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Xiaomi's growth continues to pressure other smartphone vendors

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 11:09 pm

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has taken the Chinese smartphone market by storm, quickly punting Samsung out the door - and putting global pressure on Apple, Samsung, and others. The company sold 61 million devices worldwide in 2014, tripling its overall sales figure year-over-year - and provides a high quality phone at an affordable price.

 

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"The trend over the last couple of years has been for local vendors, plus Samsung, to dominate the market and make it hard for others," said Chris Jones, principal mobile analyst of the Canalys research firm, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "They've been driving down the prices of smartphones and driving up the screen sizes and quality."

 

Xiaomi remains focused on its home market of China, in addition to India and several other select markets, and isn't focused on trying to expand into the United States just yet. The Chinese company wants to build a stronghold in China, India, Brazil, and select other regions before trying to migrate into the United States and select western markets.

Netflix is working on a live action 'Legend of Zelda' series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 1:48 pm

In something that is coming out of nowhere, Netflix has announced that it is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on Nintendo's infamous The Legend of Zelda.

 

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Netflix is reportedly working closely with Nintendo on the project, as the Japanese gaming giant is very protective of its properties, allowing only a few adaptations of its games into movies or TV shows over the years - but let's forget about Super Mario Bros., ok? The series will fall in line with the game, where an ordinary boy named Link has to save Princess Zelda and her fantasy world Hyrule.

 

The series will be made into an episodic adventure show, something that will include the usual swords and sorcery, but it will be very "light-hearted and kid-friendly" according to Dark Horizons.

Naughty Dog: Uncharted 4 at 60FPS on the PS4 is 'really f**king hard'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 6:46 am

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be an exclusive to the PlayStation 4, with developer Naughty Dog aiming for 1080p and 60FPS. But throughout the development of Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog has realized that it most likely won't be able to reach a solid 60FPS throughout the entire game.

 

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Neil Druckmann is the Game Director in charge of Uncharted 4, where he said that reaching 60FPS is not an easy task and that Naughty Dog is continuing to opimize the game (water it down) but he hasn't said whether 60FPS is the aim for the company. When asked how hard it was to reach 60FPS in Uncharted 4 during an interview with Game Informer, Druckmann said that it's "Really f**king hard".

 

He continued: "That's true for any game. It was really hard on The Last of Us Remastered, and that's a game we had finished and we knew exactly what the end result needs to look like. And here [with Uncharted 4] we're trying to push the boundaries of what this game can look like; and do realistic, real-time cutscenes; and trying to do 60fps is really hard". When he was asked directly if Naughty Dog was aiming for 60FPS, he said that Uncharted 4 is still a work-in-progress, and that nothing is solid right now.

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AMD expected to launch Radeon R9 395X2 end of 2015 for around $1499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 5:09 am

Exciting news to fill your weekend, with the beans spilling out of AMD's upcoming next-gen GPUs. WCCFTech is reporting on a slew of new cards, with the top-tier, dual-GPU "Bermuda" card what we want to know the most about.

 

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The Bermuda GPU will be AMD's dual GPU offering within the Radeon 300 series, which looks like the successor to AMD's Vesavius, or the Radeon R9 295X2. The new Radeon R9 395X2 is expected to be released toward the end of this year, with a price tag of around $1499. The all-in-one watercooler is expected to be cooling down the innards of the 395X2, just like it did with the R9 295X2.

Techland will release modding tools for Dying Light in the near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 4:05 am

Techland has announced that it will be releasing modding tools for Dying Light, as there seems to have been a situation within the Dying Light community over mods, which seemed to have been erased from the game in a patch.

 

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The developer then released a statement, saying: "Modders were a massive part of our gaming community since Call of Juarez 2 and Dead Island - and we wish to continue that with Dying Light. This invitation is only the first stage of our cooperation with the gaming community. After the modding tools are released, we plan to actively support the coolest mods created by players". Techland has not provided an ETA for the modding tools, so don't hold your breath for the short term.

GeForce GTX Titan Z GPUs in 4-way SLI powered Super Bowl halftime show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 2:09 am

We don't normally see a behind the scenes look at the hardware powering a gigantic event like the Super Bowl, but we now know what powered the show. This year's Super Bowl half-time show was powered by MAINGEAR, with a system that packed quite a punch in the performance department.

 

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According to 'Bulwerk' on the Octane forums, they needed to render animation at a huge 3780x3024, which requires a serious amount of number crunching power. So they asked MAINGEAR to construct an insane PC that featured four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z GPUs, which were all liquid cooled using EK Water Block products.

 

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On top of that, we have an ASUS X-99E WS motherboard, Intel Core i7-5930K processor, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM, a Samsung 850 PRO 256GB SSD, and two Corsair AX 1200i PSUs.

NVIDIA seeing less than 5% of GeForce GTX 970 returned for VRAM issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 12:38 am

The last couple of weeks have been filled with, well I guess you'd call it "controversy" over the VRAM on the GeForce GTX 970. If you haven't read up on it just yet, you can play catch up here.

 

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But how are the return rates on them? Well, according to analyst firm Jon Peddie Research, not many. Jon Peddie from JPR has said: "I have heard as many as 5 per cent of the buyers are demanding a refund from the AIB suppliers". Retailers are reporting just 1-2%, with two of the UK's biggest retailers offering refunds for the GPU, where they have until the end of this month to box up their GTX 970 and return it.

 

So why are people up in arms over this? Well, the GTX 970 technically features 4GB of VRAM, with the final 512MB part of this running at a far slower rate than the first 3.5GB. So when a game fills up the first 3.5GB and spills into the remaining 0.5GB, it can cause slowdowns and stuttering in games. But it's not just the VRAM, as the ROPs (Raster Operating Pipelines) have been cut from the previous official specification of 64 ROPs, to 56, as well as the L2 cache being dropped from 2048KB to 1792KB.

 

Have you got a GeForce GTX 970? Returning it? Keeping it? Still love it?

The new Google Glass will be redesigned from the ground up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 7, 2015 10:55 pm

It looks like Google Glass will soon be getting a major revamp under its new leadership, with Tony Fadell taking over the project. Various people familiar with the matter told The New York Times that Google Glass will be completely redesigned.

 

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One of the sources has said that Fadell is a product person, so he won't be releasing the new version of Glass until it is near perfect. Fadell said in a statement to the Times that the early version of Glass broke ground, allowing the company to learn what is important for consumers and enterprise users when it came to their revolutionary wearable device.

 

Fadell added that he is excited to be working with fashion guru Ivy Ross, who will be providing direction and support for the new version of Glass, and other devices that will be rolled out in the future. This means that we most likely won't hear about a new version of Google Glass for a while yet, until the company is much closer to a final, consumer version.

The Ideal Setup for Serious Gamers - Mood, Sound and Personalization

By: Kevin Flanagan (Guest Blogger) | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2015 12:57 pm

Setting up your ideal gaming room is a mighty task because of all the details needed to make it perfect. The ESRB reports that 67 percent of households play video games; however, the average gamer plays about 8 hours a day. Therefore, it's only natural that some people need more than just the living room floor to sit on when gaming. If you are looking to turn your living room into your gaming room, follow these tips to set up the ideal console gaming room.

 

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Set the Mood

 

Regardless of your choice in console, you need to consider a few technical items when building up your perfect gaming chamber. Naturally, you want to play on an HD television with a 16:9 display ratio. While any television with those specs will do nicely, those with some extra cash to burn might consider upgrading to something like the Philips 42PF9630A, which is a 42-inch HD television capable of projecting ambient light around itself based on what colors are being displayed on the screen. This will create an even more immersive experience.

 

However, the display on your TV won't matter if the lights in your room are too bright. Good dimmable LED lights, like those made by Earth LED, allow you to capture a movie theater mood in your gaming room. Also, prevent sunlight from shining through your windows with solar shades to help reduce screen glare and add a greater sense of privacy. Creating the right lighting is critical to really appreciate many games because who really wants to play a survival horror game in a brightly lit room?

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Stuart Tonks from GGFLAN is building a killer Thermaltake Core X9 Case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 7, 2015 7:47 am

We've covered plenty of GGF LANs projects across the board, including Stuart Tonks' massive Cooler Master HAF stacker build and more.

 

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In recent news, he's been given a Thermaltake Core X9 case to play with. Gigantic in size and with plenty of room to play around inside, we're very interested to see what he can produce.

 

The images you can see are only the preliminary design, involving custom orange paint and rigid-tubed watercooling filled with orange coolant. This build has been painted orange to match the 'Tt Dude' mascot located within, being Thermaltake's official toy and looking something like Kenny from South Park - Fun fact: Thermaltake's CEO is also called Kenny, however he doesn't wear orange hooded jackets.

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