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Will The Console Gaming Market Shrink?

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming

The new generation of consoles and booming category of free-to-play PC games won’t be enough to keep the market growing indefinitely. According to a Juniper Research report, the market will soon turn south, falling from $46.5 billion worldwide this year to $41 billion in 2019. Despite that 12 percent drop, the PC and console segment will still account for more than half of all gaming revenues through 2019. Additionally, Juniper said software sales on PC and console “will remain relatively... 

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Intel Develops Self-encrypting SSD

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Develops Self-encrypting SSD

Intel has announced the Drive Pro 2500 series of solid state disk (SSD) drives that are “self encrypting”, which the firm says makes them more secure against data breaches. Aimed at businesses, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 series will come in a 2.4in 7mm form factor with 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB capacities, M.2 80mm size with 180GB, 240GB and 360GB capacities, and M.2 60mm size with 180GB or 240GB capacities. Intel promises that each form factor type will provide random input/output... 

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Astronomers Find Alien Planet With The Longest Year

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Alien Planet With The Longest Year

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth’s perspective — takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, researchers said. (For comparison, Earth orbits the sun once every 365 days, and Mars completes a lap every 780 days.) “Finding Kepler-421b was a stroke of luck,” study lead author David Kipping, of the... 

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Western Digital Updates The Red Line

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Western Digital Updates The Red Line

Western Digital has announced an upgrade of its WD Red range, providing a single brand structure across consumer and enterprise. The WD Red range is aimed primarily at network attached storage (NAS) applications, and is joined by a new WD Red Pro line. Both sub-ranges are controlled by upgraded firmware called NASware 3.0. At a briefing last week, Western Digital’s UK country manager Jermaine Campbell explained that the new firmware will be able to instruct the drive to work in different ways... 

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Intel Adds More To Haswell For The Desktop

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Adds More To Haswell For The Desktop

Intel has added eight new desktop chips to its price list, ranging from cheap Pentiums to mainstream Core i3 parts. All the chips are dual-cores based on the good old Haswell core. Four new Pentiums are now available. All are dual-core, dual-thread chips with 3MB of L3 cache. The Pentium G3250 is clocked at 3.2GHz, it has a TDP of 53W and it costs $64. The G3250T runs at 2.8GHz, but it has a TDP of 35W. It costs the same. The second 35W part is the Pentium G3450T, which runs at 2.9GHz and costs... 

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Vintage NASA Probe Still Kicking

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Vintage NASA Probe Still Kicking

After refusing to fire its engines last week for a course correction, a vintage NASA spacecraft did produce a bit of thrust Wednesday (July 16), proving it still has at least some fuel left after 36 years in space. The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3), which launched in 1978, is close to Earth right now, but on a trajectory that will send it further out into the solar system. A private group, called the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, is sending commands to the aged NASA probe with the goal of... 

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Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

The UK Government isn’t doing enough to warn about the risks of cybercrime on a mass level, security firm Kaspersky has claimed. Speaking at a company roundtable event at the firm’s European hub in London on Thursday, Kaspersky security researcher David Emm said isn’t doing as much as it could be to educate people about cyber security. “I’d like to see the government doing more to get the message out to mainstream citizens and individuals because that’s the bone... 

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Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

Neither Microsoft of developer Remedy is talking about the effect that the upcoming staff reductions at Microsoft might impact the already deep in development title know as Quantum Break. Quantum Break is said to feature television segments that will be part of the main game with players unlocking new segments at the end of some gameplay segments. The live action television segments can we watched right away or they can be viewed later on mobile devices such as a smart phone or tablet. The run here... 

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Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

It’s a time of amazing discovery in the hunt for planets in other solar systems. Over the past six months, more than 700 exoplanets have been found. It seems that each week brings the announcement of another foreign world: a rocky orb that seems much like Earth except that it’s 17 times more massive; a colossal planet that orbits its star at a whopping 2,000 times the distance between Earth and our sun; an Earth-like planet in a two-sun system. On July 9, three astrophysicists — Zachory... 

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The EC Goes After Apple

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
The EC Goes After Apple

The European Commission (EC) has scolded Apple for its lack of action on its “misleading” in-app purchase practices, while praising Google for its impending changes. The EC said on Friday that has teamed with national authorities to put an end to the ongoing in-app purchases problem , which has lead to it receiving a “large number of complaints” related to inadvertent purchases of virtual crap by children. EU commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica said in a statement,... 

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AMD Tumbles

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Tumbles

AMD’s debt load is causing huge problems for the chipmaker — this quarter it had another substantial loss. The tame Apple Press has been claiming that AMD’s woes are caused by the fact it did not move to mobile as was directed by the profit Steve Jobs. They claim, along with some of the dafter analysts, that mobile computing has replaced the PC and companies that stuck to the “old technology” suffered. However that does not explain how Intel made a stonking profit mostly because of... 

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Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

Mobile GPU designer Imagination Technologies has announced the world’s smallest mobile GPU. The PowerVR GX5300 takes up just 0.55mm2 on a 28nm die, which means it’s as small as a grain of salt. It operates at 250MHz and the company says it can handle everyday tasks with ease. The GPU features full OpenGL ES 2.0 compatibility PVRTC texture compression technology and of course the emphasis is on ultra-low power consumption. The company is not saying anything about the actual consumption, but the... 

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Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

TSMC saw its share price drop dramatically on Thursday as analysts predicted a loss of orders for next generation chips from Apple and Qualcomm. Falling by almost six percent, the share price fell after industry expert and KGI Securities analyst Michael Li predicted that big device and chip designers such as Apple and Qualcomm will likely buy a larger proportion of 14nm smartphone chips from Samsung rather than TSMC beginning in the second half of 2015, according to Reuters. Liu did not reveal the... 

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Is Free-To-Play Always The Best Bet?

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Free-To-Play Always The Best Bet?

To hear the likes of Electronic Arts and Gameloft tell it, premium apps are all but a relic of the past, the obsolete progenitor to mobile’s free-to-play future. But some smaller developers have found that future isn’t all it’s made out to be, and have been finding more success back on the premium side of the fence. Kitfox Games and Double Stallion, two Montreal studios from Jason Della Rocca’s Execution Labs incubator, launched Shattered Planet and Big Action Mega Fight,... 

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Are Bigger Telescopes Needed To Find Alien Life?

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Bigger Telescopes Needed To Find Alien Life?

Humanity will probably have to wait a few decades to find out if life is common beyond our own solar system. While NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — which is scheduled to launch in 2018 — will be capable of finding signs of life on nearby exoplanets, a broad and bona fide hunt for life beyond Earth’s neighborhood will require bigger spacecraft that aren’t even on the agency’s books yet, experts say. “To find evidence of actual life is going to take another... 

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