Asus Brings ZenFone 4 Lineup to U.S. - [mobile]
03:13 AM EDT - Sep,25 2017 - post a comment
Asus recently announced plans to bring its ZenFone 4 series
of phones to the U.S. unlocked market this year. The lineup includes the flagship ZenFone 4 Pro, the mid-range ZenFone 4, and two versions of the ZenFone 4 Max, both of which have large batteries but otherwise lower-end specs. The ZenFone 4 Max 5.5" is available now, while the rest will go on sale in the coming months. All have basic support for AT&T and T-Mobile LTE networks, including bands 2, 4, 5, and 12.
- ZenFone 4 Max 5.2":
Has a 4,100 mAh battery, 5.2-inch HD LCD display, Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. Also includes a fingerprint reader, memory card slot, 13 megapixel camera, 5-megapixel wide-angle camera, and 8-megapixel front camera.
- ZenFone 4 Max 5.5":
Has a 5,000 mAh battery, 5.5-inch HD LCD display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a metal body. Other features are the same as the 5.2" version. (shown)
- ZenFone 4:
Has a 3,300 mAh battery, 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a glass back. It also sports NFC, USB-C, Cat. 12 LTE, and a better main camera with OIS and 4K video recording. Like the rest of the series, it has dual rear cameras and the touch screen works through gloves.
- ZenFone 4 Pro:
A flagship-class phone with all of the features of the ZenFone 4, plus a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, an AMOLED screen, 3,600 mAh battery, fast charging, auto-focus front camera, 16-megapixel telephoto camera (instead of a wide-angle camera), laser focusing, and better support for AT&T's LTE network with bands 29 and 30.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 - New Gameplay Video - [gaming]
03:13 AM EDT - Sep,25 2017 - post a comment
Today Sega hosted a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show, showcasing some new gameplay of the upcoming Yakuza 2 remake Yakuza Kiwami 2. Yakuza Kiwami 2 will launch in Japan on December 7th, exclusively for PS4. No western release has been announced, for the moment.
How Much Money Can Pirate Bay Make from a Cryptocoin Miner? - [briefly]
03:12 AM EDT - Sep,25 2017 - post a comment
How much money can a site like The Pirate Bay make through mining? TorrentFreak did some back-of-the-envelope calculations, starting with the site's visitor numbers (roughly 315 million visits per month) and ultimately found that TPB could get $12,000 a month
based on the miner used, Coinhive, which pays out 0.00015 XMR per 1M hashes.
SimilarWeb estimates that The Pirate Bay has roughly 315 million visits per month. On average, users spend five minutes on the site per "visit". While we have reason to believe that this underestimates the site's popularity, we'll use it as an illustration.
We spoke to Coinhive and they estimate that a user with a mid-range laptop would have a hashrate of 30 h/s.
In Pirate Bay's case this would translate to 30 hashes * 300 seconds * 315M visits = 2,835,000M hashes per month. If the miner is throttled at 30% this would drop to 850,000M hashes.
If Coinhive pays out 0.00015 XMR per million hashes, TPB would get 127.5 XMR per month, which is roughly $12,000 at the moment. Since the miner doesn't appear on all pages and because some may actively block it, this number will drop a bit further.
Keep in mind that this is just an illustration using several estimated variables which may vary greatly over time. Still, it gives a broad idea of the potential.
Tungsten Carbide Is Basically Indestructible - [briefly]
04:54 PM EDT - Sep,23 2017 - post a comment
Tungsten is a super element. It's incredibly dense, it has the highest melting point of any known element (nearly 6,200 degrees Fahrenheit), and, when combined with carbon to form tungsten carbide, it's nearly indestructible!
Synthetic Muscle Breakthrough Could Lead to "Lifelike" Robots - [technology]
03:19 PM EDT - Sep,23 2017 - post a comment
Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D-printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone rubber and ethanol-dispensing micro-bubbles) is also capable of carrying 1,000 times its own weight!
iPhone 8 Plus unboxing and hands on - [mobile]
12:23 PM EDT - Sep,23 2017 - post a comment
While the design is very similar to its predecessor, it does contain a few new features. Perhaps the most important is the new A11 Bionic chip, which early benchmarks show is much more powerful than the competition. The device also captures 4K video at 60fps, something that isn't just unavailable on competing handsets, but isn't even supported by Qualcomm's latest chipset, the Snapdragon 835.
Another thing that folks will be looking forward to is wireless charging, something that's been on Android and Windows phones for years. Apple stuck with the Qi standard, so you can use any old wireless charger that you have lying around.
Upon opening up the box, you'll find that there is no fast charger included, despite the device supporting it. You'll need to grab some extra gear from Apple for that.
The iPhone 8 supposedly has a MacBook Pro Intel-level processor inside that "leaves the Samsung S8 for dead": on the multicore portion of one test, the iPhone 8 hit 10,170, edging out the score
from the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with a 7th-generation Core i5 processor (9,213). They say that the impressive performance won't necessarily make a massive difference in everyday use when it comes to simple tasks like opening apps, however.
Apple won't allow 4K iTunes downloads - [briefly]
12:21 PM EDT - Sep,23 2017 - post a comment
Apple announced its new 4K compatible Apple TV during its press event last week. During its event, it also made mention that it would be upgrading all HD content purchased by customers to 4K. Now that the new media box has gotten into the hands of the masses, it appears that the firm is imposing some limitations on its 4K content that is either purchased or rented from the iTunes Store. The chaps at MacRumors
have discovered through a support document that Apple will allow 4K content to be streamed, along with Dolby Vision and HDR versions, but won't allow 4K to be downloaded, as of this time. The firm is very clear stating that:
You can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can't download a 4K version.
It's unknown at the moment why this limitation exists, but it could have to do with the smaller storage capacities of the Apple TV 4K that currently comes in a 32GB and 64GB variant.
Outlast Deluxe Edition for Free Now - [gaming]
06:51 AM EDT - Sep,22 2017 - post a comment
The Humble Store is now offering Outlast Deluxe Edition for free
, a 100% discount on this package that bundles Outlast with the Whistleblower DLC for the Windows, macOS, and Linux survival/horror game. The deal is for a limited time, but for those who jump on it, the package will be theirs to keep.
In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the 'research and charity' branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, the asylum has been operating in strict secrecy… until now.
Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.
Outlast is a true survival horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.9.2 - [software]
06:49 AM EDT - Sep,22 2017 - post a comment
AMD has released their latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers
, with a surprise feature: 2-way multi-GPU support
for Radeon RX Vega graphics card.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 Highlights
Radeon RX Vega Series
Up to 2x Multi GPU support
Project CARS 2
Multi GPU profile support added
Hearts of Iron IV may experience a system hang when
the campaign scenario is launched.
Radeon Software may display an erroneous "1603
Error" after installing Radeon Software. This error will not affect
your Radeon Software installation.
iOS 11 Muddies WiFi and Bluetooth Controls - [briefly]
05:42 PM EDT - Sep,21 2017 - post a comment
Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 11, introduces some counterintuitive behaviors
with respect to Control Center and the wireless radios. Tapping the WiFi or Bluetooth toggles in Control Center does not actually turn off these radios. "In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the WiFi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from WiFi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available," explained Apple in its documentation for iOS 11. In earlier versions of iOS, tapping these toggles did in fact turn the radios off. iPhone and iPad owners who wish to completely turn off their Bluetooth and WiFi radios will need to do so from the settings menu. According to Apple, disabled WiFi radios will wake back up under certain circumstances: when toggled on, when users encounter a new WiFi network, when the device is restarted, or automatically at 5am. Turning WiFi and Bluetooth off is often viewed as a good security practice. Apple did not rationalize these changes in behavior.
NVIDIA Releases 385.69 Game Ready WHQL Drivers - [briefly]
12:03 PM EDT - Sep,21 2017 - post a comment
GeForce Game Ready 385.69 WHQL drivers
are optimized for the Call of Duty: WWII open beta, EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone, FIFA 18, Forza Motorsport 7, From Other Suns' open beta, Project Cars 2, Raiders of the Broken Planet, Star Wars Battlefront 2's open beta, and Total War: WARHAMMER II. To download and install, simply fire up GeForce Experience and click the "Drivers" tab.
The CCleaner Malware Fiasco Targeted at Least 20 Specific Tech Firms - [security]
12:02 PM EDT - Sep,21 2017 - post a comment
that the hackers behind the CCleaner malware were bent not only on mass infections, but on targeted espionage that tried to gain access to the networks of Intel, Google, Microsoft, and other tech titans. Some have linked the hack to cyberespionage group APT17, also known as DeputyDog.
arlier this week, security firms Morphisec and Cisco revealed that CCleaner, a piece of security software distributed by Czech company Avast, had been hijacked by hackers and loaded with a backdoor that evaded the company's security checks. It wound up installed on more than 700,000 computers. On Wednesday, researchers at Cisco's Talos security division revealed that they've now analyzed the hackers' "command-and-control" server to which those malicious versions of CCleaner connected.
On that server, they found evidence that the hackers had attempted to filter their collection of backdoored victim machines to find computers inside the networks of 20 tech firms, including Intel, Google, Microsoft, Akamai, Samsung, Sony, VMware, HTC, Linksys, D-Link and Cisco itself. In about half of those cases, says Talos research manager Craig Williams, the hackers successfully found a machine they'd compromised within the company's network, and used their backdoor to infect it with another piece of malware intended to serve as a deeper foothold, one that Cisco now believes was likely intended for industrial espionage.
TOMB RAIDER - Official Trailer #1 - [briefly]
04:41 PM EDT - Sep,20 2017 - post a comment
Warner Bros. Pictures' 2018 Tomb Raider Film starring Alicia Vikander now has its very first trailer, and you can watch it right here! Tomb Raider is expected to release on March 16, 2018.
Xbox One X Standard Edition Pre-Orders - [gaming]
04:19 PM EDT - Sep,20 2017 - post a comment
If you're on the market for a brand new Xbox One X, but you missed out on the initial wave of pre-orders for the Project Scorpio Edition, it's time to get ready. American retailer GameStop reached out with a press release announcing that pre-orders for the standard edition will begin on September 20th at noon Central time. The press release also mentions that the original pre-orders for the Project Scorpio Edition were sold out in 'record time.'
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New Wolfenstein II Gameplay Trailer - [gaming]
05:18 PM EDT - Sep,19 2017 - post a comment
Bethesda Softworks and MachineGames have released a new gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated first-person shooter Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. This new trailer is entitled "No More Nazis" and gives us perhaps our best - and bloodiest - look at the combat of Wolfenstein II since it was revealed this summer at E3 2017. If you like your trailers packed full of Nazi headshots, explosions, and sex, then this new gameplay video will be right up your alley. Wolfenstein II is out next month on October 27 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC with a version coming to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018
Update Lets Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note8 Owners Disable Bixby Home Button - [mobile]
04:05 PM EDT - Sep,19 2017 - post a comment
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones can now modify
the behavior of their handset's dedicated Bixby button. The hardware key, located on the left edge of the phone, automatically calls up Bixby Home with a short press or Bixby Voice with a long press. A new software update that recently hit S8, S8+, and Note8 phones adds a toggle for controlling the Bixby button. Owners of these phones can opt to disable the short press function, which launches Bixby Home. This prevents accidental presses from opening the app. A long press still calls up Bixby Voice. The Bixby button has been a point of contention with some S8, S8+, and Note8 owners who'd prefer the button handled other tasks. The update from Samsung also makes a few performance tweaks.
Apple Releases iOS 11 for iPhones and iPads - [briefly]
04:04 PM EDT - Sep,19 2017 - post a comment
Apple today made new system software available to its smartphones and tablets. iPhone and iPad owners can download iOS 11, which introduces new lock screen behaviors, new control center behaviors, as well as new features for the camera, messages, maps and more. For the first time, iPhone owners will be able to use augmented reality thanks to the addition of ARKit and apps in the App Store. iOS 11 is free to download. Apple suggests users back up their devices before updating. iOS 11 is compatible with the iPhone 5SE, iPhone 6/6 Plus, 6s/6s Plus, and 7/7s Plus.
According to Apple, the peer-to-peer mobile payment function is "coming this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4." Once installed, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money from friends and family quickly, easily, and securely. Payments will work through the Messages app and/or Siri. The money is funneled into the Apple Pay Cash card, which is found in Apple Wallet. The funds can be used instantly to pay for goods and services through any credit or debit card stored in Apple Wallet. Apple has held back other features in previous iOS launches so the news that Apple Pay will arrive later than iOS 11 itself isn't uncommon
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