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GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

Steven tells us all about GIGABYTE's BRIX BXi7H-5500, an ultra compact mini PC that he says packs a pretty big punch for its size.

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Chinese hackers blamed in recent GitHub DDoS cyberattack siege

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 3 mins ago

The GitHub coding website has suffered from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattack onslaught that lasted more than four days. It appears China could be behind the attack, as search traffic for Baidu, the top search engine in China, was rerouted and meant to take aim at GitHub.

 

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Specifically, all of the Baidu traffic went to GitHub pages that had copies of websites currently banned in China. Baidu noted that its networks weren't compromised in the attack, and claims it wasn't involved in the DDoS siege of GitHub, though cybersecurity researchers say Chinese government officials have to be involved.

 

Since the attackers were able to direct high volumes of traffic tied to the Chinese Internet infrastructure to GitHub, "it had to be someone who had the ability to tamper with all the Internet traffic coming into China," F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hyponen told the Wall Street Journal.

Meet The SKEYE Nano Drone The World's Smallest Quadcopter

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 hour, 4 mins ago

Drones are delightful, yes. But have you ever actually used one? If you have, great. But most folks haven't, and if you'd like something to train on--something tiny, nimble, lightfooted and cost-conscious, the SKEYE Nano Drone is the way to go.

 

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This puppy fits in your hand, your pocket, your... we'll stop there. It can do it's thing inside and out--flips, acrobatics, six-axis control--and now it can be yours for a 41% discount. That's almost half off.

 

Although it's wee, the SKEYE can hold its own in an open-air environment, even with wind. With its on-board stabilization gyroscope, you can do pretty much anything you want. It even has different modes for beginner, intermediate, and expert pilots. With the right amount of practice and man-hours, the SKEYE pulls figure eights and flips. Flight time per charge is around 7-8 minutes, enough to give you a good idea of your control in the field. The drone also has LEDs for night-time explorations.

 

We think our discount is the best you'll find. Give it a shot and practice your flying... you never know when you'll be called upon to battle for the Rebel Resistance. 41% is almost half-off. Seriously... this isn't happening anywhere else. Only we are nerdy enough. >> Get 41% off the SKEYE Nano Drone ($34.99 incl. shipping)

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IDC: Wearables market to reach 45.7 million shipped in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 25 mins ago

The wearables market is evolving as new vendors, devices and consumer knowledge help push the industry forward.

 

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Manufacturers will ship 45.7 million units this year, a 133.4 percent growth from 19.6 million units year-over-year, according to the IDC research group. In addition, shipment volumes will reach 126.1 million units by 2019 - as more consumers show faith in adopting wearables.

 

"The explosion of wearable devices was clearly led by fitness bands, which until recently commanded prices that provided comfortable margins, but those days are changing," said Ryan Reith, program director of the IDC worldwide quarterly device trackers program. "The price of these fitness bands have come down so significantly in some markets that smartphone OEMs are now bundling them with smartphones at little cost."

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One interesting marketing video - MSI shows you how to build a PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 5 hours, 57 mins ago

For those out there looking to partake in their first PC building project, where exactly should you begin? There's a myriad of technology forums, YouTube channels and Facebook pages alongside specific component Facebook groups to help you on your way.

 

 

If you're a fan of the video side of things you may have come across MSI's marketing video titled "How to build a MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING PC". This film features a a scantily-clad technology enthusiast partaking in an educational journey of computer building for the benefit of the audience.

 

It's sitting at a massive 1.8 million views at the time of writing this article, but the feedback isn't all positive. With 8,687 thumbs down compared to 8,311 thumbs up, the comments section is filled with criticisms of the advice at hand.

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Fitbit not intimidated by upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 hours, 45 mins ago

Wearable maker Fitbit understands the entire wearables industry will be strongly shaken up with the upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch - but is taking a glass half-full approach, welcoming the Silicon Valley giant.

 

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"I think the more important thing for any emerging category is consumer awareness. That's the biggest barrier to success," said James Park, CEO of Fitbit, in an interview with Washington Post. "Anyone - especially a large company - comes in and is able to raise the level of consumer awareness. It's great for everybody."

 

Fitbit has worked to improve the comfort of its products, while also improving battery life and other hardware functionality.

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ESL brags 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch.TV over Katowice event

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 53 mins ago

Wondering if eSports is growing? The answer is yes! ESL recently released an info-graphic showing that they played host to 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch TV alone throughout their Katowice ESL One CS:GO event - meaning this does not include any other streaming service or live audience members.

 

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Other than this 198% rise in unique viewership, they also broke the 1 million concurrent viewer milestone - seeing 1,012,745 tune in at one time.

 

As for the tournament itself Fnatic took the crown, seeing their player Olofmeister rated as the highest-point fantasy league player alongside his team conceding the quickest round loss of 13 seconds.

 

Click on the image for a closer look.

 

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Computer coding class takes off at infamous San Quentin prison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 8 hours, 50 mins ago

A unique program taking place at San Quentin State Prison in California is teaching inmates how to write code. The idea is that inmates can graduate the program and they will be able to leave prison with an in-demand skill able to give them opportunities to stay off the street.

 

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The groundbreaking prison effort started with less than 20 participants, including an inmate who has been locked up since 1996. Inmates pay 35 cents per hour to enroll in the intensive six-month, eight-hour per day programming school. Inmates, treated like employees at a company, learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other programming languages as part of the Code.7370 class.

 

Ideally, programs like this - along with other job skills programs - can drop the state's notorious 61 percent recidivism rate.

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Telstra offers updated plans with TV-streaming trials, not Netflix

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 8 hours, 52 mins ago

Upping their data offerings and providing users with a free 6-month subscription to Foxtel owned TV-streaming service Presto, Telstra are taking one closer step towards the world of mobile TV entertainment.

 

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There's a myriad of new plan upgrades ranging from BYO device to casual plans being made available. These deals range from their $45 AU per month offering now being upgraded from 500mb to 2GB (BYO device) and their casual $70 AU per month plan seeing a large 3.5GB raise to 6GB in total.

 

Not only does this allow some leeway for those who wish to stream their favorite TV shows whilst at home or commuting, it also helps match the data offerings from other companies like Amaysim who have offered a no-lockin BYO device plans for $44.90 per month for quite some time now.

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Teachers in the UK reporting parents to police for allowing 18+ games

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 56 mins ago

We've just learned that the Nantwich Education Partnership, a group of head teachers from 16 different English schools, will be reporting parents to the police if they allow their children to play 18+ games such as GTA V.

 

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A letter has been sent home to parents explaining that these types of games may leave their precious children "vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence" while further resulting in "early sexualised behavior."

 

The letter went on to state that "if your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children's social care as this is deemed neglectful." Alongside GTA 5, Call of Duty, Dogs of War has been pointed out as a highly influential title.

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Researchers look to create fabrics that can collect health data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 10 hours, 5 mins ago

Researchers from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, are developing fabric chips that use wearable sensors to help collect medical data. Scientific data will be collected from sweat, blood, phlegm, environmental pollutants and other metrics, so researchers can look for chemical workers.

 

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Fabric chips have proven to be effective as a way to analyze select chemicals already, and there are a growing number of potential uses. The fabric chip is made by encasing silk in brass, and then treating it with silver nanoparticles - and can track biomarker vibrations - opening the door to practical uses.

 

"We would like to be able to detect biomarkers of tuberculosis," said Christa Brosseau, associate professor chemistry at Saint Mary's University, in a statement to the CBC. "The idea is you could have a fabric chip built into a handkerchief and they could cough into this handkerchief and then it could be easily analyzed."

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