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Android Wear powered just 720,000 of the 4.6 million wearables in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6:46 am

Out of the 4.6 million wearable devices shipped across 2014, only 720,000 of them were powered by Android Wear according to analyst firm, Canalys.

 

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According to Canalys' data, the Moto 360 was the most popular wearable on the market. But out of those 4.6 million, Google must be feeling the pain that its Android Wear OS only powered 720,000 of those units, as it faces heavy competition from Pebble, and Samsung's Gear range of smartwatches, which runs Samsung's own OS.

 

Xiaomi shipped over 1 million units of its Mi Smartband, which is something Canalys puts down to its unique marketing campaign. LG's G Watch R had a nice sales boost over the holidays, with Samsung not igniting the wearable world as much as it most likely hoped to.

Intel to unveil its new Haswell-EX Xeon CPU soon, with 36 threads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 5:09 am

According to new reports, Intel will launching its new Haswell-EX based Xeon E7 CPUs in Q2. The flagship Xeon E7-8890 v3 will arrive with a clock speed of 2.5GHz, rocking 18 cores and 18 Hyper-Threaded cores for a total of 36 threads. It'll have 45MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of 165W.

 

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The new Haswell-EX family of Xeon processors will arrive with 4/10/12/14/16 threads with varying thread counts due to HT. Frequencies will also range between 2GHz for a handful of the CPUs, right up to 3.2GHz on the E7-8893 v3 which is a 4-core CPU. The new Xeon E7 processors will feature multiple improvements and technologies, including AVX and TSX instructions, as well as support for DDR4 RAM.

Samsung rumored to unveil Galaxy S6 without its own bloatware apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3:36 am

One of the biggest downsides to any of Samsung's mobile devices is that there are so many pre-installed apps and bloatware on the phone, but according to the latest rumors, the Galaxy S6 could arrive without any of its pre-installed apps.

 

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SamMobile is reporting that the Galaxy S6, while it won't have any of the Samsung pre-installed apps installed, would have some of Microsoft's applications such as OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile and Skype, which is due to an agreement between Microsoft and Samsung. The Galaxy S6 would arrive not only without the pre-installed applications, but it would also be faster, too. Faster than that of the Galaxy Note 4, which is already a quick handset. There are some nice UI changes to expect too, which you can check out below:

 

  • Samsung's default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
  • More theming options are available
  • All Samsung's apps are more colorful
  • You can select between 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer
  • The app drawer no longer supports endless cycling through the list of apps (meaning you can't go back from the last page to the first without going back through the previous pages).
  • The music app still runs in full-screen mode at all times
  • The dialer app looks "green as grass", or that's what we were told.

NVIDIA reiterates that TSMC is a 'very important' foundry partner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 2:34 am

It has been rumored that NVIDIA would slide out from under those warm cuddles that TSMC provide to manufacturer its GPUs, into the arms of Samsung or GlobalFoundries, but it looks like this won't be happening any time soon.

 

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NVIDIA's CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang said during the company's recent conference call with investors and financial analysts during the week, where he said that TSMC will continue to be a big partner of theirs, but didn't confirm or deny that it could shift some of its production to another company. Huang said: "We always look at all foundries, and TSMC remains our most strategic [partner]. They are going to continue to be a very important partner for us for the foreseeable future".

 

TSMC will begin its 16nm FinFET production in the second half of the year, much later than the likes of its competitors in Samsung and GloFo. When it came to talking about the 16nm FinFET process, Huang said: "TSMC is a fabulous supplier, [...] their FinFET technology is excellent. [We have been] working with TSMC on FinFET now for a couple of years, and so we have quite a bit of confidence in their ability to deliver amazing FinFET transistors".

 

When should we begin our excitement for NVIDIA's new 16nm next-gen GPUs? The codenamed "Pascal" GPUs will be arriving sometime next year, baked onto the delicious new 16nm process, skipping 20nm from the current 28nm that the incredibly efficient Maxwell architecture is built on.

Lando Calrissian may return to a galaxy far, far away

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:37 am

With the return of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia to the next 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens', some fans have questioned why the galaxy's smoothest dude Lando Calrissian hasn't yet made return. While Billy Dee Williams returned to the franchise voicing his CG animated character in the 'Star Wars: Rebels' TV show in the episode 'Idiot's Array', Williams has made his first comments on his possible live-action return.

 

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Speaking with Cinelinx to promote his 'Rebels' guest starring role, Williams says: "I have a feeling I'm going to show up. There's nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage... I didn't come in until the second movie. I did 'Empire' and then I did 'Return of the Jedi', but I came in after everyone else was introduced. So I think they're probably proceeding in that way."

 

The next 'Star Wars' film; 'The Force Awakens' is currently scheduled for a 3D, IMAX and 2D worldwide release on December 18th, 2015.

Valve to show off new Steam Machine prototypes at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:34 am

Valve might have unveiled its NVIDIA-powered Steam Machine all the way back in 2013, and while we were promised to see Steam Machines properly unveiled and released last year, all we saw were prototypes at CES 2014. Well, it's 2015 and we're closer than ever to proper Steam Machines, with Valve announcing that their partners will be showcasing their latest prototypes at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 next month.

 

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Valve has partnered up with PC manufacturers like Alienware, CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower, wherer we should see most, if not all of them unveiling their latest Steam Machine prototypes at GDC 2015. Valve's Doug Lombardi has confirmed with Polygon that the latest Steam Machine prototypes will be at the show, but outside of that, we know nothing new. Don't fear, as GDC 2015 isn't even a month away, taking place between March 2-6.

Facebook letting users assign an heir to your account after you die

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:48 am

Facebook have struggled for years with what happens to your digital life once your mortal body passes, but creepy as it may be, the company has finally agreed to make changes to accounts to assign a "legacy contact" to manage your account on your behalf. This contact can write posts on your profile page, change your profile picture and even add new friend requests on your memoralised account.

 

 

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Facebook are currently rolling the feature out worldwide and although my Australian account has yet to receive the option, go to go to Facebook 'Settings', 'Security' and then 'Legacy Contact' to see if your account has been granted the afterlife option.

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Crytek will unveil a new VR experience at GDC 2015 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:39 am

It looks like Crytek is ready to push into the world of VR gaming, as the studio will be showing off a new VR experience on the Oculus Rift at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 next month.

 

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VRFocus is reporting that Crytek has confirmed with the site that it will be showing off a "a brand new experience" for VR, especially when compared to what it was showing off at last year's GDC. Last year, Crytek was showing off a VR technology demo running in CryEngine on the Oculus Rift DK2 at 100FPS.

 

Crytek will be showing off its CryEngine running on Android, too. GDC takes place between March 2-6 in San Francisco, California. You can be sure we'll be reporting about any and all things from the event.

Ubisoft sees future success for Far Cry game franchise

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11:10 pm

In less than two months, Ubisoft has sold more than 7 million units of Far Cry 4, and it doesn't look like the game franchise is going to end just yet.

 

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot didn't confirm a new Far Cry video game, but indicated Far Cry 4 may not be the last title for gamers. "The Far Cry franchise is here for the long-run and is a stronger contender in the shooter genre," Guillemot said during a recent earnings call.

 

Meanwhile, Ubisoft released the Overrun Far Cry 4 DLC for PC and console gamers, providing new maps, a new vehicle, and a new PvP mode. The game publisher seems focused on releasing updates for Far Cry 4 and will keep any rumblings of a new title under wraps for the time being.

Cybercriminals want to compromise your identity, steal personal data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 10:20 pm

Cybercriminals have their pick of vulnerable targets to compromise, and want to focus more on conducting identity theft over just stealing payment information.

 

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After a data breach, especially if a debit or credit card information has been stolen, compromised users ask their banks to cancel cards. However, a data breach in which names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other personal data are stolen give criminals the ability to take their time to launch future attacks.

 

"We're clearly seeing a shift in the tactics of cybercriminals, with long-term identity theft becoming more of a goal than the immediacy of stealing a credit card number," said Tsion Gonen, VP of strategy for identity and data protection of Gemalto. "Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes."

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