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Monday July 06, 2015

Samsung Announces 2TB 850 PRO And 850 EVO SSDs

Samsung has just announced 2TB 850 PRO and 850 EVO SSDs today. The drives aren't showing up on the company website yet so there is no pricing info yet but, according to the press release, the 2TB 850 PRO for 10 years or 300 terabytes written, and the 2TB 850 EVO for five years or 150 TBW.

Samsung, a market leader in advanced memory technology and an innovator in consumer electronics, today introduced the 2-terabyte (TB) 850 PRO and 850 EVO solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung’s 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) based retail SSD lineup now features 20 different products with a wide range of capacity options from 120 gigabyte (GB) to 2TB. Available in 50 countries, the launch of the 2TB drives addresses the ever-increasing consumer demand for high-performance and high-capacity memory solutions.

The new 2TB 850 SSD PRO and EVO drives remain in the same 7-millimeter, 2.5-inch aluminum case as their predecessors did. Equipped with Samsung’s advanced chip solutions, including 128 individual Samsung 32-layer 128Gb 3D V-NAND flash chips, an upgraded high-performance MHX controller that supports 2TB capacity, and four 20nm-class process technology-based 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM chips, the 2TB 850 family provides industry-leading performance and power efficiency. With added capacity, professionals and consumers can experience a smoother computing environment prepared for the intense demands of rich content such as 4K UHD video editing and viewing.


‘Pirate’ Site Admin Ordered To Pay Hollywood $12.8M

If you had any interest in running a site that links to pirated content, this judgment for $12.8 million will no doubt dissuade you from following that career path. eek!

The operator of a forum which linked to Hollywood movies, TV shows, music and software has been hit with a massive claim for damages. After previously being sentenced to one year in jail, the 26-year-old must now pay Hollywood at least $12.8m plus a further $4.4m to a pair of music groups and software giant Microsoft.


Gaming [H]eadlines

New MSG 5 Trailer Tomorrow @ GameSpot

Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs? @ Blue's News

The Witcher 3 Getting 'Very Large Update' @ Shacknews

The Witcher 3 Ultimate Review @ Real Hardware Reviews

MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G Overclocking Review

If you are in the market for a cool and quiet video card with plenty of overclocking options, make sure you take a moment today to read our MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G Overclocking Review.

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We take the new MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G video card and overclock it to it fullest and compare it with an overclocked GeForce GTX 980 at 1440p and 4K in today's latest games. Find out how much overclocking the R9 390X improves performance, and which video card is best performing. Can R9 390X overclock better than R9 290X?


Uber Hires Guards In South Africa

I wonder if Uber is taking the added cost of security out of their percentage of the ride fees or the driver's cut?

Uber has been in contact with the police and deployed security to help prevent intimidation by metered taxi drivers at the Sandton City shopping mall and Sandton Gautrain station in northern Johannesburg, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement on its website on Monday.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Supermicro S5 Gaming Case @ Techgage

ETC.: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Headset @ CowcotLand

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD @ Guru3D

Video: XFX R9 380 4G DD @ Bjorn3D

The World's First Cloud Movie

This movie isn't playing from the cloud, it's actually playing on the clouds. cool


Doom On Raspberry Pi

Is there anything you can't do with a Raspberry Pi? big grin


Amazon's 20th Birthday Brings "More Deals Than Black Friday"

Attention Amazon Prime members, the company has just announced Prime Day. The July 15th event will have "more deals than Black Friday" so you'd have your credit cards out and be ready to shop. smile

More than 90 years ago, holiday shopping found its official start the Friday after Thanksgiving, eventually becoming Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Over the years, Amazon has helped make Black Friday even more of a global online shopping phenomenon. Next week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.


New Android Malware Found Every 18 Seconds

One solution to finding this much malware, is to quit looking for it. Problem solved. wink

Wrap your mind around this statistic: A new piece of malware on the Android platform is discovered every 18 seconds. That’s at least one new malware found in the time it took me to write these opening sentences. That’s insane.


ASUS X99 Sabertooth Motherboard Review

The crew at Hardware Canucks has spent a little quality time with the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The TUF Sabertooth design philosophy starts above the surface of the motherboard and works down from there. Specifically ASUS has included their iconic TUF Thermal Armor which utilizes the concept of a wind tunnel by providing direct airflow through the heat-critical components of the board.


Even Hackers Can Get Hacked

Hackers getting hacked? That has to be embarrassing.

One of the most elusive spyware and malware providers to government agencies has been hit by hackers who have turned over what appears to be most of, if not all of the company's corporate data. After apparently taking over its Twitter account, the administrative innards of the Milan, Italy-based Hacking Team was left open for the world to download.


3D Printing With Light?

So this is a pretty neat idea, don't you think so?


Petition For Reddit CEO Resignation Over 157K

I don't know about you, but I would definitely take it personally if this many people wanted me fired. wink

An online petition calling for the resignation of Ellen Pao, Reddit's interim CEO, has attracted more than 130,000 signatures, growing rapidly in the past two days since the dismissal of a key administrator at the community-curated news site.


Sunday July 05, 2015

New Zealand Makes Cyberbullying A Crime

It is now a crime in New Zealand to send a person an e-mail containing "racist, sexist, critical of their religion, sexuality or disability." On a related note, e-mail traffic is down by 95% in New Zealand. wink

New Zealand has passed a law that criminalizes one of the least desirable facets of the internet: cyberbullying. The legislation effectively prohibits sending messages to people that are racist, sexist, critical of their religion, sexuality or disability. The rest for determining harm will be if these communications were designed to cause "serious emotional distress," and if a person is found guilty, could face up to two years in jail.


If You Could See All The Asteroids Around Us

Have fun trying to sleep tonight after watching this video. It should be noted that 360 playback worked from me in Chrome but not in IE.


Gaming [H]eadlines

FF XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered @ Blue's News

Fresh Prince Opening In GTA V @ YouTube

Skullgirls Devs Making New Action-RPG @ Shacknews

Skyrim Meets Dark Souls @ VG24/7

How I Met My Identity Thief

This guy has way more patience and understanding than I do. eek!

My hacker and I continued to text each other. He asked me if I’d visited India before (I had) and how my father died (he was shot) and what my company does to make money (great question!). I found out he’s learning the PHP programming language, is 23 years old, and speaks Tamil. He’s still looking for a job, and yes, he asked if I would hire him.


Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced

Mojang has just announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The game will be free for those of you that already own the PC version, everyone will have to pay to play.

We have exciting news to share! A whole new version of Minecraft is on its way. This time, it’s for Windows 10 Microsoft’s new swanky operating system that’s due for release on July 29th. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you’re one of the 20 million(!) players who have the PC edition of Minecraft (referred to by techy people as the Java version) you’ll be able to download Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows 10 store for free. Other players can get it for the paltry price of $10 during the beta period (the length of which is still being decided).


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Node 202 @ ocaholic

ETC.: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex @ Legit Reviews

Gaming: Batman Arkham Knight Gameplay And Performance @ HotHardware

Saitek X-55 Rhino HOTAS System @ NikKTech

Video: XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation @ Bjorn3D

Who Owns Your Face?

This is an insteresting question. The government and most companies believe that using facial recognition in public is fine but what about you? Do you think it is okay to be scanned in public without giving consent?

In June, government talks about how best to regulate facial-recognition algorithms fell apart. But should a company need your permission before scanning your face? And does the technology really work?


Canadian Judge Rejects Request For Injunction Against Uber

Uber just dodged a bullet in Canada. After all the protests, bans, burnings and arrests, it's nice to have some good Uber news for a change.

Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the application and said there was no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to a copy of the ruling provided by Uber. "We are pleased with today’s ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.


Russian Parliament Approves Internet Privacy Bill

It looks as though the Russians will soon have the right to be forgotten too. Where does the U.S. stand on this again?

Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten", under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name.


Saturday July 04, 2015

MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB

The MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB video card is on the test bench at techPowerUP! today.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti was released just a few weeks ago. It is built on the same GM200 GPU as the GeForce Titan X, but has fewer shaders (2816 vs 3072). While the GTX 980 Ti's GPU is still produced on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC in Taiwan, it comes with the fantastic power efficiency optimizations of the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, which promises lower power draw, higher performance, and reduced fan noise all at the same time.


How Much Does Security Software Slow Down Your PC?

The sad part is that slowing down your PC isn't even the worst part about some of the security software on this list.

One of the main complaints that people express about security software is that it harms the performance of their PC. But how much of an effect does it really have? Independent testing organization AV-Comparatives has conducted a test of 20 leading security products for Windows to assess their impact. Tests were performed on a 64-bit Intel Core i5 machine with Windows 8.1.


Scientist Claims Immortality Within Reach

Just great, if the government sees this, the retirement age will be bumped from 65 to 145. wink

Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE's SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn't have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured. The 63-year-old American believes that he could live till he's 150.


Minecraft: Story Mode Trailer

What do you guys think of this? Normally Telltale Games' stuff is pretty solid so I'm optimistic.


Astronomers Predict Fireworks From Rare Stellar Encounter in 2018

According to NASA, the real fireworks aren't going to start until 2018.


SilverStone Fortress FT05 Review

There is a review of the SilverStone Fortress FT05 posted today at Bjorn3D. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Revolutionary SilverStone FT05 is the fifth generation Fortress computer chassis SilverStone has offered. This one offers the same 90 rotated motherboard that the Raven series offers but SIlverStone has completely removed the 5 1/4 inch drive bays that clutter so many chassis.


Filming Fireworks With A Drone

Set this video to 1080p, hit the full screen button and enjoy. cool


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