Computer Completes a Rubik’s Cube In A Spellbinding Time

There are many things in life that are quite annoying and include inventions such as Predictive Text; however, the Rubik’s Cube certainly adds a new dimension to the word “Frustrating”. But, what happens if you mix a homemade computer with arguably the world’s most difficult game?

Well, two software engineers from Kansas, US, decided to find out and it becomes apparent this computer was able to successfully complete the iconic puzzle in a mind-bending 1.047 seconds, this means that it successfully found the correct permutations quicker than it would have taken for you or me to say the word Rubik’s Cube.

The current Guinness World Record is a rather poor 2.3 seconds while humans are currently well behind on a snail-like pace of 4.9 seconds, although, that is still pretty fast. If you’re wondering, this record is held by a 14-year-old who goes by the name Lucas Etter in November 2015.

Below is the video, as you can see, the cube is being held within a 3D printed frame via “drilled holes with four USB cameras pointing at the puzzle. The robot is then hooked up to a Linux-based computer running a Kociemba Rubik’s cube-solving algorithm that takes the information delivered from the cameras and then works out in milliseconds which moves to make”.

The creators, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose uploaded the video and are currently applying for it to be officially recognized as a new world record, one would assume this would be a time which stands for a long while, although, you know what assumptions are.

Steam Sets New Concurrent Online User Record

Valve’s Steam platform has set many records over the years and this holiday sale managed to create a new one for them yesterday in the form of a new concurrent online user record. The previous record in this regard was set back in October where they managed to have 10.7 million users online at the same time. Current stats from Steam now show that they had an impressive 12.3 million concurrent users logged in at the same time yesterday.

The new record is undoubtedly aided by the ongoing holiday sale coming to an end. There haven’t been any daily deal or flash deals this year, so it is fair to assume that a lot of people have been holding off until the end with their purchases. The profile badge surely also had something to do with it and people were logging in to get the last few cards, either to sell or trade them, or complete the next level of their Winter Holiday 2015 badge.

The 12,332,504 concurrent users that were logged in at the same time is an impressive milestone and something that probably also was aided by the general increase of Chinese users. They now have about as many active users as the UK, but a total overall of 600 million user accounts. The US is still leading with about 25 million users at any given time where the UK and China come in around 5.5 and 6 million each. However, the average UK player owns five times the games according to SteamSpy statistics

It is also easy to see which games help steam on a daily basis with Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranking the top two spots daily with around 950,000 and 650,000 users playing the games respectively at the same time.

Have you been splurging on this years Steam Winter Sale or have you been holding back for one reason or another? Let us know what you got as well as what you had hoped to get but didn’t because the proper deal was missing.

QNAP’s HD Station Just Got Better With JRiver Media Center Support

QNAP continues to improve the experience for their customers and the newest incentive is an upgrade to the HybdridDesk Station 3.0 app that now comes with integrated support for the renowned JRiver Media Center and thereby provides even more options and choices for the users when it comes to their media experience.

The HybridDesk Station, for those who don’t already know it, is a combination of technologies that allows you to use your NAS unit as a PC by simply attaching a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to it. Among others, it uses multimedia transcoding, Virtual Machine (VM) integration, cloud integration, NAS connection technologies, and more.

JRiver Media Center is perfect to manage a large library of media files and even multiple media servers within the same network. The media center features cover art and metadata art to make the management easier and users can use the powerful media player for flawless direct-streaming of every multimedia format as well as multi-zone multimedia streaming.

JRiver Media Center doesn’t just stream video, you can also use it to record directly with yourself. It also covers music and files besides the motion picture features. It has functions such as equalizer, tempo, pitch, and sample rate available to satisfy audiophiles’ tastes too.

The HD Station 3.0 is supported by QNAP’s TS-x51, TS-x51+, HS-251/251+, TS-x53 Pro, TVS-x63, TVS-x71, TVS-871T, TS/TVS-x80, TS-x70 and TS-x79 series with QTS 4.2.0 or above firmware.

Quentin Tarantino Dislikes Netflix And Still Records Films To VHS

I do enjoy a Quentin Tarantino film, from the stylised Kill Bill volume 1 – 2 to From Dusk Till Dawn. Streaming may be the way forward for many consumers and industries, but not according to Mr Tarantino, who voices his disgruntlement for the format within a new book entitled “I lost it at the video store.

Tarantino says: “I am not excited about streaming at all. I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can’t watch a movie on a laptop. I don’t use Netflix at all.” I agree with him to a point. My view is this, if you pay for Netflix you receive a vast array of content at a reasonable price, this is all well and good until one day you might decide to stop paying the subscription price, at which point all the content you enjoyed is gone and you’re left with nothing tangible

You could counter argue and state that Netflix is cheaper than buying a collection of DVDs, and that consumers have evolved to watch a particular film once before moving onto the next one. Hence the reason why there might not be any need to purchase the DVD in question; it might all depend on the tech generation which a person grew up with and therefore remember.

The next comments by Mr Tarantino are certainly interesting “I don’t have any sort of delivery system. I have the videos from Video Archives. They went out of business, and I bought their inventory. Probably close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs”. Imagine owning 8000 tapes and DVDs, the rewinding would drive many people crazy not to mention the lens cleaning equipment. Tarantino also states that he has “a bunch of DVDs and a bunch of videos, and I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going.” I draw the line using a VHS tape, which never really liked me, considering I often receive a black bar which flickered across the top of the screen.

Quentin Tarantino is a purest in terms of producing film. Digital formats do not enter his realm and it depends on your point of view. Kids of today will only know music in terms of an MP3 download or even streaming only while others remember CD, tapes and Vinyl. Nostalgia brings back memories associated with an individual’s life which is intertwined with fond experiences they had, i.e. buying their first album. Streaming is the future and many people will love it, it just depends on the viewpoint of that individual.

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Seagate Creates Highest Capacity 2.5″ 7mm HDD

The mechanical hard drive is far from dead despite the face solid state and hybrids drives march forward and intend to conquer the market. There are still a lot of improvements that can be done on the mechanical siblings and Seagate proved that again by creating the highest density 2.5-inch HDD in a slim 7mm package.

As an SSD user, you might be used to the 7mm drives, but most HDDs come in the larger form factors with a height of 9.5mm to 15mm. Seagate has achieved an impressive 1TB per 2.5-inch platter which in return allows them to release a new 2.5-inch 7mm HDD with 2TB capacity. That is quite impressive and will surely lead to higher versions with more capacity as well.

“In an industry first, our engineers have been able to boost areal density to 1 TB per platter in a 2.5-inch form factor, which will give OEMs the flexibility to design and build virtually any kind of mobile device they can envision, with plenty of storage to boot,” said Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. “Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25 TB SSD at a substantially lower cost.”

The new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components-head, media, preamp, channel-to achieve even greater areal densities, well ahead of competitive offerings. Its advanced high-spatial efficiency mechanics delivers a lightweight drive, low acoustics, and strong mechanical robustness capable of new levels of drive stability even when subject to intense shock and vibrations.

The drive is also 25 percent lighter than the previous generation Seagate mobile hard drive products, smaller, and more efficient. Seagate is already working on an SSHD version of the drive as well. Both the HDD and the SSHD drives are surely something to look forward too.

G.Skill Demonstrates 4266MHz DDR4 Memory Kits

Breaching the 4GHz memory speed wasn’t enough for G.Skill, so they put two on top of that and showcased two new kits running at 4133MHz and 4266MHz. These speeds are something that we’d only get close to with the older DDR3 memory modules when cooled with LN2, but this isn’t DDR3 anymore.

That is a seriously impressive stock speed that G.Skill’s achieved with these new TridentZ DDR4 memory modules that are specially optimized for the new and 6th generation of Intel Core processors, Skylake, and the accompanying Z170 based motherboards. The two motherboards used in the demonstration at IDF 2015 were an ASRock Z170 OC Formula and an ASUS Maximus VIII Hero. The ASUS ran the slower of the two kits at 4133 MHz while the ASRock got the pleasure of showcasing the impressive 4266MHz DDR4 memory.

Both kits used had a total capacity of 8GB, distributed on two 4GB modules. There sadly weren’t any news on when the modules would be available nor what they’d cost, but I’m sure G.Skill will catch up on that shortly and release the relevant information. Until then, we can dream of having our own system with memory running at 4.3GHz.

“We are truly excited to demo such extremely high memory speed on live demo systems, since DDR4 4000+MHz speeds were traditionally only achievable under extreme overclocking on liquid nitrogen cooling,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL. “We see amazing performance potential for the new DDR4 memory technology on the newest Intel platform, and very excited to see where it will take us in the near future.”

Amnesty International Tracked By UK Goverment

Amnesty International is an organisation dedicated to promoting human rights and defends victims who have been abused. They have recently forayed into the world of digital rights, with the release of an Anti-spyware programme  designed to track down and alert you to common signs that your computer may be observed or accessed remotely. Ironically, the latest news is that members of Amnesty International have been observed by GCHQ (the Governmental branch within the UK that overlooks digital security).

On Wednesday, Amnesty International announced they received an email outlining that their information had been intercepted, accessed and recorded. The time frame that this information was obtained from and stored from has yet to be disclosed. The revelation was revealed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), who are in charge of monitoring and making sure that government agencies follow the policies involved in surveillance. Following from these investigations Amnesty International has requested that the IPT hold a public hearing into the claims, allowing for the scope and detail of the surveillance to be revealed in the open.

With the scope of the surveillance unknown and the detail unclarified to both the public and Amnesty International itself, it’s hard to disagree that there should be more open and public discussions when it comes to the level that digital surveillance is used (even illegally).

Thank you Amnesty International for the information and the image.

8Pack and der8auer Smash 3 World Records at ROG OC Showdown 2015

8Pack isn’t known as one of the best overclockers in the world for no reason and he has just shown everyone why that is at the recent ASUS ROG OC  Showdown Area 2015 by not only winning the event but also breaking two world records himself while his partner in “crime” der8auer also cracked a record.

The records were created on the ASUS Rampage Extreme V motherboard with ASUS GeForce GTX Titan X in Triple & Quad-SLI configuration and using LN2 cooling:

  • Catzilla 1440P – 56747 by 8pack
  • Catzilla 720P – 94997 by der8auer
  • 3DMark11 Performance – 53396 by 8pack

Other partners for the event besides ASUS, were HyperX, Seasonic, and Dimastech supplying the hardware that was used.

8Pack’s normal home is at Overclockers UK where they also sell specialized and highly overclocked systems by just him, 8Pack. So if you got the taste for just the best, you can buy it directly. Those systems won’t come cheap though as the cheapest system starts at £4679.94 incl. VAT.

ADATA Reveals XPG Z2 DDR4 Memory and Sets Impressive New Record

ADATA announced that they have set a new world record in the air-cooled DDR4 segment using their XPG memory modules and an MSI X99A XPOWER AC motherboard. Not only did ADATA set this impressive new overclocking record, but this is also the first time we get to see the new XPG Z2 DDR4 modules pictured, or rather rendered.

The MSI X99A XPOWER AC has been used to break a lot of records lately and as such isn’t a surprise to be involved in yet another one. To achieve this, they used the XPG Z2 DDR4 3400MHz modules and managed to push it all the way to 4034MHz.

“In cooperation with motherboard manufacturers, ADATA strives to achieve the best performance in DDR4 memory compliant with the Intel® X99 architecture. The XPG Z2 DDR4 3400 breaks the record with extremely high clock frequency of 4034MHz, impressing both gamers and standard CPU clock users alike with outstanding sustained performance, cooling and stability!”

I really like the design choice with the black PCB and simple yet elegant large heatsink and wouldn’t mind having a full set of them in my own system. The normal 3400MHz CL timings for these modules are 16-16-16 at 1.35V.

The new ADATA XPG Z2 modules will be demonstrated in running systems at Computex next week from June 2nd to 6th in Taipei, where fans can check them out and see the performance with their own eyes.

G.Skill Announce High Speed DDR4 Memory Kit

The extreme performance memory giant, G.Skill, proudly announced yet another extreme speed DDR4 memory kit. We’ve recently seen memory manufacturers hit over 3000MHz in consumer memory kits; G.Skill then took it up a notch, up to 3666MHz at only 1.35v. This is a first of its kind memory kit; high-speed, 16GB (4x4GB) using premium class Samsung 4GB IC chips.

 This speed was validated on a Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion motherboard, the Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3666MHz memory kit pushes the high-end X99 chipset to new levels of performance.
DDR4 has come a very long way since release back in August 2014. We all know that the limiting factor of the Intel X99 CPU and motherboards are the other components; this new 3666MHz speed has given a glimpse of what that platform can really do. This speed means you can have the ultimate gaming system of workstation with the ability to run smoother than ever before. 

The G.Skill 3666MHz memory kit is equipped with the latest Intel XMP 2.0; a standard that was developed for the X99 platform. This means enthusiasts and overclockers can overclock this memory kit to boost their system with 100% stability with ease.

Like all of the G.Skill memory kit range, this kit includes G.Skill’s limited lifetime warranty; with support via online forums, emails and telephone.

Are you looking to upgrade your memory? Are you waiting for Intel Skylake before you take the plunge? Let us know in the comments.

HyperX Achieves Fastest 128GB DDR4 Memory Kit

G-Skill announced the world’s fastest DDR4 128GB memory not long ago, but we already knew then that they wouldn’t stay on the throne for long. The DDR4 memory market is new and under heavy development at the moment, which means that these records will be broken often by the competition.

This time is no different and it’s Kingston’s HyperX gaming division that set the new record for DDR4 memory kits with 128GB capacity as they announced that they created the world’s fastest 128GB memory kit.

The kit used to break this record consists of eight 16GB HyperX Predator modules (16GB x 8) in quad-channel configuration. The modules were running on an MSI X99 MPOWER motherboard paired with an Intel Core i7 5820K processor. The new modules use tight 16-16-16-36 timings and XMP profiles for easy and stable overclocking.

The new 16GB DDR4 memory modules will be demonstrated at Computex Taipei within a system that’s also packed with their recently released HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD. The live demo will be shown from June 4th to June 7th in their booth at ATT 4 FUN center where we’ll get the final details and specification of these modules, including the price.

$15,000 Laser Turntable – For the Enthusiast With a Heavy Wallet

I love vinyl, although admittedly it’s one hobby too many for my already busy schedule and gadget obsessive lifestyle. The sound of a record is simply unrivalled and while I have a large collection of FLAC and other high-resolution audio files, analogue is king for audiophiles.

Spinning your records and hearing the tick of the needle is fantastic and involving, but there’s another option for those who like to go a little crazy with their credit card. The EIP Laser Turntable plays the record without touching the record, something that many collectors of rare and expensive albums would no doubt love, as it would prevent wear on the surface of the record.

The laser reads the analogue waveform with absolute precision and while that sounds great (literally), it comes with a catch; it costs a whopping $15,000! for the player.

“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up audio information that has never been touched or damaged by a needle. This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.” – EIP

This is cool, but in all honesty, you could spend around £100 for a half decent player and enjoy your collection. You could also spend thousands and get a great deck, with a high-end head and cleaner, spend a fortunate on building an epic collection from your local record store and you would still not have spent as much as this laser player costs, but things with lasers are really cool.

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Tesla Sets Another World Record

Elon Musk must be sitting in his office gleaming with how well his cars are doing; who knew all-electric vehicles were set to change the motoring world as much as they have. This time, a team of drivers have set yet another world record cross-country time from Los Angeles to New York City.

Previously a Tesla team did the journey in 76 hours, but that was all about efficiency rather than time; reason being that fast charge stations weren’t fully covering the entire length of the journey so more care had to be taken with efficiency. This time however, Tesla quick charge stations cover the entire path and the team managed the task in 58 hours and 55 minutes, smashing the previous EV record by around 90 minutes; set by Edmunds last year. This doesn’t even compare to the world record for non-EV’s, set at a mere 28 hours and 50 minutes by the Gumball Rallyers in 2013.

The key to this task was efficiency and speed, spend as little time as possible recharging while maintain the highest average speed; sadly EV’s only drawback is the charging time. The team only spent 12 hours and 48 minutes charging; this was achieved by following a much larger support vehicle in a process known as “drafting”; this enables the front car to take the brunt of air resistance, leaving a sort of air tunnel effect directly behind for following cars to take advantage of.

Once charging times go down and ranges go up, it won’t be long before electric cars become the car of choice for long-distance traveling.

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Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 World Record Set at 5.25 Seconds

The Rubik’s cube, plaguing everyone since the late 1970’s. Millions were sold, millions were broken down to cheat; few were actually completed. Yet there seems to be a steady pace of Rubik’s fans around the world that still attend events revolving around this monstrous creation.

During the finals stages of a Rubik’s Cube competition at Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania on Saturday; Colin Burns sat down to what was to be the world record breaking attempt. The previous record stood at 5.55 seconds, held by Mats Valk from the Netherlands, but Burns slipped in and beat the time by .3 of a second; pinning the new record at 5.253 seconds.

The following video is very loud, please adjust you volume accordingly.

The competition was an officially held event by the World Cube Association; a representative confirmed “Although this result has not been uploaded to the WCA database just yet, we can confirm that this is (or will be soon) the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category. To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness.”

5.25 seconds, it took me that long to understand the first move from a YouTube video. Have you ever completed one? What about without hints off the internet? Let us know in the comments.

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Tomb Raider Scores Global Franchise Record with Over 8.5 Million Copies Sold

While we all knew that Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider was a big success back in 2013, we did not know how big up until now. It seems that Tomb Raider has been classified as the IP’s biggest success and even surpassed other series’ sales with over 8.5 million copies sold.

“Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, today announced that the award-winning TOMB RAIDER® (2013) has sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, more than any other game in the legendary Tomb Raider franchise’s history. Originally released in March 2013, the game also set franchise sales records for its first day and month.”

The title still sells for a fair £14.99 price on Steam or other sources, but the sales record essentially means that Microsoft has potentially secured a next big hit with their Xbox One exclusivity agreement for the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider title.

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Pebble Time’s Kickstarter Smashes Records by Raising more than $20 Million

Pebble’s Time watch has launched on Kickstarter a month ago and has recently closed with a $20.3 million funding campaign.

The Pebble Time is said to feature a colour e-ink display, 20% thinner body, a seven-day battery life and even has a waterproof feature. The watch was available at $179 during the Kickstarter campaign compared to the retail price of $199 you can find it today.

The company’s campaign apparently broke two Kickstarter records. The first one was on the day it launched, having it be the fastest project to raise a huge amount of money in a matter of minutes and the second one was achieved the following week, when it became Kickstarter’s most funded campaign.

For those of you who have contributed to Pebble’s Time watch campaign, it is worth pointing out that the company will start shipping the watches in May.

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7,000 Women Achieved a World Record for Hackathon Ahead of Women’s Day

A three-day coding marathon organised by HackerEarth, a Bengaluru-based coding platform, which started on Friday managed to get together exactly 7134 women from all around the world.

“We want to catalyse a change that encourages more women to take up technology. An IDC report found that only 18% of the 5 million developers in India were women.We want to bridge this gender gap,” said Vivek Prakash, co-founder and CTO of Hacker Earth.

The majority of women, namely around 80%, are said to have been from India, while 12% were from the United States and the rest from 34 countries around the world including UK, New Zealand, Chile, and Iraq, having to work in big-name companies such as Walmart Labs, Altimetrik, ThoughtWorks, Snapdeal, Akamai, SanDisk, Harman, Capillary, HCL, AT&T, Freshdesk, VMware and Practo.

“Writing great code can be fun for everyone.Women might feel intimidated because they do not get to see many other women in the industry .While this is unfortunate, it is surmountable.Which is why we are very happy to be a part of HackerEarth’s women’s hackathon,” said Kaushik Ghosh, head of people at ThoughtWorks India.

While the current record has been set, there is still room for another one to be set, as there’s still one more day left!

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Apple Announces New App Store Record

Apple has announced record breaking new year sales on the App Store. New Year’s Day turned out to be a record for App Store sales, “New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history”. The company also announced that developers have made a total of $25 Billion in the history of the App Store.

“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.” – Apple VP Eddy Cue.

The company also went to great lengths to highlight how it has produced over 1 million jobs in the US, with over half of that due to the App Store.

“In just six years, the iOS ecosystem has helped create 627,000 jobs in the US alone.* The App Store offers more than 1.4 million apps for iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 725,000 of these apps made for iPad. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 24 categories, including games, social networking, photo & video, sports, health & fitness, travel, kids and many more.”

Source: 9to5Mac 

SteelSeries Launches the Sentry Eye Tracker

The latest gadget out of the house of SteelSeries is the Sentry Eye Tracker and is designed to give web-streamers a new method of presenting their content as well as pro-gamers that want to optimize their flow by recording and analyzing their eye movements.

 

“Today, with our Sentry Eye Tracker, we are announcing an entirely new way for streamers and viewers to see the game,” Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “This is just the tip of the innovation iceberg for Sentry, and we could not be more excited to realize all the possibilities that emerge when your game knows where your eyes are looking.”

Gamers can also set the Sentry Eye Tracker up for controls, making it possible to activate something by just looking at it. This could be extremely useful, but also very hilarious and frustrating when happening by accident. The Sentry Eye Tracker works with 3 NIR LEDs that track and record your eye movements 50 times per second.

The new SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker should be available now for an MSRP of $199.99.

Thanks to SteelSeries for providing us with this information

Images and Video courtesy of SteelSeries

UK Vinyl Record Sales Reach 1 Million

For the first time since 1996, 1 million vinyl records have been sold in the UK.

The Official Chart Company told the BBC that sales this year will reach £20 million – incredible for a technology that was practically “written off”.

“In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic,”.

The records don’t end there though either – earlier this month, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl release since 1997.

It has been suggested that this could well just be a niche thing, that probably wont go much further. In a world where digital music is king, it’s hard to see young One Direction fans popping down to HMV to buy their latest record. They’re more likely to go and download it (sometimes legally) or further still, stream it. One Direction celebrated 1 billion streams on Spotify just earlier this week.

It does however raise a point that many have been keen to discuss recently – are digital music sales and streaming making enough money for artists? Is this rise in vinyl a sign of struggling artists turning to more novel, material sales in an effort to generate a profit?

What do you think, is this just a fad for hipsters, or is it a sign of things to come for struggling musicians?

Source: BBC News

Vivo X5 MAX – The World’s Thinnest Phone

Vivo are set to release their world-first smartphone as has been confirmed thanks to leaked photos being posted by news networks around the globe.

Vivo’s chief marketing officer Lei Feng, recently broke the news on their new X5 MAX device, claiming a thickness of only 4.75 mm and still managing to utilize a 3.5 mm audio jack allowing for users to enjoy a Hi-Fi quality audio experience.

Apparently no compromise has been made in the name of being thin, as is often seen within weight-reducing car brands or people looking to loose a few Christmas kilograms. Vivo has claims their motherboard design accounts for only 1.7 mm of thickness within the device and the 4.75 mm total thickness also utilizes a metal framed design.

Some reports are claiming that this phone will be rated at 3.75 mm thick on release, unfortunately we have received very mixed results when trying to browse for an exact answer. Whichever answer is right, one thing is clear – this phone is going to be super slim either way. Currently Oppo hold the record with their R 5 phone, sitting pretty at 4.85 mm – it seems that relatively unknown Vivo is looking to take this up a notch, most likely as a marketing scheme (and rightfully so).

Unfortunately there is no announced release date or product pricing yet for this new piece of tech, but we will endeavor to report as the story develops.

Image and information courtesy of MyDrivers

Move Over Felix – Google Exec Breaks Sky Jump Record

Google’s Vice-President Alan Eustace has just plummeted to the earth from a height of 135,890 feet to smash Felix Baumgartner’s world record set in 2012. The 24th of October marks the official record date, seeing Eustace ascend to toward space in a helium balloon and free-fall plummet back toward earth at over 820 miles per hour. This means he was not only able to break the sound barrier, but also knocked Baumgartner’s speed record off the top too.

The 57-year old tech executive wore a pressurized space-like suit during his two-hour climb to his great height, however the descent took a mere 15 minutes over the New Mexico desert.

I’m sure you’re wondering why you had no idea this was going on, especially seeing as Baumgartner’s record in 2012 was highly publicized and even live streamed. We’ve been told that this attempt was part of a project by the Paragon Space Development corporation, set as an exploration of the stratosphere – rather than a marketing stunt.

We’ve been told that Google did not have any part to play in this jump, Eustace decided to walk this one alone.

Image courtesy of AFP

NVIDIA GTX980 Breaks Records

NVIDIA’s Maxwell has proven to be quite the performance beast with results already reported of 2050MHz core clock speeds being run through the 3DMark FireStrike testing platform.

Last Friday NVIDIA released their new Maxwell architecture cards, the GTX980 and GTX970. Boasting higher performance results, lower power consumption and a vast range of overclocking options, NVIDIA’s new champion products certainly had something to prove. As expected, the new Maxwell chip has already proven itself in the overclockers field with reports of a 1.35GHz core speed being available through overclocking on air cooling alone – we were excited to see what can be done with a little extra assistance.

NVIDIA claimed before release that the 2GHz core frequency record could be achieved, with overclockers being able to reach this milestone the same day as the cards release. Not only was a record broken for core speeds, but the 3DMark FireStrike points record was also smashed.

As mentioned above, the new Maxwell chip GTX980 was used to break this record, capping at a core frequency of 2050MHz, a memory frequency of 2103MHz and supported by a Core Xeon E5-1660 CPU v3.8 16 threads CPU- running at 5.260GHz. The 3DMark FireStrike score was clocked at 19,040 points with a score of 9,191 points in the ‘extreme scenes’.

We’ve been told that the 2050MHz reading is not the end for the Maxwells overclocking capabilities – we’ll report on any furter advancements in this overclocking journey.

Cover courtesy of WCCF Tech
Inset image courtesy of EXP Review

$5,000 Mega Tivo Looks Like Rack Server

Every few months I get to a point with my Sky+ box where I realise I’ve got just a few percent of the storage remaining. Then starts the race, do I delete stuff I want to keep, or try to watch all the unseen stuff in a short space of time, so that I can then delete it and free up space for my pending recordings! It’s a tough moment to deal with and a fine example of a first world problem.

There is one solution, or at least one way of delaying this situation from happening for a very long time, a Tivo that packs an impressive 24TB of storage, wow!

This monster PVR holds 24TB of storage in a RAID 5 configuration, features hot-swappable drives and packs enough space for 26,000 hours of SD footage, more than enough for three years of TV back to back.

Recording in HD takes a big hit on the system, kicking you down to a mere 4,000 hours of recording time, which is about five months. Although chances are you’ll be recording a mixture of HD and SD so you should get something well above five months and this is of course still significantly more than the stock TiVo offerings.

It’ll be easy to fill too, given that the TiVo mega features six tuners for recording, so it’s unlikely you’ll run into many conflicts. Want to watch multiple shows on multiple screens and devices? No problem, the Mega will stream to movies phones, tablets and more over a network.

The TiVo Mega is impressive, but the downside is that it costs $5,000! Meanwhile you could just build your own NAS and save yourself a fortune.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

The Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Records

The Coolest Cooler has broken the previous fundraising record on Kickstarter held by the Pebble Smart Watch with a staggering $13.285.226, the Pebble Smart watch only made $10.2 million. It sure looks like people take their time away from home serious and want to have the best cooler with them. And this sure aint no ordinary cooler, it’s the smartest cooler on the block.

This is One amazing cooler, with most things you could need while away at the beach already build-in. There is an 18 Volt Battery powered blender to mix your favourite drinks. It has a rechargeable and replaceable battery. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker is removeable and has multi-streaming abilities. It has a build-in dual USB charger and LED Light. It also has a gear tie-down to secure anything on top that doesn’t go inside. The cooler divider doubles as a cutting board. It has extra wide tires for easy rolling through sand without sinking and has an integrated storage for plates and knife. And don’t forget the bottle opener. The fun times at the beach should be secured with a device like this.

The cooler comes in three different colours. Margarita green, Coolest Orange or Blue Moon, but besides the colour they are identical. Early birds were able to snag up the cooler for $165-185 while the rest will have to add another $135 when it hits the retail market.

While I did expect this Kickstarter campaign to be very successful when I first saw it, I would never have expected it to make that much, and certainly not to break the record set by Pebble.

Thank you Kickstarter for sharing this information with us.

Images courtesy of Kickstarter.

Longest off-Earth Driving Record Broken by NASA Opportunity Rover

NASA’s Opportunity has been on the surface of the Red Planet for a decade and has driven 25 miles. The previous record for the most miles driven off-Earth was held by the Soviet Union Lunokhod 2. The record was given to Opportunity on July 27 as it drove 157 feet to reach 25.01 miles on the odometer. Now for those who want to know the figures of speed and all that stuff, I’ve done it for you.

There are 365 days in a year, 365 x 10 is 3650.

There are 8765.81 hours in a year. 8761.81 x 10 is 87658.1

The rover has been on mars for a decade (roughly) and traveled 25 miles in this time.

The average speed in MPH is roughly, 0.0000000000000001mph. Pretty fast right!

If the rover continues of it’s current course it will reach a site scientists call marathon valley, this is a very important place as it’s where clay is believed to be exposed on the surface or the red planet.

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information,

Image courtesy of Tweaktown.

Opportunity Sets New Record for Longest Distance Driven off-Earth

Opportunity first touched down on the red planet back in 2004, at which point its original mission plan only required it to drive for 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) within its first 90 days on Mars. Of course it’s not uncommon for many space missions to out last their original mission, and with plenty of juice in the batteries the Mars rover has been going strong for ten years now.

Opportunity recently clocked up 25.01 miles of driving on the Martian landscape, putting it firmly ahead of the previous record holder, the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover which had covered 24.2 miles in its life time after landing on the moon in 1973. This is a huge achievement for a piece of hardware that was only intended to run a 90 day mission, it wasn’t even supposed to last more than one year!

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Manager John Callas said it is “not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance.”

How long the rover will continue its extended mission is unknown, but NASA are hoping it has what it takes to make it at least one more mile to a new investigation site, and we wish it the best of luck on its journey.

Thank you NASA for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NASA.