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Plex adds 4K support to its redesigned desktop media player

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 6:34 am

Plex has just renamed its desktop media player to Home Theater, adding 4K support. There's an improved user interface to boot, with the UI matching its various TV apps that will "leave all that original code behind".




The company hired the primary contributor from media playback engine 'mpv', as well as a full-time to help out with the redesigned app. Not only do we have a redesigned and faster UI, but there's support for a "true" 4K interface, multi-channel music tracks and better compatibility with H.265 video files, and more.


If you're a PlexPass subscriber, you can jump into this early, but if you're not - you'll be waiting a little while longer before you can get your hands on the 4K-capable Plex player.

AMD to update 'entire portfolio' of GPUs 'over the coming quarters'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 4:31 am

AMD will be in a much better position this time next year, as we should have a full top-to-bottom next-gen GPU release, powered by its Arctic Islands GPUs. During AMD's latest chat with analysts, the company teased its hand for 2016.




AMD CEO Lisa Su was asked about their GPU business being "down quite a lot year over year" from Joe Moore of Morgan Stanley, to which Su responded with: "Yes, so Joe, I think one quarter is good progress. Now you will have to watch us over a number of quarters regain that graphics momentum. And when I think about it, relative to the Fury launch we did have some supply constraints in the third quarter. They were - they are largely solved in the fourth quarter, so I don't think there will be any supply constraints".


She continued: "I think it's also fair to say that the graphics portfolio is quite broad, and so you will see us updating the entire portfolio over the coming quarters". Su added: "We are also focused on delivering our next-generation GPUs in 2016 designed to improve performance per watt by 2X compared to our current offerings, based on design architectural enhancements, as well as advanced FinFET process technology". The biggest tease, is where Su said: "And in the third quarter, we also taped out multiple products in FinFET technologies across both of our foundry partners that are on track to enter production next year".

Domino's unveils a new pizza delivery car, with a built-in oven

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 2:28 am

Domino's has just unveiled an impressive new pizza delivery car, where it has heavily modified a Chevy Spark into the pizza delivery car to end the war between pizza delivery cars - it has a damn built-in oven!




The new '100 DXP' is being rolled out across 25 cities around the United States in the next 90 days, including Boston, Dallas, New Orleans, San Diego and Seattle. The vehicle has an outward-facing oven in the back, so that your pizza delivery driver can arrive to your house with pizza that has literally just come out of the oven.


Better yet, the modified Chevy Spark can hold 80 pizzas for those late night gaming sessions - you know, when you need 80 pizzas. The car makes sense, and once these bad boys have 3D printers in the back and get injected with some self-driving technology, we could see pizza delivery step into the future.

Michael J. Fox receives the first pair of self-lacing shoes from Nike

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 12:16 am

In case you haven't noticed, but today is October 21, 2015 - the day when Doc and Marty travel to the future in Back to the Future II. Today is also Back to the Future Day, with every website, social media page and more filled with Back to the Future content.



Today, Nike presented Michael J. Fox with the first pair of self-lacing shoes, something we saw in Back to the Future II. Fox took to Twitter to show off the self-lacing shoes, with an 8-second video that we have embedded above. If you look closely when Fox is putting the shoes on, the laces slowly flatten when his foot slides into them. The shoes also make an awesome sound, too.




Nike is planning to launch a limited edition self-lacing shoe next year, which will be made available through a strict auction process. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Fox's Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

YouTube Music app coming soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 9:04 pm

YouTube is soon launching a new app it calls YouTube Music, the goal of which is to help you find new music and watch and listen to it with ease.




So sayeth YouTube: "Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one of the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you."


In its blog post, Google mentions "as a special bonus - YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other", which makes it seem as though they're reworking Google Play Music into a new service it dubs YouTube Music. We've contacted YouTube for comment and will update the story accordingly should we hear back.


Apart from Google Play Music, Google/YouTube have launched several music services in the past. Whether this will cement itself as the one service to rule them all remains to be seen.

YouTube Red subscription will be $9.99/mo, launching next week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 8:00 pm

Last week we reported YouTube's subscription service would likely launch today. Turns out it'll be next week (October 28), but we were right about pricing, which is $9.99/mo.




The service is named YouTube Red, and is ad-free. Here's what you get with it:


  • video saving for offline viewing
  • background play option
  • availability on any amount of devices
  • support for YouTube Gaming app, YouTube Kids app, upcoming YouTube Music app
  • exclusive original shows and movies from YouTuber creators starting early 2016


Red will be available to US viewers only to start, but support for more countries will come "soon" (tm). A free trial will be on offer at launch. While you wait, you can check out the website here.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 can power 'everything' on the Oculus Store

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 7:55 pm

We already know that the Oculus Rift requires a GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R290 graphics solution to simulate VR, but it looks like GTX 970 owners will be able to run every single bit of software that Oculus will offer in the official Rift storefront.




In a recent Reddit thread, a curious gamer posed a specific question about future-proofing his rig for further generations of Oculus Rifts. Is it better to buy a GTX 970 to support the first generation, or should you pick up a GTX 980Ti so your setup is ready for Oculus Rift gen 2?


According to a verified Oculus VR employee, the GTX 970 will be enough to support the Oculus Rift for quite some time: "A consumer owning a 970 will be able to play everything on our store," said Oculus expert Philanthropi.

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New PC footage of cancelled Battlefront 3 game surfaces

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 7:01 pm

Footage of the cancelled Battlefront 3 sequel has surfaced, giving us a look at the true successor of the franchise that we'll never get to play.



The ill-fated Battlefront 3 sequel originally started development in 2012 by the studio Free Radical, and it really looks to be everything we'd ever want in a Battlefront game. A NeoGAF user has tracked down new footage for the canned Battlefront 3, but bear in mind the video is from a 9 month old PC build of the game, and it's an early build at that.


The game looks as if it features much more than DICE's Battlefield-esque FPS action, including immersive galactic dogfights--real Rogue Squadron-level dogfighting with multiple tiers and massive Star Destroyers hulking in the background--as well as authentic third-person combat in the vein of the original series.

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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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