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Acer announces Windows 10-powered products for back-to-school season

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Acer is excited for the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, and consumers can purchase the Aspire E Series notebook powered by Windows 10 starting tomorrow.




The Aspire E Series will launch during the first week of August, Acer said in a press statement. The notebooks support either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays, powered by Intel CPUs.


The cheapest model, the E5-573-58FN, has the following specifications: 15.6-inch display, 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive, and will be available for $499.99.

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Fake Apple factory busted in China, with 9 arrested so far

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

A major counterfeit operation focused on creating fake Apple iPhone smartphones was busted in China, with Beijing police arresting nine suspects. The take down occurred in May, but Chinese officials only just now publicly announced the successful operation.




The group created more than 41,000 fake iPhones since setting up shop in January, racking up an estimated $19 million in just a short time. A married couple reportedly ran the operation, and they had "hundreds" of people working in the factory.


This particular factory was discovered when US authorities seized a few of the counterfeit devices.

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Intel's new 3D XPoint flash memory is 1,000 times faster than NAND

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

Intel and Micron have began production of 3D XPoint flash memory, a new class of inexpensive high-density, high-performance flash memory that heralds a new age of performance for high-end data management.




Intel's new 3D Xpoint class has been in development for over a decade and represents a breakthrough in next-generation storage solutions. 3D XPoint tech is 10 times more dense than standard memory, and Intel boasts that the new tech allows users to access data at "speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage".


"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, exec Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."




The new memory solution represents the union of DRAM's high speeds and the lower cost of NAND solutions. Performance wise, 3D XPoint is 1,000 times faster than NAND with a standard 10X performance increase over NAND in PCIe NVMe interfaces. 3D XPoint also sports an increased durability of 1000X traditional non-volatile flash memory.

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Who needs house keys? Use a hands-free fob instead!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

A startup company from Germany wants you to forget about your regular house keys, and use a hands-free fob that has been named the Kiwi Ki.




The system operates using radio-frequency identification (RFID) and unlocks a house door as the resident approaches. The mechanism is available for less than $450, and each key fob requires a monthly fee.


"It is much more secure than a normal key. A normal key can be copied easily, sometimes just from a photograph," said Henryk Ploetz, a security analyst, in a statement to Euronews. "With this one you can't do that. That is the case for all contactless keys, but this one is as secure or more secure than all other contactless systems."

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Argument rages over encryption and how much access government gets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

The Obama Administration and law enforcement officials want access to encrypted data, arguing the government and law enforcement need to be able to retrieve information. Ideally, the government would receive warrants and conduct a legal and transparent operation, but companies are willing to stand their ground regardless.




Here is what cryptologist Matt Blaze said during a recent event in Washington, DC (per Washington Times):


"I don't think [FBI] Director [James] Comey wants the world that he's asking for," said .... "I think the world in which we build systems with this added constraint of ensuring law enforcement access is going to cause such an increase in the kinds of digital crimes that are going to become more serious that - even if we take all of the things that we disagree about about values and put them aside - we are going to have the things that we agree about get a lot worse, and that really scares me as we rely on those systems more and more."

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4 Gadget Repairs You Can Make Yourself With this iFixIt Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago



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  • Fix noisy laptop fans
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Whopping 950 million Android phones at risk due to text exploit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

It looks like the Zimperium mobile security firm may have found the largest Google Android smartphone flaw, with an estimated 950 million phone owners at risk.




There is no user interaction required for the remote code execution vulnerability, and attackers simply need to know your mobile phone number.


"This happens even before the sound that you've received a message has even occurred," said Joshua Drake, cybersecurity researcher at Zimperium, in a statement published by NPR. "That's what makes it so dangerous. [It] could be absolutely silent. You may not even see anything."

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Former Halo, Destiny devs form new VR game studio Endeavor One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

Veteran Halo and Destiny alums have split from Bungie's studios to chase new virtual-reality dreams, forming their very own new studio called Endeavor One.




"We are artists, writers, designers, engineers, cinematic wizards, gamers, friends and professionals," reads the studio's credo on its official website. "We are makers who passionately believe in the future of VR and AR."


Shortly after their formation, the ex-Bungie team is ready to release their first VR-ready endeavor called Jump, which centers around players leaping around futuristic cityscapes--a concept that seems quite revolutionary and could be quite exciting for the immersive virtual platform. The object of the game is to reach the tallest skyscraper with as few jumps as possible while each city--New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Tokyo, etc.--hustles and bustles in modernized flair.




The game looks to be an early prototype of sorts that flexes the studio's muscles as they get acclimated to the new tech. Interestingly enough news on Endeavor One and their game have been under wraps--Jump's official page on the studio's website requires a password to enter, and the game's Steam link redirects to Steam's original homepage.

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ASUS adds another micro-ATX motherboard into the mix, X99M-WS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard is based on Intel's X99 Express chipset and is apparently aimed at workstation builds, as claimed by ASUS. Being micro-ATX in size and brandishing three PCI-E x16 slots, this motherboard further supports up to an impressive 64GB of quad-channel DDR4 RAM.




Powered through 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS and 6-pin PCIe connections, this motherboard uses an 8-phase VRM for the CPU and 2+2 phase VRM for memory. Further features include one PCIe x1 slot, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one M.2 32 Gb/s slot, two gigabit Ethernet ports driven by Intel I210 controllers and a single 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connection.


Other connectivity and storage options include Bluetooth 4.0, two Type-A USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 and 1.1 options. As for sound, on offer is 8-channel ASUS CrystalSound 2 audio.

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Nintendo NX's first known game might be Dragon Quest XI

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

Square Enix's Japan division today announced that it has expressed interest in releasing the new Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time on Nintendo's new NX hardware.




The Japanese publisher revealed the new game during a special Dragon Quest themed presentation, revealing that Dragon Quest XI will be releasing on PlayStation 4, the 2DS and 3DS handhelds, and possibly Nintendo's new NX system.


"In addition we are considering the launch of Dragon Quest XI on Nintendo's in-development console, the NX," the publisher said in a new expressed interest press release.

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