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Google pauses its Fiber rollout, fires 9% of Fiber staff

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 8:00 am

After a pretty successful rollout of uber-fast internet access, Google has announced it has plans to "pause" the expansion of its Fiber rollout into 10 more cities, as well as a 9% cull in Fiber staff.




Google's current Fiber customers will not be affected, but those that were expecting the high-speed Fiber goodness to hit their neighborhood will not want to even read the end of this sentence. The confirmed rollouts in San Francisco, Irvine, Huntsville and San Antonio are all unaffected, but the planned Fiber rollout for Chicago, Dallas, Portland, Tampa and San Diego will have residents disappointed.


The reason behind Google's sudden "pause" in its Fiber rollout? Google said it needed to "stay ahead of the curve" in providing gigabit internet service, with the company recently acquiring high-speed wireless ISP, Webpass. If we end up seeing Google push into providing high-speed internet access wirelessly, it would explain why it stopped the future Fiber rollouts because physical hardware being installed all across the US is expensive compared to a new wireless system.

WikiLeaks: Apple gives customers' data to governments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 7:00 am

The ongoing WikiLeaks data dump continues, all without proof of life of Julian Assange after the Ecuadorian embassy had its internet line severed - new information has surfaced on Apple and just how much it cares for its consumers' privacy.




In a purported leaked email from December 2015, Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives sent an email to John Podesta, the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign - Lisa said: "Please know that Apple will continue its work with law enforcement. We share law enforcement's concerns about the threat to citizens and we work closely with authorities to comply with legal requests for data that have helped solve complex crimes".


But it was the next paragraph that was highlighted by WikiLeaks, and for good reason: "Thousands of times every month, we give governments information about Apple customers and devices, in response to warrants and other forms of legal process. We have a team that responds to those requests 24 hours a day. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple's ability to give law enforcement meta-data or any of a number of other very useful categories of data".

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ZOTAC has your back with GTX 1070-powered VR GO backpack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 6:24 am

ZOTAC has made its VR backpack official during its unveiling event in Hong Kong, announcing the new VR GO backpack, which features an awesome design, more user-friendly functionality, and enough CPU and GPU horsepower to play every VR game on the market.



ZOTAC was showing off the VR backpack at Computex 2016 earlier this year, but it wasn't in its final form. The official VR GO backpack is lighter, more durable, and easier to use - something you can see from ThinkComputers' video above. Inside of ZOTAC's new VR GO backpack is a full NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and a hot-swappable battery for longer-lasting VR gaming on-the-go.


Ther's also HDMI and USB ports at the top of the VR GO backpack, so you won't be fumbling down the sides or at the bottom to get your VR headset plugged into it.

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ZOTAC's new Sonix PCIe 480GB SSD reads at 2.8GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 5:35 am

ZOTAC has unleashed a plethora of new products to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, with a new GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm and Magnus EN1080 mini-PC - but they also announced the ZOTAC 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition Sonix SSD.




The new ZOTAC Sonix PCIe arrives with a 480GB capacity, 512MB of DDR3 used as DRAM cache, and arrives on the NVMe 1.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and rocks some serious read/write speeds. We're talking about sequential reads of up to 2800MB/sec and writes of up to 1500MB/sec, not bad.




ZOTAC has included LED lighting on the back of the Sonix 480GB PCIe SSD, with a slick black heat shroud that will keep the SSD cool.

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Halloween Sale: Under $7 for Evil Within & Mad Max

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 4:50 am

You may have your costume ready to go for Halloween, but is your Steam account fully prepped with horror-themed games to set the mood? GMG hopes you need a few extras to fill the creepy void with a Halloween-themed sale on over three hundred PC gaming titles including new lows on The Evil Within and Mad Max with each running only $6.79.




There are a ton of titles in the sale, and you can see a full breakdown of all deals here. When we look at the sale from a big picture standpoint, the best deals can be categorized in three ways 1) Bethesda titles at Summer Sale pricing (or better in some cases); 2) Ever popular Resident Evil titles matching historic low price points; 3) and everything else in the sale (which is a huge number of titles).


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Resident Evil



More Halloween Sale Deals



Most games listed above are hitting new lows, but a few are also really good to mention. One worthy deal to point out is the Fallout 4 Season Pass dropping to only $26.79. This is the first time the Fallout 4 Season Pass has dropped under the $30 mark since Bethesda raised the list price from $30 to $50 earlier this year in March.


The sale will run through Halloween, ending the next day on November 1st at 9AM Pacific. That gives you essentially the weekend to pickup any of the titles on sale at or near their historic low price points.

ZOTAC's new mini PC packs full-sized GeForce GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 3:55 am

ZOTAC held its 10-year anniversary event in Hong Kong over the last 24 hours, where it unveiled a new graphics card that it collaborated with Thermaltake on: the new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm Thermaltake 10 Year Anniversary Edition graphics card. It comes watercooled with Thermaltake powering the cooling side, and ZOTAC's custom PCB and high overclock goodness we've come to love about their cards.




Well, the exciting new 10-year anniversary celebration included the new ZOTAC Magnus EN1080 10 Year Anniversary Edition mini-PC, which features NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 inside - not bad for something the size of a BRIX or NUC, huh? The rest of the specifications are just as good, delivering desktop gaming PC power inside of something much smaller. The entire system will draw up to 180W, which means this is a portable gaming and productivity powerhouse.




The entire Magnus EN1080 10 Year Anniversary Edition is completely liquid cooled, with ZOTAC's engineers pulling off some magic on the Magnus EN1080 with a "specially designed liquid cooling thermal system" that cools both the CPU and the GPU.

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Brand new Intel Kaby Lake HP laptops, up to $510 Off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 3:41 am

Intel's Kaby Lake, the CPU successor to Skylake, is finally hitting the mainline retail shelves as evidenced by HP. Earlier this past weekend, HP added five new 7th Gen laptops to their online store catalog. Four of the five laptops are 15.6-inch machines while the last pick is a 17.3-inch desktop replace - all on the higher-end spectrum in terms of specification. To move units, there are even coupon discounts on the Kaby Lake HP Envy 15 laptops upon release week - something HP has traditionally been doing for the past handful of years.




Keep in mind, Kaby Lake is all about resolution performance. It will have a slightly faster clock speed to 6th gen, but the best reason to go 7th gen is 4K displays and 3D graphics. For the most part, HP is offering 4K, but going 1080p will make it hundreds less.


For all deals use promo code: EMRY9599


Envy 15



Envy 17



The greatest savings you'll achieve in these opening deals for the HP Envy Kaby Lake laptops is the 17.3-inch model. Its base configuration starts out pretty high-end with a 1080p touch display, discrete graphics, a fast-booting 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM. Upgrading to a 4K display is available given the Kaby Lake excels in 4K performance, but the display upgrade is fairly costly, being an extra $250.


If you look at all configurations listed above, you'll notice three laptops are customizable and two are pre-built models. The pre-built, like the high-end 15.6-inch 4K model with a 512GB SSD, will be shipped out the next business day from HP and will arrive for free in about a week. The customizable laptops take a little more time because HP will need to build them to your specifications, and will arrive in about two weeks after purchase straight from the factory. GPU options for select machine includes the GeForce 940MX, a mid-range option which will be able to run most modern titles at low to medium settings.

ZOTAC teams with Thermaltake on new GTX 1080 ArcticStorm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 2:15 am

ZOTAC has been releasing some of the best high-end GeForce graphics cards over the last few years, with the GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme one of the best GTX 10 series cards, period. Now the company is back, celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a massive event at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong.




During the event, ZOTAC unveiled their new GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm Thermaltake 10 Year Anniversary Edition graphics card, which the company teases has a "completely new PCB which delivers 16 power phases (instead of the traditional 8+2 power phase) on the board, enabling significantly greater power regulation at higher speeds. Another feature that gives more control into user's hands is the innate ability to support dual BIOS, and enabling BIOS switching via FIRESTORM".




The default BIOS on the watercooled GTX 1080 from ZOTAC has slightly increased clocks than the normal GTX 1080 ArcticStorm, hitting base/boost clocks of 1657/1797MHz, respectively. I'm sure it'll be capable of much more, and those building custom PC rigs are going to be in love with the design.


ZOTAC even throws in its new limited edition HB SLI bridge in the box for the GTX 1080 ArcticStorm Thermaltake 10 Year Anniversary Edition graphics card.

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Pokemon GO in-game Halloween event set for Oct 26 to Nov

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 1:22 am

The scariest night the year is almost here, and in celebration of Halloween, Niantic Inc. will be launching Pokémon GO's first in-game event.



The spooky-themed feature will commence October 26, and run through until November 1. During that time, players will earn double the amount of candy for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon.


In keeping with the spirit of Halloween and all things scary, players will encounter more ghoulish type Pokémon over the next week. Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee and Hypno will be more visible throughout the event duration.

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AMD confirms high-end Zen CPU launch for early 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 12:54 am

AMD has confirmed it will be launching its next generation Zen CPU architecture in early 2017, during the company's Q3 2016 earnings call.




Chris Hemmelgarn from Barclays asked: "With Summit Ridge launching in Q1 of 2017, I guess how would you expect the channel to ramp that? Do you see it ramping pretty fully in the first couple of quarters of the year, or are you looking for more normal PC seasonality?", to which AMD CEO Lisa Su replied: "You know, I would expect that there will be a relatively good initial demand for Summit Ridge that may be you know, not quite at the seasonal patterns".


Su added: "From where we see, Summit Ridge is playing in a space in the high-end desktop that we currently aren't offering a product. So we believe we'll be competitive certainly with Core I5 as well as Core I7 and we will be launching in those areas".

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