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Germany to Facebook: Stop collecting Whatsapp user data

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Germany's privacy regulatory body has taken issue with Facebook collecting WhatsApp user data, ordering the company to delete the data and cease the practice, calling it "an infringement of national data protection law."




"It has to be [the user's] decision, whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," says Hamburg data protection commissioner Johnnes Caspar. "Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened."


Germany -- which boasts 35 million WhatsApp users -- isn't the only European country to take issue with Facebook's approach: France and Britain have both done so, with the former stating it would monitor the situation "with great vigilance."

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OBS Studio adds support for AMD Video Coding Engine

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

It's a hard life if you're an AMD user and like to stream and record. Whereas NVIDIA users enjoy the sleek, performance-light, and feature-rich Shadowplay, there's really nothing as good for the other camp.




The gap narrows somewhat today though as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio (the new and improved version of OBS) gains support for AMD's Video Coding Engine (VCE). Essentially, this means fast, high-quality recording and streaming, in contrast to Windows Media Foundation offered, particularly at 1080p and 60 FPS.


VCE support has been in testing for awhile now and today marks the first stable release. To download it, hit the source link below, or if you're in no hurry, wait until the next OBS Studio release with which it will be bundled.

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Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3 first games with Microsoft DRM

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5: Forge are the first games to employ Microsoft's encrypted appx format digital rights management (DRM), with the aim of combating piracy.




In short, once you install either game, the Encrypting File System feature in Windows does its thing, after which the application files are no longer accessible, putting modding and out-of-game tweaking at risk.


Forge has featured some mods already, but this may be due to it being free to play and only some files being encrypted; Forza, it seems, is in a rougher spot.

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How to get 1TB of lifetime cloud storage for only $39

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago



Cloud storage is getting more sophisticated by the day. While that means we can store more online, the cost to do so is also going up. However, Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage is offering a storage plan that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Zoolz's Lifetime Solution grants you access to one terabyte of cloud storage for life, and it's on sale for just $39.


With a Zoolz Lifetime Solution, you can save your data into Instant Storage for fast access or Cold Storage if you know you won't be needing it for a while. Zoolz lets you easily browse and retrieve files with its Smart Selection tool. Plus, Zoolz locks down your data with 256-bit encryption, so hackers won't be able to peek at your files.


A Lifetime Solution for Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage normally retails for $3,600, but TweakTown readers can get it for just $39.

NASA finds strong evidence of water plumes on Europa

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA, launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and to this day it stays a vital research tool for astronomy. Hubble is meritorious for some major discoveries and photographs that have shown us the beauties of the universe.




Today, NASA announced that Hubble has imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. It appears that the icy moon erupts with high altitude vapor plumes. Scientists estimate that the plumes rise about 200 kilometers before falling back onto Europa's surface.


The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa's ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

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Another stupid human crashes Google's self-driving party

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Google's self-driving car was involved in yet another accident and this one was the worst so far. The autonomous Lexus sustained major damage in an accident involving a commercial van.




According to the report, the van driver ran a red light and collided with the modified Lexus SUV. The van hit the passenger side of the door and damaged it heavily but no one was hurt. The accident occurred in Mountain View and Lexus had to be towed from the scene.

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Xbox One S now gets free game of choice from Microsoft

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

If you were planning to buy an Xbox One S (or even the older Xbox One) purchase this year, retailers have started up some new aggressive offers pre-holiday season. This week, Microsoft Store is trying to incentivize sales by offering a bonus free game of choice at select retailers. With the recent price drops on Xbox One consoles, we're seeing some fairly hot Xbox One and Xbox One S deals.




The Microsoft Store has two really hot Xbox One S bundles as of writing. The August 23rd released Madden NFL 17 1TB bundle and the Halo Collections bundle (both 500GB and 1TB) are getting a free copy of The Crew and a free game of your choice. The game you choose is from a list of 19 options, which include recent releases like Recore and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


Xbox One S Consoles



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GameStop is also a great option for both the Xbox One S and Xbox One bundles. At GameStop, they are offering a free game of your choice from their entire catalog of in-stock physical games (no pre-orders or digital downloads). The best Xbox One S deal at GameStop is the brand new Minecraft bundle which does not have a free game offer anywhere else online (not even Microsoft Store). At GameStop, they also have old Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundles on sale for $229.99 (a $20 discount from everywhere else online) already bundled with a free game - so, you essentially get two free games at a new low historic price point.


Walmart even has an offer you should check out on the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle. At Walmart, you pay the same $349 as anywhere else, but you'll also get a free choice of game from a list of 9 plus a bonus Wireless controller. The list of games isn't as extensive as the Microsoft Store or GameStop, but the extra controller bonus is something you won't find elsewhere online.


These offers are valid this week only and end on Saturday, October 1. After Saturday, the prices won't change, but the bonus free games from the retailers mentioned above will disappear.

Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 is $225

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

Apple announced their new phones this month and the prices are as expected - the iPhone 7 starts at $649 and iPhone 7 Plus at $769. But, do you know how much Apple has to spend to manufacture those phones?




A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company based in London, shows that Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 (32GB) is $224.80, which is around 18% more than the cost of the iPhone 6S.


"Total BOM (the bill of materials) costs for the iPhone 7 are more in line with what we have seen in teardowns of recent flagship phones from Apple's main competitor, Samsung, in that the costs are higher than in previous iPhone teardown analyses. All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past", said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services.

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Dota 2 the first to host a tournament on a cruise ship

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

There's a new Dota 2 tournament that's about to take place, with some of China's best Dota 2 teams taking to the seas and participating in a LAN tournament that is being hosted on a cruise ship. Yes, you read that right.




The Nanyang Cruise Cup will see four Dota 2 teams, including TI6 champions Wings Gaming and Newbee, competing against each other on a cruise ship sailing across the Pacific Ocean for four days. Sapphire Princess will take the Dota 2 players from Shanghai on October 13, stopping by Japan and South Korea, before it returns to port on October 17.


Sapphire Princess will be hosting all of the LAN matches with its crew of 1100 and guest capacity of 2678, with the two other teams joining the Nanyang Cruise Cup through qualifier matches before the end of the month.


There's never been a LAN tournament quite like this before, and with it being hosted out at sea, the lack of internet access is going to be a problem, surely. Tournament director Wang Zilin spoke with JoinDota, saying that the organizer of the event - KeyTV, is renting a satellite and has rewired the entire ship to support the required equipment. Zilin said: "Cruises are not very popular among young people, no internet on the high seas, slow pace of life etc. We decided if we could solve the internet problem, and add some activities that young people like, the cruise journey will be interesting".

NVIDIA chip in the 'next revolutionary Apple product'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

NVIDIA used to make graphics cards for Apple and some of their Mac products, but current-gen Mac systems are running AMD Radeon graphics cards, with this possibly changing in the future.




According to a job ad posted by NVIDIA, they are looking for a software engineer who would "help produce the next revolutionary Apple products", reports Bloomberg. The job post continues, adding that the role would require "working in partnership with Apple", as well as writing code that will "define and shape the future"of graphics-related software on Macs.


There also isn't just a single job posting, but three job listings on NVIDIA's database that reference Apple, with the latest posting appearing last week. One of the jobs specifies working with the NVIDIA Mac graphics driver team, which is interesting to see indeed. Apple has always been one to engineer their products to a very high standard, and with NVIDIA continuing to refine their GPU architecture, could we see Pascal or Volta in future Mac systems? I think so.