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Submission + - VTech Hack Worse Than Expected, Kids Pictures And Chat Logs Exposed (

MojoKid writes: Toy maker VTech initially informed the public of a security breach this past Friday. The company disclosed that its customer database was compromised, exposing names, email addresses, mailing addresses, download histories and encrypted passwords for users. Even more troubling is that in addition to 4.8 million adult accounts that were affected by the breach, 200,000 children were also caught up in the mess. Earlier this morning, VTech gave a status update, describing that the initial breach actually occurred back on November 14th. But that's not all. It appears the VTech has an even bigger problem on its hands because of this data breach. The hackers discovered that VTech had been storing tens of thousands of pictures of children and their parents on their servers along with about a year's worth of chat logs (between children and parents). In total, the hackers were able to easily access nearly 200GB worth of photos from VTech's servers. "Frankly, it makes me sick that I was able to get all this stuff," said the hacker who has been in contact with Motherboard. "VTech should have the book thrown at them."

Submission + - Sony Unlocks PlayStation 4's Previously Reserved Seventh CPU Core For Devs (

MojoKid writes: Toward the beginning of the year, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to "unlock" the seventh core on the Xbox One's processor, enabling developers to eke just a bit more performance out of the console and offer more flexibility at resource utilization. It appears that Microsoft's move would inevitably be followed by Sony, as reports are now coming in that this will be made available on the PlayStation 4 as well. This subtle change was highlighted in the latest changelog for the FMOD sound engine which is labeled as a "LowLevel API." While the unlocked core could take on FMOD duties if developers want it to, it's now not going to be tied to any single purpose. Developers could make use of this core, for example, to boost AI performance, or any other process that has a heavy computation requirement. It could also be used to simply help ease overall system load.

Submission + - Romain Jerome Unveils Retrotastic Super Mario Bros Watch And It's Only $18,950 (

MojoKid writes: Hardcore Nintendo fans will soon be able to slap a piece of nostalgia on their wrist. It's a Super Mario Bros timepiece, made by luxury watch maker Romain Jerome, which isn't shying away from the famous plumber's affinity for taking mushrooms to induce strange effects. The three-dimensional scene captured on the watch face has Super Mario in mid air, legs kicked out and arms pumped in familiar fashion, as he no doubt chases the mushroom on the lower third of the scene. Even the dial is a throwback to pixelated gaming; it was designed with a three-layer technique to give it a look that blends in with the old-school theme. This isn't Romain Jerome's first retro-themed watch for nostalgic gamers. The company also carries Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Tetris watches. However, not many of these watches are being made; just 85, in fact and priced at $18,950 a pop. Better start pounding the bricks for coins.

Submission + - Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access And Custom ROMs (

MojoKid writes: Microsoft and Nokia have worked hard making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just released a solid-looking tool called Windows Phone Internals, and it can do everything from unlocking the bootloader to replacing the phone's ROM. WP Internals is a completely free download, though Heathcliff welcomes donations by those who've found the tool useful. According to the "Getting Started" section of the tool, supported models include Lumia 520, 521, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 928, 1020, and 1320. If your model is not on the list, the developer has said that he hopes to add more models in the near future.

Submission + - Black Panther, Maybe Spider-Man Join Fray In Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (

MojoKid writes: The first official trailer for Marvel's upcoming Captain America: Civil War hit the web yesterday and it's looking pretty fantastic. It appears that Cap, Bucky, and Falcon are joined by Scarlet Witch and Barton when the action heats up. Stark / Iron Man is joined by War Machine, and it seems Black Widow is on his side as well. Why Tony and Cap are at odds is the main premise of the movie – the powers that be no longer want Cap and the rest of The Avengers operating unchecked and it seems some of The Avengers are apt to agree. Also fighting Cap and Bucky is a new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther — whose actual name is T'Challa. He is the heir to the kingdom of Wakanda, which if you remember is the African nation, and only place on earth, where Vibranium can be found. Vibranium is the metal used to make Cap's shield, and it's what Ultron was ultimately after. Black Panther is a gifted tactician, strategist, scientist and master of unarmed combat according to the Marvel Wiki. Who we don't get to see are Scott Lang, otherwise known as Ant Man, Crossbones, and the amazing one himself – Spider Man. It's not clear if Spidey is going to appear as a young Peter Parker or the full-on Spider-Man, but Tom Holland has been cast as the amazing one in Civil War as well.

Submission + - Li-Fi Network Technology Demonstrated Breaking 1Gigabyte Per Second Speeds (

MojoKid writes: The ubiquitous WiFi wireless networking standard is commonplace in just about all of our gadgets. With technologies like 802.11ac, we're transferring data over the air at fantastic speeds. However, Professor Harald Haas, hailing from the University of Edinburgh, has invented Li-Fi, which uses VLC or visible light communication to transmit data wirelessly at even higher speeds. In its current iteration, Li-Fi uses LED lights which flicker at a rate that is imperceptible to the human eye to transmit data. Researchers from the University of Oxford were recently able to hit bi-directional Li-Fi speeds of 224 Gbps in a lab setting. To put that in perspective, those speeds would allow 18 high definition movies to be download in a just one second. In addition, researchers at Velmenni based in Estonia have moved past lab trials into a pilot program which uses an even faster version of Li-Fi in a commercial setting. Instead of mere 224Gbps speeds, Velmenni was able to top 1GBps (gigabyte not gigabit), roughly 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology.

Submission + - Dell Confirms And Apologizes For eDellRoot Certificate Vulnerability, Offers Fix (

MojoKid writes: Yesterday, rather unfortunate news broke that a few models of new Dell laptops were shipping with eDellRoot, a self-signed root certificate that had its private key stored directly on the affected systems. Needless to say, this represents a rather serious security risk for customers, and is reminiscent of the Superfish debacle that plagued Lenovo earlier this year. For its part, Dell stated yesterday "that security and privacy is a top concern" for the company and that it had a "team investigating the current situation." Thankfully, Dell responded quickly and has given us a rundown on what exactly happened. "The certificate was implemented as part of a support tool and intended to make it faster and easier for our customers to service their system," said Dell's Laura Thomas. "We deeply regret that this has happened and are taking steps to address it." If you simply want the eDellCert off your computer as soon as possible, you can remove it on your own using these Dell-provided instructions [PDF].

Submission + - Hospitals Can 3D Print A Patient's Vasculature For Aneurism Pre-Op Practice (

Lucas123 writes: University of Buffalo physicians and researchers from two institutes working with 3D printer maker Stratasys have successfully 3D printed anatomically correct models of patients' vascular systems — from their femoral artery to their brain — in order to test various surgical techniques prior to an actual operation. The new 3D printed models not only precisely replicate blood vessels' geometry, but the texture and tissue tension, allowing surgeons a realistic preoperative experience when using catheterization techniques. The printed models are also being used by physicians in training.

Submission + - Cuban Talks Trash At Intel Extreme Masters, Drops $30K Of F-Bombs For Charity (

MojoKid writes: Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban isn't known for holding his tongue, even when their are fines involved. If you thought that might change in the eSports arena, you'd be mistaken. The billionaire trash talker dropped a couple of f-bombs at the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in San Jose this past weekend, and he'll have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for doing so. Not that he minds. In fact, after being informed on stage during a post-match interview that he was was being fined $15,000 for dropping an f-bomb, and that the funds would go to charity, he promptly asked if he'd be hit with another one if he did it again. His intentional outburst meant that he'd be on the hook for $30,000, all of which will go to the Cybersmile Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides expert help and advice for cyberbullying victims and their families. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also squared off on opposing teams in a game of League of Legends.

Submission + - Intel Broadwell-E, Apollo Lake, and Kaby Lake Details Emerge In Leaked Roadmap

bigwophh writes: In Q4 2016, Intel will release a follow up to its Skylake processors named Kaby Lake, which will mark yet another 14nm release that's a bit odd, for a couple of reasons. The big one is the fact that this chip mayn not have appeared had Intel's schedule kept on track. Originally, Cannonlake was set to succeed Skylake, but Cannonlake will instead launch in 2017. That makes Kaby Lake neither a tick nor tock in Intel's release cadence. When released, Kaby Lake will add native USB 3.1 and HDCP 2.2 support. It's uncertain whether these chips will fit into current Z170-based motherboards, but considering the fact that there's also a brand-new chipset on the way, we're not too confident of it. However, the so-called Intel 200 series chipsets will be backwards-compatible with Skylake. It also appears that Intel will be releasing Apollo Lake as early as the late spring, which will replace Braswell, the lowest-powered chips Intel's lineup destined for smartphones.

Submission + - New Balance Creates First 3D Printed Running Shoe (

MojoKid writes: You can create just about anything with a 3D printer these days. That includes guns, pancakes, and now a running shoe, courtesy of New Balance, which beat rivals Nike and Adidas to the punch. New Balance also got a major assist from 3D Systems, a company based in North Carolina that developed a new elastomer powder material called DuraForm Flex TPU. The special material makes up the shoe's midsole. Unlike other materials New Balance has played with in the 3D printing arena, DuraForm Flex TPU is fairly lightweight, coming in at just 40 grams more than a traditional foam midsole design. It's also strong and elastic, traits that make the new midsole design appropriate for running shoes.

Comment Re:Talk about drawing a fine line... (Score 1) 110

On Amazon, I see GTX 970s for $290 - - That's a full $50 - $60 more than the 380X or a 20% premium or so, for about 10 - 15% more performance. This card is 25 - 30% faster than a 4GB GTX 960, for about a 10% premium. So, not sure how fine a line it is but it's definitely an incremental step up from a 960 for a good chunk less than a 970, with the caveat I would toss in that's "if" AMD AIB partners actually hit that $229 MSRP AMD is claiming.

Submission + - AMD Launches Radeon R9 380X, Fastest GPU Under $250 (

MojoKid writes: Although AMD's mid-range GPU line-up has been relatively strong for a while now, the company is launching the new Radeon R9 380X today with the goal of taking down competing graphics cards like NVIDIA's popular GeForce GTX 960. The Radeon R9 380X has a fully-functional AMD Tonga GPU with all 32 compute units / 2048 shader processors enabled. AMD's reference specifications call for 970MHz+ engine clock with 4GB of 1425MHz GDDR5 memory (5.7 Gbps effective). Typical board power is 190W and cards require a pair of supplemental 6-pin power feeds. The vast majority of the Radeon R9 380X cards that will hit the market, however, will likely be custom models that are factory overlcocked and look nothing like AMD's reference design. The Radeon R9 380X, or more specifically the factory overclocked Sapphire Nitro R9 380X tested, performed significantly better than AMD's Radeon R9 285 or NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 960 across the board. The 380X, however, could not catch more powerful and more expensive cards like the GeForce GTX 970. Regardless, the Radeon R9 380X is easily the fastest graphics card on the market right now, under $250.

Submission + - NVIDIA Reveals Details On Pascal GPU With Up To 16GB Of HBM2, 1TB/Sec Bandwidth (

MojoKid writes: This week at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in Japan, the company announced that their next gen GPU, code named Pascal, will have close to a 2x performance-per-watt improvement over the current Maxwell GPU architecture. It was also been revealed that Pascal will be produced using TSMC's 16nm FinFET process, which will put it right up against AMD which is moving to use 14nm/16nm with two new Graphics Core Next (GCN) products in 2016. Other improvements including replacing PLX PCIe Gen3 bridging with NVLink, which enables bi-directional communications between two GPUs at 80GB/sec, up from 16GB/sec in NVIDIA's current generation Maxwell GPUs. Pascal also includes High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), which will significantly increase available memory bandwidth compared to current generation offerings. Flagship consumer Pascal boards will ship with four 4GB modules, combining to provide up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB/sec of bandwidth.

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