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Netflix to spend $7 billion on content in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 15 hours ago

Netflix is unstoppable right now, with the streaming giant eyes wide open with thirst to dominate the digital content world in 2018 with a planned $7 billion on the table.

 

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This year, Netflix coughed up a huge $100 million to secure comedian Jerry Seinfeld for two brand new stand up specials, and a bunch of scripted content. Netflix has also scooped up Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder creator, Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes was working with Disney, so Netflix must be mad about that - oh, no matter - Disney are making their own digital streaming network.

 

Netflix has smashed home run after home run in 2017, with nearly 1000 hours of original content. Doubling down on this with a huge, ever-expanding library of movies and other TV shows, the 104 million users on Netflix will never get bored.

 

During a recent interview with Variety, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that the streaming giant will splash into 2017 with $7 billion on content. Most of this money will be used to license existing content, which costs a lot. Sarandos said: "The vast majority is still licensed content. We're still a couple years from seeing it go 50-50".

Intel's next-gen Ice Lake CPUs announced SUPER EARLY

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 3 days, 16 hours ago

Intel can't say they aren't reacting to AMD's next-gen Ryzen CPUs when they've announced and released, what feels like, more processors and families of CPU architectures than ever before. Now... we're hearing about Ice Lake.

 

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Ice Lake will be Intel's next-gen 10nm CPUs, compared to the current-gen Kaby Lake processors on the second-gen 14nm (14nm+) process. The new Coffee Lake architecture will be Intel's 8th generation Core processors, and will see the company plonk down the new Core processors onto their first-gen 10nm process.

 

The surprise knee jerk reaction to AMD's continued threat on the CPU market with Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper and EPYC has Intel scurrying around to catch up. This is yet another move to confuse consumers, as Intel announced Ice Lake as a "successor to the 8th generation Intel Core processor family".

 

As The Verge points out, this would imply that Ice Lake is a semi-9th generation CPU architecture that will succeed, in some ways, the 8th generation CPUs. Intel will be tapping its 10nm+ process, the second generation of the tech at that small scale. As The Verge points out again, this is confusing as it seems there should be another first-gen 10nm release in between.

 

Ice Lake won't appear until sometime in 2019, but it will surely be an interesting ride between now and then to see how much AMD can make Intel squirm in that time.

Destiny 2's new 4K trailer: PC master race goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 16 hours ago

Bungie is ramping up to the big release of Destiny 2, with the sequel being made available to the PC for the first time, after the original Destiny was locked to being a console exclusive. The new trailer is available below, in 4K 60FPS.

 

 

NVIDIA is backing Destiny 2 as one of the biggest PC releases of the year, with Bungie and Activision offering 4K resolution support (which should be a default by now, and not a bragging point), as well as uncapped framerates (so should this).

 

Destiny 2 will be available to play through the PC Open Beta between August 29-31, and you can also pre-purchase Destiny 2 exclusively through Blizzard Battle.net, where you'll get 24 hour early access into the beta that will begin on August 28.

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ADATA unleashes XPG SX9000 NVMe M.2 SSD: 2.8GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

ADATA has just unleashed their next-gen XPG SX9000 SSD, aimed at high-end gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts.

 

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The new ADATA XPG SX9000 arrives in the M.2 2280 form factor, driving its huge speed from the PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth right up to 2800MB/sec reads, and 1450MB/sec writes. ADATA is tapping the new Marvel controller, offering their new XPG SX9000 drives in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.

 

We're looking at 310K random 4K read IOPS, while there's 240K random 4K write IOPS. ADATA is offering the new XPG SX9000 with a 5-year warranty, keeping your peace of mind at these speeds.

AMD's new driver for Vega, improves mining performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 18 hours ago

AMD might not be enjoying much positivity with the first waves of Radeon RX Vega reviews, but the company is looking after miners (who they called out and blamed for global GPU shortages in LA two weeks ago) with a new beta driver that provides improved cryptocurrency mining performance.

 

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The new beta driver increases block chain compute performance, with AMD naming the driver "Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute". What does this new driver have on offer?

 

  • This driver is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered "as is" and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes
  • This driver is not intended for graphics or gaming workloads
  • Optimized performance for Blockchain Compute Workloads

 

I'm going to install these drivers soon and run our Radeon RX Vega 56, Radeon RX Vega 64 air-cooled, and Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition through their paces.

Battlegrounds hits 7 million players, 617K concurrent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to gain traction, with the game passing over 7 million sales, a gigantic achievement for a game that isn't backed by a huge AAA studio or developer.

 

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Bluehole now enjoy 617,000 concurrent gamers playing Battlegrounds on Steam, and with the price at just $29.99 the developer has pulled in a hefty $209 million since launching PUBG into Steam Early Access in April.

 

Better yet, PUBG is turning into a huge beast on Twitch... with Battlegrounds beating out League of Legends and the amount of Twitch hours streamed this week. The only game bigger on Twitch right now is Dota 2.

Galaxy Note9 might be able to tell if you're drunk

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

A recent patent discovered online indicates that Samsung is exploring the possibility of using a breathalyzer connected to your smartphone. Specifically, using the stylus of a phone like the Note9 where the stylus also operates as a breathalyzer that can then check your blood alcohol content.

 

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This feature may not seem like a big deal, but it could serve as a way to prevent people from drunk dialing exes or calling their bosses while drunk.

 

Since Note devices tend to be more business-focused, it could be very interesting to see the various applications of such a technology, no matter how silly it sounds.

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The Note8 looks stunning in the new Deep Sea Blue color

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

We recently reported that Samsung plans to introduce a new color option with the Galaxy Note8, Deep Sea Blue.

 

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Evan Blass, a trust-worthy leaker, has now revealed the Note8 in this new color. Unfortunately, the image shows only the front of the phone, but it's still enough to get an impression of what to expect. Samsung's S pen will also come in the matching color.

 

The image doesn't reveal much else, but it does confirm that the previous leaks were spot on when it comes to the design of the phone.

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Mario Kart and VR is a match made in heaven

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

Mario Kart and VR are a match made in heaven--we think so, and so do the lucky Japanese gamers that have actually tried it out.

 

 

Bandai Namco's VR Zone Arcade in Tokyo is bringing eight year old me's dream to life: Mario Kart virtual reality madness. We've already reported about Mario Kart GP VR in the past, but now we see just how much unbridled joy Nintendo's go-kart racer can bring to gamers with the new dimension of VR.

 

The game is officially licensed by Nintendo, and players wear the HTC Vive VR headset while sitting in a special go-kart that reacts and rumbles with feedback, making the experience more like an amusement park ride than a traditional arcade experience. If you're ever in Shinjuku, Tokyo be sure to check out the VRcade and have a blast in this interactive wonder!

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IBM's new magnetic tape stores 330TB of data

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

IBM has made another breakthrough in magnetic tape storage by creating a new method for areal density that could potentially hold over a whopping 300TB of data.

 

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IBM Research scientists have packed in a record areal density of 201 Gb/in2 (gigabits per square inch) onto a new prototype of sputtered magnetic tape made by Sony. Researchers affirm the tape, which has a density of 201 billion bits per square inch, is more than 20 times the density used in today's high-end tape drives, can potentially hold up to 330TB of uncompressed data on a single tape cartridge that would fit in the palm of your hand.

 

"Tape has traditionally been used for video archives, back-up files, replicas for disaster recovery and retention of information on premise, but the industry is also expanding to off-premise applications in the cloud," said IBM Fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou. "While sputtered tape is expected to cost a little more to manufacture than current commercial tape that uses Barium ferrite (BaFe), the potential for very high capacity will make the cost per TB very attractive, making this technology practical for cold storage in the cloud."

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