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AMD's super-tiny R9 Nano has R9 290X performance, half the power usage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 23, 2015 4:33 am

While the Radeon R9 Fury X is already one of the smallest flagship video cards ever released, the upcoming R9 Nano is going to shrink that down to a whole new level. The R9 Fury X measures in at around 19cm, but the R9 Nano is just 15nm.




How much power does the R9 Nano have behind it? Well, according to some leaked benchmarks, the R9 Nano would feature similar performance to the massive R9 290X, but with half the power consumption. Considering the size of the card, this is quite the achievement, with most of the thanks going to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Another benefit over the Fury X is that the Nano features an air-cooler, and not an all-in-one liquid cooler like the Fury X.


Back to the benchmarks, where DGLee from IYD.KR reports that the Unigine Heaven benchmark running at 4K with the R9 Nano pushing out 26FPS. These numbers are from AMD themselves, showing off the bandwidth per stream processor. The R9 290X has 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth, with 2816 stream processors, leaving the R9 290X with 0.1136GB/sec. The R9 Nano with its 4096 stream processors and 512GB/sec bandwidth courtesy of HBM, delivers 0.1250GB/sec. When it comes to the power efficiency, the R9 Nano has 0.152 FPS/watt, while the R9 290X features 0.076 FPS/watt... a large increase in the R9 Nano's favor.


The release of the R9 Nano happens next month, where you can be sure we'll be running it through its paces here at TweakTown.

Apple secures 75% of the smartwatch market with Watch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 23, 2015 2:29 am

We don't know what numbers Apple are pulling with Watch, but whatever the company is doing is making some big waves in the smartwatch market. Apple has secured itself 75% of the smartwatch market, in the last three months since Watch was released.




The news is coming from Strategy Analytics, which also points out that the global smartwatch shipments increased 457% year-over-year. Samsung lost the most during the last quarter, dropping to second position shipping only 400,000 smartwatches. While Apple won't release sales numbers on Watch, CFO Luca Maestri said that Watch is responsible for a cool billion dollars in sales so far.

Arcade classic 'Rampage' coming to the big screen

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 23, 2015 1:32 am

With precious few video games left to adapt to the big screen, Warner Bros. through its subsidiary New Line Cinema have snapped up the rights to the classic Midway arcade game 'Rampage' as a starring vehicle for Dwayne Johnson.




Fresh off the success of this year's disaster flick 'San Andreas', Deadline Hollywood are reporting that the studio is keen to re-team director/star combo Brad Peyton and Dwayne Johnson for the video game epic, which sees three monsters attack buildings, snatching would-be hostages in the process.


The last game in the 'Rampage' franchise; 'Rampage: Total Destruction' was released on the Nintendo Wii console in 2006. The feature film isn't expected to hit cinemas until 2017.

AMD might have found the solution to low Radeon R9 Fury X stock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 23, 2015 12:32 am

With our exclusive report that AMD would be making just 30,000 units of its HBM-powered Radeon R9 Fury X, the news that it is receiving help from United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) in the form of the company entering volume production of TSVs (Through Silicon Vias) which is used in the production of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory).




AMD has already acknowledged the supply issues of the R9 Fury X, but with the release of the air-cooled Fury and the imminent release of the R9 Nano, these HBM supply issues are only going to get worse. UMC had kept AMD at bay until July 20, where it entered volume production of TSVs, which means the bottleneck that AMD is experiencing, should be gone.


UMC said: "AMD has a successful history of delivering cutting-edge GPU products to market. This volume production milestone is the culmination of UMC's close TSV collaboration with AMD, and we are happy to bring the performance benefits of this technology to help power their new generation of GPU products. We look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership with AMD for years to come".

'Jurassic World' becomes 3rd highest grossing film of all time

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 11:52 pm

Any doubt that this year's 'Jurassic Park' sequel 'Jurassic World' wasn't going to be a success seems to be a distant memory now that the film has surpassed 'The Avengers' to become the third highest grossing film of all time, behind James Cameron's 'Avatar' and 'Titanic'.




Universal had an amazing run this summer, with 'Jurassic World' and 'Furious 7' together grossing $3 billion at the worldwide box office - the first time the studio has released a film to more than $1B worldwide.


'Jurassic World' has opened in all markets except Japan where it opens next month and is expected to do business of somewhere around $50 million.

Hackers show vehicle infotainment systems are vulnerable to attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 11:36 pm

Auto manufacturers are anxious to pack as much infotainment as they can into new vehicles, but that is opening the door to potential security risks. The NCC Group recently informed the BBC they were able to use digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals to launch attacks - a tactic that could be utilized to interfere with how a vehicle's brakes operate.




Chrysler had to release a patch to resolve an issue reported by security researchers, able to demonstrate remote takeover of a vehicle - by sending data to the infotainment and navigation system. Not surprisingly, Chrysler was quick to offer a statement regarding connected vehicle security:


"[Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] has a program in place to continuously test vehicle systems to identify vulnerabilities and develop solutions," a Chrysler spokesperson told Wired. "FCA is committed to providing customers with the latest software updates to secure vehicles against any potential vulnerability."

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Silk Road drug dealer, turned witness, given less than three years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 10:19 pm

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was given two life sentences and a mix of three lesser sentences for his role in operating the underground drug website. The hammer has dropped for a different drug dealer on the Silk Road website, after a guilty plea late last year for drug conspiracy charges, leading to 2-1/2 years in prison.




Michael Duch, a heroin dealer using the website under the alias "deezletime," will be given 21 months credit for time served. Although his attorney, Samuel Braverman, asked US District Judge Katherine Forrest to release his client to a drug rehabilitation center, that doesn't seem likely just yet.


Duch reportedly used Silk Road to purchase painkillers, and when his addiction spiraled out of control, began selling narcotics on the site.

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Anonymous hacker group takes aim at Islamic State sympathizers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 9:33 pm

Anonymous has posted a list of accounts suspected of aiding the Islamic State, typically by spreading propaganda and opening up dialogue with possible recruits. Some members are being spammed, while others have been suspended or removed from Twitter.




In addition to Twitter, Anonymous wants to identify Facebook pages, websites, blogs, and the Web proxies used by the Islamic State. One such tactic is using images of the "ISIS-Chan" anime character and using search engine optimization to influence how the accounts are found.


The United States has struggled against the Islamic State's massive social media campaign, with Google and other companies pledging to step up. However, trying to clamp down on 50,000 accounts sending out around 100,000 daily Islamic State-themed tweets will be no easy task.

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Huawei: Global smartphone sales jumped almost 40% during 2015 so far

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 9:22 pm

Chinese tech company Huawei has a lot to be happy about, with 30 percent growth in overall revenue and a massive 39 percent global smartphone sales jump during the first half of 2015.




Shipping 48.2 million units during Q1 and Q2 in 2015 gave the Chinese company a whopping 87 percent boost in handset sales - and is now competing with Xiaomi and Apple for the top spot in China. In impressing fashion, Huawei fended off a Chinese market slowdown that hit Xiaomi, Samsung and Apple in China.


Huawei, currently the No. 4 largest smartphone maker in the world, created a roadmap that focuses on low-cost models for emerging markets and high-end devices for established markets. Consumers have a large variety of different phones to choose from at the moment, with most devices powered by Google Android.

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Gamers want to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 8:47 pm

Red Dead Redemption was the most-requested game to receive backward compatibility for the Microsoft Xbox One, but the title has been dethroned by Call of Duty: Black Ops II.




The top 15, as reported by GameSpot:


1.Call of Duty: Black Ops II

2. Red Dead Redemption

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

5. Halo: Reach

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops

7. Gears of War 3

8. Fallout 3

9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

11. Mass Effect 3

12. Call of Duty: World at War

13. BioShock Infinite

14. Fallout: New Vegas

15. Left 4 Dead 2


The following six Call of Duty games are in the top 12 requested so far: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty: World at War.

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