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Get 5 White Hat Hacker Courses for $19

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:45 pm

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If you've been considering a career in penetration testing, you probably already know it's an in-demand job that can pay $120,000 a year. What you may not know? It can be as easy as grabbing our Complete White Hat Hacking & Penetration Testing bundle to get your foot in the door and jumpstart your new career. Get the five-course bundle for just $19, a savings of 97%.

 

This bundle will teach you how to think like a hacker so you can outsmart them at their own game. You'll learn how to keep your company's networks and apps safe, studying common attack types and practicing finding vulnerabilities. Plus, learn how to design and deploy virtual systems, how to host your own sites, and how to control remote servers. By the time you wrap up the five courses in the bundle, you'll have the skills you need to revamp your resume and impress prospective employers.

 

Start your new career with help from this bundle. Get it for $19 at TweakTown Deals!

Here's how stop seeing Facebook's 'On This Day' nostalgia generator

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:32 pm

If you're sick of seeing past memories and wish Facebook would (partly) get out of your life, the whizz-kids at Gizmodo have posted a guide on how to turn them off.

 

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It's as simple as heading to the 'On This Day' page and telling this social media giant that you're not interested in seeing posts between certain dates (found in the preferences section). If you pick a time before your account was created and up until late 2017, you're not going to see anything for quite some time.

 

This semi-permanent solution is the best that I've seen so far - besides simply not posting on Facebook at all. If you're super-keen on nostalgia, I suggest checking our your MySpace profile.

ESL offers $1.5 million throughout 2016 Pro League

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 1:31 pm

Featuring a 50 percent increase in the prize pool, ESL has announced that its 2016 Pro League will feature a cool $1.5 million in cash prizes, compared to $1 million in 2015.

 

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With Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL, stating that his company is "working on enabling larger offline crowds to follow the action as players battle in matches that could define the rest of their lives" as a major focus in 2016, this massive prize pool will also be linked to "television broadcasts, a higher standard of online production, a continued emphasis on competitive integrity."

 

Also covered in the recent press release was the first event of this year, seeing $750,000 being given away across four months of CS:GO action - kicking off on February 9 and with the offline finals in May at an unannounced location.

The product you never thought you needed - a complete emoji keyboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 12:29 pm

For around $79 you can grab yourself a white or black 'Emojistar Keyboard' - a product that vies to help you type out any pop culture symbol with ease.

 

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Quoted as "A really smart keyboard" on its own Kickstarter campaign, this crowd funding campaign is currently sitting at a lowly 0% of it's $50,000 flexible goal with 30 days remaning in total.

 

With the shipping date set for 2016, this Apple-like keyboard aims to provide users with the ability to easily send emoji's to friends - something you probably never thought you'd use, and maybe something you will never use. There's two models available, light and full versions, giving users quick access to 59 and 118 emoji's respectively while also providing a function key, a stainless steel panel, wireless functionality, a numpad and driverless operation.

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Over 5 million jobs could be lost to robots by 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 10:11 am

Robots are slowly taking over the human population, in factories, retail and service industries - slowly, but surely. But, how much worse can it get? The World Economic Forum has now weighed in, with some estimates.

 

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The WEF says that over 5 million jobs will be lost to robots, with the white-collar workers (admin/office jobs) being the ones most at risk. The WEF surveyed 15 countries that have over 1.9 billion workers - including China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the US. These 1.9 billion workers make up 65% of the global workforce, with hope that robots won't take over all of our jobs - as people will need to adapt to technology as it arrives.

 

WEF founder Klaus Schwab and board member Richard Samans explained: "To prevent a worst-case scenario -- technological change accompanied by talent shortages, mass unemployment and growing inequality -- reskilling and upskilling of today's workers will be critical". You can read their full report "The Future of Jobs" here.

Netflix is getting serious on VPNs, Tor and other proxy use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 8:34 am

If you're someone who uses a VPN, Tor or another proxy network to get around the region blocking on Netflix - you won't be allowed to do that for much longer. Considering Netflix is a powerful player, spending $6 billion in 2016 on original content, you'd think they'd want to keep as many consumers as happy as they can.

 

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Netflix lawyers who write up content licensing agreements with studios and networks think that region blocking makes sense, but to those of us in the real-world, it doesn't. As Boing Boing writes "We just want to be able to watch the stuff we love, wherever and whoever we are".

 

According to Netflix's Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture, David Fullagar, "If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or 'unblockers' to fool our systems into thinking they're in a different country than they're actually in". He added: "In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location".

Deadpool won't be released in China, thanks to its violence, language

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 6:52 am

With the release of Deadpool set for next month, Fox's R-rated 'anti-superhero' movie won't be released in China. According to local media reports, Deadpool has been denied permission to screen in China over its "violence, nudity and graphic language", reports The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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China's censorship authorities usually work with Hollywood studios to create more family-friendly versions of their R-rated counterparts, but sources close to Deadpool say it just wasn't to start cutting away at the movie, as it was not possible without causing plot problems. China also has no rating system, which makes it much harder to maintain strict lines for movies - with SAPPRFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television - China's media regulator - has the final judgment on film imports.

 

But Marvel movies have done big business in China, so we're sure Deadpool will find its way into the country. Considering Avengers: Age of Ultron made $240 million in China, while Guardians of the Galaxy pulled in $96.4 million, and Ant-Man with $105.4 million, Chinese audiences will be begging to see Deadpool once the reviews start rolling in when it hits theaters on February 12.

TSMC 10nm process will tape out soon, 7nm arrives in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 5:24 am

If you didn't already know, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (or TSMC) is the largest contract chip manufacturer, making chips for the likes of NVIDIA, Apple, and other industry giants.

 

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The company has just announced it is developing 10nm chips, and according to an annual report from the company, their 2015 profits hovered at $9.15 billion. Compared to 2014, TSMC saw a 16.2% increase in yearly profits, even in the face of Samsung dominating with its 16nm FinFET and 14nm nodes. TSMC has been pushing ahead, however, and is now on their way to 10nm being taped out in the next couple of months.

 

Looking into the future, TSMC expects to hit the 7nm process in 2018, which isn't too far away at all. First up, we'll be seeing next-gen GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA arriving in 14nm and 16nm, respectively, over the coming months.

Netflix will be spending $6 billion on content throughout 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 3:53 am

Netflix has made huge waves in the last year or so, and especially with gigantic hits like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Marvel's Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

 

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Well, the streaming content giant is committing a huge $6 billion over 2016, which should secure itself as the leader in streaming content. During the Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: "Is there too much TV?" he asked, adding "I'll pause for a second", knowing that reporters would want to note down his next quote: "We don't think there's too much TV. And if there is too much TV, someone else is going to have to slow down, because we have big plans for 2016 and beyond".

 

Sarandos said that Netflix will have over 600 hours of original content in 2016, adding that 2016's budget is huge. He said: "We're going to spend in 2016 about $5 billion dollars on content on a P&L basis, which means about $6 billion in cash. We are running a global network, one that is not easily comparable either in business or cultural terms ... We're not courting advertisers, because we're not targeting a single demographic".

Samsung announces mass production of 4GB HBM2-based DRAM chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:31 am

Samsung has just announced that it has entered mass production of 4GB DRAM on the HBM2 interface, which will be used for "high performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics and network systems, as well as enterprise servers".

 

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The new 4GB HBM2-based DRAM uses Samsung's 20nm process, and "advanced HBM chip design", which "satisfies the need for high performance, energy efficiency, reliability and small dimensions making it well suited for next-generation HPC systems and video cards". The new 4GB HBM2 DRAM is created by stacking a buffer die at the bottom and four 8-gigabit core dies on top. From there, they're vertically interconnected by TSV holes and microbumps, with a single 8Gb HBM2 die featuring over 5000 TSV holes, which is more than 36x that of a 8Gb TSV DDR4 die.

 

Bandwidth wise, Samsung's new HBM2-based DRAM package features 256Gbps of bandwidth, double that of HBM1. This is a huge 7x increase over the piddly 36Gbps bandwidth that a 4Gb GDDR5 DRAM chip features. Samsung's new 4GB HBM2 DRAM is also much more power efficient, featuring 2x the bandwidth-per-watt over a 4Gb GDDR5-based solution.

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