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ASRock Rack Releases New E5-2600 v3 Motherboards

By: William Harmon | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 16, 2014 12:54 am

ASRock Rack announces its latest offerings of motherboards that support the new Intel E5-2600 v3 processors and DDR4 memory. These motherboards are more than just simple upgrades to their existing line of boards, they offer major feature upgrades in some cases.


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The new motherboards continue ASRock Racks build quality that includes:


Stable - Robust Design, Quality Parts

Green - Less Heat, Less Power Consumption

Open - Industry Standard, Flexible Architecture


On a surprising note with this release, we see motherboards with E5-2600 v3 processor support that includes DDR3 memory. This might open up flexibility in builds that can take advantage of the large stockpiles of current DDR3 memory and still use the latest processors from Intel.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 adaptation releases new trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:24 pm

With each successive entry of 'The Hunger Games' franchise the popularity of star Jennifer Lawrence continues to rise (notwithstanding the recent release of racy images) making her earlier casting an even bigger coup for distributors.


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Overnight, LionsGate films has released the latest trailer for the pentultimate feature 'Mockingjay: Part 1' which sheds new light on the films plot, which sees the power schism in PanAm begin to change as the mood for rebellion and dissent deepens in the Capitol.



'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1' is released in Australia on November 20, and in the United States on November 21 and returns stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final role.

HGST offers new Ultrastar SN100 Series of NVMe PCIe SSDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:49 pm

HGST Press and Industry Analyst Briefing - HGST has announced a new line of PCIe SSDs for the datacenter with their Ultrastar SN100 Series. This new series of PCIe SSDs offers the new NVMe standard as the backbone for communication with the host system. For an in-depth look at the NVMe specification, from top to bottom with testing included, take a look at this recent article in our IT/Datacenter section.


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NVMe has many advantages over proprietary software implementations, but the vFAS structure employed with HGST's FlashMAX line (Product evaluation here) is particularly strong. The FlashMAX II offers multiple software features that make it a compelling offer in many environments, and after speaking with HGST executives at the event we were assured that these same software capabilities will be extended to the Ultrastar SN100 line of products.


HGST is also announcing a new FlashMAX III, so the two product lines, with both vFAS and NVMe, will continue to have a place in the HGST product stack. Performance specifications and endurance information will hash out the differences between the two PCIe SSD offerings from HGST, but at this point there aren't any related publicly available specifications for either new product. We will keep our readers updated as more information becomes available.

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Xbox One owner mods his console into mobile Xbox One gaming laptop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:15 pm

A Microsoft Xbox One geek turned his Xbox One console into a portable chassis complete with a 22-inch screen that can be placed in a backpack. Designed by hardware modder Ed Zarick, he used Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers to create a new custom chassis, while leaving the hardware alone.



Trying to turn the Xbox One into a gaming laptop will be an expensive project: $1,400 without the Kinect or $1,500 with a Kinect. Interested modders will also have to pay more for an HDMI-out port. The Xbox laptop is a 500GB Xbox One that uses a 22-inch Vizio 1080p screen, vinyl casing, front slot-loading disc drive and cable connects left on the back of the unit.


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HGST announces extension of JDA with Intel

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:12 pm

HGST Press and Industry Analyst Briefing - HGST has announced the extension of their fruitful Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Intel for their SAS SSDs. This is an important agreement due to the sharing of important NAND and engineering expertise. The JDA also affords HGST with a guaranteed NAND flash supply for HGST's SAS SSDs, a paramount need in today's SSD market. The details of the arrangement aren't entirely public, of course, but we do know that both HGST and Intel have already leveraged the existing relationship to develop the fastest SAS SSDs on the market.


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The JDA began in 2008, and HGST first began to offer SAS SSDs in 2010. Intel flash and controller technology has provided the base components, but the real engine lies in HGST's SAS design, firmware, reliability, qualification and system integration. Intel does not sell SAS SSDs, instead relying upon the JDA with HGST to provide high-quality SAS offerings. The cooperation has led to four generations of successful SAS SSDs. The agreement is slated to continue for three more years, and we look forward to seeing the exciting new products that will come as a result of the JDA.

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Comcast now denies it will cut Internet customers using Tor

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:45 pm

Internet service provider Comcast isn't disconnecting subscribers for using the Tor browser and said rumors are "wildly inaccurate," as federal government continues to monitor the once anonymous search browser. The rumors started a few days ago, when Comcast "agents" reportedly told Tor users they must stop or face having their service terminated.


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Regardless of what the U.S. government is doing to track Tor, trying to limit what its subscribers do with Web access would draw an immediately uproar. Instead, Comcast is defending itself and saying that users are welcome to use Tor if wanted:


Customers are free to use their Xfinity Internet service to visit any website or use it however they wish otherwise," according to a statement from Comcast. "Like virtually all ISPs, Comcast has an acceptable use policy or AUP that outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses of the service. Comcast doesn't monitor users' browser software or web surfing and has no program addressing the Tor browser."

Yahoo faces up to $250,000 in daily fines for not giving in to NSA

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:45 pm

If Yahoo refuses to turn over user data to the U.S. government, the company faces a fine up to $250,000 per day. The National Security Agency (NSA) wants Yahoo and other companies to adhere to new surveillance rules they've created, but Yahoo officials said the agency's efforts are unconstitutional.


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A federal judge recently unsealed wording relating to the case, which Yahoo hailed as a minor victory for transparency - an ongoing fight that the NSA will continue, likely at the daily expense of Yahoo. For more than half a year, Yahoo said the government's demand to turn over user information regarding non-U.S. citizens living overseas was unconstitutional - breaching the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure.


The ongoing battle between invasive federal monitoring began years before former NSA analyst Edward Snowden outlined widespread and systematic spying operations. Yahoo had to fight every step of the way to challenge the US government's surveillance efforts," according to Ron Bell, Yahoo general counsel.

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders top 4 million during the first day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:00 pm

The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus announcement may have underwhelmed most mobile phone consumers, but still racked up 4 million pre-orders in a single day. Interested owners may have to wait until October before they receive their new iPhone, due to the large volume of orders placed by Apple customers.


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The iPhone 5 reached just two million units during launch pre-announcement two years ago, the company said. It's a rather fascinating launch for a device that received a large amount of hype, but didn't overly impress customers that were sitting on the fence about purchasing a new phone.


"Assuming preorders are similar to the 40 percent of first weekend sales for the iPhone 5, this would imply iPhone 6/6Plus first weekend sales could be around 10 million," wrote an analyst from Wells Fargo securities.

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Microsoft officially purchases Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 5:22 pm

Microsoft has confirmed it will pay $2.5 billion to purchase Mojang, the company responsible for Minecraft. Minecraft has sold more than 54 million copies across the world, and the three founding executives of Mojang will reportedly leave the company. The game is the top paid app for both the Google Android and Apple iOS, and with only 4 employees, brought in $287 in revenues during 2013


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"At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people," the company said in a press statement. "Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise."


News of the acquisition sent shockwaves through the Minecraft community, with many gamers worried about which direction Microsoft would take. Meanwhile, Microsoft hopes to draw gamers mobile platform instead of focusing on the Xbox One or PC.

Next Bond film begins shooting in December, script overhauled

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 2:16 am

The last James Bond film; 'Skyfall' was released 2 years ago this November and grossed a record $1.1 billion worldwide - in fact its the ninth highest grossing picture of all time. So why has it taken so long to get the next into production?


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According to a report posted at the Dail Mail, the script written by John 'Gladiator' Logan has been overhauled by franchise regulars Robert Wade and Neal Purvis in the same manner that was performed for 'Skyfall'. Now it seems that the pre-production issues have been ironed out, with the final script having been delivered, it's now all green for the next Bond picture which is set to begin production in early December.


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The as-yet untitled 24th Bond picture is set to be released on October 23rd 2015, directed by Sam Mendes.

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