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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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ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM switches through games with ease

ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM switches through games with ease

The advent of 64-bit processors on mobile was seen to herald support for more RAM inside smartphones and tablets. But to this day, you can probably count on the fingers of one hand the devices that come with even 4 GB of memory. The ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of those, bearing 4 GB of RAM inside. But what does that exactly mean in practice? YouTube user L BS provides a video demonstrating just that, swiftly and smoothly multi-tasking between one of the most resource intensive type of mobile apps: games.

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Intel, Toshiba bring 3D NAND to SSD; small drives, large capacity

Intel, Toshiba bring 3D NAND to SSD; small drives, large capacity

SSD memory is fast. Really fast. It’s also much more stable than spinning drives are, making it pretty desirable for those who want reliable performance from their external drive or on-board memory (and who doesn’t?!). The limited offerings for SSD haven’t yet brought it to the mainstream bulk storage front, but a new technology just might do that. Pioneered by Toshiba and Intel, 3D NAND stacks SSD memory chips to allow for more memory in tighter spots? Early results have given us a 10TB SSD.

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Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

As repeatedly mentioned before, with the push for higher displays and CPUs on smartphones slowing down just a wee bit, attention is now being given to the last part of the system to catch up: storage. We are entering a period of not just faster flash memory for mobile devices but also growing densities. Samsung is now trying to pull up even those on lower rungs of the device tier by bringing out the highest density 128 GB eMMC 5.0 storage squarely marketed for mid-range devices.

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Apple watch has 8GB total memory; 2GB exclusively for music

Apple watch has 8GB total memory; 2GB exclusively for music

Apple’s incoming wearable, the Apple Watch, has captured the minds of many. As we parse through what the device is capable of, we also wonder what the spec sheet might hold for us. While we will probably have to wait for a teardown to get the full scope of what’s beneath the glass on our wrists, a new report suggests Apple has confirmed their Apple Watch has 8GB memory across the board. All versions will have this single memory option, with 2GB earmarked for music.

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Apple changes how OS X apps treat memory with move to ARC

Apple changes how OS X apps treat memory with move to ARC

Apple is ready to ask Developers to make improvements to incoming Mac Apps. Through the Apple Developers portal, Apple is asking OS X Developers to change the way their incoming apps treat memory. Rather than ‘Garbage Collection’, Apple is asking Developers to use Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) for memory management. The change applies only to incoming apps, and for apps submitted after May 1. Developers should have seen this coming, though; Apple began favoring ARC over Garbage Collection back in the days on OS X Mountain Lion.

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Apple facing lawsuit over iOS 8, device storage capacity

Apple facing lawsuit over iOS 8, device storage capacity

No stranger to lawsuits, Apple has been hit with a new case over the reduced storage iPhones have due to iOS 8. In the new class action suit, claimants are saying the advertised storage space for iPhones isn’t accurate as iOS 8 and above take up more storage space than previous iterations. According to the lawsuit, iOS 8 takes as much as 23.1% of storage space on the phones, which isn’t mentioned in any advertising literature. The complaint covers all devices capable of operating iOS 8.

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Samsung’s ready for the 4GB smartphone in 2015

Samsung’s ready for the 4GB smartphone in 2015

Samsung has struck up production of 4GB mobile memory, paving the way for smartphones and tablets with more working memory than ever in 2015. The chips, which Samsung Electronics claims are an industry-first of 8 gigabit (Gb), low power, double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM, are built on 20nm processes, and have not only the benefit of being faster than their predecessors - and, Samsung says, faster than their desktop and server counterparts in fact - also use less power, something unsurprisingly of vital importance when it comes to a mobile device. While it's big news for the chip firm, the implications are broader than just for the next flagship Galaxy, however.

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Report: Apple has 3 billion reasons for their 16GB iPhone 6

Report: Apple has 3 billion reasons for their 16GB iPhone 6

On launch, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were found to offer a base-level 16GB storage. Many wondered why Apple wouldn’t up the entry level storage option to 32GB, but the answer was easy: they want you spending more. The next available option, 64GB, is a $100 premium over the 16GB variant, which blindly encourages you to spend more. How much more? A new report details how Apple may earn $3 billion in 2015 from their internal storage play on consumers.

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Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tapped as a turnaround point for the company. They've reached a point where their line of smartphones is popular, but not quite popular enough that they don't need to shake up the industry with a new lead - either an entirely new physical design or something late-breaking under the hood. What you'll find with the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn't another one in a line of devices that look like the design language born of the Galaxy S III. Instead you'll find Samsung bringing Project Zero forward with a new face AND mind.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — should you upgrade?

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — should you upgrade?

With two new iPad models being announced today, there’s one overriding question: should I upgrade? If you’re reading this on an iPad, you might be wondering if it’s worth plopping down some cash at the Apple Store for a new iPad Air or iPad mini. There’s a lot of cool stuff, but the top-end 128GB iPad Air 2 with cellular connectivity starts creeping into the Macbook Air price range. That’s a lot of cash, especially if you’ve got an iPad you’re happy with.

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Falcon Northwest taps Intel X99 and DDR4 memory

Falcon Northwest taps Intel X99 and DDR4 memory

Three of Falcon Northwest’s custom PC builds now have the ability to roll with the new Intel X99 chipset. You’ll find Intel’s first consumer-aimed 8-core processors ready to push out high-powered action with the first new memory released to the market in seven full years. That’s DDR4, and it’s heavy duty.

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