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NVIDIA announces its beautiful new SLI LED bridges

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 10:38 am

If you're rocking an NVIDIA GeForce GTX SLI setup, what better way to make it stand out from the crowd than with the new SLI LED bridges that the company unveiled during its GAME24 event.

 

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The new SLI bridges come in three flavors: 2-way SLI, 2-way spaced SLI, and 3-way SLI. The 2-way SLI LED bridges are priced at $29.99, while the 3-way SLI bridge will set you back $39.99. The SLI bridges are designed to work with all modern GeForce GTX cards that support SLI. NVIDIA specifically mentions the following cards: GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti, GTX TITAN, GTX TITAN Black, GTX 970 and GTX 980.

 

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There's one big caveat though, NVIDIA has built these beautiful SLI bridges for reference GPUs, so they might not work on the crazy third-party cards. You'll need to make sure that your custom-cooled GeForce GTX card will work with these new bridges before jumping on-board.

HTC teases its periscope-themed action camera, debuts on October 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 9:36 am

In a market that GoPro has pretty tightly wound up, HTC is teasing its new action camera, something that the company will debut on October 8.

 

 

HTC will unveil its new action camera at its "Double Exposure" media event, where we should be greeted with the NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet. As for the action camera, we should expect it to arrive with a 16-megapixel sensor and wireless networking, but not much else is known about it at this point. From some leaked pictures, we can expect it to look like a periscope, if that's what you're into.

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Intel investing $6 billion in its facility in Israel for its 10nm node

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 8:34 am

Intel is forging ahead with its plans to reach 10nm, investing a massive $6 billion in upgrading its Fab 28 chip manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel. This investment will support the manufacturing of the 10nm process node.

 

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As it stands, Intel is standing on 14nm, which caused the company to experience unforeseen delays as the shrunken node provided more challenges than the company expected. 10nm is the next step for the company, with Israel's finance minister Yair Lapid claiming that Intel has settled on its facility in Kiryat Gat, with it being the first to push forward with 10nm.

 

This is thanks to the massive $6 billion investment, and a $300 million government grant as well as a ten-year reduction in corporate tax payments. Lapid says: "Intel's investment is a strategic asset for Israel's industry. This is the biggest investment by a foreign company ever in Israel and is further proof that Israel is at the forefront of technology and innovation".

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, or GTX Titan X 'GM200' teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 7:11 am

NVIDIA has impressed the world with the launch of its second generation Maxwell-based GPUs, the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980. The cards sip power compared to their already power conservative predecessors, but introduce a slew of new technologies, features and best of all: a great price point. Where to from here? GM200, that's where.

 

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GM200 is now being teased, which is going to be the big new GPU from NVIDIA. NVIDIA's GM200 will feature a die size of 551mm^2, 20-22 SMMs, 2560-2816 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, a performance boost of around 50% over the GTX Titan Black Edition, with it launching sometime before the end of the year. What it'll arrive as, in terms of naming, is a mystery. With the power efficiency of the GM204 core, which powers the GTX 970 and GTX 980, we should expect a dual-GPU card offered as the GeForce GTX 990, so that's one name it won't use.

 

Moving on, we could expect it to be the GTX 980 Ti, but if it's offering a huge performance increase over the GTX Titan Black Edition, we might see something like the GTX 985 Ti, or GTX Titan X, something I like the sound of better. Then we have the shift to 20nm, which is expected next year, so if the new GM200 is built on the current 28nm node, the shift to 20nm is going to be an entire new world for NVIDIA. The company has positioned themselves incredibly well after the mess that was Fermi, so much so, that AMD really has no firepower right now - so it'll be interesting to see if NVIDIA holds back, waiting for AMD to release something, to quickly smack it down to reality with its new GM200-based card.

Apple apologizes for messing up iOS 8.0.1 update, promises fix soon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 6:54 am

Apple publicly apologized to its customers for releasing and quickly pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update on Wednesday, and promised a new download "in the next few days."

 

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"We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue," Apple said in a statement.

 

Despite software problems - and a bendy phone - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have sold well. More than 10 million units were sold in the first weekend of its release, while Apple enthusiasts seemed eager to pick up one of the two models. Overall, financial analysts believe the company will persevere, but need to further efforts to innovate.

Following Home Depot data breach, fraudulent transactions taking place

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 6:15 am

The Home Depot suffered from a recent data breach targeting customer debit and credit card information, and the fraudulent transactions are currently taking place. Most major banks issued their customers new debit and credit cards, with JPMorgan Chase, Capital One Financial, and other companies sending out new account holders.

 

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It appears the malware was on point-of-sale (POS) terminals from April to September, with an estimated 56 million customers affected. It's a costly proposition for banks to send out new cards, which can cost up to $5 per card to mail out. Capital One didn't say how many account holders will receive a new debit or credit card, but it's a proactive approach to keep customers safer.

 

There is at least one class-action lawsuit filed in Canada and another in the United States, with other legal actions expected in the future.

Teardown shows iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus cost $200-$215 to make

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 5:35 am

Apple is charging a truly ridiculous amount for its new iPhone, no matter what camp you fanboy around in, especially when you consider there are equal, if not better smartphones for half that cost available: I'm looking at you Nexus 5, Moto X, OnePlus One. But how much does it cost the Cupertino-based giant to make the new iPhone? Under $215.

 

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The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 costs $200 to make, while its bigger brother, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus costs $215. The news is coming from analysts over at IHS, which have taken apart the new iPhone, estimating its component and manufacturing costs. The $200 and $215 price points are for the 16GB versions of the new iPhones.

 

The most expensive part in the new iPhone 6 Plus is the 5.5-inch display, costing $52.50, while the 4.7-inch panel in the iPhone 6 costs $45. The iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly higher component price because of its more expensive battery, and camera. And for all of this cost, the iPhone 6 Plus even bends, which is a nice extra feature.

Latest COD: Advanced Warfare trailer teases four-player co-op mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 4:32 am

The latest trailer to the money-making series Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here, teasing that the upcoming first-person shooter will feature four-player cooperative mode.

 

 

Sledgehammer Games calls this four-player co-op mode "Exo Survival Co-Op Mode", which looks very similar to Left 4 Dead's "Horde" mode, where you survive with your team mates killing as many of the enemies as possible. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare drops on the 4th of November, so you'd better be getting those trigger fingers ready.

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Google to unveil new Nexus smartphone next month with Android L

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 3:30 am

I'm sure you've heard by now that Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is bending in some pockets, so what better time to tease the world of the upcoming next generation Nexus handset? Gogole is preparing to launch the new Nexus mid next month, alongside the launch of its 9-inch, NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC.

 

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According to sources of Android Authority, Google is planning to launch 'new phone hardware' and an unveiling of 'a new software initiative'. The first, should be the new Nexus, possibly named Nexus 6, while the software initiative is most likely Android L, or Android 5.0. The final version of Android L won't be official until November 1 according to these same sources. We should hear more about both the new smartphone and mobile OS in the coming weeks.

Vizio launches its new P-Series 4K TVs, with 70-inch 4K at just $2,499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 2:29 am

Vizio has just taken the wraps off of its new P-Series of 4K-capable LED TVs, something the company teased back in January at CES. Starting at $999, the 50-inch model is decently priced, instantly putting it into the reach of the mainstream market.

 

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Better yet, the 70-inch behemoth is priced at $2,499, which is a great price for one: a TV this big, and second: 4K-capable. Vizio's P-Series of TVs feature Full-Array LED backlighting, where the backlight is uniformity distributed across 72 LED zones which span the entire back panel, rather than at the edges.

 

Vizio provides local dimming on the P-Series, which dynamically adjusts the amount of backlight that is provided to a specific area, providing a much deeper black than normal TVs. Vizio's new P-Series of 4K TVs are up for pre-order, where they'll soon hit Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart.

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