Gigabyte Launches Tiny GeForce GTX 960 ITX Windforce

Gigabyte has just announced its low-end GTX 960 model, the GeForce GTX 960 ITX, boasting a Windforce 2x cooling solution. This looks to be dedicated to people who use their PCs mostly for office and multimedia activities, though the card can also be used for some casual games that don’t require a powerhouses rig just start it.

The card features a reasonable 2GB of GDDR5, a 128-bit memory interface and a core base clock of 1127 MHz, going to up to 1178 MHz in boost mode. By the looks of it, Gigabyte plans on rolling out a OC version of the card with a base clock of 1152 MHz and boost clock of 1203 MHz. Taking into account the latter and the GeForce GTX 960 ITX already on the market, I’m fairly certain that Gigabyte will roll out a 4GB model soon enough, should 2GB be not enough for what you have in mind.

Taking a look at the Windforce 2x, the cooling solution looks to be promising in keeping the ‘little monster’ cool under full load. The blades are specially designed with triangle shapes at the edge and special 3D stripe curves to efficiently enhance and keep the card cool. In addition to that, the pure copper heat pipe direct touch (HDT) helps in keeping the card cool at an extremely low noise level, so you don’t have to worry about it buzzing your ears off when you put it to the ultimate test.

There is no official confirmation of any price for it, but EXPReview puts it at ¥1499, which is roughly £155.

Images courtesy of Gigabyte

Android Wear Gets Major Update

The Apple watch seems to be getting all the attention recently, however Google announced today a major update to their Android Wear operating system. We’re glad to say it includes some pretty interesting features.

One of the first changes Google has made to their wrist bound OS is the extension of always on watch faces to now include applications. You will no longer have to shake, tap or shout at your watch to get the screen to light up. Google show a few use cases for this on their news blog, they were uses such as a map face and a to do list. To prevent applications from eating up your devices battery life, the screen changes ito black and white mode when the device senses that it is not in a viewable position.

Secondly the update brings the ability to connect to wireless networks independently of an android device or tablet. This means that if your Android wear device has built-in WiFi then you will be able to receive notifications, send messages and download more apps without needing your phone nearby. However, the phone must have a data connection of some kind for the Android wear device to control it. You can even find your phone by asking your watch!

Google have also changed the way you can activate the watch face to use the device. They have added a feature that allows you to flick your wrist to scroll down the stream of news and notifications; that’s really useful if you have your hands full.

Finally, the companies last major change is the addition being able to draw an emoji on to the watch screen; similar to the Android handwriting app Google released a couple of days ago. If you’re too busy to write a message then you can squiggle an emoji on the interface and then send it as a hangouts or text message.

The update will be released over the next few weeks according to google.

Thank you to Techreport for this information

Images courtesy of The Google Blog

Colorful Announces Their iGame GeForce GTX 960 KUDAN Mini-ITX Graphics Card

Colorful has revealed their iGame GeForce GTX 960 KUDAN Mini-ITX graphics solution, featuring a custom PCB design and factory overclock frequencies.

The GeForce GTX 960 KUDAN is said to be one of the very few Mini-ITX designs with a GM206 chip, making it very popular in the $200 range market. The graphics solution is said to have a low-wattage percentage and provide great 1080p performance.

In terms of specs, the graphics card comes with 1024 CUDA cores, 64 texture mapping units, 32 raster operation units and a 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM with a 128-bit memory interface. While the memory is clocked at 7010 MHz, the GPU clock comes in two blocks.

The factory overclocked specs that come with the card are set at 1127 MHz base and 1178 MHz boost, but a second OC BIOS is said to be available that can ramp up the card to 1152 MHz and 1216 MHz respectively at the push of the button.

Looking at the aesthetics of the card, we see that it features the same design as the iGame GeForce GTX 980 KUDAN, only a bit smaller. It boasts only one fan, but given its low-budget design, it is enough to keep the Mini-ITX card cool.

Power is said to be provided via a 6-pin connector, having the card coming with a 120W TDP. There is also a single SLI connector present on the card and comes with a single DVI, HDMI and three DisplayPort connectors.

Colorful has already listed the card on its website, but details regarding its availability and pricing have yet to be made available.

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Mind-Reading Cap Helps Patients Control Their Prosthetic Limbs with Their Thoughts

While the ability of controlling prosthetics with your mind has been around for some time now, it required controlled electronics to be implanted directly in the patient in order to get them to work properly.

The University of Houston however found a way to use a non-intrusive approach to solve this problem by using an EEG that monitors brain activity externally through the scalp. Then, a brain-machine interface, or BMI for short, interprets the brain waves and converts the patient’s intentions into mechanical motion.

For example, if a patient thinks of picking up an object, the BMI will give the same command to the prosthetic and makes it pick up the object in question. The University of Houston has even had an 80% success rate with this project up until now. The findings are said to have been published on the Frontiers in Neuroscience, having the team of researchers be the first to get a multi-fingered prosthetic work this well with an EEG/BMI interface.

The team of researchers hope that their findings will avoid the trap of having controllers surgically implanted in patients, where the body may either reject or even form infections due to the implants. Also, the information gathered from the project at hand could even give us a higher understanding of how our brain communicates with our own limbs.

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AMD Radeon R9 390X Will Reportedly Come in 4GB and 8GB Variants

AMD’s latest Fiji-based Radeon R9 390X cards have been reported to come in both 4GB and 8GB variants in order to compete with its NVIDIA rival, the GeForce Titan X with 12GB VRAM.

It has been revealed a while back that the company will be using High Bandwidth Memory on these cards. This means that the 8GB variant will not have the numbers to go mainstream compared to the 4GB variant, requiring 8Gbit chips, 1GB per chip, which will provide it with an outstanding 1024 MB/s bandwidth.

The Radeon R9 390X will be a true competitor against the GeForce Titan X and considering that the GeForce GTX 980 already handles 4K extremely well with its 256-bit memory interface, the 1024-bit interface and its next-gen HBM RAM should reveal some 4K numbers never seen before. AMD is planning to reveal the R9 390X at Computex in June.

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Galaxy Launches 6 GB Variant of its GeForce GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card

Galaxy has just launched another NVIDIA variant of GeForce GTX 780 Hall of Fame graphics card, bearing the GF-GTX780-E6GHD/SOC model name, featuring the company’s white PCB signature and performance-oriented cooling solution.

In terms of specifications, the card comes with 6 GB if memory, having the rest be similar to the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition released in July last year. The 6 GB variant also comes with a big factory overclock, having the core GPU clocked at 1019 MHz compared to the original variant clocked at 863 MHz and its boost speed capped at 1071 MHz compared to 928 MHz from its predecessor.

The GDDR5 memory apparent has been left untouched, having it clocked at 6008 MHz as the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF. Other aspects of the 6 GB GTX 780 HOF variant include the 28 nm GK110 silicon architecture, offering 2,304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs and a 384-bit memory interface. The graphics card also features a 10-phase VRM, drawing power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

The graphics card is said to feature a dual-BIOS configuration as well, having the toggle switch located near the I/O bracket. The card offers four display outputs, having two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one Display Port configuration, while its cooling solution features a Hybrid Vapor Chamber which directs heat to a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink with the help of four nickel-palter copper heat pipes. The heatsink is then ventilated by a pair of 90mm fans, having the base-plate with heatsink fins cooling the VRM and memory.

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Leaked Image Shows Massive Overhaul of Gmail

An image has leaked online showing that Google is planning a massive overhaul of the Gmail service. Google are no stranger to running betas and trials, constantly tweaking and updating their services to try and stay ahead of the game, but this one certainly stands out as it’s radically different compared to the current design of their webmail service.

The leaked image shows off a simple looking interface, with a cleaned up inbox design that focuses more on the email, matching up with the leaked images of the new mobile Gmail interface. Labels are hidden in a menu at the top left, while a new button on the lower right reveals a menu with actions that users can perform such as setting reminders and composing emails. Stars have gone, or at least been renamed “pins” and the inbox appears to have a snooze feature for email reminders.

The current Gmail design has been in use for a few years now, but it looks like development has already progressed quite far, so expect more news on a rollout in the coming weeks, perhaps at Google IO.

Thankyou TheNextWeb for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Geek.

Xbox One Headset Adapter Not Expected Until 2014

In a recent press release announcing an extended partnership with Microsoft, audio product manufacturer Turtle Beach stated that its upcoming XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One will not be available until 2014 because Microsoft isn’t ready with the adapter.

“Turtle Beach expects to launch the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One console in the first quarter of 2014. Microsoft has informed its partners in the Xbox One console launch that the Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014. Both companies will leverage the additional time to build supply to meet anticipated high-demand when the headsets launch.”

The Xbox One uses a proprietary headset jack which makes the use of 3rd party headsets that are not specifically designed for it, as well as existing Xbox 360 headsets, unable to be used with the console without an adapter. Turtle Beach’s announcement is a little surprising as one would think that headsets destined for the Xbox One would be designed to use the native interface on the console, but perhaps Turtle Beach wants people to be able to use them on other devices.

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