Subject: Mobile | October 17, 2016 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Samsung, 10nm
Earlier today, Samsung announced that mass production has started for system-on-a-chip (SoC) products on their first-generation 10nm process, which is called Low Power Early (10LPE). Chips produced from this node will begin to ship in devices starting early 2017. The press release claims that, for integrated circuits manufactured under the 10LPE process, die area could decrease up to 30%, with either an increase in performance of up to 27% or a decrease in power of up to 40%.
This is a little higher than the 10% increase in performance that AnandTech claimed in April. On the plus side, it was also expected that any design that was created for 10LPE could be migrated, pretty much without change, to the second-generation, Low Power Plus (10LPP) node. Jumping back to today's press release, Samsung claims that 10LPP will begin mass production in the second half of next year. So basically, early 10nm parts will launch in a couple of months, then a second wave will arrive the year after, using a more refined fabrication method.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2016 - 10:40 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: newegg, liaison interactive
About a month ago, Newegg announced that Hangzhao Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co., Ltd. has agreed to make a “significant investment” in their company. That is not a rumor; it was officially acknowledged by Newegg. Their press release doesn't really elaborate on the specifics of the deal, though, except to note that Liaison Interactive is interested in Newegg because of their position in the VR and AR market. Got to love the PC gaming ecosystem.
Well, this month, the rumors are claiming that Newegg was outright acquired by Liaison Interactive. The United Daily News is reporting that the deal was 17.7 billion yuan (which Google mis-translated to 1.77 billion yuan for me) for 55.7% of the online retailer. It's unclear how the other 44.3% is split up, but Newegg is said to become a subsidiary as a result of this transaction.
The UDN story also expands upon the “why” question that was loosely touched upon last month. I can't tell, especially with Google Translate stripping a lot of context, how much of this is speculation, but the report suggests that Liaison Interactive is interested in Newegg as an extension of its supply chain. That is, more easily get their products to end-users world-wide.
Interesting. We'll hopefully get a new press release soon.
Subject: Storage | October 14, 2016 - 08:05 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: XPoint, Optane, 8000p, Intel
Intel and Micron jointly launched XPoint technology over a year ago, and we've been waiting to see any additional info ever since. We saw Micron demo a prototype at FMS 2016, and we also saw the actual prototype. Intel's last demo was not so great, later demos were better), and we saw a roadmap leaked a few months ago. Thanks to another leak, we now have specs for one of Intel's first Optane products:
Now I know there is a bunch of rambling around the net already. "Why so small?!?!". What I think we are looking at is Stony Beach - Intel's 'Application Accelerator" seen here:
What further backs this theory is that you'll note the PCIe 3.0 x2 link of that product in the above roadmap, which couples nicely with the upper end limits seen in the 32GB product, which is clearly hitting a bandwidth limit at 1.6 GB/s, which is the typical max seen on a x2 PCIe 3.0 link.
Now with the capacity thing aside, there is another important thing to bring up. First gen XPoint dies are 128 Gbit, which works out to 16 GB. That means the product specs for the 16GB part are turning in those specs *WITH ONE DIE*. NAND based SSDs can only reach these sorts of figures by spreading the IO's across four, eight, or more dies operating in parallel. This is just one die, and it is nearly saturating two lanes of PCIe 3.0!
Another cool thing to note is that we don't typically get to know how well a single die of anything will perform. We always have to extrapolate backwards from the smaller capacities of SSDs, where the dies are the bottleneck instead of the interface to the host. Here we have the specs of one die of a product. Imagine what could be done with even wider interfaces and more dies!
XPoint fills the still relatively large performance gap between RAM and NAND, and does so while being non-volatile. There are good things on the horizon to be enabled by this technology, even if we first see it in smaller capacity products.
Subject: Systems | October 14, 2016 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: system build
Drop by The Tech Report for their take on the best system components available to build a system at a variety of price points. They take you through the components you will need, from the CPU and cooler right up to the version of OS you could choose. At the end they offer suggestions on entire PC builds if you are not comfortable picking and choosing each component separately, or if you want to compare your dream machine to theirs.
Don't forget we have our own Hardware Leaderboard as well.
"In this edition of the TR System Guide, we examine the effects of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 family and AMD's Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 on the PC-building marketplace."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- MSI Vortex G65VR 6RE GTX 1070 SLI Gaming PC @ eTeknix
- Cyberpower Hyper Liquid 100 GTX 1080 Gaming PC @ eTeknix
- Competitive Gaming On A Budget – Can It Be Done? FNATIC And AMD Say YES! @ Techgag
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2016 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, gtx 1070, GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G, factory overclocked
The most noticeable feature of this GTX 1070 from MSI is that is has an additional 6 pin power connector intended to ensure smooth power delivery. The most confusing part is the branding, a GAMING X is better than a GAMING Z which is better than a GAMING which is better than a non-GAMING 1070. The factory overclock on the card pushes the boost clock to 1771MHz and [H]ard|OCP also tested it the best overclock they could manage, a base clock of 1692MHz and a boost clock of 1882MHz. Check out the effect that had on gameplay in their full review.
"We have MSI’s new GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G video card to evaluate today. We will push this GPU as high as we can, and see how the overclock compares to the default factory overclock, and a Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. This video card is a fully custom retail video card with the Twin Frozr VI cooling system. "
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2016 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: DSLR, peltier
Peltier coolers have proven too inefficient to cool modern CPUs and have been relegated back to car seats and other traditional usages, until now. A company called PrimaLuce will send you a Nikon D5500 with a peltier cooler strapped to the back which will cool your camera during long exposures which reduces image noise. It will also prevent the camera from getting obnoxiously warm, a common complaint around the PCPer office. This particular camera is intended for capturing the night sky, the inclusion of a anti-dewing system is very welcome. Pop on over to Ars Technica to take a look.
"For €2,190 (£2,000/$2,400), the Italian company PrimaLuce will sell you a Nikon D5500 DSLR with a dual-Peltier cooler strapped to the back, called the Nikon D5500a Cooled. In addition to the cooler, the modified camera also switches out the standard low-pass filter in front of the sensor for something that is specially tuned to be more sensitive to astronomical wavelengths of light (specifically H-alpha deep red)."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- PSVR vs. HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Gear VR: Which VR headset should you buy? @ Ars Technica
- The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture @ The Register
- 10-year-old OpenSSH vulnerability caught up in IoT DDoS attacks @ The Inquirer
- AMD, HPE, IBM, Samsung and more join forces to challenge Intel's data centre dominance @ The Inquirer
- Oz gummint's de-anonymisation crime is as mind-bendingly stupid as we feared @ The Register
- Eddie Putera Shares DJI Drone Photography Experience @ TechARP
- noblechairs EPIC Series Chair @ eTeknix
- Wi-Fi baby heart monitor may have the worst IoT security of 2016 @ The Register
- Yahoo Explains Why It Recently Disable Automatic Forwarding On Yahoo Mail; Reinstates the Feature @ Slashdot
- How To Migrate Yahoo Mail To Gmail And Outlook @ Techgage
Stepping Up the Simulation Game
I don’t exactly remember when I first heard about Fanatec, but it likely was sometime after the release of DiRT 2. I was somewhat into racing games before that, but that particular title sold me on the genre and I have not looked back since. Before then I used a Microsoft Sidewinder FFB stick for my racing, but it was D2 that convinced me to purchase a wheel for the full fledged experience. The initial impression of Fanatec was of course “high priced, but really nice gear”. These were products that I did not think I would ever see in any personal capacity as they were out of my price range and my driving passion was just not amped up enough to rationalize it.
My dog is quite suspicious of the amount of boxes the set came in.
I know I probably talk about it too much, but the introduction of DiRT Rally really supercharged my interest in driving accessories due to the work they did on physics and Force Feedback effects. My older Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 wheel featured a meager 270 degrees of rotation and clunky FFB that did not translate well with this particular title. It may have done OK with older, more arcade based racers, but with the latest generation of sims that focus on accuracy in experience it just did not cut it. Purchasing a Thrustmaster TX based unit was a night and day experience for these latest titles.
The next few months after that I spent time with multiple other wheels and accessories and provided a few reviews based on them. My level of interest grew exponentially about what the industry offered. I was able to contact Fanatec and they agreed to put together a bundle of products based on their latest ClubSport V2 products. This would include the ClubSport V2 Base, ClubSport Universal Hub for Xbox One, ClubSport Pedals V3, ClubSport Shifter SQ, and the desk mounting hardware for the units.
Fanatec is not for the faint of heart when it comes to pricing. The total package I received is worth 1800 Euro, or about $2016 US. This is a pretty tremendous amount of money for racing gear, but it is about average for higher end products that exist in this market. People will question why it costs so much, but after my experience with it I now know why.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 13, 2016 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, carbide air 740
At 426x340x510mm (16.8x13.4x20.1") the new Carbide AIR 740 looks like a double wide and there is a reason for that. Corsair have separated the drives and PSU into a secondary chamber, going so far as to mount the PSU vertically. The design also gives you more than enough room to install radiators in a number of locations inside the case without impinging on any other components nor will you have issues with even the tallest CPU heatsink. [H]ard|OCP was impressed enough with the case to give it the Gold, though they would have liked to see a fan controller in an AIR series case.
"Corsair is back with another cube type case this time in its Carbide AIR series. The model AIR 740 is a big steel case that has a big footprint, and along with that comes a spacious interior that will lend itself to just about any amount of hardware you want to install and Corsair has its sights set on excellent cooling for all that hardware."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Raijintek Styx Case Review: Simplicity Par Excellence @ Modders-Inc
- Aerocool P7C1 Project 7 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- Aerocool DS 230 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Core X31 Mid Tower @ eTeknix
- Cryorig H5 Universal CPU Air Cooler @ eTeknix
- DeepCool Captain 120EX White Edition CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2016 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: shadow warrior 2, nvidia, geforce, geforce experience 3.0, giveaway
Shadow Warrior 2 is out today, bringing Lo brow humour and procedural gore back to PC gaming. For those of you who have created a user at GeForce.com, you have a chance to win a copy of the game for free, all you need to do is install GeForce Experience 3.0 on your machine and you are entered to win. If you haven't the desire you can pick the game up on GOG or Steam, but you will have to pay for it. This new incarnation adds four player co-op to the game and the levels are described as procedural, theoretically places you have previously visited will not be the same if you head back. More info on the contest in the PR below
Shadow Warrior 2 launched today, and GeForce gamers using GeForce Experience may be getting it free. We will be giving away $50,000 worth of codes for the over the top first person shooter Shadow Warrior 2 to random gamers registered with GeForce Experience 3.0. This marks the second game code giveaway this month and more are coming soon. Just download and log in to the new GeForce Experience 3.0 to be eligible. Shadow Warrior 2 is highly anticipated first person shooter that is focused on fun. But not to be missed behind the numerous weapon choices, over-the-top gore, and edgy sense of humor is an indie release that is loaded with next generation technology thanks in part to a collaboration between NVIDIA and Flying Wild Hog, the game’s independent Polish developer.
The developer of Shadow Warrior 2, Flying Wild Hog, along with Devolver sister company Gambitious, were a part of the NVIDIA Indie Spotlight Program launch with their game Hard Reset: Redux. So naturally working with them on Shadow Warrior 2 to expand the indie game partnership between Devolver and NVIDIA seemed like the natural next step.
PC Gamers count on GeForce Experience to get the most from their games. It keeps drivers up to date. It automatically optimizes game settings for more than 300 games. And it’s the easiest way to capture gameplay video, stream it to Twitch or YouTube, or share it with another player over the Internet using the easy-to-use in-game overlay tool.
And now it rewards you for playing on GeForce. Dating back to July, NVIDIA has thanked their loyal GeForce Experience gamers by giving away: MSI VR-Ready Notebooks, HTC Vive Systems, GeForce GTX 1080s, SHIELD Android TVs, alpha access codes to the game LawBreakers and $200,000 worth of codes for Dead by Daylight.
More than 75 million gamers can’t be wrong--GeForce Experience is the gateway to great PC gaming.
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2016 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: terahertz, research, memory
You have probably recently heard of terahertz radiation used to scan physical objects, be it the T-Rays at airports or the the researchers at MIT who are reading books through the covers. There is more recent of news on researchers utilizing the spectrum between frequencies of 0.3THz and 3THz, this time pertaining to RAM cycles and the possibility of increasing the speed at which RAM can flip between a 0 and 1. In theory a terahertz electric field could flip bits 1000 times faster than the electromagnetic process currently used in flash memory. This could also be used in the new prototype RAM technology we have seen, such as MRAM, PRAM or STT-RAM. This is still a long way off but a rather interesting read, especially if you can follow the links from The Inquirer to the Nature submission.
"Using the prototypical antiferromagnet thulium orthoferrite (TmFeO3), we demonstrate that resonant terahertz pumping of electronic orbital transitions modifies the magnetic anisotropy for ordered Fe3+ spins and triggers large-amplitude coherent spin oscillations," the researchers helpfully explained."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Smart Linux Home Hubs Mix IoT with AI @ Linux.com
- Apple tipped to launch new MacBooks on 27 October @ The Inquirer
- Shadow Warrior 2 Dev Says DRM Makes A Game Worse @ [H]ard|OCP
- Adobe on patch parade to march out 83 bugs @ The Register
- First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that @ The Register
- Shadow Warrior 2 Dev Says DRM Makes A Game Worse @ [H]ard|OCP
- Become Very Unpopular Very Fast With This DIY EMP Generator @ Hack a Day
Subject: Editorial | October 13, 2016 - 11:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: XG-U2008, western digital, video, stratix, ssd, podcast, nvidia, msi, kaby lake, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iphone, Intel, drobo, asus, apple, 5c
PC Perspective Podcast #421 - 10/13/16
Join us this week as we discuss our review of the iPhone 7, the Drobo 5C, Intel FPGAs and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, Josh Walrath, Jeremy Hellstrom, and Sebastian Peak
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Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2016 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VLAN party, gaming, fragging frogs
It's time to load up your Flak Cannon, squirrel away a Redeemer, tune up your Rocket car and feed your pet dinosaur because the Fragging Frogs are hosting their 14th VLAN party on the last Saturday of this month. There will be games, there will be prize giveaways and there will be fun! If you have attended a VLAN in the past you know the drill but if you have yet to take part in one of these events with the best group of gamers around then you can follow these steps to ensure you have a spot.
- You must be a registered member at the PCPer forums (register here)
- You must post to this thread stating your intention to attend the VLAN event
- You must meet the eligibility requirements (if any) of the individual sponsors below
- Your shipping address must be in the Continental United States or Canada (for prizes)
- Lastly, you must join Teamspeak and participate in the VLAN event by playing games with us and having fun !!
You will need to supply your own snacks and beverages so make sure to stock up as the party kicks off at 10AM Eastern and doesn't stop until the last Frog drops, which is often sometime on Sunday. The games we play are up to you, post suggestions in the thread if you don't see your favourites already listed, if we can find interested bodies we are happy to play anything.
Prizes are not yet announced but you can expect some great hardware, software and possibly even some interesting collectibles. Keep your eyes on the thread for more announcements and make sure to thank Lenny for all the effort he puts into organizing these events.
Join up and have some fun on Saturday, you might just find yourself becoming a regular participant in the Fragging Frogs weekly gaming sessions too!
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Civilization 6: The most in-depth Civ to date @ Ars Technica
- Wot I Think: Quantum Break @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Endless Space 2’s Early Access Is Bold And A Bit Rough @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- PlayStation VR provides a lot of bang for your virtual reality buck @ Ars Technica
- Serious Sam VR Jacking Into Early Access This Month @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Snowy Wasteland 3 Launches Crowdfunding On Fig @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Endless Legend’s Tempest Expansion Sails To Next Week @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech, Networking | October 12, 2016 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, XG-U2008, unmanaged switch, 10 gigabit
Planning an upgrade to your network or looking to build one that will last into the next generation of NICs? ASUS has just made an unmanaged 10 gigabit switch available at a price far below the average asking price of the devices currently on the market. $250 is still a steep investment for a switch but is less than half of the competitions, albeit without the management features found on those switches. The LEDs on the front will glow amber if the cable you use is not up to the new standard, otherwise expect green for go. It will support Jumbo Frames of up to 16 KB just like the more expensive models. It is a compact 9.44x4.92x1.06", so you should easily be able to find a home for it. PR below the snazzy product shot, technical details from ASUS here.
Fremont, CA (October 10th, 2016) -- Outside the enterprise market, the transition from Gigabit to 10-Gigabit Ethernet has been rather slow. While there are growing small-business and prosumer demands for the additional bandwidth that 10G networking provides, the cost of entry is high. Until now, the availability of compliant devices has been limited to enterprise-class products that are built with corporate networks in mind, with pricing for 10-Gigabit switches starting at $800. That certainly isn’t expensive by corporate standards, but for the rest of us, it relegates adoption to cases of absolute necessity and the upper echelon of enthusiasts.
While it’s advisable to plan ahead and overprovision your network for scalability, paying extra money for ports or features that you’ll never use doesn’t make sense. So, there’s a clear need for 10G networking devices that are suitably tailored for the small business, prosumer, and enthusiast markets. Cue the ASUS XG-U2008, an unmanaged 10G networking switch available for only $249.99.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2016 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VR, unreal engine 4, pool nation vr, htc vive, gaming
Pool Nation VR for thr HTC Vive is an Unreal Engine 4 game and takes advantage of one of that engine's NVIDIA only features, Multi-Res Shading. This gives NVIDIA a performance advantage at high settings over AMD, though not so much that the GTX 1060 gets a recommendation from [H]ard|OCP. Unfortunately, neither thev R9 Fury X nor RX 480 managed decent performance from this game, if you want to shoot VR pool you are looking at a GTX 1070 at the very least. Check out the full review and hope that mods arrive to make the game more interesting.
"If shooting pool is a passion of yours, then Pool Nation VR should be on your list if you own an HTC Vive. Even if you are not a pool shark, this title will likely lure you in to spending many hours shooting stick. But to make it look stunning, you will need a heavy duty GPU up to the task. "
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Gears of War 4: The next gen is now—if you’re on Windows 10, at least @ Ars Technica
- Sunless Sea: How Zubmariner Lured Me In @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- One Final Gig: Duke Nukem 3D World Tour Out Today @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Gears of War 4 @ Kitguru
- The Best Witcher 3: Wild Hunt mods @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Asus RoG is giving away Mafia III with selected products @ HEXUS
- Daring Escapes feature in the latest Dishonoured 2 trailer @ HEXUS
- Zewg Wush: StarCraft II Gets Cute With StarCrafts Mod @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Fight The Future: AI War II Is Now On Kickstarter @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Editorial | October 12, 2016 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: jobs, hiring
PC Perspective is hiring! We are on the look out for someone to help with our increasing amount of video content. We need a person that is local to our main office in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so that will limit a lot of you.
Tasks for the new hire will include:
- Video production and capture
- Live video switching and production
- Artistic capture of products for use in editorials and reviews
- Editing of video
- Creation animations and motion graphics
- YouTube channel management
The ideal candidate should have some experience in the following:
- Adobe software suite: Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects
- Knowledge of cameras and associated hardware
- Experience with video and photo capture
- Familiar with review structure and high quality online video content
- Basic background in computer hardware and the gaming ecosystem
To start with we are targeting a part time work load though we expect this to expand in the near future.
Again, this is definitely an on-site / local position - those not in the Cincinnati / Northern KY area need not apply.
If you or someone you know is a good candidate for us, please email me directly (email@example.com) with your pertintent information including any previously built material or examples of work.
Come join a growing team of fun and interesting people and take part in the exciting PC gaming market!!
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2016 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: iot, iKettle
If there is one thing that the IoT excels at, it is making simple things more complex. It opens up new toaster based DoS attacks and can turn the act of boiling water into a day long activity. An English software developer had a very interesting time attempting to make his morning cup of tea and being a technically inclined individual he was not about to simply give up; instead he started troubleshooting the issue. The issue started with the iKettle dropping its connection necessitating the rest of the of the base station for the kettle but escalated to the point it was interfering with the Hadoop cluster he happened to be running in his garage. The Register captured his debugging trials in the search for a substance that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea. To ensure that there was salt added to his wounds, his Hue decided to perform a firmware update later that evening.
"Our story starts simply enough: a kettle. The iKettle to be precise, an IoT device that is coveted by most INQ writers for reasons they cannot entirely explain."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Most Businesses Haven't Inspected Cloud Services For Malware @ Slashdot
- Microsoft HoloLens goes up for pre-order from, er, £2,719 @ The Register
- Pocket C.H.I.P. makers go Pro with cloud-linked ARM-flexing module for IoT gizmo builders @ The Register
- Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion @ The Register
- Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair Review @ Neoseeeker
- AK Racing Premium V2 Gaming Chair Review @ NikKTech
- Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director @ The Register
- Microsoft Wise Pad W7 Phablet Giveaway Contest @ Tech ARP
Introduction and Specifications
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are here, and while outwardly they look very similar to last year’s 6s models, there have been some significant upgrades (and a highly controversial change) to the new phones. Is there enough in this iterative update to justify an upgrade? After spending a couple of weeks using one as my primary device, I will attempt to answer this question.
While there had been rumors swirling of an all-new design featuring an OLED display, Apple appears to be holding back until next year - which just happens to be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Considering this fact, it may just be that the iPhone 7 is something of a stop-gap for 2017. Some of the rumored elements are here, however; with the elimination of the physical home button (it's a solid-state version now) and 3.5 mm headphone jack (the latter causing much consternation). The camera on both phones is completely new as well, with a special dual-lens version exclusive to the 7 Plus.
First we'll go over the specs of these phones. As you can see, there are still some areas that are not fully known, such as the exact speed of the low-power cores in the new quad-core SoC, and the specifics about this year's GPU.
|Apple iPhone 7||Apple iPhone 7 Plus|
|Processor||Apple A10 Fusion SoC
2.34 GHz dual-core + 2x low-power cores (? MHz)
|Graphics||6-core (unknown GPU)|
|Screen||4.7-inch IPS, DCI-P3 capable||5.5-inch IPS, DCI-P3 capable|
|Cameras||Back: 12MP, ƒ/1.8, OIS
Front: 7MP, ƒ/2.2
|Back: 12MP, f /1.8, OIS
Dual-camera with 2x telephoto lens
Front: 7MP, ƒ/2.2
|Video||Video: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 60/30 fps, 720p @ 30 fps||Video: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 60/30 fps, 720p @ 30 fps|
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
|FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
|Battery||1960 mAh||2900 mAh|
|Dimensions||138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
(5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches)
138 g (4.87 oz)
|158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
(6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)
188 g (6.63 oz)
|Price||$649 - $849||$769 - $969|
Nearly a Decade of iPhone
The iPhone was introduced in 2007 (Image credit: Apple, via archive.org)
It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since the original iPhone launched. Announced in January of 2007 by Steve Jobs during his keynote speech at CES, it set a standard that the rest of the industry would take some time to meet (remember, the first Android phone was over a year away at this point.) But nine years is an age in technology years, and that first version seems like an antique now. (The original iPhone specs: 3.5-inch display with 320x480 resolution, single-core ARM processor running at 412 MHz, 128 MB of system memory, 4GB/8GB storage.)
Subject: Storage | October 11, 2016 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, ssd, Blue, 1TB, marvell 1074
Al is hard at work benchmarking the new Western Digital SSDs and you should expect to see his full in depth review in the near future but for those who need immediate gratification here is Hardware Canucks review. The 1TB WD Blue uses a Marvell 1074 controller, a full gigabyte of cache provided by a pair of Micron 512MB DDR3 chips and 15nm TLC that should survive 400TB of writes and is warrantied for three years. Western Digital and SanDisk DNA meet for the first time in a consumer SSD, check out how it fares against the competition right here.
"Western Digital, once known for their hard drives alone, is now wading in the SSD market with two new series. In this review, we take the new Blue 1TB SSD out for a spin."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD @ OCC
- ICY DOCK Black Vortex Quad-Bay USB 3.0 & eSATA External 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure Review @ NikKTech
- Asustor AS6204T 4-bay NAS @ Kitguru
- Kingston Action Camera microSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- iStorage datAshur PRO 8GB Secure Flash Drive @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2016 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, recall, gear vr, galaxy note 7
It is official, Samsung has called a halt to production of the Note 7 and not just because it is likely impossible to insure a building in which they are manufactured or stored. The recall of 2.5 million handsets was damaging to the company and its reputation but the incidents of replacement batteries suffering the same catastrophic failure have spelled the end of this device. Samsung suggests you immediately power down your device and contact your provider or retailer for a refund or for credit on a different handset.
Ars Technica also spotted a pertinent message on the current update to the Gear VR headset which states that support for the Note 7 has been discontinued and you are no longer able to install the app on a Note 7. Thankfully there have been no reports of a battery failure while a Note 7 was inside of a Gear VR and this move should prevent that from ever happening. Expect more statements from Samsung on this topic throughout the week.
"Oculus and Samsung have obviously realized this and has pushed out an update preventing the volatile phone from working with the Gear VR headset."
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- Yahoo Disables Automatic Email Forwarding Feature, Making It Difficult For Users To Leave @ Slashdot
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Subject: Storage | October 11, 2016 - 11:50 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, ssd, Green, Blue
It has been over 6 years since we saw an SSD come out of Western Digital, but we suspected some new ones may be coming after their recent acquisition of SanDisk. That say has come, and today we have two new SSD models announced by WD:
These new SSDs naturally borrow SanDisk 15nm TLC flash but drive that flash with aftermarket controllers. The Blue employs a Marvell 88SS1074 controller while the Green will use a Silicon Motion SM2256S. The Blue will have the typical SATA 6Gbps saturating specs seen in modern SSDs, while the Green will be derated a bit. Detailed specifications are below:
- Form Factors: 2.5¨/7mm cased, M.2 2280
- Endurance (Blue):
- 250GB: 100 TBW
- 500GB: 200 TBW
- 1TB: 400 TBW
- Power (Blue):
- Slumber: 42mW-52mW
- DEVSLP: 4.9mW-9.7mW
- Average Active Power: 70mW
- Warranty (Blue and Green): 3 years
The WD Green will be more budget minded and is to be offered in only a 120GB and 240GB form factor, with reduced endurance ratings of 40 TBW and 80 TBW, respectively.
Pricing (for the WD Blue SSD):
- 250 GB $79.99
- 500 GB $139.99
- 1TB $299.99
The WD Green SSD will be available 'later this quarter', and we do not yet have pricing for that model, but it should come in at a lower cost than the Blue prices above. We have a Blue model in for testing and should see how it fares on our new storage suite later this week.