Thursday, January 7, 2016

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 08/01/2016

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Cracking PC games is getting too difficult, say pirates

Pirates attempting to crack the latest PC games are finding it more difficult than ever, according to a report from TorrentFreak, and it's causing some well-known cracking groups to consider giving up the effort.

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The weird part of CES includes this human-transporting drone from Ehang

CES is similar to YouTube in that if you stick around long enough and aren't careful, you can end up in the weird part. This year, that weird section includes a Chinese drone company called Ehang that likely agrees with the quote that if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. ...

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Razer launches Blade Stealth laptop with external graphics card support

Razer's latest product, unveiled at CES 2016, is the company's first to follow a new trend in gaming laptops: the ability to place a desktop graphics card in a box and connect it to the system for extra gaming power.

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Two-thirds of Americans have experienced symptoms of digital eye strain, report finds

Carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis were once touted as the biggest health risks associated with computer use. While a lingering concern, it was something that most didn't have to worry about as only those whose work involved sitting in front of a computer screen were at risk.

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Tighten your password security while freeing your memory of password jumble with a lifetime subscription to Sticky Password Premium service - now only $24.99 in the TechSpot Store.

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Razer's new Stargazer webcam was designed specifically for game streamers

Razer has unveiled a desktop webcam designed primarily to simplify the traditional game streaming setup. The Razer Stargazer is packed to the brim with features but does it have enough tricks up its sleeve to justify the high price tag?

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Microsoft to end support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 next week

Microsoft has announced that it'll end support for older versions of Internet Explorer beginning next week. Here's everything you need to know in the event you're running a legacy version of Microsoft's web browser.

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LastPass 4.0 brings a sleek new look, emergency access feature

LastPass, one of the most popular password managers available, has had its first major overhaul since the company was acquired by LogMeIn last year. Version 4.0 introduces some new features and a revamped design that’s more pleasing to the eye and easier to navigate.

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Segway's hoverboard leads a double life as your personal robotic assistant

Dropping a couple hundred bucks on one of those trendy "hoverboards" may be tough for some to stomach, especially considering they'll wind up in the bottom of your kid's closet once the fad wears off. When that inevitable day comes, you'll be able to repurpose the two-wheeled scooter... that is,...

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Samsung's $5000 fridge is packed with enough technology to (almost) rival a smartphone

In addition to its stylish new laptops and tablets, Samsung has taken the opportunity to show off what must be one of the most technologically advanced fridges in the world at CES: the $5000 Family Hub Refrigerator.

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Oculus Rift pre-orders now open, available for $599

Oculus VR is now accepting pre-orders for the final, consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Each pre-order will come bundled with an Xbox One controller, the Oculus Remote (not to be confused with the Touch controllers) and two games, Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. The first shipments are expected to...

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Dish's Hopper 3 DVR is a sports fan's dream come true

If you're looking for a good reason not to ditch pay TV, Dish's new Hopper 3 is about as good as it gets. Unveiled at CES, this DVR-on-steroids packs a whopping 16 tuners and is powered by a quad-core ARM processor that's seven times faster than its predecessor.

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D-Link reveals new routers, a smart alarm, and IFTTT support for its Home ecosystem

D-Link, the Taiwanese networking equipment manufacturer, has shown off some new products at CES, including a new line of high-performance Wi-Fi routers, an all-new Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit with Adaptive Roaming Technology, and new ways to customize your automated home experience.

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Patriot hops aboard the PCIe SSD bandwagon with its new Hellfire drives

Patriot Memory is hopping aboard the PCIe SSD bandwagon with a pair of Hellfire-branded solid state drives, the Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC (add-in card).

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MSI launches gaming laptop with Tobii eye tracking at CES 2016

At CES 2016, MSI has unviled a brand new high-performance gaming laptop that includes an integrated Tobii eye tracking system, which the company claims is a world first.

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Twitter may allow tweets to reach 10,000 characters, but you'll only see the first 140

In September last year, it was reported that Twitter was considering removing its famed 140-character limit on Tweets. It now looks as if this will happen within the next few months, as Re/Code reports that the company is likely to launch a new feature in Q1 that will allow users...

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Nikon officially unveils pro-level D5 DSLR, 360-degree action camera at CES

Nikon today at CES unveiled its new flagship professional digital camera, the Nikon D5. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering Nikon tipped its development back in November but elected to save the details for its official unveiling.

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ViewSonic launches a ton of FreeSync and G-Sync monitors

ViewSonic has announced a ton of new gaming-centric monitors at CES 2016, ensuring that a wide variety of users can find a product they like. The company is also very clearly on the variable refresh bandwagon, with every display bar one featuring either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync technology.

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Opinion: 10 Tech Predictions for 2016

Looking ahead to 2016, I expect we will see changes that, on the surface, also don’t seem to amount to much initially, but will actually prove to be key foundational shifts that drive a very different, and very exciting future.

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Watch/Replay Intel's CES 2016 keynote highlights

Intel is widely known as the very successful manufacturer of PC processors and of a variety of chipsets, network interface controllers, flash memory and more. But as PC's growth stalled, the company has been steadily working its way into the mobile space dominated by competitors and moving further down the...

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Samsung launches extremely light 13- and 15-inch laptops

If you're in the market for a new laptop and weight is a significant concern for you, Samsung's Notebook 9 series might just be what you're looking for. The company has released two new laptops in 13- and 15-inch sizes, which weigh an impressive 839 grams (1.85 pounds) and 1.29...

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Watch/Replay Sony's CES 2016 press conference here

Sony will also take the stage tonight, a day before CES 2016 officially opens its doors to the public. The press has received no teasers on what to expect, but if last year's showing is any indication the focus will be on at least one flagship TV and its technology...

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Fitbit announces Blaze, it's first-ever color touchscreen fitness watch

Fitbit has announced its first-ever fitness tracker with a color touchscreen display, the Fitbit Blaze, which some are describing as a cross between the company's own Fitbit Surge and an Apple Watch. Fitbit, however, prefers to call it a smart fitness watch.

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Samsung announces Galaxy TabPro S running Windows 10

At CES 2016, Samsung has unveiled their latest Galaxy tablet, and this one isn't running Android. Instead, Samsung has loaded up the 12-inch Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10, marking the company's return to the world of Windows tablets.

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Watch/Replay Samsung's CES 2016 press conference here

As one of the true heavyweights in the consumer electronics space, Samsung's CES 2016 opening keynote is expected to cover a lot of ground, from next-generation displays and TVs, storage, virtual reality, wearables, home automation. appliances, and more. Perhaps one of the most visible products in Samsung's line-up, the upcoming...

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Asus announces world's first USB Type-C portable monitor

Asus has offered a few USB-powered portable monitors for some time now. On Tuesday at CES, it became the first company to announce a single-cable USB Type-C monitor which it is calling the MB169C+.

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HTC unveils second-gen 'Vive Pre' dev kit with front-facing camera, refined ergonomics

HTC and Valve originally planned to launch their co-developed virtual reality headset by the end of 2015. Last summer, however, HTC said it wouldn't make that deadline and pushed the device's launch to Q1 2016. HTC revealed yet another delay in early December that would ultimately push the Vive's launch...

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Intel continues to invest in drones with the acquisition of Ascending Technologies

Intel said yesterday that it had acquired drone company Ascending Technologies for an undisclosed price. The German-based startup already uses Intel’s RealSense camera technology in some of its UAVs, and the move follows the US firm's investment in Ascending Technologies last year.

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HP refreshes Spectre x360 and Pavilion x2 notebooks with larger screens, new internals

HP brought a bevy of new and refreshed consumer PCs to Las Vegas for CES including larger-screened versions of the popular Spectre x360 and Pavilion x2 notebooks.

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Square Enix confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider PC release date, minimum specs, and 4K support

Last month, it was reported that Amazon France had listed the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, claiming that the game would be released at the end of January. Now, publisher Square Enix has finally confirmed that this will be the case, and the game will be launched...

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10 Tech Predictions for 2016
Looking ahead to 2016, I expect we will see changes that, on the surface, also don't seem to amount to much initially, but will actually prove to be key foundational shifts that drive a very different, and very exciting future.

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Corsair Carbide 400Q Review
With its vast experience of case building, Corsair must have foreseen that the Carbide 600C we reviewed last month wouldn't appeal to everyone with its inverted ATX layout, so its counteroffer seems premeditated. The new The Carbide 400 series is a more traditional approach that still maintains the clean lines and curved solid-steel exterior of the 600 series for a great minimalist look.

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VRAM Put to the Test: 2GB vs. 4GB GTX 960 and R9 380, 4GB R9 290 vs. 8GB R9 390
Since publishing our annual graphics card roundup, we've received several reader inquiries regarding the performance difference between GPUs sporting 2GB and 4GB. We have put together a clock-for-clock comparison of the GeForce GTX 960 and Radeon R9 380 using 2GB and 4GB cards. Also, the previous-gen Radeon R9 290 4GB and the newer (rebadged) R9 390 8GB.

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Netflix for Android 4.1.0
Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone. This Netflix mobile application delivers the best experience anywhere, anytime.

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Tor Browser 5.0.7
Protect your privacy. Defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis.

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WinRAR for Android 5.30.39
Rarlab's RAR for Android can create RAR and ZIP and unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives.

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Mozilla Firefox 43.0.4
Improve your browsing experience with Mozilla's open-source and highly acclaimed Firefox.

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Adobe Flash Player Beta 20.0.0.274
This is a developer pre-release version of the Adobe Flash Player 15.

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Tor Browser for Mac 5.0.7
Protect your privacy. Defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis.

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Anvil Studio 2015.12.01
With this free version, you can create an unlimited number of MIDI tracks, and two one-minute audio tracks.

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WordPress 4.4.1
State-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

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Mozilla Firefox for Linux 43.0.4
Improve your browsing experience with Mozilla's open-source and highly acclaimed Firefox.

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Adobe Acrobat for Android 15.3.1
Adobe Acrobat Reader is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing, annotating, and signing PDFs.

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iDevice Manager 5.3.1.0
The iDevice Manager is called earlier iPhone Explorer and is more than the iPhone Browser and iExplorer.

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Mozilla Firefox for Mac 43.0.4
Bringing together all kinds of awesomeness to make browsing better for you.

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Password Safe 3.38.0
Whether the answer is one or hundreds, Password Safe allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list.

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Twitter for Android 5.90.0
Wherever you are, Twitter brings you closer.

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WSUS Offline Update 10.3.1
Update Microsoft Windows and Office without an Internet connection.

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FrostWire 6.2.0
BitTorrent/Cloud client with a full featured media player.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware 11.0.0.6054
Comprehensive PC protection against trojans, viruses, spyware, adware, worms, bots, keyloggers, rootkits and dialers.

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Sysinternals Suite January, 2016
A bundling of dozens of selected troubleshooting Sysinternals Utilities.

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Virtual DJ Free Home Edition 8.1.2770
Designed for home DJs, VirtualDJ Home includes nearly all the features of VirtualDJ Pro, with only a few limitations.

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FreeFileSync 7.8
FreeFileSync is a free and Open Source folder comparison and synchronization tool.

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SmartFTP Client 7.0.2177.0
Transfer files through the internet.

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Restore Point Creator 3.4.15
Ever found that creating Restore Points in Windows is a bit tedious? Click this, click that, go there, click another thing, and then finally you’re at where you need to be to create a Restore Point. There’s got to be an easier way to do all of that. Right? Well,...

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save2pc light 5.4.4
save2pc is a tool that downloads videos from video sharing websites and saves it to your PC or Laptop.

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Any Video Converter Free 5.8.8
Take videos from your computer or downloaded from the Internet and converts them into just about any format.

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SIW (System Info) 2016 60.0.0106
This tool gathers detailed information about your system.

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Mozilla Firefox Beta for Mac 44.0b6
Experience the newest innovations in an unstable environment that’s not for the faint of heart.

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Second Life 4.0.1
The largest-ever 3D virtual world created entirely by its users.

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BetterTouchTool for Mac 1.5
BetterTouchTool is a great, feature packed FREE app that allows you to configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12.00.41
Keep your Windows installations clean and running smoothly and efficiently.

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The Bat! Home Edition 7.1.8
Popular email client that allows to work with unlimited number of the mailboxes, and many more other features.

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