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Apple's new iPhone X: starts @ $999, available Nov 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2017 12:25 am

Apple has released the most exciting iPhone in years with the new iPhone X, and while it might not step right up to the top of the smartphone mountain and claim dominance over all of its competitors, the new iPhone X is a compelling enough smartphone for Apple fans to stick with the fruit logo company.



Apple has used its new A11 processor that offers up to 30% more performance over its predecessor, while rocking Face ID technology, VR/AR integration, and a beautiful OLED panel that Apple of course calls "Super Retina Display".


The new A11 chip is a 6-core processor, made up of two big and four LITTLE cores based on the big.LITTLE technology. This allows the new iPhone X to include 30% more performance, while throwing in a huge 50% power efficiency improvement over the previous-gen A10 processor.

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Battlegrounds update: low-end PC performance improved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:31 pm

The latest update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is here, at least for those on the PTR servers, that has improved performance for low-end PCs, and a bunch of other stuff going on.




Bluehole has improved foggy weather conditions, better sky visuals in pre-existing weather effects, an improved UI and better shadows, and so much more. The new September update has a lot going on:


Client Optimization


  • Optimized shadows
  • Improved performance on low-end PCs by optimizing buildings
  • Optimized client and server performance when there are multiple vehicles in a close vicinity
  • Optimized UI

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Toshiba announce the new 2.5 inch 1TB MQ04 HDD

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 4:32 pm

Toshiba have been busy, with recently announcing the release of the X300 HDD range and now releasing the new ultra-compact MQ04 Series 1 TB HDD.




The 2.5" MQ04 HDD is compatible with various systems- notebooks, PCs, game systems, all-in-one slim-line desktop systems, set-top box appliances, and other applications requiring high capacity and durability storage. Featuring 6 Gbit/s SATA interface and 5,400 RPM combined with a large 128MiB buffer, the MQ04 sees an increased performance of 34 percent increase over its predecessor, the 1TB MQ01 series.


"Achieving 1 TB per disk capacity is a big advancement in both value and performance, and without increasing weight in portable PCs," said Scott Wright, Director of HDD Product Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "With a field-proven single disk 7 mm design heritage, the new Toshiba MQ04 1 TB model offers reliable performance and capacity at the leading edge of mobile client HDD technology and value."


Available now, but with no pricing yet released, the MQ04 1TB is also quieter and weighs less than prior generations and is the perfect choice for mobile storage applications.

Nintendo: avoid paying inflated SNES Classic prices

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 2:27 pm

Last year when Nintendo released the NES Classic, there was extreme supply issues that caused people to sell their NES Classic's at inflated prices for profit. Move ahead a year and Nintendo are planning to release the SNES Classic Edition and it appears it's a case of déjà vu.




When Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition went on sale last month, it was instantly sold out. Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America President, spoke to the Financial Times and said that he "would strongly urge" anyone trying to purchase a SNES Classic to avoid using auction sites and that you realistically shouldn't have to pay more than the $79.99 price. Reggie also stated that Nintendo have "dramatically increased" production for SNES Classic to eliminate supply issues we saw with the original NES Classic.


To shut down rumors that Nintendo purposely held back stock make the NES Classic more sought-after item, Fils-Aime said the company was not holding back stock on purpose and that Nintendo simply didn't produce enough units. He also said that Nintendo anticipated that their retro console wouldn't be very popular due to other companies retro console sales figures.

ASRock release its X10 IoT router for smart homes

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Networking | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 12:22 pm

IoT is the future, not doubt about it. ASRock have taken the initiative and released their new smart home router, the X10. Featuring dual-band Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Beamforming support, ASRock have included tech savvy features such as ZigBee and IR blasters. This allows the X10 to control various smart devices to create a central hub for your home network.




ZigBee radio allows for compatible smart home appliances (sensors, lighting, heaters, security systems, etc.) using a 250 Kbit/s channel and enable users to read/control through the ASRock Router app for Apple iOS and Google Android. ASRock Router app is also capable of setting automated scenes, this means your router can have the lights turn off when you go to bed, or turn on your TV when you get up in the morning. This allows for users to have complete control over their smart devices in their home using only their phone or tablet.


The X10's IR blasters allow the router to control devices such as TVs or air conditioners. Unfortunately, the router must be in direct line of the device to allow for the IR signal to not be interrupted for this feature to work. Other features you can expect from your X10 is the ability to operate a private VPN server, parental controls and the impressive geofencing feature. This allows you the ability to have cameras and security systems turn on when you leave your house and turn on your lights when you return.

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Modders release a multiplayer Super Mario 64 Online

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:34 am

If you're like me, you spent hundreds of hours playing Super Mario 64 on your Nintendo 64. Well, thanks for a new fan project, you're going add a few more hours to that collection but with a twist. With multiple playable characters, each with their own unique handling and move-set, you can play with up to 24 friends online to create the perfect star-hunting party, or to create havoc for each other.



Modders Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns and Marshivolt have published Super Mario 64 Online, a tool that modifies Super Mario 64 ROM. The project requires some work to enable it, but it's a small price to pay to relive Super Mario 64 with friends. Player save games are separate, but are in the same world and can interact with each other. This means players still must collect their own stars to progress through the story.

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Battlefield 1942 remastered project kicks it up to 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:16 am

I still remember pumping hundreds of hours into Battlefield 1942 when it came out, after a heavy multi-year addiction to Quake and Unreal, and even Unreal Tournament (oh and let's not forget Half-Life and a million other great first-person shooters from the 90s).



Fast forward 15 years and we're now looking at an attempt to bring Battlefield 1942 into the new world ruled by high-res gaming monitors, right up to 4K and beyond. 'ScureHD' on and YouTube has posted has put some good work into the Battlefield 1942 Remaster Project, with a damn good paint job on the old DICE technology that powered by Refractor Engine 2, the engine that powered Codename Eagle (internet points for those who remember CE).


Before the days of Frostbite, which looks freaking incredible these days, were the days of BF1942 in its usual 1024x768 resolution or so when it debuted. Now we have 4K and beyond displays with the new work from ReShade looking great - at least for a game of its age, with new particle effects (dust, smoke, explosions and more), new water effects, higher resolution reflections, higher quality level of detail, and more.


ReShade notes that "There are still many textures left, but this is how the game looks at the moment. (Final version will look much better)". There's no release date for the final version, other than we know to expect that the final build will "look much better".

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Coffee Lake benchmarked: Core i7-8700K results leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 6:17 am

Intel will be launching its new Coffee Lake CPU architecture led by the flagship Core i7-8700K processor on October 5, but between now and then we have some leaked details and benchmarks to share with you.





This was all kicked off with Canadian tech journalist Karl Morin finding himself with HP's new Omen desktop PC which rocks an unreleased Core i7-8700K processor, so he used a monitor quickly and benchmarked it. As VideoCardz points out, it's actually funny that Karl did this as there was a HP representative standing right next to him.




There are some Cinebench results to share, with some CPU-Z benchmarks in both single- and multi-threaded modes.

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Philips prepares 49-inch 32:9 curved UltraWide for $1077

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 5:33 am

Philips have unveiled their new 49-inch curved UltraWide display, with the new Philips 492P8 (best name ever!) that will cost just over $1000 and provide a mammoth 49-inch panel with a native resolution of 3840x1080.




The new Philips 492P8 monitor joins the company's P-line of displays, aimed at professionals. There's not much known about the monitor right now, apart from its huge 49-inch panel with an awesome 32:9 aspect ratio and 3840x1080 native resolution, 5000:1 contrast ratio, LED backlighting, and 1800R curve.




We can also expect 1 x DP, 2 x HDMI, and 1 x D-Sub connector, 3.5mm input and output, 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and 1 x GbE connector.

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Xiaomi teases its new Mi Notebook Pro, glares at Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 12, 2017 4:37 am

Qualcomm has come out trolling Apple the day before the new iPhone is announced, and so did Samsung with the announcement of their new 11nm and 7nm nodes coming in 2018. Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has joined in on the iTrolling, with the announcement of their new Mi Notebook Pro.




Xiaomi's new Mi Notebook Pro rocks a 15.6-inch 1080p display with Corning's Gorilla Glass tech, with configurations available with up to the Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe-based SSD. Inside, we can expect NVIDIA's GeForce MX 150 graphics as standard, 2 x USB Type-C ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, 3-in-1 SD card reader, and the courageous 3.5mm headphone jack.


Xiaomi also includes a large glass touchpad with a built-in fingerprint sensor, dual Harmon Infinity speakers, a full-size backlit keyboard with 1.5mm key travel, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 tech. Battery wise we have a 60kW battery that should be good for up to 9 hours of local video playback, but Xiaomi is providing quick charge technology that will provide 50% charge in just 35 minutes.


The new Mi Notebook Pro is just 360.7 mm x 243.6 mm x 15.9 mm (14.2 inches x 9.6 inches x 0.625 inches) at a weight of 1.95 kg (4.29 pounds), while the price starts at $858 for the stock configuration, and reaches $1073 with the best components. The Mi Notebook Pro goes on sale on September 15.

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