Tuesday December 9th, 2014
| An open letter explains the game's ambition means there are still bugs that need to be fixed and some features are not yet working correctly. As a result, the game has been pushed back by 12 weeks.
I'm cool with it. Take your time. I feel like they are one of the only AAA developers to actually care about 1) their games and 2) their customers.
Posted By Urbanfox @ 10:33 AM
Monday December 8th, 2014
| Asustek Computer's good brand recognition in the high-end PC segment and price cut strategy, has reportedly helped the company to surpass Micro-Star International (MSI) in gaming notebook shipments in Taiwan and is trailing closely behind MSI in China, Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, according to sources from channel retailers.The sources pointed out that Asustek has a 60% share in Taiwan's gaming notebook market, and in 2015, the company will continue to expand related investments to snatch more share from its competitors in markets worldwide.
Asustek initially insisted on only launching high-end models, but has later turned to focus on developing models with high price/performance ratios, after seeing MSI's gaming notebooks continue to outsell its own.
Asustek's G56-series gaming notebooks launched recently and priced at NT$30,000-35,000 (US$965-1,126) are currently in fierce competition with MSI's gaming models.
Currently, Asustek is mainly pushing 6-7 gaming notebooks in the market and recently launched its latest G751-series with high specifications and multiple functions. The G751-series has two models, priced at NT$94,800 and NT$50,900.
MSI is cautiously defending its market share and has launched 24 gaming notebook models in the past year under its top-end performance GT-series, thin-and-light GS-series, high-price/performance ratio GE/GX-series and entry-level GP-series.
As for the gaming desktop market, not many vendors have developed products for the market due to weak demand, but Asustek recently launched the ROG GR8 ultra-mini gaming desktop, priced at NT$30,000-40,000, looking to attract consumers with small form factor demand.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 7:09 AM
| TSMC is ready to move to volume production of their 16nm FinFET process, Nvidia is joining them based on a recent report. This is interesting news for several reasons, included the one that is called 20nm. Is this fab process now skipped ?
TSMC confirmed NVIDIA will be using this process. TSMC's 16nm FinFET process has passed full reliability qualification, and nearly 60 customer designs are currently scheduled to tape out by the end of 2015, the company announced previously.
TSMC expects to move the node to volume production around July 2015. As Digitimes reports, the list of clients that will use 16nm are Avago Technologies, Freescale, LG Electronics, MediaTek, Nvidia, Renesas Electronics and Xilin, these are the early adopters of TSMC's 16nm FinFET process, the foundry disclosed.
Others have noticed this, but it is interesting to see that AMD was not (yet) included in that list, but since there are supposed to be 60 customers we think that'll not be an issue. Anyway, after 16nm there will be 10 nm. Due to size and complexity with Biilions of transistors these days we expect 16nm FinFET GPUs to arrive by Q3 2015. Keep in mind that current high-end GPUs are still based 28nm, so the step forward will be tremendous.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 7:07 AM
| In our previous post about 16nm TCSM we've been wondering as to why AMD was not on the 16nm fab list, whereas other players like Nvidia have been named. The answer just came to us though, AMD will manufacture their GPU at Global Foundries. Global Foundries has made great progress claims Devinder Kumar from AMD at an investor meeting.
AMD sold Global Foundries in 2008 to raise cash in difficult times, Kumar stated that they will still fab 'some' products at 20nm and from there on-wards it will move to Finfet-chips. Gobalfoundries is working together with Samsung on 14nm already, Samsung will launch with SoCs based on that fab node next year already.
Finfets have a bigger surface area which helps switching faster for the transistors. Finfet chips are more power efficient, smaller and cheaper to manufacture.
It's unclear of AMD will remain partner of TSMC.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 7:05 AM
| Microsoft said at the Windows 10 launch event that the company would be releasing the updated operating system in the summer of 2015. Thanks to a note by Kevin Turner at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference, we have a slightly more specific timeline.
Turner said in the note that the company will be releasing Windows 10 in "late summer and early fall." The language is a bit peculiar and we have posted the comment below. The thing I want to tell you about on Windows 10 is in the Windows 10 timeframe, which we plan to talk about the end-user consumer experiences in the early spring, we'll have a developer preview and be able to talk to that in depth in the early summer timeframe. And then by next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS. That's the current plan of record.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 7:03 AM
Thursday November 13th, 2014
| For those like me who communicate through high-bandwidth media, the FCC’s proposal would be particularly silencing. Better to delay the video I was working on and make this one, rather than do nothing and possibly see all future vihart videos delayed.
A very different sort of video for me. An enjoyable challenge.
Source: Vi Hart
By far the best explanation and analogy of what Net Neutrality is and why we need it.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 8:45 AM
Sunday November 9th, 2014
| Earlier this week, in something of an unexpected move, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and Futuremark announced that UL had acquired the benchmarking company, signaling their expansion into the software development industry and benchmarking services. This might seem a bit of an odd fit at first, as UL is a large corporation that's more than a century old and they have a history of providing "safety science" – they certify, validate, test, inspect, audit, and advise consumers and businesses in matters of safety. Reading further into the announcement however clarifies things:
"Embedded software is now an important part of product design. With an increased focus on mobility, we see more and more products being connected, making the Internet of Things a reality. Consequently, software quality is a significant driver of product safety and performance; and we believe that benchmarking is an important way to help our customers to improve the performance of their products. This acquisition provides [UL] with an opportunity to build a new business line in testing a wide variety of technological devices so they offer the performance, safety and privacy that consumers expect."
In other words, Futuremark's expertise in building benchmarking and testing software, including perhaps most notably the recent release of 3DMark and PCMark for Android, will help UL in testing and certifying a variety of modern devices. The announcement goes on to note that UL plans for additional investments into Futuremark's product development, increasing the range and types of benchmarks that are offered.
For their part, Futuremark obviously gets much deeper corporate funding, and UL is a global company with many resources and contacts. Futuremark's current staff of 39 employees will all remain, including the CEO Jukka Mäkinen. UL by comparison already has over 10,000 employees located around the world. Details of the amount of the acquisition are not known, but UL notes that both Futuremark and UL have a history of neutrality and independence that they intend to continue, and at present UL will continue to support Futuremark's distribution of benchmarking software for PCs and mobile devices.
Source: Futuremark (via TechReport)
Posted By chartiet @ 9:25 AM
Thursday November 6th, 2014
| Over the past few years, Korean cooling company Zalman has slid away from the spotlight. Once a main player in the silent PC cooling business, the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this week.
A report in The Korea Times cites troubles with Zalman's parent company, Moneual, as the reason behind why the company has folded. According to their sources, Moneual had failed to repay export bonds totalling 500 billion won (US$460m), causing them to file for court receivership despite reporting significant revenue and operating profits in the previous financial year.
Moneual, a robotic vacuum cleaner manufacturer, is also suspected of "overstating its export performance in order to receive large loans from financial institutions." On top of that, Zalman themselves are accused of violating corporate accounting rules, which would have contributed to their demise.
Some of Zalman's most popular products included their line of circular copper CPU and GPU coolers, which in the mid-2000s were easily recognizable as being from the company. Zalman also focused on making truly-silent passive cooling solutions, including a passive liquid cooler and a popular line of heatsink-laden silent PC cases.
Source: Tech Spot
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 1:59 PM
| By Matt ClarkRecent rumors have suggested AMD is working on an improved version of its R9 290X graphics card, and today the company has confirmed it's true. According to an AMD representative, an overclocked 290X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory is on the way, although further details are a bit scarce at the moment.
AMD says it's already working with Sapphire, PowerColor, and MSI to manufacture the cards, but there are also "additional" AIBs in the works. As noted by Tom's Hardware, a purportedly leaked image from earlier this week shows an 8GB 290X from XFX. Of course, a beefed-up 8GB 290X already exists from Sapphire (for example), but this is AMD's first go-ahead on pushing 8GB single-GPU 290Xs out to most manufacturers.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 9:11 AM
Thursday October 30th, 2014
| Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida have successfully transmitted data over a new type of fiber at a blistering speed of 255 Terabits per second.
The new fiber consists of 7 cores as supposed to the 1 core that standard, state-of-the-art, fibers currently carry. Furthermore, the researchers also implemented two additional "orthogonal dimensions" for data transmission, which is purportedly similar to having 3 cars driving on top of each other. These two methods in turn help to deliver 21 times more bandwidth than the 4-8 Terabits per second of current fiber technology.
Single-mode fibres with low loss and a large transmission bandwidth are a key enabler for long-haul high-speed optical communication and form the backbone of our information-driven society. However, we are on the verge of reaching the fundamental limit of single-mode fibre transmission capacity. Therefore, a new means to increase the transmission capacity of optical fibre is essential to avoid a capacity crunch. Here, by employing few-mode multicore fibre, compact three-dimensional waveguide multiplexers and energy-efficient frequency-domain multiple-input multiple-output equalization, we demonstrate the viability of spatial multiplexing to reach a data rate of 5.1 Tbit s−1 carrier−1 (net 4 Tbit s−1 carrier−1) on a single wavelength over a single fibre. Furthermore, by combining this approach with wavelength division multiplexing with 50 wavelength carriers on a dense 50 GHz grid, a gross transmission throughput of 255 Tbit s−1 (net 200 Tbit s−1) over a 1 km fibre link is achieved.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 9:05 AM
| Though Chrome only, YouTube announced that it's adding two new features that will especially benefit people who enjoy watching gameplays and those who stream games live. Most excitingly, the site is rolling out 60 frames per second video playback. You need Google Chrome to watch YouTube videos at 60FPS, and you need to watch them in HD.
As the another new feature, YouTube is also offering direct funding support for content creators — name-checking sites like Kickstarter and Patreon — and is allowing fans to 'contribute money to support your channel at any time, for any reason.' Adding the icing on the cake, the website has also a number of other random little features planned, including viewer-contributed subtitles, a library of sound effects and new interactive info cards.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 8:59 AM
Saturday October 25th, 2014
| By Mike MahardyMicrosoft is already off to a fast start this fiscal year, with sales increases in several different sectors.
The company's Devices and Consumer revenue is up 47 percent, bringing sales to $10.96 billion USD, according to Microsoft's earnings report for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. This represents a part of Microsoft's $23.20 billion USD overall revenue this year –– that's a 25 percent increase since last year, and it's due in large part to Office 365 and the Surface Pro 3.
The company's productivity suite for Home and Personal subscribers now has 7 million new members, representing more than 25 percent sequential growth over the previous quarter. Microsoft has been pushing users toward the cloud for a while now, and these numbers suggest they might be well on their way.
The Surface Pro 3 drove revenue for Microsoft's Surface series to a total of $908 million, almost doubling the amount of the previous quarter. Although the tablet, which Microsoft billed as a "replacement for your laptop," accomplished parts of this task, IGN's review suggested the company still has some ground to cover.
Microsoft is excelling in the commercial realm as well –– revenue grew 10 percent to $12.28 billion USD, and Microsoft cites its cloud revenue and transitions to Office 365 as some of the main sources of momentum.
Microsoft's console sales are also on the rise, selling 2.4 million units in the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. This includes both Xbox One and Xbox 360 sales –– one analyst suggests the Xbox One will overtake Sony's PS4, as far as sales go, in 2015. http://oystatic.ignimgs.com/src/core...d_dpad_red.png
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 10:08 PM
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
| Thye next gen enthusiast platform Broadwell-E chips, e.g. upcoming processors like the Core i7 6960X - 6930K and 6820K have a renewed launch date. That would be in one to two years from now in 2016 according to the Chinese VR-Zone. These upcoming 14nm processors are developed under codename "Broadwell-E" with a LGA2011v3 socket package.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 3:39 PM
Tuesday October 14th, 2014
| Every year NVIDIA launches quite a few new products; some are better than others, but they're all interesting. This fall, the big news is Maxwell 2.0, aka GM204. Initially launched last month as the GTX 980 and GTX 970, NVIDIA is hopefully changing the way notebook gamers get treated by launching the mobile version of the GM204 just one month later.
We've already covered all of the new features in the desktop launch, so things like DSR, FXAA, VXGI, DX12, and GameWorks are all part of the notebook launch marketing materials. Of course, as a notebook GPU there are a few extra features available that you don't see on desktop GPUs, mostly because such features aren't really needed. Optimus Technology has been around for several years now so there's not much to add; it allows laptops to dynamically switch between the lower power integrated graphics when you're not doing anything that requires a faster GPU, and it can turn on and utilize the faster discrete NVIDIA GPU when needed.
BatteryBoost is a related technology that was first introduced with the GTX 800M series of GPUs, and it seeks to improve gaming battery life. Our test platform at the time didn't really give us the gains we were hoping to see, but NVIDIA assures us that the new GM204 mobile graphics chips will do much better at providing decent battery life while running games. We'll be diving into this in more detail once we get our test notebooks.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 6:43 PM
| After a weekend of rumors spurred on by a Wall Street Journal report, HP has confirmed this morning that the company intends to split in half next year. The process will see each half become its own independent company, allowing for what amounts to HP’s enterprise and consumer divisions to go their separate ways. By doing so, HP is looking to allow each half to focus on one subset of HP’s overall business, allowing for more focused execution and growth while cutting the bonds that HP believes have made them slow to move in the past.
The split will see HP’s core businesses assigned into one of two companies. HP Inc. the closest of the two companies to an immediate successor to the current HP, will take HP’s PC and printing businesses, along with HP’s other consumer/mobile businesses such as the company’s Chromebooks and tablets. Internally these products are already organized under HP’s Printing and Personal Systems business, so in some senses this is merely moving a business that was its own division into its own company entirely. This split off will also see the current EVP of the Printing and Personal Systems business, Dion Weisler, promoted to CEO of the new HP Inc. Finally, HP Inc. will also be retaining the current HP branding.
Meanwhile the rest of HP’s businesses – servers, networking, storage, software, financial services, and other services– will all be split off together to form the new Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. As alluded to by the name, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be focused on HP’s enterprise businesses, where divisions such as the company’s networking business are potential rapid growth markets for HP. HP’s current CEO, Meg Whitman, will be transitioning over to CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Posted By CybrSlydr @ 6:41 PM