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Monday, April 13, 2015

Surface Pro 4 slated for Microsoft Build 2015 debut?

Surface Pro 4 slated for Microsoft Build 2015 debut?
By Jamie Hinks 4/13/2015

Just weeks after releasing the Surface 3, Microsoft could unveil its powerful Surface Pro 4 tablet-PC hybrid at the Build 2015 conference later on this month.

First reported by DigiTimes, the Redmond-based firm will out the Apple MacBook challenger for the first time later on this month before it will reportedly be released at some point in the second half of 2015. A source familiar with Microsoft's plans told the publication that Microsoft is planning to "unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet during the upcoming Build developer conference in April," before putting it into mass production at some point in June.

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Sharp Unveils 5.5-Inch 4K Smartphone Display With Record 806ppi Pixel Density

Sharp Unveils 5.5-Inch 4K Smartphone Display With Record 806ppi Pixel Density 
by NDTV Correspondent, 13 April 2015

The popular Japanese display manufacturer Sharp has announced a new 5.5-inch 4K display for smartphones, featuring a record 806ppi pixel density.

The Ultra-HD (4K) Sharp IGZO screen with 2160x3840 pixels resolution is scheduled for mass production in 2016 and may first ship in the smartphones manufactured by Chinese manufactures, reported Techblog (via Phonearena) on Monday.

While it has become relatively common amongst flagship smartphones to sport QHD (2K, or 1440x2560 pixel) displays, 4K displays are the next step. To remind you, Samsung may also start mass-producing 5.9-inch Ultra-HD (4K) Super AMOLED display boasting of a pixel density of 700ppi in August this year. In November, a report had indicated the South Korean giant was planning a 5.9-inch UHD (2160x3840 pixels) display for the Galaxy Note 4 successor.

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Details of AMD Zen 16-core x86 APU emerge

Details of AMD Zen 16-core x86 APU emerge 
by Mark Tyson on 13 April 2015

A slide purporting to outline the key specifications of the AMD Zen APU has been published by Fudzilla. AMD's Zen will be an x86 APU aimed at enterprise, server and high performance computing systems offering up to 16 cores and 32 threads, support for DDR4 memory up to 256GB/channel and 'Greenland' graphics with up to 16GB of HBM.

The slide from Fudzilla, as reproduced above, is rather blurry and of unknown origin. However it outlines a very interesting chip from AMD, if it turns out to provide legitimate details and specs.

Starting by looking at the compute component of the APU, it says a Zen chip can consist of up to 16 cores and 32 threads via SMT. This is a departure from AMD's previous module core design as each core will have dedicated resources like 512KB of L2 cache per core, only the L3 cache will be shared, heterogeneously, between cores. Importantly for corporate and business customers the APU will support secure boot and AMD's crypto coprocessor.

The graphic component of the APU is also impressive in its scalability and use of new tech. 'Greenland' stream processors are on board and capable of addressing up to 16GB of HBM (high bandwidth memory). This GPU offers half rate double precision compute capability enhanced ECC and RAS and HSA support.

AMD's Zen APU offers system memory support for DDR4 with four channels up to 3200MHz. Memory capacity can be as high as 256GB per channel. Fudzilla says that the APU has 64 PCI express Gen 3 lanes, where 16 lanes are switchable with 2 lanes or SATA Express and 14 lanes of regular SATA. Combining the components, the general purpose Zen processor cores and Greenland stream processors interface via Global Memory Interconnect (GMI) technology.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

VLC media player to support Chromecast soon

By Michael Brown Feb 17, 2015 

It’s easy to see why VLC is the go-to media player for millions: It’s free, it’s available on nearly every operating system, it can play just about any type of media file, and it offers features that other media players doesn’t. Now the open-source software is about to come to a whole new platform: Google’s Chromecast media dongle.

This news came to our attention by way of Engadget, although the information was contained in a VLC project changelog dated early last week. When VLC 3.0 becomes available, users will be able to stream nearly any type of media from computers, tablets, and smartphones running the Windows, OS X, Android, Linux, and several other operating systems (the iOS version is temporarily unavailable) to a Chromecast dongle plugged into their TV.

VLC media player to support Chromecast soon

Acer unveils 2560*1440 display with 144Hz refresh and AMD FreeSync | KitGuru

February 18th, 2015 at 3:36 am - AuthorAnton Shilov

Acer Group has introduced one of the world’s first displays featuring AMD FreeSync technology that supports 144Hz refresh rate. The new monitor could become a good choice for gamers looking for AMD FreeSync tech and extreme refresh rates. The Acer XG270HU uses 27” TN+film panel with 2560*1440 resolution with up to 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. The monitor has one HDMI 2.0, one dual-link DVI and one DisplayPort 1.2a connectors as well as two 2W speakers. The display features very thin bezel and therefore will also become a good choice for those, who plan to build multi-monitor configurations.

Since the XG207HU uses a TN panel, do not expect truly good viewing angles or the best possible colours; however, low response time and up to 144Hz refresh rates should be excellent for gaming.

The new display from Acer is the first 120Hz/144Hz monitor to support AMD’s FreeSync technology, which dynamically synchronizes refresh rates of displays to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics adapters to reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming or video playback.

Acer unveils 2560*1440 display with 144Hz refresh and AMD FreeSync | KitGuru

Touch-screen super remote controls all your television watching with a tap of a finger | Fox News

How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?

The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all of your home entertainment systems.

The touch-screen device is designed to control TVs, cable boxes, DVRs, video game consoles and Internet streaming players such as Roku and Apple TV. What's more, it runs on software that learns viewers' preferences so it can list programs suited to personal interests. The Ray remote, priced at $199, won't be released until May or June, but pre-orders are being accepted online at It requires a Wi-Fi system and pay-TV boxes to work properly.

This isn't the first attempt to build a smarter remote control. Logitech and a few other electronics companies have been making universal remote controls for years. More recently, a variety of mobile apps have been offering ways to turn smartphones and tablets into multipurpose remote controls. After nearly three years developing his device, Skokna is counting on the Ray remote's versatility and intelligence to stand out from the other options on the market.

Touch-screen super remote controls all your television watching with a tap of a finger | Fox News

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Discount Extended to Feb 28 - February 17, 2015 -

The world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corporation (MSFT - Analyst Report) has extended the discount period for the Surface Pro 3 tablet lineup that was previously limited to Feb 7 through Feb 28. Earlier this month, it had temporarily slashed the price of all except the entry-level $799 Surface Pro 3 tablets by $100. Now, along with the extension, Microsoft has also slashed the entry-level 64GB Intel Core i3 Surface Pro 3’s price by $100..

Following the price cut, five Surface Pro 3 models, including the 128GB Intel Core i5, 256GB Core i5, 256GB Core i7, and the high-end 512GB Core i7, will cost $899, $1,199, $1,449 and $1,849 respectively. Moreover, buyers are also being offered a free protective sleeve with the purchase of the tablet. The free sleeve offer is available until Apr 5.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Discount Extended to Feb 28 - February 17, 2015 -

AMD to launch A8-7650K ‘Kaveri’ APU this week | KitGuru

AMD to launch A8-7650K ‘Kaveri’ APU this week | KitGuru

February 17th, 2015 at 10:19 am - AuthorAnton Shilov
Advanced Micro Devices plans to release a new accelerated processing unit (APU) based on the code-named “Kaveri” design. The new chip will be a relatively affordable solution with unlocked multiplier that is designed for overclockers in budget.
The new AMD A8-7650K accelerated processing units has four “Steamroller” cores (two dual-core modules) operating at 3.30GHz/3.90GHz clock-rate, 4MB L2 cache, AMD Radeon R7 graphics engine with 384 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, unlocked multiplier and up to 95W thermal design power. The chip will be drop-in compatible with FM2+ mainboards.
Hermitage Akihabara reports that AMD will officially start to sell its A8-7650K on the 20th of February, 2015. In Japan, where prices are traditionally a bit higher than in the rest of the world, the APU will cost ¥14000 (£76.7, $117, €103).
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Specifications of the A8-7650K indicate that the new chip is slower than the company’s A8-7700K, which AMD discontinued late last year. That said, it is not completely clear why the company decided to replace an APU with a product with lower performance and did not just drop the price of the A8-7700K.
Later this year AMD plans to release a family of A-series APUs known as “Kaveri Refresh” and “Godovari”. The new chips will slightly improve performance of the “Kaveri” family thanks to higher clock-rates.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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