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OnePlus reveals the OnePlus 5 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 8:21 pm

The OnePlus 5 is one of the most anticipated devices this year, and the company has confirmed its launch for the summer.

 

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We've heard some rumors about the possible launch date, but they didn't prove to be correct. The company has now announced the official date - June 20th.

 

Following the main announcement in China, the company will organize a number of smaller events around the globe, where they will show its latest device.

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Project Scorpio now has 9GB GDDR5 RAM for games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 7:40 pm

Microsoft's high-end 4K-ready Project Scorpio console is ready to be unveiled in less than a week, and the Xbox division is busily optimizing the hardware and fully unlocking its potential. Microsoft has now confirmed that developers now have access to 9GB of Project Scorpio's total 12GB GDDR5 RAM, adding an extra GB to use for games.

 

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Xbox & Windows gaming platform Vice President Mike Ybarra today confirmed that Project Scorpio will lend 75% of its total 12GB of GDDR5 RAM to developers, up 1GB from the previous 8GB DDR5 RAM allocation. Microsoft was able to make this jump days before the console's release, and developers now have a closer parity between Project Scorpio's powerful devkit, which features 24GB of GDDR5 RAM, and the retail unit.

 

 

Microsoft's Project Scorpio console will indeed hit native 4K resolution in-game, with full 4K textures with games that feature them. It'll be up to developers to add in 4K textures, and developers have full discretion on how to utilize the hardware. Project Scorpio features a highly customized 16nm FinFET SoC with an onboard AMD Polaris GPU with 40 Compute Units at 1172MHz and 6TFLOPs of compute performance, and an 8-core Jaguar Evolved CPU at 2.73GHz.

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EA announces new next-gen tech research division

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 5:44 pm

Electronic Arts today revealed its new research division called SEED, which aims to push its games to a next-generation level with high-end technologies.

 

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Official details on EA's new SEED division (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division) are practically nonexistent right now, and the publisher has only released a single announcement video. Based on the content of the video, it sure sounds like EA wants to throw the doors open to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality research, while propelling its games with a new level of technology. Since this is a research division, we might not see the fruits of SEED's labor for years to come, but it's quite interesting to say the least.

 

"Our challenge is to push imagination into reality. With breakthrough technologies, we will enable players to go anywhere, share discoveries and stories and ultimately be anyone," the video asserts.

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Cyberpunk 2077 hacked data held for ransom

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 4:14 pm

CD Projekt RED, the developer of The Witcher 3 and highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, today confirmed that thieves have stolen early designs and documents for Cyberpunk 2077 and are holding the stolen content for ransom.

 

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Early designs for CD Projekt RED's new Cyberpunk 2077 game have been hijacked by hackers, and are being held for ransom by the cyber assailants. If CDPR doesn't meet their demands, the hackers will release the information to the public. But the Polish developer says that these designs are "old and largely unrepresentative of the current vision for the game." As we've reported, Cyberpunk 2077 will leverage extensive next-generation features, tools, engines and technology to create something truly awe-inspiring.

 

"An unidentified individual or individuals have just informed us they are in possession of a few internal files belonging to CED PROJEKT RED. Among them are documents connected to early designs for the upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077," CD Projekt RED today revealed.

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GPU mining system spotted with 8 x NVIDIA GP106 GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 3:16 pm

It looks like the rumors of NVIDIA working on a new Pascal-based cryptocurrency mining solution were right, with VideoCardz posting a new article teasing the GPU mining beast.

 

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The new GPU cryptocurrency mining station rocks 8 x GP106-100 mining cards that are passively cooled, and have no display outputs. This is perfect for mining, as you don't need display connectivity, and the fanless design will keep them nice and quiet versus the huge noise some cards can pump out when the card is pushing full speed 24/7.

 

We're looking at 200MH/s when mining Ethereum, which is what I'm mining right now - and with a blend of GPUs on 9 systems with 18 graphics cards in total, I'm getting 470MH/s. So to see 200MH/s from a single GPU mining station with 8 x GPUs using less than 1000W, that's impressive indeed. The entire system is powered by an optional 1600W PSU, with 9 x 8cm 5800RPM coolers keeping everything nice and chilled.

 

Inside, we have an Intel Celeron mobile series processor, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 64GB mSATA SSD, 1 x HDMI, 1 x GbE, 1 x USB 2.0, and then you'll need to install an optional OS - Windows 10 for example, in 64-bit. It weighs 10.2kg on its own, or 14kg with the PSU installed.

Nintendo World park may get Mario Kart, Donkey Kong ride

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 2:50 pm

Universal Studios's new Super Nintendo World attraction gets an official trailer, showing off what we can expect from the exotic new park.

 

 

Super Nintendo World looks like tons of fun, and the park is currently in development at three Universal Studios theme parks in Osaka Japan, Hollywood, California, and Orlando, Florida.

 

Based on images dug up by devout Twitter users, we're able to highlight some of the major rides that Super Nintendo World may offer, with possibilities like: a Donkey Kong themed cart rollercoaster ride, an on-rails Mario Kart ride, a watersled ride that hints the park will have a water-themed attraction, and a strange stand-up ride that may have users shooting Mario's iconic fireballs out of their hands at a digital screen.

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Galaxy Note 8 reportedly launching in late August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 5:50 am

Samsung isn't slowing down with smartphone releases this year, following up on the great launch of the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 in late August.

 

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The new Galaxy Note 8 is reportedly being launched a month before Apple's next-gen iPhone which is expected in September, according to The Korea Herald. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 5 on August 13, 2015 and then was on sale on August 21. It was only August 2 last year that Samsung unveiled the super-awesome Galaxy Note 7, which had numerous battery-related issues forcing Samsung to recall it.

 

We should expect the Galaxy Note 8 to feature a large 6.3-inch bezel-less display, similar to what we've seen on the S8 and S8+ handsets. Samsung could use a dua-camera setup with a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and 13-megapixel telephoto lens, with a fingerprint sensor under the glass on the front - versus the stupid positioning

Vintage Apple sneakers auction starts at $15,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 2:47 am

For the hardcore Apple fans out there, you might be surprised to see that Heritage Auctions is planning to list a pair of prototype Apple sneakers that never made it to market, with the listing to hit eBay on June 11 starting at $15,000.

 

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The sneakers feature the old school rainbow Apple logo, and were only handed out to employees at the time. The near-mint condition sneakers make them a near one-of-a-kind, which explains their $15,000 starting price. For those who collect Apple hardware, software, and well - clothes and shoes, this could be quite the steal.

Microsoft trademarks 'Direct Reality' ahead of E3 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 1:42 am

E3 2017 - Microsoft is set to unveil something new at E3 2017, with the company filing a trademark for something they're calling "Direct Reality" and it has something to do with gaming.

 

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We don't know anything about Direct Reality, but it could be a HoloLens-inspired HMD that plugs into the Xbox and/or PC with Windows 10. Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console will include VR support, but we don't know if Direct Reality will add to that or not just yet.

 

Microsoft's E3 2017 press conference happens on Sunday, June 11 @ 2PM PT.

Core i7-7740K overclocked to 7.5GHz with liquid helium

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 12:47 am

Computex 2017 - GIGABYTE hosted their X299 OC gathering at Computex 2017 last week, bringing in a bunch of the world's leading overclocking enthusiasts and hit a new world record with the Intel Core i7-7740K: hitting 7.5GHz.

 

 

Legendary overclocker HiCookie reached 7.5GHz using liquid helium at -250C, pushing the Core i7-7740K to 7500MHz on a multiplier of 75, and a bus speed of 100MHz on the GIGABYTE X299-SOC Champion motherboard. They used a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4333 RAM, and a Corsair AX1500i PSU.

 

The team used the Core i7-7740K @ 7.5GHz teamed with an AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G graphics card and G.Skill Trident-Z 3600C17 RAM to smash the world records in 3DMark 03, 3DMark 06, and Aquamark benchmarks. The GTX 1080 Ti was then thrown into an SLI mix, hitting the global first place in 3DMark 06 with 71,176.

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