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Apple iPhone 6s conceptual designs released featuring stainless steel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 4:05 am

French website No Where Else has recently released some iPhone 6s conceptual design images, showing a stainless steel Apple Watch alongside a 4.5-inch iPhone and 7.6mm thick iPhone 6s.

 

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The designer for this project is Grisha Serov, showing the Apple Watch conceptual design include such features as a 4.5-inch screen, antenna lines along the back of the product, an improved clasping system and an over-all professional and business-dress feel.

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AMD's Radeon R9 490X could feature over 1TB/sec memory bandwidth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 3:53 am

We already know that the Radeon R9 390X is going to be a special card, where according to rumors we can expect it to arrive with a 4096-bit memory bus, made possible with High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. This card should have memory bandwidth of a truly next-gen 640GB/sec. But, what comes after that, is going to be even better.

 

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The first generation of HBM, which SK Hynix is now shipping, provides 2Gb per DRAM die, 1Gbps speed per pin, 128GB/sec of bandwidth and is stackable in groups of four. This results in 4 x 128GB/sec = 512GB/sec, with another 128GB/sec coming from somewhere else on the card. But, the second-generation HBM is going to be lightning quick, even compared to the already-damn-impressive first-gen HBM tech.

 

The second-gen HBM technology will allow for 8Gb per DRAM die, up from 2Gb on the first-gen HBM for starts. This means we should see GPUs with 8-16GB of VRAM on-board. Second, the bandwidth increases to 256GB/sec (up from 128GB/sec) which should arrive as around 1.28TB/sec of available memory bandwidth. Considering NVIDIA's second-generation Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980s only have 224GB/sec of memory bandwidth on a 256-bit bus, the 4096-bit wide memory bus with 1.28TB/sec of bandwidth will surely do some insane things, especially at Ultra HD and beyond resolutions.

 

This is where it will get interesting; over 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth on a 4096-bit bus is going to be an amazing sight to behold, especially at 4K or 8K. Even more so on something like VR with the Oculus Rift, where it could render one eye separate to the other, at 1440p each, and still have memory bandwidth to spare. Things are going to get exciting with the Radeon R9 390X and beyond, but I think that's just the beginning. The R9 490X is going to be when things really kick into second gear, not only spitting on 'next-gen' consoles, but it's going to be when game developers hopefully wake up and realize they should be coding for these GPUs with insane amounts of memory bandwidth, as they're truly next, next-gen technologies.

Kim Dotcom says he is broke, spent millions on his legal defense

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 3:34 am

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said he is "broke," after spending upwards of $10 million on legal expenses, and is now forced to represent himself at a bail hearing next week. The Simpson Grierson law firm stepped down representation of Dotcom two weeks ago, but hasn't issued a public statement regarding the case. The FBI says Dotcom received more than $200 million in "criminal proceeds," as Dotcom traveled the world, living an extremely high-profile lifestyle.

 

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"The [US authorities] have certainly managed to drain my resources and dehydrate me, and without lawyers I am defenseless," Dotcom recently said. "They used that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that's what I'm facing."

 

Dotcom faces extradition to the United States to face piracy charges - as the US government continues to be heavily influenced by copyright groups, lobbying politicians and lawmakers - as Dotcom wished he didn't try to become involved in New Zealand politics. In addition to dumping millions into the failed campaign, many Dotcom supporters eventually turned on him.

Foxconn rumored to be making sapphire glass for Apple next-gen product

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 3:07 am

As according to 'China Economic Weekly News' and Chiphell, Foxconn Technology is rumored to be producing the next-generation of sapphire glass screens for Apple's iPhone platform. As it currently stands, they are one of Apple's main OEM partners and taking on this project will be yet another service they offer to the technology giants.

 

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Foxconn and Apple have reportedly come to agreement to create a 300 acre large production factory in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China - this is following news last week that Foxconn will be building a new factory in Taiwan for iPhone screen production.

 

This deal is rumored to have taken place with Foxconn due to Apple's last partnered screen provider, GT Advanced Technologies, declaring bankruptcy a mere two months ago. The sapphire screen isn't confirmed for release in next-generation iPhones, but according to sources it seems like the most likely offering.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users reading habits have changed against tablets

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:54 am

According to latest reading services data, since the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in May this year these two devices have changed user's reading habits favorably toward the aforementioned smartphones and away from iPad's offerings.

 

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Two million articles and videos have been analyzed, covering before and after release of Apple's new champion products. The study claims that once an iPhone 6 has been purchased, they will proceed to use this device for 72% of their total time, in comparison to an 80% share in usage for an iPhone 6 Plus when in compared to an already-owned iPad.

 

The study also claims that due to the iPhone 6 Plus' big screen offering, the users have experienced on average, a 40% increase in video viewing.

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DayZ beta is coming late next year, is also arriving on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:28 am

After 12 months on Steam's Early Access, DayZ is getting some much needed updates, with its developer finally coming clean on what's going on with the open-world game next year.

 

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Bohemia Interactive have said that two very important things will happen for DayZ next year, with the first being it will reach beta in Q4 2015 - a year from now - and that the final version will launch in the first half of 2016. DayZ will continue to be $30 during the Steam Fall Sale, which starts today, but it will increase to $35, and then $44 when the launch of the beta kicks off. The final version of DayZ will be $50.

 

The developer is splitting the updates into quarterly released, where in Q1 2015, we will see DayZ updated with a new zombie AI, basic vehicles, diseases and more. Q2 will see advanced vehicles, advanced animals, a new UI, player stamina, and more. Q3 will have traps, barricading, aerial transport, and a console prototype. Then in Q4, we'll see the beta unleashed, as well as animal companions, base building and Steam community integration.

Android OS dominating iOS and Windows in tablet and smartphone market

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:10 am

News has just come to light that Android continues to dominate the global market in smartphones, controlling a massive total of 85% of all devices. This marks Apple and Windows OS systems falling further behind the leader, likely due to Chinese domestic phone offerings incorporating third-party Android OS platforms.

 

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Recent reports claim that BlackBerry and Windows Phone have swapped positions, seeing Microsoft creep into a third place standing. However, Windows devices are still only accountable for 5% of the total market share.

 

As far as tablets are concerned, IDC claims that Android's market share makes up for 67.7% of the total amount, alongside Apple's iOS offering falling to 27.5% and Windows sitting at just under 5% total. However, Microsoft has experienced a growth of 67.3% over 2014, seeing Android grow 16% in its own right. Unfortunately for Apple, as the competitors grow, they must fall - reporting a 12.7% drop over the same time period.

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Ubisoft admits Assassin's Creed: Unity is broken, offers free DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 1:32 am

The launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity didn't go too well at all, with the game still experiencing teething problems. Ubisoft has now come out and apologized to everyone, announcing it will be providing its upcoming "Dead Kings" expansion pack for free, to all AC:U players, as a way of saying sorry for shipping a clearly, very broken game.

 

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Ubisoft Montreal boss, Yannis Mallat, took to a blog writing: "Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologise on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential".

 

For those who purchased the season pass or Gold edition of Assassin's Creed: Unity will get the DLC for 'free' anyway, so these people will be offered a free game. You can choose from Far Cry 4, The Crew, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015.

Fox greenlights 'Independence Day 2' for 2016 release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 1:29 am

It seems like for years, director producer duo Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have been promising a sequel to the 1996 sci-fi epic 'Independence Day' which went on to gross $817 million worldwide and rejuvenated science fiction films once again.

Well today, Twentieth Century Fox has officially greenlit a sequel, as announced via Twitter by Dean Devlin.

 

 

As reported by Deadline Hollywood, 'Independence Day 2' is expected to go into full production starting in May 2015, after Roland Emmerich finishes duties on his next picture 'Stonewall', and it is assumed the previously announced release date of July 4 2016 still stands.

 

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Original star Will Smith is not expected to return, but Jeff Goldblum will be back, and it's rumored that Bill Pullman will show up at some point, reprising his role as a former U.S. President. Expect further casting announcements to made over the next few months.

ASRock's X99 WS-E/10G features Quad LAN; 2xGbE, 2x10GbE ports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 12:48 am

It looks like ASRock is about to unveil a true beast of a motherboard, in the form of the X99 WS-E/10G, which will feature no less than four Ethernet ports. Yes, four.

 

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This will be the first time a consumer motherboard has shipped with four Ethernet ports, two of which are GbE (1Gbps) but the other two are 10GbE (10Gbps). All four Ethernet ports are Intel made, with the GbE ports being based on the Intel I210AT chip, while the two 10GbE ports are the X540-BT2 for some super-intensive, high-speed networking transfers. On top of that, all four of them can be bridged together for an absolutely insane amount of networking bandwidth, hitting 22Gbps.

 

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ASRock hasn't just made the networking side of the X99 WS-E/10G impressive, as we also have two PLX 8747 bridge chips, allowing for up to seven PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. This means you can have full x16/x16/x16/x16 quad SLI or Crossfire. If you wanted to go single cards the whole way, you can do x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8.

 

We also have 60A 12-phase power circuitry, plus inductor memory alloy, 12K Nichicon capacitors, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET, sapphire black PCB, eight DDR4 UDIMM/RDIMM ECC support, supporting up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. There are 12 x SATA 6Gbps, an eSATA port, a SATA Express port, SATA DOM, M.2, support for PCIe 2.0 x4/SATA 6Gbps, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and Realtek ALC1150 7.1-channel sounr with Purity Sound technology. It's quite the feature-packed motherboard, that's for sure.

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