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Top 6 laptop leftover deals for Cyber Week

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 6:58 pm

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are over, and you still didn't buy that new laptop? No problem, there are still a few hot deals leftover from Cyber Monday. If you're on a budget or want something higher-end with a good price break, we've rounded up the top 5 post-Cyber Monday laptop deals.

 

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Three retailers stand out as offering decent deals: Lenovo, HP, and Dell. It's obvious to us that Lenovo is trying to rid themselves of a few 2016 laptop models to make way for the upcoming 2017 units, probably with new Intel 7th generation "Kaby Lake" processors. HP and Dell, on the other hand, have a select few laptops equipped with the new 7th gen processors on the cheap.

 

  • 1) Lenovo Ideapad 700 - $669.99 at Lenovo (list $930)
  • Use Coupon Code: DRBUSTER88
  • 15.6" 1080p IPS Display
  • Core i5-6300HQ
  • 12GB RAM
  • eForce GTX 950M
  • 256GB SSD

 

  • 2) Lenovo Y700-14 80NU002AUS - $719.99 at Lenovo (list $1,000)
  • Use Coupon Code: DRBUSTER99
  • 14" 1080p IPS Display
  • Core i7-6700HQ
  • 16GB RAM
  • Radeon R9 M375
  • 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD

 

If you've been looking for a cheap mid-range and entry-level gaming laptop, both the Lenovo models above should do the trick nicely. The Ideapad 700 with the GTX950M will be able to handle most modern games at decent settings, while the smaller 14-inch Y700-14 has a much weaker GPU though it will still suffice for casual gaming. Both units come with SSD and are at a rare price range for machines with SSD, Full HD IPS panels and a GPU.

 

  • 3) Dell Inspiron 17 5000 - $749 at Dell (list $1,050)
  • Use Coupon Code: EARLYBIRD250
  • 17.3" 1080p Display
  • Core i7-7500U
  • 16GB RAM
  • Radeon R7 M445

 

Dell has refreshed their lineup of the 17.3-inch Inspiron 17 with a new 7th gen "Kaby Lake" processor. This one spec'd with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and a Radeon R7 GPU was originally listed for $1,050 when it first released this month. Now after a $300 off coupon code you can reduce the price to $749. Probably the cheapest i7 Kaby Lake laptop out there with 16GB RAM.

 

  • 4) HP Pavilion 17 - $569.99 at HP (list $880)
  • Use Coupon Code: EMRY9599
  • 15.6" 1080p IPS display
  • Core i5-6300HQ
  • 8GB RAM
  • GeForce GTX 960M

 

HP killed off most of the big discounts it was posting on Cyber Monday, but one laptop to get a slightly better price was their basic 17.3-inch HP Pavilion 17 model with a Quad Core i5 processor and discrete graphics. This is in fact a very gaming capable laptop and one of the lowest priced on the market with a Quad Core CPU + GTX 960M GPU.

 

 

If you're into a larger screen 2-in-1 fold-able laptop, the HP Pavilion x360 at the Microsoft Store will be worth looking at. This week the Intel 7th gen "Kaby Lake" equipped laptop dropped to $529, which is $200 off the usual $729 at most retailers. HP has a similar configuration with weaker 6GB RAM on sale for $529 this week, but this laptop at Microsoft has a higher 8GB RAM for the same cheapest-ever price point.

 

 

One last laptop to look at the Microsoft Store is their 15.6-inch Lenovo Z50 gaming-ish laptop for only $319. One shouldn't be bragging about these specs for gaming, but it will be capable of light gaming with an AMD FX-7500 CPU and Radeon R7 video card. Free game download included from AMD, which you can find the details about here.

5 reasons why AMD's next-gen Vega is going to kick ass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 6:31 pm

AMD has been on the up and up this entire year, with the Radeon Technologies Group team reaching for the stars with its first new GPU architecture release under RTG: Polaris.

 

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Polaris powered the Radeon RX 400 and Radeon Pro 400 series graphics cards, including the Radeon RX 480, RX 470, and RX 460. AMD aimed at the lower/mid-range markets where gamers are spending less than $300 on a graphics card, with around 80% of gamers falling into this category, concentrating on this market and owning it was an important first step for RTG.

 

But what about the high-end? The older Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X is an underwhelming card now with its limiting 4GB of VRAM, but impressive engineering work with the 4GB of HBM1 and the 28nm GPU on an interposer (the interposer sits under the GPU and HBM1, and is made like a chip as well). The work AMD did on the tiny Radeon R9 Nano at the time was just as great, my favorite card of the Fiji family.

 

 

Rumored Tech Specs

 

  • 4096 cores (Vega GPU architecture)
  • 14nm FinFET process
  • Around 12 TFLOPs of performance (RX 480 has 5.2 TFLOPs, while the GTX 1080 has 10.8 TFLOPs)
  • HBM2 (8-16GB) - offering 1024GB/sec over the 320GB/sec on the GTX 1080
  • Vega 10 high-end card - 225W TDP
  • 1465MHz GPU clock

 

Rumored Dual GPU Tech Specs

 

  • 4096 cores (Vega GPU architecture)
  • Around 24 TFLOPs of performance
  • 16-32GB of HBM2 RAM
  • 300W TDP (hopefully higher, letting the GPUs and HBM2 stretch their legs)
  • 1100MHz GPU clock

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EA tributes tragically killed Chapecoense soccer team

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 5:32 pm

A tragic accident shook the world three days ago. A chartered plane with a Brazilian division soccer team crashed near Medellin, Columbia, killing 71 people, leaving only six survivors.

 

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The world is mourning all the tragically lost lives, and Brasil had declared three days of national mourning, while people around the globe are paying their respects to the victims.

 

As a response to the tragedy, Electronic Arts is giving all FIFA 17 players a free Chapecoense kit and crest so they can pay tribute to the tragically lost lives in-game.

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If you think AI era is coming, you're wrong! It's here

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 4:21 pm

The second day of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) was dedicated to one of the most interesting technology topics and breakthroughs in recent years - artificial intelligence. The main speaker was IBM's Peter Hedges, one of the main experts in charge of the development of the famous Watson and head of IBM's cognitive computing in Europe.

 

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Hedges started his keynote by saying that they started the Watson project ten years ago because they wanted to develop a system that can understand natural language. Just five years later, Watson has beaten the best players in Jeopardy.

 

"That was just the beginning. We later went on to teach Watson about medicine, finance, law...not so it could replace doctors or lawyers, but because it could be a great help to them", said Hedges, who has worked at IBM for over thirty years and still talks with the same enthusiasm like it's his first day at work.

Continue reading 'If you think AI era is coming, you're wrong! It's here' (full post)

European countries working to attract Tesla investment

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 3:25 pm

In November, Elon Musk announced that he plans to choose a location for Gigafactory 2 in Europe next year. He also said that the factory would combine both the production of batteries and complete cars.

 

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Of course, many European countries would be thrilled to become the home of the Gigafactory 2. And rightfully so because the Gigafactory would create between 6,000 and 10,000 direct jobs, and an investment of around $5 billion, says Electrek.

 

Portugal is using social media to try to attract Elon to their country. They formed a Facebook group called 'Bring Tesla Gigafactory to Portugal!' and they already have more than 25,000 members, and growing. The group description states: "Let's bring the European Tesla Gigafactory to Portugal! Invite your friends to this group, including Tesla employees. Let's show Tesla how welcome they will be in Portugal and how Portugal is the place to be for their new factory in Europe."

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Apple joins the fight to end AIDS with special offers

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 2:33 pm

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. Governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world mark this day, often by organizing educations on AIDS prevention and fundraising.

 

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In honor of World AIDS Day, Apple is offering ways for customers to join (RED) in its mission to create an AIDS-free generation. Apple is the world's largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund, founded by, among others, Melinda and Bill Gates and Kofi Annan. This year marks Apple's 10th anniversary supporting (RED) in the fight to end AIDS.

 

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in an official statement:

 

The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give. Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. We want to leave the world better than we found it, and that's why our longtime partnership with (RED) remains so important to us.

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4 new CTUs are coming to Rainbow Six Siege next year

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 1:32 pm

Thanks to Redditor "bunnybowing" from the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit, we now know the countries that those 4 new CTUs from gonna come from.

 

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The image comes from the Ubisoft China blog of weibo.com. According to it, year 2 DLC pass gonna be available on the 1st December. (That's the Chinese release date and not the North America one.) 4 new CTUs gonna be added coming from Spain, Hong Kong (China), Israel and South Korea.

 

For more information on this year 2 season pass, please read our post here.

Steam's library of games is growing quicker every year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 11:24 am

2016 was a gigantic year for gaming, with literally too many games to list - but it's not the AAA titles that are driving digital distribution platforms on the PC like Steam, it's the new indie games that are blowing up on Steam.

 

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38% of all games on Steam were released this year, a number that should have you gasping - 4207 new games have been released onto Steam this year, and remember - the year isn't over yet. Last year, 2964 games were released, while in 2014 there were 1772 new games, and compared to 2013 the number of games released has skyrocked from 565 in 2013.

 

Valve has been working with gamers since its inception, but in 2012 the company launched its Steam Greenlight initiative that saw Steam gamers voting on which games would be submitted into the Steam store. Valve didn't need to spend so much time going through all of the games submitted, and it gives gamers a more hands-on approach with what games were approved.

 

Predictions for 2017? 6500+ new games released.

YouTube now supports 4K live streaming at 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 9:06 am

YouTube has announced that it now supports 4K livestreaming, right up to 60FPS - in both 360-degree and standard video formats.

 

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It was only a couple of weeks ago that YouTube rolled out its 4K HDR support, leaving content creators with the wide variety of formats that are now filled to the brim with 4K 60FPS, HDR, and 4K 60FPS 360-degree content.

 

The one big point that 4K 60FPS is going to do for people is that content creators can livestream the highest quality video available on YouTube, which should lead to us receiving broadcast-quality content on-the-go.

Overwatch's Season 3 begins, with changes on the way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 7:12 am

My brother, nephew, and I have prepared ourselves for today - the first day of the third season of competitive play in Overwatch. Blizzard has opened the competitive flood gates on both the PC and console versions of the game.

 

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The new competitive season will include some changes that aren't quite here yet, and lets Overwatch players built up points that can be used to rank up, and be traded in for golden weapons, sprays, icons, and more. The changes include starting Overwatch players in lower ranks, where they can work their way up, instead of falling for the first few games thanks to half-baked matchmaking.

 

One of the things that Blizzard did, that I liked, is that you could still play "Off Season" competitive matches. Playing the off season matches allowed people who love the format, rules, and play style of competitive mode aren't waiting so long between seasons.

 

Some of the changes we should expect are the new map that's on its way known as Oasis, Symmetra will receive her Photon Barrier and Shield Generator, and hopefully more. I'm hoping we get some Christmas-themed outfits and weapons, as my brother who 'hooks all day' with Roadhog wants a Santa Claus outfit for his hog.

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