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Apple to introduce new color option with the iPhone 8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 1:21 pm

We heard that Samsung plans to introduce at least one new color option with the Galaxy Note8, and according to the latest rumors, Apple will do the same with the iPhone 8.

 

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Multiple reports state that the company would introduce a color allegedly called Blush Gold. The color seems to be slightly darker than Apple's Rose Gold color.

 

Earlier rumors suggest that the iPhone 8 might come in fewer color options than Apple's previous phones. We will certainly see a black color option, but others are unknown at this point.

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Qualcomm improves smartphone camera tech expontentially

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 11:00 am

Before all of the hoopla of AMD's Ryzen Tech Day and the Radoen RX Vega unveiling, and then SIGGRAPH 2017 itself, I had a very important briefing with Qualcomm.

 

 

I knew to expect something impressive as always, but the message that Qualcomm pushed out was loud and clear: they're not just the "smartphone guys", they're the... well, everything guys.

 

Qualcomm briefed us on their new Spectra Module Program, which seems like an incredible leap in technology for something that's just a small part of the expansive smartphone experience.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64: NOWHERE near 100MH/s mining power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 3:46 am

AMD has officially released their new Radeon RX Vega family of graphics cards, led by the flagship Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, and the new GTX 1070 killer with the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

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Now that we have the gaming stuff out of the way, I wanted to do some testing with Ethereum mining. As much as we get flak for doing mining on graphics cards, there were an overwhelming amount of readers and FB fans asking us for Ethereum performance... so here you go.

 

There were reports a couple of weeks ago that Radeon RX Vega would be pushing 100MH/s mining Ethereum, and I'm here to tell you that is far from the truth. I never reported on the story because I knew it was bogus and technologically impossible to have Vega pushing 300% above Radeon RX 580 or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and now I have Vega in my hands I've done my own testing.

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NVIDIA ramps up 12nm production for next-gen Volta GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 2:42 am

AMD just launched their new Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards (my review here), but this hasn't stopped NVIDIA ramping up the production of 12nm GPUs with TSMC.

 

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NVIDIA's upcoming 12nm production will be ready for next-gen Volta-based GeForce graphics cards that will be released early 2018, and even possibly teased earlier than that. NVIDIA has already released Volta in the form of the AI-ready Tesla V100 graphics accelerator, but it looks like we'll see the 12nm FinFET process and Volta, and I'm sure GDDR6, in early 2018.

 

Starting in Q4, the company will ramp up 12nm Volta GPU production preparing for the big next-gen GeForce launch. It was only just recently that NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talking to investors, where he said that gamers shouldn't expect a Volta-based GeForce until the end of 2017 or early 2018. Huang said that "Pascal is just unbeatable", and even with Vega here from AMD, I still agree.

 

Huang continued: "Volta for gaming, we haven't announced anything. And all I can say is that our pipeline is filled with some exciting new toys for the gamers, and we have some really exciting new technology to offer them in the pipeline. But for the holiday season for the foreseeable future, I think Pascal is just unbeatable".

Elon Musk says AI is more dangerous than North Korea

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 12:22 am

Elon Musk is known for his views on artificial intelligence. In January 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of artificial intelligence experts signed an open letter on artificial intelligence calling for research on the societal impacts of AI. The letter affirmed the potentials of AI but called for a detailed research on how to prevent potential dangers.

 

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Now, Musk decided to raise awareness again by tweeting that AI is a bigger risk than North Korea. If you were following the news lately, you are aware that the tensions with North Korea are rising again.

 

In another tweet, Musk explained that everything that's potential danger to the public, such as cars, planes, food, etc., is regulated and that AI should be too.

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Samsung releases first official Galaxy Note8 teaser

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2017 11:28 pm

We're just nine days away from the Galaxy Note8 launch, and Samsung has finally revealed the first official teaser.

 

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The teaser doesn't reveal much, it's more of a pumping up the anticipation and playing with words. For example, the Korean company replaced the word 'talk' with the word 'act' and 'update' with 'innovate. At the end of the short video, Samsung invites us to "do bigger things" starting August 23rd.

 

Numerous reports stated that the Note8 would be Samsung's most expensive smartphone, and according to previous leaks, the 128GB version of the phone could carry a price tag of over $1,100. Interestingly, this is also around the rumored price of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8.

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ZTE launches $129 priced phone with 4,080 mAh battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2017 7:26 pm

ZTE has announced its latest smartphone, the ZTE Blade Z Max. The phone comes with a huge 6-inch Full HD screen, and although it doesn't have the best specs, it does come at an affordable price.

 

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The ZTE Blade Z Max is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 435 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

 

The phone has dual camera setup on the back (16MP + 2MP) and an 8MP front shooter.

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LG V30 to have superior camera lens

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2017 6:33 pm

There is always a war of specs when it comes to smartphones, screen size, resolution, megapixels, processing cores, RAM and such. One of the specs that seem to have always been improving is the aperture of the camera lens itself. With each generation of smartphone cameras, we have seen the aperture get wider and wider allowing for more and more light into the camera sensor at once.

 

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These wider camera apertures (lower aperture number) have allowed for increasingly sharper images and the birth of 'bokeh' effects done with dual cameras. Without a properly sharp and wide aperture main camera, these bokeh effects would be pointless to impossible.

 

With LG's new V30, however, LG is raising (or lowering depending on how you see it) the bar. Their new camera lens in the V30 will have an aperture of F/1.6 which is the lowest of any camera phone anywhere, period.

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Take a trip with 'Valerian' on us!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 8:40 pm

To celebrate the theatrical release of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,' we have five double theatrical passes to give away thanks to our friends at Entertainment One.

 

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In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other.

 

There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles and send your correct answer to the following question (along with your postal address), to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on August 18:

 

Name the author of the original Valerian graphic novels

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Light the wick on our 'John Wick' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 3:10 pm

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'John Wick: Chapter Two,' we have fifteen Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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Never stab the devil in the back! Retired super-assassin John Wick's plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D'Antonio shows up on his doorstep with a gold marker, compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston, kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organization's ancient code, Wick reluctantly accepts the assignment to travel to Rome to take out D'Antonio's sister, the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles and send your correct answer to the following question (along with your postal address), to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on August 18:

 

Director Chad Stahelski first worked with Keanu Reeves in which film?

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