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Faraday Future's FF 91 beats Tesla's P90D at Pikes Peak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 5:23 pm

At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF 91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.




The company has now announced that they have successfully tested the limits of FF 91 in its first attempt to challenge the 4,720-foot ascent of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


The FF 91, driven by FF Principal Engineer Robin Shute, finished with a time of 11:25:083, beating last year's Tesla P90D by 20 seconds.

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Vivo to launch the X9S and X9S Plus next month

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 4:35 pm

Vivo, the company that just launched the first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display, is all set to launch the successor to its X9.




The X9 is still one of the best-selling smartphones in the Chinese market and the company has announced a teaser revealing that the will launch the X9S and X9S Plus on July 6th.


There have been no leaks about the Vivo X9S, but there are some rumors floating around about the X9S Plus.

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Alcatel announces three mid-range smartphones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 3:29 pm

Alcatel's new mid-range smartphones are now official. The company has launched three smartphones - the Idol 5S, A50, and A30 Plus.


The Alcatel Idol 5S is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 and comes with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. The phone features a 5.2-inch 1080p display and has a 12MP rear camera and 8MP front shooter. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and a 2,620 mAh battery. The phone is priced at $280.




The Alcatel A50 is powered by MediaTek's MTK6738 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. The device features a 5.2-inch 720p display and has a 13MP main camera, plus a 5MP selfie shooter. The phone also features a 2,800 mAh battery. The A50 has a $150 price tag.

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Xiaomi introduces Matte Black Mi Max 2

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 2:36 pm

Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Max 2 back in May, and the device is, for now, available in certain Asian markets.




The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.


The device features a huge 6.44-inch display and a massive 5,300 mAh battery.

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Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 1:24 pm

At MWC Shanghai, Qualcomm made a series of announcements including their new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform. This platform is an addition to their current Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 2100 platforms which currently are in the majority of smart bands and Android Wear 2.0 watches.




The Snapdragon Wear 1200 is designed to offer less expensive IoT LTE M1 and NB1 connectivity to devices like kids watches and pet trackers. That way the devices can always be connected to the network but don't cost more than $150 and have very inexpensive service plans. Previously pet trackers cost upwards of $30 a month and the devices used to cost hundreds of dollars. Now the devices can cost less and the services much less.

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Intel X299 chipset: 'VRM disaster' says pro overclocker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 9:12 am

UPDATE: The video points fingers at not just Intel and GIGABYTE, but also ASUS and MSI X299 motherboards. The video stated that the X299 Aorus Gaming 3, Prime X299-A, and MSI's X299 Gaming Pro Carbon VRMs throttled when all cores were overclocked to 4.6GHz on a test bench. It was also pointed out that with proper airflow, the VRMs do much better and shouldn't throttle. These motherboards are at the entry-level to mid-range side of each brands' X299 line up.


Intel's new X299 platform is now out, with various issues towed behind it, professional overclocker 'der8auer' says the platform is a complete "VRM disaster".



It's not just Intel that get the blame, but motherboard makers as well with der8auer saying that the blame is "50/50" on both Intel and motherboard companies. Intel's problems lie in the new X299 platform launching two months early, as it was meant to be released in August and came out in June. This forced motherboard makers into overdrive, with der8auer adding the companies had "almost zero time for developing proper products".


The total lack of consistency with the VRMs and their heat sinks is a major disappointment to der8auer in his chat, where he blames GIGABYTE's mediocre heat sinks on the VRMs that act as more of a "heat insulation" device instead of a cooler. This saw a GIGABYTE AORUS motherboard not capable of hitting 5GHz on a CPU that hits 5GHz on other motherboards, with the AORUS board hitting 4.6GHz with 'dangerously high VRM temperatures'.




A small fan over the VRM array was cooling it far more efficiently than the stock VRM cooler, and then der8auer tested a MSI motherboard that had similar issues with its VRM cooling and performance. It was also the lack of voltage input on most motherboards only being provided through a single 8-pin connector, which der8auer says isn't enough.


This is sure to set tongues wagging, as Intel just continues to stumble over itself trying to compete with AMD and its new Ryzen and upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs, which at this rate are going to start making serious dents into Intel's image.

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition unboxed, it's BEAUTIFUL

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 7:27 am

AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is now here, with some consumers getting their cards a little early - and making me feel like I'm missing out on one of the most exciting technology product releases of 2017... boo. YouTuber 'JERICO JERICO' has received his Radeon Vega Frontier from SaberPC on 6/27 with overnight shipping... receiving it, and unboxing it - as you can see in the embedded video below.



As you can see in the video, the card comes as a pretty barebones package, but once it's out of the packaging the true beauty is shown. The beautiful blue and yellow mix is absolutely vibrant, with the 'R' logo in the upper corner next to some GPU tach LEDs that light up blue. The 'Vega' logo is on the front of the card, looking like a cow being stamped with its branding - and I really dig it.


I can't wait to get an AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in my hands, but it's next to impossible right now.

Nintendo wants to make Star Fox, Pikmin and Yoshi anime

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 7:26 am

Nintendo has expressed interest in bringing more of its massively popular mainline IPs like Yoshi to cross-media experiences like anime.




During Nintendo's 77th annual meeting for shareholders and investors, the company answered a number of questions from stakeholders. One of those queries was about the future of Nintendo's cross-media focus and whether or not more key IPs and series will get anime adaptations like Kirby's recent Kirby: Right Back At Ya! and the Super Mario Bros Super Show and Legend of Zelda cartoon series from the 80s.


"We hold the Kirby IP and it's growing in Europe. It's selling in Spain; watched in places w/out game hardware," Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto answered when asked about new non-gaming content such as video and anime. "We want to make anime for Pikmin, Star Fox, Yoshi, etc. and distribute it freely, or integrate into games," he said.

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Radeon Vega Frontier barely beats GTX 1080 in tests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 7:17 am

AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards are slowly getting into consumers' hands, with one user showing us everything: the box, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition itself in the beyond gorgeous blue/yellow design, and some very early benchmarks.




WCCFTech commentor 'Klaudius' has the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition card, running it on his Core i7-4790K processor, ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard, 16GB DDR3, and Samsung 850 EVO SSD with Windows 10 installed. He installed the new Radeon Vega Frontier optimized drivers from AMD, which allow Radeon Vega Frontier owners to switch between Pro and Gaming Modes.


Benchmarks were run, with 3DMark Performance/Extreme/Ultra benchmarks run. The new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition loses to the GTX 1080 overclocked, with a 4K benchmark score in 3DMark FireStrike Ultra of 5216 - compared to around 5000 that the GTX 1080 is capable of. This is at 4K, where HBM2 and HBCC should shine, but I'm sure AMD are still weeks away from final release drivers which should have plenty of optimizations included.


I would wait for polished drivers from AMD before we put final judgement on the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and while I say that I'm still trying to get my hands-on one, anywhere.

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Halo Wars 2's latest update includes multi-GPU support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 5:46 am

Halo Wars 2 now has multi-GPU support, something that was baked into its rather packed update, alongside a slew of new changes to Halo Wars 2.




The new update will provide an update UI, new AI, art, buildings, and units. The big news is multi-GPU support for Windows 10 users, and owners of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards in either SLI, or CrossFire. We've got the full patch notes below:




  • The patch notes contain more content than a single post will allow so please see the next post for the continuation.
  • In addition to the notes below there will be a service-side balance update released after the game patch has been deployed. The details of these additional balance changes are NOT currently included in the notes below. We will update once that information is finalized.

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