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  1. AMD has announced the seventh generation of its AMD Pro CPU for business computers. The AMD Pro combines a CPU and GPU into a single accelerated processing unit (APU), and was previously known as Bristol Ridge. If the name sounds familiar, that is because AMD has already used Bristol Ridge chips on the AM4 platform in laptop computers. The chips have support for up to four x86 Excavator cores, HSA compute acceleration, and DDR4. All of that translates into a CPU and GPU that are 17% and 88% faster, respectively, than an equivalent Intel i5. The AMD Pro will be available with speeds ranging from 3.8GHz to 4.2GHz with power consumption ranging from 35W to 65W. Source: Venture Beat Back to original news post
  2. ID-COOLING has announced an updated version of its ICEKIMO 120W all-in-one water cooler with the ICEKIMO 240W. The ICEKIMO 120W was the "world’s first pure white water cooler with a 120mm radiator," and as the name suggests the 240W expands the radiator size to 240mm. Included with the 240mm radiator is a square water block, white tubing, and two SF-12025 fans with white LED lighting. The fans have adjustable RPM from 700 to 1500RPM with airflow up to 62CFM. It is compatible with all major Intel and AMD platforms and will have an MSRP of $99.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  3. Toshiba has announced the addition of a new line of solid state drives to the OCZ brand, the OCZ TL100. The drive was designed with entry level users that are looking for "an affordable upgrade solution" in mind. It utilizes Toshiba TLC NAND to provide sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and up to 85,000 IOPS. VP of Marketing Alex Mei described the TL100 stating, "The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality. As an affordable upgrade option for home and office users, the TL100 series makes SSD performance and responsiveness more accessible to a wider audience." The TL100 is available in capacities from 120GB to 240GB. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  4. Twitter has found itself at the center of buyout and acquisition talks for some time now, and the latest round of rumors are pointing to Microsoft and Disney as being potential suitors this time. Facebook is not seen as being interested at this time. The latest talk stems from David Faber of CNBC who reported on the Closing Bell show that "the social media giant is moving closer to a formal sale process for the company," but also pointed out that it didn't mean the process was currently underway. Source: CNBC Back to original news post
  5. Roku announced a new streaming stick earlier this year and has now updated the rest of its streaming boxes. The Roku Express is 75% smaller than the Roku 1 while doubling the processing power to handle HD video at a cost of $30. If you want composite cables with the box it will cost you an extra $10. The Roku Premiere and Premiere+ take over for the Roku 2 and 3 and offer support for 4K video at 60fps. The Premiere+ adds HDR support and an enhanced remote with a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and a microSD slot. The Premiere will cost $80 while the Premiere+ will cost $100. The Roku Ultra replaces the Roku 4 and adds an "even more advanced" remote and the ability to play media from a thumb drive to the features of the Premiere+, at a cost of $130. The new boxes will be available sometime in October. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  6. We are well into the final quarter of 2016, and we continue to be treated to advance information about coming products from AMD. Earlier this month we got the first glimpse into the AM4 socket and Vega 10 and 20 GPUs. The latest leak is focused on a future generation of CPUs known as Gray Hawk which appears to be next in line after Raven Ridge. Raven Ridge will use the 14nm process with a release expected sometime next year while Gray Hawk will use the 7nm process for a 2019 release. Gray Hawk will be paired with the Navi GPU architecture and will have four cores with eight threads and require only 10W of power. Source: Tweak Town Back to original news post
  7. Yahoo has confirmed that it was the victim of a large-scale attack that compromised data for more than 500 million users. Data that was exposed includes "names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and, in some cases, security questions and answers" along with encrypted passwords. Yahoo believes that attack was carried out by a "state-sponsored actor" but wouldn't elaborate any further on what state it might be. The company has recommended that users who haven't changed their passwords since 2014 should do so now, but it would probably be a good idea to change it again even if you have done so recently. Source: CNET Back to original news post
  8. Samsung has added to its V-NAND M.2 SSD lineup with two non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives. The 960 Pro will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB and offers read and write speeds up to 3,500MB/s and 2,100MB/s, respectively. The 960 Evo has capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB with read and write speeds up to 3,200MB/s and 1,800MB/s, respectively. Pricing will start at $330 for the 512GB 960 Pro and $130 for the 250GB 960 Evo. Source: ZDNet Back to original news post
  9. Microsoft has announced a pair of moves designed to share the wealth with shareholders, a $40 billion share buyback and 8% dividend increase. A similar buyback announced in 2013 is expected to complete this year, with no target completion date set for this buyback. The dividend increase is smaller than the past two years increase of 16% and 11%, and it represents a 2.7% yield at current prices. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Brad Reback wasn't worried about the lower dividend increase as it was "in line with expectations given the LinkedIn acquisition." Source: Wall Street Journal Back to original news post
  10. A "very good" source with access to an internal server roadmap has revealed some early details on the upcoming AMD Vega 10 and Vega 20 graphics cards. The Vega 10 is built on the 14nm GFX9 architecture with 16GB of HBM2 and 64 Compute Units. It is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017 with a dual Vega 10 available in the second quarter. The Vega 20 will use the 7nm GFX9 architecture with 32GB of HBM2 and 64 Compute Units. It will support PCI-Express 4.0, but no information on expected availability was given. AMD will also be replacing the Polaris 10 chips with the Vega 11, though no further information was made available. Source: Videocardz Back to original news post
  11. SanDisk used the Photokina event in Cologne, Germany this year to show off a 1TB SDXC card prototype, two years after announcing a 512GB model at the same show. The card won't be available any time soon, but it shows that card capacities still have some room to grow. Dinesh Bahal, VP of product management for the Content Solutions Business Unit at Western Digital, talked about how far the company has come since the first 64MB card released 16 years ago stating, "The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates." Source: SanDisk Back to original news post
  12. When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, the company announced plans to do the update gradually. A recent e-mail sent out by Microsoft reads, "The Anniversary Update will download and install via Windows Update. The download is automatically available to you. It will begin rolling out on 2 August 2016 and may take up to 3 months to reach all users. Internet access fees may apply," meaning that some users may have to wait until November to get the update. Users that wish to force the update can do so through the Windows Update interface. The reasoning behind the extended rollout appears to be to allow Microsoft to fix issues as they come up without all users being impacted by them. Source: ZDNet Back to original news post
  13. Amazon appears to have leaked the price of a cheaper Echo Dot on its Twitter account before deleting the Tweet. The original Dot has been a hot seller since its release in March, with it being sold out since July at a price of $89.99. The Tweet contained the apparent price of $49.99 but didn't have any information about a potential release date. For anyone that has been waiting for the current model to come back in stock, it may be worth it at this point to wait for the new model to come out. Source: Recode Back to original news post
  14. HyperX, the performance focused division of Kingston, has announced the latest version of its CloudX Revolver headset, a limited edition design for fans of the Gears of War series. The headset offers "a studio-grade sound stage that lets gamers hear opponents from farther away" wrapped up in HyperX memory foam earpads and a leather headband for comfortable wear. The attached microphone ensures that users will be able to easily communicate with their teammates in game. The officially licensed accessory joins the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Xbox One S bundle and Crimson Omen Limited Edition Wireless Controller as unique designs ahead of the upcoming Gears of War 4 launch. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  15. The Raspberry Pi is one of the most popular tiny and cheap computers on the market, and this is now backed up by the sale of the 10 millionth Raspberry Pi. The creator of the Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, is just as surprised as anyone by this sales milestone, stating "we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky." The Pi started out of a desire to get more students in the United Kingdom interested in computers, but quickly exploded into a platform that appealed to users of all ages. To mark the occasion, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled a $130 starter kit that includes a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, 8GB NOOBS SC card, carry case, power supply, HDMI cable, optical mouse, keyboard, and a book. Source: Venture Beat Back to original news post
  16. Evan Blass is considered to be a reliable source for advanced information on smartphones and his latest rumor points to Huawei as the manufacturer of the next Google Android tablet. The rumor claims that the new tablet will have a 7" screen and 4GB RAM. Blass claims that the new tablet is "on track for release before the end of the year." Lending more credibility to the rumor is the fact that Huawei recently trademarked the Huawei 7P name. Source: CNET Back to original news post
  17. G.SKILL has announced a new addition to the Trident Z DDR4 memory line, a 32GB set composed of four 8GB sticks. The new RAM runs at 3866MHz with CL18-19-19-39 timings at an operating voltage of 1.35V. This new kit is an improvement over the previous offering that was only able to reach 3600MHz as users continue to "transition into higher capacity memory kits for gaming, work, and daily use." The memory is compatible with the latest Intel Skylake processors and supports XMP 2.0. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  18. Corsair has decided to use PAX West as a stage for unveiling the latest additions to its line of products featuring RGB lighting. The SP120 RGB and HD120 RGB are fans with "ultra-thin frosted" blades and multiple lighting modes powered by a three-function controller. The SP120 has four LEDs while the HD120 has twelve. The SP120 spins at 1400 RPM while the HD120 can range from 800-1725 RPM through PWM. The Crystal 460X RGB is a case enclosed by two-panel tempered glass with tool free installation, dust filters, and three SP120 RGB fans. The MM800 Polaris RGB Mouse Pad has 15 LEDs that can be controlled individually using the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software. The pad is powered through USB and has a USB pass-through port to connect your mouse to. It has a surface area of 285mm x 272mm x 5mm. Corsair has also updated the CUE software to version 2 as a "ground-up redesign of the software optimized for high resolution and 4K displays." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  19. Logitech has announced a pair of mice designed with the goal of minimizing or eliminating the sound produced by clicking. The M220 Silent and M330 Silent Plus "reduce noise by 90 percent over standard mice" and have been given the Quiet Mark seal of approval from the Noise Abatement Society. Both mice are wireless and are differentiated by their physical design and battery life, provided by AA batteries. The M220 will have an 18-month battery life at a cost of $25 and the M330 has a 24-month battery life at a cost of $30. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  20. Earlier this year Amazon announced a standalone video streaming service at a cost of $8.99 per month. It now appears that Amazon is planning a pair of music streaming services similar to services like Spotify. The first service would have a $10 per month cost and would allow for streaming on all platforms. A second service is expected at a cost of $4 or $5 per month with the caveat that it will only work with the Amazon Echo. Amazon hopes to have several million Echo devices in circulation by the end of this year, but that number still falls far short of the available users that utilize similar services on their smartphones. Source: Recode Back to original news post
  21. Futuremark has issued a software update for the 3DMark benchmarking software, describing version 2.1.2852 as a "minor update to fix problems reported by some users." The company has stated that benchmark scores won't be impacted for any tests other than the Fire Strike Custom test, which had previously used an incorrect setting that "resulted in slightly lower than expected scores." Also updated was the Systeminfo module for compatibility with the latest hardware along with the addition of a details button to describe settings for the benchmark tests. Futuremark also recognized some new known issues with the Time Spy benchmark on multi-GPU Windows 10 build 10240 systems and the inability to install the 3DMark app and DLC test data to the same folder. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  22. Rumors about an updated version of the PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolution and increased power for VR support began to swirl in March, continuing into April. Sony later confirmed that it was working on an updated PlayStation 4, code-named Neo, but didn't offer much more than that. Last month, Amazon Spain may have inadvertently leaked a release date of October 13 at a price of €399.99. It now appears that Sony is planning to release a slim PS4 in addition to the Neo, perhaps targeting users that don't want to pay the premium for the updated hardware. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that both models will be officially announced at a press event in New York on September 7, which would line up nicely with the previously leaked information from Amazon. Source: The Verge via Wall Street Journal Back to original news post
  23. DDR4 is currently the highest level of DRAM available, but like all technology it shouldn't stay that way for long. At the Intel Developer Forum it was hinted that the specification for DDR5 could be completed by the end of this year, with availability expected to begin in 2020. As with all steps forward in technology, DDR5 will offer several benefits compared to its predecessors. Among them are higher memory density allowing for more RAM per slot, lower power usage, and higher speeds. The presentation noted that servers are likely to get the new RAM first as "many applications, like databases and analytics, are executed in memory." The updated DDR will offer improvements, but won't be as much of a step up as some other technology in the early stages of research and development that were viewed as possible upgrade paths from DDR. Technology such as phase-change memory, resistive RAM, and magnetoresistive RAM would also offer the ability to store data in RAM when the system is powered down. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  24. NVIDIA recently confirmed the existence of a 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1060, and MSI has now added five cards based on this design to its lineup. The main differentiator between the cards is the cooling system used, which also has an impact on the base and boosted clock speeds. The GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G and GTX 1060 Gaming 3G use the Twin Frozr VI cooler with base clocks of 1594MHz and 1531MHz and boost clocks of 1809MHz and 1746MHz, respectively. The Twin Frozr VI is made up of large heatsink, 8mm copper heatpipes, and MSI TORX Fan 2.0. The GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G OCV1 and GTX 1060 ARMOR 3GV1 use the ARMOR 2X cooling system with base clocks of 1544MHz and 1506MHz and boost clocks of 1759MHz and 1708MHz, respectively. The ARMOR 2X uses TORX Fan technology, Advanced Airflow Control, and Zero Frozr technology to minimize noise while under low loads. The GTX 1060 3GT OC has a dual fan cooler with base clock of 1544MHz and boost clock of 1759MHz. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
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