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Analogix launches its SlimPort NANO.CONSOLE through Indiegogo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 3:16 am

Analogix showed us their impressive SlimPort NANO.CONSOLE at CES earlier this year, with the the company now taking to Indiegogo to crowdfund $10,000 to make it happen.




Nine days into the funding campaign and they have secured $3,874 out of the $10,000 required, with 21 more days required. If you haven't heard or seen the NANO.CONSOLE before, it allows SlimPort-enabled device to plug into any HDMI-enabled display, where you can control your smartphone from anywhere in the room with the super-responsible remote control. Not only that, but the NANO.CONSOLE will charge your smartphone while docked, while you show off the pictures and videos from your smartphone onto the TV.


It includes a Bluetooth-enabled touchpad NANO remote that you can control from anywhere in the room, with a decent amount of range to boot. But how much does it cost to secure the SlimPort NANO.CONSOLE? You can be an 'Early Adopter' for $34 + shipping, which is over 40% off the $59 retail price. For $54, you can get the 'Gamer Pack' which will include a Mad Catz M.O.J.O. game controller - an impressive price considering it costs just $5 more than the NANO.CONSOLE on its own.

NVIDIA beats AMD in Ashes of the Singularity DX12 test with new driver

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 2:33 am

In early tests of Ashes of the Singularity, AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X smashes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but with the latest drivers the situation has changed in favor of NVIDIA.




In some benchmarks from Computerbase, the GTX 980 Ti with the latest GeForce 358.50 drivers beat (even if it's just by 0.4FPS) the Radeon R9 Fury X with its new Catalyst 15.10 drivers. If we compare the older 355.60 drivers to the new 358.50 drivers, the GTX 980 Ti secures itself a pretty decent 11% increase in performance. Comparing the Catalyst 15.8 and 15.10 drivers, the R9 Fury X jumps by 6%. All of the other cards from both AMD and NVIDIA see performance increases with the latest drivers installed, too.




Ashes of the Singularity reaches Steam Early Access next week, so you can be sure that we'll be downloading it and testing it at various resolutions with our slab of GPUs.

AMD's new 8-core 'Hierofalcon' SoC spotted, based on 28nm at 2GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 12:37 am

It looks like AMD is preparing to launch a new 8-core server SoC codenamed "Hierofalcon", based on a 64-bit ARM design using eight A57 cores clocked at 2GHz each. AMD's new Hierofalcon SoC has a TDP of 30W, so we should expect some decent performance from the new chip.




An engineering sample of the new 8-core "Hierofalcon" processor has been spotted, where it has been put up against a bunch of desktop processors from both Intel and AMD. We have those results above. These results are looking at the performance on a single core, at a normalized clock speed. The new Hierofalcon processor does quite well, taking swings at some of AMD's desktop chips.




When it comes to "Whetstone" performance, the desktop processors kick some serious ass, but that's to be expected. The same thing goes for the Execl benchmark and the kCopy and kPipe results.




The power efficiency estimation results are interesting, as the new 8-core Hierofalcon processor from AMD comes in quite well. But we have to remember, this is an early chip and performance/power efficiency is only going to get better as we get closer to the final chip.

AMD revenues down year-over-year, with a net loss of $136 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 10:41 pm

Days after we reported that 21-year veteran to AMD left for the warm arms of NVIDIA, AMD reports its third quarter financials. The chipmaker reported revenues of $1.06 billion ending September 30, much lower than the $1.43 billion from last year.




AMD's net loss was $136 million, or 17 cents per share, compared to last year where they made a profit of $41 million or 5 cents per share. AMD said that it had a write-down of $65 million for inventory of its older APUs, which saw the company take an 8 cent a share charge. AMD's higher semi-custom chips, such as the APUs powering the Xbox One and PS4, are doing well, but GPU sales are down from last year - even in the wake of the new Radeon R9 390X and new HBM-powered cards in the R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X.


The company has also announced a new agreement with Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME) to create an Assembly, Test, Mark and Pack (ATMP) joint venture, with NFME handing over a cool $436 million to secure itself an 85% chunk in the new partnership. NFME will hand over $ 371 million in cash, with the deal closing in the first half of next year. What about the last quarter of 2015?

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Facebook investigating reports of its iOS app draining battery

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 8:25 pm

Many iOS users have been reporting excessive battery drain (up to 15% of all battery usage) when using Facebook on their phones. The issue, it seems, is Facebook continuing to run processes even when background app refresh is disabled.




Facebook has commented on the issue, saying, "We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We're looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon."


They have declined to comment on exactly what's causing it or why, leaving the media to speculate. One theory points the finger at Facebook's auto-play video feature, but testing on that is inconclusive.

You can now talk to anyone with Skype, not just your contacts

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 7:32 pm

You may have noticed a "+ New" button show up on Skype recently. It seems unassuming, but it marks a pretty significant change in how the instant messaging software works. With it, you can message anyone via email, Facebook, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Twitter, and they can join the chat as a guest.




It's not full-on cross-platform integration as we've seen with services like Trillian, but that's likely impossible in an official capacity, so this is the next best thing.


See it in action in the video below, which features people dancing for some reason.

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Intel demo features Thunderbolt 3 connected to external graphics

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 6:28 pm

Intel's Thunderbolt Senior Technical Marketing Manager Matt Vaughn shows off the potential of its new Thunderbolt 3 USB standard in the video below, straight from the Intel Developer Forum 2015. In it, we see Thunderbolt 3 as connected to an external graphics dock, both of which combine to power World of Tanks in 4K.




Thunderbolt 3 equipped devices aren't widely available now, but as Vaughan says, they will be by the end of the year.

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Engineer builds Thor's hammer that nobody can lift but him

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 5:23 pm

Electrical engineer Allen Pan aka YouTube's Sufficiently Advanced has taken it upon himself to create a real-world version of Thor's hammer Mjolnir of Marvel fame. That is, the hammer that can only be wielded by "the worthy."




Pan utilized the power of magnets to make his version of Mjolnir impossible to lift when placed on a magnetic surface by anyone but himself. The exception is courtesy of a fingerprint scanner which, in combination with other hardware, deactivates the magnetic field effect when it detects his fingerprint.


Now, watch hapless citizens try to lift it in the video below. Most fail to catch onto why Pan can lift it but not them, but one clever fellow manages to, while another figures out a workaround.

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Watch kids get tricked into believing real-world is VR game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 3:32 pm

In a bid to break dependence on video games and get kids interested in the real-world around them, the U.S. Forest Service plays a trick that reminds us real life has amazing graphics.



To achieve this feat, the initiative used faked VR headsets and told the kids they had a rare opportunity to test out the world's "most realistic game in development". The kids were naturally excited at the prospect of trying out a brand new immersive video game set in the brave new world of virtual reality.


The "game" is called "the forest", and sports full surround sound, high-def graphics and is fully immersive. The real magic happened once the kids took off the headsets and saw through the ruse, doing kid things like actually running around and playing. Our generation could learn something from this, and I'd love to see this kind of trick played on adults, who are absolutely glued to the smart devices that run their lives.


"A group of 8-9-year-olds test out the most realistic video game in development-- only to discover that nature itself was the game," says the video's YouTube description. "Most Americans live within 100 miles of a natural forest or grassland but believe that nature is inaccessible and are increasingly less likely to engage in the great outdoors."

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The Most Compact 128GB Hard Drive You Can Find Is Just $45

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 3:30 pm



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