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Samsung rumored to launch two models of its upcoming Galaxy S6 handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 3:28 am

Samsung is rumored to unveil the successor to the Galaxy S5 in the near future, but could the Galaxy S6 come in two versions? The latest rumors are that Samsung will launch a regular Galaxy S6, alongside a Galaxy S6 Edge.


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South Korean publication, Korea Herald, is reporting that Samsung has plans to launch an "innovative premium handset" this year that will feature some form of a "special function". Samsung teased the news during its recent earnings call, but didn't add anything more. We could expect some innovation version of the Galaxy S6, or two separate models, no one knows for sure just yet.


ZDNet Korea is also chiming in, with Samsung Mobile Vice President, Park Jin Young stating that the Galaxy S6 will launch on schedule with no supply shortages. This even takes into considerations that Samsung has ditched Qualcomm and its reportedly problematic Snapdragon 810 processor for its own Exynos chip, as well as an all-metal chassis.

Alibaba spending $10 million on bringing the Ouya console to China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 2:25 am

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Alibaba is in talks with Ouya to launch the Android-powered microconsole in China. The Chinese online merchant has reportedly signed over $10 million to Ouya to see its console launch in China.


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What does Alibaba score from this deal? Well, the Chinese merchant will reportedly use Ouya's marketplace and software library as a primary feature in a future set-top box for Chinese living rooms. Since we've seen China's decade-long ban on consoles lifted in 2014, this makes perfect sense for Alibaba, and Ouya, to take advantage of it.

Colorful Technology shows off its new line up of GeForce GTX 960 cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 1:37 am

Colorful Technology has announced its latest GeForce GTX 960 video cards, with some truly great models being shown off by NVIDIA's biggest AIB partner in China.


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We have four different models being unveiled, with the Colorful GTX960 CH which is a reference like card for entry users. Moving on, we have the Colorful GTX960 i-Cafe for System Integrators, the iGame GTX960Ymir-U for general users and for enthusiasts we have the iGame GTX960 Ymir-X. Starting with the GTX960 i-Cafe which features a longer PCB than the reference design, but features the same clocks as the GTX960 CH. The iCafe version provides consumers with better stability and a longer lifespan thanks to its more efficient cooler and higher quality electronic components.


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Moving on to the iGame GTX960 Ymir-U which is targeting gamers and general users, which will have two clock models. The first is a power efficiency model which will have clock speeds of 1127/7010MHz while in performance mode it will crank up to 1203/7010MHz. The iGame GTX960 Ymir is the performance model of the Colorful GTX960 series, with triple fans, a steel back panel, breathing light and a longer PCB. We have two clock speeds on this card, with the default efficient mode coming in at 1127/7010MHz while the performance model cranks things up to an insane 1405MHz.


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Colorful is concentrating on the Asian market, but it is also looking at channel cooperation in Europe and the United States. We should expect to see much more of Colorful in the future, as we've reached out to them to try and secure some samples to review.

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Spotify reportedly raising another $500 million in funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 12:38 am

Spotify is continuing its streaming domination, where the music giant is reporting looking to raise an additional $500 million in funding according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.


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The Journal is reporting that Spotify is discussing the financial deal with Goldman Sachs, but the streaming giant has not commented just yet. In its Series F round of funding in late 2013, Spotify was valued at $4 billion. The latest round of funding would see the company valued at around $6 billion, if not more, with some estimating that the company could be worth over $7 billion.


It was only earlier this month that Spotify announced it had 15 million paying subscribers, with over 60 million users in total. Even with those customers, Spotify posted a net loss of $80 million across 2014, with revenues of around $1 billion.

AMD drops the price of the Radeon R9 290X after the GTX 970 RAM issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:38 pm

NVIDIA has been getting some flak for the VRAM issues on its GeForce GTX 970, quickly altering the official specifications of the Maxwell-powered card. Well now AMD is jumping on the chance to sell some of its Radeon R9 290X inventory, dropping the price to as low as $299 for the Hawaii-powered card.


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AMD has hit back with a serious troll, statign "4GB means 4GB" somethign that blew up on our Facebook page yesterday. AMD emphasizes that its Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X video cards come with 4GB of VRAM, where all 4GB can be filled up to the very last megabyte. On top of this, they have a 512-bit memory bus which is spitting out 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth, something that the Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 900 series can't do.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Big Game spot hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:40 pm

Just as with 'Terminator: Genisys', Disney have stumped up a sweet $4 million in cash to expose the follow up to 'The Avengers', the second highest grossing film of all time, to over 110 million viewers tuned in to this years Superbowl.



Whilst the 30 second spot for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is a little light on for footage that hasn't been shown in previously released trailers, the rapid fire spot makes for a pretty convincing argument to hand over your cash at your nearest multiplex come release. Promising to shake up the formula for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follow up to the game-changing events of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier 'Age of Ultron' comes with very high set of expectations indeed.

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US military researching biometric 'next generation' passwords

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:26 pm

The United States military is interested in developing a next generation security platform that could potentially replace traditional passwords with a biometric identification system. West Point researchers are focused on "cognitive fingerprint" algorithms that rely on behavioral traits instead of physical characteristics for identification.


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If this research is beneficial, it would be a major step forward over the use of traditional passwords and two-step authentication efforts, cybersecurity experts noted. Although behavioral-based patterns for security protocols aren't new, this could greatly help usher a new security standard into the enterprise.


The US military wants to use it for encrypted data communications, but consumers could find it rolled out for mobile banking and other similar uses.

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'Terminator: Genisys' Superbowl spot goes SkyNet

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:16 pm

With a viewership of over 110 million people worldwide, a spot on the Superbowl can be worth its weight in marketing gold, even at the cost of a sweet $4 million USD. Still, by the looks of this impressive 30 second mini-trailer for this summer's 'Terminator: Genisys', they (and we) got their money's worth.



Set parallel to the events of the original 1984 'Terminator', 'Genisys' sees Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for the fourth time as the T-800, joined by 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' star Jason Clarke as mankind's savior John Connor, while 'Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke will portray the young Sarah Connor.

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Google Android smartphone shipments surpass 1 billion in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:21 pm

Google Android smartphones had a great 2014, surpassing 1 billion units shipped worldwide, according to the Strategy Analytics research group. The Android OS has a dominant 81 percent mobile OS market share, with Apple in the No. 2 position at 15 percent, according to research numbers.


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"Android shipped 1 billion smartphones worldwide in 2014, rising from 0.8 billion units in 2013," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. "Android has become the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than 1 billion units in a single year."


Overall, the smartphone market had a good year, growing 30 percent and topping 1.3 billion units shipped in 2014 - as analysts previously showed concern of market saturation. However, Android devices are reaching first-time smartphone owners in emerging markets across the world.

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Battlefield Hardline open beta begins on Tuesday, February 3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 8:02 pm

Ahead of its scheduled release date of March 17, an open beta of Battlefield Hardline will take place from Tuesday, February 3 to Sunday, February 8. The game is powered by the Frostbite 3 game engine and includes both single player and multiplayer modes.



There will be three separate modes for gamers to enjoy: A conquest mode that is similar to traditional team-based death match, supporting up to 64 gamers on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - and 24 players for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. The Hotwire mode focuses on chase scenes, and the Heist mode features bank robbers trying to complete a heist before the police capture them.


Interestingly, a "Hacker" mode is available so one person on each team can hack to operate cameras and better spot enemies, with information relayed back to teammates.

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