MSI Bundles AC Chronicles: China & India With Selected AMD GPUs

We all like free stuff and MSI seem to agree to that, at least they have bundled a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India with the MSI Radeon R9 380 GAMING or MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING graphics cards.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China brings you to China in 1526 where you play Shao Jun. Shao Jun is the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood and was he trained by the legendary Ezio Auditore, my personal favourite Assassin in the series. Your job is it to restore the fallen Brotherhood, but not without taking your revenge.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India takes you to the middle of a conflict between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company in 1841. You are taking on the role of Arbaaz Mir and the mission is to return a mysterious item, but that’s likely not going to be as easy as it sounds.

The MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING and MSI Radeon R9 380 GAMING graphics cards are equipped with MSI’s highly awarded TWIN FROZR V cooling solution that allow them to stay cool and quite throughout your battles.

The promotion and thereby free games started on September 21st and will run until October 31st, 2015, or while supplies last. Game codes that haven’t been redeemed by July 31st, 2016 will expire, so better activate it before the code gets lost in your mail folder somewhere.

Blackberry Hasn’t Given Up

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said today that the Asian market is critical to the recovery of his company, but he will not be pushing hard into the Chinese sector just yet.

Chen commented that for BlackBerry, the Chinese market isn’t currently on the top of this to-do list. This is reportedly due to China being very concerned about data security issues making Blackberry do some extra yards to work around this fact. However, Blackberry have confirmed that they will be focusing on markets in India and Southeast Asia – in particular Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

An ex-coworker told me once that some nightclubs in Singapore require you to own a Blackberry device for you to be allowed into their premises, so you’d think that BlackBerry would have that market on a leash. Now whether this is true or not is another story, but either way it proves that BlackBerry as a company is though of very highly in that region.

In regards to the Chinese issue, Chen told today’s APEC forum:

“If we choose to expand our business in the Chinese market, it takes too long to win a reasonable market share, even if we have this time and money, I might choose our business for a region that has been reflected in the market, such as India and Southeast Asia.”

In 2012, there were reports claiming that the Indian government had allowed Blackberry to view some of its encrypted data, further rendering the Chinese government suspicions of any possible plans of company expansion in their region. Even given this information, Chen commented that this will not stop their research into increasing share in the Chinese market, stating: “Although the data is very sensitive issue, we still have a chance.”

BlackBerry is something that we haven’t really heard much of recently, especially due to the iPhone 6 release and many Samsung heavy-hitting marketing campaigns. Is the ‘business phone’ market something you still find relevant? Let us know your thoughts.

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x86 Competition? VIA’s Isaiah II Bay-Trail/AM1 Competitor Ready Aug 31

When it comes to x86 processors you have two obvious choices: Intel or AMD. As of late Intel has started to break away from AMD, becoming the dominant player in the market. Now the main competitor to Intel is not any other x86 manufacturer, but arguably ARM. However, if we stay within the realms of the x86 market there’s “a small guy” that often gets forgotten about: VIA Technology. VIA are hoping to come back with a bang with their latest product release: the Isaiah II based CPU. Benchmarks for the new CPU, summarised in the table below, show that it can compete well with AMD’s Kabini Athlon 5350 and Intel’s Atom Z3770 SoCs.

VIA’s Isaiah II CPU is to be low power, a quad core part and based on 28nm manufacturing. It will also include 64 bit support and AVX2 instruction set support, something found on Haswell CPUs. The below comparisons are hardly fair or useful but are the best to be had at the moment. VIA’s new CPU is more likely to find its way into embedded and industrial spaces than it is to arrive with desktop users, based on their past releases at least. Expect more details in the near future as VIA is hoping to launch the new chip on August 31st EU Time and September 1st Taiwan Time this year. Expect the new chip to be more popular than the last generation of VIA chips, especially considering many international governments are shunning AMD and Intel amidst hardware-level spying allegations: VIA is an Asian company so their new CPUs will no doubt be big in Asia, especially with the Chinese government.

Source: 3DCenter

 

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Asia Reported To Be The Leading Place For Top-Speed Internet Connectivity

Study shows that the fastest internet connection, in the world, is in Asia. Latest study from Akamai Technologies, Asia is considered the epicentre for top-speed Internet access, having Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Singapore as the top 4 on the list.

Akami states that most of Asia improved their internet speeds compared to last year with at least 12 percent, which is quite impressive. However, Indonesia was the only one to see a 30 percent drop each year, achieving a 9.7 Mbps average connection, placing it on the 115th place on the list.

India appears to be the worst of them all, having a 9 Mbps connection speed, and even China’s 11.3 Mbps was not nearly enough to place it on the top 100 on the list. But as you would expect, people in Singapore, Japan and South Korea were among the top five countries on the list, having exceeded 100 mobile-data connections per 100 inhabitants., according to the International Telecommunication Union.

“Internet – and particularly broadband Internet – has become a key tool for social and economic development, and needs to be prioritized, even in the world’s poorest nations,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said in a statement last year.

Besides Asia, in the top 10 top-speed internet countries, there were some European countries as well. Israel has achieved a 5th position with a 47.7 Mbps average connection, followed by Romania and Latvia on the 6th and 7th positions, with internet speeds of 45.4 Mbps and respectively 43.1 Mbps. The US and UK however appear to be kicked off the top 10 list, having the UK placed on the 16th position with 35.7 Mbps and the US coming in on the 13th place with 37 Mbps. Now how about that?

Thank you Bloomberg for providing us with this information.

Tablet Sales Will Hit 381 Million By 2017 Says Analysts

Forrester Analysts predict that by 2017 we could see 381 million tablets per year sold. They suggest that by 2017 one in eight people on earth will be a table user as existing sales of tablets will mean there will be about 905 million tablets in use.

By 2017 they claim that 60% of “online” Americans will own a tablet, 42% of European “online” consumers will have one and in the developing world figures will be much lower. In the developing world penetration rates are expected to be below 25% aggregate. In wealthier markets like Singapore and South Korea they are expected to still do well.

Of the total sales only 18% will be enterprise purchases meaning 82% of total sales will be made up from consumer purchases.

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