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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition Video Card Review

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ZOTAC goes for gold with its GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, with an absolutely massive video card that has the performance to back up its hefty size.

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Who needs house keys? Use a hands-free fob instead!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 13 mins ago

A startup company from Germany wants you to forget about your regular house keys, and use a hands-free fob that has been named the Kiwi Ki.

 

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The system operates using radio-frequency identification (RFID) and unlocks a house door as the resident approaches. The mechanism is available for less than $450, and each key fob requires a monthly fee.

 

"It is much more secure than a normal key. A normal key can be copied easily, sometimes just from a photograph," said Henryk Ploetz, a security analyst, in a statement to Euronews. "With this one you can't do that. That is the case for all contactless keys, but this one is as secure or more secure than all other contactless systems."

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Argument rages over encryption and how much access government gets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 13 mins ago

The Obama Administration and law enforcement officials want access to encrypted data, arguing the government and law enforcement need to be able to retrieve information. Ideally, the government would receive warrants and conduct a legal and transparent operation, but companies are willing to stand their ground regardless.

 

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Here is what cryptologist Matt Blaze said during a recent event in Washington, DC (per Washington Times):

 

"I don't think [FBI] Director [James] Comey wants the world that he's asking for," said .... "I think the world in which we build systems with this added constraint of ensuring law enforcement access is going to cause such an increase in the kinds of digital crimes that are going to become more serious that - even if we take all of the things that we disagree about about values and put them aside - we are going to have the things that we agree about get a lot worse, and that really scares me as we rely on those systems more and more."

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4 Gadget Repairs You Can Make Yourself With this iFixIt Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 33 mins ago

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Not every electronic repair requires you to run to the nearest brick-and-mortar repair shop, gently cradling your injured gadget in your arms and screaming "wwwhyyyy??!" The iFixIt Pro bundle we're put together here makes it easy to tackle up to 90% of electronics repairs all by yourself-and we're offering it for just $59.95, a savings of 39%.

 

With 15 screwdriver and one ultra-thin blade included, this bundle will help you:

 

  • Open any gadget without damaging it
  • Replace batteries
  • Fix noisy laptop fans
  • Access parts of your devices that need to be cleaned

 

...and plenty more. The screwdriver kit packs away into a small, travel-friendly roll, so it can go wherever you gadgets go. Use the bundle to repair smartphones, the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and more. Get the iFixIt bundle for just $59.95 at TweakTown Deals!

Whopping 950 million Android phones at risk due to text exploit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 13 mins ago

It looks like the Zimperium mobile security firm may have found the largest Google Android smartphone flaw, with an estimated 950 million phone owners at risk.

 

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There is no user interaction required for the remote code execution vulnerability, and attackers simply need to know your mobile phone number.

 

"This happens even before the sound that you've received a message has even occurred," said Joshua Drake, cybersecurity researcher at Zimperium, in a statement published by NPR. "That's what makes it so dangerous. [It] could be absolutely silent. You may not even see anything."

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Former Halo, Destiny devs form new VR game studio Endeavor One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 42 mins ago

Veteran Halo and Destiny alums have split from Bungie's studios to chase new virtual-reality dreams, forming their very own new studio called Endeavor One.

 

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"We are artists, writers, designers, engineers, cinematic wizards, gamers, friends and professionals," reads the studio's credo on its official website. "We are makers who passionately believe in the future of VR and AR."

 

Shortly after their formation, the ex-Bungie team is ready to release their first VR-ready endeavor called Jump, which centers around players leaping around futuristic cityscapes--a concept that seems quite revolutionary and could be quite exciting for the immersive virtual platform. The object of the game is to reach the tallest skyscraper with as few jumps as possible while each city--New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Tokyo, etc.--hustles and bustles in modernized flair.

 

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The game looks to be an early prototype of sorts that flexes the studio's muscles as they get acclimated to the new tech. Interestingly enough news on Endeavor One and their game have been under wraps--Jump's official page on the studio's website requires a password to enter, and the game's Steam link redirects to Steam's original homepage.

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ASUS adds another micro-ATX motherboard into the mix, X99M-WS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 4 hours, 15 mins ago

This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard is based on Intel's X99 Express chipset and is apparently aimed at workstation builds, as claimed by ASUS. Being micro-ATX in size and brandishing three PCI-E x16 slots, this motherboard further supports up to an impressive 64GB of quad-channel DDR4 RAM.

 

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Powered through 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS and 6-pin PCIe connections, this motherboard uses an 8-phase VRM for the CPU and 2+2 phase VRM for memory. Further features include one PCIe x1 slot, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one M.2 32 Gb/s slot, two gigabit Ethernet ports driven by Intel I210 controllers and a single 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connection.

 

Other connectivity and storage options include Bluetooth 4.0, two Type-A USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 and 1.1 options. As for sound, on offer is 8-channel ASUS CrystalSound 2 audio.

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Nintendo NX's first known game might be Dragon Quest XI

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 38 mins ago

Square Enix's Japan division today announced that it has expressed interest in releasing the new Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time on Nintendo's new NX hardware.

 

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The Japanese publisher revealed the new game during a special Dragon Quest themed presentation, revealing that Dragon Quest XI will be releasing on PlayStation 4, the 2DS and 3DS handhelds, and possibly Nintendo's new NX system.

 

"In addition we are considering the launch of Dragon Quest XI on Nintendo's in-development console, the NX," the publisher said in a new expressed interest press release.

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Specification speculations for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 950 mount

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours, 16 mins ago

Said to compete with AMD's Radeon R7 370 and provide customers with a relevant upgrade from their NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti's, specifications for the GTX 950 have come to light recently, or at least rumors have.

 

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Based on GM206 silicon (as seen in the GTX 960), we are told to expect 768 CUDA cores, a TMU count of 48 a ROP count of 32, a memory bus of 128-bit, wrapped up in 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Paired with this is a rumored clock speed of 1150 to 1250 MHz, a 1350 - 1450 MHz boost and 6.60 - 6.75 GHz memory.

 

Powered by a singular 8-pin connection direct from your power supply, this card may draw only 90W. Further said to support 2-way SLI for those looking at a little extra grunt, display options may include dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2.

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Bethesda promises Fallout 4 will have more customization than Skyrim

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 13 mins ago

Bethesda wants to give gamers an enjoyable - and customizable experience - while playing Fallout 4, and won't rely on just pre-determined frameworks to get the job done.

 

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If you remember purchasing a house in Skyrim, there was a minimum amount of customization available to gamers. That apparently won't be the case in Fallout 4:

 

"It's not just, 'Hey, here's Breezehome [one of the houses in Skyrim],' where we just picked a house, and you can buy it, and you can go to somebody and say, 'Here's this much gold, and put this thing into my house.'" said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GameSpot. "[In Fallout 4] it's, 'Now I'm building it, I'm actually building the house, I'm building the wall, I'm placing the door, I made the table, I made the mattress.' It's that sense of making your own way in the world and defining, 'Who am I and where do I live and what's my story in this world?"

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Lenovo aims to lead the Windows 10 charge, intergrating from July 29

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 6 hours, 47 mins ago

With many users still unsure if an upgrade to Windows 10 is viable for their day-to-day uses, Lenovo has announced it will be helping spearhead the release of this new operating system from Microsoft.

 

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As announced in a recently issued press release, Lenovo will be shipping products pre-installed with Windows 10 as early as July 29, seeing new models of the YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA 500 come from 'factory' with the new operating system installed. They are also promoting current Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade digitally, from the same date.

 

In order to help your Windows 10 experience, Lenovo has enhanced its self-made apps in preparation, offering performance and device management tools alike. This news further comes alongside Lenovo working to integrate Microsoft's Cortana into REACHit, meaning Lenovo product owners can search all of their devices for files in one go.

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