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Micron Announces 32GB 3D NAND Flash – Huge Improvements In Power & Speed

Posted on August 9, 2016 8:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Micron 3D NAND with UFS - Discrete1200

Memory and storage are key components in any modern computer, be it a desktop, laptop, or your humble mobile phone. Packing ever higher densities into some very cramped real-estate, Micron is releasing its new wave of 3D NAND flash chips, with technology co-developed with Intel, to squeeze in as much as 32GB…..

Hundreds Of Millions Of Qualcomm-powered Android Devices Vulnerable To QuadRooter Family Of Flaws

Posted on August 9, 2016 8:15 AM by Rob Williams

As with every year, this past weekend’s Defcon event had its fair share of interesting revelations – but none quite holds a candle to this one. Check Point Software Technologies revealed that hundreds of millions of Android devices are susceptible to one of four vulnerabilities that could lead to privilege escalation. The…..

Toshiba Unveils A Super Small Micro M.2 512GB NVMe SSD

Posted on August 8, 2016 2:29 PM by Robert Tanner
Toshiba Micro M2 512GB NVMe SSD

Fresh off its announcement of producing the densest 64-layer NAND yet, Toshiba takes it one step further with what can only be described as a “micro M.2 SSD” family. At the recent 2016 Flash memory Summit, Toshiba announced the new BG series of SSDs, which will utilize 3D TLC BiCS flash. What…..

Bethesda Releases The First Gameplay Trailer For Quake Champions – And It Looks Downright Amazing

Posted on August 5, 2016 11:16 AM by Rob Williams
Quake Champions (3)

Bethesda has just released its first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Quake Champions, and wow, does it look amazing. As one YouTube commenter put it, it’s best to look at this one with cautious optimism, because we all know how these things can go. But still, based on what’s seen here, this…..

Apple Announces Long Awaited (But Invite Only) Bug Bounty Program At Black Hat

Posted on August 5, 2016 10:39 AM by Rob Williams
Apple Campus - One Infinite Loop

At this point in time, it’s almost expected that any large corporation that produces software would have a bug bounty program. Google has one, and so does Microsoft. Even Mozilla has one. Who hasn’t? Apple. That changes today, and as if it wants to prove that it’s serious about it, the company…..

Believe It Or Not: Randomly Dropped Malicious USB Flash Drives Still A Real Problem

Posted on August 4, 2016 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Google USB Flash Drive Test - Success

Considering the fact that it’s 2016, it might be easy to assume that most people out there understand the basics of PC security, such as: don’t pick up a random flash drive and plug it in. That has been an established issue, but it hasn’t been that common in the real-world. Google…..

Comcast Would Love To Charge You More So It Won’t Have To Sell Your Information

Posted on August 4, 2016 10:45 AM by Rob Williams
Comcast Van

Would you pay more for increased privacy? What if it includes information that you probably never knew was recorded or being sold in the first place? Enter Comcast. Hot on the heels of an entire state suing Comcast for its deceptive practices, we learn of the company’s goal of persuading the FCC to allow…..

OnePlus 3 Selling A Little Too Well In Some Countries

Posted on August 4, 2016 9:52 AM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 3 Smartphone

It appears that OnePlus’ latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3, is selling a little too well in select countries. “Too well” isn’t a bad thing, of course, but when it results in inventory depletion, it’s not great for those who’ve been holding out for one. On its official forums, OnePlus co-founder Carl…..

Due To Overheating, Intel’s Basis Is Recalling Every Peak Smartwatch Sold For Full Refund

Posted on August 3, 2016 3:38 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Basis Peak

Well, this was unexpected. In mid-June, Intel’s Basis received complaints of its Peak watch overheating, at which time the company immediately asked owners to stop wearing it until an updated firmware was released. Fast-forward to today, and the company admits that it couldn’t fix the issue. And, as it appears, Basis as…..

Cloud Storage Provider Backblaze Releases Its Latest Hard Drive Reliability Report

Posted on August 3, 2016 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Backblaze Hard Drive Reliability Report - Q2 2016

I might not use Backblaze’s cloud storage service, but I sure do love the company’s transparency when it comes to hard drive reliability. I’ve reported on the company a couple of times before, and always look forward to its latest reports to see which vendor’s doing well, and which vendor’s not. This…..

Mozilla Releases Firefox 48, Introduces Electrolysis Multi-process Tech To Improve Stability

Posted on August 3, 2016 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
Mozilla Firefox 48

If you’ve been miffed at the lack of stability in Mozilla’s Firefox browser, the most important thing you could do in the next few minutes is update. Well, that, and hope that you’re one of the lucky few who get to take advantage of the browser’s new multi-process architecture, called Electrolysis. The Electrolysis project…..

China Performs Test Of Transit Elevated Bus That Hovers Over Traffic

Posted on August 3, 2016 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
China Straddling Bus

Yes: this is real. China has just performed its first official test of a ‘straddling bus’ that rides on rails on the side of the road and doesn’t impede the flow of normal traffic. If it sounds too bizarre to be true, this image should help clear things up: The test run…..

New Linux Kernel Patches Tease Upcoming AMD FreeSync Support

Posted on August 3, 2016 10:42 AM by Rob Williams
Acer XR342CK FreeSync Ultrawide Monitor

It appears that Linux gamers running AMD Radeon graphics cards could soon be treated to long-awaited FreeSync support. Some eagle-eyed folks at reddit spotted interesting Kernel patches submitted yesterday that both requests the addition of a FreeSync ioctl device, and also the mechanism for activating and deactivating FreeSync with full-screen apps. Because…..

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick Review – Portable Storage Without Cables

Posted on August 3, 2016 10:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick Feature Image

Storage is a constant problem for many mobile users. With a lot of phones having small internal storage and no means with which to expand it (SD cards are still uncommon for a lot of phones and tablets), there is a constant battle to make space while keeping fond memories. While there…..

No Climbing Experience Required: Everest VR Hits Steam

Posted on August 2, 2016 2:14 PM by Rob Williams
Everest VR - Scaling the Mountain

Have you ever wanted to climb the “ultimate” mountain, and without dying? If so, and you happen to be equipped with an HTC Vive, then you’re in for a real treat: Everest VR has arrived on Steam, for a price of $24.99 ($22.49 until August 9). Everest VR has what it takes to…..

WD Bolsters Its Gold Enterprise Hard Drive Lineup With New 10TB Model

Posted on August 2, 2016 1:43 PM by Rob Williams
WD Gold Series Enterprise Hard Drives

WD has just expanded its enterprise hard drive lineup to include the WD Gold 10TB, a move the company says won’t just improve RoI, but performance, as well. The Gold series of WD’s hard drives squarely target the enterprise space, as they’re designed to be used in servers – either stand-alone or…..

Samsung Unveils Its Beautiful Galaxy Note7, Sports New S Pen & Iris Scanner

Posted on August 2, 2016 12:41 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung Galaxy Note 7

After what seemed like a countless number of months’ worth of rumor, Samsung has today unveiled its latest top-end smartphone, the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note7. Available for preorder starting tomorrow, the Note7 will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon wireless. Pricing isn’t confirmed, but it’s expected to cost more than…..

Washington State Sues Comcast For $100 Million Over ‘Deceptive Practices’

Posted on August 1, 2016 2:12 PM by Rob Williams
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Thumbnail

If you’re having a bad case of the Mondays, here’s a story that might perk you up. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has just launched a consumer-protection lawsuit against Comcast, valued at $100 million. That might seem like chump change to a corporation as gargantuan as Comcast, but let’s not overlook…..

Android 7.0 ‘Nougat’ Might Arrive This Friday, August 5

Posted on August 1, 2016 1:11 PM by Rob Williams
Android Nougat Logo

It appears that the next major version of Android could arrive a bit sooner than we would have expected – as in, a few months sooner. Word of this comes from infamous mobile leaker Evan Blass, who posted on Twitter over the weekend that August 5 could be the launch date for…..

CEO Of Niantic, Pokémon GO Developer, Used ‘nopass’ As Twitter Password

Posted on August 1, 2016 12:46 PM by Rob Williams
John Hanke's Twitter Profile

These stories never cease to impress. By now, you’d imagine that everyone and their dog should know how to set a secure password, and at the very least, everyone should know the implications of having one of your accounts hi-jacked. Well, it appears that this message never made it to Niantic’s CEO,…..

New PlayStation VR Details Released: Prepare To Free Up 60-square feet

Posted on July 29, 2016 1:56 PM by Rob Williams
Sony PlayStation VR

With the launch of Sony’s PlayStation VR now less than three months away, the time is now to figure out if you want one, because they’re sure to sell fast. One of the biggest concerns from those considering a VR kit is the amount of space required; something like the HTC Vive…..

Time To Check The Reality Of Your Wallet: Valve Puts Nearly 200 VR Games On Sale

Posted on July 29, 2016 1:09 PM by Rob Williams
HTC Vive VR Headset

If you’re a lucky owner of either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, it’s time to open your wallet “virtually” all of the way, as Valve has just put nearly 200 VR-supported titles on sale through its Steam store. Of the 191 titles available on sale, 100% support HTC’s Vive, while 45%…..

NVIDIA Settles GeForce GTX 970 Class-action Lawsuit, Will Pay Owners $30 Per GPU

Posted on July 28, 2016 6:57 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2+

It appears that the saga of the oddly designed memory subsystem of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 is finally reaching its conclusion. According to a class-action monitoring website, NVIDIA has agreed to dole out $30 to each customer that purchased a GTX 970, with there being no limit on the number of cards…..

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Will Disallow Disabling Of Cortana

Posted on July 28, 2016 6:21 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 - Cortana Settings

On August 2, Microsoft will be rolling out the second major update to its Windows 10 OS, dubbed Anniversary Update. The name is apt, as this release will come a mere four days after the July 29th anniversary date of the OS. Within the update will be a slew of security rollouts, some…..

A Few Of The Things I’m Looking Forward To At SIGGRAPH 2016

Posted on July 22, 2016 3:59 PM by Rob Williams
SIGGRAPH 2016 Logo

The 43rd annual SIGGRAPH conference will be taking place next week in Anaheim, California, and for the first time ever, we’ll be at the show taking in a whole lot of visual goodness and reporting on it after we come down from our high. As this will be the first time we’re…..

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