Dying Light The Following Comes To GOG

Dying Light features you playing in the city of Haran, overrun by zombies, with a few safe havens separating the masses from the threat. In order to stay alive ‘runners’ do just as they are called, run. Running to and from drops with supplies and a preventative measure that helps those infected, users need to use every weapon and tool they can make and find in order to traverse the cityscape and survive the night. If that sounds like your cup of tea you can now find the Dying Light The Following on Good Old Games (GOG).

GOG is known for providing DRM (data right management) free games, removing the “online” required status that comes with many games (including some single player games). If you were worried that the four player co-op feature of Dying Light is lost if you get the game through GOG, do not fret. The multiplayer features of Dying Light will be available through GOG Galaxy, the new multiplayer system that GOG hopes will keep some of their more dated games viable for multiplayer well after the original servers and systems are offline.

If you were worried that the four player co-op feature of Dying Light is lost if you get the game through GOG, do not fret. The multiplayer features of Dying Light will be available through GOG Galaxy, the new multiplayer system that GOG hopes will keep some of their more dated games viable for multiplayer well after the original servers and systems are offline.

Featuring the basic game, the Following expansion and not one but four DLC’s including the Bozak Horde game mode, the game looks to promise you everything you need without shackles. For a limited time, the game also has 17% off, giving you the whole bundle for just £33.29.

You can find the game here, and we will see you on the rooftops.

GALAX Unveils Company’s First PCI-E SSD

The sequential read and write speeds of modern SSDs have improved at an astonishing rate due to the advent of M.2 and PCI-E interfaces. Traditional SATA 6 Gb/s disks usually operate around a 500-550MB/s read speed while utilizing slightly lower writes. The majority of standard M.2 drives manage to enhance the maximum transfer speeds by a decent margin. However, there is a massive boost when upgrading to NVME drives which are capable of read speeds in excess of 2200MB/s. To properly utilize this bandwidth, a PCI-E slot or 32Gb/s M.2 connector is required. While the greatly enhanced speeds come at a price premium, it provides an insight into the future of performance data.

GALAXY, formerly known as GALAXY, is renowned for creating some of the most impressive factory overclocked graphics cards on the market. Additionally, the HOF range offers stunning visual designs and revolves around a white theme. Now, the company has decided to enter the storage market and launch a gorgeous PCI-E SSD.

The drive features a white PCB, HOF engraving and early reports suggest it will use TLC flash storage with capacities ranging between 120GB-2TB. Also, GALAX’s first PCI-E SSD features a sequential read of 2600MB/s and sequential write reaching 1300MB/s. Furthermore, its 4KB read has an IOPS of 300,000 while the 4KB Write manages 200,000 IOPS.

As you can see, it’s absolutely stunning and contains a remarkable specification. Sadly, it’s difficult to see the intricate engraving on the drive due to the show room’s lighting. Furthermore, there’s no word about pricing or release date but this should be revealed fairly soon.

When planning a build, do aesthetics play a key part in your decision making process?

Disney Hacks a Smart-Watch and Your Body!

In everyday life, we come into contact with hundreds, if not thousands of items. Some we knowingly touch such as our phones or our computer peripherals, but what about that spoon that we compulsively pick up every time we go into the kitchen, no just me?

Most of the items we touch are insulated, but most give off a small electromagnetic ‘noise’ which our bodies can pick up because we are pretty impressive conductors. Disney has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University and has hacked together a proof-of-concept that can pick up the noise that travels through our bodies in real-time and displays the object on the display. The group calls this innovation “EM-Sense”.

Ars Technica reports the device has been created by essentially hacking a Samsung Galaxy Gear with a host of bulky tech such as a “software-defined radio receiver” to allow the watch to more accurately determine what is being used, with a current accuracy rating of just over 96%.

If you want to try your hand at this yourself, the researchers say that the setup is something “hobbyists can replication” and will cost “under $10” (assuming you already own a Galaxy Gear).

Personally I really like this idea, but this sort of technology could be manipulated and abused. In the future, the information stored could be sold/ used by the device manufacturer to display ad’s for products, or what if the device could be hacked and it knows when you go to an ATM and determine what buttons you press on the keypad for your pin number.

Do you think this technology would be too intrusive? Let us know in the comments.

Samsung’s Foldable Display Smartphones Set for January Launch

Recent rumours that Samsung’s first foldable display smartphone could hit the market in January 2016 appear to be true, with SamMobile revealing that the device, dubbed Project Valley, will launch in eight countries, including the UK but not the US, at the turn of next year.

Project Valley will have the model number SM-G929F, suggesting that the specifications will be similar to the recent Galaxy S6 Edge+, which carried the model number SM-G928. According to TechSpot, Samsung has two variants of Project Valley in the works, one running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor, with the other carrying a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. The Valley moniker is presumed to describe the V-shape the phone will form when folded, supported by a recent Samsung patent.

Project Valley, presumably under a more Galaxy-ish name, will hit the following countries at the turn of 2016:

  • BTU – United Kingdom
  • CPW – United Kingdom (Carphone Warehouse)
  • DBT – Germany
  • ITV – Italy
  • KOR – South Korea
  • NEE – Nordic countries
  • XEF – France
  • XEO – Poland
  • XEU – United Kingdom / Ireland

While the US is excluded from the above list, the foldable device may roll out to further countries later in the year, or even be added to the first run list once Project Valley is officially unveiled.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 vs 810 Compared in Leaked Benchmark

The Snapdragon 810 is Qualcomm’s flagship mobile chip and used in a variety of high-end handsets including the LG Flex 2, One Plus 2 and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. However, many of these devices suffer from overheating and throttling issues on Android 5.0. Thankfully, this has been somewhat fixed in the Android 5.1 update. Nevertheless, the negative media coverage resulted in many manufacturers opting for the 808 or 805 chip instead. It’s no surprise that Qualcomm has been tirelessly working on a new elite-grade chip, the Snapdragon 820.

A leaked report provides an early insight into the performance gains between the Snapdragon 810 and 820. The green field shows the 810’s performance in AnTuTu and the red marker is the latest version of Qualcomm’s new CPU. Interestingly, the orange bar provides information about an earlier prototype and shows how the 820 is progressing. The results are very impressive and features a 1.38x single threaded integer and 1.77x single threaded floating point scores compared to the 810.

It will also be interesting to see how the new 14nm FinFET manufacturing process impacts on battery life and operating temperatures. Apparently, the orange and red columns are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7. If this is the case, expect an enormous amount of processing power from Samsung’s upcoming handset.

Samsung Rumoured to be Releasing Folding Screen Smartphone in January

Samsung is reportedly releasing a new smartphone with a foldable display, possibly as early as January 2016. The report comes courtesy of SamMobile, a Samsung news blog with a good track record of providing accurate information.

According to SamMobile’s Chinese source, Samsung will offer the foldable display smartphone in two different models, with either a Snapdragon 620 or Snapdragon 820 processor, both carrying 3GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a built-in battery. While the source does not know much more about the phone, they did clarify that it would not be the Galaxy S7 and might only see release in South Korea.

Samsung has a history of trialling its more experimental handsets in the South Korean market, with the Galaxy Round, the precursor to the Galaxy Note Edge, which lead to the recent Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ models.

With the Eastern markets dominated by Apple, Huawei, and Xiaomi, Samsung is making concerted efforts to reaffirm its identity with features such as the S-Pen and curved displays. The foldable display has been on Samsung’s workbench for nearly a decade; the company even showcased an early prototype of its foldable screen technology back in 2008:

Thank you Mashable and SamMobile for providing us with this information.

Apple Surpasses Samsung as World’s Largest Smartphone Manufacturer

Apple has surpassed Samsung as the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, marking the first time that Apple has held the top spot since 2011. In the last quarter of 2014, Apple sold 74.8 million and Samsung sold a slightly less 73 million phones.

While the difference is highly negligible, it’s a significant shift when you consider the range of smartphones Apple sells compared to that of Samsung. While Samsung produces cheap phones, mid-range phones and premium phones, Apple largely specialises in so-called premium devices.

“With Apple dominating the premium phone market and the Chinese vendors increasingly offering quality hardware at lower prices, it is through a solid ecosystem of apps, content and services unique to Samsung devices that Samsung can secure more loyalty and longer-term differentiation at the high end of the market,” Roberta Cozza, at Gartner

Apple’s ability to sell such ‘high end’ products at such volume has been described as unprecedented; with its strong ecosystem and extraordinary success in China being targeted as the main reasons for their success. Apple’s decision to produce phones with larger displays is also a big factor, as it appears consumers had been longing to have the iOS experience on a larger screen.

Will Samsung be able to catch up with the new S6 and S6 Edge? The phones garnered a positive reaction from those who were at their unveiling in Barcelona. Both devices have a full metal case, leading to a more pleasing design compared to their previous plastic-y phones. That design has been a point of contention too – a number have called out their similarities to the iPhone 6.

Source: MacRumors

Ikea Planning to Sell Wireless Charging Lamps and Tables

We live in an era where our smartphone and/or tablet battery is one of our top priority for the day. Often we forget to plug them into a charger while at home or at the office, only to notice we can barely unlock them to see a notification once we are outside.

Ikea seems to have been thinking about the same problem and appears to have a rather high-tech solution, offering its customers a range of lamps and tables that come with wireless charging technology. Floor, table and work lamps are just a few of what Ikea offers in terms of lighting solution, along with a pair of bedside tables that come with individual pads which would add more charging locations to homes.

It seems that the furniture supports the Qi wireless standard, which is the leader in the wireless charging standard around the world. Since one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers which sell their handsets with built-in Qi wireless charging technology is Microsoft and its Lumia series, Ikea is also offering to sell charging covers for Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S handsets in order to use them with its furniture.

Ikea is said to start selling the furniture in the US and UK in mid April, having a starting price of around £40 in the UK. Pricing in the US is still to be confirmed.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information

What to Expect from Tomorrow’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Event

Samsung is having its Galaxy S6 reveal tomorrow, marking the first day of Mobile World Congress. The event will take place 18.30 CET, 17.30 UTC.

There’s been a lot of anticipation surrounding the announcement, with Samsung and T-Mobile positing a number of teasers, alongside a few supposed leaks of the new device. It’s expected to feature all the usual upgrades, including a new display resolution, processor and camera. The camera is a big subject of discussion, as it’s expected to be a significant improvement over its predecessor.

The display resolution is one thing, but the actual shape of the display is another. The official teasers and those leaks we’ve seen have pointed towards a curved display on both sides of the device – somewhat similar to the Note Edge. However, while it’s pretty certain that Samsung will release a device with a curved screen, we’ve also seen leaks suggesting that there is a second model, one without the curved edges. It’s suggested that this could be a cheaper variant, and perhaps Samsung’s way of playing it safe just in case the possibly gimmicky screen doesn’t go down so well.

Watch live here or stay tuned to eTeknix to find out what happens.

Source: Samsung

Two Different Galaxy S6 Models Appear Side-by-Side in Leak

Over the last few days, we’ve seen a number of leaks concerning Samsung’s next flagship phone. While Samsung itself and T-Mobile both teased images of a device with a curved display on both sides, we’ve seen ‘leaks’ revealing other models, without the curved edges. So what is this mysterious model without the fancy display? Some have suggested it could be an earlier prototype, while others have said it could be a cheaper model.

Well now we seemingly have confirmation that there are two different models, namely a standard Galaxy S6 and a Galaxy S6 Edge. One looks like a pretty standard Samsung phone and the other looks like the Note Edge on steroids. The images show a front and rear view of the two devices, due to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress on March 1st.

The question now is, beyond the curved screen, is there any difference between the two? Specs? Price?

Source: xda-developers 

Is This The Samsung Galaxy S6?

 

Is that the Samsung Galaxy S6? A few pictures have ‘leaked’ on xda-developers forum suggesting that it might be. However, you may remember that we reported earlier this week on those teaser images put out by Samsung and T-Mobile. Those images clearly showed a phone that had a curved screen on both sides of the device. So what are we looking at now? A cheaper model, without the curved screen?

Source: xda-developers forumMobile Bulgaria Via: The Verge

Samsung Posts Live Stream and Countdown to Galaxy S6 Event

Samsung has (for the time being) finished with the teasers, and has posted its live stream and countdown to their Galaxy S6 reveal on March 1st.

The event, which is to take place at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will see the unveiling of the company’s flagship phone, the next in the Galaxy S series. We don’t know too much about the S6 yet, other than the fact that it will have a curved display on both sides.

Earlier in the week, T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted a tweet confirming that the company will be carrying the phone on their network. He also included with the tweet something much more interesting – a link to a teaser site that gives us our first look at the new phone. That image very much confirmed that the new device will have a curved edge display.

You can see the live stream below, which will start at 17.30 UTC on Monday March 1st.

Source: 9to5Google

Teasers Bring First Official Images of Samsung Galaxy S6

Both Samsung and T-Mobile have been teasing the Samsung Galaxy S6, bringing us the first official (limited) images of Samsung’s next flagship.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted a tweet confirming that the company will be carrying the phone on their network. He also included with the tweet something much more interesting – a link to a teaser site that gives us our first look at the new phone. That image, which we’ve posted above, very much confirms that the new device will have a curved edge display.

The phone will be revealed fully on March 1st.

Source: The Verge

Portable Smartphone Battery Pack Roundup Review

Introduction


Today we’ll take a look in to a few different portable battery pack offerings from companies from around the globe. You’re quite possibly just like me – in the beginning you weren’t exactly certain why people would want or need to invest in a portable battery and maybe even thought of them to be quite useless. Then came along my Galaxy S4. As great as the phone performs, even when I’m out and about at tech expos’ or traveling around, my phone will be flat in a few hours – even with all precautions possible taken.

Screen brightness down, check. GPS off, check. Wireless disabled, check. Background applications closed, yep. Then, as your 6th hour away from a USB port rolls around, you hear that all-too-noteable “bloop bloop” – your phone is warning you that only 15% of your battery remains. In comes our hero, in the form of a 5,000 mAh – 11,000 mAh power bank. If you’re going to take most large-brand consumer phones into account, they’ll be providing you with an average battery sizing of around 2,600 mAh – as seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S4. If you’re running a 5,000 mAh battery pack and take into account some small power losses along the way, you’re looking at about 1.8 full charges of your device.

We’re not here to tell you if you do or don’t need a power bank in your life, but here are some packs that we think are worth a look at. The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

Explore the Wikipedia Galaxy

Ever wondered what Wikipedia’s 100,000 most popular articles look like as a galaxy? No, me neither. But at least we can with this, WikiGalaxy a website that literally does that – it allows you to explore the encyclopaedia’s top articles from last year as a galaxy.

Each page in the ‘galaxy’ is represented as a star, with articles in the same category bundled close together and featured in the same colour. It even features ‘shooting stars’ represented by Wikipedia’s many bots hard at work on the site. Be mindful that it is surprisingly resource intensive – I write articles on my little MacBook Air, quite a well performing machine in consumer notebook terms, but it did take a while getting the ‘galaxy’ up and running smoothly.

While the site has no functional use, it is a beautiful way to explore the world’s most popular free encyclopaedia.

Source: Gizmodo

Is Samsung’s Next Galaxy Curvy?

Samsung has posted a cryptic message on Twitter. Promoting their ‘Galaxy Unpacked’ event on March 1st, the company provides the message ‘what’s next’ alongside a curved shape.

That curve looks slightly like the curve seen on the Galaxy Note Edge, but could also resemble a completely curved phone altogether.

Whatever it means, we’ll be sure to see on March 1st.

Source: Engadget

Read and Chat with One Device

It used to be that the person who had the most devices to their name was obviously the one with the most tech knowledge. If you had a desktop computer, laptop computer, smart phone, multiple handheld gaming devices and the ever popular iPad, you were clearly “in the know.” These days, the rules have changed. Being tech savvy is less about quantity and more about quality; having one device that does everything you need saves money, space, and even time spent learning how your newest toy works in comparison to the others in your highly extensive technology library.

This is exactly what makes devices like the NOOK 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, specifically, such and excellent choice for anyone looking to streamline their tech experience.

Breeding a Tech Hybrid

The great thing about devices like tablet eReaders is that they have the capacity to run the same apps as a tablet, with a more streamlined user interface thanks to the careful combination of eReader and tablet. For Samsung’s NOOK, this means you can expect fewer pre-installed apps and irremovable widgets cluttering up your home screen, reported by Engadget to be one the most favorable features of the new hybrid device. Barnes and Noble offer their own apps and features, but these are far less obtrusive and much more useful for anyone who picks up the NOOK in order to read with it instead of seeking out a “purebred” tablet.

As with any tech hybrid, there are a few complaints. Generally, the biggest complaint is that the device is too much like one parent and not enough like the other; for the Samsung NOOK, it’s a little more like a tablet than it is an eReader, but makes a concerted effort to achieve a balance between the two that definitely shows.

Benefits of Streamlining

The benefits of consolidating your daily functions into a single device are plentiful, not the least of which is—as mentioned earlier—saving money. Being able to buy a single device that operates on the same level as two other devices that generally cost more than the single hybrid unit is the obvious economic choice.

Another great benefit is ease of use and transport. With a tablet eReader, you can carry your entire digital library, all your favorite mobile games, a live online calendar and any other digital tool you use from day to day in a single device. This makes it easy to know you have everything you need to take on the next meeting, lecture or seminar with ease. The Samsung NOOK, in particular, offers even more in the realm of multitasking by allowing users to run two apps at the same time through a convenient split screen feature. This means that you can page through your textbook on one half of the screen and take notes at the same time without having to swipe between apps.

Growing Pains

It’s import to note, as reported by CNet, that hybrid devices generally have some growing left to do. This means you may experience a couple bugs, or wish there were functionality available that seems lie common sense to you but just hasn’t rolled out yet. However, this can actually be seen as a positive—by offering manufacturers your opinion on features you need and app programmers of the kind of tools you’re looking for, developers will often rise to the challenge. But getting in on the ground floor, you have the opportunity to help shape the next incarnation of your favorite tablet eReader; make your opinion known and people will almost always listen. It may take some time to see these new features roll out to all devices, but rest assured that change will be on the horizon before too long.

Try New Things

The best thing about streamlined devices like tablet eReaders is that you can experiment with them in ways that you can’t with more solid and familiar tech; find the place that tablets and eReaders overlap and see how far you can reach in either direction. Remember that 4GB micro SD card can hold literally thousands of books, according to Dummies.com, and it can also hold dozens of apps. Figure out how these two functions intermingle with each other, decide how you want to use them, and figure out how to make this new device your own.

At the end of the day, the best thing about tablet eReaders is that they exist at all: you can spend all morning reading your current favorite novel, prepare a presentation at work, direct a meeting, take notes during a seminar and forward a copy of those notes to everyone on your team with the same device. Gone are the days of emailing things yourself to transfer them from one device to the other, or relying completely on cloud storage to get everything on the devices that need access to it. Convenience has never been so easy.

Falling Sales Leads to Closure of London Samsung Store

Amid falling smartphone sales, Samsung has decided to close its flagship store in London. The Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City has closed for good.

Samsung’s Experience Stores were positioned as the first place to get Samsung’s latest products – mainly their Galaxy line of smartphones. Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship phone were down 40 percent in its first 3 months on sale, possibly part of the reason behind the closure. Apparently the new devices were “piling up in warehouses”, after Samsung made the fatal error of producing more than was needed.

With excess inventory pilling up and suggestions of an executive reshuffle, many have tried to understand why Samsung’s previously strong smartphone business may be faltering. A number of people have pointed to the fact that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold more than 10 million units in its first weekend, with a reported 20 million pre-orders in China alone. Apple confirmed during its earnings call in October that the company had sold over 39 million iPhones last quarter.

Source: The Verge

Galax and Diamond Cooling Show off First GTX 980 HOF WC Prototype

Galax and Diamond Cooling have come together to create a magnificent looking card that packs an amazing punch. At the base, we find the great GTX 980 HOF card with its white PCB while the cooling is being taken care of a white full cover water block designed by Diamond Cooling.

“We have changed the design internally slightly after initial testing. But this block has good cooling performance. We expect to be taking pre-orders very soon. We do this to get a certain idea of how big the demand is so we can create a first batch,” Diamond Cooling said.

These are the first prototypes and will come as both a full copper base and nickel plated base versions. The full cover water block takes care of all components on this card that in return should allow this record-breaking card to achieve new heights.

Design:

  • Full copper base
  • Nickel plated base
  • Microfin cooling solution
  • Active cooling of all components
  • White POM top
  • Water channels designed to have a similar flow no matter which port is used as the in- or outlet of the block.

There are also plans for a similar water block for the GTX 970 Hall Of Fame (HOF) card. Diamond Cooling said that they put a little easter-egg on the card. Can you spot it? I’ll give you a hint, it’s plugged into the rear of the PCB.

The new GALAX GTX 980 HOF WC graphics solution should go on sale in January or maybe February 2015, a short wait for an amazing looking card.

Thanks to Galax for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Diamond Cooling

Galaxy Enters the SSD Market on the SATA and PCI-Express Lane

Galaxy is most known for their absolute top-tier graphics cards, but now they’re starting to venture into other areas including the solid state market. The products are still aimed at gamers and they are preparing a default 2.5-inch SATA drive, but also a PCI-Express based solution with speeds up to 1600MB/s and a capacity of up to 4TB.

The cards, or rather the parts, are jointly developed with JMicron and feature a custom and optimized firmware directed at the kind of usage a gamer is likely have. The most interesting of the two is probably the HOF branded PCIe SSD featuring the Heracles JMF811 JMicron controller and a PCIe 2.0 interface (x4). As previously mentioned, it can reach speeds up to 1600 MB/s and will come in capacities of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB. The large amount of capacitors on the back of the card will help to flush all pending data in case of power loss.

There are still a lot of open questions regarding the card. We don’t know whether it will be AHCI or NVMe based nor if the card is passive or active cooled. The great looking casing might point towards an active cooling, simply due to the accumulated heat in such a module.

The 2.5-inch drive is slightly less spectacular with read and write speeds around the 550 / 460 marker and 32/26K IOPS respectively. But these are still great figures considering we’re dealing with a 128GB drive while a 256GB version also is said to become available.

That is all the information we have at the current time, but with CES in Las Vegas just around the corner, I’m sure more details will emerge very soon.

Thanks to TweakTown and MyDrivers for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TweakTown

Galax Annouces GeForce GTX 970 Black Edition

Galax, or Galaxy as they are known in the EMEA region, has launched its latest graphics card in the form of the GeForce GTX 970 Black Edition. The 19cm long PCB is covered with an aluminium fin stack heatsink and the card uses two 80mm fans to keep everything cool.

The card comes factory overclocked with a speed of 1126MHz and with a boost speed of 1266MHz. Like on most GTX 970 cards the memory frequency hasn’t been touched and runs at 7GHz.

The new Galax GTX 97 Black Edition graphics card should be available now for a price of €319.90 with VAT.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Down 40 Percent

A report in The Wall Street Journal says that sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship phone were down 40 percent in its first 3 months on sale.

The report suggests that the device only sold 12 million in those first few months – that’s down 4 million from the Galaxy S4. It adds to the recent news suggesting Samsung’s smartphone business is in decline, with falling profits and market share.

Apparently the new devices were “piling up in warehouses”, after Samsung made the fatal error of producing more than was needed.

With excess inventory pilling up and suggestions of an executive reshuffle, many have tried to understand why Samsung’s previously strong smartphone business may be faltering. A number of people have pointed to the fact that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold more than 10 million units in its first weekend, with a reported 20 million pre-orders in China alone. Apple confirmed during its earnings call last month that the company had sold over 39 million iPhones last quarter.

So, is Samsung’s latest mishap just a bump in the road or did Tim Cook’s “mother of all upgrades” become a reality?

Source: The Verge

Chinese University Uses Urine to Charge Smartphones

A teaspoon of gray powder, a small amount of mineral water and a splash of urine was the chemical concoction that Sichuan University students used to charge their smartphones from dead to 100% recently.

Yes, you read it right – urine. The three science and engineering students completed this project as part of the Discovery 2014 national youth science innovation and future experiences national finals. Utilizing a gray magnesium hybrid powder that is calcium based as the core of their fuel, this device uses the powder to react with water, generating hydrogen gas into a hydrogen fuel cell. Oxygen then reacts with this concoction to form water in the battery, charging the ions with the reaction resulting in emission of power.

According to estimates, the total amount of gray powder used is 15 grams which costs only 1.54 yuan ($0.25 USD) in the local market. Combining this with 150 grams of water (or urine if water is not available) will see your Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone charge from dead to full battery levels three times. Lianfeng research claims that this form of mobile power source can be used for all aspects of travelling and outdoor adventures, alongside possible military applications due to it’s small and easily operable nature and the ability to replace often-scarce water with human waste.

Bear Grylls will be proud – once again there’s another use for urine other than survival tactics.

Image courtesy of apartment therapy

Galaxy Introduces Single-slot GeForce GTX 750 Ti Razor

Galaxy used to launch their graphics cards under the KFA2 brand in Europe, but that name is being phased-out. As such, the new single-slot card is launched under the Galaxy brand and is called the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Razor. This is only the second 750 Ti card I know of that comes as a single-slot version; his card might hit a sweet spot in the market.

The base clock of this new card is set to 1020 MHz and it has a boost to 1080 MHz. It packs 2GB GDDR5 VRAM that is running at 5.40 GHz on the 128-bit memory interface. It uses a heaksink that makes contact to all three important parts of the card, the GPU, RAM and VRM and is made from nickel-plated copper. There are no power connectors on this card as it only draws a maximum of 60 watts and the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot can deliver 75 watts. This helps with a tidier cable management and a 300W PSU should be enough for the entire system.

The single slot design limits the display outputs a little bit, but it still includes D-SUB, a dual-link DVI, and a HDMI port that all can be used simultaneous. There is no SLI support on this card, so a dream of running two of these for extra performance unfortunately won’t come true. It supports all the Nvidia based technologies such as G-Sync TXAA, FXAA, Adaptive Vertical Sync and Nvidia Surround, DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.4. It is also Nvidia Shield ready for those of you who are lucky enough to own one of those.

The new cards is available now and has a MSPR of €139.90 incl. VAT. German retailers all have them in stock and so does Overclockers UK where they will cost you £119.99.

Thank you Galaxy for providing us with these information

Images courtesy of Galaxy

Unseen GTX 9xx Cards Spotted

It’s complete graphics card overload today, the launch of the new Nvidia cards is obviously approaching fast and dozens of pictures have started to leak online. Most of the cards below haven’t been seen yet, so let’s get started and see what is on offer.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 OC

The stock GTX 980 from Gigabyte is based on a reference design, so nothing too exciting here, but we have it on good authority that they’ll also be launching their custom G1 Gaming series of cards, unfortunately no images have leaked, yet.

Colorful iGame GTX 980

The Colorful GTX 980 certainly stands out from the crowd, it’s packed with a completely over-the-top cooler, 12+2 phase design and no doubt a monster sized overclock; certainly one to watch out for, but expect it to be one of the most expensive 980s on the market.

Colorful iGame GTX 970

The iGame GTX 970 is another interesting one, the card is a non-reference design with two fans, but no factory overclock, so it’s likely focused on cool and quiet performance.

Galax GeForce GTX 970 GC

Galax (previously known as Galaxy) have created a full custom PCB, with a 6+1 phase design and a custom fan. Why on earth they put a blue PCB on a premium card is unknown, but they did!

MSI GeForce GTX 980 & 970

These MSI models may not be pretty, but the cheap plastic cooling solution means this model will be cheaper than those that feature the reference cooler. Planning on stripping the card down for a water cooling block or simply need to save a little extra money? This might be the best card for you.

ASUS STRIX GTX 980

Another ASUS card has leaked today, a factory overclocked GTX 980 with their popular 0dB DirectCU II cooling solution. It’s rumoured that this card will not be available at the 9xx launch date, but will follow shortly afterwards.

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Galax First New Graphics Card Leaked

Some of the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 9xx series cards that have been leaking this week have been branded Galax, which at first may seem like a new GPU manufacturer, but it is in fact Galaxy acting under a new, if only slightly different name.

Galaxy’s European brand KFA2 are also being renamed Galax as the company looks to unify their brand. This means that we will likely see Galax branded GC and HOF series graphics cards. I really like the KFA2 branded cards, so fingers crossed that Galax will continue their legacy of completely crazy card designs under the Galax brand name.

A Galax GTX 970 card has leaked and appears to feature a GC-style cooler, which you can see below.

Hopefully this also means that company is going to make both Galaxy and KFA2 series cards available in more markets and in greater numbers. If you want a card that still says KFA2 on it, you best be quick, because it’s likely that retailers are already clearing out the old stock to make way for the Galax branded cards.

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NVIDIA on the Offensive – Suing Samsung and Quallcomm, trying to ban the Galaxy

And here we go again! Another patent court case to keep the ‘Average Joe’ entertained – this time it isn’t Apple however.

NVIDIA have come out of the blocks swinging on their front foot, filing lawsuits against Samsung and Qualcomm – claiming that they’re infringing upon NVIDIA graphics chip patents. If they’re successful, they want Samsung Galaxy phone shipments to be stopped until patent licencing fees are paid.

A blog post outlined all the thoughts and information from NVIDIA’s perspective, with them saying they tried contacting Samsung to sort this issue out behind the scenes, but unfortunately nothing came to fruition. David Shannon, NVIDA Chief Administrative Officer, stated “Samsung repeatedly said that this was mostly their suppliers’ problem.”

Qualcomm’s chips and GPU’s aren’t located within only Samsung Galaxy devices however, so what does that mean for them if NVIDIA is victorious? We’ll have to wait and see.

As far as what products NVIDIA are directly targetting, they’ve listed: the Galaxy Note, Note Pro, Note 3, Tab S, Tab Pro, Tab 2, Galaxy S III, S4, S5, Infuse 4G, and the Samsung Illusion. Claims have been made that these models of devices are infringing upon seven NVIDIA patents, including: The entire concept of the GPU, or a dedicated graphics processing chip, programmable shading, unified shading and multithreaded processing on a GPU.

All of these points seem pretty basic in the scheme of things, but a patent is a patent. The lodged patent claim can be seen in full, along with the lawsuit.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for any developing information.

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