AMD, the maker of much silicon chippery are preparing their response to Intel’s highly successful 3D transistor based Ivy Bridge CPU, the third generation Core CPU’s.
The Piledriver architecture is AMD’s new technology being brought to the battle. An upgrade to the Bulldozer architecture this is Bulldozer version 2. The new processors will be branded as FX Processors, collectively part of the Vishera microprocessor line-up.
Four new Piledriver models are to be released on October 23rd. The new top of the line processor will be the FX-8350, with eight cores running at 4 GHz, internally it includes 16GB L2+L3 cache, and will cost $253 USD. The slightly cheaper FX-8320 will have the same specs but with a lower clock speed of 3.5 Ghz and will cost $242 USD.
The Piledriver architecture will also appear in lower core count models, the FX-6300 six core CPU clocked at 3.5 Ghz and costing $175 USD while the FX-4300 four core CPU will be clocked at 3.8 Ghz and priced at $131 USD.
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Curiosity, the Mars rover that everybody loves, has since landing on Mars sent a steady stream of information back to Earth, some of it very surprising. A number of pictures appear to show the distinctive outline of a Pyramid.
Appearing first in early August a number of Curiosity’s spectacular panorama photos appear to show a large Pyramid off in the distance. Nestled amongst the natural rough edges of the surrounding craters edge, appearing to be a mountain range, the clean asymmetric shape stands out.
Of course Curiosity has a long mission ahead of her, plenty of time to explore the more controversial sights. While the scientists seem content keeping Curiosity digging in the dirt for very simple early life forms, it may have just stumbled upon evidence of intelligent life.
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Levitation, the ability to defy gravities bonds has been achieved using a number of technologies, most commonly superconducting magnets. Now a team of scientists from Argonne National Laboratory have demonstrated acoustic levitation. Using nothing more than simple sound waves the device is able to cancel out gravity, for very small amounts of liquid.
Originally developed by NASA to simulate small zero g environments the acoustic levitation technology works by creating two set of sound waves (22kHz) that perfectly interfere with each other, creating a standing wave at certain points or nodes.
The scientists at Argonne have applied the technology to a mixing process when manufacturing drugs. Some drugs require mixing without touching any surface, levitation was the answer in this case.
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littleBits, the RadioShack electronics kit of the future has arrived. Consisting of dozens of unique self contained modules or bits that snap together magnetically, joining together to do useful little tasks.
Using littleBits anyone can now build their own electronic gadgets, no soldering or electronics expertise required, thanks to the clever littleBits. Currently the most popular projects consist of turning cardboard cut-out animals and robots into living animated and reacting characters.
There are however many other projects available, projects ranging from handy and amusing to advanced interactive system. What the future holds is only limited by the imagination of the bitsters. All of the projects are free and awaiting download, thanks to the fast growing community.
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A controversial video from China is creating a buzz around the internet. The video titled ‘ CCTV camera captured Teleportation in China – September 2012’ purports to show unedited security camera footage that captures a most unusual and spectacular sequence of events.
The video presents a quiet scene, the security camera view of a non-descript intersection at night time in China, but it could be anywhere in the world. At first a few cars zip through the intersection, a truck appears in the distance, slowly growing larger as it approaches. A motorbike then enters from the left, on a collision course with an unstoppable force. Watch the video for what happens next.
Was Jackie Chan filming in the area at the time, we can’t confirm that but we can confirm that Chinese security cameras captured something strange going down the street in China.
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Sony has been scouring the dreams of videographers around the world, searching for a way to make their NEX series extreme. The ultimate extreme upgrade has now been delivered. Sony has this week revealed to the world the NEX-VG900, the 35mm full frame sensor video camera (24.3 megapixel).
Setting new standards in desirability with a sensor over 40 times larger than a standard consumer Camcorder combined with Sony’s NEX series body, brains and functionality. The VG900 is a videographers dream.
The NEX family of cameras has steadily been evolving, the software that drives the cameras especially. Now the cameras include many effects and cinematography tricks; all applied live while you shoot. The VG900 inherits all of its family’s live video effects and touch screen interface. The dual axis white balance function a real time and fully touch screen driven application, an impressive example of Sony’s software in action.
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The Ferrari F70, the latest entrant in the Hyper-car category may also be the first ever Hybrid Hyper-car. Ferrari’s latest attempt to blitz the competition is rumoured to combine electric alongside the 7.3 litre V12 creating an all wheel drive (AWD) hybrid hyper-car.
Spy shots of the new prancing horse have been appearing for the last four months as Ferrari tests the F70 on the roads surrounding the Maranello factory. Dressed in the curve hiding camouflage the world will have to wait till the 2013 Geneva Motor Show for the public unveiling.
A number of renderings have also appeared, artists starting with the spy shots and imagining the curves that hide beneath. All of the renderings suggest something very special is brewing at Ferrari.
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Rovio, mobile gaming success story and creator of Angry Birds have a new game waiting in the wings, more animal antics are coming our way from September 27th
The brand new game Bad Piggies is played from the Piggies side of the fence. Your job as King Pig is to construct the most bird-proof structures, machines and transports possible, aiming to withstand the onslaught of the self righteous angry birds, Bad Piggies is played with the opposite perspective you see.
Spreading it’s wings, while Angry Birds will be with us for many years to come Rovio knows it can’t keep all of its eggs in one basket. Diversifying is essential for long term survival, even in the world of bird tossing fun.
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Steam, the games download service and online retail store used by millions of gamers worldwide may be digging in, bracing for the oncoming storm. The content distribution king for gamers has recently rolled out multiple major updates , you could quickly get the impression something is going on?
The only thing more certain than Apple selling millions of iPhone 5’s next week is that every Steam employee has October 26 penciled in their diaries, D day for all online game and application download services. W8 day is probably a more apt title than d-day, in any case the impending doom for Steam that is Windows 8 and Microsoft’s new AppStore draws nearer.
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New Android gaming hardware seems to appear every week. ARCHOS, legendary media device and tablet designers also have a new gaming device to introduce the world to, The Android GamePad. Finally delivering real game controls to Android tablet based devices. ARCHOS set out to simply provide better gaming controls to Android and along the way produced the first Android based handheld gaming console.
With the gaming control standards present, dual analogue sticks, dual 4 way pads and a plethora of function buttons, Android gaming is coming of age.
“When Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, was first released they included game controller support within the framework and that is when we decided to build the GamePad,” says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO.
Internally the GamePad’s hardware includes a dual core CPU, quad core GPU along with 7 inch capacitive touch screen display. Putting the GamePad a generation behind the latest smartphones. Although the hardware is about what you would expect for a mid-range Android tablet.
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