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Biggest data breach in India affects 120 million users

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 2:34 pm

Jio, a mobile network operator in India, is currently experiencing what could be the biggest data breach in India.




Jio is one of the fastest growing carriers in India and the whole world and was made famous by their launch of a nationwide LTE network for a very low price. They launched their network in September of last year, and have over 120 million users in less than a year. However, it appears that their speedy launch may have come at a cost.


Jio's customer's data has been leaked revealing many sensitive details, including customer's names, last names, phone numbers, emails, SIM Activation Date and even their Aadhaar Number.

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Leaked iPhone 8 case confirms new design

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 1:21 pm

OppoMart has listed protective cases for the iPhone 8 on its website, and they seem to confirm the rumored design.




According to the previous leaks and OppoMart's listing, the iPhone 8 will have a vertically lined up dual rear camera setup. It is also visible from the photos that the Home button is missing.


The implementation of the fingerprint sensor has been a debate for a while now. While we were expecting that Apple might embed it under the screen, new reports claim that the company might ditch it altogether and replace it with facial recognition.

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Oculus Rift and Touch bundle dropped to just $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 10:26 am

Oculus has just changed the VR landscape with a massive drop in the price of its Rift headset, which is now being bundled with the Oculus Touch for just $399 at all stores. This will include in-store, Amazon, Best Buy, and others.




At just $399, Oculus is fighting the good fight with mainstream consoles that are priced at under $400 like the Xbox One S and PS4. You'll need a PC or a good enough gaming laptop, but slashing $200 from the price of the Oculus Rift on its own - at its old price of $599, is a big deal. The other piece of this VR puzzle is the Oculus Touch controllers which used to be $200 on their own, are now bundled at a cheaper price than the Oculus Rift was just yesterday.


Oculus were offering a bundle for the Oculus Rift and Touch for $600 recently, but now Oculus is a massive $400 cheaper (half price!!) than the HTC Vive which sells for $800.

China's new 200-day simulation: preparing for Mars?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 5:44 am

In its race towards competing with the US and Russia in becoming a space superpower, China has started its new 200-day simulation of living on another planet.




Four students from Beijing University have started a new 200-day isolation experiment called Lunar Palace 365, where they will live on the resources that they would have if they were on the Moon, or Mars. The students will have to generate life-giving oxygen from plants, recycle their own urine into drinkable water, and being conservative with their supplies.


The biggest test of all, will be the psychological side of being isolated from the world. In this world of instant gratification from social media, what will people do with 200 days away from smartphones, their friends and family, and the world at large? The test will show how they will react to not having sunlight for 200 days, which will effect both their physical and mental health.


This isn't the first time a simulation like this has been done, but it is a huge step for China as they are on their path to becoming a competitor to the US and Russia. China wanting to visit the stars is only a good thing, as it will push the US and Russia at the same time. But 200 days away from my phone? I don't know if I could do that.

AMD Radeon Vega FE: Crysis 3 @ 46FPS average at 1440p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 4:36 am

AMD is weeks away from launching the consumer-oriented Radeon RX Vega, but some gamers have got their hands-on the professional-oriented Radeon Vega Frontier Edition and ran it through its paces in games.



YouTuber 'DudeRandom84' has played around with the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition and Crysis 3, running it at 1440p with Very High settings enabled (including 2 x MSAA). Vega FE was pushing only 46FPS average, dipping below 35FPS in some points. This isn't the results most people are looking for, but there are a few caveats to be aware of.


First, this isn't the gaming card AMD is bringing out next month, this is a professional card that also games - not a gaming card that does professional content. Second, the drivers are still very early and I could almost put money down that AMD are making massive optimizations as we speak to not just Vega FE, but RX Vega. Third, I've been saying for a very long time that I expect the performance of Radeon RX Vega to not beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and that it will sit somewhere between GTX 1080, GTX 1080 11Gbps and GTX 1080 Ti depending on the resolution and game used.

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DayZ creator: ARK price increase is 'OUTRAGEOUS'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 3:46 am

Last week ARK: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard increased the price of their game from $30 to $60, setting the internet on fire before its August 8 release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.




Now we've had DayZ creator Dean Hall on Twitter, blasting the developers where he said: "Just so we're clear on my opinion: the price increase for ArK is ****ing OUTRAGEOUS". He continued, adding: "ArK: The game is nowhere near ready for that kind of price. It's greed - pure and simple. It represents a huge disconnect with the community".


Hall continued on Twitter, with people tweeting him back, look at the Twitter chain here:



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Core i9-7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz on LN2, sets record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 2:41 am

Intel's new Core i9-7900X has been on the market for just a few weeks, but it has already been pushed to world record heights of 6.01GHz on liquid nitrogen, setting a new 10-core CPU and highest ever single processor world record. The hardware used:




  • Intel Core i9-7900X
  • G.Skill Trident Z
  • 120 GB Neutron SSD
  • GIGABYTE X299 SOC Champion
  • Corsair AX 1500i PSU
  • Liquid Nitrogen


SOFOS1990 is no stranger to breaking OC world records, hitting 6016MHz at 1.6V on the 10C/20T processor at a super-cold -110C (-116F). Sofos used GIGABYTE's Aorus X299 SOC Champion motherboard, alongside the enthusiast grade Corsair AX1500i PSU.


1.6V is pretty damn high for voltage, and no processor will withstand that for hours on end let alone daily use. For overclocking purposes, it's fine - but that's where the super-chilly LN2 comes into play.

Scientists use carbon nanotubes to combine CPU and RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 1:42 am

AMD is advanced towards being the first to market with HBM2 on a consumer graphics card with the upcoming Radeon RX Vega, placing the VRAM onto the interposer, along with the GPU die. It's an incredible feat, and a big change from the spread of DRAM chips around the GPU, using precious PCB space. Well, researchers at Stanford and MIT are doing one better: putting the CPU and RAM onto a single unit.




The researchers have teased a prototype processor that is made from graphene carbon nanotubes, with resistive RAM (RRAM) layered on top. The team says that their prototype chip is "the most complex nanoelectronic system ever made with emerging nanotechnologies", creating a 3D computer architecture. Carbon is the key here, as the use of silicon for the CPU isn't good for the high temperatures required, as the RRAM cells would be damaged.


I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that DARPA and NSF are funding the project, with the carbon nanotube sensors also able to detect gases, because the information can be processed and measured on-chip.

PS5 hardware reset may cause Sony lots of problems

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 12:14 am

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has more predictions on Sony's next move in the games industry, but a non-iterative PS5 could cause lots of problems for Sony's current smoothly-rolling console roadmap.




With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the cadence of games consoles has evolved to an iterative cycle that sees both systems branch out into a family of hardware. This move brings tremendous advantages like multiple systems with different price and performance tiers as well a full games compatibility on all consoles, but forced parity typically reduces performance potential. Despite predictions that the iterative cycle will ensure a longer generation of consoles than the typical 8-year cycle, Sony Interactive Entertainment of America President and CEO Shawn Layden hinted the PlayStation 5 would break this rhythm and revert back to the traditional console market beat.


Key analysts have already outlined what the PlayStation 5 could be. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has laid some outspoken claims that the PlayStation 5 may push ridiculous performance of 4K 240FPS, but his predictions that Sony will only release the PlayStation 5 when the 4K TV market matures is much more feasible. The 4K UHD television market will become more affordable in 2019, according to the analyst.


Furthermore, Mr. Pachter states that the PS5 won't instantly phase out the long-running PS4 family of consoles when its released, which is also very likely.

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Get a 'Life' in our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 11:39 pm

To celebrate this week's release of the sci-fi action blockbuster 'Life' on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Be careful what you search for. Life is a terrifying thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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