It shouldn't be long until Intel officially launches its new X99 chipset along with a slew of new high-end processors, with the star of the Haswell-E show being the upcoming Core i7-5960X processor. This new CPU has been spotted in some newly leaked photos that Hermitage Akihabara got its hands-on.
Intel's new LGA 2011-based Haswell-E processors are expected to be released on August 29, with three models to be unveiled: the Core i7-5960X, the Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K. The top-of-the-line Core i7-5960X will have eight physical cores and eight provided through Hyper-Threading for a total of 16 threads - a monster of a consumer CPU.
The new Core i7-5960X will also feature 20MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4 RAM support, and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes in total. The default clock speed on the Extreme CPU will be 3GHz, and it'll be built on Intel's 22nm process.
Between some researchers from Stanford University and the Israeli defense research group Rafael, we are going to see how the gyroscope in common smartphones can be turned into "crude microphones" that are capable of picking up sound waves in an area.
Stanford Computer Security Professor Dan Boneh spoke with Wired, where he said: "Whenever you grant anyone access to sensors on a device, you're going to have unintended consequences. In this case the unintended consequence is that they can pick up not just phone vibrations, but air vibrations". It's not all doom and gloom though, with the research team only able to pick up bits and pieces of information, and not the entire stream.
The researchers had someone in a room recite 10 digits, similar to the numbers from a credit card, with the Gyrophone (yes, it has a name) only able to identify 65% of the spoken digits. The only reason it wasn't capable of reciting more is that the team hasn't had the time or money to invest into it, but if someone did have the time and money to do so, imagine the hacking possibilities.
Palmer Luckey, the 21-year-old founder of one of the most exciting companies in the world, Oculus VR, has high hopes for the future of technology. With Oculus VR shipping its Development Kit 2, or DK2, Rift headset to consumers and developers over the last month, Palmer has had some interesting things to say in a recent interview with Kotaku UK.
Palmer said: "We see one in every home. [But], just at launch we need to be realistic. The people who are going to be buying this initially are going to be gamers, probably hardcore gamers, and they're going to be the ones with PCs most capable of running it". Palmer wants to see VR become something that expands past just pure gaming, with the Rift and VR in general becoming something for everyone. He continued: "As time goes on it'll become more and more mainstream, but at launch we're going to be targeting that core. Basically let's target it to the people whom we know are going to be buying and then let's go for the people who are going to take some convincing".
After testing out the Rift DK2 myself, I'd have to agree - I think VR will take off like smartphones did, selling tens of millions within the next five years. One in every home is a big statement, but there's a TV in most homes, isn't there? The Oculus Rift is cheaper than a cheap TV, so that statement, while it might sound prosperous to most, could happen - especially with the financial backing of Facebook.
Oculus VR had a strong presence at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this year - but they walked away with a massive win from the gaming event. With over 140 submissions for the awards at Gamescom 2014, 54 of them made it to the group of nominees, Oculus VR was one of these.
Oculus took out the Best Hardware of Gamescom with its Oculus Rift DK2 unit, with four other devices against it: the Cyberith Virtualizer, Sony's VR headset Project Morpheus, Nintendo's Amiibo, and NVIDIA's latest Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller. We've only just received our Oculus Rift DK2 and we are in love with it, so it comes as no surprise for Oculus to be awarded Best Hardware of a gaming show like Gamescom.
The Google Android-powered Tesco Hudl tablet has a data reset flaw in which the factory reset option doesn't do a good job deleting information, according to security specialists. There is concern that many Tesco tablets end up on eBay, and despite having broken screens, weren't wiped of onboard data.
Researchers were also able to discover PIN codes to unlock the tablets, with Wi-Fi keys, cookies and Web browsing data from original owners discovered.
"The factory data reset doesn't appear to zero all sectors on the disc; it's simply too quick a reset process to do so," said Ken Munro, a Pen Test Partners security expert, in a statement to The Register. "So then we bought a few Tesco refurbished Hudls from the Tesco Outlet Store on eBay. Whilst two of them had been correctly zeroed using a wiping product, one was not. From this we recovered some of the previous owners personal data, again including social media and mail profiles."
Comicbook.com is reporting from "two independent reliable sources" that Disney/Lucasfilm will be re-releasing the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray.
Disney has reportedly been hard at work on the project for quite a while, but has been experiencing some problems with the original negatives it has been using. We should eventually see the release of the original, unaltered versions of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi without the redone special effects.
There's no ETA on when to expect the new release, but we should see it released before Star Wars Episode VII flies into cinemas next year.
What better way to sell your upcoming game to PlayStation 4 owners than to call them 'console peasants', something that the Creative Director of PlanetShade 2 Matthew Higby did to the audience at Gamescom 2014.
Higby was talking about some of the things the team at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have done to the PS4 version of the game, where he said: "We're all getting a ton of benefit. Even if you're not a console peasant you'll appreciate what you get out of the console game".
One of the best kept copies of Action Comics #1, where Superman made his debut all the way back in 1938, is up for auction on eBay. This comic has its current bid at $1,750,200 - or $1.75 million.
The seller, Darren Adams who is based in Federal Way, Washington, explains that his copy of Action Comics #1 is "The finest known copy of the most sought after comic book in the world. A 1938 museum piece with PERFECT WHITE pristine pages". Adams said that he purchased it from a collector who had stored it in a bank vault. He adds: "I'm hoping that the next person can enjoy it as much as I do. I'd love it if a museum purchased this book for all to see".
Back in 2011, another copy of Action Comics #1 sold for $2,161,000 - with this copy reportedly belonging to Nicholas Cage, who is said to have purchased the comic for $150,000 in 1997. Funnily enough, Cage was in the running to star as the Man of Steel in the now-scrapped, thankfully, Superman Lives from around the time Cage purchased the copy of Action Comics. Bidding started on August 14, and will end of August 24, with 1% of the proceeds going toward the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Reeve playing Superman in the original Richard Donner movies, as well as Superman 3 and 4.
Microsoft is ramping up for Windows Threshold, the codename of its upcoming next-gen OS, Windows 9. The Redmond-based giant is reportedly set to launch a preview release of Windows 9 in either late September, or early October, according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.
The company will make the Windows 9 preview available to all, so that everyone can test it out. We should expect the new, new Start menu, as well as new live tiles and the ability to run Metro applications in windows. The Charms bar should be gone, with Metro apps seeing their own embedded search, share and print buttons.
Another big feature to expect in Windows 9 is virtual desktop support, which is the first time Microsoft has baked in native support for users. We should also see the company's digital assistant Cortana featured, but we don't know if this will make the early preview build. The best part of Windows 9 is the rumor that it could eventually be released for free to Windows XP, Vista and 7 users.
Chinese national Su Bin has been indicted by a federal grand jury, allegedly working with two other hackers in their efforts to compromise Boeing. The trio stole information related to the F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, along with the C-17 military transport aircraft, and wanted to sell the information to Chinese companies.
If convicted of unauthorized computer access and conspiracy charges, Su faces up to 30 years in federal prison. The Chinese citizen is currently in Canadian custody and will likely be extradited to the United States to face prosecutors.
When people think of cybercrime, it's related more to state-sponsored hacking conducted by cyberattacks from criminals overseas. However, there are occasional incidents where attacks are launched from North America and the alleged suspects are caught.