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Save 39% On the Portable Battery Pack With a Built-In AC Wall Outlet

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 4:23 pm



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Radeon R9 Fury X will feature updated radiator, solves loud pump noise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 2:12 pm

After a week with the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, one of the things that has annoyed me was the very loud noise coming from the pump. It sounds like coil whine, and under heavy stress, the Fury X really begins to sound quite loud.





But it looks like a member of the AnandTech has noticed that AMD is shipping an updated version of the radiator with the latest batches of the Fury X. It looks like the first batch that mostly went to selected press and a handful floating out into the world is the only one effected, with the second batch and hopefully beyond including a radiator that isn't as noisy.


The unit that the news of the revised radiator was from SAPPHIRE, so we should expect other AIB partners to use the revised pump as soon as possible.

Synology's new NAS systems can support over 1000TB (1PB) of storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 1:01 pm

If you thought the 24TB+ NAS systems we're seeing these days were good, Synology has just announced two new business-focused NAS systems that will blow you away. The new RS18016xs+ and its expansion unit RX1216sas have some insane expansion capabilities, and more.




Synology's new RS18016xs+ is capable of 3.9GB/sec with 348,000 IOPS, which is just insane. On top of that, if you're using encrypted share folders, it's still capable of pumping out over 3GB/sec, meaning you can have super-secure data, with huge performance. The new Synology RS18016xs+ native supports SATA 6Gbps and SAS, and can be upgraded all the way up to 32GB of ECC RAM, and 10GbE, with the RX1216sas providing a next-gen scale-up system capable of stacking 14 of the RX1216sas expansion units together, delivering a 180-drive cluster.


The full run down on Synology RS18016xs+ systems:


  • Extreme performance: providing over 3,900 MB/s and 348,000 IOPS throughput, the RS18016xs+ effortlessly provides storage and application serving to hundreds of users. With a dedicated encryption engine, the RS18016xs+ boasts over 3,000 MB/s reading on encrypted shared folders, ensuring data security without any major performance drop.
  • Point-in-time data recovery: The RS18016xs+ brings snapshot technology which allows businesses to automatically capture point-in-time copies of data as frequently as every 5 minutes without occupying system resources. Customize the retention policy to save up to 256 recovery points on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.
  • High uptime: With support for Synology High Availability, as well as numerous redundant hardware components including: redundant data paths, power supplies, system fans, and four network ports with failover support; the RS18016xs+ maximizes service uptime.
  • Future-ready: The RS18016xs+ natively supports 6Gb/s SAS/SATA III technologies and can be upgraded with up to 32GB ECC RAM and 10GbE capabilities to ensure maximum compatibility and return on investment.
  • Seamless scalability: when storage capacity on the Synology RS18016xs+ reaches its limit, Synology RX1216sas provides an easy way to immediately scale up. Stacking up to 14 RX1216sas expansion units creates a 180-drive cluster managed from a single point of entry.

Star Wars: Battlefront alpha has leaked out to torrent sites already

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 8:33 am

With the alpha build of Star Wars: Battlefront opening up in the last few hours to a select few gamers, there are already copies of the game floating out onto torrent sites.




Someone who has already downloaded the alpha build, screenshots of the menu of Star Wars: Battlefront have leaked. This is what you're seeing above, which shows off a slick menu for the game. With Star Wars: Battlefront only just arriving in the last 24 hours, what do you think EA or DICE would have to say about it leaking so quickly?


This would be quite the marketing stunt for the game, as it's now going to be played by many more people than the closed off alpha build would've been exposed to.

PayPal splashes $890 million on money-transfer startup Xoom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 7:31 am

PayPal has just announced that it is acquiring Xoom, a San Francisco-based digital money transfer startup for a huge $890 million.




Xoom has transferred over $7 billion for its 1.3 million customers, and that's just over the last 12 months. Most of this business was done over mobile devices, and between friends and family, so you can see why PayPal would be interested in acquiring a company like Xoom. PayPal wants to see Xoom expand into other markets, with Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil.

The first major iPhone 6S images leak, virtually the same design again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 5:26 am

We all know a refreshed iPhone is coming out later this year, but we have been split on rumors: is it the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S? According to the latest leaks, we're looking at Apple unveiling the iPhone 6S later this year.






But there has been a big leak on the iPhone 6S, showing off everything - inside, outside, the style, no dual lens camera, and everything in between. We should hopefully see Apple cram in a more capable rear-facing camera that is hopefully 4K capable this time, but it's the inside of the new iPhone that has been upgraded versus the exterior, which is usually the case for the 'S' upgrades on the iPhone.




Inside of the iPhone 6S, we can see that there are new mounting points for the logic board, but the volume buttons, SIM card slot, and sleep/wake buttons on the iPhone 6S are in the same spots, so there's nothing new there.

Continue reading 'The first major iPhone 6S images leak, virtually the same design again' (full post)

The first official trailer to Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 4:08 am

The first official trailer to Steve Jobs has been released, where we get the best look at how Michael Fassbender's portrayal of the late Steve Jobs in his position at Apple from the beginning, when he was thrown out of the company, and after when he returned.



We get a tease of Seth Rogen's acting chops in the movie, which is directed by Danny Boyle, and written by Aaron Sorkin. The movie will feature many flashbacks to earlier parts of Jobs' life, where we will get the most detailed look at the legendary man himself. Will you be checking it out when it hits theaters later this year?

Continue reading 'The first official trailer to Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' is here' (full post)

NVIDIA rumored to be working on the GeForce GTX 950 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 2:33 am

One of the best architectures that NVIDIA has ever released has been the Maxwell architecture, powering the GeForce GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti and Titan X, but now it looks like a new mid-range video card is on the way in the form of the GeForce GTX 950 Ti.




The new GeForce GTX 950 Ti will reportedly sport the "GM206-250" GPU, with it being a cut-down version of the GTX 960 GPU, the GM206-300". The GeForce GTX 950 Ti should have a price tag of around $149 when it launches, as the GeForce GTX 960 is currently priced at $199, while the GTX 950 Ti is priced at $149.


We should expect NVIDIA to unveil the GeForce GTX 950 Ti in the near future.

Facebook is investing considerably into AI and VR technologies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 1:09 am

Facebook may have over a billion daily active users, but where does the company see itself in 10 years time? During a Q&A on his profile yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg talked about what his company has in store for the future.




Zuckerberg says that he thinks the ultimate communication technology will allow you to send thoughts to another person, where he elaborated: "You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like". But since we're not quite there yet, Facebook is putting its effort into artificial intelligence (AI), as the company "think[s] more intelligent services will be much more useful".


Not only that, but Facebook sees VR as the future - after all, it did acquire Oculus VR last year - where it says VR is the "next major computing and communication platform". The social network didn't leave out its project, with Zuckerberg adding that it's "the most basic tool people need to get the benefits of the internet," including jobs, education and communication".

Continue reading 'Facebook is investing considerably into AI and VR technologies' (full post)

AMD partners up with Hollywood on all things VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 11:55 pm

AMD has just announced a new partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Hollywood, where it will provide Hollywood creatives with Liquid VR. This will allow Hollywood directors a better channel to work with AMD to create immersive VR experiences.




AMD's Corporate Vice President of Alliances, Roy Taylor, said that the most important part of VR isn't just about gaming. He said that the entertainment industry is investing "an order of magnitude more money and talent into VR than the game industry is". Taylor added: "Los Angeles has become the epicenter of virtual reality, not Silicon Valley. I meet a dozen new people every day in Hollywood that are interested in VR".


But with NVIDIA owning three quarters of the GPU market share, what can AMD do when it comes to VR? Taylor says that AMD has an advantage over its competitor, thanks to its "hardware asynchronous compute" technology, something we covered not too long ago.

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