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Cybersecurity "Experts"

A new poll has found the only 25% of candidates hired into cybersecurity jobs are actually qualified, and that's a stat that should scare pretty much everyone. Finding qualified security experts isn't an easy task due to the extreme shortage, however, it is also a good reminder once again that giving your personal information out online to sketchy outfits. If the big guys can't get qualified people to keep themselves and your data safe, chances are good that "Ed's discount cell phones" might not have the strictest data controls... DarkReading has more on this story.

Sobering news on the cybersecurity hiring front: More than 20% of organizations get fewer than five applicants for an open security job and more than half of all positions (55%) take at least three months to fill with a qualified candidate.

Of those who do apply, fewer than 25% are actually qualified for the posted job, according to a new ISACA report released at last week's RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Weekly Tech Update #391 - Netbooks Could Be Making a Comeback

We have just posted up Episode #391 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing why the Netbook is coming back, making bold predictions about your next gaming CPU, and we’re talking about Samsung's Vice Chairman going to jail. He does not pass go or collect $200. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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Xbox One S with Minecraft = $200

If you live in the USA, Newegg is blowing out Xbox One S consoles with a 500GB drive and a free copy of Minecraft for a mere $199.99. While this smaller capacity console is not the hottest item right now, it's a solid buy and that's why it is going for such a good price. Normally, this is a $299 piece of hardware and there is no telling on how long this deal will last. Get it while it's hot.

For only a limited number of units (so you'd better hurry), Newegg is offering a white 500GB Xbox One S with a free copy of Minecraft for $199.99. The console normally´╗┐ retails for $299.99, meaning that you'll be saving $100. Minecraft may not be the most exciting game to be bundled for some, but the price is still an excellent value for someone looking to dive into the world of Xbox gaming.

Source: Neowin via Newegg Ebay

Best Games of 2017 So Far

There are a few games released this year that have been pretty horrible, but there are a few that deserve a second look. There are some great games released so far this year and they are summed up at the link below. If you've got some extra cash and some time on your hands, make sure you take a look to see what they recommend.

I empathize with annual curators. Given the constant deluge of new titles, each arriving with their own noisy hype, it can be a struggle to remember a TV show or a film from 11 months ago. So this year, I’ve decided to keep a journal of my favorite video games, a public way to collect the year’s finest.

Source: TheVerge

Disney Nails Free-Roaming Wireless Power

The nifty thing about wireless charging is that you can charge your phone simply by placing it on a table, pad or even a cradle that has a power coil - without actually plugging wires into your device. The downside is that it can't move much off the sweet spot or it won't charge. Disney, of all companies, has managed to pull off free-roaming wireless power delivery and can charge a device anywhere in the room. As soon as you walk in, your device is charging. No word on how much it would cost - or how often you'll need treatment for cancer.

The efficiency of the system is quite high, between 40 and 95 percent, depending on the receiver's position within the room. Furthermore, a surprisingly large amount of power can be pumped into the room - about 1900 watts - before the specific absorption rate (SAR), a measure of how much energy is absorbed by the human body, reaches dangerous levels.

 

Source: ArsTechnica

New Atom Chips Have 16-Cores

Just to prove that number of cores don't always mean more power, Intel has announced that their latest C3000 Atom chips will have a total of 16-cores and also include some "Pro" features. While many server chips don't even have 16-cores, the Atom's cores are not necessarily about computing power, they are about number of streams of data. While Hyperthreading works in theory, extra cores offer better performance in the real world and it is these cores that will help NAS arrays and other networking gear to handle loads better.

The Atom C3000 succeeds the older C2000 chips, which were originally targeted at microservers and networking and storage equipment. The Atom C2000 chips recently ran into trouble with a flaw that could crash servers and networking equipment. Intel has provided a temporary fix, but the company is working on a permanent fix.

Source: PCWorld

ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard Review

We have just posted our review of the ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard. This is a membrane (non-mechanical) keyboard that throws in some pretty nifty features such as Bluetooth calling to your phone through your PC headset, a universal device dock, Bluetooth keyboard integration with your phone and more. It might not be perfect, but it is boldly going where I've never seen a keyboard go before - and it's solid. Check our review for more details.

Gaming keyboards lately have been going towards mechanical switches, however, not everyone likes the noise and feel of mechanical switches, and if you're one of them you are probably pretty excited to see a high-end gaming keyboard that has membrane switches, which is what the ROCCAT Skeltr features.

Skeltr Keyboard Review

Horizon Zero Dawn

There are some pretty nifty open-world RPG games out there and I haven't had a huge love for any of them honestly. It seems that Horizon Zero Dawn is the game that may change that for many people. According to one reviewer, the 30 hour demo they were able to play wasn't near enough time to really enjoy the game. That is a good sign and we'll have to see how it all plays out as things progress.

Horizon is, in a word, seamless. It's massive, yet there are no loading screens peppered throughout the map (aside from fast travel and death), leaving Aloy's path open as she travels from village to village. There are plentiful side quests and save points (giant campfires) dotted along the way, and miles of mysterious wilderness for her to explore.

Source: Engadget

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

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