Lexus Shows Real Rideable Hoverboard?

We’ve previously seen the some attempts to create hoverboards, but none of them were the real deal. The Hendo hoverboard requires a specialized metal surface to operate and while the leaf blower home build did work, it wasn’t any beauty nor was it as compact as a normal skateboard.

Now someone else enters the arena and it is a surprising contender. The car manufacturer Lexus has shown off a video on YouTube with what they claim to be the real deal. A working, real, rideable hoverboard. The demonstration video is very short and doesn’t show much, but what it does show looks pretty amazing.

The new hoverboard project is called SLIDE and it is the fourth project in the ‘Amazing in Motion’ series by Lexus where they challenge themselves in order to create something unique. The Lexus hoverboard

Lexus defines the SLIDE hoverboard as true engineering innovation, and they will bring regular updates on the progress of this extraordinary projects on the future.

What do you think? Is it the real deal or just a clever marketing stunt? Would you want one if it is real? Let us know in the comments. We’ll make sure to keep you, our readers, updated with anything new in this area.

Rumors of Radeon R9 390X Water Cooled Edition Surface under the Shape of a Slide

VideoCardz leaked part of a slide from an in-house presentation called “2015 Future of Radeon” which is said to be shown next week to AIB partners. The slide seems to confirm rumors that the R9 390X 8GB HBM and that it will have a WCE variant as well.

The slide seems to show some key features of what seems to be the WCE variant of the R9 390X, though the information should be taken with a grain of salt as it might turn out to be just a rumor.

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The Top 10 Features of Microsoft’s Office 2016 Mac Preview

Microsoft is finally releasing a new redesigned version of its Office suite for Mac this year. The new suite is the first refresh of Microsoft Office for Mac since 2011, a 5 year gap during which Microsoft did not release any new version for Apple’s operating system.

The new Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook apps aim to bring the Office suit in par with the Windows version in terms of design and functionality. Being a preview version means that the apps are not perfect. However, Microsoft states that it will only use the user feedback to make a few minor tweaks and improvements, which leads to believe that the final product will be more or less how it looks and feels now.

The top 10 features of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac, as highlighted by Mashable, includes a Full Screen View Support, clearly emphasising that Office 2016 for Mac is truly built for Yosemite and can switch from windowed to full screen, compared to its predecessor which could not.
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Microsoft has also made some design changes and redesigned the Ribbons, making a consistency between both Windows and Mac version. These are now the same on both operating systems.
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The suite now lets you share your documents with easy through the Sharing button in the upper right corner. Documents shared via link can even be opened directly from the email.
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Sharing a document with a collaborator now allows you to have Threaded Conversations within comments in Word and Powerpoint. Though it is not as good as in Google Drive, it does show that Microsoft is moving forward into the right direction.
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Microsoft has also included a new Formula Builder in its latest version, making it easier to use Excel’s formula functions in your work.
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Powerpoint has also received an improvement in terms of transitioning, having Microsoft adding a variety of Transitions and a separate panel for managing animations within the presentation.
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One key feature most people using a Mac and frequently require Powerpoint will find extremely useful is the Presenter View, which lets users see the entire slide deck, note, and a timer, while an external display beams the current slide to the audience.
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Microsoft has also added a nifty feature, namely Removable Palettes, for those who desire to customize the Office apps view to better suit their needs
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The OneNote app has not been forgotten as well, having it come with a Tags function which makes it easy to quickly categorize notes by topic.
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Lastly, Outlook has suffered some minor improvements as well, having added the Conversations feature which allows users to sort their inbox by conversations, in addition to date, attachments, priority level and other categories.
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Microsoft’s Office 2016 Preview for Mac can be downloaded from here.

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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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AMD Updates Roadmap, Toronto to Feature Dual IMC

An interesting update on AMD’s Toronto Platform has appeared. According to a Bitsandchips.it, it would seem that AMD is going to allow both DDR3 and DDR4 support simultaneously on this platform.

The Toronto APU and CPU are part of the AMD Opteron platform and are going to use the Excavator cores. The previously leaked roadmap showed support for either DDR3 or DDR4 memory, but now it would appear that they are going to support both thanks to Dual IMCs (Integrated Memory Controller).

AMD has previously steered clear of DDR4 memory but seem to have reversed their decision. The Opteron platform currently houses the Berlin APU and Toronto is the successor of the same with the next revision of Bulldozer architecture. Both the APU and CPUs will have 4 cores.

Carrizo was supposed to have DDR4 Memory but this was abandoned due to the high cost of the memory in question. With Toronto aimed at the server market, costs aren’t so relevant as to the consumer market. As long as the performance increases relative to the costs, it will be a success. The fact that DDR4 supports a higher memory density at a lower power consumption increases these odds. Future compatibility is guaranteed as well..

As always, rumours should be treated as such and the slide isn’t in the best quality either. It will be interesting to see the official statements from AMD.

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Indiegogo Project Aims to Detect and Cure Malaria in Indonesia Using an iPhone Kit

A project found on Indiegogo, the crowd-funding website for startup projects, states that malaria can be found and cured in Bangka, an island in Indonesia, using an iPhone-based malaria diagnostics kit.

The researchers believe that if the disease can be found and treated in time, it could lead to its complete eradication from the island. They even believe that, if the project proves to be a success, it can be rolled out on a large-scale in Africa as well.

“We want to prove that we can have a significant effect on malaria case management throughout one of these regions. The first study of this kind will take place on Bangka Island in Indonesia. With this study, we have set ourselves the goal of eradicating malaria from the entirety of Bangka Island during malaria high season.” the team of researchers state.

The kit itself is called IanXen RAPID and consists of a iPhone, a portable microscope attached to it, blood slides and lancet pen.

The process seems simple enough too. A blood drop is placed on the slide, having it be examined through the microscope by an app. The results are then said to be given out in a matter of seconds.

The team of researchers believe that this method could be a great solution for a much wider deployment by enabling diagnosis to be carried out with a fully portable kit and at a much lower cost than conventional equipment.

On Indiegogo, the project asks for small donation fee of just £5 / $8.50, stating that it will help fund the project and can even get your name mentioned on the project’s Twitter feed. Also, people feeling generous can even opt for one of the higher donation levels available on the website.

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