Wednesday, February 10, 2016

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 11/02/2016

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Intel releases update to disable Skylake non-K CPU overclocking

Late last year, several motherboard manufacturers including ASRock released updates to their boards that allowed users to overclock locked Intel 'Skylake' CPUs. This meant that some of Intel's lower-priced SKUs suddenly became great value, as overclocking them delivered performance in the range of more expensive parts.

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Deal Alert: Get a new Nexus 9 tablet for less than $240, today only

Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be a bit long in the tooth at this point but it's still considered by many publications to be among the best Android slates available. For today only, you can pick one up with a nice discount through HTC.

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Oculus Rift PC bundle pre-orders open February 16, starting at $1,499

Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the first batch of Oculus Ready PC bundles from hardware partners Asus, Alienware and Dell (the latter two are essentially one in the same as Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell but I digress).

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Twitter continues to wage war on abuse, announces new Trust and Safety Council

Twitter has been a haven for hateful and abusive behavior for years (the company's former CEO admitted as much a year ago). Despite efforts to the contrary, Twitter hasn't been very successful in quelling the abuse but that doesn't mean it should stop trying.

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France tells Facebook it must stop tracking non-users and sending data to the US

Facebook has become the first major company to feel the fallout from the Safe Harbor agreement being ruled invalid last year after the French data protection authority gave the social networking site three months to stop some transfers of personal data to the United States. It also ordered the firm...

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Amazon launches Lumberyard, a cross-platform 3D game engine that's free to use

Amazon has launched a new video game engine it's calling Lumberyard. The e-commerce giant says its free, cross-platform, 3D game engine will allow developers to make top-notch titles and tap into its bevy of web services (for a fee, of course).

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The growing choices in wireless connectivity

Next-gen wireless connectivity, 802.11ad, 802.11ax and more is coming: In addition to the more common forms of WiFi and LTE, there is a tremendous range of new varieties of both standards, either already in place or being developed.

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Smartphones with a 7-day battery life will be here within two years, says fuel-cell maker

Today’s smartphones may have features we never thought possible many years ago, such as high-speed internet access, biometric scanners, 4K video recording, and even limited VR capabilities, but this all comes at the expense of one area that many older cell phones are fondly-remembered for: battery life.

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Kickstarter celebrates 100,000 successfully funded campaigns with 100 fun facts

For all of the negative press that Kickstarter has received since its inception nearly seven years ago, the platform deserves a bit of recognition for all of the good it has done in helping thousands of people achieve their dreams.

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Instagram apps now finally support multiple accounts

Instagram has updated their mobile apps for both Android and iOS, bringing a long-awaited feature to the platform: support for multiple accounts. In testing for several months, the new feature allows users to add up to five accounts to the one app.

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Hackers are reportedly offering Apple's European HQ staff up to $23,000 for their login credentials

While social engineering is becoming an increasingly popular way for hackers to trick people into revealing their login credentials (as was the case with the government data breach reported earlier today), another method that cybercriminals use to gain access to companies' systems is to simply offer employees money in exchange...

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See the monstrous enemies you'll be facing in the Dark Souls III opening cinematic video

There are only two months to go before Dark Souls III is released and you get to see “YOU DIED” plastered across your screen for the thousandth time. But for those who can’t wait that long and want to see more of the game, Bandai Namco and From Software have...

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Check out this full-length CG trailer for 'Street Fighter V' ahead of next week's launch

Street Fighter V, the much-anticipated fighting game from Capcom, is set to drop next week. In an effort to further fuel the hype train, Capcom has released a full-length CG trailer packed with roughly three minutes of footage.

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Hacker publishes details of almost 30,000 FBI and DHS employees

The US government has suffered another data breach. While not as severe as the cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management last year, the recent hack has resulted in the personal information of nearly 30,000 government employees being dumped online.

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Check your Google security settings, get 2 GB of free Drive storage

There really aren't any catches to this one: if you check your Google account's security settings, Google will give you an extra 2 GB of free Google Drive storage to go on top of the 15 GB the service already offers for free.

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MSI's eye-tracking GT72S G Tobii gaming laptop arrives for $2,600

Back at CES 2016, MSI gave us the first look at their new gaming laptop, the GT72S Tobii, which includes an integrated Tobii eye tracking system and some top-end hardware. If you were interested in this particular laptop, it's gone on sale today exclusively through Newegg with a fairly substantial...

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Indian man believed to be the first to perish due to meteorite strike

Authorities in India believe a meteorite crashed into a private engineering college over the weekend, killing one person and injuring three others. If confirmed, it would be the first time in modern history that a person has been killed by a meteor strike.

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Wired: stop blocking our ads, pay for an ad-free version or go elsewhere

Wired Magazine is taking a bold step into the unknown. Starting next week, the site will give its readers who use an ad blocker an ultimatum: either stop blocking their ads, pay to view an ad-free version of the site or turn to a different source for technology news.

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India blocks Facebook's Free Basics Internet service

Bringing the rest of the world online is proving to be tougher than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg likely bargained for. Telecom regulators in India have banned the social network's Free Basic service as part of a larger ruling in favor of net neutrality.

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The Malware Museum lets you experience viruses from the '80s and '90s

Malware and viruses of yesteryear were far different than those that plague modern machines. Aside from the obvious level of sophistication, today's malware and viruses are largely silent assassins that siphon personal data for financial gain.

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PayPal joins Netflix in geoblocking fight by cutting off VPN site's payment services

As the battle between Netflix and those using VPNs to bypass geoblocking restrictions rages on, it looks as if the streaming site has an ally in its fight: PayPal. Canadian 'unblocker' service UnoTelly has just had its payment processing agreement severed by PayPal for promoting copyright infringement, and many more...

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Social media references in Super Bowl commercials down for the second year in a row

We're less than 24 hours removed from Super Bowl 50, the larger-than-life sports spectacle where commercials are just as much a part of the experience as the battle on the gridiron. With 30-second ad slots selling for as much as $5 million, it's no surprise that marketing agencies reserve their...

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Here are some of the most popular Super Bowl 50 commercials

This Sunday millions of spectators watched the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. While many people love the football, we also know that plenty tune in just for the the commercials. And CBS, who is broadcasting the game, knows it, too.

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Apple bans 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' as it shows "violence against children"

The excellent The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth may be a bit controversial in its subject matter, but you wouldn’t expect it to receive an outright ban for its content. Apple, however, seems to think that the game’s unsuitable for App Store users: the company has rejected the twin-stick shooter due...

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As Samsung and LG abandon the technology, is this the end for 3D TVs?

It was only a few years ago that 3D televisions were being hailed as “the next big thing,” but it looks as if the technology is going the way of Betamax, LaserDiscs and HD-DVDs. 3D may still be quite popular in cinemas, but after reports emerged suggesting Samsung and LG...

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Google reportedly releasing new smartphone-powered VR headset this year to compete with the Gear VR

It was reported last month that Google was increasing its focus on VR by forming its own dedicated virtual reality computing division. Now, a report from the Financial Times claims that the company will be releasing a device this year as a direct competitor to Samsung’s Gear VR headset. ...

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Apple confirms that the iPhone's error 53 bricking issue is due to unofficial repairs

Considering that an official Apple store or authorized repair shop charges between $269 to $329 to replace a broken iPhone home button, you can understand why some people are tempted to use non-Apple technicians to save money. But it turns out that may be a bad idea, as thousands of...

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