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More AMD Polaris shipments potentially spotted, needs some salt

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 6:21 pm

AMD's new Polaris chip might have just been caught on the Zauba import/export table, if we can truly believe what other sources have decoded while reading these manifests.




The price of per unit of this particualr "printed circuit board assembly for personal computer(video/ video card)" is such that it lines up with other AMD shipments in the past. It also indicate that the bigger Polaris die which we were able to see at CES, might be well into production. That's good news for us enthusiasts.


But then again, decoding the serial numbers and the entire manifest is very difficult, and even though some might claim that they know that these particular shipments are indeed for AMD and are a chip with a particular architecture, we don't actually know. But it is exciting that at least production appears to be marching on as you read this. Just don't forget the tablespoon of salt. And yeah, it's okay to be excited too. I know I am.

Gamer compiles and runs BASIC code in Minecraft

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 6:07 pm

The smash indie hit Minecraft is more than just a game: it's a learning tool that's been used to teach Japanese and JavaScript code, but how about writing and executing programs while in-game? Yeah, that's possible, too.



Minecraft modder SethBling has built an interpreter in the BASIC programming language, which essentially lets gamers compile and run scripts while in-game. So you're using Minecraft's voxel world to make and run small, simple little programs. Users can do a variety of nifty things with SethBling's BASIC interpreter, including solving everyday calculations or counting prime numbers to infinity.


For a more practical solution, users can write simple scripts to programming automated mining turtles--basically little bots--to do various tasks. These mining turtles can dig holes and collect materials all day while you're AFK, making for a nifty little addition that can save you quite a bit of time.

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GPU sales: PowerColor R9 390 for $268, XFX R9 390 for $274

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 5:26 pm

Whether you need to upgrade your outdated Radeon card or want to ensure your PC is ready for the incoming VR boom, we've found a duo of GPU deals that will fit the bill nicely. Today we have two different flavors of AMD's Radeon R9 390's discounted over at Newegg, both of which offer some impressive performances with 4K resolution support.




These sales are complimented by mail-in-rebates, which is par for the course for NewEgg sales. First up we have a PowerColor Radeon R9 390 for just $268 after a $20 mail-in-rebate (regular price $268), and the eggmen are tossing in a free $10 gift card to boot--but I don't think you can use the card for this purchase, only future purchases. The PowerColor R9 390 sports 1x HDMI, 1x Display Port and 2x DVI slots, and requires a 6-Pin / 8-Pin connectors with a 750W PSU.


Next up is an XFX Radeon R9 390 dropped down to $274 after a $30 MIR (original price $304). This card is similar to the PowerColor model, featuring a single HDMI and DisplayPort slot accompanied with two DVI ports. The power requirements are the same, with a minimum 750W PSU and the 6 and 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

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Metal Gear Online for PC officially launches on Steam

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 5:25 pm

Metal Gear Solid Online for PC is finally and officially here. And it's probably one of the better examples of small-unit team-work based online multiplayer shooters. Maybe.




The successful beta has concluded and now it's available for download for everyone. The development team at Konami plans on continually adding content and balancing gameplay to keep it interesting and exciting.


As an incentive, if you've played at least one game between January 19th and the 26th, then you'll be rewarded with a hefty sum of 3000 Gear Points to spend on character customization's.

New iPhones may support Li-Fi for speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 5:03 pm

aApple is known for incorporating new and innovative technologies in its iPhone lineup, and we can see proof of this in every new major iPhone refresh. Now it looks like Cupertino may bolster its future iPhones with the new Wi-Fi-killing connection standard Li-Fi, which is capable of dramatic speed increases of up to 224 gigabits per second.




According to code snippets found by iOS jailbreaker Chase Fromm, Apple referenced Li-Fi in OS 9.1 firmware code. The code clearly states "LiFi capability" alongside other hardware features, giving a strong hint that Apple is experimenting with the new tech for use in new phones.


Li-Fi, which uses light to transmit data, has proven to be an extremely potent platform that can hit speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Researchers have reached incredible transfer speeds of 224 gigabits per second in laboratory environments, which is fast enough to download multiple full HD movies in two seconds. The amazing new tech has its Achilles heel, though, as Li-Fi's light stream cannot pass through walls like Wi-Fi can. Plus Li-Fi needs a direct line of sight to a light sensor to function, making the tech a more intimate and closed-space platform.

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YouTube available again in Pakistan, following local Google release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:34 pm

After being blocked in 2012, Pakistan has now removed its total YouTube blackout - coming soon after Google began offering a country-local version of its service.




PC World says that the ban initially came about due to a video called "Innocence of Muslims" which mocked the Prophet Muhammad and other various aspects of Islam.


This ban has now been lifted soon after Google made announcements of localized YouTube versions for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, however, neither party has confirmed whether this means a specialty deal took place. What we do know is that Pakistan's ministry for communications and information stated that Google's addition now enables users to apply for the blockings of "offending material" that "can be made by the PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan."

Ultrasound could replace proximity sensors in future phones

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:02 pm

Ultrasonic could be the next principle used for sensors in phones. A new Norwegian startup company, Elliptic Labs, wants to use ultrasonic waves, and appropriate sensors, as a way to make phones even thinner than they already are . Or at least that's the plan.



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Elliptic Labs solution is actually even simpler by using the existing speakers and microphones already in phones. Their novel software could then detect objects and do everything a traditional proximity sensors, which operate by emitting and detecting infrared in most cases. It would work by shooting out ultrasonic frequencies between 23kHz and 35kHz that, when modified by the presence of objects, is interpreted by their nifty software.


Not only could this make phones smaller, potentially (and that wouldn't necessarily be ergonomic either), but we could start seeing the inclusion of touchless gestures because of how efficient it could theoretically work. Synaptics has a working demo of something very similar to that, which we saw at CES, though that worked on the principle of electromagnetic radiation, not sound, like this. This could open up a lot of new exciting possibilities.

US court rules Facebook tags can violate restraining orders

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 3:33 pm

Tagging someone in a funny cat video or fresh new meme violates the terms of a retraining order according to a New York judge, ruling that Maria Gonzalez breached her 'contract' due to tagging her sister-in-law Maribel Calderon in a post that labeled her as "stupid."




As reported by Gizmodo, this violation was ruled by Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci, who stated that it wasn't necessarily the tag itself that created an issue, but the notification that the sister-in-law received was the straw that broke the camels back.


Gonzalez now faces up to one year in jail due to being charged with second-degree criminal contempt.

Not even the Grand Theft Auto V voice actors know about DLC

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 3:01 pm

Single player DLC for Grand Theft Auto V is something highly desired by fans, and something that's been promised yet has remained undelivered. And even the voices behind the characters don't know when it's going to be here.




Ned Luke plays MIchael De Santa, and he too understands the fire burning in people for this DLC. And if it's going to be single player focused, then surely he would have a hand in the project and should theoretically be in the know. But as it turns out, even he doesn't have a clue when we're getting this fabled DLC.


He responded to some fans on Facebook after having posted something about him and his fellow voice actors attending conventions later in the year. Unfortunately he had to dissappoint fans, and not because he's under any sort of NDA on the matter either. So GTA V DLC? Still far off it seems.

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