quinta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2017

Vivo X20/X20 Plus officially unveiled with full screen displays!

Well that didn’t take long. Vivo was prompt on our date and just a few minutes ago unveiled the Vivo X20 and Vivo X20 Plus models in China. Both phones feature a 3D arc design that is designed to provide a comfortable grip in your palm, along with metal frame and an ultra-fine zirconium sand spray

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Deals: Get a 128GB MicroSD Card for just $18.34 over at Cafago

It’s almost incredible how cheap technology gets over time. Only a few years back you’d be dreaming of a 128GB microSD card even existing, then when they came out you knew you couldn’t get one without breaking the bank. Now, you can buy them for as low as $18.31 over at Cafago; isn’t that wonderful?

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Dodocool 400ml Air Humidifier and Oil Diffuser now on Sale at Amazon

Dodocool 400ml Air Humidifier

If you’re looking for a relatively cheap way to produce a cool mist, humidify the air and moisturize your skin, we might have a solution for you – the Dodocool 400ml air humidifier. This device will help with the problem of dry skin and allow you to have a better sleeping experience thanks to the

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OUKITEL C8 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4X – 18:9 Display Aspect Ratio and Cheaper?

The Xiaomi Redmi 4X is such a best selling smartphone that most Chinese phone makers take it as something to aspire to or, even better – beat it. Oukitel is no different with their latest Oukitel C8, an entry-level device with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a.k.a. infinity display. That’s why the company decided to compare

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Xiaomi enters the Wireless Power Consortium, the makers of Qi Charging

Apparently Xiaomi is joining big smartphone manufacturers – the likes of Apple, LG, Samsung and others – and finally entering into the Wireless Power Consortium. In short, the consortium behind the Qi wireless charging standard. Xiaomi hasn’t released a statement yet, but it’s possible to read the company’s name among the hundreds of the consortium’s

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ZTE Nubia NX595J spotted on TENAA, specs revealed

ZTE Nubia NX595J

The ZTE Nubia NX595J whose photos had earlier appeared out of nowhere has now been listed and certified by Chinese regulator TENAA with same Nubia NX595J model number. The listing not only has images of the phone but it also carries the major specifications of the device as well. Contrary to previous rumors which suggested

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UMIDIGI S2 Second Flash Sale Kicks Offs after Crushing 1st Pre-sale Campaign

If you’re here now then you probably missed, but last Monday UMIDIGI and Gearbest partnered up to offer a $50 off discount on the recently launched UMIDIGI S2. As you could have expected, the smartphone sold out in less than 24 hours; those orders will be shipping to the store as soon as September 28th.

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Premium Maze Comet coming in October – Teaser Video Released

Maze Comet

Rapidly growing phone manufacturer – Maze – will be launching a new device with a 18:9 display aspect ratio – namely called Maze Comet – in the month of October. Down below we can check out the teaser video they just uploaded on Youtube. In the video we see that the Maze Comet will be

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The MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review

Intel's HEDT platform in recent times has always had a two CPU generation cadence. The last change was in August 2014, catering for Haswell-E and Broadwell-E, so with the recent launch of Skylake-X, it was time for a refresh: the new LGA 2066 socket and a new X299 chipset, with the inevitable slew of new motherboards looking to capitalize on the margin-rich high-end desktop sector. For our first review, we are testing the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC from MSI.



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Nokia 8 chega a Portugal com um preço de 599 euros

Finalmente. O flagship da Nokia, que inaugura a parceria com a Zeiss, acaba de ser oficializado em Portugal. Este novo topo de gama da marca finlandesa, que agora é uma start-up, já está nas lojas com um preço de 599 euros.

E, afinal, o que é que o Nokia 8 traz de novidade? Desde logo, a tal parceria com a Zeiss, que se reflecte na máquina fotográfica dupla (cor e mono) que está na traseira. Ambas têm 13 MP e uma abertura f2.0.

Na frente está também uma câmara com 13 MP e as mesmas características (f2.0, 1,12um) do módulo a cores traseiro. Este smartphone também é o primeiro a usar um sistema que grava vídeo (ou capta fotografias), à frente e atrás, ao mesmo tempo.

Aqui, a Nokia quer promover o conceito ‘bothie’, uma espécie de subida de nível em relação à selfie. Assim, com o bothie, o objectivo é captar uma fotografia conjunta de ambas (both) as câmaras. Isto é possível fazer na app nativa da máquina fotográfica/vídeo do smartphone.

O Nokia 8 traz também uma novidade no que respeita à gravação de áudio, o OZO. Segundo a marca, este é um standard usado por produtoras de cinema de Hollywood que permite gravar som em 360 graus e reproduzi-lo da mesma forma.

O terceiro argumento da Nokia está no facto de o 8 usar Android «puro», o que significa que, além de não haver apps e skins de terceiros, as novas versões do sistema operativo da Google ficam disponíveis para actualização pouco tempo depois de serem disponibilizadas nos smartphones próprios da Google.

Finalmente, o quarto argumento está no design e na engenharia aplicada ao smartphone. Segundo Bruno Jesus, responsável da marca que ontem apresentou o Nokia 8 em Lisboa, este smartphone «nunca aquece» e tem um processo de fabrico que passa por «quarenta etapas».

Feito de um único bloco de metal, «polido dez vezes», o Nokia 8 não mostra linhas de antena como outros terminais, mas a solução encontrada também não acaba por favorecer muito o aspecto do terminal: quer o topo, quer a base têm uma faixa num material plástico que destoa do restante conjunto.

Pelo menos, na versão cinza, que estava disponível para hands-on na apresentação da Nokia, a solução encontrada pela marca finlandesa não favorece o smartphone. O 8 tem uma versão em cobre, que não vem para Portugal, e duas em azul (gloss e tempered).

As restantes características principais do Nokia 8 são os 64 GB de armazenamento, a presença de um dos mais poderosos processadores actualmente no mercado, o Snapdragon 835, o ecrã IPS LCD QHD de 5,3 polegadas e uma bateria de 3090 mAh compatível com Quick Charge 3.0 da Qualcomm.

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Vernee MIX 2 Beautiful Design Confirmed in Real Photos – Get it for $99.99?

Vernee MIX 2

The Vernee MIX 2 is probably one of the most interesting tri-bezel-less smartphones soon coming into the market. Vernee challenged Xiaomi with the slogan “Not only bezel-less 2.0” back when the handset was first revealed. Now, we can finally have an actual real look at the device; let’s check it out in the video and

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GlobalFoundries Adds 12LP Process for Mainstream and Automotive Chips; AMD Planning 12LP CPUs & GPUs

GlobalFoundries on Wednesday announced its new 12LP (leading performance) fabrication process. The new manufacturing technology was designed to increase transistor density and improve frequency potential compared to GlobalFoundries’ current-gen 14LPP tech. The company expects the new process to be used by suppliers of various ICs (integrated circuits), including designers of CPUs and GPUs as well as developers of chips for automotive applications and telecommunication solutions. One of the first customers to adopt the 12LP fabrication process will be AMD.

GlobalFoundries’ 12LP manufacturing technology builds upon the company’s 14LPP process that has been used for high-volume manufacturing (HVM) since early 2016. Just like its direct predecessor, the 12LP relies on deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography with argon fluoride (ArF) excimer lasers operating on a 193 nm wavelength. GlobalFoundries promises that its 12LP provides a 15% higher transistor density and enables a 10% higher frequency potential (at the same power and complexity) compared to “16/14nm FinFET solutions on the market today”. The company does not elaborate which process it used for comparison, but a naturally guess would be its own 14LPP which the company knows well.

Advertised PPA Improvements of New Process Technologies
Data announced by companies during conference calls, press briefings and in press releases
  GlobalFoundries
12LP
vs 14LPP
14HP
vs 14LPP
7nm Gen 1
vs 14LPP
Power - ? >60%
Performance 10% ? >40%
Area Reduction 15% ? >50%
 

The new 12LP relies on the groundwork set by the 14LPP, but uses 7.5T libraries, which is one of the ways that enables GlobalFoundries to shrink die sizes by increasing transistor density. Since the library contains different elements, IC developers have to “recompile” their designs to take advantage of the process. Meanwhile, since the 12LP and the 14LPP are very similar, for GlobalFoundries’ existing customers migration path to the 12LP is pretty straightforward. As for others, they are more likely to use the upcoming 7 nm anyway given the fact that it is not far away.

Comparison of 14 nm Branded Process Technologies
  GlobalFoundries
12LP
GlobalFoundries
14HP
GlobalFoundries
14LPP ?
TSMC
16FF
Intel
14nm
Fin Pitch ? ? ? ? 42 nm
Gate Pitch ? ? 78 nm 90 nm 70 nm
Min Metal Pitch ? ? 64 nm 64 nm 52 nm
Gate Height ? ? less than 480 nm 480 nm 399 nm
Metal Layers 13 17 13 unknown unknown
Design Library 7.5T 12T 9T 9T unknown

To a large degree, the 12LP is GlobalFoundries’ response to various manufacturing technologies that build upon the 14/16 offerings and optimize performance and transistor density that have been introduced by various contract makers of semiconductors over the past few quarters. Some of those processes are branded as “12 nm” (e.g., TSMC’s CLN12FFC and Samsung’s 11LPP) and other continuing to carry the “14 nm” monikers (e.g., Samsung’s 14LPC and 14LPU). All three leading foundries — GlobalFoundries, Samsung and TSMC — have been using their 14/16nm-branded technologies for years and have accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience, which is why they could roll out optimized versions of the processes and concentrate on performance and/or transistor density. In addition to this, GlobalFoundries is positioning the 12LP for automotive as well as RF/analogue applications, so there are certain enhancements related to reliability and ability to work in extreme conditions. In particular, GlobalFoundries promises to build a test chip that can work at extreme temperatures from -40°C to +105°C for Automotive Grade 2 qualification in Q4 2017. Keeping in mind lifecycles in the automotive industry, expect the 12LP to stay with GlobalFoundries for many years to come.

A legitimate question about the 12LP in the context of automotive applications is who will be GF’s primary customer(s) for the process. There are a number of players developing various chips for automotive applications these days, but when it comes to designers of SoCs that need to pack a lot of transistors, run them at high frequency and be Automotive Grade 2, the list shrinks rather dramatically.

“The world is in the midst of an unprecedented transition to an era of connected intelligence,” said GF CEO Sanjay Jha. “This new 12LP technology provides the performance and density improvements necessary to help our customers continue innovating at the system level, as they deliver real-time connectivity and edge processing to everything from high-end graphics and automobiles to industrial applications.”

In the meantime, AMD will be one of the first to adopt the tech and judging by comments made by Mark Papermaster (AMD CTO) and Sunjay Jha, the chip developer will use the 12LP to make both CPUs and GPUs using the tech.

“We are pleased to extend our longstanding relationship with GlobalFoundries as a lead customer for their new 12LP technology,” said Mark Papermaster, CTO and senior vice president of technology and engineering, AMD. “Our deep collaboration with GF has helped AMD bring a set of leadership high-performance products to market in 2017 using 14nm FinFET technology. We are excited to work with GF on its new 12LP process technology as a part of our focus on accelerating our product and technology momentum.”

AMD's CPU and GPU roadmaps from earlier this year both listed a "14nm+" node, which at the time was a curious situation since GlobalFoundries didn't have a node between 14nm and 7nm. The obvious takeaway at the time being that GlobalFoundries was developing an interim node - an enhanced version of 14nm - which today's announcement finally confirms. In which case in accordance with Papermaster's official statement, it looks like we should be expecting both Vega and Zen products produced on 12LP in the next year.

To date AMD has said very little about these products. But it's telling that their roadmaps call for existing architectures on the new node rather than their next-generation Navi & Zen 2 architectures, which at least officially, remain scheduled for 7nm. The big question, at least on the GPU side right now, is whether AMD's forthcoming (and still very secretive) Vega 11 GPU is the 12LP product on the company's roadmap, or if AMD is planning on doing a more thorough refresh of Vega at 12LP later on.

Conceptually, all of this is very close to the old "half node" release cadence for GPUs, which would typically see major new GPU architectures released on a new process node, and then smaller and more power-efficient chips released a year later on the interim half node. Half nodes largely died out at 45nm, as fabs opted to put their resources and focus into bringing up whole nodes sooner rather than investing in short-lived half nodes. However as whole node improvements have gone from two year events to three and four year odyssies, it looks like half nodes are back, and with them the refresh chip release strategy.

GlobalFoundries expects to start risk production using the 12LP fabrication technology in Q1 2018. The company does not disclose any timeframes for HVM, but expect them to be different for various chip developers. For example, AMD is a very close partner of GlobalFoundries, so the company gets access to PDKs ahead of many other clients. That said, expect AMD to release its products made using the 12LP rather sooner than later. Mark Papermaster says that the aforementioned chips are to be released in 2018, but he does not elaborate whether to expect them in the first or the second half of the year.

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Vivo X20 caught in a hands on video, hours ahead of official unveiling

vivo X20

Barely few hours to the official grand unveiling of the Vivo X20 and possibly Vivo X20 Plus, a short hands on Video of the device has just emerged online showing the device in all its glory. Though the said device has been enmeshed in a series of leaks and rumors, but the latest hands on

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Android One Makes Its Way to United States as Moto X4 Android One

Moto X4 Android One

First announced at Google’s annual I/O developer conference back in 2014, Android One phones are originally made for emerging Markets, but today, Google in Collaboration with Motorola has announced the much rumored Moto X4 Android One phone as the first Android One Device for the US Market. The Moto X4 Android One Phone is not

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Imagination Joins the AI Party, Announces PowerVR Series 2NX Neural Network Accelerator

In conjunction with today’s PowerVR Series 9XE and Series 9XM announcement, Imagination is revealing a new series of PowerVR-branded hardware IP blocks: the Series 2NX neural network accelerator (NNA). Filling in under the ‘PowerVR Vision and AI’ category as opposed to graphics, the 2NX NNA offers SoC designers dedicated low power hardware for neural network computation and inferencing. While there are many practical applications of such neural networks, Imagination identified mobile devices and smart cameras/surveillance as key markets for the 2NX, as well as automotive and set-top boxes.

Imagination’s latest IP announcement comes at a time when the market for AI/neural network processing is booming. As what’s arguably the first new processor technology field in several years to take root and reach a rapid growth phase, the industry has been racing to develop neural network processors, establish standards, and otherwise push the boundaries of hardware and software to see just what neural network processing truly can and can’t do. Neural network processing is still in its early, wild west days, but this is the point where companies can attempt to stake their claim in a growing market and, as time goes by, try to be a market leader once the technology matures.

With the announcement of Series 2NX, Imagination is joining Intel, NVIDIA, Apple, Huawei, and other vendors in scoping out the early days of the field. For Imagination this is a natural extension of their existing PowerVR GPU technologies, as current neural network processing is at a very high level a far more restricted form of GPU compute. So this is a field that Imagination can relatively easily get into, and leverage much of their current strengths. At the same time however, for the struggling company this is a badly needed growth market, one that could help the company turn its fortunes. To some degree there’s also a need to keep up with their peers – Imagination would likely be short-sighted not to pursue this – but success here would certainly be a game-changer for the company. The risk, of course, is that the market is still young, and while everyone is eager to get into it, hardware and software vendors alike haven't fully nailed down what tasks can and can't be efficiently handled by a neural network. Being the "hot" thing in tech, right now it's tempting to solve every problem with neural networking, an overzealousness that will abate as the market matures.

Moving on to the technology itself, with the 2NX, Imagination claims the industry’s highest inferencing performance, as well as performance in terms of power consumption (inferences/mW) and area (inferences/mm2). Size-wise, Imagination sees their 2NX solution as going well with a 9XE/9XM GPU, saying that the combined area of a 9XE GPU and 2NX NNA is similar to the total size of a competing mobile GPU. For that mobile market, Imagination plans Android support for the 2NX, and cites the importance of the 2NX’s optional memory management unit (MMU) for Android and other more complex OS’s. In the context of those features, Imagination did explain that they designed the 2NX with mobile designs in mind.

Architecture-wise, like the PowerVR graphics, the 2NX offers a variety of options as it is meant to be licensed out and used in a range of customer-specific use cases. To that end, Imagination describes a single 2NX core as capable of handling 128 to 1024 16-bit and 256 to 2048 8-bit multiply-and-accumulate operations (MACs) per clock, with multiple cores permitting scaling beyond 2048 8-bit MACs/clock.

The 2NX accelerator also possesses flexible bit-depth for data and weights, with 16, 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4-bit support, and can be mixed on different layers. In terms of the higher precision 16-bit support, Imagination cites areas like automotive applications, where 16-bit support is mandated. The 2NX also has full variable precision on the internal data formats, with “FP32 precision where required, inside the accumulator with variable output precision.” In turn, the variable weights and precisions can be used to save power and bandwidth as the situation warrants.

With a specialized driver for the host CPU, the 2NX does all the neural network processing in dedicated hardware blocks, and supports read/write formats compatible with other system blocks like ISPs, GPUs, and CPUs. The 2NX also supports neural network interchange formats, such as Khronos’ NNEF. Imagination has also taken steps to reduce usage of external memory, and offers the aforementioned MMU for the 2NX, especially in light of Android support.

In terms of use cases, like other low-power inferencing processors that have been pitched in the last couple of years, Imagination’s focus is inferencing at the edge. This means automotive, security cameras, smartphones, and other devices that either are their own sensors or close to said sensors, and where there either isn’t the time or connectivity to send all data back to a central host. It’s also at the edge where some of the greatest potential gains from neural network inferencing can be found, as when it’s used correctly, neural network processing can achieve similar results with a fraction of the power consumption of a GPU or DSP (never mind a CPU).

On the software-side, Imagination is releasing their Deep Neural Network (DNN) API, applicable to CPUs, GPUs, and its new NNA. This has the advantage of allowing development and prototyping for the 2NX without having the 2NX on hand, as well as when dealing with multiple SoC configurations.

In translating the neural network models to the 2NX itself, Imagination is also providing tuning and evaluation tools, including the PowerVR NX Mapping Tool. As an optional step, from the typically FP32 models trained with frameworks such as TensorFlow and Caffe, PowerVR’s own framework can retrain that model for certain precisions and weights, and thus optimize for the 2NX.

Like the rest of the PowerVR family processors, the 2NX is essentially an IP core that is licensed out to SoC designers. For the mobile sphere, this PowerVR 2NX announcement brings to mind recent announcements of implemented neural network processors inside Huawei’s Kirin 970 and Apple’s A11 Bionic. Earlier, Huawei revealed that the Kirin 970 NPU was accessible by Android Neural Network API support, and in the context of the 2NX for Android, Imagination referred to that API as well, but details are light at this time. For the time being, the 2NX cannot be directly compared to those dedicated inferencing hardware, but will be an interesting topic to revisit as 2NX-equipped products roll out.

The PowerVR 2NX NNA is available now for licensing, and interested parties may contact Imagination directly.



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Google and HTC get into a $1.1 billion agreement

Rumors had been rife that Google and HTC were up to something. It has finally been established that the tech behemoth and the dying smartphone manufacturer have entered an agreement. Google will be paying HTC a sum of $1.1 billion that will enable Google to non-exclusively access HTC’s intellectual property along with some of its employees going

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quarta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2017

Rose Pink Galaxy S8 coming soon to a European retailer near you

The Samsung Galaxy S8 had been available all over the world for quite some time now, including Europe, and it seems like a Rose Pink variant of the phone is getting ready to hit the shelves of certain European retailers in the coming days. These news come not from Samsung but from Dutch retailer Belsimpel, that has the phone available for

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LG Q6 Plus now available in India with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

LG has launched the LG Q6 Plus at an event in New Delhi, India earlier today, with the device following the release of the LG Q6 in August. The new model comes with a couple of small changes to make it a more “premium” variant. The LG Q6 Plus is a higher spec’d version of the LG Q6 with 33% more

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LG V30 initial shipments begin!

If you’re a Korean fan of LG and their latest flagship (LG V30), then you’re in for some good news today. The South Korean company announced earlier today that the first shipments of their V30 flagship have started rolling out. According to their plans, the device will first be available in the company’s home country of

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Samsung finally allows you to disable the notorious Bixby key

Dear Samsung fans, I think you’ll love this one. Almost a month after Samsung’s Personal Assistant Bixby was made available worldwide, the Korean company decides to listen to the woes of their fans who have requested the ability to change the button mapping. During this month there were a lot of users who preferred not

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Meizu M20 Power Bank launched with 2-way fast charging

The Meizu M20 Power Bank was unveiled earlier today by the Chinese company, sporting a similar design to its M10 predecessor but a significant addition to its specs: 2-way fast charging!  The Meizu M20 has the same dual color design – a white half that is unique to all variants with the other part being red,

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HTC and Google prepare for a huge announcement tomorrow?

It seems that we’re in for some huge news tomorrow – at least that what most rumors at this time suggest. China Times insist that the trading of HTC’s stocks has been suspended for tomorrow pending a major announcement. The publication adds that sources from HTC’s HQ in Taiwan have seen people swarming in the

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Toshiba To Proceed With Sale Of Memory Business To Consortium For $18B

The latest and possibly final round of bidding for Toshiba's memory business concluded today with Toshiba's board selecting a consortium led by private equity firm Bain Capital as the preferred bidder, over competing bids from Western Digital and Foxconn.

Toshiba has spent most of 2017 trying to sell off their thriving flash memory business in order to offset devastating losses suffered by their Westinghouse nuclear power division. Those financial problems came to a head at the end of 2016 with Toshiba admitting that the losses could amount to several billion dollars, resulting in their stock price falling by more than 40% over a four day span and their bond ratings being downgraded by Moody's and S&P. As the magnitude of their problems became clearer, Toshiba first planned to spin off their memory business and sell a 20% stake, then revised that to selling a majority stake, and eventually settled on selling it outright. As the second largest manufacturer of NAND flash memory, Toshiba's memory business is valued at around $18 billion.

In June, Toshiba selected as preferred buyer a consortium including Bain Capital, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Development Bank of Japan and competing memory manufacturer SK Hynix. Toshiba's attempts to sell off the memory business have been complicated by their long-running joint ventures with SanDisk, owned by Western Digital since May 2016. Western Digital and SanDisk have objected to Toshiba's attempts to unilaterally spin off and sell Toshiba's share of the partnerships, with the conflict escalating to arbitration proceedings and lawsuits in both Japan and California. Western Digital has sought all along to acquire the assets Toshiba is putting up for sale, but as the bidding process grew to encompass the entirety of Toshiba Memory and the price climbed, Western Digital had to partner with other investors to continue offering a competitive bid. The uncertainty caused by Western Digital's legal action has been a concern for other bidders, delaying Toshiba's efforts to finalize a deal.

In August, Toshiba re-opened negotiations with Western Digital and their partners, as well as with Foxconn. In the meantime, the Bain-led consortium's offer grew to include investment from Apple, Dell, Kingston and Seagate. Last week, Toshiba announced they had signed a memorandum of understanding with Bain Capital, intending to finalize a deal by the end of September, but not ending negotiations with competing bidders. As recently as September 19, leaks suggested that Toshiba was leaning back toward selling to Western Digital. At a Toshiba board meeting earlier today, Toshiba reaffirmed their commitment to complete a deal with the Bain Capital consortium. The exact sale price has not been made public, nor has the breakdown of the contributions of the individual consortium member companies.

Bloomberg is reporting that Toshiba is prepared to complete this deal even before resolving the legal disputes with Western Digital, by excluding the joint venture assets at issue from the sale and amending the purchase price to compensate. The joint ventures account for less than 5% of the Toshiba memory business, according to Bloomberg's anonymous source.

Toshiba has not yet issued an official statement on today's decision. Western Digital issued a statement expressing disappointment with Toshiba's decision and declaring their intention to continue their legal efforts.



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Galaxy S8 Android 8 Oreo beta program in the works by Samsung

According to Sammobile, it seems that Samsung has already began preparations for the roll out of an Android 8 Oreo beta program for their Galaxy S8/S8 Plus models. The website suggests that they have already come across newer Oreo firmware versions for both devices: G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7 and the letter “Z” in the names, suggests that they belong to

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Huawei Mate 10 Lite leaks, it’s the Maimang 6 quad camera model

Well this looks like a good plot twist, don’t you think? According to well known leakster Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks), the most awaited quad camera Maimang 6 model from Huawei is expected to arrive in the market bearing the name Huawei Mate 10 Lite. This is truly a shift in Huawei’s strategy as the previous

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Doogee Mix 2 Leaked With 4 Cameras

Leaked photos of Doogee's new smartphone caused a stir in China today after revealing the phone has 4 cameras!

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New Chuwi LapBook Air lines up for the pre-orders

Chuwi LapBook Air

The newest addition to the Chuwi extensive lineup has been showcased for the first time during the IFA 2017 and the Chuwi LapBook Air got some well deserved attention there. Now the latest Chuwi laptop model is ready for pre-orders and you can get a pretty good discount if you pull a trigger right away.

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Oukitel K10000 Pro available in flash sale just for €149.51 from EU

Oukitel K10000 Pro

The Oukitel K10000 Pro model is a shot from the chinese maker to create some sort of a business smartphone while keeping all the perks and legacy of the fabled big battery K line. In terms of design they surely did their best to make it look unique and now you can get the phone

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Meizu M20 Power Bank Comes With Dual Fast Charging

Meizu had an accessory to announce with the new M6 today, an all-new power bank with dual fast charging features.

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Geekbuying’s Biggest Clearance Sale Kicks Off – Up to 90% Off

Chinese online retailer Geekbuying is currently running a really impressive clearance sale with up to 90% off discounts on the best electronic devices. Let’s have a look at what might catch your interest! Let’s begin with the best deals in the flash sale portion of the site. There, we find the ROMOSS Polymos 5000mAh powerbank

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Azdome GS65H Car DashCam Exposed in Real Photos

It’s not that uncommon to buy a product and then receive something looking totally different than what was shown in the pictures. In order to avoid that, dashcam maker Azdome has just released a video with some real shots of the device. Let’s check it out down below. In the video we can clearly see

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Ulefone T1 Review: a powerful – yet attractive – clone

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It seems that Ulefone finally decided to focus on what’s worth it, in this market: the midrange “flagship” segment, an area where more and more Chinese manufacturers have recently began to launch their first models. You might find the term midrange “flagship” strange, but – trust me- it has huge possibilities. In this market we can

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Get the Tri-Bezel-Less Vernee MIX 2 for just $99.99 on Vernee’s Official Website

In this wave of all-screen smartphones it’s quite easy to lose track of each of them, even more so when they’re named like already existing devices, case in point – the Vernee MIX 2. On the plus side, Vernee’s handset is several times cheaper compared to the Xiaomi phone, with an advertised price tag of

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Huawei Mate 10 will be available in four variants, code names leaked

Around a week ago we reported about the Huawei Mate 10 coming in three variants. Well, according to new rumors, the next Huawei flagship is actually coming in four flavors; here are the code names! Let’s begin with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro – the best of the bunch. The handset is code named “Blanc”

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Kailh Introduces Low Profile Mini ‘Chocolate’ Keyswitches

Mechanical keyboards have been a part of PC computing long before many of us were born and still have a place in the market today. With laptops becoming hugely popular in that time, many of the technologies found in full-sized PCs are making its way to the laptop space, including the mechanical keys many prefer to use due to the tactile and aural feedback. As time went on, technologies have improved and so have the number of choices consumers have in the mechanical keyboard space.

In the past, it was either Cherry MX or membrane-based keyboards. Today, however, the market has many switches offering a wide range of characteristics from multiple sources. One of the biggest challenges is trying to fit mechanical keys into smaller devices. In comes Kailh with its PG1232 Mini Chocolate mechanical keyswitch.

 

The PG1232 has a lower height than its regular mechanical switches and offers a pretravel of 1.2mm (±0.5mm) with an actuator/total travel of 2.4mm (±0.5mm). Compared to the original Chocolate key switches, which are set up with a total travel of 3mm and an actuation point at 1.5mm using 50g actuation force, this reduces the total travel height by 0.6mm (~ 20%). Meanwhile the PG1232 is also a bit smaller overall, measuring 14.5mm(W) x 13.5mm(D) x 8.2mm(H) versus the 15mm x 15mm x 11mm on the original chocolate key switches. This downsizing aims to make the switches more practical for use in laptop keyboards while still maintaining that tactile feel and aural feedback user want from a mechanical switch.

The White PG1232 switches are the ‘clicky’ type. There wasn't a mention of different types for the Mini, however, Kailh already has a presence in this space with its low-profile PG1350 Chocolate keyswitch range which comes in three flavors; Red (linear), Brown (tactile) and White (clicky), all with 50g operating force. We expect to see the same options in this lineup. 

Current mini mechanical keys can be a mixed blessing in the laptop space, as the few laptops which have them really border on actually being portable. For example, MSI’s GT80 2QE Titan SLI and Acer’s Predator 21 X feature mechanical keys and are both ultra-high-end gaming machines, with double-digit weights to match. This makes it easy to see how lower-profile mechanical keys can help, as while they don't eliminate the space needs of a mechanical keyboard, they can help bring the size of such a keyboard down to something a bit more suitable for a truly portable laptop.

No release date has been announced but we expect to see these on the market on keyboards in coming months. 

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UMIDIGI S2 – Top 5 Features you want to know before purchasing one

UMIDIGI S2

The beautiful UMIDIGI S2 is finally out for presales, so before you head over there and get one for yourself, you might want to know what makes this smartphones special. Here are the 5 features you want to know about the UMIDIGI S2! 18:9 Immersive Display The UMIDIGI S2 comes with the trendy 18:9 display

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Ulefone MIX with All-Screen Design – How did they make it?

The Ulefone MIX is one of the most interesting devices the Chinese phone maker has been working on in the past months. The handset is said to feature a screen-to-body ratio as high as 90.2%; but how did they achieve that? Well, today we’re going to learn a bit more about that as they released

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Video : Oukitel Mix 2 compared to Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 in terms of design

Oukitel Mix 2

Just a few days ago Oukitel announced that they will be releasing two infinity display smarthones soon in Oukitel Mix 2 and Oukitel C8. And today we have for you a small official video, where they are trying to compared the Mix 2 to another Mix 2, the original high-end Xiaomi variant. From the video

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Sharp Possibly Launching a “Real” Full-Screen Phone Very Soon

It seems as we’re getting closer to Sharp’s next big full-screen phone launch. Only a few weeks back we learnt the company was planning to introduce various new devices at the MWC of Barcelona in 2018. Now, Sharp has released an image that implies the arrive of another full-screen handset. You can check it out

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EKWB Releasing new monoblocks for ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme and Apex

EK has announced a new monoblock made to fit two of ASUS's X299 based motherboards, the ROG Rampage VI Extreme and Apex. The new EK-FB ASUS ROG 6E RGB monoblock, as its name implies, intends to cool both the CPU and VRM sections with one block. The cooler has integrated 4-pin RGB LED strips built-in and are compatible with ASUS’s Aura Sync lighting software allowing full customization of the LEDs. With questions about the efficacy of the thermal paste and VRM cooling solutions on some boards, water cooling them both can be a good idea, particularly when overclocking. 

Based off the EK-Supremacy cooling engine, the liquid flows directly over the CPU and VRMs helping keep temperatures lower in stock and overclocked configurations on the high TDP Intel Core X-series CPUs. EK says the high flow design can be easily used with weaker pumps or silent water pump settings. They go on to mention this kind of cooling (CPU and VRM both water cooled) brings down CPU temperatures compared to a traditional CPU water block and stock VRM heatsink (less heat soak through the motherboard). The X299 based monoblocks also have a newly redesigned cold plate to better mate the block to the integrated heat spreader (IHS) of the processors enabling better thermal transfer.  

 

The base of the monoblocks is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top will come in two options. The first is made from POM Acetal with an aesthetic aluminum cover, the other is made out of acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed for easier mounting. 

The monoblock comes with a 4-pin RGB LED strip which connects to the motherboard’s 4-pin LED header for control using ASUS’ Aura Sync lighting software. They can also be connected to any other 4-pin LED controller for additional flexibility when not using ASUS software to control it. The Nickel block's LEDs are located towards the bottom, while on the Acetal, it is above the ports. 

As for pricing, both the Nickel and Acetal + Nickel models are €119.95 ($136.99USD). These are currently available for pre-order through the EK-Webshop and their Partner Reseller Network. Pre-orders begin shipping Monday, September 25th.

EKWB EK-FB ASUS ROG R6E Monoblock
  MSRP (incl. VAT)
EK-FB ASUS ROG R6E Monoblock - Nickel 119.95€
EK-FB ASUS ROG R6E Monoblock  - Acetal+Nickel 119.95€

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The Cherry G80-3494 MX Board Silent Mechanical Keyboard Review: Updating a PC Classic

Today we are taking a look at the Cherry G80-3494 MX Board Silent, a mechanical keyboard designed with professionals in mind. Based on the original Cherry G80-3000, the G80-3494 brings Cherry’s new MX Silent switches to the office desktop.



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Chinese media criticise heavily the low preorder numbers of Galaxy Note8!

Oh my, press can be such a harsh critic don’t you think? China never really “loved” Samsung’s products all these years and not even the almighty Galaxy Note8 can change that! According to recent report by “Business Korea”, the Chinese media is criticizing the Samsung’s latest flagship every day, especially its REALLY low presale numbers

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Meizu M6 is official with new design, small improvements

Meizu M6 was officially unveiled earlier today as the sixth generation model of the M Series family and the Chinese company thinks of it as a “Back to Basics” choice. Don’t get me wrong, the device looks beautiful but in terms of specs it is indeed somewhat “basic” as you can see below. The Meizu M6

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 for as low as $160.98 with our Coupons

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has been one of the best selling phones for several months now and that’s for a good reason. Xiaomi’s handset is indeed a great compromise between performance, build quality and price. Well, today you can even make it cheaper with the coupons we’ll provide you at the end of the

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The Dodocool DA92 can Wirelessly Charge your Smartphone at 10W, in your Car!

Today we have a look at a smartphone accessory that would be on many people wish list, did they own a wireless charging compatible device. We’re talking about the Dodocool DA92, a fast wireless car charger; let’s learn more about it! The Dodocool DA92 is not just a standard wireless charger, it can indeed can charge

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NOMU S10 Pro IP67 Rugged Phone Specifications Revealed

It was only last week NOMU announced the S10 Pro, a successor of their best selling NOMU S10. We learnt that the smartphone will feature an IP69 waterproof rating, today find out the rest of the specifications; keep reading to learn more! So, aside from the IP69 rating, the NOMU S10 Pro will be running

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YotaPhone 3 Revealed in China With World’s First HD E-ink Display

The YotaPhone 3 was revealed in China today where eager fans of the original 2 phones discovered the final design and specifications.

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Vivo X20 Specs Reveal Face Wake And 2K Display

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Vivo is set to launch the Vivo X20 later this week with Face Wake, a rival to Apple’s Face ID.

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GIGABYTE to Launch the X399 Designare EX: An AMD Motherboard Supporting Thunderbolt 3 add-in Cards

GIGABYTE has another motherboard coming out supporting AMD’s Threadripper CPUs, the X399 Designare EX. The Designare EX is slated to be their flagship motherboard for the X399 chipset and includes additional features over the AORUS Gaming 7, bringing dual Intel NICs (over a Killer NIC), Intel WiFi, Thunderbolt 3 add-in card support, and an integrated backplate for increased structural rigidity and aesthetics. This board fills out GIGABYTE's short X399, with the AORUS Gaming 7 a bit further down the line. In the past, we have seen Gaming 3, and Gaming 5 versions so there is still room for something a bit less expensive in the GIGABYTE lineup in the future.

Read our AMD Threadripper X399 Motherboard Overview: All the X399 Motherboards here.

One of the first things one may notice on this board is lack of RGB LEDs compared with the AORUS Gaming 7. On the Gaming 7, where RGB LEDs are just about everywhere, the Designare EX on the other hand only has a few under the PCH heatsink. Aside from that, design aesthetics are remarkably similar, with only the color scheme changed from black colored heatsinks and shrouds (with the AORUS name) to all silver, and the GIGABYTE name on the shrouds instead. The PCH heatsink is the same shape with a different accent plate for the Designare, marking a not to GIGABYTE's aimed market for this product: design professionals. Also included is an integrated I/O shield giving it a more high-end feel.

Outside of what has been listed above, the specifications for the Designare are very similar to the Gaming 7, as it uses the same base PCB. Keeping on the platform trend, the Designare EX supports quad channel memory at two DIMMs per channel, for eight total supporting up to 128GB. What looks like an 8-phase VRM uses the same style main heatsink connected to a secondary heatsink via a heatpipe located behind the rear I/O. Being the same PCB, the power delivery is also listed as ‘server class’ like the Gaming 7, using fourth generation International Rectifier (IR) PWM controllers and third generation PowIRstage chokes. EPS power is found in its normal location in the top left corner of the board, with one 8-pin and one 4-pin.

In the top right corner of the board are five 4-pin fan headers along with an RGBW header for LEDs. Two other RGB headers are found across the bottom of the board, including another RGBW header. USB connectivity uses an onboard USB 3.1 (10Gbps) header from the chipset close to the eight SATA ports. There is a USB 3.0 header on the bottom of the board, two USB 2.0 headers near the power buttons, and a TPM header at the bottom of the board.

Like the AORUS Gaming 7, the Designare EX supports three M.2 drives. The two locations between the PCIe slots support up to 110mm long drives, while the third below the PCH heatsink can fit up to 80mm drives. All locations come with additional heatsinks to keep the drives underneath cool. The Designare EX uses the three M.2 slots instead of a separate U.2 connector.  For other storage, GIGABYTE has equipped the board with eight SATA ports. The 5-pin Thunderbolt 3 header, required for add-in Thunderbolt 3 cards and unique for X399 to this specific GIGABYTE X399 board, is located just above the SATA ports. We are asking GIGABYTE if they plan to bundle a Thunderbolt 3 add-in card with this model, and are awaiting a response.

The rear of the motherboard, like some other designs on the market, uses a rear backplate to assist with motherboard rigidity. The thinking here is that these motherboards are often used in systems with multiple heavy graphics cards or PCIe coprocessors, such that if a motherboard screw is incorrectly tightened, the motherboard might be required to take the load and eventually warp. With the back-plate in place, this is designed to distribute that potential extra torque throughout the PCB, minimising any negative effects.

The PCIe slots are the same as the Gaming 7 also, with four of the five sourcing its lanes directly from the CPU. The slots used for GPUs are double-spaced and support an x16/x8/x16/x8 arrangement. The middle slot supports PCIe 3.0 x4 connection fed from the chipset. The middle slot can be used for additional add-in cards, such as a Thunderbolt 3 card.

Next to the PCIe slots is GIGABYTE’s audio solution, using a Realtek ALC1220 codec and using an EMI shield, PCB separation for the digital and analog audio signals, filter caps (both WIMA and Nichicon), and has headphone hack detection. GIGABYTE also uses DAC-UP, which delivers a more consistent USB power supply for USB connected audio devices. 

Rear IO connectivity on the Designare EX is also like the AORUS Gaming 7. The only difference will be the additional Ethernet port as this model uses dual Intel NICs. Because of the USB 3.0 support from the CPU, the rear IO has eight USB ports, in yellow, blue, and white. There are also two USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports from the chipset, one USB Type-C. Network connectivity differs here with the Designare EX using two Intel NICs (we imagine some mixture of I219V or I211AT) and does away with the Rivet Networks Killer E2500 found on its little brother. Last, are a set of audio jacks including SPDIF. 

Pricing was not listed, however, if it is slated to be the flagship of the X399 lineup, pricing is expected to be a higher than the already released X399 AORUS Gaming 7 at $389.99 on Amazon. GIGABYTE says the Designare EX will be available come Mid-October. 

GIGABYTE X399 Designare EX
Warranty Period 3 Years
Product Page N/A
Price TBD
Size ATX
CPU Interface TR4
Chipset AMD X399
Memory Slots (DDR4) Eight DDR4
Supporting 128GB
Quad Channel
Support DDR4 3600+
Support for ECC UDIMM (in non-ECC mode)
Network Connectivity 2 x Intel LAN
1 x Intel 2x2 802.11ac
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC1220
PCIe Slots for Graphics
 (from CPU)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots @ x16 
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots @ x8 
PCIe Slots for Other
(from Chipset)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots @ x4
Onboard SATA 8 x Supporting RAID 0/1/10
Onboard SATA Express None
Onboard M.2 3 x PCIe 3.0 x4 - NVMe or SATA
Onboard U.2 None
USB 3.1 1 x Type-C (ASMedia)
1 x Type-A (ASMedia)
USB 3.0 8 x Back Panel
1 x Header
USB 2.0 2 x Headers
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V
Fan Headers 1 x CPU
1 x Watercooling CPU
4 x System Fan headers
2 x System Fan/ Water Pump headers
IO Panel 1 x PS.2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
8 x USB 3.0 
2 x RJ-45 LAN Port
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio Jacks
Antenna connectors

 

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