Netflix begins blocking VPN users
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Friday, 22 January 2016 02:30

Netflix begins blocking VPN users


Access to full content catalog now restricted

On Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that some users in Australia are now being blocked when they use virtual private network (VPN) services in their home country to access Netflix content intended for other regions, primarily the United States.

Netflix to raise "grandfathered" plan prices after Q4 earnings
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Price hike begins in 2H 2016 for "Standard" 1080p subscribers


In a recent letter to shareholders, the company announced its earnings for Q4 2015, showing a $36.7 million profit year-over-year and warning its grandfathered subscribers on the $7.99 price for “Standard” 1080p service that they can expect a price hike starting in the second half of this year.

Polaris GPU series is AMD’s beginning of “journey into space”
Published in Graphics


Brighter stars, galaxy systems in future GPU codenames

Over the past few years, Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) has tread many uncharted waters near and far to gather enough "island" codenames for over five generations of graphics processing units. According to Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, all of that is about to change.

Microsoft to recall Surface Pro 1, 2 and 3 chargers
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Set to announce free trade-in scheme on Friday

The folks in charge of manufacturing Microsoft’s A/C charging cable for the first three generations of its Surface Pro series apparently forgot to quality check for overheating issues.

Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player arriving early
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Mid-February if you pre-order for $100 below launch price


Back at CES 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this month, we were able to take a glimpse at Samsung’s very first consumer 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, and the small selection of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc launch titles to go along with it.

Samsung begins 20nm High Bandwidth Memory 2 production
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256GB/s with four 8Gb stacks, seven-fold increase over GDDR5

Roughly six months ago, AMD launched the first graphics cards packed with first-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Today, Samsung has just announced production of the industry’s first 20nm 4GB DRAM package based on second-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2).

AMD releases Q4 2015 and FY2015 earnings
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:20

AMD releases Q4 2015 and FY2015 earnings


Down 28 percent, partly from economic slowdown in China

Earlier today, we mentioned that AMD was expected to report revenues for Q4 2015 with at least a 10 percent revenue decline as the chip maker struggles to turn its profits around. This afternoon, the company reported its fourth quarter 2015 and fiscal year 2015 revenue earnings results, showing a 23 percent revenue decline from lower sales of CPUs, lower demand for GPUs used in game consoles, and an economic slowdown in China.

Twitter experiences widespread outage
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:50

Twitter experiences widespread outage

Over 2.5 hours, mostly concentrated in Europe

On Tuesday, visitors to the website were greeted with the "Something is technically wrong" including the infamous blindfolded android robot image. Twitter chose to communicate the problem via a tweet. Some users took to Facebook to complain. Yet for others, the site appears to be permanently inaccessible.

ASUS shows off 2016 ROG lineup, new ZenBook Pro
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External GPU dock, detachable liquid cooling and more

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we stopped by the ASUS Media Lounge at the Trump International Hotel to get an overview of the company’s new ROG lineup for this year, including new 28-inch and 24-inch MG 4K Series UHD 3840x2160p gaming monitors, and a new ZenBook Pro based on Intel Skylake silicon.

Samsung to begin production of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820
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Using new second-gen 14nm FinFET low-power plus (LPP) process

On Thursday, Samsung announced it has begun mass production of the company’s second-generation 14nm 3D FinFET low-power plus (LPP) process technology.