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

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 44 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: 1 hour, 10 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: 1 hour, 33 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: 2 hours, 30 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: 3 hours, 36 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: 4 hours, 39 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."

Google Fiber expansion into 34 new cities has been delayed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 hours, 46 mins ago

Google teased earlier in the year that it was expanding its Fiber service into 34 new cities in nine metro areas, but the Mountain View-based search giant has now delayed these plans.

 

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The company has said that it will update everyone in 2015, adding "While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we'll be back in touch sometime early next year." The metro areas that have been placed on hold for Fiber include Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina, Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Portland (Oregon), and San Jose (California).

Sony teases PlayStation 5 could be a cloud-based console

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

While most news for Sony is about the hack against it by North Korea, or so the US government alleges, the Japanese giant is out there teasing its next-gen console. Yes, the PlayStation 5 has been mentioned, and it's about damn time.

 

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Sony Computer Entertainment Executive Vice President, Masayasu Ito, talked with the online version of the Nikkei Shinbun, talked about his thoughts on the next generation PlayStation. He said that he thinks there will be a PlayStation 5, but he's not sure in what form it'll arrive. He teased that it could be a physical console in the form of the PS5, or it could be an even better device sitting in the cloud.

 

Ito said "I think there will be a PS5. However, I don't know what form it'll have. It could be a physical console, or it could be in the cloud. But even if the form might change, PS5 Games will be born. This is what we want." Now I'm two minds about this, especially with what has happened lately with Sony. On one hand, being in the cloud would stop a lot of the hardware issues holding us back, seeing a next-gen console barely do 1080p 30FPS would just be disastrous. On the other hand, if everything is in the cloud and Sony gets hacked... well, we know how that has turned out lately.

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Instagram is now worth $35 billion, after Facebook paid $1 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 21 mins ago

Most thought that Facebook was a bit crazy when it purchased image sharing service Instagram for $1 billion, but now the company is worth upwards of $35 billion according to a new valuation estimate.

 

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Citigroup has performed the valuation, with the previous valuation pegging Instagram at being worth a still-impressive $19 billion. The increased value is coming off of the news that Instagram now features over 300 million active monthly users, and is growing much faster than most have anticipated.

 

The $35 billion valuation is still quite speculative, withi Citigroup's own analysts weary of it, as it depends on multiple factors, but they're still optimistic that the service is undermonetized. Citigroup believes that Instagram could provide Facebook with around $2 billion in annual revenue eventually.

Latest Call of Duty DLC stars Bill Paxton, John Malkovich, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 58 mins ago

Kevin "Frank Underwood" Spacey may have been the big draw card for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare when it launched, but the latest DLC for Activision's super-popular first-person shooter has some massive stars lining up to lend their talent.

 

 

These stars include The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, and Rose McGowan. Why the new DLC? Exo Zombies, that's why. Also, probably lots, and lots of money being given to these stars for their time in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Just in time for the holidays, some star-studded Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC.

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