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Super Mario Run Coming to Android This Week

Super Mario Run has been a big hit on iOS and it is coming to Android on March 23 - this week. If you've been waiting to get your hands on this $9.99 game, the time is coming closer. Hopefully, the price won't be inflated from what it currently is on iOS. We'll see in a few days. Are you going to get it? For $10 - with no in-game micro-transactions, it might be worth it.

 

Source: GooglePlay

New Xbox One S Bundles Have 2 Free Games for $299

Microsoft is pushing their Xbox One S a little harder than they were. In light of the Nintendo Switch launch doing so well, Microsoft is trying to sweeten their One S deal with two included games for the price of $299. This is a pretty affordable gaming console and the total cost of ownership will be much less than a Switch. Take a look at the link below to check out all the different configurations available for the $299 price tag.

The bundles start at $299 and include a variety of different options like Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3, and Gears of War 4 - just to name a few. Now to make the deal even sweeter, Microsoft has offered up two free games that can be selected from a set group. As mentioned previously, you'll be able to score a free copy of Mass Effect: Andromeda or if that isn't your thing, you'll have plenty of other great titles to choose from like Halo Wars 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Final Fantasy XV, and more.

Source: Neowin

Tiny Battery Cools Chips While Powering Them

This idea brings the idea of perpetual energy closer to reality - and that's not even the goal here. Researches have constructed a battery that has a dual benefit of supplying power to chips as well as cooling them at the same time. There is some pumping required to remove heat, but the entire process takes 0.4W and it still leaves 1W left to power the chip. Once they figure out how to cool the chip, capture the heat and use that to make electricity, it will either create a black hole - or solve the world's energy problem.

"Redox flow" batteries that use liquid electrolytes are normally used on a large scale to store energy. For instance, Harvard Researchers recently created one that can last over ten years with very little degradation, making it ideal to store solar or wind energy.

Source: Engadget

Nest Security Cameras Can Be Killed via Bluetooth

The more we are connected, the more we open ourselves to vulnerability. To stop this, we connect more device to our networks to monitor our valuables and family, but these also are subject to attack. The latest in the line of failing devices is the Nest Dropcam and Dropcam Pro security cameras. These devices have Bluetooth for setup, convenience and sensing when the owner is around, but a simple hack can cause the cameras to crash and currently there is no fix. This is a problem as a thief could disable the cameras before they pop in and steal your stuff.

For the first bug, an attacker can trigger a buffer overflow in the camera by pinging it an overlong Wi-Fi SSID parameter via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This causes the gadget to crash and reboot. The second flaw is similar, but in this case the miscreant sends a long Wi-Fi password parameter to the camera. This too will cause the camera to crash and restart, we're told.

Source: TheRegister

Intel Optane is Quick

Intel's Optane storage units are now in the wild and while currently they are only available in 375GB, the fact is they are blistering fast. Also, they are ridiculously expensive at $1,520 for this particular unit. Later this year they will be available in 750GB and 1.5TB units, but for now they are relegated to this 375GB size.

Storage is a big bottleneck, and the Optane SSDs will reduce latency. That will improve the productivity of servers, and will help in applications like analytics, which deal with large data sets. Optane could be used for for caching or long-term or short-term storage.

Source: PCWorld

LG 4K 32-inch LCD Gets Release Date and Price

When it comes to monitors, you can get cheap monitors, gaming monitors, 4K monitors and then professional monitors with great color accuracty, but they aren't good for much else. At CES earlier this year LG showed off their new 4K USB-C HDR10 4K monitor that also supports gaming. It's a great unit, but the $1000 USD price tag is a bit scary for some. 

Requiring only a single cable to stream images to a 4K display, charge a connected laptop and execute data transfers simultaneously, the 32UD99 is able to reduce cable clutter, which adds to its streamlined appearance. And the monitor’s built-in speakers pack a punch with LG’s Rich Bass technology for a full-bodied audio experience.

Source: MSPowerUser

Android O Details

Android "O" (for Oreo) details are emerging and there seems to be a few things that will be changing. While I'm sure that the background features and stuff are getting a major overhaul, the reality is that people only see the GUI and that is largely what plays into their user experience. This time around the notifications are getting a major overhaul, which is interesting as notifications seem to be one thing that Android already excells at. Other rumored features include picture in picture mode and more.

In an effort to improve battery life, the next version of Google's OS will also restrict background activities from apps, much in the same way Chrome 57 currently deals with tabs. It will be interesting to see how much the battery life will be extended as a result of these optimizations.

Source: Neowin

Galaxy S8 AnTuTu Benchmark

The S8 is supposed to be coming along very soon and there have been quite a few leaks about the upcoming handset. According to "Jacky", the S8 looks like it will easily be the fastest device on the market - and that includes the devices released at MWC just a few weeks ago. Things look good for Samsung with this device - if they can provide a solid piece of hardware without any major bugs or issues.

 

Source: Vimeo

GoPro makes more cuts

GoPro has announced a third round of cuts with the announcement of 270 more jobs being eliminated. This is the third round of cuts since 2016, round one as 15% of staff, round 2 saw another 7% leave, and now another 270 jobs. GoPro has been having a rough time thanks to increased competition and lack of a new "killer product" and lost $373 million in 2016. Time will tell if they can turn things around in 2017. The Verge has the full story.

GoPro is reducing its workforce by about 270 employees, the company announced today, citing an effort to reduce operating costs by about $200 million for 2017. The new cuts include current employees as well as open positions, and it’s the third reduction to GoPro’s workforce since the beginning of 2016.

The camera company operated at a loss of $373 million in 2016, in part thanks to production delays on the new Hero 5 cameras and the recall of the Karma drone. GoPro’s stock price hit an all-time low this past week, though it was up more than 10 percent in after-hours trading following the news.

Ryzen 5

AMD's Ryzen 7 CPUs have been received very well thanks to comparable performance to the competition at half the price. Ryzen is now showing off their Ryzen 5 CPUs which features 4 cores (8 threads) for the $169 price range and up to 6 cores (12 threads) for $249. It'll be interesting to see how the mid-range consumers react to a new option in the CPU market but from the sounds of it the performance increase in comparison to the competition should at least get AMD some consideration. Arstechnica has more details.

There are four Ryzen 5 parts launching on April 11. At the top end is the R5 1600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, with a base of 3.6GHz and a turbo of 4.0GHz, for $249. Below that is the $219 1600. It has the same core and thread count but cuts clock speeds to 3.2/3.6GHz. At the bottom end are a pair of 4-core, 8-thread parts: the $169 1400 at 3.2/3.4GHz, and the $189 1500X at 3.5/3.7GHz.

The chips will continue to use the AM4 socket and will be compatible with all the same chipsets and motherboards as the R7s.

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