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October 14, 2016

Google Swordfish, Angelfish Smartwatches Could Launch 1Q2017

A couple weeks ago, Google launched an entire host of new hardware including new smartphones, a new Chromecast, a Wi-Fi router system, and a home assistant, but something curiously missing was the rumored smartwatches, based on Google’s Android Wear 2.0 platform.

If you were waiting on those smartwatches, it appears that they may be launching sometime in 1Q2017.

Google's two smartwatches will be released with Android Wear 2.0 in Q1 2017 [image courtesy of:]

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 13, 2016

For those unfamiliar with Google’s rumored upcoming [...]

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October 14, 2016

HTC, HP Announce Vive VR Ready Envy 750 PC Bundle

A couple weeks ago, Oculus announced a cheap $499 VR ready gaming PC in partnership with boutique PC builder CyberPowerPC and it looks like HTC is ready to fire back with a VR PC partnership of its own.

According to a recent announcement, HTC is partnering up with HP to announce a VR gaming bundle which includes the HTC Vive headset along with the HP Envy 750-415VHR PC for $1,499. Specs on the HP Envy 750-415VHR include an Intel Core i5-6400 Quad Core CPU, 8GB DDR4 memory, Radeon RX480 graphics card, and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. The bundle will also include two VR games which include theBlu: Encounter and The Lab.

The new HTC Vive Ready HP Computer Bundle is [...]

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October 14, 2016

Amazon Hiring 120,000 Employees for the Holidays

Need a job this holiday season? Amazon is hiring.

According to a recent press release, Amazon announced that they’re going to be hiring a whopping 120,000 temporary workers to fill openings at their fullfillment centers, sortation centers, and customer service sites. If you’re looking for something more permanent, last year Amazon transitioned 14,000 of their temps into full time employees and they expect that number to increase this year.

Job openings will be available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New [...]

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October 14, 2016

AMD Releases Radeon Crimson Edition 16.10.1 Hotfix Drivers, Supports Oculus Asynchronous Spacewarp

For those who own an Oculus Rift, AMD recently launched the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.1 Hotfix drivers which now includes expanded support for the VR headset.

While the Crimson 16.10.1 drivers were released previously, the new WHQL drivers now support Oculus Asynchronous Spacewarp, or ASW, on Polaris based graphics cards. ASW was introduced by Oculus at their Oculus Connect event earlier this month. ASW doubles framerates from 45FPS up to 90FPS by using interleaving technology to provide Oculus Rift VR gamers with a smoother VR experience.

AMD Radeon graphics card owners can download the new drivers at AMD’s website here. A full changelog [...]

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October 13, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Has Slower Storage Than 128GB Models

Remember several days ago we reported that NAND on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is being dual sourced from Toshiba and SK Hynix? Remember how the iPhone 7 256GB is carrying Toshiba 48-Layer 3D NAND while the iPhone 7 32GB is carrying SK Hynix 2D Planar NAND? Well, looks like the type of NAND and NAND vendor may not be the only difference.

According to a report from GSMArena, the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB has a storage subsystem that’s substantially slower than the one found in the iPhone 7 128GB.

How slow you might ask? Well, taking a look at this chart, the difference is pretty massive, especially when it comes to write performance. Here we can see that the [...]

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October 13, 2016

AMD to Drop Prices of RX470 to Compete with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

According to unnamed sources for TweakTown, AMD is rumored to drop pricing on their Radeon RX 470 graphics card to better compete with the incoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Currently, the AMD Radeon RX 470 retails for $179, but AMD is expected to drop prices by $10 bringing it down to just $169. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is expected to launch at $149 when it launches October 25.

For comparison, the Radeon RX 470 is based on the 14nm Polaris 10 Pro GPU featuring 2,048 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus. The rumored upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will be based on the 14nm GP107 Pascal GPU featuring 768 CUDA cores and 4GB of GDDR5 running on [...]

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October 13, 2016

TSMC Business Booming: Profits Up 28.4%, Revenue Up 22.5% in 3Q2016

Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) recently announced that they had an amazing 3Q2016 with a net income of NT$96.76 Billion ($3.05 Billion USD) and consolidated revenue of NT$260.41 Billion ($8.21 Billion USD). This represents a massive 28.4% increase in net income and 22.5% increase in revenue over 3Q2015. Compared to last quarter, TSMC saw an increase of 17.4% in revenue and 33.4% increase in net income.

Shipments of 16nm/20nm wafers accounted for 31% of wafer revenues, 28nm wafers accounted for $24% of wafer revenues, and advanced technologies, a fancy word for anything above 28nm, accounted for 55% of wafer revenues.

According to [...]

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October 13, 2016

Amazon Refunding Galaxy Note 7 Accessories Past 30 Day Return Window

Just returned your beloved Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Wondering what to do with those all accessories you blew over $100 on?

Well, if you purchased it from Amazon, return it! According to a recent post on Reddit, Amazon is accepting returns on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 accessories even if they were purchased outside the 30 day return window. According to the Redditor, Amazon is treating Galaxy Note 7 accessories as special cases. Obviously.

I just got off a chat with support for amazon requesting a refund on the wireless charger dock and case I bought for my note 7. I bought them back a week before the phone initially launched and they were both well outside the 30 day [...]

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October 13, 2016

Amazon Launches Music Unlimited to Compete with Spotify, Google Play Music

Amazon has been quite busy over the past few weeks, launching several new services including Twitch Prime, Prime Reading, and now Amazon Music Unlimited.

While Amazon has been offering Prime Music, which offers Prime members streaming of up to 2 million songs at no additional charge, for quite some time, Music Unlimited will offer tens of millions of songs, thousands of hand-curated playlists, and personalized stations for just $7.99 per month or $79 per year ($6.58 per month). Considering Amazon’s biggest competitors Spotify and Google Play Music charge $9.99 per month, Amazon’s Music Unlimited will be $2 to $3.41 cheaper depending on the plan [...]

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October 12, 2016

Battlefield 1 Play First Trial Now Live – 10 Hours of Gameplay Available

Are you ready for Battlefield 1? EA is. Members of EA Access and Origin Access  are now able to download the Battlefield 1 Play First trial before its planned October 13 launch date. Non EA Access and Original Access members will get access to the full game on October 21, and those who purchased the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition will get access on October 18.

According to the website, the Battlefield 1 Play First trial will come with 10 full hours of content containing five maps, four game modes, and three chapters of the single player campaign. You’ll also get the exclusive Trench Raider Dog Tag and those who go through all 10 hours of content will receive a [...]

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