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Avast acquires AVG

Two of the bigger virus protection names are joining forces with Avast dishing out $1.3 Billion to snap up rival AVG. Together the two companies will provide virus protection on 400 million devices worldwide and will be able to detect and take care of threats easier thanks to the increased pool of devices. Time will tell how this all works out but it seems like a good partnership at this point in time. Venture Beat has the full story.

Security software giant Avast Software has acquired rival AVG Technologies. Avast will pay $25 cash for each of AVG’s outstanding ordinary shares in a deal amounting to around $1.3 billion.

Founded out of Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s — initially called Grisoft — AVG has grown to become one of the biggest brands in desktop and mobile security apps. It also offers a range of related services, including AVG Cleaner for Android and Mac. The company is now headquartered in Amsterdam.

Radeon Memory Mod Unlock Works

If you recently purchased a shiny new RX 480 that has 4GB of memory, you may be able to unlock all 8GB (if it actually shipped with 8GB installed). Some of these retail cards have 8GB of memory on-board, but you can only access 4GB. This shows how cheap memory is - it's cheaper to disable some via software, than build two separate boards. If you are lucky and have 8GB on-board, you should be able to flash the bios for a 100% memory upgrade - for free. Be warned: you do so at your own risk and will probably void your warranty.

To confirm that this mod works, we first tested our 8 GB review sample with its untouched 8 GB BIOS, and used that as control. Next, we tested the retail 4 GB card with the BIOS it shipped with. Lastly, we flashed this 4 GB card using ATIFlash with the 8 GB BIOS, which we extracted from our 8 GB card using ATIFlash. We ran "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," on the three. This game can consume dedicated video memory beyond 4 GB at 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160). 

Source: TechPowerUp

Pokeman GO Now Available in USA

Back in May, we talked about Pokeman GO and it is now available in the USA and a few other countries. The game uses an augmented reality layer and plays with the same concept as Ingress. It's a nifty idea and after Ingress has caught on so well, I don't blame them for trying. This game gets people moving and exploring - and that is always a good thing.

During gameplay, Pokémon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokémon to empty Gyms. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.

Image Credit: 9to5Google

Source: 9to5Google

Android Gets Malware from Chinese Adware

The Android camp has been exploited once again with a Malware - this time from China. HummindBad has infected only 10 Million devices. This malware doesn't steal a bunch of data, instead it is used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue by indicating that you have viewed certain ads - or clicked on them, thus making the advertising firm more money. It only makes the company $300,000 a month - so it's not that impressive.

The bulk of victims are in China and India, with 1.6 million and 1.35 million cases respectively. The Philippines, Indonesia and Turkey are toward the top of the list, too. The US has 288,800 infected devices. The UK and Australia each have fewer than 100,000 devices affected.

Source: CNET

DX12 Makes Multiple Graphics Easier

Microsoft has been working on the problem of mixing graphics cards in a system. Previously, this was possible, but the process, software and support were a bit finicky. With DX12, this is much easier and not only can you mix different generation cards from the same vendor, you can even mix NVIDIA and AMD to your hearts content. Finally.

Now Microsoft has confirmed that it’s taking away some of the complexity in multi-GPU systems, with a new abstraction layer. This will allow developers to take advantage of multiple GPUs on a system with only minimal coding. Of course this is only "basic multi-GPU support", so developers looking to access the full power inside of your video cards will still need to implement EMA properly.

Source: Neowin

Happy 4th - Have a Lawsuit

Blizzard's Overwatch game looks very cool and is a bit of a twist for Blizzard that has invested heavlity into RPGs as well as RTS games. Their Overwatch title is wildly popular, and with popularity comes the cheaters. On July 4th, Blizzard served Bossland a lawsuit for copyright infringement among other things as they have a number of cheats exploiting the game. If you can't beat them with programming, beat them with a lawsuit.

Blizzard is not happy with the Overwatch cheat and has filed a lawsuit against the German maker, Bossland GMBH, at a federal court in California. Bossland also sells cheats for various other titles such as World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and Heroes of the Storm, which are mentioned in the complaint as well.

Source: TorrentFreak

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Rapidfire Review

If you're looking for a new keyboard for gaming; or perhaps you just want to annoy people with loud clicky keys, you should check out the review of the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical keyboard. This keyboard is really built for gamers - with an oversized wrist rest, flat profile, RGB lighting and the ability to pull keys to set up custom layouts. If I was shopping for a new keyboard, this would definitely be on my short list.

Today we are having a look at the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, the keyboard born from another exclusive deal that Corsair has made with Cherry’s new mechanical key switch, the “RAPIDFIRE”. It is a switch designed specifically for gaming by combining light actuation force and higher actuation speed. On paper it does sound interesting, and today we'll put its design to the test to see if there's any actual improvement over Cherry’s “classic” designs.

Source: AnandTech

Huawei MateBook Takes On Surface

While the Microsoft Surface may not be the hand of every professional, they probably should be. The Surface is a great product that is powerful, sleek, functional and is just plain solid. There are a lot of imitators, but not many people come close at all. Huawei (WAH-WEY) has recently released their MateBook for North American launch, and this little unit could actually give the Surface a run for it's money - all the while helping you save yours.

Other than a 3.5mm headphone jack, the MateBook has a lone USB Type-C port. The Type-C to micro-USB adapter could be great for plugging in your phone, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Huawei hopes that you’re using this with a Nexus 6P, which uses USB Type-C. The MatePen, however, charges via micro-USB. You can use the adapter to charge it, and being able to connect your micro-USB phone is an added bonus.

Source: Neowin

Windows 10 Rocks Steam

While not everyone likes Windows 10, there are a very large number of gamers that have opted to be somewhat early adopters - or at least get in on the free upgrade so they can spend their money on games instead. According to Valve's Hardware Survey, over 42% of gamers are currently using Windows 10. That's a nice market share and it will only grow from there. Whatever Microsoft is doing with their mobile division, they have at least put their best foot forward with Windows 10.

Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using. Participation in the survey is optional, and anonymous. The information gathered is incredibly helpful to us as we make decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.

Source: Steam

Microsoft Working to Push Out New Surface This Year

Last week on WeeklyTechUpdate #363 we talked about how Microsoft looked to be ending the Surface (non-Pro) line as there have been no major rumblings of a new piece of hardware coming down the line. In fact, it appears that Microsoft was just working at selling off old inventory and would probably end the standard Surface line as Intel has pulled out of the entry-level mobile chip market. Not much more than a week later, it appears that Microsoft is indeed working on releasing a new Surface product this year - and will have many more to follow. Thankfully, they haven't given up - yet.

While the silhouette is clearly a Surface-related placeholder, it's not clear if the device that will launch this year is a tablet, laptop, an accessory for existing devices, or something completely new. Recent rumors have suggested Microsoft may be preparing to launch a Surface-branded AIO later this year. DigiTimes reported earlier this week that Microsoft is planning a Surface AIO as an alternative to the Surface Book.

Source: TheVerge

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