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Submission + - How To Keep Microsoft's Nose Out Of Your Personal Data In Windows 10->

MojoKid writes: Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize leaks as much as possible are often requested by users who have recently made the jump to the new operating system. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the start menu, and then selecting Privacy from the pop-up menu. Among these menus are a plethora of options regarding what data can be gathered about you. It's worth noting, however, that changing any of these options may disable various OS related services, namely Cortana, as Microsoft's digital assistant has it tendrils buried deep.
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Submission + - Crucial Limbos To 35 Cents Per GiB For Latest High Performance MX200 SATA SSD->

MojoKid writes: Prices for solid state drives have fallen precipitously over the past year. This is especially true when shopping 2.5-inch form factor SATA SSDs, which is where some of the best values in solid state storage are currently found. Micron's Crucial brand MX200 drives that were recently introduced, for example, are currently selling for around .35 to .36 per GiB for a 500GB capacity drive at $179 and $349 for a 1TB drive. Based on Marvell's 88SS9189 controller and 16nm Micron NAND Flash, it's a reasonably solid option for SATA-based storage and definitely marks another point on the trend line for solid state storage costs in mainstream, cost-sensitive applications. With performance north of 500MB/sec, IO response times are pretty snappy too.
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Submission + - Samsung Under Fire Over S Pen Design Issue That Breaks Note 5, Says Read Manual->

MojoKid writes: Samsung may have goofed up when designing its Galaxy Note 5, depending on your perspective. If you accidentally insert the S Pen backwards into the Galaxy Note 5, you could permanently damage your handset. And unlike previous Galaxy Note devices, there's no mechanism in place to prevent you from pushing a backwards oriented S Pen into place. It's not a foregone conclusion that your S Pen will get permanently stuck inside your Galaxy Note 5 if you insert it the wrong way. However, even if you're successful at removing it, there's a high chance you've already broken the mechanism that detects if an S Pen is attached or detached from the handset. The previous generation Galaxy Note 4 didn't allow the S Pen to be inserted backwards. It wouldn't fit but the Note 5's S Pen slides in either way very easily. Samsung's response to this is that users should read the manual, which warns about this specifically on page 25.
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Submission + - Thunderbolt 3.0 GPU Docks Should Appear Within The Next Six Months

Deathspawner writes: At its IDF event in San Francisco last week, Intel talked a lot about the super-fast Thunderbolt 3.0 protocol and what it is capable of. Surprisingly, one such use shown off is a GPU dock, one that would allow mobile warriors the ability to play high-end games on their modest notebook, either on the device itself, or an external monitor. We've been hearing about such docks for many years, but we're being promised that this one is going to take hold within the next six months.

Submission + - Ashley-Madison hack claims first victims->

wired_parrot writes: Toronto police are reporting that 2 unconfirmed suicides have been linked to the data breach. This follows pleas from other users of the site for the hackers to not release the data before it was exposed- an anonymous gay Reddit user from Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is illegal, pleaded for the data to be kept private: "I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," he wrote. "And I did nothing". And when The Intercept published a piece condemning the puritanical glee over the data dump, one user whocommented on the article said she's been "a long term member" of the site because her spouse's medical condition has affected their intimate life. Her spouse knows she's engaged with other Ashley Madison members, she says, but now fears she will likely lose friends and have to find a new job now that her association with the site is out there.
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Submission + - Storm Trooper March, Tainted Love, Timeless Classics Played On The Floppy Drive ->

MojoKid writes: Where old PC technology is concerned, most folks don't feel nostalgic about it with completely fond memories. It could be because newer tech is just so much better. Take the old IDE cable interface, for example. Plugging that thing in was a true chore. So too was the need of having to manually set the dip switch on the back of a drive, to set it as either as a slave or master. While IDE cables and dial-up modems have limited use nowadays, except for the recycle bin, there's been an odd resurgence of the floppy drive from time to time. No, not to store data, but rather to take advantage of that obnoxious noise it makes to create music. This is made possible thanks to the fact that the drive head noises change based on how the floppy is being accessed — written to or read from — at a given time. Some incredibly creative people have taken good advantage of this interesting design by product, by pairing up many drives working together to create recognizable music score. If you want a bit of nostaglia, there are such timeless classics out there like Soft Cell's 80s hit Tainted Love or the Star Wars Storm Trooper March... Oh the joy.
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Submission + - Floppy Drive Music, Geek Goodness With The Soundtracks Of The Times->

MojoKid writes: Where old tech is concerned — tech we grew up with — not everyone feels nostalgic about it with completely fond memories. It could be because newer tech is just so much better. Take the old IDE cable interface, for example. Plugging that thing in was a true chore. So too was the need of having to manually set the dip switch at the back to treat a drive either as a slave or master. While IDE cables and dial-up modems have limited use nowadays, there's been an odd resurgence of the floppy. No, not to store data, but rather to take advantage of that obnoxious noise it makes to create music. This is made possible thanks to the fact that the noises will differ based on how the floppy is being used — written to or read from — at a given time. Some incredibly creative people have taken good advantage of this interesting design feature by pairing up many drives to work together to create recognizable music score. Such as Soft Cell's 80s classic Tainted Love... Oh the joy.
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Submission + - Intel promises "Optane" SSDs based on technology faster than flash in 2016->

holy_calamity writes: Intel today announced that it will introduce SSDs based on a new non-volatile memory that is significantly faster than flash in 2016. A prototype was shown operating at around seven times as fast as a high-end SSD available today. Intel's new 3D Xpoint memory technology was developed in collaboration with Micron and is said to be capable of operating as much as 1000 times faster than flash. Scant details have been released, but the technology has similarities with the RRAM and memristor technologies being persued by other companies.
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Submission + - Intel Demos First 3D XPoint Solid State Drive At IDF 2015->

MojoKid writes: Intel opened up their annual Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) in San Francisco today and in the keynote, a number of unreleased technologies were shown, from Google's Project Tango smartphone with Intel's RealSense camera, to wearables from Fossil, and even a RealSense-equipped robotic butler. However, at the end of the keynote Intel unveiled one of the more interesting products based on its recently announced 3D Xpoint Memory. A new SSD based on 3D XPoint was demoed live for the first time. 3D Xpoint is a new type of memory that's non-volatile like NAND flash, but highly-durable and faster than NAND, more in line with DRAM speeds. 3DXpoint memory can reportedly be up to 1000X faster and more durable than today's NAND, and 10x denser than DRAM, while offering lower latency. Products based on 3D XPoint will arrive as early as next year. The prototype drive, which will be branded Intel Optane when it arrives, was shown running a number of workloads in IOMeter, side by side with an Intel SSD DC3700 series enterprise-class PCIe SSD. Throughout the demo, the Optane / 3D XPoint drive was roughly 5 to 7x faster than the DC3700, which is no small feat. Those numbers don't come close to 3D XPoint's potential, but then again, the demo system was using very early, pre-release silicon and firmware.
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Submission + - Asus Launches $299 ZenPad S 8.0 Android Tablet, 2K IPS Display, USB-C Port, 64GB->

MojoKid writes: Asus seems to be on a roll these days, especially in mobile technologies. In the past few months, the company surprised many with the affordable and capable ZenPhone 2 smartphone (which starts at a frugal $200 off-contract) Today, Asus invoked its "Zen factor" again, this time in the tablet space, with the introduction of its ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA. Front and center on the new ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is a crisp, 7.9-inch QXGA (2048x1536) IPS display. The device is also very thin, just a hair thicker than an iPad Mini 3, for reference, measuring .3 inches thick. On back, the ZenPad S 8 has a brushed and textured aluminum finish that completely resists fingerprints and a rubberize bottom strip that offers an anti-skid effect and also makes the device less slippery in the hand. Under the hood, there's a potent quad-core, 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor paired with a PowerVR G6430 for graphics duties. The Atom chip is backed by a healthy 4GB of RAM, which ASUS says is a tablet first, along with 64GB of standard internal Flash storage. It's also one of the first tablets on the market with USB-C support. Probably one of the better features of the new Asus Android slate, however, is its MSRP of $299.
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Submission + - Motorola Quickly Shows Next Moto 360 Smartwatch, 'Flat Tire' Display Lives On->

MojoKid writes: Will they or won't they continue on with the 'flat tire' display? That's been the big question surrounding Motorola's next generation Moto 360 smartwatch. Today, we finally learn the answer to the question, and unfortunately, it looks as though Motorola still hasn't seen clear to incorporate a completely circular display like LG, Huawei and now Samsung into a smartwatch. In an incredibly short video posted to Motorola's official Twitter account (the tweet has since been taken down), we see a fleeting glimpse of the next generation Moto 360. There is still a cutout at the bottom of the display, which houses an ambient light sensor in the current generation Moto 360. Keen eyes will also spot that the side button has been moved from the 3 o'clock position to the 2 o'clock position and that the integrated lug system for the watch bands has been abandoned in favor of an external lug system typical of most modern wristwatches.
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Submission + - Hands On Samsung's New Galaxy S6 Edge+ And Galaxy Note 5 At Unpacked New York->

MojoKid writes: Samsung held their Unpacked 2015 event in New York City today and the company unveiled its latest flagship, big-screen smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note5. Immediately following the on-stage presentations and reveals, Samsung opened up a demo area featuring the new devices for direct hands-on time. Both of these phones feature a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD screen resolution (2560x1440), though the sides of the S6 Edge+'s display are curved. Powering the both devices is the the same octal-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor that's at the heart of the previously-released Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. These new phones, however, are packing 4GB of RAM—not just 3GB, like the older models and also have LTE Cat9 support and high-speed wireless charging built-in. Samsung has also beefed up the cameras; these new devices pack the same 16MP sensor from the Galaxy S6 with OIS, but an additional digital image stabilization algo which complements the optical solution to further smooth out video is included as well. Built-in software on the new devices also allows for live-streaming to YouTube.
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Submission + - Samsung Unveils V-NAND High Performance SSDs, Fast NVMe Card At 5.5GB Per Second->

MojoKid writes: Sometimes it's the enterprise sector that gets dibs on the coolest technology, and so it goes with a trio of TCO-optimized, high-performance solid state drives from Samsung that were just announced, all three of which are based on three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The fastest of bunch can read data at up to 5,500 megabytes per second. That's the rated sequential read speed of Samsung's PM1725, a half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe card-type NVMe SSD. Other rated specs include a random read speed of up to 1,000,000 IOPS, random write performance of up to 120,000 IOPS, and sequential writes topping out at 1,800MB/s. The PM1725 comes in just two beastly storage capacities, 3.2TB and 6.4TB, the latter of which is rated to handle five drive writes per day (32TB) for five years. Samsung also introduced two other 3D V-NAND products, the PM1633 and PM953. The PM1633 is a 2.5-inch 12Gb/s SAS SSD that will be offered in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, and 3.84TB capacities. As for the PM953, it's an update to the SM951 and is available in M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors at capacities up to 1.92TB.
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Submission + - First Gaming Notebook With NVIDIA G-Sync, ASUS ROG G751 Tested->

MojoKid writes: The ASUS ROG G751 notebook is a favoriate among mobile gaming enthusiasts. Recently, ASUS upgraded the machine with some new technologies like a Core i7-4720HZ processor that clocks up to 3.6GHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 24GB of DDRL-1600 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe-based solid state drive with a 1TB HDD in tow for bulk storage chores. However, the new ASUS ROG G751JY-DB72 is also one of only a handful of laptops that support NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. NVIDIA worked closely with laptop makers to ensure that the technology is implemented the right way and only with certain display panels. In this case, this model has a 17.3-inch IPS panel with a 1920x1080 resolution and 75Hz refresh rate. Under fast-twitch gaming scenarios it's especially noticeable in titles like Metro Last Light and Bioshock Infinite. This isn't something you can capture via screenshots, but in person, G-Sync gets rid of distracting screen tears and jitter. As a result, the technology increases the level of immersion by eliminating these graphical artifacts which don't look natural to the eye.
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Submission + - Scientists Develop Electronic Skin Sensors For Controlling Mobile Devices->

MojoKid writes: Wearables seem to be the "Next big thing" when it comes to consumer electronics devices. But while most current devices put a new tech-infused spin on an old idea like a wristwatch, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarland University and Carnegie Mellon University are developing a different type of wearable that actually sticks to your skin. Dubbed iSkin, the silicone rubber-based product is loaded with pressure-sensitive sensors, can made into limitless sizes/shapes and safely adheres to your body. For example, iSkin can be stuck to your forearm, wrapped around your finger, or even attached to your ear. What makes iSkin interesting is that it can be used for "fast and direct control of mobile devices using touch input even when the hands are busy." The researchers see iSkin being used to control smartphone and smartwatch functions like a stopwatch during sports activities, adjusting music playback and volume, and answering phone calls.
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