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SentryBay shows off anti-keylogging solution for mobile users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 4:35 pm

Enterprise security company SentryBay has unveiled a new anti-keylogging solution designed for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile products. To help keep mobile users secure, the product generates a dedicated secure keyboard, keystroke encryption, screen capture protection, and the generation of fake random characters.

 

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Both Google Android and Apple iOS cache user keypad entries, providing savvy hackers with the ability to monitor and uplift what is entered.

 

"We are pleased to announce these latest innovations," said Dave Waterson, CEO of SentryBay. "For a long time we have been a leader in PC-based anti-keylogging technology, but after years of R&D we finally feel the solution we have developed for mobile can provide the strong data entry security that app developers are looking for."

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Cybersecurity in full display during RSA Conference in San Francisco

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 3:50 pm

Cybersecurity experts from around the world will descend on the Moscone Center in San Francisco for RSA Conference 2015 this week. The growing security industry is expected to be worth up to $20 billion within the next three years, as the US government and private sector companies purchase new software and hardware.

 

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"Seven or eight years ago you could hear a pin drop at RSA," said Dan Ives, analyst at FBR Capital Markets, in a statement to FT. "Now it is going to be like a Bon Jovi concert. It is the seminal event in cybersecurity: the new year's eve, the wedding, the bar mitzvah."

 

A number of high-profile security incidents in 2013, 2014 and so far in 2015 have shown the need for next-generation cybersecurity solutions. More than $1 billion in venture capitalist funds have been invested in cybersecurity during Q1 2015 alone - and it appears more investors are preparing to flock to the market.

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Legality of fully autonomous weapons proves rather complicated

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 1:40 pm

The growing use of semi-autonomous weapon systems have many military experts and researchers wondering about the future of fully autonomous technology.

 

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The Human Rights Watch defines a fully autonomous weapon as one that is able to identify, select and engage targets with no human interaction - which could revolutionize warfare, but poses great challenges.

 

"If these machines did come into existence, there would be no way to hold anyone accountable if they violated international law," warned Bonnie Docherty, Harvard Law School lecturer and senior researcher of the Human Rights Watch, in a statement to the MIT Technology Review. "The programmer, the manufacturer, the commander, and the operator would all escape liability under existing law."

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NVIDIA reportedly allowing custom versions of its GeForce GTX 980 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 12:48 pm

One of the downsides of the GeForce GTX Titan X is that NVIDIA didn't allow add-in board (AIB) partners to modify the card with a non-reference cooler. This should all change with the GM200-powered GeForce GTX 980 Ti, with NVIDIA reportedly greenlighting custom variants of the GTX 980 Ti.

 

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But it gets better: the current rumors have NVIDIA announcing the card sometime in late May or early June, which is right around the time of Computex. It's also the time frame in which AMD will reportedly announce its new Radeon 300 series, led by the flagship Radeon R9 390X. This could be NVIDIA's way of taking some of that thunder away, and if the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is as powerful as it should end up being (thanks to it being powered by the same GPU as the GTX Titan X), we should expect some fierce competition in terms of pricing from both camps.

 

The alleged specifications of the GTX 980 Ti has it powered by the GM200 core, with the same specifications as the GTX Titan X, but with a reduced framebuffer. The GTX 980 Ti should feature 6GB of VRAM, but with higher clocks than the Titan X. With custom variants, we should expect the GeForce GTX 980 Ti to be one of the fastest video cards on the market when it's released. That is, until we know what makes the Radeon R9 390X tick.

Microsoft will be showing lots of original IP for Xbox One at E3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 11:11 am

Microsoft looks to be planning quite the show for E3 2015 this year, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer teasing that the company will be having its best year ever when it comes to first-party content. He said on Twitter: "This is going to be a fun year. I think it might be our best 1st party content year ever".

 

 

 

The tweet was in a response to @thekeenpaladin, who asked "can we expect to be blown away at e3 this year, any bombshells?" But there won't only be first-party content for the Xbox One that will surprise gamers, with third-party content to get the same treatment. Spencer replied to another tweet in regards to third-party content, where he said: "And to be clear we will have 3rd party deals, it's just, imo, important to focus on and support our 1st party".

 

 

One of the bigger surprises is that Spencer teased "more cross-play" between the Xbox One and Windows-powered gaming PCs, but wouldn't elaborate on Gears of War for PC saying "no comment on Gears" when probed about it.

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Intel's upcoming Skylake-based Core i7-6700K will run at 4GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 9:36 am

As we begin to learn more about Intel's upcoming Skylake microarchitecture, the new 14nm-based chips are becoming more clear. We're now hearing details on the rumored Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K.

 

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Starting with the Core i5-6600K which will have a total of four cores and no HT support, 6MB cache, a 3.5GHz clock speed (3.9GHz with Boost), 1600/2133MHz DDR3/DDR4 RAM support, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 95W TDP. The Core i7-6700K will feature four cores with four Hyper-Threaded cores, 8MB of cache, a 4GHz clock speed (4.2GHz with Boost), 1600/2133MHz DDR3/DDR4 support, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and the same 95W TDP. Both processors will slot right into the new LGA 1151 socket.

 

The rumored specifications are just that: rumors, especially considering the TDP sitting at 95W. We should expect some decent headroom for overclocking, with 4.5GHz being very easy for the Core i7-6700K to hit. WCCFTech is reporting that they expect something "major" with Skylake, and that it won't just be "another Haswell". We should learn more about Skylake as we get closer to Computex in the first week of June.

Sony unveils its Xperia Z4 smartphone, for Japan only right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:38 am

We've known about the Xperia Z4 for quite a while now, but Sony has finally made it official. The Japanese electronics giant has made its latest flagship smartphone available exclusively to Japan right now, with no announcement of it jumping across the pond just yet.

 

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The Xperia Z4 features a 6.9mm thick, 144g metal body which is very similar to the previous handsets. We have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2930mAh battery, a 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop. To top it off, Sony has provided its excellent water- and dust-resistance goodness to its latest flagship handset.

 

The biggest downside to the Xperia Z4 is that we don't have an announcement of its launch anywhere other than Japan. Once iet launches in Japan over the summer, Sony will provide it in white, black, copper, and "aqua green".

AMD reveals Microsoft will most likely launch Windows 10 in July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 7:27 am

Microsoft has previously announced that Windows 10 would launch in the summer, but according to AMD, we could see it launched as soon as July. The news is coming from a slip during their recent conference call, that Windows 10 would launch in July.

 

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AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, said during the conference call: "What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory buildup".

 

If that's the case, we should expect two things: first, Microsoft will most likely make a very big push of Windows 10-powered devices during Computex in early June, and secondly; AMD will unveil its next-gen Radeon 300 series at the same time. This is just speculation, but AMD did say it would launch its new GPU sometime in Q2 2015, and the Q2 window is quickly running out.

3 out of 4 PC gamers own an NVIDIA GeForce GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 6:53 am

NVIDIA has been enjoying some great times since it launched its Maxwell architecture last year, but the domination of Team Green has been going on for a while, especially when you look at a graph from the Beyond3D forums.

 

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The graph shows all of the GPU launches from Q3 2003, right up to Q4 2014. This includes the good old days of ATI with its Radeon X850 Pro/XT cards back in the first quarter of 2005, where AMD had 50.5% of the GPU market. Things really started diving down with the change to the HD 2000 series name change, where at the launch of the Radeon HD 2900 PRO, AMD had just 34.5% of the market.

 

Things hit another drop with the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 295, GTX 285 and GTX 275, where AMD reached just 31%. But, with the launch of the very impressive Radeon HD 5000 series (including the HD 5850 and HD 5870, which at the time were beasts of VGA cards), AMD bounced back right up to 43.8%, but it didn't last long. They dropped down to 34.7% in Q1 2010, but bounced right back up to 44.5% in Q2 2010. It has stayed at around 38-40% of the GPU market share until recently, where in Q3 2014 (right at the time of the Maxwell launch from NVIDIA), AMD dropped from 37.9% in Q2 2014, to 28.4% in Q3 2014, and to just 24% in Q4 2014.

 

This isn't doom and gloom for AMD, and we're not saying that at all. This is a chart that shows the discrete GPU market only, and not everything else that AMD is involved in. Personally, I think the big swing around was with consoles, where AMD pushed to have its APUs in all of the next generation consoles (the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4). It should've been investing heavily into GPU development for the PC, and we've seen no release of a new architecture from AMD since the release of the Radeon 200 series since Q4 2013 - some 18 months ago.

 

NVIDIA is left securing a massive 76% of the market, sucking up 14% of that from AMD in just six months. With AMD on the verge of releasing its new Radeon 300 series, there's no better time than now for AMD to try and scoop back a chunk of those consumers in the next two quarters, where we should hopefully see AMD back to around 35-38% of the GPU market by Q1 2016.

See 'Batman vs Robin' in our DC Universe Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 6:26 am

To celebrate this week's release of the gritty animated battle 'Batman VS Robin' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.

 

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne (Stuart Allen) is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman (Jason O'Mara). While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon (Jeremy Sisto), who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham's secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It's a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary: each other. Witness the epic battle that will shape a destiny and forge the future of Robin forever.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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