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T-Mobile says 'the era of the data plan is over'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 7:36 pm

T-Mobile is making choosing a phone plan a lot simpler than what you're used to by removing the choice altogether and going all in on unlimited.

 

 

"I declare that the era of the data plan is over," says CEO John Legere. "We are completely destroying the whole concept of a data plan; it's gone. We have one single offer that banishes data buckets forever."

 

Its new and only plan -- apart from previous plans available to those already signed up for them -- is dubbed "T-Mobile One", costs $70 per month ($50 for a second line, and $20 for each line after that), and offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. Also included: unlimited mobile hotspot data on the 2G network.

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Rocket League passes 20 million player milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 6:31 pm

Rocket League is absolutely massive, and it seems like it won't stop growing with the game now surpassing 20 million players. The developer took to Twitter to announce the news, thanking its players and calling it the "best community ever".

 

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Last month, Rocket League welcomed its 19 million player milestone, meaning it has taken less than 30 days for another million Rocket League players to join. The developer is working on new fields and variants which will arrive next month and a new major game-changing new mode that will be revealed in the near future.

Intel i7 6950X overclocked to an insane 5731 MHz

By: Derek Strickland | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 5:30 pm

Renowned overclocker Elmor has set a new world record by pushing Intel's i7 6950X an insane 91% past its base clock speed.

 

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At this year's Intel IDF 2016 "Technical Innovation" event, Elmor was able to overclock Intel's Broadwell-E i7 6950X CPU to 5731 MHz, which is 91.06% past the CPUs base clock speed. Elmor achieved this speed by using liquid nitrogen cooling on an ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 X99 motherboard, an ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Matrix video card, and G.Skill's Trident Z DDR4 RAM.

 

For more info on Intel's Broadwell-E i7 6950X Extreme Edition CPU, check out our official review.

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No Man's Sky's patch will fix urgent, critical errors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 4:30 pm

With all of the issues surrounding the launch of No Man's Sky, news of two patches for the PC and PS4 releases of the game should have some gamers happy.

 

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An email has been sent by the developer, saying: "A patch for both PC and PS4 will be released this week. These will fix the most urgent and critical issues for all our players. Then next week another patch for PS4 and PC will be released which will help to improve the experience further for players. We will keep you updated".

 

The PC version of No Man's Sky has been suffering from performance issues, so these patches should hopefully fix performance, as well as the notorious alt-tab bug that crashes the game for most people who try it.

Free yourself from outlets with the Mophie Powerstation

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 3:30 pm

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While you can take a phone charger virtually anywhere, finding an outlet to plug into isn't always easy. That's why carrying a portable battery is a much safer bet, and having one that's extra durable is even better. For a limited time, you can get a manufacturer-refurbished Mophie Powerstation XL Battery on sale for only $39.95.

 

Capable of juicing up to eight smartphones on one charge, the Morphie Powerstation is perfect for extended trips. This literal powerhouse can juice two devices simultaneously, and it offers three levels of charging, giving you complete control over how fast you charge.

 

Plus, its extra-durable construction makes it ideal for long hikes, camping trips, and other tough excursions.

 

Normally retailing for $129.95, the Morphie Powerstation XL Battery is on sale for only $39.95, saving TweakTown readers nearly 70% off!

MSI launches its new GeForce GTX 1060 3GB models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 3:00 pm

MSI has just announced its new GeForce GTX 1060 3G range of graphics cards, which will be mostly the same as the normal GTX 1060 except it has 3GB of VRAM instead of 6GB of VRAM.

 

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There will be five different models of the GTX 1060 3GB from MSI, with the GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G, GTX 160 GAMING 3G, GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G OCV1, GTX 1060 ARMOR 3GV1, and GTX 1060 3GT OC graphics cards. There are varying clock speeds, with the GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G featuring its GP106 GPU clocked at 1594/1809MHz for base/boost, respectively. The GAMING X cards will feature MSI's infamous TWIN FROZR VI cooling technology, while the ARMOR models will feature the ARMOR 2X cooling tech.

 

As for pricing, we should see MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING 3G priced at around $215, while the GAMING X will be a little more expensive, and the ARMOR models a little cheaper.

NVIDIA accuses Intel of cheating on Xeon Phi benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 1:31 pm

Intel used a benchmark slide during its presentation at ISC 2016 to detail their Xeon Phi processors being 2.3x faster than NVIDIA GPUs in neural network training. According to Intel's data and comparisons, the Xeon Phi is also 38% better at scaling. Well, NVIDIA isn't happy and it's ready to fight, taking to a new blog post saying "We'd like to address these claims and correct some misperceptions that may arise".

 

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First off, NVIDIA claims that Intel used Caffe AlexNet data that is 18 months old, with four Xeon Phi servers against four Maxwell-based GPUs. The latest version which is publicly available, and NVIDIA providing a link to it in their blog, sees NVIDIA's four Maxwell GPUs delivering 30% faster training time than the four Xeon Phi servers. Using four of the new Pascal-based Titan X GPUs, training is a whopping 90% faster than four of Intel's Xeon Phi servers, and if you want to put the boot heel on Intel's neck, just a single DGX-1 machine from NVIDIA is 5x faster than four Xeon Phi servers.

 

NVIDIA goes into great detail on its blog so be sure to check it out, with the post finishing with NVIDIA saying "It's great that Intel is now working on deep learning. This is the most important computing revolution with the era of AI upon us and deep learning is too big to ignore. But they should get their facts straight".

AMD's 16-threaded Zen-based CPU spotted, has a 95W TDP

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 12:01 pm

AMD is working towards Zen as we speak, but more leaked details have arrived on the 4-core and 8-core CPUs which will feature 8 and 16 CPU threads in total, respectively. The new details are on the clock speeds and TDP, with the 16-threaded Zen CPU clocking in at 2.8Ghz base frequency and up to 3.2GHz boost. The new 16-thread CPU will be a 95W part according to the leaks.

 

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If we compare it to Intel's Broadwell-E based, 16-threaded Core i7-6900K processor, which is also made on the 14nm process, Intel has a higher 130W TDP. AMD's 8-core/16-thread Zen-based CPU has a TDP of just 95W in comparison, 35W less than Intel's offering with the 6900K. AMD has some great efficiency tricks up its sleeve with Zen, but the 14nm process used by Intel is different to the 14nm FinFET process that Samsung and Globalfoundries use for AMD's new CPUs.

 

Performance wise, we already expect over 40% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the previous generation CPU architecture from AMD, codenamed Excavator. The older FX-8350 from AMD was an 8-threaded CPU (4 physical CPU cores) codenamed Orochi, while the Zen-based Summit Ridge CPU is twice as fast in Cinebench 15, according to AMD. If we're looking at twice the efficiency per core, the new 4- and 8-core processors are going to be rather large improvements for AMD, putting them on a more level playing field against Intel.

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Intel doubles down on VR, now building a VR studio in LA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 10:32 am

Intel has committed to VR in a big way, announcing plans to build a new studio in LA that will work on sports and entertainment VR projects, with the new studio called the Intel Tech Experience Labs.

 

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The company hasn't unveiled any details on the VR studio, but the LA Times has said that Intel will be working on helping companies and other third parties create VR videos using Intel's technology. VentureBeat reports that the VR studio will continue the work Intel did on the 360-degree replay technology is acquired earlier this year and was used by the NBA to provide fans with different angles of the court.

 

Intel isn't the first to have its own VR studio, with the Facebook-owned Oculus having its Story Studio, and YouTube has offices in both NYC and LA that have VR rigs. AOL even has a VR studio that Huffington Post uses for 360-degree content. It looks like Intel is getting very serious about VR, and that's a great thing to see.

Google's new Nexus as fast as Samsung Galaxy S7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 8:26 am

Google has the world excited for its next-gen Nexus smartphones, which until now we've known as the Nexus M1 and Nexus S1. The Nexus M1 is the faster of the two, and a new leak says that the new Nexus M1 will have high-end hardware, and will be just as good as any of the flagship smartphones on the market.

 

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According to an Antutu benchmark for the "Google Nexus Marlin" found by a Weibo user 'The Malignant', the new Nexus M1 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. Google's new Nexus M1 will also reportedly feature 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by an 8-megapixel selfie camera. We're also expecting a 2560x1440 native resolution.

 

We are still waiting for the official announcement and release date of the new Nexus smartphones, which shouldn't be too much longer away, hopefully somewhere in October.

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