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AMD demos 11520x2160 Dirt Rally running from a single Radeon R9 Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 20, 2015 1:14 am

Our friends over at Legit Reviews were at the AMD event where the Radeon R9 Fury X was officially unveiled, taking in the beauty that is a triple 4K setup with a resolution of 11,520x2160.

 

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The 11,520x2160 was powered by a single AMD Radeon R9 Fury X running Dirt Rally, with Legit Reviews adding that it "was pushing 60FPS" with AMD telling the site that two Radeon R9 290X cards, or a single R9 295X2 gets around 45-50FPS with the same resolution.

 

If you haven't heard about Fury X, it's powered by AMD's new Fiji architecture and uses High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). There's a 4096-bit memory bus with 4GB of HBM1 on it, with 512GB/sec of available bandwidth. We will have our Fury X sample arriving next week, so prepare for some very interesting tests to take place.

North Korea has found the cure for AIDS, Ebola and SARS with one drug

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 20, 2015 12:56 am

Forget news that North Korea has landed a man on the sun, the reclusive country claims it has done something to benefit mankind. North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, says his country has successfully cured AIDS, Ebola, SARS and MERS using a single "miracle drug."

 

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The Korean Central News Agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made the announcement at the same time South Korea is facing a growing number of MERS cases. However, using the Kumdang-2 drug, which North Korea says is injectable, could also be used to help treat "a number of cancers."

 

"The researchers insert rare Earth elements (REE) into insam (ginseng) by applying the micro-elementary fertilizers of REE to the fields of insam," said Dr. Jon Sung Hun, in a statement to the KCNR. "The injection is made of extracts from those complex compounds. As a strong immune-activator, the injection has been recognized to prevent different malignant epidemics."

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California DMV releases reports on Google self-driving car accidents

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 20, 2015 12:03 am

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) originally refused to release reports related to self-driving car accidents, but the Associated Press said the DMV was improperly withholding data. Google has tested its self-driving vehicles on public roads for the past seven years, but it was only recently when the state required accident reports to be filed.

 

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The reports indicate most of the incidents occurred when the vehicles were placed in self-driving mode, and other drivers on the road were to blame for the auto collisions. There were no reported injuries to the vehicles or drivers involved.

 

"After further review, DMV has determined that it is possible to release the factual information related to the autonomous vehicles reports" with drivers' personal information and other sensitive information redacted.

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Red Sox player Pablo Sandoval benched for... using Instagram

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 9:53 pm

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was recently punished by the team after he was caught browsing social media network Instagram during a game. During the seventh inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Sandoval claims he was in the locker room using the restroom - when he "liked" two images on Instagram.

 

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Both the MLB and Red Sox have a rule requiring all mobile devices be turned off at least 30 minutes prior to first pitch. Instead of fining him, the Red Sox decided to bench "Panda" for one game.

 

Here is what Sandoval said regarding the incident, per the Boston Globe: "I know I [messed] up. I made a mistake yesterday so I learned from that. I'm a human being; I make mistakes. I apologized to my teammates and the organization."

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Harley-Davidson wants to find ways to appeal to younger gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 9:00 pm

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is looking for new ways to market to younger generations, and CEO Matt Levatich wants to attract young people. The effort could be a difficult one, as Harley-Davidson believes it has to woo riders away from video games and mobile devices and onto its motorcycles.

 

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Even though many motorcycle riders see Harley-Davidson models that sell for more than $30,000, the company has models that start as low as $6,800. It's a complicated marketing strategy to try to woo younger riders, while not scaring away baby boomers - and the young adults are the "most important segment" for Harley-Davidson.

 

"I'm in the camp of: It isn't bad, it's just different," said Levatich, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. He also noted that there could be "a little bit of counterculture down the road... people are going to want to actually live for real, and I think we have a product that has a great fit with that outlet."

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Microsoft: Kinect isn't dead, with support continuing!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 8:05 pm

Microsoft had a lot to talk about during E3, but the Kinect peripheral was noticeably absent from discussions. Don't worry, however, as the company is "absolutely continuing to support Kinect," according to Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg, in a statement made to GameSpot.

 

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The company will support Kinect "where it makes sense," as there are a number of Xbox Kinect users - when the Xbox One launched in 2013, all bundles included a Kinect. Even though gamers can purchase the Xbox One without a Kinect, Microsoft simply cannot abandon its Kinect users.

 

"We really want Kinect to be a choice for customers. For me, I love it; I turn my Xbox One with Kinect; I use it for entertainment; I use it to do screenshots and all that. I like to be able to have my hands on the controller and use voice commands. But, frankly, a lot of people also want a better value and don't want to have to pay for it. So we're not going to force people to do that. We give people the choice."

Using your smartphone while walking? Make use of the 'texting lane'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 6:56 pm

It looks like the folks at Utah Valley University have a good sense of humor, after installing walking, running and texting lanese in its Student Life & Wellness Center. The stairway was the brain child of the Marketing & Communications Department, tasked with "enhancing the center's design through the use of art and graphics."

 

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Not surprisingly, the new stairway has received a significant amount of national and international attention - especially with most of us having a story related to watching a person, fully engrossed with using a smartphone, do something potentially reckless or dangerous.

 

"When you have 18- to 24-year-olds walking on campus glued to their smartphones, you're almost bound to run into someone somewhere; it's the nature of the world we live in," said Matt Bambrough, creative director at UVU. "But that isn't the reason we did it - we used that fact to engage our students, to catch their attention and to let them know we are aware of who they are and where they're coming from. The design was meant for people to laugh at rather than a real attempt to direct traffic flow."

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Xbox One gamers want Red Dead Redemption to be backward compatible

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 5:30 pm

Microsoft earned praise from gamers after it announced the Xbox One would be backward compatible, so owners are able to play their Xbox 360 games on the next-generation console. Xbox One Preview Program members can currently test 21 Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One, and can expect "hundreds" of titles to be supported by the end of the year.

 

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The company also created a poll to ask which game titles Xbox One owners wanted to see, and Red Dead Redemption topped the list (with more than 39,000 votes). Of the top 10 games voted on, four Call of Duty video games made the list.

 

The full list, based on gamer votes: Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Gears of War 3, Call of Duty, Black Ops, Fallout 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Mass Effect 3.

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AMD Radeon R9 390X cards in CrossFire use up to 800W of power at 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 2:19 pm

AMD released its Radeon R9 390X, and the entire Radeon 300 series this week, with our reviews on the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X 8GB and MSI Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G already up and running.

 

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But what we really wanted to see was the super enthusiast side of things, so we've tested out two of our 390X cards in CrossFire at 4K to see what the scaling is like on them. Well, we were more than blown away with the performance, with 4K 60FPS and above in every single one of our tests. But it was the power consumption that blew us away the most, with up to 805W of power being consumed by our setup.

 

Yes, 805W. Comparing this to the single Maxwell-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti in our test system, with the entire rig using 360W, this is a big difference. We found during our normal testing (Battlefield 4 at 1440p with the Ultra preset minus AA) the AMD Radeon R9 390X cards in CrossFire were consuming 760W, but during some of our testing (Shadow of Mordor) the cards were pushing up to 805W.

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