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SanDisk reveals new 15nm Z410 SSD lineup

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 2:09 pm

SanDisk today revealed its new cost-effective trio of 15nm Z410 solid state drives built on the company's renowned Z400 line.




SanDisk's new Z410 SSDs are built on 15nm TLC NAND and come in versatile 2.5" form factors with 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The company boasts that the Z410 sport "one of the lowest power draws of any SSD in the industry", with dependable 1.75 million Mean to Time Failure (MTTF) rates. The Z410 SSDs also maximize read to write speeds by leveraging a combination of SLC and TLC blocks, making the line an ideal solution for high workloads and super fast application start-ups.


"SSDs are being rapidly adopted as the preferred storage option across the entire spectrum of the PC marketplace," said Tarun Loomba, vice president and general manager of Client Platform Solutions, SanDisk. "In addition to the performance and durability benefits that SSDs provide, the SanDisk Z410 SSD delivers storage that is ample for most consumers and the right-size for typical corporate users. The Z410 is an important addition to our overall SSD portfolio, as our customers require a complete range of storage options, from home/office PCs to the latest high-performance, ultra-thin laptops."


SanDisk is currently shipping the Z410 SSD's in the full capacity spectrum of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, all of which come with a 3-year warranty.

New Game of Thrones episode pirated 1 million times in 12 hours

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 2:03 pm

The newest episode of Game of Thrones -- "The Red Woman" -- has been pirated via BitTorrent one million times in about 12 hours, according to TorrentFreak.



Those downloading the show are fairly evenly spread out across the world: 12.5% are in Australia, 9.7% are in India, 8.5% are in the US, and 6.9% hail from the UK, with Philippines, Canada, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa and Saudi Arabia not far behind. Mind you, time differences will favor some regions more than others; a more complete and accurate picture will unfold soon.


It's expected piracy this time is less than before in the US, as HBO was made free in the region over the weekend while the new season premiered.

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HTC's Vive VR headset is surprisingly easy to repair

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 1:48 pm

The tech surgeons over at iFixit have determined that HTC's Vive VR headset is surprisingly easy for DIY repairs, scoring an 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale.




While millions of VR fans are frantically biting their nails and spamming F5 for Vive VR shipping confirmations (myself included), iFixit has delivered their official HTC Vive teardown to keep us entertained. As always, the teardown shows you how to disassemble Valve's coveted VR headset and put it all back together again, while disclosing all the fine-tuned chips and bits of technology that are responsible for casting the spell of VR.


The process is quite involved with twenty-five steps in total, but all in all, it's not too difficult to slice open a Vive and swap out its guts. That being said, the Vive has a massive array of components that are extremely delicate, so any repairs or fixes need to be handled with the utmost care. The most daunting roadblock that iFixit faced with the Vive teardown is adhesive, which binds the lenses, Lighthouse base station covers, and the 32-sensor array.

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New Call of Duty will be announced soon, reports indicate

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 12:55 pm

Activision may unveil this year's Call of Duty game on May 3, according to a leaked in-house advertisement scheme from an unspecified games retailer.




Call of Duty 2016 could be unveiled by next Tuesday on May 3, if a recently leaked retailer advertisement scheme can be believed. The document was spotted by renowned games journalist Jim Sterling, who posted the news on his Twitter feed, but we're still not sure which retailer it belongs to.


Rumors say that the new game will be Call of Duty: Ghosts 2, and will be set in the distant future as well as feature space combat. Official details on the next Call of Duty are scarce, but we do know that Infinity Ward will be developing the game. Infinity Ward will also outsource Call of Duty 2016 to the 3D artists responsible for RYSE: Son of Rome.

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'Labyrinth' 30th Anniversary 4K, Blu-ray editions announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 6:27 am

For older Gen Y's like myself, the relationship with the classic David Bowie musical 'Labyrinth' has gone from one of nightmare-inducing fear to pure enjoyment, and with the film hitting it's 30th anniversary this year Sony Pictures is set to release brand new 4K, Blu-ray and DVD editions to celebrate.




According to our friends at The Digital Bits, the 30th anniversary 4K Blu-ray edition will see the film completely remastered in 4K reolution, with an HDR pass and Dolby Atmos audio, alongside a copy of the 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition with new featurettes 'The Henson Legacy' and 'The Goblin King' as well as an Anniversary Q&A hosted by Adam Savage of 'MythBusters'. This is in addition to the previously released bonus features which include a Picture-in-Picture option, audio commentary, documentaries and featurettes.


If that's not all, 'Labyrinth' is also set for a limited theatrical re-release later in the year. Dance magic dance, indeed.

Facebook reportedly working on dedicated camera and live video apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 5:36 am

Facebook is reportedly working on its own standalone camera app, alongside its own live video app platform. The company is hoping people will create, and share more content, reports The Wall Street Journal.




Their sources also say that the app will have two standout features: still photos, and the ability to broadcast live video, quickly. Thanks to video/picture sharing services like Snapchat, Facebook is wanting to jump into the same pool, and it makes complete sense.


Facebook already has plenty of apps and services for sharing photos and videos, acquiring the likes of Instagram. Facebook is reportedly seeing original content, like status updates and other personal sharing, is on the decline - so this new injection of competition against Snapchat could work. The social network says that the amount of sharing done in your News Feed is at "similar to levels in prior years".

GoPro's Omni VR camera is now up for pre-order, costs $5000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 4:23 am

GoPro has unleashed pre-orders of its Omni camera, the company's first foray into consumer VR cameras, at a cost of $5000.



The GoPro Omni does rock 6 x GoPro Hero4 Black Edition cameras, synched together to create what I'm sure is going to be a new wave of VR content. Omni is headed directly into the wave that is competition, especially against Google, as it has been using YouTube to deliver VR content to the masses over the last year or two.


GoPro Omni is capable of shooting 7K in the 4:3 aspect ratio, which will see the Omni shooting 7940x3970 at 30FPS or 25FPS. You can shoot at 5338x2819 at 60FPS, as well as 50FPS, too.

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AMD Radeon Pro Duo benchmarks tease 60% faster than Fury X at 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 2:30 am

The AMD Radeon Pro Duo is quite the beast, rocking 2 x Fiji XT GPUs, a total of 8GB of HBM1, and some truly insane horsepower. According to leaked benchmarks, the Radeon Pro Duo is 1.3x faster than the R9 295X2 and 1.5x faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti.




The results are courtesy of Expreview, which ran a slew of benchmarks on the Radeon Pro Duo, comparing it against the Radeon R9 Fury X at 4K. Check out the benchmarks, below.




The Radeon Pro Duo versus the Radeon R9 Fury X.

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Amazon locking tech deals behind Prime-only paywalls

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 2:04 am

Amazon recently locked select video game pre-orders behind Prime subscriptions, and now the retailer is doing the same thing for tech deals.




Amazon is starting to lock specific tech deals behind an Amazon Prime subscription, meaning everyday users won't be able to take advantage of sales. The paywall was spotted on a recent sale on a GIGABYTE GTX 750 Ti whose $104.99 sale price is exclusive to Prime users. "Exclusively for Prime Members - This item at $104.99 is reserved for Prime members," reads the listing.


The listing was originally spotted on the BuildaPCSales subreddit, who notes that only Amazon-fulfilled deals are Prime exclusive.

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Elder Scrolls Online DLC is returning to the Dark Brotherhood

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 1:27 am

The newest expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, called Dark Brotherhood, has been announced and will be arriving May 31st on the PC before being released on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 14th.




This expansion will return to he Gold Coast, which was last seen in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2006. In the new expansion you'll be able join the Dark Brotherhood and "Become the deadliest assassin with a new and exclusive passive skill-line, defend the Brotherhood against a mysterious foe in hours of new story content, prove your skill for homicide in new repeatable assassination quests, and more," or so says the description. It sounds as if there should be a fair amount of story content for those that have wanted more than just bare quests as an excuse to play with friends. It's a return to form, more than that, it's a further exploration of deep narrative that surrounded one of the best and most interesting organizations in the games lore.


The base game itself is getting a sizable patch to coincide with Dark Brotherhood that is going to remove the Veteran Ranks and the addition of poison making, among all sorts of other gameplay and combat balances that have been made.

The next expansion will be free for those that have an ESO Plus membership, which costs $15/month, but it can be purchased separately for 2,000 Crowns, the in-game currency, which costs around $12. You can buy packs of 750 crowns for $8, 1,500 crowns for $25.