When it was originally introduced, the 8″ SHIELD tablet represented the highest performing tablet on the market, packing Tegra K1 SoC with 192 Kepler cores, world’s first tablet with desktop-like GPU. We were quite impressed with the performance Tegra achieved by using stock Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, as well as overall built quality. The only negative was that the screen resolution wasn’t the greatest on an 8″ tablet, and it would heat up during gameplay – but not more than for example, Nexus 9 tablet (also powered by the same processor), or Texas Instruments powered Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9″. However, it looks like the tables have turned on
When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the
Without any doubt, Nokia is one of most versatile companies in the world. This company was founded in 1865, and the products the company made since its inception till today is almost deserves to name the company chameleon, not Nokia. After a lot of changes, the company is now consisted out of three business units (Nokia Networks, Nokia Here and Nokia Technologies), one of which is currently in the process of sale, probably to a joint German automotive maker effort (VAG AG represented by Audi, Daimler AG represented by Mercedes-Benz and BMW). Given that Nokia Technologies is tasked with the return to mobile space, we were caught off-guard
Couple of years ago, the world of mobile apps was shocked with the appearance of World Lens app, which detected words on live cameras. Even though the mobile phones at the time had quite limited camera capabilities, what World Lens showed to us was the future of translation. Naturally, revolutionary apps like that do not just disappear as Google proved by acquiring the app maker, Quest Visual. Given that World Lens for Google Glass was one of most impressive things I’ve personally used on Google’s first attempt at Augmented Reality, as you can see on video below: Now, over a year passed since the acquisition of
Slowly but certainly, Electric Vehicles (EV) are gaining ground. From hypercars like Concept One from Rimac Automobili, high-end limo Model S from Tesla Motors, or city jockeys Mitsubishi MiEV and Nissan LEAF, electric cars are increasing their presence. While the largest volume of cars is powered by ICE and ICE alone, there are over 200 hybrid and full electric vehicles in the pipeline. Electrification doesn’t stop there. Railways are mostly full-electric throughout the globe, and where they are not, there are hybrids. Diesel-Electric locomotives are the backbone of american economy, and Europe or Asia aren’t behind – if your railroad is not electrified, there is over 80% chance that the trains
Microsoft today released Windows 10 in multiple versions. The company offers multiple versions to professional and consumers, as you can see from the wide array of versions available on its MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) website. Still, we believe that most of Windows 10 users will be those upgrading from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, which had the “Install Windows 10” icon in their trays for couple of months now. The company is moving away from its numbering system, since Windows 10 in reality are 6.4, while much searched “Windows 10 10240 RTM” is becoming a thing of past, as 10240 will be succeeded by 10275 and
Tamas Miklos, author of AIDA64 contacted us to let you all know that v5.30 of his multi-platform tool came out today. AIDA64 is one of most versatile system detection and benchmarking applications, supporting practically every major operating system. If you want to know more about your computing device, AIDA64 is one of best tools out there, and the list of new items supported in v5.30 is just impressive. While you could install the application on Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows, v5.30 brings in full support for Windows 10 and Server 2016, as well as Samsung Tizen OS. This is a list of changes for the application: New
Last week, news broke that ZhuoDa Group, a Chinese 3D printing company manufactured i.e. ‘printed’ the house using 3D printing technology, or ‘Additive Manufacturing’ (as it is called by western companies). Unfortunately, most of news outlets didn’t even name the company properly. We took the time to contact the company and learn a bit more about the process used and why the company decided to move on what might be a pivotal upset for the construction industry. Typical house build lasts anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months, depending on the continent where you live, and materials used. It is widely accepted that houses in the North America
Passion and dedication have won a dedicated Redditor a full-time position in Bungie’s ranks.
Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO just revealed improvements for the Model S, one of which is named ‘Ludicrous Mode’. For a measly $10,000 you get a 10 percent boost in acceleration, which shaves of the 0-62mph (0-100kph) acceleration to an insane 2.8 seconds! This is supercar territory – all in a fully environmentally friendly business sedan that you don’t need a pilot’s license to operate. The upgrade was revealed with a loop of the rap song Beast Mode by Ludacris. Pretty fitting, wouldn’t you agree? On a more serious note, this puts this all-electric sedan in some rather inspiring company. Cars that can do the same sprint, below 3.0 seconds include
Once upon a time, Virtual Reality meant clunky hardware, patchy software, dodgy films starring Pierce Brosnan, and a seemingly permanent membership of the ‘Next Big Thing’ club. In 2015, however, falling prices and endorsements from the major companies mean that VR is back on the agenda. Film-makers are using VR to make documentaries, Smithsonian is replicating first flight, gaming manufacturers are eyeing up the possibilities, while Mark Zuckerberg has been busy splashing the cash with a $2 billion Facebook acquisition of the Oculus VR start-up firm – which will come out with a retail product in the first quarter of 2016. With Virtual Reality back
It looks as if Nintendo has eyed AMD to craft the processor to power the new Nintendo NX.
NASA’s New Horizons probe shares the same brain as the early PlayStation console.
As we enter the second half of 2015, we are presented with a virtual reality market that is saturated with high-end and entry level products. From the low-cost Merge VR headset to Microsoft’s HoloLens, the VR market has exploded and offers an incredibly diverse array of products for consumers to consider. With this in mind, several of the frontiers opposing virtual reality have been overcome already. Take the suggestion that VR hardware would be prohibitively priced, for example, as while some headsets are relatively costly there are others that have targeted the lower end of the market (think of Google’s simplistic Cardboard invention). There are
Couple of months ago, we exclusively reported that the U.S. government blocked Intel from selling its products to Chinese supercomputer firms such as Inspur, responsible for building the Tianhe-2 supercomputer. Originally, Tianhe-2 was planned to expand all the way to almost 100,000 Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors, targeting to beat the 100 PFLOPS barrier. Initial deployment included 4,096 Chinese Galaxy FT-1500 processors (Chinese SPARC) and 16,000 processor nodes with two 12-core Xeon E2692 processors and three Xeon Phi 31S1P co-processors for a grand total of 3.12 million cores. Full installation of Tianhe-2 was scheduled to feature 48,000 processor nodes, or 9.93 million cores. However, those
Given the slow disintegration or refocusing of its competitors, we were not all too surprised when Intel started to slow down its famous “Tick-Tock” manufacturing cadence. Originally introduced in 2006 with the “Conroe”, Core 2 Duo processors, Tick-Tock was mixed between a new microarchitecture and current manufacturing process (Tock), and a new process, die-shrink processor with some architectural optimizations (Tick). Further separation in Tick-Tock was a cadence between mainstream parts (desktop, mobile) and high-end parts (gaming, workstations) – Tick or Tock would always debut as mainstream parts, followed by high-end 6-12 months after. High end would typically mean Intel Xeon and Core i7 ‘X’ line-up.
Since its inception, GlobalFoundries had a plan to become world’s leading semiconductor manufacturer. From starting as an AMD manufacturing spin-off, the company owners set a multi-decade plan which involved acquiring Chartered Semiconductor and recently, acquired IBM foundry business as well. The capacity grew from initial 60,000 300mm wafers in 2009 to almost quarter billion 300mm and 130+ million 200mm wafers in second quarter of 2015. While the absolute capacity numbers were even higher, the owners (Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi) decided to re-address the capacity and increase volume in processes that make financial sense. In order to stay ahead the company kept on investing in SOI
During E3 2015, AMD launched two lines of graphics cards: Radeon 300 Series and Fiji Series. Radeon 300 Series is mostly based on renaming the 200 Series, with boosted hardware (double the memory, increase the clocks) and software (say hello to Frame Rate Target Control and Virtual Super Resolution) capabilities. Fiji GPU is a completely different beast, with no less than five different products: Few weeks ago, AMD launched R9 Fury X, a liquid cooled version. Sadly, the card was only available in very limited volume and we were unable to obtain one for a review. Now, AMD launched the R9 Fury, an air-cooled version which is available through AMD partner network,
Being at the forefront of ecological and clean transportation, that’s what many car makers stride for today. For BMW the idea has been translated to reality as BMW Group and the SCHERM group will employ 100% electric trucks in their service. This means the BMW Group will be the first automobile manufacturer in Europe to use a 40-ton electric truck for material transport on public roads. It was launched at the BMW Group Plant in Munich by Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner. The 40-ton electric truck is a model from the Dutch manufacturer Terberg which has completed its first test drives. Beginning with
Football Manager (FM) is the best game of all time. It doesn’t matter which instalment you are playing, it is still the best game in the world. For those who have not played the game before, below is a brief overview of this classic franchise. By the end of it you will probably be shelling out for your very own copy. Availability The latest Football Manager – FM15 – is available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. There is no reason to believe that FM16 will be any different. The Basics As you may guess from the title, the game sees you