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December 1, 2016

NAND Flash Prices Continue to Rise as Demand Outpaces Supply

According to a recent report, NAND prices have continued their increase over the 3Q2016 thanks to constrained supply due to the transition from 2D to 3D NAND, and an increase in demand.

Demand for NAND in 3Q2016 grew by 19.6% with the biggest winner being Western Digital who increased their revenues by 26.7% in the quarter. Other big winners include Samsung and SK Hynix who saw revenue increases of 20.6% and 20.3% respectively.

Market share continues to be dominated by Samsung who holds a massive 36.6% marketshare, climbing just slightly over the quarter.

 

Source: TrendForce

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December 1, 2016

AMD Holding New Horizon “Zen” CPU Event on December 13

Most companies wait until CES to make their biggest announcements, but with the massive scale of CES these days, it’s easy for your message to get lost in the noise. As such, it appears that AMD may be holding one of their most important product launches in over a decade this month on December 15.

According to the event page, the event is titled “New Horizon” and AMD will be offering a “sneak preview” of their new “Zen” CPU. AMD will be strongly pushing their upcoming platform to gamers as they’ve invited video game journalist Geoff Keighley to present the show along with professional eSports gamer PPD to put [...]

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November 30, 2016

Review: Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS

Powerful 4-bay NAS for Media and Business

While cloud storage has become a very popular form of data storage for individuals and businesses alike, there are a few drawbacks to using the cloud.

For those who live in areas with slower internet or datacapped internet for example, cloud storage may not be an ideal solution. Aside from internet issues, data breaches, government monitoring, or simply not being allowed enough storage capacity constitute additional issues with cloud storage.

As such, there are some clear benefits when using a self hosted NAS solution and when it comes to NAS makers, few are more well known than Synology.

Today we’ll be reviewing [...]

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November 29, 2016

Nvidia Powers Four Military VR Demos Simultaneously with Single Quadro P6000

Although still in its infancy in the consumer space, VR simulators have long been a powerful tool for training in specialized jobs such as military and aviation. At this year’s I/ITSEC modeling, simulation and training conference, VR simulation company Mass Virtual demoed their Virtual Attain platform with a fighter jet simulation which realistically simulates flying the F-18 fighter jet. While the demo Mass Virtual is showing off at the show is unavailable online, Mass Virtual has a demo of their Virtual Attain platform which looks extremely realistic and is a positive sign as to what consumer VR experiences could be like in the future.

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November 28, 2016

Zotac Announces VR GO Backpack PC for More Immersive VR Experiences

If you’ve been looking for that truly immersive VR experience, Zotac is introducing their new VR GO which is a backpack PC that will allow VR gamers to finally play their games un-tethered.

Packing an Intel Core i7 processor along with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, the Zotac VR GO features a battery life of up to two hours using the two dedicated batteries. For those who need even longer runtime, the batteries can also be hotswapped for fresh batteries allowing for an unlimited amount of gameplay.

More information about the Zotac VR GO backpack PC can be found at the product website here.

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November 26, 2016

Review: Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD

TLC NAND and PCIe Done Right

When Samsung launched the Samsung 960 series SSD at their annual SSD Global Summit back in September, they promised two new drives – the Samsung 960 PRO and the Samsung 960 EVO.

Last month, we reviewed the Samsung 960 PRO which is designed for performance enthusiasts and professionals. In our testing, it exceeded our expectations making it the fastest M.2 PCIe SSD we’ve ever tested to date. Unforutnately, the Samsung 960 EVO wasn’t available at the time however, Samsung was hopeful that early samples would be available soon.

Fast forward and today we’ll be reviewing the Samsung 960 EVO, which is Samsung’s first [...]

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November 24, 2016

Hot Deal: Titanfall 2 for $28

If you’re looking into picking up a hot new game to showcase the capabilities of your new gaming PC, look no further than Titanfall 2, which is currently available for $28.

For those unfamiliar, Titanfall 2 is the newest game in the Titanfall franchise, a first person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment. The game is largely multiplayer based and allows gamers to play as “Titans” in some truly epic multiplayer battles.

Those interested can pick up the game here.

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November 24, 2016

Apple to Add Wireless Charging into iPhone 8 in 2017, Says KGI Securities Analyst

Apple is looking to integrate wireless charging into its new iPhones in 2018, says Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple analyst of KGI securities.

Just like many Android devices currently available, upcoming high end iPhone 8 models may feature an inductive pad for charging. It’s unknown whether the wireless charger will be bundled with the phones and if the port for wired charging will still exist on next generation iPhones. As the phone must rest on the charging pad in order to charge, removing the port would greatly inconvenience users as they cannot pick up and use the phone while it’s charging.

Kuo also believes that Apple is looking to release 3 models of the [...]

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November 24, 2016

Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 33% Off in Origin Store for Black Friday

Black Friday means sweet, sweet deals on games. Whether you want to immerse yourself this weekend in the stunning scenery in Battlefield 1 or the tightly-knit mecha action of Titanfall 2, you can do so while enjoying a 33% discount from the Origin store. Gamers who purchase the Deluxe versions of both games will receive an extra-special 50% discount.

Need some convincing? Check out these epic trailers!

Additional popular titles, such as Sims 4, FIFA 17, and Starwars Battlefront, have all reduced in price as well. To take advantage of the deals, head over to the Origin store here.

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November 23, 2016

Google Home Discounted to $99 for Black Friday

Google Home, Google’s new home assistant will be $99 starting now for a limited time in celebration of Black Friday.

For those unfamiliar with Google Home, it’s Google’s “voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant”, similar to Amazon’s Echo home assistant. It accepts voice command from the user and feed you the relevant information, just like a real assistant.

The simple, smooth shell is home for a speaker, signal processor, and a touchscreen. Activating the far-field voice recognition mic is as easy as saying “OK Google”. If you have a huge house, multiple Google Homes can be wirelessly linked together to [...]

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