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September 26, 2016

Chromecast Audio Available for $25 for Limited Time

Been looking for a great way to tap into that high end audio system of yours? Here’s one. The Chromcast Audio.

For those unfamiliar with the Chromecast Audio, it’s a device similar to the original Chromecast except it’s designed to connect to your speaker or home audio system (via 3.5mm jack, RCA, or optical) to stream audio from your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Just like the Chromecast, the Chromecast Audio works over Wi-Fi rather than typical Bluetooth adapters, so it has a much better connection, better audio quality, and with multi-room functionality, you can even stream music to multiple Chromecast Audios at once for full home [...]

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September 26, 2016

Sony Xperia X Compact Unlocked Now Available for $499.99

The Sony Xperia X Compact is now officially available for purchase. The Sony Xperia X Compact, which is a more compact version of the Sony Xperia X will feature a Gorilla Glass 4 coated 4.6″ 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 CPU/Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable via microSD, a 2700mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility, and support for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.

The biggest feature of the Xperia X Compact however, is the camera which is a 23MP camera featuring Sony’s Exmor RS sensor paired with a 24mm wide angle Sony G Lens. The camera also features Sony’s Predictive Hybrid AutoFocus along with a laser [...]

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September 26, 2016

Possible Google Pixel, Pixel XL Images Leaked Ahead of Oct 4 Launch

Courtesy of Android Police, possible images of Google’s highly anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been leaked ahead of launch. Looking at the front of the two devices, we can see the lockscreen on the Pixel XL on the left and some portion of the boot animation on the Pixel on the right. These phones have some pretty seriously thick bezels, so hopefully there’s a reason for this.

Swinging around the back, the phones will feature an aluminum finish throughout, but the the upper portion of the rear is expected to feature a glass finish. Strange. There’s also a fingerprint sensor clearly visible on the rear of the phone and at the top of [...]

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September 26, 2016

Twitter Interested in Selling – Google, Verizon, Salesforce Rumored Interested in Acquisition

According to a recent report from Reuters, Twitter has recently initiated talks with several technology companies to explore a possible acquisition.

This is not surprising as a sale of Twitter has been a subject of discussion for many years. Despite Twitter being one of the biggest names in social media, the company is hemorrhaging money and according to their 2015 annual report, they’ve managed to lose just over $2 Billion in its 10 years in existence. With a declining user base and ineffective monetization strategy, many have wondered how Twitter will continue to stay in business.

Companies rumored to be interested in the acquisition of Twitter include [...]

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September 25, 2016

Samsung Expects 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD to Reach Price Parity in 2020, 236% PCIe SSD Growth by 2018 – Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 Keynote

At the Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung not only introduced two of the most highly anticipated SSDs of this year, but they also shared a number of insights into the rapidly growing industry.

Kicking off the keynote was Willow You, Director of Branded Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor who discussed a number of current SSD industry trends. Among the first is the growth of the SSD market. According to Willow You, the SSD market has grown by 54% over the past 5 years which is significantly larger than the growth of the smartphone market which has grown just 19.1% over the same period. Samsung expects this trend to continue over [...]

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September 25, 2016

Review: Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSD

It’s Big. Really Big.

At Flash Memory Summit earlier this year, Samsung announced their new 48-layer 3D V-NAND and along with that they announced that they’ll be using the new NAND in their 850 EVO SSD, pushing capacities up to a staggering 4TB. Considering 1TB was the largest capacity just 4-5 years ago, a 4TB drive designed for the consumer is a really huge deal, no pun intended. As such, when we got the opportunity to test the monstrous 4TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, we jumped on it.

Samsung 850 EVO Specifications Manufacturer Samsung Model 850 EVO Capacity 120GB 250GB 500GB 1TB 2TB 4TB Controller Samsung MGX Samsung MHX NAND Samsung 32-layer TLC 3D [...]
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September 22, 2016

Titanfall 2 PC System Requirements and Graphics Options Revealed

Titanfall 2, the sequel to EA and Respawn Entertainment’s mech-based, high-flying first-person shooter lands on October 28th (Man, October is going to be a huge month for games), for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In a blog post on the game’s website, the developers recently detailed the game’s PC system requirements, as well as the graphical options PC users can expect when they finally get their hands on the game next month.

Titanfall 2 PC System Requirements

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OS: Windows 7 or higher (64-bit) CPU: Intel Core i3-6300T or equivalent (listed as ‘Core i3-3600t’ but I’m assuming that is a typo, so it has been [...]
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September 21, 2016

Resident Evil 7 PC System Requirements Revealed

In a recent update to the game’s Steam store page, the PC system requirements for Capcom’s latest installment in the long-running survival horror franchise Resident Evil 7: Biohazard have been revealed. The title, which will be available on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles on January 24th, 2017 marks a drastic change in tone, with the developers promising the game will “return to the survival horror roots” of the franchise’s youth. With an all-new first-person player perspective and game mechanics which are clearly inspired by modern  survival horror titles such as Amnesia and Outlast, it is definitely easy to get excited about Resident [...]

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September 21, 2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 Drivers for Forza Horizon 3

Earlier today, we reported on NVIDIA releasing their Game Ready drivers for GeForce graphics cards in time for the release of Forza Horizon 3: Ultimate Edition, which launches tomorrow (pre-loads available now). AMD has answered back with their own driver updates in the form of the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 19.9.2 which are tailored for Forza Horizon 3.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2

Along with support for the new title, the latest drivers also include a number of fixes for issues which users may have faced with previous version, these include the following:

Fixed Issues

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September 21, 2016

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Drivers for Forza Horizon 3 Released

Forza Horizon 3 releases tomorrow (for Ultimate Edition owners), while the rest of us mere mortals who’ve purchased the standard, or other editions will gain access to the title on the 27th. Today, NVIDIA has released its Game Ready drivers for GeForce graphics cards, which are optimized specifically for Microsoft’s new open-world racer. You can grab them at this link or automatically via the GeForce Experience client’s driver update function.

Forza Horizon 3 System Requirements

If you’re curious as to whether your system is up to the task of running the game, the developers of Forza Horizon 3 also recently released the minimum and recommended [...]

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September 21, 2016

Samsung 960 EVO, PRO, Advanced Packaging, Polaris, Magician and More

Following up on Samsung’s earlier announcement on the 960 PRO and EVO SSDs, Samsung shared additional details on their new SSDs as well as some of their new underlying technologies powering them at the 2016 SSD Global Summit.

 

Samsung 960 Series SSDs

Samsung 960 PRO Performance Specs

As we saw previously in the announcement, the Samsung 960 PRO will feature 3 capacities 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The drive will be powered by Samsung’s Polaris controller and 3rd Generation 2-bit MLC 3D V-NAND. It’ll also feature advanced packaging technology to reach its 2TB capacity which we discuss [...]

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September 20, 2016

Samsung Announces 960 EVO, PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs at SSD Global Summit 2016

Today, Samsung is kicking off their 2016 Global SSD Summit in Seoul, Korea. As anticipated from yesterday’s banners spotted around the halls of the Shilla Hotel in South Korea, Samsung is introducing two new drives, the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO.

 

Samsung 960 PRO

Based on NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4, the Samsung 960 PRO will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The new 2TB capacity makes the Samsung 960 PRO the highest capacity M.2 NVMe SSD on the market. Samsung is able to achieve this through a “uniquely restructured package design” which we’ll likely be hearing about as the presentations kick off in just a few [...]

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