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Orwl PC is a new PC that self destructs if it's hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 1:32 am

With all of the stories of companies, personal computers, and everything in between being hacked by the uber-brains in North Korea and Russia (using tools US taxpayers' paid for by the alphabet government agencies that made the tools in the first place) - securing your PC has become a very real thing you should be doing.




This is where Orwl PC steps up to the plate, which has some of the best security you can buy. It's protected even from physical hacking, as the PC has an awesome self destructing feature that will wipe the PC completely clean of your data, if someone physically tries to break into it. It comes with either Windows, Ubuntu, or Qubes OS pre-installed - on top of a bunch of seriously powerful security specs.


We're talking about protection about UEFI and DMA hacks, as well as USB-based exploits, reports BGR. There's even a special key fob that is based on NFC that verifies the user that wants to use the Orwl PC, and if you walk away from your PC with the key fob in your pocket, the Orwl PC will lock its USB ports down from any potential hacking.


If you need a super-secure PC, Orwl is shipping its PCs later this year starting at $1699.

Nokia partners with Zeiss for dual-lens smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 12:22 am

HMD Global is pretty eager to bring back the old fame to the Nokia phones. They already announced a modern version of the Nokia 3310 and three Nokia smartphones. The company should also announce its flagship, Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone, later this year.




But the company is not stopping there. They have announced that they are partnering up with Zeiss for its smartphones camera. HMD Global shared its excitement saying it's looking "to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry."


Zeiss posted a tweet saying that they "look forward to an exciting journey into the future of smartphone imaging." Interestingly, the tweet features a short video which indicates that the two companies might be working on a dual camera setup, rumored to debut in Nokia 9, the company's flagship.

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Pokemon GO earns $1.2 billion in one year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 11:17 pm

Pokemon GO has currently made $1.2 billion in total revenues in a single year's time.




When it released in July 2016, Niantic's augmented reality-powered mobile game Pokemon GO took the world by storm: millions of mobile phone owners flocked the streets searching for digital Pocket Monsters. While the game's playerbase has slowed down a year later, mobile intelligence firm Apptopia reports the game is still quite popular and has earned an estimated $1.2 billion in lifetime global revenues in a year's time with 752 million total downloads.


Although Pokemon GO earned most of its revenue last year--AppAnnie estimates Niantic raked in $950 million and the end of 2016, and SuperData predicts the company flew out the gate with $206 million in earnings a month after its release--the game still has a strong active userbase that's constantly fed with new content. Niantic has strategically released new updates like its most recent anniversary update to drive up MAUs, which sit at 60 million users in June.

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Halo 5 likely to hit upscaled 4K 60FPS on Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 10:26 pm

Today 343 Industries made good on its Halo tease by announcing 4K support for Halo 5, and that all existing Xbox 360 Halo games are now backward compatible on the Xbox One.




Halo 5: Guardians is getting an enhancement upgrade on Microsoft's new $499 Xbox One X console, but developer 343 Industries hasn't revealed much information. According to 343i, Halo 5 will support "true 4K" when the console releases in November. Remember that the Xbox One X will play all existing Xbox One games better with native performance scaling, but any game must have specific patch upgrades in order to leverage the full brunt of the console's highly customized 6TFLOP AMD Polaris-derived graphics processor. This goes double for older games like Halo 5 that were built on an older XDK (Xbox Development Kit) and optimized on the underwhelming specs of the base Xbox One 2013 model.


Here's what to expect with Halo 5 on Xbox One X:


  • Halo 5 should hit 4K resolution via upscaling with a solid 60FPS
  • HDR should be supported
  • Other graphical tweaks/atmospheric/lighting effects to breathe new visual life into the game

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Nintendo Switch online app detailed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 9:30 pm

Nintendo today revealed new information about the Switch's smartphone app, which is required for online lobbies and voice chatting on the console.




Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid is missing one key thing: voice chatting. Instead of allowing a headset to be plugged into the Switch or the Switch Pro controller, Nintendo has moved voice chatting and friend parties to a dedicated smartphone app. As you'd imagine, online voice chat on the Switch is a mess, and Nintendo has announced key info about the app itself.


The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app will release on July 21 alongside Splatoon 2, and allows users to "send multiplayer invites to their friends via social media, as well as enables use of voice chat in battles." The Switch Online mobile app does a lot more than voice chatting, though: the app is a hub for online-enabled games, which have their own in-app companion modules. For example, Splatoon 2's companion module is called SplatNet 2, and allows gamers to send invites and chat as well as check over stats, event schedules, and even buy customizable items while on-the-go.

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Apple to use OLED screens in all new 2018 iPhones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 8:19 pm

Apple is planning to use OLED displays in all the new iPhone models launched in the second half of 2018, claim industry sources.




One of the sources states that Apple plans to release three new models next year, all of them with OLED displays.


According to sources in OLED production, panel makers might not be able to meet the demand if Apple goes through with their plans.


This year, Apple should launch three new iPhone models, but only the premium handset, the rumored iPhone 8, should have an OLED display. The other two devices should be updates to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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PS4 games now playable on PC...via PlayStation Now

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 7:25 pm

Select PlayStation 4 games like Killzone Shadow Fall can now be played on Windows PCs via PlayStation Now.



In a bid to counter Microsoft's strongly received and affordable Xbox Game Pass subscription service, Sony aims to bring PS3 and PS4 games onto PC with PlayStation Now. Sony's move to PC was announced back in March, and now Sony has delivered its first batch of PS4 games that are playable on Windows PCs via the PS Now service.


Sadly, Sony's initial PS4-on-PC offering is quite sparse and doesn't have heavy-hitting exclusives like The Last of Us Remastered or Bloodborne--those games are likely to stay on PlayStation. The PS4 games lineup mostly includes third-party games and indies, but Sony did throw in Killzone Shadow Fall and God of War 3 Remastered as well as Resogun. Sony also has a number of PlayStation 3 games available for streaming onto PC, but key exclusives are likewise missing.

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RED Hydrogen One is the world's first holographic phone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 6:19 pm

RED is a company that has a history of leading the movie industry into new technologies. RED was the first company to make 4K cameras accessible, and now we have 4K in virtually every movie and TV show imaginable. They already have 8K cameras as well, but as you know, that's a long way away.


RED has a tendency of creating their own technologies for their products when those technologies don't quite exist yet like they did with the RED One, their first 4K camera.




The new RED Hydrogen One is the company's first smartphone, but it isn't just any regular smartphone. The RED Hydrogen is a holographic media device that fits in your pocket. Yes, the Red Hydrogen is a smartphone with a holographic display.


It features a 5.7-inch hydrogen holographic display that allows for 2D, 3D, holographic, AR and MR display all inside of a smartphone. The RED Hydrogen One is modular like all RED cameras with a new high bandwidth bus interface, allowing you to add new components that might not exist yet. The device is meant to be the center of a Hydrogen system that will integrate RED's professional cameras into these displays to eventually create real-time mixed reality, augmented reality and stereoscopic 3D filming. No word on the display's actual resolution.

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Ark Survival Evolved jumps to $60 on Steam

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 5:18 pm

After more than two years, Ark: Survival Evolved is finally leaving early access next month...but Studio Wildcard has already raised the price.




Ark: Survival Evolved is slated to release as a bona-fide finished game on August 8, 2017, and like most new games, Ark will be priced at a $59.99 premium. Although Ark's full release is more than 30 days away, Studio Wildcard has just now doubled the game's price from $29.99 to $59.99 on Steam to "ensure retail parity for the upcoming launch." Ark's price had jumped to $60 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 while back.


Ark has been in early access since 2015, and despite its popularity, the developers have sparked ire over business decisions including charging $20 for a new DLC pack while the game was still in early access.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2: Snapdragon 835 and stunning design

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 4:13 pm

Back in October, Xiaomi announced their most ambitious phone so far - the Mi MIX. The device comes with an incredible 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, which the company says is the world's 1st. Less than four months after the launch, the company's CEO Lei Jun confirmed that they are working on the Mi MIX successor.


The company is reportedly aiming for 93 percent screen-to-body ratio this time, and it has been confirmed that Xiaomi is again developing the phone with the help of French designer Philippe Starck, who worked on the design of the original Mi MIX.




We've already seen some interesting Mi MIX 2 concepts that show an almost bezel-less design with a curved display. The device could also feature a dual camera.

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