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Samsung launches its 950 PRO SSD, with 2.5GB/sec read speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 6:42 am

Samsung has just announced the latest SSD in its range, the new 950 PRO SSD. What makes the Samsung 950 PRO special? It's the first NVMe M.2 form factor consumer SSD with V-NAND technology, with some insane performance to boot.




The new drive arrives on a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, in various sizes. The Samsung 950 PRO will come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with the 512GB version featuring insane sequential read speeds of 2.5GB/sec, while it can write at 1.5GB/sec. Random read performance is just as impressive, hovering at 300,000 IOPS while we have write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS.




Samsung is using its second generation MLV V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software to make the 950 PRO, while we also have AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption that will protect your data. Dynamic Thermal Guard will protect your drive and data in environments of between 0-70C, and it can take a physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations of up to 20G. So if you want to take it up in your fighter jet, you can.


The company is including a 5-year warranty with 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB model, while the 512GB model will have 400TBW. The new Samsung 950 PRO SSDs will be available starting next month, with the 256GB model costing $199.99, and the 512GB costing $349.99. Not too damn bad at all, considering the insane increase in read/write speeds.

BenQ announces an investment in ZOWIE, cites product development

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 4:10 am

BenQ has been all over the competitive gaming scene in the last five years, sponsoring most of the biggest gaming organisations, gaming events and tournaments alike. This strong commitment to the eSports scene has been further extended, seeing this Taiwanese company announce that it has "strengthened holdings in the research and manufacture of gaming equipment by investing in the player trusted brand ZOWIE."




Further stating that BenQ and ZOWIE's passion and mission for business both strongly align with its own, this fact makes this renewed collaboration being only logical. Back in 2010 these two companies co-branded a professional gaming monitor, with this partnership to extend now into 2015, seeing BenQ help out ZOWIE in peripheral research and development.


Said to be further making products for casuals and professionals alike, there is no saying just yet exactly what products these two companies will make together, however the press release does mention First Person Shooter games being a particular focus.

Aliens can't contact us because of encryption, says Edward Snowden

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 3:32 am

Why haven't aliens contacted us? Encryption. That's at least the reason NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has given, which is his explanation to the Fermi paradox.




Snowden had a chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk podcast (where we're hoping Snowden used encryption, pun intended), where he said that our need for highly encrypted information could be the reason aliens haven't contacted Earth. He said that their communications could be so encrypted that they would be nearly impossible to distinguish from the surrounding noise.


Snowden said: "When you look at encrypted communications, if they are properly encrypted, there is no real way to tell that they are encrypted. You can't distinguish a properly encrypted communication, at least in the theoretical sense, from random noise. So if you have an alien civilization trying to listen for other civilizations, or our civilization trying to listen for aliens, there's only one small period in the development of their society where all of their communications will be sent via the most primitive and most unprotected means"

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Samsung teases what could be the first M.2 PCIe NVMe 3D V-NAND SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 12:29 am

Jon Coulter, our resident Storage Editor, is in South Korea right now for Samsung's Global SSD Summit, where we're expecting to see countless new storage-based products unveiled from the company.




One of which was teased just now where in Jon's hotel he spotted a folder with a butterfly on the cover. Jon was chatting with Allyn Malvantano from PC Perspective, with the two thinking this will be the new consumer SSD from Samsung. For most people, it would just be a butterfly, but upon closer inspection there's a picture of the new SSD that has yet to be announced. Zooming in, we should expect it to be an M.2-based PCIe NVMe 3D V-NAND SSD, offering some truly incredible performance.


Jon adds that he has been expecting this to be the next consumer SSD from Samsung, which we should be able to confirm in the coming hours.

Michael Bay circling 'Transformers 5' production

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 12:02 am

Despite a previous report which suggested that Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg were planning on exiting the fifth entry from the multi-billion dollar 'Transformers' franchise, a number of outlets such as ComingSoon are claiming that the director and star combo are looking at making a comeback.




With Bay's next film '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' in the can, the director is looking forward to future projects and whilst he has taken to Twitter to deny he's officially the 'Transformers 5' director, he has said he's met with Producer Steven Spielberg to thrash out a story.



'Transformers 5' has previously been announced for a 2017 release date.

Elite: Dangerous gets Steam VR support, will work on the HTC Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2015 11:39 pm

Frontier Developments, the studio behind Elite: Dangerous, have just announced that their game will have support for Steam VR thanks to the HTC Vive headset.




Elite: Dangerous already has VR support thanks to the Oculus Rift, but this is a very good announcement for the Vive. HTC is set to unleash the Vive sometime in November in a very limited run, with more headsets being made available early next year. Creative Director of Frontier Developments, Jonny Watts, explains: "Back in December 2013 we were among the first to support virtual reality with a triple-A game, and for me, exploring, trading and fighting throughout Elite Dangerous' 1:1 scale Milky Way remains an unequaled virtual reality experience. We have been working closely with Valve to bring Elite Dangerous to HTC Vive, and we are delighted with the quality we have been able to achieve".


The big difference between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive is that the Rift is more of a sitting experience, and while the Vive can be used in the same way, if you've got the room for it, it's going to offer a much better VR experience. You'll be able to achieve this if you have a 15x15-foot room, with the Vive sporting its 'Lighthouse' base station. This blasts sensors into the room picking up an entire VR space that you can play in.

PlayStation VR is the 'ultimate weapon' for devs, says Sony

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 21, 2015 8:43 pm

Virtual Reality represents a whole new dimension for gaming, and Sony is extremely confident that the PlayStation VR will help usher in the new age. In a recent interview, Sony corporate exec Shuhei Yoshida went so far as to call the PlayStation VR an "ultimate weapon" for developers.




"Using [PlayStation] VR tech, it's so easy, it's almost unfair. It's like an ultimate weapon," Yoshida told Stuff at TGS 2015. "I think it's going to be a hugely powerful weapon for game developers to create new and exciting experiences for consumers."


Sony has said that it wants small bite-sized experiences for PS VR that appeal to a wide-spread audience. Developer's are encouraged to market their games as "simple, passive experiences" rather than huge AAA narratives. "Because VR is such a new media, you can create totally amazing experiences with very very limited resources if you have the right idea," Yoshida said, highlighting a popular soccer indie called Headmaster.

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Sony's PS4 gets its first early access game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2015 6:53 pm

Sony has quietly added the PlayStation 4's first paid early access game to the platform, a move that could pave the way for cross-platform game testing and development.




Although Dungeon Defenders II is still in development, it will be available on the PlayStation 4 on September 29. Trendy Entertainment's arena sequel has been on Steam's early access since late 2014 and is now coming to Sony's PS4 in a "pre-alpha" build state.


Curiously enough Sony hasn't exactly billed the game as "early access". To be a part of the pre-alpha testing players will have to buy an in-game microtransaction bundle to get in, which start at $14.99. Other than that the experience will be for all intents and purposes just like early access, providing developers with feedback and stress testing the game's online components.

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PS4 price cut to spread overseas, says Microsoft

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2015 1:42 pm

As Sony's direct competitor in the console war, Microsoft has kept up with the old mantra of "know thy enemy" quite well. As a result, Xbox division head Phil Spencer has made some predictions on Sony's next move, and "fully expects" that Sony will expand the PS4's recent price cut overseas to the west.




"When I think about the playbook they've used in the past, I fully expect [Sony] will drop [the PS4's] price," Phil Spencer told IGN in a follow-up interview. "If history tells, then we'll see a price drop from them coming."


Sony announced the PS4's price cut at this year's Tokyo Game Show, effectively bringing the console's retail price down to ¥34,980 ($292) in Japan. Soon after Sony extended the reduction across other Asian countries like Korea and China. It didn't take long before gamers--and especially Phil Spencer--saw the impending signs of a global cost reduction.

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