First off, for those of you who managed to see this morning’s screen recording video before I took it down, yes, I made a mistake in the testing, so I’ll be re-working that video concept to publish later. Thanks for the feedback to those who provided it, and for not… completely tearing me to pieces. With that said, now to the news for real.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 today, hoping to make a glorious comeback with the Note brand after last year’s explosive debacle with the Note 7. The newcomer goes up for pre-order tomorrow, with a release on September 15th. The Note 8 has a 2960 by 1440 curved OLED Infinity display, which is essentially bezel-free on the sides, with an extra tall aspect ratio of 18.5 by 9. Like every other phone these days it’s got dual rear cameras; one wide angle, the other 2x zoom telephoto, which allows you to adjust focus post-shot, but both cameras shoot color, unlike some other dual-camera phones. In the US, there’ll be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC inside, but internationally, it’ll pack a Samsung Exynos 8895. Other base specs include 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, 3300 mAh battery, with an iris scanner, wireless charging, USB Type C 3.5mm audio jack, heart rate monitor, and IP68 water and dust resistance. Guess what it starts at: 930 US dollars, a price the Verge rightfully ponders as questionably sensible. Although, if you were forced to trade in your explosion-prone Note 7, you can trade in your current phone to get up to 425 bucks off the Note 8. And this one DEFINITELY won’t .. explode. They took care of all that ‘splodin’ stuff. This one? You couldn’t even make it splode if you tried. Please don’t try.
Microsoft and others in the gaming industry have been trying to set up cross-platform multiplayer between Xbox and Playstation for a while now, but Sony has always been on the fence. The latest example is Ark Survival Evolved, which is launching on consoles next week after two years of early access. Its developer said cross-play is working internally, but currently Sony won’t allow it. However, at Gamescom this week, Xbox head of marketing Aaron Greenberg told Gamereactor that Microsoft is in talks with Sony to get cross-platform play enabled on more titles. I maintain that Sony is just being snooty because PlayStation is just a way better name for a console than Xbox. What do you with this thing? Play games. It’s a station for playing games. What’s this thing? It’s a box. Full of.. X. It’s a .. box for doing x. I think that illustrates it pretty well.
And Microsoft has launched a new initiative to make AI-capable hardware available via the cloud. It’s called Project Brainwave, and it will use Intel’s Stratix 10 hardware accelerator to achieve ultra-low latency processing and transmitting, to essentially allow cloud computing in real time. That’s a lot of big words to say, basically, that Project Brainwave will allow companies to use deep learning without buying giant ultra-powerful computers themselves. The best consumer application for this that I can think of now would be an AI assistant that I can program to help my grandma figure out how to change the font size in Word. So I don’t have to. I’m a bad person.
Of course, now it’s time for Quick Bits, so you gotta factor that in to the. .. analysis, when you’re talking about.. What?
AMD’s Gerald Youngblood, that has to be his gamer name, has responded to the Vega pricing controversy, saying AMD will continue to incentivize retailers with rebates on an ongoing basis so they can hit the initial 499 price point, but supply issues are making that difficult.
HyperX has launched the Cloud Alpha, the first gaming headset to feature a dual chambered design, allowing greater separation between the bass, mids and highs. Suuuure, HyperX. Better send us one so we can make sure that’s true. Yeah.
Iceland is the next place trying out drone deliveries, as Flytrex will be delivering food to residents of Reykjavik via flying robot. That’s cool, but you know what Iceland is? Basically a smaller Canada, so come here next please, thanks.
Snapchat is going to debut original, short-form scripted shows by the end of this year, and by short form, we’re talking around 5 minutes. Psh. That’s way too short of a video to be of any use. You need at least.. 6.
And if you’re into Overwatch I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but if you’re not, then check out the latest animated short, Rise and Shine, just because all of these shorts are of impeccable quality, and make me yearn for an Overwatch animated movie, and I love them. Did I sell it enough?
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
Babies don’t go in cases!
No. They don’t. If anyone was confused about this, hopefully now you’re not. PC cases are not.. They’re for PC components. Not babies. Put your baby anywhere else, just not in a case. Hmm.
Thanks for the PSA, Kitsu-Dono! If the rest of you want to submit an #ncixyodawg, tweet at us, already.
Hey, remember when I talked about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 earlier? If you were like, hey, I got money to blow, then guess what – you don’t actually have to go all the way to South Korea to get it from Samsung themselves, you can get it at NCIX! And if you pre-order before September 14th, you’ll get a bonus Samsung Wireless charging convertible stand and a 128GB microSD card. Not bad. Click here for details on that or click in the description, or click anywhere you want, it’s a free country.
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