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AMD is hiring a CPU performance engineer to optimize its GPU drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 6:51 am

AMD has been spending considerable time on the software side of its hardware game with technologies like HSA, Mantle, and the still fresh Omega drivers.

 

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But now it looks like it's time the company really spreads its wings when it comes to its Catalyst driver suite, with AMD hiring a CPU performance engineer to help them optimize their graphics drivers in CPU heavy gaming workloads. AMD has a few specific requirements for this engineer to join the team, where it has listed on his job description: "The responsibilities include analyzing CPU bound benchmarks and games to identify a variety of CPU bottlenecks in drivers, optimizing the drivers, and providing optimization actions to ISVs".

 

The job description continues: "The candidate will analyze new CPU architecture impact on driver performance and translate into actionable tasks. This position requires the candidate to collaborate with graphics and CPU architects at multi-sites across multiple graphics driver components".

Hewlett-Packard enjoying Lenovo's current Superfish PR disaster

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 5:47 am

Lenovo is withstanding a public relations nightmare after being caught installing the Superfish software on systems - much to the entertainment of rivals. It's just a great time to poke fun at the No. 1 PC and laptop manufacturer in the world, as the company has seen tremendous growth in the consumer and business markets in recent years.

 

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Hewlett-Packard offered the following tweet:

 

 

HP also linked to a blog post in which it said it "does not pre-install software to enhance customer experience, but there is a key difference between most preinstalled software and Superfish."

Ukrainian-Americans helping send drones, other supplies to battlefield

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 1:54 am

The Ukrainian military wants to use drones in its intensifying military battle against pro-Russian separatists, but has not received much support from NATO countries. Poland will help provide FlyEye mini-UAVs, and current efforts underway rely on private groups to help try to fill the void.

 

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The Ukrainian government has asked foreign governments for access to drones, but hasn't found many willing participants. The Chicago Automaidan, a pro-Ukrainian group, is now sending Phantom 2 drones for the Ukrainian military to use - which could be used to spy on pro-Russian rebels or aid Ukrainian checkpoints.

 

"Members of the military unit 3002 Ukraine Lviv National Guard would like to thank Chicago Automaidan," as the group continues to supply drones and other military equipment. "We are very grateful to Ukrainians from around the world who are doing everything for our victory."

Re-live Mario Kart pain in real life with this remote controlled toy

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 1:02 am

Sometimes there's nothing more frustrating than being the leader in Mario Kart - Blue shell after blue shell eventually ruining your flow so badly that you somehow end up finishing in fourth place after a half-lap lead. If you're wanting to inflict some pain on your some shins in real life following the loss - JAKKS Pacific has the solution for you.

 

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This Mario Kart 8 replica will not only transform into hover mode, but it will cruise around on all four wheels as controlled by your remote. Unfortunately due to hover-technology being a little behind where we would like - it doesn't actually lift off the ground, but the normal drive version works just fine.

 

The World of Nintendo RC Racer will retail for $100 later in 2015, including a wireless controller with a 30m range. Unfortunately we're told that there are no sound effects, however why not make like the video below and make your own?

 

Poll results show that most Americans wouldn't take a free space trip

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:33 pm

It seems that the professionals of the past have lied to us. If 1960's-1980's knowledge is anything to go by, we should be cruising around in flying cars, skating on our hover boards and letting robots serve us gourmet food produced within their metal bellies by now. The disappointment is so strong that popular Australian rapper Seth Sentry even dedicated a song to our apparent lack of Marty McFly technology.

 

 

However, how would you feel if a trip into space was a real thing and free? Monmouth University has just released some poll results, asking members of the public if they would be happy to take a trip up to the stars through a private company offering. This resulted in 69% of the people replying that they would pass up the opportunity.

 

This follows the results that only 17% of polled participants in 1966 would have liked to be the first to step foot on the moon - granted, it was extremely unproven technology in that day-and-age.

 

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Farmers hope to use drone flights to help survey land, maximize output

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:14 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently outlined commercial drone flight rules, but it will take anywhere from 18 months to two years before the rules are official. However, farmers are excited about being able to legally use drones to help with day-to-day farming activities.

 

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"The overall goal is to assist the crop scouts and to see where the [crop] stresses are that they might not even know existed," said Erik Johnson, from the Leading Edge Technologies, in a statement published by the Northfield News. The ability to analyze crop deficiencies and other aspects will greatly speed up the current process, Johnson notes.

 

Agricultural representatives will work with the FAA to discuss possible drone rule exceptions - as some farmers discussed the possibility of nighttime drone flight to help spur extra growth of crops, for example.

The In Win S-Frame chassis is amazing - check this 95% finished mod

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 10:55 pm

We've covered a few different In Win S-Frame chassis builds in the past, including this 'computer of the future' and this unfinished painted project.

 

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They've all got one main thing in common - they look amazing. Sure it's probably not the best case to stick in an office or take to LAN parties, but the unique design, sleek curves and metal styling makes for a brilliant moddable canvas.

 

This project is reportedly 95% finished, with cable management, RAM additions and a water pump reveal to be completed (blurred due to NDA's) - it still looks better than any PC I've ever owned.

 

Built by Mathieu Heredia aka Sassanou Watermod, this project once again shows off the futuristic-looking capabilities of this versatile case. Heredia has added two video cards into SLI and painted the whole project in this contrasting color scheme complete with red highlights.

Continue reading 'The In Win S-Frame chassis is amazing - check this 95% finished mod' (full post)

Lenovo releases Superfish removal patch to angry customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 7:41 pm

Lenovo has released a new Superfish adware removal tool for customers, which will allow them to verify the software application and certificate are removed. The company recommends running the automatic removal tool executable so Superfish is completely removed - but also provided manual instructions to the public.

 

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The tool is available here.

 

Just a few days ago, Lenovo confirmed it disabled the adware program after public complaints. "We apologize for causing these concerns among our users - we are learning from this experience and will use it to improve what we do and how we do it in the future," the company said in a public statement.

Report: More than 1,500 international data breaches in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 12:20 pm

There were 1,500 global data breaches in 2014, with the number rising almost 50 percent year-over-year, according to the Gemalto Breach Level Index (BLI) report. Of the 1 billion total compromised records, almost 800 million of them belong to US companies - a frightening figure that cybersecurity experts believe will rise.

 

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Companies remain unsure how to address these sometimes sophisticated cyberattacks, while consumers are frustrated that their personal information is seemingly up for grabs. Banks and credit card companies are becoming more proactive in identifying - and informing customers - of fraud, but it can still be a chaotic process.

 

"Not only are data breach numbers rising, but the breaches are becoming more severe," said Jason Hart, VP of cloud services, identity and data protection at Gemalto. "Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes. As data breaches become more personal, we're starting to see that the universe of risk exposure for the average person is expanding."

More Anthem data breach fallout, millions of kids at risk of ID theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:30 am

Millions of Anthem customers are at risk from the Anthem data breach, including tens of millions of children impacted from the data breach. Personal information ranging from names, date of brith, Social Security numbers and health care ID numbers were stolen, and some children could be at risk for decades, according to cybersecurity experts.

 

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Information on children is tied to their parents, so attacks against adult account holders are expected to accelerate in the future as well. However, personal information of children is especially lucrative to criminals, as the data hasn't been tied to a credit file - so the government and credit reporting agencies aren't expecting fraud-related activities.

 

"Every terrible outcome that can occur as the result of an identity theft will happen to the children who were on that database," said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDentityTheft911, in a statement published by NBC News. "Criminals will use those stolen Social Security numbers to open accounts, get medical treatment, commit tax fraud, you name it."

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