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Pokemon Meets Ingress and is Awesome

If you've ever played Ingress, you'll remember just how cool it was to have an augmented game easily accessible on your phone. Pokemon Go is much like Ingress meets 3DS and this augmented game plays really well in the real world. Check out the teaser below.

 

Another Ransomware Falls

Another ransomware has been rendered inert - this time from Kaspersky Labs. They cracked CryptXXX and have offered a free fix for those that have fallen victim to this nasty piece of software. If you are currently panicked that you're files have been hijacked - and you don't want to pay the ransom to get them back, head on over to the source page at the link below and go grab the RonnohDecryptor tool.

The ransomware encrypts files both on the victim's PC and on attached storage. Kaspersky notes there's a short delay applied to the external storage encryption “to confuse victims and make it harder to detect which websites spread the malware”.

Source: TheRegister

AMD Stepping up their GPU Game

AMD has been lagging behind Intel when it comes to raw CPU performance and they've slipped into second spot behind NVIDIA on the graphics card front. They have some new cards and technology coming out very soon and the rumor is that their high-end "Polaris 10" product will "perform close to a GTX 980 Ti". While that may sound exciting, it won't perform as good - and NVIDIA is about set to release a new product line as well - which will leave AMDs best, competing with last-generation NVIDIA. Hopefully AMD can step things up and be a major contender.

We also want to share some information we learned from our sources about Polaris 11. AMD recently hosted a event in Taiwan to showcase their Polaris GPUs (Polaris 10 and Polaris 11) along with the Radeon Pro Duo card to journalists. We shared slides of the Radeon Pro Duo from that event yesterday. People were able to get some info out of AMD and it seems like the Polaris 10 can be an extremely competitive product.

Source: WCCFTech

Cool Video of the Day

Logitech was at PAX East and they spent a fair bit of time working on their display. They took 160 keyboards and put together a very impressive display. They keyboards have been configured and programmed to be a sort of "Jumbotron". It's as awesome as it sounds.

 

Lionsgate Brings Big Movies to Steam

Everybody wants a piece of the streaming pie and when you already have the servers, storage and infrastructure to deliver content on-demand, it makes sense to go bigger. Steam has recently welcomed Lionsgate to their platform and you will be able to rent and stream movies right in your Steam client software. Hopefully, Steam doesn't make some fatal mistakes trying to bring their "Big Screen" to every home. They can't forget their core users - at least I hope they can't.

To this BlackBerry is gradually adding its own acquisitions. Such as the secure document system BlackBerry picked up, WatchDox, which can geofence documents: very handy if some employee leaves a thumb drive on a train. The “crisis squawker” (there’s no better description) AtHoc which provides crisis management for emergency services, is also swapping its HazMat suite for a white collar, and will be offered to enterprises.

Source: Engadget

BlackBerry Shifts Focus to Software

BlackBerry is starting to see the light. There is very little money to be made in phone hardware - especially when you're a third, or fourth place company. As it stands, BlackBerry has recently purchased a company called "Good" and they have used this little leverage to make a bunch of money in software and services. BlackBerry finally is starting to see the light and they are pushing more toward enterprise software. It will probably be the best move they've made in the last few years - if it's not too late.

I'm sure their $2.6bn pile of cash will sustain then for the next quarter.

To this BlackBerry is gradually adding its own acquisitions. Such as the secure document system BlackBerry picked up, WatchDox, which can geofence documents: very handy if some employee leaves a thumb drive on a train. The “crisis squawker” (there’s no better description) AtHoc which provides crisis management for emergency services, is also swapping its HazMat suite for a white collar, and will be offered to enterprises.

Source: TheRegister

Chrome OS Gets Android Apps

You may have noticed recently that upon booting into your Chromebook and quickly checking settings that there is a features that is new. A check-box will appear that will give you the option to "Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook." As of yet, the feature doesn't work, but it is coming - probably sooner rather than later - and it will be handy. No more will you have to run or test applications on your actual mobile device - you can run them from your Chromebook. This will be a handy feature for developers, but I'm not sure how mainstream it will ever become.

Users can currently download and run a handful of Android apps from the Chrome Web Store. From the screenshot, it appears that Google will be using the more familiar Play Store to distribute and sell apps. Current Android users will likely be able to log-in and access their already purchased apps.

Source: 9to5Google

Project Fi on Nexus 5X, iPhone 6S and Windows

Google's Project Fi was initially limited to their Nexus devices, but it is possible to use the Google SIM in any unlocked device - or even a device that is locked to the T-Mobile network. Of course with non-Nexus phones, you don't get all the bells and whistles, but you do get the flexibility and support of the Google network. 

When setting up Project Fi, I was given the option to transfer my Google Voice number, transfer another number, or create a new number. No matter what option I chose, my Google Voice number would be gone. The only way to retain ownership of the number itself was to convert it to my Project Fi number, which is what I did.

Source: Neowin

AMD Still Working on Project Quantum

Everyone wants into the small form factor - I mean really small form factor - PC game these days. Zotac was one company that really started pushing things much smaller with their huge line of ITX boards and their their even smaller Nano PCs. AMD has been toying with this segment for a while now, and it looked like they were going to pass on the whole idea, but they've changed their minds. The "Quantum" project will have a new Zen CPU as well as a updated Vega GPU and should be a power-sipping platform that will get the job done for many users.

If Project Quantum retains its original premise however, the design will be fully configurable. The device is perfectly positioned to fight it out (and win) against inferior Steam Machine designs, which will not be able to pack as much graphical performance per cm³ as a fully tricked out Project Quantum.

Source: WCCFTech

Mirror's Edige Catalyst Impressions

What I'm about to say, doesn't get said often enough. There is a game that appears to be coded very well. That's right. Mirror's Edge Catalyst looks fantastic at 4K resolution - and it actually runs really well to boot. That is a miracle with today's game often being coded sloppy and developers expect people to upgrade their systems to run the game. Not the case with MEC. I've been playing it and it runs really well at 1080p on mid-range hardware as well.

In 1080p, the game ran with a minimum framerate of 70fps on Ultra settings. We did not experience any drops or stutters, so we’re almost certain that cards equivalent to NVIDIA’s GTX970 will be able to handle the game with constant 60fps at 1080p.

Source: DSOGaming

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