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Samsung rumored to launch the Galaxy S8 in mid-April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 8:09 am

Samsung has done an amazing job digging out of the hole that the Galaxy Note 7 created, with new rumors circulating that the company won't launch its new Galaxy S8 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress next month, but instead it will launch it in April.

 

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The new rumors have Samsung launching the Galaxy S8 on April 18, with an anonymous source telling The Investor: "Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the release schedule has been set in mid-April, possibly in the third week". The company is hoping for mammoth sales of the Galaxy S8, and rightfully so - as there will not be a Galaxy Note 7 successor, so Samsung's smartphone eggs are all in the S8's basket.

AMD's 4-core Ryzen CPUs ready to take on Core i3/i5 CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 6:21 am

AMD has reportedly begun sampling its new 4-core Ryzen CPUs, the SKU that has multi-threading disabled - these new Ryzen processors will take on Intel in the Core i3/i5 segment.

 

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The new 4-core Ryzen CPUs will have unlocked multipliers, so you'll be able to overclock your heart away - and considering that Intel locks overclocking away on most of its lower/mid-range CPUs, AMD has a good chunk of the market that will be happy with an unlocked quad-core Ryzen processor.

 

We should expect the quad-core Ryzen CPU to have a base clock of 3.4GHz, with AMD's exciting new SenseMI technology to handle the overclocking on its own - depending on the cooling used. Stock cooler? It won't boost much. AIO cooler? Now we're talking. Custom water cooling? Yeah, baby. LN2? The sky is the limit. Obviously there's a 45W TDP in your way, but I'm sure we should expect a mainstream price on the 4-core Ryzen CPU when it launches in March.

$20 million raised by billionaires to protect us from AI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 4:31 am

Don't worry guys, Skynet is going to be born and we're not going to be slaves to the machines... if the founders of LinkedIn and eBay have anything to do with it, that is.

 

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Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn's founder and the Omidyar network - a philanthropic investment firm set up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, are both donating $10 million towards the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund. The $20 million investment will be used by researchers to handle the ethical problems that will stirred up by AI.

 

Hoffman said: "There's an urgency to ensure that AI benefits society and minimises harm. AI decision-making can influence many aspects of our world - education, transportation, healthcare, criminal justice and the economy - yet data and code behind those decisions can be largely invisible".

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Dell's ambitious $4999 4K 120Hz OLED display canceled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 3:27 am

Noooo. Dell has canceled what could've been the best monitor ever made, its unreleased UP3017Q - a 30-inch 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

 

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Dell's now canceled UP3017Q was due in March 2016, but was pushed to July, and then said to be coming "soon". French outlet Les Numeriques said that Dell officials confirmed at CES 2017 that the UP3017Q was indeed canceled. But why?

 

The shift was said to be around image quality problems, with color drift even when the Dell UP3017Q was viewed off-center. The company worked on these issues for months, but couldn't fix them, ultimately canceling the monitor of my dreams.

AMD Zen-based Naples CPU: 64 threads, 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 2:28 am

AMD already has me excited over their Ryzen CPUs for consumers and gamers, but the Zen architecture is also going to do big things in the high-performance server market - starting with Naples.

 

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Naples is AMD's high-end server part based on the Zen architecture that AMD is touting as an 'optimized GPU server platform' thanks to its 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, allowing for 4-6 'direct attached GPUs'. This means it can take 32 x NVMe devices, and 4 x graphics cards - all on a 1U rack. This same 1U rack will sport 2 x InfiniBand EDR interconnects for super-fast data communication between the storage, and server systems.

 

As for specs, we're looking at up to 32 Zen CPU cores with 64 threads of performance, 64MB of L3 cache, a base clock of 1.4GHz and a turbo clock of 2.8GHz. A dual-CPU version of Naples would rock a massive 64/128 CPU cores/threads with some ultimate performance, especially when you throw Vega-based graphics cards and NVMe-based storage into the mix.

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TweakTown's Best of CES 2017 Awards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 1:05 am

CES 2017 - This year, the Consumer Electronics Show was a massive overload of technology unveilings, announcements, teases, and more. There has been so much unveiled that it would take weeks to disassemble and dissect all of it - but this is why we have our 'Best of CES 2017' awards, and this article. Below we list the products and tech that were lucky enough to get our award.

 

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Let's kick things off with the CPU and GPU side of things:

 

CPU: AMD has impressed not just us, but gamers and consumers throughout the world with their next generation Ryzen CPUs. We're looking at 16-threaded CPUs that should hopefully come in at half the price of Intel's competing processors, offering new technologies like SenseMI - a self-overclocking, self-adjusting processor that learns how you use your system and predicts your next movement. Expect much more from us here at TweakTown on Ryzen in the coming weeks and months.

 

GPU: You have to hand it to Radeon Technologies Group, the upcoming Vega GPU architecture is beyond exciting. High Bandwidth Cache. HBM2 technology. The Vega GPU architecture itself. We're looking at 4K 60FPS performance in games like DOOM with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on. AMD is returning to the high-end in a very, very big way.

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Dell begins shipping GTX 1050-powered XPS 15 laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 12, 2017 12:33 am

Dell's new XPS 15 laptop is one of the best 15-inch laptops you can buy, featuring Intel's new Kaby Lake-based CPUs and a 1080p 60FPS-capable GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card from NVIDIA.

 

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The company has just two variants of its new XPS 15 shipping now, with the higher-end models coming soon. For now, there's two variants that both feature the same Core i7-7700HQ processor. The first has its 15-inch display with a native 1080p resolution, while you can opt for the 4K display - and higher price.

 

Dell has XPS 15 models starting with the Core i3-7100H, 8GB of RAM, 32GB SSD/500GB HDD storage and the beautiful 15.6-inch 1080p InfinityEdge display, right up to the Core i7-7700HQ, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe-based SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of RAM, and a 4K touch-capable InfinityEdge display.

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Woody Harrelson joins 'Han Solo' spin-off cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 11:54 pm

With the first 'Star Wars' spinoff 'Rogue One' a bona fide hit which is expected to soon cross the billion dollar mark worldwide, Lucasfilm have now turned their attention to the next stand-alone feature which will revolve around the legendary "stuck up, half-witted scruffy-looking nerf-herder" (not to mention all round cool guy) Han Solo. Today they've confirmed the casting of Woody Harrelson for the film, in a somewhat interesting choice.

 

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According to the official 'Star Wars' website, the Hollywood veteran has joined the cast in an unnamed role, but which is said to be a mentor character. Late in 2016, the studio confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich had been cast to star as Han Solo in the upcoming film, which will be directed by 'The Lego Movie' and '22 Jump Street' duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Ehrenreich last stole the screen in the Coen Brothers 2015 comedy 'Hail Caesar!'.

 

The as yet 'Young Han Solo film' film is expected to hit screens in December 2018.

Intel reacts to Ryzen: adds HT to Kaby Lake Pentium CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 10:28 pm

AMD launched an offensive late last year with the massive reveal of Ryzen, and had a more detailed tease at CES 2017 last week - but now, Intel has seemingly reacted by adding Hyper-Threading technology to some its new Kaby Lake-based range of Pentium processors.

 

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Not all of the new Pentium CPUs will receive HT, but TechPowerUp reports that the list includes the "Pentium G4620 (3.7GHz base frequency and integrated graphics HD 630, $93) and G4600 (3.6GHz base frequency, $82), both at 51 W TDP; G4560 (54W TDP at 3.5GHz and integrated HD 610 graphics, $64); and the Pentium G4600T (3GHz, HD 630, $75) and G4560T (2.9GHz, HD 610, $64) slot in as the low power Pentium offerings with a 35W TDP".

 

But now that some of the new Pentium processors feature Hyper-Threading support, how will Intel make consumers see a difference between the Core i3 models? The company Advanced Vector Instructions 2 (AVX2) extension set, which is mainly used for database processing and video editing - so Intel is hoping there is still a market for a slice of consumers who will buy a HT-enabled Pentium processor over the slightly cheaper Core i3.

 

The pricing is also a little cheaper, with the new Kaby Lake-based Core i3 processors having a $50+ premium over the new Pentium chips, but will the performance be much better? Well, the new Core i3-7100 and Pentium G4620 are only 200MHz apart and with AVX2 being the only difference, why would you pay more?

Nintendo Switch is perfect fit for VR and AR, says dev

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9:33 pm

Thanks to its dual form factor and dynamic hardware scaling, the Nintendo Switch console and handheld hybrid is a perfect conceptual fit for VR and AR. In fact, one VR/AR dev goes so far to say the Switch is a "fit made in heaven."

 

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Stephen E. Dinehart IV, a confirmed Nintendo Switch game developer, has recently posted up an interesting read on Nintendo's history and how the Switch is the next major evolution of the company's brand. In this post, Dinehart, who may be or may not be developing an AR/VR game for the Switch, says that the console-handheld hybrid is a perfect fit for the emerging mixed-reality platform.

 

"It only seems natural with the launch of Nintendo's new platform The Switch, a modular HD game console, that VR would be on the product roadmap. Given the right specs, ones yet disclosed, there's no reason VR peripherals wouldn't show for the system and just maybe something more. As a Nintendo and VR/AR developer I can't say much, but I can say the fit is one made in heaven.

 

"In fact, Nintendo was the first into the 3D market, dare I say VR/AR, with their Nintendo 3DS - still the best selling video game console of all time.

 

"Nintendo has arguably always been ahead of the curve starting with the global game boom of the late 1980's. With R&D periods that span decades and the launch of a new powerful console, the Nintendo Switch, it's only natural that one of the first players in the home VR market would once again stake its claim.

 

"Now as part of the Nintendo team few moments in my life as an emerging tech developer have filled me with so much anticipation - this is one step in evolution you won't want to miss."

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