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February 19, 2017

Qualcomm announces chips with next generation Wi-Fi

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard arrived a few years ago and has become the new standard for long enough, it has found its way into everything except the cheapest phones and laptops. It’s going to stay as a mainstream standard for at least a couple more years, but just a few days ago, a new replacement appeared on the horizon.

Qualcomm has announced a pair of chips compatible with the new 802.11ax standard. The IPQ8074 is a quad-core 14nm SoC for wireless routers and enterprise access points, and it promises peak speeds of 4.8Gbps across eight 5GHz streams and four 2.4GHz streams, though that peak theoretical speed won’t necessarily be what you can expect to see from [...]

 
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February 18, 2017

YouTube is Planning to Kill Unskippable 30 Second Ads Starting 2018

An Unskippable 1 minute YouTube Ad

Are you one of the many users who visibly groan when you are try to show a YouTube video to a friend, but an unskippable ad pops up? Perhaps, it is time for you to rejoice. In an official statement, Google explained that it aims to provide a more balanced advertising experience for it’s consumers. “As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,” said a Google spokesman. However, ads shorter than 30-seconds, including the 20-second spots, can be made unskippable.

Back in April 2016, the [...]

 
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February 17, 2017

HTC confirms the Vive Mobile

HTC’s new VR headset is coming sooner than you think

Given the recent dips in the number of mobile units that HTC has shipped, the company has quickly refocused all of its attention to the VR industry. At a developer conference in Shenzhen last year, HTC’s company sales President Chia-lin Chang had confirmed that they were working internally on a mobile VR solution, but had told the audience that it might be a while before we could get our hands on it. Apparently, the wait is almost over, and a product launch seems to be coming soon. More recently, in an interview with CNET, Chang confirmed the Vive Mobile will be compatible with the HTC Ultra U, [...]

 
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February 16, 2017

NEON – the new look of Windows 10

Microsoft confirms the existence of NEON during a meeting with developers, offering a first look of the new design of Windows 10.

Project NEON is the name given by Microsoft to indicate the new Windows 10 stylistic path which will be enabled with Redstone 3, expected by the end of the year. The look was revealed as a background image in Microsoft’s sneak peak of Windows 10.

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“Make beautiful, engaging experiences possible on the Windows platform- simply, and by default”

In the screenshot showed at the Windows Developer Day, the company displayed a dark window overlaid with this description. The new [...]

 
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February 15, 2017

Dublin Tech Summit hopes to establish Dublin as leader of world tech

The Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) is an international technology conference held in Dublin, Ireland. The first summit is planned for 15 and 16 February 2017, at the Convention Centre Dublin in the city’s “Silicon Docks”. The Convention Centre Dublin is expected to hold approximately 10,000 attendees from Ireland and further afield. A two-day-long event, it is hoped that the Summit will provide an economic boost for local businesses, while also enhancing Ireland’s reputation as a leader in the world of tech.

The two day event will showcase everything Dublin has to offer as a global technology hub. Participants will hear from leaders shaping the future of industries [...]

 
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February 14, 2017

Star Trek VR game is delayed until end of May

Ubisoft has announced yesterday that the release of its upcoming virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be delayed until 30th May 2017. To compensate for the delay, Ubisoft have added the famous bridge deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, from the original Star Trek TV series.

The game was originally expected to be released in November. With the licence of CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has now been delayed until 30th of May 2017 for Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headset.

A screenshot of the game

To apologize for the delay, the company has chosen to include the famous Enterprise.

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February 13, 2017

iPhone 8 to have battery capacity of 5.5″ iPhone in 4.7″ body with OLED display

OLED iPhone 8 to have significantly larger battery

A note was obtained by MacRumors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo where he mentioned the iPhone 8 will use a more expensive stacked logic board design to allow Apple to use a 2,700mAh battery (comparable to the 5.5″ Plus models) in a 4.7″ form factor.

Stacked SLP

The stacked logic board design creates more space inside the iPhone, allowing Apple to fit a higher capacity battery in the same space as the previous iPhones.

OLED displays are more energy efficient than LCD displays as they do not require a backlight, this will lead to huge gains in battery life but at a [...]

 
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February 12, 2017

OnePlus 3T Review – The best Android phone on the market

Announced last October, the OnePlus 3T is one of the best Android phones on the market. The Chinese producer is a small company when compared to other smartphone manufacturers, and originally started by selling only high-end smartphones.

However, they changed their direction in 2016 when they released two very similar phones within the space of six months. The more recent one is the 3T, which we’re talking about today. The design of the two is identical, but the performance of the 3T is far superior.

Aesthetically pleasing, in aluminium, well-detailed and easy to handle, the OnePlus 3T already gives a good impression. The display is a 5.5″ Optic AMOLED [...]

 
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February 11, 2017

Asphalt Xtreme Review

EA owned mobile games developer, Gameloft, has developed a reputation for making free mobile games with impressive graphics and limitless content. Known for popular titles such as Modern Combat and Dungeon Hunter, Gameloft has now released a sequel to their most popular game, Asphalt 8. What you will immediately notice about Asphalt Xtreme is that it is very different to its predecessors in terms of the theme. Gone are the days of driving ground-hugging supercars through the city streets. Asphalt Xtreme focuses more on racing through snow-capped mountains and mud-filled boneyards in ridiculous monster trucks and beach buggies.

Judging by the 1.14GB download size alone, I knew [...]

 
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February 11, 2017

Android Wear 2.0: Google’s Last Shot At Giving Android Wear A Meaning

Over the last year or so we have seen a large number of manufacturers pledge their support to the newest wearables platform that has been developed by Google. However, dismal sales numbers and lack of functionality have given all of these manufacturers cold feet. We have seen that most companies that had initially pledged their support have stated that they have no intentions of making more Android Wear smartwatches in the near future. The likes of Motorola and Huawei have shelved all their plans for any future smartwatches already. The only company that has a new watch coming out is LG.

Having said that, Google has delayed the launch of its 2.0 platform for quite a while, but [...]

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