Mid last year, it was announced that 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards would helm the next 'Star Wars' film; a stand alone entry to be released between this year's 'The Force Awakens' and the as yet untitled 'Episode VIII' in 2017.
According to JediNews, filming is set to begin next month at London's Pinewood studio, with sets already assembled. Whilst this might seem a tad early, remember that the film will be released next December, so this timeline seems sensible. If true, we can certainly expect a lot of news in the coming months.
CES 2015 - Lenovo's Carbon and T450 models have received a special upgrade, in the form of Intel's new Broadwell processors. They're also being treated with new wireless technologies including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, smaller sizing and a longer battery life.
Their ThinkPad Carbon X1 now measures at only 17.7 millimeters thick and comes in at 1.3 kilograms. Often described as perfectly suited for business purposes, this line of laptops will feature the fifth-generation Intel processor offerings and a 10 - 11 hour battery life. According to Steve Gilbert, the director of worldwide product marketing for Lenovo's commercial group, Intel's i-series chips were used over their lower-power consuming M series because "our business customers continue to demand the best from our products."
This model will now include its internal SSD connected through PCI-Express 3.0 technology, supporting up to 512GB of total storage. Further to this, you'll be able to throw in up to 8GB or DDR3 RAM, display your work at a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and connect to your networks via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE mobile broadband. More features include a lackluster 720p webcam and a price of $1,249 - set for shipping later this month.
CES 2015 - Having crept under the recent release of their new Chromebook 15, Acer have also announced they are adding touchscreen technology to their Chromebook 13 line - described as "the industry's first Chromebook powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor" in their recently issued press release.
Featuring an Intel core i3-processor, a vibrant 13.3-inch display and a battery life of up to 13 hours when displaying at 1366x768 resolution or 11.5 hours at 1920x1080, this offering will be available with touch technology as soon as January 2015.
Smartphone and tablet sales have cannibalized the industry for a few years, forcing companies to adjust to dropping PC and laptop sales. However, with the cost of PC hardware dropping - and PC gaming very much alive and well - some have argued that PCs and laptop sales could see a strong rebound in 2015.
It's certainly a good time for consumers to purchase laptops and PCs, with dropping prices for powerful hardware that should last casual consumers for years to come.
"As with any devices, adoption goes through phases from the early to the late adopter; tablets are currently moving onto the latter part of that curve in mature markets," according to a Gartner report released in mid-2014. "Lower demand from users for tablets with smaller screens, some in favor of larger screens, in mature markets, and the shift towards phablets in South-East Asia are slowing global tablet penetration."
We're getting a closer look at the purported iPad Pro from Apple, the company's upcoming (but not confirmed) iPad Pro. We should expect the iPad Pro to rock a 12.2-inch display, and might arrive to us as the "iPad Air Plus".
The leak is coming from an internal sketch released by a Foxconn employee, teasing what Apple's new iPad might look like. Not only would it arrive with a 12.2-inch screen, but we should also see a 12.9-inch version, both of which should feature Apple's A8X processor - but possibly the A9 processor - 2GB of RAM and a Touch ID sensor.
We've heard recently that Apple was experiencing manufacturing problems, but according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will not start production of the larger iPad until Q2 2015, as it is all-systems-go with production of the iPhone 6 Plus. We should hopefully hear more on the larger, and hopefully better iPad in the near future.
Avid Mortal Kombat fans might have been missing the likes of Kung Lao, but never fear, Lao is coming back to complete some Fatalities and more in Mortal Kombat X.
The news is coming from Mortal Kombat fansite TestYourMight, which is reporting that Lao will have three fighting forms: Tempest, Buzz Saw and Hat Trick. The Tempest form focuses on whirling spin attacks, but the Buzz Saw will see Kung Lao using his razor-lined hat. The Hat Trick on the other hand, lets gamers who are playing as Kung Lao call the hat back when they want, using it again and again.
Mortal Kombat X will have gamers preparing their trigger fingers on April 14, 2015.
CES 2015 - When LG released the G Flex, it was in a market where there was nothing quite like it, but it didn't ignite the world of smartphones like the company thought it would. Well, LG is back with the G Flex 2 at CES 2015.
The Verge has spotted the G Flex 2 at CES 2015, with LG teasing it is 'redefining the curve'. The original G Flex shipped with a 720p display, but the G Flex 2 should feature a 1080p display, but we shouldn't expect a qHD or 2560x1440 panel just yet. The updated G Flex should sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which will deliver 8 cores for power users.
The G Flex 2 will have the same self-healing back and curved display that the original G Flex shipped with, but the screen resolution was one of the biggest downsides of the original G Flex, so let's hope LG puts some more effort into the screen resolution and quality this time around.
Mangstor has a blazing fast enterprise PCIe SSD hiding in plain sight. The MX6000 comes in both HHHL and FHHL form factors, and features 2TB and 2.7TB of eMLC NAND, respectively. With 1 million random read IOPS and 600,000 random write IOPS the MX6000 lays claim to the title of the fastest PCIe SSD in the world. Thee MX6000 also provides protection from host power loss with a unique solution.
Typical SSDs have a volatile DRAM cache, which requires power-fail circuitry and capacitors to protect the cache. The MX6000 utilizes a next-generation 64MB MRAM cache from Everspin, which provides built-in write persistence for all data, simplifying design and firmware. The MX6000 boasts a beast of an FPGA with 100 cores running at 500MHz to manage the flash. The card utilizes eMLC to provide a robust 8-10 DWPD threshold that will satisfy the most demanding workloads.
MSI might be working on two new GeForce GTX 970s, but the new EVGA card might having everyone crying into their wallets. K|NGP|N, the crazy overclocker himself, is working with EVGA on a new GeForce GTX 980 Classified.
We don't know much about the new card, whether it will feature the GM204 core, or the bigger and badder GM204 core. I'm hoping we see EVGA push the boundaries and use the full GM200 core, but with K|NGP|N behind the scenes tinkering around with this, we can expect big, big things from EVGA's latest card.
MSI has shown off some damn impressive new GeForce GTX 970 cards, with three awesome color schemes on offer: red, gold and green. The green version is my favorite, as it's the perfect match for the company celebrating the fact they've shipped 100 million GeForce video cards.
The company is also preparing a new GTX 970 with a black and white theme, a card codenamed GTX 970 4GD5T-OC. There's also the GTX 970 100ME, but the GTX 970 4GD5T-OC card doesn't feature a backplate, and it features cheaper components, too. Both of the cards will be made available lalter this month, with the green edition of the GTX 970 featuring a "special gift".