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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

MojoKid Re:What's the problem? Use case, better multitask (75 comments)

Here's the use case problem I think it can solve better, or at least somewhat. When you're actually in an app, you can pull up shortcuts to other apps as well as use edge panel apps simultaneously, without having to go back to the home screen. Other phones offer split screen or windowed views but this is a different and in some cases better (in some not) way of multitasking.

about a month ago
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

MojoKid Re:3 gig of ram? CORRECT, 32GB of Flash Storage (75 comments)

The summary is completely correct. It has 3GB of RAM (as in system/processor memory), which is actually as big as it gets these days for premium smartphones. 32GB of Flash storage is what you're thinking of, which is not RAM, obviously. And yes, the device has a 32GB Flash setup. So, you're wrong and that's what else is new I guess.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

MojoKid Everyone should be rather pissed about this... (1 comments)

Apple goes anti-competitive yet again. You must bring all your dollars to us to keep your Apple system up to date.

about 2 months ago
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

MojoKid Re:$799 for a 4K 28" panel is a PREMIUM price??? (64 comments)

The note was versus "standard 28-inch panels"... not 4K. Yes, this is a solid price for a 4K 60Hz panel, with or without G-Sync. However, you can get standard 28-inch panels for a lot less and even Samsung, Dell and Asus non-G-Sync 4K panels for as little as $429 to about $600 now.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

MojoKid Re:MOAR GPU (60 comments)

Yep, indeed they are. And fortunately capability and drivers are getting slightly better with each revision as well.

about 5 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

MojoKid Re:Chill out - I dig it (149 comments)

That was refreshing. Thanks

about 5 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

MojoKid Re:How much? (149 comments)

No one made this article or anything in it "appear to be a review." It's an announcement and news release, that's it. There is no mention of testing, or passing judgement other than maybe an opinion on the design aesthetic, which is completely subjective anyway. At this point the dialog has gone off topic and off the rails, rather than discussing the post at hand. So I'm done with it. Carry on. Thanks

about 5 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

MojoKid Re:How much? (149 comments)

Sure, OK, 5-10 for a domain and hosting is chump change and sites like this are all run by volunteers. You go with that. Whatever works for ya.

about 5 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

MojoKid Re:How much? (149 comments)

Thank you, well said.

about 5 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

MojoKid Re:How much? (149 comments)

I'm guessing that blocking

googletagservices.com googleusercontent.com tru.am

before visiting his site will make that a little more difficult.

I do not know if he is a Slashdot or a Dice Holdings, Inc., employee, but it would be nice if there was some sort of transparency statement, if that's the case.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Seriously? Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising. This was a press coordinated announcement by Dell-Alienware. It's a VERY cool case and system design I think, so I submitted our story on it. Yes, I run HotHardware.com and no it's not even close to an advertisement. It's just our usual news coverage on a variety of topics around the computing space. Alienware had a press release on this new system design and we covered it, along with many other Tech news outlets I'm sure.

And ad blocking. Don't even get me started. So many ad blockers are so proud of what they do, like it's some badge of honor to block. If everyone blocked ads, many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot. Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should. The internet is no different than any other media, where ads pay the bills to keep the lights on and people employed to serve up news, reviews and other content you enjoy every day, essentially for free.

And good sites (like Slashdot and HotHardware) know how to separate church and state, where advertising does not affect editorial opinion.

about 5 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

MojoKid Libritard? I take exception to that, u anondouche (143 comments)

Hey, Anonodouche, why don't you post under your profile? For the record, this has zero to do with the liberal or conservative agenda. And yeah, I'm f'ing Republicanassholish.

about 6 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

MojoKid Re:Embarrasment (198 comments)

HA! So true! And 4K desktop displays have a long way to go still as well.

about 7 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

MojoKid Re:Slashvertisement Alert!! (not) (107 comments)

The product was released at the end of NOVEMBER and is just now getting out to retail. No need to shout that. And just because an article here speaks to a product's salient features (both good and not so good - lest you forget the lower res display was mentioned too) doesn't make it an advertisement.

1 year,25 days
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

MojoKid Re:Slashvertisement Alert!! (not) (107 comments)

Yes, and that slashvertisement BS is getting mighty old. It's a legitimate product review that discusses the pluses and minuses of the product. Take time to actually read the content submitted instead of being so judgmental maybe?

1 year,25 days
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All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs

MojoKid Not an ad, please read in context (211 comments)

Also, I noted the Dell machine as "an example" of more powerful configs that are coming to AIOs now. Apple's line of iMac have definitely been better in terms of higher-end components over the years. I could have also cited HP's new Z1 - http://hothardware.com/Reviews/HP-Z1-27inch-AIO-Workstation-Review/ - which has an Intel Xeon processor and NVIDIA Quadro pro graphics engine under the hood but again these are new machines and the point was, as tech has marched on, the all-in-one has gotten much more capable from a performance standpoint.

about a year and a half ago
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All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs

MojoKid Re: What fud (211 comments)

Ummm... FUD? You're using that term incorrectly. So where's the fail? If I was trying to create fear uncertainty and doubt it must have been with you.

And we've seen AIOs from many manufacturers for years, which couldn't get out of their own way, in terms of what power users need performance-wise. iMac are a minor exception. They've had somewhat better specs but not SSD caches and 2GB GGDR5 enabled, seriously strong graphics like the new GeForce GT 750M. In fact, as I look at Apple's iMac load-out page now, I see last gen graphics mostly with 512MB configs.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview

MojoKid Re:Digital image stabilization makes a comeback. (178 comments)

Really? I mean, REALLY? We're going to now compare actual DLSR specs, features and the damn manual to this SMARTPHONE? The comment was "virtually" as in not ALL controls but virtually, as in similar to or more so than any other smartphone camera on the market. I think it's understood, isn't it? It's a damn phone camera.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview

MojoKid Re:Digital image stabilization makes a comeback. (178 comments)

Actually, it DOES have the following that you note... "shutter aperture, manual AF, bracketing and viewfinder grid"... so what's laughable?

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview

MojoKid Re:Digital image stabilization makes a comeback. (178 comments)

Hate all you like but this is no "paid review" and actually, it's just a preview look, not a full review. Yeah, trying to sell sh** for MS, that's what's going on. If you bothered to watch the video demo you would have noted that one of the downsides of the device that was called out was the fact that Windows Phone isn't at the level of Android or iOS, from an ecosystem standpoint. Someone once said, "don't feed the trolls"... so why am I tempted every time? No need to answer that.

about a year and a half ago

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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance vs. Chrome and Firefox

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  1 hour ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "In Microsoft's latest Windows 10 preview build released last week, Cortana made an entrance, but the much-anticipated Spartan browser did not. However, little did we realize that some of Spartan made the cut, in the form of an experimental rendering engine hidden under IE's hood. Microsoft has separated its Trident rendering engine into two separate versions: one is for Spartan, called EdgeHTML, while the other remains under its legacy naming with Internet Explorer. The reason Microsoft doesn't simply forego the older version is due to compatibility concerns. If you're running the Windows 10 9926 build, chances are good that you're automatically taking advantage of the new EdgeHTML engine in IE. To check, you can type 'about:flags' into the address bar. "Automatic" means that the non-Spartan Trident engine will be called-upon only if needed. In all other cases, you'll be taking advantage of the future Spartan web rendering engine. Performance-wise, the results with IE are like night and day in certain spots. Some of the improvements are significant. IE's Sunspider result already outperforms the competition, but it has been further improved. And with Kraken, the latency with the Spartan-powered Trident engine dropped 40%. Similar results are seen with a boost in the Octane web browser test as well."
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  yesterday

MojoKid (1002251) writes "If you're running Android 4.3 or earlier, you're pretty much out of luck when it comes to a baked-in defense against a WebView vulnerability that was discovered earlier this month by security analyst Tod Beardsley. The vulnerability leaves millions of users open to attack from hackers that choose to exploit the security hole. WebView is a core component of the Android operating system that renders web pages. The good news is that the version of WebView included in Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop is based on Chromium and is not affected by the vulnerability. The bad news is that those running Android 4.3 and earlier are wide open, which means that 60 percent of Android users (or nearly one billion customers) are affected. What's most interesting is that Google has no trouble tossing grenades at the feet of Microsoft and Apple courtesy of its Project Zero program, but doesn't seem to have the resources to fix a vulnerability that affects a substantial portion of the Android user base."
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  yesterday

MojoKid (1002251) writes "After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements."
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Leatherman Tread Wearable Multi-Tool Helps Channel Your Inner MacGyver

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  2 days ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Say what you will about the inconvenience of security checks, but this year alone the TSA found thousands of loaded guns, a hand grenade, and an enchilada with an 8-inch knife inside the carry-on baggage of forgetful (or not) travelers. Some of the people who lost knives and other items to these checks simply forget them, or didn't consider them to be knives because the blade was part of a larger tool. To give travelers some piece of mind (and style), Leatherman created the Tread multi-tool. Meant to be worn like a bracelet, the Tread hides its tools inside its stainless steel links. Each link has multiple tools, including hex drives, screwdrivers, a carbide glass breaker, and a cutting hook. The links are designed so a user can rearrange them and resize the bracelet to fit his or her wrist. The clasp of the bracelet also has tools, including a square drive and bottle opener. The Tread is pretty darn slick as a bracelet, but people who would prefer it as a watch will have that option, too."
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Consumer Hard Drive Reliability Report Shows Alarming Seagate 3TB Failure Rate

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  3 days ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "You might recall a report on hard drive failure rate data from cloud storage company Backblaze about a year ago. The results indicated that WD and HGST proved to be the most durable, while Seagate fell quite a bit behind. Well, as a new report highlights, that situation hasn't changed much at all. In fact, Seagate's 3TB hard drive failure rates are downright abysmal with a reported 40% of all of these drives failing within a year. 4 TB drives from virtually all the major players, including Seagate, are very reliable, however, showing very low failure rates comparatively of less than 5 percent. The jury is still out on 6TB drives, as that data is still coming in."
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  4 days ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "NVIDIA is launching a new Maxwell desktop graphics card today, targeted at the sweet spot of the graphics card market ($200 or so), currently occupied by its previous gen GeForce GTX 760 and older GTX 660. The new GeForce GTX 960 features a brand new Maxwell-based GPU dubbed the GM206. NVIDIA was able to optimize the GM206's power efficiency without moving to a new process, by tweaking virtually every part of the GPU. NVIDIA's reference specifications for the GeForce GTX 960 call for a base clock of 1126MHz and a Boost clock of 1178MHz. The GPU is packing 1024 CUDA cores, 64 texture units, and 32 ROPs, which is half of what's inside their top-end GeForce GTX 980. The 2GB of GDDR5 memory on GeForce GTX 960 cards is clocked at a speedy 7GHz (effective GDDR5 data rate) over a 128-bit memory interface. The new GeForce GTX 960 is a low-power upgrade for gamers with GeForce GTX 660 class cards or older that make up a good percentage of the market now. It's usually faster than the previous generation GeForce GTX 760 card but, depending on the game title, can trail it as well, due to its narrower memory interface."
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint And T-Mobile

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  4 days ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Is Google trying to win the wireless wars? There's a new report suggesting Google is partnering with select wireless carriers to sell its own branded wireless voice and data plans directly to consumers. According to sources and the "three people with knowledge of the plans," Google will tap into networks belonging to Sprint and T-Mobile for its new service, buying wholesale access to mobile voice and data in order to make itself a virtual network operator. That might sound disappointing on the surface. Had Google struck a deal with Verizon and AT&T, or even just Verizon, the deal could potentially have more critical mass, with great coverage backed by a company like Google and its services. The former might be a winning combination but at least this is a start. The project will be known as "Nova," which is reportedly being led by Google's Nick Fox, a longtime executive with the company. Apparently Fox has been overseeing this for some time now, and it seems likely a launch will take place this year."
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Across All Platforms With Universal Apps, Cortana

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  5 days ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Microsoft has learned from its Windows 8.x mistakes and even skipped right over "9" to further distance itself from the controversy with the next version of Windows. The result is Windows 10, which Microsoft first announced in late September and today on a webcast event proclaimed is "most comprehensive platform ever." When Microsoft says "comprehensive," apparently they weren't kidding. Windows 10 will run on platforms ranging from smartphones to tablets, notebooks and desktops. On the subject of upgrades, Microsoft is doing something almost unprecedented. Customers that already have Windows 7 or Window 8.1 installed will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year of its availability. Likewise, smartphones running Windows 8.1 will also receive a free update to Windows 10. "Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we'll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime for the device,"; said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Windows Chief. Cortana has also made her way from Windows Phone to your PC or tablet's desktop with Windows 10. The AI interface has been upgraded to perform searches and interact with the activities that are prevalent on the PC side of things. That means that Cortana can search your local documents and photos and even items stored on your OneDrive."
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First Look At Dell Venue 8 7000 And Intel's Moorefield Atom Performance

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about a week ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Dell has been strategically setting-up their new Venue 8 7000 tablet for cameo appearances over the past few months, starting back at Intel Developer's Forum in September of last year, then again at Dell World in November and at CES 2015. What's interesting about this new device, in addition to Intel's RealSense camera is its Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, which is based on Intel's latest Moorefield architecture. Moorefield builds upon Intel's Cherrytrail Atom feature set and offers two additional CPU cores with up to a 2.3GHz clock speed, an enhanced PowerVR 6430 GPU and support of faster LPDDR3-1600 memory. Moorefield is also built for Intel's XMM 7260 LTE modem platform, which supports carrier aggregation. Overall, Moorefield looks solid, with performance ahead of a Snapdragon 801 but not quite able to catch the 805, NVIDIA Tegra K1 or Apple's A8X in terms of graphics throughput. On the CPU side, Intel's beefed-up quad-core Atom variant shows well."
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Microsoft Researchers Explore Using Light Rays To Charge Smartphones

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about a week ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Making wireless charging a viable thing is far from being a new goal, but to date, no method has caught on in a big way. Microsoft might have an alternative solution that involves light rays, but not solar pads. Because indoor light is so weak compared to outdoor light, it's not realistic to rely on those light rays to charge a device. So, Microsoft built its own charger, in the form of a light fixture. Equipped with a high-powered LED flashlight, whenever this light fixture detects a compatible device kicking around, it'll begin beaming light straight at it. However, a big problem arises here immediately: no one is likely to want a light randomly pointing at their phone. It's mentioned that infrared lights could be used down-the-road to fix that problem. Also, this charger won't simply continue to charge a device when its battery is full. Via an on-phone LED, the mobile device would handshake with the light source, and either charge or not charge depending on the battery-level."
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Elon Musk's $10B Space Internet Venture Would Link With Future Mars Colony

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about a week ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "You have to hand it to Elon Musk who has occasionally be referred to as a real life "Tony Stark." The man helped to co-found PayPal and Tesla Motors. Musk also helms SpaceX, which just recently made its fifth successful trip the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies via the Dragon capsule. The secondary mission of the latest ISS launch resulted in the "successful failure" of the Falcon 9 rocket, which Musk described as a Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly (RUD) event. In addition to his Hyperloop transit side project, Musk is eyeing a space-based Internet network that would be comprised of hundred of micro satellites orbiting roughly 750 miles above Earth. The so-called "Space Internet" would provide faster data speeds than traditional communications satellites that have a geosynchronous orbit of roughly 22,000 miles. Musk hopes that the service will eventually grow to become "a giant global Internet service provider," reaching over three billion people who are currently either without Internet service or only have access to low-speed connections. And this wouldn’t be a Musk venture without reaching for some overly ambitious goal. The satellite network would truly become a “Space Internet” platform, as it would form the basis for a direct communications link between Earth and Mars."
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Engineer Ends Console War, Combines Xbox One And PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about two weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "It's official, we can finally stop arguing over which is the superior game console, the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Quite frankly, it's a pointless debate, and it took a self-taught engineer to put the argument to rest, which he did by combining both game systems into a 22-inch laptop. Meet the "PlayBox," a gaming laptop that's equal parts Xbox One and PS4 rolled into one. The PlayBox wins the argument because it allows you to play games on either system, and when it comes down to it, the ability to play games is all that matters. Built for a "specific customer," the owner of this prototype system needn't worry about exclusives since he now has a system that can play them all, and do it while taking up no more space than a single console."
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about two weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) were up nearly thirty percent as the closing bell sounded this afternoon. What could possibly be behind this sudden spike in interest in shares of a smartphone company whose glory days faded years ago? Well, it turns out that BlackBerry may be ripe for the picking and Samsung is ready to make an offer that John Chen and BlackBerry's board may be reluctant to refuse. According to a report, Samsung is willing to pay roughly $7.5 billion for BlackBerry's assets (including its patent portfolio). Samsung's sudden interest to make a deal comes just two months after the two companies entered a strategic partnership to bring BlackBerry's BES12 cross-platform EMM solution to Galaxy smartphones and tablets that feature embedded KNOX technology. At the time, the two companies indicated that they were looking forward to future ventures together."
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Paralyzed Patients Could Learn To Walk Again With e-Dura Spinal Implant

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about two weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "For decades, one of the most-studied and elusive cures in medical science has been biotechnology that would allow humans to walk again after spinal cord trauma. Other prosthetic devices have advanced enormously over the last 50 years, thanks to the integration of miniaturized motors, space-age materials, and cutting edge fabrication, while repairing damage to the nervous system has advanced at a comparative snail's pace. Now, a group of researchers has demonstrated a new device that allows paralyzed rats to walk again, and they're hoping it can do the same for humans. The implant material, known as eDura, is built to allow the device to shift with the body's natural movement without causing abrasion. When a neuron in the central nervous system is damaged, the neuron's support cells (glia) move in. Astrocytes, one kind of glial cells, build up scar tissue around the damaged region to protect it from further damage. This combined formation is what's known as a glial scar. One of the complications that has prevented previous classes of implants from being effective long term, is that these same glial cells appear shortly after implants are inserted into patients. Devices may work in the short term, but in the long term the body takes action to isolate the implants and prevent them from functioning. What the e-Dura's manufacturers hypothesized was that it was the stiffness of the implants that caused neural damage that led to glial cell formation. Even partial success with eDura technology could be revolutionary for those living with paralysis."
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about two weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel's strategically timed CES 2015 launch of their new 5th Gen Core Series processors for notebooks was met with a reasonably warm reception, though it's always difficult to rise above the noise of CES chatter. Performance claims for Intel's new chip promise major gains in graphics and more modest increases in standard compute applications. However, the biggest bet Intel placed on the new Broadwell-U architecture is performance-per-watt throughput and battery life in premium notebook products that are now in production with major OEM partners. A few manufacturers were early out of the gate with new Core i5 5XXX series-based machines, however, none of the major players caught the same kind of buzz that Dell received, with the introduction of their new XPS 13 Ultrabook with its near bezel-less 13-inch WQHD (3200X1800) display. As expected, the Core i5-5200U in this machine offered performance gains of anywhere from 10 to 20 percent, in round numbers, depending on the benchmark. In gaming and graphics testing is where the new 5200U chip took the largest lead over the previous gen Core i5-4200U CPU, which is one of the most common processors found in typical ultrabook style 13-inch machines."
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Dell Unveils XPS 13 Ultrabook With Near Bezelless QHD Display, Intel 5th Gen CPU

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about three weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Dell unveiled their new XPS 13 ultrabook at CES, which the company says is the smallest 13-inch laptop in the world. Dell claims it achieved this feat by employing what it calls an "infinity display" that is virtually borderless (the bezels measure just 5.2mm), allowing the XPS 13 to maintain the external dimensions of an 11-inch notebook but with a 13-inch Quad-HD display (3840X2160). Dell also says that the XPS 13 has the longest battery life of any 13-inch notebook, clocking in at 15 hours on a charge and powered by Intel's new 5th gen Core series processor. In addition, the machine was spotted at an Intel event streaming 4K video wirelessly to a 4K HDTV via Intel's next gen WiDi technology. Other interesting notables from Dell included a 34-inch wide-aspect, curved monitor dubbed the UltraSharp U3415W that sports a 2560X1440 WQHD resolution."
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Dell Outs XPS 13 Ultrabook With Near Bezel-less QHD Display

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about three weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Dell took the wraps of their new XPS 13 ultrabook at CES today, which the company says is the smallest 13-inch laptop in the world. Dell claims it achieved this feat by employing what it calls an infinity display that is virtually borderless (the bezels measure just 5.2mm), allowing the XPS 13 to maintain the external dimensions of an 11-inch notebook but with a 13-inch Quad-HD display (3840X2160). Dell also says that the XPS 13 has the longest battery life of any 13-inch notebook, clocking in at 15 hours on a charge. In addition, the machine was spotted at an Intel event streaming 4K video wirelessly to a 4K HDTV via Intel's next gen WiDi technology. Other interesting notables from Dell today, included a 34-inch wide-aspect, curved monitor dubbed the UltraSharp U3415W that sports a 2560X1440 WQHD resolution."
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Intel Unveils 5th Gen Core Series Broadwell-U CPUs And Cherry Trail Atom

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about three weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel has officially taken the wraps off it's 5th generation Core Series notebook processor, code named Broadwell-U. This new SoC is a "tick" in Intel's tick-tock plan, which means it's mostly a die shrink of the existing Haswell architecture, at least, on the CPU side. On the GPU side, there's a bevy of improvements and advances, and the video decoder block has been beefed up with dual bit stream decoders in its high-end (GT3) hardware. Other feature improvements and capabilities are expected, though Intel has been quiet on exactly what they have tweaked and changed to date. Intel is claiming that the architecture will boost battery life by 1.5 hours, speed video conversions, and offer a whopping 22% improvement to 3D performance — a gain on par with what we saw when moving from Ivy Bridge to Haswell. Intel also took the wraps off their next gen Atom CPU, code named Cherry Trail. This is essentially a 14nm Bay Trail die shrink that's been on the roadmap for a while. As with Haswell-Broadwell, the Bay Trail-Cherry Trail shift is aimed at improving CPU power consumption and overall SoC power characteristics, though again, we'll see an updated GPU baked in as well."
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NVIDIA Announces Tegra X1 Chip And Drive CX And PX Automotive Platforms

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about three weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "For the last few years, NVIDIA has taken advantage of the lead-up to the Consumer Electronics Show to announce new Tegra-powered mobile architectures and this year we're being treated to more of the same. Today, NVIDIA unveiled its upcoming Tegra X1 system on a chip (SoC) and a few automotive computer systems leveraging the chip. Tegra X1 is a significant departure from the previous-gen Tegra K1 in that it features a 256 core Maxwell-derived GPU and eight CPU cores; four ARM A57 cores and four A53s in a big.LITTLE configuration. NVIDIA claims the Tegra X1 offers up to 2x the performance of the Tegra K1 in a similar power envelope, thanks to improved efficiency in the CPU and GPU cores and because the chips will be built using TSMC's 20nm manufacturing process. In addition to the Tegra X1 itself, NVIDIA also announced some new automotive computing platforms, the NVIDIA Drive CX Digital Cockpit Computer and Drive PX Auto-Pilot Platform, along with the Drive Studio software suite for developing in-car infotainment systems and autonomous driving systems."
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Hackers Leak Xbox One SDK Claiming Advancement In Openness And Homebrew

MojoKid MojoKid writes  |  about three weeks ago

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Microsoft, it seems, just can't catch a break. Days after a major hack took its servers offline on Christmas day, and after being lambasted in multiple stories for shipping games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection in nigh-unplayable condition, the company's Xbox One SDK has been leaked to the public by a group calling itself H4LT. H4LT, which apparently objects to being called a hacker group, offered this explanation when asked why it was distributing the SDK. The group claims that "the SDK will basically allow the community to reverse and open doors towards homebrew applications being present on the Xbox One." To be clear, what H4LT has done is a far cry from groups like Lizard Squad. The SDK for any given product is typically available behind some degree of registration, but they don't necessarily cost anything. The SDK is one small component of creating the ecosystem that would be necessary to get homebrew up and running on the platform. Whether or not users will ever pull it off is another question."
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