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Sony announces 'the thinnest 4K LCD TV' at just 4.9mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 6 hours, 25 mins ago

Sony has just unveiled its new line of Bravia TVs, with a mix of 4K and 1080p sets that are sure to impress. One of the stand outs from this is the new X9000C from Sony, a new 4K TV that is just 4.9mm thick.

 

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The new X9000C is just 4.9mm thick, making it thinner than most of the smartphones on the market. This gave Sony the huge headline of "the world's thinnest 4K LCD TV" which I'm sure it's going to use to its advantage. Sony's Creative Center Toyko Senior Director, Daisuke Shiono, the X9000C series uses the "Floating Style" suspension design. The company has also stuck to its "seamless" design concept, as you can see in the image above.

 

Sony's new TV is powered by its own 4K image processing chip: X1. Sony's X1 processor uses elite light-control technology that can "let the audience see the chiaroscuro more significant picture, as if the reality of light and dark portions of the visual effects".

Facebook's News Feed will soon feature 360-degree spherical videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 8 hours, 53 mins ago

During Facebook's F8 developer conference, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that 360-degree spherical videos will soon be on users' News Feeds.

 

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Zuckerberg showed the audience a demonstration of the new 360-degree video, which was filmed at its Menlo Park-based HQ. The in-house footage was captured with an array of 24 camera working together, which allows a user to look freely within a virtual environment - perfect for that $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR last year.

 

The best bit about the new 360-degree videos is that they don't require a VR headset like the Oculus Rift to be played back, as they'll work on normal computers, smartphones and tablets. Facebook does want to see Oculus Rift owners putting their Rift headsets on and watching the content that way, but we don't even know when the CV1 of the Rift will be made available yet. Facebook has, however, been on a .huge hiring spree leading up to the launch of the Oculus Rift CV1

Apple's new iPhone rumored to feature next-gen camera technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 10 hours, 46 mins ago

Apple tends to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the camera sensor found in its iPhone, and while the iPhone 6 Plus might only feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing snapper, it's a damn good one.

 

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Well, the new iPhone could have an even better sensor thanks to a patent that was granted to the company from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent is for a three-sensor, prism-based camera design that teased it as a "digital camera with light splitter" where an individual sensor would be capable of collecting red, green, and blue wavelengths.

 

This new sensor would be more expensive for Apple to bake into its next-gen iPhone, and it would also take up more space within the handset, something Apple is not going to be happy with. We should hear more about the new iPhone in the next couple of months.

Russia teases new trans-Siberian highway from New York to London

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 12 hours, 23 mins ago

The Siberia Times is reporting that Russian Railways' President, Vladimir Yakunin, has proposed a plan to build a gigantic trans-Siberian highway that would stretch from London, to New York.

 

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The project has been called the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, or TEPR, which would see a major highway constructed alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway, right next to a new train network, and oil and gas pipelines. Siberian Times quoted Yakunin as saying: "This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project. The project should be turned into a world 'future zone,' and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies".

 

Yakunin has said that the proposed TEPR would run across the entirety of Russia, linking up to the existing road systems found in Western Europe and Asia. Yakunin also added that it would connect Russia directly with North America through its own far eastern Chukotka region, and then across the Bering Strait, through to Alaska's Seward Peninsula.

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Intel veteran leaves the chip maker after 33 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 13 hours, 31 mins ago

The man behind some of Intel's biggest technologies such as Centrino, the Pentium M processor, Core 2 and even the Pentium MMX has left the company. Shmuel "Mooly" Eden was the Senior Vice President of Intel Israel, leaving the company after 33 years to "seek new challenges".

 

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Mooly held various technical and management positions with the chipmaker throughout the three decades, where he says: "I have had the privilege to lead many Intel groups in a long line of jobs. Beyond that I was privileged to work with creative people who over the years became good friends". Eden joined the company back in 1992, where he was quickly put to work on the new Pentium MMX processor at the time.

 

After that, he worked on Centrino, and is considered the 'father' of the original Pentium M, as well as the Core 2 Duo which saw Intel doing incredibly well from 2003-2010. From 2009-2012, Eden was the Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group for Intel, where he was in control of platform planning, architecture, enabling and marketing Intels' PC solutions for the desktop, as well as mobile computing solutions.

US government wants companies to step up and fight cybercrime

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 13 hours, 39 mins ago

The US government wants additional help from private sector companies in a growing effort to fight cyberattacks.

 

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Financial institutions and healthcare firms face a significant threat, and there needs to be a better strategy to incorporate cybersecurity to keep employees and users safe. Cyberattacks are a global problem that can create legal headaches for businesses once they have been breached by cybercriminals.

 

"Each of us must recognize this risk is perhaps the most pressing operational risk of our time," said US Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, when speaking at the CityWeek conference in London. "We now need to develop consensus around ways to respond to this threat."

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Apple Pay security called out after spike in fraud-related issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 19 mins ago

The launch of Apple Pay late last year helped give the mobile payments effort a strong boost, with Apple promoting its service as extremely easy to use. However, six percent of purchases are reportedly made using stolen credit cards, which is a whopping 60 percent higher than regular credit cards.

 

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Apple hoped for simplicity with Apple Pay, but security researchers believe Apple should require users to prove their identities when signing up. There is a fine line between providing a safe and secure service over one that is difficult to use - and Apple must now try to find that balance, in an effort to fight fraud.

 

"The issuers were probably so eager to be involved that they kind of forgot best practices and sidestepped some procedures they normally would've had [in order] to accept Apple Pay," said Michelle Evans, senior analyst for consumer finance at the Euromonitor market research firm, in a statement published by the Washington Post.

Kingston releases its HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, with 1.4GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 14 hours, 37 mins ago

Kingston has just recently teased its new HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, a new super-fast SSD that is capable of a huge 1.4GB/sec read and 1GB/sec write. Beating out the now very limited 600MB/sec available through SATA 6Gbps.

 

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The company will be making its new HyperX Predator available in 240GB and 480GB sizes, and can be connected to your motherboard and its M.2 connector, or through its PCIe adapter. As you can see in the image above, the PCIe card is 4x the size of the actual stick of flash itself, which is mighty impressive.

 

The Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is capable of 130,000 random read IOPS, while pushing 118,000 random write IOPS. The company says that the super-fast SSD is capable of 805GB of writes per day, over its three-year warranty period. As for pricing, we are looking at around $382 for the 240GB version, while the 480GB version will set you back around $764.

Leap Motion partners with Razer, will be baked into the OSVR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 15 hours, 42 mins ago

Leap Motion has teamed up with Razer for its OSVR headsets, where it will supply its motion-tracking technology directly into the Open Source Virtual Reality headset.

 

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Razer's upcoming Hacker Development Kit (HDK) headset for OSVR will be made available later this year, where developers will have the option of buying one with the faceplate that feature's Leap Motion's gesture-tracking hardware and software baked inside. Developers who opt for this will receive a bundle that includes the ability to create apps and experiences that will use Leap Motion's hand-tracking technology.

 

Leap Motion's CEO, Michael Buckwald, has said that this partnership is just the first it will have with VR headset makers. Buckwald was coy on which other partners it is working with, but teased that Leap Motion's long-term goal is to have their technology in as many of the leading VR headsets as possible. Buckwald said: "The peripheral [the Leap Motion controller as a standalone device] is still our biggest business but VR is our priority now. We can be in at the ground floor and help shape what it means to have input and help shape what the [VR] operating systems look like".

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Best Buy will sell the Samsung Gear VR starting this Friday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 16 hours, 38 mins ago

Samsung, Oculus VR and Best Buy have partnered together to get the Galaxy Note 4-powered Gear VR headset on Best Buy shelves on March 27 - or this Friday - for $199.

 

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The Gear VR headsets will be at 100 of Best Buy's stores, with more stores receiving the VR headset later this year. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is powered by Samsung's own Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which features a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display that provides an immersive VR experience on-the-go.

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