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AMD to launch its R9 280 and R9 280X GPU with 'Tonga' core next month

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 2, 2014 7:29 am

According to a report, AMD is all set to use its mid-end 'Tonga' GPU cores on its existing cards, Radeon R9 280 and R9 280X GPUs. The upcoming core will be replacing the existing Tahiti Pro core that used on these cards coming August.

 

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Once the existing two models use the newer core, they will no longer be re-branded versions of AMD Radeon HD 7950 and HD 7970 GPUs. The pricing of the newer cards is not known yet, however the R9 280 retails for $299.

 

It's still not confirmed if this new core will be based on 20nm fabrication process, though its assumed that it will more efficient than its predecessor. Its unclear if there would be a performance in comparison with the existing R9 280 and 280X cards. It is speculated that the newer cards will use have 2GB GDDR5, though it should be noted that the current variants are with 3GB GDDR5.

North Korea launches more missiles, raising military tensions further

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 2, 2014 7:21 am

North Korean president Kim Jong-un's military has been busy as of late, with the country conducting another missile test. This time around, the country launched two missiles which landed in the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast, according to the South Korean government.

 

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The most recent missile test likely involved 30-millimeter shells fired with the country's multiple-rocket launchers. The projectiles have a maximum range of 110 miles, and don't violate UN resolutions that prohibit the country from developing ballistic missiles.

 

North Korea has conducted three missile tests in the past week, raising political tensions as Chinese president Xi Jinping heads to Seoul to discuss the current situation. China is a longtime North Korea ally, and is a major aid supplier to the impoverished country. The North Korean government offered this advice to China, which has growing ties to South Korea: "Don't forget us, don't sell us out."

Houston Astros MLB team hacked, trade information, other content taken

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 2, 2014 6:24 am

The Houston Astros baseball team playing in the Major League Baseball (MLB) league recently suffered a data breach, with information posted online. Some of the information includes private conversations related to possible trades with other teams, including the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

 

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After the team discovered it was compromised, officials alerted the MLB and a FBI-led investigation is currently underway.

 

"While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated," according to a statement released by the team.

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Newegg will now start accepting Bitcoins as a method of payment

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 2, 2014 6:18 am

Newegg made an announcement recently that the online retail site will now start accepting Bitcoins as a method of payment from now on. The company also started a new hashtag '#neweggbitcoin' to gather peoples thoughts and rants about its new payment method.

 

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One can select Bitcoin as a method of payment under its step 2 'billing' options while checking out. Newegg is using 'Bitpay' to process Bitcoin payments as its proven itself to be an industry-leading reliable and scalable option to process such transaction. A buyer can also use the digital wallet stored in their smartphone as it will use the QR code stored in the phone or the link of the digital wallet to proceed with the payment.

 

Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer for Newegg North America said,"Newegg's customers are among some of the earliest Bitcoin miners and are enthusiastic proponents of the crypto-currency. Adopting Bitcoin as a payment method is another way we're responding to our customers' diverse needs". He continued,"Working with BitPay to implement a Bitcoin payment option at Newegg was a seamless process and our partnership gives us the capabilities we require for high-volume e-commerce."

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Norway ends e-voting experiment due to security concerns

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 2, 2014 5:21 am

Norway has conducted e-voting tests during local and national elections in 2011 and 2013, with the government pulling the blog, citing voter fears. During a test run in 2013, 70,000 Norwegians tested e-voting - but there was concern because prior to the election, when the encryption software was compromised.

 

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There was a political controversy and the e-voting process didn't generate additional interest to draw voters to the polls, according to the government. A small number of voters, just 0.75 percent of all voters, managed to double vote due to a glitch in the system.

 

"In order to push both the trustworthiness and transparency of the procedure, the source code for this year's e-voting system was put into the public domain, and anyone can now download and study the source code used from the e-voting project webpage," said Stig Oyvann.

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Walter White likely to return in AMC's upcoming 'Better Call Saul'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 2, 2014 2:47 am

Actor Bryan Cranston responded to a reporter in May regarding the possible return of TV's most loved (and feared) drug dealer, Walter White "Never say never". Well today, it looks ever more likely that he'll be back to reprise the character on one or more occasions.

 

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According to upcoming 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul' Executive producer Peter Gould, the show will partially take place during the events of 'Breaking Bad'.

 

"One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before 'Breaking Bad,' during 'Breaking Bad,' and after 'Breaking Bad.' That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on 'Breaking Bad,'" he reveals.

 

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'Better Call Saul' will premiere on AMC in early 2015, with the network banking that fans will respond positively - its already been greenlit for a second series. I can't wait.

FTC says T-Mobile knowingly hit subscribers with bogus charges

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 11:48 pm

If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to inform you that the wireless carrier has been accused of adding bogus charges to subscriber bills. Without customer consent, "hundreds of millions of dollars" worth of charges were added, starting in 2009 and lasting until December 2013. Charges typically were tied to expensive premium apps with monthly surcharges, often not even wanted by smartphone owners in the first place.

 

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The cramming practice led to 40 percent refund rates per month, and that should have provided an "obvious sign" to T-Mobile that something was wrong, the FTC noted. And with T-Mobile phone bills sometimes more than 50 pages in length, it was virtually impossible for subscribers to fairly identify - and request - the charges to be halted.

 

"It's wrong for a company like T-Mobile to profit from scams against its customers when there were clear warning signs the charges it was imposing were fraudulent," said Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, in a press statement. "The FTC's goal is to ensure that T-Mobile repays all its customers for these crammed charges."

Symantec uncovers 'Dragonfly' group targeting western energy companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 10:19 pm

Western energy companies are under attack by cybercriminals located in Eastern Europe, compromising industrial control system software updates. The attackers, known as "Dragonfly," are able to spy on energy sector targets, and could have damaged or disrupted energy service to customers, according to security firm Symantec.

 

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In addition, Dragonfly utilizes a large library of malware and other cyberattack tools capable of causing damage to targets. Along with infecting industrial control systems, the group is responsible for sending out spam emails to target select companies. The U.S. government wants a stronger stance on cybersecurity, and often points towards the financial and energy infrastructure as two sectors that need to adhere to strict security protocols.

 

"This campaign follows in the footsteps of Stuxnet, which was the first known major malware campaign to target ICS systems," according to the Symantec report. "While Stuxnet was narrowly targeted at the Iranian nuclear program and had sabotage as its primary goal, Dragonfly appears to have a much broader focus with espionage and persistent access as its current objective with sabotage as an optional capability if required."

Edward Snowden leak damage manageable, new NSA chief says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 9:20 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden generated anger among politicians and military leaders when he revealed organized surveillance programs. However, it's not causing the new head of the National Security Agency (NSA) to panic, saying the damage done is manageable and hasn't led him to believe "the sky is falling."

 

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When responding to damage caused by Snowden, the new director, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, said the risk was manageable: "You have not heard me as the director say, 'Oh, my God, the sky is falling.' I am trying to be very specific and very measured in my characterizations."

 

Similar to a handful of lawmakers, they claim Snowden's information has led to terrorists changing tactics, but refuse to indicate which groups have altered their tactics - while citizens remain frustrated about such organized snooping practices.

Britain to pump millions into industrial robotics research

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 8:32 pm

Britain's Technology Strategy Board is overseeing part of a 400 million pound investment into robotics, in what the plan's authors say could see the United Kingdom leading in robotic research.

 

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"Robots have often been positioned as a thing of the future, but today's strategy-launch emphasises the fact that they are very much of the here and now," Science Minister David Willets said. The Technology Strategy Board will invest cash into certain geographies like Bristol in England and Edinburgh in Scotland, which are already leading the charge in robotics. Any research will join existing technologies such as nuclear plant safety monitors and self driving cars, where the country is already excelling.

 

Experts told the BBC, however, that the UK is well behind other European nations in the use of industrial robotics. Professor Noel Sharkey from the University of Sheffield said "it's a massive market" and that the country has "already slipped well behind," but added there's a ton of talent in British universities and a lot of potential for further development.

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