ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI hike motherboard, GPU prices in China
Published in Graphics


Motherboard shipments may drop 10 percent in 2017

The latest bit of information from industry sources suggests that ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte will all begin hiking retail prices for motherboards and graphics cards in China beginning in early February after the 2017 Lunar New Year holidays.

Galaxy S8 to use S7's ultra-thin heatpipe design
Published in Mobiles


About 0.5mm thick with vapor chamber


Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7’s use of a single ultra-thin heatpipe for internal thermal dissipation, the upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 replacement is expected to use the same design, according to the latest info from Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Android Wear 2.0 update may arrive on February 9th
Published in Wearables


Along with two new LG flagship smartwatches


Google’s software platform for wearables may be receiving its first major update on February 9th, according to the latest information from at least one known reliable Twitter source who does his job fairly well.

Nintendo Switch accessories will be expensive
Published in Games


Extra docking station, Joy-Con controller prices limit expandability

Given the plethora of news bits surrounding Nintendo’s upcoming Switch Console due on March 3rd, one of the more interesting details seems to be the price of purchasing a secondary pair of controllers or docking station to offer more flexibility in the mobile gameplay experience.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to release on April 15th
Published in Mobiles


Big focus on front facing camera improvements

While most Samsung mobile devices to be expected throughout the company’s history have never been short on rumored release dates, the latest report now claims that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will launch during mid-April with a major focus on front-camera performance.

Smartphone industry faces tight component supply in 2017
Published in News


Mainstream devices now use larger displays than before


There is an increasing possibility that the smartphone industry may be headed towards supply shortages this year as China-based vendors are demanding rising volumes several key components, according to sources within Taiwanese supply chains.

TSMC considers building plant in US
Published in News
Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:40

TSMC considers building plant in US


60 percent of revenues to come from US this year


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company held its most recent investors conference on January 12th, during which company officials said that it has not ruled out the possibility of building a facility in the US as a response to recent nationalistic pleas to restore American manufacturing jobs.

EVGA enters modular liquid cooling business
Published in News
Saturday, 14 January 2017 22:17

EVGA enters modular liquid cooling business


Modular 3/8 tubing using Asetek reference designs


EVGA has been a company that always reserves some of the best suites at CES. This year at the Bellagio Hotel, it showcased the latest product lineup for this year in motherboards, PSUs, notebooks, cases and graphics that included an appealing surprise for some of its top enthusiast and overclocking customers.

Second Nvidia Shield portable shows up in FCC filing
Published in News


Shorter, thicker console with larger display


Over the weekend, a new Nvidia Shield portable device was uncovered from some FCC listings appearing back in July, showing a device using the same controller and flip screen as the original with a few minor revisions.

ODG unveils R8 and R9 smartglasses at CES
Published in News
Saturday, 14 January 2017 19:03

ODG unveils R8 and R9 smartglasses at CES


45-degree and 50-degree fields of view at 720p and 1080p


Osterhout Design Group had a presence at Intel’s CES booth this year, where it unveiled two new pairs of smartglasses designed to deliver a fully untethered, hands-free PC experience with the flexibility of a virtual, 65-inch transparent ACdisplay.