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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China from September 23 to sometime later this year (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

TechMeme - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:25am

Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China from September 23 to sometime later this year  —  Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China  —  Gamers in China hoping to get their hands on the Xbox One will have to wait a little longer than expected.  Microsoft announced late Friday that …

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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

Slashdot - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:22am
MojoKid (1002251) writes NVIDIA has launched two new high-end graphics cards based on their latest Maxwell architecture. The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 are based on Maxwell and replace NVIDIA's current high-end offerings, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780, and GTX 770. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 are somewhat similar as the cards share the same 4GB frame buffer and GM204 GPU, but the GTX 970's GPU is clocked a bit lower and features fewer active Streaming Multiprocessors and CUDA cores. The GeForce GTX 980's GM204 GPU has all of its functional blocks enabled. The fully-loaded GeForce GTX 980 GM204 GPU has a base clock of 1126MHz and a Boost clock of 1216MHz. The GTX 970 clocks in with a base clock of 1050MHz and Boost clock of 1178MHz. The 4GB of video memory on both cards is clocked at a blisteringly-fast 7GHz (effective GDDR5 data rate). NVIDIA was able to optimize the GM204's power efficiency, however, by tweaking virtually every part of the GPU. NVIDIA claims that Maxwell SMs (Streaming Multiprocessors) offer double the performance of GK104 and double the perf per watt as well. NVIDIA has also added support for new features, namely Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA), and Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI). Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 980 is the fastest single-GPU powered graphics card ever tested. The GeForce GTX 970 isn't as dominant overall, but its performance was impressive nonetheless. The GeForce GTX 970 typically performed about on par with a GeForce GTX Titan and traded blows with the Radeon R9 290X.

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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Slashdot - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 10:24am
Lucas123 writes When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND flash has dropped by more than 13% over the past two years. So why would Apple increase capacity on its $299 model iPhone 6 to 64GB (eliminating the 32GB model), but but keep the 16GB in the $199 model? The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model. IHS analyst Fang Zhang believes Apple is using that to push users to its iCloud storage service. Others believe restricting storage capacity allows Apple to afford the new features, like NFC and biometrics.

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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

Slashdot - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 9:25am
An anonymous reader writes On Thursday, a bipartisan law was introduced in the Senate that would limit US law enforcement's ability to obtain user data from US companies with servers physically located abroad. Law enforcement would still be able to gain access to those servers with a US warrant, but the warrant would be limited to data belonging to US citizens. This bill, called the LEADS Act (PDF), addresses concerns by the likes of Microsoft and other tech giants that worry about the impact law enforcement over-reach will have on their global businesses. Critics remain skeptical: "we are concerned about how the provision authorizing long-arm warrants for the accounts of US persons would be administered, and whether we could reasonably expect reciprocity from other nations on such an approach."

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Tweet-a-Program: tweet a Wolfram Language program to @WolframTaP, and a bot returns the result (Stephen Wolfram/Wolfram Blog)

TechMeme - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 8:50am

Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram Blog:
Tweet-a-Program: tweet a Wolfram Language program to @WolframTaP, and a bot returns the result  —  Introducing Tweet-a-Program  —  In the Wolfram Language a little code can go a long way.  And to use that fact to let everyone have some fun, today we're introducing Tweet-a-Program.

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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Slashdot - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 8:28am
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "KDE Software is often criticized for being too complicated for an average user to use. Try setting up Kmail and you would know what I mean. The KDE developers are aware of it and now they are working on making KDE UI simpler. KDE usability team lead Thomas Pfeiffer Thomas prefers a layered feature exposure so that users can enjoy certain advanced features at a later stage after they get accustomed to the basic functionality of the application. He quotes the earlier (pre-Plasma era) vision of KDE 4 – "Anything that makes Linux interesting for technical users (shells, compilation, drivers, minute user settings) will be available; not as the default way of doing things, but at the user's discretion."

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Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

Slashdot - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 7:18am
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "According to a Thursday story in Investment Business Daily, Boeing, whose CST-100 spacecraft was one of the two winners of NASA's commercial crew competition, will reserve one seat per flight for a paying tourist. For a price comparable to what space tourists now pay for trips on the Russian Soyuz, anyone will be able to take a jaunt to the International Space Station. The move places Boeing in direct competition with the Russians, who are working through a company called Space Adventures for their tourist space jaunts."

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Evolution, a Silk Road successor tolerating trade in stolen credit cards, triples its listings in five months (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

TechMeme - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 5:30am

Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Evolution, a Silk Road successor tolerating trade in stolen credit cards, triples its listings in five months  —  The Dark Web Gets Darker With Rise of the ‘Evolution’ Drug Market  —  In the digital drug trade as in the physical one, taking out one kingpin only makes room for another ready to satisfy the market's endless demand.

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