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Intel's enthusiast Skylake-S 'K-series' will ship without stock cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 6 days ago

With Intel all set to unveil their new Skylake-S series of processors at Gamescom 2015 in August, we're hearing that the new 'K-series' enthusiast processors will not ship with a stock cooler.

 

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Intel is set to release its Core i7-6700K processor a week after Windows 10 is released, with Intel aiming at enthusiasts buying their own high-performance air, or liquid cooling system for their new CPU. The chipmaker will be offering a new PCG 2015D high performance air and liquid cooling solutions, but the processor itself will ship without a HSF.

 

The next question is, will Intel drop the price to counter that the processor doesn't include a stock cooler, or will Intel make more profit per K-series CPU it ships, thanks to not giving consumers a cooler.

BlackBerry shows interest in creating bacteria-free smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

BlackBerry isn't giving up on smartphones, and is looking for opportunities to create phones in the workplace - including in hospitals, where a bacteria-free device could be needed.

 

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen didn't confirm if the company is already working on a bacteria-free smartphone, but has shown interest. "Healthcare workers have to be worried about one less thing to wipe down" if they have a bacteria-free phone, Chen recently noted.

 

Bacteria and infections are transferred between doctors and patients, causing a "huge issue," said Dr. Aviv Gladman, chief medical information officer at Mackenzie Health, in a statement published by Bloomberg.

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Distracted drivers using technology... an actual addiction?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

Drivers seemingly can't avoid texting, talking, and even using voice chat while behind the wheel of their vehicles - and it's still extremely dangerous. Sixty-one percent of drivers admitted to texting and driving, one in 10 drivers engage in video chats, and 17 percent say they take selfies.

 

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Additional frightening statistics: One-third of survey respondents say they check their email, and 30 percent of drivers frequently check Twitter while driving. One in five say checking social networks while driving is an "addiction," and there might be actual scientific research to back it:

 

"In essence, it's a drug, or what I call a digital drug," said Dr. David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut, in a statement to CBS News. "The reward comes in an unpredictable fashion, both in terms of what, when and where; and when the reward comes and it's positive and you actually like it, that's going to elevate the amount of dopamine in your brain, which is a pleasure chemical. It increases the likelihood of wanting to do it."

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Reported close call between Delphi, Google autonomous cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

Autonomous vehicles from Delphi and Google had a close call while recently traveling the roads in Palo Alto, according to Delphi.

 

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John Absmeier, director of the Delphi automated driving program, was a passenger in the self-driving Audi Q5 crossover vehicle. While Google declined comment, Absmeier said the Lexus RX400h Google self-driving prototype cut off the Audi as it was preparing to change lanes - and Delphi's car was able to take "appropriate action" before a collision occurred.

 

Ironically, Delphi and Google both have offices in Mountain View, and want to develop autonomous vehicles, while both their vehicles have been involved in minor traffic accidents with the public. Meanwhile, Google is now testing its latest generation self-driving pods in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nadella: Gaming is critical to 'broader vision for Windows' OS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently sent an email to all of the company's employees, as everyone anxiously awaits the Windows 10 launch, and wants to help "empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."

 

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Not surprisingly, gaming earned its own spot in the email:

 

"We will pursue our gaming ambition as part of this broader vision for Windows and increase its appeal to consumers," Nadella said in his email to employees. "We will bring Xbox Live and our first-party gaming efforts across PC, console, mobile and new categories like HoloLens into one integrated play."

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DICE feeling the pressure while developing Star Wars Battlefront

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

Electronic Arts was happy with the reception that Star Wars Battlefront received during E3, and is continuing to push forward with the latest Star Wars game.

 

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EA COO Peter Moore noted that the company would delay the game if it wasn't right, and another company official noted the "10,000 ways to f***" up game development - and how it's promoted to the public.

 

"No, but I think we've reached a point where we're worrying less about what we are doing and what we have done. Before you a show a game to the world, there's ongoing speculation about it," said Patrick Bach, GM at DICE, in a statement to GameSpot. "There are 10,000 ways to f*** this up, and people are super detailed on how we will screw up. And I read these posts and I think, hey, I think fans are going to be super happy with what we're doing."

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Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick doesn't want to burn out franchises

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick wants to release quality game titles to its customers, and that doesn't mean risking game quality - and possible burnout - just to launch a title.

 

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Take-Two has been criticized in the past for heavy reliance on Grand Theft Auto, but Zelnick noted that while the company has evolved, there has been added diversification of its product lineup. In addition, Zelnick is aware of a common concern among game studios and publishers: burning out a franchise with sometimes unnecessary yearly releases:

 

"I think the biggest distinction between us and some of our competitors is we don't annualize our non-sports titles, and that's for a couple of reasons," Zelnick recently told Games Industry. "One is we want to have the highest quality in the business and that takes time, and two, we like to rest our IP in between releases because we believe that's what keeps it fresh and permanent. We don't want to burn off our franchises. It's an unusual strategy - I think we stand alone with that strategy, but it's really paying off."

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Bethesda is "pretty close to being done" work on Fallout 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

Bethesda Softworks is almost done with Fallout 4 development, and everything is looking good for a fall launch.

 

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"We're pretty close to being done, which you have to be if you're going to ship in five months," said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GamesRadar.

 

Hines also noted the overall anticipation for the game, which is why there has been such a short window of game promotion: "If we didn't feel that was enough time to generate the excitement that we expected and the interest that we wanted, then we would have announced it earlier. So part of it is because we felt like it was a big enough title that we could get away with it."

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Senators tear into OPM director for data breach, cybersecurity issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered a devastating data breach that has impacted millions of people - and the agency is now trying to move too fast and isn't following best practices. The OPM is relying on systems that are "decades-old" and apparently has no idea what they are actually doing to prevent future cybersecurity issues.

 

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"It may sound counterintuitive, but OPM must slow down and not continue to barrel forward with this project," said Patrick McFarland, Inspector General of the OPM, while speaking to the Senate Homeland Security Committee. "The agency must take the time to get it right the first time."

 

Sen. Ron Johnson (R - WI) and Sen. John McCain (R - AZ) have called into question the Obama Administration's commitment to overall cybersecurity. The "OPM has become a case study in the consequences of inadequate action and neglect," Johnson recently said. Meanwhile, McCain questioned if OPM agency director Katherine Archuleta should stay in her current role, especially after offering conflicting reports regarding OPM's breach damage.

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Once Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition is sold out, there will be no more

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition quickly sold out, and then Bethesda made a limited supply available, but there will be no more after the current supply runs out. The special edition features a copy of Fallout 4 in a custom Capsule Case, and an actual Pip-Boy wearable.

 

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Pete Hines, PR and marketing executive at Bethesda, had a bad news confirmation for those still trying to get their hands on a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition:

 

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