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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X early look at performance is off the charts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:38 pm

It was less than 24 hours ago that we provided the best look at the GeForce GTX Titan X yet, but without drivers we can run anything on it, so performance numbers right now are a total secret. We can do guess work, where I said to expect 30-50% additional performance on top of the GTX 980, which it looks like we have in the Titan X.

 

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VideoCardz has some very early performance numbers, where it really trounces everything else in its path. The tests performed, 3DMark 11, show us that it demolishes the GTX 980, Radeon R9 290X 8GB, GTX Titan Black, and so much more. It swings punches with the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2, but gets awfully close in successive benchmarks.

 

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They ran the Titan X in 4-way SLI, which would just be so great to see in person, where the performance reaches 427% that of the single Titan X - some impressive SLI scaling.

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Ben Stiller crashes Paris Fashion Week to announce 'Zoolander' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 10:26 pm

Fans of Ben Stiller's comedy 'Zoolander' have been hoping for a sequel for nearly fifteen years now and now their prayers have finally been answered. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprised their roles as male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel at the Maison Valentino show at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week show to announce that production on the comedy sequel will soon begin.

 

 

A follow up tweet from Paramount Pictures has also revealed the film's 2016 release date.

 

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Study: Consumers worried about security, privacy of mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 9:23 pm

When it comes to retail shopping, cash is still king to consumers as far as choosing a safe payment option, according to a new study from the Walker Sands marketing research firm. Fifty six percent of consumers say cash is the most secure method, ahead of debit and credit cards (38 percent), and mobile payments (1 percent).

 

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Despite more than half of consumers saying cash is most secure, 59 percent of consumers carry just $20 or less while shopping. The use of cash is dropping as more consumers rely on debit and credit card payments because of it being extremely easy to use - and mobile payment supporters hope a similar trend will take place in the future.

 

"Consumer fears around security and privacy have plagued mobile payment adoption," said Michelle Evans, senior consumer finance analyst at Euromonitor International, in a statement published by MainStreet. "The unfamiliarity and complexity of the mobile device creates security and privacy concerns for consumers who want to be confident that their personally identifiable information and financial details are protected."

Intel betting big on low-cost smartphones with cheaper chips

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 8:01 pm

Intel seemed overwhelmed trying to join the smartphone and tablet markets years ago, but has learned from its mistakes, and wants to supply hardware for low-cost smartphones. The company hopes its code-named SoFIA - now known as the X3 chip - will be ideal for cheaper smartphones and tablets, and still looks to win over manufacturers.

 

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At least 20 manufacturers want to use Intel's X3 to power their devices - as Intel looks for new ways to compete with Qualcomm. Intel is now No. 2 in the tablet CPU market, while exploring methods to compete in the smartphone market.

 

The first Atom X3 smartphones will be available later this quarter, with quad-core 3G and LTE models expected before the end of Q2.

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Wikimedia Foundation suing NSA to protect millions of Wikipedia users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 7:13 pm

The NSA and US Department of Justice are being sued by the Wikimedia Foundation, accusing the US organizations of violating US laws related to freedom of speech. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing Wikimedia, which was joined by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and several other major organizations in the lawsuit.

 

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The NSA's use of "upstream" surveillance, which "taps the Internet's 'backbone' to capture communications with 'non-US persons,'" is available for a large amount of possible uses - however, it is believed to ultimately collect data not involved in their investigations. Wikimedia and other groups are concerned that journalists, clients, foreign government officials and others won't be as willing to turn over information and discuss sensitive topics with them.

 

"Our lawsuit says that the NSA's mass surveillance of Internet traffic on American soil - often called 'upstream' surveillance - violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right to privacy, as well as the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of expression and association," according to a Wikipedia op-ed published by the New York Times. "We also argue that this agency activity exceeds the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008."

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CIA revamping its operations, shift in focus to digital efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 6:32 pm

The Central Intelligence Agency is undergoing a technology modernization, with officials especially interested in developing its digital abilities. The CIA will appoint a "Directorate of Digital Innovation," tasked with keeping better tabs of cyber technology.

 

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"Our ability to carry out our responsibilities for human intelligence and national security responsibilities has become more challenging" in the current digital landscape, said John Brennan, director of the CIA, in a statement published by Reuters. "And so what we need to do as an agency is make sure we're able to understand all of the aspects of that digital environment."

 

The NSA and FBI are well known for their cyber surveillance programs, but the CIA and other departments want their respective cyber-related efforts to be updated. Additional details regarding what the CIA hopes to accomplish with a renewed focus on cybersecurity wasn't discussed by CIA officials.

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Sponsored Video: Siemens announces its Sirius Act signaling devices

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:51 am

Siemens has done something unique to unveil its new commanding and signaling devices, with a mockumentary on its new Sirius Act modular system. Sirius Act features a new strong design with an IP69K degree of protection, high-quality looks and easy-to-use operation.

 

 

The big point of the new Sirius Act devices is that we have a wide variety of pushbuttons and emergency stop buttons, selector and key switches, as well as acostic and optical indicators. The new parts are connected to the controller through an AS-Interface, IO-Link or standard cables. The new system is easy to deploy, and better yet - without errors, even if the holes are not keyed.

 

One of the other key features of the new Sirius Act commanding and signaling devices is that we have IP69K protection, which keeps the Sirius Act safe from dust, oils, caustic solutions and serious (get it?) environmental situations, where it can be easily cleaned with a high-pressure jet, even at high temperatures. This means that the Sirius Act products can be used in the harshest environments, without having to worry about breakdown over time.

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Android 5.1 announced, includes cross-platform HD Voice support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 8:10 am

Google has announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, the latest update to its mobile OS, which comes with some improvements and new features. We have the usual stability improvements and performance-enhancing code supplements, but the new features might have you happy.

 

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Android 5.1 now includes multi-SIM support, and cross-platform HD Voice support - depending on the network, of course. Google has also provided Device Protection, where Android will keep your smartphone safe from intruders, even if they perform a factory reset on your smartphone after they've stolen it. This new feature binds your Android 5.1-powered device to your Google account, unless you choose otherwise.

 

The latest version of Lollipop has an updated Quick Settings menu, giving you more granular control over things like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi network switching. The latest Android 5.1 update should be rolling out to Nexus 6 owners soon enough.

Microsoft bundles broken Halo: Master Chief Collection with Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 6:15 am

Microsoft has introduced a new Xbox One bundle, something that includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with a bundled price of $349. Inside of the new bundle, you get the Xbox One, with a download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

 

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The download is a huge 59.1GB, which includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary (both digital remasters), Halo 3, and Halo 4. The Master Chief Collection also provides gamers with access to the live-action Halo: Nightfall series which is available on Xbox LIve.

 

The biggest thing to take away from this is that there are still countless problems with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with people reporting even with the latest patch, the game is still broken with matchmaking issues, and so much more.

New 'Tomorrowland' trailer packs an intriguing premise

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 5:40 am

This summer's crop of blockbusters including 'Mad Max', 'Jurassic World', 'The Avengers' and 'Terminator Genisys' are all relatively known quantities, but one - big budget original sci-fi story 'Tomorrowland' remains shrouded in mystery, even if the newly released latest theatrical trailer does shed a little more light on the interesting premise.

 

 

Disney have released the following synopsis which adds very little: "Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland'."

 

Starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, 'Tomorrowland' is directed by former Pixar director Brad Bird and hits cinemas in Australia on May 21st and a day later in the United States.

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