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Lenovo Ideapad 330: Intel 10nm CPU, RX 540, 8GB RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 14, 2018 4:00 am

Intel has been having serious troubles with its 10nm process, but it looks like we might see one of their new 10nm Cannonlake CPUs in the very near future.

 

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According to a listing on a Chinese retail outlet, Lenovo is preparing their new Ideapad 330 that will be the first notebook to market with an Intel 10nm Cannonlake CPU. Lenovo's upcoming Ideapad 330 packs the Cannonlake-powered Core i3-8121U processor, AMD Radeon RX 540 2GB discrete graphics card, and up to 8GB of DDR4.

 

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There will be up to 1TB 5400RPM mechanical HDD and 256GB SSD that will be included in the highest-end Ideapad 330, which will arrive for around $450. Lenovo's new Ideapad 330 features a 15.6-inch TN panel with a native resolution of 1366 x 768, so it won't be busting any records, that's for sure.

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Sony says it won't announce PlayStation 5, PSVR 2 at E3 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 14, 2018 2:41 am

The rumors of the PS5 being announced and released this year had console gamers excited, with the rumor mill stating that Sony would release the PlayStation 5 this year according to the number of developer kits given to developers.

 

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Well, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden, that won't be happening. He confirmed on the PlayStation Blogcast that there will be "no new hardware announcement at E3 this year", and there you have it. This should mean no PS5 and no PSVR 2.0 headset.

 

Sony released the PS4 nearly 5 years ago now, so we're getting close to the half-decade milestone with no new news of a next-gen PlayStation 5 console. The beefed up PS4 Pro was released in November 2016, so we're getting close to the 2-year anniversary of that, and still no PS5.

 

What do you think about that? Do we need a PS5? I think we do, stat. Our exclusive story on the PS5 is that it will feature a discrete GPU instead of a lukewarm, underpowered APU like all of the current-gen consoles feature, including the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

Battlegrounds new map 'Sanhok' receives first screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2018 1:34 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds latest map is nearly here, with developer PUBG Corp. launching the first open beta for Sanhok in the last 24 hours.

 

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This means that all Battlegrounds players can jump into Sanhok and win some chicken dinners if they find the map in the Experimental Server, download the new map, and play it.

 

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As for Sanhok, it's a new 4 x 4km island map that the developer took inspiration from islands across southeast Asia, with specific influence taken from countries like Thailand and the Phillippines.

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NASA plans autonomous helicopters to land on Mars in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 14, 2018 12:30 am

The next vehicle that NASA is sending to Mars is going to be an autonomous helicopter of sorts, where the US space agency will bundle in an autonomous helicopter into the Mars 2020 rover in order to test airborne vehicles on Mars.

 

 

The drone itself weighs 1.8kg (just under 4lbs) while the dual, counter-rotating blades will be spinning at 3000RPM, around 10x faster than a regular helicopter. Why the high-speed blade rotation? The autonomous helicopter needs it because of the low atmospheric density on Mars.

 

When the helicopter is on the ground, it will be at an Earth-equivalent altitude of 100,000 feet, which is harder on the helicopter.

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DICE marketing teases 'Battlefield will never be the same'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2018 3:10 am

EA and DICE are having to try a little harder with the new Battlefield, with cryptic marketing going into overdrive for Battlefield 5 in the last couple of weeks.

 

 

First, was the easter egg in Battlefield 1 map Fort Vaux which led to a chamber where pipes dripped morse code that led gamers to a website that featured the #Battlefield hashtag and a date of May 23. Now we have an even bigger tease, which has been posted to the official Twitter account for Battlefield.

 

The tweet was posted by DICE in morse code, which translates to "Good work, but this is just the beginning. The Battlefield will never be the same". I'm sure we're going to see more of this cryptic marketing leading up to the official reveal of Battlefield 5, and I've got to say... DICE are killing it.

 

Let's just hope BF5 lives up to the hype, because BF1 didn't, and now we live in a world with PUBG and Fortnite, and a million other eSports titles with tens of millions of players each while BF1 servers are all but dead in comparison. I'm hoping the "Battlefield will never be the same" involves improved destruction (better than BF:BC2) and a Battle Royale mode.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider cost over $100 million to make

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2018 2:42 am

The cost of AAA game development is at all time highs right now, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider costing upwards of $100 million to make.

 

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During a chat with GamesIndustry.biz, Shadow of the Tomb Raider developer Eidos Montreal said: "Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and other different AAA single-player games, cost $75 million to $100 million. And that's production only; it's close to $35 million on the promotion".

 

This shouldn't surprise anyone as games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider are complex to develop, have hundreds of people working across multiple studios to get it to market on multiple platforms, as well as the associated marketing costs ramping upwards of $35 million.

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Huawei smartphones will have Bitcoin Wallet pre-installed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2018 2:11 am

Huawei is the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, behind only to behemoths Apple and Samsung, and have now confirmed they will be forcing Bitcoin Wallets on all of their future smartphones.

 

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The Chinese smartphone manufacturer will be baking-in BTC.com's Bitcoin Wallet into their own App Store, with existing Huawei smartphone owners needing (if they want to) download the app from the AppGallery. The Google Play Store isn't available in China, so Huawei users will need to use AppGallery to get it, but future Huawei handsets will have it by default.

 

Vice President of Business Operations at BTC.com, De la Torre, told Bloomberg: "It's a good opportunity to tap into the Chinese market. The use of cashless payments with apps is very big and the traditional banking system is lacking, so there's a good use case for crypto payments to grow there".

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The world's first crypto-powered beer vending machine teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: May 13, 2018 1:12 am

The world of cryptocurrency is expanding faster than most people can imagine, but I didn't think we'd be in the world of the first cryptocurrency-powered beer vending machine at this stage, but here we are.

 

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San Francisco-based startup Civic has teased the world's first "crypto beer vending machine" at the Coindesk Consensus 2018 summit in New York. The beer vending machine would eventually access the blockchain to verify consumers' age, and then throw out a beer or 6 for you.

 

It will be incredibly simple to do, as the vending machine can be access through the installation of Civic's app on your phone, verify your ID there, and then you'll walk up to the machine and collect your beer. The only way this works is that governments will have to have citizens' ID tied to the blockchain, which I'm sure will happen eventually. Sure, it won't happen overnight, but give it another 5-10 years and stories like this will be remembered.

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GIGABYTE enters SSD market with UD PRO with 256GB/512GB SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 13, 2018 12:32 am

GIGABYTE is slowly expanding into new markets with their latest venture being the storage industry with the announcement of their new UD PRO Series SSDs.

 

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GIGABYTE's new UD PRO Series SSDs come in both 256GB and 512GB, with GIGABYTE keeping the Ultra Durable (hence 'UD') branding for these new drives. They're only 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps standard, so we're looking at up to 530MB/sec reads while writes are 500MB/sec.

 

The company is offering a 3-year warranty on the drive with a sleek black look that won't stand out too much, thankfully there aren't any RGB LEDs on it... yet.

 

The new GIGABYTE UD PRO Series SSDs are priced at $68.99 for the 256GB model while the 512GB model will set you back $119.99 with availability penciled in for next week.

Wasabi Mango UHD430: 43-inch 4K 120Hz monitor, costs $1399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 12, 2018 11:54 am

The holy grail of gaming monitors would definitely have to be 4K 120Hz and while the closest we've got officially is the tease of 4K 144Hz G-Sync monitors from NVIDIA, ASUS, and Acer... it looks like it has early competition from Wasabi Mango.

 

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Wasabi Mango is a Korean display manufacturer that have released their new UHD430 monitor that has a native 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The monitor requires dual DP 1.4 ports to hit 4K at 120Hz, buti you'll also get HDR goodness for that as well. There are also 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 x Toslink optical audio output, and a USB port.

 

The delicious Wasabi Mango UHD430 is available on eBay right now for $1399.

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