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GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Rumors

There are some rumors that NVIDIA is responding to AMDs recent graphics card surprise with one of their own. The GTX 1080 Ti is rumored to be coming and it looks like a solid upgrade and have more of a Titan-X performance package. It looks like it could start off with a 10GB memory package and offer some insane performance numbers. While we will have to wait a little bit to see how it all shapes up, it looks like it could be coming soon rather than later. Details can be translated from NordicHardware below.

Earlier rumors that Geforce GTX 1080 Ti is equipped with the corresponding GP102 GPU Titanium X. Our sources could not confirm some of the earlier specifications leaked online but follow its previous Nvidia Ti launches sounds the following program likely. Slightly fewer CUDA units and smaller amount of memory than the Titanium X but with higher frequencies that provide similar computing power.

Source: NordicHardware

Microsoft Groove Offers 4 Months Free

If you sign up for a Groove Music Pass (think Zune Music / Xbox Music), Microsoft will give you four months free. This includes millions of songs, plus playlists, background music for Xbox games and a lot more. They way it works, is that when you sign up, you get a month free and then a promo code for an additional 3 months free. It's a great way to start, and if you're in the Microsoft ecosystem, it's a solid choice.

Sign up for a 30-day Groove Music Pass trial before March 1st, 2017 and we'll send you a token within 30 days for an additional 3 months of free music. Must be redeemed by 03/14/17. 30-day trial continues to a paid monthly subscription unless canceled or after the promotional period. Credit card required. Limit 1 per person; prior Zune, Xbox or Groove Music Pass trial customers not eligible.

Source: Microsoft

KasperskyOS Offers Secure Solution for IoT

While the USA is currently blaming Russia for hacking the election, Kaspersky is also working on an OS to help secure IoT device as well as other network security devices. While we do need more security, I'm not sure of the Russians are the ones that North America will trust right about now. There are some good details at the link below.

The chief executive was quick to emphasize that this package is viewed as a "project offering", not a boxed product, which means pricing will vary according to the needs and the extent to which customers apply the capabilities of KasperskyOS. Cited applications of the technology include IoT, telecommunication equipment, connected cars, as well as the aforementioned industrial control systems.

Source: Neowin

Can Netbooks Be Cool Again?

Netbooks have come and gone and may be coming back again. They were replaced with cheap tablets and then as those died off, 2-in-1's tried to fill the gap, but they were a little large. Now a new company has a "GPD Pocket" system that is really small - much like the Eee PC. I really hope these don't come back in style. While current technology means that they would be more powerful, a micro-PC is still not the solution that anyone really needs.

The GPD Pocket feels like a nostalgic throwback for netbook lovers, and that’s both a good and bad thing. It brings back their combination of tiny form factor, long battery life, relatively low price, and full desktop operating system; you can even get a version with Ubuntu Linux.

Source: TheVerge

Color Changing Hair Dye

Technology has come a long way and invades pretty much every part of our lives - including the color of our hair. There is now a color changing hair-dye that reacts to temperatiure. Thankfully, this uses "less toxic" materials that shouldn't cause cancer or your hair to fall out. Apparently, there is still some work to do.

Fire still needs to be refined and fully assessed for safety before you can buy it. However, this isn't one of those far-off projects that will take many years to reach shelves -- there's already production-oriented testing underway. If everything goes smoothly, you could soon have a hair color evolves from moment to moment, not just whenever you feel up to a dyeing session.

Source: Engadget

AMD Ryzen Will Dominate PC Gaming

AMD's Ryzen CPU line-up is getting some interesting leaks that suggest even their high-end premium part will retail for about $320 - only $680 less than Intel's equivalent - if leaked benchmarks are to be believed. As much as I hesitate to believe leaked benchmarks, I am willing to bet money that they are pretty close to what we are going to see on the finished silicon. If not, this would be devastating for AMD as the hype would quickly turn into a mob mentality as we are all hoping for somethng to challenge Intel. Mainstream CPUs get even more interesting.

But it's Ryzen 5 where things get interesting for gamers - there we see a mixture of six-core/12-thread and four-core/eight-thread processors for Core i5 money. This is the gamer's heartland, and the arrival of a well-priced six-core CPU that can compete with Intel is significant for reasons we'll go into shortly.

Source: Eurogamer

Apple + Android = 99.6%

New Smartphone sales numbers are out, and just like we suspected, it's either Apple's iOS or Google's Android that are on the majority of them. Apple and Android combined equaled 99.6% of all smartphones in Q4 of 2016, Microsoft came in 3rd with 0.3%. Android of course was #1 thanks to 81.7% of smartphones sold in Q4 running their operating system and Apple was 2nd with 17.9%, For more details on what kind of smartphones people are buying check out the new stats courtesy of Gartner.

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the No. 1 global smartphone vendor position (see Table 1).

In 2016 overall, smartphone sales to end users totaled nearly 1.5 billion units, an increase of 5 percent from 2015 

Weekly Tech Update #390 - Twitter: Basically a Dumpster Fire

We have just posted up Episode #389 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Vizio doesn’t care about your privacy, Google steps up their privacy and Facebook pulls VR demos as people don’t care about it anymore. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Valve isn't sure about VR

There are quite a few big names in tech who are "all in" on the VR bandwagon. Valve's CEO Gabe Newell doesn't appear to be one of them. Valve (owners of the digital content distribution platform Steam) is part of the VR market by offering software their their service, however, they are also "pretty comfortable with the idea that it will turn out to be a complete failure". Guys like Mark Zuckerburg, who has invested billions, will probably disagree, but the fact that in the past couple years neither the killer app or the somewhat affordable hardware solution hasn't surfaced makes one wonder about the future of VR.  CNET has the full story.

Gabe Newell, CEO of game developer Valve, says he's not going to lose any sleep if VR doesn't take off.

"We're optimistic. We think VR is going to be great," Newell stated in an interview with Polygon. "We're also pretty comfortable with the idea that it will turn out to be a complete failure."

Dear Verizon, Sorry we got hacked... - Yahoo

Quick Recap: Verizon offers $4.83 Billion to buy Yahoo. Yahoo shortly after has to disclose that they got hacked twice and may have lost close to a billion user accounts information. Verizon of course isn't super excited about that and wants a discount. Yahoo and Verizon reportedly are close to a "revised" deal that could see between a $250 to $350 million dollar discount.

Of course neither party is commenting on this new deal at the time but it isn't to surprising that Verizon would be wanting a deal and it is far less than the rumored $1 Billion dollars that Verizon was rumored to be asking the price to be dropped.  The deal doesn't appear to be finalized yet so there is still the potential that things change or fall apart but it could be getting close to finally being done and closing the door on this long and drawn out saga for Yahoo. Reuters has more on the story.

Since last year, Verizon had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the acquisition agreement to reflect the economic damage from two cyber attacks. A source told Reuters that the deal, which could come as soon as this week, will entail Verizon and Yahoo sharing the liability from potential lawsuits related to the data breaches.

Another person familiar with the situation said the price cut was likely to be around $250 million, a figure that Bloomberg reported earlier on Wednesday.

A representative from Verizon declined to comment. Yahoo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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