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Apple orders 10nm A11 processors for the iPhone 8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 14, 2017 1:27 pm

According to DigiTimes, a Taiwanese technology rumor website, Apple has already placed orders with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) for their new iPhone 8 processors.




While we still don't actually know whether or not Apple will call their new phone the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8, DigiTimes is already claiming to know that TSMC has taken orders from Apple for their newest phone using TSMC's upcoming 10nm process.


Currently, TSMC only produces chips for most of their clients at 16nm, while they introduced only this week their new 12nm process for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. It seems that 10nm will be used for phones primarily because Apple is accompanied by HiSilicon and Mediatek as additional customers for TSMC's upcoming 10nm process.

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Windows 10 S won't work with Chrome, Opera, or Firefox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 14, 2017 11:20 am

It seems as though Microsoft is making some very interesting moves with its upcoming release of Windows 10 S, which is a more restricted version of the full Windows 10 for the education market, something Microsoft is looking to combat Google's Chromebook/Chrome OS combo with.




Microsoft is placing restrictions on the software you're allowed to install with Windows 10 S, with one of those caveats being that the software will only be available on the Windows Store - meaning no third-party browsers. This means we won't be seeing Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Safari on Windows 10 S, ever.


Windows Store policy 10.2.1. states: "Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform".


Why this matters: This is a strong move by Microsoft, and it's something that would've been heavily criticized years ago as anti-competitive but the game has changed. Google is now a powerhouse in the education market and is eating into Microsoft's once dominant business, and could lead to Microsoft already envisioning a future of full Windows releases being more locked down to specific software or ecosystems.

HTC U 11 will do '360 real-life recording'

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2017 5:36 pm

HTC is preparing for its big launch on May 16th and they have announced a new teaser for the upcoming flagship.



The company posted a short video which doesn't reveal much, but the caption, "360 real-life recording", might tell us something. Since the number 360 most likely indicates that we are talking about 360 degrees, this leaves us with two options - video or audio.


Earlier rumors suggest that the HTC U 11 may rock a Sony IMX362 sensor on the back with 12MP, while the selfie shooter should be a massive 16MP IMX351. Both are single-lens cameras, and it is unlikely that the phone will be able to shoot a 360-degree video.

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Refurbished Galaxy Note7 shows up on retailer's website

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2017 3:32 pm

The Galaxy Note7 was discontinued back in October last year, but earlier this year we learned that Samsung plans to release a refurbished version of the device.




The most recent rumors claim that the refurbished Galaxy Note7 could cost 50% less than the original, meaning around $400. While Samsung still didn't comment on the date of the release, sources from China believe that the phone could hit markets within a month.


A Chinese retailer's website has already listed the Note7R (R for refurbished) on their site at a price of $520-$580. This is a little more than the latest rumors have suggested, but still significantly less than the original Note7 and previous rumors which suggested a $620 price tag.

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ZTE launches the Blade X Max priced at $150

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2017 1:31 pm

ZTE has announced its latest affordable smartphone - the Blade X Max.




The Blade X Max is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 435 and comes with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory, expandable with a microSD card up to 128GB.


The device sports a large 6-inch full HD display and features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter.

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Magic Leap worth $8 billion, is the 'Apple of AR'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 13, 2017 11:24 am

Before the company has released a product, or even shown the general public details on what they'll eventually release in what should be the most amazing leap forward in mixed reality HMD technology, Magic Leap is worth up to $8 billion.




The news is coming from an upcoming D round of financing that will see the Florida-based mixed reality company valued at $6-8 billion. Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba will lead the D round of financing, with some of the largest companies in the world leaping into the mixed reality investment of Magic Leap. It was only 15 months ago that the company raised $793.5 million on a $4.5 billion valuation, adding to the $592 million it had raised earlier.


There have only been a few people outside of the company and its investors and closest partners that have tried the mixed reality tech from Magic Leap, and if you look into the nitty gritty of the next level technology the company is working on, you'll understand why Magic Leap is so secretive. They're wanting to be "the Apple of AR" and with what they're working on, and the billions of dollars they're raising and the talent and help they've got behind them, Magic Leap could very well be a household name in a few years time.


Magic Leap is working on something it calls Dynamic Digitised Lightfield Signal technology, which is able to "generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real-world". The secretive mixed reality giant is also now inviting developers to try out its headset, which hopefully means it's much closer to launch than something that is still five years away.

AMD's next-gen ThreadRipper: 16C/32T launch in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 13, 2017 10:41 am

AMD will be launching a next-gen 16C/32T processor next month according to the latest rumors, with the new Ryzen processor teased as ThreadRipper - something we reported when we unveiled the Ryzen brand name months ago. This news runs right on the heels of the super-hot Core i9 processor from Intel, and news of AMD's next-gen Starship platform with 48C/96T of CPU insanity.




But now there are new rumors from that point towards a new processor called ThreadRipper, and it'll be compatible with a modified version of AMD's current SP3 server socket, which will be deployed with Naples. The new ThreadRipper CPU will be launching with the Whitehaven platform, something we've been hearing rumbles of over the last couple of days.


The new ThreadRipper CPUs will rock 16C/32T of enthusiast power, with quad-channel DDR4 support, 180W max TDP, and comes on the huge 4094-pin SR3 socket. The difference between Naples and the new SR3r2 chip that ThreadRipper arrives as, Naples will support more than one CPU. So you can only imagine a single board with two or more 32C/64T processors powered by Zen CPU cores on the huge Naples platform, which also supports 8-channel DDR4, too.

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Intel's next-gen Core i9 series teased: 12C/24T of power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 13, 2017 10:07 am

AMD has been getting all of the CPU spotlight lately with their Ryzen 7 1800X processor and its 8C/16T of power, with the tease of their next-gen Naples platform and even Starship: rocking 48C/96T of CPU grunt.




Well, now it's Intel's turn with yet another HEDT family of processors, with a next-gen Core i9 family on the way. Right now Intel has the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors - but they will be joined by the high-end Core i9 family led by the Core i9-7920X processor reportedly launching in August. Intel's purported Core i9 processor will come in up to 12C/24T, matching the rumored next-gen Ryzen processors with 12C/24T of power.


Intel's upcoming i9-7900 series processors will support up to 44 PCIe lanes, while the i9-7800 will have 28 lanes, and the i7-7700/7600 have up to 16. We should expect TDPs in the 112-160W range, depending on the chip, while the i9 processors will rock a third clock state that Intel will call Turbo Clock 3.0, something that will allow the new CPUs to reach much higher clock speeds than Broadwell-E is capable of.

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AMD Starship: 48C/96T behemoth on 7nm due in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 13, 2017 9:42 am

We reported a few months ago on a future AMD processor called Starship, and it has turned up again in new rumors alongside a bunch of other CPUs destined to 7nm, and beyond.




Starship will rock 48C/96T of power with TDPs ranging between 35W to 180W, and AMD will reportedly sell this 48C/96T beast under the Opteron name. According to the slide, we should expect it sometime in Q2 2018, with AMD using the exciting new 7nm process to build it on.

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Flash sale brings Dawn of War 3 and Civ 6 up to 52% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: May 13, 2017 2:40 am

Though it's a Triple-A Warhammer title not even a month an a half old, Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War III is already 40% off. The discount comes as a flash sale in Green Man Gaming's 7th Birthday sale with also happens to have the lowest price on Civilization VI and Mass Effect: Andromeda.




The discounts on Civilization VI and Dawn of War III can be had by being  a "VIP" member at GMG. That just means you'll need to login or create a new account to get the digital retailer's best savings at checkout.



Additionally on Civilization VI you'll need to add voucher code 7YEARS during checkout to get the $28.79 discounted price shown above. The voucher code is entered in the second stage of checkout under the vouchers tab (you'll need to tab over from gift card codes to voucher codes to enter).


The GMG flash sale deals are valid now through May 13 at 11AM Eastern Time. As a side note, Mass Effect: Andromeda was a flash sale deal from earlier in the week that has not yet expired, but it is the only flash deal in GMG's birthday sale so far that has gone past its expiration.


Based on our experience, Civilization VI will likely expired at the expected time tomorrow morning while Andromeda and Dawn of War III will continued to be on sale until the discounts run out of stock. If you missed any of these deals, fear not - they should return early next week during an "encore phase" - so you'll have a few days to mull things over on whether or not to take advantage of these deals.