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Last week, Epic Games surprised developers when it revealed that it would begin giving more money from each sale on the Unreal Engine Marketplace to the creators who built them. While the standard is a 70/30 split in favor of the creator, Epic has an 88/12 split instead. This is great news for people who build assets and tools to sell to other deve…Read More
This isn’t the first we’re hearing of a Bixby-powered smart speaker from Samsung. The company is believed to have developed an Amazon Echo rival of its own. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Samsung’s Bixby smart speaker is set to arrive in a few weeks. The report even gives us an idea of what this product might cost and what might it be able to do.
Samsung had actually confirmed previously that the smart speaker would be launched in the second half of 2018. We’re in the second half of the year now and if the WSJ is believed, the launch isn’t that far off.
The report mentions that it’s going to be a bowl-shaped device with legs at the bottom and LED lights up top. Samsung will market it as a high-end music player with smart speaker capabilities, much like Apple’s HomePod. A “sound shifting” feature will be onboard as well which will direct sound towards the person giving the voice command.
It’s further claimed in the report that the Bixby smart speaker from Samsung is going to cost around $300. This will position it in direct competition with more high-end smart speakers like the HomePod instead of Echo devices which are significantly cheaper. It’s expected that this product may be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9.
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Twitter is inexplicably being taken over by walls and walls of emoji.
The trend most likely started with @AngrymanFuckin, an account that got popular for tweeting just the angry face emoji.
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AngrymanFuckin is A STATEMENT. Similar to the way Dadaists of the early 20th century sought to make art that questioned the purpose of art, AngrymanFuckin created tweets that questioned the purpose of tweeting. And like the Dadaists’ tendency to use household objects with minimal artistic manipulation to reconsider art as a practice, AngrymanFuckin used readily available emoji instead of original thought. Read more…
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Alongside the new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced last week, Apple also debuted a new eGPU enclosure designed in partnership with Blackmagic.
We picked up one of the new Blackmagic eGPUs to check out its design and the performance that it offers when paired with one of Apple’s Macs.
The Blackmagic eGPU is equipped with a Radeon Pro 580 GPU, which was first introduced by AMD in June 2017. It features 8GB VRAM, and it is the same graphics card used in the high-end 2017 iMac.
You can connect the Blackmagic eGPU to any Mac that includes support for Thunderbolt 3, which includes the 2016 and later MacBook Pro models and iMac models produced in 2017.
Design wise, the Blackmagic eGPU features a futuristic looking aluminum enclosure that fits well on a desktop. A thermal grille allows for efficient heat dissipation, letting the included fan run lower, so it’s as quiet as 18db.
It includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 4 USB 3.1 ports for connecting accessories, an HDMI port, and 85W of power delivery, so it can also power a MacBook Pro when connected. It is the first eGPU that offers support for the LG UltraFine 5K display.
Unfortunately, the Blackmagic eGPU is not upgradeable, so you’re not going to be able to swap out the included graphics card for an upgraded version in the future, which is one of the major downsides to the accessory.
Compared to the graphics cards available in the 2016 and later MacBook Pro models, the Blackmagic eGPU offers much faster performance for tasks like gaming, VR experiences, and graphics-intensive creative work like video editing, 3D graphics work, and more.
In Apple’s testing, the Blackmagic eGPU was twice as fast at many tasks as the GPU in the 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro, and 6 to 7 times faster than the built-in GPU in the 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro. In our own testing with a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2016, the Blackmagic eGPU offered impressive speeds in OpenCL and Metal tests.
The Blackmagic eGPU is available exclusively from Apple for $699. There appears to be a bit of a backlog, and orders placed today won’t deliver until August 9 at the earliest.
What do you think of the Blackmagic eGPU? Do you plan on buying one? Let us know in the comments.
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