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Samsung Galaxy S11 rumor: 4500mAh battery, larger than Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S11 next year, but ahead of its official reveal we're going to be slammed with news, leaks, and rumors. Today brings us news of a major part of that puzzle -- a massive battery in the Galaxy S11.

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Currently the largest battery in Samsung's main families of Galaxy smartphones is the Galaxy Note 10+ which rocks a 4300mAh battery, while rumor has it the new Galaxy S11 will have a 4500mAh battery. Samsung uses a larger display on the Note 10+ which would chew down that battery fast, so battery life on the new Galaxy S11 (if the rumor of the 4500mAh battery is true) could be awesome.

Previous rumors saw Samsung possibly using a 5000mAh battery inside of the new Galaxy S11, which if true would be even better -- but a 4500mAh unit is big enough for a non-Note smartphone. Consider this: Samsung used a 3400mAh battery inside of the Galaxy S10, so a 4500mAh battery is a gigantic upgrade over that in the new Galaxy S11.

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Amazon leaks out EVERY single home address of Ring camera customers

By: Anthony Garreffa | Privacy & Rights | Posted: 47 mins ago

Amazon has just done something very, very naughty that might get them scrubbed off Santa's nice list -- the everything giant has just leaked out every single home address of its Ring surveillance camera customers.

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In a new investigation by Gizmodo, it revealed that thousands of Amazon Ring camera customers have had their home addresses leaked. The exact location of their house has been displayed, with Gizmodo (and myself, and I'm sure anyone that reads this story) completely blown away. Gizmodo says its discovery casts "new doubt on the effectiveness of the company's privacy safeguards".

Gizmodo continued, adding that its discovery "further offers one of the most "striking" and "disturbing" glimpses yet, privacy experts said, of Amazon's privately run, omni-surveillance shroud that's enveloping U.S. cities".

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Intel plans 1.4nm CPUs for 2029: equivalent to 12 silicon atoms across

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

Intel is years behind in the CPU node game allowing AMD to rip right past and take over with its Zen CPU architecture firmly placed into the leadership position on 7nm -- but it doesn't mean Intel will be taking this lying down.

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Dr. Ian Cutress of AnandTech was on the ground at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) where it was revealed what Intel plans over the next 10 years. In the slide you can see above, Intel has mapped out the next 10 years that starts with its (continued struggles) on 10nm while seeing 7nm CPUs drop in 2021.

But we can also see that Intel is aiming for 5nm in 2023, 3nm in 2025, 2nm in 2027, and finally -- if you can even believe it, 1.4nm CPUs in 2029. Intel is expecting a two year flow between CPUs, even though it has been stuck on 14nm for what feels like forever now. Just how small is 1.4nm though? Cutress writes that it is the "equivalent of 12 silicon atoms across". Incredible stuff.

Apple's new Mac Pro costs over $50,000 with 1.5TB upgrade costing $25K

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: 1 hour, 45 mins ago

You can now officially order Apple's new Mac Pro, which might start at just $5999 -- but the price can get pretty hairy, pretty damn quickly. Apple's impressive new Mac Pro costs north of $50,000 when you've got it fully specced.

What do you get for the massive price of $53,247 you ask? Well, you do get 1.5TB of RAM and quad GPUs -- but everything else is either just alright, or good. The base model Apple Mac Pro for $5999 comes with an 8-core Intel Xeon-W processor, while spending an additional $7000 will see you upgraded to the much-faster 28-core CPU.

Upgrading from the stock 32GB of DDR4 ECC RAM to a simply crazy 1.5TB of RAM will cost you a huge $25,000 -- you could buy 4 x stock Mac Pros for that money and have change to buy the $400 wheels. Heh. There is one issue with the 1.5TB RAM upgrade: you will be stuck at the 24-core Intel Xeon-W processor at a minimum, you can't have an 8-core CPU + 1.5TB of RAM.

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Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 5 teaser - Morty versus Space Snake

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

The official teaser for Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 5 has dropped, Rick tells Morty to get back in the car and for a good reason.

Right after Sunday's episode, Adult Swim is already teasing fans with episode 5, the last episode before the break for the holidays. In this episode it Rick gets a flat tire and needs to pull over into 'everything' and make some repairs. Morty decides he wants to explore and puts on a spacesuit and follows Rick out the craft, saying, "I'm not in danger, there's nothing out here".

Rick then corrects Morty's assumption and says, "Literally everything is out here, and unlike everywhere else I'm too busy to help you." A space snake then comes out of nowhere to bite Morty in the ankle, and Rick then demands he gets back into the car after reminding a confused Morty that there's "literally everything in space!." Even space snakes in suits. Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 5 will be aired this Sunday at 11:30 pm.

Wonder Woman 3 confirmed, Amazon spinoff could also happen

By: Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 2 hours, 40 mins ago

WB debuted the bombastic first trailer to Wonder Woman 1984 just days ago, with its 80s infused look and our second entry into the world of Amazonian Diana Prince, due out in 2020 -- but we're now hearing about Wonder Woman 3 way ahead of schedule.

Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins revealed during the Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo that she and Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot have a story outlined for Wonder Woman 3. Not only that, but the duo teased a spinoff that would be based on the Amazons, which would be a huge deal for WB.

Jenkins said: "We actually already know the whole story to it. It's just a matter of, will we change our minds, and when [to make it]. I think what we don't want to do is do it back to back. It's been great doing these two movies back to back, but I think it's important to give it a little rest in between. And I like doing other things in between. And Gal has other things to do. I never want to make decisions too far in advance. We have to see if we both feel like making the movie we think we want to make when the moment comes".

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Moores Law is far from death, according to Intel's Jim Keller

By: Shannon Robb | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 16 mins ago

With the heating up of the CPU race, one thing has been touted among PC enthusiasts forum and social media users far and wide. "The death of Moores Law is coming and will limit how far we can go now" or some derivative of this.

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For those uninitiated, here is a simple explanation of what Moores law is, from Intel's co-founder, engineer, and the namesake of Moores Law itself, Gordon Moore. "the number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months."

So, basically, the density of a chip as far as transistor count should double roughly every two years along with refining and shrinking the package to make these substantially more compact packages smaller while offering up to double the amount of processing muscle.

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TONS of new Nintendo Switch indies revealed

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 23 mins ago

Nintendo's latest Indie World stream showcased some really interesting games coming to the Switch next year, including Axiom Verge 2, a game about skateboarding birds, and some awesome-looking hack-and-slash titles.

Indies are massively important to the Switch: Not only do they give gamers nice bite-sized chunks to chew on while waiting on the next big first-party Switch exclusive (Metroid 4, where are you??), but they give massive exposure for little-known devs and boost revenues to boot. It's a win-win for everyone. In today's Indie World presentation, Nintendo underlines its commitment for Nindies with an eclectic slew of unique games.

There's something for everyone here, and the games that really stood out to me are Supermash, Skatebird, and Dreamscaper. Supermash sees the game mashing up multiple genres like RPG and platformer in a kind of crazy Frankenstein concoction for you to play, creating a unique experience every time. You can share your creations with friends or play others' creations, Mario-Maker style.

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Analyst: Switch could sell 5 million units in China in first year

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 45 mins ago

Nintendo Switch's launch in China, the globe's biggest billion-dollar market, is absolutely huge for Nintendo. But how many systems will they sell? Will the Switch be a hit in a region dominated by free-to-play mobile games? One analyst makes some steep predictions.

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Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicts the Nintendo Switch could sell as much as 5 million units from now until December 2020, which admittedly seems rather exorbitant. The prediction swing the other way too. Analyst firm UBS say the Switch will only move 50,000 units in China, which is way, way too low, especially with Tencent's massive advertisement campaigns and native WeChat integration into the platform. Japanese games analyst Serkan Toto call these figures "complete insanity".

The 5 million prediction is obviously based on past historical first-year Switch sales when it launched in 2017. Here's a breakdown of first-year sales of the Switch by region:

  • Americas - 12 million
  • Europe - 7.6 million
  • Japan - 6 million

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Capcom is really happy with Jill Valentine's new look in RE3 Remake

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 41 mins ago

It's official: Resident Evil 3 Remake is happening, and it's coming out in April. Like the RE2 REmake before it, the new chapter has some re-imagined character designs, and Capcom is really proud how Jill looks this time around.

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Jill Valentine's face has changed quite a bit from the PlayStation 1 era, and rightly so. Her design has been completely revamped thanks to the powerful RE Engine, allowing for realistic facial animations and movement physics. She has more of an adventurer-survivor type of look and reminds me more of Lara Croft instead of a highly-trained STARS operative. This is all by design, and Capcom loves Jill's new look (and so do I).

"Jill's outfit has changed somewhat from her original design. We're really happy with how her new design came out. If you compare Resident Evil 3 to the second installment, it leans more towards action. So we remade everything based on that premise. Her new design very much takes this into account as well," said Resident Evil 3 producer Masachika Kawata in a recent developer clip.

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