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AMD Radeon RX Vega will arrive in 7 different models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 3:01 am

The latest rumors on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega is that there will be 7 different SKUs on offer, something that was spotted by Phoronix, inside of the new Linux driver released by AMD.

 

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In the first 100 patches released, the first Vega support was based on the GFX9 architecture, which is very different to GFX8 - or the Polaris architecture. The new architecture required around 40,000 new lines of code, something that included: "new video BIOS interface, new hardware intellectual property, support for video decode using UVD (UVD 7.0), support for video encode using VCE (VCE 4.0), support for 3D via RadeonSI, power management, full display support using DC, and support for SR-IOV virtualization".

 

The new patches include 7 new Vega IDs, which will include Radeon Instinct and Radeon PRO products based on the Vega architecture. As for the IDs, this is what we have:

 

Vega 10 device support:

 

  • {0x1002, 0x6860, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},
  • {0x1002, 0x6861, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},
  • {0x1002, 0x6862, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},
  • {0x1002, 0x6863, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},
  • {0x1002, 0x6867, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},
  • {0x1002, 0x686c, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},
  • {0x1002, 0x687f, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA10},

 

Polaris 12 device support:

 

  • {0x1002, 0x6980, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},
  • {0x1002, 0x6981, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},
  • {0x1002, 0x6985, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},
  • {0x1002, 0x6986, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},
  • {0x1002, 0x6987, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},
  • {0x1002, 0x6995, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},
  • {0x1002, 0x699F, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_POLARIS12},

Apple announces cheaper and faster iPad

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 8:18 pm

Apple has launched a new iPad model, simply named - iPad. The new iPad replaces the previous iPad Air 2.

 

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The specs of the device remain more or less the same, with one big change. Apple replaced the old A8X chip with the 64-bit A9, first seen in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

 

The new iPad is also a bit thicker at 7.5mm due to a bigger 32.4Wh battery.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda first impressions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 7:30 pm

I've been writing about Mass Effect: Andromeda for quite some time, chronicling its progress throughout the years. So it's a very strange and almost disappointing feeling playing it today, simply because it feels so...unfinished. This is a game BioWare should've delayed, and here are my first impressions.

 

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Mass Effect: Andromeda should've been delayed. It absolutely feels unfinished. The environments are absolutely incredible and breathtaking in their visual fidelity and sci-fi feel--the Nexus' on-ship habitats are amazing, and deep-space exploration looks great.

 

But for every step taken forward by the game's graphics, it takes two steps back in terms of UI and basic features. As I predicted way back in my "Why I'm worried about ME: Andromeda" opinion piece, this is a heavily casualized Mass Effect meant to penetrate the mainstream market and be more accessible than the other games.

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Apple doubles the iPhone SE storage to 32GB and 128GB

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

Apple has doubled the internal storage capacity of the iPhone SE. The news was announced on the iPhone SE's one-year anniversary.

 

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Apple has doubled the current iPhone SE storage from 16GB to 32GB, and from 64GB to 128GB. The good news is that the price of the phone will remain the same, meaning that the 32GB version will cost you $399, while the 128GB version will be priced at $499.

 

The new version of the iPhone SE will be available beginning Friday, March 24th, at Apple Stores and their online website.

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Apple launches red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 5:33 pm

Apple has introduced a new color option for its iPhone 7 lineup - red.

 

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For the past ten years, Apple has offered a line of RED products, including red phone cases, whose sales have contributed to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

 

From March 24th, both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in red color, and every purchase will contribute to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation.

 

The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

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Tesla to discontinue the cheapest Model S

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 4:26 pm

Tesla Motors has announced that they are discontinuing the Model S with 60 kWh battery pack.

 

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The Moel S 60 kWh was introduced a year ago as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. According to the company, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75 kWh.

 

The company stated that in order to simplify the ordering process for their customers, they will be removing the 60 kWh option from their lineup.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ promotional photos leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 3:32 pm

First of all, I think we can all agree that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the most leaked phones in a while. Now that that's been said, a new day brings a new leak, this time in the form of promotional photos that Samsung will use to market their latest devices.

 

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The images don't show anything we haven't seen before, just confirm previous rumors. Both devices will have curved edges, minimal bezels, and additional button on the side for virtual assistant Bixby that the company officially announced and confirmed that it would be featured on the upcoming devices.

 

The pricing of the devices has also been unveiled by famous leaker Evan Blass, so prepare to cash out around $860 for the Galaxy S8 and $966 for the Galaxy S8+.

 

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Nokia 3310 will hit markets in mid-May to early June

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 2:24 pm

As most of you probably know, the iconic Nokia 3310 is coming back. HMD Global decided to launch a modern version of the popular devices. It will still be a pretty basic phone, but re-designed.

 

 

Of course, to keep the integrity of the device, the Nokia 3310 will come with the Snake game.

 

The company unveiled the device in Barcelona during MWC, stating that the suggested price would be 49 euros, or around $50. However, they didn't mention when the phone will be hitting the markets.

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Report: Sony made publishers hide PS4 game install sizes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 1:12 pm

Back in 2013, Sony made a big deal about the PS4 being able to play games as you download them--play as you download, or Play Now, as it was called. It sounded great on paper, but in practice, it was quite frustrating to early adopters, and now we might know why: Sony might have made publishers literally obfuscate the install progress of digital games.

 

 

Even four years later in 2017, digital downloads on consoles aren't where they need to be. Both PSN and Xbox LIVE are slow and clunky--but it was much worse back in the old days. At the PS4's hey-day, Sony apparently mandated that games publishers hide the actual download install rates of digital games and just show the "Play Now" progress. I can confirm this happened. I still remember downloading all 50GBs of Wolfenstein: The New Order on PS4 back in June 2014 and my PS4 literally lying to me and telling me the game was "installed". About 20 minutes in my gameplay was interrupted with a message telling me the install wasn't finished. You actually used to have to jump through a bunch of menus just to see how much progress your downloads had made.

 

Interestingly enough, Jim Sterling might've uncovered who's to blame for this: Sony themselves. "According to a source I have at a publisher, Sony mandated the games aren't allowed to immediately reveal they're not yet ready to play. This orders publishers to make their games appear ready even when they're not. The idea behind this is for Sony to maintain the appearance of fulfilling that promise of playing games before they're fully downloaded," Sterling said in a recent Jimquisition episode.

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New 'flow' battery tech: powers and cools chip at once

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 5:48 am

The future of batteries could be similar to what scientists from IBM and ETH Zurich university are showing off, with the scientists building a new "flow" battery that both powers, and cools a processor.

 

 

The new "redox flow" batteries use "liquid electrolytes are normally used on a large scale to store energy", reports Engadget - with Harvard researchers recently creating one that can last over 10 years with little degradation, making it perfect for storing solar/wind energies. ETH Zurich and IBM found two liquids that work with both "flow-battery electrolytes and cooling agents that can dissipate heat from chips in the same circuit", Engadget continues.

 

Doctoral student Julian Marschewski explains: "We are the first scientists to build such a small flow battery so as to combine energy supply and cooling".

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