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NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX Titan X with 12GB of VRAM at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

GDC 2015 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next generation GeForce GTX Titan X at Epic Games' GDC 2015 event, just under two weeks ahead of its own GTC 2015 conference.

 

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The new GeForce GTX Titan X features a huge 12GB framebuffer, which is a great jump on the 6GB offered by the current GTX Titan Black Edition. We don't know much about the new GeForce GTX Titan X other than its 12GB framebuffer, and that it sports a huge 8 billion transistors. We will be at NVIDIA's GTC 2015 where we will be all over this beautiful new card.

'FREAK attack' leaves Apple, Google Android users vulnerable to attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 hours, 41 mins ago

The "FREAK attack" may have exposed millions of Apple and Google Android Internet users, though there have been no confirmed cases of attacks against Web browsers. If exploited, hackers could compromise usernames, passwords, and other personal information in a rather simple manner.

 

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The "Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys" attack stems from a US law that required "export-grade" products with weaker encryption protocols to be shipped overseas. Despite the federal restrictions being lifted more than 15 years ago, popular software - which eventually found its way to the United States - were still vulnerable.

 

Apple and Google have both created software updates to prevent this type of attack from being problematic. The Apple update will be issued next week, while Google has already offered an update to wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers.

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WHO: Turn volume down, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: 4 hours, 56 mins ago

An estimated 1.1 billion people across the world are at risk of hearing loss because of increased listening volume from smartphones, other personal audio devices, and speaker systems at entertainment venues.

 

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Almost half of teenagers and young adults between 12 and 35 years old are "exposed to unsafe levels of sound," with 40 percent exposed to "potentially damaging" levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

"As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss," said Dr. Etienne Krug, director for the department for management of noncommunicable diseases, violence and injury prevention at WHO. "They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk."

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Sony announces it has sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 11 hours, 29 mins ago

GDC 2015 - Sony has announced that it has sold over 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles at GDC 2015, with the 20 million plus consoles being sold up to March 1.

 

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Sony notes that this is units sold through to customers, where in a press release the company added that the PS4 "continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history". It wasn't too long ago that the company announced it had reached 18.5 million PS4s sold, back on January 4.

 

Sony Computer Entertainment's President and Global CEO, Andrew House, said: "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play".

Valve announces Steam Link, to extend Steam anywhere in your house

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 52 mins ago

GDC 2015 - Valve has just announced Steam Link, something that will be released later this year and will "extend your Steam experience to any room in the house". Steam Link will work with your PC, Mac, Steam Machines and even Linux-powered systems. It will stream content from Steam to the Steam Link device, with the only requirement is that they're on the same network.

 

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Valve's new Steam Link will be capable of 1080p at 60Hz "with low latency", and will be made later this year in November for $49.99. The company also took the opportunity to announce its new Steam Controller, which will also be available in November.

 

Steam Link is "designed to take advantage of the PC horsepower you already have in your home, with In-Home Streaming" while the hardware includes three USB ports, and HDMI out. All you have to do is hook it up to your TV through HDMI, into your network, with Steam Link doing the rest of the work to detect any and all computers in your house running Steam.

'Independence Day 2' casts Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 14 hours, 12 mins ago

It took a while to come to fruition, but the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 sci-fi hit 'Independence Day' is finally in production, with Director Roland Emmerich revealing key cast members.

 

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' heartthrob Liam Hemsworth joins the cast in role that ComingSoon describes as "the son in law of Bill Pullman's President Whitmore", while original cast member Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as neurotic MIT graduate David Levinson. Emmerich took to Twitter to announce the news himself.

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AT&T wants connected homes and vehicles to better communicate

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 14 hours, 26 mins ago

AT&T is strengthening its connected technology offering, saying it will link car and smart home technologies to provide even better service to customers. The company didn't provide financial revenue figures related to IoT, but said it has sold around 20 million connected sensors, while creating new partnerships with US automakers.

 

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"Once you've told your home when the car is (for instance) within 20 feet of the house to please open the garage door, put the lights on, turn the alarm off, move the thermostat up, you can have those inanimate objects, the home and your car, really taking care of you," said Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility, in a statement to Reuters.

 

There is a growing fight among ISPs and wireless carriers to help power connected services, as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Google, and other major companies jump into the market.

Unity 5 announced, will be royalty free as a 'Personal Edition'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 15 hours, 10 mins ago

GDC 2015 - Unity Technologies has just announced Unity 5 at the Game Developers Conference, which will include a free, no-royalty Personal Edition to be used by small companies.

 

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Unity 5 is capable of some pretty delicious graphics, as you can see from the screenshots above. Unity CEO John Riccitiello has said that Unity 5 is a "graphics powerhouse", and while it's not as good looking as some competing engines like Unreal Engine 4, we're still impressed. Oculus VR is right behind Unity 5, with Oculus VR founder and VR God himself Palmer Luckey also taking the stage during the Unity 5 announcement.

 

Luckey said: "The majority of the virtual reality experiences we've seen have been built with Unity technology. We're trying to make virtual reality available to everyone, not just consumers, but developers". Unity 5 will have Oculus Rift support very shortly, with Luckey adding "We've been collaborating for over two years with Unity and the results are awesome. It is really smooth and seamless now ... we have the ability to preview and publish to GearVR and Rift instantly".

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Steam Machines will begin their lounge room takeover in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 16 hours, 9 mins ago

GDC 2015 - Valve has unleashed the Steam Link, Steam Controller pricing and availability as well as the Source 2 engine at GDC 2015. But the company has also teased that Steam Machines will be made available in November.

 

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Valve said in a press release: "Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance". Valve will also be launching the new Steam Controller at the same time, as well as Steam Link which will extend Steam throughout your house over your current network.

 

The company is currently showing off over a dozen Steam Machines from partners like Alienware and Falcon Northwest, where they added: "Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance. Customers interested in the best possible gaming experience can choose whichever components meet their needs".

NVIDIA announces GRID will stream 1080p 60FPS games to you soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 16 hours, 13 mins ago

GDC 2015 - NVIDIA is live at the Game Developers Conference with its "Made To Game" event where we've just been told that the company has made its GRID service a game-streaming service, which will start streaming games to users very soon.

 

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NVIDIA's GRID will be streaming games at 1080p at 60FPS, which will be under its Premium service. The standard service will be streaming games at 720p 60FPS, but the Premium service is where the gamers are going to want to hit.

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