NVIDIA has impressed the world with the launch of its second generation Maxwell-based GPUs, the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980. The cards sip power compared to their already power conservative predecessors, but introduce a slew of new technologies, features and best of all: a great price point. Where to from here? GM200, that's where.
GM200 is now being teased, which is going to be the big new GPU from NVIDIA. NVIDIA's GM200 will feature a die size of 551mm^2, 20-22 SMMs, 2560-2816 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, a performance boost of around 50% over the GTX Titan Black Edition, with it launching sometime before the end of the year. What it'll arrive as, in terms of naming, is a mystery. With the power efficiency of the GM204 core, which powers the GTX 970 and GTX 980, we should expect a dual-GPU card offered as the GeForce GTX 990, so that's one name it won't use.
Moving on, we could expect it to be the GTX 980 Ti, but if it's offering a huge performance increase over the GTX Titan Black Edition, we might see something like the GTX 985 Ti, or GTX Titan X, something I like the sound of better. Then we have the shift to 20nm, which is expected next year, so if the new GM200 is built on the current 28nm node, the shift to 20nm is going to be an entire new world for NVIDIA. The company has positioned themselves incredibly well after the mess that was Fermi, so much so, that AMD really has no firepower right now - so it'll be interesting to see if NVIDIA holds back, waiting for AMD to release something, to quickly smack it down to reality with its new GM200-based card.
Apple publicly apologized to its customers for releasing and quickly pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update on Wednesday, and promised a new download "in the next few days."
"We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue," Apple said in a statement.
Despite software problems - and a bendy phone - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have sold well. More than 10 million units were sold in the first weekend of its release, while Apple enthusiasts seemed eager to pick up one of the two models. Overall, financial analysts believe the company will persevere, but need to further efforts to innovate.
The Home Depot suffered from a recent data breach targeting customer debit and credit card information, and the fraudulent transactions are currently taking place. Most major banks issued their customers new debit and credit cards, with JPMorgan Chase, Capital One Financial, and other companies sending out new account holders.
It appears the malware was on point-of-sale (POS) terminals from April to September, with an estimated 56 million customers affected. It's a costly proposition for banks to send out new cards, which can cost up to $5 per card to mail out. Capital One didn't say how many account holders will receive a new debit or credit card, but it's a proactive approach to keep customers safer.
There is at least one class-action lawsuit filed in Canada and another in the United States, with other legal actions expected in the future.
Apple is charging a truly ridiculous amount for its new iPhone, no matter what camp you fanboy around in, especially when you consider there are equal, if not better smartphones for half that cost available: I'm looking at you Nexus 5, Moto X, OnePlus One. But how much does it cost the Cupertino-based giant to make the new iPhone? Under $215.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 costs $200 to make, while its bigger brother, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus costs $215. The news is coming from analysts over at IHS, which have taken apart the new iPhone, estimating its component and manufacturing costs. The $200 and $215 price points are for the 16GB versions of the new iPhones.
The most expensive part in the new iPhone 6 Plus is the 5.5-inch display, costing $52.50, while the 4.7-inch panel in the iPhone 6 costs $45. The iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly higher component price because of its more expensive battery, and camera. And for all of this cost, the iPhone 6 Plus even bends, which is a nice extra feature.
The latest trailer to the money-making series Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here, teasing that the upcoming first-person shooter will feature four-player cooperative mode.
Sledgehammer Games calls this four-player co-op mode "Exo Survival Co-Op Mode", which looks very similar to Left 4 Dead's "Horde" mode, where you survive with your team mates killing as many of the enemies as possible. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare drops on the 4th of November, so you'd better be getting those trigger fingers ready.
I'm sure you've heard by now that Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is bending in some pockets, so what better time to tease the world of the upcoming next generation Nexus handset? Gogole is preparing to launch the new Nexus mid next month, alongside the launch of its 9-inch, NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC.
According to sources of Android Authority, Google is planning to launch 'new phone hardware' and an unveiling of 'a new software initiative'. The first, should be the new Nexus, possibly named Nexus 6, while the software initiative is most likely Android L, or Android 5.0. The final version of Android L won't be official until November 1 according to these same sources. We should hear more about both the new smartphone and mobile OS in the coming weeks.
Vizio has just taken the wraps off of its new P-Series of 4K-capable LED TVs, something the company teased back in January at CES. Starting at $999, the 50-inch model is decently priced, instantly putting it into the reach of the mainstream market.
Better yet, the 70-inch behemoth is priced at $2,499, which is a great price for one: a TV this big, and second: 4K-capable. Vizio's P-Series of TVs feature Full-Array LED backlighting, where the backlight is uniformity distributed across 72 LED zones which span the entire back panel, rather than at the edges.
Vizio provides local dimming on the P-Series, which dynamically adjusts the amount of backlight that is provided to a specific area, providing a much deeper black than normal TVs. Vizio's new P-Series of 4K TVs are up for pre-order, where they'll soon hit Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart.
Success breeds jealousy, and after the stunning success of Disney's 'Frozen', there were bound to be some crazies coming out of the woodwork. Today, we have our first.
Peruvian author Isabella Tanikumi is suing Dinsey for $250 million in damages from her 2012 book Yearnings of the Heart. Amazon's listing sums up the book thusly:
This is a compelling, introspective account of the life of Isabella TaniKumi, who takes her readers on a journey through various phases of her remarkable life- from her family's survival during the devastating earthquake of 1970 in Huaraz, Peru, to the trials of overcoming heartbreaks of her youth. Conquering personal insecurities led to exploring the reaches of her intellect while facing the tragic, and untimely death of her beloved sister, Laura.
Yep, sounds not much like the movie. 'Frozen' is in fact an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story 'The Snow Queen' published in 1844. I'd expect this one to be thrown out of court pretty quickly.
Samsung announced it will launch its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China later this month, as the company tries to defend against the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This is a major effort by the South Korean electronics giant, because it's the first time it has decided to release a flagship device in China before other foreign markets.
The Galaxy Note 4 will be available Korea later this week, and will be introduced to the United States and other foreign markets throughout October. Samsung hopes to ship 15 million Note 4 units within the first 30 days of global release, as the 5.7-inch device competes with Apple's larger-screened iPhone.
Despite many Chinese consumers preferring cheaper devices - often made by domestic manufacturers - Samsung, Apple, and other major smartphone makers fight for increased market share. Xiaomi recently overtook Samsung as the No. 1 carrier in China, but the Galaxy Note 4 could help shake things up further.
Shortly after releasing the iOS 8.0.1 update, Apple has decided to pull it and users will have to wait for a new update. Some people reported they installed the update and lost the ability to make phone calls, use the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and other problems related to the update. It only took about an hour before Apple decided to pull 8.0.1 as further improvements are made.
"We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can," Apple said in a statement. "In the meantime, we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update."
Apple has been frantic to improve faults of iOS, as many iPhone owners were anxiously awaiting the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 8.