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Amazon provides a massive update for low-selling Fire Phone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 mins ago

If you're one of the apparent few Fire Phone owners, Amazon have just pushed out a large update - adding lots of standard features to the phone that have been claimed as 'necessities on launch' that were, for some reason not included.


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If a Fire Phone has been on your to-buy list, you may be waiting out for a 'fire sale' like most of us have, otherwise now might be a good time to pick one up for yourself. This update includes things such as VPN connectivity support, different keyboard language supports, phone number blocking, toggling for SMS character counts, custo0m ringtones, continuous scrolling for Kindle and a 'best shot' feature for the camera.

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North Korea not surprisingly shielding citizens from 'The Interview'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 2 mins ago

The North Korean government has reportedly orchestrated a major cyberattack to cripple Sony Pictures - and prevent "The Interview" from being shared - but the regular North Korean citizen likely has no idea about the data breach or movie. The North Korean government strictly regulates the Internet and media in the country, so it wouldn't be surprising if the population has no knowledge of the movie, or its contents.


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"North Koreans will probably never know what this film was about," noted Leonid Petrov, from the Australian National University, as noted by BusinessWeek. "If there was a film about Kim Jong Un, it would only be explained in the most laudatory, sycophantic way. Foreigners made a film about our great leader, presenting the greatness of the great leader."


As such, trying to even get copies of the movie would be extremely difficult. There have been attempts to send balloons into North Korea with copies of movies, books and other banned materials into the country - but the balloons are routinely shot down. North Korean citizens who stumble across any of the contraband is ordered to turn it over, or they face potential torture, imprisonment, and other forms of punishment.

Calling Tom Cruise - Boeing gets a BlackBerry self-destructing phone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 14 mins ago

BlackBerry's mission, if they choose to accept it, is apparently to develop an ultra-secure mobile for aerospace giant, Boeing.


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Apparently somewhat due to the NSA's spying behavior, there has been a massive push recently into cyber and tech security for many big-name companies around the world. Just a quick look into the Sony debacle proves that not all have taken up arms against this threat, but it seems Boeing is going the extra mile.


What's the Boeing solution? Get BlackBerry on board to develop the most secure device possible, a massive move for BlackBerry who have seen a massive downturn in their business over the past few years.

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Das keyboard offering $20 off select models

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

For those of you who are regular PC Master Race or Mechanical Keyboards browsers on these specific subreddits, there's no doubt you're heard lots about what Das Keyboard has to offer in terms of style, structure, reliability and feel.


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We gave the Das Keyboard Model S professional a massive "Must Have Editors Choice Award" alongside a stellar 95% rating. Thanks to the holiday period, Das Keyboard are offering a $20 saving on this exact board or its bigger brother - The Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate.


Providing to you a two-port USB hub design, full n-key rollover (with included PS2 adapter), gold-plated mechanical key switches and a so-called 'unmatched typing experience', this premium price and premium quality keyboard skips out on the fancy bells and whistles seen with other regular offerings - rather spending its R&D and funding into providing a solid architecture and sturdy design.

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Sony hires a 'crisis specialist' who is already advising the company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 6 hours, 4 mins ago

It feels like we've written 50+ stories on Sony in the last couple of weeks, but the stories just continue. News has broke that the hacked company has hired Judy Smith, who is a crisis specialist, so much so that there's even a TV show based on her career - ABC's Scandal.


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TMZ was the first to report that Sony Pictures had hired Smith, reporting that she has already started "quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal." We've seen President Obama chime in, saying that Sony's decision to pull The Interview was "a mistake" but Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton replied, saying "We have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered, and we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie."


North Korea has since offered a joint investigation with the United States to find the real culprit, after the Obama administration and the FBI pegged the blame on Pyongyang.

Genetic code utilization for passwords is a real thing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 6 hours, 30 mins ago

"Your genetic code is the correspondence between the 20 types of amino acids and the 61 types of messenger RNA triplets (codons, representing DNA) that specify them," explains Gizmodo in a recently published article.


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If you're not sure what to set for your next password and your general spiel of letters, numbers and symbols aren't doing it for you - maybe it's time you tried genetic code. These codes are said to give you nearly infinite password outputs, helping ensure hackers steer clear from your precious Farmville and Candy Crush trophies.


These genetic condons spell the same amino acids to all organisms. "The RNAs of humans, hydras, hippos, hydrangeas,Haemophilus influenzae, and even viruses follow the same rules," explains Gizmodo, further mentioning that the reason human proteins are manufactured in bacterial cells is because everything follows the same rules.

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Sony removes 'The Interview' Twitter and Facebook accounts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 53 mins ago

Sony is currently removing any trace of The Interview from social networks, with The Interview's Facebook page gone, and the Twitter account isn't far behind that. There were 1800+ tweets on The Interview Twitter account, all of which have been deleted.


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This comes after North Korea being blamed as the source of the hack by the US government, but not long after the country asked if the US government would join a joint operation to find out who exactly did this. The FBI and the Obama administration have yet to have replied to North Korea's offer, but I'm sure that can't be too far away now.

ASUS teases external VRM device for extreme GPU overclocking

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 7 hours, 50 mins ago

GIGABYTE and EVGA have been on the market with external VRM solutions for serious GPU overclocking, but it looks like ASUS is stepping into the game with its own external voltage regulator module, or VRM.


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ASUS has already deployed GPUs with advanced 10-phase and 14-phase VRMs in the form of the ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 980 and the ASUS ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980, but this is an entire new ballgame. The ASUS GPUs with the advanced VRMs still have limitations as they're consumer GPUs, with certain restrictions that stop too much power flowing through the card. The external VRM card will allow for far higher voltages being pushed through the GPU and memory, which should unlock some massive potential for extreme overclockers.


The VRM card in question features a "single 8-phase output with output voltage of up to 2.5V (with output voltage offset switches [+0.4V, +0.3V, +0.2V, +0.1V]) and current up to 500A. The card has on-board voltage control/monitoring, output current monitoring, VRM temperature monitoring, load-line calibration (0%, 60%, 80%, 100%), hotwire setting/monitoring and other features required by extreme overclockers. The board sports four six-pin PCIe (4*75W) input power connectors, which means that it can deliver up to 300W of power to the graphics board, enough power to break world's records" reports Anton Shilov from KitGuru.

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NVIDIA working on modules for Google's modular smartphone, Project Ara

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 8 hours, 56 mins ago

NVIDIA and Marvell have been confirmed by Google to be working on modules for its upcoming modular smartphone, known as Project Ara. Both companies are working on application processors (APs) which will feature the first generation Toshiba UniPro bridge ASICs for Project Ara Spiral 2 prototype handsets.


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These modules will feature the Marvell Armada PXA1928 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, Vivante GC5000 graphics, 2G/3G/4G communications) and NVIDIA Tegra K1 (four ARM Cortex-A15/two NVIDIA Denver cores, GeForce graphics based on Kepler architecture with 72 stream processors, no baseband capabilities). We don't know what else they will include, but we can be sure there'll be more that we don't know about.


The modules being discussed now are only the first generation units, with the Spiral 3 prototype launching sometime in Spring 2015. These new prototypes will make use of Toshiba's second-generation UniPro switch and bridge ASICs, something that will sport contactless M-PHY data transfer capabilities. Google should start selling the first Project Ara smartphones next year, but we don't know if they'll be using the Spiral 2 or Spiral 3 chassis or not.

Xiaomi raising $1 billion in new funding according to latest reports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 59 mins ago

It looks like Xiaomi is raising more funds, with the Chinese smartphone giant reportedly raising over $1 billion in a fresh round of funding that could be finalized on Monday.


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The latest injection of cash is reportedly led by All-Stars Investment, which is run by a former analyst of Morgan Stanley, Richard Ji. The Wall Street Journal has its usual unnamed sources who claim "Other participants in the round include Russian investment firm DST Global and Singapore sovereign-wealth fund GIC, which are both already shareholders of Xiaomi."

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