Torrents have gotten a bad rap over the years as a platform for sharing illegal movies, music, TV shows, and software, but they have quite a few legitimate uses as well. For example individual developers, content creators and non-profit organizations can simply set up a Torrent, share it with a couple people and let it self propagate, significantly reducing the cost overhead of purchasing file hosting or content delivery.
However, unlike traditional file delivery methods such as through HTTP/HTTPS or through FTP, in order to download a Torrent file, a Torrent client is needed and of course not all Torrent clients are created equal. As such, today we’ll be [...]
The ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is getting hotter by the day. According to a recent announcement by Qualcomm, the company filed a Patent Infringement Complaint against Apple, alleging that Apple breached six Qualcomm patents for the iPhone.
Most of the six patents mentioned in the complaint pertains to power saving features of Qualcomm’s baseband processor. In an infographic included with the press release, Qualcomm details each of the six patents and states that Apple have been using these technologies without paying for them.
In the meantime, Qualcomm demands that a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) to be issued to Apple. The [...]
Last week, the GTA V modding community was in an major uproar after popular modding tool OpenIV was shut down by GTA V publishers Take-Two and Rockstar Games.
Shortly following the shutdown, the GTA V modding community voiced their feedback on GTA V through multiple outlets, chief among them GTA V’s review page on Steam which went from positive to mixed within a matter of hours with tens of thousands of recent reviews showing overwhelmingly negative.
Realizing the monumental screw-up that had occurred, Rockstar and Take-Two reversed their decision on banning mods and updated their online knowledge-base to say, “Rockstar Games believes in [...]
Rockstar Games and its publisher Take-Two is under fire from massive community backlash after shutting down several 3rd party modding tools for its popular open world action game, GTA V.
While Rockstar Games didn’t completely remove modding support, they recently issued a cease-and-desist notices to the developers of OpenIV, the biggest modding tool for GTA V, as well as several others. In the letters, Take-Two claimed that the software “allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two rights”. Until the legal fiasco is sorted out, OpenIV was forced to comply with the demands of [...]
A former TSMC Engineer was charged for stealing trade secrets to a competitor, according to a report by DigiTimes.
The former TSMC engineer, Hsu, was recently accused of stealing trade secrets on TSMC’s 28nm process to give to China-based Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC). TSMC’s 28nm process is a proven process which has been used in many chips including Apple SoCs, Qualcomm SoCs, Nvidia GPUs, AMD GPUs, and more. Hsu had recently taken a job at HLMC, but was arrested before he could start.
Of course this isn’t the first time this has occurred. A number of China-based memory chip makers have been aggressively poaching talent from [...]
Due to massive losses from their nuclear power business, Toshiba is spinning off their NAND manufacturing business and what was initially supposed to be a sale of just 20% of the business has turned into a majority stake. Numerous companies have been reported to be interested in acquiring the Toshiba memory business including heavy hitters such as SK Hynix, Micron, Western Digital, Tsinghua Unigroup, and more.
According to a new report from DigiTimes, it looks like pure-play foundry TSMC (Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) may also be interested in acquiring a stake in Toshiba’s NAND business to expand into the storage business.
Some very unfortunate news came from Razer CEO, Min-Liang Tan, as he recently reported that two of Razer’s prototype devices had been stolen from the CES 2017 show floor. According to the post:
“I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today.
We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.
At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.
We treat [...]
When Sony originally launched their first iteration of the PlayStation 3 back in 2006, one of the features of the gaming console was the ability to install a Linux based operating system by using the built-in “Other OS” feature. A number of PS3 owners purchased the console with ambitions to utilize the PS3 as a Linux PC, but this feature was unfortunately removed in 2010 via software update 3.21.
As many gamers claimed that they purchased the PS4 for the Other OS functionality, this subsequently resulted in a 6 year class action lawsuit with Sony opting to settle the suit back in June of this year.
According to the terms of the settlement, [...]
When Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 970 back in 2015, it was quickly found that Nvidia had been less than truthful with their originally advertised specifications.
Nvidia originally advertised the GeForce GTX 970 as having 4GB of onboard VRAM, but in actuality only 3.5GB was actually connected to the GPU with an additional 0.5GB only accessible only as “spillover”. This was unfortunately something that was hardwired and not fixable via driver or firmware which caused quite a big controversy as it lowered total available bandwidth available to the GPU to the 3.5GB VRAM amount. Furthermore, it was discovered that there was incorrect information provided [...]
Seven leading Internet companies have announced the Alliance for Open Media project. Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon, Cisco, and Intel founded the alliance with the aim of accelerating the development of the next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies. This is most likely a move to combat the potential licensing royalties of 4K video streaming by the group HEVC Advanced as well as the royalties currently imposed on the existing H.264 codec.
While Alliance for Open Media extends beyond just creating video formats, the group’s current priority is to create the next generation of royalty-free video codec specification as well as [...]