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NVIDIA's new supercomputer will design next-gen GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 2:23 am

NVIDIA just continues to smash the GPU and supercomputing game, with the announcement of their newest DGX SATURNV supercomputer that is designed from the ground up on building smarter cars and next generation GPUs.




The new DGX SATURNV is ranked 28th on the Top500 list of supercomputers, but thanks to the use of the Tesla P100-powered DGX-1 units, it's the most efficient supercomputer in the world. Up until now, the most efficient machine on the Top500 list is at 6.67 GigaFlops/Watt, but the new NVIDIA DGX SATURNV is capable of a massive 9.46 GigaFlops/Watt, a huge 42% improvement.


Inside of the NVIDIA DGX-1 we have:


  • Up to 170 teraflops of half-precision (FP16) peak performance
  • Eight Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, 16GB memory per GPU
  • NVLink Hybrid Cube Mesh
  • 20 Core Broadwell-E "Xeon E5-2698 v4" CPU (2.2GHz)
  • 7TB SSD DL Cache
  • Dual 10GbE, Quad InfiniBand 100Gb networking
  • 3U - 3200W

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Apple's new $300 design book doesn't include 3.5mm jack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 1:29 am

Apple has built up even more courage leading up to the holidays, releasing a new $299 book that has 450 photos of Apple products - announcing the book 'Designed by Apple in California' on, and select Apple retail stores.



There are two books available, with a $199 book that is a smaller 10.2-inch x 12.75-inch book, while the larger 13-inch x 16.25-inch book sells for $299. All of the photos were snapped by Andrew Zuckerman, showing off 20 years of Apple design "in a deliberately spare style".




Apple's chief designer and slow talker of courage, Jony Ive, explains the book as "a gentle gathering of many of the products the team has designed over the years", hoping that the book will be a "resource for students of all design disciplines".

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NVIDIA boss: gamers will be 'amazed' by Nintendo Switch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 12:27 am

NVIDIA has been working with Nintendo for two years on the design of their chip inside of the next-gen Switch console, something revealed during a chat between NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang, and VentureBeat.




Huang said: "We're dedicated to the gaming market and always have been. Some parts of the market, we just weren't prepared to serve them. I was fairly open about how, when this current generation of consoles was being considered, we didn't have x86 CPUs. We weren't in contention for any of those. However, the other factor is whether we could really make a contribution or not. If a particular game console doesn't require our special skills, what we can uniquely bring, then it's a commodity business that may not be suited for us".


He continued: "In the case of Switch, it was such a ground-breaking design. Performance matters because games are built on great performance, but form factor and energy efficiency matter incredibly because they want to build something that's portable and transformable. The type of gameplay they want to enable is like nothing the world has so far. It's a scenario where two great engineering teams, working with their creative teams, needed to hunker down. Several hundred engineering years went into building this new console. It's the type of project that really inspires us, gets us excited. It's a classic win-win".

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GTX 1070 barely runs Dishonored 2 at 1080p on very low

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 10:59 pm

Dishonored 2 is an honorable mess on the PC, needing an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 to barely handle 1080p 60FPS on very low graphics settings.




Dan Sebestyen posted on Twitter saying: "My build GTX 1070, i5 4690K, 16 gig of RAM. At 1080p and 1440p on "Very Low" i get drops to 40 fps in Karnaca". Pretty crappy performance for a high-end graphics card, and very low settings - not being able to hit 60FPS consistently in Dishonored 2? Pathetic.


Dishonored 2's Game Director Harvey Smith said yesterday he was "distressed" over the PC version of the game, saying that it wasn't a port from the consoles. He said that the performance issues aren't related just to graphics, so the issues are much deeper it seems.

Battlefield 1's Fall Update includes Hardcore mode, more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 10:13 pm

It's finally here! The Fall Update for Battlefield 1 from DICE has been pushed out, which is "designed to make Battlefield 1 an even more fun, varied, stable, and balanced experience".




DICE explains that the Fall Update for Battlefield 1 has "different fixes and tweaks to gameplay, user interface, graphics, audio, and more". The biggest upgrade in the new update, in my opinion at least, is that the Fall Update includes the much anticipated Hardcore Mode.


There's also the introduction of Battlefield 1 Rent-a-Server Program, letting you set up your own private Battlefield 1 server with control over gameplay options, map rotations, and more. Squad XP Boost will be available in some of the Battlepacks, but if you want the full skinny on the patch, check out the Battlefield 1 Fall Update Notes PDF file.

EVE Online goes free to play with Ascension update

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 9:02 pm

EVE Online: Ascension has launched. The biggest update in the history of the game, it shifts EVE to a free to play model while adding a ton of new content.



Engineering Complexes have been added to the game and are said to fundamentally alter the economy and gameplay. In addition to that, visual feedback has been reworked, new explosion effects are on display, and there's more activity to be found in the asteroid belts of New Eden (think on-capsuleer resource gathering operations), just to name a few items.


If you're enticed by the free thing but are still intimidated by the learning curve, CCP has your back and says a new tutorial offers "more assistance and guidance than ever before as they take their first steps into the vast expanse of New Eden."

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WhatsApp adds video calling

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 7:12 pm

Six years after its launch, WhatsApp has added video calling to its service, joining group chat and voice calling on the software's feature list.




Video calling is supported on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. Quality is said to be excellent assuming a good Wi-Fi connection, and calls are said to be easy to make.


The feature addition puts WhatsApp in direct competition with Google Allo and Duo as well as Skype and Facebook, which can be only good for users. Boasting 1 billion users, expect WhatsApp to heat up the competition.

PS4 Pro's 1080p super-sampling causing frame rate drops

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 1:36 pm

First we had reports that Sony's new PS4 Pro suffers noticable FPS drops while playing in native 4K, but it looks like the system's 1080p modes aren't safe either. Specific games like Watch Dogs 2 are getting hit with performance hitches while played in the console's 1080p super-sampling mode.



Sony has assured that its new PlayStation 4 Pro will benefit 1080p HDTV users, and you won't need to own a fancy HDR-capable 4K Ultra High-Def TV in order to tap the system's new hardware. Developers typically enable a trio of graphics and performance modes including 1080p 60FPS, super-sampled 1080p graphics that improve visual fidelity, upscaled 4K 30FPS with checkerboard rendering techniques, and even "native" 4K gaming. But all of these modes need to be optimized properly, and are tied to the same resolution vs frame rate balancing act that plagued the PS4 and Xbox One era with dynamic resolution scaling.


For 1080p support, the Pro down-samples the 4K mode for all of these titles, offering enhanced image quality via super-sampling. However, the areas where performance is degraded remain impacted when running on a full HD display - meaning that there's nothing that Pro owners can do to get a smoother experience overall on these titles. In fact, the base PlayStation 4 will run these releases at a higher performance level overall at the expense of some image quality.

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Quick Charge 4.0 will support up to 28W or 5.6A of power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 6:25 am

Qualcomm has been on the bleeding edge of pumping as much power into your smartphone as possible - in both its Snapdragon processors and Quick Charge technology - but now Quick Charge is about to step up to another level.




Our friends over at Fudzilla are reporting that Quick Charge 4.0 will roll out with the upcoming Snapdragon 830 processor, and that the information they have comes from an "accessory manufacture that wants to remain silent". They said that the new charge will support up to 5V/4.7A~5.6A, or 9V/4A in similar configurations.


Quick Charge 4.0 hitting 28W will be a big deal, as it'll charge smartphones even quicker. Quick Charge 3.0 on my Pixel smartphone is incredibly awesome, and so much faster than my previous iPhone 6S smartphone which charged so slowly in comparison.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson considering White House run

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 5:48 am

If last week's Presidential campaign has taught us, it's that anyone can run for President. They might also win. And that has former WWE star, and Republican supporter Dwayne Johnson interested... Very interested.




Speaking to Vanity Fair, the wrestler turned actor has flagged that he might very well run for U.S. President in the future saying that he "wouldn't rule it out. It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it's possible. This past election shows that anything can happen." He's also provided other tantalising quotes on social media in the past year.


If he indeed runs (and makes it), he certainly wouldn't be the first actor to get the top job. The 40th U.S. President, Ronald Reagan appeared in some 50 films from 1937 to 1964.

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