Category Archives: Graphics / Sound

BeagleBoard.org launches tiny PocketBeagle SBC

By | September 22, 2017

Embedded computing specialist the BeagleBoard.org Foundation has announced its latest single-board computer, an ultra-compact variant of its BeagleBone design dubbed the PocketBeagle. Founded in 2008, BeagleBoard.org’s first design predates the better-known Raspberry Pi by four years, but it wasn’t until the group launched the BeagleBone Black at a significantly reduced cost that the design began… Read More »

Crytek launches CryEngine 5.4 with Vulkan support

By | September 22, 2017

Crytek has announced the launch of CryEngine 5.4, despite the company’s recent financial troubles, bringing beta-status support for the Vulkan application programming interface (API). Best known for the Crysis family of games, Crytek’s fortunes have been waning for some time: In 2014 staff reported unpaid wages even as the company denied bankruptcy rumours and key… Read More »

Bricks-and-mortar Microsoft Store coming to the UK

By | September 22, 2017

Microsoft has confirmed it is expanding its range of high-street shops, originally opened in the US in an attempt to compete with Apple, with a flagship opening on London’s Regent Street in the near future. Microsoft first announced plans to open high-street retail outlets back in 2009, as part of the company’s focus on own-brand… Read More »

HTC inks £820 million smartphone sale to Google

By | September 21, 2017

HTC has confirmed a deal which will see a chunk of HTC’s smartphone business and assets sold to the search giant for $1.1 billion (around £820 million), but which will see HTC continue to build own-branded smartphones. That Google was interested in HTC’s smartphone business came out earlier this month as HTC sought cash to… Read More »

Thermaltake Core G21 TG Review

By | September 21, 2017

Manufacturer: ThermaltakeUK price (as reviewed): £59.99 (inc. VAT)US price (as reviewed): $69.99 (exc. tax) Practically every case in the bit-tech labs these days has at least one tempered glass side panel. We’re not complaining; it’s a great material and a vast improvement structurally and visually on bog standard acrylic windows. Another chassis to join the… Read More »

Toshiba signs £26.4 billion deal for TMC sale

By | September 21, 2017

Toshiba has confirmed that it has accepted an offer for its recently spun-off Toshiba Memory Corporation division which will see a consortium led by Bain Capital paying around 2 trillion Yen (approximately £26.4 billion) for the entire company, while Toshiba itself will invest back 350.5 billion Yen (approximately £4.63 billion) into the resulting company, Pangea.… Read More »

AMD signs semi-custom AI chip deal with Tesla, source claims

By | September 21, 2017

AMD may have just received a major shot in the arm, in terms of exposure if not revenue, with the as-yet unconfirmed news that the company is working with electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla to produce a semi-custom processor for autonomous vehicle functionality. The self-driving car revolution, should it ever take place, needs hefty compute power… Read More »