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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 http://www.ray.co. 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 - Zacks.com

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 - Zacks.com

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).
amd fusion kaveri steamroller piledriver excavator AMD to launch A8 7650K ‘Kaveri’ APU this week
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.

Intel's Broadwell-powered NUC mini-PC reviewed - The Tech Report - Page 1

Intel's Broadwell-powered NUC mini-PC reviewed - The Tech Report - Page 1

THE CONCEPT BEHIND Intel's NUCs is pretty straightforward: take an ultrabook, lop off the screen, keyboard, and touchpad, and then cram the remaining parts into the smallest desktop enclosure possible.

The original Next Unit of Computing launched in late 2012, delivering ultrabook-class performance inside of a 4" x 4" x 2" chassis. The following year, according to Intel, shipments of NUCs and NUC-based systems surged from zero to a million units. It's no wonder. NUCs are small and affordable, and much like ultrabooks, they're powerful enough to run pretty much anything but graphically intensive games and heavy-duty workstation apps. A NUC may be the only desktop PC most people ever need—and that holds especially true in corporate environments.

Intel has been refining the NUC design and freshening up the internals every year since 2012. This year, the chipmaker has wasted no time. Barely more than a month after launching its latest family of ultrabook-bound processors, code-named Broadwell-U, Intel has sent us a new NUC with a Broadwell-U processor inside. The system is due out later this quarter, and its price tag is expected to be around the $399 mark.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

AMD aims for 25-fold boost in chip energy efficiency by 2020

By Jared Newman Jun 19, 2014

AMD has set an ambitious goal for the next six years: By 2020, the chipmaker wants its Accelerated Processing Units to become 25 times more power-efficient. By comparison, the energy efficiency of AMD chips only increased tenfold over the last six years. AMD says it wants to refocus on power consumption given that personal computers now consume one percent of the world's energy worldwide, and servers consume another 1.5 percent. The crazy part is that AMD thinks it can outpace Moore's Law, which states that a given area can pack in twice as many transistors—and therefore double computing power or efficiency—every two years. Although AMD has warned in the past that Moore's Law will slow down, the company now claims it can break ahead of the efficiency curve by at least 70 percent over the next six years.


The key, as AMD has explained before, lies in heterogeneous system architecture enabled by AMD's APUs. In these chips, the CPU and GPU sit on the same die, and in the latest chips can also share the same memory pool. This allows AMD to more efficiently shift some of the workload over to the graphics processor, while also improving performance. Cutting down the communication needed between CPU and APU will also help energy efficiency, the company says. AMD is touting other advances as well, such as intelligent power management that maximizes the amount of time spent in idle mode.

Read more here --> pcworld.com

Intel's next-gen processor, Broadwell, is (mostly) a 2015 thing

by Brooke Crothers June 18, 2014

Don't hold your breath if you're expecting lots new Macs and mobile Windows products this year running on Intel's newest processor. Products like the new iMac, announced Wednesday, and Surface Pro 3, announced last month, have made this clear: both still rely on Intel's Haswell processor announced a year ago at the 2013 Computex. "We expect the initial Broadwell-based devices, including fanless 2-in-1s built on the Core M processor, will be on shelves by the end of this year with more products and broader OEM availability in 2015," Intel told CNET on Wednesday. 

The operative phrase here is "broader availability in 2015." So, expect limited availability of products like the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi that use Intel's power-frugal Core M Broadwell chip and other announcements in the fourth quarter but volume availability, for the most part, of mobile products on store shelves won't happen until 2015. Public comments from Intel to date have said availability of the chipmaker's first 14-nanometer processor will be in the "second half of 2014" or by the holiday season.

Read more here --> cnet.com

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