CES 2015 - Sixense is one of the companies in the industry that I'm most excited to see succeed, they worked with Razer on the Hydra motion controller, something I used when I played HLVR with the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra. But Sixense have been working on the STEM system for quite a while now, and we're beginning to see them get closer to the finish line.
We met up with the great guys at Sixense, including Amir Rubin who is such a great guy and super intelligent. He walked me through the changes that the STEM system is still going through, improving each month with its internal component slowly getting smaller and smaller, as well as more efficient.
If you've ever heard someone guarantee 100 percent security to you in cyberspace then you know you've got yourself a liar - and not a very good one. Of course, cyberspace will never be truly secure according to Martin Giles. This is why cyber security is becoming increasingly complex and as threats do as well. Huge compromises to data occur in rare events, but the biggest day-to-day threats come in the form of crooks attempting to steal financial data from businesses and individuals.
The hackers best at what they do are certainly making life more difficult for cyber security professionals. Simply put, however, the most common breaches of security are often the result of the most obvious mistakes. For example, an employee can physically write down a password on paper only to have it fall into the wrong hands, or customer information is available to those that have no business with such confidential information. Because of this, it appears that some businesses are not able to anticipate incoming cyber attacks.
In fact, there are reports that argue there is a great need to actually provide businesses with incentives to take cyber security more seriously than they already are. Here are some simple tips for prevention:
Manage your Internet connection appropriately
By managing your Internet connection, both businesses and customers are better off throughout the payment processing activity online. Internet providers have been prompted by corporations to better manage Internet connections by taking more responsibility in helping their clients identify and fix any potential cyber security problems that they may be experiencing. Example, infectious malware is a common issue that could be cleared up by the Internet service provider fairly easily.
CES 2015 - One of the more interesting CPU coolers shown off at this year's CES was from be quiet!, the German powerhouse that is always striving for better, cooler, and always impressive CPU coolers. This year was no different at all, with two new CPU coolers that are sure to impress.
First up, we have the Dark Rock Topflow. The Dark Rock Topflow has be quiet! and its engineers striving for some impressive stuff, concentrating on memory clearance for setups that might have high-end memory that normally gets in the way of the massive heat sink on these types of CPU coolers. The memory clearance is a decent 51mm with a lower fan installed, but without the lower fan installed it is up to 70mm.
With the fan installed, the Dark Rock Topflow has a total height of just 130mm, but without the additional fan it is just 110mm high. The CPU cooler can handle a CPU pushing out a total TDP of 220W, with an utter maximum of 250W. When it comes to sound, we have 25dB which is nice and quiet. You get two of the be quiet! SilentWings PWM 135mm.
CES 2015 - Hardware specialist Crucial has shown off its MX200 and BX100 solid state drives (SSDs), with increased storage capacities and faster read and write speeds.
The MX200SD will be available in 250GB ($139.99), 500GB ($249.99), and 1TB (469.99) capacities, with 555MB/s and 500MB/s read and write speeds. In addition, the Crucial MX200 is the only consumer SSD product with Dynamic Write Acceleration, making data transfers even faster.
The BX100 SSD will be available in 120GB ($69.99), 250GB ($109.99), 500GB ($199.99), and 1TB (399.99) storage capacities, promising 535MB/s and 450MB/s sequential read and write speeds. It is the first Crucial drive that will make use of the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, helping make the SSD perform better and consume less power.
CES 2015 - When AMD first began talking about FreeSync, NVIDIA were already out in the wild with a couple of G-SYNC monitors. But the one big difference between AMD's FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology is that AMD's technology is free for manufacturers to use, without licensing fees. This means we should see around $100-$200 cheaper monitors based on FreeSync technology, which is great news for Radeon gamers, and gamers in general.
Above, we have a FreeSync monitor from Samsung, at 4K.
Here we have a 1080p monitor with FreeSync.
Toshiba have just announced their release of the MQ03ABB300 to the market, the industry's first 2.5-inch HDD to achieve 750GB per platter - using a total of 4 platters to achieve 3TB total storage.
Using perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, this advancement by Toshiba is a great data-storage addition to any traveling laptop, especially if you plan to use this device as your main system. Other options include form-factor computer system implementation, NAS storage or small portable HDD functions.
Set as an upgrade to their 4-platter 2TB MQ01ABB200 drive, this 3TB option provides the same low energy consumption values but with 50 percent more storage space.
CES 2015 - Corsair is a company that never disappoints, so when we visited them at CES 2015, we walked away with a great look at what they've been working on lately.
One of the stand out things at CES 2015 for Corsair was their really quite stunning orange and black setup, using a Hydro Series CPU cooler, some Dominator DDR4 RAM and a GIGABYTE motherboard which all matched. The Hydro Series cooler had a tweak to it however, as that orange ring is not standard - maybe Corsair should look into providing different colored rings with their coolers from now on?
Samsung announced today that they have begun mass production of their high-performance, low-powered PCIe solid state drives. The SM951 is designed with ultra-slim notebooks in mind, with Jeeho Baek, Samsung's Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing, commenting "we are helping to accelerate growth of the ultra-slim notebook PC market with the introduction of this energy-efficient, high-speed PCIe SSD. We will continue to introduce next-generation high-density SSDs with improved performance and increased differentiation, as we further strengthen our business competitiveness in global SSD market."
Supporting both PCIe 3.0 and PCI 2.0 interfaces, Samsung claim their product can read and write at sequential speeds of 1,600 MB/s and 1,350 MB/s respectively. Being three times faster than SATA SSD technology and 30 percent faster than the Samsung XP941, these products are set to be a real winner.
The SM951 is also the first SSD to utilize the L1.2 low power standby mode, allowing all high-speed circuits to be turned off when a PC is sleeping or in hibernation, marking a 97 percent decrease from the 50mW consumed previously - this new device uses under 2mW of power to function.
For those still struggling with the change in date, this is indeed 2015 - which means that the once far off world as depicted in 1989's 'Back to the Future: Part II' is now no longer 'future'; it's present. Despite that, we haven't exactly got hoverboards to the dismay of many, and 'Jaws 19' isn't a thing, but one promise looks like it might be fulfilled.
After years of teasing, it looks like Nike will finally release actual auto-lacing shoes, with an interview with Nike designer Tinker Hatfield published on Nike site 'Nice Kicks' confirming their impending release with the comment that there was still "11 and two-thirds months left in 2015", along with patent designs lodged mid last year confirming their operation.
So I guess there's only one question left - where do I send the cash?
CES 2015 - Gesture-based specialist eyeSight is demoing its singlecue gesture-based control system during CES 2015. The device is able to support Infrared controlled electronics, including HDTVs, cable and satellite boxes, Blu-ray players, and AV receivers.
When implemented, singlecue connects a user's IR and Wi-Fi devices and brings them to a single interface, opening the door to gesture recognition technology.
"Since launching, we've heard from people around the globe that they can't wait for singlecue to enter their homes and completely change the way they interact with their favorite devices," said Gideon Shmuel, eyeSight CEO. "We look forward to fulfilling this promise and bringing gesture recognition, the Internet of Things [IoT] and smart home control to everyone under the singlecue brand."