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Photo of the glass panels for the Galaxy S8 leaked

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 8:33 pm

The new Samsung flagship is, with the new iPhones, the most anticipated phone every year, and naturally, there are many rumors floating around before the official launch.




We have already heard many rumors about the Galaxy S8. The newest leak shows a beautiful edge-to-edge display and no physical buttons on the device which could mean that Samsung has removed the physical home button and flanking touch buttons, pushing the fingerprint sensor into the display itself.


The rumors also suggest that the Galaxy S8 might stick with the headphone jack after all, something that had initially been questionable.


The latest rumors come from a Polish leaker who claims that his sources haven't been wrong before, but we still can't confirm this to be 100% true.

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Model S P100D runs 0-100 in 2.3 sec with latest update

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 7:28 pm

When Faraday Future unveiled their first production vehicle at this year's CES, they were bragging that their electric car has faster acceleration that Tesla's Model S P100D, the quickest production car in the world.




Tesla's Model S P100D Ludicrous mode could achieve 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration in 2.46 seconds, but Elon Musk said that there is room for improvement with the latest software update, Ludicrous+.


As it turns, Musk was right since a Model S P100D accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.389 seconds, after the latest software update. According to Faraday Future, their car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.39 seconds, meaning that Tesla beat them with one software update. Also, Faraday Future plans to start the production of the FF 91 in 2018.

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Did Obsidian just tease Fallout: New Orleans?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 6:23 pm

UPDATE: "Project Louisiana" is Pillars of Eternity 2, not Fallout: New Orleans. Obsidian has confirmed that it isn't currently developing a Fallout game, despite their desires to do so.


Original story is as follows.


Obsidian Entertainment is teasing "Project Louisiana," a new upcoming game that could very well be a new Fallout game based in New Orleans.




We know next to nothing about Project Louisiana, but Obsidian did drop some clues in two teaser images that you can find below. The first image hints an agrarian society tied to a religion, and could very well be the mainstay of a post-apocalyptic village or town out in the country. The image also shows what appears to be a flag with a coat of arms made up of an ax and a wheat stalk. While I'm hoping against hope that this is Obsidian's triumphant return to the Fallout universe, the images below, which were found on the webpage, don't really seem very Fallout-y:




"You know better than anyone that nothing is more dangerous than a god's secrets. Perhaps the Leaden Key was right to keep this one buried," reads the quote on the blue image, which shows what could be a flag of a ornate key on a field of blue.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 4, priced at $150

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 6:21 pm

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 4 in India, a smartphone that offers good specs for a low price.




The phone has a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD, and the design is completed with 2.5D curved glass. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 and comes in three variants: 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.


The phone packs a 4,100 mAh battery and since I was pretty pleased with the Redmi Note 3 battery life, I expect nothing less from the Redmi Note 4.


The main camera is 13MP while the selfie cam is 5MP. The phone runs on MIUI 8 with Android Marshmallow, and the Nougat update is currently in beta testing.

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ZTE's dual-camera Blade V8 Pro is now on sale for $230

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 1:24 pm

At CES, ZTE announced the Blade V8 and Blade V8 Pro, their new dual-camera smartphones.




While the Blade V8 is expected to hit the markets in February, the Blade V8 Pro is now on sale, and if interested, you can get the phone at company's official website.


The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3.0. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor on a 2.0GHz octa-core CPU and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage expandable by microSD card.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' gets a further delay

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 5:40 am

The return of the first 'Star Trek' TV series in over a decade hasn't had the easiest come back and now the eagerly anticipated series is set for another delay.




Originally planned to premiere in January 2017, 'Star Trek Discovery' was delayed until May late last year, and now that date has slipped again. In an announcement today from CBS, the network has confirmed that the series will be "flexible on a launch date if it's best for the show", but that filming is finally set to kick off next week.


Set 10 years before the events of the original 1960's 'Star Trek' series, 'Star Trek: Discovery' will (hopefully) premiere on CBS later this year.

China is working on the fastest supercomputer, ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 5:39 am

China is working on the next generation of supercomputers, with plans to have a prototype exacale computer by the end of 2017. The country wants to be the first to build a supercomputer capable of a billion, billion calculations per second.




If they can do this, China would propel themselves to #1 in the world of supercomputing - beating out what was the world's fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight machine, which came to life in June 2016.


China became a country to look to for supercomputers, as they made their supercomputer using locally made chips - versus products from US companies like AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA. Exascale computers on the other hand, are magnitudes more powerful - capable of 1 quintillion calculations per second (a billion, billion - so, like, really fast).

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AMD Radeon Pro Duo drops to $799, dual-GPU Fiji goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 4:19 am

I still remember when AMD launched the Radeon Pro Duo nearly a year ago now, but it was aimed at the prosumer market, and priced rightfully so. Until now.




AMD and its various AIB partners have dropped the price on the Radeon Pro Duo from nearly $1500, to just $799 - not bad considering it's the fastest graphics card from Radeon Technologies Group. The Radeon Pro Duo rocks dual Fiji GPUs with 4GB of HBM1 each, for a total of 8GB of HBM1.


Each of the Fiji GPUs has 4096 stream processors (8196 total) - making the Radeon Pro Duo feature the highest GPU cores of any graphics card, ever. We have 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs per GPU, with each Fiji GPU running at 1000MHz.


AMD created the Radeon Pro Duo for 4K gaming and professional content creation, with 16 TFLOPs of 32-bit single precision performance, the highest of any graphics card on the market right now. Better yet, the Radeon Pro Duo is the first workstation graphics card to feature HBM1 technology, with the 4GB of HBM1 clocked at 500MHz, providing 512GB/sec bandwidth thanks to tis 4096-bit memory bus.


If applications are designed to support the dual GPUs, you can utilize the 512GB/sec from each set of HBM1 for a total of 1TB/sec for maximum performance.

Switch's 4310mAh battery takes 3 hours to fully recharge

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 3:24 am

Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch will take about 3 hours to completely recharge while on the dock over USB Type-C.




We've just found out the Nintendo Switch's 6.2-inch "console" tablet features a non-removable 4310mAh rechargable 3.7V Lithium-ion battery, which seems pretty beefy in itself, but for a dedicated games tablet at 1280 x 720 we should have at least 5000mAh, so it's no wonder the battery life is about 3 hours with major games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now we've gleaned from Nintendo Japan's press site that a completely depleted Switch handheld will take 3 hours to completely recharge via the dock or separately with the included Type-C AC adapter.




Nintendo has affirmed that the Switch's battery can last up to 6.5 hours in Mobile Mode, but this long life is likely prolonged via the system's Sleep Mode, which is enabled to extend the system's battery life while on-the-go. Actual gameplay in Mobile Mode will likely be around the 3 or 4 hour mark, and while gamers can recharge the system as they play, the Switch's depleted recharging time will be as long as the actual system's play time. What's more is that the Switch's 4310mAh, 3.7 V Li-ion battery may take longer to recharge on the dock, which transfers 5V DC across a 2.6A current, which equals 39W, than hooking the Switch directly up to a AC wall socket which will provide between 100W - 240W of converted AC power. That's not to say that the Switch will leverage the full brunt of that power, however, as the device has a 3.7 V battery.

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LG G6 won't explode because it uses a huge heat pipe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 2:49 am

Samsung didn't have a great end of 2016 with its various Galaxy Note 7 issues, with smartphones catching fire and exploding - and while they're teasing their Galaxy S8, LG is preparing for the launch of its upcoming G6 flagship handset.




LG is promising that its consumers will be safe from any issues of overheating, with LG Mobile Communication Division boss, Lee Seok-jong saying that LG has used a unique mechanism that uses heat pipes in the LG G6 that will make sure that heat is shifted through the phone efficiently, and will avoid any overheating problems.


Seok-jong said: "We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones", while another LG official said: "We are conducting battery heat exposure tests to a temperature 15 percent higher than the temperature set by the international standards of the US and Europe. The battery also undergoes diverse tests such as piercing it with a sharp nail or dropping a heavy object on it from a high place".

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