Pokémon Anniversery Celebrated in a Big Way

So today is the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, the little critters that went everything from an electric mouse to a three-headed ostrich. Since then we’ve seen everything from creatures of the night to gods take form and battle it out in cards, movies and video games. If that wasn’t enough though you can now celebrate the anniversaries announcement of a new generation of games amongst other celebrations.

While we were given forewarning about the games yesterday, the Pokémon direct stream showed us the latest game concept art and the work Nintendo are doing to bring it to us this year in 6 different languages.

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Sadly the video is more of an advertisement from the past rather than a teaser for the new games, but those of you who are seeking a craving a little too much can buy Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow tomorrow. It’s also been confirmed that Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will be able to trade over to Sun and Moon through the ‘game.

If this wasn’t enough then why not enjoy the fact that you can even buy a giant Snorlax cushion for only $460? If that’s not your cup of tea why not enjoy the “Pokémon Afternoon Soiree” to be honest by none other than actress Drew Barrymore. The event is invite only with everything from stylists to bloggers invited to receive Pokémon inspired nail art, get a photo with Pikachu (who is set to make an apperance) and even receive a gift bag (contents unknown at this point, but we bet it’s going to be some amazing stuff).

Apple Contemplates Targeting Ads Based On Bank Balance

How much do you earn? I expect you to tell me it’s none of my business, and you would be right, this information should be private to each individual. But Apple might see things differently and are contemplating targeting specific adverts which are based on your bank balance.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have awarded Apple a data mechanism by the name of the “targeted ad technology patent” This means that Apple is reported to have devised a way to analyse each user’s available credit in order. This is with the aim of pin pointing said users ability to purchase an advertised product. Basically, Apple is not going to target a Lamborghini at a consumer if they can afford a smart car.

What’s interesting about this patent is how far this ability might go if it’s implemented; would Apple install a tracking piece of software with the aim of analysing each user’s bank balance? Or would it be only confined to own branded services for example Apple Pay etc.

Apples CEO Tim Cook recently gave a speech at a dinner hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) which he stated; “companies are gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be”. So which Apple will it be, the fun-loving and customer friendly brand, or cash for data and spying on consumers financial affairs conglomerate?

You will know if it’s implemented if you attempt to buy a Rolex and Apple advertises you a Timex.

Thank You Gizmodo and the US Patent and Trademark office for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of E&T

HBM Memory Overclocking to be Locked on Fiji

AMD released some awesome news earlier this week, they stunned us with a whopping range of 9, yes! Nine new graphics cards during E3 2015. At the top of the range there are 4 cards that will utilize the new Fijii gpu chip. Performance of any of the cards is under strict NDA until June 24th when the new Radeon R9 Fury X will be released. However AMD have released today some basic specs and features of the new tech.

One of the new features is the whopping 4GB of high bandwidth memory. AMD have released that the 4GB will be running at 500mhz on a 4096-bit wide bus. This means that at this clock speed it can hit a whopping 512GB/s in bandwidth!

The interesting part about this is that AMD is not going to let you overclock the memory on the cards when the first ones are released. AMD say that the new memory technology behind the Fiji architecture is too new and will provide more than enough bandwidth to use the cards at max utilization. This block by AMD may be lifted later on in the cards lifetime but for the time being it will only be the cards core clock that can be overclocked.

AMD have also compacted everything on the new cards as they have now joined the memory and the GPU itself into one large chip that sits on the board. I assume this is to help the card to get the phenomenal bandwidth that they state it can provide.

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card is the top range single-GPU Fiji card. This card is said to be stuffed full with 4096 Stream Processors running at 1050MHz. The card will have 64 Compute Units, 256 Texture Units and 64 ROPs. The Compute performance is 8.6 TFLOPS! The texture fill-rate is 268.8 GT/s, and the pixel-fill rate is 67.2 GP/s. Pretty high specs for a card that uses around 275 watts under normal load; The Fiji architecture has taken nearly 7 years to develop and is the first GPU to utilize high bandwidth memory,

I find it very strange that AMD have restricted the ability to overclock the memory in the new chips, but maybe it’s for the best. What do you think? Let us know!

Thank you to Legit Reviews for providing us with this information.

PowerColor Display Latest Graphics Cards @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We stopped by the PowerColor stand to try and catch a glimpse of the upcoming R9 390x graphics card; sadly they either removed it from view or someone has leaked the wrong information.

To take our minds off this, we turned our attention to the current range of Radeon 200 series graphics cards that PowerColor currently offer. Due to the age of the 200 series, nothing really jumped out at us, but you can appreciate the cooling technologies that have gone into the revised PowerColor cooling designs.

We look forward to covering more from PowerColor in the future. We will update you with any news or events from the rest of Computex 2015.

SilverStone Presents a Range of Add-in Cards @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – When passing through exhibitor booths, it’s a pleasant change to see a different line of products from what the company is famous for. SilverStone, for example, is widely known for its cases; mainly the HTPC line up.

Today we take a look at some of the add-in cards and accessories that SilverStone offer. First off is the WiFi PCIe cards, two for integration with a motherboard using a mini-PCIe slot and one conventional PCIe WiFi card.

Along with those, we have the usual assortment of M.2 to PCIe adapter cards, USB 3.1/3.0 and RAID cards. A product that really caught my eye was the external starter card and remote switch. Owners of some HTPC cases would already have a remote control connectivity, but this could become more useful when trying to integrate a larger case into a home theatre environment.

We look forward to seeing more accessories like this from SilverStone in the future. We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

MSi Showcase Latest Graphics Cards @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – MSi offer a superb range of graphics cards with some awesome cooling solutions; with the release of the GTX 980Ti 2 days ago, we were hoping to see a custom design model.

They showcased most of the current range of Maxwell graphics cards that they have to offer, some in special edition colours such as the Green 100ME and Gold Edition. Both are based on the trademark Twin Frozr V cooler, just with different colours. Something that sets MSI apart from the competition is the use of the Military grade components and all of these graphics cards features these. The GTX 980Ti features

The GTX 980Ti features the reference MSi Twin Frozr V red cooling design that comes standard on all MSi graphics cards (apart from the special edition and reference cards obviously). Along with the graphics cards, we spotted a set of MSi Gaming SLi bridges which would really set off a MSi or red themed build.

   

We look forward to getting the GTX 980Ti in for review in the near future. We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

GALAX GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Infinity Black and Whisper Silent Announced

Overclockers UK have just announced the GeForce GTX 970 Whisper Silent Edition and the GALAX GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Infinity Black Edition, developed by graphics card specialist and VGA expert Andrew “Gibbo” Gibson alongside overclocking star Ian “8Pack” Parry.

The Whisper Silent Edition features Samsung GDDR5 memory, green LED logo & stable black backplate and as the name suggests, whisper silent operation thanks to the addition of the GTX 980 reference cooler.

Full features:

  • Powerful GTX 980 PCB, modded by Overclockers UK!

  • Unique Whisper-Silent Technology with high quality inductors

  • Only high-grade Samsung GDDR5 memory

  • Super-silent thanks to the proven GTX 980 reference cooler

  • Green LED logo & stable black backplate

  • High performance: 1.050 MHz base clock and 1.178 MHz boost 

  • Only available at Overclockers UK with 3 years warranty!

  • NVIDIA game bundle included of course!

For the GALAX GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Infinity Black, Overlockers UK collaborated with GALAX to come up with this modified version of Gibbo’s GeForce GTX 970 Whisper Silent Edition. The new card comes with an “Extreme OC: 1.178 MHz base clock & whopping 1.329 MHz boost clock” and “silent EXOC dual-fan cooler with partial shut-down when idle”.

Full features as proivded by Overclockers UK:

  • Modded by Overclockers UK: Select components on an optimised PCB

  • Inductors glued to the PCB for whisper-quiet operation

  • All-black metal casing & black anodised backplate

  • Extreme OC: 1.178 MHz base clock & whopping 1.329 MHz boost clock!

  • Silent EXOC dual-fan cooler with partial shut-down when idle

  • Brilliant design: nickel-plated I/O shield, heatsink and heatpipes

  • Only available at Overclockers UK with 2 years warranty!

  • NVIDIA game bundle included of course!

Both products are available now from Overclockers UK. Infinity Black here and Whisper Silent here.

Best Buy Gift Cards Offer 10% Saving in Google Play Store

Large-scale retail chain Best buy are offering up discounted gift cards, seeing a 10% saving through selected company offerings. This means that you’ll pay only $45 for a $50 gift card – meaning that the regular app-purchaser in your family, or yourself, will be able to reap the future benefits of cheaper purchases.

This voucher is valid for all Google Play services, including things such as: Apps, music, movies, books or magazines. If you’re looking for a smaller purchase, the $10 gift card isn’t on offer, however you can pick up a $25 of $50 iteration for the 10% off sale.

We’ve been told that these purchases cannot include anything physical – meaning hardware. Only software/application services can be purchased with these cards – for those who were looking to purchase a Nexus or smartphone via this 10% discount will be left bitterly disappointed.

If you’re wanting to take advantage of this sale, you can do so via their online portal.

Image courtesy of Retail Solutions Online

Patriot Upgrades LX Series Memory Cards with More Capacity

With the ever-growing need for more storage due to better hardware that is able to take better photos and videos in high-resolutions, bigger memory cards are starting to become a must. We’ve seen many companies recently upgrade their lineups with more capacity and now it’s become Patriot’s time.

Patriot Memory is upgrading their LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC cards with new versions that double the previous maximum capacity. The LX Series UHS-I Class 10 SDXC Flash card is now available up to 256GB while the LX Series UHS-I Class 10 microSDXC flash card is available up to 128GB.

Both new cards are compatible with the latest SD Association 3.0 specifications and can deliver write speeds up to 20MB/s. The SDXC card can read with up to 80MB/s while the microSDXC card has a reading speed of up to 70MB/s. Both cards are backed by a 5-year warranty and customer service.

The cards should be available shortly at popular retailers around the world. The MSRP is set to $129.99 for both the 256GB SDXC and 128GB microSDXC cards.

Thanks to PRWeb for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Patriot