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Samsung reportedly Apple's new primary supplier of OLED displays

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 2:04 am

Samsung is now set to be Apple's primary supplier of OLED displays, according to Korea's ET News. It's said an agreement between the two parties -- which sees Samsung investing somewhere between $2.49bn and $3.32bn and increasing to as much as $7.47bn -- has "practically been decided."

 

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Apple only uses OLED displays in its Apple Watch at the moment, but the rumor mill has suggested the iPhone will switch over to OLED starting in 2018 following an agreement with Samsung or LG.

 

Enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the shift for some time, as OLED displays are thinner, more vibrant, boast deeper blacks, and are more power efficient. It's a trade-off, however, as they make phones cost more, they last less long, and they aren't as bright as what you get with LCD.

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Samsung to make Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processors

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 12:59 am

Samsung not long ago elected to use its in-house Exynos chip over Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; today it confirms it has begun manufacturing Snapdragon 820 mobile processors utilizing its new 14nm LPP process for the semiconductor company. The new process is said to deliver up to 15 percent faster speeds and 15 percent less power consumption over its 14mn LPE process (found in the Exynos 7 Octa chip).

 

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Samsung wouldn't say whether the new chip would find its way into its future phones, but rumors indicate a Galaxy S7 is on the horizon and will indeed contain the 820. Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy (and formerly of AMD), says, "I do believe Samsung must use the 820 to be more competitive with Apple. 820 hits performance per watt levels Exynos just can't hit."

Apple's Tim Cook demands White House support unbreakable encryption

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 11:51 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticized the Obama administration during a meeting it called to discuss counterterrorism issues with tech giants, saying the White House needs to publicly support the right to keep one's digital life private with unbreakable encryption.

 

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To date, FBI and other high-ranking law enforcement have named such measures even in their lesser forms as "tools of terrorists". These same organizations have also requested backdoor access for otherwise unbreakable encryption.

 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded to Cook by expressing an interest in the balance between privacy and national security, which continues to be debated internally.

Skype Translator rolls out to everyone

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 11:01 pm

The slow rollout of Skype Translator began about 14 weeks ago following its creation nearly two years ago; now it's finally public for everyone.

 

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Translator lets you converse with others who don't speak your language, translating what each of you says with text so you can both understand each other. This works with video or text chats, although far fewer languages are supported for video at the moment (more will come).

 

To try it out, bring up a conversation window in Skype and click the globe icon just below the call button. If you don't see it, click Help > Check for Updates in the same window.

'The Revenant', 'Mad Max' lead Oscar nominations

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:17 pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts have announced the nominees for this year's Oscars, with Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' and George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' leading the pack.

 

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Eight films vie for Best Picture this year, including 'The Big Short', 'Bridge of Spies', 'Brooklyn', 'Mad Max: Fury Road', 'The Martian', The Revenant', 'Room' and Spotlight', with many of those films directors including Adam McKay, George Miller, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Lenny Abrahamson and Tom McCarthy are also up for the Best Director category.

 

One surprise that the nomination of Michael Fassbender as Best Actor for his role as Apple founder Steve Jobs in the film of the same name, as well as Sylvester Stallone in the exceptionally well received 'Creed'.

 

See the full list of nominees here, before winners are announced at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on February 28th.

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Twitter gaming is here, but we're not sure why

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:04 pm

Twitter now has its own gaming focused Twitter feed, but we're not entirely sure why they've done this. As we understand it, it's just a feed to tweet and retweet other gaming related topics and memes. So in other words, it's very similar to any other gaming site or other related feed, except super official and from Twitter themselves.

 

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But this is an initiative to help gamers find what they're looking for in an easy to find package. "There are thousands of gaming-related Tweets sent on Twitter each day," Twitter said in a statement about their new venture. "Whether folks are discovering a new game, Tweeting at a gaming personality, keeping up with gaming news or following their favorite esport, we want want to make it easy for gaming fans to find and join the most vibrant conversations about games."

 

It's similar to their other official feeds about other topics, such as Twitter Music, Twitter Government and others, but it's a strange thing given that the search function is very useful and effective at finding the topics you want, with or without hashtags, which aren't really required anymore.

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RIP Alan Rickman, aged 69

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 9:39 pm

In a week which has already seen the loss of legend David Bowie, tributes are also flowing in for veteran character actor Alan Rickman, who passed away yesterday aged 69 following a battle with cancer.

 

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Best known to audiences as Snape in the 'Harry Potter' series, Rickman had a long career in film, with memorable roles in 'Die Hard', 'Galaxy Quest', Love, Actually' and 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.

 

'Harry Potter' luminaries, such as creator J.K. Rowling and star Daniel Radcliffe have taken to social media to mourn the actor's passing.

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The new HTC Vive Pre is an Oculus Rift killer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 9:28 pm

CES 2016 - Leading up to CES 2016, I had plans to try out the new HTC Vive Pre as many times as I could. I booked a meeting with HTC themselves, but then I had a meeting with both AMD and NVIDIA where I could try it out, too.

 

 

So during the entire show, we had a chance to use the Vive Pre three times, which was enough to give me a great foundation to write on. I have a larger piece covering the Vive Pre that I'll write once I land back in Australia, but the impressions versus the original Vive are nothing but stellar.

 

The newly refreshed Lighthouse controllers feel lighter, the triggers feel better, and the entire controller feels more balanced in the hand. The original controllers felt a little top heavy, but HTC has redesigned the Lighthouse controllers with a strange circle at the top of them. We chatted with a few of our industry friends including the guys at Hardware Canucks, trying to figure out why they're designed like that.

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World of Tanks is crashing onto the PS4 next week

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 9:05 pm

World of Tanks, the free-to-play online armored vehicle mayhem simulator, is completing it's console infiltration by releasing on the PlayStation 4 on January 20th 2016. The PS4 version will get the upgraded graphics and physics that came with the Xbox One version.

 

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The Xbox 360 was the first foray into consoles for Wargamin.net's World of Tanks, and it was a rousing success. The Xbox One was next, and in it they added cross-play functionality between the two consoles so that you didn't have to leave your friends behind. Now the PS4 is the next to be blessed with what might be arguably the most fun free-to-play MMOTPS (massively multiplayer tank person shooter).

 

On PC and Xbox One alone there are around 12 million daily users that log-in, far more than the amount of concurrent Steam users on at any one time on an average day. The micro-transactions in-game aren't required by any means, and you can play, successfully, without spending a dime.

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Witcher 3's Blood and Wine DLC 'better than main game', devs say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 8:30 pm

CD Projekt RED is extremely confident that The Witcher 3's final expansion, Blood and Wine, will be an amazing experience.

 

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The upcoming Blood and Wine expansion isn't like your average DLC: CDPR says that it's actually like its own separate game. The content features a huge 20-hour story that's entirely separate of The Wild Hunt, featuring nothing but fresh gameplay experiences. Blood and Wine will conclude the epic journey of Geralt of Rivia, and CDPR is sending the legendary witcher out with a bang. While many regard The Witcher 3 as a perfect magnum opus, CDPR notes that they felt they could improve, and Blood and Wine will be the fruits of their improvements.

 

How can you top something like The Witcher 3? To start, the Polish devs have created a new "charismatic enemy" that players won't soon forget, and tied that devious antagonist with a winding, sprawling story that arcs across the new region of Toussiant. The result is something that CDRP says is "even better than the main game".

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