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Iconic Nokia 3310 is now official and comes with Snake

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 9:23 pm

MWC 2017 - Probably the most iconic phone in the history of cell phones is coming back. The Nokia 3310! HMD Global didn't miss out on the opportunity to show the modern version of the indestructible phone during their press event in Barcelona.




The feature-phone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a bit...unusual design. Courage, maybe? The design won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it is the legendary Nokia 3310. You can choose between four colors - red, blue, yellow, and gray, with all of them being playful and will certainly stand out.


The Nokia 3310 runs on the Nokia Series 30+ OS, and it comes with Opera browsers, just have in mind you will have to limit your browsing to 2G speeds since that's the best that the device supports and there's no Wi-Fi.

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LG G6 is official with Snapdragon 821 and 18:9 display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 8:52 pm

MWC 2017 - The most anticipated phone of MWC 2017 has been announced in Barcelona - the LG G6. The launch more or less confirmed numerous leaks that we've witnessed in the past few weeks, so there was no room for surprises at the event which attracted more people than LG expected.




The LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch 2880x1440 resolution FullVision display, and for the first time in a smartphone - an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. This means that the G6 offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games. But even with the large screen, the phone is easy to hold, and you can easily use it with one hand.




The design of the phone is quite smooth since the device is sculpted from aluminum and glass, which comes in black, platinum, and white. The fingerprint sensor is located in the back of the phone, and the dual camera is flush with the body.

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Intel scrambles, emails tech media over Ryzen reviews

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 7:06 pm

Intel is scrambling in what seems like a feverish emergency over AMD's new Ryzen processors, with Microcenter dropping Core CPU prices like crazy - and now, Intel is sending tech media emails saying "call us before you write" your Ryzen review. This is what happens when AMD launches their new Ryzen 7 1800X processor priced at $499, offering performance that rivals Intel's current $1000+ processor.




Charlie Demerjian, Semi Accurate founder and super-awesome comic book collector said: "Intel PR sent out a last-minute "call us before you write" email to most of the press, but not SemiAccurate, after hours last night. You could infer that they are suddenly really worried about something".


This isn't too far out of the norm for one company to email reviewers over their competitors' impending launch, but Intel seemed unstoppable... until Ryzen. Now, there are other reports that Intel will simply throw down more money than AMD can handle to fight Ryzen, and what I want to know now is - will Intel continue with its tease of AMD Radeon graphics inside of their CPUs? Now that Ryzen is a massive threat to their CPU monopoly, I think plans are going to change in a big way over the coming months.

Qualcomm Snapdragon X50: supporting 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 6:59 pm

The race towards 5G is ramping up quickly, but Qualcomm keeps deploying new technologies and hurdles for consumers and its competitors, respectively - and while it's hard to keep up sometimes, there has never been a more exciting time for the always-connected world we live in.




Qualcomm has just announced that its new Snapdragon X50 modem is capable of not just 5G, but 4G, 3G, and even 2G. The Snapdragon X50 will work with Verizon in the US, and Korea ahead of the 5G rollouts in 2020, but Qualcomm and its partners are hoping to make this 5G reality happen sooner, rather than later.


Having 5G/4G/3G/2G all working on a single chip will be very advantageous for Qualcomm, as it means that we will see a truly global smartphone world thanks to the Snapdragon X50.

Shadow of Mordor sequel leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 6:01 pm

Update: Target has now deleted the listings, but we spotted a possible August 22 release date for Middle-earth Shadow of War before they were taken down.


Retailer Target has just leaked Shadow of Modor's sequel, Shadow of War.




WB Interactive's successful Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor is getting a direct sequel called Shadow of War on Xbox One and PS4, and the game will come in two variants: the default and Gold Editions.


"Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, nothing will be forgotten.," reads the leaked retailer listing.

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PlayStation VR sells 915,000 units since launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:21 pm

Sony's gamble into the realm of virtual reality has paid off in dividends: the PlayStation VR headset is a bona-fide success, with sales exceeding 900,000 units sold in the past fourth months.




Although Sony's PlayStation VR platform lacks the raw power of a desktop PC and has somewhat lukewarm, simplified games, it does have one massive advantage: accessibility. The PlayStation VR is powered by Sony's best-selling PS4 juggernaut, which has an install base of over 50 million units.


Just how much of a hot ticket item is the PS4-powered headset? Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House has revealed that consumers bought 915,000 PlayStation VRs since the headset launched on October 13 of last year. Based on this tremendous momentum, sales will likely exceed Sony's original target of 1 million PSVR sales in six months.

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5G spec: 20Gbps down, 1 million devices per square km

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 8:30 am

I've been spending the past few months dreaming of higher mobile speeds, with Qualcomm teaming with Australian telco, Telstra, alongside Ericsson, and Netgear on Gigabit LTE - but Qualcomm also teased 5G not so long ago.




Now, the International Telecommunications Unit (ITU) have decided on the 5G specifications: with the ITU statnig that a single 5G cell must feature 20Gbps of bandwidth, and include support for up to 1 million devices connected per kilometer (0.62 miles). The standard will also require carriers to have at least 100MHz of free spectrum, and where available: up to 1GHz.


The ITU published the first draft of its 5G radio interfaces a few days ago, but we should expect the final tech specs on 5G technology by November. But the tease of at least 20Gbps down and 10Gbps up is absolutely incredible, but you won't be getting 20Gbps to your smartphone - in reality, the 20Gbps will split its bandwidth across all of the devices it is blasting to.


The per-user download/upload speeds will hit 100Mbps and 50Mbps, respectively - something you can get right now on your 4G LTE device. Personally, I've hit 220Mbps+ on Telstra, on my Google Pixel smartphone - but 5G will offer 100Mbps, all the time - not just in the best conditions. The reduced latency to 1ms, is incredible - but we should expect bigger and better things from 5G once it's completely finalized.

SpeedTree 8 to be shown at GDC 2017 on Amazon Lumberyard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 7:06 am

After two years in development, SpeedTree 8 is nearly ready, featuring graphical and intuitive time saving features - and will make its grand debut during GDC 2017 next week.




The debut of SpeedTree 8 will happen with Amazon's CryEngine-based Lumberyard graphics engine, making its way to Lumberyard in Q2 2017 - but there will be support for other graphics engines in the near future. IDV, the team behind SpeedTree 8, has released some new screenshots to tease us before the big reveal next week.




Michael Sechrest, co-founder of Interactive Data Visualization (IDV) explains: "Amazon Lumberyard is an outstanding showcase for the new surface-scanned materials and modeling features that SpeedTree 8 brings to the table. Our new physically based rendering material workflow, wind algorithms and overall modeling enhancements all shine in the engine. Lumberyard will be the first to experience the most powerful version of SpeedTree yet".


What does SpeedTree 8 do? Let's see:


  • Seamless integration with Amazon Lumberyard
  • Full PBR material workflow and rendering
  • All new 3D surface-scanned 8K PBR texture library
  • New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing
  • Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview
  • One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD
  • New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

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Oculus Rift, Gear VR could be ripped off the market soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:55 am

The court battle between ZeniMax and Oculus saw Oculus handing over a swift $500 million when the jury found Oculus had violated a NDA, and illegally used code from ZeniMax.




Well, this could just be the start of a legal battle that is much bigger - as ZeniMax has asked the court to block Oculus from using the stolen code. If this happens, it could stop the sales of a massive chunk of games that use the technology. Oculus is of course appealing the case, saying that the prior ruling was "legally flawed and factually unwarranted".


If the judge grants the injunction, Oculus would be forced to write new code for their SDK - replacing the stolen code it is still using from ZeniMax. This would have large effects across the market, as it would hurt the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR products, both of which use the ZeniMax source code.

Intel rocked to its Core over Ryzen, price drops begin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 4:53 am

AMD dropped its Ryzen processors onto the market a few days ago, hitting the #1 and #2 best-selling CPUs on Amazon within hours, breaking world records without breaking a sweat, and of course - hitting Intel where it hurts.




Intel has now reacted, as I thought they would - by reducing the prices of their Core range of processors across the board. Microcenter is already listing the processors with huge price reductions, with their flagship Core i7-6950X dropping by $300 ($1899 to $1599) while the Core i7-6900K drops by $200 from $1199 to $999, the Core i7-7700K has been slashed by $80 ($379 to $299). The full price cuts:


  • Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) - $300 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) - $200 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) - $150 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) - $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) - $100 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) - $80 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) - $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) - $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) - $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700 (259 US) - $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) - $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) - $$90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) - $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) - $30 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) - $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) - $60 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) - $15 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) - $27 Price Cut


Now the question remains: how long until other retailers begin dropping the prices of their Intel CPUs - and will they get cheaper? Intel must be feeling the threat of Ryzen quicker than anticipated, for the company to be reacting this quickly - it only means great things for not just AMD, but the world.


Consumers are going to win from this fight, as Intel can only react with price drops after a decade of CPU monopoly. AMD have been down and out for a while, but they're rising once again.