NVIDIA announces its newest driver for high performance in video games. Designed to support their upcoming VR edition of their PC driver game, Dirt Rally. The Driver is a 368.69 WHQL built to fix and enhance the PC for better performance during play.  The 368.69 WHQL is intended for a Windows 10 64 bit, and takes up to 336.36 file size in storage.

Many Bugs and unnecessary glitches have been worked on and removed. Fixes for internal software’s such as Adobe Premiere, CUDA Pro CC, and a crash while running the NVIDIA GRID K1 under a Window 10 virtual machine. With the latest driver they have also worked out a solution for an error with a compatible software known as the XSplit Broadcaster. The Xsplit allows gamers to live stream and record while game play.

Finding newer solutions to problems they had with games in the past, can now be resolved with the 368.69 WQHL.  A much anticipated fixture is a solution to a common crash with the game “the Crew.” crashing after running the program, right after the driver had been updated was a huge problem for most gamers which can be resolved.

With many alterations to one’s computer there can be small niches that go wrong with other parts of the driver.  Fans typically have a problem spinning up and down which can lead to other harmful things happening to the whole processor. The latest driver fixes the spinning up and down for the GTX 1080 Founders Edition’s fans. Some of these problems have been caused by the installation of graphic cards by the user themselves. Others paid up to $100s to get the whole entire the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition to not have to upgrade their graphic cards. In doing so it reduced noise and does a great job cooling the system.

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As it was initially previewed earlier this year, Dell UP3017Q launched an amazing 30 inch 4k monitor. It is very thin, and has a beveled shape coming in at only half an inch on the edges. At a resolution of 3840 x 2160 this monitor holds 146 Pixels per inch. Initially this product had a release date on March but wasn’t able to make it since there was no product. There still is not a new launch date because of the company still fixing the final issues.

The specs are quite spectacular as a matter of fact, even though it is still not known who the manufacturer is it will most likely be LG. There is a resolution of up to 3840 x 2160, and a refresh rate of up to 120z. Another feature of this product is that it is OLED, which means its Organic Light Emitting Diode will allow the monitor to deliver true black and excellent colors in a very thin profile. This feature doesn’t need a separate backlight because the pixels themselves leave out light. Dell claims that this monitor fully supports all of the Adobe RGB and 97.8 % DCI-P3 color spaces. This is a 10-bit color monitor which would be the most useful in professional settings where color accuracy is very important.

Dell has placed a “pixel shifting algorithm” by placing a sensor on the monitor that can tell when someone is looking at it and be able to turn it off when no one is watching. They also claim that there are five buttons for the monitor while one on the back releases it from its stand.

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A fortune 500 company in China, Xiaomi, which normally sells household items such as rice cookers and air purifiers, has entered the laptop market. Its Mi Notebook Air comes in two sizes, 12.5 and a larger mother ship model.

“The Chinese market for consumer notebooks is expected to contract by 10.4 percent this year, according to Bryan Ma, IDC’s vice president for devices research.”

The company is entering at a time where the laptop market is expected to drop 10.4 percent within just this year, according to Bryan Ma.

The announcement of the laptop happened when they launched a brand new phone, Redmi Pro, a dual rear-camera OLED phone. The company badly needed to launch a new product since their sales declined since the beginning of the year.

The company created a group of products under them called the “Mi Ecosystem” which will allow the younger crowd of teens to keep following their products that go along with their electronics such as Tv’s, to match throughout the household.

The key features of the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air are a Nvidia GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card, Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB PCIe SSD with expandable SATA SSD slot, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The devices come in gold and silver colors.

The products go on sale in China next week, but with no plans to sell outside of the US. The company has had its sights on the U.S. market for some time, but is nervous about a standard strategy for established players to keep rivals out of the U.S. market.

Although Microsoft has recently agreed to transfer patens to Xiaomi, it also involved the bundling of Microsoft Office and Skype on their phones and tablets as well. Many consumers would even describe them as apple like, as well as their phone users who critique their product.

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The world finally gets the option of buying Nvidia’s new GTX 1060 graphic cards. Nvidia promises this new card matches the GTX 980 in terms of performance but at a significant price cut.

While Nvidia claims its performance is at the same level as the GTX 980, this new graphic card will be replacing the GTX 960. It is also more affordable than the GTX 1070 and 1080 cards. This new card is built on Nvidia’s new 16nm Pascal architecture – and will be the third of its kind.

Its affordability and function is met to target every gamer there is, and attempt to blow its competition- AMD’s Radeon RX 400, out of the game!

The new graphic card is available from July 19 at only $249. The competition starts at $299. With similar capabilities and lower price tag, Nvidia is sure to blow the competition out of the water.

Nvidia is working on enhancing gamer experience through better sounds and a more realistic appearance with these new graphic cards. More than 30 games that use SMS (simultaneous multi-projection), which is offered in these chips, are currently being developed.

To top the new additions, Nvidia is looking to add a piece of software, Ansel, to the latest gaming tools. This new software works like Instagram and Snapchat. With it, a person can take any shot of the game and add a filter to it. This will be a hit in artsy games like The Witcher 3 and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst just to name a couple. This new tool is made public in mid-July.

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On July 7th 2016, Stephanie Milot wrote an article for PC Magazine talking about the new MacOS Sierra. According to the article, Milot says that the MacOS Sierra has released a public beta version on the day of the blog release, July 7th 2016. Not only is this release open to developers for Apple, but ths MacOS Sierra is also open to the public for beta testing to those who sign up for the program.

MacOS Sierra also have a new Siri keyboard shortcut and an auto unlock for Sierra. In order to use the Siri shortcut, you would need to push the command+space hold. The auto unlock is currently only being used by those who also use an Apple Watch.

Other features include telling Siri to locate files, search for information, spell words, find weather, and schedule plans. Users will also be able to use ApplePay with their computers. There will be a universal clipboard in which an Iphone can copy a link and be copied into a cloud clipboard which can then be pasted by a computer.

Because the next generation OS is still in beta, users should expect that some applications will not be performing at its maximum capabilities until the beta is over. In order to not ruin the experience in the event that something does not work correctly with your computer, Apple encourages that users also back up their system. Milot throws in her own advice and suggests that users could also use a secondary Mac that you don’t use on a regular basis in order to try out the MacOS Sierra.


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Dell is changing its Focus to more of a Windows centered company. With Alignment shifting, Windows is slowly letting go of the infamous Android that many customers know and trust. Dell stops selling Android devices such as the tablets to focus more on the 2-1s.  The 2-1s are more efficient and have the traits of both a PC and a tablet. According to the IDC (International Data Corporation) tablets / PCs shipments have tumbled, while 2-1’s is quickly on the rise.

The reason for the discontinuation of the Android is due to the decreased demand and so many retailers. “The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line.”

A spokesman for Android has ensured Dell will indeed still ensure their products until their warranties expire. For customers that already have the Venue products the OS upgrades will no longer be issued by Dell. “For customers who own Android-based Venue products, Dell will continue to support currently active warranty and service contracts until they expire, but we will not be pushing out future OS upgrades,”

Over a matter of time the Android tablets became the lowest priced computing product for Dell. As Dell shoots for a higher margin in products and profits it often included a tablet with purchase of laptop. IDC states that Apple still reigns supreme and is the world’s top tablet vendor from the first quarter of 2016 leaving Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo and Huawei trailing.

Dell and EMC are in the process of making an enormous deal worth $67 billion using multiple companies to fund their merger. Starting with selling their equity firms to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation for 2 billion. Following with its IT services group Dell Services to NTT Data for $3 billion. Collecting from other sources to complete the rest, Dell also release its secure works to be publicly traded.

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Samsung the electronic manufacturing titan has just unveil the industry’s very first NVMe PCe solid state drive bundled up in a single BGA package. The new BGA NVMe SSD is christened the PM971-NVMe and per Samsung’s specs, contains all the essential SSD components such as NAND flash memory, controller and DRAM.

Samsung promises that all the additional specs will not compromise the longstanding tradition of delivering first-class performance. Samsung so Jung-bae Lee notes that the new Samsung NVMe SSD easily triples the performance of your typical everyday SATA SSD, has a humungous storage capacity of 512 GB and comes in the smallest form factor available which makes this small-scale SSD the primary choice amongst global PC companies that are actively working to launch slimmer and exceptionally stylish computing devices in the current computing environment. The market demands more capacity, higher performance, less maintenance and more compactness all the while retaining functionality and style. Samsung accomplished this feat by combining 16 of their 48-layer 256Gb V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometor 4Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip with a high-performance Samsung controller which allowed Samsung to configure the PM971-NVMe SSD into a single BGA package. The SSD weights a paltry one gram and is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm which is approximately a hundredth of a 2.5” SSD or HDD. The surface area of the SSD is about a fifth of an M.2 SSD.

Samsung’s crown jewel is capable of delivering a performance that easily blows the speed limit of the SATA 6Gb/s interface out of the waters and its sequential read/write speed can climb upwards of 1,500MB/s and 900MB/s (megabytes per second) respectively, especially if the TurboWrite technology is enabled. Imagine downloading a Full-HD movie of 5GB in roughly 6 seconds. That is insane! The random read/write IOPS which is the input output operations per second is about 190K and 150K respectively which is a stark contrast to a hard drive which can only process up to 120 IOPS in random reads. This makes the new Samsung SSD more than 1500 times faster than your standard HDD. Those of you hoping to speed to your local vendors will have to wait as the new PM971-NVMe SSD line-up with options of 128, 256 and 512GB storage options won’t be available until later this month.

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China and the United States compete at the forefront of the supercomputing race. China currently leads the way with the announced Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer placing first on the Top 500 List. This processor reached a Linpack benchmark of 93 petaflops, and claimed 124.5 petaflops at its peak, making it the fastest computer in present day.

The US seeks to not only reach a competitive speed, but to surpass it entirely. The United Sates Department of Energy responded to China with claims of a new supercomputer under development by IBM at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This new processor dubbed Summit will have a 200 petaflops capability at its peak. The revelation of the new computer gave a shock to many, especially as the claims are double the TaihuLight’s current capabilities. Until the Summit is released, the TaihuLight will remain to be on the first place.

The Department of Energy is confident in the goal set, despite how far-reaching it is believed to be by others. Since 1993, supercomputing abilities have exponentially increased by a factor of 300,000. Cray’s Titan, and IBM’s Sequoia are two US supercomputers trailing Chinese processors at #3 and #4 on the Top 500 list. Though there’s a large gap of 75.42 petaflops between the TaihuLight and the Titan, by 2018, US supercomputers have been predicted to reach 150 petaflops. That forecast, and the recent breakthrough from China, make IMB’s goal appear more attainable.

Though specifics have not been released, it is known that the processor will include thousands of Power8 Central Processing Units designed by IBM and Nvidia’s Volta GPUs, both manufactured for the highest-end supercomputers. IBM plans on ensuring the processor is extra efficient, especially when considering the overall power in these supercomputers. More assumptions are made about the type of capabilities Summit will really have. If IBM expects to surpass the bar, it has to take a data centric computing approach in the development of the architecture of the processor.

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In an effort to dominate the SSD market, Samsung has taken customer demands seriously and transformed the 750 EVO in what could be the strongest competitor in low priced SSDs. Typically overlooked, the 750 EVO may now shift retail sales from the 850 EVO – one of Samsung’s best-selling SSDs.

The 850 EVO’s popularity is owed to strategic planning. Samsung developed the 850 EVO to have more endurance and overall better performance capabilities than low cost SSDs. The price of the 850 EVO was set a few dollars higher than other manufacturer’s low-cost SSDs, which enticed consumers to spend a little more on a higher quality product. Despite its current market dominance, the 850 EVO has encountered a road block. With Toshiba and Micron lowering their prices to as low as $100 for a 512GB SSD, the Samsung 850 EVO costs too much to produce and may no longer be able to compete. This is where the 750 EVO takes over.

When it was first introduced, the 750 EVO was marketed in low capacity sizes of 120GB and 250GB. Samsung’s target was the system integrator market, and though it did well in that area its momentum slowed down as demand for 512GB went up. The new 750 EVO has a 512 GB capacity size, and it will still cost less to produce than the 850 EVO. Samsung uses comparable planar TLC flash on the 16nm lithography node to Micron’s, but it yields a larger bit output to keep a low price on this device. The cost along with the benefits to upgrading to the new 750 EVO gives Samsung a competitive edge. Consumers in need of multi-tasking computing software can turn to the EVO 750 that also comes with AES 256-bit hardware encryption which safeguards stored data, and comes with no moving parts to avoid corrupted or lost information from moving units.

The new 750 surpasses expectations by enabling features that are uncommon in entry-level SSDs. These include high write speeds, hardware-based encryption, and cutting-edge software packages. The technology included in this new SSD along with the cost will lead the 750 EVO to become Samsung’s top selling entry-level SSD.

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The Hewlett Packard Office Jet Pro 8620 is capable of scanning, copying, printing, as well as faxing.This all-in-one wireless photo printer is able to make a professional impression and showcase your business through the use of its high-quality color printing, with operating costs with up to 50% lower cost per page compared to lasers. The Hewlett Packard OfficeJet Pro 8620 is capable of printing from your tablet, your smartphone, or your notebook from across the office or on the go. Despite lacking network-using wireless options, this all-in-one printer is direct and simple. It uses Ethernet for wired connective and can handle more tasks without slowing down. This HewlettPackard OfficeJet Pro 8620 printer is compatible with Windows 10 and is intended to increase business efficiency.

“Easily print from anywhere using your phone or tablet (Airprint on iPhone or iPad). Speedy print speeds of 21 pages/minute black and white, or 16.5 pages/minute color. Also capable of borderless and double-sided printing,” reported Computer World. Save up to 50% on Ink with HP Instant Ink: ordered by your printer and delivered to your door before you run out (optional subscription required).”

This Hewlett Packard OfficeJet Pro 8620 printer averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from more than 1,100 people.

“With a regular list price of $299.99, the 8620 has been reduced by 25% to just $225.00,” reported Computer World.

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