[H] Enthusiast Archives: April 2016 Archive Listing

Saturday April 30, 2016

Microsoft Is Storing Data In 10 Million Strands of DNA

First I have to worry about corruption, and now I have to worry about mutation.

Microsoft has partnered with the San Francisco-based biotech startup Twist to investigate DNA data storage. It’s purchased the rights to ten million strings of DNA on which it will encode data, to assess the technique as a long-term, secure storage system. Microsoft simply hands over the data as a digital DNA sequence, then Twist creates it in physical form using synthetic biology techniques. Then it hands the DNA back to Microsoft to play around with. It’s not clear how much data Microsoft is trying to store, but IEEE Spectrum points out that a single gram of the long-chain molecules can store a zettabyte of data—which is 1 million gigabytes.

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Apple Will Analyze iPhone Of Teen Missing At Sea

I don’t quite understand why there was any courtroom drama to begin with, assuming that evidence of the boat being intentionally disabled is legit.

The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July. The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical miles. The boys' bodies were never found. But Austin's iPhone was on board when the boys' boat was recovered last month about 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission gave the recovered iPhone to Austin’s father, Blu Stephanos, but Perry's mother, Pam Cohen, took the issue to court, fighting to hand the phone over to experts.

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Puma BeatBot Robotic Running Companion

Getting beaten by a shoebox can’t be good for your self-esteem as an athlete, can it?

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Alicia Vikander To Star As Lara Croft In "Tomb Raider"

While Vikander is an Oscar winner, I really don’t see her as the Tomb Raider.

Lara Croft has been found. Alicia Vikander has signed on to star in Tomb Raider for MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The movie project, which has Roar Uthaug (The Wave) on board to direct, will tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. They acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is serving as producer.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Teaser

Is it just me, or are they trying to make Doom 3 again?

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Samsung Working On Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

The current sets aren’t the best option for someone like me who just wants to lay down and watch a movie without being tethered to my PC, so this has my attention.

Samsung’s plans for virtual reality go beyond the company’s current Gear VR headset: The company is working on a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that will incorporate positional tracking similar to the technologies now available on higher-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, revealed the company’s head of R&D for software and services Injong Rhee during the company’s developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday. "We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone," Rhee said.

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I Installed Windows 95 On My Apple Watch

Great, but everything is so damn tiny. Maybe Deadpool’s baby hand could be useful here.

With a 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, the Apple Watch packs a lot of computing horsepower into a very small package. On paper, its processor alone is about twenty-five times faster than the average 386, and 512 MB was the size of a hard drive in the mid nineties, not memory. As a result, I was feeling confident that the Apple Watch had the ability to run one of the most revered desktop operating systems Redmond has ever produced.

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Nobody Has Beaten Doom’s Hardest Difficulty Level

I don’t see what the appeal is about permadeath, but those who do are going to love Doom’s "Ultra Nightmare" mode.

Speaking with Doom Executive Producer Marty Stratton and Creative Director Hugo Martin, IGN has learned that no one at developer id Software has yet managed to complete Doom’s hardest difficulty mode. The new Ultra-Nightmare setting is Doom’s punishing Nightmare mode with a permadeath twist. Screw up once, and you’re dead and back at the beginning of the game, leaving only your helmet as a marker of your progress.

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How The Chinese Make Smartphones

If you thought smartphone manufacturing was a trivial process, this video should change your mind.

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Cortana Will Now Only Work With Edge And Bing On Windows 10

Want to tap into Google using Cortana? Well, now you can’t.

As Microsoft has frequently pointed out in the past, one of Cortana's key advantages is the assistant's ability to 'get to know you', providing a more personalized experience in its OS. This only really works as a result of Cortana's integration with Microsoft's apps and services, providing an "end-to-end personal search experience" that improves the more you use it. Cortana is powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine, and the company's ability to provide that personalization depends upon that integration. But Microsoft said today that that experience is being undermined by third parties replacing Bing as the search provider, and Edge as the web browser that works with Cortana.

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PC Gaming Remains More Profitable Than Console Gaming, Mobile Gaming Surpasses Everything

PC gaming will generate almost $32 billion while console gaming will grow to $29.0 billion. On the other hand, mobile gaming (smartphones and tablets) is expected to generate $36.9 billion.

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Newzoo has released the latest quarterly update of its Global Games Market Report, revealing some interesting sales figures about mobile, PC and console gaming. According to the stats, PC gaming remains more profitable than console gaming in 2016. However, mobile gaming has now surpassed everything, and is expected to grow even further in the next couple of years.

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Seagate Begins Shipping Helium-Filled HDDs, Reveals Final Specs

According to Seagate, helium has allowed the company to substantially increase hard drive capacity and lower power consumption while using current magnetic recording technologies.

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 helium-filled hard drive is based on the company’s brand-new hermetically-sealed platform feature fourteen heads and seven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) platters with up to 1.43 TB capacity each. Seagate claims that the new HDD platform is based on a special wide-weld hermetically sealed drive enclosure with a design based on a multi-step forging process. Besides, it uses a motor attached to both top and bottom covers, in order to better handle vibrations and maximize reliability. Sensors for humidity, temperature and helium pressure ensure that the helium-filled drive is always being monitored for reliable operation.

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