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ARCHOS unveils the larger screened Diamond Plus smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 26 mins ago

Device manufacturer ARCHOS has unveiled the ARCHOS Diamond Plus, a larger screened model of the Diamond smartphone. ARCHOS plans to show off the device during IFA in Berlin, which starts later this week.

 

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The device features a 5.5" FHD IPS screen (1920x1080) that is powered by an Octa-Core A53 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. It runs the Google Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The phone itself will be released sometime in November and will cost around $273 at launch.

 

"There's no reason customers should have only one model option in our quest to offer 4G/LTE smartphones to a greater public," said Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. "Offering a larger-screened product with a slightly different design gives ARCHOS customers more diversity and choice."

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Star Wars: Battlefront beta hits in October, features 20v20 chaos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 7 mins ago

DICE is planning on conducting an expansive beta test for Star Wars: Battlefront that will let players test out the iconic 40-player Walker Assault mode.

 

 

According to EA's new devblog update, the Star Wars: Battlefront beta will roll out "early October" across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

The beta will let gamers will clash in the epic Battle of Hoth in the prestigious 20 vs. 20 Walker Assault mode, which pits the Galactic Empire against the Rebel Alliance for some old-fashioned iconic wide-scale chaos: snowspeeders tripping down AT-AT's, groundforces gunning down snowtroopers and the skies will be alight with lasers as the two sides dogfight in the clouds. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will join the battlefield as hero characters, wreaking havoc in the name of the Light and Dark sides of the Force.

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Get Ahead of the iOS 9 Curve: Create Your Own iPhone Apps

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 7 hours, 16 mins ago

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When it comes to learning how to make apps, reading about it will only get you so far. The key to making progress? Hands-on instruction - which you'll get plenty of as you prepare for the arrival of Apple's iOS 9 update, by making 33 apps in the two-course all-inclusive iOS 9 and Swift 2 bundle, now just $49 at TweakTown Deals.

 

With guidance from pro developer Rob Percival, you'll learn how to build clones of best-selling apps like Instagram, Tinder, Flappy Bird, Snapchat, and Uber. By the time you get through the hands-on instruction, you'll be fluent in Swift 2, Apple's programming language, and you'll be able to navigate Xcode 7 and the interface builder with ease. You'll even learn how to market and monetize your own original app-and to get you started, the bundle includes a year of unlimited web hosting and over 1,000 free design assets.

 

Start learning how to code the next best-seller. Get the all-inclusive iOS 9 and Swift 2 bundle for $49.

NVIDIA secures 81% of the GPU market according to JPR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 8 hours, 51 mins ago

According to the latest data from JPR, NVIDIA has pushed into owning 81.9% of the GPU AIB market. AMD on the other hand, dropped from 22% to just 18% this quarter, and when looking at the year-over-year data, AMD has dropped down from 38%.

 

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JPR's report finds that total AIB shipments decreased this quarter, down to 9.4 million units. AMD's quarter-to-quarter total desktop AIB unit shipments decreased by a sharp 33.3%, while NVIDIA's dropped 12%. JPR also noted that the "demand for high-end PCs and associated hardware from the enthusiast and overclocking segments has bucked the downward trend and given AIB vendors a needed prospect to offset declining sales in the mainstream consumer space".

eSports betting startup Unikrn gets backed by Ashton Kutcher

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 21 mins ago

Unikrn is gaining much more traction recently, with Ashton Kutcher of 'That 70s Show', 'Two and a Half Men', and 'Dude Where's My Car' fame investing into the Seattle-based eSports betting platform.

 

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The news hasn't been confirmed by Kutcher himself, but GeekWire is reporting that the Hollywood actor has invested into Unikrn. Kutcher isn't the only celebrity to see the future of eSports betting starts with Unikrn, with Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban investing $7 million in venture capital funding earlier this year.

 

Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said during an interview with GeekWire: "He's highly active in the deals he's invested in. He does a lot of advocating for Twitter and Uber, and he usually gets deep into the companies".

Naughty Dog announces March 18, 2016 release for Uncharted 4 on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 1 min ago

Naughty Dog has announced the release date of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on the PlayStation 4, with the last game in the series arriving on March 18, 2016.

 

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Uncharted 4 will arrive in a few different versions, with the Special Edition pre-order including a steelbook case, an art book, in-game currency, a sticker sheet and the game itself on a Blu-ray for $80. If you want to kick over $120 for the Collector's Edition, it will include everything that the Special Edition comes with, but with a 12-inch statue of Nathan Drake from Gentle Giant, three in-game multiplayer outfits, two weapons skins, and other in-game customization options.

 

There will also be DLC packs for Uncharted 4, with the first two DLC packs being multiplayer packs with rare and legendary items while the third DLC pack is "the first ever, single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series".

Google is trying to make 4K video less demanding on your connection

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 14 hours, 24 mins ago

With 4K video becoming more of a 'thing', Google is wanting to get the amount of data it consumes through your Internet connection down to a more acceptable level.

 

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The company is developing a more efficient video compression codec called VP10, which has been in development for over a year now. Compared to H.264, VP9 uses half the bandwidth to provide users with the same quality video, while VP10 halves that again. VP10 will also feature sharper images, better colors, and a better dynamic range between lights and dark.

 

Google is hoping to reach its performance targets for VP10 by the end of 2016, so we're a little while away yet.

FBI says companies lost $1.2B due to email scams since October 2013

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 17 hours, 26 mins ago

Businesses have been taken for at least $1.2 billion in fraud-related losses from October 2013 until August 2015, with cybercriminals targeteing businesses that interact with international suppliers, according to the FBI Internet Complaint Center (IC3).

 

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Fraud ring operators typically say they are lawyers or some type of representative from a law firm - and claim they are responsible for addressing confidential and time-sensitive manners. Once contact has been made, they try to rely on pressuring a victim to send payments quickly.

 

"The scam has been reported in all 50 states and in 79 countries," according to the FBI memo. "Fraudulent transfers have been reported going to 72 countries; however, the majority of the transfers are going to Asian banks located within China and Hong Kong."

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Qualcomm's next chip will use machine learning to detect malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 18 hours, 42 mins ago

Qualcomm may seem like its been out of the game lately, but their upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor is shaping up to be a real beast. Not only is it going to offer up 40% more performance, while using 40% less power, but it's also going to take DSLR-quality photos, too.

 

 

The company has just announced a new technology that will be featured in the Snapdragon 820 called Smart Protect, which will use real-time, on-device machine learning to detect zero-day malware threats. Awesome. The Snapdragon 820 will do this by "looking at the actual behavior of device applications to detect and classify behavior that seems suspicious or anomalous", reports TechSpot.

 

Qualcomm has also said that its Smart Protect technology will work alongside existing signature-based anti-malware solutions, as Smart Protect is able to analyze and identify enw threats before the signature is even available. All of this can be done without requiring a connection to the Internet, too. Qualcomm is using Zeroth, its first cognitive computing platform, to power Smart Protect. The company has been working with many of the industry's biggest security providers including Avast, AVG and Lookout to utilize Smart Protect capabilities inside of their commercial products.

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Intel teases 100TB or larger SSDs for 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 19 hours, 36 mins ago

I feel quite privileged to have all of my systems powered by SSDs, with the biggest ones being 480GB. But those 1TB SSDs are just huge, and by the looks of things, they're only going to get bigger, and very quick.

 

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Intel is working with Micron in their joint collaboration in IMFT, where the two giants will be making some sweet NAND together. With that in mind, Intel is now projecting to have 30TB SSDs by 2018, and passing 100TB by the end of the decade. Hitting 100TB+ SSDs isn't going to be easy, with Intel expecting datacenters and the enterprise markets to move over to flash-based storage quicker and quicker.

 

As it stands, flash-based storage is used to cache "hot" data, but Intel wants to see SSDs used for much more than that in the enterprise. The chipmaker sees NVMe-based solutions taking over, thanks to their reduced overheads and increased speeds and lowered latency.

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