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Mirror's Edige Catalyst Impressions

What I'm about to say, doesn't get said often enough. There is a game that appears to be coded very well. That's right. Mirror's Edge Catalyst looks fantastic at 4K resolution - and it actually runs really well to boot. That is a miracle with today's game often being coded sloppy and developers expect people to upgrade their systems to run the game. Not the case with MEC. I've been playing it and it runs really well at 1080p on mid-range hardware as well.

In 1080p, the game ran with a minimum framerate of 70fps on Ultra settings. We did not experience any drops or stutters, so we’re almost certain that cards equivalent to NVIDIA’s GTX970 will be able to handle the game with constant 60fps at 1080p.

Source: DSOGaming

Lionsgate Brings Big Movies to Steam

Everybody wants a piece of the streaming pie and when you already have the servers, storage and infrastructure to deliver content on-demand, it makes sense to go bigger. Steam has recently welcomed Lionsgate to their platform and you will be able to rent and stream movies right in your Steam client software. Hopefully, Steam doesn't make some fatal mistakes trying to bring their "Big Screen" to every home. They can't forget their core users - at least I hope they can't.

To this BlackBerry is gradually adding its own acquisitions. Such as the secure document system BlackBerry picked up, WatchDox, which can geofence documents: very handy if some employee leaves a thumb drive on a train. The “crisis squawker” (there’s no better description) AtHoc which provides crisis management for emergency services, is also swapping its HazMat suite for a white collar, and will be offered to enterprises.

Source: Engadget

AMD Stepping up their GPU Game

AMD has been lagging behind Intel when it comes to raw CPU performance and they've slipped into second spot behind NVIDIA on the graphics card front. They have some new cards and technology coming out very soon and the rumor is that their high-end "Polaris 10" product will "perform close to a GTX 980 Ti". While that may sound exciting, it won't perform as good - and NVIDIA is about set to release a new product line as well - which will leave AMDs best, competing with last-generation NVIDIA. Hopefully AMD can step things up and be a major contender.

We also want to share some information we learned from our sources about Polaris 11. AMD recently hosted a event in Taiwan to showcase their Polaris GPUs (Polaris 10 and Polaris 11) along with the Radeon Pro Duo card to journalists. We shared slides of the Radeon Pro Duo from that event yesterday. People were able to get some info out of AMD and it seems like the Polaris 10 can be an extremely competitive product.

Source: WCCFTech

Surface Phone is Due - in a Year

This is not a great sign. Microsoft has been working hard on a Surface phone for a couple of years and they announced that it will be ready in April - of next year. That means they have over a year to work on a device that is already overdue. Microsoft has been consistently late to every major platform shift and this is no exception. I'm calling the device dead - a year before it's even born. Care to disagree? Please post your thoughts in the forum below.

Apparently, Win32 apps are a key part of that strategy, although it's not clear how it will be implemented. After all, Myerson did say that the firm is committed to ARM-powered Windows phones. HP has addressed this issue with its Elite x3 through virtualization. Win32 apps run off of a remote server, allowing the ARM-based phone to access it remotely.

Source: Neowin

The State of Cord-Cutting

We've talked many times over the last few years about cord-cutters, the people who cut the cord on their cable TV subscriptions and use other alternatives.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The average American now spends more time on home broadband (2.9 hours) vs watching TV (2.8 hours).
  • There are still 99.4 Million cable TV subscribers in the US.
  • 385,000 Americans canceled their cable subscription in 2015
  • The average monthly price of cable in the US is $100 (up 5%)
  • 37% of Americans stream Netflix on a weekly basis

Motherboard breaks down the numbers.

People have all sorts of reasons why they’re looking to cut the cord, whether it’s because they’re tired of paying upwards of $100 per month to the likes of Time Warner Cable or Comcast for cable, or that they feel they’re simply better served with a smattering of services like Netflix and Sling TV. Regardless of the motivation, there’s a lot of data to unpack.

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