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Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

With the Android Beta program in full effect, users are receiving the 2nd edition of the Android N Developer Preview this afternoon. This version of the Android N operating system update includes several awesome features that will change the way users use Android, starting with Vulkan. As a member of the Khronos group, Google has helped develop the 3D rendering API known as Vulkan - with this update comes support for this next-generation draw-call heavy applications - GPU power ahoy! This update also enables launcher shortcuts for quick-steps into different points within a given app.

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NVIDIA dives deep into AI with DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputer

NVIDIA dives deep into AI with DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputer

The past few weeks have been very busy and fortunate for artificial intelligence. Last month saw the triumph of AlphaGo, from Google's DeepMind AI arm, against a human Go champion. Microsoft and Facebook both just revealed new projects and features that utilized neural network and AI for the benefit of people with impaired vision. Following up on its reveal of the Drive PX 2 autonomous race car, NVIDIA is announcing a more serious AI pursuit, the DGX-1 Deep Learning supercomputer that promises a throughput equivalent to 250 regular servers.

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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 graphics enclosure goes into pre-order

Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 graphics enclosure goes into pre-order

At CES 2016 earlier this year, Razer put gaming desktops on notice, sort of. While the Stealth Blade ultrabook that it unveiled isn't exactly a gamer's laptop, considering the lack of a dedicated GPU, it had a trick up its sleeves. Or in this case, inside a box. It also announced the Razer Core which isn't just your regular external graphics card enclosure that is getting popular these days. It is also the world's first external graphics enclosure that uses a single Thunderbolt 3 connection to deliver power, graphically and literally, to a mobile computing package like the Blade Stealth.

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Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC is targeting gamers

Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC is targeting gamers

While it practically dominates the PC CPU market, Intel's graphics chips are considered passable at best, at least for an integrated graphics chip. NUC, or Next Unit of Computing, kits are mostly seen as reference devices and mini PCs than serious computing hardware. At GDC 2016, Intel is attempting to change that perception. Its most poweful NUC yet, Intel has unveiled the Skull Canyon NUC, model number NUC6i7KYK, as a competitive portable machine for both gaming and multimedia work, whether by itself or with a friend, like a Razer Core graphics enclosure.

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Tim Sweeney: Trailblazing Galaxy S7 and Vulkan API made simple

Tim Sweeney: Trailblazing Galaxy S7 and Vulkan API made simple

Epic Games' head Tim Sweeney explains in simple terms what Vulkan API is and why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a gaming trailblazer. This week we've seen some amazing looking graphics coming from Epic Games and Samsung. With the Samsung Galaxy S7, both groups suggest we're entering a new age for gaming on smart mobile devices. It involves Vulkan API, Unreal Engine 4, your CPU, your GPU, and a demo called ProtoStar. But what's that mean to you, the everyday average user?

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Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm has revamped its midrange with a trio of new Snapdragon processors, borrowing some 820 abilities for more affordable smartphones. The Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 may be cheaper than the flagship Snapdragon 820 but they do offer a number of its headline features, including LTE carrier aggregation support, Qualcomm's Hexagon DSP audio processing, and WiFI 802.11ac MU-MIMO.

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ARM outs 4K-capable Mali-DP650 mobile graphics chip

ARM outs 4K-capable Mali-DP650 mobile graphics chip

Has the 4K trend really reached the mobile industry? Well, yes and no, depending on what you mean. It might still be a while before something like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium becomes commonplace, but dealing with 4K content, especially videos, is going to become more regular. That is why ARM is announcing early a new mobile graphics chip, the Mali-DP650, that is designed from the get go to handle 4K content, not only on a device's screen itself but streaming to an external display as well.

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Samsung kicks off HBM2 DRAM production (and it’s a big deal)

Samsung kicks off HBM2 DRAM production (and it’s a big deal)

Get ready for the next wave of graphics, machine learning, and parallel computing performance, as Samsung kicks off production of HBM2 DRAM. The new chips, each packing 4GB, use the second-generation High Bandwidth Memory interface and can run as much as seven times the speed of current DRAM.

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Razer Blade Stealth and Core hands-on

Razer Blade Stealth and Core hands-on

Since the launch of the original Blade, Razer has been working hard to change the way that we look at portable PC gaming. While the previous versions have made strides in that department, this year at CES, the company has finally bridged the gap between laptop and desktop.

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Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

With the Razer Core, the age of the overpowered gaming notebook can begin. Razer has revealed a device here that essentially contains a full-sized graphics card for your notebook, connecting that device to this one with a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. This single cable supplies both data and power, connecting - for example - the also-newly-revealed Razer Blade Stealth gaming notebook to the graphics power of a full-sized NVIDIA or AMD GPU. This device is also essentially plug-and-play, able to allow you to swap cards with a single screw.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 revealed [Video Demo with Drive CX]

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 revealed [Video Demo with Drive CX]

NVIDIA reveals that their plans at CES 2016 are to reveal the full gamut on smart vehicle computing, starting with NVIDIA Drive PX 2. This is the next edition of the NVIDIA Drive PX in-car computer the company revealed last year. This device is a liquid-cooled version of the machine, this time coming with 12 CPU cores, a Pascal GPU, and the power of 150 MacBook Pros - that's what they say. That's what we'll see implemented over the next year and beyond.

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