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Raspberry Pi Upgrades Compute Module

Category: General News
Posted: January 17, 2017 04:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has upgraded the CM3 Compute Module, a device "designed for embedded computing and industrial users wanting to produce customized products powered by the microprocessor." The CM3 is based on the Raspberry Pi 3 with a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Users will be able to choose from two models, one with 4GB eMMC onboard storage and one that requires the user to add their own storage. It has the same pin layout as the previous Compute Module and allows users to easily port programs that run on the Raspberry Pi 3. The CM3 with included storage has an MSRP of $30 while the version without storage costs $25.

Source: Tech Crunch



Oculus-ZeniMax Lawsuit Heating Up and Zuckerberg to Testify

Category: General News
Posted: January 17, 2017 12:33PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A lot of lawsuits come and go without most people hearing about them, but the current one between ZeniMax and Oculus has recently had good reason to pop up on news sites. The lawsuit alleges that when John Carmack left Id Software, which is owned by ZeniMax Media (as is Bethesda Softworks) he brought with him technology and computer code owned by ZeniMax that Oculus then used. The reason this news may be popping up again is that ZeniMax is now claiming Oculus has destroyed evidence to cover-up their wrongdoing and because Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook which now owns Oculus, is to testify.

In Carmack's testimony he stated there were talks in which ZeniMax was originally going to share this code with Oculus, but these negotiations broke down over how much ownership stake ZeniMax would get in Oculus. Following this Carmack was told to stop working on VR, which is what eventually led to him leaving for Oculus. Once there, Carmack says he rewrote the code used in the Oculus and Gear VR headsets from scratch.

ZeniMax wants to get $2 billion in damages, which happens to match the amount Facebook paid for Oculus when it purchased the company in 2014.

Source: Ars Technica



Microsoft to Cease Security Bulletins Next Month

Category: General News
Posted: January 16, 2017 03:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has been issuing security bulletins detailing patches and vulnerabilities for 20 years, a practice the company plans to end next month. Users won't be left entirely out in the cold as the company is merely switching its procedure to a searchable database that will provide the same information as the security bulletins. A preview of the database has been operational since November, when the decision to move away from bulletins was first announced. Microsoft described the motivation to make the switch, stating "Our customers have asked for better access to update information, as well as easier ways to customize their view to serve a diverse set of needs."

Source: Computer World



Arrest Warrant Sought for Samsung Vice Chairman

Category: General News
Posted: January 16, 2017 08:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you not aware, South Korea is in the middle of a large political corruption scandal that has led to the impeachment of the country's president. Now it appears Samsung is involved in this scandal, as prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for the Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jar-yong. The alleged connection between the company and the scandal relates to a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015, which strengthened Lee's position in the company. Supposedly Lee and Samsung attempted to bribe a confidante of the South Korean president to secure government support for the merger by giving millions to certain organizations. Also the former National Pension Service chief Moon Hyung-pyo has been accused of pressuring the pension fund to support the merger, and it is a major shareholder in one of the Samsung affiliates.

Samsung disputes the allegations, stating that it "did not make contributions in order to receive favors."

Source: CNN



Stolen Razer Laptops for Sale in China

Category: General News
Posted: January 12, 2017 03:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan reported earlier this week that two of its Project Valerie prototype three screen laptops were stolen from its CES booth. The good news is that they appear to have been found, but the bad news is that they are currently for sale in China for the low price of $21,733. Razer was offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to criminal charges, but the fact that the laptops are in China make it seem unlikely that any charges might be brought against the offender. At least the company can save a bit of money if it instead chose to buy the laptops back from the thieves.

Source: WCCF Tech



Razer Prototypes Stolen From CES Booth

Category: General News
Posted: January 9, 2017 04:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan revealed in a post on his personal Facebook page that two prototypes of the Project Valeria three screen laptop were stolen from the company booth at CES at around 4PM on Sunday. Tan added that all of the necessary forms were filed and the company is offering a $25,000 reward for "original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect." While it is possible that the thieves just wanted to get their hands on the latest technology, Tan is open to the possibility of industrial espionage. Tan added that the latter possibility "is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart."

Source: Min-Liang Tan Facebook via PC Magazine



HDMI 2.1 Spec Announced

Category: General News
Posted: January 6, 2017 09:10AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Before any of the advanced technologies we use today could enter consumer products, their specifications had to be set first, and in many cases these specs have been improved and updated over time, adding new features and capabilities. The High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI is no exception to this and version 2.1 of the spec has been announced with a number of forward-looking goodies.

First up of these new features is support for 8K resolutions at 60 Hz and 4K and 120 Hz, so viewers can enjoy both great detail and smooth action. There is also support for Dynamic HDR, which means that in addition to support more values for color, contrast, and brightness, these values can change from scene to scene, or even frame to frame, if the image calls for it. All of these features so far require a lot of information, so HDMI 2.1 also has a new 48 Gbps cable for uncompressed data transmission. The spec maintains backwards compatibility with previous versions though, so those cables can be used with older devices and an HDMI 2.1 port may still work with older cables as well, but likely not with all of the features enabled.

Two more features coming with HDMI 2.1 is eARC support and Game Mode VRR. With eARC advanced audio formats can be used, including object-based audio which allows sounds to be placed in a virtual space and then recreated by the appropriate speakers, instead of relying on fixed audio channels requiring properly placed speakers. Game Mode VRR allows variable refresh rates to be used, reducing lag, stutter, and frame tearing like what PC gamers can enjoy with FreeSync and G-Sync, with the appropriate hardware.

The HDMI 2.1 spec should be released early Q2 2017 and all HDMI 2.0 Adopters will be notified when this happens, so they can start finding ways to add it to devices.

Source: HDMI



DEEPCOOL Shows Off Several New Products at CES

Category: General News
Posted: January 5, 2017 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

DEEPCOOL is using CES as an introduction for four new computer cases and multiple cooling products. The four cases are the Quadstellar, New Ark 90, Earlkase Liquid, and Baronkase Liquid. The Quadstellar is split into four separate compartments for the graphics card, motherboard, power supply, and hard drives to provide for excellent cooling performance. An automatic air intake system helps to further improve performance through intelligent temperature sensors. The New Ark 90 has tempered glass top and side panels and a preinstalled Captain 280EX AIO liquid cooling system. The Earlkase Liquid has a tempered glass side panel with integrated RGB lighting and a preinstalled Captain 140EX AIO liquid cooling system. The Baronkase Liquid has similar features to the Earlkase in a slightly smaller frame with a preinstalled Captain 120EX AIO liquid cooling system.

The MF120GT case fan is built with a "specially optimized aluminum alloy" to provide "excellent vibration damping capability." The fan incorporates RGB lighting and can vary RPM from 500-2200. The MF120 has the same features as the MF120GT with the exception of using a frameless design. Both fans allow for lighting control through an app. The Captain 120EX RGB and Captain 240EX RGB retain all of the features of the non-RGB versions, with the addition of a variable RGB lighting system, providing pump and LED strip lighting.

Source: Press Release



HyperX Adds to Line of Gaming Accessories

Category: General News
Posted: January 3, 2017 04:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston is showing off the addition of several new products to its HyperX line of gaming peripherals at CES this week. The new items include the Revolver S headset, Pulsefire Gaming Mouse, three ALLOY keyboards, and a set of DDR4 memory. The Revolver S is the first headset to feature plug and play Dolby 7.1 Surround and is "designed for comfort and competitive performance with crisp sound and wide soundstage." The Pulsefire mouse utilizes an optical sensor with four DPI settings ranging from 400 to 3200. The ALLOY RGB keyboard offers up to 16 million colors with dynamic lighting profiles and media keys. The ALLOY FPS keyboards offer the option of Cherry MX Red or Brown switches in a full size frame. The HyperX Predator DDR4 LED memory is the first set of memory with RGB lighting from HyperX and can take full advantage of motherboards that have RGB lighting controls such as Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light Sync.

Source: Press Release




AMD Announces Radeon FreeSync 2 for HDR Monitors

Category: General News
Posted: January 3, 2017 11:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Later this week at CES 2017 AMD is expected to reveal more information about its upcoming Ryzen CPUs and Vega-based GPUs, which have not been formally announced yet, but today a new technology has been announced by the company. This technology is Radeon FreeSync 2, but it is not necessarily what you expect. FreeSync allows the refresh rate of a supporting monitor to match the framerate a supporting GPU is providing, thereby preventing screen tearing without introducing input lag. Just as recently as the Crimson ReLive drivers released last month, FreeSync received a significant update by allowing games run in a borderless window to benefit from the technology. FreeSync 2 builds on this base, keeping the rates aligned, but is actually targeting HDR monitors and games.

High dynamic range, or HDR is a technology that has been seeing interest grow of late as it presents a wider color gamut and greater range of brightness to the user. Basically whenever you look at an image on a modern monitor, the image can only contain so many colors and the contrast between white and black can only be so great, but HDR monitors support more colors and more contrast. However, there is still going to be some tone mapping from an HDR source to match what the monitor can show and this is where FreeSync 2 steps in. This new API is able to send the information from the monitor about what it is capable of to the GPU, where it can leverage its power to map the luminance, contrast, and colors, to those capabilities, instead of leaving the display's hardware to do the work. This accelerates the process, thereby allowing users, especially gamers, to enjoy HDR gameplay with low-latency.

All Radeon GPUs that currently support FreeSync will also support FreeSync 2, and FreeSync 2 monitors are expected to be available in this first half of 2017. These monitors will support HDR, FreeSync, and Low Framerate Compensation. Since a Samsung vice president is quoted in the AMD press release, we can probably expect to see at least one of these monitors from them and I would not be surprised if others are present at CES 2017.

 

 

Source: AMD and Radeon.com




Verizon Getting Cold Feet After Latest Yahoo Hack

Category: General News
Posted: December 15, 2016 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Verizon announced a deal to purchase Yahoo in July 2016 for $4.83 billion. After the recent reveal of another hack against Yahoo that will impact up to one billion users, it appears that Verizon is reevaluating that deal. It is being reported that Verizon is looking to lower its' offering or abandon the deal altogether. One of the important issues that Verizon is concerned with is not absorbing any of the fallout from the latest hack, instead leaving that to fall on Yahoo.

Source: Bloomberg



Radeon Instinct Announced by AMD to Accelerate Machine Intelligence with Vega

Category: General News
Posted: December 12, 2016 01:21PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Not even half way done and December is already proving to be a very interesting month for AMD. It launched the Crimson ReLive drivers, will be having its New Horizons event focusing on the upcoming Zen CPU architecture tomorrow, and now it has revealed its Radeon Instinct program. This program includes both hardware and open-source software to advance machine intelligence, a field becoming ever more interesting and important as more and more data is collected. Creating both high performance GPU and x86 silicon, AMD sees itself as being in a strong position to fulfill the needs of the datacenters that implement machine intelligence methods.

Providing the GPU power behind Radeon Instinct are three new accelerators, the MI6, MI8, and MI25. The MI6 is based on the Polaris architecture, has 16 GB of memory, and is capable of 5.7 TFLOPS of FP16 performance at just 150 W of board power. The MI8 uses the Fiji Nano GPU with 4 GB of HBM to provide 8.2 TFLOPS of peak FP16 performance while drawing less than 175 W. You may have noticed a pattern to the names here, but I am not seeing a clear statement that the MI25 is capable of ~25 TFLOPs, but it would make sense. What AMD does say about the MI25 though is that it is based on the Vega GPU architecture, its next generation GPU architecture not expected until the first half of next year, and uses less than 300 W. All of these accelerators use passive cooling, support AMD MxGPU hardware virtualization, and 64-bit PCIe addressing for multi-GPU peer-to-peer support.

On the software side, AMD has the MIOpen GPU-accelerated library and ROCm. MIOpen is a free and open source library for GPU-tuned implementations of standard routines and should be available Q1 2017. The ROCm platform provides acceleration for several frameworks, so programmers can focus on training neural networks instead of the otherwise necessary performance tuning.

 

 

Source: AMD and Radeon.com



Offline Viewing Comes to Netflix

Category: General News
Posted: November 30, 2016 02:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Online streaming service Netflix is finally going to allow users to download and watch some of its content while offline, just in time for the next big holiday travel season. Users can gain access to this feature on Android or iOS devices with an update to their app. The amount of content available for download is currently limited, and I would imagine that Netflix original content is the most likely to be immediately available.

Source: Coming Soon



Future Amazon Echo to Include Touch Screen

Category: General News
Posted: November 29, 2016 04:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest rumors about the next iteration of the Amazon Echo digital assistant indicate that it is expected to have a 7" touchscreen, a significant difference from the current cylindrical design of the Echo and Echo Dot. Sources familiar with the matter have said the screen would make it "easier to access content such as weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and news." The screen is said to tilt upwards, allowing for viewing while standing. Also to be included are upgraded speakers to provide better quality sound. It is believed that an official announcement could come as soon as the first quarter of 2017.

Source: Bloomberg



Ubisoft VP Describes Change to DLC Plans for Publisher

Category: General News
Posted: November 22, 2016 12:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Like it or not, downloadable content is here to stay in the game industry as it is a means to rejuvenate and grow player bases with the additions, and in turn bring in more revenue. There are different kinds of DLC though, with some potentially fragmenting the community between those with it and those who lack access to the additional content. According to a GamesIndustry.biz interview with Ubisoft's VP of Live Operations, the publisher has decided it will no longer sell DLC that is required for gamers to get the whole experience.

The VP uses an analogy of an amusement park, where you are able to enjoy all the rides and then purchase food or various merchandise if you want. If all you want is to ride the rides, they are all accessible to you. This approach to DLC is already being used in Rainbow Six: Siege where extra maps are available for free, while character customization and new characters are what can be purchased.

According to this interview, Ubisoft intends to support its games for five to ten years, which will require keeping players engaged for that entire time. Achieving this will require the right balance of monetization methods, but will not include any DLC that needs to be purchased for the full experience.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz



Windows 10 Now Supports 4K Netflix Streaming on Some Systems

Category: General News
Posted: November 21, 2016 03:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Netflix has been available to stream at 4K resolution through set-top boxes and televisions for a while now, and some Windows 10 systems are getting ready to join the party. Users will need a seventh generation Intel Core processor and will also need to use the Microsoft Edge browser. Content producers are hesitant to make the 4K streams available on computers due to piracy fears and the Intel Kaby Lake chips are the first to have the requisite support for the 10-bit HEVC video codec. Users that don't wish to shell out for the costs associated with a new system still have plenty of low cost options for enjoying the latest 4K content.

Source: The Verge



Google Plans to Add GPUs to Cloud Computing Services

Category: General News
Posted: November 16, 2016 04:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google is planning to match other popular cloud computing services by making GPUs available to Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users next year. Google will differentiate its offering from competitors by making the GPUs available on a per minute basis, rather than the hourly model used by others. Users will have access to the AMD FirePro S9300 x2, NVIDIA Tesla K80, and NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, each of which offers advantages in different applications.

Source: Info World



NVIDIA Ansel Support Added to Unreal Engine 4

Category: General News
Posted: November 15, 2016 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Epic Games has added support for NVIDIA Ansel photography to Unreal Engine 4.14, providing users with "amazing new ways to capture in-game photographs." With Ansel, users can capture in-game photographs by altering camera angles, applying filters, capturing in 360 degrees, and using super resolution. Developers can easily enable support by upgrading to the latest Unreal Engine version, granting gamers the ability to use the feature and also providing developers a tool to capture "imagery for the promotion of your work in UE4." Epic is working on adding Ansel support to the free-to-play MOBA Paragon.

Source: NVIDIA



Microsoft Securing Chess Champion Data Ahead of World Championship

Category: General News
Posted: November 7, 2016 10:01AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In various sports it is not surprising to hear about the different methods a team may employ to protect game plans and practice routines. This is no less true of chess, where every preparatory measure can be closely guarded from any kind of leak. To that end, Magnus Carlsen has turned to Microsoft Norway to secure the computers, communications, and tools he is using to prepare for the approaching the World Championship against Sergey Karjakin. This preparation includes using powerful chess computers and a team of advisors who examine previous matches to find anything that might help or even a new move. Any of this information leaking could cost the chess master a victory as surprise is that important in the game.

Source: The Telegraph



Futuremark Releases VRMark: Are You Ready?

Category: General News
Posted: November 3, 2016 06:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Futuremark has finally released its new VR benchmark, VRMark. It contains two benchmark tests that can be run without a head mounted display and an Experience mode that you can use to free-roam in the tests' environments.

The first test is the Orange Room and is meant to show what can be achieved with the recommended hardware for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. You may recognize a number of its scenes from previous benchmarks. The Blue Room however almost exclusively features scenes from the game Shattered Horizon, which I at least have fond memories of. This is a much more demanding test for comparing systems that already surpass the Vive and Rift recommended hardware. Passing this test indicates you are ready for the latest VR games at the highest settings, and perhaps future VR headsets.

VRMark Basic Edition is available as a free download at the Futuremark website and on Steam while the Advanced Edition has a price of $19.99. For this first week though, the Advanced Edition is 25% off.

 

 

Source: Futuremark




New Record Set in 3DMark Fire Mark Extreme

Category: General News
Posted: October 19, 2016 02:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A new record has been set in the 3DMark Fire Mark Extreme benchmark by K|ngp|n, who became the first person to break the 40,000 point mark. In order to hit the mark, four GeForce Titan X cards were overclocked to 2200MHz with an Intel Core i7-6950X running at 5227MHz. Other components of note were an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard, 32GB G.Skill DDR4, and an EVGA SuperNova NEX 1600W PSU. The use of a custom liquid nitrogen cooling setup was required to keep everything running while pushed so far above the stock speeds.

Source: PC Gamer



THX Purchased by Razer

Category: General News
Posted: October 18, 2016 07:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I can remember seeing and hearing the THX logo and sound at the beginning of movies since I was a young child, and I have to admit, I would not have expected then that I would be writing news like this. THX has been purchased by Razer. The company will operate independently from its new parent, but both companies are going to take advantage of the other to enter into new product categories. This means Razer will be able to reach out into other areas of entertainment besides gaming and THX intends to expand its certification program to include several new technologies, including immersive audio, HDR, headphones, and eventually even augmented reality and virtual reality. The financial details of this transaction have not been disclosed.

Source: THX



Automatic Email Forwarding Disabled by Yahoo

Category: General News
Posted: October 11, 2016 02:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In the wake of the recent Yahoo email scandal, an increasing number of users are looking to change providers. However, these users are finding that difficult as Yahoo disabled the automatic email forwarding option earlier this month. The feature appears to be working for users that had set it up prior to the disable date, and Yahoo says that the "automatic email forwarding feature is under development and has been temporarily disabled."

Source: Reuters



Yahoo Allowed the Government to Read All of Your Incoming Emails

Category: General News
Posted: October 7, 2016 11:05AM
Author: bp9801


Recently, Yahoo revealed evidence of a hack that affected around 500 million people, making it the largest hack so far. However, there's something else that has recently come to light that is even more shocking and disturbing. Yahoo has been revealed as the first US company to allow US Intelligence officials to read every single incoming email from all of its customers. This isn't some of the emails, but every single incoming email for all Yahoo Mail users. It was part of a classified government demand to allow the access, with either the FBI or National Security Agency pushing for it. It is not known exactly what either agency was looking for, other than certain characters in an email or attachment, but the fact they were able to view all incoming emails and not stored emails is highly alarming.

This is the first time a US Internet company has agreed to such a demand, with it being unprecedented and possibly unconstitutional. It isn't known what Yahoo handed over either in terms of data, or if the NSA or FBI approached any other companies to scan incoming emails. Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook have all pushed out statements saying they didn't receive or comply with any government demands, and if they did it would be met with a, "no way."

It appears Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer complied with the demand, which prompted the company's Chief Information Security Officer, Alex Stamos, to resign in 2015 when he found out about it. Stamos now works at Facebook and did not say the reason for his departure at the time, but now it's quite clear he and other executives disagreed with Mayer's decision, but were powerless to do anything about it.

Yahoo issued a statement saying it abides by government laws, since it's a law abiding company, but did not say anything further. Like why exactly it allowed the government to scan all incoming emails, denied it had done so, or addressed any security and privacy concerns that are a direct result of this blatant disregard for customer trust. It's a major issue, and one I feel is only going to get worse for Yahoo as a result, especially with the upcoming sale to Verizon, which complies with the NSA, too, on information gathering. The massive hack and now this email scanning raises serious questions about Yahoo's security level and whether it actually cares to implement something to protect its customers. We'll have to see if anything changes, or if there's a mass exodus to other services. There probably should be a departure from Yahoo anyway, but that's up to you to make.

If you're interested in deleting your Yahoo account, first you should transfer or back up all your data, and then head here to begin the deletion process.

Sources: Reuters and Fight for the Future



AT&T Fiber Internet on the Way to 11 More Cities

Category: General News
Posted: October 5, 2016 02:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AT&T Fiber Internet is already bringing gigabit speeds to 29 metro areas around the country including Atlanta, Austin, and Orlando. The company has added 11 more cities to the list that will be getting the service soon, bringing that number to 38. These new areas are concentrated in the Southeastern United States and a single location in Texas. AT&T made no indication of when these areas can expect the service to be completed, but plans to be fully rolled out to 45 cities by the end of the year. AT&T needs to offer fiber Internet to at least 12.5 million customers by mid-2019, a condition of its purchase of DirecTV. The monthly cost for the service is $70 in areas where AT&T faces competition from Google Fiber and $90 where it does not.

Source: Ars Technica



Thermaltake Announces First Gaming Chairs

Category: General News
Posted: October 4, 2016 03:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Thermaltake has announced its first set of entries into the growing gaming chair market with four products released under the Tt eSPORTS brand. The four chairs are the GT FIT, GT COMFORT, X FIT, and X COMFORT and are available in a range of color options. The chairs were designed with an anti-fatigue design, high quality materials, and a "stunning streamlined gaming aesthetic." Ergonomic features for proper posture include a backrest with lumbar support, seat with dense foam padding, adjustable armrest, seat height adjustment, and recline and tilt capability. The chairs have an MSRP of $329.99 for the GT FIT, $399.99 for the GT COMFORT, $349.99 for the X FIT, and $419.99 for the X COMFORT.

Source: Press Release




Microsoft and Disney Cited as Potential Buyers for Twitter

Category: General News
Posted: September 27, 2016 03:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Twitter has found itself at the center of buyout and acquisition talks for some time now, and the latest round of rumors are pointing to Microsoft and Disney as being potential suitors this time. Facebook is not seen as being interested at this time. The latest talk stems from David Faber of CNBC who reported on the Closing Bell show that "the social media giant is moving closer to a formal sale process for the company," but also pointed out that it didn't mean the process was currently underway.

Source: CNBC



Microsoft to Make Edge Run in Virtual Machine for Improved Security on Windows 10 Enterprise

Category: General News
Posted: September 27, 2016 12:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A sad fact of modern times is that any computer is at risk of being attacked by malware, but just because we are all targets does not mean we have to make it easy. There are several ways to protect our machines and Microsoft will be rolling out a new one for Windows 10 Enterprise users that use the company's Edge browser. In the future, Edge will be made to run within its own virtual machine, isolating it from the rest of the operating system, so even if the browser is comprised, your computer can still be safe.

For those who do not know, virtual machines allow someone to run one operating system from within another by virtualizing a second machine. For example, you could have a distribution of Linux running within a version Windows, but because of how the virtual machine exists, the Linux OS will not have full access to your files or even your hardware. The virtual machine Edge will be running in will not be a complete operating system but just the features necessary for Internet browsing. This feature is called Application Guard and no, there will not be an API released for other applications to utilize. There are too many variables to consider for that to be a realistic possibility, at least in the foreseeable future. As it is, Edge with Application Guard is going to lose certain features, such as the ability to keep persistent cookies, as each virtualized session is destroyed when it is done, and even the clipboard might not be accessible. A system administrator will be able to set certain websites as trusted of course, and allow them to be accessed without the virtual machine in place.

Application Guard is expected to be added to Insider Builds of Windows later this year, so we may see it release for Windows 10 Enterprise next year.

Source: Ars Technica



Roku Refreshes Hardware Lineup

Category: General News
Posted: September 26, 2016 03:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Roku announced a new streaming stick earlier this year and has now updated the rest of its streaming boxes. The Roku Express is 75% smaller than the Roku 1 while doubling the processing power to handle HD video at a cost of $30. If you want composite cables with the box it will cost you an extra $10. The Roku Premiere and Premiere+ take over for the Roku 2 and 3 and offer support for 4K video at 60fps. The Premiere+ adds HDR support and an enhanced remote with a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and a microSD slot. The Premiere will cost $80 while the Premiere+ will cost $100. The Roku Ultra replaces the Roku 4 and adds an "even more advanced" remote and the ability to play media from a thumb drive to the features of the Premiere+, at a cost of $130. The new boxes will be available sometime in October.

Source: The Verge



Twitter Possibly Received Expression of Interest From Other Companies

Category: General News
Posted: September 26, 2016 10:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While nothing is definite, there is a possibility that by the end of the year, Twitter may be under new ownership. Supposedly the company has received expressions of interest from others, including Google and Salesforce.com, which resulted in Twitter's shares rising on Friday. This is still just rumor though, but Twitter's board of directors is open to being purchased supposedly, so if this is true and the momentum builds, we could see a deal made by the end of the year. If such a purchase is made, the buyer would not just be receiving the social media platform, but all of the data it generates, which could prove very valuable for some businesses.

Source: CNBC



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