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VR won't grow much in 2017 due to supply constraints

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 10:22 am

According to the latest reports from DigiTimes' industry sources, VR headset shipments are "unlikely to enjoy a high growth rate in shipments in 2017", with Oculus, HTC, Sony and more to suffer next year.




The reason? DigiTimes says "constrains in the supply of high resolution panels, high performance chips, and supporting software and firmware". Their sources added: "Most IC chips, platform products and hardware solutions currently available in the market are unable to keep up with the pace of development and hardware requirements of the VR industry, impeding makers' efforts to ramp up their shipments in 2017".


HTC reportedly shipped up to 500K Vive units this year, but are expected to hit 600K units in 2017, while Sony will ship 1.5 million PSVR headsets this year, and up to 2 .5 million PSVR headsets in 2017. Oculus, who have been going through some serious issues this year - will ship 650K units this year, and 1.2 million in 2017, according to TrendForce.

7700K overclocked to 7GHz, just 2 cores enabled on LN2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 8:21 am

Intel are just days away from making their new Core i7-7700K processor and entire Kaby Lake family of CPUs official, but before that we're seeing the 7700K hit 7GHz.




Before you pull out the celebration play list on Spotify, the 7700K was cooled by LN2, and the chip was reduced to just 2 cores. Oh, and it was thirsty for power requiring 2V of power.


Intel and AMD have a massive CES ahead of them next week, but a 7700K at 7GHz does sound delicious. Now give me that with all cores enabled, less power consumption, and an AIO cooler that keeps it cool enough and I'm happy.

ASUS 'reorganizing its loss-making' tablet business

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 8:15 am

ASUS has been releasing weird and at times very wonderful tablets over the years, but the company hasn't been making profits on them, so starting in the first half of 2016 the company began restructuring its tablet business.




DigiTimes reports: "Asustek started reorganizing its tablet business in the first half of 2016 and has greatly reduced the number of its new tablet projects as well as tablet shipments in 2016. Since Asustek still has a few hundred R&D and sales staff in its tablet department, Asustek has been trying to relocate them to new businesses such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) and smartphone and the process is expected to be completed by the end of first-half 2017".


This leads me to be wondering what ASUS will do about tablets at CES 2017 next week, and whether we might see a shift away from slates by ASUS.

Lenovo's new laptops rock clean Win 10, next-gen storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 6:30 am

Lenovo are teasing the future of their laptops ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, with an entire lineup of new and refreshed laptops rocking Kaby Lake processors, and more.




We have the totally new ThinkPad Yoga 370 2-in-1 convertible, refreshed T-Series (T470, T570, T470s, and T470p) and L-Series (L470 and L570) models, the new X270, and an updated version of the ThinkPad 13.


What to expect from Lenovo's new laptops:


  • Microsoft Signature: All ThinkPads comes loaded out of the box with the Microsoft Signature Image (clean install, no bloatware).
  • Precision TouchPad: Microsoft's PTP standard supported across all devices.
  • USB-C 'Anti-Fry' Protection: Systems with USB-C have equipped with protection circuit to protect from improperly designed/malfunctioning USB-C power supplies.
  • dTPM 2.0 security support: Universal implementation of discrete TPM 2.0.
  • ThinkPad Intelligent diagnostic codes: Intelligent Diagnostics with musical tones from notebook interpreted by companion smartphone app.
  • Intel Optane Performance: Non-volatile storage medium in the PCIe M.2 format for significant improvements in endurance, performance, and power consumption.

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Vive 2 with dual 4K 120Hz displays not launching at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 4:31 am

HTC is quickly spraying out the rumors that it will be unveiling and launching the Vive 2 at CES 2017 next week, with reports stating that the Vive 2 would rock dual 4K displays at 120Hz, which would've been amazing.




UploadVR have confirmed with HTC that the Vive 2 will not be shown off at CES 2017, with HTC's official statement reading: "There is no truth to the rumor of launching Vive 2 at CES 2017. At Vive, we are laser focused on building out a strong and growing ecosystem for current and future Vive owners so they can experience the best room-scale VR with the most compelling content available".


Now, HTC have said that they're not going to be launching Vive 2 at CES 2017 - but what if HTC aren't naming the Vive successor 'Vive 2'... does that mean we could see it teased as Vive 4K or something new? Maybe that's just me wishing out aloud.

GIVEAWAY: MSI GeForce 1050 GAMING X 2G Video Card

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 3:47 am

Global entry! MSI joins us again for another video card giveaway. This time one lucky winner will be sent a GeForce 1050 GAMING X 2G. This time the rules are a bit different. Being the end of the year, MSI wants feedback on how they did with their video cards. See Step 6 below for details.





Get Game Ready with GeForce® GTX.

GeForce GTX graphics cards are the most advanced ever created. Discover unprecedented performance, power efficiency, and next-generation gaming experiences.


Pascal is built to meet the demands of next generation displays, including ultra-high-resolution and multiple monitors. It features NVIDIA GameWorks™ technologies for extremely smooth gameplay and cinematic experiences. Plus, it includes revolutionary new 360-degree image capture.


Pascal-powered graphics cards give you superior performance and power efficiency, built using ultra-fast FinFET and supporting DirectX® 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experiences.



How to Win


Step 1 - Like our Facebook Fan Page.

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Step 3 - Subscribe to our newsletter. If you are already subscribed, there is no need to subscribe again.

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Step 5 - Like this post at Facebook. You can share it if you wish, but we are NOT asking you to share it.

Step 6 - Give MSI your opinion on what they should do with their video cards in 2017. MSI will select the best answer as the winner of the giveaway. Tip: MSI doesn't mind constructive criticism - they really want to listen to what you think, let them know. Only tag your friends if you deem it totally necessary - tagging friends is NOT a requirement.

Step 7 - Sit back and hope you are a winner - good luck! Do note, all the above items will be confirmed to make sure you followed the requests, if you get selected as the winner.

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Tesla and Panasonic will make solar cells in New York

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 2:26 am

Tesla has announced alongside Panasonic, that they will start production of solar cells in a factory on American soil - in Buffalo, New York.




The two companies have settled on an agreement for Panasonic to pay the capital costs for the manufacturing, while Tesla has made a "long-term purchase commitment" to Panasonic - but no official figures have been thrown around. The production factory in question is under development by SolarCity Corp., a solar power company that Tesla owns.


The announcement said that the photovoltaic cells and modules that are used in solar panels for non-solar roof products and solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will soon be making. Production kicks off mid next year, with Tesla creating 1400 jobs in Buffalo, and 500 more jobs in manufacturing as it expands its operations in Buffalo.


New York state is throwing in $750 million to build and get the site up and running, whilst Solar City is investing $5 billion over 10 years in New York state. This move will see 1500 jobs created for the Buffalo plant in the next 5 years, and over 2000 more jobs for people throughout New York.

Resident Evil 7 demo patched with improved HBAO+, more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 12:33 am

If you haven't played through the Resident Evil 7 demo, you really need to - it looks awesome, and teases what could be a fresh injection of new into the franchise when it lands in less than a months time.




Capcom have patched the Resident Evil 7 demo with support for CPUs without SSE4.1 technology (AMD Phenom, and Intel Core 2 series CPUs), as well as some performance improvements with HBAO+. The new patch will also fix issues surrounding the screen size change, when switching from full screen to windowed mode - should now be fixed.


Resident Evil 7 PC Demo Patch Changelog:


  • Game now works on CPUs without SSE4.1 functionality (e.g. AMD Phenom, Intel Core2 series)
  • Optimized HBAO+ performance
  • Fixed an issue that caused the screen size to change when switching from full screen to windowed mode.
  • In-game purchase button now correctly links to the full game store page.

Windows 10's new Game Mode to boost PC game performance

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 11:28 pm

Microsoft is apparently working on a new Windows 10 'game mode' that's designed to optimize the performance of PC games on a system-wide hardware and OS level.




According to Windows Central, the new Windows 10 'game mode' will "enhance the PC gaming experience by minimizing resources used by running apps to almost nothing and allocating freed up resources to the game, making it run faster, better and smoother overall." We're not sure if Game Mode will be available across all PC games, or if it'll be an exclusive feature of Microsoft's UWP Windows Store PC games--likely the latter, as Microsoft is keen on pulling more gamers to its unified framework, and this will be a pretty hefty incentive if it's done right.


The new feature was found by Twitter user Walking Cat, who uncovered a new "gamemode.dll" file in the leaked Windows 10 Creator's Update (build 14997). Walking Cat says that game mode allows "Windows to adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/GFX, etc) to prioritize the game while running in game mode."

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Tesla's autonomous tech detects an accident in 1 second

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 28, 2016 10:35 pm

Tesla recently released its new Autopilot v8.0 technology in September, with the company teasing its new radar processing technology that was pushed out over-the-air to all of its electric vehicles with the first-gen Autopilot hardware.



This new update allows the system to see ahead of the car in front of you, tracking multiple cars on the road - as it's able to bounce underneath, or around the car in front of the Tesla. There haven't been any videos of this taking place, but unfortunately - today it happened, and for the Tesla Model S owner Hans Noorsdij had his vehicle avoid an accident for him.


Tesla's Autopilot Forward Collision Warning can be heard sending an alert out for something, and less than a second later a massive accident happens, with the Model S coming to a safe, and to a not-so-abrupt stop. Amazingly, everyone "turned out to be OK" after the accident - even with the SUV rolling over. We now have an amazing demonstration of what Tesla's still-early-days Autopilot technology is capable of in the real-world.

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