Sunday, March 6, 2016

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 07/03/2016

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Weekend Open Forum: Is your system ready for VR?

Playing games in virtual reality is going to require a pretty powerful gaming PC. Oculus recommends at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 to accompany an Intel Core i5-4590 and 8 GB of RAM, while HTC recommends very similar specs (and slightly less RAM) to...

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Watch a drone race a McLaren supercar in this World Drone Prix promo

Most associate drones with basic camera-equipped consumer models that offer unparalleled views from above but like virtually all hobbies, some have made a competitive sport of it.

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HTC 10 revealed in new press renders and prototype 'live' images

HTC decided to skip announcing its latest flagship at Mobile World Congress, and for good reason. Samsung used the opportunity to unveil its two latest handsets, the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge, while LG captivated audiences with its modular LG G5. Competing for press coverage likely wasn't something HTC...

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Barnes & Noble is closing its Nook App store and more on March 15

Barnes & Noble recently notified both developers and customers that it'll be shutting down its Nook App Store, the UK Nook Store and Nook Video come March 15. The admission came via e-mail according to a recent report from The Digital Reader.

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'Star Fox Zero' April launch date confirmed (and other tidbits) from producer Shigeru Miyamoto

Nintendo has put to rest rumors that Star Fox Zero, the first original release in the franchise since 2006, would be delayed for a second time. Instead, it'll be released on April 22.

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New SD card class will support 8K, 360 and 3D video at 90MB/sec

The SD association, the governing body behind memory card standards, recently launched a new speed class designed to service the high-speed needs of 4K, 8K, 3D and 360 degree video recordings.

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No Man's Sky release date and special edition details revealed

Space exploration/combat games have seen something of a resurgence recently, and one upcoming title from the genre that’s generating a lot of hype is No Man’s Sky. For those who eager to play the exploration/trading/fighting title, publisher and developer Hello Games has just confirmed the release date and announced a...

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Epic Games Boss says Microsoft is turning the PC into a walled garden with its UWP initiative

Tim Sweeney, the co-founder of Gears of War maker Epic Games, has launched a blistering attack on Microsoft over its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative. In an op-ed he penned for The Guardian, Sweeney claimed that UWP is “the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made.”

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Six Flags and Samsung team up to bring the VR experience to nine roller coasters across the US

For those people who find that travelling 100 mph while falling 400 feet on a roller coaster just isn’t exciting enough, Samsung and Six Flags Entertainment have announced a collaboration that will enhance the experience by bringing virtual reality to the theme park rides.

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San Bernardino DA warns that Syed Farouk's iPhone could contain a "dormant cyber pathogen"

While Apple’s San Bernardino iPhone court case is a deadly serious issue, the outcome of which could have a profound effect on how companies encrypt their products and the government’s ability to spy on its citizens, there have been moments in the ongoing saga that have bordered on farcical. Firstly,...

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Amazon removes the encryption features in its Fire products because customers didn't use them

One of the reasons so many companies are backing Apple in its battle against the Department of Justice is because they believe their products should feature strong encryption that doesn't have backdoors. So it’s a surprise to learn that Amazon, one of the tech giants filing a court brief supporting...

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Windows 10's first Redstone update on track for June release

The first major update to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone cycle, codenamed RS1, is on track for release to the public in June. Early versions of this update are already in the hands of Windows Insiders, but there are still more features to come before its mid-year release.

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Rocket League gets official championship series, $75,000 prize pool

Rocket League developer Psyonix has partnered with Twitch to create the Rocket League Championship Series, the official competitive league for the popular sports-action game. At stake is the first ever Rocket League championship title and more importantly, a total prize pool of $75,000.

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Oculus founder says no Mac is powerful enough to run the Rift

If you're wondering why the Oculus Rift only supports Windows PCs at launch, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has the answer: the current crop of Macs simply aren't powerful enough to deliver a good virtual reality experience.

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Microsoft touts benefits of DirectX 12 in new teaser video

Microsoft has published a teaser video showing some of the benefits of DirectX 12 on Windows 10 compared to its predecessor, DirectX 11.

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Intel reportedly using RealSense 3D camera tech to develop augmented reality headset

Intel is reportedly the latest technology giant jumping on the virtual / augmented reality bandwagon. The chipmaker is actively developing an augmented reality headset based on its RealSense 3D camera technology according to sources familiar with the matter as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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Amazon expands Echo family with two new voice-controlled digital assistants

Amazon on Thursday announced two new additions to its Alexa-powered family of voice-controlled digital assistants, the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.

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Goodyear's spherical, levitating concept tires can move autonomous cars in all directions

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Goodyear really has re-invented the wheel by unveiling two new tire concepts designed with autonomous vehicles in mind – including a spherical tire that allows cars to drive sideways.

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Samsung launches massive 15 terabyte solid state drive

If you're in the market for the absolute largest solid state drive money can buy, Samsung has your number. The South Korean technology giant is now shipping a massive 16 terabyte (technically 15.36TB) solid state drive that's also blazingly fast.

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Watch Stanford's self-driving Audi hit 120 mph while navigating a racetrack

Self-driving vehicles aren’t known for going fast; Google’s cars are limited to 25 mph, and one was even pulled over by a California police officer last year for driving too slowly. But this doesn’t mean that they're unable to hit high speeds, as engineers from Stanford University proved with their...

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Google's Hands Free system lets you pay for items just by saying your initials

If you’ve ever wanted to pay for an item without having to rummage around in your pockets for some loose change, your wallet, or even your smartphone, then Google is piloting a system that’s just for you: Hands Free.

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Electric shock risk causes Amazon to recall Fire 7 and Kids Edition power adapters in the UK

Amazon has become the latest company to recall some of its products due to the risk of an electric shock. The recall affects the USB power adapters for its Fire 7-inch and Fire Kids Edition 7-inch tablets, but only those that were sold in the UK and Ireland.

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Quantum Break on PC requires internet connection to stream all cutscenes

The version of Quantum Break that is coming to PC next month appears to be one of the most restrictive major game launches on the platform in some time. The game not only requires Windows 10, due to its use of DirectX 12, but also a consistent and reasonably fast internet connection.

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Steam bundles are being discounted for those players who own any of the included games

While Steam bundles offer great value for money, they often pose a major problem: a lot of gamers will own one or more of the titles being offered in the pack. Most people don’t want to pay for games they've already bought, even if they are discounted. But now, Steam...

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This huge mechanical machine plays music with marbles

For the past 14 months, Swedish band Wintergatan has been constructing a huge, elaborate machine that plays an entire song using marbles. They've just released a video that shows the song and machine in action, and it's pretty incredible.

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Meta 2 augmented reality headset reveals its trump card, a wide field of view

The overwhelming majority of discussions involving augmented reality these days centers on Microsoft's HoloLens and to a lesser extent, Magic Leap (the latter of which has yet to reveal its hardware). But there's a third competitor – a privately owned company by the name of Meta – whose second-generation augmented...

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AMD also releases new Radeon Software drivers for Far Cry Primal

Just shortly after Nvidia released their latest graphics card drivers, AMD has launched Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 that includes optimizations for Ubisoft's latest triple-A title, Far Cry Primal.

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AMD bolsters chip lineup with higher-clocked A10-7890K APU, Athlon X4 880K CPU

AMD recently announced a pair of new desktop processors, both of which are said to be the fastest chips released to date in their respective classes.

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VESA announces DisplayPort 1.4 standard with support for 8K displays

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has finalized and published the DisplayPort 1.4 standard. The latest version, announced roughly 18 months after its predecessor, includes a number of noteworthy features and specifications that may lead some to skip DisplayPort 1.3 entirely.

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HTC reportedly pre-sold 15,000 Vive VR headsets in less than 10 minutes

HTC's Vive virtual reality system was made available to pre-order for the first time a few days back. Many have balked at the price – $799, a full $200 more than the Oculus Rift – although those with hands-on experience claim it's worth every penny.

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MEmu Android Emulator 2.5.0
Play Android games on PC with superb experience.

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BlueStacks App Player 2.1.1.5648
Install and run Android apps on your PC or Mac. BlueStacks puts the Android operating system on your desktop.

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Free Any Burn 3.2
Free Any Burn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that every one must have.

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Avidemux 2.6.12
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.

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Restore Point Creator 3.6.2
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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GoodSync 9.9.42.9
GoodSync is an easy and reliable file backup and file synchronization software.

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Chromium 50.0.2668.0
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web.

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Q-Dir 6.28
Easily manage files and folders from your computer's hard disk drive or removable devices in up to 4 explorer panels,

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VirtualBox 5.0.16
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

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Symantec Norton AntiVirus Definition Update March 5, 2016
Keep your Norton Anti-Virus updated.

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Trend Micro Update File 381 for March 5, 2016
Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for virus identification.

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AVG Anti-Virus Update 11753 March 5, 2016
Keep your AVG Anti-Virus updated.

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RemoveIT Pro v7 Ultra 3.5.2016
Locates & Removes many new dangerous files that other popular AV programs do not find.

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VIPRE Antivirus Definitions Update File 47676 March 5, 2016
VIPRE Antivirus out to date with the latest definitions available.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Database Update March 5, 2016
Keep your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware updated, even if offline.

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Bitdefender 9-10 Virus Definitions March 5, 2016
Keep your Bitdefender Anti-Virus 9 to 10 updated with the latest definitions.

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McAfee SuperDAT Update 8094 March 5, 2016
Keep your Mcafee based virus scanner up to date with the latest SuperDAT Update.

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Symantec Norton AntiVirus X 9.x-10.x Update for Mac March 5, 2016
Keep your Norton Anti-Virus for Mac up to date.

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RemoveIT Pro XT - SE 3.5.2016
Remove many viruses that other popular antivirus software cannot discover.

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Microsoft Windows Defender Definition Update March 5, 2016
Download the latest updates or definitions for your Microsoft Windows Defender security software

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Norman Malware Cleaner 2016.3.5
Norman Malware Cleaner is a free utility that may be used to detect and remove specific malicious software (malware).

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BitDefender Virus Definitions Update March 5, 2016
Keep your Bitdefender Anti-Virus updated with the latest definitions.

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Spybot Search and Destroy Detection Update March 5, 2016
This updates the detection rules for Spybot Search and Destroy.

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ClamAV Virus Database Update March 5, 2016
ClamAV is an open source antivirus solution for Windows operating systems.

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RemoveIT Pro v7 Enterprise 3.5.2016
Locates & Removes many new dangerous files that other popular AV programs do not find.

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Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool 2016.3.5
The Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool application was designed to be another virus scanner and detection software from Kaspersky

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AVIRA Antivirus Definition Update March 5, 2016
Update AVIRA Desktop for Windows with latest virus definitions and scan engine.

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Bitdefender 2010-08 Virus Definitions Update March 5, 2016
Keep your Bitdefender Anti-Virus 2008 to 2010 updated with the latest definitions.

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SUPERAntiSpyware Database Update March 5, 2016
Keep SUPERAntiSpyware up to date.

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F-Secure Virus Definitions Update March 5, 2016
Keep your F-Secure products updated.

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Nvidia Vulkan Beta Driver 356.45
Windows driver version 356.45 and Linux driver version 355.00.29 provide beta support for Vulkan.

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AMD Radeon Software Beta for Vulkan 16.15.1009 Beta 5
As a complement to OpenGL, descended from AMD's Mantle, and forged by the industry, Vulkan is a powerful low-overhead graphics API that gives software developers deep control over the performance, efficiency, and capabilities of Radeon GPUs and multi-core CPUs.

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Asrock Z170M Pro4S Drivers and BIOS
The Z170M Pro4S is a mATX motherboard for minimalist designers.

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Asus RT-N12HP Router Firmware 378.9443
High Power N300 3-in-1 Wi-Fi Router / Access Point / Repeater.

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Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-Fi Router Firmware 1.1.4.170630
The Max-Stream AC2600 Router is the ultimate solution for multi-device households. Breakthrough MU-MIMO technology delivers 4.6x* faster Wi-Fi speeds to everyone and everything on your busy network. Now the whole household can play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream movies, and more--all simultaneously and without lag or...

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AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Hotfix Update
This hotfix solves both performance and heat issues some users are reporting in regards to GPU fan speeds after installing the Crimson drivers.

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Realtek Card Reader Controller Driver 10.0.370.125
The latest Realtek Card Reader Controller Driver for the RTS5101, RTS5111, RTS5116, and RTS5169 chips.

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