AMD, Breaking, Business, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

On the Eighth Day of VR, God Created Radeon RX Series

AMD's Roadmap calls for 2016 to be the "Year of Polaris"

At the Computex Taipei trade show in Taiwan, AMD officially introduced the first products based on Polaris GPU architecture. Radeon RX Series also marks AMD’s arrival to 14nm and FinFET process technologies, delivered by GlobalFoundries. This manufacturing process, alongside the design decisions the team made several quarters ago marks the return of graphics wars, hitting the price points old 28nm planar process could not dream off. When the company originally announced the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, it made a critical decision to change its product strategy. The new strategy is called “Water Drop,” where products are being released to select markets after serious discussions and evaluations of the market where

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AMD, Breaking, Business, CPU, Enterprise, Event, Graphics, Hardware, News

AMD Discloses Impressive ZEN Performance

AMD Investor Presentation

During the recent 2016 Annual Shareholding Meeting, AMD’s leadership disclosed their targets for the upcoming three years. The company is building its strategy on the only possible growth plan – building the fastest technology their engineers came come up with, and then produce the silicon which will come to market branded either as AMD, an AMD-THATIC joint-venture or as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony… and a new mysterious client for the semi-custom business. “We have new Semi-Custom business in the back half of the year that commences then, and we have the traditional Semi-Custom business with our game console partners that seasonally peaks in the third quarter. So a

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AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Computex Taipei, Event, Hardware, Intel, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR)

Zotac to Launch a VR Mini PC Powerhouse

Zotac Magnus EN980 Final Design

Computex Taipei is upon us. Starting on Monday, over 150,000 people will descent onto the capital of Taiwan, a small independent country which is the home to manufactures of our digital life.  One vendor not coming out of Taiwan is ZOTAC International, a company operating out of Macau. This brother of Sapphire mostly manufacturers NVIDIA and Intel devices, while Sapphire Technologies is in charge of manufacturing AMD-powered components and devices. “This Computex comes at the right time for us to showcase our technical capabilities with award winning designs,” states Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “We are extremely thrilled to introduce our lineup of solutions that exhibits our innovation and adventurous

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD is Working on a Bollywood VR Movie

Raja Koduri in Cannes

With the arrival of Baahubali: The Conclusion in April 2017, the world of Bollywood movies might change forever. At the 69th edition of Cannes Film Festival, movie producers sat down to discuss the arrival of Virtual Reality into the movie industry, in a bid to change the industry paradigm. Up until last year, most of movie industry spoke of ‘second screen’ i.e. engaging the movie goers by offering additional content on their favorite device (tablets, smartphones etc.). With virtual reality, the paradigm shifts from the ‘second screen’ concept into transporting movie goers into the actual movie world. While real-time interactive movies are still a good decade away, the so

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Entertainment, Graphics, News

Would You Like to Live in Hyper Reality?

Can religion be treated as a game in Hyper-Realism World?

With the dawn of digital realities overlapping the real world, there are more and more artistic and industrial concepts on how the future is going to look like. While at the first look the future seen through the new augmented reality glasses – might look scary, it is worth noting that people from the 1960s would probably call our everyday lives – out of this world. Japan is often seen on the forefront of new technologies, regardless of are we talking about weblogs or blogs, phones with cameras, gaming consoles or public transportation system. Before everything, Japan is a country that mixes old and new

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Breaking, Entertainment, Mobile, News, Smartphones, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Children Fairy Tales Become VR Worlds with Storybox

The Storybook Project in VR by Rascali

Regardless of where you grew up, chances are you listened to children fairy tales from Europe. “The Three Little Pigs”, “The Tortoise and the Hare” and many others are stories that were a non-miss of the childhood throughout the modern history. Thanks to Rascali, a spin-off from the Hollywood studio Reload Studios – fairy tales are coming to Virtual Reality. After Rascali collected $4 million for its “World War Toons” cartoon (cell shaded) multiplayer VR action game, the company is focusing on launching two new VR projects, Storybox and Raven. In order to bring these new VR experiences to market, Rascali teamed up with Youku Tudou and will be

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Android, Breaking, Gaming, Google, Hardware, News, Nvidia, VR World

Nvidia Shield Update Adds 4K60, HDR Support – VR Next?

Nvidia Shield COnsole 3

Nvidia SHIELD Android TV console is perhaps the best Android TV device on the market. Ever since its launch a year ago, this Tegra X1-based device gained over 10 upgrades with improvement in specifications and features. With the Google I/O 2016 conference taking place at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, Nvidia wanted to make sure their announcements reflect on the strength of Android ecosystem and its capabilities. The Software Upgrade 3.2 brings the support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV devices, which are coming to the market later this year. It also now supports YouTube 4K at 60 fps / Hz, which was not the case in the

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Event, Gaming, Google, Mobile, News, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Meet Daydream, Google’s Mobile VR Platform

Google Daydream Home background

When Google launched the Cardboard VR project on I/O 2014, the company wanted to make sure that VR is not a passing thing, like the ill-fated Google Glass project ended up being. Cardboard VR turned to be an utter success story, with over five million units shipped to the customers worldwide. That number is even greater if you calculate the number of homemade cardboard devices. After all, over 50 million application downloads speak for itself. Couple of months ago, Google announced they’re working on Android for VR and that day is here. During its I/O 2016 keynote speech, Clay Bavor, VP Google and head of Virtual Reality introduced Daydream, a VR initiative

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Breaking, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia

Nvidia Unveils the GeForce GTX 1070

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

At the inaugural Dreamhack conference held in Austin, TX – Nvidia introduced Pascal-based GeForce GTX cards, the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. While specifications of GTX 1080 were made known at the conference, final specifications for GTX 1070 were left out. Given that the previous generation saw a recall of GeForce GTX 970 boards due to significant performance issues in regards to 3.5/0.5 GB of memory – we were wondering how would Nvidia make sure GTX 970 doesn’t repeat. While the GeForce GTX 1080 packs a fully unlocked GP104 chip, GTX 1070 is the product designed to increase the chip yields to a profitable level. As such, the

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Breaking, Business, Gaming, News, VR World

DOOM is Out, Quake or Wolfenstein to Come Next?

idSoftware Quake III Arena

Following the successful launch of DOOM, idSoftware is working on increasing its headcount by 17 job positions in company headquarters in Dallas (Texas) and Frankfurt (Germany). All these jobs include specific level of experience of knowing idSoftware franchises such as DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory. Given the depth of their libraries, we’re not surprised to see a reboot of Quake and Wolfenstein. If ZeniMax Media is to rival Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts, it has to build multiple development teams that can deliver the titles in an annual cycle. For example, Call of Duty is actually developed by three leading development teams (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch), and a set

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Audio/Video, Breaking, Hardware, Mobile Computing, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Can Vuze Become the Next GoPro?

VUZE Camera in Colorado Forest.

Just two years ago, betting on VR / AR was considered visionary, with scattered remnants of an ill-fated attempt to immerse us in a three dimensional world with quite frankly, a sub-par experience. 3D glasses would work if every household bought a 70-85″ TV, but the reality saw 32″ TVs being sold with 3D glasses. Virtual Reality transplants you from one world to another and the real money lies in finding the next YouTube, a website that redefined Internet as we know today. Numerous companies rode the coattails of small Silicon Valley startup that got swallowed up by Google. Red Bull and GoPro both based their marketing / business model around video content on YouTube,

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AMD, Apple, Breaking, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Nvidia, Operating Systems, OSx, Windows

Did Microsoft Fix its Biggest Mistake?

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft'

Microsoft is ending its ‘free Windows 10’ upgrade program. Ever since the company announced the availability of Windows 10 and a free upgrade for the older versions, the company was adamant it will only offer free upgrade program ‘for a limited amount of time’. That free upgrade program ends on July 29th, 2016. While there is a loophole that can keep your systems running on Windows 7,  8 and 8.1 and still get the Windows 10 upgrade, discovered thanks to ZDNet: “When you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the Windows 10 setup program checks your current activation status and reports the result to the activation

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Breaking, Event, Gaming, News, Nvidia

Watch Six Minutes of DOOM Running on GeForce GTX 1080

DOOM screenshot. Credit: idSoftware

In case you’ve missed it, there’s six minutes of your Friday that you should not miss. The idSoftware crew demonstrated their 2016 remake of legendary DOOM, a game that practically created the first person shooter (FPS) genre. The original daddy of FPS also came from the same team. Couple of months ago, we saw that DOOM Multiplayer achieves 60 fps with ease on anything faster than a three year old Radeon R9 290, I look forward to seeing a title that will bring me back to my childhood. 🙂 In meanwhile, enjoy in these five minutes and fifty-six seconds. The team demonstrated Full HD, 1920×1080 resolution in continuous 60 frames per second

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Breaking, Entertainment, Google, News

Graffiti VR Experience Paints the Future of Art & Entertainment

Graffiti Simulator by King Spray

There are countries in the world where painting graffiti outside designated areas will get you in serious trouble. Yet, this urban art form has its numerous fans across the globe. In the exact opposite case of Singapore, where caning and jail sentence are a possibility, Croatia renamed the railway bridge into ‘Hendrix Bridge’, based on the graffiti that enthusiasts drew on the middle of the bridge, some 25 maters / 60 feet above the river. Thanks to King Spray, all graffiti enthusiasts will now get a chance to test their skills in the safety and creativity of Virtual Reality. Graffiti Simulator launches next week on Steam and takes the

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AMD, Breaking, Business, CPU, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Japan, News, Rumors, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD Confirms Sony PlayStation Neo Based on 14nm CPU and Polaris?

AMD's Mission Statement

During AMD’s 2016 Investor Day, the company disclosed its growth strategy. Many of the focal points are in motion already, or even public. For example, AMD sealed the deal with THATIC, Chinese government owned investment fund – which will see their x86 processors enter Chinese enterprise and government sectors in a big way. Second part of the strategy was to finally become a fabless semiconductor, with all the risks and rewards involved with that move. The company spun off its packaging facility, making a total cash intake in excess of $664 million – plus all the unannounced grants that the company is bidding for. Still, perhaps one of the biggest future announcement

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Breaking, Entertainment, News, press releases, Virtual Reality (VR)

National Geographic Launches a VR Studio

National Geographic Channel Logo

When National Geographic Society announced it is ‘selling out’ and forming a joint-venture with Rupert Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox, the clash of mentalities between the two could not be greater: proving the climate change from one side, and denying the climate change from another side. Yet, the development of content on National Geographic hasn’t changed (yet), and new shows planned for 2016-2017 only prove NatGeo content is here to stay. In a recent press release, National Geographic announced new ways to experience the content produced by the company. The first NewFronts slate after the joint venture announcement brings a new approach to content, erasing borders between traditional TV programming and

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Analysis, Breaking, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, VR World

Pascal Secrets: What Makes Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 so Fast?

NVDA_GeForce_GTX1080_Founders

At the inaugural edition of North American Dreamhack conference, Electronic Arts and DICE launched Battlefield 1, while Nvidia unveiled their first Pascal-based consumer cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070. Both cards set to offer record-breaking performance per watt, and that performance enabled Nvidia to price the parts above its predecessors. In this article, we will analyze the key elements that make second Pascal chip (GP104) even more efficient than the GP100 (Tesla P100). While the performance results are under NDA until the May 17th (expect a tidal wave of reviews from usual suspects), we are now digging into the architecture that makes GeForce GTX 1080 ‘a screamer’. Pascal GPU architecture

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Breaking, Business, News, Samsung

Samsung to Manufacture Ultra Violet 7nm Chips in 2017

Samsung Exynos 7490 ARM SoC, 14nm FinFET Wafer

Even though we continuously hear rumors and statements that the pace of Moore’s Law is slowing down or stopping (last one came from Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO Nvidia Corporation), the speed of progress in semiconductor industry isn’t slowing down. 14nm is getting traction not just by high-end chips from Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Apple, Samsung and other large players, but also by smaller companies which are moving to revolutionize the way how we build virtual reality glasses, cars, infotainment systems, TVs and many other. FinFET transistors are moving to replace Planar, resistive memory technologies such as ReRAM plan to succeed NAND Flash and SDRAM etc. Still, there is one major technology barrier we

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Gaming, News, Nvidia

Nvidia Credits AMD for Unifying Game Development

Nvidia Invites You to the Order of 10

During the Nvidia’s “Power of 10” event, Jen-Hsun Huang, Co-founder and CEO of Nvidia Corporation talked about the positive shift in mentality for game developers. Game development in the past segmented resources between consoles and PCs, often resulting in sub-par experiences on the more powerful hardware. PC-focused eSports today have an audience of over 300 million viewers, easily rivaling or even beating more established ‘real’ sports. In 2013, the situation for PC gaming was rather grim. The arrival of new, AMD powered consoles brought the x86 architecture back to Microsoft (Intel x86, IBM PowerPC, AMD x86), and marked the third architectural change for Sony (SGI MIPS, IBM PowerPC,

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Amazon, Apple, Breaking, Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Google, News, Software Programs

Apple Music Can ‘Steal’, Delete Your Music

Apple Music

The pure nature of the cloud computing is that you are giving away your control over the content in order to enjoy convenience, and have access to the service for as long as you’re connected to the Internet. Apparently, Apple’s Music service decided to take that to the next level and start to actively match your music to the online catalog, and delete local copies. According to James Pinkstone from Vellum Atlanta, that’s exactly what happened to 122 gigabytes of his music collection: “What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When

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