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Bitcoin companies turning to Wall Street for financial leaders

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The Factom bitcoin technology company has turned to Wall Street to help find a new treasurer, relying on his interest in bitcoin and financial expertise. While working at Morgan Stanley, Dienelt co-founded the Lazzerbee paper bitcoin wallet company - and is knowledgeable in regards to the private wealth business.




"After two years traveling to bitcoin conferences, mining, and running a paper wallet company, I'm glad to have found a home in the space," said Jacob Dienelt, a former Morgan Stanley investment manager and now head treasurer of the Factom bitcoin company, in a statement published by Reuters.


The bitcoin financial infrastructure isn't going to disappear, but needs clear leadership to help work through government regulation hurdles, grow consumer support, and attract new business partners. "Bitcoin 2.0," which has seen more bitcoin firms taking experienced leaders from Wall Street, hopes to find new processes for the blockchain.

Victorinox Swiss army knife maker jumping into smartwatch market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Victorinox, the original Swiss army knife maker, will launch its first smartwatch by the beginning of 2016, according to the company CEO.




"Our concept is something approaching a smartwatch," said Carl Elsener, Victorinox CEO, in a statement to Reuters. "We're looking for the opportunity to expand the functions of our watches. But at the same time the watch must have a long lifespan compared to a mobile phone or a computer."


Traditional watch makers and other consumer product companies are trying to find ways to cater to an increasingly digital customer base. Although some companies want to release full smartwatches, others are choosing to add select digital features that may be appealing to wearers.

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Disassemble & Repair Your Electronics with the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago



An indispensable tool for anyone involved in electronics repair, this 70-piece comprehensive repair kit usually costs $110. For a limited time, it is available for $64.99--a 40% discount. These professional-quality tools come in a soft portable roll for easy transport and include electrostatic discharge-prevention tools like an anti-static wrist strap and SED-safe precision tweezers. These delicate tools can take on jobs as small as a watch or smartphone and can also be used for household-item repair.


Also included: a suction cup to hold on to components lacking handles; steel ruler to measure and compare parts; razor tech knife for everything from stripping wires to trimming stubborn pieces of plastic; soft plastic prying tools to help you gently manipulate even the most delicate of items; a comprehensive bit driver kit; a clamp to hold wibbly-wobbly work steady; and much more.


Whether in the hands of a hobbyist or pro repair tech, this kit will make possible even the most complex repairs, builds and tweaks.


>> Now $40 off the original cost, get this iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit Bundle for just $64.99 and save 40% off the sticker price of $110. Free shipping.

Malik customs unveils Project Edelsetin, packed with ASUS components

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Packed full of Bitspower watercooling goodies and tied together on an ASUS Z97-AR platform, Malik Customs showed off its amazing Project Edelstein on Facebook yesterday.




This simplistic fully watercooled build features an ASUS GTX970 Strix as the focal point and highlights the greyed-out color scheme with cool blue liquid.


The full parts list is as follows:

  • Intel i7 4790K
  • ASUS Z97-AR
  • ASUS Polska GTX 970 Strix
  • Bitspower International Co., Ltd. BP-DDCPC-BK
  • Bitspower BP-DDCT2-CL
  • Bitspower BP VG-NGTX970ADIIS
  • Bitspower BP-BE240BSCU-BK
  • Bitspower BP-CBCPF-CC6V2
  • Bitspower BP-CB90R
  • Bitspower BP-CB45R
  • Bitspower BP-CBWP-C06
  • Bitspower BP-CBWP-C63
  • Cooltek W2S
  • Corsair Vengeance Pro Silver 16GB 2400Mhz
  • Ultimate Personal Computers cables
  • Noctua Redux 120mm fans
  • Seasonic Platinum 760W

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When too much is not enough, GIGABYTE 3-WAY SLI GTX 980 graphics

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Listed on Newegg and bundled with a free Acer 27" G-Sync Monitor is the GIGABYTE GV-N980X3WA-4GD GeForce GTX 980 3-WAY SLI watercooled bundle.




If you're simply not getting enough frames or your build isn't crazy enough already, this $2,999.99 pick-me-up should do the trick. Featuring 2048 CUDA Cores and 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 per card this set is certainly not for the feint of heart - It even comes in it's own damn suitcase!


We can't wait to see this implemented into a great HAF Stacker build project - GIGABYTE, please let it be done.

Reddit thread interesting debate - labels LoL community 'gutless'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

With an up-voted score of 1225 as this article is being written, Reddit user Brosephski wrote an interesting address to the League of Legends community which resulted in a massive blow up in replies, comments and rebuttals.




In his original post, Brosephski claims that "I'm not saying Riot is money-grubbing evil or anything, but the reality of being for-profit doesn't help," adding "you guys need to put your money where your mouth is." Although it is said that the love for eSports is there, Brosephski believes that the League of Legends community needs to follow the 'Dota2 mentality' of "voting with their wallets and making changes."


Do you agree with his claims, or do you agree with one rebuttal which reads "League of Legends players are in generally just very happy with their game. I am at least. Why would I boycott it if I enjoy it so much?"

South Korea is on track to produce graphene-based products by 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The South Korean government has said that the country will begin producing and selling products using graphene by as early as 2017, making it one of the first countries in the world to commercialize the exciting new advanced material.




Graphene, is as thin as an atom and when spread out onto a sheet of carbon, can transmit electric currents up to 1 million times faster than current conductors like copper. Additionally, it has twice the strength of diamonds. Graphene-based products will include flexible display panels and touchscreen panels. South Korea has been at the forefront of graphene research, with the company hoping to become one of the world's first nations to commercialize graphene production, with research starting 10 years ago. The "government named six consortia made up of 45 private firms and research institutes in 2013 to develop related technologies", reports The Korea Times.


The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a press release: "The country believes it can create a new global market for graphene under its leadership as the country has developed leading technologies through over 10 years of research while it also has enough demand for the material in the mobile phone, display and secondary cell battery sectors".

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CS:GO professional Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund hosting Reddit AMA

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Highly regarded as one of the best Counter-Strike players of all time, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund has seen continued domination since the beginning of CS:GO through the help of his his long-standing Ninjas in Pyjamas squad.




In order to give a little back to the community, he is hosting an 'Ask Me Anything' over on Reddit, to ask your own questions all you have to do is make an account and get posting.

Stanford's aluminum-based battery charges up in just 1 minute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Scientists at Stanford University have come up with what could be the future of battery technology, with an early prototype using aluminum capable of charging up in just one minute.



The aluminum-based battery is also safe from the worries of catching fire, somethign that plagues the current lithium-ion batteries. Stanford chemistry professor Dai Hongjie explains: "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it". Previous attempts to use aluminum in batteries failed after just 100 recharge cycles, but Stanford's new prototype is capable of over 7500 recharges without any capacity loss.


Right now, the aluminum-ion cell can only pump out 2V, which is far less than the lithium-ion and its 3.6V. Aluminum cells also only carry 40W of electricity per kilogram, versus lithium-ion which is capable of delivering 100-206W per kilogram. Dai added: "Improving the cathode material could eventually increase the voltage and energy density. Otherwise, our battery has everything else you'd dream that a battery should have: inexpensive electrodes, good safety, high-speed charging, flexibility and long cycle life. I see this as a new battery in its early days. It's quite exciting".

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The government has control of your naughty selfies, Snowden says

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

In a discussion on Last Week Tonight, Edward Snowden told comedian John Oliver about how we can think about the governments surveillance of citizens in a more relatable manner.



It is often discussed that the general population isn't up in arms about breaches of sensitive data as they can't closely relate with exactly whats going on. In an attempt to educate some, Oliver took a new approach as spotted on


Talking to Americans on the street, Oliver showed us that there was quite a number of people who weren't exactly sure who Snowden was - often confusing him for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He then asked how people would feel if their naughty 'nudes' were available for the taking.


One angry person stated "if I had knowledge that the US government had a picture of my d*ck, I would be very pissed off," with Snowden adding "well, the good news is there's no program named 'The D*ck Pic Program'. The bad news is [the government's] still collecting everybody's information - including your d*ck pics."

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