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Valve's latest feature for Steam: an in-game FPS counter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 11:33 pm

In a case of 'why didn't Valve do this sooner' the creator of Half-Life has just unveiled a new in-game FPS counter that is baked into Steam. Gamers across the world, myself included, will be loving this new feature which allows for a much easier way of keeping an eye of your frame rate in-game, without using third-party software.


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If you want to use the new in-game FPS counter, you're going to need to opt into the new Steam beta, something that can be done through the Steam client's settings menu. The beta of Steam is pretty damn stable these days, with options like this placed inside of Steam to play around with them before it hits the final version.


The in-game FPS counter is enabled by going to the in-game menu, and then clicking the box to add the in-game FPS counter - simple!

SATA-IO displays 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 at Storage Visions 2015

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 11:05 pm

Storage Visions 2015 - At the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions an HGST Ultrastar He8 HDD is on display. The new high capacity drives from HGST are utilizing helium, with their HelioSeal technology, to reduce air resistance and vibration. This allows them to cram more platters into the standard 3.5" form factor. The He8 features the same 7stac architecture as its predecessor, the Ultrastar He6 (review here). This architecture utilizes 7 platters and 14 heads.


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The net benefit is 33% more capacity with a decrease of 23% for idle power consumption. The He8 also offers 44% better Watts per TB. The drives also feature Instant Secure Erase for security and Rebuild Assist to speed RAID recovery tasks.

Strings, a new app that lets you un-send your messages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 10:34 pm

A new app is hitting the market, with Strings capable of un-sending those messages that you didn't want to send in the first place. Maybe you were drunk, maybe you didn't mean to send them, Strings will un-send those items for you.


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Strings works like any other messaging app, such as WhatsApp, except it allows you to take back messages after you've sent them. It will work with multiple formats, including text messages, e-mails, photos and videos of unlimited length, and more. The sender also has control of whether or not the recipient has the ability to save, and download the sent content.


The offending material is deleted from the recipients' smartphone, and Strings' servers permanently, as soon as the request is put into the app. The biggest thing here, is that both sides need to be using the app, which will surely cut down on the usefulness of Strings. But, at least it's here, and available for people to use. Strings is available from the App Store for iDevices, with an update arriving in a week or so. Android devices should get it in the future, but there's no word on that yet.

NVIDIA rumored to launch GM200-based Quadro M6000 with 12GB of VRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 10:29 pm

NVIDIA made quite the splash when it launched its new Maxwell architecture in September, but the company is reportedly preparing its new Quadro M6000 GPU which will see the visual computing market get excited, very excited.


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The new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 should be based on the GM200 architecture, with a fully unleashed Maxwell chip at the heart of the card. The full GM200 would feature 3072 CUDA cores (24 SMMs, while the GM204 sports 16 SMMs). This full GM200 core also features 96 ROPs, and either 192 or 256 TMUs. The memory interface will be expanded from the 256-bit bus on the GeForce GTX 980 (based on the GM204 core) to 384-bit for the Quadro M6000.


On top of that, we should see the Quadro M6000 feature a huge 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a total memory bandwidth of 317.4GB/sec thanks to its 384-bit memory bus. We should see NVIDIA launch the Quadro M6000 later this month, or even tonight at its CES 2015 event.

Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked photo teases all-metal chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 9:34 pm

CES 2015 - We've heard reports that the upcoming Galaxy S6 would feature an all-metal chassis, versus the plastic look, style and feel of the previous Galaxy handsets, including the not-so-old Galaxy S5 smartphone.


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The new reports are coming in from Nowehere Else, a French site that has reported leaks on various handsets over the years with a decent line of credibility. The new metal frame doesn't look all that different to the Galaxy S5, except that it's metal and not plastic. The back of the cover looks like it's made of metal too, which could lead to Samsung using an all-metal design on the Galaxy S6, better positioning them with Apple and HTC.


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Inside of the Galaxy S6, we should expect a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash storage, a 16-megapixel rear-facing snapper backed up by a 5-megapixel selfie shooter, and Samsung's TouchWiz UI splashed over Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Acer outs its Liquid Z410 smartphone before CES 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 9:06 pm

CES 2015 - We just reported about the Acer Liquid Jade S handset, but Acer has also unveiled the new Liquid Z410, too. The difference between the two handsets, is that the Liquid Z410 features a 4.5-inch qHD display compared to the 5-inch 720p display on the Liquid Jade S.


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Acer have provided a MediaTek MT6732 CPU backed up with an ARM Mali-T760 GPU, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel selfie-shooter. We have 4G LTE capabilities, and a battery that Acer says is good for up to 400 hours of standby, or around 5.5 hours of talk time.


The new Liquid Z410 will be made available in the European market at the end of February, for €129 or $154.

Malware attacks will continue, with sophistication increasing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 9:04 pm

Malware threats garnered major media attention throughout 2014, but cybersecurity experts are concerned that casual users and business decision leaders aren't going to proactive enough to prevent breaches.


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There will be more attention directed towards ransomware, which typically begin with a successful phishing attack. Ransomware demands monetary payments for criminals to turn over control of systems and data back to the victim, and evasion techniques used to deliver payloads are becoming increasingly sophisticated.


"In 2014 we saw a number of significant wins against malware with the dismantling of several major botnets. This type of takedown will be much harder in 2015 with malware becoming stealthier," said Andy Avanessian, VP of professional services at endpoint security company Avecto, in a statement published by Forbes. "In the coming months, we will see increased use of p2p, darknet and tor communications, forums selling malware and stolen data will also retreat further into hidden corners of the internet in an attempt to avoid infiltration."

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Acer's new Revo One RL85 PC will fit anywhere in your house

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 8:51 pm

CES 2015 - Acer is on a roll today, unveiling its new Revo One RL85 entertainment PC, which is a "stylish personal computer designed to become the entire family's entertainment center."


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Acer's new PC is built for entertainment, content streaming and much more, with the ability to be powered by an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor. We have dual display support, with one HDMI and one mini DisplayPort output, which supports up to 4K monitors or TVs. There are three HDD storage spots, each capable of taking a 2TB drive for 6TB of total drive space in Raid 0/1/5. Wi-Fi 802.11ac is also here, which will provide wireless freedom throughout the house.


Where the Revo One RL85 shines is in its design, with Acer crafting a PC that can be placed anywhere and not look out of place. It comes in both black and white, with a nice polished glossy look with "aesthetic curved lines and rounded corners." We have an SD card slot, four LED smart indicators, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and miniDP. Acer is shipping the Revo One with an optional multi-use remote control, which will make placing the PC in your lounge room even better.

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Acer unveils the Liquid Jade S, with an 8-core processor at under $400

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 8:29 pm

CES 2015 - Acer has burst right out of the gate here at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, announcing two new great gaming LCDs as well as a new 15-inch Chromebook, but they aren't finished yet. We are now being introduced to the new Liquid Jade S smartphone, a cheap new handset that features an 8-core processor, and more.


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The Acer Liquid Jade S features an 8-core 64-bit processor from Mediatek in the form of the MT6752M, as well as 4G LTE capabilities to make sure the internals of the phone can match the network speeds. The SoC features eight 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs, and a Mali T760 graphics chip which will handle the graphics side of things.


The Liquid Jade S features a 5-inch 1280x720 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 5-megapixel up front for those detailed selfies, and a non-removable 2300mAh battery. All of this arrives in a handset that weighs just 116g and is 7.78mm thick. Acer will have the Liquid Jade S for €299, or around $358 and will be made available in Europe starting later this month.

Wondering what to do with your new Smartwatch? Why not Flappy Bird?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 7:53 pm

If you're not interested in using your smartwatch for the general and somewhat boring text message notifications, email updates and general fitness applications, why not try out the popular game Flappy Bird?


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Providing your device is running Android Wear, all you need to do is download this modified APK and run a few commands through your PC to have access to this addictive side-scroller.


Alongside pushing applications like Flappy Bird, you can also do some nifty things including running Windows 95 on your watch - if you for some reason feel the need.

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