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Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launch September 25

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:37 pm

Apple's new flagship smartphone duo, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, will release later this month with a host of new upgrades like shooting 4K video, new 3D Touch technology, beefier processing power and a new responsive Touch ID sensor.




Today Apple showcased the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus variants and even went so far as jab competitors by saying the new models are the "most advanced smartphones in the world".


Both models can shoot and edit 4K video with 12MP iSight cameras as well as enable Live Photos, a new kind of active photography that animates shutter-speed photos into small gif-like animations. Sadly the models don't have 4K displays: the iPhone 6S has a 4.7" Retina HD display at 1334x750 resolution, whereas the iPhone 6S Plus packs a 5.5" inch 1920x1080 full HD resolution.

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Apple reveals iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with 3D Touch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 6:43 pm

Apple's new iPhone 6S duo features a new evolution of multi-touch called 3D Touch technology.




Apple has changed the smartphone game with a new kind of display called 3D Touch. 3D Touch is made possible by pressure-sensitive haptic feedback, which responds to how hard you press on the phone. The harder you press the screen determines what actions are taken, and essentially the apps can pop-up and layer over one another.


Rather than working in and out and going back and forth between app screens, Apple's 3D Touch is all about going over and under. Pressing lightly on the screen lets you "peek" at content like email, and press hard to open the app itself. Users can also tether their favorite apps in an overlay for instant access, or get to the home screen by applying light pressure on the side of the screen. You can also zoom in and out with the single press of a finger.

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Apple's new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $799, launches in November

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 6:01 pm

Apple's newly announced iPad Pro is touted to deliver "PC-grade performance" with "console-like graphics".




Today Apple unveiled their new performance-driven iPad tablet, the iPad Pro. The tablet is powered by the new 3rd generation A9X processor chip that's 1.8x faster than A8X CPU, and iOS 9 brings multi-tasking capabilities to the tablet. Many of the apps on the device are run in full 60 frames-per-second. No performance specs like processor speeds were revealed but the company maintains that the tablet seamlessly blends performance and entertainment.


The iPad Pro's 12.9-inch retina display is the biggest Apple has ever made--half of its width is as tall as the iPad Air's height--and is meant to be used with two hands. The display has a resolution of with a variable refresh rate with 5.6 million more pixels than the MacBook Pro display. For the iPad Pro's audio, Apple takes a hint from ASUS's new Predator tablet and adds a quad-speaker 4 speaker audio system, which balances if you flip up upright or the side.

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Lian Li reveals new compact PC-Q21 mini-ITX cases

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 4:34 pm

Lian Li's new PC-Q21 chassis provides a formidable case in a compact form factor that's ideal for Mini-ITX PC builds.




Although the PC-Q21 Mini Tower Chassis has a small size and footprint, it can fit everything needed to run a performance mini-ITX build. The case sports 2x PCIe slots and has extra room to accommodate thicker GPUs while affording flexible placement and improved air flow. As far as storage solutions, the case can fit two 2.5'' or 3.5'' drives and the slot-load slim ODD bay doubles as an SSD tray. For even more cooling a 120mm fan can be attached to the floor of the chassis.


On the outside, Lian Li's Mini-ITX shell has a stylish and sleek metallic flair that comes in silver and black. The PC-Q21 Mini Tower Chassis will be available early this month for a price point of $74.99.

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This custom mini-ITX gaming PC is powered by the new R9 Nano

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:31 pm

Renown custom PC maker DG Lee has created a custom mini-ITX build centered around AMD's new Radeon R9 Nano that hits an amazing 10TFlops of performance.




With AMD's Radeon R9 Nano small form-factor GPU releasing this week, the company has launched a promotional #MakeItNano campaign where enthusiasts compete by making their own custom chassis builds, with the winner snagging an R9 Nano. To inspire competitors and wow PC owners across the globe, AMD conscripted DG Lee to create a striking mini-ITX build to house AMD's mini powerhouse GPU. The results are nothing short of amazing.


The SFF PC is called the "Unprecedented High-Density Teraflops Machine", and packs a serious performance punch in a beautiful stylish design. The compact chassis measures 166mm x 244mm x 188mm size and houses a single 4GB R9 Nano GPU at 8.9 TFlops, which is combined with the monstrous 1.4 TFlops generated by Intel's 18-core Xeon E5-2699 V3 processor to hit a grand total of 10 TFlops in performance speeds. The team actually wanted to pack in two Radeon R9 Nanos and initially targeted a blistering 20 TFlops... but technical problems held them back and AMD only wanted to showcase a single-card build.

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Hollywood filmaker tests out the Rockstar Video Editor for GTA V

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 1:28 pm

Did you ever think that you would see this day? Lee Iovino (aka 'icanteven'), a filmmaker in Hollywood, has sent in his latest short film to us via email and it's made using Rockstar Video Editor.



Following two main characters looking to fight it out for the highest score in an Extreme Extermination Challenge, Lee has used his skills in the traditional film business produce this gaming-driven short film.


If you're a fan of GTA V, video game explosions and violence and have a keen eye (or ear) for Mario sound effects, check out the video above.

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iPhone 6S will reportedly have an always-listening Siri mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 11:45 am

The new iPhone will be unveiled later on today, but before that the latest rumor is that the iPhone 6S will feature a new 'always-on' Siri mode. This new mode will be similar to saying "OK Google" on an Android phone, so you won't need to press the 'home' button on your new iPhone 6S to get Siri sprung into action.




9to5Mac is behind the rumor, adding that Siri has, until now, only actively listened to you when your iPhone was charging as it was a drain on battery. But with iOS 9 and the new iPhone 6S, this might become a thing of the past. It definitely explains all of the hoopla surrounding the 'Hey Siri, give us a hint" banners that have been popping up around the place.


The new iPhone 6S will reportedly also be thicker than the current iPhone, but we will know all about that later today.

Activision 'significantly changed' the story arc of Destiny

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 10:52 am

Court documents gleaned from Halo composer Martin O'Donnell's case against Bungie and Activision reveal that Destiny's story arc was "significantly changed" from the original, and strongly hints that Activision is responsible.




When the first chapter of Destiny's five-part franchise launched in 2014, gamers found that it wasn't the intergalactic opera they were expecting. The story elements were (and still are) very light and players finally understood what kind of series Activision and Bungie have created--the kind of piecemeal bits that can be strewn out over a decade of releases. But Destiny wasn't always like this.


The court papers of Martin O'Donnell's lawsuit against Bungie show that the game went through a phase of "substantial revision" which led to the first year-long delay. "Although Destiny as planned for release in September 2013, the story was substantially revised beginning August 2013, requiring a new release date of March 2014 and edits to much of the work previously completed," the documents read. "After a brief vacation/sabbatical in early fall, o'Donnell returned, worked on the story and recorded dialogue, but wrote no additional music. For reasons unrelated to O'Donnell's performance, the release date was again moved, to September 2014."

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Steam wins over another title as SMITE joins its catalog

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 10:32 am

Currently boasting 10 million players globally and a world championship tournament with over $2 million in cash prizes, SMITE has been kicking goals recently. Adding to this good news is the announcement of Steam support, beginning immediately.



This free to play third-person MOBA style game can be downloaded directly to your steam client and comes with the option to buy a special "Ultimate God Pack" at 33% off until September 13.


There's going to be no difference to players who already have accounts or who will be signing up through steam for the first time. Players with existing accounts may download and play the game through Steam with their profiles without any account migration. In addition, players may continue to use the original client as they wish, still able to battle with or against Steam users.

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Fujitsu's new wireless receiver can transmit 8K videos instantly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 10:15 am

Fujitsu has announced that it has developed a new wireless communications receiver, which is capable of massive transfer rates of up to 20 gigabits per second. The receiver is tiny enough that it will fit into a smartphone, super-powering data transfer rates.




The new chip would make smartphones and tablets capable of transferring 4K or even 8K video virtually instantly, with 8K resolution videos featuring 16x the resolution of 1080p. Fujitsu is calling its new chip the world's first compact 300GHz receiver, thanks to its insanely fast wireless communication abilities.


Fujitsu's new chip is smaller than 1 cubic centimeter, where it combines both a receiver-amplifier chip as well as a terahertz-band antenna. Because the chip has high sensitivity, transmissions ranges are much shorter - just 1m away. A Fujitsu spokesperson said: "It is the first time such a highly sensitive terahertz band receiver has been made small enough to fit into a current-generation cellular phone". The company hopes to have the chip being built commercially in 2020.

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