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Intel's new 'Haswell EP' Xeon CPUs support up to 36 logical cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 9:08 am

Intel's new 'Haswell EP' based Xeon processors are some serious workhorses, packing an insane 18 cores - for a total of 36 logical cores when Hyper-Threading is taken into consideration. This is the new Xeon E5-2600 v3.

 

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To get here, Intel had to do some great work under the hood, with 45MB of L3 cache helping it all out. Latency and power consumption become a big issue with a 36-core processor, but Intel has done it, all while AMD has no new CPU architecture until 2016. The new Intel Xeon E5 processor comes in 22 SKUs, ranging from a 3.5GHz quad-core model all the way up to the 18-core 2.3GHz chip.

 

Just in case you didn't see, William has posted up an article covering this total beast of a new CPU from Intel.

Watch a video ad on Spotify Free, get ad-free music for 30 minutes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 7:29 am

Spotify is continuing to climb up the music streaming mountain, announcing that it is diving into the video business, offering up video advertising products for its over 30 million free users.

 

 

The new video ads are split into two sides, the first is a brand partner being able to purchase 15- or 30-second "takeover" ads for desktop users. These ads will only be displayed when the desktop client is open, but if not, a normal audio ad will be played instead. The second ad will be offering up mobile users a 30-second commercial, providing them with 30 minutes of ad-free listening.

 

Spotify is able to do this with some big sponsors jumping on-board, such as Coca-Cola, Ford, McDonalds, NBC Universal pictures, Target and Wells Fargo. The music streaming outfit is aiming at a specific group of its users, something the company calls its "highly engaged" audience, users who spend an average of 146 minutes per day, or more, listening across multiple devices. The ads will be pushed into six markets for Q4 2014: Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, the US and the UK. Spotify will roll it out globally sometime in 2015.

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AU Optronics teases new AHVA-based 144Hz display panels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 6:34 am

While NVIDIA and ASUS have the gaming display market wrapped up with the ROG Swift PG278Q, AU Optronics has announced a new slew of display panels that are based on its AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing-Angle) panel technology. This technology is said to be similar to LG's IPS technology, but cranks the refresh rate up to 144Hz.

 

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Samsung has its PLS technology, similar to LG's IPS tech, which goes up to 120Hz, but right now the TN-based panels own the 144Hz market. AU Optronics' new panel, the M270DAN02.3, is a 27-inch example. We have a resolution of 2560x1440, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350cd/m2 brightness, sRGB gamut and 178/178-degree viewing angles.

 

AU Optronics is part of the BenQ group, so we should see this new panel baked into BenQ's range of gaming monitors in the near future.

No new CPU architectures from AMD until at least 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:29 am

Intel has just launched its new high-end Haswell-E platform, but what is AMD doing? Well, according to a recent interview with Bloomberg, AMD won't be releasing a new micro-architecture until 2016, with any CPU or APU products released between now and then based on current architecture.

 

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AMD CEO, Rory Read, talked with Bloomberg, but didn't reveal any information on future microarchitecture, but he did say that the hardware coming out next year will be based on existing architecture, and won't be much better than what AMD has on the market now. Read said: "AMD engineers are now proving they can deliver new designs on time, something that didn't happen in the past."

 

In 2015, we can expect AMD to release new APUS that will be based on the low-power Puma+ and high-performance Steamroller architecture. Both of these architectures aren't expected to deliver much additional performance, but we should expect lowered power consumption and heat output.

GTA V on PC rumored to be the lead platform for refreshed version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 4:42 am

Grand Theft Auto V is expected on PC soon, but the latest rumor is that Rockstar Games has been working on GTA V for PC since 2012. This news comes from a leak for GTA V's internal builds, with the PS4 and Xbox One not mentioned in these logs.

 

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If this is true, it means that the PC version of GTA V could be the lead platform. With the new version of Grand Theft Auto V coming soon to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC after close to a year of being exclusive to the previous-generation consoles, the PC being the lead platform would be some good news for Rockstar Games' open-world title.

Top Gun 2 takes flight, as Paramount finally commits to sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 3:31 am

It might have taken 20 years, but it looks like 'Top Gun' is set to fly again, as Paramount rallies behind the sequel's production with some of the studios heaviest hitters.

 

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The Hollywood Reporter has today revealed that the film has a solid green light, with original star Tom Cruise all but locked away and producer Jerry Bruckheimer on board, following his years at rival studio Disney.

 

Writer Justin Marks, who's coming off 'The Jungle Book' for 'Iron Man' Director Jon Favreau is set to take another swing at the script, from the abandoned draft by Peter Craig.

 

The sequel has been in development hell for well over a decade and was thought to be abandoned following the death of Director Tony Scott.

 

 

'Top Gun' was re-released to IMAX theatres and Blu-ray in a 3D enhanced version in 2012.

Batman: Arkham Knight release date announced: June 2, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 1:06 am

Warner Bros. and DC have announced the release date for Batman: Arkham Knight, with June 2, 2015 to see two special editions released. The first is the Limited Edition, but the second sounds a bit nicer: Batmobile Edition. Both of the special editions will be made in limited quantities across the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

 

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The Limited Edition provides an art book, SteelBook case and game disc, the Arkham Knight #0 comic, and exclusive skin pack with three The New 52 skins, and a Batman memorial statue. The Limited Edition will set back gamers $144 for the PS4 and Xbox One version, but on the PC, and limited to the European, Australian and New Zealand gamers, it will be priced at $120.

 

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For $200, the Batmobile Edition is limited to consoles, and comes with everything that the Limited Edition version offered, but removes the memorial statue and replaces it with a transforming Batmobile statue.

4K Blu-ray is a go as Blu-ray Disc Association develops plans

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 12:38 am

During the 2014 IFA consumer electronics show which has just wrapped up in Berlin, Blu-ray Disc Association chairman Victor Matsuda revealed that plans to evolve Blu-ray technology are continuing, throwing down the gauntlet at claims that optical technology is dead.

 

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To be released by the end of next year, the Blu-ray 4K format will utilise updates introduced since the original Blu-ray specification was settled over 10 years ago, including the breakthrough efficiencies afforded by the H265 HEVC codec, alongside improvements to colour gamut and dynamic range, support for 60FPS (for all you 'Hobbit' high frame rate fans) and an expected bump in disc capacity up to 100GB - double the current standard. I would expect the format will also embrace new audio formats, such as Dolby's ATMOS technology.

 

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While I still hold that a 4K Blu-ray format will only serve to be even more niche than current Blu-ray, I am hugely excited by the potential that the technology could offer, which will be the 'Rolls Royce' of 4K content. Besides, it would take me a day to download a 4K trailer on my puny 3MB internet connection - let alone a whole movie. Bring it on.

Hands-on with Sony's new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2014 10:03 pm

We got some hands-on time with the new Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at IFA 2014, with Sony's new 8-inch slate featuring a 1920x1200 display, and much, much more.

 

 

We have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 chip, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of on-board flash which is expandable through microSD, a SIM card slot in case you wanted to use data on-the-go, a 4500mAh battery, a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera with an 8.1-megapixel rear-facing snapper.

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Gartner: Family home could have more than 500 smart devices by 2022

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 8, 2014 10:00 pm

Dropping prices in connected devices, and increasingly tech savvy families in the United States, will help drive the Internet of Things (IoT) in the future ahead. In a mature and affluent market, for example, there could be hundreds of "smart" objects in a single household by 2022, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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Large domestic appliances aren't replaced often, so average households will grow their collection of smart objects slowly over the next decade. However, a mature smart home will not take place until 2020 to 2025, as smart domestic products continue to be released.

 

"We expect that a very wide range of domestic equipment will become 'smart' in the sense of gaining some level of sensing and intelligence combined with the ability to communicate, usually wirelessly," said Nick Jones, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a statement. "More sophisticated devices will include both sensing and remote control functions. Price will seldom be an inhibitor because the cost of the Internet of Things (IoT) enabling a consumer 'thing' will approach $1 in the long term."

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