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Monday August 31, 2015

MPAA Demands Extraordinary Measures to Prevent Piracy

If you thought the MPAA was unreasonable when it came to the way it treats pirates, you should see what they demand from business partners. eek!

Companies wishing to process, handle or distribute video content for the MPAA have to go to extraordinary lengths to become accredited by the Hollywood group. From background checks on all personnel and the banning of certain types of clothing, to food restrictions and personal searches, the MPAA hopes to keep content leakage to a minimum.

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Mozilla Updates Firefox 40 to Patch Two Serious Flaws

Those of you using Firefox will be happy to know that Mozilla has patched up two major security flaws.

The first flaw, a use-after-free triggered when a canvas element is resized (CVE-2015-4497), has been rated critical. An attacker can exploit the vulnerability by setting up a malicious webpage that causes Firefox to crash. The weakness can potentially be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the attacked Firefox user. The second flaw, rated high-severity, has been described as an add-on notification bypass through data URLs (CVE-2015-4498).

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Raidmax Hyperion Case @ Technic3D

ETC.: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

Motherboards: ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero @ eTeknix

Power Supply: FSP Aurum 92+ 650W @ NikKTech

Storage: Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe @ OCInside

AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Now Available

If you are the owner of a Radeon video card that likes to live on the wild side, the AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta drivers is now available.

  • This driver is not intended for use on AMD products running in Apple Boot Camp platforms. Users of these platforms should contact their manufacturer for driver support.

  • When installing the AMD Catalyst™ Driver for Windows® operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator, or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Catalyst Driver.

  • The AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta Software Suite requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.

  • The AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta Software Suite requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 to be installed. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is included in all AMD Catalyst™ driver packages.

  • AMD Eyefinity technology is designed to give gamers access to high display resolutions. As pixel count grows, the graphics "horsepower" required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. Depending on the game and system configuration, users may notice texture corruption and reduced frame rates when running games in multi-monitor Eyefinity modes.

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Microsoft's Project Sonar: Malware Detonation As A Service

According this article, Microsoft's 'Project Sonar' service may soon be available to users outside the company.

Codenamed "Project Sonar," the service "dynamically analyzes millions of potential exploit & malware samples in VMs (virtual machines) and collects terabytes of data during that analysis every day," according to a recent Cloud and Enterprise Group job posting describing the service. From the job posts about Sonar, it's not clear to me if Microsoft will allow customers to run Sonar and then amass and analyze the data collected, or if Microsoft will run Sonar and allow users to analyze the data gathered.

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Ashley Madison Insists It’s Not a Scam

Ashley Madison wants you to believe that its service has had "hundreds of thousands" of new sign ups since it was hacked. I totally believe them. I mean, why would they lie? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Over the past week, Ashely Madison says it's seen "hundreds of thousands" of new sign ups, including almost 87,600 women. That's surprising for a few reasons, not the least of which being that hackers the other week exposed private information on the site's existing 37 million users, and you'd expect no one to trust the site after that to properly facilitate discreet affairs.

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Thermaltake Core X9 Case Review

If you are into gigantic cases, you are definitely going to like this review of the Thermaltake Core X9 case at TechSpot.

The Core X9 is a behemoth, boasting a bar-fridge-like 122L capacity -- large enough that Thermaltake says dual systems are on the menu, not to mention the possibilities for liquid cooling and file servers. "Super Towers" or "Ultra Towers" such as the Lian Li D8000, Cooler Master Cosmos II and Corsair Obsidian 900D typically cost upwards of $300, so we're eager to see what Thermaltake's Core X9 delivers for almost 40% less.

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iOS Malware Steals Over 225,000 Apple Accounts

According to security firm Palo Alto Networks, over 225,000 Apple accounts have been hijacked from jailbroken iOS devices thanks to malware called "KeyRaider."

In cooperation with WeipTech, we have identified 92 samples of a new iOS malware family in the wild. We have analyzed the samples to determine the author’s ultimate goal and have named this malware "KeyRaider". We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware.

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Amazon Prime Is About to Get Worse

Amazon Prime is about to get worse? Am I missing something? You will still be able to get free two day shipping, just not from the retailers who choose not to participate. How does that make Amazon Prime "worse?"

So basically, if a merchant in Florida doesn’t want to two-day ship west of the Mississippi, or a merchant in New York doesn’t want to ship to the west coast, they don’t have to. And that means that some of the merchandise that’ll pop up as Prime eligible won’t offer two-day shipping.

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Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

It looks as though Apple is pissing off other companies again. Will the crew from Cupertino stick to its guns or bow to pressure from publishers?

Apple Inc.’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. The next version of Apple’s mobile-operating system, due out as early as next month, will let users install apps that prevent ads from appearing in its Safari browser.

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Animated Short Film of the Day

If you have ten minutes to spare, this animated short film about two mining robots on a faraway planet is definitely worth checking out.

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Corsair Bulldog Hands-On Impressions

Corsair was showing off its upcoming Bulldog and Lapdog products at PAX this weekend. Personally, I am looking forward to getting my hands on a Bulldog, what do you guys think?

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Dated @ Blue's News

Evolve Free Weekend Welcomes Meteor Goliath @ Shacknews

GTA 5 War Machine Armor @ GTA Scripting

Uncharted 4 Is Coming To PS4 In March @ VG24/7

Supermicro Gaming S5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! Our evaluation of the Supermicro Gaming S5 is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you are in the market for a new mid-tower chassis, make sure you read this review before you spend your hard earned money.

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The Supermicro name is synonymous with mainstream enterprise servers and all sorts of rack and chassis equipment. Today however we see the desktop side of Supermicro in a product designed and marketed to PC gamers. The enthusiast PC case market is chock full of solid competition, so let' see if Supermicro can compete at the desktop level.

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NVIDIA GeForce 355.82 WHQL Certified Windows Drivers

All you GeForce owners out there that have plans to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max should download the new NVIDIA GeForce 355.82 WHQL drivers.

The latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 355.82 WHQL, ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: NZXT Source S340 @ CowcotLand

Cooling: ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid III @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: Element Gaming Beryllium Keyboard @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 @ Tweak.dk

Storage: OCZ Trion 100 480GB @ ThinkComputers

Video: PowerColor Radeon R9 380 PCS+ @ Techgage

India Accuses Google Of Gaming Search Results

Google has 10 days to respond to allegations that its search results favor its own products and services over the ones users actually wanted.

As with the EU's investigation, the company is believed to be pushing its own products ahead of those actually wanted (or needed) by users. In one example, this means that CNBC's India-based investment site MoneyControl will get second-billing to Google Finance, even if the former is more popular.

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US Plans 'Unprecedented' Sanctions Against China Over Hacks

According to this news report, the White House is on the verge of imposing "unprecedented" sanctions against Beijing in the coming weeks.

The Washington Post on Sunday, citing US officials who spoke anonymously, said the US would issue sanctions on the basis that Chinese companies have benefited from the cyber-theft of US trade secrets, such as "search engine source code" and other intellectual property, and private corporate and trade secrets.

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T-Mobile Wants To Stop Network Abusers

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere made a blog post yesterday addressing the growing problem of customers, or "hackers" as he called them, that are "willfully stealing" data.

However, these violators are going out of their way with all kinds of workarounds to steal more LTE tethered data. They’re downloading apps that hide their tether usage, rooting their phones, writing code to mask their activity, etc. They are "hacking" the system to swipe high speed tethered data. These aren't naive amateurs; they are clever hackers who are willfully stealing for their own selfish gain.

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Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Against NSA Bulk Collection Program

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today that the NSA’s bulk phone data collection program can continue until November of this year. As most of you will remember, the program will be shut down after that because Congress changed the law back in June.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that +public-interest lawyer Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, has not proved that his own phone records were collected by the NSA — and so has not met a condition of bringing the lawsuit. It sent the case back to a lower court for further deliberation on the issue. The panel’s ruling also reversed a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed — and temporarily stayed — by a district court judge in December 2013.

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AMD R9 Fury Running AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver

All you alternative OS types out there that are interested in acquiring an AMD R9 Fury video card should head on over to Phoronix and read this article.

Now that Linux 4.2 is set to be released today, out on the horizon we have to look forward to Linux 4.3 kernel. Set to be merged into Linux 4.3 will be in the initial open-source AMD driver code for supporting the Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards. This open-source Fury support is the focus of our testing today with it being the first time powering up this Fiji GPU outside of Catalyst.

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MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Review

The crew at Overclockers Club seem mighty impressed with the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning they just reviewed. If you are in the market for a NVIDIA based graphics card, this review is for you.

MSI does not always build a Lightning model card in each revision of its product stack. In fact, when the GTX 980 was released, the enthusiast crowd was patiently waiting for the card that never came. Patience is a virtue, they say, and the waiting is now over. Instead of being based on the GTX 980, MSI went all out and put together the GTX 980 Ti Lightning. A beast of a card that screams performance at each and every turn.

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Introducing NVIDIA GRID 2.0

Bring the power of virtualization to the users who need it to be their most productive. NVIDIA's GRID technology ensures complete application compatibility, meaning any application that can run in a physical desktop can run in a virtual desktop. Organizations can now expand their virtualization footprint without compromise. Deliver accelerated virtual desktops, along with a superior user experience, on even the thinnest notebooks. Because data and applications are housed side by side in the data center, users are able to realize enhanced performance, productivity, and collaboration. IT now has a single console that allows graphics resources to be assigned in a more balanced way.

This makes it much easier to deploy and manage accelerated virtual desktops. With the GRID solution, the IT manager can now control user profiles to flexibly deliver the graphics performance each user needs. GRID technology helps you protect your most valuable data, keeping it secure in the data center while providing just the right level of access to users. Keep your corporate intellectual property safe while also boosting productivity across the enterprise.

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Intel Security To Showcase Cloud Security Solutions At VMworld

Intel will be exhibiting at VMworld, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, in booth #1529. Intel Security will host two demo stations and two breakout sessions focused on its advanced security services for the software defined data center. The demos will highlight McAfee MOVE AV, McAfee vNSP and the Intel Security Controller showing how they integrate with VMware NSX. The breakout session titled "Data Center in Transition – A Journey to a Secure Hybrid Data Center" is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, from 11AM to 12PM PT. The second session, "Utilizing Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) to Enable Advanced Threat Protection in Cloud Environments" is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, from 12PM to 1PM PT and will feature Matt Ferrari, CTO of ClearDATA, discussing how he uses this solution to provide advanced security services to its healthcare application customers. To see Intel Security demos, stop by the Intel booth #1529 at VMworld, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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Sunday August 30, 2015

Wes Craven, Hollywood Horror Master, Dead At 76

Sad news for the horror genre. The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director died today after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. What is your favorite Craven film? One of mine is New Nightmare because I thought it was a clever take on the mythology, and Craven himself returned to direct it.

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Craven, the artist behind "Nightmare on Elm Street," the "Scream" movie series and many other modern horror masterpieces, remade the genre in contemporary film. Craven reinvented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," a film he wrote and directed that starred a then-unknown Johnny Depp. He conceived and co-wrote "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors" as well.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Launch Trailer

The Phantom Pain will finally be available this Tuesday, and Kojima has personally directed and edited a trailer to celebrate its release. If you still haven’t seen it yet, check it out and take a small trip through Metal Gear history.

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Apple Renting Out A 7,000-Person Arena For Its Upcoming iPhone Event

Apple's upcoming event will be held at a huge arena, which is kind of interesting because Apple tends to hold its events in more modest locales, such as the Yerba Buena Center, which holds 757 people. Could Dr. Dre be performing?

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium? It has a maximum capacity of 7,000 people. When President Obama comes to give a speech in San Francisco, he comes here. This arena is more suited for concerts for big named acts — not tech launches.

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Student Faces 10 Years In Prison For Trying To Sell Android Malware

I’m a little confused here. This kid made what sounds like some pretty sophisticated malware that basically leaves someone’s Android phone wide open, but he only priced it at $300? And he didn’t get a single sale?

Your typical Android malware, once installed, Dendroid spies on text message conversations, takes photos, and even records phone conversations — all unbeknownst to the user (of course). Culbertson admits that he attempted to sell the source code online, but he reportedly didn’t receive any offers.

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Star Wars Trading Card App Attracts Those With Disposable Income

Topps has a Star Wars trading card app, and it’s pretty neat—you can actually buy and trade cards. But are people seriously buying crumpled Han Solo cards for $225? I’ll sell you my pristine Greedo card for tree fiddy.

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…the Han Solo card is one of the highest prices seen yet for a single card. Except for this super limited edition Pink Yoda card. There were only ever 10 copies, and they were only available for one hour. It costs $900 — that's as much as a seven-night Caribbean cruise.

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