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US ITC will investigate Apple on patent infringement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 4:24 am

Qualcomm just gained a big fighter in their corner for the battle against Apple, with the US International Trade Commission announcing that it will be investigating the claims that Apple has infringed on Qualcomm's patents.

 

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Some of the models of Apple's latest iPhone 7 are using an Intel-made modem and not the one from Qualcomm, and while Qualcomm notes that the modem doesn't violate patents, it's the implementation by Apple that does infringe on their patents.

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Project CARS 2 on Xbox One X looks better than PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 3:52 am

Project CARS 2 will be one of the best looking games of the year, but I think we all knew it would be superior on Microsoft's refreshed Xbox One X console over Sony's limp release of the PS4 Pro.

 

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Stephen Viljoen, Project CARS 2's Game Director, recently spoke with TrustedReviews where he said that the Xbox One X will be the best-looking console version of the game. He said: "I can't tell you exactly what all the various sliders will be at when you're on Xbox One X versus on PS4 Pro, but obviously they'll be higher [on Xbox One X], so there will be a significant, a noticeable improvement, because you have better hardware".

 

The PC version of Project CARS 2 will be the absolute peak of graphics and performance, but you'll need the GPU and CPU horsepower to drive it. Viljoen said that the Xbox One X is a "great piece of hardware", and the team is going to be "making the most of it".

 

Project CARS 2 launches on September 22 for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Intel Core i7-8700K detailed: 6C/12T @ up to 4.3GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 2:34 am

Oh look, a huge Coffee Lake leak on the eve of AMD's big launch of Ryzen Threadripper, what a surprise. Intel is kicking up its Core i7-8700K to a 6C/12T design, shifting away from the Core i7-7700K and its 4C/8T power.

 

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There are some benchmarks of the purported Core i7-8700K, with a CPU-Z benchmark result of 2323 for single-thread performance, and a multi-threaded score of 13,980. This is a big increase from the 4443 on the 7700K, but is achieved from the higher CPU core count (4C/8T vs 6C/12T).

 

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Intel will be clocking the Core i7-8700K at up to 4.7GHz on maximum single-core CPU clocks, while it'll hit 4.6GHz on dual-core, 4.4GHz on quad-core, and 4.3GHz on hexa-core. It'll support dual-channel DDR4, feature a 95W TDP, and integrated graphics.

 

The new 8700K will be joined by the 8700, with slightly lowered CPU clocks of 4.6/4.5/4.3/4.3GHz for single/dual/quad/hexa-core CPU clocks, respectively. The Core i7-8700 will feature a lowered 3.2GHz base frequency compared to the 8700K and its 3.7GHz base frequency, as well as a lowered TDP of just 65W. As with every non-K processor from Intel, the Core i7-8700 won't be overclockable.

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Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: 45% faster than Intel @ $1000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 1:26 am

Now that AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950X samples are hitting reviewers, with another 48 hours until the review embargo lifts, we're seeing more and more benchmark results on it... and it's not looking good for Intel.

 

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Ryzen Threadripper 1950X smashes the Core i9-7900X in Passmark CPU Mark, with a score of 42,233 against Intel's score of just 28,872. Remember that AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is a 16C/32T part, versus the 7900X as a 10C/20T part... but they are both $1000 processors.

 

When it comes to single-core benchmarks, the Core i9-7900X is still superior, with Cinebench R15 results of 188 versus 173 on the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL discounted up to $200

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 12:57 am

If you want to grab Google's Pixel smartphone, now's the time. The device was one of the best phones of last year, and we know that the company will soon launch its successor. But before the Pixel 2 becomes official, Google has decided to offer last year's phones at a significant discount.

 

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The Google Pixel is now listed at $524, saving you $125 off the original price. The Pixel XL has an even higher discount of $200, and you can now get it for a price of $569.

 

And if the discounts weren't enough, Google will also give you a free Daydream View device with both phones.

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2K Games PC sale brings cheap Civ VI, XCOM 2, and more

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 8, 2017 11:24 pm

Though Steam's sale has been over since July 5 the PC gaming Summer Sales are not over. Just this week Bundle Stars fired up a new one and their discounts on 2K Games are mostly better than the previous Steam Sale. Their headliner Civilization VI is the prime example.

 

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A $35.99 purchase during the Steam Summer Sale, now in the Bundle Stars Summer sale you can get the price down to $32.39. Just be sure to apply a stacking 10% off coupon code at checkout for the best price online. It's the same case for the Civ 6 deluxe edition dropping to $43.19 at Bundle Stars while it was only $47.99 during the Steam Sale.

 

What was surprising to us, that even with a 10% off coupon, Bundle Stars does not have all the best 2K discounts. GamersGate also has a 2K sale, and while there is no stacking coupon, their raw instant savings often beat the Bundle Stars Summer Sale, like Mafia III dropping to $20 at GamersGate but only $24.30 after coupon at Bundle Stars. Below are the 2K Games at each sale listed at the lowest charging retailer.

 

 

Bundle Stars 2017 Summer Sale 2K Deals:

 

Use Code: SUMMER10

 

 

GamersGate 2K Games Sale:

 

 

The sale both end on August 13. GamersGate's goes through 6PM Eastern while Bundle Stars will go through the full day. The 10% off coupon at Bundle Stars will be valid through the entire Bundle Stars 2017 Summer Sale, ending on August 20.

Stormblood helped Square Enix MMO segment earn $84m

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2017 10:29 pm

Square Enix's MMO segment is enjoying landmark success thanks to Final Fantasy 14's new Stormblood expansion.

 

 

In its latest quarterly earnings filings, Japanese games-maker Square Enix confirmed that Stormblood is having a big effect on earnings. Stormblood was only on the market for 10 days before the company's fiscal Q1'18 quarter ended on June 30, and in that time the expansion managed to help surge MMO segment revenues by 67% year-over-year and 58% quarter-over-quarter.

 

While Square Enix didn't reveal exact sales numbers or revenues for Stormblood, it did announce figures for the MMO segment: in that 10-day period, Stormblood helped earn 9.3 billion yen ($84.304 million) in net sales, which is roughly 21% of the total Digital Entertainment revenues for the quarter. The company notes that Stormblood helped surge physical and digital sales as well as active paid subscriptions for Final Fantasy XIV.

 

But that's not it: Stormblood also helped the popular MMORPG break its 10 million cummulative players milestone, and the global playerbase continues to grow due to high-quality expansions and a smattering of content updates.

 

MMO segment net revenues are poised to spike thanks to the release of the mega-popular Dragon Quest X MMORPG on PS4 and Nintendo Switch in the second quarter period (fiscal Q2'2018), which will also have a direct impact on total Digital Entertainment net revenues for the period.

 

Final Fantasy XIV is set to celebrate its third anniversary since the game was revived in August 2013, and Square Enix plans to release even more expansions and free content updates to keep active subscribers engaged.

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Final Fantasy XIV hits 10 million cummulative players

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2017 7:32 pm

Square Enix today announced that its landmark MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has amassed 10 million players since its revival in 2013.

 

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Shortly following the release of the new Stormblood content expansion, Japanese games-maker Square Enix has hit a major milestone with its lucrative and popular Final Fantasy XIV MMO. The company reports that FFXIV has breached 10 million cummulative players worldwide, including free trials and paid subscriptions.

 

Interestingly enough, Square Enix notes that Stormblood significantly contributed to the company's first quarter earnings. In just ten days of availability, Stormblood helped the MMO segment amass 9.3 billion yen ($84.304 million) in net sales revenue, representing a mighty 67% year-over-year. Square Enix says net sales were raised from both Stormblood digital and physical purchases, as well as a surge in active paid subscriptions.

 

As Final Fantasy XIV continues engaging millions upon millions of fans across the globe, Square Enix will continue raking in revenue across the board, especially now that it's introduced in-game micro-monetizations.

Enermax reveals compact 160mm modular 1200W PSU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 8, 2017 5:30 pm

Enermax today revealed its new compact Platimax D.F. PSU that offers big power in a small package.

 

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Like the rest of the PSUs in the series, Enermax's Platimax D.F. 1200W of power supply is fully modular, offering versatility to gamers and users, and is rated 80 Plus Platinum for high efficiency. Enermax's new PSU is sized at only 160mm in depth, making it one of the most compact 80 Plus Platinum 1200W power supplies on the market. The PSU comes with premium Sleemax individually sleeved cables and built-in DFR (Dust Free Rotation) Tech to reduce dust, and also features the company's smart semi-fanless control for silent operation.

 

Platimax D.F. is now available on the market with 4 models: 750W, 850W, 1050W and 1200W, all of which come with a 5-year warranty. Full specifications can be found below.

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Rainbow Six: Siege has 2.3 million daily active users

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2017 4:19 pm

Ubisoft has confirmed that its massively popular shooter Rainbow Six: Siege has broken yet another userbase milestone.

 

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Rainbow Six: Siege is almost two years old, and the shooter is still engaging a core userbase of 2.3 million gamers every day. In a recent blog post, Ubisoft announced that Rainbow Six: Siege has amassed 20 million users milestone, echoing the statements made by company president and CEO Yves Guillemot in recent quarterly earnings. "Rainbow Six Siege recently hit the 20 million registered player mark, with more than 2.3 million players signing on every day," the blog post confirmed.

 

While the userbase metric is quite impressive, what's even more interesting is that Ubisoft is successfully monetizing this strong engagement with microtransactions and Rainbow Six: Siege's new loot box system, which allows users to spend real money on Renown to unlock in-game items. The shooter remains one of Ubisoft's largest cash cows for quarterly and yearly revenues, and is a massive part of the company's digital-first strategy. In fiscal Q1'18 the publisher raked in 80% of its net sales from digital, totaling 164.2 million euros ($189.07 million) in revenues, most of which was made from recurring consumer spending via microtransactions, DLC, and add-ons.

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