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'Major defect' found in Apple Watch and its taptic engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 2:39 pm

With the Apple Watch now getting to consumers and strapping onto their wrists, news is coming out that not only are there supply constraints that are hurting Apple Watch sales, but there is a major defect in the taptic engine of Watch.

 

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The Wall Street Journal is running with the report, saying that the taptic engine - which causes the Watch to vibrate, or "tap" when users receive notifications or alerts, is experiencing problems. One of the two suppliers of this particular part has faulty hardware, and some of that faulty component has found its way into batches of Apple's Watch.

 

AAC Technologies Holdings, which is based in Shenzhen, China, has been making the taptic engines for Apple, but they've found that they "break down over time". This has forced Apple to throw away Watches that would've otherwise been okay, something that has caused availability times to bounce by a few months. Availability on the Apple Watch is now June for all models and configurations, which could be a result from the taptic engine issues.

Tesla wants hackers to try and hack their electric vehicles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 1:38 pm

Just a week after Tesla Motors' Twitter page was hacked, the electric vehicle maker wants to have hackers attempt to hack their cars, something the company will be asking hackers to do at the Defcon convention later this year in Las Vegas, according to anonymous sources of Forbes.

 

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Having hackers try to break into a Tesla vehicle has benefits for the company, as it will make Tesla aware of any security holes in their vehicles and software, and they'll have their picking of hiring anyone who is capable of hacking into their vehicles, and having them instead plug the security holes they discovered.

 

With a concentrated effort on making vehicles and the world around them smarter and smarter, electric and autonomous vehicle makers are going to need increasingly stronger and near invincible security on their cars. This means we're going to see a huge focus on digital security on cars at both Defcon and BlackHat 2015, both taking place in Vegas later this year.

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Microsoft blows minds with its HoloLens demo at Build 2015 conference

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Build 2015 - Microsoft has kicked off its Build 2015 developers conference, where the world has gotten a deeper look at HoloLens. HoloLens, if you haven't read about it yet, is Microsoft's holographic headset, which acts as an augmented reality visor with some impressive results. Check it out:

 

 

The company has said that what you see in the video above with resizeable 'holograms' is something you can do with any Windows 10 Universal application, meaning you can pin calendars, pictures, e-mail, or even a movie to your 'wall' inside the HoloLens, and continue to work and play around it.

 

Once the app is there, you can overlay a hologram on top of a physical object, and make tweaks to it without having to sit back at your desk and tap away on your keyboard. The applications that will benefit from HoloLens, in my opinion, is going to be extensive. This is one of the most exciting technologies right now outside of the Oculus Rift and HTC/Valve Vive VR headsets, and most surprising of all: it has come from Microsoft.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti will arrive with 6GB of VRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:08 pm

We've known about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti for a while now, but VideoCardz.com is reporting that the upcoming Maxwell-powered card will definitely feature 6GB of VRAM, half that of the GeForce GTX Titan X.

 

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NVIDIA will be making the GeForce GTX 980 Ti very different from its bigger brother in the Titan X in one very big way: allowing AIBs to slap custom coolers on their GTX 980 Ti cards. This means we can expect everything from reference to watercooled and fan-cooled models, as well as heavily overclocked models, too.

 

VideoCardz.com has also confirmed that the GTX 980 Ti will feature the usual Maxwell display outputs: three DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI-I. The GTX 980 Ti will be powered by the GM200-310 GPU, but we don't know how that differs from the GM200-400 GPU, so we'll find out in the near future. NVIDIA will be using the GeForce GTX 980 Ti to battle the Fiji-based Radeon R9 390X from AMD, which should be launching in the next couple of weeks, rocking its own surprises.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood requires 4GB of RAM, 38GB of HDD space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 11:39 am

Bethesda has announced the PC requirements for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, which won't require gamers to have a super high-end PC to play their latest first-person shooter. The minimum requirements are:

 

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So you'll need 4GB of RAM and 38GB HDD space minimum, with the recommended 8GB of RAM not being too high these days. Especially with its predecessor requiring 50GB of HDD space. The studio recommends 3GB of VRAM on either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280, which is quite conservative.

 

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Bethesda is also reiterating that you won't require Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood, as it is a standalone product. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches on May 5 across the world for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The game has already started pre-loading on the Xbox One, with pre-loading to begin on May 1 for the PC, and May 3 for the PS4.

Batman: Arkham Knight DLC includes super villains, and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 10:39 am

Rocksteady Studios is pushing into the marketing campaign of Batman: Arkham Knight before its launch, with the announcement of the Season Pass for the game.

 

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Batman: Arkham Knight's Season Pass will include the DLCs that will roll out after the first six months of release, giving gamers story missions, super villains and more. The Season Pass itself will cost $39.99, but the Premium Edition of Batman: Arkham Knight can be purchased for a total of $99.

 

The super villains invading Gotham sounds like it could be fun, but there will be "legendary Batmobile skins, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new driveable race tracks".

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 reportedly codenamed 'Project Noble'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 9:34 am

Samsung has had quite the launch with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge now in consumers hands, but the Galaxy Note 5 isn't here yet and its leaky ship of rumors is beginning to spill.

 

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Project Noble is the codename of Samsung's phablet, which is rumored to feature a 4K display, up from the 1440p panel found in both the new Galaxy S6, S6 edge and the current Galaxy Note 4 handsets. But the exciting news here is that Samsung is cramming in a new processor into not just the Galaxy Note 5, but a new variant of the Galaxy S6, which comes as model number SM-G928.

 

Both of these smartphones will rock Samsung's custom processor, the Exynos M1, but with news that the Exynos M1 would find its way into the Galaxy S7, it would be surprising to see Samsung use it early. We would guess that Samsung would save that for the Galaxy S7, since the 8-core processor found in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is far more than enough right now.

Oculus Rift CV1 will feature integrated DAC, headphone port, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 8:38 am

We still don't know if the Oculus Rift will be launching this year, or if it does launch we could face low units, but when CV1 (Consumer Version 1) launches, we should expect something magical.

 

 

According to Sean Halloran, or @Comic_Seans on Twitter, a game and software developer at Myomo, in Cambridge, MA - the Oculus Rift CV1 will feature an integrated DAC and built-in headphone port. He noticed the details in the documentation of the Oculus Audio SDK, which has now all but confirmed the use of the integrated DAC and headphone port.

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CurrentC forces out CEO following Best Buy's support of Apple Pay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 7:15 am

Dekkers Davidson, former CEO of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), has been forced out following news that partner company Best Buy is supporting Apple Pay. MCX hasn't even released the CurrentC mobile payment flagship service, but things seem tense among senior leadership - and Brian Mooney has been selected as interim CEO.

 

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This is a frightening issue for CurrentC, as it appears to be losing control of the mobile payment system before a launch even happens.

 

"CurrentC appears to be clutching at straws," said Jordan McKee, senior mobile payments analyst at 451 Research, in a statement published by the San Francisco Chronicle. "There's a lot of internal conflict and turmoil on how CurrentC should look when it's deployed. It's a difficult time for them right now."

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