First Look at AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Review Samples

Pictures have been released online of the all new AMD Radeon Fury X samples. A chap over at PCPop managed to find one and post some pictures. The new GPU is seen packaged in a very sturdy and fancy box with the well-known AMD logo on it. No sign of a dedicated Fury logo surprises me, there is also no sign of a logo on any of the documentation and manuals of the Fury logo.

The card itself has 4 logos printed on it, an LED one on the side, a red Radeon logo on the front, a laser etched one on the I/O ports and the final one on the fan; none of which even states Fury.

The GPU looks to be made of a nice aluminium casting, finished in a soft to touch black coating and a black gloss. The front plate is removable and AMD are stating that they expect modders to design their own plates with 3d printing systems. It won’t affect the cards functionality or cooling, as the cooling will be done by the attached water cooling loop with a radiator.

From the pictures below we can see that the cooling loop is shielded with a very nice and clean-looking braiding which then connects into a single 90mm radiator and fan. The cards official TDP is 275w but the connectors and PCI slot can give up to 375W.

And finally, the first GPU-Z screenshot of the new card:

Please note that the bandwith shown is incorrect (should be 512gb/s) but I’m sure this will be because the creator of GPU-Z needs to make a few tweaks in order to cope with the new chip.

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Intel Skylake-S Samples Shipping to Partners

It has been a couple of months since we heard the last rumours about the second-generation 14nm manufacturing process from Intel in the form of Skylake. Now we’ve been presented with something that seems more real than just rumours, the first actual photograph of a sample sent out to motherboard manufacturers.

Skylake-S will be using an LGA 1151 socket and be paired with the Z170, H170, B150, Q150 and Q170 chipsets. The first two samples sent out are non-overclock version with 2.3GHz base and a boost to 2.9GHz on the first where the second sample has 2.2GHz base speed and a 2.4GHz boost. The first mentioned has integrated GT2 graphics while the second one doesn’t have Intel HD graphics on the chip.

The information at hand now suggests that the Skylake will support both DDR3 and DDR4 memory. It however looks like these two samples are using DDR4 ECC memory and hence suggesting that these are workstation processors. The TDP is 95W on the faster of the two and 80W on the smaller one without iGPU. Intel will officially be releasing the Greenlow platform in 2015, and the Skylake-S Z170 chips are part of this.

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Small Device Tells if Your Drink has been Injected with a Noxious Solution

A device that tells if your drink has been injected with a noxious device, or spiked for short, has appeared on Indiegogo, aiming to rise about $100,000. Its name is pd.id (Personal Drink ID) and is said to have the size of a pack of gum, blinking red in just a few seconds if dipped into a drink which has a contaminant.

Its creator, J. Davids Wilson, said that the hardware uses the same tech as the US DEA, but shrunk down to a smaller than usual size. It works by analysing the sample taken from the drink, its density, resistance and temperature in order to determine if a foreign agent is present in it, such as rohypnol.

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Once (and if most likely) the crowdfunding sum of $100,000 is raised, the team is said to bring the gear to the market in just six months. The starting price for the pd.id is said to be set at $75 per unit and yes, the device is reusable, so you won’t have to pay that sum after sampling every drink. The device, ridiculous as it may be, should be a nice addition to have when going on a night out in the club or parties. After drinking a few, you never know everyone’s thoughts around you. Just be sure not to lose the device in a drink.

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Canada and NASA Team Up To Stop Asteroid That Could Hit Earth

Canada is said to be teaming up with NASA to work on its Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer mission, or OSIRIS-REx for short, having its main objective be the first US probe to return samples from an asteroid.

A $61 million laser-based system named the Laser Altimeter (OLA), provided by Canada, is said to be mounted on the side of the probe and will serve scientists with high-resolution 3D maps of the asteroid named Bennu. With the images, scientists are then able to search for a safe place to land the probe in order to collect samples.

The Bennu asteroid is said to be 500 meters in diameter and regularly crosses Earth’s orbit, posing a chance to will hit our planet each time it passes. Calculations have previously indicated that there is one chance out of 1,800 that Bennu will hit Earth in 2182. However, the calculations are still not that precise. This is why scientists are anxious about the project and are eagerly awaiting the samples from the asteroid.

The probe is said to be ready for launch in 2016 and will reach the asteroid in 2018. The mission the will consist of the probe hovering Bennu for approximately 8 months, time that will be used for searching for a safe spot to collect the samples. Once that has been found, the probe is said to hover a few meters above the surface of the asteroid and collect the samples, having a return to Earth date set for 2023.

While the mission aims to serve scientist with the knowledge needed to predict the asteroid’s true path, it is said that the project itself aims at providing a deeper understanding of how asteroids are connected to the origins of the solar system as well.

The public is said to also be invited for the ride by sending their names on the round-trop journey to the asteroid. It is said that the name will be on the spacecraft, which will remain in space long after returning the sample return capsule to Earth. Sign-ups are said to close on September 30th, 2014 and people who would like to have their names floating around in the galaxy could fill up the form here.

Thank you Yahoo News for providing us with this information
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Microsoft Announced Nine New OEMs While Giving Reference Design For Windows Phone

Latest news reveals Microsoft opening its Windows Phone gates to handset makers in an attempt to skyrocket forward into the mobile market. The company has announced a new reference design hardware sample for potential OEMs and ODMs which includes having reduced hardware requirements to make it easier for new manufacturers to adapt the Windows Phone OS on their handsets.

Having launched the oem.windowsphone.com website, Microsoft will allow any potential manufacturer to view and review key component and design details based on the Qualcomm reference design. Besides the latter, Microsoft has also made the Windows Phone OS more universal, allowing OEMs to install the operating system on current Android handsets.

The move might look surprising and also a bit desperate, however the company has already enlisted quite a few manufacturers up for the grab of this new idea, including HTC, Samsung, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, LG Electronics, XOLO, Gionee, Karbonn and Foxconn. However, the idea might backfire and Windows Phone could also lose some substantial ground here if something goes wrong.

“We are pleased to add these new partners to our expanding Windows Phone ecosystem. They will be key contributors to continued growth across price points and geographies for Windows Phone,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM Division at Microsoft.

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Future Generations Get To Know How Important People Sounded Like Through Wikipedia

Wikipedia is starting to add celebrity and other public figure voices to one of its projects, called WikiVIP, which stands for “Wikipedia Voice Intro Project”. What is it you ask? Well, Wikipedia thought it could do with some voices through all its article lines, namely important and known people will be voice sampled and the recordings saved on the Wikipedia database for preservation purposes.

The project was started by Wikipedia editors Andy Mabbett and Andrew Gray, who approach celebrities and explained this idea. The first celebrity to join the project was Stephen Fry, who now has a sample of his speaking voice on Wikipedia. The aim is to attract and spread the word so as other public figures, scientists, artists, etc. hear about the project and get their voice sample taken by the Wikipedia team.

Even BBC has reportedly started supporting Wikipedia, having short clips from some of its programming sent for preservation as well. The voices range from Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Augn San Suu Kyi. All recordings have been announced to have an open-license in order to allow others to use them freely. They can be uploaded to Wikipedia Commons in an open format, such as Ogg Vobis, sort of like mp3 but without patents restricting them.

The aim of the project and the preservation of voices is to help “current and future generations” to hear how celebrities and public figures sounded like, basically adding a voice to a face. Those who have Wikipedia pages about them are apparently encouraged to contact the WikiVIP team with a voice recording sample to help contribute to the growing database.

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Free Toilet Paper Or Inexpensive Advertising Star Toilet Paper Has Your Behind

Tired of paying for toilet paper, I sure am, that is why I am always looking for a deal or coupons for toilet paper, after all it just goes down the toilet with the other waste!

We use toilet paper for many different things, from packing material, cleaning eyeglasses, nose care, removing make-up, to cover the toilet seat, and of course the most common use to wipe our hineys! How many rolls of TP do you use each day? I have seen a single person use an entire roll in one day, just on their nose. While I have seen others who have used up entire rolls in the bathroom. What would you do if you could get your TP for FREE? I would get the free TP, but that is me, I of course would prefer the soft multi-ply TP, though anything will do.

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Star Toilet Paper is a great way to keep consumers looking at their advertisements, since customers will likely be stuck in some stinky situations with only the TP to read. Though there are likely to be some awesome coupons, and even some cool QR codes for those of you with smart phones. At the same time, if you have a venue, you could have the opportunity to get the FREE toilet paper! So if you are looking for a new way to advertise, or if you’re looking to keep costs down, check out their website.

Get a FREE SAMPLE, don’t forget to let them know that eTeknix sent you haha!

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