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General Hardware / 12TB HDD
« Last post by Fujitsu on April 27, 2017, 06:47:23 am »
Western Digital has just announced their new 12TB hard drive, once again taking the "we've got the biggest hard drive" crown again. Rumor has it Seagate is working on their 16TB drive that will be hitting markets next year but until then if you need more capacity in a single drive, Western Digital has you covered. TechRadar takes a closer look at the new capacity king.

   Western Digital has announced that it’s now shipping the HGST-branded Ultrastar He12, a helium-based (‘HelioSeal’) 12TB hard disk.   This is a fourth-generation 3.5-inch helium hard drive which is built using PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) technology and made for supreme reliability, which isn’t surprising seeing as it’s aimed at the enterprise arena – but it gives us a good flavour of what’s coming to the consumer world, too.   The disk boasts an impressive rated MTBF (mean time between failures) of 2.5 million hours.

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LAN & General Gaming / Nintendo's comeback
« Last post by Fujitsu on April 27, 2017, 06:35:30 am »
Good news for the Nintendo investors who stuck with them during some lean years, thanks to an estimated 121% profit surge it appears that Nintendo is well on its way back thanks to the best quarter they've had in 7 years. In the past year Nintendo has seen their stock go up a cool 60% to go along with the increase in profits, things are looking up over at Nintendo. CNBC has more on the story.

   Nintendo's forecasts, however, set it up for a strong year ahead. Its forecast of 65 billion yen of operating profit, if realized, would mark a 121 percent increase. It would also be the biggest profit since the fiscal year ended March 2011. The company is aiming to sell 10 million Switch units. The console, which went on sale last month, has already seen 2.74 million units sold, with 5.46 million units of software sold.

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General Mayhem / Yahoo's CEO will still get paid
« Last post by Fujitsu on April 27, 2017, 06:31:34 am »
We haven't had a Yahoo story for a couple weeks and I'm sure there are lots of people getting worried that Yahoo's CEO might not get a nice big payout, but worry no more, Marissa Mayer is still on track to get an $186 million dollar payday as she leaves Yahoo. The deal from Verizon to buy Yahoo is closing in on the finish line and I'm sure Yahoo is hoping they can hold it together until then. CBS News has more on the story.

   Regardless of how business pundits will eventually judge Marissa Mayer’s tenure as CEO of Yahoo, she’s succeeded on at least one front: reaping rich personal rewards.    Mayer will leave Yahoo following its sale to Verizon with more than $186 million in payouts, with the bulk of the compensation tied to her Yahoo stock, stock options and restricted stock options, according to calculations by the Wall Street Journal. Included in the figure is her golden parachute payout of $23 million, which largely consists of restricted stock. Since joining the Internet pioneer in 2012, she’s earned far more than $200 million.

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General Mayhem / Chipolte Is Investigating Data Breach is Payment System
« Last post by Zeus on April 26, 2017, 06:57:40 am »
Not only does Chipolte have the unintended effect of uncontrollable diarrhea from their patrons due to e.coli and other wonderful things, they now also have diarrhea in their payment system and it has been spewing customer data. That's not good and may be just another reason you need not to visit the restaurant.

   At an investor presentation, Chipotle’s Chief Financial Officer Jack Hartung said that the company anticipates “notifying any affected customers as we get further clarity about the time frames and restaurant locations that might have been affected”. However, for now, it has set up a dedicated page to provide customers with updates regarding the ongoing investigation.Source: Neowin

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Operating Systems & Software / Android Malware Infected 2 Million Devices
« Last post by Zeus on April 26, 2017, 06:52:49 am »
This is not good news for Android users that can't figure out how to play games. Apparently there are at least 2 million people that needed to download "Game Guides" from the Play Store and 45 specific game guides were infected with Malware. This is a pretty serious malware that can take total control of your Android device and display bogus content and couldn't be deleted. Of course if a user read the permissions before they installed the apps, they'd see that they needed "Admin" permissions. No guide - or app for that matter, should need administrator-level access. Google has pulled the apps from the store and hopefully Tony and Sal will find the developer and take him for a drive.

   The app enables hackers to take ‘remote control’ of devices, and can’t be deleted – and has been used to display bogus, illegal adverts in user’s devices, security researchers Check Point say. But the FalseGuide malware could be used to control infected phones as a ‘botnet’ – using them to perform hack attacks against websites and networks.Source: Metro

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Operating Systems & Software / Big List of Chrome Devices that Support Android Apps
« Last post by Zeus on April 26, 2017, 06:47:04 am »
Google's roll-out of Android Apps for Chromebooks has been a lot slower than I would have bet, but there is hope and they are rolling them out to more machines all the time. If they deliver this feature to all of the device that they have "planned", it will be available on 80 devices at least. For now, we have a list of devices that are getting Android apps for sure - probably.

   The latest update to Google’s Chromebook list, spotted by Slash Gear, includes Samsung’s Chromebook Plus, Chromebook Pro, Chromebook 2, and Chromebook 3. While the majority of the more than 80 devices are listed as “planned,” it’s not clear when Google will actually start adding Android app support. Some devices, like the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 and Acer Chromebook R13, are listed as beta channel, suggesting that official support will be available soon on the stable channel.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / NZXT Kraken X52 AiO Liquid Cooler
« Last post by Zeus on April 26, 2017, 06:41:40 am »
NZXT has some pretty solid coolers that range from single fan units all the way up to monster triple-fan units that only fit in specific cases. Today, the news is all about their X52 - an updated dual-fan radiator setup that promises a mix of performance and system compatibility. In addition to decent performance, NZXT has added some "Infinity" lighting to the cooler. While it looks cool, I'm sure that the extra cost could maybe have been better put to use on higher quality pump bearings or better fans.

   NZXT has produced a solid AIO with the Kraken X52 as long as you don’t mind cranking the fans up to full speed. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with the second-best temperatures we ever recorded. Turning the fans down to minimum cuts the performance of the X52 severely. The difference between the highest speed and lowest speed stands at about twelve degrees. At eighty-one degrees Celsius, this puts the temperature of our CPU into uncomfortable territory in terms of long term stability. I would suggest not turning the fans this low if you plan on aggressive overclocking.Source: HardOCP

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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #398 - A Disruption in the (Moto Z) Force
« Last post by Zeus on April 25, 2017, 09:20:29 am »
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General Mayhem / Gionee's M6S Plus Phone Unveiled
« Last post by Zeus on April 24, 2017, 08:43:28 pm »
There are some solid Android phones from major companies and there are even better devices from companies that most of us have never heard of. The Gionee M6S was recently unveiled and this quite-slim beast packs in an amazing 6GB of RAM as well as a huge 6020mAh battery. That battery is larger than many USB power banks I've been given at CES. It uses a mainstream Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, so you're getting battery life for days.

  •       Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor   
  •       6GB RAM   
  •       6-inch 1080p AMOLED display   
  •       12MP rear camera with LED flash, 8MP front-facing camera   
  •       64GB or 256GB of storage   
  •       6020mAh battery
Source: Neowin

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General Mayhem / Verizon Fios is Quick (and Cheap)
« Last post by Zeus on April 24, 2017, 08:39:39 pm »
Verizon has pretty speedy internet in the USA and they are stepping up their coverage of Fios - while dropping the price for new customers. You will be able to snag a ~1Gbps connection for as little as $70 a month. The actual speed of the service is a "mere" 940Mbps down and 880Mbps up, but I'm guessing you won't notice that for browsing old cached Geocities sites.

   According to Verizon, the new (almost) gigabit internet will be available to customers in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va., Hampton Roads, Va., Boston, Providence and Washington, D.C. areas, but you’ll probably have to check with your local Fios service given the historically spotty availability of Fios.Source: TheVerge

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