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UK mom turns up to school in a Need for Speed cop car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 10:40 am

If you thought your mom was cool during school, they probably weren't as cool as a mom in the UK that turned up to her kids' school in an Americanized cop car in the style of the Need for Speed game.

 

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Rachel Sims purchased the car after the game promoters were finished with it, and while she has been pulled over by the real police in it, they gave her permission to continue driving it around. Sims' three children, aged 15, 12 and eight, now get to ride to and from school everyday in this Need for Speed cop car, which is damn cool.

Kaspersky: the NSA has backdoors in Seagate and WD HDD firmware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:48 am

Kaspersky has some damning claims against HDD giants Seagate and Western Digital, where it has said that the NSA has spying backdoors installed onto the HDD firmware of the leading HDD manufacturers products.

 

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The cyber-security giant says that the US spy agency has full access to raw data, agnostic of partition method (low-level format), file system (high-level format), operating system, or even at the user access level. Kaspersky has said that it has found PCs in at least 30 countries with the spying programs installed, with the most infections found in Iran. After that, we have Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria.

 

Kaspersky has said that the HDD firmware backdoors are used right now to spy on foreign governments, telecommunication giants, banks, nuclear researchers, the media, and many more. Kaspersky isn't outright naming the company that has designed the malware, but it has said that the company responsible has close ties with the development of Stuxnet. But it does get worse, as the company adds that each time you turn your PC on, the malware is activated, which means it has utter control to all of the critical OS components - possibly gaining access to your network, and file system.

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Samsung announces the mass production of its 14nm FinFET processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:41 am

The time has come for Samsung to tease to the world that it has started the mass production of its 14nm FinFET process technology, moving from its current node at 20nm.

 

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Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics, Gabsoo Han, said: "Samsung's advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry. We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of the mobile industry by enabling further performance improvements for cutting-edge smartphones".

 

This is quite the achievement, as the new 14nm FinFET processors offer up to 20% more speed, 35% less power consumption, and 30% productivity gain when compared to Samsung's current 20nm process technology. Samsung's new 14nm FinFET process will see its way into the company's upcoming Exynos 7 Octa later this year, as well as many other products in the near future.

Assassin's Creed movie will star Marion Cotillard, at 24FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 8:38 am

Marion Cotillard, an Oscar-winning actress, will be joining Michael Fassbender for the Assassin's Creed movie according to Deadline.

 

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Deadline has also reported that if the first Assassin's Creed movie is successful and doesn't require a day one patch, that the actors have signed on for multiple films. It was only late last week that Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot confirmed the movie with New Regency, with a release date of December 21, 2016.

VAIO is back with new transforming laptops, with the new VAIO Z range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 7:43 am

If you didn't already know, Sony sold its VAIO brand off to Japan Industrial Partners last year, with the new owner of VAIO announcing new models in Sony's old PC brand. We have the new VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas laptops, which are some flashy new transforming Ultrabooks.

 

 

Starting with the VAIO Z which comes in two flavors, both with a 13.3-inch display, but you can choose between an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. We also have a beautiful aluminuium carbon shell body, and an SSD that the company says can have the Ultrabook booting up in an impressive 0.3 seconds.

 

Better yet, a hinge on the rear of the Z's chassis allows the Ultrabook to turn the display on, so it can either be facing outwards to use it like a tablet, or flipped down to show others what you're doing. The VAIO Z is something Japan Industrial Partners calls a "monster PC" but it won't be going through its battery too quick. The company says that you should expect over 15.5 hours of use out of it, which is pretty damn impressive, and more than any other VAIO laptop released.

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UK Prime Minister announces free Wi-Fi on public trains for 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:39 am

David Cameron has announced that the UK government will pledge £50 million (or $77 million or so) into seeing free Wi-Fi on-board UK trains by 2017. The UK Prime Minister hasn't elaborated much on this plan, not stating whether this would be a large number of trains, or all of them.

 

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There are rumors that the rail companies are paying for it now, and that the government would just be hanging them money to effectively have 'free Wi-Fi' on the trains, but we don't know that for sure just yet. Free Wi-Fi is currently offered on long distance, intercity services, but this should expand those services considerably.

 

Why can't the UK government just provide everyone using trains with that super-fast 5G Internet access Prime Minister Cameron teased about last year?

ASUS announces the GeForce GTX 960 Mini

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:32 am

Set for use in mini-ITX applications, the GTX960-MOC-2GD is built to look identical in design to its GTX 670 Mini and GTX 760 Mini older siblings.

 

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Designed with a full-height PCB and measuring just 6.7 inches long, this card features a "CoolTech" fan said to be a hybrid between top-flow and lateral-flow products. Other parts of the cooling design include a dense heat pipe-fed toroidal aluminum fin-stack heat sink which is ventilated by the previously mentioned unit.

 

Factory-overclocked and with a 1190 MHz core, this card features a 1253 MHz GPU boost and is powered by a single 6-pin PCIe power plug. As for display options, you can expect the general inclusions of: dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0 and three Displayport 1.2 ports.

 

There has been no current price or availability listed as of yet.

Could Apple surprise the world and acquire Tesla for $75 billion?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:16 am

There was an interesting post that I read yesterday somewhere in the world of Reddit, but it was late and I was laying in bed. I awoke today to the news being spread throughout the Internet, that Apple could purchase Tesla Motors sometime in the next 18 months for an absolutely gigantic $75 billion.

 

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The rumors are coming from Interent entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis, who is saying that all the dominoes are lining up for Apple to acquire Tesla. Calacanis said that he has no insider information, but he has said that Apple's all of the sudden interest in building cars, and Tim Cook's "obsession" with renewable energy are giant hints. Calacanis wrote: "No one else in the world could actually make a run at Tesla, because they either don't have the cash and, most importantly, they don't have the ability to give assurances to Elon that they won't f- it up. Apple's design team, software, and global distribution would actually LEVEL Tesla up".

 

Remember, this probably won't happen - I would dare say it will not happen, but the rumor is interesting nonetheless. Maybe Apple is testing the waters by pushing this rumor out into the world?

Nintendo ship nearly 6 million Amiibo NFC figurines worldwide

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 5:50 am

With Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures continuing to move impressive numbers for gaming systems worldwide, late last year Nintendo got into the market with their range of Amiibo figures for the WiiU and New 3DS systems, releasing a total of 29 NFC equipped Amiibo figures, with a further two waves to come in the next few weeks. With product shortages and some of the rarer figures commanding big prices on eBay, it's no shock that Nintendo completely underestimated the lines popularity, but today's earnings call reveals how strong that popularity is.

 

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Nintendo announced that they've sold through 5.7 million Amiibo figures worldwide, with 'The Legend of Zelda' character Link proving the most popular in all listed countries - except in Australia where Mario topped the chart. Our friends at Vooks are the first to translate the sales charts here.

Malaysia now recognizes eSports as an official sport

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 5:26 am

Following in the footsteps of the US, Malaysia has now officially recognized eSports as a professional sport - listing it under the Sports Commission of Malaysia.

 

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Reportedly kicked off due to their local team Orange eSports placing highly in Valve's 2013 International Dota2 tournament, eSports began receiving a lot of publicity throughout the nation. This push was majorly supported by Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin directly - eventually ending up with the ruling as seen today.

 

It hasn't always been smooth sailing, with Arrow Gaming being accused and found guilty of match fixing - but this controversy has further pushed the government towards this ruling, meaning that they can now directly control any issues that may occur in the future.

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