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The Wall Street Journal warned us in 1990 about sale of personal data

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 45 mins ago

Social media platforms like Facebook are being closely watched alongside the tech giant Google - not just for their updates, technology advancements and product launches, but their apparent sale of your personal data to advertisers.

 

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Back in 1990, the Wall Street Journal released an article titled "Computer Disc Spurs New Fears About Privacy," publicizing a concern that marketers are buying your personal data on computer disks. We were reminded by Gizmodo that this information came around due to a company named Lotus selling disks of basic information to companies who would use this for direct mail marketing.

 

This was a big deal in 1990, with the article stating: "Privacy advocates are raising the alarm about a new Lotus Development Corp. product that lists names, addresses, shopping habits and likely income levels for some 80 million U.S. households. Due for release early next year, Lotus Marketplace packs the data on palm-sized compact disks aimed at small and midsized businesses that want to do inexpensive, targeted direct-mail marketing".

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Australian man fined for illegal drone flight thanks to YouTube upload

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour, 50 mins ago

A man from Queensland, Australia has just received a harsh reminder of the drone flight regulations after receiving an $850 fine thanks to uploading drone flight videos to YouTube - in which he displayed illegal activities.

 

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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rang up the Queensland resident, notifying him of multiple breaches he had conducted. He's gotten off lightly as according to CASA, with the investigator stating that "while each individual breach was not major in itself, the number of breaches has caused me concern," as seen on EFTM.

 

As a quick recap of the basic rules, CASA states that non-commercial drone flight must not be conducted:

 

  • Within 3 nautical miles of an airport
  • Above 400 feet in controlled airspace (large towns and cities)
  • Over populous areas
  • Within 30 meters of people
  • At night

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COD: World at War II rumor could be false, Black Ops III instead?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 49 mins ago

We only just reported on the first rumor of Call of Duty: World at War II, but it looks like this could be wrong. Instead, Activision will reportedly announce Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Whichever one gets announced, we know a new COD is on the way.

 

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When the news first broke, we were teased that Activision would reveal a new Call of Duty title on May 4. Soon after this happened, Xbox Canada's Community Manager, Ray Patel, tweeted a teaser image which had a hidden message inside. When translated, it matched up with what the leaked poster had to say about the May 4 reveal. Industry insider "shinobi602" has now chimed in, tweeting: "This should be real entertaining since it's not happening," adding "More info regarding Call of Duty: World at War 2 coming soon".

 

This is where it gets confusing, as shinobi602 replied to a fans tweet, where he said: "Bookmark this reply. Come May, and watch when World at War 2 doesn't happen". After that, he replied to a tweet that asked which era the new Call of Duty would be based in, to which he replied "Just remember what Treyarch's big games are". Something that could hint toward Black Ops III. It's all a big whirlwind of mess right now, but I'm sure the picture will become much clearer in the coming months.

Someone just paid close to $130,000 for a 20th Anniversary PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 hours, 25 mins ago

We unfortunately spoiled the surprise in the headline, but someone has just paid a huge ¥15,135,000 (or around $129,000) for a single 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 console, which comes in the original PlayStation gray color.

 

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Sony performed a huge bidding war on Yahoo Auctions in Japan for the magic 20th Anniversary PS4 with the serial number of 00001 from 12,300 units. The winning bid hit a huge $129,000 with a Sony representative telling The Wall Street Journal: "We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations". The company will be donating the money to Save the Children Japan.

256GB SSDs will cost less than $70 in 2H 2015, according to Apacer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 3 hours, 45 mins ago

SSDs are already ridiculously cheap compared to what they used to be a few years ago, but Apacer is predicting that 256GB SSDs will be priced at under $70 by the second half of the year.

 

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According to CK Chang, the General Manager of Apacer Technology, 256GB SSDs will cost under $70 while 128GB drives will be priced at around $40. Chang revealed the news during an interview with DigiTimes, adding that SSD are becoming much more reasonably priced, and that shrinking manufacturing technologies and the falling cost of NAND flash memory chips will continue to push the price of SSDs down.

 

The top NAND flash makers are moving over to 14nm, 15nm and 16nm fabrication processes, as well as the push toward triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and vertically-stacked NAND will only help further the reduction of cost to SSDs. We should expect to see mainstream laptops with 256GB SSDs in the near future, as their price is reduced as we moved into the second half of 2015. With the 256GB SSDs reducing in price, we can expect the 512GB drives to drop, which will hopefully see 512GB become the new 256GB, and 1TB become the new 512GB. Or am I reaching too high, too fast?

24-karat gold PS4 and Xbox One controllers nearly sold out at $300ea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 4 hours, 50 mins ago

For the console gamers out there with a little more money, how does a 24-karat gold-plated PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller sound? The PS4 side of things is already sold out at $300 each, but the Xbox One version is still available, for now.

 

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With only 25 of each made, they are super limited edition peripherals for the 1%. While they're $300 each, they do looks pretty awesome. Although, I think I would want to keep them encased in glass, and not get my smudgy fingerprints on them. What do you think? Would you drop $300 on a 24-karat gold-plated Xbox One or PS4 controller?

Massive battle in Planetside 2 sets world record with 1158 players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 52 mins ago

Which game just set a new world record for the most players in a first-person shooter at once? That would be Planetside 2, with a huge 1158 gamers battling it out in a gigantic war.

 

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The entire battle was on a Twitch broadcast over at PlanetSideBattles, with the previous record held with Guinness World Records being 999 players for Man vs. Machines in 2012, a browser-based first-person shooter. Guinness hasn't yet chimed in about the new Planetside 2 record, but let's hope they do soon.

Here's the first look at the purported PS4 Slim console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 48 mins ago

We've heard the small rumbles so far of a refreshed PlayStation 4, which should arrive to us as the PS4 Slim, but now we're seeing some purported images of the PS4 Slim. The refreshed console from Sony should be unveiled at either E3 or Gamescom later this year.

 

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The images of the purported PS4 Slim are coming from Italian site Multiplayer.it, but they didn't state who was behind the original image. What we are seeing are press images for the PS4 Slim, which is going under the codename of "Monolith". The PS4 Slim looks to be around half the size of the current PlayStation 4, with a slight change to its shape, too.

 

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We should hopefully see Sony showing off the new smaller, thinner PS4 Slim at either E3 or Gamescom later in the year. As for when we should expect it, we should expect it in 2016-2017 going by previous Slim iterations of the PlayStation consoles. Let's hope its sooner, rather than later.

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Travel giant Expedia acquires Travelocity for $280 million in cash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 8 hours, 42 mins ago

Online travel giant Expedia has just acquired online travel site Travelocity for $280 million in cash. A filing over at the SEC has confirmed the mammoth deal.

 

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Expedia purchased Travelocity from its parent company, Sabre Holdings, where it will likely keep its rival Priceline at a better distance, and turn the Travelocity brand into something even better. Expedia's CEO and President, Dara Khosrowshahi, said that Travelocity's strong brand recognition was one of the big selling points for the company. With over 20 million travellers using Travelocity each month, you could see why, too.

 

The companies were already working together within a strategic marketing agreement that put together "Travelocity's strong brand" with Expedia's "best-in-class booking platform, supply base, and customer service" according to Khosrowshahi. 50% of Travelocity's revenue was coming in from Expedia, thanks to the latter company running its back-end services, according to reported numbers. Before the acquisition of Travelocity, Expedia is worth $10.8 billion, but it should gain a fair chunk of marketshare post acquisition, which will only bolster those numbers even more.

SK Hynix launches KLEVV DDR RAM lineup, targeted at high-end gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 8 hours, 52 mins ago

The high-end DRAM market has been dominated by a few players in the last couple of years, with the likes of Corsair, G.SKILL, Crucial and a few others. But it looks like this could all change with the introduction of a new company, KLEVV, which was showing off its new DDR3 and DDR4 modules at PAX South this weekend. The KLEVV website has only opened up in the last 24 hours, which you can check out here.

 

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KLEVV is a partner of SK Hynix, who sell their DRAM IC to companies like Corsair or G.SKILL, but now it could be providing its top binned (best chips) to KLEVV, giving it a serious edge against the competition. This means that KLEVV will be a force to be reckoned with within the DRAM market rather quickly, without having to worry about securing the best IC and paying through the nose for it, as it will be cherry picking the very best thanks to its strong connection with its parent company; Essencore, which falls under the SK Hynix umbrella.

 

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During PAX South, Essencore was showing off an entire range of KLEVV DDR3 and DDR4 modules. The initial shipments will be locked to the United States for now, with Essencore partnering with Newegg for distribution. There are various lines being shown off, with the KLEVV Cras DDR4 Gaming Memory Module sitting at the very top. This ships with speeds of 2133, 2666, 2800, 3000 and 3200MHz with varying voltages, and capacities of up to 32GB (4 x 8GB modules). The tagline for this memory is "tapping the supreme power within" which is a nice tease.

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