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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 3:30 pm



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Lost in Space is coming back, with a 10-episode Netflix reboot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 2:34 pm

Netflix has just announced that it's rebooting famous 1965 science fiction series Lost in Space, with a 10-episode first season being ordered from Legendary TV.




The new Lost in Space season will debut in 2018, with writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter) with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) serving as executive producer. TechSpot reports: "Synthesis Entertainment's Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim); and Applebox director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig are also onboard as writers".


The reboot will reportedly take cues from the original show, with the Robinson family stranded light years away from their intended destination. The family will see fights with an alien planet, as well as their personal demons and I'm sure, family drama. Netflix says Lost in Space will be a blend of family drama and sci-fi adventure, but now I want to know what actors and actresses will be involved.

GIGABYTE teases GeForce GTX 1070 Mini-ITX OC, same size as the R9 Nano

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 1:35 pm

AMD did wonders with its Radeon R9 Nano, a bite-sized video card that is mighty powerful, in a small package thanks to its HBM1 technology.




Well, now GIGABYTE has announced its new GeForce GTX 1070 Mini-ITX OC, which is a smaller version of the GTX 1070. The card has a factory overclock on its GPU, with 1531/1721MHz on the Gaming Mode and 1556/1746 in OC Mode. If you want the higher clock speeds offered by OC Mode, you'll need to download GIGABYTE's overclocking software to reach it.




GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1070 Mini-ITX OC features a custom PCB with 5+1-phase power delivery, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, a 90mm cooler with a 3D active fan, one click Super Overclocking, and measures in at just 17cm (or 6.7 inches). An incredibly small, and incredibly fast video card. Be careful with its display output, as GIGABYTE has provided 1 x DP, 1 x HDMI and 2 x DVI ports - compared to the 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI and 1 x DVI on most GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards.

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PowerColor Radeon RX 480 Devil can hit 1.4GHz with triple-fan cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 12:53 pm

Details on PowerColor's Radeon RX 480 Devil have leaked, with the company using a fully custom PCB, triple-fan cooler to keep the Polaris 10-based card nice and cool. All while using a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.




PowerColor's Radeon RX 480 Devil has reportedly hit 1.4GHz on the GPU when overclocked, with 8GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz expected. We will know more details on this card in the very near future.

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NVIDIA rumored to launch GeForce GTX 1060 next week, will fight RX 480

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 11:20 am

It has barely been 48 hours with AMD's new Radeon RX 480 on the market, and we're already hearing rumors that NVIDIA will launch its new GeForce GTX 1060... next week.




Reports are surfacing that the company will launch the GP106-based GeForce GTX 1060 with a 120W TDP, 1280 CUDA cores on 10 SMs, with 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs. There'll reportedly be 3GB and 6GB models on a 192-bit memory interface rocking GDDR5.


NVIDIA already has two 16nm FinFET-based cards on the market in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070, but it will be hurting in the coming weeks in the mid-range market with AMD chewing up the $199-$239 market with its next-gen Radeon RX 480 video card. NVIDIA will need to maintain its market dominance in the mid-range, but it needs a new card to hit that market - so enter the GTX 1060.

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AMD's next-gen 'Naples' processor spotted, features 64 CPU threads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 9:37 am

AMD's next-gen Radeon RX 480 is finally here, and it rocks quite a lot of performance for $199 - but what about the CPU side of the business? Zen isn't going to be here for a little while yet, but the company has reached a milestone in its production.




AMD has started the rollout of its enterprise-class Naples processor, which is a 32-core beast with 64 threads of CPU power. Naples is the codename of AMD's next Opteron platform, which will support the 32-core CPU. Naples will reportedly be built into an 8-core base design, with 16- and 32-core chips being made in an MCM (Multi-Chip Module) format.


The new Naples processor was spotted on the Zauba shipping database, where it was noted to be shipped on June 20, listed as the Naples Test Board. AMD will be tapping the 14nm FinFET process for its Naples CPU, just like the Polaris architecture on the GPU side of things. It will support 8 memory channels, and up to 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and up to 32 x SATA/NVMe devices.

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AMD acquires HiAlgo which works on dynamic resoution scaling, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 8:06 am

When AMD flew out the technology press to Macau for its huge unveiling of the Radeon RX family, including the Radeon RX 480 which we reviewed yesterday, one of the more exciting things was something I couldn't talk about... until now.



AMD teased that it had acquired HiAlgo, and while HiAlgo sounds like some random little company of no significance - it is of the utmost significance when you begin putting the pieces of the puzzle together. First off, what does HiAlgo do? HiAlgo, as it explains on their website; "developers apps for 3D games that improve [the] gaming experience". There are three different products HiAlgo has created; BOOST, CHILL, and SWITCH.


BOOST is a utility that HiAlgo says will make your "gameplay smoother, with smaller lag" during those intense moments. BOOST will lower the rendering resolution which in turn, improves the performance of the game. CHILL is a smart framerate limiter that prevents both the CPU and GPU from hitting its maximum temperature, while at the same time it saves power and provides a few additional minutes of battery life to your gaming notebook. SWITCH on the other hand is very interesting, as it allows you to change the game resolution from 100% to just 50% with a single push of the button, providing an instant performance boost.

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These seven new Pokemon are quite...interesting

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 30, 2016 11:15 pm

Pokemon in itself is quite weird, but in a good least sort of. And over the years the series has gotten weirder and weirder, bringing us to the bizarre assembly of Pocket Monsters revealed today.



Remember those wacky creatures shown in the recent Pokemon leak? Remember how everyone thought they were fake? Well, it turns out they're 100% real--yes, even that weird bug-type Charjabug that literally looks like a bus, and Bruxish the fish with lips--and all of them will be featured in the upcoming Pokemon Sun & Moon 3DS games.




The Pokemon Company released a new video showcasing each of the seven new Pokemon in all of their peculiar glory, and check below for pics and full BIOS of Drampa (hi Falcor!), Togedemaru, Vikavolt (not so bad), Cutiefly (okay this one is awesome), Bruxish (why is this even a thing?!), Charjabug (hilarious) and Tapu Koko (pretty neat). There was also an eighth snake/gem-like Pokemon that transforms into a weird bi-pedal Gundam-like creature, but there's no info about this mysterious Pocket Monster.

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Bill Gates initially hated the proposal for Xbox

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 30, 2016 10:10 pm

The Xbox business is looking pretty bright these days and has for some time, but it wasn't always roses. According to Xbox co-creator Ed Fries, at the initial proposal meeting Microsoft founder Bill gates started things off by throwing the Powerpoint deck from Fries' team on the table and saying, "This is a f***ing insult to everything I've done at this company."




Fries recalls in his retrospective interview with IGN that former Xbox executive James Allard was "in shock for a minute", and then himself stepped in only to be quickly shut down by Gates. Others attempted to reason with Gates but were unsuccessful, around which time then-CEO Steve Ballmer backed up Gates and stated the Xbox was financially unsustainable.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update released date confirmed

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 30, 2016 9:06 pm

Earlier this week, Microsoft prematurely published a blog post detailing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release day before quickly pulling it. Well, now it's out again and with it comes confirmation: the update is indeed launching August 2.




Among the changes you can expect: a better-equipped, more power-efficient version of the Edge browser, more friendly security protocols with Windows Hello (which allows you to use your fingerprint, face, or eye to obtain access to site accounts and your PC), Windows Defender scheduling and notifications, the introduction of Windows Ink, Xbox Play Anywhere support, and lots more.

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