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GIGABYTE teases super tiny, factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

Mini-ITX PCs are about to get much faster thanks to GIGABYTE's new card based on the GeForce GTX 970 GPU, but arrives in a dual-slot, single-fan design that is much shorter than the standard GTX 970, perfect for tiny, but very powerful gaming PCs.

 

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The new mini-ITX based video card has an overclocked GTX 970 GPU, 4GB of RAM, a custom PCB from GIGABYTE, and a WindForce-like cooler. The custom design allows for a single 8-pin PCIe connector, versus the two 6-pin PCIe required on the normal GTX 970. GIGABYTE's custom designed cooler is quite compact, with a single, shrouded fan. We have a slight overclock on the Core and Boost speeds, from 1051MHz on the Core to 1076MHz on the GIGABYTE card, while we have Boost of 1178 on the reference GTX 970, but 1215MHz on the GIGABYTE slab.

 

Some other GTX 900 series cards actually ditch the multiple DisplayPort connectors, but not this card: we have three DisplayPorts, one HDMI, one DVI-D and a DVI-D port to finish it off. GIGABYTE says the custom cooler provides lower temperatures than the reference, with temperatures dropping from 76C to just 62C on the GIGABYTE card. Small form factor PCs have just received notice of their next GPU purchase.

Satechi launches Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse for just $19.99

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

Peripheral maker Satechi launched its Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse, designed for high-speed gaming along with traditional PC activities. The mouse supports 800, 1600, 2400 and 4000 DPI, with a 250Hz or 500Hz speed of transmission rate, and has four assigned LED colors depending on the DPI in use. The mouse is powered by two AA batteries and will automatically switch to sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity, with an estimated 36 months before batteries need to be changed.

 

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Satechi also included a "Gaming Mode," powered by clicking the "Turbo Button," so users only have to click once instead of needing to double-click while gaming. The Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse has a $19.99 MSRP.

 

The gaming peripheral market has yielded countless products for PC gamers, though many of the wireless products are relatively expensive.

Kickstarter aims to make hoverboards a reality - with a caveat

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

Ever since the release of 'Back To The Future: Part 2" in 1988, everyone wanted a hoverboard. Y'know what - they still do. Obviously, there's some pretty huge technical problems to overcome, meaning they won't be here as depicted in 2015 like Robert Zemeckis promised. But one Kickstarter is aiming to bring a limited vision of the future, in time for the date.

 

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The Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter, which just after a few hours has reached half of its funding goal has already been sampled by the likes of Engadget (still waiting for our invitation, guys!) has been reasonably well received, within the limits of the technology.

 

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Currently, the device can only hover over non-ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminum - but the ramifications of the technology which is already being used in mag-lev trains are undoubtedly great. For $299 USD, the Kickstarter is promising a 'Whitebox Dev kit' which includes a Hendo Hover engine kit, surface and a t-shirt.

Continue reading 'Kickstarter aims to make hoverboards a reality - with a caveat' (full post)

Unproduced 'Super Mario World' movie script and concept art goes live

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

Max Landis, son of legendary comedy director John 'Blues Brothers' Landis and an accomplished writer/director in his own right, who helmed 2012's 'Chronicle' has taken the rather offbeat decision to upload his ten year old work for, by his own admission "inferior" script for a film that has never, and will never get made - a 'Super Mario World' movie. Still, you have to admire his sheer chutzpah.

 

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Available now on Landis' website, the script is accompanied by a lengthy preamble which offers his updated thoughts on the work, along with concept art that provides an unique glimpse into what the film would have looked like.

 

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Of course, the franchise has already produced one feature film - the 1993 turkey 'Super Mario Bros' directed by incompetent huband and wife duo Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, which is coming to Blu-ray in the UK next month. The result of the film is why the conservative Japanese firm Nintendo have been completely unwilling to dip their toes in the feature film world again.

Blizzard announces Metallica will play at BlizzCon next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

Longtime rock band Metallica will play during the closing ceremony of BlizzCon 2014 next month, hitting the stage on November 8, Blizzard has confirmed. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California. The event is a celebration of the company's Diablo, Startcraft, and World of Warcraft franchises, and will host tournaments, panel presentations, and hands-on game demos.

 

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"We're thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO, in a press statement. "After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an Earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home."

 

For gamers unable to attend the event live, as BlizzCon 2014 is sold out, high-definition BlizzCon virtual tickets are available for $40.

Wall Street wants joint cybersecurity approach with regulators

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the top Wall Street trade group, wants increased inter-agency efforts to create cybersecurity guidelines for the financial industry. Instead of a "one size fits all" approach to cyberattacks, regulators would be able to ensure cybersecurity rules force companies to conduct "risk-based" and "value-added" audits.

 

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"You could have a patchwork... for a big global bank, of five or six regulators all looking at this from a slightly different perspective, with slightly different guidance or principles of what they think is effective," said Karl Schimmeck, SIFMA managing director of financial services operations, in a statement to Reuters.

 

Banks and financial companies already use stronger cybersecurity than other private sector companies, but JPMorgan Chase's recent breach indicated they clearly aren't immune from high-profile cyberattacks. The U.S. federal government is battling how to force companies to disclose breaches, along with helping them defend against future attacks.

Google shifts stance, fighting privacy by highlighting legal websites

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

Google is shaking things up a bit overseas, as the company tries to help copyright groups defend against Internet piracy. Instead of prominently linking to websites that allow users to download copyrighted content illegally, Google will display legal services, including Google Play, Spotify, and other alternatives. Legal sites will float to the top and illegal content will be displayed lower in the results.

 

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Of course, Google is requiring legal services to pay for advertising so they appear at the top of search results - and the BPI trade group doesn't think companies should have to pay.

 

"There should be no cost when it comes to serving consumers with results for legal services," a Google spokesperson told the BBC. "Instead we have urged Google to use the machine-readable data on the Music Matters website, which lists all services licensed in the UK, and to promote these legal services above illegal sites and results in their search, using appropriate weighting applied fairly and equally across services."

Illegal drone flights over sports stadiums pose a security risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Illegal drone flights over sports stadiums in Europe now have organizers worried about potential security concerns, after a drone flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a European Championship soccer qualifier between Serbia and Albania.

 

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Instead of a harmless flag flying over the grounds, UEFA president Michael Platini wondered what would happen if a drone carried a bomb instead of a flag. It is difficult for aviation and security specialists to try to stop small drones flying over stadiums, as they are able to get extremely close to the spectators and sports players before being identified.

 

"It was highlighted as being an emerging issue at sports grounds, with the use of drones at grounds increasing significantly in the last two years," said Caroline Hale, Sports Ground Safety Authority head of communications. "We are reminding clubs that it is worth looking at their contingency plans in light of possible increased use of drones over sports grounds and look at potential risks arriving from a drone accident."

Chinese government denies it played a role in Apple iCloud attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Well, that didn't take long: China is denying any responsibility in reported Apple iCloud attacks aimed at compromising Chinese users. The "man in the middle" (MITM) attack mimicked other similar cyberattacks the Chinese government has used in the past, and could have been carried out by state-sponsored groups.

 

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Chinese government officials said Beijing is "resolutely opposed" to the cyberattacks, with China Telecom - a state-owned Internet service provider - saying the iCloud attack was "untrue and unfounded."

 

Meanwhile, Apple denies that its iCloud servers were breached by the Chinese government - or anyone else - with the attacks expected to continue. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were recently launched in China, which is why the cyberattacks took place so quickly.

Audi's autonomous RS 7 car breaks self-driving car record

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

Carmaker Audi has successfully tested the 560-horsepower RS 7 at the Hockenheimring race track, with the autonomous car reaching a top speed of 149 miles per hour. In fact, it became the fastest autonomous vehicle to be tested, offering a glimpse into the future of high-end vehicles. Audi has worked on its autonomous technology for more than 10 years, and while driving on a racetrack is one thing, the ultimate test will be when these types of vehicles are tested on busy suburban and city streets.

 

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The Audi RS 7 was able to reach full throttle on the track straightaways, and successfully braked before entering the corners - with 1.3 g of force reached, according to Audi.

 

Tesla, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and other high-end carmakers believe autonomous driving is the future, and have invested a large amount of resources into developing the technology.

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