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Sony announces a new budget smartphone - Xperia L1

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 1:28 pm

Sony has announced a new budget smartphone, the Xperia L1.




The Xperia L1 has a 5.5-inch 1280x720 LCD and is powered by MediaTek MT6737T chipset. The phone comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.


The device features a 13MP main camera with f2.2 aperture and a 5MP selfie shooter. The phone comes with a 2,620 mAh battery, but there is no fingerprint sensor aboard.

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Qualcomm 205: 4G tech for entry-level feature phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 7:00 am

Qualcomm recently announced a major strategy shift with its Snapdragon branding, and we're seeing the first results of those big changes with the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform.




The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed to deliver 4G connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones, yeah - not smartphones, but the more basic handsets. The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is powered by the Qualcomm 205 (which you'll now notice it's not Snapdragon, but Qualcomm 205) - featuring 4G baseband, RF front end, Wi-Fi, power management, audio codec, speaker amplifier, and software - all inside of the one chip.


Qualcomm's new processor will provide 4G and other advanced features to emerging markets like India and Southeast Asia - providing 4G technologies and more to small businesses, meaning they can offer tech-based financial transactions in-store. It's something we take for granted, but in emerging markets, Qualcomm can rapidly change the everyday things in India and Asia - thanks to the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform and its entry-level feature phone market.


It'll also let users in those emerging markets step up into the on-demand video/music markets - as they'll eventually have the 4G speeds to make use of these platforms.


Qualcomm 205 SoC Features/Tech Specs:


  • LTE Cat 4 modem with up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload
  • Support for 4G, 3G and 2G networks
  • Support for 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, FM radio
  • Dual Core CPU at 1.1GHz
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU
  • 3 megapixel rear camera/3MP selfie camera
  • VGA display at 480p 60 frames per-second
  • HD Video streaming
  • Support for Linux based OS
  • Support for dual SIMs
  • Pin-compatible with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 210/212

Enter the 'Underworld' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:15 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Underworld: Blood Wars' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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AMD going after LG, Vizio, more for patent infringement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 4:27 am

We reported back in January that AMD was gunning after LG, Vizio, MediaTek, and Sigma Designs - but now the US International Trade Commission has agreed to begin an investigation in alleged GPU patent infringement.



The four companies have allegedly used visual processing in their various products, including smartphones, TVs, and mobile processors - that infringe on AMD's concepts for unified graphics shaders and parallel graphics pipelines. If AMD is victorious in the USITC's investigation, it could see product sales bans on LG devices, and Vizio TVs.


USITC uploaded a press release a few days ago alerting that it would investigate "certain graphics systems, components thereof, and consumer products containing the same' under 'section 337'. The USITC says that it has "identified the following as respondents in this investigation":


  • LG Electronics, Inc., of Seoul, Republic of Korea;
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
  • LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., of San Diego, CA;
  • VIZIO, Inc., of Irvine, CA;
  • MediaTek Inc., of Hsinchu City, Taiwan;
  • MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, CA; and
  • Sigma Designs, Inc., of Fremont, CA.


They finish by saying: "The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period".

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Uber boss quits, jumps onto pile of ejecting executives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 3:06 am

Uber has been experiencing some serious issues in the last few months, but now Recode is reporting that Uber President Jeff Jones is leaving his position, just 6 months after joining the ridesharing giant.




Uber has been fighting law enforcement, sexual harassment allegations, one of its self-driving cars running a red light in San Francisco, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaving Trump's newly-formed advisory council, and then Kalanick busted raging down one of his own drivers about rumors of reduced income for Uber drivers. This has all happened in the last few months, and it's now reaching boiling point where executives seem to be jumping ship.


And now... Uber President Jeff Jones leaving has an Uber spokesperson saying: "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best". Jones arrived to Uber after leading Target's new business model, and was a big score for Uber. Right now, Uber is in huge trouble - leaving many wondering what their future now holds.

AMD Radeon RX 580 powered by refreshed Polaris 20 GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 1:53 am

We've been hearing rumbles of the Radeon RX 500 series for a while, but now we're getting more specific news on what GPU the refresh will use. We're still looking at the Polaris GPU architecture, but they're using a new node process, known as 14LPE and 14LPP.




  • 14LPE (Low Power Early) - Early time-to-market version with area and power benefits for mobility applications.
  • 14LPP (Low Power Plus) - Enhanced version with higher performance and lower power; a full platform offering with MPW, IP enablement and wide application coverage.


AMD shifting its new Radeon RX 500 series to the 14LPE/14LPP nodes won't be the same as the larger shift from 28nm to 14nm FinFET, but it will be a nice little bump. Inside of the Radeon RX 580, we're now expecting the higher-clocked Polaris 20 XTX GPU, with 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, and 32 ROPs with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM at 8Gbps.


  • AMD Radeon RX 580: Polaris 20 XTX GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 570: Polaris 20 XL GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 560: Polaris 11 GPU

Intel's next-gen 32C/64T chip teased has 100G OmniPath

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 12:27 am

We've been hearing rumors of AMD competing in the HEDT space with a monster 32C/64T processor, possibly based on its Naples platform, but now we're hearing more information on Intel's next-gen Xeon E5-2699 v5 processor.



Intel's new Xeon E5-2699 v5 will be based on Skylake-EP, with 32 physical CPU cores, and 64 threads thanks to SMT/Hyper-Threading. Performance wise, expect it to be an absolute monster - with some new technologies being baked into it from Intel. Skylake-EX Purley should ship with 6-channel DDR4 support, compared to 4-channel DDR support - with the AVX-512 instruction set, and exciting new 100G OmniPath interconnect technology.




There were even engineering samples that reportedly made it online last year, selling for $3845 - quite a steep price, but 64-threaded CPU? Yes, please. The base clock on the higher-end Xeon CPUs is always lower than the consumer-orientated Core family processors, with the monster 32C/64T chip to sport a 2GHz (or so) base clock.


We should see Intel deploy a new socket for these next-gen Xeon parts, with LGA 3467 sure to make an appearance - with support for 12 DDR4 DIMMs... as well as the fresh out of the oven Optane DIMMs, which we've just written about here.

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Star Citizen moves into Vulkan, ditches DX12 support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2017 11:22 pm

Chris Roberts teased DX12 support for Star Citizen a while ago now, but after the disappointing DX12 games so far - the developer has changed gears, announcing that it will only focus on using the Vulkan API for Star Citizen.




Cloud Imperium Games' Director of Graphics Programming, Alistair Brown, announced through the official Star Citizen forums that CIG will be pushing Vulkan into Star Citizen, making it the second large AAA game to drop DX12 in favor for Vulkan, the other being DOOM from id Software. Brown explained: "Years ago we stated our intention to support DX12, but since the introduction of Vulkan which has the same feature set and performance advantages this seemed a much more logical rendering API to use as it doesn't force our users to upgrade to Windows 10 and opens the door for a single graphics API that could be used on all Windows 7, 8, 10 & Linux".


He continues: "As a result our current intention is to only support Vulkan and eventually drop support for DX11 as this shouldn't effect any of our backers. DX12 would only be considered if we found it gave us a specific and substantial advantage over Vulkan. The API's really aren't that different though, 95% of the work for these APIs is to change the paradigm of the rendering pipeline, which is the same for both APIs".


Brown also discussed thousands of objects moving around in the world of Star Citizen without a performance hit, teasing: "In terms of number of objects, when using our dedicated systems for asteroids & debris we can already handle over 100,000 individually moving objects on screen at well over 60fps, and intend to use an imposter system to handle the visualization of millions more in the background, so there's no concerns there".


The shift to Vulkan for Star Citizen is a big deal, as it's easily the most ambitious PC game ever made - and moving away from DX12, is a big deal.

LG's 32-inch 4K HDR monitor: available March 28 for $999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 19, 2017 7:32 am

HDR monitors are the next big push for 2017, but 4K and HDR? Oh yeah. LG teased its 32-inch 4K HDR-capable 32UD99 monitor previously, but now it is confirming a March 28 release for $999.




The official website for LG's upcoming 32UD99 monitor says it's "coming soon", but a listing on B&H says it's coming on March 28. What should we expect from the 32UD99 other than 4K and HDR? I'm guessing a 60Hz refresh rate, especially for the $999 price - considering ASUS will be launching its 4K HDR-capable G-Sync monitor with its game changing 144Hz refresh tech for north of $1500. Still, 60Hz and HDR is still going to be great for productivity, HDR/4K content, and light gaming.


The official specs are tasty:


  • USB-C, DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports
  • AMD FreeSync Technology
  • 5ms response time
  • Built-in stereo speakers

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AMD Ryzen CPU with 16C/32T coming, teased at $999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 19, 2017 6:30 am

AMD has shaken up the consumer CPU market with its new Ryzen processors, led by the Ryzen 7 1800X flagship CPU - offering 8C/16T @ 4GHz for $499. This disrupts Intel's market in a big way, because AMD is offering performance similar to, or better than the Core i7-6900K, a processor that costs $999.




The latest rumor is that AMD is ready to hit Intel in the HEDT market even harder, offering a new 16C/32T processor for the $1000 mark - beating out Intel's current flagship Core i7-6950X, which costs $1600+. AMD would reportedly unveil this new Ryzen CPU behemoth at Computex, in just two months time - while Intel launches its next-gen X399 chipset and new flagship Core i7 processor. The rumor is floating over from the ChipHell forums, picked up by


According to the rumor: "Public knowledge by now but AMD has a new HEDT platform coming out in a couple of months. You'll see more of it at Computex I believe. It's a 16 core /32 Thread, quad channel behemoth. And it is insanely quick in the tests that Ryzen is already excelling at. So Cinebench, and all other related productivity programs. The gaming issues that were causing the Ryzen AM4 CPUs to behave erratically to say the least have been ironed out. It's akin to a newer revision on a newer platform. This should be competing with the Xeon and of course 6950X Intel offers for $1700~$1800USD, but at about $1,000 USD if not less for some Skews. Coming soon".


Great tease, huh? The rumor continues: "CPSs are pretty big physically, about twice the size of surrent 6950X CPUs and a bit more perhaps. And if you were hoping for pins, nope it's strictly LGA! It's NOT 8 channel, but Quad. Will be a splendid competition between X299 and this AMD platform. Skylake-X is pretty good, not revolutionary but a meaningful step up in IPC and the clocks are pretty high as well. If Intel will have a 32 core part to compete on X299 remains to be seen, but the HEDT platform is going to change quite a bit in the next 4 to 6 months.?"


I don't think we'll see a revised Ryzen or 'Ryzen 2' processor - but the 16C/32T processor is believable, considering AMD's upcoming Naples CPU will have 32C/64T of pure brute performance - with 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes. AMD could utilize its Naples platform with a HEDT-like Ryzen release with a 16C/32T processor for $999, and a $250-$400 motherboard and really compete with the $2000+ kit from Intel.