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More Ashley Madison information revealed and its doubled the amount

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

With news already coming out that the Ashley Madison hack has seen over 700 Australian Government employee email addresses named, sitting alongside members of the White House and US congress and even dirtying the name of Sao Paulo due to the sheer number of accounts within, there is now even more to add to the plate.

 

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This latest update comes in the form of yet another information dump, being twice the size of the last one. Released onto the dark web, this information leak is largely targeted at Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life. Alongside including many of his business emails, this leak is coupled with a statement which reads "Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now."

 

Measuring around 20GB, this leak is said to be focused mainly on internal operations and information - quite possibly to ensure people take this leak seriously and removing the possibility of Ashley Madison calling it off as a hoax.

Ashley Madison hack unearths White House and US Congress staff

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The Aussies are in trouble, with the latest Ashley Madison hacking scandal unveiling over 700 Australian Government email address' linked to the affairs website, but it looks like they aren't the only ones. Looking further into the data, The Big Story published an article outlining that members of the White House and US Congress were also involved in the mix.

 

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Including those holding high positions in multiple Government offices (including law enforcement), the hacked and published list includes some powerful titles which The Big Story explained as; "at least two assistant U.S. attorneys; an information technology administrator in the Executive Office of the President; a division chief, an investigator and a trial attorney in the Justice Department; a government hacker at the Homeland Security Department and another DHS employee who indicated he worked on a U.S. counter terrorism response team."

 

Although you may view it as morally unjust, there will be no legal action taken against these Government employees, sources say. This inaction is due to there being no elected officials involved, nor have these people committed a felony. Further to this information, the names have not been publically posted or confirmed by the US Government.

Palit's GeForce GTX 950 StormX series looks incredible

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Adding to the myriad of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 releases is Palit with its StormX series of video cards, brandishing two sleek and sexy designs.

 

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This small series is lead by the overclocked StormX Dual card, complete with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a clock boosted to 1241MHz, 53MHz higher than 'stock'. This blue rendition sits alongside the all-black StormX base model card, sitting on a stock clock.

 

The StormX Dual further features "dual Turbofan Blade coolers" as the name and a recently issued press release points out. Palit has further added solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes and improved the PWM design - enabling 0dB cooling when operating under 60C.

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Intel says that DDR4 will overtake DDR3 sometime next year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

IDF 2015 - Intel has laid out predictions for a marked rise in DDR4 RAM adoption following the widespread availability of Skylake-powered servers, notebooks and desktops.

 

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Right now mainstream support for DDR4 RAM is rare, and it's mostly found in Intel's Xeon-powered servers and in enthusiast grade PC's powered by X99 chipsets. But according to analyst firm IHS, whose findings Intel touted on stage, DDR4 will already start to overlap production of DDR3 as early as next year.

 

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IHS further lays out a timetable for desktops and servers that shows the projected transition period from DDR3 to DDR4. Servers have been using DDR4 since late 2014 thanks to the Xeon E5 v3 processor, and the platform will continue to account for a bulk of memory usage throughout this year and well into 2016. By the end of this year alone IHS predicts that DDR4 will account for 60% of all server memory shipments, and jump to 90% in the same time next year.

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The new Alienware 18 gaming laptop packs two GeForce GTX 980M GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Alienware has just announced its latest and greatest gaming notebook, the Alienware 18, with what I would call the single most best, cringe-worthy announcement video of all time. Check it out below.

 

 

The new Alienware 18 gaming laptop kicks off with a minimum of a Core i7-4710MQ at 2.5GHz, but you can opt for the Core i7-4910MQ or Core i7-4940MX if you want some added CPU performance. There's four DIMM slots inside, with a stock 16GB of RAM upgradeable to 32GB. The stock model includes a 500GB HDD, while the 1TB model costs an insane 1TB more. Very strangely, there's no SSD here which is super disappointing and somewhat of a showstopper for me.

 

GPU wise you can have up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980Ms in SLI, which will more than handle the 18.4-inch 1920x1080 display and any game you throw at it. Connectivity wise, we have a Killer Ethernet port, Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, a miniDisplayPort, HDMI (in and out) and more. Dell has also packed in 20 LED lighting colors across 10 separate zones for the ultimate customization.

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'He-Man' feature film reboot coming down from Eternia

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The cult 1980's animation 'He Man and the Masters of the Universe' looks set to be re-imagined for the big screen, as Sony Pictures orders a new script from comic book writer turned screenwriter Christopher Yost.

 

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Previously bought to the screen in the ham-statistic 1987 turkey, which starred Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella. While the picture bombed - failing to recoup it's production budget - Sony are no doubt hoping that the world will look on the Prince of Eternia just a little bit kinder. With development on the film still in early stages, the film isn't expected to be launched until 2018 at the earliest.

Hideo Kojima could end up working with Chinese gaming giant Tencent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

With the creator of Metal Gear Solid all out on his own, it's being reported that Hideo Kojima is in talks with Chinese gaming giant Tencent.

 

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Tencent is seriously large, with stakes in gaming giants like Riot, Activision Blizzard, Epic Games and more. Tencent is reportedly looking to acquire Kojima, where they would work together on new IP, with negotiations between Kojima and Tencent reportedly already taking place.

 

If Kojima did move over and start some new IP with a backer with deep enough pockets (and the freedom that Kojima requires), we could expect very exciting things from them in the future.

Ubisoft teases 4K screenshots from the PC version of Zombi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Ubisoft has released new screenshots from the PC version of Zombi, which was known as ZombiU on the Nintendo Wii U. The new screenshots have been captured at the glorious 4K resolution, which you can scope out below.

 

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The game itself looks much better in 4K, but I think you can see it's definitely not built to have 4K 'feeling' great to play on. The field of view looks like its stuck at 60 degrees, which is the default that most first-person shooters are locked at (on consoles at least). We have some more screenshots below, but prepare your Internet connections as they're quite big.

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AMD's next-gen GPUs will feature between 8-16GB of super-fast HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We've been hearing about AMD's next generation GPUs for a while now, but it looks like they're beginning to take more form. It's being reported that AMD's upcoming 'Greenland' GPU will be an entirely new microarchitecture, with development on Greenland starting some two years ago.

 

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But more interestingly, rumor has it that it's not just going to be yet another Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN), but it'll feature a new ISA (instruction set architecture) that will be so different to GCN, that it will be very exciting. On the surface, it'll be like previous generation Radeon products, with so much more happening underneath.

 

Greenland will reportedly usher in twice the power efficiency of GCN, where we can expect these GPUs to be made on the 16nm FinFET or 14nm process, with a serious jump on the number of stream processors when compared to the Fiji architecture. Fiji is the GPU behind the Radeon R9 Fury and R9 Fury X cards, powered by High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. More importantly, it's being reported that Greenland will pack HBM2, with enthusiast level and professional cards packing up to 32GB of HBM2. The consumer orientated Greenland-powered Radeon cards will come in two flavors: 8GB and 16GB, both of the next-gen HBM2 technology.

 

The new Greenland products will pack an insane 15-18 billion transistors, which is in the ballpark of the next-gen GeForce card from NVIDIA which is said to cram 17 billion transistors into the new enthusiast Pascal-based GeForce.

Samsung will begin making HBM early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It looks like the High Bandwidth Memory game is about to receive a very big new player in the form of Samsung, with the South Korean electronics giant announcing at IDF 2015 that it will begin mass production of HBM early next year.

 

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Right now HBM1 is limited to just 4GB and 512GB/sec, but HBM2 will be capable of driving far past 8GB and sitting at around 1TB/sec memory bandwidth. We should expect new video cards to feature up to 48GB of HBM2, with consumer cards most likely sitting at around 8-12GB of HBM2. With NVIDIA dominating the GPU market share with no signs of slowing down, next year is going to be one of the biggest for GPUs.

 

HBM2 is going to usher in more changes in the next 12-18 months than I think most people can even predict, especially when we begin seeing professional video cards (think video professionals, servers and the like) with GPUs packing 48GB of HBM2 with up to 1.5TB/sec of memory bandwidth. Even the fastest GeForce cards right now only feature 334GB/sec of memory bandwidth, while the HBM1-powered Fury X from AMD packing 512GB/sec bandwidth.

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