Uber Won’t Raise Prices More Than 3.9x Due to DC Metro Shutdown

Ride sharing is becoming the new taxi service, with people ordering a lift for their friends from an app on their phone and then having someone come and pick them up in their car. Uber is the biggest example of ride sharing, with the app even being considered as the end of taxi services. The problem Uber has is that it is fully in control of their fee’s and tend to adjust them based on demand, but thanks to the DC metro shutting down Uber are capping this increase and say they won’t raise prices more than 3.9x.

The algorithm used to calculate Uber’s rates has been targeted as a bad example when it raised prices by over 4x in Sydney when people began fleeing a hostage situation in 2014. While Uber refunded these and even offered free rides to others, the company wants to ensure that it doesn’t suffer this embarrassment again.

With the DC metro closing, Uber is enforcing a cap on the price hike at 3.9 times the original. While they encourage people to share the rides and split the costs, it would seem that the initial impact of the metro shutdown only raised the price by 1.7 times its normal price.

Do you think companies should be able to raise prices like this? should there be a limit on how much they can raise their fees during busy times?

SSD Prices Sinking Closer to HDDs

For a long time, while SSDs have often been regarded as the higher performance drives, that performance has placed a premium on capacity. This has been changing recently, with the prices of SSDs dropping faster than their mechanical counterparts. The last quarter alone has seen the prices of SSDs drop by as much as 12%, placing them far closer in pricing than ever.

For the first quarter of 2016, DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, reported that MLC-based SSDs had fallen by around 10-12% and TLC-based SSDs sinking by 7-12%. Following the analysis by DRAMeXchange, the price difference between a 128GB SSD and a 500GB HDD could be as little as US$3 in 2016, with the difference between the larger 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD to shrink to US$7 before the end of the year. While this would still leave the price-per-gigabyte of SSDs at almost 4-times that of HDDs, the trend is certainly in favour of the flash memory drives going into the future, with demands set only to increase and prices to shrink as SSD adoption is expected to grow at its highest annual rate between 2016 and 2022.

While many SSDs still make use of the traditional SATA interface, which makes them easy to switch over to SSDs, the rising star amongst SSDs is those with PCIe interfaces. SATA-connected SSDs are likely to make up the largest share of the SSD market in the near future, it is also anticipated that PCIe SSDs will see the largest growth. These drives, which take advantage of the high-speed of PCIe and the ability for laptop manufacturers to attach them direct provide many advantages have many advantages that will appeal to smaller form-factor PC and laptop developers and enterprises.

All of this is good news for consumers, with prices dropping and adoption rising, SSD manufacturers are battling to roll out increasingly large SSDs that incorporate more and more advanced technology. 3D NAND SSD products may still be a little while off, but 2016 is shaping up to be a very good year for SSDs.

Games Prices In Europe Set To Be Unified

Europe is looking towards a more technological environment, where companies and countries can operate knowing that there is a standard across the board for everything that may impact that their work. This could soon be the same for games as well thanks to the European Commission.

The Digital Single Market outlines a proposal for a fairer system when it comes to game pricing in the EU. Game prices fluctuate depending on where you buy them from, with companies like GoG trying to level this through their credit system.

Please note that this only applies to digital copies of games, but would be across the board. This means that be it from Xbox Live, PSN, Steam or another digital distributor, you would be asked to pay the same price throughout all EU territories.

The digital single market was first introduced in May 2015 and looks to bring about uniform pricing in 2016. This is alongside a broadband standard that would see 30MBPS internet standard for all citizens, with 50% of European households having 100MBPS internet by 2020.

With all these measures to help not only gamers but everyone in the European union, we could shortly see better internet connections and fairer prices for digital content. How can that be a bad thing?

Thank you European Commission for the information.

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The Times of DDR4 Costing More Is Almost Behind Us

DDR4 memory has been on the market for some time now and up until recently it had one major problem – the price. The DDR4 memory prices were also the only reason that I went with a Z97 instead of an X99 rig when I last upgraded. That has however changed slightly in the background and without many people noticing it.

If you don’t care about the brand name or looks and enter a price comparison site, you’ll notice that there barely is any difference between DDR3 and DDR4 memory. A search on a 2133MHz memory kit consisting of two modules and a total capacity of 16GB brings some surprising results.

The cheapest DDR4 kit is a Crucial 16GB kit (CT2K8G4DFD8213/CT2C8G4DFD8213) that only costs €109.95, or €6.872 per GB. Looking at DDR3 memory, the cheapest kit is a G.Skill Ares kit (F3-2133C10D-16GAB) for €104.30, or €6.519 per GB. That is a very small difference and granted these are two different types of modules, but it paints a great image of the trend that is going on.

And it could very well be thanks to Samsung that we see this trend, as DigiTimes reports that sources tell them that Samsung is slashing their prices in order to gain market share. This is great news for us as consumers, but it does set its marks in the industry.

There is less profit for companies in producing DDR4 memory chips and module vendors have started to suffer as a result of this. Allegedly, OEMs have started to purchase their chips directly from manufacturers, cutting vendors out of the loop with demands of reduction in quotes. Adopting the 20nm process also brought along more costs and issues than anticipated and Intel’s delay of Skylake is also hurting the companies.

So we might soon be living in a world where DDR4 memory not only is price equivalent to DDR3, but one where it’s actually cheaper.

Thank you DigiTimes for providing us with this information

Netflix is Raising UK HD Prices Again!

Netflix is the global phenomenon that allows anyone with a decent internet connection to stream movies and TV shows. The content varies in age greatly and the variety is far superior in the US compared to the UK.

Netflix is trying to counteract this by offering new, original shows such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil; however, this doesn’t come cheap. Currently, the cheapest price is £5.99 per month, which allows you to connect a single device at standard definition. The highest price is the premium plan, four devices, HD and 4k for £8.99 per month.

The pricing changes only seems to affect the HD basic customers, changing the price from £6.99 to £7.49. This is only applicable for new customers right now, however, those customers who are currently in the price freeze from May 2014 will still only have to pay their current rate.

Speculation is surrounding this price rise as to whether Netflix are having to up the offer for Jeremy Clarkson and Co. for the Netflix car show exclusive after the presenter was sacked from Top Gear earlier this year.

Would this price hike be enough to put you off subscribing to Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information.

Intel Haswell Refresh Prices Confirmed As Shipments Begin

Haswell has been with us a little while now, but Intel don’t want to let the market get too comfortable, so now we see the start of the launch of these new Haswell refresh CPU’s. The refresh range is fundamentally the same hardware, but you can expect boosted clock speeds and more SKU designs that offer a lower TDP, bringing the retail total to 26 CPU’s for you to pick and choose from.

Of course the new CPU’s will also bring support for the latest 9-Series chipsets on Z97/H97/B85 compatible motherboards, all of which should be available from the May 11th, with the Intel K series overclocking Haswell refresh CPU’s a short while after, but no later than mid 2014.

The most exciting of the pack will be the i7-4790, which is to be the first 22nm consumer CPU to obtain a clock speed of 4 GHz, while featuring 4 cores, 8 threads and we can’t wait to test its performance in the coming weeks.

Intel Haswell Refresh Desktop Processors:

Model Cores Threads Clock Speed L3 cache Price
Core i7-4790 4 8 3.6 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i7-4790S 4 8 3.2 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i7-4790T 4 8 2.7 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i7-4785T 4 8 2.2 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i5-4690 4 4 3.5 GHz 6 MB $ 213
Core i5-4690S 4 4 3.2 GHz 6 MB $ 213
Core i5-4690T 4 4 2.5 GHz 6 MB $ 213
Core i5-4590 4 4 3.3 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4590S 4 4 3.0 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4590T 4 4 2.0 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4460 4 4 3.2 GHz 6 MB $ 182
Core i5-4460S 4 4 2.9 GHz 6 MB $ 182
Core i5-4460T 4 4 1.9 GHz 6 MB $ 182
Core i3-4360 2 4 3.7 GHz 4 MB $ 149
Core i3-4350 2 4 3.6 GHz 4 MB $ 138
Core i3-4350T 2 4 3.1 GHz 4 MB $ 138
Core i3-4150 2 4 3.5 GHz 3 MB $ 117
Core i3-4150T 2 4 3.0 GHz 3 MB $ 117
Pentium G3450 2 2 3.4 GHz 3 MB $ 86
Pentium G3440 2 2 3.3 GHz 3 MB $ 75
Pentium G3440T 2 2 2.8 GHz 3 MB $ 75
Pentium G3240 2 2 3.1 GHz 3 MB $ 64
Pentium G3240T 2 2 2.7 GHz 3 MB $ 64
Celeron G1850 2 2 2.9 GHz 2 MB $ 52
Celeron G1840 2 2 2.8 GHz 2 MB $ 42
Celeron G1840T 2 2 2.5 GHz 2 MB $ 42

Intel Haswell Refresh Mobile Processors:

Model Cores/Threads Stock/
Turbo SC/
Turbo DC/
Turbo QC
L3
Cache
DDR3 Memory Support GPU/
GPU Clock/ GPU Turbo Clock
Socket Number TDP Price
M-Series SKUs
Core
i7-4712MQ
4 / 8 2.3 GHz
3.4 GHz
3.2 GHz
3.0 GHz
6 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
400 MHz
1150 MHz
rPGA 37 W $378
Core
i7-4710MQ
4 / 8 2.5 GHz
3.5 GHz
3.4 GHz
3.3 GHz
6 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
400 MHz
1150 MHz
rPGA 47 W $378
Core
i5-4210M
2 / 4 2.6 GHz
3.2 GHz
3.1 GHz
3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
400 MHz
1150 MHz
rPGA 37 W $225
Core
i3-4110M
2 / 4 2.6 GHz


3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
400 MHz
1100 MHz
rPGA 37 W $225
Pentium
3560M
2 / 2 2.4 GHz


2 MB 1600 MHz HD
400 MHz
1.100 MHz
rPGA 37 W $134
Celeron
2970M
2 / 2 2.2 GHz


2 MB 1600 MHz HD
400 MHz
1100 MHz
rPGA 37 W $75
H-Series SKUs
Core
i7-4760HQ
4 / 8 2.1 GHz
3.3 GHz
3.2 GHz
3.1 GHz
6 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
200 MHz
1200 MHz
BGA 47 W $434
Core
i7-4712HQ
4 / 8 2.3 GHz
3.3 GHz
3.2 GHz
3.0 GHz
6 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
400 MHz
1150 MHz
BGA 37 W $378
Core
i7-4710HQ
4 / 8 2.5 GHz
3.5 GHz
3.4 GHz
3.3 GHz
6 MB 1600 MHz HD 4600
400 MHz
1200 MHz
BGA 47 W $378
U-Series SKUs
Core
i7-4510U
2 / 4 2.0 GHz
3.1 GHz
2.8 GHz
4 MB 1600 MHz HD 4400
200 MHz
1100 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
15 W $393
Core
i5-4260U
2 / 4 1.4 GHz
2.7 GHz
2.4 GHz
3 MB 1600 MHz HD 5000
200 MHz
1000 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
15 W $325
Core
i5-4210U
2 / 4 1.7 GHz
2.7 GHz
2.4 GHz
3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4400
200 MHz
1000 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
15 W $281
Core
i3-4120U
2 / 4 2.0 GHz


3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4400
200 MHz
1000 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
15 W $281
Core
i3-4030U
2 / 4 1.9 GHz


3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4400
200 MHz
1000 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
15 W $281
Core
i3-4025U
2 / 4 1.9 GHz


3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4400
200 MHz
950 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
15 W $275
Y-Series SKUs
Core
i5-4220Y
2 / 4 1.6 GHz
2.0 GHz
1.7 GHz
3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4200
200 MHz
850 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
11.5 W $281
Core
i3-4030Y
2 / 4 1.6 GHz


3 MB 1600 MHz HD 4200
200 MHz
850 MHz
1-Chip
BGA
11.5 W $281

Keep an eye on your local online and high street retailers over the next week or so, the first batch may sell out pretty quickly, especially the higher end models.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

Asustek and Toshiba To Enter the Chromebook Market with Intel Chips

While Chromebooks are on a roll with Acer and Hewlett-Packard already releasing their models on the market, it’s time for Asustek Computer and Toshiba to take a bite out of the pie and introduce their own Chromebooks with Intel’s Haswell processors next year.

Acer will hurry things up a little and wants to release a 11.6-inch Chromebook C720P this December at a price range of $299 / €220 / £183, while Asustek will launch Chromebooks in 2014 with models composed of 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch screen displays. Asustek’s Chromebook prices are estimated at around $199 / € 146 /£121 and up to $329 / €242 / £200. Toshiba is also expected to release its Chromebooks soon, but it looks like the Japan-based vendor is outsourcing production to Inventec.

The Chromebook shipments are not at all bad, this including the Chromebook Pixel launched by Google, having accounted for less than 5% of total global notebook shipments up to this point. Whether users will see them more useful than a common netbook, it remains to be seen.

Thank you Digi Times for providing us with this information

AMD To Price A10-6790K And Cuts Prices For Some A6, A8 and FX CPUs

The AMD A10-6790K was added to AMD’s official price list. AMD A10-6790K runs at 4 GHz having a Quad-Core chip with 4.3 GHz Turbo Core frequency, slightly slower than the A10-6800K. The A10-6790K is priced at $122 / €91 / £76, being 16% cheaper than the A10-6800K.

Also the company added prices of FX-9370 and FX-9590 microprocessors for the AM3+ platform. AMD FX-9370 and FX-9590 extreme performance processors were launched in June, having ultra-high operating frequencies, countered by very high TDP and steep price. They were first sold for around $350 / €262 / £218 and $800 / €600 / £500. The FX-9370 and FX-9590 CPUs were eventually priced down to a more reasonable level, being sold at $224 / €168 / £140 and respectively $306 / €230 / £191.

Finally, AMD reduced prices of A6-6400K, A8-6500 and A8-6600K models to $62 and $97, around 12% decrease given the previous price spec, which was $122 / €91 / £76, for the A8-6500 and A8-6600K, and $71 / €53 / £44 for the A6-6400K.

Thank you CPU World for providing us with this information

GTA V Gamers In UK Paid 30% Less For Pre-Orders Than Rest Of Europe

Grand Theft Auto 5 has just launched, but there was one bit of information that didn’t make the headlines. Did you know that people here in the UK were paying around 30% less for their pre-order copies than their European counterparts?

A new report from price comparison website idealo.co.uk discovered this fact pretty quickly thanks to the way the site operates. Using the pre-release prices across its UK and European sister websites in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Poland, it found that there were substantial differences in the retail prices that were being charged in the UK relative to those on the continent.

While there has often been debate around the world regarding the price of computer games, the evidence shows that some areas have it better or worse than others. For example, German gamers looking to purchase Grand Theft Auto V will have to pay around 34% more for the Xbox 360 edition and 37% more for the PlayStation 3 edition when compared to the UK prices. Even stranger is that some countries charge more for one format than the other, with only France, Poland and the United Kingdom offering identical pricing for both formats (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). It is not uncommon for the English language release to be cheaper due to costs associated with translating games, but there were still differences to be found within the Eurozone, although it’s not clear why.

% difference relative to the UK idealo pre-release price:

German and French prices show a near 20% difference, regardless of the fact that both countries use the same currency and have near identical V.A.T. rates (19% vs 19.6% respectively). Yet while the games were cheaper here in the UK we have the highest V.A.T. rate at 20%, if only by a small margin. Some of this pricing between the UK and the rest of Europe could be attributed to currency exchange values, but it still only makes up for a small percentage of the wide price gap.

Prices in GBP (converted via XE.com)

Do you compare your prices before purchase? If you don’t use services like idealo.co.uk you can clearly see that there are some benefits to shopping around, both locally and even in other countries. Leave a comment below and let us know how much you paid for Grand Theft Auto V.

Thank you idealo for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of idealo.

Richland Desktop Prices Detailed, Trinity Prices Slashed

Richland hasn’t been on sale for long but there are still plenty more of AMD’s popular APU range to come and now it seems the folks over at FudZilla have discovered their prices. Five more entries to the Richland range have been found in online price listings that show some very exciting and competitive pricing.

A6-6400K (Black Edition)

  • 64w TDP
  • Dual-Core
  • 3.9GHz
  • HD 7470D Graphics
  • 192 Shaders @ 800MHz
  •  €69

That puts the A6-6400K just  €10 above the A6-5400K (Trinity).

Further up we have the A8-6500 and the A8-6600K Black Edition, both priced at just  €109, these will be replacing their 5xxx series Trinity components which are now also getting price cuts throughout Europe to compensate for the new hardware release. The A10-6800K and A10-6700 are priced at €139, which is a little more than their predecessors but hopefully the performance will pick up to and justify that extra investment.

Trinity cores are already bargain prices for their performance and these new releases are cutting between 5 to 15% off of their prices, making them an absolute steal for those looking to build a punchy budget system.

It’s also worth noting that FM2 motherboards can be snapped up for as little as  €40, mid range A75 for around  €50. Until Intel adjusts the prices of their Ivy range to compensate for Haswell, there are some real bargain to be had for those building on a tighter budget, because while they may not offer i5 / i7 levels of performance, you will struggle to get more bang for your buck under  €100.