Western Digital unveils its new 4K-ready NVME gaming SSD

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While it tries to craft a microwave-assisted 40TB hard drive by 2025, Western Digital is releasing storage solutions for the nearer future. The company introduced the Black 3D NVMe, an SSD designed to run 4K and Ultra HD graphics quickly and seamless…
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‘Yakuza Kiwami 2’ set for Western launch on August 28th

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While Western fans of the Yakuza series are still patiently waiting for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life's delayed PS4 launch next month, Sega decided to tease further by announcing that Yakuza Kiwami 2, the remake of Yakuza 2 from 2008, is also heading to…
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Western Union Confirms Plans to Experiment With Ripple

Financal services company Western Union is experimenting with the Ripple blockchain and corresponding XRP cryptocurrency, according to CEO Hikmet Ersek.

Ersek informed analysts of the Ripple tests during a conference call on February 13, noting that the company is considering ways to use Ripple to settle transactions and for capital optimization. A Western Union spokesperson told Fortune the company is also experimenting with XRP, Ripple’s native cryptocurrency.

Ripple confirmed the relationship with Western Union. “We’ve been testing different products with Western Union for a while,” the company wrote in a statement to Bloomberg News on February 14. “We’re excited about our work towards a pilot implementation of xRapid, which uses XRP in payment flows.”

Western Union’s Ripple tests aren’t the first example of a major finance company experimenting with cryptocurrency, nor is Western Union the first to look specifically into Ripple. Just this week, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) — the central bank for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — signed an agreement to bring Ripple’s blockchain software, XCurrent, to banks in the country.

However, Western Union is one of the few to experiment with XRP, which could help Ripple become an even bigger player in the crypto market.

Earlier this week, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse told attendees at a Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco that transactions with XRP are “1,000 times faster” than those using crypto market leader bitcoin and cost just “a fraction of a cent” each compared to bitcoin’s $ 13. The company hopes to work “within the system” to gain traction with the mainstream, said Garlinghouse.

After experiencing significant growth in 2017, XRP hit an all-time high of $ 3.84 per unit in January 2018, but has since dropped back down to around $ 1.14, as of the time of writing. If Ripple’s partnerships with Western Union and other institutions go well, 2018 could be the year it truly challenges bitcoin for the crypto throne.

Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this piece, are personal investors in a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in Amazon western series

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to appear in yet another Terminator film next year, but soon he'll branch out into a new genre for the veteran action hero: Westerns. Amazon is developing a new series called Outrider, with the former California Governor…
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Huawei announces the €229 Honor 9 Lite for Western Europe

Continuing to expand its international Honor device portfolio, Huawei is bringing another previously limited-market phone to other parts of the world. The Honor 9 Lite, previously limited to China and India, is a toned down version of the Honor 9, is coming to Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the U.K. for a mere €229 via Honor’s online store starting today, February 6.


Display 5.65″ FHD+ FullView
Software Android 8.0; EMUI 8
CPU Kirin 659
Storage 32GB
Cameras 13+2MP front, 13+2MP rear
Battery 3,000mAh
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHGz, Bluetooth 4.2
Misc Fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB, NFC

For your €229, you get a fairly respectable device for that money, and one that compares decently against its non-lite sibling.

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Western Digital ships G-Speed Shuttle external storage devices with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports

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Drive producer Western Digital has launched two models of the G-Speed Shuttle, an external storage device range aimed at content creators that offers up to 48 terabytes of capacity and boasts fast transfer speeds using Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to connect to an iMac Pro or MacBook Pro.
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Your data in Western Digital cloud storage devices may still be vulnerable

Western Digital’s cloud storage devices are still vulnerable to security flaws despite patches issued to fix the bugs, the company has said in a blog post. According to the firm, future updates are being planned to patch the affected products, although it’s unclear how many problems are still outstanding.

Vulnerabilities were found in 12 of WD’s devices and first outlined in a blog post by security firm GulfTech. GulfTech noted that a number of WD devices allow remote backdoor admin access through the username “mydlinkBRionyg” and password “abc12345cba”. Gulftech also outlines a file upload flaw within the devices that would allow potential hackers to gain remote access. In addition to this, the devices are also susceptible to command…

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Toshiba settles dispute with Western Digital, clears way for Bain deal

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In a joint announcement issued on Tuesday, Toshiba and Western Digital said they will settle a dispute over the Japanese firm’s plans to sell its memory chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital, signaling an end to the long-running saga is near.
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Mate 10 Pro breaks pre-order records in Western Europe, says Huawei

Huawei’s journey West marks a record-breaking success – the Huawei Mate 10 Pro surpassed the pre-order target by over 100%. Huawei says it broke all records for smartphone pre-orders in Western Europe. The Mate 10 Pro was unveiled on October 16 and sales in the UK began a month later at a price of £770 or so, though it has fallen to £700 since. And in that month, people flocked to the new flagship in record numbers. Huawei Mate 10 Pro The phone is also available in China and is coming soon to other regions. Huawei is yet to announce US availability, though it can’t be far…

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‘Dragon’s Watch’, the Social RPG for Western Audiences, Releasing Worldwide December 6th

The Secret Police, the mobile studio backed by names such as Ian Livingstone (of Fighting Fantasy fame) is getting ready to release Dragon’s Watch, a free-to-play, turn-based character collecting RPG that promises fun, one-handed play and even offline play. Players will take a squad of 6 Heroes into battle in the realm of Kagria to take down any evil that comes their way. The game features over 700 heroes to collect, fuse, and evolve in a way similar to many games of this genre. You can also send squads on quests even when not actively playing, which is a good way to progress and level up characters.

The developers wanted to make a game that has the depth of hardcore Asian titles but the user-friendly experience of Western games. So, they’re hoping players will enjoy the game’s depth while also enjoying how they can just play it with one hand. The developers name games like Summoners War, Fire Emblem Heroes, Clash Royale, and Hearthstone as inspirations, which is quite the list. The game is coming out December 6th, and those who play the game during the first week will enter a unique quest that has a rare Hero as a reward, and this Hero will never be available again. Pre-register here to get free items once Dragon’s Watch launches.