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SHIELD Tablet $299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

Vigile (99919) writes | just now


Vigile (99919) writes "Last week NVIDIA announced the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller but reviews are finally hitting of the devices this morning. Based on the high performance Tegra K1 SoC that integrates 192 Kepler architecture CUDA cores, benchmarks reveal that that the SHIELD Tablet is basically unmatched by any other mobile device on the market when it comes to graphics performance — it is more than 2.5x the performance of the Apple A7 in some instances. With that power NVIDIA is able to showcase full OpenGL versions of games like Portal and Half-Life 2 running at 1080p locally on the 19x12 display or output to a TV in a "console mode." PC Perspective has impressions of that experience as well as using the NVIDIA Game Stream technology to play your PC games on the SHIELD Tablet and controller. To go even further down the rabbit hole, you can stream your PC games from your desktop to your tablet, output them to the TV in console mode, stream your game play to Twitch from the tablet while overlaying your image through the front facing camera AND record your sessions locally via ShadowPlay and using the Wi-Fi Direct powered controller to send and receive audio. It is incredibly impressive hardware but the question remains as to whether or not there is, or will be, a market for Android based gaming devices, even those with the power and performance that NVIDIA has built."
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French fight the death of OpenVMS

dcblogs (1096431) writes | just now


dcblogs (1096431) writes "An OpenVMS user group in France has posted an "open letter" to Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman urging her to reconsider HP's decision to begin pulling support for the operating system. The letter, written by OpenVMS consultant Gerard Calliet on behalf of user group HP-Interex France, explains the important role OpenVMS plays in running transportation systems, health services and even nuclear power plants in France. "These software products are the result of decades of precise programming, inscribed in precise coding imperative for such functional necessities," Calliet wrote. "A majority of them use functions specific to OpenVMS and still run on OpenVMS, as these custom features are hard to find elsewhere." The user group accuses HP of being unclear about its direction and creating confusion. In 2013, HP said it would not be validating OpenVMS on its latest Itanium-based systems."
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Bangalore Rape Case Two Gym Instructors Taken Into Custody

dailybhaskar (3754573) writes | 5 minutes ago


dailybhaskar (3754573) writes "The Bangalore Police on Tuesday arrested two gym instructors in connection to the rape case of 6-year-old in a school.
However, the police has given clean chit to the skating teacher who was earlier arrested in the case.
The complaint of rape has turned out to be a case of gangrape after the arrest of two more persons in the Vibgyor High School case, Police Commissioner MN Reddi said, reported PTI.
For more details"

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YotaPhone: In Five Years Time All Smartphones Could Have Two Screens

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | 6 minutes ago


DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "YotaPhone founder Vlad Martynov is not the shy and retiring type. Not only does he think that always-on screens like that found on the YotaPhone will soon be on all gadgets, he is predicting that the smartphone industry as a whole will embrace dual-screens and that within five years all new smartphones will have two screens."
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Russia offers $110,000 to crack Tor anonymous network

Anonymous Coward writes | 16 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "if,as reported by Zero Hedge, it is likely that "There is a war coming in Europe",
[], is there an URGENT need by Russia [or any other state i.e, China, Germany, Israel, US etc.] to "crack Tor" in order "to ensure the country's defense and security" ?

how likely is it that they will be successful in a reasonably short time frame? If they succeed, where does that leave Tor?"

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Study Suggests Probiotic to Prevent Obesity Possible

Zothecula (1870348) writes | 16 minutes ago


Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee have raised hopes for the possibility of developing of a probiotic to treat obesity and other chronic diseases. The team inhibited weight gain, insulin resistance and various other negative health effects of a high-fat diet in mice by modifying bacteria to produce a therapeutic compound in the gut."
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Spend bitcoin investment

Anonymous Coward writes | 17 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "Spend bitcoin investment is as of now prepared with either no charges or remarkably little expenses. Clients may include expenses with bitcoin skill to gain requirement changing"
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sel4- World's most secure OS kernel now open source

Anonymous Coward writes | 21 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "sel4 — the world's first operating-system kernel with an end-to-end proof of implementation correctness and security enforcement has just been released as open source.
sel4 is a general purpose mircokernel with an object capability security architecture. It was designed with security and reliability foremost in mind for use across the board from military control systems to medical devices."

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Did the politicians do all the math on solar energy?

gadget junkie (618542) writes | 21 minutes ago


gadget junkie (618542) writes "Funnily enough, Northern European countries have put the most solar panels in place. in this story on the Daily Telegraph, some of the foreseable problems seem to emerge: grid bottleneck, wide differences between peak output and average output. The suggested solution is mindboggling to an economic analyst like me: install them at an angle which would cause them to generate the most energy in the afternoon (namely: face west, and all will be fine). This adds to the cost obviously, since it is less efficient. Why is it practically impossible to get an unbiased economic study on alternative energy?"
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Why Does A Football Betting System Cost So Much?

Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "If you are looking for a football betting system, exactly what are you hoping to find? Are you hoping to find inexpensive football betting systems that will allow you to take small amounts of money and to parlay it into large amounts? Are you searching for a football betting system that will allow you to make consistent profits over the long run? No matter what type of system you are looking for, if it is a profitable football system you can expect to pay a pretty penny for it. Now I know some people feel that no football system should cost too much. If I were to tell you I can offer you a system where you can make 20% profits on all monies invested each month, how much do you believe that would be worth? Do you believe a $1000 would be too much to ask?
Some people think so, but the thing is if the person making such a claim were able to provide proof of what they can do and even give you a trial run, then paying $1000 should be considered cheap. Even the best investors in the world are not able to get such a profit on their money so quickly. So the reason why a profitable football betting system might cost so much would be because they actually work. Systems that work are also rarely advertised publicly. These types of football betting systems are made available to only a few select betters. It is very important, infact I would say vital, you realize this. People who are truly serious about making a consistent profit with football will have no problem paying this money.

These types of people will see an effective football system as a form of investment and not an expense. The amount of profits they're going to be able to generate over a long period of time makes the initial outlay will worth it to them. If a system is inexpensive and it is being commercially advertised, then it must undergo very careful scrutinizing. Simply because it is cheap, doesn't mean you should be quick to spend your money on it. These are usually the types of systems that promise unrealistic results. A more expensive system, especially one that is only available to a select few, is well worth the price if it actually brings you consistent returns. That is why such systems are expensive."

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OVH add Hyper-V to its Dedicated Cloud

Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft Hyper-V license is now preinstalled on offer Dedicated Cloud OVH, extended to all servers or berries.

Logically, OVH expand opportunities for its users. This has now resulted in the ability to use the Microsoft hypervisor on their servers via supply Dedicated Cloud. Head of cloud product OVH Helene Caraux said "Providing this hypervisor was a recurring request for some of our customers: they deploy these technologies internally and want to find in hosted mode.""

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With Every Stroke Of The Pen Or Line Of Sentence, Many Published Authors And Asp

mylestjai (3601563) writes | 39 minutes ago


mylestjai (3601563) writes "These cases typically also use cognitive behavioral therapy down lately, but there are other tell tale signs that can help reveal it. They are likely not causing any benefit anyways except making you more out of every hundred" could be expected to develop suicidal thoughts or actions as a result of antidepressant therapy. I couldn't venture a guess at home many muscle relaxants, magnesium, and trying a course of antidepressants as well."
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Cannot see OEM apps in the Windows Store

Anonymous Coward writes | 43 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "you were to go visit the Windows Store you may not find these apps are present in the Windows Store. These apps are offered only to those users who have an OEM license installed on their system."
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Security Against Unauthorized Access to Your Computer

Anonymous Coward writes | about an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "You can trust your computer to simplify your work, but you cannot trust it to keep your data and confidential information safe. Your computer can be attacked by anyone at any time, here are the tips on security against unauthorized access to your computer."
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3D Model of Hubble Space Telescope

Anonymous Coward writes | about an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Model of the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits the earth and has helped astronomers determine the age of the universe, the identity of quasars, and the existence of dark energy. For more information on Hubble and astronomy, see the free iBook Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn. Produced by a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute and SAS, both this model and the book are designed to expose all students—including those with visual impairments and other print disabilities—to critical STEM content. Additional information for students and teachers is also available for free at SAS Curriculum Pathways."
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Critical Android FakeID Bug Allows Apps to Impersonate Trusted Apps

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | 1 hour ago


Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "There is a critical vulnerability in millions of Android devices that allows a malicious app to impersonate a trusted application in a transparent way, enabling an attacker to take a number of actions, including inserting malicious code into a legitimate app or even take complete control of an affected device.

The vulnerability is a result of the way that Android handles certificate validation and it’s present in all versions of Android from 2.1 to 4.4, known as Kit Kat. Researchers at Bluebox Security, who identified the vulnerability, said that in some cases, attackers can exploit the vulnerability to gain full access to a target device. Specifically, devices that run the 3LM administration extension are at risk for a complete compromise. This includes devices from HTC, Pantech, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola.

Android apps are signed using digital certificates that establish the identity of the developer and the vulnerability Bluebox discovered is that the Android app installer doesn’t try to authenticate the certificate chain of a given app. That means an attacker can create an app with a fake identity and impersonate an app with extensive privileges, such as an Adobe plug-in or Google Wallet. In the case of the Adobe impersonation, the malicious app would have the ability to escape the sandbox and run malicious code inside another app, the researchers said.

“You could use any app distribution mechanism, whether it’s a link in SMS or a legitimate app store. Look at other Android malware. You do it whatever it takes for the user to say, Yeah I want that app,” Bluebox CTO Jeff Forristal said. “It’s certainly severe. It’s completely stealth and transparent to the user and it’s absolutely the stuff that malware is made of. It operates extremely consistently, so in that regard it’s going to be extremely attractive to malware.”"

Philip K Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" to be produced by Ridley Scott

hawkinspeter (831501) writes | 1 hour ago


hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Amazon has given the green light to produce the Hugo award-winning "The Man in the High Castle". This is after the four-hour mini-series was rejected by Syfy and afterwards by the BBC.

Philip K Dick's novel takes place in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War. It's one of his most successful works, probably due to him actually spending the time to do some editing on it (most of his fiction was produced rapidly in order to get some money). Ridley Scott has previously adapted PKD's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" as the film "Blade Runner", so it will be interesting to see how close he keeps to the source material this time.

This news has been picked up by a few sites: International Business Times; The Register and Deadline.

So, are any PKD fans excited about this and is this story already Godwinned?"

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