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Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

When id Software's RAGE video game started flaunting "4K textures" around, there was much debate on the practicality of that amount of data versus what our eyes can distinguish and what our beefiest PCs can handle. And now Intel and Micron, two of the biggest names in the semiconductor industry, wants us thinking about 8K games already? That said, it isn't about the absurdity of the idea but about how its new 3D XPoint memory technology can make it possible, beating the hell out of the popular and steadfast NAND flash storage we have today.

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Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Wireless charging is slowly becoming a staple feature in mobile devices these days, but not all mainstream flagship smartphones are able to take advantage of this technology. Some, like the HTC One M9, are prevented from adopting wireless charing because of their metal bodies. That will soon change, if Qualcomm has its way. The mobile chip maker has just announced a breakthrough in its WiPower wireless charging technology that will finally allow mobile devices with metal cases to take advantage of all that the technology has to offer.

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Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Crowdfunding the production of a vehicle? Sure that's done before, but not really on Kickstarter and nowhere near the sophistication that "equity crowdfunding platform" StartEngine offers potential businesses. But that seems to be exactly what Elio Motors needed to boost the production of their three-wheeler car, now almost two years in the making. After all, they were able to gather $25 million in just a month from over 6,000 investors. But hold your horses, that doesn't mean they really got $25 million in cash, only that the sum was a "non-binding indication of interest."

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Hyundai provides DIY Android Auto update for 2015 Sonata

Hyundai provides DIY Android Auto update for 2015 Sonata

Today, Hyundai is fulfilling its promise and its boast of being the first auto maker to put Android Auto on a production vehicle. While many of its rivals have also advertised support for the in-vehicle version of Android, those are still coming in future models. In contrast, starting with Hyundai's 2015 Sonata, owners can already start experiencing the hands-free and safe driving benefits of Android Auto. They can even do it themselves if they want to, with Hyundai providing the software and the steps to perform the upgrade.

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Razer willing to shoulder OUYA’s indie debt

Razer willing to shoulder OUYA’s indie debt

OUYA might have found a bit of salvation in Razer when the latter acquired part of OUYA's operations, but that doesn't mean it has completely escaped controversy. Now hounding both companies, indie developers have voiced out concerns over OUYA seemingly "screwing them out" of promised thousands of dollars under its Free the Games marketing stint. Although not legally obligated to do so, since it didn't buy that part of OUYA's business, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan wants to do good by these indie devs and is willing to pay what OUYA owes them under slightly revised conditions.

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Windows 10 begins its rollout to 190 countries

Windows 10 begins its rollout to 190 countries

The day has finally arrived. Microsoft has opened the floodgates and started the ball rolling to bring Windows 10 to desktops, laptops, and tablets everywhere. And by everywhere, we mean a whopping 190 countries. Naturally, Microsoft is in a very celebratory mood, though some might think it's a bit too early to party. Nonetheless, there is no stopping the latest version of Windows from making or breaking the company's legacy, setting its tone for the next 10 years or so as Microsoft navigates the waters of a mobile-centric world.

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Nokia does VR with OZO virtual reality camera ball

Nokia does VR with OZO virtual reality camera ball

So the rumors were true after all. Nokia is indeed getting into the whole virtual reality train, but those expecting an innovative new VR headset might be extremely disappointed. Instead, Nokia has announced OZO, what it claims to be the first commercially available virtual reality camera. More a sphere than a disc or array of cameras, OZO is designed to take both stereoscopic 3D and spatial audio in 8 directions. Nokia plans to beat the competition in the market by going to market in the fourth quarter of this year.

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DxOMark ranks the Moto X Style above the iPhone 6

DxOMark ranks the Moto X Style above the iPhone 6

Usually, we have to wait for a few more days after a new smartphone has launched to see any kind of camera benchmark from DxOMark. Surprisingly, the website has come out with one immediately after Motorola announced its new smartphones. In this case, DxOMark took the high end Moto X Style for a spin. Lo and behold, the smartphone was able to grab the second (or third) highest spot in the list, standing just behind the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (and Galaxy S6) and shoulder to shoulder with the Galaxy Note 4. As a result, this has pushed back the iPhone 6 Plus to fifth place.

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NSA will delete phone records on 29th November, sort of

NSA will delete phone records on 29th November, sort of

Can an elephant forget? That might be the metaphorical question on people's minds after hearing about the NSA's move to restrict its access to phone records accumulated under the USA Patriot Act. On face value, it seems like a win for privacy and all that, but, as with all legal cases, there are always fineprints to be meticulously observed. In other words, the phone database won't exactly disappear immediately, but will hang around for a while, giving interested people some time to do what they can to squeeze out what they can.

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Xbox One SmartGlass on Android, iOS get some screenshot love

Xbox One SmartGlass on Android, iOS get some screenshot love

Continuing its embrace of platforms other than its own, Microsoft has just revealed a new feature coming to Android and iOS users. No, it's not Cortana, at least not yet. This one is all about gamers. The already talented Xbox One SmartGlass app on the two rival platforms has just gotten more talented, now able to work with screenshots the same way Windows 10 users are able to, meaning they can now view, share, and even save Xbox One screenshots, right from the convenience of their mobile phone.

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