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Tesla's gigafactory is coming together, thanks to satellite images

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 44 mins ago

One of the most exciting projects right now is Tesla Motors' gigafactory, which is being built in the middle of the Nevada desert. Construction has been underway since last July reports Mashable, which is also reporting some new satellite imagery of the secretive facility.

 

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Mashable got its hands on the satellite imagery, which shows how far construction has come since July last year. Back in 2013, Tesla Motors founder and real life Tony Stark told Forbes: "This will be a giant facility. We are talking about something that is comparable to all of the lithium-ion battery production in the world - in one factory".

 

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With the gigafactory being a gigantic battery producing beast, it needs some serious power - with Tesla looking to use many forms of renewable energy. The company will be using sources like solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric plants in order to power 500,000 electric vehicles by 2020. Once the facility is finalized, it will take up around 5 million square feet of space, with a final cost of around $5 billion.

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Acer's XB280HK 28-inch 4K NVIDIA G-Sync monitor is just $599 right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 hour, 21 mins ago

One of our favorite 4K monitors is on sale right now, with the Acer XB280HK available at Newegg for $599, down from its normal price of $899. The Acer XB280HK is a 28-inch 4K monitor that has NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in, with our review available right here.

 

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Sure, it's a TN-based panel and not IPS, but for $599 you're getting a silky-smooth 4K monitor if you have the VGA chops to get there. 4K 60FPS isn't too hard these days with a mix of Medium/High details in most games, with Grand Theft Auto V able to hit 4K 60FPS on something like a GeForce GTX 970 without a problem.

 

You'll need the following promo code "EMCARKW22", which is available until April 22, so get in quick. The code only works for those who are signed up to Newegg's newsletter, so you'll need to sign up for that if you haven't already. If you're already signed up for it, you would've received the e-mail alerting you to the sale, but if you've missed that e-mail, consider this your notice.

Samsung's new M.2 NVMe PCIe-based SSD capable of 2.2GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 hours, 46 mins ago

Samsung is on the forefront of storage technology, leaping directly into the arms of 3D V-NAND flash, and the world of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs. The South Korean giant is looking to really heat up the storage space with the industry's first M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD that is blazing fast.

 

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According to Jeeho Baek, the Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung: "Our new NVMe SSD will allow for faster, ultra-slim notebook PCs with extended battery use, while accelerating the adoption of NVMe SSDs within the consumer marketplace. Samsung will continue to stay a critical step ahead of others in the industry in introducing a diversity of next-generation SSDs, that contribute to an enhanced user experience through rapid popularization of ultra-fast, highly energy-efficient, compact SSDs".

 

The new SSD will be capable of 2.2GB/sec and 1.6GB/sec sequential read/writes, respectively. It will arrive with 300,000 IOPS and a form factory of no thicker than 3.73mm, which is as thick as "two stacked nickels" reports WCCFTech. It will only weigh 7g, and use 2mV which is a big drop in power from normal storage products that use up to 50mV.

Local piracy rates heavily influence Netflix's pricing in the region

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 25 mins ago

Netflix has come out on record saying that it takes in the local piracy rates of a country to determine the pricing of it subscription, so if there is a high level of pirate downloads in the country, Netflix is cheaper for you.

 

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With over 60 million subscribers and counting, Netflix doesn't have much competition - apart from piracy. But Netflix looks at online piracy as a form of competition, which is great, as it can tune its pricing model to entice those who would otherwise download the episodes illegally. Netflix CFO David Wells has explained: "Piracy is a governor in terms of our price in high piracy markets outside the US. We wouldn't want to come out with a high price because there's a lot of piracy, so we have to compete with that".

'Furious 7' races past $1B at the worldwide box office

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 18 mins ago

I might have eviscerated it in my recent review, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest instalment in the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise has grossed a spectacular $1 billion at the international box office in just 17 days, joining an elite club of 20 such films - and marks a first for Universal Pictures.

 

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While 1993's 'Jurassic Park' grossed over $1 billion in it's combined 1993 and 2013 releases, 'Furious 7' has become the first film to gross that amount in its initial release. Vice-Chairman of NBC Universal Ron Meyer wrote in a blog-post that "I am incredibly proud of the motion picture team at Universal, the cast and filmmakers of the FAST & FURIOUS for all they have done to take our original idea and evolve it into a huge, global, blockbuster franchise."

 

As a comparison, the first 'The Fast and the Furious' film in 2001 grossed $207 million worldwide. How's that for stock appreciation? It remains to be seen whether June's release of the much-anticipated 'Jurassic World' can top it, and it's predecessor. After some mediocre years for the 103 year old studio, they'll certainly be hoping.

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Study: Iran increasing cyberattacks, developing new cyber arsenal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 45 mins ago

The Iranian government has a growing cyber arsenal capable of launching more attacks against political rivals and foreign governments, according to the Norse cybersecurity firm and the American Enterprise Institute. Even with international sanctions, the country has been able to create tools used for reconnaissance and intelligence collection from compromised targets.

 

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"Cyber gives them a usable weapon, in ways nuclear technology does not," said Frederick Kagan, director of the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project, in a statement published by the New York Times. "And it has a degree of plausible deniability that is attractive to many countries."

 

There is concern that Iran would spend even more money to help develop its cyberweapons - but the country has already continually improved its current attack capabilities. China and Russia have developed capable cyberattack efforts, but cybersecurity experts show the most concern that North Korea and Iran are trying to improve their hacking tools.

US Air Force testing 3D glasses to more accurately pick targets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 9 hours, 2 mins ago

The US Air Force's 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) is testing 3D glasses paired with the Common Geospacial System to provide an enhanced view of environments. Each person wearing the headset can view ground elevations, building heights and other geographical data used for more precise missile strikes.

 

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To provide this view, two overlapping images, captured from different viewpoints is used - as part of a custom $17,000 bundle that provides software, monitors, and goggles. Unfortunately, the 3D images cannot be created in real-time, so it takes time and patience to create superimposed data used by the ISRG team.

 

"The glasses used to bigger and have batteries," said Tech Sgt. Tiffany, who has tested the system at Langley, in a statement published by The Daily Press. "They are much smaller and easier to use now. They look like regular sunglasses."

Report: 29 million healthcare records compromised in past four years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 10 hours, 57 mins ago

There were at least 29 million US healthcare records stolen between 2010 and 2013 in data breaches, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). More than 58 percent of data breaches occurred by theft, with two-thirds of the incidents caused by electronic data that was stored on laptops, USB drives, and other portable media.

 

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Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente researchers studied data breaches that involved at least 500 victims or more, so the 29 million figure could actually be even higher. It's also worth noting that some healthcare patients could have been victimized more than once, as some data may have been duplicated.

 

Cybersecurity professionals believe 2015 could be the year of healthcare record chaos, as Anthem suffered a breach - and more could be on the way.

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NBA 2K15 predicts the Golden State Warriors will win NBA championship

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 8 mins ago

The NBA playoffs start later today, and 2K Games' NBA 2K15 simulation has predicted that the Golden State Warriors will win the title this year.

 

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The simulator predicts the Warriors will beat the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland Cavaliers en route to a 2015 NBA Championship. The Warriors are predicted to beat the Cavaliers 4-2 in a best-of-seven series, as Steph Curry will be NBA Finals MVP.

 

Professional sports playoffs matchups are popular for game simulators, with EA's Madden NFL rocking a 9-3 Super Bowl prediction record. It was accurate during the 2015 Super Bowl, picking the New England Patriots to win. Sports fans throughout the San Francisco Bay Area hope 2K's NBA simulator will prove successful in predicting the NBA championship.

Small businesses plagued by successful ransomware cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 11 hours, 25 mins ago

Small businesses are a lucrative target for cybercriminals trying to launch ransomware malware attacks, and the problem is only getting worse. Careless employees are tricked, typically using phishing emails, and the custom malware encrypts various files - demanding a ransom payment or the files will be permanently encrypted.

 

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"They set the ransom so low that, as violated as I feel and as much as I wanted to fight, at the end of the day I realized I can pay and get back to work," said Mark Stefanick, president of Advantage Benefits Solutions, in a statement published by the Wall Street Journal. Stefanick chose to pay the $400 ransom so files were quickly decrypted and his company could get back to normal operation.

 

Around 30 percent of ransomware victims choose to pay the ransom to end the cyberattack, according to Trend Micro chief cybersecurity officer Tom Kellerman. There were at least 250,000 new ransomware samples studied by Intel Security during Q4 2014, a whopping 155 percent increase quarter-over-quarter.

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