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  • PlayStation Plus April 2015 Free Games Preview (AnandTech)

    April has come and with it, Sony is bringing us their standard bevy of games for PlayStation Plus members. Sony, as usual, is offering six games in total, with two specifically aimed at each platform but with cross buy available on some titles.

    PlayStation 4

    Tower of Guns

    The first game for the PlayStation 4 is Tower of Guns from developer Terrible Posture Games. This is a single-player first-person shooter which is set in… wait for it… a tower full of guns! This shooter was released in March 2014 on the PC and has been ported to the consoles. It has randomized levels for a new take every time you play. The game was released to above average reviews, with it scoring a 77 Metascore and 7.3 User Score on metacritic. Tower of Guns normally retails for 14.99 on the PC and should be around that price on the PlayStation Store as well, and will be cross buy with the PS3.

    “A game that needs little introduction. Why? Because it’s a tower filled with guns! Over-the-top in all the right ways, try to survive this tower with random enemies, bosses, power-ups, and a boatload of bullets.”

    Never Alone

    Developed by Upper One Games, Never Alone is a puzzle-platformer set in an Inuit theme, where the main characters are an Iñupiat girl named Nuna and an Arctic Fox. Players swap control between the two characters to solve the levels and advance. It was recently released on the PS4, with a launch date of November 2014. Despite the artistic graphical style, Never Alone was met with mixed reviews. It scored a 73 Metascore and 7.0 User Score on metacritic. Never Alone normally sells for $14.99 on The PS Store.

    “This beautiful puzzle adventure tasks you with guiding Nuna, a native Alaskan girl, through breath-taking environments to save her village. Also, you get to travel with a fox! Can’t get much better than a pet fox.”

    PlayStation 3

    Dishonored

    Originally released in October 2012, Dishonored is a stealth action game from Arkane Studios. Players control Corvo Attano, who is framed for a murder, and takes revenge against his conspirators. It has a strong emphasis on stealth. Being published by Bethesda Softworks has brought this game a lot of attention, and it was met with strong reviews. Dishonored has an 89 Metascore and 7.8 User Score on metacritic, and normally sells for $19.99.

    “Players take control of Corvo Attano, a bodyguard framed for murder and imbued with powerful abilities to seek revenge. This game is all about player choice, and feeling awesome while executing extreme stealth maneuvers.”

    Aaru’s Awakening

    Aaru’s Awakening is a hand drawn 2D action platformer game from the Icelandic developer Lumenox Games. This game is set in the dreamy world of Lumenox, and the goal of the creator was to set up a euphoric and dreamy experience with the artistic style. It was first released only a month ago in February 2015 on the PC, and is now making its way to the PlayStation. Unfortunately the nice visuals have not translated into a well-received game, with this Indie game getting only a 60 Metascore and 3.4 User Score on metacritic. As it is new to the store, pricing is not set yet but expect it to be around $14.99 as it is on Steam. It will also be available on the PS4.

    “What started as a school project for a team of students in Iceland is now a gorgeous platformer about navigating treacherous terrain with well-timed teleports.”

    PlayStation Vita

    Killzone: Mercenary

    The first game for the Vita is Killzone: Mercenary, from developer Guerrilla Cambridge and released in September 2013. This is the second handheld game set in the Killzone series, and the first-person shooter has the player following Mercenary Arran Danner through a backdrop of an interstellar war. It has received good reviews, scoring a 78 Metascore and 8.9 User Score on metacritic, and normally sells for $35.99.

    “View the iconic war against the Helghast from a mercenary’s point of view, and jump into a robust multiplayer mode to show how good (Or bad?) you actually are.”

    MonsterBag

    In a big departure in genre from the previous game, the second game for the Vita is MonsterBag from Iguana Bee. This is another new game to the store, and will be available on April 7th.  This game is about a little blue monster called V, and is set as a puzzle platformer. V has some telekinetic skills, and is on a journey to get back to his friend Nia. Being an unreleased game, there is not much info on how the game plays or what it will sell for, but if you are a PS Plus subscriber, at least you know you won’t already have this interesting looking game.

    “An adorable puzzle game about a bag-shaped monster named V trying to reach his friend Nia without scaring the pants off of people. May or may not include a battle of wits, skill, and the inevitable apocalypse.”

    There we have it. Six more games from Sony to keep subscribers busy for the month of April. If you are too enamored with the spring weather, pick these up and save them for the depths of winter.

    Source: PlayStation Blog

     

  • Google Announces $149 Chromebooks and the Chromebit Chrome OS Stick (AnandTech)

    Today Google announced a number of new Chrome OS products that will be available in the future from their OEM partners. The main focus of all these devices appears to be pushing the price of Chrome OS devices even lower so that they become accessible to more people.

    The first two devices announced are the Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook. Both of these laptops have 11.6" 1366x768 displays, 16GB of eMMC storage, 2GB of DDR3L memory, and surprisingly, 2x2 802.11ac WiFi. The main aspect that they differ on is their processors, and subsequently, their battery life. The Haier Chromebook 11 uses a Rockchip RK3288 SoC which has four Cortex A17 cores with a max frequency of 1.8GHz, and a 600MHz ARM Mali-T764 GPU. It advertises a battery life of up to 10 hours. The Hisense Chromebook also uses the Rockchip RK3288, but despite using the same name as the chip in the Haier Chromebook, it has a max CPU frequency of 2.5GHz. Hisense advertises a battery life of up to 8.5 hours. Both of these devices are sure to be popular with educational institutions and anyone looking for a very inexpensive machine to browse the web on.

    Possibly the more interesting announcement of the day is the Chromebit. There's very little information about specifications, but the Chromebit is essentially a Chrome OS computer on a stick which can be connected to a display and other peripherals to be used as a computer. The Chromebit will be launching in the summer of this year for less than $100, and we'll likely see more concrete pricing and information about specifications as we approach closer to its release date.

  • Microsoft abandonne les tablettes ARM (MacBidouille)

    Pendant un temps, Microsoft proposait deux types de tablettes, les Surface dotées de puces ARM et les Surface Pro dotées de puces Intel. Suite au manque de succès des versions ARM et un engouement significatif pour les modèles x86, on pouvait se douter que les premières finiraient par passer à la trappe. L'annonce d'une Surface Pro 3 sans pendant grand public était un signe qui a été confirmé par l'arrivée d'une Surface 3 également dotée d'un processeur x86.
    Cette nouvelle tablette est une version économique de sa grande sœur. Elle embarque un processeur ATOM quatre cœurs à 1,6 GHz (turbo à 2,4 GHz). Il y en aura deux versions, 2 Go et 64 Go de Flash ou 4 Go et 128 Go de Flash.
    La première sera proposée à 599 euros et la seconde à 719 euros et elles tourneront bien entendu sous Windows.

    Vivement un iPad Pro également doté d'une puce x86. Dans ce cas particulier, Microsoft a prouvé qu'il y a un marché pour ce type de produit tournant sous un OS de machine de bureau adapté. Apple saura certainement tirer la quintessence d'OS X et d'iOS pour en faire un produit totalement exploitable.

  • Apple débauche un cadre dirigeant de Dolby (MacBidouille)

    Selon 9to5Mac, Apple aurait débauché Mike Rockwell, vice-président de Dolby, qui prendra un rôle clé dans sa division matérielle.
    Il aura selon les informations obtenues comme rôle d'améliorer les parties audio des Mac et moniteurs de la marque. Somme toute, ce profil semble tout indiqué dans la lignée du rachat de Beats.

    Il reste à voir ce que donneront de nouvelles technologies dans nos futurs Mac. Il y aura toujours à faire plus étant donné l'obsession de minceur qu'a la société pour ses machines. Il faudra toujours plus faire preuve de ruse pour arriver à donner à des haut-parleurs toujours plus petits et fins une sensation audio acceptable.

  • Pas de rechargement Navigo avec Yosemite (MacBidouille)

    Nous donnons la parole à Pascal:

    Je viens de me connecter au site du STIF, comme je le fais tous les mois sous YOSEMITE pour recharger mon pass NAVIGO; et j'ai le message suivant :
    Pour lire le contenu de votre passe, le site vérifie la configuration de votre ordinateur.Votre système d'exploitation Mac OS 10.10 n'est pas compatible avec le service de rechargement/lecture de passe.
    Le service de rechargement/lecture de passe est uniquement compatible avec les systèmes d'exploitation suivants :
      Windows à partir d'XP   Mac OS X à partir de la version 10.6

    Après cette manipulation, d'autres vérifications restent à effectuer avant l'utilisation du service de rechargement/lecture de passe.
    Avec le STIF, il ne faut plus disposer que de Mac OS 10.6 ou inférieur. Ca fait un sacré bon en arrière. STIF & APPLE sont fâchés donc.

    Souhaitons qu'un de nos lecteurs ait les moyens de les informer au plus vite de ce problème :)

    [MàJ] Visiblement il y a un bug quelque part étant donné que cela fonctionnait avant le 31 mars.

  • Apple Watch : ce sont la CIA et la NSA qui ont demandé à Apple d'en fabriquer une (MacBidouille)

    Un de nos informateurs à Cupertino vient de nous dévoiler une information à peine croyable mais pourtant tellement évidente.
    A l'époque de Steve Jobs la société n'avait aucune intention de sortir une montre connectée. Une fois qu'il a quitté la direction de la société, la CIA et la NSA seraient revenues à la charge et auraient réussi à convaincre Tim Cook de commercialiser ce produit pour aider à préserver la sécurité nationale du pays.
    Après avoir envahi ordinateurs et téléphones mobiles ces instances gouvernementales cherchaient le moyen d'avoir des oreilles partout, en toute occasion. L'idée d'une montre intelligente, toujours portée au poignet ou à portée de main sur un chevet s'est imposée.
    Ainsi, si Siri fonctionnerait si bien sur l'Apple Watch, c'est que son système de micro est l'un des plus performants du monde, capable de capter des conversations dans un rayon de 15m.

    Pour se connecter à toutes ces montres les ingénieurs vont utiliser une faille volontaire dans le système Bluetooth et Wi-Fi de ces appareils qui leur permettra de se connecter de manière invisible à la plupart des réseaux Wi-Fi qui seront vérolés et ainsi transmettre sans cesse conversations, localisations ainsi que via les capteurs biométriques le niveau de stress du porteur.

    Maintenant on comprend mieux pourquoi Apple a eu l'idée saugrenue de proposer un modèle en or. Il vise à tenter les plus riches, en particulier Chinois, à craquer pour ce produit. Or, ce sont eux, riches et puissants qui intéressent le plus les espions américains car si ces personnes sont enclines à se protéger au mieux des systèmes d'écoute, ils ont de bonnes chances de se laisser tenter par un accessoire de mode visant à afficher leur statut social.

    A la lumière de ces informations nous comprenons maintenant mieux la finalité de l'Apple Watch. Toutefois, cela ne change rien à nos opinions dessus, au contraire.

  • LG 34UM67: UltraWide FreeSync Review (AnandTech)

    AMD officially launched FreeSync earlier this month, and the technology is interesting not just in how it works but also in how it differs from NVIDIA’s G-SYNC. Our first FreeSync display comes by way of LG, and it boasts an IPS display with an UltraWide 2560x1080 resolution. For gamers there are certainly benefits to discuss, but there are also some problem areas. How does this FreeSync display stack up against other gaming monitors, and how does it fare outside of gaming? Read on for our full review.

  • CTL Launches New Chromebook For Education (AnandTech)

    The education sector is one area where Google’s Chromebook has proved very popular. Relatively inexpensive devices, which are easier to manage, and include just a lightweight operating system, have certainly gained a foothold there. School Divisions which have bought into the Google Apps ecosystem would seem to have an easy decision to move to Chrome OS.

    There are several companies which specialise in the education sector. CTL is one of those companies, and today they are launching a new even lower cost entry into the Chrome OS education market. The CTL Chromebook J2 and J4 for Education both feature the quad-core Cortex A17 based processor, and in this case it is the RK3288 made by Rockchip. The differentiation is laid out in the name, with the J2 featuring 2 GB of memory, and the J4 having 4 GB of RAM.

    As these are aimed at the less than forgiving student population, they are available with a three year warranty with accidental damage coverage. Also, of interest to the sector, they will come with one year of Securly content filtering and analysis, so that schools and parents can set automatic filters for approved sites. In addition, they can be bundled with the Chrome Device Management licenses, Hapara licenses, and Pearson Education Software and eTextbooks.

    These are low cost devices, and as such are outfitted with some low cost components. The J2 starts at $179, or $199 with the Chrome Device Management license. The J4 bumps the price to $209 and $229 respectively. Both feature an 11.6 inch 1366x768 matte display, 16 GB of eMMC storage, and a 1.3 MP webcam.

    CTL lists the new Chromebook at over nine hours of battery life though, which should be adequate for most school tasks. The device is relatively thin and light too, with it coming in at just 2.46 lbs (1.12 kg) and they feature an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a micro SD card slot, and 802.11ac wireless.

    While these will not be the fastest devices available with Chrome OS (for that a school would have to purchase the new Pixel) getting the price down should help out with school budgets.

    For those in education who want to check out the new devices, the CTL Chromebook for Education J2 and CTL Chromebook for Education J4 can be sourced from www.ctl.net.

    Source: CTL

  • The Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA/M.2 Review (AnandTech)

    Four months ago Samsung introduced the world to TLC V-NAND in the form of SSD 850 EVO. It did well in our tests and showed that 3D NAND technology essentially brings TLC NAND to the level where planar MLC NAND stands today. The initial launch only included the most popular form factor in 2.5", but did not address the upgrade market where mSATA and M.2 are constantly growing in popularity. With today's release, Samsung is expanding the 850 EVO lineup with M.2 and mSATA models.

  • Microsoft Announces Surface 3: 10.8-inch 2-in-1 with Atom x7 on 14nm from $499 (AnandTech)

    The next element of Microsoft’s Surface line is here, and the anticipated Surface 3 throws up a couple of (nice) surprises. Starting at $499, the Surface 3 will complement the Surface Pro 3 by offering a 10.8-inch device in a 1920x1280 resolution. That sounds a little odd being a bit more than full-HD, but offers a 3:2 resolution like the larger Surface Pro 3. Under the hood is Intel’s new Atom x7 which we discussed briefly during the Atom re-naming launch earlier this year, which means a 14nm class device featuring Airmont cores and the direct upgrade from Silvermont and Bay Trail. The release states that this is the high end model, which would suggest a quad-core Atom design running above 2 GHz. Microsoft/Intel are not directly calling this Cherry Trail, and our discussions with Intel seem to avoid the Cherry Trail nomenclature, but the SoC will be partnered with 64GB or 128GB of storage, plus a 4G ‘LTE Ready’ version will be coming later.

    The Surface 3 is being billed by Microsoft as the thinnest and lightest Surface device, and will run the full Windows 8.1 inside which can be upgraded to Windows 10 later this year for free. The price will include a 1-year subscription to Office 365, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage. On the device will be a full-size USB 3.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort and a microSD card reader to supplement storage. Charging comes via a bundled fast-charging micro-USB, although it can also be charged with a standard smartphone micro-USB as well. Battery life is listed as 10 hours for video playback, with the screen being described as having ‘incredibly accurate colors’ – here’s hoping for a calibrated display out of the box. Front and rear cameras (3.5MP / 8MP) are designed to both capture 1080p, with an auto-focus feature on the rear camera.

    The device on its own will be 8.7mm thin, weighing in at 622 grams (1.37 pounds), and seems to not feature the kickstand that Anand liked in his Surface Pro 3 review. Instead we get a standard 3-position stand. Accessories start with the standard Type Cover but also include a Docking Station with more USB ports as well as ‘The Surface Pen’. The new digital pen will be available in red, blue, black and silver with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity - we presume this is an N-Trig design although we’re waiting for official confirmation.

    The Surface 3 and accessories are now available for pre-order in the US, shipping on May 5th. Resellers and partners should have availability on May 7th, although from 1st April users should be able to head into a Microsoft Store in Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States for some hands on time before full launch.

    We’ve already put in our request for a review unit.

    Source: Microsoft

    Microsoft Surface 3
    Size 10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34-inch
    267 x 187 x 8.7-mm
    Weight 1.37 lbs - 622 g
    Display 10.8-inch ClearType Full HD Plus
    1920x1280 resolution, 3:2 ratio
    10-point multi-touch
    Surface Pen Support
    Battery Life Up to 10 hours (video playback)
    Storage/DRAM 64GB / 2GB 128GB / 4GB
    CPU Atom x7-Z8700
    Quad Core 14nm
    1.6 GHz Base Frequency
    2.4 GHz Burst Frequency
    WiFi 802.11ac + BT 4.0
    LTE Models at a later date
    Ports USB 3.0, Mini-DisplayPort, microSD,
    Micro USB charging, 3.5mm Headset Jack
    Software Windows 8.1
    Office 365 Personal with 1TB OneDrive (1-year)
    Front Camera 3.5 MP
    Rear Camera 8.0 MP with Autofocus
    Operating System Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Warranty 1-year limited
    Price $499  $599

    Edit: This news post originally stated that the kickstand was the same as the Surface Pro 3. This error has been adjusted due to new information.

  • Intel Braswell Details Quietly Launched: Cherry Trail and Airmont on 14nm (AnandTech)

    The 14nm tri-gate for process from Intel has currently been seen in both Core M (Broadwell-Y) and Broadwell-U, with some discussions at Mobile World Congress regarding Atom x5 and Atom x7 both featuring 14nm cores at their heart. For the mini-PC and laptop space, Core M fits nicely with a 4.5W TDP and the Core architecture, however Intel’s Atom line also occupies a similar segment but at a lower price point. The upgrade from Bay Trail is Cherry Trail, from 22nm Silvermont cores to 14nm Airmont cores. Technically it would seem that Cherry Trail is a catch-all name with the SoCs intended for mini-PCs will also ride under the name ‘Braswell’, using up to four Atom cores and Generation 8 graphics within a 4-6W TDP.

    CPU World recently published details of four Braswell SKUs. For Braswell, similar to Bay Trail, Intel designs its Atom SoCs in terms of dual core modules, where each core is separate apart from a shared L2 cache. The SoC then puts one or two of these modules on die (for two or four cores) without an overriding L3 cache. The Braswell SoCs will support DDR3-1600 memory, with SIMD instructions up to SSE4 with support for VT-x and Burst Performance Technology offering higher clocks for extremely short periods when required.

    The four SoCs are presented as follows:

    Intel Braswell SKUs
    SKU Cores /
    Threads
    CPU
    Freq
    CPU
    Burst
    L2
    Cache
    TDP Price
    Celeron N3000 2 / 2 1040 2080 1 MB 4W $107
    Celeron N3050 2 / 2 1600 2160 1 MB 6W $107
    Celeron N3150 4 / 4 1600 2080 2 MB 6W $107
    Pentium N3700 4 / 4 1600 2400 2 MB 6W $161

    This is similar to elements of both the Bay Trail-M (Mobile) the Bay Trail-D (Desktop) product line, which would perhaps mean that we will see both inside mini-PCs as well as some laptop designs, such as Chromebooks. In the current Braswell list there are two dual core models and two quad core models, although in the Bay Trail-D line there are six in total with four Celeron and two Pentium. The Celeron N3000 from the Braswell line is an interesting element to consider, especially when we compare it against the similar TDP of the Core M 5Y10.

      Celeron N3000 Core M 5Y10
    Architecture Airmont Broadwell
    Cost $107 $281
    Cores / Threads 2 / 2 2 / 4
    Base Frequency (MHz) 1040 800
    Turbo / Burst (MHz) 2080 2000
    L2 Cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
    L3 Cache - 4 MB
    TDP 4 W 4.5 W
    GPU 'Gen 8' HD 5300
    Execution Units Unknown ? 24
    GPU Frequency / MHz 320-600 ? 100-800
    DRAM DDR3-1600 DDR3/L-1600

    Ultimately Intel’s differentiation lies with the architecture and price, meaning Core costs more, and historically this also correlates with performance. That being said, Core M is susceptible to both cTDP-Up and cTDP-Down depeding on how the OEM wants to use it. Braswell may be in a similar position, although we do not have confirmation of this as of yet.

    It will be interesting to see what applications for Braswell will be released first. I would imagine everything we currently see in Bay Trail-D form should get an upgrade. We have already seen shots of ECS’ roadmap for the LIVA which states a Q2 2015 launch for example.

    Source: CPU World

  • Quand la communauté Hackintosh fait plier Apple (MacBidouille)

    iVico nous informe que suite à l'affaire du fappening leak (qui a permis à la planète entière de découvrir des stars dans le plus simple appareil), Apple s'est vu obligé de renforcer la sécurité autour de son service iMessage. Il en a résulté une impossibilité pour les machines non-officielles de se connecter aux serveurs d'authentification. C'était courant décembre et cela aurait pu s'arrêter là. Mais c'était sans compter sur la ténacité de la communauté Hackintosh, qui a rapidement trouvé une parade : les hackintosheurs se sont mis à utiliser des numéros de série authentiques (c'est-à-dire provenant de machines made in Apple). Certains bidouilleurs, consciencieux, réutilisaient des numéros d'une autre machine qu'ils possédaient. D'autres, moins scrupuleux, ont fouillé les forums à la recherche de logs de kernel panics qui permettent de récolter toutes les informations utiles pour usurper l'identité d'une machine.

    Par ces changements d'identifiant en masse, certains possesseurs de Mac, parfaitement légitimes, ne pouvaient plus recevoir de messages. Cela a bien évidemment conduit les clients à contacter le support d'Apple qui a littéralement explosé. Les hackintosheurs se sont joints aux appels pour débloquer des machines dont le numéro aurait déjà été utilisé ailleurs, sur un autre hack. Les procédures d'authentification des machines ont vraisemblablement été assouplies depuis un mois, ce qui permet à tout le monde de profiter de iMessage.

    Cette situation prouve qu'Apple préfère ne pas lutter contre une communauté toujours plus grande et hacktive. Apple ne s'évertue pas à multiplier ses mesures de sécurité, qui seront de toute manière contournées un jour ou l'autre.

    Certains cependant ne s'accordent pas avec cette explication et pensent qu'Apple prépare l'arrivée d'un client multi-plateforme de iMessage. La baisse du niveau de sécurité étant plus dictée par des contraintes de compatibilité que par l'épisode des rebelles complètement pommés.

  • AMD Dives Deep On Asynchronous Shading (AnandTech)

    Earlier this month at GDC, AMD introduced their VR technology toolkit, LiquidVR. LiquidVR offers game developers a collection of useful tools and technologies for adding high performance VR to games, including features to make better utilization of multiple GPUs, features to reduce display chain latency, and finally features to reduce rendering latency. Key among the latter features set is support for asynchronous shaders, which is the ability to execute certain shader operations concurrently with other rendering operations, rather than in a traditional serial fashion.

    It’s this last item that ended up kicking up a surprisingly deep conversation between myself, AMD’s “Chief Gaming Scientist” Richard Huddy, and other members of AMD’s GDC staff. AMD was keen to show off the performance potential of async shaders, but in the process we reached the realization that to this point AMD hasn’t talked very much about their async execution abilities within the GCN architecture, particularly within a graphics context as opposed to a compute context. While the idea of async shaders is pretty simple – executing shaders concurrently (and yet not in sync with) other operations – it’s a bit less obvious just what the real-world benefits are why this matters. After all, aren’t GPUs already executing a massive number of threads?

    With that in mind AMD agreed it was something that needed further consideration, and after a couple of weeks they got back to us (and the rest of the tech press) with further details of their async shader implementation. What AMD came back to us with isn’t necessarily more detail on the hardware itself, but it was a better understanding of how AMD’s execution resources are used in a graphics context, why recent API developments matter, and ultimately why asynchronous shading/computing is only now being tapped in PC games.

    Why Asynchronous Shading Wasn’t Accessible Before

    AMD has offered multiple Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACEs) since the very first GCN part in 2011, the Tahiti-powered Radeon HD 7970. However prior to now the technical focus on the ACEs was for pure compute workloads, which true to their name allow GCN GPUs to execute compute tasks from multiple queues. It wasn’t until very recently that the ACEs became important for graphical (or rather mixed graphics + compute) workloads.

    Why? Well the short answer is that in another stake in the heart of DirectX 11, DirectX 11 wasn’t well suited for asynchronous shading. The same heavily abstracted, driver & OS controlled rendering path that gave DX11 its relatively high CPU overhead and poor multi-core command buffer submission also enforced very stringent processing requirements. DX11 was a serial API through and through, both for command buffer execution and as it turned out shader execution.

    As one might expect when we’re poking holes into DirectX 11, the asynchronous shader issues of the API are being addressed in Mantle, DirectX 12, and other low-level APIs. Along with making it much easier to submit work from multiple threads over multiple cores, all of these APIs are also making significant changes in how work is executed. With the ability to accept work from multiple threads, work can now be more readily executed in parallel and asynchronously, enabling asynchronous shading for the first time.

    There is also one exception to the DX11 rule that we’ll get to in depth a bit later, but in short that exception is custom middleware like LiquidVR. Even in a DX11 context LiquidVR can leverage some (but not all) of the async shading functionality of GCN GPUs to do things like warping asynchronously, as it technically sits between DX11 and the GPU. This in turn is why async shading is so important to AMD's VR plans, as all of their GCN GPUs are capable of this and it can be exposed in the current DX11 ecosystem.

    Executing Async: Hardware & Software

    Of course to pull this off you need hardware that can support executing work from multiple queues, and this is something that AMD invested in early. GCN 1.0 and GCN 1.1 Bonaire included 1 graphics command processor and 2 ACEs, while GCN 1.1 Hawaii and GCN 1.2 Tonga (so far) include 1 graphics command processor and 8 ACEs. Meanwhile the GCN-powered Xbox One and Playstation 4 take their own twists, each packing different configurations of graphics command processors and ACEs.

    From a feature perspective it’s important to note that the ACEs and graphics command processors are different from each other in a small but important way. Only the graphics command processors have access to the full GPU – not just the shaders, but the fixed function units like the geometry units and ROPs – while the ACEs only get shader access. Ostensibly the ACEs are for compute tasks and the command processor is for graphics tasks, however with compute shaders blurring the line between graphics and compute, the ACEs can be used to execute compute shaders as well now that software exists to make use of it.

    On a side note, part of the reason for AMD's presentation is to explain their architectural advantages over NVIDIA, so we checked with NVIDIA on queues. Fermi/Kepler/Maxwell 1 can only use a single graphics queue or their complement of compute queues, but not both at once – early implementations of HyperQ cannot be used in conjunction with graphics. Meanwhile Maxwell 2 has 32 queues, composed of 1 graphics queue and 31 compute queues (or 32 compute queues total in pure compute mode). So pre-Maxwell 2 GPUs have to either execute in serial or pre-empt to move tasks ahead of each other, which would indeed give AMD an advantage..

    GPU Queue Engine Support
      Graphics/Mixed Mode Pure Compute Mode
    AMD GCN 1.2 (285) 1 Graphics + 8 Compute 8 Compute
    AMD GCN 1.1 (290 Series) 1 Graphics + 8 Compute 8 Compute
    AMD GCN 1.1 (260 Series) 1 Graphics + 2 Compute 2 Compute
    AMD GCN 1.0 (7000/200 Series) 1 Graphics + 2 Compute 2 Compute
    NVIDIA Maxwell 2 (900 Series) 1 Graphics + 31 Compute 32 Compute
    NVIDIA Maxwell 1 (750 Series) 1 Graphics 32 Compute
    NVIDIA Kepler GK110 (780/Titan) 1 Graphics 32 Compute
    NVIDIA Kepler GK10x (600/700 Series) 1 Graphics 1 Compute

    Moving on, coupled with a DMA copy engine (common to all GCN designs), GCN can potentially execute work from several queues at once. In an ideal case for graphics workloads this would mean that the graphics queue is working on jobs that require its full hardware access capabilities, while the copy queue handles data management, and finally one-to-several compute queues are fed compute shaders. What each of those task precisely is depends on the game developer, but examples of graphics and compute tasks include shadowing and MSAA on the former, and ambient occlusion, second-order physics, and color grading on the latter.

    As a consequence of having multiple queues to feed the GPU, it is possible for the GPU to work on multiple tasks at once. Doing this seems counter-intuitive at first – GPUs already work on multiple threads, and graphics rendering is itself embarrassingly parallel, allowing it to be easily broken down into multiple threads in the first place. However at a lower level GPUs only achieve their famous high throughput performance in exchange for high latency; lots of work can get done, but relatively speaking any one thread may take a while to reach completion. For this reason the efficient scheduling of threads within a GPU requires an emphasis on latency hiding, to organize threads such that different threads are interleaved to hide the impact of the GPU’s latency.

    Latency hiding in turn can become easier with multiple work queues. The additional queues give you additional pools of threads to pick from, and if the GPU is presented with a situation where it absolutely can’t hide latency from the graphics queue and must stall, the compute queues could be used to fill that execution bubble. Similarly, if there flat-out aren’t enough threads from the graphics queue to fill out the GPU, then this presents another opportunistic scenario to execute threads from a compute task to keep the GPU better occupied. Compared to a purely serial system this also helps to mitigate some of the overhead that comes from context switching.

    Ultimately the presence of the ACEs and the layout of GCN allows these tasks to be done in an asynchronous manner, ties into the concept of async shaders and what differentiates this from synchronous parallel execution. So long as the task can be done asynchronously, then GCN’s scheduler can grab threads as necessary from the additional queues and load them up to improve performance. Meanwhile, although the number of ACEs can impact how well async shading is able to improve performance by better filling the GPU, AMD readily admits that 8 ACEs is likely overkill for graphics purposes; even a fewer number of queues (e.g. 1+2 in earlier GCN hardware) is useful for this task, and the biggest advantage is simply in having multiple queues in the first place.

    The Performance Impact of Asynchronous Shaders

    Execution theory aside, what is the actual performance impact of asynchronous shaders? This is a bit harder of a question to answer at this time, though mostly because there’s virtually nothing on the PC capable of using async shaders due to the aforementioned API limitations. Thief, via its Mantle renderer, is the only PC game currently using async shaders, while on the PS4 and its homogenous platform there are a few more titles making using of the tech.

    AMD for their part does have an internal demo showcasing the benefits of async shaders, utilizing a post-process blurring effect with and without async shaders, and the performance differences can be quite high. However it’s a synthetic demo, and like all synthetic demos the performance gains represent something of a best-case scenario for the technology. So AMD’s 46% performance improvement, though quite large, is not something we’d expect to see in any game.

    That said, VR (and by extension, LiquidVR) presents an interesting and more straightforward case for the technology, which is why both NVIDIA and AMD have been pursuing it. Asynchronous execution of time warping and other post-processing effects will on average reduce latency (filling those rendering bubbles), with time warping itself reducing perceived latency by altering the image at the last possible second, while the async execution reduces the total amount of time a frame is in the GPU being rendered. The actual latency impact will again not be anywhere near the 46% performance improvement in AMD’s sample, but in the case of VR every millisecond counts.

    Of course to really measure this we will need games that can use async shaders and VR hardware – both of which are in short supply right now – but the potential benefits are clear. And if AMD has their way, both VR and regular developers will be taking much greater advantage of the capabilities of asynchronous shading.

  • La Belgique se prépare à l'arrivée des Apple Store (MacBidouille)

    Dans tous les pays où les Apple Store ont débarqué en force, les revendeurs, anciens APR rebaptisés CSAA, ont beaucoup souffert et nombre ont mis la clé sous la porte, comme Ebizcuss. Pourtant ce dernier, issu de nombreux regroupements, avait eu l'idée de créer le premier APR international en rachetant en Belgique Macline. L'idée était d'autant plus intéressante qu'Apple n'avait pas de visées immédiates sur ce pays et il n'y a aujourd'hui toujours pas de boutiques Apple là-bas. C'est toutefois maintenant à l'ordre du jour et elles devraient mailler ce pays en 2016.
    Devant cette arrivée programmée les APR de ce pays fourbissent leurs armes et vont essayer de ne pas subir le même sort que leurs homologues ailleurs.

    Un de nos contacts nous a appris que fidèles à la devise de leur pays, "l'union fait la force", les APR seraient en train de se rapprocher dans le but de fusionner et de créer une entité nationale capable, peut-être, de tenir tête à Apple.

    [MàJ] Pendant que nous rédigions la brève l'information est officiellement tombée, Easy-m rachète Abelsys et ce n'est probablement que le début.

  • Foxconn va très bien grâce à Apple (MacBidouille)

    Foxconn a publié ses derniers résultats trimestriels qui sont excellents. Son chiffre d'affaire est en hausse de 6,6% et son bénéfice de 22,3% soit un bénéfice annuel de près de 38,5 milliards de dollars.
    Cette embellie est en grande partie liée au succès colossal de l'iPhone 6 dont Foxconn assemble le plus gros de la production. La société bénéficie d'une forte expertise dont Apple semble ne pouvoir se passer malgré ses efforts. Plusieurs fois elle a confié la production d'iPhone à des concurrents de Foxconn qui ont eu du mal à tenir leurs engagements, obligeant Apple à revenir vers son fournisseur historique qui reste en position de force.
    Foxconn aura toutefois fort à faire pour diminuer sa dépendance à Apple, l'iPhone ayant représenté à lui seul la moitié de ses revenus.

  • Encore une bêta de la 10.10.3 (MacBidouille)

    Apple propose aux développeurs et aux personnes inscrites au programme de bêta OS X une nouvelle préversion de la 10.10.3.

    Portant la numérotation 14D127a, elle continue à corriger les bugs et à améliorer Photos, la grande nouveauté de cette version.

  • Apple annoncera ses prochains résultats le 27 avril (MacBidouille)

    Apple a annoncé que les résultats du dernier trimestre échu seront présentés le 27 avril.

    Ce trimestre est habituellement assez creux, ne profitant pas d'événement particulier. Il sera toutefois l'occasion pour la société de parler encore de l'Apple Watch et de son avenir.

  • Windows 10 Build 10049: Meet Project Spartan (AnandTech)

    Microsoft has released a new build to the fast ring for Windows Insiders today. When build 10041 dropped on the 18th of March, we made note that updates would not be coming at a much quicker pace. Little did we know that we would get a new build only twelve days later. There is big news with this build as well with the public availability of Microsoft’s new browser, codenamed Project Spartan.

    Back in January we took a look at some of the parts of Project Spartan. At that time, the goal from Microsoft was to include the new rendering engine which would be the heart of Spartan in both Internet Explorer and the new, as yet unnamed browser. Those plans have shifted though. Internet Explorer will still be available for legacy applications (think business) but it will not include the new rendering engine, which is EdgeHTML. Project Spartan will be exclusively EdgeHTML and not include the legacy MSHTML rendering engine for compatibility. Microsoft’s metrics on compatibility with the new browser have shown them that it is really not necessary. So the new browser should be free of any of the legacy code which caused issues with standards.

    On our initial look at EdgeHTML rendering within Internet Explorer, we saw some pretty substantial performance gains. We will dig into that again with the new build and report back if any additional progress has been made.

    So what is “Project Spartan” then? Technically it is a new branch of Internet Explorer’s Trident layout engine, but slimmed down and built for the modern web rather than compatibility with legacy things like ActiveX controls. If that is needed, Internet Explorer will still be available in Windows 10. For the vast majority of users though, they just need a clean, fast, secure browser. Whether Spartan is any of that will have to be seen, but it is more than just a new layout and ECMAscript engine too.

    Spartan (I really wish they would just name this browser already) has some interesting technology which Microsoft hopes will bring some mindshare back to their browser. For instance, Cortana, which is Microsoft’s digital assistant and search engine front end, is now built directly into the browser. Being contextually aware should help with relevant search results, and if you type things like “what is the weather” into the address bar, Cortana will respond.

    Another feature coming to the new browser is the ability to annotate web pages, and inking is supported for this. The resultant page will be sharable as well, so comments about pages can be shared with friends or colleagues. This may or may not be interesting, but even with the preview just going out, there have already been some clever uses of it shared on social media.

    The new browser also supports both Reading List and Reading View, which are extensions to already deployed technologies from Windows 8.1. Reading List is clearly a list of sites, and Reading View offers a distraction-free browsing experience.

    One of the best features of the new browser though is that it will be updated through the store, so hopefully the extremely long wait times between feature updates will go away. There was always the capability of this with Windows Update, but Internet Explorer is certainly behind in adoption of new web standard drafts as compared to other browsers.

    For those in the Fast Ring, go check your Windows Updates and get a crack at the new browser, but before you do, be sure to check out the list of known bugs, as there are some serious ones in this build such as Hyper-V being broken on this build. Remember though, this is called the Fast ring for a reason!

    Source: Windows Blog

  • Google Updates Gmail for Android With A Unified Inbox (AnandTech)

    Today Google's Gmail team is shipping an update to Gmail for Android, which has now become the standard mail application for Android Lollipop users. The update brings a great feature that a few other mail applications have offered for some time, which is the ability to display emails from multiple accounts in a single unified inbox. Google has simply named this feature "All Inboxes", and it's accessible via the sliding drawer on the left side of the application on smartphones, and the left pane on tablets. As someone who has to use multiple email accounts on a daily basis, this is a feature that I've hoped Gmail would adopt for quite some time, and it's great to finally have it rolling out.

    In addition to the new unified inbox, Google is also enabling support for displaying threaded conversations on non-Gmail accounts. This means that users who have long email threads on their email accounts from other providers will be able to view them in a single thread, which was previously limited to Gmail accounts. The omission of this feature just seemed like an oversight when third party account support was integrated into Gmail, and it's good to see Google ensuring parity between the features for Gmail accounts and other providers now that the application acts as the standard Android mail app.

    In addition to the two major features above, this update to Gmail also brings a few smaller features like better auto-complete when searching, larger attachment previews, 1-tap saving to Google Drive, and improved animation responsiveness. The update is currently rolling out now, although it may take some time for devices to receive it as Google always performs staged releases for application and system updates.

  • ASUS Launches The Transformer Book Chi (AnandTech)

    Though the Chi series was first announced at Computex way back in June 2014, it has been a long time getting to market. ASUS is now accepting pre-orders for two models of the Chi. The T100 Chi will be the replacement for the well-received Transformer Book T100, and the T300 Chi is the flagship model. Both will be fanless designs, and include the now traditional Transformer Book keyboard dock.

    Starting with the T100 Chi, we get a nice update to a good design. The T100 Chi is a tablet convertible , so all of the components are in the 10.1 inch display. Speaking of the display, ASUS has went with a 16:10 ratio, with a 1920x1200 resolution. It is nice to see a few devices bucking the 16:9 trend, especially with tablets. It also features a laminated IPS display, which removes the air gaps between the different display layers. This is not a new feature of course, but one that has normally been reserved for more premium devices. And the premium feel does not end there, with the T100 Chi being made completely out of aluminum. The T100 is powered by the Intel Atom Z3775 quad-core processor, and has 2 GB of memory. Storage is eMMC in 32 and 64 GB tiers. The T100 Chi has a MSRP of $399, which is very much keeping in line with the previous T100, and comes with the keyboard dock.

    ASUS Transformer Book Chi Series
      T100 Chi T300 Chi
    Processor Intel Atom Z3775 (quad-core 1.46-2.39GHz, Intel HD GPU) Intel Core M-5Y10/5Y71 (2C/4T 0.8-2.0 GHz/1.2-2.9GHz, Intel HD 5300 GPU)
    Display 10.1" 1920x1200 IPS Multitouch 12.5" 1920x1080/2560x1440 IPS
    Memory 2 GB LPDDR3 4/8GB
    Storage 32/64GB eMMC plus Micro SDXC 128GB SSD plus Micro SDXC
    Networking 802.11n dual-band + BT 4.0 802.11n dual-band + BT 4.0
    I/O Micro USB 3.0, Micro HDMI, Headset Micro USB 3.0, Micro HDMI, Headset
    Battery 31 Wh 31 Wh
    Dimensions 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3" (256.5 x 175.3 x 7.1mm) 12.5 x 7.5 x 0.3" (317.5 x 190.5 x 7.62mm)
    Weight 1.3 lbs (590g), 2.4lbs (1.1kg) with keyboard 1.6 lbs (726g), 3.2 lbs (1.45kg) with keyboard
    MSRP $399 32GB $449 64GB $699 FHD, $899 WQHD

    The T300 Chi is 12.5 inch tablet, with the same laminated display as the T100, but we are back to the 16:9 ratio. Two resolutions are offered, with a 1920x1080 model being the mainstream version, or you can opt for a WQHD 2560x1440 version as well. The 1080p model comes with the Intel Core M-5Y10 CPU, 4 GB of memory, and a 128 GB SSD with micro SDXC expansion. The higher resolution T300 Chi will come with the Intel Core M-5Y71, 8 GB of memory, and a 128 GB SSD with micro SDXC expansion. The tablet alone is just 1.6 lbs, and combined with the included keyboard dock, the weight doubles to 3.2 lbs.

    Both models feature support for the ASUS Transformer Book Chi Active Stylus Pen, which has 256 pressure levels supported and could therefore be based on N-Trig technology is a Synaptics unit (Confirmed with ASUS).

    The keyboard docks have always been the key to the Transformer Book series, and the Chi models feature a unique magnetic hinge to perform the connection. The new models also offer support for additional modes beside attached and detached, with flipped and tented now joining the capabilities. While they do not feature the kickstand of the Surface, if you do have somewhere to rest the tablet, the tent mode should offer some nice functionality.

    The ASUS Transformer Book Chi T100 and T300 are available for pre-order starting today.

    Source: ASUS

  • Ce serait le dos du futur iPhone 6C (MacBidouille)

    Récemment on apprenait qu'Apple comptait proposer un iPhone 6C lors du renouvellement de gamme. Le site Futuresupplier a publié une photo de ce qui serait la coque arrière de ce futur modèle.

    A droite, on voit sur l'image le double flash qui n'est pas proposé sur les 5C.

    Bon, visiblement Apple reprendra une recette qui lui convient, le tout étant bien entendu de préserver les marges sur tous les modèles. On verra surtout si la société osera proposer un modèle doté de seulement 8 Go de mémoire, une aberration sauf à acheter un iPhone uniquement pour montrer qu'on en a un.

  • Et si l'Apple Watch donnait un coup de fouet à l'industrie des montres coûteuses ? (MacBidouille)

    Hier nous vous parlions dans une brève de l'Apple Watch, une fois de plus, et les réactions sur nos forums ont divergé de manière assez intéressante pour être notée.
    Face aux tarifs parfois insensés de ce produit, les réactions ont commencé à dériver vers des alternatives plus conservatrices d'achat de garde-temps qui auront au moins le mérite de traverser les années, voire les décennies sans prendre de trop grosses rides.
    A ce jeu, et à partir de 600 euros on peut commencer par acquérir des montres somme toute intéressantes comme des Hamilton (pour ne citer qu'elles). Bien entendu on peut aussi faire le choix de trouver un garde-temps plus coûteux avec toujours un avantage. Bien entretenu ce produit conservera une valeur résiduelle fort intéressante et qui pourra avec le temps se bonifier, chose que l'Apple Watch, pas plus que le premier iPhone, ne fera avant probablement la seconde moitié du 21e siècle.

  • Tesla boit le bouillon en Chine (MacBidouille)

    Aux Etats-Unis Tesla est devenu en peu de temps une marque automobile emblématique. Elle commercialise des véhicules électriques aux performances époustouflantes au tarif de véhicules... aux performances époustouflantes.
    Après avoir rencontré un énorme succès dans son pays la société a décidé de commercialiser ses produits à l'étranger. Il y a d'ailleurs un concessionnaire en France ainsi qu'une quinzaine de points de charge haute performance.
    Hélas pour la société, son arrivée en Chine ressemble à un flop selon Bloomberg. Sur les 1600 véhicules importés, seule une faible proportion a trouvé preneur malgré l'appétit pour les produits de luxe très coûteux là-bas.
    Selon le DG de la société, la faute en reviendrait non pas aux voitures mais à des surestimations du potentiel de vente de ce type de produit par des spéculateurs et au manque de formation et de pédagogie des vendeurs.

    En tout cas il y a quelque part quelque chose de rassurant de voir que même les riches Chinois puissent réfléchir avant d'acheter un produit. C'est important à comprendre alors qu'Apple veut se lancer dans le futur sur le marché automobile ou à la veille de la sortie de l'Apple Watch qui est somme toute une sorte de Tesla S des montres, différente, chère, évoluée et dotée d'une faible autonomie.

  • Apple va reprendre des appareils Android contre des bons d'achat (MacBidouille)

    Ces derniers temps on a régulièrement vu des sociétés concurrentes d'Apple racheter des iPhone ou tout du moins offrir des réductions en échange d'appareils sous iOS.
    Apple a décidé de répliquer selon 9to5Mac et s'apprête à reprendre des smartphones concurrents contre des bons d'achat à valoir sur l'achat d'un iPhone. Forte de ses ventes colossales d'iPhone 6 et 6 plus, elle semble maintenant vouloir chercher le KO chez ses adversaires et récupérer un maximum de clients pour son écosystème toujours plus riche mais aussi plus profitable.
    Indirectement (mais pas tant que ça), cette opération fera également les affaires de l'Apple Watch. Plus il y aura de personnes dotées d'un iPhone 5 ou supérieur et plus le nombre de clients potentiels pouvant se laisser tenter par cette montre connectée sera grand. C'est d'ailleurs probablement la plus grosse motivation pour lancer une telle opération.

    [MàJ] Selon Macplus, l'opération de reprise va démarrer dans les Apple Store. Il n'y aura pas de grille tarifaire mais un spécialiste qui fera une estimation de la valeur de reprise des appareils au cas par cas. On se demande ce qu'Apple en fera de toute façon. Si la société les revend à un broker ils finiront de nouveau sur le marché, si elle les envoie au recyclage il aurait été plus simple de proposer une grille de tarifs...

  • The Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Review (AnandTech)

    The Enthoo Pro is most popular tower case of Phanteks, which the company claims to be "beautifully crafted, amazingly flexible, budget friendly and with maximized cooling potential". One might imagine this tries to put too many eggs in one basket - we received a review unit and put it through our test suite.

  • Apple Watch: il faudra un rendez-vous pour en acheter une (MacBidouille)

    Mauvaise nouvelle si vous pensez pouvoir un de ces quatre craquer et aller voir une Apple Watch avant de l'acheter.
    Il faudra pour cela non seulement faire la queue, qui s'annonce fort longue puisqu'un vendeur sera présent pendant les essayages, mais aussi réserver votre moment privilégié avec le produit.
    Ce sera en tout cas la procédure incontournable durant les premiers moments du lancement. Elle devrait ensuite s'assouplir quand les stocks seront assez larges pour que la société puisse en proposer certains modèles en rayon.

  • Intel serait en pourparlers pour racheter Altera (MacBidouille)

    Altera est une société spécialisée dans la fabrication de puces programmables destinées entre autres choses aux relais GSM et à des usages millitaires.
    Selon une rumeur, Intel serait en pourparlers pour la racheter pour une somme pouvant atteindre les 10 milliards de dollars. Ce serait pour Intel le plus gros rachat de son histoire.
    Déjà, les deux sociétés sont proches. Altera est l'une des rares sociétés au monde pour laquelle Intel accepte de fondre ses puces.
    Ce rachat permettrait à Intel d'acquérir un nouveau savoir-faire dans la conception de ce genre de puces, qui pourrait lui être utile dans certains domaines mais aussi et surtout de récupérer des compétences qui lui manquent dans le domaine des puces radio. La société fabrique déjà des SoC GSM mais ils sont bien moins performants que ceux de Qualcomm par exemple. Or, aujourd'hui, intégrer une partie radio performante dans des puces est devenu une priorité capitale dont Intel aurait bien besoin pour inciter encore plus les fabricants de smartphones et de tablettes (en plus des montres et autres objets) à utiliser ses processeurs.

  • Quand un milliardaire chinois compare Apple au régime nazi (MacBidouille)

    Souvent Apple est critiquée pour ses systèmes propriétaires ou par ses comportements abscons quand il s'agit de valider un logiciel sur son App Store. On est loin de l'esprit vanté dans sa publicité 1984 que la société a mis en avant il y a fort longtemps.
    Jia Yueting, un milliardaire chinois créateur du site Leshi TV, a décidé d'aller bien plus loin dans la critique de la société avec un dessin posté sur son compte Weibo.

    Il ne fait rien de moins que de comparer Apple au régime nazi et vante à la place les mérites de l'ouverture d'Android.

    Visiblement il semble reprocher avec cette campagne à Apple les complications de rentrer sur le marché iOS, chose qu'il voudrait faire avec son service.

    Apple ne manquera certainement pas de réagir même si elle ne pourra pas le faire avec autant de force que cela le mériterait face à un milliardaire chinois dans un pays où la société fait toujours profil bas et où cette image n'est pas aussi percutante qu'en occident.

  • Uber se serait aussi fait pirater (MacBidouille)

    ARS Technica rapporte avoir découvert sur une nouvelle place des ventes du darknet une personne vendant des couples identifiant / mot de passe de comptes Uber. L'information a été vérifiée sur au moins l'un de ces comptes vendus.
    Officiellement Uber n'a communiqué sur aucun piratage. Soit la société est au courant et cache l'information, soit comme d'autres elle ne sait même pas qu'elle a subi une fuite de donnée, soit.... elle n'a pas été piratée.
    En effet, il y a eu tellement de vols de bases de données que certains pirates s'amusent maintenant à tester ces bases sur des sites commerciaux et une fois vérifiées les vendent en tant que nouvelles informations, un moyen de revaloriser d'anciennes choses.

    Dans ce dernier cas cela souligne avec force l'importance de ne pas utiliser les mêmes identifiants et mots de passe sur plusieurs sites ou tout du moins à faire une hiérarchie dans ces derniers en veillant tout particulièrement à être très prudent sur les sites conservant des informations bancaires ou particulièrement sensibles.

    Nous craignions que 2015 soit une année particulièrement dure pour les données des internautes et la sécurité des sites après une montée en puissance en 2014, tout porte à croire que ce sera le cas. Il y a aujourd'hui un marché professionnel et très actif dans le domaine du piratage de serveurs et la revente de données sensibles. Il est arrivé à maturité et tourne à plein alors que les outils et moyens de lutter contre ce phénomène en sont encore à leurs balbutiements.

  • Mises à jour et téléchargements de la semaine (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Comme tous les dimanches, retrouvez notre résumé des mises à jour et téléchargements de la semaine.
Si tu m'as fait une crasse je ne suis pas encore au courant, et donc la
vengeance précederait l'offense, ce qui est original mais un peu
précipité.
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