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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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ADATA's new 256GB micro SDXC hits 260 MB/s write speeds

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 1:19 am

Shortly following the announcement that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid supports up to 2TB SDXC Micro SD cards, ADATA chimed in to highlight their new ultra-performance Micro SDXC solution that hits blazing fast 260MB/sec write speeds.




ADATA's latest premium 256GB SDXC card uses 3D MLC NAND from SK Hynix to hit high capacities and dramatically improve speeds, reliability, and all-around efficiency, hitting blazing fast micro SDXC speeds of up to 275 MB/sec reads and 260 MB/sec write speeds. In fact, this particular SDXC card utilizes the UHS-II bus and boasts Class 10, U3 and V90 ratings from the SD Association indicating its a high-end storage device--it can support 2K 120FPS, 4K 120FPS and 8K 120FPS video recordings.


While most Switch gamers may not need this insane caliber of performance, ADATA's Micro SDXC cards are the beginning of a HDD-less future, and stand as a testament to what the very near future holds for flash-based memory. As Anandtech notes, "ADATA is the second independent supplier of NAND flash-based devices to introduce a microSDXC card with 256 GB capacity after Patriot."

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Sony to unveil new phones on February 27

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 12:33 am

Sony has sent out invitations for their press event on February 27th at MWC in Barcelona.




The company is expected to announce at least two phones at this year's event in Barcelona. There have been numerous leaks about the phone, but as usual, nothing has been confirmed yet.


Some sources are saying we should expect mid-range phone while others claim we could see Sony's new flagship.

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Valve wants to make Source 2 engine free for all devs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2017 11:27 pm

In case you missed yesterday's Valve bombshell, company bigwig and Steamlord Gabe Newell held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, delivering some interesting answers. One of these very answers was that Valve hopes to make Source 2 available for all devs free of charge.




"We are continuing to use Source 2 as our primary game development environment. Aside from moving Dota 2 to the engine recently, we are are using it as the foundation of some unannounced products. We would like to have everyone working on games here at Valve to eventually be using the same engine," Newell said during the AmA.


"We also intend to continue to make the Source 2 engine work available to the broad developer community as we go, and to make it available free of charge."

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Microsoft buys leading API studio Simplygon

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2017 10:38 pm

Microsoft has just purchased Simplygon, the team behind an API that's employed in tons of console, PC and mobile games by virtually every triple-A publisher and developer in the industry, including EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Sony and Capcom.




Simplygon's 3D data-optimization technology has seen widespread implementation across the industry, and Microsoft's recent acquisition is no doubt part of the company's Windows 10 UWP unified framework, and will be a key part in its new focus. In fact, I see Microsoft leveraging Simplygon to make unique dev tools to scale Xbox games across all Windows 10 platforms--Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Project Scorpio consoles.


Simplygon is also a major boon for Microsoft's new mixed reality gaming push, which will facilitate across Windows 10 PCs, its Hololens AR headset, and its new VR-ready Project Scorpio console. Microsoft has enlisted key OEMs like ASUS, Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP to make cheap and accessible VR headsets powered by Windows 10. Simplygon is used for games across the entire spectrum of hardware, including AR and VR platforms, so this acquisition will fold neatly into Microsoft's widespread approach to future hardware and games.

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