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  Apple Was Aware of iPhone 6 Bendgate Before Launch
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-26-2018, 03:04 AM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/27005...ore-launch

Quote:Apple has a history of pretending nothing is wrong with its products when it’s obvious to all outside observers that there’s something very, very wrong. Such was the case back in the days of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when buyers claimed the phones bent too easily. Later, many owners had issues with so-called “touch disease” when the phones would stop responding to touches. Apple denied these problems were widespread. Newly revealed documents suggest that not only was Apple aware, but it was actively working on engineering changes to mitigate the issues. All the while, it continued gaslighting iPhone owners.

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  GOG Unreal Gold Giveaway
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-23-2018, 01:38 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_gold
It's good for the next 48 hours.

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  Google Virtually Ends "Don't Be Evil"
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-22-2018, 08:40 PM - Forum: Technology News - No Replies

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/google...37082.html

Quote:Google released an updated code of conduct, which for the first time in almost two decades removed almost all mentions of its “Don't be evil” mantra. The code of conduct embodies a company's values, principles, and ideals, so removing the "Don't be evil" motto from the code may give us a hint towards the direction in which Google is going.
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The new code of conduct no longer centers around this motto, making almost no mention of it, except in passing at the very end of the multi-page document.
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In an older TED talk, Simon Sinek, a marketing consultant and author of “Start with Why,” raised the issue of companies needing to give their customers and users something in which to believe - a purpose that aligns with its user base’ motives and ideals. He argued that this is what pushes everyone, both employees and customers to make the company truly great.

This is what makes a company such as Apple so loved by its customer base, and it’s what has made many love Google for its “Don’t Be Evil” ideals in the past. All of that could be in jeopardy, if Google plans to renounce its "Don't be evil" ideal.

We’re already seeing how the company’s “cool new technologies” are no longer received with just praise and optimism, but also heavy criticism and skepticism. This trend could worsen to Google's detriment if more people start believing that the company is no longer looking after them or trying to do good with its technology, but just willing to do anything to chase a profit.

Don't be evil has been Google's corporate identity for the longest time, but now that's no longer true. Whether or not we'll like this new Google that can't commit to not being evil anymore remains to be seen, but some of its latest moves already point to an increasingly worrying direction for the company.

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  Octopuses may be an alien species
Posted by: SickBeast - 05-22-2018, 05:38 AM - Forum: Anything Alien - Replies (2)

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/techandsc...li=AAggNb9

I thought you would like this, Dave.

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  FM Radio Faces UK Government Switch-Off As Digital Listening Passes 50 Percent
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 05-20-2018, 05:11 AM - Forum: News & Politics - No Replies

5-19-2018

FM Radio Faces UK Government Switch-Off As Digital Listening Passes 50 Percent Milestone

The Amazon Echo and other smart speakers have helped push the audience for digital radio past that of FM and AM in the UK for the first time. According to Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR), digital listening has reached a new record share of 50.9%, up from 47.2% a year ago.

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  First Government Office in the US To Accept Bitcoin As Payment
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 05-20-2018, 05:07 AM - Forum: Cryptocurrency Mining - No Replies

5-19-2018

First Government Office in the US To Accept Bitcoin As Payment

If cash, check or credit card seems too old-fashioned, Seminole County, Florida Tax Collector Joel Greenberg said this week his office will begin accepting bitcoin as payment for new IDs, license plates and property taxes starting next month. Greenberg said accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash as a payment method will promote transparency and accuracy in payment.

"There's no risk to the taxpayer," said Greenberg, who has often raised eyebrows since his 2016 election by moves including encouraging certain employees with concealed-weapons permits to carry a firearm openly as a security measure. "Blockchain technology is the future of the whole financial industry."

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  The End Of Casual Overclocking
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-18-2018, 10:44 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (4)

https://techreport.com/blog/33653/the-da...e-numbered

Quote:As per-core performance improvements at the microarchitectural level have largely dried up, clock speeds have become a last resort for gaining demonstrable improvements from generation to generation for today's desktop CPUs. It's no longer going to be possible for companies to leave clock-speed margins on the table through imprecise or conservative characterization and binning practices—margins that give casual overclockers reason to tweak to begin with. Tomorrow's chips are going to get smarter and smarter about their own capabilities and exploit the vast majority of their potential through awareness of their own electrical and thermal limits, too.
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The slim pickings of overclocking headroom for casual tweakers these days doesn't stop with CPUs, either. Nvidia's Pascal graphics cards enjoy a deadly-effective dynamic-voltage-and-frequency-scaling algorithm of their own in GPU Boost 3.0. Grab a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti equipped with any massive air cooler or hybrid arrangement, for just one example, and you're already within single digits of the GP102 GPU's potential.
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As we run harder and harder into the limits of silicon, today's newly-competitive CPU market will require all chip makers to squeeze every drop of performance they can out of their products at the factory to set apart their high-end products and motivate upgraders. We'll likely see similar sophistication from future graphics cards, too. Leaving hundreds of Hertz on the table doesn't make dollars or sense for chip makers, and casual overclockers likely will be left with thinner and thinner pickings to extract through manual tweaking. If the behavior of today's cutting-edge chips is any indication, however, we'll have more time to game and create. Perhaps the end of casual overclocking won't be entirely sad as a result.

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  Ryzen 7 1700 For $192.09
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-15-2018, 09:00 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

https://techreport.com/news/33640/deal-o...for-192-09

Quote:Go right ahead and grab the mighty AMD Ryzen 7 1700 from Rakuten for $192.09 with the checkout code SAVE15. Get it while it's hot, we wouldn't be surprised if stocks ran out quickly.

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  S/MIME and OpenPGP Suffer Devastating Flaw
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-14-2018, 09:55 PM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies

https://www.neowin.net/news/critical-fla...tion-tools

Quote:Sebastian Schinzel, a professor of Computer Security at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, this week issued a dire warning about a critical flaw in the S/MIME and OpenPGP encryption tools, which would allow attackers to read supposedly encrypted emails in plaintext form.

Schinzel and his team's research has been corroborated by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and has been described in detail by the researchers in a paper published earlier today. The flaw, named EFAIL, reportedly affects both sent and received messages, including past correspondence.

According to Schinzel, no fixes currently exist for the vulnerability, and the best thing users can do for now is to disable the relevant encryption standards:

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  Wasabi Mango Delivers World's First Buyable 4K 120 Hz Monitor
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-14-2018, 09:14 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies

https://techreport.com/news/33636/wasabi...ou-can-buy

Quote:If you're doubtful that a little Korean company could beat Asus, Acer, and everyone else to the punch, check out this YouTube video from a Korean user. The owner uses Blur Busters' TestUFO website and a slow-motion camera to demonstrate that the monitor is truly refreshing at 120 Hz. The video's fairly definitive proof that the monitor lives up to that claim. The Blur Busters blog is actually where we found out about this monitor, so thanks to Mark and the crew for pointing out the UHD430.

If you're keen to get one of the first 120-Hz 4K monitors for yourself, head on over to eBay. As of this posting it's currently selling for $1399 there. The UHD430 hasn't shown up on the company's Amazon or Newegg stores yet, but it's likely to appear there sooner rather than later.

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