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October 28, 2016

Samsung Investing Record 27 Trillion Won into Facilities This Year

While the failure of a product launch as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would typically cripple a normal company, Samsung doesn’t seem to be skipping a beat, recently telling investors that they’ll be spending a record 27 Trillion Won ($23.59 Billion USD) this year with a majority of it happening in the 4th quarter.

Up until 3Q2016, Samsung had already invested 14.7 Trillion Won ($12.84 Billion USD), which is quite a bit compared to R&D and facilities spending for most tech firms however, in 4Q2016 alone Samsung is expecting to invest another 12.3 Trillion Won ($10.75 Billion USD). According to Samsung, the largest portion of the [...]

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October 27, 2016

Buy a Google Pixel, Get $325 in Bill Credits from T-Mobile

When Google announced their Pixel smartphones earlier this month, one of the miscommunications about the new smartphones was that it was exclusive to Verizon. Understandably, outspoken T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, wasn’t too happy.

To right this wrong, T-Mobile has been spreading the news that the Google Pixel is actually available unlocked direct from Google and they also recently announced a new promotion where T-Mobile will refund you $325 in bill credits for any T-Mobile One customer who purchased a Google Pixel smartphone. Considering the Google Pixel 32GB is priced at $650, this is 50% off bringing the price to a very reasonable $325.

To take [...]

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October 27, 2016

Apple Launches New MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, TouchID

To nobody’s surprise, Apple launched their completely redesigned MacBook Pros today which may not look like much of a complete redesign however, Apple has made some significant changes under the hood.

The centerpiece of Apple’s new MacBook Pro is what they call the Touch Bar, which is a mini Retina display screen that runs across the top of the keyboard replacing the function keys. The Touch Bar will allow you to do a variety of tasks such as shortcuts, tools for various apps, and other functionality based on the application. Of course, you’ll still be able to bring back the function keys on the Touch Bar as well. The Touch Bar also includes [...]

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October 27, 2016

Jaybird Announces X3 Wireless Sport Headphones Packing Bigger Sound, Better Fit, Longer Battery Life

When it comes to Bluetooth sport headphones, few rival Jaybird’s lineup and their latest introduction, the Jaybird X3 promises to solidify their leadership in the space.

While the previous Jaybird X2 were very good Bluetooth headphones, the Jaybird X3 makes it even better by now incorporating an enhanced 6mm driver and redesigned ear fins/tips to ensure the headphones stay in your ear no matter how hard the workout. Despite the larger drivers, Jaybird managed to improve battery life on the Jaybird X3 as it now offers up to 8 hours on a single charge. Jaybird also reduced the size of the earphone housings to ensure the X3 is helmet compatible and with new [...]

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October 26, 2016

Microsoft Announces $299 VR Headsets Supporting Windows 10 Creator’s Update

Microsoft has been in the VR/AR market for quite some time with their HoloLens, but with a pricetag starting at $3,000, it’s far too expensive for the general customer.

At Microsoft’s recent press event, Microsoft is trying to change that as they’ve recently announced that they’re working with a number of hardware partners including HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, and Acer to begin introducing a new line of VR headsets starting at just $299. This significantly undercuts popular VR headsets such as the HTC Vive which costs $800 and the Oculus Rift which costs $600.

The new VR headsets are a part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creator’s [...]

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October 26, 2016

Niexus Launches NX-VUE27P 27″ IPS 2560×1440 Monitor for $389.99

Typically, those looking for a professional 27″ 2560×1440 IPS monitor for graphics, photo or video work will find that these panels are typically very expensive especially when purchased from the typical high end monitor manufacturers such as Dell, HP, or ASUS.

For those not looking to pay over $500 for a monitor, Niexus recently unveiled their NX-VUE27P which is a new 27″ monitor designed for those looking for a professional grade monitor at a significantly lower price point. Featuring a 2560×1440 resolution and IPS (In Plane Switching) panel technology, the Niexus NX-VUE27P features a 100% sRGB color gamut and 10-bit color for [...]

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October 26, 2016

HyperX Launches ALLOY FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $99.99

Kingston’s HyperX brand has been aggressively expanding into the gaming peripherals market and their latest introduction is the ALLOY FPS mechanical gaming keyboard designed specifically for FPS gamers.

While many gaming keyboards go for the more “gamer” look with macro keys, LCD screens, embedded CPUs, etc., HyperX’s ALLOY FPS keeps it minimalistic by not only going with a basic full sized keyboard design, but also keeping the entire keyboard as compact as possible. According to HyperX, this “space-saving layout allowing gamers to maximize desktop real estate for FPS mouse movement.”

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October 26, 2016

Intel 3D XPoint Not Shipping in 2016, Ramping in 2017, 2nd Gen Purley to Incorporate 3D XPoint

Intel 3D XPoint has been quite a hot topic in the storage world since its introduction last year and recent rumors of Intel’s upcoming 3D XPoint based Optane SSDs along with leaked roadmaps have suggested that 3D XPoint may ship later this year.

Unfortunately for those patiently waiting based on previous rumors, Intel delivered some bad news at their recent 3Q2016 earnings call. According to Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, 3D XPoint will not be shipping by the end of this year. However, Intel has already begun sampling partners and expects to qualify 3D XPoint by the end of this year. A ramp in 3D XPoint isn’t expected until 2017 and information about when 3D [...]

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October 25, 2016

SK Hynix Reports 60% Profit Increase in 3Q2016, 72-Layer 3D NAND Production to Begin in 2017

With both memory and NAND shortages slated to continue into the end of this year, SK Hynix reported a great 3Q2016, boasting revenues of 4.24 Trillion Korean Won ($3.7 Billion USD) and profits of 726 Billion Korean Won ($640.5 Million USD), representing an 8% increase in revenue and 60% increase in profit over 2Q2016.

According to SK Hynix, the uptick in revenues is largely due to high demand from the launch of new mobile products along with steady demand from the PC segment. DRAM bit shipments is up 8% as PC OEMs began stocking up on inventory prior to the holiday season and demand from the mobile segment has increased thanks to new mobile devices. [...]

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October 25, 2016

Acer Predator XB241YU 24-inch 144Hz WQHD G-SYNC Monitor Now Available for $499.99

In a new announcement, Acer recently launched the Predator XB241YU 23.8″ gaming monitor. The new gaming monitor features a WQHD (2560×1440) resolution TN panel with a brightness rating of 350 nits. It’ll also feature a response time of 1ms and a refresh rate of up to 144Hz with support for Nvidia G-Sync technology. Connectivity options include DisplayPort and HDMI.

The Acer Predator XB241YU will retail for $499.99 and is available now.

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