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Samsung Galaxy C7 to feature dual rear camera setup?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 7:42 pm

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy C10 should be company's first smartphone with a dual camera setup, but it certainly won't be the only one.




The Galaxy Note8 is also expected to feature a dual camera, and now a new report claims that the Galaxy C7 should also come with dual rear camera setup.


The Galaxy C7 should be a mid-range phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and come with 5.7-inch AMOLED display.

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LG V30 could be unveiled at IFA in Berlin

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 5:48 pm

We recently reported that LG plans to announce the V30 earlier than last year's V20, announced in September last year.




Now, a new report has emerged claiming that LG might introduce the V30 at IFA in Berlin. This would be the first time that the company unveils a flagship at IFA.


The V30 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced Snapdragon 836, the same processor that should power Samsung's Galaxy Note8, rumored to be announced in August.

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OnePlus 5 is the company's fastest selling device

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:14 pm

A day after the official announcement of the OnePlus 5, Carl Pei, co-founder on OnePlus, has revealed that the phone is company's fastest selling device ever.



Although the phone doesn't officially go on sale until June 27th, the company held and early sale online and at pop-up stores around the world.


The OnePlus 5 is powered by Qualcomm's top-notch processor, the Snapdragon 835, the same as the HTC U11 and Samsung's Galaxy S8. The device comes with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, but there is no microSD slot.

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'Han Solo' spin-off directors fired by LucasFilm CEO

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 5:56 am

Hot on the heels of the behind the scenes drama on last year's 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One', it looks as though the upcoming 'Han Solo' is also in trouble.




In an official announcement released today, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have announced their departure from the project, despite principal photography nearing an end, saying "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true". But rather than parting ways amicably as the official line suggests, a report from Variety has revealed that LucasFilm CEO Kathy Kennedy fired the pair, with a source revealing that "it was a culture clash from day one... they weren't given the leeway to do what they had to do". Such was the animosity between the three, it's said that "She [Kennedy] didn't even like the way they folded their socks."


LucasFilm have promised to announce a replacement director soon, with the previously announced May 25, 2018 release date to remain.

AMD EPYC: 32C/64T flagship CPU costs $4200, monster perf

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:40 am

The NDA has lifted on AMD's next-gen Epyc CPU range of processors, with the company detailing some of the pricing on its Xeon CPU competitors - with some hefty pricing at the flagship end of the scale.




AMD will have a bunch of 32C/64T options, with the Epyc 7601 flagship CPU that is available right now for $4200. Under that, we have the Epyc 7551 without pricing yet, but the Epyc 7501 is priced at $3400 and also available today. Towards the end of July, there will be the Epyc 7401 for $1850, the Epyc 7301 for $825, Epyc 7281 for $650, and Epyc 7251 for $475.


Our resident CPU editor Steven Bassiri, has detailed AMD's new Epyc CPUs here - with a more detailed piece on the way very soon.

NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: 5120 CUDA cores, 16GB HBM2, 300W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 3:25 am

NVIDIA has already released its Volta-based Tesla V100 graphics card, but they've now detailed their new Volta V100 GPU based on the PCIe standard. This rides the news of AMD announcing its new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card, with 16GB of HBM2.




The new NVIDIA Volta V100 is built on the new 12nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) node from TSMC, and is custom built for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. Inside, there's an amazing 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 80 SMs, 40 TPCs, and GPU clocks of 1370/1455MHz for base and boost, respectively. NVIDIA has tapped 16GB of HBM2 with a 4096-bit memory bus that provides a huge 900GB/sec of bandwidth.


NVIDIA's new PCIe-based Volta V100 doesn't support NVLINK of course, but it sports a dual-slot cooler with black/gold color scheme that looks slick as hell. But, how does it compare to the new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card? Let's take a look.


  • Radeon Instinct MI25: FP16 @ 24.6 TFLOPs
  • NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP16 @ 28 TFLOPs


  • Radeon Instinct MI25: FP32 @ 12.3 TFLOPs
  • NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP32 @ 14 TFLOPs

AMD details its Radeon Instinct MI25 with 16GB HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 2:32 am

AMD has detailed its upcoming Radeon Instinct graphics cards, with their flagship Radeon Instinct MI25 which has 16GB of HBM2 - and 64 next-gen compute units (4096 stream processors) all based on the Vega GPU architecture.




AMD's upcoming Radeon Instinct MI25 features 4096 stream processors, 12.3 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance (24.6 TFLOPs of FP16 compute perf.), 16GB of HBM2 that provides 484GB/sec of memory bandwidth. All of this fits on a dual-slot card at 10.5 inches long, with a 300W TDP.




Performance wise, Radeon Instinct MI25 beats out NVIDIA's Tesla P100-16 with 1.3x more FP16 and FP32 performance, and far better performance per watt.

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MSI details its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 12:57 am

After our world exclusive first look of MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z at Computex 2017 in late-May, MSI has finally detailed its upcoming custom GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z graphics card.





We are looking at amazing piece of engineering and craftsmanship, with the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z rocking a massive 8+8+8 pin PCIe power connector set up for the serious overclockers. MSI has used their new and improved Tri-Frozr cooling technology, that packs 2 x 10cm and 1 x 9cm TORX 2.0 fans. This combines the best of both worlds with a traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, that provides great cooling but it won't be loud.




As for clocks, MSI is conservative by saying the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z will have three GPU clocks:


  • 1721MHz / 1607MHz / 11124MHz (Lightning Mode)
  • 1695MHz / 1582MHz / 11124MHz (Gaming Mode)
  • 1582MHz / 1480MHz / 11016MHz (Silent Mode)

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Blizzard and Twitch team up for major eSports initiative

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 12:13 am

Blizzard and Twitch today signed an agreement that's set to earn massive engagement and spectatorship for Blizzard's billion-dollar franchises like Overwatch.




Twitch today announced that it has partnered with Blizzard in a two-year deal to stream more than 20 major eSports events based around Blizzard IPs, including the Overwatch APEX League and the Hearthstone Championship Tour. Twitch will have third-party rights to stream key Blizzard eSports events through 2018 that range across the company's games catalog including Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Overwatch.


Perhaps the most impressive part of the deal is how Twitch Prime subscribers in over 200 countries and territories will receive free loot for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of Storm. Blizzard will give away a premium Overwatch golden lootbox to all Twitch Prime subscribers from now until August 10. More free Overwatch loot boxes and in-game rewards for Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm will continue flowing to Twitch Prime subscribers in the coming months.


Essentially this is an incredibly smart move on both party's behalf. Since Twitch Prime is free with Amazon Prime, this partnership has a multiple benefits that naturally pull more viewers and shoppers into the ecosystem. Blizzard handing out free loot to players is a great way to reward existing gamers and attract new ones. eSports spectatorship is proven to be a major engagement builder that organically feeds any video game community, however since Blizzard is handing out the content free regardless of viewership, that gives everyday non-eSports fans to get pulled into Blizzard's IP as well.

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Browser games to make up 15% of PC gaming 2017 revenues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 11:15 pm

PC gaming owes a portion of its yearly global revenues to browser-based games like Runescape and Drakensang Online.




The PC gaming segment isn't just about high-end 4K visuals, thread-ripping CPUs and the most powerful video cards--it has an accessible side to it where anyone can jump in and play even with older laptops and hardware. The PC browser market is filled with free-to-play games with freemium-style microtransactions that earn quite a bit of revenue every year. According to Newzoo's latest 2017 global games market report, browser-based gaming will rake in $4.5 billion in 2017, down 9.3% year-over-year. Since PC gaming is forecasted to make $29.4 billion in total revenues, PC browser games will be responsible of 15.3% of the segment's total earnings.


Traditional digital and boxed PC games are to make $29.4 billion in 2017, down 1.3% year-over-year, compared to console gaming's $33.5 billion, which is up 3.6% year-over-year. Console gaming is expected to make up 31% of total game sales revenues in 2017, versus PC gaming's 27%. This is likely attributed to the influx of new titles to be released throughout 2017 including Call of Duty WWII, Destiny 2, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Assassin's Creed: Origins onto the console market's massive install base. Sony recently confirmed that it's sold more than 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles, and reports indicate Microsoft may have sold as many as 39 million Xbox One units to date.

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