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January 21, 2017

Samsung 850 Pro 4TB Delayed Due to NAND Shortage

At CES 2017, Samsung had originally planned to launch the Samsung 850 Pro 4TB which would’ve made the Samsung 850 Pro not only the fastest consumer SATA SSD on the market, but also the highest capacity as well. However, after scouring the CES show floor for SSD related announcements and not seeing the drive on display at CES 2017, Tom’s Hardware reached out to Samsung’s PR agency for some information where they received the following:

“As a result of the worldwide NAND shortage, Samsung is focused on allocating NAND to products where we see the greatest demand. We will let you know when further updates on the 850 PRO 4TB are [...]

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January 20, 2017

EA Releases Video Teaser for Battlfield 1 “They Shall Not Pass” DLC

EA has just released a 14 second clip that gave us a glimpse of the upcoming “They Shall Not Pass” DLC for Battlefield 1.

The new DLC will be based around the French army and its contributions to WWI. Of course, the DLC will also be packed with new weapons, maps, cosmetics, and possibly new game modes as well.

The fire-licked battlefield in the trailer paints a gritty scene. According to chatters around the web, the battle of Verdun will be heavily featured in this DLC.

Be ready. First details coming next week. pic.twitter.com/AOi2mYKlD4

— Battlefield (@Battlefield) January 20, 2017

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January 18, 2017

Review: Cherry MX Board 6.0 Mechanical Keyboard

Cherry’s No Frills, Mechanical Keyboard

Up until the patents on Cherry’s mechanical switches expired several years ago, Cherry was practically the only major player in the mechanical switch space, but despite supplying most of the world’s mechanical switches, Cherry wasn’t really known for their keyboards. The reason for this is that while Cherry offered keyboards for business, industrial and enterprise applications, they did very little in the consumer space.

However, with the rise in popularity of the mechanical keyboard, it’s difficult to ignore how quickly the consumer market for mechanical keyboards is growing and [...]

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January 18, 2017

Tesoro Shows Off Ultra-Thin Mechanical Keyboard Featuring Gateron Switches

Image Credit: Tom’s Hardware

Tesoro, a well-established gaming peripherals manufacturer, recently demoed an unnamed ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard. Although there’re already plenty of travel-friendly mechanical keyboards that are reduced in length, a reduction of height is necessary to further improve portability.

Image Credit: Tom’s Hardware

Tesoro’s new keyboard measures just 12mm thin. Despite it’s ultra-thin chassis, the keystrokes provide the same feedback as regular mechanical switches (albeit with much shorter travel). This is similar to the Azio MK-C keyboard we [...]

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January 17, 2017

YouTube Rolling Out In-App Sharing Feature, Canadians First

Heads up Canada. You just got a feature before everyone else for once! That’s right, YouTube’s latest in-app sharing feature will come to Canada first. Everyone else, well you need an invite.

According to Google, this new feature will allow users to share videos directly within the app via a new messenger baked into the YouTube app. Each shared video will create its own conversation, completed with emojis and a heart button to show who liked it. Gone are the days of having to switch apps, copy, and paste links into your messenger of choice. Of course, you can still do that… if you want.

The new update will roll out in the updated YouTube app in both [...]

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January 17, 2017

NZXT’s Puck Can Reduce Your Cable Anxiety, Find Your Headphones a New Home

Tired of kicking your cables every time you take a step? Looking for a way to hang your headphones without permanently drilling holes into your house? Maybe you need a NZXT Puck in your life.

The magnetically-attaching Puck is a cable and device organizer that can be magnetically stuck on any metal surface. It can also be split apart for extended cable coverage or mounted on narrower surfaces. According to its promo video, half a Puck was shown to hold up an entire headset all on its own which is pretty impressive. Its specs sheet indicates that it can support up to 2kg of weight, which is more than enough for most everyday accessory cables.

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January 13, 2017

Nvidia Releases High-Level Abstraction Layer For Vulkan

Nvidia recently published a high-level abstraction layer for the Vulkan API. Dubbed VkHLF (Vulkan High-Level Framework), this new framework aims to simplify the task of creating content for game developers.

VkHLF is an experimental high level abstraction library on top of Vulkan. It adds features like transparent suballocation, resource tracking on the CPU & GPU and simplified resource creation while staying as close as possible to the original Vulkan API.

VkHLF adds several useful functions on top of the Vulkan API including reference counting, device suballocator, and GPU resource tracking. In contrast to the Vulkan-Hpp, VkHLF is designed to operate [...]

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January 18, 2017

Razer’s Stolen Prototype Gaming Laptop Discovered for Sale in China

During CES 2017, Razer reported that several of their precious Project Valerie triple-monitor gaming laptop prototypes were stolen from the show floor. Now we may have some clues as to where it went.

According to a recent screenshot, it appears that the laptop was up for sale at Taobao. According to the ad, the laptop is for sale at a price of CNY 150,000, which translates to around $21,739.76 USD.

No information on whether the seller actually has the laptop or if it’s a hoax, nor were we able to find the ad for ourselves as it’s been taken down at this time. Guess the crooks realized it was a stupid idea to list highly publicized stolen [...]

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January 13, 2017

Synology Launches RT2600AC Router, VPN Plus

Synology is getting ready to launch their RT2600AC router which we recently saw at CES 2017.

Being the best router Synology has to offer for home/small office users, the RT2600AC supports all the latest Wi-Fi standards including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, boasting up to 1,733Mbps on the 5.2GHz band and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band for a total throughput of up to 2,533Mbps. In order to achieve this, the RT2600AC features MU-MIMO which ensures a dedicated antenna for each receiver/transmitter radio pair to ensure the best possible performance even if there are many users on the network.

Powering the RT2600AC is a dual-core 1.7 Ghz processor along with 512MB of DDR3 DRAM [...]

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January 11, 2017

SK Hynix Launches First 8GB LPDDR4X Mobile DRAM

In a recent announcement, SK Hynix launched their new 8GB LPDD4X DRAM designed for mobile devices. SK Hynix was able to achieve this by stacking four of their 16Gb dual channel DRAM dies.

Compared to traditional LPDDR4 DRAM, SK Hynix’s LPDDR4X 8GB packages reduce data IO operation voltage by 45%; operating at just 0.6V compared to the 1.1V of the LPDDR4. According to SK Hynix, the reduced data IO operation voltage should translate to 20% reduction in overall power consumption.

Additionally, the new package features a 30% smaller footprint compared to existing LPDDR4 at the same capacity. Its sub-1mm thickness also enables Package-on-Package [...]

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