CES 2015 - If you're still searching for a GeForce GTX 970 card, Zotac will be showing their new AMP! Extreme and AMP! Edition models in Las Vegas very soon at CES 2015.
Quoted as "designed for enthusiast gamers" in their recent press release, these two new graphics additions to the Zotac family will be focused around extended features and performance capabilities.
ZOTAC will be displaying these cards in an SLI configuration, showcasing their stellar 4K gaming capabilities to the public. One system each will be displaying their AMP! Edition and AMP! Extreme Edition cards.
Acer are looking to please the gamer with their recently announced release of the XB270HU and XG270HU gaming monitors.
Their XB270HU model is claimed as the world's first NVIDIA G-SYNC gaming monitor equipped with IPS technology, with Acer's XG270HU being quoted as "the world's first gaming monitor with an edge-to-edge frameless display" as according to their newly issued press release.
Both of these models feature WQHD, 2560 x 1440 resolution coupled with a speedy 144hz refresh rate - said to massively improve and enhance in-game performance and feel. The XB270HU will provide a large 178-degree viewing angle all held up by its multi-functional ErgoStand - enabling the user to tilt, swivel and adjust the screen to their optimal position.
CES 2015 - SteelSeries will be showcasing their new Sentry eye tracker at CES 2015 in Las Vegas and streaming the action live via Twitch TV. This new technology sets out to improve a users game play in any popular competitive or eSports title, helping them track their eye movements and analyze the results or see through the eyes of their favorite professional gamer.
SteelSeries' CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani, commented in their recently issued press release, saying that "today, with our Sentry Eye Tracker, we are announcing an entirely new way for streamers and viewers to see the game. This is just the tip of the innovation iceberg for Sentry, and we could not be more excited to realize all the possibilities that emerge when your game knows where your eyes are looking." This eye tracking technology has been made in partnership with Tobii Technology. Their president, Oscar Werner is reportedly quite excited about the project, stating that "eye tracking also provides an entirely new way for streamers and eSports competitors to entertain their audiences and use their eye tracking data to train and enhance their gaming strategy/ We are thrilled to partner with SteelSeries to realize the impact our eye tracking technology can have across different audiences throughout the video game industry."
Password length, complication and changes are something that many companies, news outlets and IT whizz-kids often drum into the general consumer. One of the best ways to prevent yourself falling victim to your 'general hacker' is to keep your passwords fresh, long and complicated.
iDict is a basic password-guesser that has just been pushed to GitHub. Containing a list of 500 passwords in its library, it will try to guess your accounts password based solely upon the list it has at hand. If your password looks anything like those of this list, we suggest you change them immediately for all services and never look back.
These types of simple passwords are often seen in the 'most popular password lists', with password1 or 12345 often ranking quite highly.
CES 2015 - Still not sure what you want to be when you 'grow up'? Well Acatel's new Pixi 3 phone isn't either. Released with the ability to operate on Android, Windows or Firefox operating systems - you'll have to wait until CES 2015 to see the full information listing.
This phone wont be running the three operating systems within a single unit, you'll be able to select which OS you want to use when purchasing the phone. It's certainly a very cool advancement in the mobile scene, seeing a single company supporting a wide user-base of people searching for different operating systems all under the same phone structure.
If you're wanting one for yourself, you will also have the ability to chose from various sizing options. They will be releasing the Pixi 3 phone in 3.5-inch, 4-inch, 4.5-inch and 5-inch variations - giving the consumer the ability to pick which OS they require on any of the offered models. The only catch is that their 3.5-inch product will not feature LTE.
Remember how children these days are taught not to 'joke' about security when in an airport? The same should go for online mediums. Homeland Security blogger, David Garrett Jr., spent his new years day being questioned by the FBI - thanks to an apparent joke in which he 'threatened' CNN, posing as a GOP member and leading the FBI to believe the threats to be real.
Thankfully for Garrett, this was poised as a joke and he 'came clean' straight away. In a statement to Fusion, Garrett claimed that a FBI investigator wisely told him "in the future, it's a good idea not to pretend to be someone they're investigating."
In the end everyone has come out unharmed with the only cost being a waste of the FBI's time. Take note kids, sometimes the feds can press charges and make arrests even for what you might think is a joke - luckily in this case, Garrett was let go without prosecution.
Netflix is undoubtedly one of the biggest and best online-streaming platforms available today, but unfortunately for some countries (like Australia), its services aren't supported - seeing them region locked due to copyright and various other laws. As there is a demand we've seen a sub-culture of users who are located within this 'exclusion zone' - they're still paying members of Netflix, but utilize a VPN to trick this service into thinking they live in America.
Are they pirates or not? Its a commonly asked question among media entities and the public. Although these users are paying members and are not stealing content, they're using a VPN to trick the streaming platform into thinking they live in a supported country.
TorrentFreak has just reported of Netflix's implementation of specific blocks, said to block some services that get around geo-blockers. Although not everything has been taken down just yet, reports claim that more of these VPN extensions and applications may be stamped out one-by-one from here on in.
Known for being rather small and light, Chromebooks generally contain screen sizes of 11.6 or 13.3 inches, however Acer have just announced their super-size Chromebook addition - featuring Intel's new Broadwell chip and NVIDIA's Tegra K1 to help boost performance. With the price starting at $249.99, it's not too much of a burden on the bank either.
Weighing only 4.8 pounds, this Acer Chromebook offering comes fully loaded with support for up to 4GB of DRAM and 32GB of SSD storage, an inbuilt webcam, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. As for further storage and connection, expect it to feature USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader and a single HDMI output.
As with all Chromebooks, this laptop will feature Chrome OS. Chrome OS requires an internet connection for many of its applications to function and will also update its in-built security measures regularly. Said to be paired well with Intel's new Broadwell chips - you can expect Chromebooks in general to become faster and with a longer battery-life.
CES 2015 - Green Project-owned GP3D will show off its $549 Sprout 3D printer during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as the company tries to gain interest via Kickstarter.
Sprout is 11.7" x 8.7" x 15.9" and is designed to be ideal for a compact desktop printing environment - using PLA plastic filament, able to print at 0.18mm resolution. The printer unit will be ready to ship "in a few months," with additional details released during CES.
"Our focus is to make an affordable and high-quality 3D printer for everyone," said Joseph Wu, president of Green Project.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will be a multi-trillion-dollar industry with upwards of 30 billion Internet-connected devices over the next five years - and companies will need to act fast if they don't want to be left behind. Overall, the IoT market is expected to present one of the largest growth opportunities in the industry, with more hardware and software manufacturers stepping up.
As solutions begin to mature, there will be additional investors jumping on the bandwagon, only accelerating the market faster. Connected devices will take over the home, office, vehicles, and everything else as Internet-connected technologies continue to invade our daily lives, analysts predict.
"This is an enormous opportunity that will not only transform healthcare, but every other industry as well," said Jeff Kagan, wireless industry expert, in a press statement. "This is huge. In the beginning, companies in this space will have a competitive advantage. Eventually it will become commonplace and companies who are not in this IoT space will be seen as competitively disadvantaged."