Apple is still battling regulatory issues and didn't release its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in China, but models purchased in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore are now being smuggled into China. Due to the high price of the devices, smugglers have already slashed prices - from $1,960 to $,2450 down to $1,060 to $1,436 - but the high price tag surely scares away most consumers.
To make matters worse, the Chinese government is stepping up enforcement on shutting down iPhone 6 smuggling into the country. A recent bust in Shanghai led to 453 units being confiscated, as hundreds more were also captured in Hong Kong. Passengers entering the country with smaller numbers of iPhones are being stopped at customs, according to Chinese government officials.
For Chinese consumers looking for a shiny new mobile device, Samsung recently released its Galaxy Note 4 to the market.
The BlackBerry Passport smartphone has sold 200,000 units since launching publicly last Wednesday, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The phone sold out on the BlackBerry website in just six hours, and took only 10 hours to sell out on Amazon. If true, it's a surprisingly strong start for the smartphone device, as BlackBerry shows it still wants to throw down in the smartphone market.
BlackBerry has struggled to compete against the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S, and other Google Android-powered smartphones - but has continually leaned on its experience to try to fight back. The company is hiring 350 new engineers over the next few months, which is a strong turnaround from numerous layoffs and restructuring.
Chen hopes to push BlackBerry back to profitability during its fiscal 2016, which would help build investor trust.
We thought GoPro would wait a week or so to unveil its new Hero4 cameras, but nope, we were wrong: here they are! GoPro has officially unveiled the new Hero4 cameras, once again arriving in two editions: Black, and Silver.
The GoPro Hero4 Black is the star of the show, capable of shooting 4K video at 30FPS, and is touted by GoPro as "the most advanced GoPro ever". It can shoot 4K at 30FPS, 2.7K at 50FPS, 1440p at 80FPS, and 1080p, 960p, and 720p all at 120FPS. Previously, the Hero3 Black could shoot at 4K at 15FPS, but could shoot at 240FPS at 720p, something the newer GoPro can't do. For still images, you can snap 12-megapixel photos with the new GoPro Hero 4.
GoPro has improved the audio capture on the new Hero4, which captures twice the dynamic range. The front of the new GoPro features its expected ultra-wide angle glass lens, with three different field of view settings available: Ultra-Wide, Medium and Narrow. New manual settings make the cut, with color, ISO limit, exposure and much more to tinker with. It's waterproof at up to 131 feet, or 40m, has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, exposure settings for nighttime shooting, a "HiLight Tag" feature for marking key moments in footage, a QuikCapture feature which powers up and starts recording with a single press, and auto low-light features.
A reported bug in the Destiny video game has unveiled names and locations of content that will be forthcoming in expansions. The first Destiny expansion will reportedly be available in December - and while new content was expected - it seems interested gamers will be able to know some of the perks that lie ahead.
A full list of story missions and expanded information was recently compiled by a Reddit user, so you don't need to bother watching the video and taking notes.
Google and Apple are facing criticism from the FBI and other government agencies over their decision to encrypt data on smartphones that would make it inaccessible to law enforcement. The FBI reportedly opened dialogue with both companies to discuss the matter at hand in the future. It's unsettling the government, which was embarrassed and angered after details of NSA surveillance was leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, wants to learn more about why companies want to encrypt data.
"What concerns me about this companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law," said James Comey, FBI director, during a recent press conference.
While Apple declined comment to the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently shared these thoughts regarding data protection: "People have a right to privacy. And I think that's going to be a very key topic over the next year or so."
EVGA will soon launch two new GeForce GTX 980 cards, with their two forthcoming GPUs to be two of the most-remembered Maxwell-based GPUs thanks to their power. EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Classified and GTX 980 Hydro Copper are fastly different, but are supremely powerful.
First, we have the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified, which features the latest ACX 2.0 cooler, and a custom-designed PCB that is built for overclocking enthusiasts. The GPU features the same high-density heat sink array that was laid out across the GTX 780 Ti, but offers up a new duo of fans with the ACX 2.0 that should see even quieter operation. Better yet, EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 Classified is a dual-slot card, so SLI setups will be even better than some of the competition. The new Classified GPU features a nice black/grey scheme with a hint of red. But what are we talking about when it comes to clock speeds? EVGA will be providing users with a massive 1400MHz+ Boost clock out of the box, making it one of the fastest GTX 980s available.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified will feature the same 2048 CUDA cores found on the rest of the GTX 980s, a Base Clock of 1291MHz, Boost Clock of 1405MHz, and is capable of 2-, 3-, and 4-way SLI. 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7GHz will also be baked onto the Classified.
NVIDIA's reference GeForce GTX 980 is a monster when it comes to power efficiency and heat output - and not in a bad way. The talk of a watercooled reference GTX 980 using an Asetek unit is interesting, as it'll be thought of in the same light as AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.
The GTX 980 pictured above has the Asetek cooler slapped into it, but if you look closer, there's still the reference fan installed. This will see the GPU itself cooled with the Asetek watercooler, keeping it nice and cool even with some crazy overclocking, while the rest of the components such as the VRM and RAM and cooled by the reference cooler.
It would be interesting to see NVIDIA offer out a new reference GTX 980 with the watercooling used above, as the Maxwell architecture has some massive headroom for crazy overclocks, which watercooling will only amplify.
NVIDIA has had huge success with its new second-generation Maxwell architecture, forming the new power-efficient, but super-fast GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs. AMD were rumored to fight back at GAME24, but nothing materialized, until now. WCCF Tech is reporting from a leak from overclockers.ru, that teases AMD's next generation GPUs.
AMD reportedly talked with 4gamer.net journalists in a round table discussion, teasing details on its upcoming products to compete against NVIDIA's new GTX 900 series of GPUs. The new product that AMD will fight back with is the Radeon R9 380X, and not the 390X that most would've presumed. The new R9 380X will be based on the Pirate Islands architecture, powered by the Fiji GPU. Overclockers.ru is reporting that AMD have three new cards in the pipeline, with the Fiji-based R9 380X which will replace the R9 290X, the Treasure Island-based R9 370X, and another.
The most exciting news is that AMD will not only reportedly fight back with new architecture, but it'll shift onto a smaller process, moving over to TSMC's new 20nm manufacturing process, as well as using 3D stacked HBM memory. The third card we mentioned above is what we're all here for today, with the new R9 390X reference GPU to feature AMD's hybrid "hydra' liquid cooling, which the company used on its dual-GPU R9 295X2 earlier in the year.
Japanese telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank has reportedly shown interest in acquiring the DreamWorks animation studio. SoftBank currently owns Sprint and had a failed bid to buyout T-Mobile in the United States, though is still interested in successful U.S. companies it could benefit from.
If the deal materialized, it would be a rather curious move for SoftBank, as DreamWorks would likely join a growing catalog of business units. Shares of DreamWorks closed on Friday at $22.36, and SoftBank would reportedly pay an inflated price of $32 per share, which the DreamWorks board is currently considering.
DreamWorks officials haven't shunned buyout offers in the past, but said they were interested in developing its own businesses - but a few Hollywood box office duds has pressured the company to potentially make changes.
AMD is starting to ramp up its rumor machine, with talk of the new Radeon R9 390X, it's next generation flagship GPU. AMD's new R9 390X is expected to be available in the first half of 2015, according to DigiTimes.
The new Radeon R9 390X is based on AMD's Bermuda GPU core, which should kick some serious ass, bringing a slew of new things to AMD's silicon. First off, we should see the R9 390X being the first GPU to be built on TSMC's new 20nm manufacturing process, but the card is rumored to arrive with High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. HBM is 3D stacked memory technology that will offer an incredible amount of bandwidth on the already-fast GDDR5 tech that is used, with around 100% more bandwidth, all while using less power.
AMD is also rumored to be using hybrid liquid cooling on the new reference R9 390X, similar to what the company used on its dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 earlier this year. The problem here is, without a next-gen GPU coming out until at least Q2 2015 or so, what will AMD do to fight off what is an incredible new set of GPUs from NVIDIA? Aggressive price cuts on its R9 290 series, that's what. The only thing AMD can do until its launches its new R9 300 series is drop the prices of what it has now, considerably, to fight off Maxwell from NVIDIA.