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Sweeden once again tops the Counter-Strike podium at IEM Katowice

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 2:02 am

IEM Katowice saw teams duke it out for a slice of the $250,000 in prize money, with heavyweights Fnatic and Ninjas in Pyjamas taking on each other in the grand finals in front of thousands of screaming fans.



Fnatic took home the title 2-1 in the best of three series across De_Dust2, De_Cache and De_inferno. Their crown was certainly well deserved - losing only one map throughout the whole finals event.


The next large-scale event like this will be ESL One Cologne 2015 - held on August 22nd-23rd.

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Did you miss it? Beats by Dre headphones cost $14 to make

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 1:06 am

You may have seen this argument somewhere on the internet recently, it's a real growing trend. As soon as someone offers up the suggestion for Beats by Dre to be added to an audio collection everyone is up in arms about the sound quality and mostly the 'paying for the brand' experience.




These headphones that generally enter the market at $380 for higher graded models and have often made people wonder - how much 'brand cost' is actually associated with this device.


Well in case you missed it, All Hiphop released the news last year that Dr. Dre's magical sound devices cost an estimated $14 to produce.

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The next-gen Pascal-based GeForce could feature 32GB of VRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 12:47 am

GTC 2015 - One of the things we didn't quite have the time to talk about yesterday was the 3D Memory and HBM 2.0 side of the upcoming Pascal architecture form NVIDIA. This architecture should find itself onto a new VGA card sometime in 2016, rocking a huge 32GB of VRAM.




NVIDIA briefed the crowd at its GPU Technology Conference here in San Jose, California where they displayed a slide with the amount of VRAM per GPU architecture. We can see that Kepler in 2012, which the last flagship card based on Kepler was the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX Titan Black featuring 3GB and 6GB of RAM respectively, while the Maxwell architecture provides between 4GB (on the GTX 980) and 12GB (on the GTX Titan X) respectively. The slide teases that Pascal will feature 32GB of RAM, and Volta will rock up to 72GB of RAM in 2018.


The way NVIDIA will do this is thanks to SK Hynix's High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which allows for four-layer stacks, which is also known as 4-Hi. This will come in 1GB and 2GB varieties, but eight-layer stacks will eventually arrive, which should see a huge increase in the amount of framebuffer on the next generation of GPUs.




Not only will Pascal deliver more VRAM on the card, but it will have magnitudes more memory bandwidth. The Maxwell-based GeForce GTX Titan X has 336GB/sec of memory bandwidth from its 384-bit memory bus on its GDDR5 RAM, but the Pascal architecture will be capable of a huge 750GB/sec or more. This will be using a variety of technologies to achieve this lofty height of memory bandwidth, including mixed precision, 3D Memory and NVLink.


We should expect NVIDIA to talk more about Pascal later in the year, or GTC 2016 this time next year.

US Army showing interest in researching bomb-sniffing elephants

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 11:55 pm

The US military is conducting studies in South Africa and found that elephants possess a great natural ability to sniff out explosives. The increasingly endangered animals picked out samples laced with TNT 73 out of 74 times - and wrongly identified just 18 out of 502 buckets, yielding a 3.6 percent error rate.




During the test, elephants were rewarded with fruit if they were able to accurately identify samples of TNT and lift a front leg. The second test saw the elephants accurately pick 23 out of 23 buckets, despite the use of soap, gasoline, tea, bleach, and other "distractor odors" used. In the past, elephants were able to instinctively avoid fields in Africa which were littered with land mines used in previous battles.


Since trying to take elephants to the battlefield would present a logistical nightmare, military officials are trying to find ways to take soil samples to the animals.

Poll: 40% of current iPhone owners interested in Apple Watch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 11:10 pm

The Apple Watch has gained a lot of attention from consumers, and around 40 percent of adult US Apple iPhone owners are interested in possibly purchasing the device, according to a poll by Reuters/Ipsos.




A previous Reuters/Ipsos survey found that 69 percent of American consumers aren't actually in a big rush to purchase the Apple Watch - but Apple hopes its first new product in years will be popular among iPhone owners.


There are more than 100 million iPhone owners in the United States, and almost 500 million across the world, so there is a huge base of potential customers.

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Supermicro shows off its latest GPU machines at NVIDIA GTC 2015

By: William Harmon | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 10:38 pm

GTC 2015 - Today at NVIDIA GTC 2015, we stopped by Supermicro's booth to look at the latest Tesla GPU Superservers. As always, Supermicro has a wide variety of servers and workstations to meet the needs of its customers.


Sumit Gupta, general manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA explained to us: "Supermicro's new high-density servers provide a range of computing solutions for enterprise and HPC customers," he continued: "Designed to take full advantage of ultra-high performance Tesla GPU accelerators while minimizing power consumption, the servers bring new levels of energy-efficient performance for compute-intensive data analytics, deep learning and scientific applications."




The first offering is the SYS-7048GR-TR, 4U Dual Processor GPU SuperWorkstation with 4-Way GeForce SLI Support.

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One Stop Systems shows off its 16 GPU monster machine at GTC 2015

By: William Harmon | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 10:33 pm

GTC 2015 - Walking around at NVIDIA GTC 2015 you could not help but notice the 16x GPU Compute Accelerator from One Stop Systems. These external GPU accelerators are used in applications like seismic modeling, trading algorithms and research.




The showstopper is One Stop Systems High Density Compute Accelerator (HDCA), which can accommodate up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla K80s. This beast of a machine includes dual redundant 6,000watt PSUss to power all those GPUss. The interface for these systems is One Stop Systems PCIe expansion card, which is used to connect One Stops Systems to a host machine to expand its GPU capabilities.




One Stop Systems feature smaller GPU boxes called "The Cube". These boxes expand a systems GPU capability by using OSS's PCIe expansion card and come in many different sized boxes from the pCUBE with 1x GPU all the way up to The CUBE3 supporting 8x GPUs.

ASRock Rack shows off its High Density GPU Server at NVIDIA GTC 2015

By: William Harmon | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 10:28 pm

GTC 2015 - At NVIDIA GTC 2015, ASRock Rack had their 3U8G-C612 High Density GPU Server on display. The 3U8G-C612 is designed for VCA, High-End AOI, Multi-Display Systems and Face Recognition systems.




The 3U8G features support for GPGPU, NVIDIA Tesla and AMD Firepro and Xeon Phi cards. Form factor is a 3U systems case with dual processors and up to 8x GPU's. This is a very robust server, which functions as a standalone machine with its own dual E5-2600/4600 v3 processors and fast DDR4 memory for processing power.

Microsoft introduces Windows Hello biometric sign-in for Windows 10

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 10:05 pm

Microsoft plans to offer the Windows Hello biometric sign-in feature for its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Users will have the chance to scan their face, fingerprint or iris, which can be used to unlock PCs, laptops, or smartphones.



Windows Hello can be used to access protected content, authenticate apps, and other "online experiences," Microsoft says.


Meanwhile, Intel said all systems that utilize its RealSense F200 sensor can support Windows Hello. All data will be stored locally on each PC or device, and will remain anonymous in case hackers compromise it.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 mobile hardware requirements

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 9:30 pm

Microsoft hopes to see its Windows 10 operating system used away from just the desktop and laptop markets, with a strong emphasis on the mobile market. The company today unveiled minimum hardware requirements to run the OS on a smartphone:




As noted, consumers must have a device with a screen size between 3" and 7.99", 512MB memory for 32-bit, 4GB storage, DirectX 9 graphics, and the UEFI 2.3.1 firmware. The higher resolution a user wants to enjoy, the more RAM they must have, up to 4GB for 2560x2048 (QSZGA) and higher.


Compared to the current market share of Google Android and Apple iOS, Microsoft has a very small share of the mobile market - but hopes Windows 10 will help chip away at Google and Apple.

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