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Friday, July 1, 2016

Microsoft offers glimpse into Windows 10 free upgrade

By Edward C. Baig, June 30, 2016 

The first-year anniversary of the Windows 10 launch is still about a month away. But Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi announced Wednesday in a blog post that the next major iteration of the company’s operating system — dubbed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — will become available on Aug. 2.

Microsoft is encouraging folks to request it in advance. Indeed, ahead of July 29, the one-year anniversary launch date, anyone running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a PC  can now request the upgrade to Windows 10 for free, after which Windows 10 will cost $119. Either way, you’ll still have to wait until Aug. 2 to get the Anniversary update.

Mehdi says that more than 350 million devices are currently running Windows 10 worldwide, with customer-satisfaction levels higher than any previous version. Engagement has also been at an all-time high. Since launch, Windows 10 has been used more than 135 billion hours.

Read more here -->  king5.com

Android N? More like Android Nougat

By Jessica Conditt 7/1/2016

The next version of Android is dubbed "Nougat," Google revealed on Snapchat this morning (because of course it did). This was the first time that Google opened up the Android naming process to the public, and Nougat beat out other n-based treat suggestions including Nutter Butter, Nutella, Nerds and Necco Wafers. Of course, offering creative rights to the entire internet ensured there were a few sour apples in that system.

Read more here --> Engadget.com

Microsoft to Launch Surface All-in-One PC This Quarter

By , 1 July 2016
 
Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under its Surface brand. The new Surface AIO PC is expected be unveiled in the third quarter of 2016. The Redmond-based company is also expected to delay the launch of the second generation Surface Book to the first half of 2017.

Digitimes reports that the second-generation Surface Book unveiling has been shifted from the second half of 2016 to first half 2017 due to delay in CPU shipments by Intel. Microsoft is therefore launching the Surface AIO PC as a consolation of sorts.

The report cites this information using anonymous industry sources who also claim that "the Surface AIO PC will have a strong impact on the global AIO PC market, which has been diminishing amid declining demand for PC products". The Digitimes Research also sees global shipments of AIO PCs drop to 12.6 million units in 2016, as compared to 14 million last year.

Read more here --> gadgets.ndtv.com

AMD Launches RX 480 GPU, Buys HiAlgo Software Maker

The chip maker's GPU is based on its Polaris architecture, and the HiAlgo acquisition will bring more software capabilities to its RX graphics cards.
By Jeffrey Burt 2016-06-30


Advanced Micro Devices continues to push the capabilities of its graphics cards for gaming and virtual reality engines, announcing the launch of its latest high-end GPU based on the new Polaris architecture and the acquisition of a startup developing technologies for PC gaming that takes advantage of GPUs.

The company on June 29 released its Radeon RX 480 graphics card, which AMD officials previewed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January and which they said will drive such strong performance-per-dollar metrics that it will help bring virtual reality (VR) capabilities to a broader market. The announcement comes two weeks after AMD officials unveiled the entire line of Radeon RX GPUs, which also includes graphics cards for high-efficiency computing and low-end e-sports gaming.

Read More here -- <a href="http://www.eweek.com/pc-hardware/amd-launches-high-end-rx-480-gpu-buys-software-startup.html">AMD Launches RX 480 GPU, Buys HiAlgo Software Maker</a>



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Friday, April 22, 2016

ZOTAC Quietly Releases GeForce GT 710 Graphics Card with PCIe x1 Interface

by Anton Shilov on April 22, 2016 

 ZOTAC has quietly introduced a new video card which is compatible with virtually every desktop PC released in the recent years. The new GeForce GT 710 graphics card with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface is not going to outperform modern higher-end iGPUs in games, but it will help owners of very low-cost systems, particularly those which may not even have a PCIe x16 slot, to add support for another display, or improve over the performance of completely outdated iGPUs. 

The ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1 GB (ZT-71304-20L) video card is powered by a cut-down version of NVIDIA’s GK208 GPU with 192 CUDA cores, 16 texture units and 8 ROPs. The GPU is based on the Kepler architecture, which supports Direct3D feature level 11_0, OpenGL 4.5 as well as OpenCL 1.2 APIs. The chip is clocked at 954 MHz and has compute performance of around 366 GFLOPS (well below that of modern iGPUs). 

The card is equipped with 1 GB of DDR3-1600 memory featuring 12.8 GB/s bandwidth. The card comes in half height half length (HHHL) form-factor and is shipped with two brackets (for low-profile and standard PCs) to maximize compatibility with various computers. The graphics board has minimal (19W) power consumption and does not require active cooling (which means, it is also whisper quiet). 

 Read More Here --> anandtech.com

Microsoft and Google agree to stop complaining to regulators about each other

By Ina Fried April 22, 2016

Microsoft and Google say they have recently reached an agreement under which they will drop pending regulatory complaints against one another across the globe. The pair have also agreed that they will try to work among themselves to settle any future issues before running to regulators. “Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities,” a Microsoft representative said in a statement to Re/code. “We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers.” Google, meanwhile, offered up a similar statement, affirming that it too will withdraw any regulatory complaints it has made. “Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings.” Neither company made any product commitments to one another as part of this deal. The timing is interesting, coming just as European regulators charge that Google is abusing its position in the Android market. However, both sides say the deal was in the works for some time.

Read more here --> recode.net

Amazon $50 Fire Tablet Now Available In More Colors, 16GB Model At $70

Amazon has rolled out three more colors for the $50 Fire tablet line, along with a bigger 16 GB model at $70.
By Diya Sen,  April 22, 2016

The company created quite a stir when it first introduced the budget tablets in the market last year and, with the new additions, it only seeks to expand its already large consumer base that remains quite untouched by big players like Apple.

In addition to the basic black model, the $50 Fire tablets are now available in magenta, blue, and tangerine, but the storage option still remains 8 GB. However, with the launch of its latest model, Amazon has made it possible to upgrade to 16 GB at only $20 more. This is especially to tap the market who wouldn't want to jump directly to a $150 Fire HD 8 or a $230 Fire HD 10 tablet just for an increased storage and choice of colors.

Like before, the $50 additions will also run on 1.3-gigahertz quad-core processor and come with a 7-inch IPS display, front and rear cameras, and an 8 GB storage that can be expanded to another 128 GB through the memory card slot. While the new devices will obviously support all Amazon features like Amazon FreeTime, X-Ray and a host of songs, videos, apps, and games available at the Amazon library, they will also run the updated Fire operating system that houses new features like "Blue Shade," specially designed for bedtime reading.

Read More here --> techtimes.com

AMD’s Radeon Pro Duo Pictured In All Its Glory – $1500 US Behemoth

by Hassan Mujtaba April 22, 2016


AMD’s flagship Radeon Pro Duo graphics card has been pictured in all its glory by Hardware Battle. The graphics card featuring two Fiji XT GPUs is on its way to become the fastest dual graphics card on the planet as its launch is planned for 26th April (according to rumors). We have seen several pictures of the cards being posted by sites but we can now take a closer look at one of the best looking dual GPU solution to date.

AMD’s Radeon Pro Duo will be arriving to consumers at the end of this month. The flagship graphics card from AMD was announced almost a year back and has undergone huge design changes. AMD initially wanted to built the Radeon Pro Duo an efficient card like their Radeon R9 Nano with an emphasis on performance per watt and compactness in terms of design but they unchained both Fiji GPUs on the card and went for a serious compute and performance oriented design. Hence became the Radeon Pro Duo.

Read More here --> wccftech.com
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