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  1. There are a number of virtual reality products that will hit the market sometime this year, including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Sony can now be added to that list with its announcement that the PlayStation VR will be available in October at a cost of $399. A number of peripherals will be included in the purchase price, but the required PlayStation Camera is sold separately for $59.99. Gamers will have access to The Playroom for free, which provides six "family-friendly" mini games, and an additional 50 games will be available this year. Sony added that 230 developers, "from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers," are currently working on VR offerings. Sony released a statement regarding the device and its October release date, stating "To make sure that we are able to prepare and deliver enough units of PS VR and a wide variety of software titles to consumers worldwide, we have decided to launch PS VR in October 2016. For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to consumers the amazing experience that PS VR offers." Source: IGN Back to original news post
  2. The Razer Blade is the companies entry into the high performance gaming laptop market, and Razer has just announced an update. The new design features new components, lower weight, and a lower price. Updates will be applied to the 14" model with a sixth generation Core i7 CPU, 16GB of DDR4, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU, and a 3200x1800 touchscreen. Two new models are being produced, one with a 256GB SSD starting at $1,999 available on March 16 and a 512GB model starting at $2,199 shipping in April. Razer is also including its individually backlit RGB Chroma keyboard and reduced the weight by a quarter pound to 4.25 pounds. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  3. Patriot has announced a pair of 200GB flash memory cards in the microSDXC form factor, the LX Series and Instamobile. Described as a "natural evolution fueled by the ever growing and dynamic storage needs of today’s mobile device users," the cards can store up to 18 hours of 1080p HD video or 36,000 3MB photos. Following the Class 10 UHS-1 standard, the new cards can achieve read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 40MB/s, respectively. The cards are compatible with several types of mobile devices including Android phones and tablets and GoPro cameras. Flash Memory Product Manager Meng J. Choo described the new cards, stating "With the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S®7 and the continued development of more sophisticated mobile devices, the demand for large amounts of storage has never been greater. With the addition of the 200GB LX Series and Instamobile microSDXC cards, Patriot is fulfilling that demand with the best value for performance in the market." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  4. Dell began Project Sputnik, its program offering laptops powered by Linux, more than three years ago, and the program appears to still be going strong. The Ubuntu 14.04 powered XPS 13 Developer Edition is the fifth generation of offerings from the company and features the latest Intel Skylake processor. Dell will initially offer three laptops with a Core i7 processor, with plans to expand to the Core i5 in the future. The base model starts at $1,550 and includes a 3200x1800 touch screen display, 8GB of LPDDR3, a 256GB PCIe SSD, and Intel Iris Graphics 540. The next step up doubles both RAM and storage for a cost of $1,950. The top end model will cost $2,350 and bumps storage to 1TB. Source: Hot Hardware Back to original news post
  5. It's not "the only way". It's one way that's simple, and it doesn't result in the best distribution of prizes. As for declining prizes, there are a lot more hardware enthusiasts here than I know in real life (I know one IRL), so why not make the prize available to the community? Edit: As an example of a better way to distribute prizes, each entrant chooses three prizes with priorities 1-3. When choosing the prizes, first those who chose them at number 1 are randomly selected (so if someone chose a prize at priority 1 that nobody else wants, they will get it), then those who remain participate in priority 2 choices, then 3, then the rest of the prizes are given randomly. No one is forcing you to enter.
  6. G.SKILL has announced that a pair of its products, the Trident Z Series DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS KM780 Series Gaming Keyboard, were selected as the winners for the iF Design Award 2016. G.SKILL took on more than 5,000 entries in "one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world," winning the approval of 58 judges. Product Marketing Manager Frank Hung addressed the win, stating "Over the years, we have devoted ourselves in developing the most outstanding and unique designs for our customers and would continue to do so throughout each generation of our products. This award shows that we are consistent with our mission to provide excellently designed products in both form and function, in order to keep pace with our customers' growing needs." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  7. The Open Compute Project "was started by Facebook six years ago as a way for end-user companies to get together and design their own data center equipment, free of the unneeded features that drive up costs for traditional vendor products." At the OCP Summit on Wednesday Google announced that it would finally join the effort, joining existing members such as Microsoft. As its first contribution, Google designed a server rack that operates on 48V rather than the traditional 12V, allowing for improved efficiency due to lower conversion loss. Google has already deployed the design internally alongside shallower racks. Google already has its eyes on more changes including developing a replacement for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) which senior VP of infrastructure Urs Holzle described as "outdated for a while," adding "I think there's an opportunity to define standards in a way that will let every operator use the same one, and then every vendor to export their data in the right way." Source: PC World Back to original news post
  8. There are a number of popular methods for blocking ads in web browsers, with Adblock Plus arguably the most popular and well known. Opera has announced that it will begin bundling ad blocking software with its web browser, making it the first major browser to do so. The motivations behind ad blocking include "faster loading Web pages, increased privacy and security and a less intrusive web browsing experience." An Opera spokeswoman delved further into the reasoning, stating "Ad-blocking technology is an opportunity and a wake-up call to the advertising industry to pay attention to what consumers are actually saying." The technology will first be added to a version targeted at developers and early adopters with plans to move to its mainstream browser later. Perhaps this move could help the browser make up some ground on the four browsers ahead of it in usage. Source: Venture Beat Back to original news post
  9. Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 10 to users of older versions of Windows. I am regularly encouraged to upgrade when starting my computer, no matter how many times I say not interested. It appears that the latest tactic out of Microsoft is the inclusion of an ad generator in part of the most recent Patch Tuesday update targeting Internet Explorer. Fix KB 3139929 "resolves several reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage in Internet Explorer… Additionally, this security update includes several nonsecurity-related fixes for Internet Explorer." The last part of the quote is where the generator is included. The ad generator works by adding a blue banner on new tabs that states, "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10." Source: Info World Back to original news post
  10. The latest WHQL drivers from NVIDIA, version 364.47, were released yesterday with Game Ready support for multiple upcoming games. Absent from our post yesterday is the fact that NVIDIA also added support for version 1.0.3 of the Vulkan kernel. Vulkan is the successor to OpenGL created by the Khronos Group, with version 1.0 made available just last month. As the API was just recently released there aren't many games that take advantage of it, but with this release "Nvidia has positioned itself advantageously against the competition as a result of being the first company to support both DirectX 12 and Vulkan in a complete, non-beta state." Source: Digital Trends Back to original news post
  11. Microsoft has announced plans to make its SQL Server database software available to Linux users for the first time. A move like this indicates that Microsoft "is now prioritizing the sale of its database software over the sale of the operating system running beneath it." This sentiment was echoed by CEO Satya Nadella who stated, "Our most strategic asset is not the server operating system." Users can start evaluating the software with a preview version now, with a full release expected during the middle of next year. The move could help Microsoft better compete against the many other offerings that are available, both open source and proprietary, a thought shared by IDC's enterprise infrastructure VP Al Gillen who "would expect this will also accelerate the overall adoption of SQL Server." Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  12. Ransomware is a type of malware that operates by encrypting your files and then asking for a ransom, typically in some form of crypto-currency such as bitcoin, in order to regain access to the files. The KeRanger ransomware was first discovered by Palo Alto Networks and operated through two infected versions of the Transmission BitTorrent client. The hackers were looking for one bitcoin, which currently equates to around $400. Apple was alerted to the malware on March 4, and the quick fix applied by the company could ultimately prove to have saved a lot of people a good chunk of money. The malware itself "was signed with a valid Mac app development certificate, which is how it was able to skirt around Apple’s Gatekeeper protection mechanism." Apple has since revoked the certificate and updated the XProtect software while Transmission has also updated its software and is advising users to upgrade. Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  13. The latest batch of Game Ready drivers from NVIDIA, version 364.47 WHQL, are now available. Game Ready support has been added for The Division, Need For Speed, Hitman, and Ashes of the Singularity and will "ensure the best possible experience." The Division releases tomorrow and Need For Speed will be available a week later, while Hitman releases March 11 and Ashes of the Singularity is already available. Since the release of the new drivers, some users have reported having problems when using multiple monitor configurations. NVIDIA has acknowledged the problem and released a statement regarding the problem, "Initial investigation suggests the issue is isolated to multiple-monitor configurations. Should you experience issues, you can either disconnect one monitor during the driver installation (and reconnect once completed) or you can uninstall the driver through Windows Safe-Mode and revert to a previous version. Our driver team is actively investigating the issue and we will have more information shortly." Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  14. Intel is working on an augmented-reality headset powered by its RealSense technology. Intel is planning the headset as a "reference design for other manufacturers, rather than an end product in itself." RealSense provides depth-sensing capabilities and high resolution image capture, providing a possible competitor to Google Glass and the Microsoft HoloLens. Augmented-reality is different from virtual reality, working by "superimposing virtual elements onto the real world." Source: Fortune Back to original news post
  15. Game bundles have been a highlight of Steam sales for as long as I can remember, but they have been plagued by one potential negative. When purchasing a bundle, if you owned one or more of the games already in the bundle you wouldn't receive an extra key for that game. Valve has decided to switch things up and going forward bundles will be discounted if you own some of the games in the bundle. Valve described the move to developers stating, "With Steam Bundles, if a customer already [owns] some items in the Bundle, they will pay for and receive only the items not already in their account. This allows the best fans of your series or franchise to 'complete the set' and get a deal on the remaining items in the Bundle." The decision has not been confirmed by Valve yet, but the article noted that some bundles are "already available on some bundles in the wild." Hopefully it will be rolled out to all bundles in time for the next big sale. Source: PCGames N Back to original news post
  16. In celebration of the launch of its first keyboard and mouse bundle, the TerminAl, Lian-Li is holding a giveaway on Facebook. To enter, simply navigate to the Lian-Li Facebook page and cast your vote for favorite color of TerminAl. The contest runs until March 25 and one of each color bundle will be given away every seven days. The bundle is available in green, red, blue, gold, silver, and black and is constructed from brushed aluminum. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  17. The Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest version of the extremely small computer to hit the market. The Pi 3 is powered by a 1.2GHz, 64-bit, quad-core ARMv8 processor featuring HDMI, Ethernet, and four USB ports. The system also adds new features in the form of built-in wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. The price remains at just $35 despite the new features and represents a solid choice for anyone looking to get started with a small form factor PC. Source: Venture Beat Back to original news post
  18. A closed beta test for the Sony PlayStation 4 will begin sometime this week featuring "a lot of social features, including notifications for when your PS friends come online; the ability to change your status to offline; and scheduling future online gameplay sessions with friends," and "live streaming integration for video site Dailymotion." Unfortunately, the beta test won't include the Remote Play feature for PC and Mac announced in November, but Sony added that "you can look forward to it soon." When Remote Play is finally added, gamers can look forward to an experience similar to streaming from the Xbox One to Windows 10 or Steam in-home streaming. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  19. In May 2014, Apple won a $120 million judgment against Samsung after it was ruled that Samsung used "Apple's patented technology without permission." Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung "did not infringe Apple's "quick links" patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone's slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid." To add insult to injury, the court also ruled that Apple had infringed on a Samsung patent, though this patent wasn't named. The unanimous ruling is a small bright spot in the fighting between the two companies as Apple has come out on top more often than not. Source: Reuters Back to original news post
  20. Apple has been at the center of digital privacy discussions lately as it fights an FBI order to create a backdoor to access data on an iPhone belonging to the suspects in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the company is "protesting the order" and a number of prominent names in the technology sector such as Mark Zuckerberg and John McAfee have chimed in as well. The FBI contends that Apple could create this backdoor as the current design of the device firmware update (DFU) mode, which exists for "troubleshooting purposes," can be accessed without the need for the iPhone passcode. In order to prevent these types of requests in the future, Apple is considering adding the need to know the passcode to unlock the phone as a requirement to enter DFU. In addition to this, Apple is also considering how it handles encryption of iCloud data. It currently encrypts all the data, but it also holds onto all of the decryption keys. If it were to give the public decryption key to the owner of the data, then it could not be forced to decrypt the data. Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  21. Google created the Chromecast to help add "smart" features to your TV by allowing you to stream content from your mobile device to the TV. Sources have told Variety that Google has partnered with Vizio to integrate the same technology directly into TVs, removing the need for an external device like the Chromecast. Users would still stream the content from their device but wouldn't need to take up valuable HDMI ports to do so. The report also claims that Vizio will release and Android tablet that acts as a remote control with several apps that will allow for streaming content to the TV. Source: Variety Back to original news post
  22. Valve has announced a significant increase to the prize pool for all upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships, bumping the total from $250,000 to $1 million. The next Major is being hosted by Major League Gaming in Columbus, Ohio from March 29 to April 3. The tournament will feature 16 of the best CS:GO teams in the world, with the top eight finishers getting a piece of the prize pool. The winner will get $500,000, second place gets $150,000, $70,000 for third and fourth place, and $35,000 for the teams that round out the top eight. Source: Polygon Back to original news post
  23. The price of the upcoming Vive from HTC and Valve was just announced within the past few days, and the SteamVR Performance Test app will help determine if your system meets the hardware requirements. The minimum recommend specs are somewhat steep and now would be a good time for users that have been putting off new components to upgrade. Users that want to enjoy the VR experience should have "at least a 5th gen Intel Core i7 or 6th gen Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and a more or less recent NVIDIA (or AMD) GPU." The app runs a two minute sequence from the Valve Aperture Robot Repair VR demo and tests if the content can run "smoothly" at 90 fps. In the event of a failed test, the app will tell you where the bottleneck is, potentially cutting down on the amount of components to upgrade. Source: Slash Gear Back to original news post
  24. Huawei announced its' first foray into the 2-in-1 device market with the MateBook at the 2016 Mobile World Congress. The 12" tablet is powered by Windows 10 with a screen resolution of 2160x1440 and the observed "text and photos look sharp and the colors are bright." Users can choose between Intel Core M3, M5, or M7 processors and the MateBook is being marketed to users looking to achieve high levels of productivity. The battery will last up to 13 hours under light use or up to 9 hours for video playback. To help aid in productivity, the tablet comes with the MatePen, a digital pen that includes a laser pointer, eraser, and two multi-function buttons, with up to 100 hours of battery life on a single charge. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  25. The Vive Virtual Reality headset was announced last March and is the collaborative effort between HTC and Valve, and the price has just been announced. The Vive will release in 24 countries in April at an MSRP of $799, $200 more than the Oculus Rift. The price includes a pair of controllers that "you’ll need to power the Vive’s 360-degree tracking experience," which is being referred to as "the complete package." Worth noting is that the Oculus Rift won't have controllers available until the second half of the year and they aren't included in the initial $599 price tag, which means the two devices could be closer on price when that is taken into account. Vice President of VR at HTC Dan O'Brien described the price stating, "Because it is the price for the complete system. It is the price for a system with input and controllers. For 360-degree tracking at full room scale. With safety and chaperone. All the things that we’ve thought about to make it the best possible experience. That’s what that price is for. And we feel really good about it. It’s giving that user that one-time, out of box, it’s all there for you." Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
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