OCC TECH NEWS
November 21, 2014
Google is currently experimenting with a new service called Contributor, which provides websites with funding in a new way while also eliminating annoying advertisements for viewers. Google Contributor is partly a subscription service, as users have to pay $1 to $3 per month in order to get rid of advertisements on participating websites. That money is well spent, however, as Google Contributor promises to split up a portion of the funds with websites that are integrated with the service, allowing users to see a thank you message where an advertisement would normally be while websites continue to generate income. Even with advertisement blocking software installed, users can still support their favorite websites with Google Contributor for a small monthly fee, as long as the websites they visit are signed up for the service.
Interested website owners can apply for the program on the service’s website through a waitlist application, since Google Contributor is currently invitation only.
November 20, 2014
The United States Postal Service is the latest victim in a long line of companies to have suffered a data breach during this year. At this point in time, it is believed that approximately 100 servers and their workstations were compromised after a sophisticated adversary was able to gain access to the network used by the United States Postal Service. Data that was stolen includes names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, dates of employment, and other information associated with more than 800,000 Postal Service employees. It is also believed that 2.9 million customer complaints were compromised in the attack, which include names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of those who filed the complaints. United States Postal Service cyber-security official, Randy Meskanic, stated that "At this time, we do not believe that Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices, as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards, were affected by this incident."
Employees of the Postal Service who have possibly been affected by the data breach are being provided with credit monitoring services.
Netflix, one of the largest video streaming subscription services currently available across the world, streamed a total of 19.5 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of this year. Broken down, this equates to 6.5 million terabytes of video per month, which certainly exceeds the 4 million terabytes of video streamed per month during the first quarter of 2013. Assuming that the same amount of data continues to be used for high-definition video streaming and that previous growth remains constant, Netflix will stream 27 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of 2015, which comes out to 9 terabytes if video per month. This amount will likely be larger however, as 4K content continues to make its way onto Netflix.
Source: Cord Cutters News
Enermax has announced a pair of all-in-one liquid cooling solutions as part of the LIQMAX II Series, the LIQMAX II 120S and LIQMAX II 240. The number in the product name indicates the size of the radiator, which will be cooled by one or two 2nd generation batwing fans with Adjustable Peak Speed RPM range setting. The cooling block uses patented Enermax Shunt Channel Technology which "boosts heat exchange efficiency by eliminating the boundary layers and increases the coolant exchange ratio." The LIQMAX II Series will be compatible with LGA1150, LGA2011, AM3+, and FM2+ CPU sockets.
Source: Press Release
OCZ has announced its latest line of solid state drives, the Saber 1000 Series, designed for "read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments." The drives are built with 19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Powered by the OCZ Barefoot 3 controller the Saber 1000 Series is capable of read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s, respectively. OCZ CTO Daryl Lang described the drives saying, "In designing the new Saber 1000 Series we listened to our customers to meet their growing needs for a server-class SSD that is optimized with the right balance of features, performance and cost. With the Saber 1000 Series, customers now have an ideal storage solution in which to build an all-flash datacenter, one that is able to efficiently process high volume enterprise and hyperscale workloads."
Source: Press Release
It is not uncommon for academics at universities to form spinout companies based on their research. One example is QD Vision, which is an MIT spinout that works with quantum dot displays. Thanks to partnerships with other companies, QD Vision's technology may soon be coming to the world.
Quantum dots are semiconductor nanocrystals that can be tuned to react to and emit specific colors of light. This ability to directly emit light is part of why many want to see them used in televisions, and thanks to Sony and TCL, some televisions are already using the spinout's Color IQ technology. Traditional LCD TVs place a white LED backlight behind red, green, and blue filters to produce colors on the screen. The problem is that the LED backlight is not actually white but blue; a phosphor is used to create the white light, which causes some of the light to be lost. Color IQ has a different approach as it uses the blue backlight, without a phosphor, to energize quantum dots to produce red and green. The result is a display that covers 50% of the NTSC color gamut while being 20% more efficient.
Compared to OLED displays, the Color IQ displays are just as colorful, but significantly cheaper to produce. Currently the quantum dot displays using QD Vision's technology are only available in Chine, but they are expected to come to the rest of the world in mere months.
A new day is upon us, with plenty of items for you to check out. We have a review on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition video card, with its factory overclock and custom cooler. There is also the MSI X99S MPOWER motherboard, which is a high end model that can help get your Haswell-E system to the performance levels you desire. The In Win D-Frame Mini chassis gets reviewed, which is a Mini-ITX model that has an extremely unique appearance. Plexor's M6e 256GB SSD gets tested to see how well this PCIe SSD compares to the competition. Finally there's a performance test of Far Cry 4 and how well it runs on various setups.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition @ Bjorn3D
MSI X99S MPOWER @ LanOC Reviews
In Win D-Frame Mini @ Benchmark Reviews
Plexor M6e 256GB SSD @ PC Perspective
Far Cry 4 Benchmarked: Graphics and CPU Performance @ TechSpot
DEEPCOOL, a manufacturer of computer chassis, cooling solutions, power supply units, and electronic accessories, has announced a new simple vision of STEAM CASTLE. The latest microATX computer chassis from DEEPCOOL, which is a mid-tower, comes with a side window, blue LED lighting, and four turbo-style fan ports. STEAM CASTLE supports microATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and also can accommodate graphics cards up to 320mm in length. The case includes one preinstalled 120mm LED case fan, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, configurable drive bays, and HD audio connections.
The DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE will be available in black and white color options in December, and will feature an MSRP of $79.99.
Source: Press Release
Gorilla Glass has been around for quite some time, with many manufactures using the Corning product in flagship phones, tablets, and a variety of other devices. While Corning touted how previous versions of Gorilla Glass were resistant to minor cracks and scratches, they generally failed to provide adequate protection against shattering when dropped on hard surfaces. Gorilla Glass 4 is marketed as having increased shattering resistance, as Corning has just revealed that the latest version of its glass is comprised of a new formula that is engineered to make the product stronger than ever. Gorilla Glass 4 will apparently remain intact 80 percent of the time when dropped from one meter above the ground, compared to conventional soda-lime glass that shatters every time when dropped from the same height.
While HBO GO has been available on the Xbox 360 for months, the cable network's streaming service has continued to be absent from the Xbox One ever since the application was released roughly a year ago. Microsoft today has revealed that HBO GO is now available to Xbox One users, allowing them to access HBO's entire library, including titles such as The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. The HBO Go application even supports voice and gesture controls through Kinect.
The availability of HBO GO on the Xbox One comes five months after Microsoft announced that the streaming service, which requires a subscription to a cable or satellite provider, would be coming to its latest gaming console.
Because of their efficiency, many want to see white LEDs used to light our homes, but while they do use less power, they are also less warm. White LEDs do not actually produce white light but instead emit blue light that energizes a phosphor, which then produces the white light. The resulting light has a cooler, blue tint to it, but researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, as reported in Optics Express have found a way to create a warmer tone, when LEDs are dimmed.
Others have created LED systems that produce a warm color when dimmed by using multiple LEDs that mix their colors. These systems are rather complicated though, as control circuitry has to be used to make sure the many components work correctly together. The Eindhoven researchers' approach however is simpler as it just changes the phosphor used. This new phosphor is a composite of a liquid crystal and polymeric material, which makes it sensitive to temperature. At higher temperatures it is transparent, allowing the cooler, blue light of the LED to come through, but at lower temperatures, when the LED is dimmed, it scatters light. This causes more of the blue light to stay in the phosphor, creating a warmer glow.
Generally, humans prefer warmer, redder light in low-light situations and that may have to do with the color of the Sunrise and Sunset. By having LEDs produce a warmer light when dimmed, the technology could become more acceptable in homes. The researchers predict that products using their design could reach the market in just two years, if they are proven reliable.
Source: The Optical Society