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ASRock showcases two AMD A4 'Kabini' SoC motherboards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 1:02 pm

Centered around the quad-core AMD A4-500 'Kabini' SoC, these two new beauties from ASRock are the mini-ITX QC5000M-ITX/PH and the micro-ATX QC5000M. Both designed to battle Intel's 'Braswell' boards, these new ASRock releases feature heat sink-laden passive cooling.

 

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Almost identical in design, the micro-ATX QC5000M contains two more PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots than its mini-ITX baby brother. With both boards brandishing two DDR3 DIMM slots and a power draw thanks to the help of a 24-pin ATX connector they also offer display options including D-Sub and HDMI.

 

Other features include the basic additions of 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports.

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PNY releases a flash drive suitable for an Apple iPhone too

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 11:29 am

Designed to provide removable storage across all your devices, PNY Technologies Inc. has shown off its DUO-Link M flash drive aimed at lighting equipped iOS devices. As announced in a recent press release, iTunes will not be needed for file transfers to take place, allowing for instant connection to any iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC.

 

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Designed with media in mind, the DUO-Link M can also ensure your device is able to play movies directly off the stick, without having to transfer large files over to your on-board storage. This USB Type-A device is unfortunately only rated at USB 2.0 but the other features are impressive nonetheless.

 

Released in sizes ranging from 16GB to 128GB, it weighs in at only 9.8 grams and measures 50.9mm(L) x 26mm(W) x 11.45mm(H). For best use, PNY says that "You will need to download DUO-Link App from App store" in order to enjoy the 10MB/s read and 8MB/s write on the lighting interfaces or 13MB/s read and 10MB/s write on USB 2.0 compatible devices.

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Here is the Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury complete with specifications

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 10:01 am

Brandishing a custom design, Sapphire's Radeon R9 Fury has been showcased complete with a triple-slot air cooling system and an AMD reference PCB. The triple-fan design is hooked up to a dual-stack heat sink that sticks out much further than the mainboard as similarly seen with some competing cards. It wasn't too long ago that we heard about the leaked specifications on the Radeon R9 Fury, either.

 

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The included leaked specifications come to us courtesy of VideoCardz and TechPowerUp and showcase a core configuration of 56/64 compute units enabled, 3,584 stream processors and 4GB 4096-bit HBM to back it all up.

 

The core clock speed sits at 1,000MHz and you can expect the the memory clock to be 500MHz. If you're looking for a little extra speed, Sapphire is also going to offer a factory-overclocked edition with a 1040MHz core. These cards are to be launched in one week.

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EK Water Blocks releases AMD Radeon R9 Fury X water blocks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 8:28 am

In a bid to cover all of the hottest releases, EK Water Blocks has released its own solution to the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X large closed watercooling loop, in the form of a single-slot waterblock.

 

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The EK-FC R9 Fury X model provides direct cooling for the GPU, HBM and the VRM - allowing free-flowing water to deal with any heat generated. Released with overclockers in mind, EK said in a recent press release that this new design allows for "great hydraulic performance," continuing to acknowledge that weak water pumps should have no issue.

 

This single-slot solution further ensures that the stock 2-slot R9 Fury X is made smaller for your system. I wonder if they would like to send us a few, I'm sure Anthony could use these in his Fury X crossfire analysis articles!

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Sony says it will 'never ever sell or exit' the mobile industry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 7:41 am

With Samsung losing steam, and HTC on the verge of collapse, we could see Sony become the new hero of Android. Sony Mobile President & CEO Hiroki Totoki has said that the company has no plans to sell of its mobile business, nor will it exit the mobile market anytime soon.

 

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Totoki talked with Arabian Business recently, where he said: "Smartphones are completely connected to other devices, also connected to people's lives - deeply. And the opportunity for diversification is huge. We're heading to the IoT (Internet of Things) era and have to produce a number of new categories of products in this world, otherwise we could lose out on a very important business domain". He added: "In that sense we will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business".

 

With the news of the Xperia Z5 to come out later this year, we could see Sony really turn around its mobile business and start dominating markets where Samsung is slipping.

'X-Files' return teased in new Fox promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 7:08 am

In preparation for next year's 'X-Files' return, the Fox network has announced plans to air all of the show's 201 episodes, newly remastered in high definition dropping one per night, in order, until the premiere of the new episodes on January 24th 2016. But in even more exciting news for long-term fans, the network has released a promotional teaser which reveals the first footage from the rebooted series.

 

 

The six part, limited series which stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their iconic roles as Mulder and Scully recently wrapped filming in Vancouver, Canada under the watchful eye of series creator Chris Carter.

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YouTuber 'PewDiePie' made $7 million last year alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 6:38 am

Just how much can you make for playing games? Well, if you're Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, $7 million in 2014 from YouTube alone. Considering he was making $4 million a year in 2013, this is a nice increase.

 

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The news is coming from Swedish newspaper Expressen, which said that their numbers are from the documents Kjellberg filed with the government in his country. Considering that he's only 25 years old, he is living quite the life that most gamers could only dream of.

Facebook to outfit 50% its data centers with renewable energy by 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 5:38 am

Facebook hasn't just announced its new Fort Worth, Texas-based data center, but it has also said that it plans to power 50% of its data centers with renewable energy by 2018.

 

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The new Fort Worth-based data center is 100% powered by wind energy, but the new plan of 50% of its data centers being green is good to see, especially when we think that the social networking giant wants to see 25% of its data centers powered by renewable energy by the end of the year.

 

In the end, Facebook wants to see all of its data centers powered by renewable energy, so it has quite the task ahead of them. The company has worked with Citi Energy, Starwood Energy, and Alterra Power in order to deliver a 17,000 acre wind farm online for its new Fort Worth data center, which will see 200MW of energy pumped into Texas.

Han Solo standalone 'Star Wars' film announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 5:23 am

Ahead of the annual San Diego Comic Con which will be the epicenter of all things geeky for the next week, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they given the greenlight to a second 'Star Wars' anthology film, which will revolve around the legendary "stuck up, half-witted scruffy-looking nerf-herder" (not to mention all round cool guy) Han Solo.

 

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To be directed by '22 Jump Street' and 'Lego Movie' directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the upcoming film will feature a much younger Han Solo and thus won't see the return of 72 year-old Harrison Ford in his much loved role. The as-yet unnamed film is the fourth Star Wars film in production. The first anthology film 'Rogue One' will be released in December 2016.

Samsung profits expected to fall short, even with Galaxy S6 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 4:39 am

Even with the release of two flagship smartphones, Samsung is expecting its operating profits to be down this quarter. The company expected to make $6.3 billion for the three-month period, but will most likely end up wrapping up the quarter with $6.1 billion instead.

 

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This is a 4.2% drop to the same period of 2014, but it represents the seventh straight quarter in a row that Samsung has had profit drops, where it is finding it hard to compete against Apple in the high-end market, and Chinese rival Xiaomi in the low and mid-range markets. The Galaxy S6 was meant to represent a big change for Samsung, and while the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were received well by reviewers and consumers, it doesn't look like it was enough to pull Samsung's profits up.

 

Samsung expected the normal Galaxy S6 to sell four-to-one units compared to the S6 edge, but the S6 edge ended up being the most-wanted out of the two, leading Samsung into shortages. Before it could produce more handsets, stock shortages started happening, which led to Samsung losing many more sales than it could've had. Now the company has more S6 units on hand than it wanted, and can't get them out of the door quick enough, leading the company with the possibility of reducing the price on the S6 to boost sales.

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