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Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak ahead of the launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 7:25 pm

Lenovo and Motorola are expected to announce the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC 2017, and we've already heard numerous rumors.

 

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Now, little less than a week before the official announcement, the specs of the phones have leaked from a Colombian retailer.

 

Lenovo decided to go far smaller displays than last year's series, so the G5 will have a 5-inch screen, while the G5 Plus will rock a 5.2-inch display. Moto G4 and G4 Plus had 5.5-inch screens. The resolution will remain Full HD.

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HTC's new One X10 teased, a new budget 5.5-inch phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 8:31 am

HTC Is close to revealing its latest budget smartphone, the HTC One X10, which is a 5.5-inch smartphone made for markets like India - with new pictures arriving on Weibo.

 

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The upcoming One X10 is quite the departure from the One X9 (which had similar styling to the Nexus 6P) - sporting a unibody aluminum design, fingerprint sensor on the back - something its predecessor didn't have. There are also capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom.

 

HTC will most likely unveil its new One X10 smartphone at MWC 2017 next week.

Nintendo Switch may use 4GB LPDDR4 1600MHz RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 4:31 am

The Nintendo Switch has already been torn down, revealing some interesting things: a custom NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip that perfectly matches the second-gen Shield TV's 20nm Tegra X1 transistor count, and the possible confirmation that the handheld-console hybrid will use efficient DDR4 mobile RAM.

 

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We already know the Nintendo Switch should use 4GB of unified shared RAM system memory, but until now we weren't exactly sure how fast or what grade of memory would be in the Switch. Now we might know. According to recent Switch teardowns spotted on Chinese site Tabao, two Samsung-made SDRAM modules were spotted on the system's PCB.

 

The pictures are very fuzzy, but the consensus is that the SDRAM modules are K4F2E304HBMGCH modules, which are described as "LPDDR4 DRAM Chip Mobile LPDDR4 DRAM 16G-Bit 512Mx32 1.8V 200-Pin FBGA." These particular Samsung LPDDR4 modules have a 16gigabit density, which is 2GB, and there are two of them totaling for 4GB of unified LPDDR4 memory. Samsung's website confirms these modules can have maximum frequencies of up to 2666MHz, however I think its likely the Switch's 4GB of unified LPDDR4 memory will be clocked at 1600MHz, and scroll down to find out why.

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'Never Go Back' with our 'Jack Reacher' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 3:32 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Jack Reacher' on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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Never give in, never give up, never go back. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher's old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Horizon Zero Dawn: solid 30FPS on the PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 1:52 am

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the most ancipated games of 2017, an exclusive to Sony's two consoles: the PS4 and faster PS4 Pro. On the beefier PS4 Pro, Horizon Zero Dawn runs at a locked 30FPS with no slowdowns.

 

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The performance report is coming from some lucky gamers who got their hands-on a copy of Horizon Zero Dawn before its launch, with one gamer saying it is "technologically outstanding" on the PS4 Pro. The performance is "locked 30 even on Pro" and that he "didn't notice any slowdowns".

AMD Ryzen explained: motherboards, CPUs, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 12:29 am

AMD is days away from the huge launch of its next-gen Ryzen processors, but there is another big event happening simultaneously - motherboard makers are preparing their new Ryzen capable motherboards - and they look amazing.

 

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As you can see, ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, GIGABYTE, and MSI all have motherboards ready for Ryzen - with a slew of boards that start with flagship motherboards, mid-range boards, down to the lower-end variety if you don't want to spend $150-$200+ on a new Ryzen motherboard.

 

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What will the different chipsets offer? The enthusiast X370 chipset is where you'll want to be, as it provides everything - USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, overclocking, and CF/SLI support.

 

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But the mainstream B360 chipset is just as good if you're not going to multi-GPU setups, while the A320 chipset is a great mid-range chipset that still has native USB 3.1 support, but no overclocking capabilities or multi-GPU goodness.

 

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AMD's range of Ryzen processors ranges from the high-end/enthusiast 8C/16 threaded CPUs like the Ryzen 7 1800X, but it also goes down to 6C/12T options, as well as 4C/8T options - all compatible with DDR4 RAM.

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SpaceX successfully lands another Falcon 9 rocket

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 19, 2017 11:39 pm

After a postponed launch on Saturday, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday at 9:39 EST.

 

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SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the first commercial launch from Kennedy's historic pad. The first-ever launch from Kennedy's Pad 39-A was Apollo 4. Lifting off on November 9th, 1967, it was the first test flight of the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the moon. The SpaceX CRS-10 launch of a Dragon spacecraft is the first from Pad 39-A since the final space shuttle mission on July 8th, 2011.

 

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is now on its way to International Space Station where it will arrive on Wednesday, February 22nd. Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the ESA (European Space Agency) will use the station's robotic arm to capture it.

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Nintendo Switch teardown teases massive 4310mAh battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 19, 2017 11:08 pm

Can you believe we're only weeks away from the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and now we're seeing a purported teardown of Nintendo's next-gen console. There's lots of things to look at, but we'll list of what we can see - including the massive 4310mAh battery.

 

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NVIDIA's custom Tegra-based chip can be spotted, next to 2 x DIMMs, a USB Type-C slot on the circuit board, and the huge 6.2-inch touchscreen can be seen on the other side.

 

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The NVIDIA chip is interesting, as it has a code label of "UDNX02-A2" - and as Ars Technica points out: "the Switch is set to contain a Tegra chip, and we had been led to believe that this would be much like the X1 found in NVIDIA's Shield devices. But this "A2" designation, unlike the "A1" printed on existing X1 chips, could mean we're getting a significant change to the design".

Mass Effect Andromeda's latest gameplay video is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 19, 2017 10:55 pm

Mass Effect: Andromeda has been detailed in a new gameplay video, teasing a bunch of weapons in the form of melee, rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles. There's also the Helios side of things: plasma-based weapons that can be charged up and hit enemies with heatseeking technology.

 

 

The game looks absolutely delicious, with it being a beautiful sci-fi game that continues in the Mass Effect universe. We get a great look at the UI, which looks slick to use - and the skill system can be customized for specific fights. There are skill trees that fall into three sections: combat, tech, and biotics. We know what combat and tech will be used for, but with biotics we can expect to see dark energy being used to shield yourself, or it can be used to pick up enemies and throw them around.

 

Mass Effect Andromeda will be launching on March 21 for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, a very slick mobo for Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 19, 2017 5:27 am

AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPUs are going to shake up the entire market, but another exciting aspect is the motherboards that will be released - and while we've already been teased by the GIGABYTE, ASUS and even ASRock - now we're being greeted by the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon from MSI.

 

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MSI's upcoming X370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a slick looking board with distinct PCIe ports for your graphics cards, Mystic Light RGBs, 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots, 2 x M.2 slots, HDMI, DVI, USB 3.0 and USB-C connectivity, it looks like one of the best Ryzen motherboards so far.

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