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  1. Netflix reported quarterly earnings after the market closed yesterday and the outcome was not the best news for investors. The company added 1.54 million subscribers, falling far short of its projection of 2.5 million. The numbers miss led to a 14% drop in stock price in after-hours trading. Netflix believes that it hit its target for new signups but lost too many subscribers due to the "completion of two years of grandfathering" which some members may have misinterpreted as a price increase. Netflix is confident that it can weather the storm caused by the last stages of grandfathering as it will allow the company to continue to invest in new content. It continues to put out well received original content and I will gladly pay the modest increase to keep that momentum going. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  2. The first whispers of an updated PlayStation 4 began in March with talk of 4K support. The rumors were expanded in mid April with the information that it would be known as the PlayStation Neo with updates to the CPU, GPU, and RAM. The latest information is courtesy of Amazon Spain which points to an October 13 release date at a price of €399.99, which translates to about $450. This is more than the initial reports of a $400 price, though it can be noted that the initial release of the PS4 had a price of $400 and €400. The product page was quickly altered, but not quick enough. The Tokyo Game Show in September is seen as a good candidate for the official unveiling of the Neo as Sony has confirmed it but has not revealed all of the details just yet. Source: Breaking News Back to original news post
  3. The GeForce GTX 1060 is the "budget" model in the latest round of cards from NVIDIA, with a 6GB model already confirmed. Rumors are now pointing to a second card that will have 3GB of RAM, a move that NVIDIA partners appear to be confirming. The 3GB model will use a slightly less powerful GPU core, with 1152 CUDA cores compared to the 1280 found on the 6GB model. A separate rumor also seems to confirm the existence of the 3GB model, but indicates that it will be known as the GTX 1050. The same rumor indicates that the GTX 1050 would be available in December, with the 6GB GTX 1060 available tomorrow. Source: Tech Frag and Tweak Town Back to original news post
  4. Zotac is adding a pair of GeForce GTX 1060 cards to its offerings with the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini and AMP Edition. Both cards are designed as "super compact short length cards," with the Mini putting some extra emphasis in this area. It utilizes a single 90mm fan with an aluminum heatsink to provide thermal dissipation without significant noise in a 6.85" form factor. The AMP Edition measures 8.27" and uses two 90mm wide blade fans as part of the IceStorm thermal system with 8mm vertical heatpipes and a copper cold plate. Both cards take up two PCIe slots and are VR Ready. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  5. The Tt eSPORTS brand from Thermaltake has made quite the splash in the gaming peripheral market, and the company has now announced a new method for transporting your devices around with you. The Battle Dragon Utility Backpack is made from polyester and woven nylon with a tear-proof exterior. The interior has a padded compartment to accommodate laptops up to 17" and enough additional space for any accessories you may need. A media pocket has a cable port to allow for connection of headphones or a power cord. The Battle Dragon has an MSRP of $59.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  6. Samsung has announced its first flash cards based on the Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension standard, a standard that offers a significant speed improvement over micro-SD. Samsung claims that the new cards will be able to transfer a 5GB file in about 10 seconds while micro-SD takes about 50 seconds for the same amount of data. The UFS standard could see wide adoption in the future due to the increased speed and increased amount of data due to HD media, but it is not currently able to match the capacity of micro-SD cards. Samsung will release cards with capacities between 32GB and 256GB while micro-SD can reach 512GB. Another bump in the road for UFS adoption is the fact that current devices do not have the proper ports to accommodate the new cards. Source: Computerworld Back to original news post
  7. Some retail versions of the AMD RX 480 4GB card are reportedly able to double their memory to 8GB with a BIOS update. The card tested was obtained from Newegg with some reviewers indicating that they received two BIOS profiles with their review cards to test both the 4GB and 8GB models. It is unknown if the cards were shipped in error or if AMD was attempting to meet its promise of a $199 card on launch. In the latter case, the company may have decided to flash the 8GB cards with the 4GB BIOS while "supply of the lower density memory chips for the 4GB variant were still ramping." Selling the 8GB model with a flashed 4GB BIOS means AMD is taking a $30 loss on each sale, and some early adopters have a shot at getting a great deal on a better card. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  8. Processors with multiple cores are found in most systems these days, from PCs to smartphones. The use of multiple cores has helped to get around the limitations on processor speeds, but those extra cores don't translate into a direct increase in application performance. In order to take full advantage of the multiple cores, applications need to be written with parallel processing in mind, a complex task that many developers and applications don't bother with. Researchers at MIT have developed a new chip architecture, known as Swarm, to help alleviate some of the difficulties in taking advantage of parallel processing. In a test comparing a 64-core version of Swarm against highly-optimized parallel processing algorithms, Swarm outperformed the algorithms "offering three to 18 times faster processing. In its most impressive result, Swarm achieved results 75 times better than the regular chips, because that particular algorithm had failed to be parallelized on classic multi-core processors." Source: Neowin Back to original news post
  9. Thermaltake has announced the Core P3 Snow and Black Edition ATX Wall-Mount cases. The case is designed to allow three different layout schemes: wall-mount, horizontal, and vertical. Users have the option to install the PSU vertically, the GPU horizontally or vertically, and all-in-one liquid coolers. The multiple configuration and layout options coupled with an acrylic window will allow users to show off their systems in any way they choose. The case is built using a Dismantable Modular Design to give users the option to include only the panels, racks, brackets, and mounting arrays that they need. Up to three 2.5" or two 3.5" drives can be installed outside the case and two 3.5" or 2.5" drives can be installed on the inside. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  10. For the past several generations of NVIDIA GPUs, the company has released a series of mainstream graphics cards before releasing its most powerful card of the series, commonly carrying the TITAN designation. The latest cards from NVIDIA utilize the Pascal architecture with GP100 and GP102 cores on the GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080. While we already know quite a bit about these cards, details on the Pascal based TITAN have not been easy to come by. VR World has obtained some initial performance numbers that claim the upcoming TITAN is "at least 50% higher performance than GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition," adding that the performance is "now bound by the CPU." The sources did indicate that the Intel Core i7-6700K performed better than the i7-6950X. VR World believes that Gamescom, which runs from August 17-21, could be a good time for the official announcement. Source: VR World Back to original news post
  11. Google has worked with five Asian telecom companies to create "the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built," capable of speeds up to 60Tbps. The 9,000km cable was built by NEC at a cost of $300 million and connects Oregon to two locations in Japan. Google plans to use its share of the bandwidth "to support our users, including Google Apps and Cloud Platform customers. This is especially exciting, as we prepare to launch a new Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo later this year. Dedicated bandwidth to this region results in faster data transfers and reduced latency as GCP customers deliver their applications and information to customers around the globe." In the world of computing where the fastest technologies don't stay the fastest for long, Microsoft and Facebook are already working on a 160Tbps cable that will connect the United States to Europe. Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  12. G.SKILL has updated the software that controls the RIPJAWS KM780 RGB series of mechanical gaming keyboards to give users even more customization options. The SW0.104/FW57 update now allows users to use all 16.8 million RGB colors to change the lighting scheme on their keyboard as well as giving the option to export their settings to share with others. A pair of responsive lighting effects, reactive and ripple, provide further per key options. The update also gives the ability to change the colors on the special function and media keys and increases brightness levels from four to five. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  13. Starting on June 22, a massive attack was launched against users of the Office 365 service with more than 57% of total users receiving at least one infected e-mail. The zero-day attack utilized a variation of the Cerber ransomware and was able to bypass Microsoft security checks until just over 24 hours ago. Cerber has been on the rise since first being detected in March, now ranked as the third most detected form of ransomware. In the most recent incident, the attackers were looking for around $500 in Bitcoin, and considering the use of AES-256 and RSA encryption "which is currently unbreakable," users should hope they weren't unlucky enough to become infected. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  14. The Chromebook 11 G5 is the latest laptop to be announced by HP featuring the Chrome OS, and the first 11" model to include a touchscreen. The base model starts at $189 and has a sub-HD 11.6" screen with the option to upgrade to an HD IPS screen with Gorilla Glass. The G5 is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 and HP claims it "speeds through spreadsheets." It makes up for in usage time what it lacks in computing power with up to 11 hours of battery life. It will be available starting in July at HP partner stores and through wide release in October. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  15. be quiet! has announced its latest entries into the case market, with a pair of high-end cases joining the Dark Base 900 series. A modular design was adopted for the case to maximize the combinations of component orientation. Motherboards up to XL-ATX in size can be installed in six different configurations. Up to 15 SSDs, seven hard drives, and two optical drives can be installed to handle all of your storage needs. Three 140mm SilentWings 3 PWM fans are pre-installed with space for three or four more fans based on which case you choose. The large interior also provides ample room for liquid cooling configurations. The black exterior is constructed using aluminum and steel with a side panel and inductive charging station available for the Pro model. Both cases are available now at an MSRP of $199.90 for the Dark Base 900 and $249.90 for the Dark Base Pro 900. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  16. Thermaltake introduced the Smart Power Management (SPM) software as a means to "raise the awareness on global warming" among PC users. It operates as a cloud computing service that monitors and analyzes electricity consumption. The latest feature to be added to the service is PC Off Remote Control which "aims to minimize the risk of damage to internal components, and help PC systems become more reliable and efficient." Users can gain access to the remote control by installing an app on Android or iOS devices. The app will then notify users if anything is amiss with their PSU, giving the option to immediately shut down the system to prevent any further damage. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  17. It is being reported that Intel is planning to sell its cyber security division, which came about with the 2011 purchase of McAfee for $7.7 billion. McAfee is probably most widely known as the company behind the popular antivirus software. The move follows previous indications from Intel that it was looking to distance itself from the PC market, as well as announced plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs. Source: Reuters Back to original news post
  18. Amazon has released an updated model of its Kindle e-reader, making it thinner and lighter without skimping on functionality. In addition to the reduction in size, Amazon changed the form factor to a "more rounded design to make it easier to hold with one hand." Amazon has also introduced a white color option for this Kindle as well as the Paperwhite, with both available for purchase today for an expected ship date of July 7. The on-board memory was doubled to provide for "speedier navigation," but the touch screen display did not receive a higher ppi upgrade. The new Kindle has an MSRP of $79.99. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  19. For the first time in three years there is a change at the top of the Top500 supercomputer rankings. The Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Center in China has taken over from Tianhe-2, also located in China. The TaihuLight has maximum computational power of 93 petaflops per second, dwarfing the 33.9 petaflops per second of Tianhe-2. The system has 10,649,600 cores across 40,960 nodes with 32GB of RAM per node, for a total of 1.3PB of RAM. TaihuLight manages to also be more power efficient than Tianhe-2 despite having more than triple the number of cores, with power utilization of 15.37MW compared to 17.8MW for Tianhe-2. All of the CPUs in TaihuLight are the ShenWei SW26010, a 260 core 1.45GHz 64-bit RISC processor developed a China, a move that is likely unrelated to the United States embargo of high-end processors to Chinese supercomputing centers. According to Top500, TaihuLight will be put to use "in research and engineering work in fields including climate, weather and Earth systems modeling, life science research, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics." Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  20. At the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, NVIDIA decided to unveil its plans to bring the Tesla P100 GPU to the PCIe platform. The card was first announced in April with the initial model utilizing the new mezzanine connector from NVIDIA. The cards are powered by the Pascal architecture GP100 GPU, built using the 16nm process with 3584 stream processors. Two configurations of PCIe cards will be available, with memory being the primary differentiator. The high end model has 16GB of HBM2 on a 4096-bit bus and the other has 12GB of HBM2 on a 3072-bit bus. The PCIe versions of the P100 are seen as a good option for users looking to upgrade from existing Tesla GPUs or those that don't need the use of NVLINK. The cards have an expected availability of the fourth quarter of this year at a currently unannounced price. Source: Anandtech Back to original news post
  21. One of my biggest worries when listening to the Microsoft E3 press conference was centered around its big push towards the Play Anywhere initiative. As someone that doesn't own an Xbox One, this would appear to be a great way to get my hands on any platform exclusive games I wanted to play. I also prefer to have all of my games on Steam and I was expecting that Microsoft would limit its games to the Windows Store, but Xbox lead Phil Spencer has now stated that won't be the case. Spencer did go on the specify that not all games would make an appearance in the Steam store, emphasizing that he wants "to build a store." Unfortunately for Microsoft, the Windows Store hasn't seen a great deal of success, while Steam continues to do very well. Spencer hopes that gamers will benefit from the competition and cooperation between the platforms. Source: Gamespot Back to original news post
  22. Microsoft made the Play Anywhere initiative a big focus of its recent E3 live stream, with the promise of buying a game once and playing it on either Xbox One or Windows 10. Xbox lead Phil Spencer has revealed some further details that may help to bridge the gap between the two platforms. The company is actively working on integrating mouse and keyboard control support with the Xbox One, with Spencer stating, "Truthfully in our dev kit modes now keyboard works, mouse support is a little bit further away. I say it because I know it’s not years away, it’s more like months away, but we don’t have an exact date yet." Full support for the preferred control scheme of most PC gamers has the potential to make console systems more appealing to PC fans, and could even help level the playing field in cross-platform play. Spencer even sees it as a path to bring games that traditionally avoid consoles due to the available control scheme stating that "it’ll be interesting to see how many of those creators think about running their PC and mouse-only game on console, and then this idea of Play Anywhere might get even more interesting for those guys." Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  23. be quiet! first introduced the Pure Power 9 series in January and issued an update in March. The company has not been resting on its laurels, issuing yet another update to the line. The result of further development on the PSUs is that "the efficiency and the voltage stability are improved when compared to its predecessor while reducing noise to a minimum." The new models retain the "Active Clamp + SR" topology that improves efficiency and grants 80PLUS Silver certification to high wattage models and 80PLUS Bronze to the lower wattage models. The company was able to optimize several internal components to reduce noise "caused by extreme load changes of modern graphics cards," as well as through changing the design of the cooling fan. Rounding out the new features is the change to black sleeved fixed cables. The Pure Power 9 is available in capacities between 300W and 700W with a price point between $54.99 and $110.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  24. Razer has been a big part of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project since the beginning, with more partners joining the project over time. The team is on hand at E3 this week and is using it to show off its own virtual reality headset, the Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK 2). The HDK 2 was described as follows: "The HDK [Hacker Development Kit] 2 is equipped with custom designed lenses and an OLED dual-display for a total resolution of 2160 by 1200. It also includes IQE (Image Quality Enhancer) technology for a reduced screen door effect. Capable of displaying VR experiences at 90 frames-per-second, the HDK 2 hardware specifications are comparable to the best virtual reality headsets available now." With this announcement, the VR headset market continues to present more options to consumers, which will hopefully create a better environment for all parties. The previously released HDK remains available at a price of $299.99, "but the quality of the experience and the screen doesn't compare favorably to the Vive or the Rift." The HDK 2 is expected to be available in July at an MSRP of $399.99. Source: Polygon Back to original news post
  25. HyperX is the high performance line from Kingston, with offerings in memory, SSDs, and gaming peripherals. The CloudX is the latest headset from the company and the first fruit of a partnership with Microsoft announced in January. The headset combines a silver aluminum and matte black frame with memory foam cushioning to provide a comfortable gaming experience. Sound is provided through 53mm drivers with in-line volume and mute controls and a detachable noise cancelling microphone. HyperX global business manager Lawrence Yang described the headset stating, "We have designed CloudX with the same award winning features and added console conveniences and premium accessories all while keeping gamer’s budgets in mind to maintain an exceptional price point." The CloudX is available now at an MSRP of $99.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
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