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Apple new headquarters is ready for April's opening

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 1:28 pm

Apple has announced the name of their new spaceship-looking headquarters - Apple Park. The 175-acre campus will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April.




Over the next six months until the official opening, more than 12,000 people will move into the futuristic structure.


To honor the memory of Steve Jobs, Apple decided to name the theater at Apple Park 'Steve Jobs Theater.'


Apple Park will also include a visitors center with an Apple Store and a cafe open to the public.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 VR dev kit program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 12:30 pm

MWC 2017 - Qualcomm recently launched into the stratosphere with its push for 5G technology leadership, but now the company has announced its Snapdragon 835 Virtual Reality Development Kit.




Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor is the heart and soul of the new VRDK, providing developers with early access to VR HMDs powered by the Snapdragon 835, something that includes an upgraded VR SDK that works with the headset. Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President for Qualcomm Technologies., and President of QT, said: "With this new VRDK, we're providing virtual reality application developers with advanced tools and technologies to accelerate a new generation of VR games, 360-degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education, healthcare and entertainment applications".


He continued: "We see great potential for the exciting new experiences made possible by truly mobile, untethered virtual reality that's always connected to the internet, and we're excited to help mobile VR developers more efficiently deliver compelling and high-quality experiences on upcoming Snapdragon 835 VR-capable products".

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Qualcomm and Leap Motion: use real life hands in VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 12:05 pm

Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 835 VRDK program alongside the news that it had teamed with Leap Motion, a company that has been on the edge of hand tracking technology.




The partnership between Qualcomm and Leap Motion is an interesting one, that could reshape the control methods used in VR: as the companies are demonstrating Qualcomm's own positional tracking technology, with Leap Motion's hand tracking tech. This partnership could lead to "natural human computer interaction" for standalone Snapdragon 835-powered VR headsets, and as Qualcomm puts it: "sets a new standard for mobile VR content development".


Tim Leland, VP of Product Management with Qualcomm, said: "As we deliver the new Snapdragon mobile platform for greater immersion with untethered virtual reality HMDs, natural user interfaces like hand movements will help consumers more intuitively interact with VR content, therefore we're delighted to be working closely with a VR technology leader like Leap Motion. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 was designed to combine six degrees of positional tracking, high VR frame rates, immersive audio and enhanced 3D graphics with real-time rendering in a compact, stand-alone headset for the ultimate VR experience".

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AMD Ryzen CPU combo with Corsair AIO cooler on Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:20 am

Thanks to the fancy SenseMI technology inside of AMD's new Ryzen processors, they will be self-overclocking with Extended Frequency Range (XFR) tech - and the better the cooling, the higher XFR cranks the frequency.





This means it will be a good idea to buy the best cooling your case can handle, so the frequency of your new Ryzen CPU reaches as high as XFR can push it. I wasn't too surprised to see Amazon offering Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X bundles with Corsair AIO units, more specifically Corsair's damn good Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU cooler.


The bundle lets you save $33, dropping the price of the Corsair H100i from $129.99 to $96.99.

Samsung's Galaxy S8+ sports huge 6.2-inch display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 9:31 am

Samsung isn't far away from launching its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, so here we are with some spoilers. The Galaxy S8+ is going to be huge, with a massive 6.2-inch (full rectangle) / 6.1-inch (rounded corners) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. Expect Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ to be the first with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor.




Inside, will be a 12MP dual pixel rear camera with an 8MP front-facing camera. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be IP68 dust/water resistant, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage expandable with microSD, they'll feature an iris scanner and security with Samsung's own Knox technology - features found in the Galaxy Note 7.


Notorious leaker Evan Blass revealed the specs on Twitter, which also list wireless charging support - with a charging pad being optional, Android (but no details on whether it's Android 7.0, 7.1, or anything else) - and earphones "tuned by AKG".

Samsung's new Exynos 9 chip: 4K 120FPS camera tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 9:20 am

Samsung has just officially unveiled its next-gen Exynos 9 Series of processors, led by the Exynos 9 Series 8895 - Samsung's first processor to use 10nm FinFET technology.




Samsung's new Exynos 9 Series 8895 is the first processor to have a gigabit LTE modem that supports five carrier aggregation, or 5CA. This means Exynos 8895-powered smartphones will be capable of 1Gbps downlink speeds, and 150Mbps uploads.


The new Exynos 8895 has an 8-core processor at its heart, with 4K video support thanks to ARM's latest Mali-G71 GPU, and when teamed with the advanced MFC (multi-format codec) it will support video recording and playback at a huge 4K 120FPS. This is a huge deal, as it means Samsung's new Galaxy S8 might be capable of 4K 120FPS support... which would be, in the words of Ron Burgundy, that would be "kind of a big deal".

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The latest photos and details on AMD Radeon Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 8:59 am

AMD launched its new Ryzen CPUs with a brief tease of Radeon Vega, in the form of the new Radeon Vega logo being shown on the year to come for AMD.




The company had some of its new Radeon Vega graphics cards on show at its Ryzen Tech Day event, with some great photos taken by ComputerBase.




The company had a Radeon Vega graphics card in plain sight, rocking an 8+6-pin PCIe power setup.

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AMD reboots itself with Ryzen, and Vega is next

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 7:02 am

AMD is hitting a new stride, unlike anything the company has seen before. We know their history leading into last year, starting this new direction with the GPU division splitting off into Radeon Technologies Group. RTG launched the mid-range Radeon RX 400 series, led by the Radeon RX 480. It was a great hit for AMD, but the CPU side of their business wasn't doing so well - until now.




AMD launched their much anticipated - seriously, have you seen any CPU in history apart from Intel's first Core series have this much hype? - Ryzen processors with a massive thud, dropping the Ryzen 7 1800X with 8C/16T @ 4GHz for just $499. Intel would be scrambling right now with how they're going to combat this, but in the meantime AMD is enjoying the #1 and #2 best-selling CPU spots on Amazon right now.




The Ryzen 7 1800X is breaking world records on Cinebench multi-threaded benchmarks, oh and the #4 best-selling CPU on Amazon is the Ryzen 7 1700. If the winning continues at this rate, AMD will be hitting a Donald Trump level of winning - where there'll be so much winning, we'll be begging AMD to stop. That's until Vega - that is.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X hits #1 best-selling CPUs on Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 4:33 am

AMD is taking all of the headlines today, I can barely keep up - but the great news continue to flow with AMD taking the #1 best-selling CPU on Amazon within 24 hours.




The new Ryzen 7 1800X and its cheaper counterpart in the Ryzen 7 1700X are #1 and #2 respectively on the best-selling CPUs on Amazon, with #3 occupied by Intel's Core i7-7700K. The #4 CPU is AMD's new Ryzen 7 1700 which is priced spectacularly at $329, while #5 is the Core i5-7600K.

AMD breaking world records with Ryzen 7 1800X already

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 3:38 am

So the excitement of Ryzen continues, with 3 new Ryzen 7 processors that all rock Intel's world in a big way - and now the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X has broken the world record for Cinebench 15.




The multi-threaded run of Cinebench R15 was completed at 5.2GHz on a Ryzen 7 1800X under LN2 cooling, with a YouTuber uploading a video of the feat, but it was quickly removed. The voltage on the Ryzen 7 1800X was hitting a huge 1.875V, but all 8 cores were overclocked to 5.2GHz - all at a frosty -200C.


AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X scored 2449 Cinebench points at 5.2GHz, beating out the previous world record of 2410.