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Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review

The Vapor-X series from Sapphire has impressed us before. Let's see how the series looks on the Radeon R9 280X 4GB OC as Shawn tells us all about it.

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Security specialists developing protection for connected vehicles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 32 mins ago

The hackers responsible for exposing vulnerabilities targeting the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape are developing a solution to better defend vehicles from cyberattacks. Both Charlie Miller and Chris Valasex plan to show off their "intrusion prevention device" during the Black Hat hacking conference next month - a solution that uses around $150 in electronic parts able to listen to car network traffic - with rogue activity and additional anomalies blocked.

 

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"Cybersecurity is a global concern and it is a growing threat for all industries, including the automotive," noted Jack Pokrzywa, SAE International manager of global ground vehicle standards.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has drawn great interest from researchers and consumers, but security standards are currently fractured. Connected cars are becoming more common on U.S. roadways, and Internet or satellite connectivity provide a perfect attack opportunity for cybercriminals.

Point-of-sale security efforts lackluster as threats increase

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 17 mins ago

Small businesses and local mom-and-pop stores are familiar with cybersecurity risks they face, but major retailers and corporations also suffer from difficult point-of-sale (POS) systems struggling with security problems. Botnets made of thousands of compromised PCs are trying to launch brute-force attacks against POS with lackluster security in place.

 

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"Point of sale architecture and security is such a niche industry in terms of how to secure these systems and how card data flows," said Lucas Zaichowsky, AccessData enterprise defense architect, said. "It's like a big black box; those who know it well are few and far between. Even PCI auditors don't understand it all that well."

 

Zaichowsky will speak during the Black Hat USA 2014 in early August, hoping to spur interest in helping POS dealers build better defense of POS technologies. Cybercriminals rely on exposing older versions of VNC, PCAnywhere and other remote management clients, able to brute-force their way into networks.

Microsoft Lumia 530 debuts rocking 4-inch screen and budget price

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 32 mins ago

Microsoft has rolled out a new smartphone in the Lumia range called the Lumia 530. The smartphone is set to land in Europe next month and will sell for €85 before taxes and subsidies. Odds are the cheap device will be free on certain tariffs.

 

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The smartphone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and runs Windows Phone 8.1. Other hardware features include a 5MP camera, 4-inch screen, and interchangeable colored shells.

 

The 4-inch screen has a native resolution of 854 x 480 and Microsoft will offer dual and single SIM versions of the smartphone. Microsoft has also unveiled a new mobile speaker along with the phone called the Bang by Coloud designed to plug in with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Its internal battery is good for eight hours of playback.

Amazon launches Amazon Wallet app for storing gift cards and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: 3 hours, 44 mins ago

There are many mobile wallet apps out there that allow you to do things like store credit cards and debit cards. There are also different wallet apps that allow you to send money digitally to other users. Amazon has launched a new wallet app called Amazon Wallet that is designed to be used at the point of sale in stores.

 

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Amazon Wallet lacks some of the features you might expect with an inability to store credit cards or debit cards and no ability to send payments. That may not be a big deal to some security conscious users out there. What Amazon Wallet can do is store your gift cards and loyalty cards.

 

Using the app, you can scan or type in gift card and loyalty card numbers. The goal is to help you reduce clutter in your wallet. Perhaps future updates will let you add in credit and debit cards for use at the point of sale. The Amazon Wallet app is available on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play.

Microsoft stays silent on Xbox One sales stats in quarterly report

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 hours, 42 mins ago

Microsoft reported its quarterly earnings this week looking at most aspects of its business. One of the things that didn't get talked about during the quarterly report was exactly how sales for the Xbox One are going. Early in the launch cycle for the new console, Microsoft was bragging frequently about how the console was selling.

 

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All we heard on sales stats for the console during the earnings report was that Microsoft shipped 1.1 million Xbox One consoles in the last quarter. Microsoft has only moved 100,000 more consoles than it did last year in the same period when the Xbox One wasn't available.

 

The last official Xbox One sales figures came in May of this year when Microsoft said it had shipped over 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers around the world. That number put it about 2 million units behind the PS4 in sales.

Tim Cook says business can revive iPad sales

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 38 mins ago

Apple posted its quarterly profits this week and shed a bit of light on sales for its popular iPad and iPhone devices. While iPhone sales are up, sales of iPad tablets are slowing with sales slumping to 13.3 million units during the quarter, a 9% decline.

 

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This marks the second quarter in a row where sales of the iPad have been on the decline. CEO Tim Cook says that the key to reviving iPad sales is to get more of the tablets into the business world. Cook notes that Apple has 76% of the commercial market with its products, but tablets are used less often in the commercial setting than laptops.

 

Apple admits that sales for the iPad last quarter were less than some analysts predicted, but says that sales were in line with its own predictions. "We still feel the category as a whole is in its early days and there is significant innovation that can be brought to the iPad and we plan on doing that," Cook said.

Google offers $1 million prize for designing a better power inverter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 47 mins ago

Google is offering a new prize for anyone who can build a better power inverter. The price is a cool $1 million and it is being offered as part of the little box challenge. To win designers need to build a better small-scale power inverter than is available today.

 

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What Google and the other firms backing the prize are looking for is a kW-scale power inverter with a density of at least 50W per cubic inch. Some believe that a power inverter of this type will allow the unlocking of billions of dollars of commercial value from the electric grid.

 

Google says, "We believe that inverters will become increasingly important to our economy and environment as solar PV, batteries, and similar power sources continue their rapid growth. More broadly, similar forms of power electronics are everywhere: in laptops, phones, motors drives, electric vehicles, wind turbines, to give just a few examples. We expect that the innovations inspired by this prize will have wide applicability across these areas, increasing efficiency, driving down costs, and opening up new uses cases that we can't imagine today. It also doesn't hurt that many of these improvements could make our data centers run more safely and efficiently."

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Flir One thermal camera accessory for iPhone unveiled

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: 7 hours, 42 mins ago

Flir is a company that has been making thermal imaging cameras for commercial and military use for a number of years. The company has been under pressure to branch out into the broader consumer market and has an interesting new product to help. The new product is called the Flir One and it is an accessory for the iPhone 5 or 5S smartphones.

 

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The accessory camera will sell for $349 making it much cheaper than the $1000 price the next cheapest thermal camera sells for. A version of the Flir one for Android users will roll out next year.

 

Flir thinks that consumers will see the benefit in a thermal imaging camera that sells for $350. Using the camera people can do things like check for cold or hot air leaking into or out of a home allowing them to better insulate and save money on heating and cooling. Developers are working with Flir now on making apps to take advantage of the camera.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat priced at $60,990

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 8 hours, 47 mins ago

Muscle car fans are probably familiar with the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat; the car is one of the most powerful production muscle cars in the world. Dodge gave the Hellcat a massive amount of power with an engine making 707hp and claiming the horsepower crown in the muscle car realm.

 

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With the Camaro ZL1 packing 580hp and the Shelby GT500 packing 662hp, you might expect the Hellcat with significantly more power to be price a lot higher, and it is more expensive. The sales price for the Hellcat is going to start at $60,990. The Camaro ZL1 starts at $57,650 and the GT500 starts at $55,935.

 

707hp is an insane amount of power to come from a factory engine in a car meant for the streets. The Hellcat will go on sale this fall along with the other available versions of the car. The SRT 392 version of the car will sell for $46,990.

EA's revenue climbs 8% this quarter to $1.21 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 12 mins ago

Electronic Arts posted its results for the first quarter of the fiscal 2015 year (the three-month period that ended on June 30) where the company saw a net revenue of $1.21 billion. This is an 8% increase compared to EA's revenue in the previous quarter, which was $1.12 billion.

 

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When comparing to year-over-year results, it's an increase of 27.9%. The company has also increased its digital revenue by a little over 9% in the last three months too, increasing this revenue from $491 million to $536 million. EA's net income dropped 8.7% for the last quarter, dropping from $367 million in Q4 of fiscal 2014 to $335 million.

 

If we compare it to the same quarter of last year, EA's net income has increased by a whopping 50.9%. The company took the time to announce two delays for two of its biggest franchises, with Dragon Age: Inquisition being pushed back a month into November, and delaying Battlefield: Hardline into 2015.

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