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Volkswagen admits petrol-based vehicles have 'irregularities', too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 6:32 am

Things are far from good for Volkswagen, with the company now admitting that its emissions scandal has breached out of only diesel vehicles being affected, to petrol-based cars, too.




The German company saw environmental tests failing on its diesel cars, after it was found that it had installed software that would make their cars run cleaner during government testing. Volkswagen said in a statement: "During the course of internal investigations irregularities were found when determining type approval CO2 levels".


The company added: "Based on present knowledge around 800,000 vehicles from the Volkswagen Group could be affected. An initial estimate puts the economic risks at approximately $3.04 billion (€2 billion)". This number could rise much higher, and I think it will, as the problems are continuing for the company in the wake of petrol-powered vehicles being thrown into the mix.

NVIDIA's NVS 810 digital signage video card handles 8 x 4K displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 5:02 am

NVIDIA doesn't just release video cards for gaming you know? Yeah, we thought so - but check out their latest NVS 810 video card, which has an insane 8 x mini DisplayPort outputs - each capable of taking 4K displays at 30Hz each.




If the 8 x 4K @ 30Hz was a bit too much and you needed some 60Hz display action, you can knock it down to 4 x 4K at 60Hz. Also, we're not just talking about the normal 4K either - which is 3840x2160, we're talking full 4K - 4096x2160. Each of the miniDP ports on the NVIDIA NVS 810 can handle 4K @ 4096x2160. You can install four of the NVS 810 into a single system for 32 display support... yes, 32 x 4K displays!


The board takes just 68W of power, and is a single slot card for systems where you can have them nice and thin - think display-heavy and digital signage systems. As for what makes the NVS 810 tick, we have 1024 CUDA cores thanks to the use of two GM107 GPUs with 512 CUDA cores on each GPU. There's 4GB of RAM, but NVIDIA doesn't specify if its DDR3 or not.

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AMD's upcoming Zen architecture reportedly met internal expectations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 4:29 am

AMD hasn't been competing with Intel on the CPU field for quite a while, but its upcoming Zen architecture might be a big change. According to industry insiders, AMD's internal tests on Zen CPUs have met their own expectations, with no significant bottlenecks.




The news came from a user on the RealWorldTech forums by the name of 'Lurker', who claims that he knows someone at AMD who helped design the L2 cache for the Zen chip. The sole purpose behind the Zen architecture is to competitively compete against Intel, which is something AMD hasn't done for quite sometime.


AMD has reportedly not finalized the specifications of its clock speeds and TDP of the Zen chips, but we should expect a large 40% jump on instructions per clock over the previous Bulldozer architecture.

Spectacular 4K NASA sun explosion footage astonishes

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 4:03 am

Every now and again, you'll stumble upon a video that makes your jaw drop in sheer astonishment and reinforces just how insignificant the most powerful force on Earth actually is. This amazing video from NASA powerful solar energy emanating from the sun (in 4K UHD, no less) demands to be seen at the highest resolution your connection (and computer) can handle.



The 30 minute video has been compiled from images captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which was launched in 2010 to measure the suns solar activity. The video is just one released in 4K from the agency in recent times, so be sure to check their channel for more.

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4K TVs to account for 40% of total TV shipments in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 2:41 am

We all know that 4K devices, which include TVs, smartphones, VR headsets, and more are all coming out in the coming years - but what about now? 4K TVs are filtering down to the mainstream level, with over 40 million 4K TVs shipped this year according to analysts at IHS.




IHS also added that 4K TVs will account for 40% of the total TV panel shipment area in 2016, which is a big jump from the 25% this year. Full HD is still controlling much of the market, with 52% of shipments but this number will drop to 42% next year - right in line with 4K.


Ricky Park, Director of Large Display Research for IHS Technology said: "The increased supply of LCD TV panels has caused a downturn in panel prices, providing consumers with a cheaper selection of wide-screen TVs and whetting their appetite for even larger TVs with higher resolution". He added: "The consumer requirement for higher resolution will also grow, as more 4K TV video content becomes available".

Microsoft's Surface Book is a nightmare for DIY repairs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 12:28 am

Microsoft's new Surface Book has been lauded as a revolutionary new PC that's fully capable of replacing your premium tablet and laptop. The all-in-one was built with business-fueled productivity in mind, but also has a number of flavors to reflect the needs of its owners. For all of its mighty pros, the Surface Book has one serious flaw: it's a total nightmare for do-it-yourself repairs.




The hardware gurus at iFixit have just torn apart the Surface Book to take a good look at the system's guts, revealing all its innards to the world. As per usual the tecchies show the process in a detailed step-by-step tutorial so you can follow along. But you won't want to follow along, as the Surface Book is a rectangular puzzle of doom.


What makes the Surface Book so hard to repair? Let's take a closer look. The LCD panel and glass plate are fused together, meaning you'll have to replace the entire thing instead of one or the other. Secondly the RAM and Skylake CPU are soldered to the motherboard, making for very tough RAM replacement.

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Get the Homido Virtual Headset for 30% off

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 11:25 pm



In the center of a concert crowd, surrounded by thousands of people? Right in the middle of the action of your favorite game? Wherever you want to go, the Homido Virtual Reality Headset will take you there. Get it for $69.95 at TweakTown Deals.


Connect the Homido to your phone and immerse yourself in a different world. The headset allows you to instantly watch 360-degree spherical videos, watch 3D movies, and get a gaming experience unlike any you've ever had before. And you can get lost in the experience for hours, thanks to the comfortable custom fit. The Homido Center even has 300 virtual reality apps to choose from.


Experience gaming and movies in a whole new way. Get the Homido Virtual Reality Headset for $69.95.

The Fallout 4 Pip Boy app is now available on Android

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 11:16 pm

In just six days, Fallout 4 will take over millions of people's lives and never let them go. To prepare for your impending post-apocalyptic addiction, Bethesda has released the official Fallout 4 Pip Boy app to recreate that authentic Vault-life experience.




The Pip Boy app was just released on the Google Play Store, and is a full-blown companion app that acts as an extremely handy second screen. The app turns your smartphone into a functioning Pip Boy that has everything the mono-green wrist-pad offers and seamlessly interacts with the game.


The app tethers wirelessly to a PC, PS4 or Xbox One running Fallout 4 with the Pip Boy mode enabled. With the app you can inject yourself with power-inducing chems, cure ailments with Rad-away, drop and equip items and gear, and even play the rather fun holotape games like the Donkey Kong-inspired platformer Red Menace or Atomic Command. Using a bigger tablet as a second-screen map is perhaps the most useful feature, and I for one can see myself using it relentlessly when the game ships.

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Long-lost Disney short film rediscovered after 78 years in archive

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 10:48 pm

Much of the early history of Walt Disney's original animated pre-cursor to Mickey Mouse; Oswald the Rabbit has been lost over the last 80 years, with almost a third of all animated shorts films currently unaccounted for. But in a minor miracle, one of the short films from 1928, 'Sleigh Bells' has been located in a British film archive and restored by the Walt Disney company.



Announcing the find to the world, the British Film Institute noted that the short was discovered by a plucky researcher simply browsing the online catalogue of the BFI National Archive's inventory. In a welcome surprise, the six minute short was located in very good condition and with its original soundtrack completely intact. Disney and BFI have since collaborated to preserve the short in a new digital and photochemical print master.

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VR needs three to five years to win over consumers, says HTC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 10:10 pm

Virtual reality might be the bold new frontier for the next dimension of multimedia and gaming, but the new platform isn't going to become mainstream right off the bat. VR will need a good amount of time for consumers to digest and thoroughly understand, especially since it's such an intimate user-oriented experience.




How long will VR need in order to fully hit its stride? According to HTC's Chief Content Phil Chen, virtual reality might require as much as half a decade before it takes off. "VR will need at least three to five years after it's introduced before it becomes mainstream," Chen said at a VR summit in Beijing. "It will take some time for it to go to the masses."


Although HTC and Valve plan to fully launch the Vive VR headset in Q1 2016, the company doesn't expect a full adoption rate. Sony, on the other hand, is adamant that everyone who's tried its PlayStation VR headset will buy one. The problem is that not everyone has access to a demo unit, and it'll be hard to get the tech in the hands (and on the heads) of everyday people.

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