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Miss a car payment? Technology prevents drivers from moving vehicles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 6:40 pm

Much of the attention related to car technology is focused on in-car features to woo potential buyers - but not the technology that could prevent a vehicle from starting. A harsh lesson for those people late on car payments, as lenders are using technology to prevent vehicles from moving until payments are made.

 

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Subprime auto loans have increased over the past five years - 25 percent of car loans in 2013 were made to people with credit scores at or below 640 - so vehicle lease holders want to try to protect themselves if payments aren't made. The starter interrupt device provides lenders the ability to remotely disable locks, along with track vehicles via GPS.

 

However, customers have complained that their vehicles have been shut down for payments just a few days late - or randomly shut down while waiting in traffic - further igniting a car technology debate.

DirecTV shareholders support AT&T acquisition, as feds consider deal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Satellite provider DirecTV shareholders have reportedly agreed to an acquisition by AT&T, as 99 percent of votes from 77 percent of shareholders support the deal. The $49 billion mega deal will give AT&T an avenue to better compete against Verizon in paid television, with the deal expected to close sometime in Q1 or Q2 of 2015.

 

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"We appreciate DirecTV shareholders' approval and look forward to continuing our work with the various regulatory agencies reviewing the deal to gain their approval as well," an AT&T spokesperson recently noted.

 

AT&T already utilizes its own Uverse TV service, but DirecTV has a larger reach nationwide due to regional restrictions.

Polaroid going after GoPro with its $99 Cube HD-action video camera

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 2:31 pm

Old-school camera company Polaroid has fought for relevance over the years, and has invested in research and development of modern technologies. The company hopes its Cube, a 1080p action sports video recording device with a $99 price tag available next month, will help spur interest in its porftfolio.

 

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"GoPro has done an incredible job building a new category in the digital imaging space," said Scott Hardy, Polaroid CEO, in a statement. "But when we look at that market, we think it can be much bigger by not just targeting the professional and amateur and aspirational thrill-seekers but going after more of the lifestyle."

 

For action sports participants, having something like a Polaroid Cube instead of a GoPro might not be the worst idea - and could help force GoPro to continue to innovate. The low price, half the price of the entry-level Hero3 device currently priced at $199.99 MSRP, should prove to be helpful.

War against cybercrime leads to boost in university research efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 12:30 pm

As the threat of organized cyberattacks continue to rise at a rapid pace, the fight to combat these types of costly cyber intrusions can be extremely difficult. Over the past five years alone, there have been more than 236 million reported data breaches suffered by companies.

 

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There are a growing number of university research labs focused on helping train the next generation of cybersecurity experts. Just one dozen colleges and universities currently provide degrees in cybersecurity, and the University of Southern Maine hopes to become lucky number 13.

 

"There is somebody trying to come over the wall in every business, every entity, every enterprise, every day," said Charles Largay, University of Southern Maine technology solution executive, in a recent interview. "We show them the kinds of things that people do to get ahold of critical information. Then you can defend against it. If you don't understand how it's happening, how do you stop it?"

Samsung advertises Galaxy Note Edge as 'Curved. Not bent' on Twitter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 10:52 am

Samsung has finally come out with something on the whole #BendGate issue with Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, taking to Twitter with a simple tweet teasing its Galaxy Note Edge, with the tagline: "Curved. Not bent. #GALAXYNoteEdge".

 

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It's a sweet piece of marketing, something that Samsung has jumped onto quite quickly. Not only is it able to take a stab at Apple over its bending iPhone, which I personally think Apple needs to address, now - it is also showing off its upcoming Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Touche, Samsung, touche.

NVIDIA announces its beautiful new SLI LED bridges

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 10:38 am

If you're rocking an NVIDIA GeForce GTX SLI setup, what better way to make it stand out from the crowd than with the new SLI LED bridges that the company unveiled during its GAME24 event.

 

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The new SLI bridges come in three flavors: 2-way SLI, 2-way spaced SLI, and 3-way SLI. The 2-way SLI LED bridges are priced at $29.99, while the 3-way SLI bridge will set you back $39.99. The SLI bridges are designed to work with all modern GeForce GTX cards that support SLI. NVIDIA specifically mentions the following cards: GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti, GTX TITAN, GTX TITAN Black, GTX 970 and GTX 980.

 

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There's one big caveat though, NVIDIA has built these beautiful SLI bridges for reference GPUs, so they might not work on the crazy third-party cards. You'll need to make sure that your custom-cooled GeForce GTX card will work with these new bridges before jumping on-board.

HTC teases its periscope-themed action camera, debuts on October 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 9:36 am

In a market that GoPro has pretty tightly wound up, HTC is teasing its new action camera, something that the company will debut on October 8.

 

 

HTC will unveil its new action camera at its "Double Exposure" media event, where we should be greeted with the NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet. As for the action camera, we should expect it to arrive with a 16-megapixel sensor and wireless networking, but not much else is known about it at this point. From some leaked pictures, we can expect it to look like a periscope, if that's what you're into.

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Intel investing $6 billion in its facility in Israel for its 10nm node

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 8:34 am

Intel is forging ahead with its plans to reach 10nm, investing a massive $6 billion in upgrading its Fab 28 chip manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel. This investment will support the manufacturing of the 10nm process node.

 

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As it stands, Intel is standing on 14nm, which caused the company to experience unforeseen delays as the shrunken node provided more challenges than the company expected. 10nm is the next step for the company, with Israel's finance minister Yair Lapid claiming that Intel has settled on its facility in Kiryat Gat, with it being the first to push forward with 10nm.

 

This is thanks to the massive $6 billion investment, and a $300 million government grant as well as a ten-year reduction in corporate tax payments. Lapid says: "Intel's investment is a strategic asset for Israel's industry. This is the biggest investment by a foreign company ever in Israel and is further proof that Israel is at the forefront of technology and innovation".

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, or GTX Titan X 'GM200' teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 7:11 am

NVIDIA has impressed the world with the launch of its second generation Maxwell-based GPUs, the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980. The cards sip power compared to their already power conservative predecessors, but introduce a slew of new technologies, features and best of all: a great price point. Where to from here? GM200, that's where.

 

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GM200 is now being teased, which is going to be the big new GPU from NVIDIA. NVIDIA's GM200 will feature a die size of 551mm^2, 20-22 SMMs, 2560-2816 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, a performance boost of around 50% over the GTX Titan Black Edition, with it launching sometime before the end of the year. What it'll arrive as, in terms of naming, is a mystery. With the power efficiency of the GM204 core, which powers the GTX 970 and GTX 980, we should expect a dual-GPU card offered as the GeForce GTX 990, so that's one name it won't use.

 

Moving on, we could expect it to be the GTX 980 Ti, but if it's offering a huge performance increase over the GTX Titan Black Edition, we might see something like the GTX 985 Ti, or GTX Titan X, something I like the sound of better. Then we have the shift to 20nm, which is expected next year, so if the new GM200 is built on the current 28nm node, the shift to 20nm is going to be an entire new world for NVIDIA. The company has positioned themselves incredibly well after the mess that was Fermi, so much so, that AMD really has no firepower right now - so it'll be interesting to see if NVIDIA holds back, waiting for AMD to release something, to quickly smack it down to reality with its new GM200-based card.

Apple apologizes for messing up iOS 8.0.1 update, promises fix soon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 6:54 am

Apple publicly apologized to its customers for releasing and quickly pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update on Wednesday, and promised a new download "in the next few days."

 

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"We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue," Apple said in a statement.

 

Despite software problems - and a bendy phone - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have sold well. More than 10 million units were sold in the first weekend of its release, while Apple enthusiasts seemed eager to pick up one of the two models. Overall, financial analysts believe the company will persevere, but need to further efforts to innovate.

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