Futuremark releases Slingshot Extreme benchmark for iOS and Android
Published in Mobiles


Now runs at 2560x1440p with Metal API and OpenGL ES 3.1

On Tuesday, Futuremark released a new version of their popular Slingshot benchmark app for iOS and Android mobile devices, this time complete with the hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 3.1 API for Android devices and Metal API for Apple devices.

Nintendo NX "controller" alleged prototype images are a hoax
Published in Games


Regardless, they are a decent concept controller design


On Wednesday, a Reddit user posted two images of an alleged Nintendo NX controller prototype in what seemed like a very convincing leak of the company’s next-generation console controller hardware. While the shape of the controller in question very closely resembles patent applications that Nintendo has filed in the past, the images have now been verified by their original author to be a hoax and were the creation of his 3D printer and a simple computer model.

Samsung PM971 is company's first BGA SSD
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Thursday, 24 March 2016 04:33

Samsung PM971 is company's first BGA SSD


Low-profile NVMe storage package using 1.8v power instead of 3.3v

During Samsung’s 2016 SSD Forum in Japan, the company took the wraps off its first ever ball-grid array (BGA) solid state disk for mobile devices, the PM971. 

Samsung showcases SM961 and PM961 OEM SSDs
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Thursday, 24 March 2016 03:28

Samsung showcases SM961 and PM961 OEM SSDs

Up to 3,200MB/s sequential reads, based on Polaris controller

During Samsung’s 2016 SSD Forum in Japan, the company unveiled some new top-tier successors to its 2014 flagship XP941 and 2015 flagship SM951 for OEMs and system designers. 

OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD Reviewed
Published in Reviews
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 05:22

OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD Reviewed


15nm TLC NAND offers better sustained reads, writes over 19nm


At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, OCZ introduced us to its new lineup of solid state storage devices for both consumer and enterprise customers, focusing its efforts mostly on its inclusion of Toshiba's latest 15-nanometer TLC NAND technology as the successor to its previous Advanced 19-nanometer (A19nm) TLC NAND flash.

HTC 10 smartphone announcement confirmed for April 12th
Published in Mobiles


Expect notable front-facing camera improvement

On Tuesday, HTC sent out email invitations for the unveiling of its next flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, with the event scheduled for the second week of April. The invitation suggests that the company could be poised to give its flagship device a solid upgrade to the front-facing photography experience its customers have come to expect since the HTC One series first launched in 2012.

Nvidia re-releases most powerful Maxwell GPU with 24GB RAM
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Accelerating design workflows with datasets above 12GB

This morning, Nvidia officially took the wraps off the behemoth Quadro M6000 24GB, its Maxwell-based flagship workstation Quadro M6000 GPU with double the memory of last year's 12GB model, and perhaps the last release before its architectural successor, Pascal, is introduced next month at the company’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects stun guns for self-defense
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Court comes just shy of extending Constitutional provisions for electic weapons


On Monday, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a March 2015 ruling that carried a two-and-a-half-year prison penalty for a women’s use of a stun gun in a public self-defense situation.

Apple's 4-inch iPhone SE arrives March 31st
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A smaller iPhone 6S with more battery life, only $399

This morning during Apple’s Spring Event at its Cupertino, California headquarters, company VP Greg Joswiak announced the new 4-inch iPhone SE – a modest 2016 refresh to the iPhone 5S (2013).

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599
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Friday, 18 March 2016 23:41

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599


Four models: iPad mini, iPad Air 2, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro


Rumors have been circulating that Apple’s next-generation 9.7-inch iPad was going to be a third-generation iPad Air, with the same display resolution and sporting a faster processor and lighter design. It looks like this will be close to correct.