Companies, Mobile, Samsung, Smartphones

Samsung Brings The Goods With Note 5 In Gold Platinum

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Platinum

Gold is awesome. Gold Platinum, hell, that’s even better. Samsung decided to refresh the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lineup (probably for the upcoming holidays) with a new exterior finish option available for their smartphones. The Note 5 is an excellent phone. It features nice specifications and a large sized screen, giving the business people plenty to cheer for. The phone comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560×1440 resolution, Exynos 7420 Octa-Core SoC, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of built-in storage, 5MP front shooter, 16MP rear camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, and a capacious 3,000 mAh battery. On the other


Business, Companies, Intel, VR World

Intel Releases Business Outlook At Annual Investor Meeting

By pulling ads on Gamasutra, Intel was targeted by the biased media with a stream of biased news.

At Intel Corporation’s annual investor meeting held on Friday, the company announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its cash dividend to $1.04 per-share on an annual basis, an eight-cent increase, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2016. Intel also provided the 2016 Business Outlook. “Our financials show that Intel’s transformation is underway, and we’re forecasting growth for 2016,” said Stacy Smith, Intel CFO. “The 2016 dividend increase reflects confidence in the strategy and Intel’s ongoing commitment to create value and return cash to shareholders.” At today’s investor meeting, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed


Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News

Are Daily Fantasy Games (IL)Legal Gambling Sites?

HBO dedicated a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver show to the problem of online gambling.

In case you’ve missed it, HBO’s news show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ ran a piece over Daily Fantasy games. The question are these games legal or not is something that both eSports and real sports and gambling industry will have to answer. We invite you to spend a bit of Friday by watching this 19 minute clip which would be amusing, if there wasn’t for a fact that the two largest players, DraftKings and FanDuel, aren’t estimated to be worth over a billion dollars each. Of course, just as with Uber, Airbnb and other ‘industry disruptors’, both DraftKings and FanDuel attracted serious, eight-


Enterprise, Graphics, Hardware, News, Operating Systems, VR World, Windows

SPEC Releases New Workstation Benchmark

SPECwpc V2.0 GUI

The Workstation Performance Characterization Group inside SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) launched a new workstation benchmark at the Supercomputing Conference (SC’15) held this week in Austin, TX. New SPECwpc V2.0 benchmark marks a new chapter for SPECwpc body, which creates professional benchmarks utilized by commercial entities and research institutes in order to find the ultimate hardware performance on a set of industry-standard benchmarks. Most of upgrades were focusing on changes going on with the PC architecture. According to SPECwpc, these are the upgrades inside the benchmark suite: Improved storage workloads that better reflect performance of NAND Flash devices for high-capacity data storage. Better scalability measurement for


Analysis, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion,

Opinion: eSports and Video Gaming in 2016

Fans are watching an eSports tournament live... in quite the substantial numbers, like the recently sold-out Madison Square Garden.

As we move into 2016 it’s time to look ahead to the newest technology being used in gaming releases next year. For once, the eSports tournaments are now increasingly attended and these might incorporate elements of the latest technologies on the market. eSports traditionally have been considered of a flop as the reality never quite lives up to the consumer idea. Many go along expecting a virtual reality environment and are disappointed when presented with a room of gamers going head to head. The broadcasting of these matches can leave a lot to be desired, with large screens displaying out of ratio game screens. Still, eSports


Apple, Companies, iOS, Mobile, Operating Systems

Apple Advances Past The $1 billion sales mark in India


Apple crossed the $1-billion sales mark in Indian operations for the first time, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. The company posted a 44% increase in sales and have doubled their profits overall. This marks success at yet another emerging market for Apple. The Indian market provides impressive sales, growth and revenue for the tech giant. The sales value of over $1 billion also marks another step in turning Apple into one of the biggest companies in the IT sector in the world today. Getting a better grip on markets like this will help in the quest of becoming


Breaking, News, , VR World

Silicon Valley Suicides Cannot be Ignored

Cover theme in The Atlantic December 2015 issue: Silicon Valley Suicides.

Growing up in the world of social media means you are bombarded with information coming left, right and center. Unfortunately, the positive pressure can lead in a negative spiral and that spiral ends with runaways (in mild cases) and suicides in worst. Examples of competitive athletes dropping dead on the field in the first two to three years of being professionals are sadly, increasingly common. What is more troubling is that the same level of competitive pressure is now appearing in what needs to be creative disciplines, more known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Growth of UC Schools such as Stanford and Berkeley, UCSF in a


3D, AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

14nm AMD Greenland tapes out: Attack on NVIDIA Pascal, Intel Xeon Phi


Couple of days ago, GlobalFoundries issued a press release stating that they ‘demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.’ “FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products,” said Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices.


Apple, Companies, Internet of Things (IoT)

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock 1

The official Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is now available to purchase from While the highly hyped Apple Watch didn’t come with an official magnetic charging dock, there were many third-party options available. This sort of rectifies the mistake made by the Cuppertino based company. The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock comes with well-known Apple’s minimalistic design and it looks good. The white device will serve to charge your smart watch and provide owners with another novelty item to put on their desks and/or nightstands as well. With a white Apple Watch modelling the charger it will be interesting to see how green, red, orange


Android, Companies, Google, iOS, Mobile, Operating Systems, Smartphones, , Tablets

Google Plus Just Took A More Fashionable Turn


Google just released information about the pending Google Plus update. The popular, but not the highest popular social media network out there, just got better. The reasons are several: there is a new design, a completely revamped way of how you use Google Plus and quite an interesting selection of features coming up. For many, Google Plus has been and is an unwanted child of the social media world – but in all true fairness, it does bring a whole lot to the table, that most of us haven’t really utilized or understood well enough. Google has been talking with their users, all in order


3D, AMD, Companies, Graphics, Hardware

AMD Launches ‘Boltzmann Initiative’


AMD inputted a lot of strategic investments in heterogeneous system architecture (HSA). The most logical step forward is building a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems. This is what the “Boltzmann Initiative” is all about it seems. The “Boltzmann Initiative” leverages HSA’s ability to harness both central processing units (CPU) and AMD FirePro™ graphics processing units (GPU) for maximum compute efficiency through software. The first results of the initiative are featured this week at SC15 and include the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC); a headless Linux® driver and HSA runtime infrastructure for cluster-class, High Performance Computing (HPC); and the Heterogeneous-compute Interface for


AMD, Business, CPU, Enterprise, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Nvidia

Intel Moves to Attack NVIDIA Quadro, AMD FirePro Market

Intel Xeon Phi "Knights Landing" Chip Package

At the recently held 2015 HotChips conference, Avinash Sodani (KNL Chief Architect, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel) gave a speech how Intel plans to expand the Xeon Phi product lineup from a server-only, PCIe card concept into three different packages, which would appeal to the workstation and server customers in different fields. On SC’15 Conference, which takes place in Austin, TX – Intel finally confirmed the strategy and is coming out with a workstation product that will feature a fully-enabled Knights Landing (KNL) Many-Core processor. In the first half of 2016, the company will ship Intel-built, Intel-branded workstation powered by self-booting Xeon Phi processor. The processor will be able to boot standard


Companies, Internet of Things (IoT)

Pandora scoops up Rdio technology and employees for $75M


Pandora today announced an agreement to acquire several key assets from Rdio, a pioneer in streaming music technology. This will accelerate the company’s plan to offer fans greater control over the music they love, strengthening Pandora’s position as the definitive source of music. With thanks to some restrictions, Pandora is not available in all parts of the world. “Whether streaming through radio, on-demand or in-person at live events, Pandora is building the definitive source for fans to discover and celebrate music,” said Brian McAndrews, chief executive officer at Pandora. “Wherever and however fans want to hear music, we intend to be their go-to destination.” In


Companies, CPU, Hardware, Intel, VR World

Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E Processor Coming Soon?


Intel’s next generation HEDT (High-End desktop) family isn’t scheduled to launch soon, but the leaked information confirms the upcoming Intel Core i7-6950X will be based on the Broadwell-E architecture, scheduled to arrive in spring 2016. Unlike the previous rumors about the processor family, the i7-6950X should be a performance monster with feature 10 cores i.e. 20 Threads, giving enthusiasts the fastest CPU on which they could base their high-end systems. The latest news on the Broadwell-E family comes from XFastest who have confirmed that Intel’s Core i7-6950X processor will be coming soon. The Intel Core i7-6950X processor should run with a base clock of mere 3.00 GHz, followed by a turbo boost clock that has yet to be


Hardware, Intel, Reviews, Smart Home

From HPC to HTPC: Can HTPC Become Your Main PC?

Intel Mini PC NUC5i5RYK

In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our


Business, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile, Wearables

Fossil spends $260M on wearables startup Misfit


Fossil Group announced that they will enter a definitive agreement to acquire wearable startup Misfit. The acquisition thus enables the watchmaker to venture into different areas of wearable products, adding to their lineup. Misfit brings to Fossil Group a scalable cloud and app platform, a world-class software and hardware engineering team, a native wearable technology brand and a pipeline of innovative products. “We have a significant opportunity to add technology and connectivity across our platform of watches and accessories,” said Kosta Kartsotis, chief executive officer of Fossil Group. “With the acquisition of Misfit, Fossil Group will be uniquely positioned to lead the convergence of style


Entertainment, Videos, VR World

UPDATED Watch Longer Trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Yes, December cannot come sooner! The good folk at LucasFilm are once again making us crave the upcoming title in the Star Wars movie saga. Today, a Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was released. It’s another showcase of this upcoming movie, but it’s a somewhat longer one. The whole story is yet more revealed in this short showcase. It also features some rather impressive battle footage and scenery. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed, co-produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams. The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, it features actors such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam


Buying Guides, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Opinion

Which Computer Should You Buy?


Buying a computer is more complicated than it needs to be.  If you are a gamer or a computer enthusiast, this post is not for you. Stop now and move along to your next article. I wrote this article to help those who think buying a computer is challenging because of all the choices, options, and hardware to consider. One reason I believe Apple has done so well over recent years is by bringing a simplicity to the buying process that just isn’t there for traditional Windows-based PCs. Most people I know buy and use these traditional Windows-based PCs, and I hope this article can help take


Entertainment, Videos, VR World

Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to theaters December 18, 2015. It is the seventh part of the highly appreciated movie saga, delivering science fiction fans another great movie to look forward to. We are less than two months away from the release and the TV spot will make you eager to watch the movie even more. The old Star Wars characters are back. The Empire is back. The well-known gadgets, ships and vessels as well. The cuddly new robot is here as well, bringing that cuteness overload to the harsh Star Wars universe, that we’ve all learned to like and appreciate. If you


Business, News, VR World

IBM: Disruption has Already Happened

IBM Corporate Logo

Every day, our inbox gets flooded with gazillion startups claiming they’re on a path of market disruption. From another standpoint, numerous funds and banks love to talk about disruption and claim that we will live in a ‘brave new world’ thanks to services they provide. ‘Big Blue’, nickname for an IT giant from Armonk in New York state, decided to claim something different – that the digital disruption already happened. Now, some claims from the slide are quite exaggerated (Netflix?), but we will leave you to bring your own conclusions. The message IBM sends is quite clear and the question is what kind of services IBM offers to