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Linksys E8350 AC2400 Wireless Router Review

Linksys E8350 AC2400 Wireless Router Review

We take a look at the new AC2400 solution from Linksys, the E8350. Tyler puts this 802.11ac wireless router through its paces to see if it's worth buying.

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Microsoft jumps into wearable market with $199 'Band' bracelet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 29 mins ago

Microsoft publicly announced its 'Band' wearable, a new health-focused device that contains 10 sensors for accurate tracking of footsteps, heart rate, sleep patterns, and other biometrics. The built-in UV sensor can also track sun exposure, in addition to a galvanic skin sensor able to determine stress levels.

 

 

Band also includes a GPS, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, gyrometer, light sensor, skim temperature sensor and microphone. All collected health data is wirelessly sent to the Microsoft Health app, compatible with Windows Phone, Google Android, and Apple iOS products.

 

The wearable market is booming at the moment, even with casual consumers still sitting patiently on the sidelines, but analysts expect continued segment growth in the coming years. Microsoft's decision to set initial pricing at $199 should help generate additional interest, as many other devices start at $249, with prices routinely topping $300+.

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MPAA bans Google Glass, similar products from movie theaters

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 29 mins ago

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) don't want movie patrons to have wearbles in the theater with them. Not surprisingly, both trade groups want a zero-tolerance policy that prevents the use of any recording device, even when recording isn't taking place, because of piracy concerns.

 

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"As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown."

 

If movie goes do not comply with the new rules, they could be asked to leave the theater - and law enforcement will be notified if suspected piracy is taking place. There is particular concern of Google Glass, but with other wearables featuring video recording ability, all similar devices will also be banned.

Lenovo completes $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola from Google

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 29 mins ago

Lenovo has finalized its $2.9 billion acquisition for Motorola from Google, as the Chinese tech company hopes to expand its smartphone offerings. Lenovo said it plans to make Motorola profitable in four to six quarters, while trying to break the stranglehold on the smartphone market currently held by Samsung and Apple.

 

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Lenovo has done exceptionally well when purchasing assets from other companies, including IBM's low-end server and PC/laptop business - and purchasing Motorola provides the company with the flagship Moto X, Verizon Wireless Droid lineup, Moto G and Moto E.

 

"We are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market," said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo chairman and CEO. "By building a strong number three and credible challenger to the top two in smartphones, we will give the market something it has needed: choice, competition and a new spark of innovation."

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm guilty of hacking charges

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 29 mins ago

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty in the Danish Court of Fredriksberg, after facing charges of hacking and serious vandalism. Warg and a 21-year-old co-defendant broke into servers hosted by CSC in April 2012, and kept control of the mainframes until August. He accessed hundreds of thousands of records of Danish residents, including Social Security numbers, extradition agreements and criminal records, along with additional private data.

 

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Since this is Warg's second high-profile, significant hacking conviction - he was already serving a one-year sentence for hacking a different IT consulting firm - Danish prosecutors hope for a minimum five-year prison sentence.

 

Luise Høj, Gottfrid's attorney, had this to say before the ruling: "My recommendation has always been that the investigation has focused on finding clues that point to my client, even though the tracks have also pointed in another direction. I have recommended that the court dismiss the case based on the remote access argument. It is clear that my client's computer has been the subject of remote control, and therefore he is not responsible."

MSI introduces GT80 Titan gaming laptop with mechanical keyboard

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 42 mins ago

MSI has unveiled the GT80 Titan gaming laptop with a SteelSeries mechanical keyboard, becoming the first gaming laptop to include a mechanical keyboard. It's a unique product because mechanical keyboards tend to have better feedback, prevents key jamming and helps increase durability.

 

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The GT80's keyboard has a keycap just 27mm of thickness - and the laptop itself is the world's slimmest and lightest 18-inch laptop, 17 percent thinner and 22 percent lighter than rival products.

 

"Performance is key for gamers and the GT80 Titan will forever change the mobile gaming experience," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America President. "We are proud to be at the forefront of the gaming evolution and will continue to provide solutions that deliver the most outstanding gaming experience in the world."

BlackBerry CEO John Chen writes open letter discussing 'Classic' phone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 8 hours, 33 mins ago

BlackBerry CEO John Chen hopes the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" principle will help the Classic smartphone, previously known as Q20, generate new interest in the struggling phone manufacturer. The company has struggled to try to innovate and keep up with Apple, Samsung, and other phone makers, as consumers jumped on touchscreen-based phones in recent years.

 

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"You don't reinvent yourself every day; you take what you learned yesterday and sharpen it today," Chen said in his letter. "We are committed to earning your business - or earning it back, if that's the case. In the weeks ahead, BlackBerry will be sharing more details about Classic that we think you'll like."

 

BlackBerry Classic features a full QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad - long-time staples of the BlackBerry phones - but also includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen. The phone will be released before the end of 2014, but an official release date hasn't been confirmed.

Everspin Technologies enlists Global Foundries for MRAM production

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 8 hours, 40 mins ago

MRAM has the ability to fundamentally change the way we use memory by combining the speed and endurance of DRAM with the data storage characteristics of NAND. ST-MRAM (Spin-Torque Magnetoresistive Random-Access Memory) retains data without power, which removes the need for complex capacitor arrangements and the associated firmware enhancements. MRAM has already been used in small quantities as data buffers in some cutting-edge SSDs and other applications. In spite of billions of dollars in research by several industry heavyweights, Everspin Technologies is the only company in full commercial production with MRAM.

 

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The only thing holding MRAM back from wider acceptance is density. Higher density allows for wider application and also reduces cost. Everspin has over 600 patents and has been in production for over five years at their own facilities, but bringing Global Foundries in as a manufacturing partner is sure to speed advancements in the technology. Global Foundries will initially produce ST-MRAM on 300mm CMOS wafers with a 40nm lithography, but plans are already in place to move to a 28nm process soon, underlining the accelerated advance of ST-MRAM products. Other competitors are falling further behind Everspin at this point, with other manufacturers slated to begin production of MRAM in 2018.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is 'proud to be gay' in published essay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 53 mins ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook became the most prominent public company executive to come out of the closet, saying he is "proud to be gay" in a recently published essay. The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights activist group, applauded Cook for making such a "courageous" decision - and noted he is the first openly gay Fortune 500 company CEO.

 

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"Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in his essay. "Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world - and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them."

 

Cook has never necessarily denied being gay with others, but wanted to make a public announcement to try to help others be comfortable, saying if it "can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

CurrentC, rival to Apple Pay mobile payment system, suffers breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

The CurrentC mobile payment program, which has been selected by retailers as a viable rival to Apple Pay, confirmed the service has been breached. Best Buy, Rite Aid, CVS, Best Buy, and around 50 retailers back CurrentC under the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX). Many compromised email addresses were dummy accounts and the CurrentC app wasn't breached, according to an MCX spokeswoman.

 

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"In an abundance of caution, we wanted to make you aware of this incident and urge you not to open links or attachments from unknown third parties," MCX said in an email to CurrentC testers. "We take the security of your information extremely seriously, apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your support of CurrentC."

 

CurrentC could be in more than 110,000 locations across the United States in 2015, and this is a significant setback - traditional point of sale (POS) systems have proven to be susceptible to cyberattacks - and any type of mobile payment system must ensure their systems aren't compromised.

FAA makes flying drones near sports stadiums a punishable crime

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) posted a warning that says drone operators that fly their aircraft near or over sports stadiums and racetracks could be punished by monetary fines and up to one year in jail. The rules will change flight patterns over 150 stadiums and racetracks with 30,000 or more people.

 

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Drones will no longer be able to fly under 3,000 feet within three miles of a NCAA Division I college stadium, Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium, or National Football League (NFL) stadium - and the same rules apply for any Indy Car, NASCAR Sprint Cup or Champ series auto tracks.

 

The FAA is working to commercialize drone use, and while that has proven to be a drawn out mess, a growing number of private citizens are flying drones.

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