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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 explodes and catches fire

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 2:12 pm

We all know the story about Samsung's faulty Note7 batteries, but the Korean company isn't the only one dealing with explosive devices. We recently learned that Apple is being sued by an insurance company for an alleged iPhone fire, and now, Xiaomi is facing the same problems.

 

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A Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 device exploded and caught fire inside a shop in Bangalore, India. The phone wasn't connected to the charger when it exploded. You can check the video here.

 

The company said in a statement that they are investigating the incident and that the customer's safety is of utmost importance to them.

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NVIDIA CEO hands out first Tesla V100s to AI researchers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 10:33 am

NVIDIA's new Tesla V100 compute accelerators are total computing beasts, with systems available for north of $50,000 with 4 of them inside. NVIDIA has now given out a bunch of the first production Tesla V100 accelerators to AI researchers.

 

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NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang hand delivered the Tesla V100 cards at their NVAIL (NVIDIA AI Labs) meet up, where Huang reiterated on NVIDIA's support of AI. He said: "AI is the most powerful technology force that we have ever known. I've seen everything. I've seen the coming and going of the client-server revolution. I've seen the coming and going of the PC revolution. Absolutely nothing compares".

 

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ADATA's new XPG SPECTRIC D40: RGB DDR4 for X299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 9:27 am

ADATA has just unveiled its latest kit of DDR4 memory, debuting the XPG SPECTRIX D40 RGB DDR4 kit, and yes - it features glorious RGBs.

 

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ADATA's new XPG SPECTRIX D40 RGB DDR4 kit comes in speeds of between 2400MHz and 4000MHz, making it perfect for your new enthusiast/high-end gaming PC, including the new X299 chipset from Intel. SPECTRIX D40 adds in that RGB awesome sauce on top of the DDR4 RAM being available at up to 4000MHz, making it perfect for those who need it super-fast, but not want to lose out on looks.

 

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The XPG team worked with Intel to make sure the new SPECTRIX D40 was ready for X299, with the SPECTRIX D40 SPD (serial presence detect) settings work with Intel XMP 2.0, making sure that the RAM is running at their intended clock speeds, and not lower due to no XMP 2.0 support. ADATA has also used 10-layer PCBs, two ounces of pure copper and heat sinks made from aluminum alloy. This isn't a half-baked DDR4 kit, that's for sure.

 

You can also use the new ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D40 with ASUS Aura Sync, lightning up your entire system (if you have the right parts) beautifully.

Battlegrounds made more than Overwatch on PC last month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 7:46 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is one of the largest Early Access success stories now, with Bluehole's latest shooter ramping up into the Top Grossing PC Titles of June 2017 according to the latest report from SuperData.

 

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The overall PC market dropped a rather large 16% this June compared to last June, but SuperData says that the massive success of Overwatch in 2016 boosted the PC gaming sales of 2016, making it harder to get to those lofty heights this year. But, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is worthy of that challenge and has pushed itself all the way into the #7 position, as it has already sold over $100 million worth of copies.

 

Battlegrounds is now ahead of Overwatch which is #10, and even World of Tanks at #8. It can't touch the behemoth that is League of Legends, or something like CrossFire or DOTA 2.

Intel Core i9-7920X: 12C/24T @ 4GHz, 140W TDP, and $1199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 5:22 am

It wasn't long ago that we reported on the leaked details on Intel's new Core i9-7920X, and now we have some full specifications to share. Intel's upcoming Core i9-7920X is the company's new 12C/24T processor which will fight directly with AMD's new Ryzen ThreadRipper 1920X, but Intel is charging $400 more at $1199 versus $799.

 

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Intel's new Core i9-7920X will reportedly have a base CPU clock of 2.9GHz and boost clock of 4.0GHz, and it'll rock Intel's new Turbo Boost Max 3 technology that will push even higher than 4.0GHz. Inside, the 7920X will have 28.5MB of cache total split between 16.5MB of L3 and 12MB of L2 cache. X299 will support up to 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes, enough for a 2-way GPU + M.2 SSD set up all at max PCIe bandwidth.

 

X299 won't have enough PCIe lanes for high-end multi-GPU and multi-M.2 SSDs, with GPUs requiring x16/x16/x16/x16 for 4-way SLI/CF at full bandwidth. AMD's upcoming X399 chipset rocks an enthusiast worthy 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes, blowing the X299 chipset out of the water.

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AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper features next-gen packaging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 3:34 am

AMD is so very close to releasing their next-gen HEDT platform, with the company officially unveiling the packaging for Ryzen ThreadRipper, which looks delicious.

 

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AMD CEO Lisa Su was the first to show off the retail packaging for Ryzen ThreadRipper, which gave me goosebumps. The new HEDT processor will come in an amazing package like nothing before it, packing up to 16C/32T of CPU power inside. AMD will be detailing Ryzen ThreadRipper at SIGGRAPH 2017 next week, and we will be on the ground bringing you everything you want to hear.

 

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As for Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X, it's a 16C/32T processor priced at just $999 - compared to the massive $1799 that Intel is charging for their upcoming Core i7-7960X. AMD's new Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X will drive up to 4GHz under XFR, 32MB of L3 cache and 8MB of L2 cache for a total of 40MB of cache. The big part of the upcoming X399 platform that drives Ryzen ThreadRipper is capable of 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes which is perfect for multi-GPU rigs and multiple M.2 SSDs.

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Bethesda sale: $13 Doom, cheap ESO and more

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 12:30 am

In the Summer months of 2017, it's good to be a PC gamer. The Steam Summer Sale was one of the best seasonal offers from Steam in years. while other follow up Summer Sales have kept prices low. This week Bethesda games are going even cheaper than before at GamersGate. Their new Big Bethesda Sale get the lowest prices ever on 2016's Doom, The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind upgrade, Skyrim: Special Edition, Dishonored 2 and more.

 

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The sale is aggressive in its discounts. While the Steam Summer Sale had Doom at $14.99, GamersGate this week has it for only $12.90. While Dishonored 2 was $19.99 in the Steam sale, GamersGate has it down to $16.16. Nearly all the games listed below are at or tying their historic low price points.

 

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The sale is said to last through August 7, but we are suspicious. These deals at GamersGate are much better than in GMG's Summer Sale 2016 or Bundle Stars Bethesda Sale - two good but on nearly all front not as cheap as GamersGate. Either these deals, which began today, will run their course of 2 weeks time, or they are too aggressive and the publisher will tell GamersGate to calm the discount aggression down - as we have seen in the past on similar sales.

 

Either way, Bethesda games are ripe for the picking this Summer. We do not expect to see them this cheap again until the PC gaming Winter Sales.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues titanic growth

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 11:44 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues its massive growth on Steam, selling another 1 million copies in a single month to bring the total to 5 million copies sold.

 

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Bluehole's battle-royale survival shooter is an early access juggernaut. Armed with massively engagement from Twitch streams and an exclusive deal with Facebook, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is fast becoming one of the most popular Steam games of the year. Just last month we reported PUBG sold 4 million copies and raked in $100 million in earnings, but the massively popular multiplayer game just keeps one-upping itself: now PUBG has broken the 5 million sales milestone.

 

Besides the game's mighty 1 million units per month sales trend, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds also has very strong recurring player counts. Owners of the game are jumping in rather than abandoning it in favor of other popular PC games, indicating PUBG's massive long-term potential as a big moneymaker. In fact, PUBG recently surpassed GTA V in peak players and its average players continue spiking month-over-month as well.

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Next-gen Hololens to have custom AI chip

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 10:27 pm

Microsoft's next generation Hololens AR headset will have a special built-in AI chip to recognize and process data.

 

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The new second generation Hololens AR headset from Microsoft will feature a highly customized AI chip that will help users in a myriad of ways, Bloomberg reports. The new AI-infused chip, which was recently unveiled during an event in Hawaii, is built around Microsoft's Holographic Processing Unit that currently powers the company's self-contained alternate reality HMD.

 

The Redmond-based company touts that their new AI processor is the first chip of its kind to be featured in a mobile device, and has strong potential to help revolutionize the AR segment. The chip--and others like it from Google, Apple, and even NVIDIA--could one day allow HMD wearers to translate signs and even languages during visits foreign countries. Microsoft's new AI chip aims to boost real-time processing power and speed by reducing reliance on the cloud, and will also reduce battery drain to boot.

The OnePlus 5 8GB now available for immediate dispatch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 9:48 pm

The OnePlus 5 is the company's fastest selling device, and it is globally available via the company's official website. You can choose between two versions of the phone - 6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB.

 

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However, the Midnight Black variant of the OnePlus 5 (8GB/128GB) was sold out on multiple occasions. Now, the company has announced that the beefier version of the phone is available for immediate dispatch for a limited time. This means that if you place your order, the company will ship the device within hours after receiving it.

 

You can get the OnePlus 5 on the company's website at a price of 559 euro or $540. For almost the same price, you can also get Samsung Galaxy S8, which has been officially discounted by up to $300 for a limited time.

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