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Want to know more about drones? PBS' NOVA premiering documentary 'Rise of the Drones'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Drones | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2:31 am

Drones have taken center stage on most news outlets and discussions. But much remains unknown about drones, so PBS would like to dispel some of the myths and get the truth out about drones. PBS' NOVA is working on premiering a documentary called "Rise of the Drones."

 

 

"We've entered an era where we're conducting an array of operations using unmanned systems that in a previous generation we would have called war, and we would have treated like war," Peter W. Singer, an expert in the future of warfare, says in the documentary. "When you're conducting more than 300 air strikes in a country, you're conducting an equivalent of at least an 'Air War' campaign. But we don't call it that now."

 

If you're interested in learning more about drones, including seeing an interview with the "father" of the Predator drone, you can tune into PBS Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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Intel ES chip shows up on Ebay, seller claims Ivy Bridge E/EP or Haswell EP

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2:05 am

A CPU has popped up on Ebay that the seller claims is either Ivy Bridge EP or Haswell EP. The seller says that it fits in his LGA 2011 motherboard, though the system does not boot up. Ivy Bridge EP is said to be a drop-in upgrade to LGA 2011 motherboards, though they will need an update for the BIOS before it will work.

 

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From the post:

A Brand NEW Chip.

Says Q1DF in Qspec Code on the CPU cap.

 

Got this chip by chance, and I know It is either of Haswell-EP chip or Ivy Bridge-EP.

No further info is known unfortunately.

 

It fits to my LGA2011 socket very well but never boots up.

No power signal on the board.

 

The price is currently at $202.50 with $15 for shipping. Technically, this chip is property of Intel and they probably won't be happy with it being sold. That said, if you think you can get the chip to boot up on your system, you can find the auction on Ebay.

Intel looking to leave the desktop motherboard business within 3 years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 1:33 am

Big news out of Intel today. They are looking to end their desktop motherboard business over the next 3 years. Intel will continue to provide chipsets for third-party manufacturers, but will no longer be producing desktop motherboards. This announcement isn't too surprising, though it was a bit unexpected.

 

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The Intel staff will go to different projects, such as developing the NUC boards and reference boards. Reference boards are often the basis of many third-party designs. Intel plans to stop developing desktop motherboards after the Haswell launch, though all Intel boards will still carry a full warranty and will continue to be supported by Intel.

 

The socketed CPU design will continue to be available past Broadwell in 2014, though the cadence of release is said to be slower than what we are currently used to. Third-party motherboards should continue to be the high-quality specimens that most of us have come to love.

RumorTT: NVIDIA readying GK110-based GeForce Titan card, would retail for $899

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 1:02 am

A new rumor is saying that NVIDIA is readying a GK110-based GeForce Titan card to go toe-to-toe with the upcoming AMD HD 8000 series of GPUs. The new card would consist of a single GPU die and would have performance between the current GTX 680 and GTX 690, which is two GTX 680 dies on one card.

 

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The move is likely to steal some thunder from AMD, who will try to take the performance crown back from NVIDIA. Several sources have said the card will materialize late next month with a price tag of $899. The name comes from the Titan supercomputer, which features 18,688 nodes utilizing NVIDIA's Tesla K20X GPU.

 

The GK110 die powers NVIDIA's enterprise Tesla video cards. The final die configuration will feature 2688 CUDA cores, an impressive number and over 1000 more than the GTX 680. Of course, this is all a rumor, though a lot of it does make sense. The card is likely utilizing chips that weren't quite up to par with the other Tesla chips as these cards have one SMX unit disabled.

South Park Studios not happy with THQ auctioning off rights to 'South Park: The Stick of Truth' game

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:29 am

At least one company isn't happy with THQ auctioning off their assets as part of the bankruptcy process. Specifically, South Park Studios is unhappy that THQ is attempting to sell its rights to the South Park: The Stick of Truth game that is currently in production by Obsidian.

 

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South Park Studios asserts that THQ doesn't have the right to sell the contract off. THQ would be required to first pay the $2.3 million it currently owes South Park Studios. South Park Studios is also required to sign off on any transfer of the contract and the purchasing company is required to abide by the contract.

 

THQ, of course, denies what South Park Studios is claiming. THQ also says they do not owe $2.3 million to South Park Studios, though are investigating if they owe any debts. If they do, they plan to pay them accordingly. THQ also plans to find a buyer who would see the game through to the end.

 

There will be plenty more news from the THQ bankruptcy and we will be sure to keep on top of it.

University student kicked out for finding security flaw offered scholarship by the company behind flawed software

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:04 am

A college student who thought he was doing a good deed by reporting a security flaw in the software used by his college was expelled. The college has stood behind their decision to expel the obviously talented college student. The company behind the software has come out to offer the student a scholarship and part-time job in IT security.

 

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"We will offer him a scholarship so he can finish his diploma in the private sector," said Edouard Taza, the president of Skytech.

 

The student union has also asked the school to reinstate him as a student: "Hamed is a brilliant computer science student who simply wanted to help his school," said Morgan Crockett, the union's director of internal affairs and advocacy. "Dawson College should be thankful for his talent and foresight. They must immediately reinstate Hamed, refund the debt he has incurred as a result of his unjust expulsion and offer him a public apology."

 

It's not looking like he will be able to return to college at Dawson, though that is what he would really like to do: "I really want to go back to school. I really love the teachers in computer science at Dawson College," he said.

 

At least now he should be able to afford going to a college of his choosing, thanks to Skytech. He will also be able to gain industry experience through the part-time job offered to him by Skytech.

Google's fourth quarter results are in, revenue and profit up, cost-per-click down

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 11:28 pm

Today is a popular day for companies to report their fourth quarter financial results and Google certainly didn't want to be left out. Google performed quite well during the fourth quarter with revenue and profit both increasing, though cost-per-click has continued to decline.

 

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Google recorded a revenue result of $11.34 billion, which doesn't include results from Motorola Home. This figure is up from $8.13 billion in 2011, so nearly 50 percent higher. Non-GAAP profit is up to $3.57 billion, which is up from $3.13 billion year-over-year.

 

Cost-per-click prices are down 6 percent year-over-year, though they recovered 2 percent from the third quarter of 2012.

 

For the fiscal year 2012, Google managed to bring in $50 billion in revenue. This is up from 2011, where they only managed to bring in $38 billion.

 

"We ended 2012 with a strong quarter," said Larry Page, CEO of Google. "Revenues were up 36% year-on-year, and 8% quarter-on-quarter. And we hit $50 billion in revenues for the first time last year - not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half."

AMD reports Q4 results, ends up doing better than expected

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 10:31 pm

AMD's fourth quarter financial results are in and the picture is still gloomy, but they did do better than previously expected. Revenue came in at $1.16 billion, with losses coming in at $473 million. Keep in mind that a large portion of those losses can be attributed to restructuring costs as well as the deal with Global Foundries.

 

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Fiscal Year 2012 revenue came in at $5.4 billion, which is down 17 percent year-over-year. Operating losses came in at $1.18 billion. Losses like this effectively offset the profits that AMD had managed in 2009, 2010, and 2011. This has brought back concerns over AMD's ability to make money and turn a profit.

 

However, it's worth noting that AMD has been doing quite a bit of restructuring and personnel changes. 2013 could end up being a turning point for the company as we hopefully start to see results out of these new employees.

RumorTT: Nokia Luimia 620 could be coming as early as next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 10:02 pm

Nokia's budget Lumia 620 could be showing up as early as next week, if suppliers are to be believed. According to online retailer Expansys, "We've had news from our official Nokia supplier that the Lumia 620 is expected on Thursday 31 Jan." Whether or not this is accurate remains to be seen.

 

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The Lumia 620 is a budget version of the Windows Phone 8 line of Lumias that Nokia has produced. It features a 3.8-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera, VGA from camera, NFC, and, of course, Windows Phone 8. Reportedly, the black version will be the first one released, with the white model coming at a later time.

Bethesda announces registration for Elder Scrolls Online beta

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 9:29 pm

Interested in the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG? If so, you might consider signing up for the beta. Bethesda has announced that gamers can sign-up for The Elder Scrolls Online beta. Of course, only a select few will actually be chosen to participate in the beta, so polish those resumes before sending them in.

 

 

Along with the beta sign-up announcement, Bethesda released a new cinematic trailer, seen above, which contains a look at the CG sequences in the game.

 

The beta has not been scheduled to begin quite yet. According to Bethesda: "If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon-watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites."

 

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