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'This message will self-destruct' becomes a reality thanks to PARC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 8:31 am

Designed and made by researchers at Xerox's PARC, this self-destructing flash drive is something of a movie prop come to life but without the fiery explosions. Made for those carrying secretive data, this product can destruct on command, shattering the chip within and making it unreadable.




Utilizing Corning's Gorilla Glass, this product is made by stressing the original material in order to form tempered glass. Glass is the 'secret ingredient' here, ensuring that the product will shatter effectively and without fail. As explained by PARC senior scientist Gregory Whiting, this method ensures that "you get is glass that, because it's heavily stressed, breaks it fragments into tiny little pieces."


A resistor located at the base of the chip is used to perform the destruction. A laser is used to heat up this resistor, eventually shattering the glass above due to the magical powers of science. This technique ensures that not only does the chip break up into fragments, but all that's left is the dust of your previously-sensitive data.

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Intel's quest for low-power networks escalates with LTE advancements

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 7:30 am

A mobile phone that can go through extended heavy data use and still hold charge is a dream that Intel is looking to make a reality. As announced recently, Intel said it will be working with Ericsson and Nokia in order to publish and commercialize Narrow-Band LTE (NB-LTE), in addition to Ingenu stating it will be building a low-power network across the U.S before 2018.




NB-LTE has been described by PC World as a technology that "uses a small amount of radio spectrum to efficiently carry small amounts of data," allowing for lower power consumption.


These two announcements follow reports from Machina Research, stating that 1.5 million devices are set to be connected to low-power wide area (LPWA) networks by 2020. LPWA will lower the cost of Internet of Things (IoT), further ensuring that usability will be at an all time high. This advancement will be a massive step from the regularly-used 2G connection as seen in many IoT devices.

EVGA announces the GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 6:11 am

EVGA has just announced its latest GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+, which stands in line after the KINGPIN and Classified versions of EVGA's GM200-powered cards.




The video card maker has used a custom PCB with an 8+2 phase VRM design, with the GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ powered by 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The additional power, versus the 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors on most GTX 980 Ti cards allows more overclocking headroom, and 25W more power to do it with.


EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ has a GPU base clock of 1190MHz and 1291MHz GPU Boost clock with more room left for overclocking. The 6GB of GDDR5 is at its stock 7010MHz. Moving over to the cooler, EVGA has deployed its awesome ACX 2.0+ cooler which sports two fans with optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and low-powered motor, packed with memory MOSFET Cooling Plate which is said to reduce the MOSFET temperatures by 13%.


The new EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ is available right now through EVGA for $689.99.

Android Pay pushed live to over one million US locations

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 4:31 am

Android Pay, an Apple Pay rival, has now been pushed live to over one million US locations. Utilizing NFC technology in order to transfer funds from your account to a merchant, Android Pay can be used by any NFC-ready device running KitKat 4.4 or higher.




Estimated by IDC to be worth $1 trillion by 2017, analysts believe that mobile payments are the payment option of the future. With companies such as GameStop, Macy's and Staples picking up this form of payment, we may very well see this become mainstream in the near future.


Google has further confirmed that Android Pay will be rolled out to more locations in coming days, with updates following in the near future. Supporting credit and debit cards such as American Express, MasterCard, Visa and more, Apple and Android pay is all about ease of use and accessibility.

Ashley Madison hack unveils world's worst passwords

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 3:02 am

With hype of the Ashley Madison hack compromising approximately 37 million account going mostly quiet, news has just surfaced on ZDNet showing some of the world's worst passwords in use.




Unearthed by CynoSure Prime, these originally-cryptographically scrambled passwords were decoded through a single-computer process taking only a few hours, meaning analysts were able to look into similarities between accounts. This uncovered the unsurprising fact that '123456' was one of the most commonly-used passwords, used a total of 120,511 times.


Other culprits include 'f**ckme' and 'f**ckyou' both sitting just under 8,000 each, while the unimaginative password 'ashleymadison' saw use 6,213 times in total. We've talked about trends in terrible passwords before and it seems that '123456' may be in the number one spot until the end of time.

The tiny ASUS ROG G20GB packs a GTX 980, i7 and DDR4 punch

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 1:12 am

If you're looking for something tiny yet mighty, ASUS' Republic of Gamers (ROG) division has just released a beastly compact desktop, naming it the G20CB. This "Mayan-inspired" small form factor system features 8 million color LED options for the exterior plus ASUS ROG's own Aegis II app in order to help you control everything within.




With plenty of different component choices available depending on your budget, ASUS ROG allows users to spec their mini-machine up to an Intel Skylake i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video card, 32GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM at 2133 MHz and a 256GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD.


Complete with Microsoft Windows 10, ASUS' poster-child small form factor system received a CES 2015 Best Innnovation Award, a 2015 iF design award plus the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. Designed to support up to three HD displays through the power the the GTX 980, this 9.5-liter desktop doesn't currently have a price tag attached.

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6 Reasons Not to Miss This Microsoft Office Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 11, 2015 3:23 pm



$29 doesn't usually get you much. A few drinks, perhaps half of a pair of new jeans or 29 slices of pizza (okay, that one's pretty good). But right now, it can actually get you a promotion. At just $29, the Microsoft Office Career Advancement and Certification Bundle from Simplilearn is a major steal, packing with nine courses and seven certification exams. Grab it now at TweakTown Deals.


Still thinking about spending that money on half a pair of jeans instead? Here's why you should get this bundle instead:

- You'll get nine courses that usually go for $2,799, covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and CompTIA A+

- Simplilearn is the world's largest certification training provider, and has a high pass rate for exams

- You won't just get classes-you'll get seven simulation exams, too, along with test tips and techniques

- Whether you're starting as a beginner or have some experience, the bundle will fully prepare you for exams 77-885, 77-883, 77-881, 77-884, 77-882, 77-420, 77-427 & 77-428

- You'll also get over 30 quizzes throughout the material to make sure you're on track

- You'll be taught by instructors who have years of professional experience with Microsoft Office


Get it before it's gone-this amazing bundle is just $29 at TweakTown Deals!

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Backward compatible Xbox One games can be streamed to Windows 10 PCs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 11, 2015 3:00 pm

The Xbox One's new November update is pretty significant and isn't just about a faster UI. A huge library of backward compatible Xbox 360 games will be supported, and every single one of them will have the full range of functions afforded to Xbox One games.




Backward compatibility is one of the most-requested features in the current generation of consoles, and Microsoft has one-upped Sony by adding the feature to Xbox One consoles. Come November, all Xbox One owners will be able to play 100 different Xbox 360 games on their consoles, with "hundreds more" coming in the months ahead.


Rather than just adding the feature and calling it quits, Microsoft has gone lengths to make the transition from curent-gen to last-gen as smooth as possible. Users will be able to upload their saved Xbox 360 game data to the cloud and download it to the Xbox One to pick up where they left off. But the most impressive feature is that all 100 backward-compatible games will be treated just like Xbox One games with integrated DVR recording and customization via Upload Studio, screenshot snapping and sharing, and cross-platform streaming to Windows 10 PCs.

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Xbox One gets Windows 10 and backward compatibility in November

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 11, 2015 1:28 pm

Microsoft has released new details on the major changes that are coming to the Xbox One, starting with backward compatibility and planting the seeds for Windows 10 integration.




When the update launches in November it will unlock backward compatibility for approximately 100 Xbox 360 games, and Xbox exec Mike Ybarra affirms that support will expand with "hundreds more in the months to come". The Xbox One's awkward Kinect-centric tile UI will be overhauled as well, bringing a new dashboard and quick-launch scheme that's entirely focused on speed. The framework for full Windows 10 support will likely be laid out, leading to Windows 10 apps and Cortana support, but so far Microsoft has been vague on the details, saying that the UI is "powered by Windows 10" and that it "integrating the speed of Windows 10" to make loading times up to 50% faster.


There's speculation that Windows 10 could give the console access to "thousands of apps" that will bridge PC and Xbox One. But Xbox division head Phil Spencer has said in the past that gamers "won't see Excel on the Xbox One", and that Microsoft will implement Windows 10 apps "where they make the most sense".

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Canada's Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo features $100k in competitions

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2015 12:23 pm

Including "NHL 16 (because Canada)," Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo reached out to us to say that this Ontario-held gaming event will feature $100k worth of eSports tournaments, a tabletop arena, a cosplay competition and more.




If the above activities don't tickle your fancy, some AAA publishers and indie developers will be in attendance, alongside gaming celebrity meet and greets, talks and lectures, a kids zone and a designated marketplace for selling games, equipment and collectors items.


Set to kick off on November 13-15, this event will be held at International Centre in Mississauga, boasting what is claimed as "Canada's largest eSports event" to date. If you would like more information or to buy a ticket, you can do so through the official website.

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