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Weekend tech reading: Core i7-6700K OCed to 7GHz, Google's plans for 2016, Tesla adds summon feature

By Matthew
Jan 10, 2016
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  1. Fastest Skylake CPU frequency 7007.85 MHz on Maximus VIII Gene and 4 world records Der8auer along with Dancop, both German overclockers achieved the fastest CPU frequency on a Skylake motherboard using a Maximus VIII Gene. They reached 7007.85 MHz for CPU frequency! To be able to reach this frequency, they first had to go a long binning process to find this golden chip. Then, once they found the most powerful ones -- reach around 4.8 GHz on air cooling -- they were able to put it on cold. -190°C later, they achieved 7007.85 MHz! Asus ROG

    New material can fold itself into hundreds of shapes Call it one small step for material science, one giant leap for origami. Researchers have created the first heat-reactive polymer material that can not only remember its current shape but also memorize new ones. The material -- which currently requires high temperatures to change shape and reset its memory -- could lead to a new generation of reusable self-folding materials that could be useful for everything from medical implants to shape-shifting electronics. Science

    Kopin enables augmented reality glasses with breakthroughs in display, speech, and battery tech Kopin is unveiling a series of technologies today that it says will make augmented reality glasses -- heretofore clunky and awkward to wear -- as wearable as a pair of sunglasses. The Westborough, Massachusetts-based company -- previously focused on the combat wearable market -- said it has made advances with the world's smallest smart glass display, a breakthrough battery technology, and a new speech-recognition chip... VentureBeat

    Will this fancy metallic glue kill soldering? If you want to piss off an electrical engineer, tell them that future electronics might be built using a room-temperature metallic glue instead of conventional soldering techniques. Despite the tedium, burns, bad joins, and dangerous lead fumes, soldering is a prized and hard-fought skill. It's also unavoidable: a technique central to absolutely everything to do with building and repairing electronics at all levels. Vice

    New wearable translator aims to smash language barriers A few months ago I found myself in a small village outside Ninh Binh, Vietnam, trying to tell a local mechanic -- who didn't speak a lick of English -- that the ignition coil on my friend's motorbike was burnt out. We pointed to the gearbox and made frantic, useless gestures. When we were finally able to communicate the problem, we then had to explain that the faulty ignition coil was just a symptom of a deeper issue—an overheating engine. USA Today

    Harnessing the energy of small bending motions For many applications such as biomedical, mechanical, or environmental monitoring devices, harnessing the energy of small motions could provide a small but virtually unlimited power supply. While a number of approaches have been attempted, researchers at MIT have now developed a completely new method based on electrochemical principles, which could be capable of harvesting energy from a broader range of natural motions and activities, including walking. MIT

    2016 Google Tracker: Everything Google is working on for the new year It's that time of the year again -- welcome to the Google Tracker! This is a bi-annual series where we recap every ongoing project (that we know about, at least) inside of Google's sprawling empire. Though from now on, perhaps we should say, "Every ongoing project inside of Alphabet's sprawling empire." "Google" is now a mere company inside of "Alphabet," the newly formed umbrella company created by Google's founders. Ars Technica

    Tesla Model S' new 'Summon' feature lets drivers park and retrieve their cars with no one inside Tesla earlier today began pushing out version 7.1 of its software to Model S and Model X owners and, suffice it to say, it’s a doozy of a software update. While we'll get to the full changelog shortly, we first wanted to highlight a feature called Summon which enables users to park their cars without having to be inside it. Conversely, it also lets Tesla owners summon their cars that already happen to be parked. BGR

    Building an OpenBSD router This guide will show you how to turn an ordinary OpenBSD box into a router. First, we'll define what our router (also called a gateway) will actually do in this context, since everyone has different requirements. In this example, there are three computers that need to share an internet connection. One of them is a web server that needs to be accessed remotely, but otherwise we don't want any of the local systems open to the internet. The router will be doing the following things: OpenBSD

    Why Amazon's data centers are hidden in spy country Once in a while -- not quite often enough to be a crisis, but just often enough to be a trope -- people in the United States will freak out because a huge number of highly popular websites and services have suddenly gone down. For an interminable period of torture (usually about 1-3 hours, tops) there is no Instagram to browse, no Tinder to swipe, no Github to push to, no Netflix to And Chill. The Atlantic

    How players revived Star Wars Galaxies and EverQuest I am standing in a place that shouldn't exist. It shouldn’t exist because back in 2011 it was decided that this place and the countless others connected to it were no longer financially viable enough to warrant their own existence. Four years ago, almost to this date, thousands of players gathered where I am standing right now to witness the final moments of Star Wars Galaxies. RPS

    Steam sales in 2015 The 2015 was the best year for Steam yet. It brought over 3000 new games (compared to 1900 in 2014), increased the number of concurrent users on Steam from 8M to 12M and helped over 350 million paid games find new owners. Medium

    GM unveils Bolt electric car in Vegas General Motors unveiled the production version of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, on which the US auto giant is pinning its hopes for the emerging segment. The Bolt aims to appeal to consumers looking at a more affordable price tag than the luxury, market-leading Tesla. Phys.org

    'The Witcher 3' understands war It was an amazing year for video games. Sole survivors explored the wastes of the Americandream in Fallout 4. A brilliant auteur tricked players into fighting nuclear proliferation in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The popular Call of Duty franchise explored the psychic toll of combat. War is Boring

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +772

    Oh sure, the car and get in and out of the garage ..... but can it run down to Walmart and pick up a 6 pack of beer for me?
     
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  3. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Seriously .. who the hell cares about overclocking a chip to 7ghz. Its using Liquid Nitrogen. It has absolutely ZERO consumer benefit. It will be atleast another 10-15 years before we break the 5.5ghz barrier with standard air cooling.
     
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Who said extreme overclocking had to benefit the consumer? HWBot's competitions benefit those who take part in them (like any other hobby), and like many other eSports, has a trickle down effect for the enthusiast in general. Wider BIOS applications ( dual/triple BIOS, options/features), voltage measuring points, and more robust (and cleaner) power delivery for example are both offshoots of competitive overclocking for motherboards and graphics cards, as are high power limit BIOS's, and enthusiast designs not constrained by the ATX/ PCI-SIG. Cards such as GALAX's GTX 980 Ti HOF LN2 and EVGA's GTX 980 Ti Classified Kingpin are both examples of consumer products whose lineage is predicated on extreme overclocking. Interestingly both sold out their entire initial production runs within days of going on sale.
     
  5. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +56

    Why would you want to build a router anyway? Comcast and uverse have proprietary routers/gateways, the only isps here. Very difficult to bypass those.
     
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,172   +577

    The air results of the 6700k are really poor. Even the best binned processor with the best possible motherboard could only achieve 4.9 Ghz. Not even a full 1 Ghz overclock and way overpriced right now as it stands. I'd take the 5820k any day over it at the same price.
     
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  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 371   +320

    You are thinking of modems, not routers. this is in reference to the router you plug your pc and consoles into, that gives you wifi.

    Also, comcast lets you bring your own modem, if you want.
     
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    The effects of higher transistor density and its attendant dynamic power (transistor switching power) are known quantities. It will be a certainty that designs being produced by Samsung/Globalfoundries, TSMC, and UMC at these smaller 16nm/14nm nodes will be similarly affected.
     
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  9. SuperVeloce

    SuperVeloce TS Booster Posts: 133   +34

    There was never a time when those people wouldn't comment on those news like "its the most pointless exercise on the planet". It's the same in car racing. When did anyone else benefit from that, right?
     
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  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Dead right. Car racing is all about driving around in pointless circles isn't it? It has nothing to do with refinements in drag coefficents, unsprung mass, performance, drivetrain/suspension, tyres, fuel and brake systems,fuel delivery, new materials, cooling systems, safety and just about every other facet of automobile design.
     
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  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    If AMD could compete better with Intel that would just be the run-of-the-mill speed on a mid range chip with a boxed cooler.
     
  12. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,254   +222

    Durability and high Work load are good benchmarks to see what the chip can do. If chip bottles after 5Ghz well that's saying something.

    Also #epeen. Why would you modify your Ford Mustang with Fuel Injectors etc? To each their own.
     
  13. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    do you mean to say Apu does not do home delivery?
     
  14. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    What's even less impressive is they only beat the previous record by 9 Mhz, so it was Overclocked 0.15% faster then the previous record. Oh Boy! You sure have him beat, now go tell yourself your awesome and pat yourself on the back...

    The MesoGlue has my curiosity right now, it reminds me immediately of Phone Book Friction, except they have the two materials chemically bond together. My only concern is this, how do you pull these things apart? I hope a tank is not required.
     
  15. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +772


    Pitiful, isn't it? I'm sticking to my plan of buying that little refrigerator that looks like a small trash can, but is a refrigerator. It has a remote arm and a sensor that aims for the remote you have in your hand. Push the button and it tosses you a can of whatever you like that lands in your hand every time! If it could cook and look good in a skirt I think I'd have to marry it! LOL
     
  16. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    - don't you feel global warming enough, guys? :)
     
  17. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    amd is doing its part: amd Polaris gpu is said to be 1/2 of wattage of NVidia gtx 950 at 1080p gaming.
     
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    The demo would have more sense using AMD's own current 270X/370X since 1. This is the series likely being targeted for replacement (since Pitcairn/Curacao/Trinidad is the oldest serving AMD GPU), and 2. It uses ~ 10% more power than the GTX 950 making for a better comparison.
     
  19. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +56

    They are all gateways now which is a modem/router combo, especially with att uverse. With comcast, they discourage routers too
    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/49639/comcast-injects-ads-browser-upgrade/index.html
    No reason to work with other routers anymore. These are the two isps in our area.
     

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