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In an interesting turn of reveal-events, Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s Exynos 5433 proves to be making its bearer the first 64-bit Android flagship. It is still uncertain why would Samsung not cash on such a high-trend detail in the unveiling of its mass loved phablet, latest source code confirms that the SoC is actually a 64-bit A57/A53. While Exynos 5433 continued with the naming scheme of previous chipsets of the family, it is not a Cortex A15/A7.

64-bit Exynos 5433 of Note 4:

Unlike previously assumed, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features the powerful 5433 taking advantage of the 64-bit architecture. The device comes out of the box with Android 4.4 KitKat, hence there was no need as yet to take advantage of the said architecture. That is the reason why it has neither been advertised nor is it actually using the 64-bit architecture. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will run on the regular 32-bit mode, however, the capability of Exynos puts the device ahead of other high-end smartphones as it will lead the game once Android L is released. 64-bit exynos 5433

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Hardware

The Nvidia Shield Tablet is a niche product that has yet to fully demonstrate its potential, however Sweclockers reveals that the controller that you get with the tablet is getting windows compliant drivers this fall. For the tech averse, yes, this means you can use the Tablet Shield Controller to play games on your PC. Shield_controller_0003_Layer+3+0001

Windows PC Capability for Nvidia Shield Tablet Controller Landing this Fall

To be honest, I am not quite sure why you would use the shield controller to play games on your PC, since there are literally tons of controllers out there, but it certainly unlocks a nice functionality for existing Shield users. The PlayStation Vita has found its ‘niche’ as a streaming device for the PlayStation 4 and it appears that the Shield Tablet is angling for a somewhat similar place in your lounge.

The ability of Steam and Nvidia Control Panel to stream in-house, or via your local WiFi/LAN network, is proving to be a game changer for the usual living room scenario. While cloud based gaming is still unfeasible due to high latency and transmission quality, there is nothing stopping you from playing a game with negligible latency over your local network. This is where the shield tablet comes in. You can have a ultra  high end PC doing the grunt work and broadcasting the game to your tablet; basically a division of the back and front end. Connect the Shield Tablet to a Television and get the Shield Controller and you have yourself the slimmest pseudo-console with the capability to output games in 4k (from your PC).

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Hardware

The title says it all, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 will retail at an official MSRP of just $299 US. While we earlier speculated a price point of around $349 US, it seems like NVIDIA is going to surprise everyone by selling the GTX 970 for just $299 US which is quite the sweet spot for gamers aiming for 1080P and 1440P resolutions.GeForce GTX 970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Official MSRP Will Be $299 US

The news was broke by one of our most trusted sources who revealed that NVIDIA’s second best Maxwell offering in the GeForce 900 series will retail for just $299 US. The source didn’t reveal the exact MSRP for the GTX 980 but told that it could be anywhere around $449 up to $499 US. But the pricing for the GeForce GTX 970 is more or les confirmed and that’s really good news for the entire PC gaming community. I am pretty sure NVIDIA will have a deal or two on their upcoming cards which might add even more value such as a bundle for Borderlands: The Pre Sequel or Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt which will entice users even more to migrate towards the green team.

That’s all that was confirmed however it also makes me wonder, how will NVIDIA fill the massive gap between the GTX 980 and GTX. Suppose the GeForce GTX 980 does end up with a $499 US price which seems likely then there’s a good $200 difference between the two cards and NVIDIA needs something in between to fill the gap. Now here’s what I think (do note that every word posted after this line is speculation), the GeForce GTX 970 has three SMM units disabled so we see two chip variants of the GM204 SKU. The GM204-200 fused on the GeForce GTX 970 has 13 SMM units with 1664 cores while the GeForce GTX 980 has 16 SMM units with 2048 CUDA Cores. We haven’t seen such a large amount of units disabled in a generational switch. The GeForce GTX 680 and 670 had 1 SMX difference while the GeForce GTX 580 and 570 also had 1 SM difference. The GeForce 700 series did change a few things but even those cards had 2 SMX units difference between the GTX 780 and 1 SMX unit difference between the Titan and Titan Black / GTX 780 Ti.

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Hardware

EVGA has teased their next generation GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics card which will make use of their latest ACX 2.0 cooler with ball bearing design. The GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 will be the first true high-performance Maxwell graphics card which will feature one of the most efficient GPU in the history of the graphics industry.EVGA GeForce GTX 980 ACX

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 To Feature ACX 2.0 Cooler

One year ago, EVGA who are one of the major and most recognized board partner of NVIDIA released their ACX cooler for the GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 770 graphics cards. Those were the first NVIDIA GeForce 700 series cards to hit the market at that point of time and now that Maxwell GeForce 900 series is arriving, EVGA is yet again preparing a new variant of their ACX cooler known as the ACX 2.0. EVGA hasn’t gone with any fancy name for the card and just kept things simple by calling it ACX2 (Active Cooling Xtreme 2.0). EVGA has uploaded a teaser video of the ACX 2.0 cooler on their YouTube page which can be seen below:

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Industry

Being termed as privacy disaster, the latest Android bug can affect anyone not on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. The bug infects your Android device when you direct the browser to a specially designed website that injects infected javascript into your device. This bypasses SOP protection used by most of the browsers to protect such an infection from happening. According to Alan Woodward, security expert University of Surrey, the exploit allows access to all of your private date potentially creating more problems for the victim using that data.

Considering the vulnerability is open to anyone not on the Android 4.4, the equation would make every 3 out of 4 Android users vulnerable to possible targets. However, the actual number is a lot lower considering the privacy disaster bug only affects those using the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) browser.android Privacy Disaster bug

Android Privacy Disaster bug:

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Gadgets

If any larger tech corporation could be considered adventurous, it has to be Sammy. Now interested in tapping into the very niche market of selfie-centric consumers, Samsung is reportedly working on a new Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. The latest leaks suggest that the new edition in the series will have a primary focus to please those who want to have a strong front shooterGalaxy Grand Prime

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime will be the conventional Galaxy phone with a 5-inch QHD 960 x 540p screen and carries almost all the specs of the Galaxy Grand 2 except of course a downgraded display. The leak around

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Jailbreaking iOS devices is fairly common amongst Apple users. After all, if you’re not that big of a fan of closed systems and still want and Apple device, then jailbreaking provides an excellent bridge for your needs. Well, naturally, anything that goes against your device manufacturer’s options enabled in the device comes with it’s risks as well.

While jailbreaking Apple devices has faced relatively few controversies so far, a new software has recently been discovered capable of stealing your Apple ID passwords and wrecking all sorts of havoc. Called AppBuyer, the software connects to a C&C sever prior to installing and then swipes your network API after executing malicious codes. This allows it to gain access to your Apple ID account details.

fix iOS 7.1.2New iOS Jailbreak Malware Can Steal Your Apple ID Passwords – See How To Protect Yourself

The malware has been spotted by guys over at Palo Alto Networks and apart from detecting this software, they have also shared some instructions on how to detect whether your device is running the software.

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Hardware

The final specifications and the architectural details regarding the GM204 GPU fused inside NVIDIA’s next generation and flagship Maxwell graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 have been revealed by Videocardz. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 launch in just three days on Friday but we have already started looking at preliminary performance results, several non-reference graphics cards from AIB vendors along with tons of new information regarding these chips.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card and GM204 GPU Detailed

Starting with the GM204 GPU which makes use of the second generation Maxwell core architecture that has faster per core performance than first generation Maxwell based chips (GM107) before it and has several new features which deliver better performance and great power efficency making GeForce GTX 980 one of the most efficient flagship offering in history. This is all achieved with the 28nm process node so one can imagine about the numbers we can expect when NVIDIA hops to an even lower process in the future. However, people are still worried about the fact that not being on a 20nm process doesn’t make the GTX 980 as a worthy contender to the Kepler architecture but that’s not true since the card has achieved some great feats and we will be able to see that in the performance reviews which arrive this weekend.

Alright, so the GM204 has two variants, the GM204-400 which is fused on the GeForce GTX 980 and the GM204-200 which is fused on the GeForce GTX 970. We know a lot about the GeForce GTX 970 since a few weeks now but the real flagship part to be discussed is the GeForce GTX 980’s GM204-400 chip. The GM204 chip features 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters) which feature four SMM blocks each. These blocks include four logic units each which consist of 32 cores so in total, a single SMM unit results in 128 Cores while the 16 blocks available on the GM204-400 chip equate to 2048 CUDA Cores. The GM204-200 has three less SMM units which result in a lower core count of 1664 thus making it around as fast as the GeForce GTX 780 while the GTX 980 will tackle the GeForce GTX 980 with a good 15-20% performance lead.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX
Hardware

NVIDIA is going to launch their GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards on 19th September however several non-reference and reference models have started appearing on the web. Today, we are looking at the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 models from AIB partners ASUS and Gainward that feature the latest GM204 GPU.Gainward GeForce GTX 970

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX and Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom Pictured

The leaks come from Videocardz and Computerbase and the cards shown are the final variants which will be available to purchase on Friday, this week. Before looking at the cards, let me list down the specifications for the GM204-200 GPU which is being featured across the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card while the GTX 980 will adopt the GM204-400 GPU which is the fully enabled GM204 chip.

NVIDIA’s GeForce GX 970 features 13 SMM units placed in 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters). Since each SMM unit has 128 CUDA cores, 32 in each logic unit (32 x 4), the total number of CUDA cores equates to 1664 on the die. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. The cores fused on the GeForce Maxwell generation of graphics cards were shows at 35% faster than Kepler cores but the percentage is increased with the second generation Maxwell architecture due to a mature process and architecture design that enables amazing power efficiency.

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Industry

A research team at the department of Materials Science and Engineering in the University of Texas at Arlington has published a very interesting paper in the world renown journal, Nature. The team successfully created a chip that cools itself down to -228C at room temperature. No liquid Nitrogen or Helium was used or any sort of external cooling measure.

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New Breakthrough in Electronics Cooling Technology

This works by building quantum wells into the chip itself. These wells work as filters that only allow extremely cool electrons to pass through them. This means that engineers can build transistors that operate under exceptionally low temperatures. Quantum wells can be summarized as tiny gaps between two semiconductors, Silicon in this instance. Only electrons with very specific characteristics would hit this filter and pass through it while all other electrons would bounce back.

“We are the first to effectively cool electrons at room temperature. Researchers have done electron cooling before, but only when the entire device is immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath” said Seong Jin Koh who led the research effort.

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For the last few weeks, this year’s first Nexus has been in a plenty of news. In a dramatic way of leaking a device, Nvidia last week hinted at the presence of a Nexus 9 powered by the performance beast Tegra K1. Latest leak suggests that HTC Nexus 9 is indeed real and is going to be unveiled on 8th of next month, unlike Nvidia’s claim of third quarter release. Nexus 9 Tegra K1

HTC Nexus 9 Tegra K1 tablet:

Rumored as HTC Volantis, the 9-inch tablet is suggested to be powered by the extremely powerful Tegra K1. Tegra K1 is a 2.5 GHz 64-bit SoC which will see itself crazily loved by the consumers once it’s out. Nexus line itself is quite popular among the Android fans. A Portuguese source has revealed some details about this first

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Looks like Videocardz has finally spilled the beans on the specs of the Maxwell Flagship, Geforce GTX 980. And its shaping up to validate the Chiphell leak we published a week ago. We can’t release the die shot of the GPU for certain reasons this time, but if VCZ has posted this, you can be rest assured its true.Maxwell-GTX-980-

Maxwell Flagship Geforce GTX 980 Rocks 2048 CUDA Cores with 16 SMMs

As you already know both cards were launching on the 19th of September, 12:01 AM PDT to be exact but the date has now been moved one day earlier to 18th September at 7:30 PM PST. While the GTX 970 is completely ready, Nvidia was having some trouble with custom GTX 980 cards so there is a slight possibility that Custom GTX 980s will be delayed. The Geforce GTX 980 has 16 Streaming Maxwell Multiprocessors (SMM) which in turn have 128 CUDA cores each, bringing the total to 2048.

Since the wattage of the GTX 970 is 148W, the 980 should have a maximum of 180W TDP, although the actual number should be less. With 2048 Maxwell cores we are looking at more or less GTX 780 Ti performance at decent clocks and more at high clocks. Which once again validates the Chiphell leak I mentioned above. Sadly for performance minded enthusiasts (myself included) this means that Nvidia is chasing power efficiency. This, in my personal opinion, should not factor much in a high end product. On the GTX 970 die, you can notice the nomenclature GM204-200-A1, and as VCZ reveals, the nomenclature for the GTX 980 die will be GM204-400-A1. Both the 970 and the 980 feature two 6 Pin connectors, 256Bit Bus and 224GB/s of bandwidth. The leak scene for this generation of Nvidia products appear to be drawing to a close, but there is still the big launch to look forward to. And ofcourse the curious case of the GM200 GPU.

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At the Keynote, Apple announced that the public release of iOS 8 will happen on September 17th. However, if you don’t like waiting for the public release and want to experience the latest OS right about now, here is a simple tutorial to install iOS 8 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!install ios 8 on iphone

Download All the Latest & Awesome iOS 8 Wallpapers for iPhone and iPad!

How to install iOS 8:

Yep, it is possible for you install the latest iOS 8 Golden Master (GM) on your devices without having the UDID registration. As mandatory with all our iOS and Android tutorials, here are a few points that you should consider before reading the instructions to install iOS 8 on your iPhone and iPad:

  • Upgrade iTunes to the very latest 11.4 version which was released only a few days back and supports iOS 8.
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Since the grand unveiling of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a lot of talk has been diverted to one particular aspect of the smartphones – the latest A8 processing chipset with 1.4 GHz Cyclone CPU and an unknown graphics unit. Created with a 20nm manufacturing method, Apple claimed that the chip will deliver faster CPU and GPU performance at a lower power consumption when compared to its predecessor A7 chip. However, latest iPhone 6 benchmark reveal that iPhone 6 is but a little improvement over iPhone 5s.iPhone 6 benchmark

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5s – Specifications

iPhone 6 benchmark results:

We had earlier shared with you the specifics of this acclaimed A8 processor which promises to deliver 25% faster CPU and 50% faster GPU at a reduced power consumption rate:

AMD Radeon R9 290X Hawaii GPU
Hardware

One of the best things about a new graphics card launch is that the current ones get massive price cuts prior to their competitors arrival. While AMD officially released a statement that they won’t offer or change the pricing structure of their Radeon graphics cards, retailers have now started offering their own price cuts on the Radeon R9 290X graphics card with the prices being slashed down to as low as $449 US from its original MSRP of $549 as reported by TechpowerUp.Radeon R9 290X $449 US

AMD Radeon R9 290X Receiving Price Cuts From Retailer Prior To GTX 980 Launch

Going over at Xbitlabs reveal that AMD actually made a statement that they have no plans to consider the price model that currently exists for the Radeon graphics cards. What AMD doesn’t know that the pricing has already been slashed on various cards over the last two months and prior to the launch of their Tonga based Radeon R9 285 graphics card. AMD even goes to state that their Radeon R9 295X2 will stick to the $1499 US range while it has been adjusted to $999 US in several markets and that was officially confirmed by AMD. AMD also seems to have forgotten about the Radeon R9 280 (Tahiti Pro) which was launched at $249 but now is officially targeted at $229 US while its spot is taken over by the Radeon R9 285. Similarly, the Radeon R9 280X has been slashed down to $279 US and will make way for the Radeon R9 285X (Tonga XT) at $299 US. All of these little and huge price bumps have happened over the last two months which suggest something is going on over at team red.

One possibility, which seems to be most likely is that NVIDIA is going to introduce their GeForce Maxwell based cards during the next couple of weeks. Starting with the $499 US GeForce GTX 980, the lineup will include the $349 US GeForce GTX 970 and $299 US GeForce GTX 960. From what we know, AMD has nothing to compete against these cards till Q4 2014 / Q1 2015. So price cuts now make sense for the company. The most biggest price cut is for the Radeon R9 290X which is slashed by $100 US since it is going against the GeForce GTX 980. The GeForce GTX 980 has already been said to be faster than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and the Radeon R9 290X does end up slightly lower in terms of performance compared to the GTX 780 Ti. The GeForce GTX 980 retails at $499 US which takes away the point of buying a card slower and expensive then its competition.



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