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Microsoft does the impossible, uses actual synthetic DNA to store data

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 1:00 pm

Current data storage techniques rely nearly solely on typical electronic techniques that have been used for years, but they are slightly limited if we wish our data to last for longer than 20 years in cold storage without being switched out. Microsoft is teaming up with Twist Bioscience to explore using DNA as a means of long-term storage. And it's working splendidly.

 

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They've agreed to purchase ten million long oligonucleotides, or DNA, from Twist Bioscience to start encoding actually digital data into the nucleotides therein. Twist Bioscience says that using DNA is advantageous in many different ways over the usual disk or NAND-based solutions. Data could potentially last for up to 2,000 years, far longer than usual, and the amount of data that can be stuffed into just a gram is somewhere around on trillion gigabytes, or a zettabyte, of data. That's astounding.

 

The approach that they'll be using appears to be de novo or from the very beginning. That is, they'll be making the DNA and not using already present DNA, infusing it with data, then sequencing it so it cannot be re-obtained unless re-sequenced. DNA storage is something that has been explored since 1988, when a small amount of information was put into a small strand of already living DNA. There are plenty of obstacles to making this a viable technology in the future, but thus far, even with current techniques, it could potentially be a magnificent alternative to current archival techniques.

 

Encoding data into the DNA of living subjects is not viable at all due to mutations and a number of external factors that can destroy the DNA and thus the data. So you won't be a carrier for data anytime soon.

Valve partners with Bitpay, with Bitcoin support now on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 11:33 pm

Valve has officially teamed with Bitpay, introducing support for Bitcoin as a payment method on Steam. Gamers can now use digital currency to purchase games and more through Steam, which is pretty damn cool.

 

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Rory Desmond, Director of Business Development, North America and APAC, explained on the official website: "Today we're announcing a new payment integration with software and gaming giant Valve which will bring bitcoin payments to Steam gamers worldwide".

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Intel no longer defines itself as a PC company, thinking more broadly

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 9:29 pm

Gamers and PC enthusiasts have long thought of Intel as a PC company thanks in part to sheer longevity, and of course its technically excellent processors. But as the PC market under-performs, Intel is now looking at itself in a new light, one that focuses more on other technology sectors.

 

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The company's chief executive Brian Krzanich made it crystal clear for the first time this week that it's transforming itself "from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices." Which is only logical, given 40 percent of its revenue and 60 percent of its profit margin now come from sources other than the PC space.

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Weekly Giveaway: Win a ZOTAC SONIX PCIe 480GB SSD (Global Entry!)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 8:58 pm

We have teamed up with ZOTAC this week who is giving away a speedy SONIX PCIe 480GB SSD to one lucky winner!

 

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Prepare for the silent silver bullet - the ZOTAC SONIX PCI-e SSD. In a world where every second counts, you cannot afford to lag behind. Maximize your speed, minimize load times and make the hourglass a distant memory. With the PCI-e interface, the setup is a very simple plug and play*, so say goodbye to cable management. Your ultimate upgrade requires no wires and no mess - just a sleek dose of metal, silicon, and blazing speed.

 

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Step 5 - Sit back and hope you are a winner - good luck!

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Facebook, Messenger, Instagram apps debut on Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 8:10 pm

At long last, Facebook is today releasing its new Facebook app for Windows 10 desktop as well as a Messenger app. On mobile, its Instagram app debuts.

 

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The Facebook app is available now and features a smaller style layout than with the previous app, which was very in your face. This one is much more efficient for taking in a lot of information and navigating between different sections. As well, performance is much improved with snappy loading of images as well as between clicks. Feature-wise, it supports Live Tiles for at a glance updates, Reactions, stickers in comments, and you can share photos to it through File Explorer (click the Share tab at the top of the window), among other things.

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Fallout 4 Steam patch adds Survival difficulty, improves performance

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 7:09 pm

The Fallout 4 1.5 patch with Survival mode has been out for about a month now on Steam, but only in beta form. If you're not a beta kind of person, today's your day as the update has gone public.

 

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Survival mode appears aimed at oldschool Fallout fans or just any masochist that enjoys the challenge of a harrowing, realistic experience -- the kind you'd find in a real wasteland. It's especially for you liked the excellent Fallout: New Vegas hardcore mod from developer Josh Sawyer. The key changes here are the removal of fast travel and save anywhere functionality (now you can only save when you sleep), and "increased lethality, diseases, fatigue, danger and more." In short: it's rough out there. If you want to know more, check out our 'Everything you need to know about Fallout 4's new Survival Mode' article.

 

Other inclusions in the patch: better performance and stability and lots of bug fixes, among other things. Boot Steam to grab it now.

Complaints to FCC over data caps rose nearly tenfold in 2015

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 6:03 pm

As internet data cap surcharges have become more and more impactful (some providers are now charging as much $35 per month for you to 'avoid' fees associated with usage caps), more and more customers are starting to notice and even take action.

 

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The Wall Street Journal reports data limit complaints to the Federal Communications Comission (FCC) stood at 863 in the first half of 2015 before soaring to 7,904 in the second half. More than that, some said they were canceling streaming services like Netflix, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation Vue, which are top sources of data consumption. This year looks similar with 1,463 complaints registered as of mid-April.

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Zuckerberg says Facebook plans to 'lead the way' in VR with Oculus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 4:42 pm

One of Facebook's more exciting acquisitions over the years was VR startup Oculus, and with Facebook feeling generous from its recent earnings report, we caught a glimpse of the future of Oculus and Facebook's intentions.

 

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said: "I really want to emphasise that most [Oculus] Rift early adopters are gamers and developers, but eventually we believe that VR is going to be the next big computing platform and we're making the investments necessary to lead the way. We've got a lot of great content with more than 50 games and apps built for Rift. Again, this is very early and we don't expect VR to take of as a mainstream success right away".

 

The Oculus Rift launched just weeks ago, and the numbers aren't great yet - but the water hasn't even begun to ripple let alone settle in the VR market.

Xenoblade Chronicles now available on Wii U Virtual Console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 3:42 pm

Nintendo bolsters its rather drab Wii Virtual Console with one of the best RPGs ever made.

 

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If you skipped the Wii generation in favor of the Wii U, you missed out on one of the best RPGs in existence. Thankfully Nintendo has you covered: Xenoblade Chronicles is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console.

 

The digital Xenoblade Chronicles port will set you back just $19.99, which is pretty good considering the physical disc-based Wii version goes for about $50 on eBay. Like all the VC games, Xenoblade Chronicles will allow off-screen play on the Wii U GamePad. Sadly the game doesn't support the Wii U Pro controller, so you'll have to use the GamePad or pick up a legacy Wii Pro Classic controller and a Wiimote.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 3:00 pm

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You'll get a year of access to 20 courses and 25+ hours of training, all getting you ready to ace the PMI-ACP exam. You'll study the many approaches to Agile, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming, and test-driven development. Printable study guides, labs, games, and activities ensure you master the material, get completely comfortable with Agile, and learn how to manage a successful team.

 

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