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Samsung debuts new 960 Pro and 960 Evo NVMe SSDs

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Samsung has announced its new 960 Pro and 960 Evo NVMe SSDs, which offer high-end performance in small packages at capacities up to 2TB. As well as faster game load times, Samsung markets these drives as the perfect solution for those rendering 4K video, data analytics and simply transferring large …

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Steam tweaks: a helpful review is a helpful review

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Following feedback from the community and developers, Valve has made changes to the way Steam’s review system works once again. Although reviews from those who activated the game from a source other than Steam, still won’t contribute to the game’s rating, those reviews will now at least be easy to …

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Pokémon Go player records own mugging on livestream

In another instance of a Pokémon Go player being attacked by someone unscrupulous, we have a near perfect video account of the crime, since the victim was livestreaming the whole time. In it we see the mugger approach, launch his assault before running away and factory resetting his new phone. …

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Elon Musk has plans to send people way beyond Mars

Space X CEO Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading proponents of colonising other worlds, but he may not stop at sending people to Mars. The Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) design, which is said to be capable of transporting 100 people to the surface of the red planet, could …

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Microsoft to shutter UK Skype branch, 400 jobs at risk

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VOIP firm and Microsoft subsidiary, Skype, is set to close its doors in the UK. Not the service itself of course, but the British office will soon be shuttered for good. This will put some 400 jobs at the London based headquarters at risk, with most likely to be dissolved. …

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NBC Universal and others caught faking takedown links

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One of the tactics that movie studios, music labels and copyright trolls use in taking down sites, having them blocked or attempting to extort money, is to find links to infringing content and either use them as court evidence, for DMCA takedowns. It turns out though that some groups manufacture …

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Samsung frees up $900 million by selling minor share holdings

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Samsung Electronics has generated close to $900 (£690) million by selling small share holdings it has in various companies. Purportedly the reasoning is to help generate investment funds for the core business, which will help consolidate Samsung’s efforts into its major earning divisions. Companies that Samsung sold shares for includes …

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Runescape to auction off banned account inventories

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Although players banned from most games usually see their time invested simply wasted as their character and assets are locked away forever, Jagex, the developer of Runescape has another idea. It’s going to anonymously auction off the account bank balances and item inventories, giving people a chance to unlock everything …

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Julian Assange offers to hand himself in, if U.S. pardons Manning

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent the last four years living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has pledged to hand himself over to the U.S. authorities, but on one condition: that President Obama grant clemency to imprisoned document leaker, Chelsea Manning. Manning, formerly known as Bradley, was a …

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Logitech is the brand new owner of Saitek

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Saitek looks to be going home after nine years under the Mad Catz banner. For a price of $13 million, the entire Saitek brand has been sold to Swiss peripheral maker Logitech, which while not insignificant, is less than half of what Mad Catz paid in 2007. Founded by Swiss …

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‘Lewd acts’ force LinkNYC kiosks to end web browsing

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The owners of the smart-tablet equipped LinkNYC Kiosks which have sprung up over the past year to replace the city’s many antiquated payphones, have been forced to disable web browsing. This comes after reports of people watching pornography, masturbating and performing other lewd acts on New York’s streets. The idea …

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TorrentHound becomes third big site to shutdown in 2016

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2016 has not been a good year for torrent sites. On top of losing mainstream sharing traction to streaming sites and services, three of the top 10 torrent sites in the world have shut down. Following along with KickassTorrens and Torrentz, TorrentHound has now announced a sudden end to its …

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British athletes hit by latest hacked data dump

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More athlete confidential files have been released by the hackers responsible for cracking into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) servers and stealing away medical records. Although it appeared that the hack at first targeted U.S. athletes exclusively, now they’ve released files on several British Olympians too. It appears now that …

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Russian hackers leak U.S. athlete doping test data

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WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, confirmed yesterday that its databases had been hacked and confidential medical data, some of it on U.S. olympic athletes, had been stolen. Worse still, this hack is actually being laid at the feet of the Russian government, with some claiming it’s revenge for WADA’s attempt …

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Space X wants to get back on the horse by November

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Space X has announced its intention to begin Falcon 9 rocket launches again as soon as November this year. This news comes after a recent catastrophe that saw one of the rockets explode on the Cape Canaveral launch pad, taking with it a $200 million Facebook owned satellite, as well …

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You can update your Bioshock games to HD for free

With the upcoming release of Bioshock: The Collection Remastered, gamers around the world will have a chance to play through the Bioshock trilogy with much prettier textures and models than they originally released with. That includes those who already own the games, as 2K is releasing it as a free …

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