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Apple's new iPhone 6 powered by the 64-bit capable A8 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:26 pm

The new iPhone was just announced, with two models being unveiled in Cupertino today: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of Apple's new smartphones are using the company's new A8 processor, which is a 64-bit capable chip.


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Apple's new A8 processor is built on the 20nm process, has 2 billion transistors and it 13% smaller than the previous generation A7 processor. The A8 is 20% faster in CPU tasks, and 50% faster in graphics tasks compared to its predecessor. Paul Schiller also talked about sustained performance, something that I'm sure we're going to see talked about in the coming weeks. This sees the new iPhone running at full power, without pumping out more heat.


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The new A8 processor also has Apple working with some of the biggest developers in the world, allowing game developers to get "closer to the metal" - a term where developers use less software between the game itself, and the processor, equating to more performance.

Apple unveils its new iPhone: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:15 pm

Apple has just revealed its next generation iPhone, announcing two models: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of the new iPhones feature a 'Retina HD' display' and much stronger build quality, with an anodized aluminum backing. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, with the iPhone 6 Plus cranking it up to 5.5 inches.


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The iPhone 6 and its 4.7-inch display features a resolution of 1334x750, while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display. Compared to the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 has 38% more pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus has 185% more pixels.


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The iPhone 6 is 6.8mm thin while the iPhone 6 Plus is just 7.1mm thin, and when compared to the iPhone 5S, they're both much thinner - with the iPhone 5S being 7.6mm.

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Cybercriminals stealing Apple ID credentials from users via phishing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 4:53 pm

Following all of the attention Apple's iCloud service has received since a 4chan member posted stolen nude photos of celebrities, cybercriminals are now launching another wave of Apple ID phishing attacks. Apple has improved iCloud security, along with allowing users to see when their accounts have been accessed, but customers will have to stay on their toes to avoid being phished.


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The criminals behind this phishing attack currently operate the Kelihos/Waledac botnet, as they expand their digital activities. The phishing email mimics an Apple website which users access by clicking a fraudulent email - and once the username and password has been submitted, the data is likely harvested.


"It is possible that the timing of the [phishing] campaign is not a coincidence and the controllers of the botnet are attempting to exploit public fears about the security of Apple IDs to lure people into surrendering their credentials," Symantec researchers recently noted.

Weekly Giveaway: Win a Biostar J1800NH2 Motherboard (Global Entry!)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 4:26 pm

We have teamed up with Biostar who is giving away three of its latest motherboards.


This week three lucky winners get the chance to win a new Biostar J1800NH2 motherboard. The highlights of this motherboard are its embedded dual-core Celeron processor, fanless operation for quiet computing, and low-power consumption.


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Intel Celeron J1800 Dual Core processor

The Intel® Celeron J1800(1M Cache, up to 2.58 GHz) is a dual-core processor. Although both parts are clocked the same, at 2.41 GHz, the J1800 also incorporates Burst Technology, that can boost operating frequency up to 2.58 GHz. The maximum GPU frequency was also increased on the J1800 to 792 MHz, while the base GPU speed stayed at 688 MHz. The rest of the specs have not changed.It supports DDR3L-1333 memory and fit into 10 Watt thermal envelope.



SmartSpeedLAN is a free software application which monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With user-friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing.You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible.



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Dell deploys SanDisk DAS Cache Software into new Dell PowerEdge Server

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 2:32 pm

SanDisk and Dell are announcing the integration of the SanDisk DAS Cache software into the next generation Dell PowerEdge Servers. SSDs feature extreme performance specs, but unfortunately they continue to carry a price premium over hard disk storage. One of the challenges has been to find an easy method to marry the capacity of hard disk drives with the speed of SSDs. SanDisk DAS Cache software boosts hard drive performance by accelerating frequently used data in an SSD cache layer.


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Using flash-based caching techniques can radically alter workload performance in a production environment. The SanDisk DAS Cache software is based off of the popular SanDisk FlashSoft product line. The easy-to-use interface and seamless performance acceleration software is battle tested in thousands of deployments across the world, bringing a level of confidence in the software that allows Dell to offer it as an OEM solution. When users purchase a PowerEdge server with flash and HDD storage they are automatically given the software as a default option.


There are several different approaches to SSD-based caching techniques from a number of players. Many involve hardware-based implementations that typically execute the caching algorithms and functionality on a RAID card connected to both the HDD's and SSDs. This can limit choice and also can bring about vendor lock-in concerns.

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Intel's new 'Haswell EP' Xeon CPUs support up to 36 logical cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 9:08 am

Intel's new 'Haswell EP' based Xeon processors are some serious workhorses, packing an insane 18 cores - for a total of 36 logical cores when Hyper-Threading is taken into consideration. This is the new Xeon E5-2600 v3.


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To get here, Intel had to do some great work under the hood, with 45MB of L3 cache helping it all out. Latency and power consumption become a big issue with a 36-core processor, but Intel has done it, all while AMD has no new CPU architecture until 2016. The new Intel Xeon E5 processor comes in 22 SKUs, ranging from a 3.5GHz quad-core model all the way up to the 18-core 2.3GHz chip.


Just in case you didn't see, William has posted up an article covering this total beast of a new CPU from Intel.

Watch a video ad on Spotify Free, get ad-free music for 30 minutes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 7:29 am

Spotify is continuing to climb up the music streaming mountain, announcing that it is diving into the video business, offering up video advertising products for its over 30 million free users.



The new video ads are split into two sides, the first is a brand partner being able to purchase 15- or 30-second "takeover" ads for desktop users. These ads will only be displayed when the desktop client is open, but if not, a normal audio ad will be played instead. The second ad will be offering up mobile users a 30-second commercial, providing them with 30 minutes of ad-free listening.


Spotify is able to do this with some big sponsors jumping on-board, such as Coca-Cola, Ford, McDonalds, NBC Universal pictures, Target and Wells Fargo. The music streaming outfit is aiming at a specific group of its users, something the company calls its "highly engaged" audience, users who spend an average of 146 minutes per day, or more, listening across multiple devices. The ads will be pushed into six markets for Q4 2014: Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, the US and the UK. Spotify will roll it out globally sometime in 2015.

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AU Optronics teases new AHVA-based 144Hz display panels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 6:34 am

While NVIDIA and ASUS have the gaming display market wrapped up with the ROG Swift PG278Q, AU Optronics has announced a new slew of display panels that are based on its AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing-Angle) panel technology. This technology is said to be similar to LG's IPS technology, but cranks the refresh rate up to 144Hz.


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Samsung has its PLS technology, similar to LG's IPS tech, which goes up to 120Hz, but right now the TN-based panels own the 144Hz market. AU Optronics' new panel, the M270DAN02.3, is a 27-inch example. We have a resolution of 2560x1440, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350cd/m2 brightness, sRGB gamut and 178/178-degree viewing angles.


AU Optronics is part of the BenQ group, so we should see this new panel baked into BenQ's range of gaming monitors in the near future.

No new CPU architectures from AMD until at least 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:29 am

Intel has just launched its new high-end Haswell-E platform, but what is AMD doing? Well, according to a recent interview with Bloomberg, AMD won't be releasing a new micro-architecture until 2016, with any CPU or APU products released between now and then based on current architecture.


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AMD CEO, Rory Read, talked with Bloomberg, but didn't reveal any information on future microarchitecture, but he did say that the hardware coming out next year will be based on existing architecture, and won't be much better than what AMD has on the market now. Read said: "AMD engineers are now proving they can deliver new designs on time, something that didn't happen in the past."


In 2015, we can expect AMD to release new APUS that will be based on the low-power Puma+ and high-performance Steamroller architecture. Both of these architectures aren't expected to deliver much additional performance, but we should expect lowered power consumption and heat output.

GTA V on PC rumored to be the lead platform for refreshed version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 4:42 am

Grand Theft Auto V is expected on PC soon, but the latest rumor is that Rockstar Games has been working on GTA V for PC since 2012. This news comes from a leak for GTA V's internal builds, with the PS4 and Xbox One not mentioned in these logs.


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If this is true, it means that the PC version of GTA V could be the lead platform. With the new version of Grand Theft Auto V coming soon to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC after close to a year of being exclusive to the previous-generation consoles, the PC being the lead platform would be some good news for Rockstar Games' open-world title.

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