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January 14, 2015
Comments (0) | Posted at 11:07AM PST by gebraset

Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser, has just been updated to make chatting by video easier than ever before. In order to video chat someone with Firefox Hello, users simply need to click the Hello icon located in the menu bar or customization panel, click on the 'Start a conversation' button, copy the generated link, and share it with someone that they want to communicate with. Each generated URL is completely unique and can be created without the need to set up a user account or give any personal information away. Conversations can even be saved for future use, and for individuals who want to connect to someone directly without sharing a link, parties just need to have a Firefox Account and be online at the same time.

Firefox Hello continues to evolve into a comprehensive tool for communicating over the Internet, thanks to TokBox technology as well as continued development from Mozilla and partner Telefónica.

Source: The Mozilla Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:46AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

In order to one day have quantum computers we have to develop a variety of advanced and precise technologies, like photon optical chips containing single photon detectors. While such chips have been made, they are not very good at actually catching the single photons, in part because very few of the detectors on the chip will be any good. Researchers at MIT have found a fairly clever way to improve the numbers and make the detectors up to 100 times more accurate.

Typically the single-photon detectors are built directly on the silicon optical chip. This new method however allows the chip and detectors to be built separately and combined, so the best manufacturing methods can be used for the different components. The method starts with a film of silicon nitride, which is flexible, and then niobium nitride, a superconductor, is deposited onto the film, with gold electrodes at the ends. Now a droplet of polydimethylsiloxane is put on the film, and a tungsten probe pressed into it. Very quickly, the probe is pulled up, taking the polydimethylsiloxane and film with it. Now the film, with the photon detector on it, can be attached to a silicon chip.

Previous arrays of single-photon detectors would only register 0.2% of single photons sent to them, and even those deposited onto a chip individually have capped at 2%. The researchers' new chip was able to detect 20% of the photons though, and while it is still far from the 90% needed for a quantum circuit, it is a big step toward that goal.

Source: MIT

January 13, 2015
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:26PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google launched a domain registration service on an invite-only basis last June, and has now made the service available to all in the United States. For just $12 per year you can use the Google service as an alternative to other services such as GoDaddy. Domains can be registered for up to 10 years or renewed on a yearly basis. As part of the registration users will also have access to Google Apps such as Drive, Sites, and e-mail with support for up to 100 e-mail aliases. The service is still in beta and features will likely be added as the service becomes more mature. As an additional option, users can reserve "premium" domains for fees up to $110 per year.

Source: Computer World

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:18PM PST by CheeseMan42
G.SKILL Sets New DDR4 Overclock Record

G.SKILL memory has once again taken the crown for the highest overclock of DDR4 memory. The overclock was obtained in conjunction with an ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard, Intel i7-5960X CPU, and liquid nitrogen cooling. The memory was overclocked to a frequency of 4255MHz at CL18-18-18 timings.

Source: Press Release

Comments (1) | Posted at 12:14PM PST by bp9801
Grand Theft Auto V Receives PC Specifications and New Release Date

Grand Theft Auto V may have already received its rerelease on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but PC gamers have been waiting patiently for their chance. At first we were told GTA V would arrive on January 27 for the PC, but now things are a little different. Rockstar announced Grand Theft Auto V for the PC will arrive on March 24 so it can undergo more testing and polishing. Don't grab the pitchforks just yet, as that extra time should prove beneficial. Plus, Rockstar does have a habit of pushing release dates back, so some of us were probably expecting the PC release to be delayed once again. The company has made a peace offering, of sorts, as not only do we have six new screenshots of the PC version, we also have the system specifications so we know what it takes to run GTA V. So, without further ado:

Minimum specifications:

OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Recommended specifications:

OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

All in all, the minimum requirements don't look too bad, provided you're running a quad-core CPU. The recommended specifications aren't too abnormal either, although some gamers may be planning an upgrade if GTA V is in their future. And then we get to the hard drive size, which comes in at a staggering 65GB. GTA V on PC does support 4K resolutions so maybe there are a lot more higher-quality textures involved, but either way, I hope you have the space. NVIDIA 3D Vision is supported as well, plus gamers can enjoy Los Santos and Blaine County on a triple monitor setup and first-person mode.

Grand Theft Auto V arrives on March 24 for the PC. It includes GTA Online for up to 30 players and the new Online Heists mode, which comes to the PS4 and XBO before long. PC versions also get the new Rockstar Editor, which allows for easy editing and uploading of gameplay videos to the Social Club and YouTube.

Source: Rockstar NewsWire

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:40AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

How well do you know your friends? You may think you know them well, but it turns out computers can more accurately predict a person's personality than the people close to them. That is the finding from a recent study at the University of Cambridge that looked at Facebook Likes for these predictions.

To perform the study, the researchers had a sample of 86,220 volunteers on Facebook complete a 100 item personality questionnaire, and provide access to their Likes. The survey was to measure five psychological traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. These volunteers were then given the ability to invite friends or family to judge their psychological traits using a shorter version of the test. This resulted in a sample of 17,622 people judged by one person and 14,410 judged by two. For a coworker, the computer just needed 10 Likes to be more accurate, while a friend or roommate took 70, family member took 150, and it took 300 Likes for the computer to beat a spouse. Considering the average Facebook user has 227 Likes, computers could soon know us better than the people around us, at least in some ways.

The researchers believe that part of the reason the computer was so successful is because it is able to consider more information at once than a human, and is always ruled by logic. However, they also point out that humans still have the advantage when it comes to those without digital footprints or traits that rely on subtle cognition.

Source: University of Cambridge

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:20AM PST by bp9801

A new day is here, with a few new items for you to check out. There is a review of the MSI 970 Gaming motherboard, which looks to offer stellar performance without breaking the bank on the AMD AM3+ socket. We also have a look at the COUGAR 600K mechanical keyboard and the 600M gaming mouse, so if you're in the market for either one, there's one article covering both. Wrapping things up for today is the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 750W power supply, which comes with a software package to monitor everything from temperatures and voltages to efficiency and more.

MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ @ Benchmark Reviews

Cougar 600K Mechanical Keyboard & 600M Gaming Mouse @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 750W @ LanOC Reviews

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:57AM PST by gebraset

As a part of GRIDTuesday, NVIDIA has added LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 to its GRID library. The video game is based on the last three Harry Potter books, which were the basis for the final four films, and walks gamers through iconic locations from the Harry Potter universe such as Privet Drive in Little Whinging, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and the Hogwarts School. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 also includes over 80 playable characters and 24 different story events. As a part of the NVIDIA GRID gaming service, owners of SHIELD Tab and SHIELD portables can play LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for free until June 30, 2015.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:45AM PST by gebraset
DiskStation DS115 Launched by Synology

Synology has just launched the DiskStation DS115, a 1-bay NAS server that is aimed at delivering centralized data storage, borderless file sharing, easy cloud synchronization, multimedia streaming, home surveillance, and more to home and small business users. The DiskStation DS115 includes a dual-core processor, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port, and an Ethernet port. Synology has also included version 5.1 of the DiskStation Manager operating system, which makes it easy for users to synchronize files, stream multimedia, set up home surveillance systems, create digital scrapbooks, and much more. Energy efficiency has also been addressed, with the DiskStation DS115 using just 5.44W during hibernation and 10.21W when accessed. Jonathan Wang, the product manager at Synology, noted that "With its speedy performance, intuitive interface, and diverse ecosystem of add-on packages, DS115 is a great NAS server for homes or small businesses - especially for people who still rely on external hard drives, flash drives, or cloud services to swap and share files."

Source: TechPowerUp

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:30AM PST by gebraset

AMD has reported within its latest 8-K filing form that it has lost three top executives, making the loss one of the biggest leadership changes in the history of the company. The three top executives that are no longer with AMD include John Bryne, the GM of Computing and Graphics Business Group; Colette LaForce, the Chief Marketing Officer; and Raj Naik, the Chief Strategy Officer. AMD revealed that "These changes, including the additions of Forrest Norrod and James Clifford to our management team last quarter, collectively are part of implementing an optimal organization design and leadership team to further sharpen our execution and position AMD for growth."

Source: TechPowerUp

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:07AM PST by Guest_Jim_*
Partially Printed Shelby Cobra at Detroit Auto Show

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is finding its place in more and more areas as it continues to be developed and improved upon. One example of such an innovation is the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at ORNL that is capable of printing objects larger than a cubic meter. To show off this capability, the ORNL researchers decided to print much of a car for the Detroit Auto Show, but not just any car; a Shelby Cobra.

It took six weeks to design, manufacture, and assemble the Cobra with 24 hours of print time. One of the improvements to the BAAM used for this work reduced the print bead size, giving a smoother surface to the printed pieces. They were still pretty rough though, so they had to figure out the best methods to give a smooth finish to the pieces and paint on them. The resulting vehicle weighs 1400 pounds, including 500 pounds of printed parts.

The hope for this technology is that manufacturers will use it to significantly speed up the process of prototyping cars, which is a process that has remained relatively unchanged for decades, and also reduce the costs. The Shelby itself will continue on as a laboratory on wheels, as it was designed to have components swapped out for testing new technologies, like batteries, fuel cells, hybrid systems, wireless charging systems, and more. The car will be on display at the auto show until January 15.



Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:27AM PST by gebraset
CRYORIG Releases the H7 CPU Cooler

CRYORIG, an innovator of PC thermal peripherals, has officially released its latest H series heatsink, the H7. The latest CPU cooler from CRYORIG includes almost all of the features found on the award winning H5 Universal, but in a small and compact form. The H7 is only 145mm tall, making it compatible with virtually all mainstream mid-tower cases, and features a design that allows it to be compatible with all RAM choices. The H7 includes a new X-Bar mounting system which allows the cooler to be installed in just minutes, and also includes the latest 120mm PWM fan from CRYORIG, the QF120. An included backplate, which is made out of fiberglass augmented PBT, provides protection from excessive stress on the motherboard.

The H7 from CRYORIG features an MSRP of $34.50, and is available for immediate purchase in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. CRYORIG expects the H7 to be released to other regions within Europe and Asia sometime next month.

Source: Press Release

January 12, 2015
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:56PM PST by CheeseMan42

The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the United States Central Command, responsible for activity in the Middle East and Central Asia, were hacked earlier today by a group calling itself the CyberCaliphate. Two videos were posted to YouTube and a single message was posted to Twitter before the account was taken down. A statement from Centcom said "We can confirm that the Centcom Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter. We have no further information to provide at this time."

Source: CNET

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:43PM PST by CheeseMan42

Newer technology companies are frequently in the news these days with talk relating to patents, but when it comes to new patents the old guard reigns supreme as IBM has obtained the most new patents for the 22nd consecutive year. In doing so it set the record for most patents obtained in a year with 7,534, a 10.6% increase from 2013. The top five was rounded out by Samsung, Canon, Sony, and Microsoft. The rankings only include technology inventions patents and don't take into account design or plant patents. Of all patents awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Office, 49.1% were handed out to foreign inventors.

Source: Corporate Counsel

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:34PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many modern technologies rely on two dimensional components, such as electronics that consist of flat components in layers. There is a great interest in moving to three dimensions though, as it could allow for greater capabilities, efficiencies, and more applications. Building 3D microstructures is hardly child's play though, but researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are making it like a child's book.

Modern techniques for creating electronic circuits, build them in two dimensions. To bring them into the third dimension, the researchers use a soft substrate to pop them up, like a pop-up book. By pre-stretching the substrate and controlling where it binds to the semiconductor material, like silicon, it is possible to control the shape it will form. The stress the substrate puts on the semiconductor surface can then cause it to buckle and detach from the substrate, thereby popping up.

As these mechanical processes are already well understood, the whole thing can be modelled and designed with a computer to form any number of intricate shapes. Potentially this could be used to create devices for electronics, biomedical devices, microelectromechanical components, photonics, metamaterials, tissue scaffolds, and more.

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Comments (1) | Posted at 12:36PM PST by bp9801
Specifications Revealed for Co-op Shooter Evolve

Turtle Rock's upcoming co-op shooter Evolve has a little under a month remaining before we can dive in, and if you're curious about what kind of computer you need to play it, wonder no more. The specifications for Evolve have been released, and the good news is most people will be able to run it without major issue. It only requires something like an Intel Core2Duo E6600 or an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5770, so it certainly won't be breaking the bank for many gamers. The rest of the specs can be viewed below, with both the minimum and recommended accounted for.


INTEL CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD CPU: Athlon 64 X2 6400
ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon HD 5770
OS: Windows 7 64-bit


INTEL CPU: Core i7-920
AMD CPU: A8-3870K
ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon R9 280

Like I said, these requirements won't be breaking the bank for many gamers, as I am sure many people will be able to play it right away. It is nice to see yet another game require a 64-bit version of at least Windows 7, but not so nice seeing that 50GB hard drive requirement. The folks at Turtle Rock also had some other questions to address concerning Evolve, with a screenshot of the graphics settings answering the one about what we can tweak. It covers everything from texture, shader, and model detail to shadow quality and anti-aliasing, among others. Turtle Rock also said the game supports resolutions up to 4K, but at launch will not support either SLI or CrossFire. The team is working on support for multiple video cards, but nothing is definitive just yet.

Evolve arrives on February 10 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Evolve Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:52AM PST by bp9801

It is the start of a new week, with several items for you to check out to get things started. We have a review of the GIGABYTE R9 280 video card, which comes with the company's Windforce cooler to keep things from getting too toasty while gaming. There is also a look at the ECS Z97-Machine motherboard, an enthusiast-quality product that won't break the bank. The Cougar 600M gaming mouse gets put to the test to see how capable it is at controlling your in-game characters. If you need some storage, then perhaps the Synology DS415play NAS is the one for you. On the mobile side there is a look at the UleFone Be One smartphone. Wrapping things up is a look back at some of the best case mods from CES 2015.

Video Cards
GIGABYTE R9 280 @ LanOC Reviews

ECS Z97-Machine @ PC Perspective

Cougar 600M Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS415play NAS @ Madshrimps

UleFone Be One @ Madshrimps

The Best Case Mods of CES 2015 @ ThinkComputers

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:08AM PST by gebraset
Cherry Announces MX Board 6.0

Cherry has officially announced its latest keyboard offering, the MX Board 6.0. The MX Board 6.0, which is being marketed to gamers, professional typists, and software developers, includes a standard 102-keyset, macros, complete N-key rollover, an ingot-shaped metal body, and a palm-rest that can be magnetically attached. The latest keyboard from Cherry also includes RealKey technology, which provides reduced latency thanks to the bandwidth capabilities offered by USB 3.0.

The Cherry MX Board 6.0 comes with a three-year warranty and will be available to purchase this spring for $219.

Source: TechPowerUp

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:47AM PST by gebraset

Twitter, who five months ago implemented video advertisements into the timelines of its own users, has recently revealed to media buyers through a presentation at CES that it is interested generating advertisement revenue through external sources. According to individuals familiar with the matter, Twitter is planning to capitalize on people who see tweets across the Internet but who do not actually use the social media service. In order to do this, Twitter is planning to sell advertisements within streams of tweets on mobile applications and websites of other companies. While it is not known which publishers Twitter is currently attempting to make agreements with, the presentation that outlined the idea made references to the SportsCenter application offered by ESPN, as well as Flipboard. According to those familiar with the matter, revenue generating from the advertisements would be shared between Twitter and the publisher, thereby benefitting both entities.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:46AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

It may be many years before we fully realize quantum computers, but some quantum technologies may be here much sooner, including quantum networks. In theory these networks would be able to send quantum information across the globe with unbreakable security. That data has to be stored though and quantum information tends not to survive long, but researchers at the Australian National University have set a record of six hours.

One of the ways currently used to store quantum information is with laser beams in optical fibers, and works with networks around one hundred kilometers long. This new method instead stores the information in the spins of europium atom nuclei, and preserves it by applying fixed and oscillating magnetic fields to the crystal. These fields isolate the europium spins so that the information cannot leak away, which is how the new storage time record is 100 times the previous one. Compared to the laser method, someone could walk with the crystal and have it suffer less loss, for a given distance.

While this quantum optical hard drive could have a serious impact on quantum networks, it could also affect our understanding of quantum mechanics. The phenomenon at work for the networks, quantum entanglement, has never been tested at as great of distances as this method allows.

Source: Australian National University

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:28AM PST by gebraset

According to White House officials, President Obama is set to announce a variety of new initiatives next week that will address online security as well as increased access to broadband Internet across the United States. The announcement will take place over a series of speeches, where President Obama will outline the need for increased identity theft protection, better privacy protection, more robust cybersecurity, and increased access to high-speed Internet. The news of the announcement comes roughly one week before the President is set to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and just months after the recent hack on Sony Pictures. As more and more companies experience data breaches due to increased cybersecurity attacks, the soon to be announced initiatives will address not only governmental cybersecurity but private sector as well.

Source: The New York Times

January 9, 2015
Comments (0) | Posted at 05:52PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

If someone needs to trap light, often they will turn to mirrors or photonic crystals that will hold the photons in place. Last year though, researchers at MIT found a way to stop light by having it cancel out its own radiation fields. Now the team has figured out how this happens and what it could mean.

Central to this new method is the polarization of the light involved, as the light-trapping photonic crystals used actually change the direction of the polarization. The change is dependent on the direction of the light beam, which causes a vortex to form, similar to tornadoes and water swirling down a drain. This forms a singularity, or topological defect, at the center of the vortex, which traps the light at that point. To the researchers' surprise, this trapped state is actually rather robust, which makes it easier to create than many expected.

From this research it may be possible to create vector beams, which are a kind of laser that could be used for small-scale particle accelerators. It could also lead to ways of transmitting more channels through an optical fiber and super-resolution imaging.

Source: MIT

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:07PM PST by gebraset

Facebook has officially acquired QuickFire Networks, a technology startup based out of San Diego that employs proprietary technology to decrease the overall size of video files without degrading video quality. QuickFire Networks firmly believes that the current network infrastructure is incapable of supporting the growing demand for online videos. Facebook for example is currently seeing more than one billion video views on average every day, with that number likely to grow even larger in the near future. The social media giant plans to utilize the technology developed by QuickFire Networks to reduce the overall size of videos posted to Facebook, thereby reducing the amount of bandwidth needed.

QuickFire Networks, which currently employees roughly 20 individuals, will wind down its business operations as some of its key team members join Facebook to deliver high-quality videos to its massive user base.

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:46PM PST by gebraset

According to a research analyst, Google may soon offer automotive drivers located in the United States with an auto insurance comparison tool. Google is already providing drivers within the United Kingdom with an auto insurance comparison service called Google Compare, thanks to the acquisition of BeatThatQuote.com in 2011. Ellen Carney, an analyst with Forrester Research that is responsible for the speculation, notes that the United States version of Google Compare was expected to launch last month in California but has been delayed. Carney backs up her claims of Google Compare coming to the United States with an entity known as Google Compare Auto Insurance Services, which is already licensed to do business in over half of the United States. Additionally, Carney notes that Google is already authorized to do business with a variety of insurers, including Dairyland, MetLife, Mercury, Permanent General Assurance, Viking Insurance of Wisconsin and Workmen’s, further promoting the idea.

Source: PCWorld

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:20PM PST by CheeseMan42

This year will have a leap second, an extra second that will be recorded at 11:59 pm on June 30 to allow the spin of the Earth to sync with atomic clocks. Atomic time is constant while the Earth is slowing down at a rate of two thousandths of a second per day. A leap second last occurred in 2012 and negatively impacted a large part of the Internet, taking down a number a large websites such as Reddit and Yelp, and also hit the Linux Operating System. As more computers are being synced to atomic clocks to maintain accurate time, the number of potentially affected systems increases. Google managed to avert the leap second last time around by updating its servers to anticipate the event and will take the same action this year. If you are worried then it may be best to avoid your computer during that time frame.

Source: USA Today

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:21AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Order can be very useful, especially when trying to build things, but achieving it is not always easy. Quantum dots are nanoscopic crystals that have properties that would make them exceptional for solar panels, but making them the same size is somewhat difficult. At least it was as researchers at MIT have now found a way to make lead sulfide quantum dots of uniform size.

In the nanocrystals, the lead and sulfur atoms are roughly one-to-one, but the researchers found that it is best to start with a 24 to 1 mixture. This leads to the uniform size, which is useful for creating films of the quantum dots, as dots of the same size will self-assemble into an ordered lattice. Also better control of the size of the quantum dots can improve their performance, as the researchers found that the distance between the centers of the nanoparticles impact the amount of time electrons remain excited. The shorter the distance the greater the diffusion length, and that means more time to put the electron to use.

The researchers also found that while uniformity improves diffusion length, an amount of disorder can improve energy diffusion. Small variations in the quantum dots’ sizes can also cause energy variations, and higher energy electrons will try to move to areas of lower energy. This gets them going sooner than if the energy plane were flat, speeding up the process.

Source: MIT

January 8, 2015
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:24PM PST by CheeseMan42

NVIDIA brought a pair of new computers targeted at the automotive market to CES, the DRIVE PX and DRIVE CX. The computers are "equipped with powerful capabilities for computer vision, deep learning and advanced cockpit visualization." The DRIVE PX is targeted at the development of auto-pilot capabilities through the use of computer vision. Powered by a pair of Tegra X1 chips, the DRIVE PX is capable of processing up to 1.3 gigapixels per second from up to 12 high resolution cameras. One feature of the DRIVE PX is Auto-Valet, which enables a car to park itself in a crowded garage and later return to the driver. It also has the ability to learn the differences between different types of cars such as police cars, ambulances, and regular vehicles. The DRIVE CX is targeted at "navigation, infotainment, digital instrument clusters and driver monitoring," and also carries the ability to give a full 360 degree view of the car, eliminating blind spots. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said, "Whether finding their way back to you from a parking spot or using situational awareness to keep out of harm's way, future cars will do many amazing, seemingly intelligent things." The computers have an expected availability of the second quarter of this year.

Source: Tweak Town

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:43AM PST by gebraset

Google has pushed an update for Google Now, a service that works as a personal assistance for Android device owners. The updated version of Google Now includes a refreshed look for Google Now cards as well as additional settings for them, including the ability to scroll through previous cards and even toggle them on and off. Thanks to the update, options for various reminders and cards that used to be available at the bottom of Google Now have been relocated to the hamburger menu, which is accessible through the search bar. Additionally, Google Now users now have the ability to specify how they would like to treat urgent reminders such as appointment notifications and traffic alerts.

Source: PCWorld

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:11AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

A great deal of research is currently being done into a variety of battery technologies, with the goal of making batteries for electric cars and even the power grid. Central to this work is finding the best materials for use as electrodes, and one material, graphite, has already been ruled out. However, Kansas State University researchers have discovered that graphene oxide, which graphite can be turned into, could be a very viable electrode.

Graphene oxide is effectively a defective version of graphene, as it is an insulator, but heating it can turn it into a conductor or a semiconductor. The Kansas researchers have found that heating it in the presence of the right gas can also make it a very good electrode for sodium- or lithium-ion batteries. The heating will turn graphene oxide into reduced graphene oxide (rGO), and by controlling the temperature the distance between the layers can be manipulated. It turns out that heating it to 500 ºC results in the maximum capacity of sodium-ions, while heating it to 900 ºC gives the greatest lithium-ion capacity. When tested with sodium-ions, it survived for over 1000 cycles.

Obviously this discovery could lead to more powerful batteries, but it will also lead to more research. There may be other discounted materials that could work as battery electrodes, if prepared differently or converted into something similar.

Source: Kansas State University

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:05AM PST by bp9801

The end of the week is fast approaching, but we do have some items for your reading pleasure today. There is a review of the AMD FX-8320E, an affordable option of the company's newest CPUs that is aimed at gamers. We also have the Cooler Master Silencio 652S case, which is the same as the Silencio 652 except for the addition of some Silencio 120mm fans. There is a preview of a new mechanical keyboard from Cherry called the MX Board 6.0, which makes use of a technology called RealKey. Wrapping up today's items is the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, where a curved AMOLED screen is added to the popular Note 4.

AMD FX-8320E @ LanOC Reviews

Cooler Master Silencio 652S @ Benchmark Reviews

Cherry Announces Ground Breaking Mechanical Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge @ TechSpot

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