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Will Free-To-Play Hurt The Gaming Industry?

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Free-To-Play Hurt The Gaming Industry?

Free to play has an image problem. It’s the most influential and arguably important development in the business of games in decades, a stratospherically successful innovation which has enabled the opening up of games to a wider audience than ever before. Implemented well, with clear understanding of its principles and proper respect afforded to players and creativity alike, it’s more fair and even, in a sense, democratic than old-fashioned models of up-front payment; in theory, players... 

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Qualcomm Goes Ultrasonic

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Goes Ultrasonic

Qualcomm has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint scanner, in a bid to improve mobile security and further boost Android’s chances in the enterprise space. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint technology debuted during the chipmaker’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference on Monday. The firm claimed that the new feature will outperform the fingerprint scanners found on smartphones such as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. Qualcomm... 

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Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

The mystery of how blisteringly hot “Vulcan planets” form may now be one step closer to being solved, researchers say. In the past two decades or so, researchers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets orbiting distant stars. These discoveries have revealed very different kinds of planets from those seen in the solar system, such as super-Earths, which are rocky worlds up to 10 times the mass of Earth. Unexpectedly, astronomers recently found a strange new class of... 

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Can MediaTek Give Qualcomm A Run For Its Money?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can MediaTek Give Qualcomm A Run For Its Money?

While Qualcomm’s 20nm Snapdragon 810 SoC might be the star of upcoming flagship smartphones, it appears that MediaTek has its own horse for the race, the octa-core MT6795. Spotted by GforGames site, in a GeekBench test results and running inside an unknown smartphone, MediaTek’s MT6795 managed to score 886 points in the single-core test and 4536 points in the multi-core test. These results were enough to put it neck to neck with the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC tested in the LG... 

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Will DirectX 12 Allow AMD and nVidia To Play Together?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will DirectX 12 Allow AMD and nVidia To Play Together?

DirectX 12 looks set to bring Nvidia and AMD together, in a way that neither will be particularly happy about. According to Toms Hardware one of the unexpected features of DirectX 12 is the ability to use Nvidia GPUs alongside AMD GPUs in multi-card configurations. This is because DirectX 12 operates at a lower level than previous versions of the API it is able to treat all available video resources as one unit. Card model and brand makes no difference to a machine running DX12. This could mean that... 

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Will NASA Search Alien Life On Europa?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will NASA Search Alien Life On Europa?

A potential NASA mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa may end up hunting for signs of life on the icy, ocean-harboring world. NASA officials have asked scientists to consider ways that a Europa mission could search for evidence of alien life in the plumes of water vapor that apparently blast into space from Europa’s south polar region. These plumes, which NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted in December 2012, provide a possible way to sample Europa’s ocean of liquid water, which... 

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Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

Flash drives in mobile devices are set to become faster and secure thanks to a new standard signed off by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. eMMC version 5.1, will allow for a new mobile storage that will provide faster access. Flash drives based on eMMC 5.1 can handle 4K streaming and more data-intensive tasks. Samsung has started making 64GB, 32GB and 16GB drives based on the new standard and is shipping units to customers, but has not said whether those drives will be used in the Galaxy... 

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Are 100-Core ARM Processors On The Horizon

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are 100-Core ARM Processors On The Horizon

Ezchip is planning to put 100 ARM-based 64-bit cores into a processor which it thinks will fill a hole in the networking market. Dubbed the Tile-Mx, the multi-core processors are in development, but won’t be sampling until the second half of 2016. Company officials said the chips high core count, mesh connectivity and hardware accelerators will fix the demands on data centre and carrier networks brought on by such trends as mobility, big data, social media, the Internet of things (IoT) and... 

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Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered the largest and most luminous black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old. It remains a mystery how black holes could have grown so huge in such a relatively brief time after the dawn of the universe, researchers say. Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk in the hearts of most, if not all, large galaxies. The largest black holes found so... 

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Will nVidia Put AMD Out Of Business?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia Put AMD Out Of Business?

It would appear that the world is rushing to Nvidia to buy its latest GPU at the expense of AMD. According to the data, NVIDIA and AMD each took dramatic swings from Q4 of 2013 to Q4 of 2014 with Nvidia increasing its market share over AMD by 20 per cent and AMD’s market share has dropped from 35 per cent at the end of 2013 to just 24 per cent at the end of 2014. Meanwhile, Nvidia has gonr from 64.9 per cent at the end of 2013 to 76 per cent at the end of 2014. The report JPR’s AIB Report... 

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Was Old Code The Culprit For Security Breaches In 2014?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Was Old Code The Culprit For Security Breaches In 2014?

Nearly half of all security breaches come from vulnerabilities that are between two and four years old, according to this year’s HP Cyber Risk Report entitled The Past Is Prologue. The annual report found that the most prevalent problems came as a result of server misconfiguration, and that the primary causes of commonly exploited software vulnerabilities are defects, bugs and logic flaws. But perhaps most disturbing of all was the news that Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobile malware... 

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Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

Is it time to take the search for intelligent aliens to the next level? For more than half a century, scientists have been scanning the heavens for signals generated by intelligent alien life. They haven’t found anything conclusive yet, so some researchers are advocating adding an element called “active SETI” (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) — not just listening, but also beaming out transmissions of our own designed to catch aliens’ eyes. Active SETI “may... 

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Can Intel Abandon Silicon?

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Intel Abandon Silicon?

Intel has announced that it will move away from Silicon for its future chip making processes. Papers being shown to the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), show Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process and new research on how it’s maintaining the march of Moore’s law to 7nm and beyond. While there was nothing new on Intel’s 10nm process are expected in late 2016/early 2017 to hit 7nm, Intel says new materials will be required. In other words 10nm will finally... 

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Are Health Companies Tracking You?

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Health Companies Tracking You?

US sites which offer medical advice are tracking queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the insurance brokers who monitor credit scores. Tim Libert, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, custom-built software called webXray to analyze the top 50 search results for nearly 2,000 common diseases (over 80,000 pages total). He found the results startling: a full 91 percent of the pages made what are known as third-party requests... 

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ARM and IBM Join Forces On IoT

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM and IBM Join Forces On IoT

ARM has joined forces with IBM to launch its Internet of Things (IoT) mbed Device Platform as a starter kit with cloud support, offering developer tools with cloud-based analytics. ARM’s mbed tool was announced last year and is primarily an operating system built around open standards to “bring internet protocols, security and standards-based manageability into one integrated tool” and make IoT deployment faster and easier and thus speed up the creation of IoT-powered devices. ARM... 

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