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Companies hope using VR can help highlight distracted driving dangers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 2:45 pm

Wireless carrier AT&T will work with Samsung, Google and Bose to create a new virtual reality demonstration to highlight the dangers of distracted driving. As part of the "It Can Wait" distracted driving campaign, AT&T wants to get the attention of younger drivers.

 

 

Fifty-eight percent of drivers from 18 to 29 years of age text while driving, with 48 percent admitting to browsing the Internet, and 30 percent accessing social media, according to a recent Distracted Driving Study from State Farm. Unfortunately, those aren't surprising statistics, and it looks like about 60 percent of auto accidents that have at least one young driver is influenced by driver distraction.

 

During its 100-city summer tour, AT&T will be showing off new VR demonstrations using the Samsung Gear VR headset - and 100,000 Google Cardboard viewers will also be given away to attendees.

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PayPal debuts on NASDAQ for the second time, now valued at $50 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 1:33 pm

PayPal has just made its second debut on the NASDAQ this morning, with trading opening up at $41.46, reaching the heights of $42.55, before floating down to $41.03. PayPal Holdings Inc. now has a market value of just above $50 billion.

 

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The company was founded back in 1998 under the name Confinity, with the company developing security software for early personal digital assistants (PDAs). The businesses didn't reach the success that its founders hoped, but it did inspire them to create the company that would eventually be used by tens of millions across the world; PayPal.

 

Confinity eventually merged with Elon Musk's X.com, where it was soon named PayPal. The company went public in 2002 under the ticker PYPL, opening at $13 per share. But with considerable tie-ins with eBay, it made sense that eBay would acquire PayPal later that year for a swift $1.5 billion. PayPal quickly turned into the electronic money transfer platform it is today, but it was activist investor Carl Icahn that urged that eBay split PayPal into a separately traded company.

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Intel's Core i7-6700K overclocked to an insane 5.2GHz on air cooling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 11:35 am

The release of Intel's new Skylake-based processors is right around the corner, alongside the release of the new Z170 range of motherboards. But news has broken that the upcoming flagship Core i7-6700K has been overclocked to a huge 5.2GHz... on air cooling.

 

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The achievement happened with an early BIOS, with the CPU hitting 5198.75MHz - an overclock of 1200MHz above its 4GHz stock clock. Better yet, just 1.35V was required to reach this, which is a damn good achievement considering you need more voltage, and watercooling to get anywhere near that on a current Core i7-4790K.

 

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While it was sitting at 1.35V and 5.2GHz, we don't know what temperatures the overclocked Core i7-6700K was sitting at under load. We should expect many more details to arrive on the Core i7-6700K as we get closer to its launch next month.

Toshiba CEO quits after $1.2 billion in false profits is discovered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 10:16 am

Toshiba is in some serious trouble right now, with its CEO and President, Hisao Tanaka, leaving the company after the Japanese electronics giant is attempting to recover from its $1.2 billion in profits being discovered as being false.

 

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Tanaka and two other executives have announced their resignations, with the three taking responsibility for the scandal. An independent investigation found that management had lied about operating profits over a six-year period so that Toshiba could meet its internal targets, all of which started in 2008, the year the GFC hit.

 

Masashi Muromachi, Toshiba's current Chairman, will reportedly fill the CEO role for the time being, where he'll also appoint a new management team. Toshiba has now lost a total of eight high-level executives in this scandal, with the company estimating a $442 million write down, but this estimate was very wrong, with it now ballooning out to almost triple that number.

Microsoft will support Windows 10 for ten years, until October 2025

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 9:18 am

Microsoft has said that it will have "mainstream support" for Windows 10 until October 13, 2020 while "extended support" until October 14, 2025. The five-year mainstream support and ten-year support is similar to the support cycles that Windows Vista, 7 and 8 had.

 

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But, what if your computer is no longer supported by its manufacturer? That's OK, as you'll be able to install Windows 10 "even on devices where the OEM does not officially support Windows 10 and has no plans to do so" according to ZDNet's Ed Bott. So even if your PC manufacturer no longer offers you support, Microsoft will continue pushing out security updates to your Windows 10-powered PC.

 

With the release of Windows 10 arriving next week, it's good to hear that Microsoft has your back when it comes to support with Windows 10.

Bethesda teases new Fallout 4 gameplay exploration video

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 8:40 am

If you're excited about Fallout 4, you'll probably enjoy Bethesda's latest Fallout 4 gameplay video, featuring more than five minutes of footage. Give it a view:

 

 

Bethesda announced Fallout 4 during E3 last month, and gave itself the marketing advantage of promoting a well-developed game. Just a few months ahead of the scheduled launch date, Bethesda has a firm grasp on where the game currently stands.

 

Fallout 4 is scheduled for launch on November 10, and will be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.

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Google announces 1Gbps Google Fiber for low-income housing, for free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 7:29 am

With many Americans wanting to get their grubby mitts on Google Fiber, there are going to be many simultaneously excited and disappointed with the news that Google is set to deliver its super-fast 1Gbps service to low-income properties.

 

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Google will be rolling its Fiber service out to low-income housing in markets where it offers its Google Fiber service, including Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City. Best of all, it's going to be offered for, free. Yes, $0. Nothing. Nada. The Mountain View-based giant notes that households earning under $30,000 per year, roughly 26% of those have no Internet access at all.

 

A recent trial program pushed more than 90% of the residents in one public housing property sign up for Google Fiber. But offering up some free 1Gbps Internet for free, is going to be huge for the service, and those in low-income housing.

Rockstar's latest patch for Grand Theft Auto V on PC fixes stuttering

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 5:41 am

The latest patch for Grand Theft Auto V on the PC fixes the stuttering issues on the PC, with the update weighing in at a respectable 91MB.

 

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Gamers are already reporting that stuttering is gone in the game, even when shooting and driving around. Other issues are still present, however. I'm sure that future patches in the game will fix these issues, but it's good to see that a game the size of Grand Theft Auto V (in terms of in-game size, and physical disk size) that the patch weighs in at just 91MB, and not 7-10GB+ like other titles.

Ashley Madison hacked, with 37 million accounts at risk

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 4:31 am

Ashley Madison has been hacked, with some 37 million accounts hacked, including financial records, private details of the users, and more. Noel Biderman, the CEO of Avid Life Media, the company which runs Ashley Madison, has confirmed the site has been hacked. Biderman said: "We're not denying this happened".

 

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A hacker group going by the name of The Impact Team has taken responsibility behind the back, with the team holding ALM ransom with the information it has. The hacking group sayd that it will release "all customer records, including profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails". The Impact Team will keep the information it has in its possession, if ALM and the other sites it runs - Cougar Life and Established Men - is taken offline in all forms.

 

The Impact Team has said it's taken a high moral stance, taking a stab at ALM's business practices, and the users that are on these sites by cheating on their partners. Where things get interesting, is that The Impact Team says that the "full delete" option that Ashley Madison offers for $19 - which reportedly deletes your payment and address details from their records - is a "complete lie". The hacking group says: "Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It's also a complete lie. Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed".

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EVGA's super insane GeForce GTX 980 Ti KINGPIN will cost up to $1050

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 3:04 am

One of the most exciting GM200-based video cards is nearly here, with EVGA all systems go to release their GeForce GTX 980 Ti KINGPIN video card tomorrow, priced at $850.

 

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EVGA is offering its new card with pre-binned GPUs, which allow consumers to choose their GPU ASIC quality before the purchase is made. Inside, we have the same GM200 GPU that powers the reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti, with the 2816 CUDA cores, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPS. But the Base Clock has been increased from 1000MHz on the reference design, to 1203MHz. This results in the Boost Clock being increased from 1075MHz to 1304MHz. With these clocks, it's certainly not the fastest GTX 980 Ti out there, an award that goes to the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition.

 

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Powering the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti KINGPIN card are two 8-pin PCIe power connectors joined by a 6-pin PCIe power connector. This will provide the board with up to 450W of power, which is simply insane. EVGA has deployed an extended PCB on the card with a beautiful custom design sporting extra copper filling for smoother power delivery. 12 layers have been stacked together to form the PCB, with 14+3 phase fully digital VRM will provide the card with all of the power it needs to keep it stable during those overclocking sessions.

 

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Where the GPU ASIC quality comes into play, is that consumers can opt for four different models. The first, is the $850 model with 72%+ ASIC quality, $900 for 74%+ ASIC quality, $1000 for 76%+ ASIC quality, or a huge $1050 for 80%+ ASIC quality. These cards aren't for the faint-hearted, but for the true enthusiasts.

 

Under LN2, KINGPIN himself has clocked the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti KINGPIN card to a huge 2100MHz on the Core, while the RAM has been increased to 2053MHz (up from 1750MHz), providing 400GB/sec memory bandwidth.

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