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Mad Catz launches S.T.R.I.K.E 3 gaming keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 12:07 am

Today, Mad Catz announced the launch of the newest addition to its gaming peripheral lineup. The new edition is a gaming keyboard which goes by the name S.T.R.I.K.E 3. Mad Catz says that the keyboard is an ideal entry into the world of competitive gaming and that it is set up to appease all gamers no matter what their favorite genre of gaming is.

 

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"The S.T.R.I.K.E.3 demonstrates our commitment to providing gamers with a product range that meets their budgets and exceeds their expectations," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the S.T.R.I.K.E.3."

 

The keyboard features customizable backlighting, programmable macro keys, and precise key response to help give you an advantage over the competition. The S.T.R.I.K.E 3 features a full RGB backlight that is capable of displaying over 16 million customizable colors. Additionally, full media controls and a removable wrist rest are featured to provide the perfect level of comfort for today's professional gamer.

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Supermicro displays new motherboards

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 11:58 pm

Supermicro stopped by during the Flash Memory Summit 2013 with their latest range of motherboards.

 

 

Supermicro flaunted their latest enterprise motherboard with 10 PCIe 3.0 slots, and a standard EATX board. They also displayed their new consumer motherboard for enthusiasts.

 

Supermicro is moving into the client space and bringing intense validation and stress testing to ATX motherboards.

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Mark Zuckerberg launches Internet.org, wants entire world online

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 11:12 pm

This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the formation of a new initiative whose goal is to make the Internet available to every person on the planet. The announcement was kicked off with the launching of a new website, Internet.org, which also happens to be the name of the initiative.

 

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Internet.org's aim is to conquer three specific challenges: affordability, data efficiency, and developing business models that will provide incentives for companies to help bring cheaper, more plentiful Internet access to emerging markets around the globe.

 

The press release, which was published on Facebook, says that only 2.7 billion people, which makes up one-third of the world population, have access to the Internet. With Internet adoption rates growing by less than 9 percent each year, this makes for a very slow--and very tedious--worldwide rollout. This is why Zuckerberg teamed up with Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung, and other partners to explore new ways to collaborate and solve this problem of lack of worldwide Internet. You can check out the full press release at Source #1 below.

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QNAP launches new Tower VS-2100 Pro+ series VioStor NVR for SMBs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:05 pm

Today, QNAP Security announced the launch of its latest Linux-based VioStor NVR product. The VioStor NVR VS-2100 Pro+ series is a two-bay tower form-factor NVR that is available in four, eight, and 12 channels and is designed with small to medium business and small office/home offices in mind.

 

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The VioStor NVR VS-2100 Pro+ series features dual-core Intel 2.6GHz processors and 4GB of DDR3 memory to ensure high-performance and stable recording while providing smooth playback from multiple megapixel IP cameras. The series is able to accommodate up to 8TB of high-quality videos encoded in H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG, and MxPEG. Full HD 1080p at 180fps video playback is supported thanks to onboard video hardware.

 

"The global security market presents high demand for HD resolution applications, and QNAP VioStor products are well-positioned for this need," said Amily Fang, product manager of QNAP Security. "The VS-2100 Pro+ series are affordable surveillance solutions for small-scale surveillance deployment scenario such as childcare, elder care, home, parking lot, retail stores, and so on."

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Corsair unveils new Phison-powered Force LS Series SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 9:04 pm

Today, Corsair announced their newest addition in their SSD lineup. The new Force LS series of SSDs are powered by the Phison SATA 6Gbps controller, which makes this the first SSD series from Corsair to not be based on an LSI SandForce SF-2200 controller.

 

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Corsair says that the Force LS series provides solid performance at a great value while maintaining reliable and efficient solid state storage for any PC or notebook with a 2.5-inch drive bay. Available in capacities ranging from 60GB to 240GB, each of the new SSDs maintain a 7mm thick footprint, which makes it an ideal solution for a replacement drive in a desktop PC or notebook.

 

The company says that the drives are able to attain read speeds of 555MB/s. Write speeds are a little lower at 535MB/s. Additionally, the drives are backwards compatible with SATA 1 and SATA 2 for maximum compatibility.

 

Corsair notes that the Force LS series supports TRIM, garbage collection, SMART functionality, and feature built-in advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms. The 60GB model retails at an MSRP of $69.99 and the 120GB retailing for $109.99. The 240GB SSD will set customers back $199.99.

New BIOS update brings Ivy-E support to ASUS LGA2011 boards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 8:03 pm

Today, ASUS officially posted a BIOS update for its socket LGA2011 motherboards that ushers in support for Intel's Core i7 Ivy Bridge-E processors. To install the update, users need an old LGA2011 processor, or they can choose to use the ASUS USB BIOS Flashback utility which requires no CPU or RAM to flash the BIOS. Just a 24pin ATX connector.

 

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The P9X79 series, ROG Rampage series, and TUF Sabertooth X79 series are all supported and Ivy Bridge-E support is denoted by the following BIOS Versions:

  • P9X79 LE, P9X79, P9X79 Pro, and P9X79 Deluxe - BIOS version number 4301
  • ROG Rampage IV Extreme and Rampage IV Gene - BIOS version number 4401
  • ROG Rampage IV Formula - BIOS version number 4402
  • TUF Sabertooth X79 - BIOS version number 4309

 

To download your corresponding BIOS update, head over to Source #1 below.

Crowdsourcing campaign raises $10,000+ for Facebook hacker Shreateh

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 7:06 pm

Earlier this week, Facebook publicly denied a bounty that was claimed by a Palestinian researcher over a security flaw found in Facebook's code. Basically the flaw allowed Khalil Shreateh to post on any Facebook user's wall regardless of their security settings, whether he was their friend or not.

 

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After reporting the bug to Facebook several times, the white hat hacker took matters into his own hands and managed to post on Mark Zuckerberg's wall. This obviously got the attention of Facebook's support staff, but they denied Shreateh's penalty claim saying that by hacking posts onto users walls, he actually violated Facebook's terms of service.

 

This is where Marc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust comes into the picture. He feels that Shreateh's efforts to inform the social network of a serious security flaw should not go unnoticed and should be compensated accordingly. He has turned to crowdfunding site GoFundMe to raise $10,000 to compensate the hacker for his efforts. Maiffret put his money where his mouth is and started the campaign with $3000 out of his own pocket.

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Gearbox says Borderlands 2 is set to land on PS Vita in 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 6:04 pm

Fans of the game Borderlands 2 will be happy to hear that its developer Gearbox has teamed up with Iron Galaxy Studios to bring the game to the PlayStation Vita sometime in 2014. The announcement came during Sony's Gamescom keynote with the company saying that Gearbox's Randy Pitchford is really excited to see Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita.

 

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This announcement comes as Sony slashed the price on its PS Vita, bringing it down to just $199. No official release date has been announced and things are silent on pricing information as well. Additionally, the company made no mention of DLC add-ons or whether your Boarderlands 2 account will be able to transfer over.

RumorTT: HTC to launch 4.5-inch Zara in the fall with Android 4.3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 5:03 pm

A new leak has surfaced that indicates Android smartphone giant HTC is quietly working behind the scenes on a new 4.5-inch smartphone dubbed the Zara. A newly leaked image shows the mystery phone has a very HTC One-like look with black trim and a new camera and flash module. Interestingly enough, the Beats Audio logo is still present, which means this phone may be one of the last to feature the Dr. Dre inspired audio system.

 

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Specs for the Zara include a 4.5-inch 960x540 resolution screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM. 8GB of storage is also said to be present and the rear shooter is of the eight-megapixel variety. Unlike the One, a microSD card slot is present and a 2100mAh battery should keep things running all day. The leak went on to say that the phone will feature Android 4.3 and will run HTC's new Sense 5.5 user interface.

Google updates YouTube for Android app, brings in several UI upgrades

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 4:11 pm

Today, Google started rolling out a massive update to its YouTube app for Android. The update brings the application into its fifth iteration and sports a magnitude of new features that improve the user experience tremendously.

 

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YouTube for Android 5.0 ushers in a new picture-in-picture feature that allows users to multitask by minimizing the video they're watching. This feature works by pressing the down arrow in the top left corner, hitting the back button, or swiping down while in full screen mode. This allows you to use the app as normal by searching, browsing, and subscribing to channels while continuing to watch the video you originally selected.

 

Additionally, the app features a deeper integration with Google's ChromeCast and brings forth a new preview screen with various video-related information with the option to send it to your ChromeCast-connected TV. Google has also updated the app to include the ability to search other user's channels and watch selections from their playlist. With this comes a new-looking user interface that brings it more closely in line with other Google services.

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