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Team Group Vulcan DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review

Team Group Vulcan DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review

Chad tells us about Team Group's Vulcan DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel memory kit. Is this RAM kit something for you to consider? Read on.

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Google stepping up in Internet of Things, with its Brillo OS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 35 mins ago

During Google I/O 2015 later this week, the Silicon Valley company is expected to unveil Brillo, its Android-inspired OS designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). Connected devices typically have a lower amount of RAM, and should be able to operate on low-power, which are two considerations Google is addressing with Brillo.

 

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Google has owned Nest Labs, a company known for smart thermostats, since early 2014 - and could provide a good test opportunity for any IoT-based operating systems.

 

There is a growing trend of software and hardware companies preparing their own IoT offerings, as analysts believe the sector will become more disruptive. Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other companies will be able to create unique software to help connected devices collected data and communicate with one another - and must be prepared for the expected increase in IoT-centric purchases.

Want realistic 3D? Microsoft HoloLens should be able to deliver

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 1 hour, 37 mins ago

Augmented reality is evolving into a suitable virtual environment for consumers and in the workplace, with Microsoft interested in pushing the boundaries of 3D interaction. HoloLens could allow wearers to view the actions of other people right in front of you, instead of just interacting with objects or environments.

 

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The company currently has a custom holographic TV studio that uses around 100 cameras to track movements of humans. Captured video footage and custom software allows for an accurate creation that is much more immersive than a regular computer animation.

 

"There's something magical about it being real people and motion," said Steve Sullivan, who is currently involved with the HoloLens project, in a statement published by the MIT Technology Review. "If you have a HoloLens, you really feel these performances are in your world."

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Master Ethical Hacking - Save Over 90% On 6 In-Depth Courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 2 hours, 15 mins ago

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Web security is more important than ever, and can be a lucrative career if you have the right skills. This six course bundle takes you through ethical hacking and penetration testing from scratch - from core concepts to hands-on techniques. Right now, you can save over 90% and pick up the full bundle for just $49 from TweakTown Deals.

 

You'll get six video courses-almost 40 hours of content-that'll teach you how to protect yourself online. Learn the basics of scraping sites like Yelp (and how it can benefit your business), how to safeguard your networks and sites and secure your hardware, and how to find and exploit web application vulnerabilities. You'll even get tips and tricks for using the Linux command line to manage files and automate tasks.

 

Dive into white hat security with this six-course bundle for $49 at TweakTown Deals.

G.SKILL announces two 'major extreme' OC events for Computex next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: 5 hours, 4 mins ago

G.SKILL has announced two "major extreme" overclocking events at Computex 2015, which takes place between June 2-6 in Taipei, Taiwan. The two events will be the OC World Cup 2015, and the OC World Record Stage 2015.

 

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These two OC events will see 19 world-class overclockers, five motherboard vendors, and three hardware sponsors taking part in what is sure to be, a huge event. Intel and Samsung have jumped on board with G.SKILL, as well as ASRock, ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE and MSI. The overclockers will be using the latest X99 motherboards with the Intel Core i7-5960X processor and G.SKILL memory to try and break records.

 

G.SKILL has said that the six winners fro mteh OC World Cup online qualifiers, Dancop, dRweEz, Hazzan, Vivi, Lam@Capital and Xtreme Addict, will take part in a "live stage" battle for their share in a cash prize pool of $16,200. The battle begins with a three-day Live Qualifier, with the two top scoring overclockers from four benchmarks will go through to the Grand Finals on June 5. The Grand Finals Champion will walk away with a very cool $10,000.

48GB worth of Star Citizen assets leak online, swiftly removed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 44 mins ago

Roberts Space Industries has sprung a leak, with 48GB of assets belonging to the crowdfunded Star Citizen leaking online. This has just happened, with the following events taking place:

 

 

  • Disco Lando posted pictures (taken with a phone or camera) of some Star Marine stuff.
  • One of the pictures contain a partial URL to one of the Content Delivery Services (CDN) from CIG.
  • Someone managed, probably by trial and error, to guess the complete URL.
  • From that URL the CDN delivered an internal 40 GB developer build.

 

Thanks to Star Citizen being powered by the CryEngine, this means that you can use these assets right now, if you have managed to get your hands on them. This leak has given fans of the game a deep look at some of the ships and how they work, months or years before they would normally see them.

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Telemarketers and refs, lookout... robots coming for your jobs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 25 mins ago

Whether we want it or not, the transition from human workers to robots is expected to cause mayhem among a number of different industries.

 

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The following industries are expected to face the highest likelihood of being replaced, according to a 2013 study from Oxford University - telemarketers (99 percent), umpires and referees (98.3 percent), cooks (96.3 percent), manicurists and pedicurists (94.5 percent), and roofers (89.7 percent).

 

It seems careers that require a mix of creativity, negotiation skill and strong communication will be safer than other positions - and there are plenty of concerns about how acceptable humans will be to jobs being carried out by robots.

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Patriot Act didn't do very much good in breaking cases, FBI says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 8 hours, 40 mins ago

A new 77-page report from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, found that the Patriot Act didn't really help solve any major cases. FBI agents were unable to note a single case in which using the Patriot Act gave them an advantage they couldn't have received otherwise - even though other government officials previously said having the Patriot Act was "valuable."

 

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However, the FBI continually increased bulk surveillance activity, issuing a growing number of orders, without any evidence that it works - and with growing uneasiness of government spying - it looks like changes could finally be made.

 

"The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders," according to the report, "but told us that the authority is valuable when it is the only means to obtain certain information."

Microsoft rumored to be looking at acquiring BlackBerry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 7 mins ago

It's that time again folks, where BlackBerry is being eyed up and down for an acquisition... from Microsoft. Yes, the maker of Windows and the Xbox is reportedly looking at acquiring BlackBerry.

 

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Alternate sources are saying that even the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei are also interested in picking at the bones of the former company known as Research in Motion. Microsoft is reportedly talking with a few investment firms about a possible acquisition of BlackBerry, where it would upgrade its entire line of business mobile solutions and its patent portfolio in the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) as well as the mobile platform and communications sectors.

Researchers: Android factory reset doesn't fully wipe data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 9 hours, 29 mins ago

Google Android smartphone owners under the assumption they were able to wipe data from their devices could be leaving information behind, according to researchers from Cambridge University. The researchers took a look at used devices and found files that allowed them to access the previous owner's Gmail accounts and other login/password data.

 

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The devices ran Android 2.3.x Gingerbread all the way to 4.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the UK devices including smartphones from Samsung, LG Electronics, Motorola, Google, and HTC.

 

"We were able to retrieve the Google master cookie from the great majority of phones, which means that we could have logged on to the previous owner's Gmail account," according to the researchers. "The reasons for failure are complex; new phones are generally better than old ones, and Google's own brand phones are better than the OEM offerings."

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A configuration tool for The Witcher 3 released, allows better visuals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 6 mins ago

CD Projekt Red has been taking some serious flak over the downgrade of graphics in The Witcher 3, but modder "MelekTaus" has released a new configuration tool that lets you change the graphical effects very easily, without having to do it in-game and having no idea what you're changing, or their affects to the graphics.

 

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Hunter's Config can be downloaded right here, with support for SweetFX. In order to install it, you need to follow these steps:

 

  • The ZIP included only one single file (W3HC-xxx.jar), just copy it into your Witcher 3-installation folder.
  • Starting first time: it will make a backup of your config files.
  • I added an 1-Click-Downloader for SweetFX (< 1 MB)
  • Some tooltips are not 100% accurate but I've done my best

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