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Survey finds a lot of Americans want drones to deliver their packages

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 12:24 pm

Amazon wants to make deliveries using drones, and it appears many customers are okay with the unmanned aircraft dropping packages on doorsteps. In a survey, 53 percent of people said they would like drones to deliver holiday purchases for them, according to the CNET report. That number will likely increase as more Americans become familiar with drones and their potential uses.


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The US federal government expects drones to become more common among private citizens - but wants to create guidelines for commercial use - and that includes delivery drones. An effort to realistically roll out drone fleets to make deliveries will take a significant amount of R&D effort, but would be a unique way to streamline deliveries.


Would you want a drone to make deliveries to your house?

Panda Security finds more than 20 million new malware samples in Q3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 11:24 am

Panda Security collected 20 million new malware samples created worldwide, with an average of 227,747 new samples per day during Q3. The global infection rate increased from 36.87 percent up to 37.93 percent year-over-year, and Trojans are the most common type of malware. Trojans accounted for 78.08 percent of malware types, with viruses (8.89 percent) and worms (3.92 percent) also making an appearance.


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Internet users face a cybersecurity threat from hackers, state-sponsored cybercriminals, and national government spy agencies - and trying to stay secure is rather difficult. China (49.83 percent), Peru (42.38 percent) and Bolivia (42.12 percent) are the three countries most targeted by cyberattacks, with nine European countries in the top ten most secure nations: Norway (23.07 percent), Sweden (23.44 percent), and Japan (24.02 percent) are the top three most secure.


"Over recent months cybercrime has continued growing," said Luis Corrons, PandaLabs Technical Director at Panda Security. "Cyber-crooks are still creating malware in order to infect as many computers as possible and access confidential data - but corporate environments have also come under attack. For example, over the last three months large companies have been the subjects of some scandals, such as the infamous 'Celebgate,' in which photos of actresses and models hosted on Apple's iCloud service were leaked, or the theft of Gmail and Dropbox passwords."

LG to launch its G Flex 2 smartphone at CES 2015 in January

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 10:47 am

CES 2015 is just around the corner, and we're already being teased about what to expect from the Las Vegas based electronics extravaganza. LG is expected to unveil the successor to one of the more unique smartphones of 2013, the G Flex.


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LG is expected to unveil the new G Flex 2 at CES Las Vegas in January 2015, and according to Android Authority's sources, it will be a "major upgrade" over its predecessor. We should expect a Full HD, or possibly QHD plastic-based OLED screen, and the self-healing coating on the back of it, both of which I'm sure will be an improvement over the original G Flex.


The G Flex didn't really offer anything super special outside of its slightly flexible design, curved screen and self-healing coating on the back, so let's hope LG can push the boundaries with the G Flex 2.

Audi creating electric vehicle with 280-mile range to rival Tesla

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 9:03 am

Audi is developing an electric vehicle that will be able to hold five passengers and travel up to 280 miles on a single charge, as the automaker takes aim at Tesla. It's unknown if the new EV will be based on current Audi models, or be a unique model designed specifically for the unique engine and battery. The vehicle is scheduled for release in 2017.


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"Such a car is under development," confirmed Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi head of technical development. "I was able to engineer the R8 e-tron project and technology with the team and we are on the way to a range of 450 kilometers. Let's say that technology will also be carried over and is a trailer for another car with long range."


The Tesla S has a range up to 300 miles, easily outpacing other current electric vehicles, but Audi's efforts will give the San Francisco Bay Area automaker a true rival.

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Samsung enters volume production using its 14nm FinFET process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 7:02 am

We still live in a world controlled by mostly 28nm technology, but 20nm is popping its head over the horizon, and 16nm is floating in over that same mountain. Samsung has reportedly moved into volume production of its 14nm FinFET technology, which is a big deal.


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Samsung will be building its next-gen Exynos processor on its own 14nm process, but both Apple and AMD will be benefiting from Samsung's super-small process. Intel is moving toward the mass production of 14nm 3D transistor technology, with its Broadwell-based Core M processors already shipping, but Samsung is right behind them ready to go for AMD, Apple and of course, itself.


Comparing 14nm against 20nm, we can expect the core area to be reduced by 15%, reduced power consumption by up to 35%, or an increase in processor frequency of 20%. Samsung will be the first to use its 14nm process, but I'm sure Apple will be right behind it with its upcoming A9 processor, which Samsung will build for its arch rival. So we can expect Apple's next-gen iPhone to have Samsung's technology at the heart of it, again.

Ubisoft patches Assassin's Creed: Unity, lowers image quality on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 5:31 am

Ubisoft has been springing leaks all over its Assassin's Creed franchise, with various reported problems in Assassin's Creed: Unity, but with Patch 3, the developer has simply watered down the graphics on the PS4 version at least.


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The news is coming from Reddit, and EXPreview, where Patch 3 has been pushed out to the PS4 version of the game, watering down the graphics to increase the performance. You can see the differences between the game before the patch was released, and after Patch 3 was deployed. You can see that most of the light is gone, with the texture detail dropping considerably.


I guess that's one way of increasing the performance of your obviously, still very broken (and possibly unfixable) game - disable things. Next stop, buildings?

ASUS begins teasing the tiny GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 5:18 am

ASUS has been doing some good things with its smaller video cards, but the latest one could be one of the hot-sellers during the holiday season. The new ASUS GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini is based off of NVIDIA's second-generation Maxwell architecture, with the GTX 970 at the center of it.


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On top of that, we have a 17cm long video card with the DirectCU II cooling from ASUS, using a single fan. It uses hot plate technology to improve thermal efficiency, which provides 20% more cooling than traditional, reference coolers. We also have Core Clocks of 1088MHz, while Boost Clocks are set at 1228MHz. We also have 4GB of RAM at its stock frequency of 7010MHz.


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Connectivity wise we have one dual-link DVI port, a DVI-I port, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2. The ASUS GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini requires just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, which will be a perfect fit to Mini-ITX gaming systems. When it comes to pricing, we should expect similar pricing to GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 970 ITX, which is on Amazon right now for $339.

AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 can be found for as low as $679 online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 4:32 am

AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 is still a champion of a GPU, even up against the likes of the single-GPU card from NVIDIA in the form of the GeForce GTX 980. Better yet, the R9 295X2 can now be found on Amazon for as low as $679, down from its introductory price of $1499.


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The XFX Radeon R9 295X2 is currently $679 on Amazon, down from $1039 - a saving of $360. This is not too bad at all, especially when you consider you're getting two GPUs here. This card is still a great card for high-res gaming, especially 4K and beyond, and perfect for smaller systems where you can only install the single card.

Blizzard's servers are experiencing major lag issues

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 4:02 am

Rumored to be due to either Black Friday sales, a DDoS attack succession or a combination of the two - Blizzard's servers are reportedly experiencing major lag issues in several different forms.


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You may have noticed that by trying to log in to the client will you experience a wait of up to 25 minutes. Once you have finally managed to connect to their service, you'll likely see that not only are you unable to connect to view or chat to your friends, but you're unable to launch any games within.

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Sony's new Alpha 7 II mirrorless camera launches in the US next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Nov 29, 2014 3:33 am

Sony has announced that it will unleash its new Alpha 7 II mirrorless camera into the US next month, starting at $1699. The mirrorless shooter will go on sale on December 2, with two offerings; the body-only for $1699 or the pack with the FE 28-70mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 OSS zoom lens for $1999.


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The Alpha 7 II is the successor to the Alpha 7, which offers some nice upgrades on the previous model. We have the latest 5-axis in-body stabilization system, some design improvements which help reduce camera shake no matter which lens is connected to the camera body. There's also an enhanced autofocus system that uses 117 phase and 25 contact points to provide 30% faster autofocus responsiveness, as well as high bit-rate XAVC-S recording.


Some of what made its predecessor a great camera are still found in the Alpha 7 II, such as its 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the 3-inch tilting LCD on the back which offers a 3:2 aspect ratio providing 1.24 million dots, the ability to tilt the screen 107 degrees upwards and 41 degrees down, shutter speeds as low as 1/8000 second, and an ISO sensitivity that hovers between 100 and 25,600.

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