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Apple Stores aren't stocking the hot new Retina MacBook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 11:18 am

Apple has had a big few days, with the Watch pre-orders opening up and the launch of its new Retina-capable MacBook. The new Retina MacBook is reportedly not being stocked at many Apple Stores, leaving consumers furious.

 

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Apple Stores in the US are reportedly not stocking the new MacBook, which seems to be limited to online purchases, for now at least. MacRumors has taken a look at multiple Apple Stores across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, which all resulted in the new Retina MacBook being unavailable at all locations, "at least on launch day" they reported.

 

The new Retina MacBook has seen its shipping times already expand, with custom models shipping in 3-4 weeks as soon as orders became available. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook starts at $1299, featuring a super-slim design, a single USB-C port, a redesigned keyboard and an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and an all-day battery.

Apple reportedly talking with artists about exclusivity deals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 9:40 am

Taylor Swift has enough pull in the industry that wherever she goes, millions of users will follow. So the reports of Apple looking to score exclusive deals with big artists for iTunes, or Beats Music, shouldn't be a surprise.

 

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The Cupertino-based iGiant has reportedly talked with over a dozen artists about exclusivity deals, including Florence and the Machine, and Taylor Swift. With Swift removing her entire library from Spotify last year claiming that artists weren't being fairly compensated for their work making big headlines.

 

Apple is reportedly talking with artists for limited streaming rights to a track with Florence and the Machine, as well as approaching Swift about partnerships. The idea behind the exclusives is to have consumers sucked into paying for subscriptions with Apple over its competitors, with a rumored pricing of $14.99 per month for a family plan on its Beats subscription plan.

 

But is exclusive content enough to have you jump ship from Spotify, Pandora or Play Music?

NSA boss now wants 'front door' access to your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 8:12 am

The NSA has virtually got unrestricted access to most users data, but that doesn't stop the US spy agency from wanting more. NSA chief Michael Rogers has now called for a "front door" encryption key that would provide the NSA with access to your data, but the key would be broken into multiple parts so that no one agency or person could easily get in.

 

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This method would theoretically stop thieves from getting in and taking your data, but it would let government officials access your data at any time, if they have 'permission'. The White House is considering the move, along with others like letting courts order the creation of mirror accounts, so that US agencies can access any and all messages as they arrive, or so that they can back up the data as it's unencrypted. President Obama is considering these new policies, where he should receive a report by the end of the month, with the possibility of a new policy revealed shortly after.

 

Rogers' solution isn't a one key fits all scenario, with fellow institutions like the National Institute of Standards and Technology against the idea. They note that any door that is introduced would arrive with security holes, even if a split key is created. US agencies like the FBI and NSA don't like widespread encryption because it works so well, but it only works as long as there are key holders that won't just provide the key when asked, or requested.

Google is indexing files from some private network-connected HDDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 6:00 am

An investigation that CSO Online conducted has found that if you do not have your network-connected HDDs configured correctly, your files could be ending up in the wrong hands.

 

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Their report stated that some personal cloud devices with external HDDs connected to routers with FTP enabled have been indexed by Google, which has seen personal files found on the Internet, and on search results. This includes very personal data such as emails, journal entries, passports, tax records, financial statements, mortgage documents, passwords, private photos and more.

 

The organization was able to map a family's personal and financial history all the way back to 2009 just by searching their name as their data was archived on a Western Digital HDD that they had connected through a Linksys WRT1900AC router. But when the family was warned about this, it was too late. The family noted: "I simply could not figure out how someone got the [card] info minutes after I'd activate them. My system was clean and secured more than the average person," said one member of the family. Now I know. [It's not] difficult when my backups were public and being indexed on Google".

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The closest look at the LG G4 is thanks to the retired @evleaks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 4:06 am

It's no secret that LG is getting close to its official unveiling of the G4 smartphone, with previous teases and leaks, but now notorious and is-he-retired-or-not leaker @evleaks giving us the best look at LG's latest handset yet.

 

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Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks, revealed the G4 on his Twitter page with the simple tweet of: "Say hello to the LG G4". We can expect the G4 to have multiple back cover options, a super-fast f/1.8 camera, 5.5-inch QHD display, a removable 3000mAh battery and a microSD card slot. This should keep fans happy, considering fellow South Korean rival Samsung and its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge don't have a removable battery or microSD card slot.

 

The G4 will be officially unveiled at LG's event on April 28.

Intel's new Xeon Phi to feature 128 threads, support for 384GB of DDR4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 2:30 am

Intel has provided more details on its upcoming Xeon Phi line of processors, which will see up to 72 cores on a single processor, thanks to the Silvermont architecture. Not only that, but we can expect up to 384GB of DDR4, too.

 

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Not only that, but the current prototype of the Xeon Phi coprocessor is capable of handling up to 32 cores, with each core capable of handling four threads for a total of 128 threads. Currently, we 8-core processors with 16 threads in total thanks to Hyper-Threading on the consumer side of the market. These new Xeon Phi processors would handle up to 36MB of shared L2 cache, and up to 16GB of the new stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

 

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All in all, we can expect a six-channel DDR4 memory controller that can handle 2400MHz, and up to 384GB of DDR4 RAM. This is up from the quad-channel memory architecture we know and love with the X99 chipset from Intel, and the current flagship processor: the Core i7-5960X. It's interesting to note that we're seeing Intel move into HBM quickly.

 

The Silvermont architecture has Intel being able to promise 300% more single threaded performance over the previous generation of Xeon Phi co-processors, and up to 300% better power efficiency.

No voice chat for Wii U shooter due to online gamers being so negative

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 1:22 am

Nintendo's upcoming shooter for the Wii U has players shooting ink at one another, with squid-like characters to choose from - an interesting turn in this first-person shooter dominated market, has voice chat removed for online play.

 

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Splatoon will not feature voice chat because Nintendo is worried about the negativity of online gamers, with the game's co-director, Yusuke Amano, talking about his own experiences online and that it can have a bad effect on a player's enjoyment. He told Edge magazine: "When I played online games, I didn't like the negativity I got and people telling me, 'You're crap. Go away'. So we wanted to focus on the positive aspects of online gaming". Amano continued: "I don't want you to misunderstand - I'm not denying having chat in an online game does contribute to fun. But, as we've said, we want to grab new people".

 

Voice chat has been in previous Nintendo games, but it looks like future Splatoon gamers will have to take to Skype or something similar when Splatoon reaches the Wii U on May 29.

Google has a team working on future battery tech in its Google X labs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 12:16 am

Google has one of the most exciting exploratory labs in its Google X division, but a specific team of four are working on the future of battery technology according to The Wall Street Journal.

 

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The Wall Street Journal reports: "In late 2012, a team led by former Apple Inc. battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj began testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices. About a year later, the group expanded to look at battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to people familiar with the matter".

 

We all want to see the battery life on our smartphones and tablets increase by large amounts, with the Google X team working on just that. The Wall Street Journal continues: "At Google, Dr. Bhardwaj's group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices, such as Glass and Google's glucose-measuring contact lens, according to the people familiar with the matter".

GALAX unveil two new high-end GeForce GTX 980 video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 11, 2015 7:21 am

GALAX is back, and in a big way lately, but it's not stopping with its handful of GeForce GTX 980s. The company has just added two more to its list of five, which is now a list of seven, with the new GALAX GTX 980 HOF TecLab Edition, and GTX 980 HOF DUCK Edition.

 

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Starting with the GALAX GTX 980 HOF DUCK Edition, which is currently second place in the official 3DMark Fire Strike competition (with 10,580 points). We don't know the clock speeds of the card, but we do know it has been cranked all the way up to 2123MHz (but obviously not with its aftermarket cooler). We have a custom-made white PCB and triple-fan cooler that is sure to impress.

 

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Next, we have the GALAX GTX 980 HOF TecLab Edition, which is a 2.5-slot card with a new color scheme. We have a backplate on this card too, as well as an OC button on the rear of the card next to its display outputs. The GALAX GTX 980 HOF TecLab Edition should be the fastest GTX 980 in the GALAX lineup.

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NVIDIA preparing GeForce GTX 980 Ti for September with full GM200 core

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 11, 2015 5:42 am

We know it's coming, but it's just a matter of when. NVIDIA is preparing the GeForce GTX 980 Ti that should better counter the upcoming Radeon R9 390X from AMD, with a full GM200 core.

 

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The GM200-powered GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be released in September, a couple of months after AMD's launch of the Radeon R9 390X which is expected to happen during Computex in June. There are some suggestions that NVIDIA would spoil AMD's fun during the R9 390X launch, so we could see a big announcement before, during or after Computex from NVIDIA.

 

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be close to identical to the behemoth that is the GeForce GTX Titan X, but knock down its VRAM from 12GB to 6GB. We should also see AIB partners free to slap on aftermarket coolers, which didn't happen with the Titan X, which is going to open up a can of whoop ass on the market.

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