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Toshiba announces world's first QLC flash memory

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 12:27 am

Toshiba today announced its new high-end BiCS flash memory built on QLC technology (quadruple-level cell), offering a 50% increase in per-package capacity up to 1.5TB.

 

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Toshiba's new third-generation QLC BiCS flash is the world's first 3D NAND memory built on 4-bit-per-cell technology, enabling capacities of 96GB, the largest the memory industry offers to date. Toshiba affirms that QLC BiCS flash can be stacked in 16 dies per package, enabling up to 1.5TB of storage capacity in a single package.

 

Forward Insights analyst Greg Wong assets that Toshiba's new QLC flash will be tremendously beneficial for datacenters."The introduction of QLC technology sets the stage for solving many of the challenges facing datacenters today," noted Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights.

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North Americans to spend most on mobile game purchases

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 11:21 pm

North American gamers are expected to spend more money on average in per-user mobile game purchases than other worldwide regions throughout 2017.

 

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Mobile gaming is expected to rake in $46 billion in worldwide revenues, and account for 46% in total gaming revenues of $108.9 billion for 2017. Although China is leading in smartphone games revenues with $27.5 billion expected for 2017, North American mobile gamers actually spend more money in mobile games on an average per-user basis.

 

According to a new infograph published by Newzoo and AppLift, North American mobile game players will spend an average of $108.36 per paying user every year, the highest of all other global regions.

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Google Pixel 2 revealed in a new leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 10:23 pm

Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of last year, and the company confirmed that its successor would come this year.

 

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We haven't heard many rumors about the upcoming flagship, until now. According to a new report, the Pixel 2 will feature a 5-inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution which is the same as the first Pixel.

 

The phone should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and come with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.

 

This report, as the earlier ones have stated, claims that the company decided to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Hands-on Meizu Pro 7 photo shows secondary display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 9:12 pm

Meizu is expected to launch the Pro 7 this summer, probably on July 26th.

 

The Meizu Pro 7 should be powered by MediaTek's Helio X30 processor, and feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display. The phone should come with dual rear camera setup (12MP + 12MP) and a 16MP front shooter.

 

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The interesting thing about the phone is that it will have a secondary display on the back of the device.

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BioWare dev confirms new Dragon Age game in development

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 7:32 pm

Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw affirms that something is indeed happening with Dragon Age, which we've known about for quite some time, but we thought it pertinent to cover all bases any time a BioWare exec teases new info about the game.

 

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I've been reporting on BioWare's new Dragon Age game for over a year now and it sounds like the team is still chipping away at the core framework of the game. In the past we've said the new Dragon Age game could be a spin-off strategy game to help buffer sales as the core Mass Effect Edmonton team works on their new IP, Anthem, but information has also come to light that it could be a mainline AAA sequel as well.

 

"Something is happening with Dragon Age. That much has been said and I'm totally comfortable with that being out there but I can't talk about what it is. But I will say that one of the things I am doing right now is hiring," Dragon Age series Creative Director Mike Laidlaw said in a recent interview with Josiah Renaudin on the podcast show The 1099.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 450

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 6:36 pm

At MWC Shanghai Qualcomm announced a bunch of new products including the new mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 450.

 

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This processor is designed to be put in mid-range smartphones, with a heavy focus on the Chinese market and Chinese manufacturers.

 

The Snapdragon 450 has an improved CPU and GPU with a 25% increase to both over the Snapdragon 435. It will feature an eight-core processor and Adreno 506 GPU which should offer better performance at lower power thanks to also being a 14nm FinFET chip.

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 specs leak: Dual camera, 3GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 5:42 pm

Xiaomi Redmi Pro was launched back in July last year, and it seems that the company is almost ready to launch its successor, the Redmi Pro 2.

 

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A new leak reveals the specs of the upcoming device. The Redmi Pro 2 should come with 3GB of RAM, but the report doesn't mention the internal storage size.

 

The processor is also unknown, but it is expected that the device will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660.

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New leak confirms Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 design

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 2:34 pm

Samsung should announce the Galaxy Note8 this summer, and Evan Blass recently revealed some specs about the upcoming phone.

 

According to him, the Note8 will feature a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with 18:5:9 aspect ratio. It will come with an S Pen stylus and a dual rear camera setup. Blass reports that the phone won't be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced Snapdragon 836, but will instead feature Snapdragon 835, the same processor as the Galaxy S8. However, the device will come with 6GB of RAM. The Note8 is also expected to have a 3,300 mAh battery, which is less than what the Galaxy S8+ has, which seems odd.

 

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There are some questions that are yet to be answered about the phone, the biggest one being - what is happening with the fingerprint sensor? When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S8 and S8+, one of the biggest downsides of the phone was the position of the fingerprint sensor, placed right next to the camera on the back of the phone. We know that Samsung has planned to embed the fingerprint sensor under the glass on the front of the device, but due to certain problems, they had to give up on the idea.

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SAPPHIRE announces 'Mining Edition' Radeon RX cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 1:24 pm

SAPPHIRE has announced its new cryptocurrency mining specific GPUs, which are coming in a new 'Mining Edition' set of cards with both 4GB and 8GB versions of AMD's Radeon RX 400 and 500 series cards. Ethereum mining is blowing up right now, and I have been all over it building a 41 GPU setup on 10 systems mining 1GH/s.

 

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SAPPHIRE has announced 5 new Mining Edition cards, with British pound pricing from pre-orders on OverclockersUK:

 

  • Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 8GB (Samsung)-£300 ($385)
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 8GB-£290 ($372)
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 4GB (Samsung)-£260 ($333)
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 4GB-£249 ($319)
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Mining Edition 4GB-£170 ($218)

 

All of the Radeon RX 470 versions of SAPPHIRE's new Mining Edition cards don't have any display outputs, but the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 560 Mining Edition 4GB does feature 1 x DVI port. SAPPHIRE is offering two of its Mining Edition cards with Samsung-made GDDR5 with options for either 4GB or 8GB with Samsung DRAM.

 

On the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition with 8GB of Samsung GDDR5, you should be mining Ethereum at 25-28MH/s versus 24-27MH/s on the Elpida chips. I'm sure you could also manually overclock the GDDR5 on the cards as well, on top of dropping the power draw and GPU clocks for optimum mining.

 

SAPPHIRE provides a 1-year warranty on the Mining Edition cards, which is something I'd point to the Furmark level stress on the card 24/7. Another thing to consider is that with no display outputs, these cards are useful only for mining. So the second hand market will be next to nothing on used mining cards, compared to graphics cards that can be used for both, and include much longer warranty than 1-year.

Huawei Honor 9 is now available in Europe

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 1:24 pm

Two weeks after the official launch, the Honor 9 has found its way to Europe.

 

The device is now available in Europe at a price of 450 euros (£380) for the 4GB/64GB model. The 6GB/128GB version of the phone will also be available in Europe, but the company didn't discuss pricing specifics.

 

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The Honor 9 is powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, the same as the company's current flagship the P10. The phone features a 5.15-inch 1080p display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top.

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