Alienware claims VR laptops will be Nintendo Wii U’s rival soon
The new Alienware laptops have VR capability thanks to NVIDIA’s GTX 10-Series graphics, but they are only another step in a major scheme. Alienware global marketing director Joe Olmsted claims the next-generation VR-ready Alienware notebook coupled with the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift will be the future of gaming.
Olmsted considers the GTX 10-Series as the biggest performance jump he’s ever seen on laptops. It easily surpasses Alienware’s previous effort, the Alpha R2 mini PC powered by the older GTX 960.
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Microsoft finally removes the Get Windows 10 app from Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs
Almost two months after officially ending its “Get Windows 10” campaign, Microsoft is enabling removal of the associated app possible via an update. KB3184143 “removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016.” It’s not exactly clear what the “other software” is, but your PC will no longer be prepped for an expired free upgrade offer.
Microsoft considers Windows 10 to be the last version as we know it. The operating system has evolved into a service, a platform that will be continuously updated rather than released as an improved retail package every two or three years. Windows 10 Home costs $120 per copy whereas Windows 10 Pro costs $200.
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Yahoo confirms the hack of 500 million email accounts
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Yahoo said it has confirmed that certain user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it believes was a state-sponsored hacker. The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords but may not have included unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information, the company said. Whereas initial reports pegged the breach at 200 million accounts, Yahoo is now saying that data was stolen from at least 500 million accounts.
The size of the breach makes the hack the largest ever recorded in terms of the number of accounts accessed.
It’s unclear why it took nearly a month and a half for Yahoo to publicly confirm the breach although some reports speculate that it might have something to do with Verizon’s active acquisition of Yahoo.
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BlackBerry DTEK60 briefly leaked on BlackBerry’s own website
Thanks to the mixup, we now know the BlackBerry DTEK50 will be followed by the DTEK60. According to screenshots captured by CrackBerry, the site reveals the DTEK60 will have a larger screen, faster processor, and gain a fingerprint sensor, a first for any of BlackBerry’s Android-powered smartphones, including the more expensive BlackBerry Priv. It’s likely that BlackBerry didn’t want us to find out about this. Although the details were published on the official BlackBerry website, they were in a file called specifications-a-donotpublish.html. The page contained no details on pricing details or availability.
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BLU Life One X2 launched with 1080p screen, 16 MP camera for $149.99
The Life One X2 has a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 16 MP main camera with phase detection and laser autofocus and a LED flash, an 8 MP selfie snapper with a LED flash of its own, the Snapdragon 430 SoC (with a 1.4 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU), Cat.4 LTE, a microSD slot, and a 3,000 mAh battery (with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0). It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It comes with a metal finish and a fingerprint scanner in the Home button.
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Sony Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US
Sony Xperia X Compact features a 4.6 inch HD display and is powered by a hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of memory that can be externally expanded. It also features a 23 megapixel rear camera, a 2,700mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 as well as Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The problem with the Xperia X Compact is that not all markets are being treated equal. Specifically, in the US, one of if not the major smartphone market in the world, the Xperia X Compact lacks fingerprint scanner functionality.
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Google’s new Allo raises privacy concerns
The launch of the new chat app, which Google had hoped would focus on its use of artificial intelligence and the huge amounts of information it stores, has in fact revolved around the threat to privacy and safety that it represents. It culminated with a warning from Edward Snowden that nobody should use the app. It was just the latest reminder that our messaging apps might not be as private as they seem. Google says that collecting the data makes that more useful, the better and more information it has, the better and more helpful the suggestions will be. But many people said that it makes it more worrying, too, since by collecting that information it appeared to be putting people at risk of government spying and other worries.
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Google opens Daydream VR platform to developers
The company announced that their VR SDK 1.0, formerly Cardboard SDK, has moved out of beta and is available on the Daydream developer site. The updated SDK simplifies common VR development tasks for building “immersive, interactive mobile VR applications.” It supports integrated asynchronous reprojection, high fidelity spatialized audio, and interactions using the handheld Daydream controller. Developers can use existing game engines and tools thanks to a partnership with Unity and Unreal, taking full advantage of Unity and UE4’s optimizations in VR rendering, head tracking, deep linking, controller support and more. Google is also opening up the Daydream Access Program (DAP) for anyone who wants to push their VR apps to Google Play.
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