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The NSA is building a quantum computer - the end of privacy?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:34 am

Just months ago the US government was shut down, with hundreds of thousands of jobs in the air, millions of US citizens affected, but that's nothing when it comes to the blank cheques it signs to the National Security Agency for "research".




The US spy agency is reportedly working on a quantum computer that would break through any encryption thanks to its pure, insane amount of processing power. Edward Snowden is behind the leaks - come on, you're not surprised now, are you - revealing a program that is worth some $79.7 million, dubbed "Penetrating Hard Targets".


The Washington Post is reporting the news, stating that the majority of the research is being done at the University of Maryland's Laboratory for Physical Sciences.

Microsoft considered making the Xbox One an all-digital console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 4:29 am

Microsoft Studios' boss, Phil Spencer, spoke with OXM, stating that the company spun the idea around the office of an all-digital "purely disc-less console" right up to the middle of last year - months before the Xbox One was released to the public.




He explained: "Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change. There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues. So we decided - which I think was the right decision - to go with the Blu-ray drive and give the people an easy way to install a lot of content. From some of those original thoughts, you saw a lot of us really focusing on the digital ecosystem you see on other devices - thinking of and building around that."


I think it would've been an interesting move, but for gamers with slow Internet connections (like myself) it would've caused even more pain.

Science Channel to feature Micron SSDs in its "How It's Made" series

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 4:26 am

For those interested in the making of solid state drives, you will be happy to know Science Channels long running "How It's Made" series is airing episode 285. Episode 285 features a peek inside the factories of Micron and the making of the M500 SSD among others.




For those of you in the eastern time zone, the episode will be airing at Midnight tonight, along with an additional time slot at 4am tomorrow morning January 3rd. Being that the time slots are rather late it may be one of those times your DVR comes in handy.

DERP takes down EA login, Origin is not working at all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 4:15 am

EA's login is not working right now, with Origin logins completely broken right now for most. It looks like a hacking group known as "DERP" are responsible, who aimed their "Gaben Laser Beam" at the EA login servers, taking them offline.




The hacking group said 5 minutes before it took EA's login servers down that "5 minutes from this tweet we will begin officially" and then minutes later, DERP tweeted "We've directed the Gaben Laser Beam @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline". Right now, I cannot access Origin, and my tears are flowing.

YouTube to show off 4K streaming at CES next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:30 am

It looks like Google will be making quite the high resolution splash at CES 2014 next week, where it will have its YouTube team on-site to show off its new 4K streaming technology that uses the VP9 codec.




The search giant has 19 hardware partners that are supporting the mostly unused codec, including ARM, Broadcom, Intel and Marvel. At CES 2014, YouTube will be showing off its 4K streaming technology at the booths of LG, Panasonic and Sony. Google developed the royalty-free codec in-house, but hasn't ruled out that YouTube won't have support for H.265 sometime in the future.

Valve's Steam Holiday Sales go out with a bang!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 2:51 am

If you hadn't jumped on the Steam Holiday Sales, you need to do so in the next 15 hours or so. Valve has just unleashed the last day of the Holiday Sales, and what a sale it is!




The gaming giant has bought back the most popular deals, with 24 games on the cheap! Check them out above. We have games like Batman: Arkham Origins, Metro: Last Light, Dishonored, Skyrim, Saints Row IV, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and much more - many of the best games of 2013 are available right now, for 15 more hours, on special.

LG's WebOS TV appears in pre-CES leaked images

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 10:30 pm

LG will be showing off its first iteration of WebOS for its SmartTVs at CES 2014, and thanks to @evleaks we have just gotten a sneak peak at what it may look like. @Evleaks posted the photo on its Twitter account this morning, and I have to admit that the UI does not look all that bad.




LG appears to already have apps created for all of the major brands including Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Twitter, and more which will go very far into helping the new smartTV OS become mainstream. The TV shown in the photo is said to feature a 2.2GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM which may sound impressive, but many low-end smartphones have more computing power than that today.

Coinye coins look to be the next Bitcoin, Kanye West's ego swells

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:59 pm

With the cryptocurrency quickly becoming the next big bubble, new "coins" are popping up every day. Today coders has announced a new digital currency called Coinye West, and is based on the open source Bitcoin code. "Coinye West is a cryptocurrency for the masses," says its creators.




While this is most definitely nothing more than an elaborate joke, the Coinye West coins could take of and actually gain some kind of value, similar to how the Dogecoin, another joke turned real cryptocurrency did. One thing is for sure though, investing is advised as if the Coinye West coins do inflate to anything near the size of Kanye's ego, we all will be billionaires!

Lenovo unveils the Vibe Z, its first LTE-based smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 6:29 pm

CES 2014 - Today Lenovo unveiled its newest addition to its already impressive smartphone lineup. The all new Vibe Z is Lenovo's first LTE-based smartphone and includes features such as gesture controls, photo enhancement software as well as other exciting technology.




The Vibe Z measures in at just 7.9mm thick and features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS display. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is on-board and has been clocked to 2.2GHz, while 2GB of RAM keeps everything running nice and smooth. 16GB of on-board storage is present, and Android 4.3 is the Vibe Z's operating system of choice. Most importantly, the Vibe Z is Lenovo's first foray into LTE, with the device being capable of super-fast data upload at up to 50 Mb/s and downloading at up to 150 Mb/s to satisfy the most data hungry of individuals. The Vibe Z operates on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100 and also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.


"We created the new Vibe Z with its elegant design, high performance and custom software so that people can truly have the best smartphone experience now at the speed of LTE," said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo. "Along with the Vibe Z, our new S and A Series smartphones offer consumers choices of screen size and features so they can pick the Lenovo smartphone that's right for them."

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Mach Xtreme debuts new SSD barely larger than a postage stamp

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:31 pm

Mach Xtreme Technology has just unveiled what is arguably the smallest SATA-interface SSD on the consumer market today. The new DIY SATA 2 Series SSDs are barely larger than a postage stamp, and is designed to serve as a boot drive for your operating system of choice.




Mach Extreme says that the new DIY series uses the latest storage technology for extreme performance while offering hardware-modding enthusiast a fast, yet flexible storage solution that is 10 times smaller and lighter than a standard 2.5-inch SSD. Read speeds are said to be in the 220MB/s range while writes are performed at 80MB/s. Mach Xtreme manufacturers the DIY Series in both vertical and horizontal configurations, and packs them with storage capacities of 8GB up to 64GB.