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Corsair majority stake bought for $525 million

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 5:22 pm

Investment firm EagleTree Capital now owns the majority share of leading PC peripheral-maker Corsair, corroborating recent reports from Reuters.




In a transaction valued at approximately $525 million, EagleTree Capital has finalized a purchase agreement with Corsair's current management to purchase a majority stake within the company from its current owners Francisco Partners. Corsair founder Andy Paul will retain his position as CEO in the company following the transaction, and key execs from EagleTree are keen on expending into new markets for the brand's fleet of premium peripherals and PC components, as well as possible acquisitions in the future. Corsair remains a private company, and it will be interesting to see if the new stakeholders will explore IPO plans in the coming years.


"This is a transformative time in the PC gaming industry. A rapidly growing global gamer population, together with the rise of eSports and streaming, has made PC gaming one of the world's most dynamic industries," said George Majoros, Jr., Co-Managing Partner of EagleTree.


"CORSAIR is the undisputed leader in PC gaming hardware and has built a strong brand on a foundation of quality, innovation and an unwavering commitment to its passionate fans. We look forward to working with Andy and CORSAIR's talented management team to maintain the company's focus on innovative products, to expand into new markets, and to pursue selective transactions."

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Google Daydream to have 11 devices by the end of 2017

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 4:26 pm

Google's Daydream has struggled to compete with the likes of Samsung's Gear VR even though it came out with much promise late last year. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, there will be only eleven devices by the end of this year that will support Google Daydream.




When you consider how many manufacturers there are out there and how many devices each of them make, eleven really isn't much. In fact, Samsung can claim eight Gear VR devices today, and they're probably about to launch their ninth with the Note8 coming next month.


For Google to only be able to muster eleven devices among all of the Android manufacturers, that is quite a poor showing. In addition to that, two of the devices, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 are not even really shipping in any volume, and the ASUS Zenfone AR likely won't ship in high volume either.

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Nokia's flagship will be announced on August 16th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 2:32 pm

HMD Global is pretty eager to bring back the days of old fame to the Nokia brand. They already announced a modern version of the Nokia 3310 and three Nokia smartphones. The company should announce its flagship, Snapdragon 835 powered, Nokia 8.




Evan Blass leaked the Nokia 8 last week, giving us the best look at the device so far, and now the company has finally revealed the launch date - August 16th. It seems that August will be a busy month. Samsung will launch the Note8, LG will unveil the V30, and ASUS should also reveal its ZenFone 4.


The Nokia 8 should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and come with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The phone is expected to feature a 5.3-inch QHD display and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Some sources report that the device will be priced at $675.

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Nintendo hits $1.37 billion in net sales in Q1 earnings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 1:24 pm

Nintendo kicks off its new fiscal year with strong earnings in net sales, operating income, and total profits, solidifying the company's return as a major player in the games market.




Nintendo today announced its first quarter earnings for the fiscal year ending March 2018, showing massive year-over-year growth and strong earnings potential for the rest of the year. In the 3-month period from April 1 thru June 30 the Kyoto-based games-maker pulled in net sales of 154.069 billion yen ($1.37 billion), up a mighty 148.62% year-over-year thanks to tremendous Switch adoption, continual 3DS earnings, and growing mobile revenues from its smartphone gaming segment.


The Japanese titan's Q1'17 operating income saw the most dramatic spike, however: Nintendo reported operating profit of 16.208 billion yen ($144.915 million), up an incredible 415% year-over-year from Q1'16's dismal -5.13 billion yen operating income figures. Total profits are up to 21.260 billion yen ($190.085 million), seeing another big boost by 186.65% year-over-year from Q1'16's -24.53 billion yen.

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Splatoon 2 sells 670,995 copies in 3 days in Japan

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 11:32 am

Nintendo's first party shooter Splatoon 2 is a juggernaut in domestic sales, and is now the top-selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan.




Splatoon 2 has sold 670,995 units in Japan in just 3 days, Famitsu reports. This number, which doesn't digital sales, is over 300% more than the original Splatoon game sold on Wii U at launch. In fact, Splatoon 2 has eclipsed launch sales of other massively popular Nintendo Switch games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which sold 284,823 physical copies during its debut in late April.


Splatoon 2's debut sales have a huge 55.67% attach rate, meaning more than half of every Switch owner in Japan bought the game. The Japanese games magazine reports the Nintendo Switch install base has grown to 1,205,087 units in the region, up from the previous 1 million sales estimate from last month.

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AMD shares rise 8% riding Ryzen and GPU excitement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 10:25 am

AMD has been enjoying success after success throughout 2017, bringing excitement to the CPU world with the release of not just Ryzen 7 1800X - but the entire Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 family of processors.




The company continued that upward trajectory with Ryzen ThreadRipper teases all year, with AMD's return to HEDT not just some lukewarm release - but a huge ass kicker to Intel who has been dragging their ass along the ground for years now. AMD's upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X flagship processor is a 16C/32T beast for only $999, with Intel's closest processor costing nearly DOUBLE that.


Well, this has all turned into AMD making some massive strides on the books and in the market with AMD shares spiking 8.2% to $15.27 in extended trading on Tuesday. AMD is now expected to have an annual revenue increase of "a mid to high-teens percentage" compared to previous estimates that saw low double-digit percentage revenue growth. AMD is expected to push Q3 2017 revenues by 23% over the previous quarter.


AMD's Computing and Graphics division had revenues of $659 million, up by a large 51% year-over-year, something that has been driven by the successful launches of Ryzen - oh and the insatiable demand for Radeon GPU technology with the massive Ethereum craze.

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USB 3.2 announced, packs double the bandwidth of USB 3.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 7:48 am

USB 3.2 is on its way, with the official USB 3.0 Promotor Group that is a team effort between Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, have announced the USB 3.2 specification.




USB 3.2 is an exciting leap over USB 3.1, with USB 3.2 being an incremental upgrade that will define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C already supports multi-lane operation, but USB 3.2 makes it easier by allowing hosts and devices to be created as multi-lane solutions, which will provide 2 x 5Gbps lanes, or two lanes at 10Gbps each.


The current-gen USB 3.1 cables can only drive 10Gbps, but this new upgrade will see USB 3.2 to USB 3.2 devices have up to 2GB/sec of bandwidth. USB 3.2 cables will be backwards compatible with other USB devices, with USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman, Brad Saunders, explaining: "When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed. The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance".

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India bans autonomous cars to protect against job losses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 6:36 am

While autonomous car technology excites millions of people across teh world, the future of driver-less cars means one of the biggest job sectors in the world - transportation, is going to be heavily affected, with millions of jobs lost.




India is cutting this future off by not supporting self-driving cars so that there aren't major job losses, with India's Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, telling reporters: "We won't allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this". He continued: "We won't allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can't have a technology that ends up taking people's jobs".


Gadkari continued, saying that India needed 22,000 commercial drivers and that the government is opening multiple new training facilities to train 5000 more professional drivers over the next few years.

Colorful iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan rocks MASSIVE cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 4:28 am

We've had so many custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards released this year, but Colorful isn't stopping, with the announcement of their new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan graphics card.




Colorful has carefully selected each GP102 chip from 100 chips to ensure it has maximum OC out of the box, with the company including their own iGame Pure Power and Silver Plating Technology. We have GPU clocks of 1657/1784MHz for base and boost GPU clocks, respectively - while the 11GB of GDDR5X sticks to its 11Gbps frequency. But that's not all.




Where this card takes a hard spike to the right, is that Colorful ships the iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan with a new cooler: Waterspout Cooler II. It's a massive integrated pump, water block and cooling fins, with Coloful using customized high air pressure fans to keep the card nice and cool. The radiator isn't as big as some out there, so you don't need to worry too much about fitting it in your case - and let's face it, anyone buying Colorful's new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan would be making sure it'll fit before purchasing it.

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EVGA announces $999 price on GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 3:26 am

EVGA has finally announced its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card, which is the company's latest flagship GTX 1080 Ti that is better than the already great GTX 1080 Ti SC2 and GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 graphics cards.




EVGA has included its impressive iCX cooling technology, and then unleashed professional overclocker K|NGP|N and given him GP102 and I'm sure countless hours of working and tweaking to make the GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N. EVGA sets the GPU base and boost clocks at a respectful 1582/1695MHz, but I'm sure you're going to hit the same 2.2GHz ceiling that GP102 is known for.




The company is providing a guaranteed 2025MHz GPU overclock with the GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N, a sleek dual-slot profile and single-slot capable with the Hydro Copper Waterblock. EVGA has placed the 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors on the end of the card, which is such a great move - as it keeps the annoying PCIe power cables tucked away and out of sight.


All I know is that I want two of these, and at $999 they're some of the most expensive cards on the market - bar the TITAN Xp at $1199.