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Intel to release next-gen CPUs early

Looks like the increased competition from AMD has caused Intel to speed things up a little and release their next generation CPUs 3 months early. The CPUs will be part of the Basin Falls platform and will feature 6, 8, and 10 core CPUs. Intel will also be releasing their Coffee Lake CPUs this August instead of the original January 2018 release date that they've announced. DigiTimes has the story.

Intel will unveil its Basin Falls platform, i.e. Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X processors and X299 chipset, at Computex 2017 in Taipei during May 30-June 3 two months earlier than originally scheduled, and will bring forward the launch of Coffee Lake microarchitecture based on a 14nm process node from January 2018 originally to August 2017, to cope with increasing competition from AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors, according to Taiwan-based PC vendors.

TitanFall 2 Free DLC Expansion Revealed

TitanFall 2 has been about as popular as the first game - which soared out of the game, but then struggled on the back-straight. Still, TitanFall 2 has one thing going for it that its predecessor didn't - free DLC. Not all of the DLC has been free, but this latest expansion shows that there is hope for the franchise and this is one of many more DLCs that will be coming down the pipe in the next few months. If you're a fan of TitanFall 2, this will give you one more thing to be happy about.

Also included in the update is a new faction, MRVN, plus a new game mode called Marked for Death. The MRVN could be connected to the in-game MARVIN automated assistants--usually seen as passive, unarmed NPCs--while Marked for Death returns from the first game in the series. Additionally, Pilots can now Regenerate (Titanfall's equivalent of Call of Duty's Prestige mechanic) up to Gen level 100.

Source: GameSpot

Samsung Galaxy S8 Teardown

If you want to know what is inside the Galaxy S8 and how fixable it is, make sure you take a look at the full tear-down over at iFixit. They call this the first flagship since the flaming disaster of the Note 7 and hopefully they have a lot of good news as I just received one here for myself. This is not a review unit, I actually ponied up for one. I really hope it doesn't suck.

The S8+ features a 13.48 Wh (3500 mAh at 3.85 V) battery—the exact same capacity as the Note7, and a little less than the S7 Edge’s 13.86 Wh. The S8 battery clocks in at 11.55 Wh—comparable to the Google Pixel’s 10.66 Wh, but dwarfing the (slightly smaller) iPhone 7’s 7.45 Wh battery.

Source: iFixit

The Roadie 2 Can Tune Your Guitar Automagically

If you have a hard time tuning your guitars - even 12-string units, check out the Roadie 2. It's pretty awesome! There is a lot of cool tech behind this unit.

The Roadie Tuner is one of those feel-good Kickstarter success stories that makes the whole experiment worth it. It's a quirky solution to a common problem, and it actually shipped to its backers! The tuner works by pairing with a smartphone to listen to the string you're plucking, and then robotically rotating your instrument's tuning peg until the string is in tune.

Source: TheVerge

 

Google Earth Gets an Overhaul

Google has been hard at work making Google Earth better than ever. There was a time when people spent quite of bit of bandwidth flying over the virtual earth and enjoying all the wonders of the world. That novelty passed and the quality wasn't all that good really. Times have changed and Google has been upping their game. Take a look and see some great detail of remote places from around the world.

When Google Earth first launched in 2005, it quickly became a beloved resource for teachers, scientists, humanitarian groups and armchair travelers. But as new tech -- augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D graphics -- became more present in people's lives, Google Earth's shine began to fade. It's been five years since Google released a new version of the program. But now, with Earth's reboot, Google aims to recapture people's imaginations.

Source: CNET

Origin Sub-$1000 Gaming Laptop

Origin has updated their gaming PC line to include a laptop that is very a capable gaming machine that comes in just under $1000. The EON15-S packs in a GTX 1050 TI with 4GB of VRAM in addition to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Combine that with some impressive storage upgrade options and you've got yourself a winner. Its pretty light for the performance and starting prices are very attractive. As aways, you can get crazy with upgrades, but out of the box it's not a bad unit for a cool $1G.

We’ve poured our knowledge and technical know-how into the EON15-S to ensure the best quality and high-performance. Stow the EON15-S in your backpack with a peace of mind so you can travel and game without putting unnecessary stress on your back. Go fully mobile thanks to a slim 1.05-inch thick chassis weighing 5.08 pounds, so you easily set up, play a quick game of your choice, and pack it all up to get going.

Source: OriginPC

Moto Z Force 2 Brings Back Headphone Jack

Lenovo has made a few stellar devices in the past couple of years and the Moto Z Force was one of their best in terms of battery life and durability. It's nice to see that the Moto Z Force 2 is in the works and they Motorola is using their brain when it comes to things like a headphone jack. While digital audio is great, as Jason and I have stated time and time again, why alienate people that have great analog headphones and earbuds? Good move Moto.

Lenovo might have a case for ditching the 3.5mm jack in the super-slim Moto Z, but it never made much sense not to include one on the Z Force. The Z2 Force is said to be thinner than its predecessor (5.99mm versus 7mm), and aside from the headphone jack, it will also house a new dual-lens camera system and Snapdragon 835.

Source: TheVerge

LG Gram Laptop Has Some Compromises

We had a quick demo of LGs Gram ultra book at CES and now it is out in the wild with some hands-on experience. The 15.6-inch unit weighs and incredible 2.4lbs but there are some tradeoffs. First, it doesn't live up to LGs battery claims - at all. It's like the Macbook Pro of PCs. There are a few other issues that don't make it perfect, but it does have a few things going for it for sure. Check the link below for the full review.

The Gram's case is made out of magnesium alloy, but, strangely enough, it doesn't feel like metal. There's a flimsiness to it that gives off a plastic vibe. LG likely went with incredibly thin case molds to help reduce weight, but that inevitably lead to some structural issues. For example, there are air pockets galore throughout the Gram, which leads to plenty of flex, especially on the bottom of the case.

Source: Engadget

How SSDs Work and How to Make Them Work Longer

Most machines I use currently have SSDs for storage. While the speed boost is nice, SSDs are limited to a specific number of reads and writes per cell before they wear out. The number is usually very high and expected lifespan is 5+ years. Still, there are things you can do to make them last longer - and to do that, it's important to understand how they work. Check the link below for the information!

First, aside from when an SSD is brand new and contains no data, writing to an SSD is the process of erasing existing information from the flash memory cells and then programming new information onto them. No new information can be programmed to a cell unless the old data is first erased. For this reason, the process of writing to an SSD is often referred to as program/erase cycles or P/E cycles.

Source: CNET

Only 13 Phones Getting Windows 10 Mobile Update

While Microsoft insists that they are continuing to work with their mobile partners and have a mobile strategy, it's pretty obvious by their latest announcement that their mobile strategy doesn't include Windows 10 Mobile. They pretty much bailed on Continuum and now they are only providing 13 different phones with the Creators Update - the latest and best update to Windows Mobile. So, if you have a Windows mobile device - although it is probably pretty good, you should really think about switching to a platform that doesn't cancel projects instead of support them. Check the link below for the list.

Devices not on this list will not officially receive the Windows 10 Creators Update nor will they receive any future builds from our Development Branch that we release as part of the Windows Insider Program. However, Windows Insiders who have devices not on this list can still keep these devices on the Windows 10 Creators Update at their own risk knowing that it’s unsupported.

Source: MSPowerUser

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