A light in the quantum cryptography tunnel

Subject: General Tech, Networking | November 21, 2012 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: quantum encryption, security

One of the biggest hurdles to implementing quantum cryptography has been vaulted, with researchers finding a way to transmit the key over a non-dedicated connection.  Previously because of the inherent noise in a fibre channel transmitting general data the key would be lost and so a separate fibre channel was needed which only the keys were able to transmit but thanks to researchers at Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory it is now possible to send the keys on existing fibre which also carries other data.  They have created a detector which can open for a mere 100 millionths of a micro-second and receive the key, with the detection window being so quick there is not time for noise to interfere and the wrong photon be detected as the key.  The Register reports they can transmit keys over a line running at 500kbps for 50km and still have the key properly detected.

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"Traditionally it has been necessary to use dedicated fibre to send the single photons (particles of light) that are required for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). This has restricted any applications of quantum cryptography technology to specialist and small-scale systems in banks and high-level government, essentially because of the extra inconvenience and cost required in allocating a dedicated fibre strand for quantum key distribution."

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Deals for November 21st - Acer Predator Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge Gaming PC

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2012 - 01:17 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Acer Predator Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge Gaming PC w/ 12GB DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT 630, 2TB HDD for $839.99 with shipping @ TigerDirect (normally $1000).

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Laptops

Dell Black Friday: 15.6" Vostro 3560 Core i5 Ivy Bridge Laptop for $554.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $750 – use coupon code 051348KD$Z8QDB).

12" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Core i5 Ultraportable Laptop for $695.20 with free shipping @ Lenovo (normally $900 – use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY).

Dell Black Friday: 14" Latitude E5430 Core i3 Laptop + Free $100 Gift Card for $474.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $830 – use coupon code 051348KD$Z8QDB).

14" Dell Latitude E6430u Core i3 Ultrabook for $849.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1,353 – use coupon code X?TWNHV1G8VMCB).

Desktops

Dell Black Friday: Vostro 270s Core i5 Ivy Bridge Slim Tower Desktop for $424.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $850 - use coupon code: 051348KD$Z8QDB)

Dell Black Friday: Vostro 270s Core i3 Ivy Bridge Slim Tower Desktop w/ (2) DUAL 20-inch LCD Monitors for $576.30 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $814.00 - use coupon code: LB5?4$ZKQRCL21)

Dell Black Friday: Optiplex 3010 Core i3 Ivy Bridge Mini Tower for $454.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $832.00 - use coupon code: 051348KD$Z8QDB)

Dell Black Friday: Optiplex 580 Dual-core AMD Desktop w/ Windows 7 Professional for $269.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $550 - use coupon code: 9LCDVNKFWTPT9P)

Computer Components

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 64MB Cache 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $109.99 plus free shipping (normally $170).

Dell Black Friday: 30" UltraSharp U3011 2560 x 1600 IPS-panel LCD Monitor for $1,049.00 with free shipping (normally $1,400).

Entertainment

55" LG 55LS4500 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $899.99 with free shipping (normally $1,000).

40" Samsung UN40EH5300 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + Samsung BD-E5300 Blu-ray Player Bundle for $599.00 with free shipping (normally $700).

37" LG 37CS560 1080p LCD HDTV for $399.99 with Free Shipping (normally $1,600).

Samsung HT-E5400 5.1 Channel Smart 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System for $269.99 with free shipping (normally $399).

Accessories

Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone [Verizon] for $59.99 plus free shipping (normally $200).

Source: LogicBuy

Now Intel owns 3DLabs and they may be making better mobiles with them

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 20, 2012 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: Intel, Creative, SoC, ziilabs

Ziilabs might not be a name you recognize now, but it is one you were likely familiar with at one time.  That is the current name of 3DLabs which was purchased by Creative back in 2002 and is now responsible for SoC development at Creative, especially integrating the StemCell media processor into the ARM chips which make the basis of the mobile processors.  Intel paid $30 million for physical resources and assets along with $20 million for patents, giving them the ability to move from their current solution for Atom processors, PowerVR to the StemCell architecture.  Could it be possible that with a stronger Atom that Intel might be able to power more cell phones and take a larger share of that market as well?  Check out more at The Inquirer.

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"CHIPMAKER Intel will license patents from Ziilabs and purchase assets from the UK based chip designer.

Ziilabs is a UK based subsidiary of Creative Technology focusing on system on chip (SoC) designs for smartphones and tablets. While the firm has yet to register on the public conciousness, it clearly has been on Intel's radar for a while and announced a $50m asset sale and patent licensing deal."

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PCPer Live! Hitman: Absolution Game Stream - Win Games and Graphics Cards!

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 20, 2012 - 01:06 PM |
Tagged: video, tahiti, radeon, never settle, live, hitman: absolution, amd

UPDATE: If you missed the event last night we have the full replay here for you!  Enjoy!

On November 20th on the PC Perspective Live! page we will be streaming some single player game action of the new Hitman: Absolution.  If you have never played a Hitman game before I think PC gamers will love the combination of action and stealth as well as some of the humor you'll find in the assassination attempts. 

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Image from Videogamer.com

Hitman: Absolution Game Stream

5pm PT / 8pm ET - November 20th

PC Perspective Live! Page

The stream will be sponsored by AMD and its Never Settle game bundles which we previously told you about.  Depending on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPU that you buy this holiday season you could get as much as $170 in gaming content including:

  • FREE Sleeping Dogs
  • FREE Hitman: Absolution
  • FREE Far Cry 3
  • 20% off Medal of Honor Warfighter

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AMD's Robert Hallock (@Thracks on twitter) will be joining us via Skype to talk about the game's technology, performance considerations as well as making fun of attempts at effectively offing some fools.

Of course, just to sweeten the deal a bit we have some prizes lined up for those of you that participate in our Hitman: Absolution Game Stream:

  • 2 x Sapphire FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB (!!)
  • 3 x Complete Never Settle Bundles (Sleeping Dogs, Hitman, Far Cry 3, 20% Off MoH)
  • 5 x Sleeping Dogs keys
  • 5 x Hitman: Absolution keys
  • 5 x Far Cry 3 keys

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Pretty nice, huh?  That's a LOT of games (as well as some Radeon graphics cards) and all you have to do to win is be present on the PC Perspective Live! Page during the event as we will announce both the content/sweepstakes method AND the winners!

Stop in on the 20th for some PC gaming fun!!

Deals for November 20th - Cisco WVC210 Wireless-G Security IP Camera for $123

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2012 - 01:01 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Cisco WVC210 Wireless-G Security IP Camera for $123.49 with shipping @ Cisco (normally $30 - 5% coupon code: HSDISH5).

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Laptops

15.6" Lenovo Ideapad Y500 Core i7 Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop for $849.00 with free shipping @ Lenovo (normally $1,149.00).

14" Lenovo Ideapad Y400 Core i7 Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop for $849.00 with free shipping @ Lenovo (normally $1,350).

Desktops

HP Spectre ONE 23-e010se 23.6" Core i5 Ivy Bridge Slim All-in-one PC w/ Trackpad for $974.99 with free shipping @ HP (normally $1,299.99 - use coupon code: DT1261)

HP ENVY 23-d060qd TouchSmart 23" 1080p Core i7 Ivy Bridge All-in-one for $974.99 with free shipping @ HP (normally $1,299.99 - use coupon code: DT1261)

Computer Components

Netgear R6300 Wireless-AC Dual-Band 450+1300Mbps Gigabit Router + USB Adapter for $240 plus free shipping (normally $270 – use coupon codeDUR77023).

Linksys E3200 Dual-Band Gigabit Ethernet USB Port Wireless-N Router (Refurbished) for $62 with free shipping (normally $120 - Use coupon code HSDISH5).

Logitech Touch Wireless Mouse T620 for $59 with free shipping (normally $70 - Use coupon code P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R).

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $108 plus free shipping (normally $120 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $90 plus free shipping (normally $100 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Entertainment

46" 50" LG 50LS4000 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $699.99 with free shipping (normally $800).

46" Element ELDFW464 1080p LCD HDTV for $379.99 with Free Shipping (normally $500).

26" Westinghouse CW26S3CW 720p LCD HDTV for $164.98 with Free Shipping (normally $230).

Panasonic DMP-BD87 Blu-ray Player for $87.99 (normally $120).

Accessories

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W650 Silver 16MP Digital Camera for $88 plus free shipping (normally $158).

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS 16MP Silver Digital Camera for $100 plus free shipping (normally $180).

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for November 19th - 29-in Dell 2560x1080 21:9 Monitor for $629

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2012 - 04:35 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

29" Dell UltraSharp U2913WM panoramic 2560 x 1080 LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $629.10 with shipping @ Dell (normally $700 - 10% coupon code: VJ7$295NPV28MN).

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Laptops

13.3" Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook w/128GB SSD for $814.99 with free shipping @ BuyDig (normally $1,288.99 – use coupon codeDigFallSave15).

Desktops

Dell Pre-Black Friday: XPS 8500 Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" Desktop w/ Windows 8 for $668.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $843.99)

Computer Components

Netgear R6300 Wireless-AC Dual-Band 450+1300Mbps Gigabit Router + USB Adapter for $240 plus free shipping (normally $270 – use coupon codeUR77023).

Buffalo MiniStation 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive for $59.39 with free shipping (normally $66 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

WD My Passport Essential 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $90 with free shipping (normally $100 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Entertainment

50" Sceptre X508BV-FHD 1080p LCD HDTV for $399.99 (normally $800 - use mail-in rebate: http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/rebates/TD-7583.pdf).

46" Samsung UN46EH6030 3D 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $649.99 with Free Shipping (normally $900).

LG BP325W 3D Built-in Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player for $69.99 with Free Shipping (normally $80).

Accessories

Sony Alpha NEX-5N DSLR 16MP Camera w/ 18-55mm Bundle for $629 plus shipping (normally $694).

Nikon D3200 24MP Digital SLR Camera Bundle with 18-55mm Lens for $600 plus free shipping (normally $830).

Realspace Brakerly High-Back Leather Chair for $99.99 plus free shipping (normally $259.99 – use coupon code367597258).

True Innovations Leather Massage Chair for $59.99 plus free shipping (normally $149.99 – use coupon code367597258).

Konica Minolta PagePro 4650EN Laser printer for $179 plus free shipping (normally $499).

Free Reader's Digest Magazine (1 year Digital Issues)

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More changes for the IT industry as Otellini joins the other departing tech heads

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2012 - 12:34 PM |
Tagged: Intel, otellini

This may be the most amicable of the recent departures, Intel's leader for the past eight years will be stepping down in Spring.  The last eight years have seen a lot of successes at Intel as well as a few projects which did not pan out as hoped.  He is the man who oversaw Intel's chip design change from an inefficient architecture which lagged behind AMD's to their current undisputed role in the market today.  When he first started at Intel 40 years ago, the company had only been in existence for 5 years, so he has had a large influence on Intel's growth and it will be interesting to see the changes that will occur at Intel under a new leader.  Check out who The Tech Report thinks might be the next Intel CEO here.

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"Wow, what is it with high-profile tech executives leaving lately? On the heels of Scott Forstall's departure from Apple and Steven Sinofsky stepping down at Microsoft, Intel CEO Paul Otellini has announced that he, too, is going to be leaving his post."

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We go inside the Wii U

Last night after the midnight release of the new Nintendo Wii U gaming console, we did what any self respecting hardware fan would do: we tore it apart.  That's right, while live on our PC Perspective Live! page, we opened up a pair of Wii U consoles, played a couple of games on the Deluxe while we took a tri-wing screwdriver to the second.  Inside we found some interesting hardware (and a lot more screws) and at the conclusion of the 5+ hour marathon, we had a reassembled system with only a handful of leftover screws!

If you missed the show last night we have archived the entire video on our YouTube channel (embedded below) as well as the photos we took during the event in their full resolution glory.  There isn't much to discuss about the teardown other than what we said in the video but I am going to leave a few comments after each set of four images.

OH!  And if you missed the live event and want to be apart of another one, we are going to be holding a Hitman: Absolution Game Stream on our Live Page sponsored by AMD with giveaways like Radeon graphics cards and LOTS of game keys!  Stop by again and see us on http://pcper.com/live on Tuesday the 20th at 8pm ET.

 

During the stream we promised photos of everything we did while taking it apart, so here you go!  Click to get the full size image!

 

Getting inside the Wii U was surprisingly easy as the white squares over the screws were simply stickers and we didn't have to worry about any clips breaking, etc.  The inside is dominated by the optical drive provided by Panasonic.

Continue reading to see ALL the images from our Nintendo Wii U Teardown!!

XBMC 12 Beta Now Live, Brings Several Improvements

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2012 - 07:27 AM |
Tagged: xbmc 12, xbmc, Media Center, htpc, frodo

A new version of XBMC recently became available on the developer’s website. After eight months, XBMC version 12 “Frodo” is now in beta, and it brings several improvements over previous iterations of the media center software.

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The XBMC 12 beta is available to download for Windows, Linux, OSX, Raspberry Pi, iOS, and AppleTV2. The beta is also rolled into a customized Ubuntu-based Linux distribution called XBMCbuntu which comes as an .iso image download. New features in the XBMC beta include:

  • HD audio support via the new XBMC AudioEngine:
    • DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software for decoding anime
  • 64-bit version for OSX
  • Improved image support and additional formats
  • Raspberry Pi support
  • Initial Android platform support
  • Improved Airplay support across all platforms
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

In addition, the user interface and software startup feels snappier from my informal testing. After loading up my video and music folders, it worked without issues or crashes. XBMC does note that this is still beta software, so it is not advisable to use in a production environment. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to try out the live TV functionality.

 

 

You can grab the new beta from the XBMC.org website.

 

Have you tried the new XBMC 12 beta?

 

Source: XBMC

AMD Facing Even More Layoffs

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Processors | November 17, 2012 - 04:09 PM |
Tagged: layoffs, amd

Personally, I am starting to get numb to AMD restructuring news -- and that is never good.

Less than a month ago we reported on the semiconductor design company’s decision to cut 15% of their workforce. The company still has life in it and has a respectable presence in all upcoming videogame consoles along with its inclusion within many consumer laptops and desktops but it is clearly not as much life as they need.

Original rumors stated that cuts could be on the order of 10-30% which 15% would be on the lighter side of. With rumors of more cuts coming in January I wonder if this was a last minute decision to break up the layoffs into two less dramatic installments.

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One of the beauties of the tech industry is the low cost of starting or turning a company around; it would be irresponsible to completely count out a player while it still has access to millions of capital. AMD is also sitting upon lots of assets which could be liquidated and their employees have ridiculous talent to be employable elsewhere. I have been noticing that most chatter about the topic is not based in concern with AMD and their employee’s future but with concern about an x86 competitor to Intel.

This is pretty much the same concern which I have been having about Windows 8: the house of cards may be standing but it is still a house of cards. We rely upon the proprietary standards which Intel and others impose upon the art, the word being used both in literal and “artisan / practical art” contexts which includes utensil applications.

Concern mounts but practically no-one grafts it to similar instabilities in other platforms.

No I am not saying abolish technology patents or anything like that: I am simply saying that this is yet another drop in the torrent of concerns with content upstream to proprietary platforms.

These issues rightfully cause alarm but are not isolated events.

Source: All Things D