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Samsung has sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4s so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 10 hours, 22 mins ago

The war between Samsung and Apple is still being battled, with the phablet war now heating up between the two giants after Apple unveiled its new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Well, Samsung's Galaxy note 4 has been selling well, but it's not breaking any records, with it selling 4.5 million units in the first month.

 

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Considering the Galaxy Note 3 sold 5 million in its first 30 days, we could attribute this lower number for the Note 4 to its staggered launch around the world. For most of the first month, Samsung's latest large handset was only available in South Korea and China, but now it is rolling out across the world. We should expect the numbers to go up much, much higher (and quicker), to quickly catch up, and overtake the Note 3 sales.

Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break detailed in new gameplay video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 10 mins ago

If there's one game exclusive to the Xbox One that looks great, it has to be Quantum Break, from the developers of Alan Wake and Max Payne. Quantum Break is a game all about time-amplified gameplay, where you can manipulate time itself, as time within the game is breaking.

 

 

Sam Lake, Remedy Entertainment's Creative Director (and the face of Max Payne) walks us through the 16-minute gameplay video, showing off an incredible amount of the game. Time stutters are shown off, frozen moments that shift and collapse without warning, or timelines in loops are crashing into each other. All-in-all, it's an impressive look at the Xbox One exclusive, something that is sure to sell well.

 

For an Xbox One game, it looks great - but no details are known as rendering resolution and frame rate. If I had to guess, it looks like 900p at 30FPS, but I'm sure we'll hear more on that in the near future. As for the gameplay, it looks great, but I with there were more lasting environmental effects, and more use of the environment itself. It feels static, with playability probably not that high.

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Estonian hacker that stole $9.4M receives 11-year prison sentence

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 21 hours, 17 mins ago

Estonian hacker Sergei Nicolaevich Tsurikov was sentenced to 11 years in prison, for his role in a cyberattack that stole $9.4 million in 2008. Tsurikov previously pleaded guilty to his role in hacking the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, creating fake payroll debit cards, and withdrawing funds from more than 2,100 ATMs in more than 280 cities.

 

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Tsurikov and his team were described as "one of the most sophisticated cybercrime rings in the world," according to Sally Quillian Yates, Northern District of Georgia attorney. He will also have to pay $8.4 million in restitution.

 

Handing down actual prison sentences against cybercriminals has been difficult, but the US federal government wants to track down - and prosecute - as many of them as they can.

Intel begins teasing its next-gen Broadwell-E CPUs, not out until 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 21 hours, 20 mins ago

Intel may have just launched its Haswell-E and X99 platform, but that doesn't stop the chipmaker from teasing its upcoming HEDT (high-end desktop) processor train from slowing down. We're now hearing about the next-gen HEDT tech, Broadwell-E, which will be based on Intel's 14nm technology, using the same LGA2011v3 package.

 

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The new CPU will not be an architectural change, but it will provide smaller changes over what we have with the current Haswell-E processors. The new Core i7 Broadwell-E will be built on Intel's 14nm process, and will feature between 6 and 8 cores based on their, you guessed it, Broadwell microarchitecture. These cores will feature up to 20MB of L3 cache, and is pin-compatible with current Haswell-E, meaning we have quad-channel DDR4, too.

 

Intel could provide the full 40-lane PCIe interface, instead of the cut down 28-lane PCIe interface that the entry-level HEDT currently has. We should expect a 140W TDP, even with the die shrink, when the Broadwell-E processors launch in 2016.

Microsoft says rumored Halo 5: Guardians Nov. 10 release date is wrong

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 17 mins ago

Despite a public tweet from a new 343 Industries employee with a countdown clock in the background, gamers will have to wait a bit longer than November 10 for the release of Halo 5: Guardians. "The recent rumors regarding the release date of Halo 5: Guardians are false," a Microsoft spokesperson recently said.

 

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It shouldn't be too surprising to hear the Nov. 10 date is wrong, as the official beta - running at 1080p/60fps - won't even be available until December.

 

Now that Microsoft cleared up the issue, it's still unknown what the countdown clock in the background is being used for.

Hackers exploiting Ebola fear to compromise Internet users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 23 hours, 17 mins ago

A phishing email mimicking an official notice from the World Health Organization might be compromising users, with email recipients willingly tricked into opening a compromised email attachment. Several hundred organizations have reportedly received the phishing email, though it remains how many were successfully infected.

 

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"It follows the standard, successful formula for most phishing campaigns," said Karl Sigler, Trustwave threat intelligence manager. Cybercriminals often exploit major international news stories - especially regarding natural disasters, national elections, or tragedies - and criminals know when to strike. The malware logs keystrokes, records sounds via webcam, and captures images.

 

Even if this initial phishing campaign was unsuccessful, with the amount of media Ebola has received, cybersecurity experts warn of future attacks. Meanwhile, WHO confirmed it does not send any type of correspondence directly to the public, only sending news releases to public health experts and journalists.

Apple and Nike teaming up for a 'stylish' wearable product

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 day ago

Apple and Nike are reportedly developing a new 'stylish' wearable product that will be able to integrate with electronics but still be fashionable. Additional details about the new device weren't disclosed just yet.

 

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"I think it's going to be a big part of the future, absolutely," said Mark Parker, Nike CEO, in a recent interview with Bloomberg TV. "I think the form it takes is critical. You can go from the very geeky kind of wearables today - we've all seen some of those - to what I think you'll see in the future, things that are more stealth, more integrated, more stylish and more functional, yes,"

 

If true, this makes sense for both companies - along with Nike and Apple supporting large customer groups - Nike will be able to further benefit by teaming up with the technology giant again, ensuring it doesn't need to directly worry about hardware and software development.

Apple iTunes music sales slid 13% in 2014, as paid downloads slow

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Apple saw iTunes music sales plunge 13 to 14 percent in 2013, as the music industry continues to be extremely fragile, according to recent reports. Music sales have been flat for a several years, and have dropped a whopping 50 percent since 2000, as listeners have embraced digital music files.

 

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Music companies are struggling to convince listeners to drop free, ad-supported programs and sign up for monthly subscriptions - typically around $10 per month.

 

To compare, revenue of iTunes downloads slowed only 2.1 percent in 2013, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said. However, ad-supported and subscription streaming services helped make up for the slight 2013 drop, while there was very little respite in 2014.

Point of sale malware attacks ramping up ahead of Christmas season

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

After one year of multiple high-profile data breaches targeting point of sale (POS) software used by retailers, millions of customers were at risk of potential credit card fraud. However, the retailers and banks also have endured a heavy financial burden, and this Christmas shopping season could bring a new round of cyber breaches, security experts warned.

 

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"The threat actors are going to be burning the midnight oil trying to get credit card data going into the holiday season," said Brian Foster, chief technology of the Damballa security firm. "Retailers need to be prepared and diligent in the fourth quarter."

 

Target suffered a breach that led to 40 million customers having their debit and credit card data stolen, only two days before Black Friday in 2013. The BackOff malware has successfully breached more than 1,000 businesses and retailers, the Department of Homeland Security noted.

Google teams up with Oxford University for AI robotics research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Google has added some kick to its artificial intelligence research, hiring at least a half dozen researchers, while also partnering with Oxford University. The Silicon Valley company hopes to make Internet search intuitive by creating sub-atomic quantum chips that were modelled using the human brain. Standard computers today still rely on binary data, but quantum computing-based technologies would be able to encode data using the sub-atomic particles.

 

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"We are thrilled to welcome these extremely talented machine learning researchers to the Google DeepMind team and are excited about the potential impact of the advances their research will bring," said Demis Hassabis, DeepMind co-founder and VP of Google engineering.

 

Google purchased DeepMind, which started as an AI company in Europe, with a focus on neuroscience-based machine learning systems and general-purpose learning algorithms. These partnerships will help create a strong foundation for future AI-based development, using skilled researchers to lend a hand.

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