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Samsung to Build Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820

Samsung is pretty big. I mean really big. They have been contracted to build processors for Apple devices and in fact make their own processors for TVs, mobile phones, tablets and Chromebooks. After some issues with the Snapdragon 810 and over-heating (at the very least running really, really hot) issues, Qualcomm has opted to go with Samsung as the semiconductor manufacturer for the Snapdragon 820. It's interesting that they had to talk to the competition to build a chip for them. I'm sure Samsung is making a fair bit of money by agreeing to make the competitor's product.

The giant processor company has traditionally employed Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) to manufacture its chips, which power a large number of our smartphones and tablets. However, according to a report from Re/code, Qualcomm will be switching suppliers and partnering with Samsung for its next batch of high-end SOCs.

Source: Neowin

The (Silent) Hills aren't Alive

There are a lot of people in the gaming community who have played the Silent Hills franchise and at one time the fourth installment of the franchise was going to be released. That was canceled, but here was a playable teaser that was on playstation store that could still be played, that is until it was removed as of the 29th of April. That's right - the Silent Hills are now noisy - and less scary.

Konami has not elaborated on why P.T. was removed from the store, which happened amidst a reported power struggle between the publisher and developer Hideo Kojima, who was directing Silent Hills. Director Guillermo del Toro and actor Norman Reedus were also involved with the game. Although Silent Hills has been cancelled, Konami stated that it remained "committed to new Silent Hill titles.

Source: GameSpot

10 Countries With Really Fast Internet

If you live in a remote corner of the world and are cursing us for having too many pictures on our site because you have really slow internet, there is now a list of countries with really great internet and we've found the top 10 to share with you. This list has been put together by Akamai Technologies - a cloud services provider, so they should know what they are talking about.

With a few clicks on a keyboard and a swipe of the mouse, we have access to an unprecedented amount of information the likes of which humanity has never seen before. But if you have a slow internet connection speed, then waiting for that page to load, that video to buffer, or that file to download can feel like an eternity.

Source: BusinessInsider

AMD Unveils New Memory Tech

A few days back we posted about how AMD was not content to be a mainstream company any more and wanted to return to the high-performance arena. One way that they are doing this is through their HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) technology that replaces the existing 32-bit memory bus with a 1024-bit bus that allows a whole lot more traffic down the pipeline. This looks promising and I'm sure that Intel will soon follow suite with some similar idea of their own.

HBM is a departure from what we have seen in the past where memories have been pushed to be "faster." This HBM approach is simple in that it is a "wide and slow" solution that will produce great benefits. Gone is the old 32 bit bus, and it is replaced by a 1024 bit bus. The "slow" part of the trade off is that these HBM stacks will not run at clocks faster than 500MHz, but obviously, with such a wider bus, we should see bandwidth of over 100GB/s per stack. Also these stacks of memory run at lower power as well.

Source: HardOCP

Microsoft Launches Office Preview for Android

If you're an Android user and you want to get productive with your device every now and then, you'll be happy to know that the Office for Android preview has been extended as a general release. I've been using it off and on for a few months and it seems pretty solid. If you can't live without office, this may be one of the best news bits this week. Grab the previews over at Microsoft's Google+ community.

For the most part, it looks like the Android tablet version. There's finger-friendly versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that let you create, open, and edit office documents. Best of all, the suite is free! Saving is all done in the cloud, and the announcement notes that "OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box" are all available.

Source: ArsTechnica

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