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4A Games says Microsoft Xbox One always improving, PS4 more powerful

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:32 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 is a more powerful game console and has outsold the Microsoft Xbox One worldwide since both consoles launched in late 2013. However, developers are supporting both platforms as the console war is far from over - and 4A Games, makers of the Metro video game series, says Microsoft is increasingly improving its efforts.

 

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The Xbox One's GPU is able to perform well, but sometimes only if the CPU is idle - and the CPU won't perform well only if the GPU is idle, as Microsoft is facing ESRAM problems.

 

"Microsoft is not sleeping, really," said Oles Shishkovstov, 4A Games CTO, in an interview with GameSpot. "Each [Xbox Development Kit] that has been released both before and after the Xbox One launch has brought faster and faster draw-calls to the table. They added tons of features just to work around limitations of the DX11 API model. They even made a DX12/GNM style do-it-yourself API available - although we didn't ship with it on Redux due to time constraints."

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LaCie launches 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 with up to 48TB storage

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:37 pm

Storage company LaCie unveiled its fastest and highest-capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage option, the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 with up to 48 TB storage capacity. Providing speeds up to 1330 MB/s paired with eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM hard drives, this rack is designed for professional media editors, such as videographers and video editors working with 4K video. The 8big Rack can fit into a standard 1U rack space.

 

 

"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to 4K video workflows," said Jason Ziller, Intel Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, in a press statement. "Products like the LaCie 8big Rack help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible for video editors."

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Zotac shows off ZBOX PI320 pico, smallest mini-PC company has made

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 7:45 pm

Computer company ZOTAC is back at it again, with the manufacturer announcing the ZBOX PI320 pico, a quad-core mini-PC in a compact and versatile form factor. The new model measures 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2 mm, about the same size as a small smartphone, and can be transported for use in any room in your house or apartment.

 

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The ZBOX PI320 pico features 2GB DDR3L memory, 32GB eMMC storage space, Intel Baytrail CPU, Intel HD Graphics GPU, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 2.0 ports, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing (x86) pre-installed. It will be released next month for $199 MSRP.

 

"Zotac is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC," said Tony Wong, Zotac International CEO, in a press statement. "We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS. Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket."

Burglar takes iPod Touch that controls triple amputee's movement

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 6:32 pm

The person responsible for breaking into Ben Eberle's vehicle to steal an Apple iPod Touch could face felony charges, as the custom device has been programmed to help a wounded U.S. Army veteran and triple amputee move. The MP3 player used i-limb, a custom application programmed for use by his prosthetic right hand - a newer technology that would have been virtually impossible just a few years ago.

 

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Eberle was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that claimed his right hand and both of his legs. The i-limb app was created by Touch Bionics, whose logo is displayed on the back of the stolen iPod.

 

A new prosthetic hand costs around $75,000, which will be required if the iPod Touch isn't turned over to the San Antonio Police Department.

Time Warner Cable service disrupted to millions of U.S. subscribers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:33 pm

Routine network maintenance caused a coast-to-coast service outage for Time Warner Cable, with the two-hour downtime starting at 4:30 a.m. EST. The problem reportedly arose with Time Warner Cable's "Internet backbone," and it seems rather likely that human error played a role in the problem. A full investigation is underway to determine why the company's 11.4 million subscribers were temporarily offline.

 

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Ironically, the latest Time Warner Cable service outage occurred just a couple days after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said the company didn't file network outage reports fast enough. The federal government issued a $1.1 million dollar fine to the company.

 

Comcast is prepared to purchase Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. It will be one rather disliked company being purchased by a significantly larger disliked conglomerate.

Lizard Squad hacker group actively being investigated by FBI

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 4:35 pm

The Lizard Squad hacker group launched cyberattacks against Sony PlayStation Network, Battle.net, League of Legends and Microsoft Xbox Live over the weekend, and now has focused on attacking Twitch. The attack was halted after several high-profile Twitch users wrote "Lizard Squad" on their foreheads yesterday. Some critics say the hackers are working on borrowed time, as it seems like only a matter of time before they are caught for their antics.

 

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The FBI became interested when John Smedley, Sony Online Entertainment president, was targeted by Lizard Squad tweeting a bomb hoax to American Airlines. The high-profile attacks against Sony, Microsoft and other companies would have drawn federal interest, but a fake bomb report should only expedite the FBI's investigation.

 

Reading through tweets on the Lizard Squad page reveals sometimes entertaining - and rather obnoxious tweets - including mentions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist group fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Hewlett-Packard recalling 6 million power cords due to fire risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 3:46 pm

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is recalling 5.6 million power cords, model LS-15, which were shipped with HP and Compaq notebooks, along with mini-notebooks and docking stations. HP received almost 30 reports of overheating cords that melted or charred, with 13 claims of minor property damage and two minor burn claims, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

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The cords were sold to consumers from September 2010 to June 2012, and consumers using this type of AC adapters should immediately stop using the power cords and unplug it. HP is offering free replacements for customers impacted by the safety risk. If you have a model LS-15 power cord, call 877-219-6676 - or visit the HP "Recalls" portion of the website to learn more.

 

"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers," HP said on its website. "We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers."

The NSA has its own Google-like internal search engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:32 am

For quite a while now, we've known that the NSA has been spying on millions of citizens within the United States. But with its ICREACH search engine, the US spy agency has a Google-like internal search engine that can quickly flick through some 850 billion files that it keeps on citizens, not just in the US, but across the world.

 

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The Intercept, the new site from Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says that these records are available to 23 agencies. These 23 agencies include the likes of the FBI, the DEA and much more, who can easily access ICREACH. This means that the government can search for very specific bits of data of a target citizen, such as their phone number or email address, with it displaying a list of emails both two and from that person over a certain period of time, analysts can then work out a pattern of who that person is in contact with.

 

This is achieved thanks to metadata, but don't worry ICREACH doesn't include what was said within a phone call, but it does include who the person was talking to, who called them, and what time the call took place. This data can then be used to determine the target's pattern of behavior, so that if the target was calling a certain person at a particular time, they could plan for that time and listen in.

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EA hopes to make $1 billion in add-on content, DLC sales this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 7:40 am

It looks like EA will be rolling in cash that it has made from add-on content and DLC sales this year, with an estimated $1 billion or more for 2014 alone, according to Bloomberg.

 

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John Reseburg, a spokesperson for EA, confirmed with Bloomberg that the Madden NFC add-on content revenue has grown by a gigantic 350% year-on-year in the financial quarter ending June 30. Madden NFL 15 will be a "major contributor" to EA's expected revenue growth in its sports sector according to Reseburg.

Apple's much bigger 12.9-inch iPad should arrive next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 6:42 am

The last time we heard about the 12.9-inch iPad was all the way back in January, where we heard Apple would launch the bigger iPad before the end of 2014. But now Bloomberg is reporting that production on the larger, 12.9-inch iPad will crank up in the first quarter of next year.

 

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Bloomberg is reporting on the news from "people with knowledge on the matter" who "asked not to be identified because the details aren't public." The sources didn't spill much details on the bigger iPad, apart from the fact that we should expect it to go into production early next year, and feature a 12.9-inch display.

 

Why the need of a bigger iPad? Bloomberg thinks that Apple could make waves in the enterprise market with a business-focused iPad, which could counter Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. Would you buy a bigger iPad? Or do you want to see a convertible device with OS X with the ability to detach from its keyboard to be used as a tablet?

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