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Tuesday September 27, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Reads Mammograms With 99% Accuracy

Remember that article that said robots will be taking all our good jobs? Well, it looks like it has begun. The Terminator doing mammograms makes me think of this image.

A team has developed artificial intelligence software that analyzes mammograms for breast cancer with 99 percent accuracy. This could help keep women from undergoing unnecessary biopsies, and would shield them from the agony of false positives.


Why Young Men Would Rather Play Video Games Than Get A Job

Hmmm, let's see...given the choice, you can work your ass off all day or you can lounge around the house on the sofa and play video games. Boy that's a real tough choice right there. It's a mystery to me why any young guy would rather play video games than work. roll eyes (sarcastic)

This is Danny Izquierdo, "a 22-year-old who lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Md.", as the Chicago Tribune reports (their photo, too). Izquierdo, the Tribune writes, is part of a trend: Young men who are opting out of the job market because it’s more emotionally fulfilling to play video games. It’s not that they couldn’t find a job. It’s that they don’t want to. Games are a better mode of living.


Elon Musk Explains The SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk discussed his plans for a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars and the technical challenges that need to be solved in order to support a long-term presence on the red planet. The folks at Engadget covered the live event and have broken down all the info into easy to digest morsels.

Musk estimated that, using traditional methods, it would cost $10 billion per person to travel to Mars, and he wants that figure to drop to roughly $200,000 per person. Eventually, the cost of a Mars move will be below $100,000, Musk said. A large part of lowering that cost is creating spaceships with reusable parts, Musk said. The ITS' in-orbit refueling stage is crucial to SpaceX's plans, since it lowers fuel expenditures at liftoff and features fully reusable boosters, tankers and ships. Each booster can be used 1,000 times; each tanker 100 times and each ship 12 times.


Patriot Viper 4 8GB DDR4 3400MHz Memory Kit

The crew at Neoseeker rubbed a few sticks of Patriot's Viper 4 8GB DDR4 3400MHz memory together to see what it would do. Here's a snippet from the overclocking portion of the review that I think many of you may find interesting:

While the stock clocks delivered great performance as is, I was not expecting much in terms of overclocking potential from highly binned modules already rated at 3400MHz. I still managed to squeeze an extra 336MHz out of the kit on hand, with slightly looser timings than the manufacturer XMP 2.0 3400MHz profile. The modules I was working with achieved a stable 3736MHz overclock with 17-19-19-40 timings, although with a considerable voltage increase in the range of 1.5v.


Company Turns Crayons Into Art Using Your Digital Images

When is the last time you thought to yourself "I wish I had a family portrait made out of crayons?" Not made WITH crayons, I'm talking about made out of actual crayons. Never? How about if I told you it only cost $1,280 for a 33" portrait? eek!

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Official Battlefield 1 Single Player Trailer

The official Battlefield 1 single player trailer is now live. This two minute trailer shows off Xbox One footage of the single player portion of the game. For now, we can only imagine how the PC version of this game will look. cool


Gaming [H]eadlines

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Teased? @ Blue's News

PS3's Launch Price Was Way Too Much @ GameSpot

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Next Week @ Shacknews

Xbox One S Audi R8 Edition Is Real @ VG24/7

82% Of Households Still Pay For Cable

If big cable companies really wanted to fend off cord cutters, they would cut the crap and offer a pick-and-chose à la carte channel selection where you would pay for a "package" of 50 / 100 / 200 channels but you would get to select the individual channels you want. Could you imagine not having to pay for 300 channels just to get the 50 you actually watch?

For all that cord-cutting is a true trend, it’s a slow one. The study finds that about 82% of households are subscribing to a traditional pay-TV (cable, satellite, or fiber) service. That’s still a drop of several million viewers from the 2011 high of 87%, but it’s comparable to subscriber numbers from 2005, before the economy crashed or internet TV became a thing.


Senators Accuse Yahoo Of 'Unacceptable' Delay In Hack Discovery

Although everyone agrees that Yahoo hiding the fact that it been hacked for over two years is truly unacceptable, strongly worded letters from politicians don't mean diddly squat. In fact, the only way I see anything being done about this is if one of the senators mentioned above had a Yahoo account. wink

Six Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday said it was "unacceptable" that Yahoo only last week announced a 2014 hack into 500 million user accounts and asked embattled CEO Marissa Mayer for more information about the company's investigation into the data breach. The lawmakers said they were "disturbed" the two-year-old intrusion was detected so long after the hack occurred. "That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years," the senators wrote in a joint letter addressed to Mayer. "This is unacceptable."


Flushing Liquid Mercury Down The Toilet

Watching someone try to flush hundreds of pounds of mercury down a toilet is one of those strange kind of things that you just can't look away from. How do people come up with these ideas anyway?


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 240 @ MadShrimps

Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280 @ Guru3D

Storage: Crucial MX300 750 GB SSD @ OCInside

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB @ ThinkComputers

Video: AMD RX 480 CrossFire Performance @ TechARP

MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium Review

There is a review of the MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard posted today at ocaholic. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation from back in August here.

The X99A XPower Gaming Titanium is a very well equipped motherboard in its portfolio, which comes with lots of features and a great looking as well as unique design. There are for example M.2 and U.2 connectors and no less than five full-size PCIe slots. No wonder we're curious to find out how this board stacks up on the following pages.


RIAA Takes On Stream-Ripping In Copyright Lawsuit

The Recording Industry Association of America is going after companies that allow you to convert YouTube videos into MP3s. At least the RIAA isn't suing people that are using the conversion tools....yet.

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[Youtube-mp3.org] is raking in millions on the backs of artists, songwriters, and labels. We are doing our part, but everyone in the music ecosystem who says they believe that artists should be compensated for their work has a role to play. It should not be so easy to engage in this activity in the first place, and no stream-ripping site should appear at the top of any search result or app chart.


WhatsApp Ordered to Stop Collecting Data On Users in Germany

It would seem that the Germans aren't too happy with WhatsApp's decision to share user data with its parent company for the sole purpose of selling ads. Making matters worse is the fact that both companies swore that no data would be shared between them when Facebook acquired the company in 2014.

The city of Hamburg’s data protection commissioner ordered Facebook on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, the first time a privacy watchdog has waded into the debate. The regulator, which has authority over Facebook’s activities across Germany, also called on the social network to delete all information already forwarded from WhatsApp on roughly 35 million German users.


Is Verizon's Data Usage Alert System Broken?

There are several things you should take away from this article but, probably the most important is that Verizon considers its data usage alerts a "courtesy" not a "guarantee." So what other way is there to find out if you phone is going haywire sucking down gigs of data?

As it stands, users have the option of receiving text message alerts when they reach 50%, 75%, and 100% of their data consumption. But the Plain Dealer says in researching the issue there's "thousands" of people that say they either no longer get the alerts or get inaccurate warnings, and in some cases were hit with hundreds of dollars in fees because of it. According to the paper, Verizon informed the paper that such alerts are a "courtesy" not a "guarantee."


Female Composers in Games Industry See Gender-Based Pay Penalty, New Study Finds

As GameSoundCon, the annual conference for game music composers, is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Los Angeles, the profession finds itself in the dichotomous position of being in a Renaissance Age for sound technology, but in the Dark Ages when it comes to income equality, a recent industry survey shows. The penalty for being a woman in game audio is roughly equal to two years' of experience, according to an independent analysis of the survey. In other words, a woman with eight years of experience composing music for video games was compensated on the same level as a man with six years of experience.

The analysis was based on data gathered online via the Game Audio Industry Survey, which tracks compensation, working conditions, contact terms and production information for the video game music and sound industry. The survey included responses from 526 men and 51 women. The 10:1 ratio of respondents mirrors the gender composition of the industry as a whole, said Brian Schmidt, a veteran interactive music composer and sound designer and executive director of GameSoundCon, which commissions the annual industry survey. This is the first year survey organizers have commissioned an independent analysis of the gender data -- largely because there were so few women in prior surveys for there to be a valid sample, Schmidt said.


NVIDIA: The Business Case for Competitive Gaming

Tens of thousands of fans are filling arenas around the world — and millions are crowding into live video feeds run by streaming services like Twitch, Hitbox and YouTube — to watch pros play for stakes that are among the richest in the world of sports. Here’s what’s going on: momentum for PC gaming is growing, fast. Gamers spend more than double on their PCs that other consumers do, according to Gartner, and worldwide sales of gaming PCs will grow to 8.7 million units in 2020 from 6 million units last year. Those gamers — like any sports enthusiasts — want to see the very best compete to win the games they love. And virtually every one of these PC gaming events is powered by our gear.


Microsoft And BoA Merrill Lynch Collaborate To Transform Trade Finance Transacting

Today at Sibos, an annual conference organized by SWIFT for the financial industry, Microsoft Corp. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced a collaboration on blockchain technology to fuel transformation of trade finance transacting. As part of this collaboration, the two companies will build and test technology, create frameworks, and establish best practices for blockchain-powered exchanges between businesses and their customers and banks. Microsoft Treasury experts will serve as advisors and initial test clients, establishing the first Microsoft Azure-powered blockchain transaction between a major corporate treasury and a financial institution.


Monday September 26, 2016

Disney Reportedly Eyes Twitter For Potential Buyout

Could you imagine how Twitter would be if this rumor ends up being true? To be honest, Twitter doesn't seem like a good fit for Disney to me. Then again, what do I know? I didn't think Marvel or Star Wars were a good fit either. frown

If there's smoke, there must be fire. In this case, the heat centers on a Twitter purchase as Walt Disney becomes the latest company rumored to eye the stagnating microblogging service, according Bloomberg News. The report Monday follows CNBC's story last week that several tech companies, including Google and Salesforce, would soon make formal bids for Twitter.


$200 For Wi-Fi At Presidential Debates

If you are a journalist at the presidential debates tonight, be prepared to shell out $200 for Wi-Fi access. It's only $325 for ethernet access and $75 for no internet access at all. Meanwhile the entire world will be watching it live on the two billion different outlets that will be streaming the debates for free.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Zalman Z9 & Z11 NEO @ Overclockers Club

ETC.: ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard @ pcGameware

Gaming: Fallout 4 Nuka World DLC @ RHR

Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB SSD @ MadShrimps

Kingston SSDnow UV400 480GB @ NikKTech

QNAP TS-251A 2-Bay SOHO NAS @ eTeknix

4K Google Chromecast Ultra Image Leaked?

According to this site, this is a leaked image of the upcoming 4K Google Chromecast Ultra. The 4K-capable digital media player will supposedly retail for $69. Other than the picture and rumored price, there aren't many details at this point.

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FBI iPhone Hacker Says It Can Crack Any Phone

Cellebrite, the Israeli company that recently hacked the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone for the FBI, has told the BBC that it can crack any smartphone and gain access to all the data on the phone. Something tells me that government agencies around the world are going to keep these guys busy for a while. eek!

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Cellebrite was in the headlines earlier this year when it was rumoured to have helped the FBI to crack an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter. Now the company has told the BBC that it can get through the defences of just about any modern smartphone. But the firm refuses to say whether it supplies its technology to the police forces of repressive regimes.


New Intel Technologies to Deliver Amazing Experiences

Intel’s passion and commitment to broadening the opportunities for people of all walks of life to both participate in and be exposed to the creation of new technologies will be in full effect at this year’s World Maker Faire. Visitors to the booth will be among the first to work hands-on with Intel® Joule™, a sophisticated new high-performance compute platform targeted at Internet of Things (IoT) developers and entrepreneurs. Enthusiasts will be encouraged to explore more than a dozen interactive demo stations that showcase Intel’s growing and diverse portfolio of maker and developer platforms. These include popular inventor module Intel® Edison right through to hobbyist and entry-level boards Intel® Galileo and  Arduino 101* (powered by the Intel® Curie™ module). Exhibits will include a reimagined DJ experience from Thud Rumble*, featuring live performances by the world famous Invisibl Skratch Piklz*, a selection of Intel Joule-powered robots from VStone* and BLT Robotics* featuring human-like senses and a state-of-the-art musical and motion demo, among other displays.


Jet Black iPhone 7 Case Failure Rates 40%

Look, I don't care if you need to work those twelve year old Chinese kids double shifts, seven days a week, I ain't waiting for my damned jet black iPhone 7. Who cares if you can get a plain black phone without waiting? Do I look like a peasant? big grin

According to a note sent out to clients by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the failure rate for the jet black finish cases is high, with yields down the in the 60 to 70 percent region. This means that a lot of cases are being rejected because they don't meet Apple's exacting standards.


Game Maker Thanks Reddit Pirates for Attention, Offers Discounts

What do you guys think of this game developers' response to its game being pirated? Do you think the "thanks" and discount offers will sway other not to pirate the game?

PM Studios, the developers behind the popular PlayStation Vita game SUPERBEAT XONiC, made quite a few new friends over the weekend. After finding out that links to cracked versions of their game were widely shared on Reddit they 'thanked' the pirates for their interest, offering a discount on top.


Verizon Employee Illegally Sold Customer Information

Not only did this Verizon employee sell customer information to a private investigator, he earned as little as $50 a month to do so in the beginning. By the time dude was busted, he was earning $750 a month selling customer information. frown

Traeger allegedly accessed Verizon’s computer network to obtain call records and location data for the investigator, while being fully aware that he was not allowed to do so. In return, the P.I. paid him a monthly fee of $50. By 2013, prosecutors say that rate had been bumped up to $750/month. In total, the defendant earned more than $10,000 from selling this information.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 1 Campaign Trailer Coming Tomorrow @ GameSpot

Overwatch Symmetra Changes Next Month @ Blue's News

Philadelphia 76ers Buy Two eSports Teams @ Shacknews

The Division PTS Goes Live Today @ VG24/7

Why The iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Was Removed

While I think most of what this guy is saying is pretty obvious to tech savvy folks, the average person is still buying into the whole "courage" reason for removal of the headphone jack.


MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G Video Card Review

If you are looking for a highly overclockable GPU with a custom hardware design, high-end components and a killer cooling solution, I would suggest that you read our evaluation of the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G. This card has all the features we just mentioned and more. Hit the link for the complete rundown.

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MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G video card usher’s in a new line of GAMING video cards from MSI with customized PCB, Twin Froz VI cooling, and enthusiast overclocking potential. We’ll see how it performs out-of-box compared to a Founders Edition and then find out how well this video card overclocks.


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