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After what seems to be one the most historic breach of celebrity privacy we’ve witnessed in recent was blamed on Apple, the company has finally responded to accusations that it’s iCloud servers were responsible for the event.

Early Monday morning the internet saw a huge posting on 4Chan which contained private and compromising photographs of many A-list female celebrities. According to the individual who posted the images on 4Chan’s image site, the images were obtained from Apple’s iCloud servers, creating doubts over it’s security and credibility.

Apple soon responded in a brief statement saying that the company was actively investigating the issue and that user privacy was of it’s utmost concern. Well it looks like the investigation is over and the results (according to Apple) are out.

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Microsoft is going to introduce Windows Threshold, also being dubbed as Windows 9 on September 30th this year. Quite a few details have emerged over the past weeks about this platform. According to a couple of reports, Windows Threshold is expected to get a new Modern UI 2.0 with Start Screen being disabled in desktop and the mobile version not having a desktop at all.

Well, it looks like the folks over at Microsoft China are eager to discuss Windows 9 with all of us. In a post on Microsoft Weibo today, Microsoft China asked it’s followers that “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?”

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Apple’s well known for it’s secure services and devices. After all, with the amount of credit card data the company possesses due to iTunes, one has to take appropriate security measures. However, it seems like Apple has failed in one critical area – iCloud, and the cost of this failure has resulted in pictures of countless celebrities being leaked online.

The list of celebrities affected by this breach inlcude Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton, Avril Lavigne to name a few. The images surfaced late last night. According to anonymous 4Chan users, the photos have been grabbed from Apple’s iCloud servers.

Photos aren’t the only items acquired by the hacker. According to 4Chan users, the hacker also has videos in his possession, which he/she intends to sell to TMZ. Several celebrities have confirmed that the photos are authentic indeed. But further confusion has been spread in the mix by several claims, including Mary Winstead who claims that the photos were deleted ages ago.

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Well looks like things are heating up in iWatch department. Apple is expected to launch the device this September along with the iPhone 6 at Flint Center. Apple’s products are nefarious amongst it’s critics for being grossly overpriced and Apple’s users are often accused of following a ‘brand’ rather than actual performance.

All of these criticisms haven’t stopped it’s products from gaining their fair market share yet new insight on the iWatch’s price might add credibility to these accusations. According to a source straight out of Cupertino, Apple’s iWatch will come in two variants.

The lower end variant of the iWatch could cost around $ 499 and the higher end variant can be expected to have a whooping price tag of $ 799. One can really expect the iWatch to be able cause mass global mayhem with that price. However, Apple just might be aiming towards the luxury high end watch market with such a price in mind.

A price tag of $ 800 is still nothing when comparing to luxury watches out there. Apple does generally target a high end niche with it’s products. A price tag with the $ 400 range has also been cited by another report. Cited by Re/Code, widely known for their accurate industry reports. However Re/Code cautions that the price is not final and was merely discussed amongst a variety of options.

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This year’s IFA is almost upon us. Its only a month until we get to see the latest offerings from today’s tech giants. Excluding Apple of course. Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony are all primed up for this year’s IFA. To be held in Berlin, we’ve made a list of products you should expect to see by these manufacturers. Of course, the IFA is not limited to these few only. Each year hundreds of companies present their latest offerings to the public and this IFA will be no exception.

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So before IFA officially starts, a large variety of gadgets are expected to be unveiled in Berlin. So if you’re anticipating a gadget launch and want to know whether it’ll be launched at the IFA, here’s your chance. We’ve made a list of all the major releases expected this year. So let’s start!

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With the amount of iPhone 6 leaks occurring on a daily basis, we doubt that there will be anything surprising left for Apple’s launch event at Flint Center this year. From rumored photographs to hardware components, we really have seen it all. But whenever we get to saying that, a seemingly fresh leak pops up, detailing even more components.

This time it’s the back casing on the iPhone 6 which has been leaked courtesy of the french site NWE.fr. The photos themselves are of high quality so we can take a detailed look at what Apple’s next flagship device can be expected to offered design wise. With the rate things seem to proceeding with iPhone 6 case pictures, we’ve taken all the pictures and combined them for your viewing ease. Enjoy!

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This just in. Things are heating up finally in the iPhone 6 launch avenue. With Apple having officially sent invites for the launch events, it’s time we answer the ‘where’ as well. The iPhone 6 just today received another boost. A report by Wired just added further credibility to the fact that we will indeed be seeing mobile payments on the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 will not only come with mobile payments, but it is said to be a hallmark feature on the flagship device. This makes sense since Apple is indeed all set to introduce mobile payments with the vast troves of credit card data it has courtesy of iTunes. Well enough of that, not only can the iPhone 6 be surely expected to come on September 9th, but it’s going to be launch at a place which hasn’t seen an Apple event in quite a while.

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[Rumor] This new rumor comes directly from appleinsider.com which has been quite an accurate source of leaks in the past. According to the guys over at appleinsider.com TSMC is in the process of accelerating its 16nm process in a bid to win the contract of manufacturing Apples A9 design.

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TSMC to Start Volume Production of 16nm Node in Q1 2015

This report comes after rumors of Apple ditching TSMC in favor of going back to Samsung due to the maturity of Samsung’s & 14nm process. Of course if this does end up happening it’s going to leave a fairly large dent in TSMC’s bottom line especially after it won the valuable contract to make Apple’s 20nm chips..

TSMC has more than one 16nm process in the works, the standard 16 FinFET version and the 16 FinFET+ version. The report doesn’t specify which process specifically that TSMC is looking to bring earlier to market. My guess is their going to try to push both. What I find most interesting about this development is its implications on Nvidia’s & AMD’s next generation 16nm GPUs. If TSMC manages to bring its 16nm earlier to market this could mean a huge win for gamers especially after this stagnation in the GPU market. 28nm GPUs have been around & selling in the market for nearly 3 years now and customers are growing ever more thirsty for truly next generation products on a more advanced process node.

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[Editorial] Today we’re going to bring you on a journey that will get you one step closer to seeing the world in the eyes of AMD and Intel and reflect on how different yet quite similar those images truly are. To understand the philosophies of both companies we have to also understand the architectures inside the products they make and get to know the reasons behind the decisions made in designing those architectures intimately.

Intel and AMD Microarchitectures – Exploring the Past, Present and the Future (Part I)

Lets start from the beginning, in 2006 AMD made the decision to buy ATi with the vision to fuse GPU cores and CPU cores into a single piece of silicone called the Accelerated Processing Unit or APU for short. AMD called this effort “Fusion” and it was the company’s main advent from buying ATi. In 2010 Intel released the first processor to feature integrated graphics but just like the company’s first effort to make a dual or a quad core processor the resulting product was a multi-chip module or an MCM for short. Intel called this design Clarkdale & it was not a fully integrated monolithic solution. The graphics portion had its own separate die and it was connected to the main CPU die using an interposer.

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[Editorial] I read a very interesting report by Daniel Nenni over at SemiWiki.com and thought I would share it and add upon it. The report concludes that Intel’s 14nm node has still not entered volume production. Now this report is not a leak, and is rather an exercise in deductive reasoning by the author. Therefore, take the authenticity of this report as you will; I for one, completely agree with the arguments given.

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Intel Broadwell 14nm Has Not Entered Volume Production Yet – Why Though?

Lets begin with a brief overview of Intel’s process nomenclature. Intel’s modern process names starts with P12 as a suffix in a 5 digit nomenclature. The P12 is followed by 2 numeric digits that depict the process advancement in an increasing order. Each successive die shrink is exactly 2 numbers apart. For eg Intel’s 45nm Process was called P1266 and was produced in 2007. The 32nm Process was called P1268 and was produced in 2009. Similarly the P1270 Process is the current 22nm implementation being used (produced in 2011). The 14nm Process, as you may have guessed by now is called P1272. And this is the process that has been giving Intel so much trouble. See, Intel has been following Moore’s Law to the letter and introducing a die shrink every two years, that is, uptill P1272. P1272 also known as 14nm 2nd Generation FinFET (Tri Gate) technology was supposed to start volume production by the end of 2013. Provided you don’t live under a rock, you would have noticed that 2014 is approaching its end and there is still no sign of the 14nm products. In fact, we are slated for Broadwell-K arrival in Q2 2015 by last reports. So just what went so wrong?

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Motorola’s next flagship smartphone, the Moto X+1 is started to see frequent leaks as it’s launch date gets near. Just yesterday @evleaks posted what he claims are the official press renders of the Moto X+1. According to the renders, the Moto X+1 will be quite different from the original Moto X. Well, today more details of the Moto X+1 have popped up. The Moto X+1 has been listed by the Brazillian vendor Livaria Logos and it’s specs aren’t that impressive.

Before we go into further details, it would be wise to remember that this isn’t the first time Livaria Logos has listed the Moto X+1 on it’s site. Even before we knew the release date of the smartphone, 2 months back detailed Moto X+1 specs were listed on the Vendor’s website. The specs posted then are somewhat similar but do feature a couple of changes. Back then, the Moto X+1 was touted to come with a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 coupled with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The screen size on the device was to be 5.2 inches with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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Moto X+1 To Come With 2.2 GHz Quad core processor coupled with 16 GB Internal Storage

The Moto X+1 listed this time on Livaria Logos is to come with a 2.2 GHz quad core processor with 2 GB of RAM. This will be supplemented by 16 GB of internal storage and a display size of 5.2 inches. Camera for the Moto X+1 will have a resolution of 13 Megapixels and the device will be running on Android 4.4.4. A month back a video appeared showing what possible was the Moto X+1 running Android L. We guess the device wasn’t the X+1 after all.

As you can see above, that’s all we get from Livaria Logos at this point. However, we can get a complete picture of the device if we plug in a GFX Bench Benchmark which appeared a month back. The codename for the device, XT1097 is the same on the benchmark and on the listing. The Moto X+1 benchmark showed the device with a similar 5.2 inch screen and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. However the processor frequency was somewhat different and confusing on the benchmark.

The frequency for the Moto X+1 benchmark was shown as 2.5 GHz yet the processor was labeled as the Snapdragon 800. This led to speculation that perhaps the processor was named incorrectly as the Snapdragon 800 can achieve only 2.26 GHz. But with the listing which shows processor frequency as 2.2 GHz, perhaps the processor for the Moto X+1 really is the Snapdragon 800. A downer for sure, but specs weren’t the X series main selling point anyway.

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The listing for the Moto X+1 has three different options which are differentiated on the basis of material backs. These are namely black, bamboo and a leather option for the device. This shows once again that the Moto X+1 will not disappoint when it comes to offering users customization options for device looks. The Moto X+1 launch is nearly upon us with Motorola having given a launch date of September 4th which is only 2 weeks away.

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Intell Haswell-E, the latest iteration of the HEDT Platform, has a launch date of 29 August (originally mid September) and now it seems that a few days before release we are are getting some confirmation on the PCIE lanes. It turns out that the information leaked by Coolaler was correct and the i7-5820 will only have 28 lanes of PCIE 3.0 while the 5930 and the 5960X will have 40 lanes of PCIE 3.0 each. Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Intel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E HEDT Processor to Feature Only 28 PCIE 3.0 Lanes

The leaked image (courtesy of EXPReview.com) shows some very interesting wording, stating that when the  i7-5820K is used, the number of PCI-E lanes will decrease. This will ofcourse result in the hexacore processor becoming unattractive to Multi GPU users although they should still have some playing room. With 28 lanes you are looking at 16x, 16x/8x, x8/x8/x8/x4 maximum GPU configuration while a normal 40 lane configuration would be 16x, 16x/16x, 16x/16x/8x or 8x/8x/8x/8x depending on the amount of GPUs you have. Considering the fact that this is PCI-E 3.0 we are talking about there is enough bandwidth for a 3-Way SLI or 4 Way Crossfire. However, if you really want that extra edge then you will have to upgrade to the i7-5930k.

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Apple’s all set to launch the iPhone 6 this September with a variety of impressive specs. As the iPhone 6 comes with a larger screen size, a better processor and other features, vendors seem to be keep to get the existing 5C and 5S devices in stock out as soon as possible. So Wallmart has made the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5C and 5S a part of a fire sale which will allow you to get the devices for ridiculously low prices.

So for all of you that think the iPhone 6 will end up being a little heavy on their wallets, Wallmart’s deals just might be the thing for you. According to the fire sale, the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5C will be available for just a mere $ 0.79. We suppose the amount is there just so Wallmart doesn’t end up giving you something for free. Though the price tag of $ 0.79 does almosttt make the iPhone 5C free. You’ll still be under a contract of Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular or Sprint for two years though.

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The recent rumors for the iPhone 6 getting only 1 GB of RAM left us all a little disappointed. Even though iOS is known for its optimization when it comes to running the same applications Android does, nevertheless, in today’s world, a single gigabyte of RAM limits developer options considerably when designing apps for the iOS. This is further supplemented by the fact that iOS 8 will further expand the iOS platform and give developers more room.

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According to a note issued to investors by analyst Road Hall, sapphire display costs associated with the iPhone 6 remain high. This adds to the already building view that this year’s iPhones might not feature the display at all. Or if they end up doing so then it will only be the high end 5.5″ iPhone 6 also being dubbed as the iPhone Prime. According to investment firm JP Morgan, the costs associated with producing the material in large quantities remain high and therefore the material is unlikely to feature in this year’s iPhone 6.



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