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October 14, 2016

AMD to Power Alibaba Cloud with Radeon Pro Graphics

Slowly but surely, AMD is clawing their way back in both the CPU and GPU space, and the newest win for AMD comes from a recent announcement that Chinese internet giant Alibaba has signed on to utilize AMD Radeon graphics technology in their cloud datacenters.

“The partnership between AMD and Alibaba Cloud will bring both of our customers more diversified, cloud-based graphic processing solutions. It is our vision to work together with leading technology firms like AMD to empower businesses in every industry with cutting-edge technologies and computing capabilities,” said Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud.

AMD has been missing from the server, datacenter, and [...]

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October 14, 2016

LG Unveils 15W Quick Wireless Charging Pad, Faster Charging Than Wired Charger

So you recently tried wireless charging for the first time and discovered that a your wireless charger takes about 4 hours to charge your phone. Yup. Been there, done that. It’s a buzzkill, and it looks like LG is looking to fix that.

According to a recent announcement, LG has developed a new Quick Wireless Charging Pad that will charge at rates up to 15W which is 3x more power than your typical 1A wireless chargers. LG claims that the new charger will charge a battery up to 50% in just 30 minutes which isn’t bad at all. While it’s likely that phones or phone cases capable of charging at 15W are required to fully utilize the new charging pad, the [...]

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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

10 Easy Tips to Boost Your Android Phone’s Battery Life

If you’ve been using your phone for a while, chances are its battery life isn’t what it used to be. On day one you probably got a solid day of use on a single charge yet you sit here today with just a meager 2 hours on a charge. What happened? Here are 10 some simple tips you can do to boost your Android smartphone’s battery life.


1. Checkout your power flow, close battery draining apps

For those trying to optimize power usage, the first thing to do is check out Android’s built-in battery monitor in the settings menu. Not only does it tell you how much time your phone has been on, it also gives you an estimate of how much [...]

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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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