Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.
Maybe DirectX 12 is bound for Windows 7, after all
AMD Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy made waves in the media when he said Windows 7 will not support DirectX 12. He made the comment in a matter-of-fact manner while speaking at the PDXLAN event, which was caught on video (and later pulled from YouTube). Whether or not that ends up being true remains to be seen, but as far as his comments go, AMD called them "speculative," adding that he "misspoke" on the topic.
Sony today announced the commercialization of its new Exmor RS IMX230, the industry's first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to boast an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function for superior focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. It's rated at 21 megapixels (effective) and sports a High Dynamic Range (HDR) function to capture backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly, even in high-contrast scenes, Sony says.
If there are any kids within earshot, send them off to play or cover their ears before reading any further, we wouldn't want their little ears being exposed to excited obscenities that may follow. As in, "Holy sh*t, how much RAM!?" Try 24GB of GDDR5 memory, which is how much Nvidia decided to use on its Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator, the new flagship offering in the Tesla family.
The web already has a social network for professionals -- it's called LinkedIn, perhaps you've heard of it? You can bet that Mark Zuckerberg has, and apparently he's a bit envious. How so? Facebook is reportedly working in secret on a new social website called "Facebook at Work," which appropriately enough is aimed at working professionals with special tools and features for collaborating on projects.
Boutique system builder Origin PC is celebrating its official 5-year anniversary since launching its online store, during which time it's released 20 products and won over 25 awards and accolades. More recently, Origin PC trotted out new cases for its Millennium mid-tower and Genesis full-tower PCs, and for a limited time, you can purchase either chassis by itself. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.
E Fun Nextbook will come with a 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription
Another ultra-cheap Windows 8.1 tablet is getting ready to join Microsoft’s ongoing assault on Chromebooks and low-end Android tablets. The 8-inch Nextbook from E Fun will be available at Walmart stores on Black Friday 2014 for as low as $99.99, Microsoft announced in a blog post Thursday.
When Apple recently embraced NFC (Near Field Communication), the move was seen as a major shot in the arm for the short-range wireless communication technology where mobile payments are concerned. That was, of course, a proverbial shot in an equally notional arm, but there are real people out there who are injecting their flesh-and-blood selves with actual NFC implants.
They may be competitors in the browser market, but that hasn’t stopped Google from being directly responsible for almost all of Mozilla’s revenues — over 90 percent as of 2012 — for almost the entirety of the latter’s existence. Mozilla lassoed this cash cow back in 2004 and has been busy milking it for tens to hundreds of millions of dollars annually in exchange for a wholesome feed of search engine-bound traffic originating from within Firefox. But with the all-important deal that makes Google the default search engine in Firefox and guarantees Mozilla steady stream of revenue set to expire later this month, the browser outfit must be a tad nervous.
Latest technical preview build changes the way OneDrive files get synced
The latest Windows 10 technical preview build rolled out this past Wednesday with a number of changes supposedly inspired by user feedback (or, as the the company put it on the Windows Blog, by user “awesomeness”). User feedback may very well have inspired most of the changes contained in Build 9879, but the removal of the “smart files” feature from OneDrive does not appear to be one of them, at least going by the amount of flak it has drawn over the past few days from Windows Insider Program members.