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Today Tyler takes a look at the latest two-bay solution from QNAP, the TS-253 Pro. It has a stack of features to impress the consumer, so come take a look.

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Booting Up in the Gaming World: PC gaming starts here

By: Kevin Flanagan (Guest Blogger) | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 mins ago

Has one of those next gen games finally caught your eye? Or maybe all of your friends are talking about their new PCs and favorite online games and you want to get involved? Regardless of the reason, here are some helpful tips when setting out to buy a gaming computer.


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1) Functionality:


First ask yourself: Am I a casual gamer or a hardcore gamer? It's the same question as: What do I want this computer to do? Is it simply a gaming console or will it be an everyday machine that your kids and wife will use to check email and Facebook? The reason you need to answer these questions is gaming PCs have hardware that may not be necessary unless you're going to run your games at optimal graphic settings.


If you're a casual gamer, forgo high-end video cards; although they are the best on the market, they limit you to a desktop machine. As a new PC gamer, there are plenty of options that have the hardware to play games, but also have the proper functionality for everyday stuff at a reasonable price.


2) The Games Matter:


The games you're interested in make a big difference when it comes to the computer you should get. If you're looking to run optimal graphics, sound, shading, etc. while playing Battlefield Hardline you might want a high-end video card. This isn't to say you won't be able to play without it, but all games have specified minimum requirements as well as recommended requirements. It should be noted that some games don't run well on minimum requirement machines, so it's a good idea to exceed these requirements, if possible.

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Samsung begin production of the first 8-Gigabit LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: 27 mins ago

As according to their newly issued press release, Samsung announced today that mass production has begun for the industry's first 8 gigabit low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM.


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This technology is claimed to be based on their 20-nm process technology, stating that LPDDR memory is generally used as 'working memory' for mobile devices around the globe.


Samsung's Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing is excited given this news, comenting that "by initiating production of 20nm 8Gb LPDDR4, which is even faster than the DRAM for PCs and servers and consumes much less energy, we are contributing to the timely launch of UHD, large-screen flagship mobile devices," further adding "as this major advancement in mobile memory demonstrates, we will continue to closely collaborate with global mobile device manufacturers to optimize DRAM solutions, making them suitable for next-generation mobile OS environments."

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Seagate will be releasing a 10TB HDD next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 51 mins ago

Seagate has teased that it is working on a 10TB HDD for release next year, revealing the news that it will be using shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology to get the 10TB HDD into the market in 2015.


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The company also hopes to use heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology going into the future, after it uses SMR for its 10TB HDD. The storage giant revealed the massive news with Akiba PC Hotline during its latest interview, stating that it's possible to hide some of SMR's drawbacks by installing large DRAM caches on the HDD. Unfortunately, the upcoming 10TB HDD is not going to break speed records, with the SMR technology - and other factors - holding it back.


We can expect Seagate's upcoming 10TB drive will feature six 1.66TB SMR platters when it launches sometime next year.

Super Talent is showcasing DDR4 at CES 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: 2 hours, 16 mins ago

As CES Las Vegas draws ever closer, we're receiving more and more news of companies making the trek over to the party capital to show off their fancy new technology to all.


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Located in the South hall 4, Super Talent will be showcasing their new next generation of DDR4 DRAM, SSD's and USB 3.0 flash drives at this massive event. Their booth will be fitted out with technology experts aiming to provide the best information possible to all who attend.


Have you been caught up in the DDR4 hype-train yet? Offering higher data rates with lower power consumption, alonside the potential for increased mobile density they're certainly the tech of the future. Whether you check out Super Talent or not, we suggest you take a look at DDR4 either way.

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24" 144hz monitor for $199 with free shipping to Aussies from Kogan

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 3 hours, 19 mins ago

Often seen sitting in the headlines due to their amazingly priced self-branded offerings, Kogan hits the market hard yet again with a crazy-priced 24" 144hz gaming monitor coming in at only $199 AU.


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According to some user reviews, Kogan's self-branded products can be a little hit and miss. There are reports of some products being a little too cheap in design and feel, but I'm sure that's exactly what you'd expect from a monitor that's around half the price in Australia from competitors BenQ and ASUS.


Featuring a 144hz refresh rate and a 2ms response time, this 1080p HD monitor is also pre-installed with Kogan's Pro-Eye technology. This feature claims to help you play for extended periods by adjusting the screen brightness depending on the intensity of lighting within your room, helping minimize eye strain and fatigue and maintain focus.

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Paramount finds new 'Star Trek 3' director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 41 mins ago

Just weeks after previous director Roberto Orci walked from the production of the second 'Star Trek' reboot sequel, Paramount have settled on a new director in order to get the the planned 2016 release date - the 60th anniversary of the franchise - back on track.


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According to Deadline Hollywood, 'Fast and Furious' veteran director Justin Lin is set to slip into the production. Roberto Orci is said to stay with the film in a producing capacity.


Nothing is currently known about the script, but Paramount are said to want a lighter, more irreverent tone to mirror that of this years sci-fi megahit 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

Sony Pictures was ravaged, but other cybersecurity questions remain

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 5 mins ago

The catastrophic data breach of Sony Pictures helped reveal a major issue that many Americans often ignore: the important need for proper cybersecurity, as companies and government agencies are under attack. Most data breaches occur silently, with companies being breached and often not realizing for many months that data has been stolen.


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"From a critical infrastructure and economic perspective, we've seen a lot worse than Sony," said Jeff Bardin, Treadstone 71 cyberintelligence training firm, in a statement to NBC News. "Let's put it in the context of the real issues: attacks on our power grid, our banks, are happening."


It might not matter how it occurs, as long as people become more aware that cybersecurity will remain a significant problem for years to come. Whether it's small hacker groups - or organized state-sponsored cybercriminal groups - they love stealing US data, which often means consumer personal information.

FAA, drone industry trying to educate drone operators before Christmas

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 hours, 33 mins ago

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has teamed with drone manufacturers and groups to launch the Know Before You Fly campaign, aimed at educating drone operators about proper - and safe - drone flight.



The effort warns drone operators to fly their craft below 400 feet, learn to fly with local clubs, take a lesson before flying, and to stay away from crowded areas. As more first-time drone operators take to the skies, there is growing concern of potential incidents with aircraft - and other citizens on the ground, in case of drone crashes and other problems.


"There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm around [drones], and the technology is becoming the must-have holiday gift," said Michael Toscano, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) group, in a statement. " The 'Know Before You Fly' campaign fills a critical education gap just in time for the holiday season. We want to ensure that all prospective operators have the tools they need to fly safely and responsibly."

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Report: South Korea nuclear facilities targeted in cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 44 mins ago

South Korea is under cyberattack from an unknown source, as its Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. has been breached, with "non-critical" data being stolen. The country's nuclear installations and atomic reactors aren't at risk, but cybersecurity experts remain highly concerned the country's nuclear reactors could be at risk from future attacks.


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"This demonstrated that, if anyone is intent with malice to infiltrate the system, it would be impossible to say with confidence that such an effort would be blocked completely," said Suh Kune-yull, from the Seoul National University, in a statement to reporters. "And a compromise of nuclear reactors' safety pretty clearly means there is a gaping hole in national security."


As organized cyberattacks from foreign states continue to launch attacks, stealing data from utility providers and other critical infrastructure remains high on the list.

Chinese hackers aiming to compromise Afghan government website

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 34 mins ago

The "Operation Poisoned Helmand" operation, as part of the "Poisoned Hurricane" campaign, is reportedly targeting visitors to Afghan government websites, according to the ThreatConnect cybersecurity company. The attacks reportedly originated from China and looks to compromise Internet users visiting websites - using corrupted JavaScript files.


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"We found continued activity from Chinese specific actors that have used the Afghan government infrastructure as an attack platform," said Rich Barger, ThreatConnect CIO, in a statement to Reuters.


As the United States and NATO slowly wind down operations in Afghanistan, it looks like China wants to step up and become more active in the volatile country. This isn't the first time Afghan ministry websites have been targeted, with malware found on justice, foreign affairs, commerce, industry and education ministry websites in the past.

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