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October 15, 2015

Google to Remove Desktop Notification Center From Chrome

Google is looking to remove the desktop notification centre from its Chrome browser.

Google had started toying with the desktop notifications back in 2013 with the aim to help users get more immediate notices even when the Chrome browser was closed. Notifications were delivered in the same sleek card-like fashion as the Google Now feature on Android. The feature was integrated into many of Google Chrome’s extensions and apps.

While it seemed like a good idea, getting notifications outside of the browser turned out to be more annoying than helpful. The popup section took up quite a bit of space on the desktop whenever a notification was delivered. Many [...]

 
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October 13, 2015

Rainbow Six: Siege Beta Hands On

Rainbow Six: Siege is easily one of the most highly anticipated games to be released this year; with tactical asymmetrical combat and unique map destruction it stands a chance at becoming the next premier eSports shooter. With the recent closed beta, which was much hyped for the several months leading up to it since their closed alpha, we thought now was as good a time as any to share our thoughts on the game, what we love and what we’d change about it.

What We Loved

Destructible environments never let you feel safe and always let you be creative with ways to make sure you can get the drop on your opponent. We really can’t stress this enough, [...]
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October 8, 2015

Fallout 4 PC Recommended Specs and Minimum Specs Revealed!

Earlier today Bethesda showed off the Fallout 4 PC recommended specs and they are pretty intensive, which should be a good sign. Let’s run them down, and I can give my opinion of it.

PC Systems Requirements (Requires Internet Connection and Free Steam Account to Activate)

Minimum Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required) Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent 8 GB RAM 30 GB free HDD space NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

So, first off, the choice of CPUs seems just a bit confusing, The i5 should be at least 10% better than the Phenom even with the clock disadvantage. Perhaps the game just needs a modern [...]

 
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October 7, 2015

Microsoft Launches Surface Book and Surface Pro 4

October 6 was a big day for Microsoft. In New York, the software giant launched perhaps the biggest product launch event it had in recent memory.

Surface Book

The Surface Book is Microsoft’s latest premium 2-in-1 device and its features don’t disappoint. It comes with a 13.5″ screen with a whopping resolution of 3000p x 2000p. According to Microsoft’s press release, the optically bonded screen has a fineness comparable to that of printed paper. The screen, or the Clipboard, can be detached from the keyboard base to be used independently as a tablet. It can also be connected in reverse, turning the unit into a canvas. The Surface Book does [...]

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October 1, 2015

Samsung Announces FreeSync Monitor With Wireless Charging Base

Samsung has released the world’s first monitor equipped with Qi wireless charging.

Aiming to simplify transitioning between the monitor an the phone, the Samsung SE370 conveniently integrates a Qi wireless charging dock into the monitor stand. Users can simply place wireless charging compatible devices over the highlighted area to recharge. An LED indicator will light up when charging is in progress.

The monitor itself uses a 23.6″ 1080p PLS panel with a response time of 4ms. Samsung implemented an ultra-thin bezel for better viewing experiences in both single and multi-monitor setups. Designed to take advantage of AMD’s [...]

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September 30, 2015

AMD Releases Tonga XT Based Embedded Graphics Solution

AMD has just announced a new line-up of graphics solutions to be used in embedded systems. Among them is the E8950 MXM based on the highly-anticipated Tonga XT GPU, giving us a taste of the desktop Tonga XT GPU that’s surely to follow soon.

The E8950MXM is AMD’s most powerful embedded graphics solution released to date. It features 32 Compute Units based on the GCN 1.2 architecture, 8GB of memory, 256 bit memory bus, and a maximum scalable TDP of 95W. AMD says that the E8950 can perform a peak of 3 TFLOPS (Tera Floating Operations Per Second) in single precision data .

Designed to be used for GPGPU compute and with embedded 4K applications, the [...]

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September 29, 2015

CyberPowerPC Announces FangBook 4 Xtreme Gaming Laptops

Boutique PC maker CyberPowerPC has just announced the FangBook 4 Xtreme gaming laptop series equipped with Intel’s 6th generation Skylake CPUs.

Targeted towards enthusiast gamers looking for a desktop replacement, the CyberPowerPC FangBook 4 Xtreme is loaded with the latest and fastest hardware. When fully decked out, the CyberPowerPC FangBook 4 Xtreme can feature up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU. Yes, that’s the desktop chip with the 91W TDP. CyberPowerPC claims that the CPU will maintain a clock speed of 4.0GHz and can be over-clocked to 4.2GHz. Even with the incredible power efficiency of the the Skylake [...]

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September 29, 2015

GlobalFoundries’ 14nm FinFET On Time for AMD’s Zen

This week, chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries has released information regarding its upcoming 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. The company, which started to manufacturer chips using its low-power early (14LPE) a few months ago, has recently stated that its initial yields have exceeded expectations. They’ve also stated that their high-performance 14LPP is on track for qualification this year, with volume ramp set to start early next year.

Jason Gorss,  the senior manager of corporate and technology communications at GlobalFoundries had this to say: “Our 14nm FinFET ramp is exceeding plan with best-in-class yield and defect density… The [...]

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September 24, 2015

2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit: Samsung to Release 4TB 850 Pro/EVO and 1TB 850 EVO M.2 SSDs Early 2016

Along with the announcement of its new 950 Pro SSD, Samsung has also noted that the market can expect 4TB versions of the 2.5″ 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs as well as 1TB versions of the 850 EVO M.2 SSD in the early part of 2016.

This new capacity breakthrough on Samsung’s consumer SSDs is made possible using Samsung’s 3rd generation 48-layer Vertical NAND (V-NAND). The new NAND increases the maximum capacity of each memory chip to 32GB, double that of Samsung’s 2nd generation V-NAND. We’ve already seen the benefits of the new NAND a few month ago when Samsung announced the 16TB PM1633a at the Flash Memory Summit.

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September 23, 2015

Microsoft Launches Office 2016

Microsoft has just launched Office 2016, the latest iteration to its popular productivity suite. Ever since Office 2016 has been released for the Mac OS X in July, Windows users have been anticipating on what Microsoft could deliver to its Windows 10 operating system.

With Office 2016, Microsoft has focused on improving ease of use and tightening multi-user experience. New feature such as Tell Me and Smart Lookup lets users easily search for settings and online information without leaving the application. In addition, Microsoft Cortana has been tweaked to include Office 2016, meaning that users can use the voice assistant to retrieve documents. Real-time collaboration [...]

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September 22, 2015

AMD Forms Graphics Division Named Radeon Technologies Group Under Raja Koduri

Last week, AMD announced the promotion of Raja Koduri to head Radeon Technologies Group as Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, with over 20 years experience he is most notable for being the principal architect of the R300 The worlds first DirectX 9 capable GPU, the first card that put ATI in a performance lead over Nvidia, as well as working with Apple helping put their Retina display to market.

The Radeon Technologies Group will give AMD a “dedicated team  focusing on growing our business as we create a unique environment for the best and brightest minds in graphics to be part of the team re-defining the industry,” says Koduri, the new [...]

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September 22, 2015

2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit: Samsung Launches 950 Pro SSD

Samsung has just launched its 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD at the 2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, Korea.

As the latest addition to the consumer SSD line, the 950 Pro is Samsung’s first consumer-ready M.2 SSD with Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and the NVMe protocol. V-NAND enables Samsung to cram more storage space onto a small form factor as well as improved power savings while NVMe protocol removes the limitations of AHCI by offering better multi-core support, higher queue depth, and lower latency. With the introduction the 950 Pro, enthusiasts and professionals now have a high-performance storage option in the consumer market space without the throughput bottleneck [...]

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