already announced that E3 2016 will take place between June 14 and 16 in 2016, as well as saying that this year's E3 was a record-breaker. Twitch was the official livestreaming partner of E3 this year, with over 500,000 peak concurrent viewers.

 

274 exhibitors were at E3 this year, up from just 187 in 2015, too.

Batman: Arkham Knight on the PS4 will have a 3.5GB day-one patch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 3:40 am

Batman: Arkham Knight drops on June 23, with PlayStation 4 owners to get hit by a day-one patch that weighs in at 3.5GB. The patch will introduce in the "Rival Points" feature, as well as the original Batman skin, support for future DLC, and an Improved Performance and Stability Fixes.

 

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We don't know if the Xbox One or PC versions of Batman: Arkham Knight will be slapped with 3.5GB day-one patches, but we should expect something very similar for these two platforms, too. With the game dropping on Tuesday, and with Polygon already giving it a perfect 10 and saying that Batman: Arkham Knight is "the best game of this console generation" the hype is real.

5G standard will be up to 20Gbps, with 1GB/sec capable on your phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 2:31 am

If you thought your current 4G speeds were good, they won't even begin to compare to what 5G will offer. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed on the preliminary definitions of the future 5G standard, where the 12-member delegation decided on the new specification.

 

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5G compliant networks will be capable of providing speeds of up to 20Gbps, or over 2GB/sec, which is 20x faster than the 1Gbps specification for 4G. This means that consumers will enjoy speeds of up to 1GB/sec on your smartphones, with the region being between 100MB/sec and 1GB/sec, which is insanity. This is a 10x to 100x increase in the speeds available on typical 4G networks.

 

This huge increase in speeds will usher in a new era of connectivity, allowing 4K resolution video streaming and beyond being more than capable from a 5G-capable smartphone. The final 5G standard will be confirmed in October, with the 193 ITU member countries all voting on the final spec. 5G should be tested in 2018 at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Jaguar borrows insane 'Sixth Sense' technology from NASA for its cars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 1:46 am

It looks like Jaguar is reaching into the future with its latest adoption of technology, thanks to the kind folks at NASA of all places. The new addition is an accident prevention technology that monitors your condition to prevent accidents, something the various features are collectively called "Sixth Sense".

 

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One of which is "Mind Sense" which is derived from a NASA technology that enhances a pilot's concentration skills, where it tries to read your brain waves, using sensors found in the steering wheel. The on-board computer then attempts to assess whether you're alert enough to be behind the wheel, with the steering wheel capable of being programmed to vibrant, or the system issuing the driver a warning sound, in case you've started to fall asleep or begin daydreaming.

 

Jaguar is also looking to install various medical-grade sensors into the driver's seat, especially when it comes to their luxury sedan, the Jaguar XJ. These sensors will make sure that you're good to drive, so the car will dim the lighting or play some music if it detects that you might be stressed out. Future iterations of Jaguar vehicles will be capable of self-driving, where it will be capable of detecting if you're having a heart attack, or seizure and take control of the vehicle to prevent an accident (and I'd dare say, call an ambulance for you).

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Grand Theft Auto V 'ENBSeries' mods look absolutely mind blowing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 12:19 am

Grand Theft Auto V has been out for a while now, with some modders taking to it quickly, but the release of the ENBSeries beta mod is a cut above the rest. I'll let the images talk for themselves, with the first batch from 'dpeasant'.

 

 

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The additional detail is absolutely mind blowing, with GTA V effectively coming to life... some more screenshots for your eyeballs to enjoy, and for your PC to cry in pain from.

 

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What an upgrade, don't you agree? Want to download it? Click here.

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Pepper humanoid robots sell out in Japan in just one minute

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 20, 2015 11:18 pm

SoftBank publicly launched its Pepper humanoid robot on Saturday, and 1,000 units sold in just one minute. Each robot costs around $1,600 and a support plan for about $120 includes app store access and cloud voice-recognition software.

 

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Pepper can impressively develop its own personality and can detect human emotions. SoftBank designed the humanoid robot so it can remember faces, along with being able to pick up speech patterns.

 

The company said it planned on manufacturing 1,000 Pepper units per month, but after selling out so quickly, it'll be curious to see if SoftBank wants to accelerate its plans. There is such high interest in Pepper, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says partners told the company they are willing to sell the robot at a loss, if need be, over the next four years.

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