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Researchers: Electricity smart meters used in Spain can be hacked

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 5:46 pm

Millions of network-connected electricity meters used in Spain are susceptible to cyberattack by hackers, according to security researchers. The vulnerabilities could lead to electricity being terminated - or billing fraud - if hackers are able to access the smart meters.


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The Spanish government has relied on these electricity meters to improve national energy efficiency, but didn't put a large enough emphasis on security efforts. The memory chips in the smart meters are reprogrammable and include flawed code, though the researchers won't outline what they did specifically until the problems are fixed.


"Oh wait? We can do this? We were really scared," said Javier Vazquez Vidal, a security expert involved in the smart meter research. "We started thinking about the impact this could have. What happens if someone wants to attack an entire country?"

Next-gen AMD APU 'Carrizo-L' to be available in December

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 4:27 pm

AMD would be announcing its next generation notebook APU Carrizo-L in December. The processor is based on a 28nm quad-core architecture based on their Excavator core.


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The notebook APU will have support for 2133MHz DDR3 memory. The news reported pointed out that Carrizo-L will succeed AMD's Beem and Mullins APU which is currently positioned for entry-level notebooks and tablets. It was also pointed out that this will also be 'officially' compatible with Windows 10. The rest of the operating systems, such as Windows 8.1, Ubuntu and SLED operating systems were added on the list.


The APU is designed for entry-level notebooks and will be placed to compete against Intel Pentium and Celeron series processors. But as far as mainstream segment is concerned, AMD would not be releasing the full-fledged Carrizo APU before March 2015 which will be succeeding after the long running Kaveri APUs. According to another report, Carrizo will be supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 along with an on-package memory die. It is also speculated that Carrizo series will have a desktop APU variant, which will be using the existing FM2+ socket motherboards. The expected timeframe for the desktop variant is also assumed for March 2015 launch.

CD Projekt Red says no downgrade in graphics for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 3:22 pm

A week ago, CD Projekt Red released few screenshots of its upcoming game 'Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' which created sheer disappointment within many of its fanbase. As a result, CD Projekt Red had to respond to assure gamers that the graphics shown in demo videos which was showcased at E3 2013 and a week-old screenshots are not a final version. An anonymous member on the NeoGAF forums also claimed that the CD Projekt Red and its PR are creating an overblown vision of a game that doesn't exist.



It was also assumed that the preview was going to be as good as the final version. It was also speculated that the game's graphics showed in a NVIDIA PhysX Middleware demo would be the same result in console variants. The demo was displayed to display HairWorks, specifically relating to rendering of hair and fur with PhysX enabled.


CD Projekt Red's Community Manager Marcin Momot said,"Please keep in mind that the game is still in production phase. Certain things are still being worked on. The final version of the game will look better than what can be seen in the latest screenshots - no matter the platform. As you probably know, when publishing screenshots, some of them can be subjectively less appealing than others (depending on one's opinion), that's perfectly normal. The most important thing here is that the game will come out looking gorgeous when we are done working on it. There will be no downgrade."

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Inventors for blue LED lights gets a Nobel Prize in physics

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 2:19 pm

The researchers of blue light-emitting diode (LED) are the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics. The winners are Isamu Akasi, a professor at Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hiroshi Amano, also a professor at Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura who is a professor at the University of California. Along with the Nobel Prize, the scientists will also be splitting $1.1 million award money.


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The three scientists were the ones who found a way to produce blue light beams in the early 1990s, but the red and the green light diodes were produced by others. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in its prize citation that white light couldn't have been invented if it wasn't for the blue LED invention. The invention of blue LED is 20 years old, but has been used in multiple electronic appliances, devices, day-to-day electronic equipment, traffic signals, headlights and even PCs.


The main advantage of LEDs is that it significantly reduces the consumption of electricity in comparison with incandescent and fluorescent lights. The widespread adoption of the practical invention, and the versatility in other fields is what makes them deserve this award. LEDs are used in smart bulbs that are made by few companies like GE and Phillips.

Yahoo India R&D center lays off 600 employees, mostly engineers

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 1:36 pm

As a part of its ongoing cost-cutting exercise, Yahoo laid off 600 employees from its engineering and product development division. Yahoo India R&D centre in Bangalore was considered as the second largest Yahoo offices outside the US, before the lay-off.


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Despite the massive lay-off, Yahoo India executives said that the R&D center will still continue to operate, but with better efficiency.


Yahoo said via a press release,"As we ensure that Yahoo! is on a path of sustainable growth, we're looking at ways to achieve greater efficiency, collaboration and innovation across our business. To this effect, we're making some changes to the way we operate in Bangalore leading to consolidation of certain teams into fewer offices. Yahoo! will continue to have a presence in India and Bangalore remains an important office."

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The Evil Within reportedly locked to 30FPS, even on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 1:05 pm

The Evil Within is set to scare up a storm in a few days time, with the console version confirmed to be locked at 30FPS. But, where it is getting interesting, and disappointing, is that the PC version is looking to be locked at 30FPS.


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The news is coming from Twitter, with Bethesda Softworks' Senior Producer, Jason Bergman, replying to a question on Twitter, which asked "is TEW targeting 30FPS or 60FPS?". Bergman replied with: "We're 30. Makes more sense for a survival horror game". Yes, you heard that right, because 30FPS is better for a "survival horror game".


This isn't the first cross platform game to have its framerate locked to 30FPS, with The Division locked at 30FPS on PC, as well as The Crew.

G-Pack, a gaming PC that lives on the back of your TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 12:48 pm

Have you been waiting for a gaming PC that can sit in your living room, that you can have sitting somewhere that it can't be seen? Well, the G-Pack sits on the back of your TV, powering as a "Steam-optimized PC".


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There are three different configurations on offer, with Configuration I on offer starting at $1,695, Configuration II at $2,095 and Configuration III at $2,695. We have a Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processor, 4GB/8GB/16GB RAM, 1TB/2TB/3TB HDD for storage, and 32GB SSD, 250GB SSD and 500GB SSD for each system, respectively.


For $445, 20 backers were able to buy the Early Bird Empty Chassis, which was their "all-aluminium, custom designed case & brackets - put your current machine in there, or make something new".

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NVIDIA's new mobile GPUs provide much more battery life for gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 11:01 am

NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - What's the use of an improved notebook GPU if it's going to suck down more battery life than ever? Oh wait, the Maxwell-based GTX 900M series doesn't use more power, it actually gives you longer battery life when you're not tethered to a power socket.


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With NVIDIA's testing on an MSI GT72 notebook, powered by its new GeForce GTX 980M GPU running 1080p Ultra on the three games above (League of Legends, GRID 2 and Tomb Raider), the improvements are huge.


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As you can see, we have a 30% boost for League of Legends, 29% boost for GRID 2, and a huge 55% boost in Tomb Raider on the GTX 980M.


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Which gaming notebook should you buy? Here's a head start.

NVIDIA notices 5x gaming notebook growth in just 3 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 9:29 am

NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - One of the more surprising things from my time in Monterey Bay last month was that NVIDIA alerted us to the fact that gaming notebook growth has been, well, insane.


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NVIDIA has noticed a 5x gaming notebook growth in just three short years, which is nothing short of amazing. But, according to the GeForce Gamer Survey 2014, the #1 notebook gamer desire is "Give me desktop class performance", which we can understand. Notebook gamers are constantly craving more performance, and if anything, more than their desktop counterparts. The reason? They can't upgrade their GPU like desktop gamers can.

Google Now will now remind you to pay your bills

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 8:42 am

Google Now continuously receives new updates and superpowers, with its latest ability: warning you of your unpaid bills. Google has just unveiled the new feature, which is simple to activate and get working.


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The company explains: "When you can't remember whether you've paid your bills - or you simply can't remember how much money you need to pay - you can now just ask Google. Tap the mic on the Google app ( and say, 'Show me my bills' or 'My bills due this week.' If you have the payment due date and amount in your Gmail, you'll see a quick summary of upcoming and past bills".


This is a nice feature, as it simply runs in the background. You might remember randomly one day, 'oh, have I paid my phone bill', to simply access Google Now and find out.

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