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Alienware 15 R3 Laptop Storage Performance Investigation

We investigate the storage performance and options of the Alienware 15 R3 Kaby Lake laptop as it becomes the base of our Thunderbolt 3 testing.

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Qualcomm Snapdagon 835 powers LTE-capable Surface Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 35 mins ago

Microsoft announced a range of new Surface Pro products recently, with Intel's latest Kaby Lake CPUs in the form of Core m3 and Core i5 fanless models, and the higher-end Core i7 model.

 

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But the company also teased the first LTE-capable Surface Pro, but didn't reveal what processor would be powering the LTE model. So I'll be the first to announce that Qualcomm will be powering the new Surface Pro with their Snapdragon 835 processor, and it'll be revealed next week.

 

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We broke the story of Qualcomm and Microsoft taking over the world at Computex, where they tease that they will celebrate the growing ecosystem that will "bring an out-of-this-world mobile PC experience to the masses". I expected a new range of Snapdragon 835-powered products from Dell, Samsung, and HP - but it seems Microsoft will be the one. Microsoft is a big enough of an exclusive partner that Qualcomm could do some huge things in the market with an LTE-capable Surface Pro powered by Snapdragon 835.

FSP will show off a watercooled PSU at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 46 mins ago

Bitspower is teaming with FSP to show off a watercooled modular PSU, something they're calling the Hydro PTM+, which is the world's first mass-produced liquid cooled PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certification.

 

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The upcoming Hydro PTM+ is a 1200W unit when aircooled, but is capable of 1400W when the liquid cooling is set up. If the PSU load is less than 50% the fans will stop spinning, so unless you're pushing 1200W of continuous use, the watercooled side of things is kinda useless. In order to draw 1200W+ you're going to need to be doing some seriously hardcore... something... with your PC. Even multi-GPU rigs with GTX 1080 Ti or TITAN X in SLI would use much less than 1000W, let alone over 1200W to warrant the liquid cooling push to 1400W.

 

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Still it's an impressive feat to see a watercooled PSU, even if it's just one of those 'just cos' things.

R.I.P. Sir Roger 'James Bond' Moore

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 hour, 57 mins ago

Today we say goodbye to one of the legends of cinema; Sir Roger Moore who has passed away after a brief battle with cancer aged 89.

 

Known for early high profile roles in TV shows such as 'The Saint' and 'Maverick', Moore went onto become famous for portraying the role of James Bond 007, in which he took up from Sean Connery. Moore played the role a total of seven times, from 1973's 'Live and Let Die' to 1985's 'A View to a Kill'.

 

Moore is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup, three children and the memories of cinemagoers around the world.

AMD delayed Radeon RX Vega until July?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 hours, 18 mins ago

AMD recently took the wraps off of its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, a new professional graphics card based on the Vega GPU architecture, sporting 16GB of HBM2 technology. The consumer Radeon RX Vega (RX = consumer) is coming "very soon thereafter" the late-June launch of Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, according to Lisa Su, CEO of AMD.

 

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During the 45th annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Su said: "We're very excited about Vega. Vega is a brand new architecture and actually has really the world's most advanced memory architecture for GPUs. What we did announce at our analyst day was that the first shipping Vega will be the Frontier Edition which will ship with 16GB of memory and will ship towards the latter half of June. You will see the enthusiast gaming platform, the machine learning platform, the professional graphics platform very soon thereafter. And so we will be launching Vega across all of the market segments over the next couple of months".

 

Now, let's dissect this statement. Su has said that Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will launch in the "latter half of June" while the "enthusiast gaming platform" will launch "very soon thereafter". Finishing up, Su said that AMD will be "launching Vega across all of the market segments over the next couple of months".

 

If you remember, I had an exclusive industry source tell me that AMD will only have 16,000 Radeon RX Vega graphics cards for the months proceeding the launch, and it looks like this is becoming more and more true everyday. If AMD had no HBM2 supply issues, we should expect a massive flood of cards - but it looks like we might see a trickle release of Vega SKUs.

 

So we could expect AMD to launch a GTX 1080 competitor, following it up with a GTX 1080 Ti competitor in RX Vega form. NVIDIA always reveal next-gen GPU architectures with the GTX xx80 SKU first, followed by the GTX xx80 Ti version months after.

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Huawei announces affordable Honor 6A smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 31 mins ago

Huawei has announced a new affordable smartphone - the Honor 6A.

 

The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 processor and comes with 2GB or 3 GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

 

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The Honor 6A features a 5-inch 720p display. The device comes with a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front shooter. Other features include a 3,020 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor. The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Tesla's Model 3 deliveries begin in July

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 hours, 32 mins ago

Elon Musk has confirmed that the first deliveries of the Model 3 will take place in July. It was previously stated that Tesla plans to unveil the final production version of the Model 3 in July, with deliveries starting sometime during the summer.

 

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However, Musk has announced on Twitter that the first customers should receive their Model 3 in July. Musk has faced some criticism lately regarding delivery schedules, so it seems that Tesla's CEO has decided to speed things up and kick off the production of the Model 3.

 

Musk has also revealed that the day-1 reservation holders will get "something cool, " but he didn't specify what he has in mind.

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Huawei unveils Honor Band A2 priced at $29

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 46 mins ago

Huawei has unveiled its latest smart band - the Honor Band A2, the successor to the Band A1, announced last year.

 

The biggest changes, compared to the last year's model, are an OLED screen and a heart rate sensor.

 

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Fitness tracking functions include a pedometer, exercise tracker, sedentary reminder, and sleep tracker. The Honor Band A2 has an IP67 rating, meaning it's water resistant.

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The Note8 to have a fingerprint sensor under the display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 54 mins ago

We know that Samsung is working on the Galaxy Note8. This was confirmed earlier this year by DJ Koh, Samsung's Mobile Chief. The Note8 will likely debut this fall, but the first leaks have already been revealed.

 

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The Note8 is rumored to have a rear dual setup, and the newest images, taken from Weibo, confirm this. The photos of a Note8 dummy have appeared on Weibo showing a vertically aligned dual camera setup.

 

What's even more interesting, there's no fingerprint sensor on the back or the front of the device, meaning that Samsung might have finally fixed the problem that prevented them from embedding the biometric fingerprint reader under the phone display.

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OnePlus teases the OnePlus 5 color options

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 7 hours, 37 mins ago

As we reported earlier, it seems that OnePlus intends to skip the OnePlus 4, since the number 4 is considered unlucky in China, and name their new flagship OnePlus 5. The phone is confirmed to be unveiled in the summer, with no exact date of the launch yet.

 

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We know that the device will be powered by Snapdragon 835, and it should come with dual rear camera setup, but other specs are still a bit vague at this point.

 

Today, OnePlus has posted a teaser asking what color should the OnePlus 5 should be, with four different colors - black, red, gold, and something that is hard to define. It could be that the OnePlus 5 will have a glass back and a very reflective paint job, something like the HTC U11.

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ISS crew on an urgent spacewalk after equipment failure

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 40 mins ago

NASA's astronauts have successfully completed an emergency spacewalk after a key equipment failure on the ISS. The Expedition 51 astronauts had to fix a problem after a computer failure on ISS over the weekend.

 

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Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA had to change out a multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM) data relay box on the S0 truss that failed on Saturday morning. The cause of the MDM failure is not known. The data relay box is one of two fully redundant systems housed in the truss that controls the functionality of radiators, solar arrays, cooling loops and other station hardware. The other MDM in the truss is functioning perfectly, providing uninterrupted telemetry routing to the station's systems.

 

NASA pointed out that the crew was never in any danger.

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