GIGABYTE Server Lineup First To Be Tesla M40 Certified

Deep learning is redefining what is possible for a computer to do with the information that is provided. This is however a very compute intensive task and it requires specialized hardware to get the optimal performance. This is also the technology that one day will make an AI possible. Nvidia’s Tesla M40 is the fastest deep learning accelerator and it significantly reduces the training time. GIGABYTE is the first server maker to have its lineup certified for just these new NVIDIA cards. While a certification isn’t a thing that is necessarily needed, it is one of those guidelines that you shouldn’t look past.

 

Right now you are most likely wondering what deep learning is and I could go into a lot of details about its start, progress, and details – but I doubt anyone would read all that here. Wikipedia’s definition probably sums it up best. With very basic words, it allows the software to draw its own conclusions based on what it already knows.

The Wikipedia definition reads: “Deep learning (deep structured learning, hierarchical learning or deep machine learning) is a branch of machine learning based on a set of algorithms that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data by using multiple processing layers with complex structures, or otherwise composed of multiple non-linear transformations.”

NVIDIA’s Tesla M40 is a quite impressive card with its 3072 CUDA cores, 12GB GDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 288GB/s, and a single precision peak performance of 7 TFLOPS. That is just from one card and we need to keep in mind that some of GIGABYTE’s servers can handle up to 8 graphics cards each. That adds up to a lot of performance.

If you already have a GIGABYTE server or plan to purchase one, then you’ll most likely also know the model number already. I’ve added a screenshot from the official compatibility list below which in that case will save you the trip to the official compatibility list. We see that it’s only the R280-G20 that isn’t certified for the M40, but that is because the system has a different field of operation than the rest.

So GIGABYTE has you well covered in regards to NVIDIA’s impressive Tesla M40 Deep Learning GPU.

Microsoft Will Not “Force” Consumers to Upgrade to Windows 10… Or Will They?

Microsoft has been somewhat pushy concerning the adoption of Windows 10, from the many “forced upgrade” attempts, relentless hidden updates to the secretive file downloading system which launches an installer without explicit user acceptance, the tech giant has clearly overstepped its remit. Well, apparently no, no it has not, if a statement from the corporation is anything to go by.

“Windows Update is trusted for important updates through an official channel, while Windows 10 has been added in order to facilitate an easier way to find an upgrade to your system, you will receive a significant prompt before you choose to continue” said Microsoft.

Sounds reassuring, unfortunately, many users have found their systems being upgraded to Windows 10 without permission.  Microsoft has also found workarounds regarding third-party tools which aim to disable pop-up ads through the system tray, by automatically re-enabling any upgrade prompts. Furthermore, reports have been circulating concerning changes to the update system that will classify Windows 10 as a “recommended Update” from early 2016; this means users who think they will be installing a regular update will, in fact, be downloading the latest OS.

Then there is the latest scenario concerning the “Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight” prompt within Windows update for Win 7 and 8 users, but there does not seem to be an option to refuse the upgrade altogether.

I do think Microsoft have overstepped the mark concerning its relentless pursuit of upgrading every system to its latest OS, consumers have a right to decline any major updates if they wish to through a clear and transparent scheme.  Sticking by an older OS is perfectly legitimate for a variety of reasons, hopefully, I say that word without expectation, Microsoft will see sense and leave consumers be, if not, I can see a backlash to the point where many consumers have no other option but to ditch the brand before migrating to a different OS altogether, whether that be Mac or a variety of Linux distributions.

On a sidenote, I do think it seems slightly odd concerning Microsoft’s current upgrade policy, there seems to be an unprecedented push for all users to install the latest OS, Why? Is it purely marketing or is there something else, such as tracking, privacy, etc.

Sony Officially Bringing PS4 Streaming to PC and Mac

That PlayStation 4 has been gaining a lot of interest this week, with one developer working hard to create his own PS4 to PC streaming app, allowing desktop remote play similar to that of how the Xbox One can stream to Windows 10. Now it seems that Sony is to take the wind out of the sails of this developer, as they’ve revealed they’re officially working on a remote play function for both PC and Mac.

This is great news for me personally, as I love using my Xbox One via the streaming function, it frees up the living room TV, but allows me to play games from my comfortable gaming chair. Being able to do the same thing from the PlayStation 4 is going to be great, as it never hurts to have more options on how and when you can play your games.

Remote play is nothing new for Sony of course, the Vita can take streamed PS4 games, as can a range of Xperia devices and the PlayStation TV mini-console, so hopefully it won’t take too long for Sony to catch up and get the functionality to desktop systems. There’s no official timeline just now, but I would expect this to be launched sometime in the new year.

Dell Sorry and Rushes To Fix Security Issue

Yesterday we reported on a security issue that came pre-installed on Dell machines, resulting in a potential security risk to both your details and opening up your system into being tricked about if a website is ‘secure’ or not. It would seem that they have been quick and keen to fix this issue, releasing information on how to fix the problem on machines.

First up, if you are using a Dell machine we recommend you use the test site that’s been set up. If this website appears fine, with a padlock in your browser, without displaying a warning then it means that your computer is currently running the eDellRoot certificate.

In order to remove it, you can either use the following process listed below or you can use the uninstaller app provided here. If you want to remove it manually then follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the start menu, type “mmc” and press enter
  2. Go to File -> Add/Remove Snap
  3. Pick certificates and press add
  4. Choose computer account and press next
  5. Choose local computer and press finish
  6. Press Ok
  7. Expand Certificates and Trusted Root Certification Authorities
  8. Pick the certificates folder and check to see if eDellRoot is present
  9. If eDellRoot is present, right click and press delete.

If you want to see the full steps listed provided by Dell you can find the file here. With these steps, you can ensure one less threat to your machine and as such your digital life. It will be interesting to see how Dell reacts to this issue and moves forward in the coming weeks.

QNAP Releases Official QTS 4.2 Version

QNAP started the beta version of their QTS 4.2 operating system a little while ago and it was very successful as well as received with positive feedback from users all around. Now the official version of QNAP’s QTS 4.2 has been released and I can say first hand, it is great. QTS 4.2 doesn’t just feature a refreshed user interface with a flat design, frameless media viewer and a general better browsing experience, it also comes with a row of new features and improvements.

A refined multimedia experience is provided thanks to the multi-zone multimedia controls that allow users to centrally manage media via various streaming protocols and services. The Photo Station got a major UI overhaul too while the HD Station got more useful apps with multilingual and multi-tasking support. The File Station adds remote connections to public cloud services and also shared folders from a remote NAS. myQNAPcloud provides a new dashboard for users to centrally manage multiple NAS with stronger security mechanisms such as myQNAPcloud ID control and SSL certificates.

The Storage Manager adds a snapshot tool for volume/LUN backup and restoration. Several enhancements are included to improve business efficiency and performance such as SSD cache acceleration, QJBOD (JBOD enclosure roaming), cloud sync support for Google Drive and Dropbox. QTS 4.2 also introduces an industry-leading hybrid virtualization solution allowing users to run complete OS VMs with Virtualization Station and lightweight virtualization with Container Station that supports both LXC and Docker. Fewer restrictions and more options are both things we all appreciate. QNAP also added several security mechanisms to ensure data security, including 2-step verification, shared folder encryption, instant notifications to mobile devices, and VPN server with L2TP/IPsec support.

As a storage reviewed it also happens that I’m currently reviewing a QNAP NAS and had the chance to try the new QTS 4.2 myself in its final version, and it is great. It will take you about 2 minutes to get used to the new look after which you’ll love it.

Compatible QNAP models:

  • 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP
  • 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP
  • 16-bay: TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP
  • 15-bay: TVS-EC1580MU-SAS-RP
  • 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, TS-1269U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U, TS-1263U-RP, TS-1263U
  • 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro
  • 8-bay: TVS-EC880, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-871, TVS-870, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U-RP, TS-879 Pro, TS-870U-RP, TS-870 Pro, TS-870, TS-869U-RP, TS-869L, TS-869 Pro, TS-859U-RP+, TS-859U-RP, TS-859 Pro+, TS-859 Pro, TS-853U-RP, TS-853U, TS-853S Pro, TS-853 Pro, TS-851, SS-839 Pro, TVS-871T, TS-863U-RP, TS-863U
  • 6-bay: TVS-671, TVS-670, TVS-663, TS-670 Pro, TS-670, TS-669L, TS-669 Pro, TS-659 Pro+, TS-659 Pro II, TS-659 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-651, TS-639 Pro
  • 5-bay: TS-569L, TS-569 Pro, TS-563, TS-559 Pro+, TS-559 Pro II, TS-559 Pro
  • 4-bay: TVS-471U-RP, TVS-471U, TVS-471, TVS-470, TVS-463, TS-470U-SP, TS-470U-RP, TS-470 Pro, TS-470, TS-469U-SP, TS-469U-RP, TS-469L, TS-469 Pro, TS-459U-RP+/SP+, TS-459U-RP/SP, TS-459 Pro+, TS-459 Pro II, TS-459 Pro, TS-453U-RP, TS-453U, TS-453S Pro, TS-453mini, TS-453 Pro, TS-451U, TS-451S, TS-451, TS-439U-RP/SP, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro, TS-431U, TS-431+, TS-431, TS-421U, TS-421, TS-420U, TS-420-D, TS-420, TS-419U+, TS-419U II, TS-419U, TS-419P+, TS-419P II, TS-419P, TS-412U, TS-412, TS-410U, TS-410, SS-439 Pro, IS-400 Pro, TS-463U-RP, TS-463U
  • 2-bay: TS-269L, TS-269H, TS-269 Pro, TS-259 Pro+, TS-259 Pro, TS-253 Pro, TS-251C, TS-251, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro, TS-231+, TS-231, TS-221, TS-220, TS-219P+, TS-219P II, TS-219P, TS-219, TS-212P, TS-212-E, TS-212, TS-210, HS-251, HS-210
  • 1-bay: TS-131, TS-121, TS-120, TS-119P+, TS-119P II, TS-119, TS-112P, TS-112, TS-110

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Finally Gets an Official Media Remote Controller

PlayStation 4 users might be disappointed that they cannot control their media on the console as they did on their PlayStation 3. Sony did not announce a media remote controller for their latest console, but things might be looking up for PS4 users.

It looks like DPD, a video game accessory company, has made an officially licensed PlayStation 4 media remote. The remote has cropped up on Amazon and GameStop and it really looks promising for those who want to control their media content on the PS4 like they do with their TV.

PDP’s remote is said to connect to the console via Bluetooth, but it can do more than just that. It even has a feature that allows it to be connected to up to four devices via Bluetooth. So you can connect four devices, including your console, and have them be controlled by just one remote. However, the good news does not stop here.

In addition to the Bluetooth feature, PDP’s remote control even has infrared technology and is able to control your TV, set-top box, and audio receiver. Also, I know that Best Buy released a similar product, the Insignia, but the remote is not officially licensed like DPD’s version. Besides, the Insignia seems to cost $19,99 and once DPD’s remote gets launched this fall, it’s said that it will come with a $30 price tag. So is it worth the extra $10? What do you think?

Thank you GameSpot for providing us with this information

Lian Li’s New DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis Now Official

We have known of the new Lian Li desk chassis for a while now. First they were demonstrated as prototypes on facebook to get some user feedback and create the best product. Then we saw them at Computex and soon we’ll be able to see them in our own homes.

The Lian Li DQ-02 and DK-03 desk chassis are official and will be available for purchase this fall. The DQ-02 is a one system chassis while the DK-03 is a little bigger and can hold an extra mITX system next to the normal one.

Among the improvements over the predecessors is more leg room thanks to the optimized depth of the desk and the height is now adjustable up to 30mm, making it more comfortable for taller people.

There is a keyboard holder and arms for mice, gamepads, and headphones on the side as well as plenty of USB 3.0 and audio front ports. The motherboard trays are removable for easy assembly. Do it outside where you can flip and turn like you want too and then just place it back into the desk.

The lighting is optional, but it definitely looks cool and allows you to show off your hardware with any RGB color that you’d like to. The front mounted controller allows easy and quick changes of the set colour.

Each side of the chassis can hold up to four 120mm fans. The DQ-02 can hold two 480mm radiators while the larger only can take one due to the mITX system.

There is plenty of hardware support in the cases as the DK-Q2 supports motherboards up to ATX, while the DK-03 supports two motherboards simultaneously; one SP-ATX at 12-inch x 10.6-inch for the primary side, and an additional mini-ITX motherboard on the alternative side. CPU coolers up to 90mm in height and two graphics cards up to 440mm are easily supported in both the DK-Q2 and DK-03. The DK-03 holds up to ten 3.5-inch and ten 2.5-inch drives, while the DK-Q2 can hold up to seven 3.5-inch drives and eight 2.5-inch drives.

The DK-Q2 and DK-03 will be available in the UK at Overclockers UK in Mid-August for the suggested retail prices of £719.90 and £1029.90 respectively. That isn’t cheap, but you’ll also get first class cases and desks at the same time.

You can check out more images and the introductions videos below:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Second Official Teaser Trailer Released!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens just got its second teaser trailer released, and it is epic! I mean, how can it not be? Star Wars fans were already hyped after J.J. Abrams announced the movie is in the works, and now an official trailer?

The trailer begins with an inspiring description of the Empire and that it has not collapsed entirely, displaying a downed imperial star destroyer ship on a desert planet. I also believe that Luke Skywalker’s voice brought tears to loyal Star Wars fans, stating that “the force is strong in my family”, “my father had it”, “I have it”, “my sister has it”.

Of course, a Star Wars movie and Skywalker is not complete with his loyal companion, R2-D2, who is displayed in a scene where Luke reaches out and comforts him after the craziness that they all faced. However, there is bound to be more of that filled with action and adventure.

At the end, the trailer displays glimpses of the cast and gives a brief description of what people should expect when the trailer will launch this Christmas holiday. Are you eager to watch the latest Star Wars movie? How can you not be? I mean, put me in a cryo stasis and wake me up when it launches!

Image courtesy of Collider

Official Titan X Specifications Leaked, Launch Set in 24 Hours

VideoCards has just leaked the official specifications of NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X, having them match everything that has been leaked before.

As we all know, the Titan X houses the GM200 core, which is the successor of the GM204. One of the problems found in the GM204 was the lack of FP64 performance and if the GM200 is able to address that, we are looking at a worthy successor to the GK110-based original Titan chip.

There are two inconsistencies however, one linked to the other. The memory clock was thought to be 2000 MHz (8000 in total), however the table shows the memory is 1753 MHz. This in turn affects the memory bandwidth due to the fact that a 2000 MHz memory clock would have given the card a 384 GB/s output, but instead only 336 GB/s are outputted if the memory frequency turns out to be the one displayed in the table.

Thank you WCCF and VideoCards for providing us with this information

QNAP Now Officially Supports HGST’s 8TB Ultrastar HE8 HDDs

Just because a hard disk exists doesn’t mean it is ideal to be used in every system, or there might just be a few tweaks that need to be made in order to ensure that the drives capabilities are fully utilised among other things.

QNAP just announced that their powerful enterprise-class Turbo vNAS TVS-x80+ series and REXP expansion enclosures got certified for use with HGST Ultrastar HE8 HDDs. Other models compatible are the  TS-x79-SAS series and REXP expansion enclosures as well as the TS-x80, TS-x79, TVS-x71, TS-x70, TVS-x63, TS-x53 Pro, TS-x51, TS-x31+, TS-x31 series, and also the REXP and UX expansion enclosures.

HGST’s Ultrastar HE8 helium filled hard drives come with up to 8TB capacity and as both SATA 6Gb/s and SAS 12Gb/s models. The 7200RPM HDD can achieve up to 205MB/s sustained transfer rates and has a typical seek time of 8.5ms.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Official Battlefield Hardline PC System Requirements Revealed

The open beta phase for Battlefield Hardline starts tomorrow and EA revealed to official PC system requirements for the game to go along. You’ll need a pretty decent machine to play this game under recommended guidelines, but not as bad as it could be.

A quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM isn’t hard to achieve, but you’ll also need either a Radeon R9 290 or GTX 760 graphics card with 3GB or more VRAM. It will also take up 60GB of storage on your hard drive.

Lower end systems are supported, but Electronic Arts said that PC systems with 4GB or less RAM may experience issues in tomorrow’s Battlefield Hardline open beta. Gameplay performance for lower-end PCs is still being optimized.

Recommended:

  • OS: WINDOWS 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • CPU: INTEL QUAD-CORE CPU, AMD SIX-CORE CPU
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • GRAPHICS MEMORY: 3 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Minimum:

  • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • PROCESSOR: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
  • MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Aerobot Has Arrived, the New Aerocool Mascot

A company that creates cool products also needs a cool mascot. Aerocool is a cooling company, among others, which lines up a whole lot of bad jokes I’ll spare you from. We’ve had the pleasure to review several of their products like the Dead Silence fans or the DS200 chassis in the past and I have to say that the new mascot looks just as cool as their products perform.

After months of planning, discussions and designing, the five body parts came together from five different designers. What started out as an internal project to boost the morale of the designers by allowing them to create something completely different, turned into a lean fighting machine to keep them, and now us, company.

The ten full-sized Aerocool AEROBOT Wallpapers can be downloaded from the official site.

Thanks to Aerocool for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Aerocool

Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis in the UK

It has been about three months since Lian-Li tried out prototypes of their new Wall-mountable chassis on the Facebook community, and what a wait it has been. But the wait is over as Lian-Li has introduced the new O series Wall-Mountable chassis in the UK.

Lian-Li listened to the DIY community’s feedback and optimized the final design that now has been released in the form of the PC-05, PC-05S, PC-06S and PC07S. The four aluminum constructed cases all feature a similar design and aesthetic but differing in their hardware compatibility.

With the oversized tempered glass, they allow you to show off all your hardware and the included riser card even allows you to display your graphics card in a proper fashion while a black anodized aluminium shields covers the hard drive cage.

The S models come with water cooling support. The PC-05S can hold a 240mm radiator while the other two models can go all the way to 360mm radiators. All four models have versatile placement options as wall mounting is just one of them. The included stand will allow you to have it vertically or you can just place it horizontally on your desk resting well and secure on the four rubber feet.

We’ve already got a review of the Lian-Li PC-05S ready for you, so head on over and check out all the details on this gorgeous chassis. You can also check out the full specifications on the official Lian-Li website for the PC-05, PC-05S, PC-06S, and PC07S.

The MSRP for the foursome is £190 for the PC-O5, £214 for the PC-O5S, £254 for the PC-O6S, and £278 for the PC-O7S. The O series will be available soon at Caseking/Overclockers in the UK and Alternate also has them listed for pre-orders.

Thanks to Lian-Li for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lian-Li

Apple Unveil Their New Smart Watch

Apple’s live event is over and we’ve been presented with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and they look great. The live event-stream had some trouble with blackouts and the wrong audio, but the viewers hung in to see the next big thing, and I think this is what most people were waiting to see. The excitement is over and it’s here.

The new Apple Watch is a reality and not only does it looks gorgeous, it’s also highly customizable, to fit your own personal style. It doesn’t matter if you prefer your Apple Watch in 24-carat gold or in a simple aluminium case with a black leather strap. Apple has it all covered with custom alloys and thoughtfully designed bands.

“Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created”, said Tim Cook during the presentation. “A comprehensive health and fitness companion and it’s an extremely precise and customizable timepiece.”

Once again Tim Cook takes the audience on a trip down the memory lane to some of Apple’s previous inventions. First it’s the computer mouse, then it’s the clock wheel on the iPod and finally the iPhone with its multi-touch. The new invention on the Apple Watch is the Digital Crown. A versatile utility that answers the fundamental challenge of how to magnify content on a small display. The digital crown can scroll, zoom and navigate the Apple Watch without covering the display.

The screen has a flexible Retina display, curved around the edges and laminated to a single crystal of sapphire. Sapphire is the hardest transparent material known after diamond. There are a range of watch faces to chose from and millions of ways to personalize them, to fit your specific needs and preferences.

On the inside of the watch, it has infra-red and visible-light LEDs along with photo-sensors to detect your pulse rate and physical condition. Working with other technologies in Apple Watch, these help provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity.

The home screen looks very familiar, yet slightly different. It’s of course optimized for the small display and navigational options. A press on the Digital crown and it’s launched. The Apple Watch also allows you to receive and send messages in new ways, directly from your wrist. Pre-set phrases, smart responses based on your conversation, audio messages, your location and even interactive emoticons. Apple Watch of course also features Siri; the voice based assistant.

There are a lot of useful apps that have been ported to the new format; Maps for example. It can show your current location in case you should get lost, give you turn-by-turn directions and tell you how long it will take you to get to your destination. It doesn’t just show and tell you where to go, it also gives you a tap if you need to change direction.

For the quick and personal message to the one you care about, the Apple Watch comes with some funny alternatives to just a text. It allows you to draw a fish or a flower, or what ever you’d like, with your finger and send it to someone. If it has to be really personal, you can even send your own heartbeat by just pressing and holding two fingers onto the screen.

Another big aspect of the Apple Watch is fitness and as such the watch comes with two apps that give you a complete picture of your health and fitness. The activity app monitors movement throughout the day and the workout app tracks dedicated workouts. An everyday, all-day fitness tracker and highly advanced sports watch designed in cooperation with some of the leading experts within the field.

The Apple Watch has built in accelerometers and a lot of other sensors, but still rely on your iPhone for WiFi and GPS to track your distance.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”500″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7EHkwBybqI[/youtube]

Thank you Apple for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Apple

China Bans Government Purchases of Apple Products

After the Chinese government published a software procurement list last week that excluded foreign anti-virus vendors like Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corp, which had previously sold software to Chinese agencies, they’ve now also prohibited the purchase of Apple hardware.

China has prohibited government agencies from purchasing Apple Inc hardware products due to security concerns. Ten Apple products including versions of the iPad tablet and MacBook laptop have been omitted from a government procurement-list, distributed by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance. The ban would apply to all central and local agencies in China, Bloomberg News said.

Officials at the NDRC and finance ministry could not be reached and Apple did not respond to the request for a comment made by Reuters.

China, citing security concerns, has increasingly sought to limit the use of U.S. technology over the past year following revelations by Edward Snowden of widespread U.S. government spying.

State-run China Central Television said in a report in June that location-tracking software on Apple’s iPhone could potentially lead to the disclosure of state secrets. Apple said in response that, it has never allowed and will never allow governments access to its servers.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Apple

HTC’s Upcoming Smartwatch Leaked in Newly Uploaded Video

There has been a lot of talks about wearable devices such as smartwatches in the past. Manufacturers announced and even released their first versions since then, having Samsung and LG already revealing their Gear Live, G Watch and even Motorola is not far behind with its Moto 360.

Aside from the above, most manufacturers appear to keep their plans a secret. HTC is one of them, keeping the plans for its upcoming smartwatch away from consumer eyes. Even so, leaks are bound to surface, and HTC may have revealed a glimpse of its smartwatch design in the video below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHvbLkFbYJM[/youtube]

It is said that at 0:35, a HTC employee is seen at his desk with a smartwatch dock besides him and the actual smartwatch on the dock. Details are scarce at this time, but we can clearly see that the company is following Samsung and LG’s design.

Another leaked image can be seen at 0:43, where a team of designers (or so it seems) are rendering the smartwatch design in a 3D software. If the device proves to be a real Android Wear version of what HTC wants to release, it won’t be long before the company will make it official through a statement in the following weeks.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of BGR

Pirates Win Latest Virtual ‘War’, Music Website Redirects to The Pirate Bay

There has been a constant war between the record industry and the pirates, which doesn’t seem to come to an end anytime soon. It’s been going back and forth for some time now, having battles being won and lost by both sides almost equally. However, the latest ‘skirmish’ between the two apparently ended up with the pirates winning the ‘battle’ against the music industry.

The latest news points to Argentina and its ‘blockade’, more specifically its attempt to block all internet access to The Pirate Bay website. This comes as a result of the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF) complaining about music and video piracy through the latter torrent website. Following the complain, all access towards The Pirate Bay was blocked nation-wide. This apparently was not tolerated by the pirates, having the CAPIF website hacked in less than 24h after officials established the blockade.

The hacking attempt apparently was not to deface or take revenge by blocking the CAPIF website as well. The attack has been in a way quite ‘brilliant’, having to transform the CAPIF website into a fully function Pirate Bay proxy. The website then bypassed the nation-wide blockade and redirected users attempting to go onto the CAPIF website towards The Pirate Bay, which is really ironic, since potential customers were then redirected to a website full of multimedia files, having the able to download them completely ‘free’.

The CAPIF website has since then been restored after about 10 hours of ‘serving’ users a variety of torrents. While the hacking was hilarious to some extent, it does send a strong message to officials that pirate activists are not going to take such actions lightly and are able to fight back against the government actions to take down torrent websites.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

Facebook Outage Lasts Around 30 Minutes, Prevents Millions of Users from Connecting

The popular social media network known as Facebook appears to have been down for most users today. Reports were coming in from Europe, with countries such as Belgium, UK, France, Romania and others, as well as other countries from Asia and possibly the US.

Facebook users wanting to connect to the social media website or mobile applications such as the Facebook or Facebook Messenger application have noticed that the service was down and a “Connecting” notification constantly being present, indicating that the applications were attempting to reach Facebook’s servers, but were unable to do so.

Users wanting to connect to the website version were greeted with the following message:

Reports started to come in a few minutes after the outage, which appears to have started occurring at 08:50 UK time. Hundreds or even millions of users who noticed the outage started tweeting on about it, generating a small worldwide panic. However, questions regarding the cause of the outage is still unknown.

After roughly 30 minus, the service appears to have been resorted. Even so, users are still awaiting an explanation for today’s outage from Facebook officials. Until now, no official announcement regarding the cause of the outage has been made.

Update:
I appears that TechCrunch have contacted Facebook to shed some light on what exactly happened that took the network down worldwide. A Facebook spokesperson apparently told TechCrunch that they have experienced an ‘issue’ which led to the worldwide outage, without going into more details about what the ‘issue’ was exactly. The full statement can be seen below:

“Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Xbox One Controller Support for PC Might Be Coming “Very Soon”

Some games cannot be played without a controller to aid you. Whether it’s fighting games or even some RPG games out there are not meant to be played on a normal keyboard and mouse. There are multiple options in terms of controllers for PC users out there, but if users were expecting to connect an Xbox One controller, it might not be the end of the world since compatibility for it is said to be coming “very soon”.

Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb seems to have responded in a cryptic message to a gamer who was complaining about the lack of PC support for the Xbox One controller with the “Soon. Very soon.” message. Due to the lack of proper information, it is not yet quite clear when the support will arrive to PC users and some may speculate that it will be announced during E3 at Microsoft’s presentation. The truth is that we will only officially know about its existence and release date once Microsoft will decide to share the information.

Support for the Xbox One controller has been announced since 2013, when it was expected to be released this year. If the previous claims are to be true, along with Larry’s cryptic message, we might see the ‘official’ support for the Xbox One controller by the end of the year. It is ‘official’ because the Xbox One controller can be made compatible with unofficial workarounds. However, the method might not be fancied by all, especially non-technical users. To be added is its reliability, since it’s an unofficial workaround. Therefore, an official support release is eagerly awaited.

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Google Nexus 5 Official Promo Video Released

Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5. While we already know much about the phone already, let’s have it once more, this time officially. The LG made Google Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch Full HD IPS LCD display having a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, which boasts an awesome 445 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s top-dog, the Snapdragon 800, working at 2.3 GHz. There’s also a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU to power the latest and greatest mobile titles.

LG has put Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to use, making sure that your display is protected from scratches and the occasional drop to the floor. You get 16 GB or 32 GB flavors with no MicroSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera with OIS, 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery which supports wireless charging. Dimensionally, the Nexus 5 is one of the lightest Full HD Smartphones to date. Weighing only 130 grams, the device measures 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0XTJqFLIE[/youtube]

Starting tomorrow, the Nexus 5 will go on sale in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan and Korea. India is one of the emerging markets which will get the new Nexus soon. In terms of the pricing, it will sell at $349 / €349 / £300 for the 16 GB version and $400 /€400 / £340 for the 32 GB variant, on Google Play Store. Amazon, T-Mobile, Sprint, RadioShack and Best Buy will also offer the phone starting November 1.

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Sony Confirms Its 22 Official PlayStation 4 Titles


As the launch date for the PlayStation 4 draws closer, Sony wants to get users acquainted with what games are available on day one. The official list has been confirmed today and it lists 22 retail and download-only games in all, compared to 23 for the Xbox One (ten of which overlap between the two consoles), including 5 first-party titles, 12 third-party games, and 5 from indie developers.

Sony does note the list is still subject to change as Angry Birds: Star Wars got added to both the PS4 and Xbox One launch line-ups yesterday, but time is obviously fast running out for any major additions. Also, while this is the launch day line-up, Sony has of course announced a number of other games that are set to roll out by the end of the year or early next year, some of which were pushed back from launch due to delays.

Here is the official lists so far:

  • Sony Computer Entertainment Titles
    – Flower
    – Killzone Shadow Fall
    – Knack
    – Resogun
    – Sound Shapes
  • Third-Party Titles
    – Angry Birds Star Wars, Activision
    – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Ubisoft
    – Call of Duty Ghosts, Activison
    – FIFA 14, EA Sports
    – Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts
    – Just Dance 2014, Ubisoft
    – DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment
    – Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    – Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    – Madden NFL 25, EA Sports
    – NBA 2K14, 2K Sports
    – Skylanders Swap Force, Activision
  • Indie Titles
    – Contrast, Compulsion Games
    – Pinball Arcade, FarSight Studios
    – Super Motherload, XGen Studios
    – Tiny Brains, Spearhead Games
    – Warframe, Digital Extremes

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