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Nvidia 344.48 WHQL drivers add DSR to Fermi and Kepler GPUs

Oct 22, 2014 10:15 pm

Nvidia has launched a new set of WHQL certified drivers for owners of their GeForce graphics cards. The 344.48 drivers come Game Ready for a bunch of upcoming titles, including Civilization: Beyond Earth, Lords of the Fallen, and Elite: Dangerous. [more]

Raspberry Pi founder demonstrates upcoming touch panel accessory, Pi tablets a possibility

Oct 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Raspberry Pi owners will soon be able to ditch their phablets, iPads and Android-powered slates. Why, you ask? Because they’ll be able to build their very own “Pi Pads” using a brand-new accessory for the credit card-sized computer. [more]

Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup

Oct 22, 2014 5:43 pm

We have coolers from Noctua, Thermaltake and NZXT represented here today and this round will cover HSF units as well as liquid cooling kits. We won't do a direct comparison of noise, but we will make some notes as to noise levels as we go. If you want some good kit-cooling and have a decent... [more]

be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W Review

Oct 22, 2014 5:39 pm

“be quiet! has an established reputation in the power supply market for those living in Europe, but the company isn’t quite as well known in North America. Looking to make further inroads into North America, it’s targeting a fairly lucrative mid-range segment for the power supply market. The... [more]

Google wants to help manage your e-mails with new Inbox app

Oct 22, 2014 5:00 pm

While it may not be overly evident, e-mail has undergone a drastic change over the past several years. Once a service for simply sending and receiving personal correspondence, today’s inboxes are filled with all sorts of messages including social network notifications, newsletters, bills,... [more]

Congress to FBI Director Comey on Smartphone Encryption: Stand Down

Oct 22, 2014 4:53 pm

Representatives say such a mandate stands "zero chance" of passing [more]

Digits could replace usernames, passwords with mobile phone numbers

Oct 22, 2014 4:00 pm

Twitter’s first developer conference in four years, Flight, is in full swing and we’re already seeing some announcements out of San Francisco. Perhaps one of the most interesting is Digits, Twitter’s plan to replace the password with a user’s mobile phone number.... [more]

Barnes & Noble launches larger Galaxy Tab 4 Nook with expandable storage

Oct 22, 2014 3:00 pm

Barnes & Noble is expanding its partnership with Samsung today with the launch of a new tablet to complement the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The new slate, also known as the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, features one major difference – a larger screen. [more]

After Catching 1,000+ Pedophiles, CG Child Scores First Conviction

Oct 22, 2014 2:34 pm

"Sweetie" is helping to ferret out child predators on the internet [more]

Tech deals: 1.5TB WD My Passport Ultra $65, Envy 17t w/ quad i7 & backlit keys $775, $10 off Roku LT

Oct 22, 2014 2:30 pm

Through this weekend (assuming it doesn't sell out), Western Digital's 1.5TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 hard drive is available for $65 and shipped free from Adorama (sold via eBay) with a three-year WD warranty -- that's $35 off... [more]

Economic impact of solar power is reportedly much worse than other renewable sources

Oct 22, 2014 2:00 pm

Solar power solutions have generally been considered to be a reliable source of renewable energy, with a seemingly continuous string of technological advancements being made. While harnessing the sun’s natural power certainly seems like a good idea, a new report suggests it may not be as... [more]

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Plus with Snapdragon 805 Processor, LTE-A

Oct 22, 2014 1:40 pm

Yet another variant of the Galaxy S5 rolls into town [more]

Homeboy low-power Wi-Fi security camera features three month battery life, wallet-friendly price

Oct 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Often times, the best products come about when someone gets fed up with a situation and decides to take the matter into their own hands. Such appears to be the case with Homeboy, a motion-detecting security camera launching today into an already crowded market. [more]

Vine for iOS updated with the ability to follow channels, iOS 8 share extension support

Oct 22, 2014 12:15 pm

Vine has updated its iOS app with the ability to follow specific channels, iOS 8 share extension support, as well as full support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. [more]

iOS 8.1 jailbreak hits the web but it doesn't have Cydia yet

Oct 22, 2014 11:15 am

Apple announced its first major update to iOS 8 less than a week ago and already, it’s been jailbroken by the Pangu dev team. Man, these guys sure work fast. Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 8.1 jailbreak. [more]

Apple aware of iCloud attack, says servers were not compromised

Oct 22, 2014 10:30 am

Just a couple of days after Chinese censorship monitoring group GreatFire.org reported that China was secretly collecting data from users of Apple's iCloud storage service, the company has acknowledged that it is aware of the attacks. [more]

Tsu, a content monetization system disguised as a social network, pays members for their posts

Oct 22, 2014 9:45 am

While it’s far too early to proclaim 2014 as the year Facebook began its decline, such thinking wouldn’t be out of the question considering how many new social networks have hit the web this year. [more]

Verizon Adds 1.5 Million Customers, But Misses on Profit Expectations

Oct 22, 2014 9:40 am

Big Red is growing fast, but there is a dark side to go with the good news [more]

Officially available only in the US, Apple Pay works internationally too

Oct 22, 2014 9:00 am

Although Apple Pay, the new contact-less payment system from Apple that went live on Monday for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users is officially only available in the US, it can apparently be used in other countries as well. [more]

PhotoMath uses your smartphone's camera to solve math problems

Oct 22, 2014 8:15 am

Math was never my strongest subject in school. While I could manage geometry and trig, other parts of mathematics like algebra and calculus just never clicked with me. Perhaps if I had MicroBlink’s latest app, I might have fared a bit better (ok, probably not). [more]

Yahoo tops Wall Street Q3 forecasts, reveals mobile advertising revenue for the first time

Oct 22, 2014 7:15 am

Yahoo has announced its third quarter results, beating market expectations with a modest rise in sales. The company's revenue for the quarter rose 1 percent to $1.09 billion (excluding commissions paid to partners for Web traffic), and it reported non-GAAP earnings of $0.52 per share. [more]

Michigan Governor Signs “Anti Tesla” Bill That Bans Direct Sales, GM Applauds Decision

Oct 22, 2014 6:56 am

Michigan slams the door on Tesla Motors [more]

Staples is investigating possible theft of customer credit and debit card data

Oct 22, 2014 6:15 am

Staples appears to be the latest US retailer dealing with a security breach. The company is investigating a “potential” issue and has reached out to law enforcement for assistance according to a report from Krebs on Security. [more]

Motorola Further Increases Moto 360 Battery Life with New Update

Oct 22, 2014 6:08 am

Motorola makes some enhancements to Ambient Mode [more]

At $84 million a year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is one of the tech industry's top earners

Oct 22, 2014 4:45 am

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has only been at the helm for about eight months yet has managed to become one of the industry’s top earners. This total compensation package for the year is worth a whopping $84.3 million according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [more]


Oct 22, 2014 3:03 am

Announced at AMD's 30 Years of Graphics And Gaming celebration last month, and newly released this week, the Radeon R9 285 is AMD's first major card launch since the dual-GPU R9 295X2 was released back in April. Indeed it is their new silicon since Hawaii debuted with the Radeon R9 290X in... [more]

Thecus N2310 two-bay NAS Review

Oct 22, 2014 3:02 am

Thecus N2310 is an entry level NAS built with Advanced Micro Circuits Corporation SOC clocked at 800MHz with 512MB DDR3 RAM. Apart from the basic specifications, can take up to 2x drives with 3.5? and 2.5? form factor, with a total support of up to 8TB. How it performs, is something we’ll know... [more]

Mio MiVue 568 Touch Dash Cam Review

Oct 22, 2014 3:01 am

I don`t know how most of you use YouTube but aside watching"... [PCSTATS] [more]

At IFA Berlin today

Oct 22, 2014 3:00 am

At IFA Berlin today, Intel revealed some new information about its upcoming Core M processors. We've heard about these chips before, but this is the first time Intel has provided specs and performance data for them. It's also the company's first time sharing a labeled shot of the Core M's... [more]

Gaming at 4K: GeForce GTX 970 SLI Performance

Oct 21, 2014 11:15 pm

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 positioned itself it as an ideal candidate for multi-GPU 4K gaming by outperforming the Radeon R9 290 while undercutting its price too. As expected, AMD was quick to respond with price cuts, which means folks looking to game at 4K have some capable multi-GPU options... [more]

Apple's iPad Air 2 Features Triple-core A8X Processor, 2GB of RAM

Oct 21, 2014 6:32 pm

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 far outpacing its predecessor in multi-core benchmarks [more]

Purported iPad Air 2 benchmarks reveal tri-core A8X with 2GB of RAM

Oct 21, 2014 6:30 pm

Apple rarely divulges the full hardware specifications of its iOS devices. Such details are often uncovered only through benchmark testing and in-depth analysis once products hit the market. Every now and again, however, some benchmark results slip out ahead of time (likely from reviewers that... [more]

Hackers "Hit the Easy Button", Breach Staples' Credit Card System

Oct 21, 2014 5:59 pm

Breach is reported limited to roughly dozen stores in the Northeast, may only affects a couple thousand customers [more]

Microsoft updates Windows 10 Technical Preview to build 9860

Oct 21, 2014 5:30 pm

Microsoft has launched the first update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview, adding in several new features for Windows Insider participants to test. The update brings the operating system up to build 9860, and is delivered as usual through Windows Update. [more]

Hendo Hoverboard is the closest thing to Marty McFly's levitating toy

Oct 21, 2014 4:30 pm

One by one, it seems that crowdfunding websites are enabling us to build the devices of science fiction folklore. The Oculus Rift was thrust into the mainstream tech community via Kickstarter a year and a half before Facebook scooped up the project and now, a separate Kickstarter project aims... [more]

Attackers are hacking company landlines to place billions in illegal calls

Oct 21, 2014 3:30 pm

Typically, the stories we here about hackers stealing data involve home computers, mobile devices and company database theft, but there are also profitable attacks being conducted on landline phone networks as well. According to a recent report from The New York Times, landline attacks have... [more]

Google enhances, simplifies two-step authentication with physical USB Security Key

Oct 21, 2014 2:30 pm

Google has simplified and beefed up its two-factor authentication implementation by adding support for Security Key. With it, security-sensitive individuals can purchase a physical USB stick from a third-party that can be used to verify your identity when logging into Gmail, Chrome or any other... [more]

Microsoft kills Nokia brand, replaces it with Microsoft Lumia

Oct 21, 2014 1:30 pm

Following last month's reports that Microsoft is planning to kill the Nokia and Windows Phone brands, the company is reportedly set to make it official. "Nokia" will be replaced by "Microsoft Lumia" going forward. [more]

Toshiba Radius 11 notebook delivers convertibility on a budget

Oct 21, 2014 12:30 pm

Convertible notebooks like those in Lenovo’s Yoga line are more popular than I initially gave them credit for. These notebook-turn-tablet systems offer the best of both worlds in terms of productivity and entertainment but you’ll have to pay for the convenience. [more]

Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out, Calls Herself "Patient-Zero" for Internet Cyberbullying

Oct 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Ms. Lewinsky accuses unsympathetic internet legions of leaving her "publically humiliated" [more]

Toshiba Launches 11”, 2-in-1 Convertible PC for $329

Oct 21, 2014 12:11 pm

Toshiba unveils a new budget convertible offering [more]

NSA approves several Knox-installed Galaxy devices for classified government use

Oct 21, 2014 11:33 am

In a major boost to Samsung's efforts to expand in the enterprise market, the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), a joint activity of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has approved and listed a number of its mobile... [more]

Google publishes comprehensive guide to help iOS users make the switch to Android

Oct 21, 2014 10:45 am

Are you a longtime iPhone user thinking of making the switch to Android but unsure where to start or how to go about it? Don’t worry, Google has you covered. [more]

Dark Souls is ditching Games for Windows Live in favor of Steam next month

Oct 21, 2014 10:00 am

Games for Windows Live (GFWL), Microsoft's much maligned PC gaming service, is dying a slow death. Several games have already made the jump from the sinking ship, with Bandai Namco's Dark Souls looking to do the same in November 2014. [more]

Google updates its search engine to demote piracy sites, highlight legal content

Oct 21, 2014 9:15 am

In an effort to curb online piracy, Google will be rolling out an update to its search engine this week that will "visibly affect" the rankings of some of the most "notorious" sites, the company announced in a blog post. [more]

IBM Pays GLOBALFOUNDRIES $1.5B USD to Take Fab Business Off Its Hands

Oct 21, 2014 9:00 am

GLOBALFOUNDRIES gets license to additional IP in exchange for 10-year commitment to providing IBM Power architecture chips [more]

Microsoft Begins Shifting Nokia Lumia Branding to "Microsoft Lumia"

Oct 21, 2014 8:52 am

Microsoft begins to shed its Nokia layers [more]

Watch as self-driving Audi RS 7 becomes the fastest self-driving car in the world

Oct 21, 2014 8:30 am

Self-driving cars are coming and as Audi demonstrates in the clip above, they’re much more capable than you might think. The German automaker recently equipped an Audi RS 7 with its autonomous driving system to demonstrate its capabilities... at racing speeds. [more]

Apple forcing iOS developers to use 64-bit code in 2015

Oct 21, 2014 7:30 am

As Google prepares to support 64-bit apps for the first time in Android 5.0, Apple is going all in. From February 1st, 2015, all iOS applications must include 64-bit support to ensure optimal performance on the latest devices. [more]

Apple's iCloud service hit by man-in-the-middle attack in China

Oct 21, 2014 6:30 am

Less than 24 hours after the iPhone 6 went on sale in China, Apple's iCloud service was hit by a nationwide “man-in-the-middle” attack in the country, with hackers attempting to steal usernames, passwords and other information, according to a report from Chinese censorship... [more]

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