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SpaceX launches 60 more global internet satellites, only 41,940 to go

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 44 mins ago

On Monday, SpaceX's Falcon rocket took off to the stars, and aboard the rocket was Starlink mini-satellites. 60 mini-satellites in total to be precise.

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The satellites aboard the Falcon rocket are just 575 pounds each (260kg), and have joined the other 60, which were launched back in May. Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and chief executive eventually wants to have thousands of these Starlink satellites floating around in orbit, as the plan is to offer the world a global high-speed internet connection everywhere.

Not only are there 60 more Starlink satellites now in orbit, but SpaceX also achieved two new milestones with this launch. This launch was the first time SpaceX flew a rocket with a previously used nose cone and an orbital booster that has been used three times previously. According to Musk, "These boosters are designed to be used 10 times. Let's turn it around for a fifth, guys".

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AMD's new sTRX4 socket: future-proof, supports 64C/128T on desktop

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 6 mins ago

AMD recently announced and will soon launch its new third-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, where we will eventually see up to 64C/128T on the desktop courtesy of the new sTRX4 socket -- a new socket from AMD that is actually worthy of being called "future-proof".

The reason we're able to call AMD's new sTRX4 socket 'future-proof' is that the company itself has confirmed on Reddit that sTRX has AMD's support in both "near- and long-term basis". AMD confirmed that while the new socket has the same 4094 pin count as the previous-gen Threadripper CPUs, it is the "mapping of those pins to voltage or data will be different" with sTRX4.

AMD confirmed you can't install a third-gen Ryzen Threadripper into an older motherboard, and you can't use an older Ryzen Threadripper CPU in a new sTRX4 motherboard. Now, before you get all mad and claim "this isn't how it should be done!" there are two reasons for this. AMD explains:

  1. We wanted to drive maximum performance for the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors and sTRX4 helps us do exactly that. The 3rd Gen Threadripper will have 88 total PCIe Gen 4 lanes with 72 usable (CPU+motherboard). The net of total versus usable is because we're also increasing the CPU<->chipset link from 4x Gen4 to 8x Gen4-quadruple the bandwidth vs. 2nd Gen TR. Extra data pins between the chipset and CPU make this possible, so you'll be able to hang more I/O off the motherboard at full performance.
  2. The socket change also sets us up nicely for future development and scalability of the Threadripper platform, both on a near- and long-term basis.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: 20% faster than Snapdragon 855

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 41 mins ago

Qualcomm will unveil its next-gen Snapdragon 865 (and I'm sure much more) at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii in just a few weeks -- but ahead of the event, we have some details of the new Snapdragon 865 to share.

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New rumors suggest that Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 will have quite a few upgrades, one of which will be the upgraded GPU in the new Adreno 650. Qualcomm's current, and already fast Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ feature Adreno 640 GPUs, but the new Adreno 650 will have a GPU clock of 587MHz -- providing 17-20% more performance over the Snapdragon 855-powered Adreno 640.

Remember that's versus the Snapdragon 855 and not the tweaked Snapdragon 855+ that powers the ASUS ROG Phone II, so we should expect maybe 10-15% faster than the Snapdragon 855+ with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865.

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Magic Leap IP signed over to JPMorgan Chase as collateral

By: Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 3 hours, 29 mins ago

Magic Leap is in the headlines in all the wrong ways right now, with the beyond secretive company signing over all of its patents 2 months ago now, to JPMorgan Chase as collateral.

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Documents filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office on August 22 saw a huge 1903 patents from Magic Leap, and its various holdings companies including Mentor Acquisitions, LLC and Molecular Imprints Inc. were assigned to JPMorgan Chase. The patent security agreement was signed by Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and JPMorgan Chase collateral agent Eleftherios Karsos.

The bigger issue here is that Magic Leap has burned through its gigantic $2.6 billion in funding so far, as well as its latest funding round of $280 million from Japan's NTT Docomo earlier this year.

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Acer Predator 43-inch 4K 144Hz display now shipping for $1499

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: 4 hours, 46 mins ago

Acer has just joined the Large Format Gaming Display (LFGD) game with its new Predator CG437K P available in the US for $1499.

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The new Acer Predator CG437K P is a larger-than-life 43-inch monitor with a native 4K resolution, so we're looking at 3840 x 2160, with a super-fast 144Hz refresh rate. Acer is also providing DisplayHDR 1000 certification on its VA panel, with the native 120Hz refresh overclockable to 144Hz.

Acer supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync/Adaptive Sync with the Predator CG437K P, with G-SYNC supported over the DisplayPort cable while Adaptive Sync/FreeSync is offered over the HDMI connection if you want to plug in an Xbox One console.

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Samsung Galaxy S11 leaked specs: 5G + 108MP camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 11 mins ago

Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ earlier this year, following it up with the larger and feature-packed Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ but what about 2020 flagship phones?

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Well, the new Galaxy S11 specs that are leaking out sound delicious -- with 5G connectivity, bigger batteries, a huge 108-megapixel camera, and more teased. Notorious leaker "evleaks" AKA Evan Blass has said that Samsung will launch 3 different Galaxy S11 smartphones in February 2020.

We should expect a 6.4-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch Galaxy S11 spread of phones which are a decent bump over the 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch offered by the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ respectively. But what's inside, is what'll impress.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti: June 2020, or earlier?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours, 45 mins ago

The hype train for NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPU is really starting to gain traction, with new rumors fueling the release window of Ampere in 2020.

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We heard about the purported GeForce RTX 3000 series cards not too long ago now, with NVIDIA reportedly preparing the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, GeForce RTX 3080, and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards for 2020. But the big question is when exactly, in 2020?

Raymond James analyst Chris Caso has said that NVIDIA reportedly pushed Ampere back by a few months, with Team Green aiming for a GTC 2020 reveal and Computex 2020 release. Caso adds that Ampere will be introduced at GTC 2020 in a big way as an AI/datacenter/HPC product, and then an Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000 series family of cards will launch in the months after.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 12GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 - 12GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti - 16GB

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This NES controller mouse is actually brilliant

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 40 mins ago

Peripheral-maker 8Bitdo (the same company who made a Switch controller with two d-pads) brings another wacky creation to the table: a NES controller mouse.

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8Bitdo's new N30 mouse has a very familiar design. It's literally molded after an old-school NES controller from the 80s, complete with two telltale red buttons for right and mouse click, and a D-pad fastened to the side for PageUp/PageDown web page navigation.

The N30 is wireless and runs on a single AA battery, and sports 1,000 DPI with a 2.4GHz dongle that works from up to 10 meters away. There's also a nifty touch-based scroll slider in the middle in lieu of a scroll wheel.

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Jedi: Fallen Order won't have a play first trial

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 50 mins ago

In a rare move, EA Access subscribers won't get first dibs on Jedi: Fallen Order.

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One of the selling points of EA's Access subscription is early 10-hour trials to all of its biggest games. But EA is apparently breaking this process, starting first with Jedi: Fallen Order. Today EA confirmed Respawn's new Jedi power fantasy game won't have a play first trial. Origin Access subscribers won't get a trial either.

The reason? EA wants to avoid any spoilers. "We've opted not to have early/timed access (Play First Trial), in part to reduce the risk of spoilers. Instead, EA Access members get these exclusive cosmetics!"

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Stadia only has 12 games at launch

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 50 mins ago

Google's new Stadia game streaming service will only have 12 games at launch, including blockbusters like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption II.

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Stadia will be available November 19 and comes with a dozen titles upon release, Google today confirmed. 14 more games are slated to launch throughout the end of 2019. Remember that only the paid $10 a month Stadia Pro subscription is available at launch, so Destiny 2 will be free for everyone who pays for the service. The free Stadia version is coming sometime in 2020.

If you want to play Stadia on your TV, you'll need a Chromecast Ultra. Stadia Pro subscribers can also play games on desktop or laptops via a Chrome browser, and use native keyboard and mouse controls or a USB game controller like a PS4 or Xbox One controller to play. Game streaming to mobile phones will be extremely awkward and isn't advised.

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