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ASRock teases two of its upcoming Z170 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 31, 2015 10:38 am

We're only a couple of days away from Computex 2015 kicking off, with ASRock showing off two of their upcoming Z170-based motherboards in the form of the Z170 Extreme 7 and Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6 motherboards.




These two new boards will feature Intel's new Z170 chipset, which will handle the company's upcoming Skylake processors which are launching in Q3 2015. ASRock has spent some time on the design of the new Z170 motherboards, with a slick new look for these Skylake-powered motherboards. The boards use the LGA 1151 socket, with these new Z170-based motherboards supporting DDR4 RAM.


The ASRock Z170 Extreme 7 motherboard will feature four DDR4 DIMMs, SATA 10Gbps support, SATA Express, USB 3.0, Ultra M.2 support, and much more. ASRock has deployed its Purity Sound 3 design on an isolated part of the PCB, so you shouldn't have any interference with your audio on the Z170 Extreme 7.




The gaming series motherboard from ASRock, the Z170 Gaming K6, is part of the company's FATAL1TY branded motherboards. This motherboard is similar to the Extreme 7, but it sports a black and red theme. We have the same four DDR4 DIMMs, SATA Express, USB 3.0, Ultra M.2, and all that jazz.

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Apple Watch update won't measure your heart rate when you're moving

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 31, 2015 9:28 am

Apple recently pushed out Watch OS 1.0.1 to the Apple Watch, which looks to have watered down the heart rate monitor on Watch compared to when it first launched with v1.0 software.




Before the v1.0.1 patch, Watch was recording the heart rate of Watch wearers every 10 minutes, but post-patch, it is no longer being recorded anywhere near as frequent. Apple has updated its website, where it has said: "Apple Watch attempts to measure your heart rate every ten minutes, but won't record it when you are in motion or your arm is moving". The original v1.0 software did not differentiate between a Watch user and their arm being still, or moving.


Watch owners thought that the original software was recording their heart rate details without problems, but post-patch, users are up in arms over the new heart rate monitor. Some are questioning whether Apple baked in the change to safe battery life on Watch, but at the cost of the heart rate monitor not being as accurate as the original OS when it launched not too long ago.

Leaked pricing on Windows 10 OEM has it priced between $109 and $149

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 31, 2015 8:34 am

With the launch of Windows 10 not too far away, some leaked pricing has just popped up on Newegg through a search for Windows 10, with two OEM System Builder packages for sale.




Windows 10 Home OEM will cost $109.99, while Windows 10 Professional OEM will be $40 more at $149.99. Both of the listings has an on-sale date of August 31, with these prices being $10 higher for the Windows 8 Home OEM and Windows 8 Professional OEM when it launched.


The question remains: will you be upgrading to Windows 10 for free? Or will you be spending the $100-$150 on Microsoft's new OS?

The line up of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards has been revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 31, 2015 7:13 am

NVIDIA looks to be all set to launch the GeForce GTX 980 Ti tomorrow, so we're getting a very good look at all of the cards from their AIB partners like ASUS, EVGA, ZOTAC, MSI, and everyone else.




It looks like each company will have a few different models, with a reference model as a minimum followed by a few other models with varying overclocks and cooling setups. EVGA will have 10 cards, which is just insanity, but it will provide such a great line up to consumers, all the way up to the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified KingPin Edition.






Some of the Inno3D editions look great, with their iGame line up offering triple-fan models and the use of their HerculeZ and Accellero coolers. We will see ZOTAC make great use of their AMP! Edition card, as well as something new in the Arctic Storm edition.

'Five Eyes' wanted to corrupt Google Play for snooping purposes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 31, 2015 6:50 am

The United States and the rest of the "Five Eyes" group, which also includes the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, aimed to infect apps available in the Google Play store with spyware.




Even though the US and UK are well known for spying on their own citizens, among foreign nationals, it looks like this spying campaign was designed to target non-US residents. The effort reportedly began in late 2011 with an effort to infect the Alibaba-owned UC Browser, which runs on Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone, Symbian, Java ME, and BlackBerry.


The idea that Five Eyes wanted to spy on users isn't overly surprising, but possible ramifications don't leave users at ease.

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'Tron 3' killed off by Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 30, 2015 11:53 pm

In a huge surprise considering that the wheels had recently begun turning on a sequel to 2010's 'Tron Legacy', Disney has apparently decided to shelve production of a third 'Tron' film in part due to the disappointingly soft premiere of this summer's 'Tomorrowland'.




Whilst the studio has yet to make an official announcement, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has decided to shelve the plans for the film which would have begun filming in a few month's time.


This is a decidedly disappointing outcome for a series with a dedicated and growing band of followers since the release of the original 'Tron' in 1982. Now, I guess Disney can give their full attention to crap like another dozen 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films, a sequel to the poor Tim Burton 'Alice in Wonderland' and other remakes no one asked for, such as 'The Jungle Book', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Dumbo'. Sigh.

The Woz described Edward Snowden as 'a hero to me'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 30, 2015 11:45 pm

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak described former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as "a hero," as he "gave up his own life... to help the rest of us." Wozniak previously met with Snowden in Moscow sometime in 2014, though it's unknown what the two men discussed.




"Total here to me; total hero," Wozniak recently said in an interview with ArabianBusiness. "Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came form his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional."


The Woz obviously is a great fan of technology, but has admitted early innovators "didn't realize that in the digital world there were a lot of ways to use the digital technology to control us." That interview was published by CNN in 2013, before Snowden unveiled a widespread NSA surveillance program.

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Microsoft Xbox boss confirms company isn't purchasing Silent Hill

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 30, 2015 10:30 pm

Sorry gaming fans, Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer says the company isn't trying to purchase the Silent Hill game franchise from Konami.



Konami is focused on making changes internally, and will make mobile game development a priority moving forward - but that doesn't mean Microsoft can purchase Silent Hills.


"Konami will continue to embrace the challenge of creating entertainment content via different platforms," said Hideki Hayakawa, president of Konami, in a statement published by GameSpot. " Not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet the changing needs of the times."

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Don't expect to see Titanfall 2 during E3 this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 30, 2015 9:30 pm

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment won't be at E3 next month to show of Titanfall 2, studio head Vince Zampella has confirmed. Electronic Arts will serve as publisher for the video game sequel, as well.



The game has been confirmed and will be available sometime later in 2016, available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Xbox One. The original Titanfall launched for the PC, Sony PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360 in March 2014.

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IRS still using Windows XP, and has more than 300 cybersecurity staff

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 30, 2015 8:40 pm

The IRS recently suffered a data breach that left thousands of Americans at risk, and more attention is now focused on government mismanaged. Utilizing a $10.9 billion budget, either the agency is greatly mismanaged and/or the IRS just isn't ready to try to protect taxpayer information.




There seems to be a lot of problems with the IRS, and that has certainly trickled down to its cybersecurity protocols. The agency still uses Microsoft Windows XP - and while the IRS originally paid Microsoft for support - that support has ended. To make matters worse, some fraud identification software is almost 20 years old.


The IRS previously had 410 cybersecurity team personnel, but that has been slashed down to 363 workers. The idea that IRS personnel are unable to keep up with identity theft is a huge problem, especially as cybercriminals get cleverer.

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