AMD GPUOpen, Starry Internet

AMD has officially launched GPU Open, their open-source answer to Nvidia’s Gameworks. Like Gameworks, GPUOpen gives developers access to a number of tools, effects, libraries and SDKs that allows them to optimize their games performance and add new graphical features. Some examples are TressFX, the hair rendering tech, and the LiquidVR interface. But unlike Gameworks, it’s completely open source, which means developers, and anybody, really, can see and use the source code. This means that games made by developers that used GPUopen will not only run better on AMD hardware, but potentially any hardware, and could even help the porting process between console and PC. Ah, good on ya, AMD! Now if only our thanks could pay your bills. Sigh.

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Samsung and LG are working on some pretty ballin’ next-gen ultrawide displays. In LG’s corner, we’ve got the upcoming LM375UW1, a 37.5inch monitor with a resolution of 3840 by 1600 and an aspect ratio of 2.4 to 1, which is used in some digital cinema. Cinema is probably where these will be used, not gaming, as it’s got a 14 millisecond response time. Meanwhile, Samsung is working on super-ultrawide monitors with 32 by 9 aspect ratios – a 41 inch and 49 inch model. You thought 21 by 9 was ultrawide. YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN YET.

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Remember Aereo? They tried to bring broadcast television to the internet, and got themselves taken out by the broadcast networks. Well, now its founder, Chet Kanojia, is looking to revolutionize how people get Internet access with his new company, Starry Internet. Starry apparently would use high-frequency spectrum known as “millimeter waves” to distribute up to gigabit-speed internet over the air, which you would then tap into with a wireless router, just like antennas would collect over-the-air TV signals. Kanojia claims Starry could provide broadcast Internet for a fraction of the cost of traditional broadband. The company will be selling its “Starry Station” router starting February 5th for 350 bucks, so apparently they’re pretty serious. There are a number of potential problems with this scheme, like the physical limitations of using millimeter waves, which don’t have very high penetrating power, but, it could be awesome – I mean Aereo did so well! …

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You know what time it is… https://twitter.com/jamie5121/status/688224763064401920

Thank you Jamie Allen Seymour! A huzzah to you and your family. Everyone else, record yourself saying Small Talk, tag us on Twitter or instagram, and you could see yourself on Netlinked! Yah alright!

If the patch notes from a Gigabyte X99 BIOS update are to be believed, Intel will be launching a new CPU lineup before June, most likely the high-end Broadwell-E processors.

Amazon is negotiating with Android device makers to replace preloaded Google services with its own. Well that’s just rude. Just because the Fire Phone failed spectacularly doesn’t mean you have to take others’ things. Shame, Amazon.

Apple has just filed a patent for a curved camera sensor, which would apparently allow future iPhones to get rid of the camera bump, as well as improve image quality. Except Sony already filed a similar patent last year, so… awkward…

Speaking of phones, a phone shop in Japan will be run entirely by Pepper robots for a limited run.

It’s strange that they’re being given a second chance after they massacred that village, but.. hey. Forgive and forget, right?

Meanwhile, Sony has spun off Playstation into its own company, composed of the former Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment divisions, and moved it from Japan TO California, cuz Japan can’t have everything.

And Das Keyboard, known for their simple designs and quality construction, have launched their “Division Zero” gaming lineup, featuring a keyboard with flashy switchable metal top panels and custom “alpha-zulu” switches, as well as an ambidextrous mouse. Crazy angular RGB dragons! It’s what gamers crave!