AMD R9 300 Series of Cards is Full of Surprises

We’ve had quite a few leaks and rumours for some time when it comes to AMD’s new Radeon R9 300 series graphics cards, ranging all the way back to the first possible cooler shroud that could be a hybrid cooling system. But now sources tell TweakTown that AMD’s newest generation of graphics cards won’t arrive as they are portrayed in the current rumours and leaks.

The source didn’t want to go into too much detail when talking to our friends at TT, but did say that “the new Radeon R9 390X will arrive with specifications and possibly features that are different to what the rumors currently suggest.” The most interesting part of the source’s comment is that the new HBM1 memory will actually provide the performance in real-life as it does on paper. If that is true, then Nvidia could be in some serious trouble down the road – at least until they can adapt their own processes and parts to match.

To summarize HBM, the first version to be released will have around 640GB/s bandwidth and the second generation will double that up to 1.2TB/s. Current cards provide an average of 300GB/s bandwidth, so even the first generation of HBM will double that.

There hasn’t really been much change on the memory side of graphics since the introduction of GDDR5 memory, so I can see how this could become a game changer and it’s hopefully something that will get AMD back on track so we see some more competition on the market. Competition is the best thing for us as consumers as it results in more effort in the R&D department as well as lower prices.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Optical Nanotechnology Sensor Claimed to be as Good as a Dog’s Nose

Researchers for the Oregon State University have created a new technology by combining optical tech with nanocomposite thin-films to develop a new type of cheap sensor, which is said to be fast, highly sensitive and able to detect and analyse a wide range of gases.

The sensor is said to be suited to detect carbon dioxide and may find potential use in industrial applications or systems designed to store the gas underground.

However, there are many other applications for the sensor. The researchers have filed a patent on the invention and are working in collaborating with a variety of industries to perfect and help commercialize the product.

“Optical sensing is very effective in sensing and identifying trace-level gases, but often uses large laboratory devices that are terribly expensive and can’t be transported into the field,” said Alan Wang, a photonics expert and an assistant professor in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.”By contrast, we use optical approaches that can be small, portable and inexpensive,” Wang said. “This system used plasmonic nanocrystals that act somewhat like a tiny lens, to concentrate a light wave and increase sensitivity.”

The sensor works by having a metal-organic framework of thin films which can quickly absorb gases within material pores and be recycled by simple vacuum processes.

After the thin-film captures the gas molecules near the surface, the plasmonic materials act at a near-infrared range, help magnify the signal and precisely analyze the presence and amounts of different gases.

Detecting gas can also find its use in the explosive diffusion industry, with further applications seen in public places with high risk of terrorism and explosive use, such as airports or border security.

However, a lot of gases required to be monitored in the lab before the sensor can do its job in the field. Other fields that might find potential use for the technology include healthcare, automobile engines and prevention of natural gas leakage.

Thank you Phys.org for providing us with this information

Now Your Presentations Can Look As Bad As The NSA’s

Most have us under a certain age were lectured in school on how to produce a decent presentation – not to write too much content on one slide, not to use so many zany fonts and graphics… the list goes on. The thing is, the slides produced by the NSA and leaked by Edward Snowdon in 2013 seemed to go against all of those rules.

They were laughable with their silly fonts, backgrounds and poor graphics. Many of them had tons of pointless information on one slide, with little to no sense of design.

Well finally your presentations can look just as bad. Julian Oliver of the Post-Digital Publishing Archive has produced the following Libre Office templates to allow you to come up with your own evil surveillance plans. Fake ones of course.

Source: Fast Co. Design Via: p-dpa.net

Broadwell-E Details Emerge, but Mass Production Still a Long Way Ahead

More details have emerged this week in the form of a new slide detailing some more information about the upcoming and highly anticipated high-end desktop processors from Intel. The 14nm Broadwell-E that will be compatible with existing LGA2011-3 sockets and X99 chipsets. But from the looks of things, we’ll have to have a lot of patience to wait for it as it won’t make the hoped debut in 2015.

The new Broadwell-E CPUs will have a very similar design to the current Core i7-5xxx processors and feature 6 to 8 cores with Hyperthreading and up to 20MB of L3 cache. Overclocking options and turbo boost will be available like we’re used to from the current generation. It will support quad-channel DDR4 memory with speeds up to 2400MHz and have 40 PCIe lanes. The thermal rating stays at the 140W the current generation has, which to me seems a bit odd considering the new and improved manufacturing process.

The current data at hand estimate pre-ES Broadwell-E microprocessors to be available in the second quarter of 2015, ES version will debut in week 36 of 2015 and qualification samples (QS) are expected to be available in 47th week. The ones we really care about as consumers are the final production CPUs, those should be shipping in the first quarter of 2016.

Thanks to VRZone for providing us with this information

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GTX 980 Ti or GTX Titan Incoming?

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and 970 have barely arrived and the dust hasn’t even settled yet. That doesn’t hold anyone back though and we’re getting new leaks on the next generation of cards, or rather just the GPU so far.

A Czech IT publication got their hands on images and information on the new GM200 chips. If the normal schedule holds up, we can expect cards with this GPU in about 2 months time. These are rumours and unconfirmed information, but the site has been accurate in their predictions and leaks about the GTX 980 and 970, as well as many other products.

The future graphics card equipped with the Gm204 GM200 chip might be named GTX 980 Ti, or it could be a possible new GTX Titan. The GM200 has a die size of 551 mm² and is still built on the 28 nm technology. It is said to have 20-22 SMM’s and 2560-2816 CUDA cores. The memory bus runs on a 384-bit interface and the amount should be increased to 6 GB.

Allegedly the new GPU can perform 50% higher than the current GTX Titan Black and double that of the 780 Ti. All of this while consuming less power. The two mentioned cards use about 250 watts each, where the new cards are speculated to use just 200 watts, or possibly even less. That isn’t much for that kind of power.

According to the rumours, the core is done and test samples have been sent to customers. The source also revealed a dual-core flagship GTX 990 using GM204 cores, something that I’m sure will get consumers excited in many. The possible launch time is mentioned as December, which would fit well into the normal schedule from tape-out to finished product. Merry Gaming Christmas indeed. Or could this indeed be scheduled for CES 2015 in January?

Thank you PCtuning for providing us with this information

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Batman Vs Superman Teaser Trailer Leaked!?

Real or Fake? That’s the question right now. A trailer has appeared online appearing to show a teaser trailer for the new Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Now there are several reasons to believe this trailer and think it’s the real deal but there are also reasons to think it’s a huge fake.

Reasons to think it’s real:

The revealing of this trailer is timed very closely to Comic Con 2014 so maybe they leaked it on purpose to get some hype?

A description of the trailer that was going to be shown at comic con was released two weeks ago. The trailer that has been leaked matches the description perfectly.

Reasons to think it’s fake:

The trailer shows the Legendary Pictures logo briefly even though Legendary Picture gave up their rights for the film. They swapped a producer role on Dawn of Justice for a producer role on Interstellar.

Someone could of made the trailer based off of the description released two weeks ago to make it seem real.

The quality is ridiculously bad, could be on purpose to cover up errors.

Check out this Machinima video that covers all the pros and cons of this alleged teaser trailer.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecqc4483JZc&feature=em-uploademail&app=desktop[/youtube]

I for one am a bit skeptical but nobody knows until it’s proven fake or not at Comic Con 2014 later this month!

So what do you all think? The real thing or a mahoosive fake? Let us know.

Thanks to Machinima for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Curtofilmes.

Possible Next-Gen GTA V Release Date Leaked

 

It may be Friday the 13th but this is far from bad news! Following the announcement from Rockstar Games on Tuesday that the next-gen version of GTA V will be releasing this fall (Autumn to us here in the UK) a screenshot of www.amazon.com shows the webpage saying the game is due to release on October 28th this year. As Rockstar have confirmed the game is due to be released in Autumn, this date does look like it’s the real deal, but, take this with a pinch of salt, the release date has not been confirmed by Rockstar as of the time I’m writing this article.

The game is retailing at $59.99 or £40 which is a lot to pay for a game most of us will have already played. I for one am not too fused about paying the full amount a second time, the amount of time and fun I had playing makes it all worth while. The game is said to have exclusive features on PlayStation 4 much like it’s PlayStation 3 version but as of now nobody knows what the exclusive content will be.

Images courtesy of GTA Wikia and Gamespace.

Snowden: Dear Brazil, The NSA Is Watching You.

In a letter to the people of Brazil, Snowden offers to help uncover NSA probing in exchange for asylum

More news on Edward Snowden has surfaced, with Snowden writing an extensive open letter to the people of Brazil to discuss his findings and to ultimately seek asylum. IN this broad letter published Tuesday by Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Snowden asks Brazil for the second time to grant him asylum. To push his case, the former NSA contractor said that his “act of conscience” promoted the US to make him “stateless. The price for my speech was my passport, but i would pay it again. I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort, I would rather be without a state than without a voice”.

Snowden has received asylum offers from several South American countries including Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela. Snowden has petitioned Brazil to grant him asylum previously, but has so far been unable to obtain it. Snowden’s latest overture seems to center on a singular idea: attempt to show the ways the NSA is allegedly spying on Brazil’s citizens. In his open letter Snowden wrote;

Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people all around the world. When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for 5 years or more. They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.”

So far Brazil has not had anything to say on the matter, will Snowden’s letter help him achieve asylum? Only time will tell, but for now click here to view Snowden’s letter in it’s entirety.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

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HTC One Max Spotted in Public

The most wanted phone that has the word “leaks” attributed alongside its name is undoubtedly the HTC One Max, according to recent statistics. However, multiple photos of the One Max “taking a stroll” in the public were made public today. The facts point out that the One Max is a huge phablet, and also that it has a fingerprint reader at the back, below the camera module. And people love it.

The fingerprint sensor at the back understandably garners most of the attention, with the rest of the device nearly identical to the normal-sized sibling, the HTC One. The Beats logo is gone too, after the two companies ended their partnership with HTC selling back their stake. Also, a retail posting of the HTC One Max finally confirms all of its internal specifications. It lists the 5.9 inch (Super LCD 3) display and the 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD) featured on it. It also confirms the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor powering the device, a disappointment for those who were hoping for the 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to be under the hood. 16GB of native storage is listed as is the UltraPixel camera. And a very un-HTC-like 3300mAh battery is also confirmed to be powering the phablet.

There are only a few days left until HTC  officially reveals their first phablet, so hang in there.

Thank you NextPowerUp and PhanAndroid for providing us with this information.

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