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Phison's new E8 flash controller offers up to 1.6GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 9:31 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Phison has debuted its new consumer, embedded and enterprise flash controller and NAND solutions at the Flash Memory Summit 2016. This includes the new PS5008-E8/E8T PCIe Gen 3x2 NVMe controller, 3D NAND solutions for both PCIe and SATA, design-in solutions, and plenty more.

 

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The consumer-focused Phison PS5008-E8/E8T is the company's first PCIe Gen 3x2 NVMe controller, which offers 3x the speed that SATA offers, but at the same cost. The Phison E8 is capable of 1.6GB/sec reads and 1.3GB/sec writes, while it offers sequential read/write speeds of 240K and 220K IOPS, respectively.

 

Phison's new E8 controller features SmartECCTM, End to End Data Path Protection and Host Memory Buffer support which when packaged together, offers great data security and reliability. Phison's new E8 is in its engineering stage right now, with Phison saying it will be available by the end of 2016.

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Master all things AI with this machine learning training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 8:30 pm

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From self-driving cars to speech recognition, machine learning has provided us with technological leaps that blur the lines between science and fiction. If you want to get in on this groundbreaking field, diving into Deep Learning is a good start. The Introduction To Deep Learning & Computer Vision Course will walk you through this cornerstone of machine learning in just two hours, and it's only $20.

 

Related to how machines process the information they see, Deep Learning is a component of machine learning rooted in managing loads of data. As you progress through this course, you'll learn how to build neural networks and train them to classify handwritten digits in Python--a simple but important application for Deep Learning.

 

For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get the Introduction To Deep Learning & Computer Vision Course on sale for only $20, more than half off its $50 retail price.

Quantum Break is coming to Steam

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 8:21 pm

When Xbox division head Phil Spencer said "we will ship games on Steam again" I never thought major AAA exclusives would be included. As it turns out, Quantum Break will be making the jump from the Windows Store to the other side of the fence on Steam on September 14.

 

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This is a pretty strange way to do business. Microsoft is dead-set on building up the Windows Store platform, and it won't do that without games. Quantum Break was notorious for breaking its Xbox One exclusivity to jump to Windows 10 PCs. This caused a lot of flak from Xbox One gamers, who saw their library being misappropriated at the last minute. Now Redmond has done the same thing, only this time they're selling a major first-party title on a competitor's storefront.

 

This begs everyone to question how many more "Windows 10 exclusive" games will follow suit. Are all the "exclusive" games shown at E3 2016 just timed exclusive on the Windows Store? Can we expect them to jump over to Steam after five months too? If so, why would anyone buy games on the Windows Store? Just so they could play them sooner? Does the Windows Store only exist as a kind of strange early access program for Microsoft's first party games? Why would Microsoft do this when they've just now fixed major Windows Store problems and enabled G-Sync and unlocked frame rates?

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Fadu unveils world's fastest SSD, capable of 5GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 7:36 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Our storage guru on the ground at FMS 2016, Jon Coulter, has snapped a photo of one of the world's fastest SSDs - from a company you might not have even heard of; Fadu.

 

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Fadu's new drive is capable of a huge 5GB/sec in both sequential read and write, with 1100K random read IOPS and 500K random write IOPS. Fadu's upcoming EC800F is from their FREE series of SSDs, with FREE being an acronym for Fast, Random Access, Energy efficiency and Economics.

 

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The new Fadu EX800F is their fastest NVMe-based SSD, which is made possible over the PCIe 3.0 x8 connection. We should expect more information on Fadu's products later in the year, but we will definitely be keeping a close on them, that's for sure.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided features eye tracking on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 5:35 pm

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have eye tracking technology for the PC version of the game, courtesy of Tobii's EyeX technology, according to Square Enix and Eidos Montreal. Here's what to expect from the eye tracking tech:

 

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  • Aim at Gaze - Look at the target to take aim, then press a button and fire. This feature let players take out enemies using their natural gaze and will even work when locking the tesla gun for all-out mayhem.
  • Extended View- Look to the edge of the screen and the game's camera will pan - giving players a wider field of view with just a glance. The natural eye movement will allow further immersion into the game's environment and let players control what they want to see - just as in real life.
  • Icarus Dash at gaze - Simply look in the direction you want Adam to move in - even vertically. This will allow players you use the controls in a more fluid manner.
  • Interact at gaze - This feature lets players move effortlessly using the natural gaze to intuitively interact with objects. Look at an object, press a button and automatically move towards it before picking it up.
  • Clean UI - This feature lets player access UI info only when needed, giving them deeper immersion into the game's environment. Look and they'll appear. Look away, they'll become nearly transparent. The screen is always covered fully in the game's world, with the vital stats just a glance away. Helps you embrace the game's environment. Helps players keep track of what you need to -when they need to.
  • Cover at Gaze - This feature lets players find refuge when the heat is on just by gazing across the environment - highlighting places you can hide behind. (Not available on August 23, this feature will be available in an upcoming update.)

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What is No Man's Sky? A primer for curious gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 4:16 pm

No Man's Sky isn't the end-all space exploration sim, and it's not Minecraft in space. So what is it exactly? After playing for two days now, we aim to answer that question, and tell you exactly what you should and shouldn't expect from Hello Games' infinitesmal exploration simulator.

 

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Such a lonely game

 

Let's get one thing out of the way first: No Man's Sky is a lonely game. It's not a multiplayer game, and when you meet someone in the vast expanse of the universe, you won't even know it: other players are invisible to you. But that's okay, because it's not the strong point of the game. The point of the game is to see what's out there.

 

You're driven by one of man's strongest motivators: curiosity. You never know what you're going to find out there, and that's really the magic of the game.

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This charger juices your phone--and finds your car

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 3:30 pm

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Forgetting where you parked makes for a miserable experience, made only worse if your phone's dead as well. Fortunately, the Zus Smart Car Charger prevents both these tribulations from happening, and it's only $29.99 for a limited time.

 

Capable of charging phones at twice the normal speed, the Zus Smart Car Charger already sets itself apart from regular car chargers. However, what makes it extraordinary is how it doubles as a homing device, letting you track it--and your car--down from its mobile app. Plus, it comes with a built-in cooling system, so it help you find your vehicle even when it's an oven on the inside.

 

On sale for a limited time, the Zus Smart Car Charger is available to TweakTown readers for only $29.99.

Samsung's next-gen mobile CPU could hit 4GHz on 10nm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 3:25 pm

Samsung has been pumping out some incredibly mobile processors with its Exynos range of processors, but it looks like the company is about to ramp things up considerably with its Exynos 8895 processor.

 

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Samsung's upcoming Exynos 8895 processor is said to hit 4GHz, as long as the company can control power consumption and thermals, but the new 10nm process should help with that. If the company can hit 4GHz, it will certainly be on the top of the heap when it comes to competitors like Qualcomm and Apple.

 

Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 830 has reportedly passed 3GHz, but we haven't seen it hit the market yet, nor have we seen Qualcomm get anywhere near 4GHz. And sure, 4GHz on your smartphone might sound great - but is there a difference? The iPhone 6S runs at a relatively slow 1.85GHz and still feels super fast when it's being used, but at 4GHz we're talking about some serious battery life problems.

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Seagate's new Nytro XP7200 SSD offers 8TB with 10GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 2:25 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Seagate has done it again unveiling its unbelievably fast Nytro XP2700, and by its name alone it might not sound impressive, but this new NVMe-based drive is capable of a huge 10GB/sec reads and 3.6GB/sec writes.

 

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It will be arriving in 3.8TB and 7.7TB capacities, with 940K random read IOPS, 160K random write IOPS and a total power draw of around 26W. Underneath that small heat sink, we'll find 4 x Nytro XM1440 M.2-based SSDs, which requires a full PCIe 3.0 x16 slot to function.

$130 version of Battlefield 1 doesn't include the game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 1:34 pm

EA knows it has a huge upcoming hit on its hands with Battlefield 1, expecting to sell around 15 million copies of the next-gen first-person shooter. But, would you pay $130 for Battlefield 1 Collector's Edition... if it didn't come with the game at all? I thought not.

 

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Throwing down $130 for the Battlefield 1 Collector's Edition will give you a status, steel book, cloth poster and "Messenger pigeon tube with exclusive DLC content, Exclusive patch, and Premium packaging", reports Destructoid. The listing on Amazon actually states: "Battlefield 1 Exclusive Collector's Edition - Does Not Include Game".

 

If you want to cough up $190, you can get Battlefield 1 included - oh, how nice! - and if you want the Deluxe version of the game, you'll need to spend a hefty $210. Now, I totally understand hardcore fans spending $130 on Battlefield 1 Collector's Edition, but to not even include a copy of the game for $130 is utterly ridiculous.

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