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SanDisk launches SD memory card with 512GB storage capacity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:17 pm

Flash memory company SanDisk recently introduced its Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I storage card, a storage device that can hold up to 512GB of data, and now is the highest-capacity SD card currently available. The card is designed for professional photographers and videographers working in 4K ultra-high definition work.


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The card supports write speeds up to 90 MB/s, along with transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s for faster post-production transfers. The card is about the size of a postage stamp and will be available for around $800.


4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes," said Dinesh Bahal, SanDisk VP of product marketing, in a statent. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before."

AMD rumored to launch the next-gen Radeon R9 390X to fight GTX 980

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4:35 pm

By now you should know that NVIDIA is ready to launch its GeForce GTX 980, but AMD wants to take some of that thunder away with the rumors that the company is set to release its Radeon R9 390X GPU.


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The news is coming from VideoCardz, who is reporting that Asetek, the company who made the watercooler for the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2, is working on the cooler for the upcoming R9 390X. The new cooler will keep the VRM and memory under its fans, with AMD wanting to keep its reference design cards to sound much quieter than previous GPUs.


No specifications are known on the R9 390X, but the name "Fiji" is being thrown around for this upcoming family of GPUs.

iPhone 6 benchmarks spotted, barely faster than iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4:01 pm

When Apple announced the iPhone 6, we had confirmation that Apple's next generation iPhone would be powered by the company's A8 processor. We heard it was a 20nm design, one of the first on the market at this process, and that we should expect a decent bump in performance over the iPhone 5S' A7 processor.


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At the time we didn't know what clock speed the A8 would be clocked at, but we knew it be another dual-core processor, the same amount of cores found in the A7. Apple's A7 chip runs at 1.3GHz, so most expected the A8 to be clocked much higher - maybe 1.5-1.6GHz - to provide the jump in performance, but now we know: the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 runs at 1.4GHz, just 100MHz more than the A7 chip in the iPhone 5S.


The news is coming from Rightware's benchmark database, with Basemark X being run on a slew of devices. Apple's A7-powered iPhone 5S scores 20253.80 while the A8-powered iPhone 6 scores 21204.26 - barely any difference. We will have more benchmarks on Apple's latest smartphone when ours arrives next week, so keep your eyes peeled on TweakTown.

Report: 6 billion smartphones in use across the world by 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 3:40 am

There will be 9 billion mobile users connected across the world, two-thirds of that tally will account for smartphone handsets. Lower-cost units with better hardware are giving consumers to the chance to have access to more stable calling ability. The phone towers are able to withstand a growing number of first-time phone owners conducting online banking, shopping, and other daily activities.


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"In the hands of consumers, these devices are improving living standards and changing lives, especially in developing markets, while contributing to growing economies by stimulating entrepreneurship," said Hyunmi Yang, GSMA Chief Strategy Officer. "As the industry evolves, smartphones are becoming lifestyle hubs that are creating opportunities for mobile industry players in vertical markets such as financial services, healthcare, home automation and transport."


Apple's recent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement underwhelmed many tech followers, but should still rack up a high number of sales. However, Google Android should end up winning out in emerging markets that are embracing newer smartphones.

Assassins Creed film casts Robert Downey Jr as Leonardo da Vinci

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 1:35 am

Ubisoft Motion Pictures have been working diligently behind the scenes for a number of years to get their maiden production - a big budget feature adaptation of the 'Assassins Creed' video game off the ground. However, today they might have just enacted a huge casting coup, by signing none other than 'Iron Man' himself - Mr Robert Downey Jr' in the role of the the famed Italian renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.


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The casting looks to also sheds some light on the films plot, which might take some cues from 'Assassins Creed 2', which prominently featured da Vinci's designs and contraptions.


Actor Michael Fassbender has long been attached to the title role of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, but has repeatedly stated that script problems have been the source of delays. With the latest news of casting, hopefully the wheels will move just that little bit faster.


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'Assassins Creed' currently has no release date, but will be distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox.

LG unveil first 4K OLED displays in U.S

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:48 pm

With the home entertainment industry's attempts to prolong the lifespan of plasma and then LCD by the introduction of 3D technology falling flat on its face and the move to force 4K as the next best thing being resisted, in part due to little content and high prices has seen some manufacturers redouble their efforts into OLED technology. Now, LG has bought both technologies into one device for the first time.


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LG will ship two models to the US next month, coming in 65 inch and 77 inch varieties, for $10,000 and $25,000 respectively (although will be expected to be discounted significantly) both utilising the faddish 'curved' design.


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OLED technology, which has been in deployment for some years in smaller devices, such as mobile phone displays and in the initial PlayStation Vita model, has been heralded for its spectacular image quality and brightness, superb black levels and lowered power consumption but has proven difficult to manufacture at large sizes at a large scale and also battling poor half-life ratings.

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Google says don't worry about list of 5M Gmail usernames, passwords

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:31 pm

Google said it was not hacked and a Gmail username and password list with more than 5 million accounts was harvested over time. It seems most likely that the email usernames and passwords were taken due to phishing scams and by trying to log into hacked websites, according to security experts.


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"We're always monitoring for these dumps so we can respond quickly to protect our users," the Google security team said in a blog post following news of the username/password leak. "We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We've protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords."


Google recommends two-step verification anytime a Gmail user logs into an account from a new device or IP address. Users should also regularly change passwords and ensure they are using different passwords for their online bank accounts, email, and social networking websites.

Home Depot cyberattack different than the one that plagued Target

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:00 pm

Home Depot was recently compromised in a cyberattack that could number more victims than Target's data breach last year, but security experts warn different types of attacks were used. Home Depot was hit by FrameworkPOS, a clever piece of malware that stole data from store registers while being masked as anti-virus software.


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Also, the Home Depot malware had lines of code that mentioned U.S. influence in Libya and growing support for the Ukrainian government against a growing regional conflict. It seems likely that Russian hackers were responsible for stealing the data for two purposes: to generate revenue from the stolen data, and to send a political message to the United States.


"The development of a new piece of malware is not something you take lightly - this required some engineering," said Dan Guido, Trail of Bits information security company CEO. "It's probably not the same group that (hit) Target."

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Microsoft Windows 9 leaked screenshots reveal the desktop's return

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 8:34 pm

Images reportedly leaked from Microsoft's upcoming Windows 9 operating system have hit the Internet, and indicate the desktop experience is back in full force. The official Windows Technical Preview should be available sometime in the next few weeks. Windows 9 should be released in April 2015, as Microsoft pushes ahead with the OS on PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones.


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Even the Windows Store, a Metro app, has its own window running on the Windows 9 desktop. Similar to older versions of Windows, the window has an options screen on the left-hand side - and traditional minimize, maximize and close buttons in the right hand corner of the store.


Microsoft wanted to push users towards mobility with Windows 8, a touch-designed OS, but desktop and notebook users were not pleased. Despite being stable - and providing enhanced security features - than older versions of Windows, users weren't in a big hurry to abandon Windows 7 in favor of 8/8.1.

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Army creating next-generation grenade to explode behind barriers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 7:45 pm

The U.S. military is developing new technologies that allow bullets, grenades and other munitions to explode after they pass over defilades and other obstacles. The Small Arms Grenade Munitions (SAGM) platform is being tested by the U.S. Army as a way to engage enemies, even if an enemy is hiding. The SAGM is twice as lethal as a traditional 40 mm grenade if being used against better protected targets.


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The new weapon has three modes of firing: Airburst has the ability to detect a defilade first, and then explode. Point detonation occurs when the grenade strikes a target, or a self-destruct feature that helps limit collateral damage and ensures there a smaller number of unexploded ordnances on the battlefield.


"The technology demonstration was conducted at Redstone Arsenal and it was shown that the sensor correctly detected defilade and air-bursted the round behind the defilade," said Steven Gilbert, U.S. Army Armament Research Project Officer. "This capability will inflict maximum lethality to any enemy personnel seeking cover behind defilade."

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