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Toshiba launches embedded NAND flash memory product line

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:07 pm

Toshiba has today soft launched its SLC NAND flash memory line for embedded applications (including flat screen TVs, printers, wearable devices, and robots).




The company says the new family is intended to satiate the more demanding features that have been introduced to embedded devices in recent times, and it will do so thanks to "high density, high reliability and low bit cost when compared to NOR flash memory."


Key features include 24nm process technology, SPI compatibility, and 6-pin control, among others. Specs can be found below.

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Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572 lets you text from your PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 5:05 pm

Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572 is now live, and as with the last release, it includes many exciting changes and feature additions. Perhaps most exciting of all is the ability to text from your PC -- no need to leave your phone by the desk or go get it to text someone anymore.




The new feature is handled through Cortana which can also show you missed calls. When you see a missed call, you simply click "text reply" and proceed to, well, text reply. If you want to text someone at any time, type or speak "text" and who you want to text (as you would on your phone), and Cortana will handle the rest.


To set it up, sign into Cortana with the same Microsoft account on your phone and PC. Notifications can be disabled on any device at any time through Cortana.

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Discrete NVIDIA GPU options now added to all Surface Books

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 4:09 pm

Up until now, Microsoft has reserved its customized NVIDIA GPU configuration to the more expensive Surface Book models, meaning the budget tier was locked out. But now the catalogue has been updated and Microsoft now offers dGPU options to every Surface Book make and model--for a price.




If you plan to opt in for the dual-GPU solution for the Windows 10-powered laptop, Microsoft tacks on an extra $200 to the retail price. $200 might sound like a lot, but the difference is pretty substantial: default Surface Book models come equipped with Intel's integrated Iris Graphics, and the extra cash will unlock a second graphics solution, a custom Maxwell-based NVIDIA GPU that will enable more graphically-intense workloads.


Equipped with the second dGPU in the keyboard base, the budget Surface Book with a Skylake Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 128GB HDD now rises to $1,699. We've reported that the Surface Book's custom NVIDIA GPU is actually equal to a GeForce 940M with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

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Xbox leverages titanic flying screen to livestream Halo 5 gameplay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 3:18 pm

Xbox Australia plans to show off live Halo 5 gameplay footage on the world's most gigantic aerial screen in a bid to promote 343i's new shooter.



Microsoft really wants the world to know about Halo 5, and the Redmond-based tech giant is pulling out all the stops in one of the most memorable promotional showcases in gaming. At 7:30PM on the eve of Halo 5's launch, October 26, Xbox's Australia division will broadcast live Halo 5 gameplay onto a massive floating screen 2,000 feet in the air.


The huge floating screen has a projected path down the coastline from Curl Curl to Coogee, where it will fly back and forth a single time. The team boasts that the screen can be seen from over 3 kilometers (9842 feet) away. Plus Xbox affirms that the broadcast won't be sent from the ground: a fan will be picked to play the game remotely via helicopter, hinting that the player will be able to use the giant floating viewscreen. "A lucky fan in Australia will play "Halo 5: Guardians" from a helicopter flying over Sydney, as gameplay is broadcasted via a screen suspended from a second helicopter," reads the official announcement on Major Nelson's website.

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Stanford unveils self-driving electric DeLorean named Marty

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 2:20 pm

With its new autonomous, electric DeLorean, Stanford University has all the other Back To the Future Day creations beat.



Named after the film's iconic hoverboard-riding don't-call-me-chicken Marty McFly, Stanford's self-driving DeLorean was built in conjunction with the Revs Program at Stanford and Renovo Motors, and stands as the team's newest research project.


"We want to design automated vehicles that can take any action necessary to avoid an accident," said Chris Gerdes, a Stanford professor of mechanical engineering who orchestrated the project. "The laws of physics will limit what the car can do, but we think the software should be capable of any possible maneuver within those limits. MARTY is another step in this direction, thanks to the passion and hard work of our students. Stanford builds great research by building great researchers."

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Western Digital set to acquire SanDisk for $19 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 12:24 pm

Western Digital has announced it is acquiring flash memory manufacturer SanDisk in a deal worth $19 billion. Western Digital currently makes HDDs and SSDs for various PCs, laptops, and servers - but this new deal will give them better fighting power against its competition.




Both companies are run from California, with SanDisk being a long-time partner of one of WD's main rivals; Toshiba. This deal struck between WD and SanDisk will reportedly not affect the deal between SanDisk and Toshiba. There needs to be some regulatory sign-offs on the deal, but expect a full announcement sometime next year.

DICE LA might be working on its own games, not just Battlefield titles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 10:40 am

DICE LA is the studio's LA branch that helps out with developing Battlefield titles, but it looks like DICE LA might be branching out on its own, and making new games.




According to EA Studios boss Patrick Soderlund, it's "highly likely" that we'll see DICE LA being the lead developer on its own projects soon. What projects would they be? Well, that's the exciting part. DICE LA opened up in 2013 where it worked on many Frostbite 3.0-powered games, including Battlefield 4.


DICE LA is run by core DICE veterans, with a chunk of staff from Danger Close, the studio that worked on Medal of Honor: Warfighter, working at the studio.

Uber is using Google Street View-like vehicles to improve its service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 8:37 am

In order to improve its mapping, driver routes and ETAs, Uber has deployed a bunch of camera-equipped vehicles that are taking in imagery to better assist the ridesharing giant.




Uber's new camera-equipped cars have been spotted in Florence, Kentucky, and are being spread out across the Midwest. The systems used in the vehicles were designed by Microsoft, with Uber buying a chunk in Microsoft's Bing Maps technology back in June. The deal struck between the two companies is that Uber secured itself some "assets" from Microsoft, as well as around 100 staff. Some of those assets, were a bunch of these camera cars.


An Uber spokesperson talked with TechCrunch, where they said: "This is an Uber mapping car. In June, Uber acquired a subset of the Microsoft Maps business and imagery collection technology was included as part of that acquisition. These cars have been on the road for the last several months collecting imagery that will help improve mapping features that are so integral to the Uber experience".

Australian Dota 2 and CS:GO servers are down and no one knows why

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:38 am

If you're looking to get your fix of Dota 2 or CS:GO after school or work today, you might just be out of luck. For the most part of this fine Back to the future appreciation day, the CS:GO and Dota 2 servers have been completely dysfunctional down under, not allowing for local matchmaking in either game.




While the Dota 2 client states that the servers are "offline for maintenence," there was no official warning set by Valve for this occurrence, with gamers taking to Reddit in order to voice their concerns and frustration. In addition to this, the official Dota 2 blog has nothing either.


As far as CS:GO is concerned, the 'CSGO_dev' Twitter is completely quiet, with its last Tweet being way back on August 24.

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Halo 5 will require 9GB day one patch, as well as 46GB installation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:30 am

Halo 5: Guardians will not only require a massive 46GB installation on the Xbox One, chewing up a huge 13% of your Xbox One HDD, but it will require a rather large 9GB day one patch.




343 Industries boss Josh Holmes announced the news through Twitter, with the 9GB patch for Halo 5 filled with multiplayer content. Holmes added that the 9GB patch includes map content for Halo 5, but the question remains: why isn't this data on the Blu-ray for Halo 5: Guardians - were 343 Industries not finished with the game when it went gold or what?


Not only will there be a 9GB day one patch, but 343 Industries will be pushing out some post-launch content. The post-launch content for Halo 5 will include 18 new maps that will join the 21 maps included in the game at launch, as well as a new Forge game mode that will launch in December.

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