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Wednesday October 29, 2014

Mobile Payments Pitting Apple Against Walmart

It looks like Apple Pay might have a hard time breaking into the world of NFC payments thanks to Walmart.

Not all retailers have NFC terminals and even a couple who do — namely CVS and Rite Aid — have opted to turn off Apple Pay functionality. That’s because a competitive payment platform called CurrentC is forcing retailers to make a choice to accept one or the other.


Apps That Tackle Addiction To Smartphones

Are you addicted to apps on your cell phone? There's an app for that. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"It's meant be ironic," Mr Offlime creator Nao Tokui, an interactive artist from Tokyo, told Fairfax Media. Ironic or not, Mr Offlime is one of a rash of apps that claim to address the growing problem of "nomophobia" – no mobile phone-phobia.


Dictator Manuel Noriega's Absurd Lawsuit Against CoD Creator Dismissed

Attention Lindsay Lohan, if this guy's lawsuit got thrown out, you can only imagine how well yours will fare.

"This ruling is an important victory and we thank the court for protecting free speech," said Rudy Giuliani. "This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we're gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn't win. This is not just a win for the makers of Call of Duty, but is a victory for works of art across the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the world."


NZXT Kraken X41 Liquid CPU Cooler

The crew at ThinkComputers spent a little quality time with the NZXT Kraken X41 liquid CPU cooler today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

So NZXT has amassed what is essentially an all-star team of products ranging from power supplies to cases to CPU coolers and pretty much everything in between save for the bits that do the number crunching. Fortunately for us they haven’t let up yet. Today we will be checking out their newest offering in the AIO cooler category the Kraken X41.


Walmart's Used Video Game Business Won't Kill GameStop

I don't think Walmart getting into the used game business is going to "kill" GameStop but, one thing is for sure, it sure isn't going to help them either.

For Walmart, which has been increasingly interested in used electronics of all kinds, the strategy is pretty simple. "Our goal is to buy used video games for more, and ultimately sell certified pre-owned video games for less," says Laura Phillips, the company’s senior vice president for entertainment. It is starting aggressively next week, with the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, one of the most anticipated games of the year.


Intel System Studio Upgraded for Embedded Application and System Software Developers

Today, Intel released Intel® System Studio 2015, a major upgrade for Intel® Architecture-based embedded application and system software development. This upgrade helps developers improve system reliability and time-to-market with low-overhead trace for Intel® Core™ M processors and low-cost OpenOCD-based JTAG debug for lntel® Quark processors. This version adds two new target operating systems – Windows and Android Lollipop, including 64-bit support. Developers can enhance their productivity by taking advantage of the expanded integration into Eclipse, Wind River Workbench and Microsoft Visual Studio. Additionally, enhanced energy analysis plus compiler and performance library optimizations available in Intel System Studio 2015 help developers achieve better power efficiency along with application and system performance.


WD My Cloud Software And App Downloads Reach 4 Million

WD®, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today announced that its WD My Cloud® mobile apps have been downloaded more than four million times, allowing users to remotely connect to their My Cloud® personal clouds to view photos, stream video and access their files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. To make that experience even better, WD today released WD My Cloud operating software (OS) version 1.5, delivering new versions of the WD My Cloud device firmware as well as the WD My Cloud mobile app. WD My Cloud OS 1.5 introduces new media navigation, viewing and search features. The free upgrade is available on the full suite of My Cloud products including My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4.


Tuesday October 28, 2014

Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Facebook generated a ton of money this quarter, growth is slowing and Zuckerberg has a ten year plan for Oculus Rift.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. "This has been a good quarter with strong results," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "We continue to focus on serving our community well and continue to invest in connecting the world over the next decade."


EA Reports Q2 Financial Results, Delays Battlefield Hardline

Electronic Arts today announced record high Q2 revenue today and, to celebrate, the company delayed Battlefield Hardline until March 2015. Oh come on, this is EA we are talking about. You can't have good news without someone getting screwed over. big grin

"By emphasizing player engagement and our digital live services, we’ve grown revenue, expanded gross margins and delivered EPS well above prior year and our guidance," said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "We are raising our annual non-GAAP net revenue guidance by $75 million to $4.175 billion and annual non-GAAP diluted EPS by $0.20 to $2.05." Battlefield Hardline™ will launch on March 17, 2015 in North America, and beginning on March 19, 2015 in Europe.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton Roundup @

Scythe Ashura Shadow CPU Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Bullet HD 1080 @ Vortez

D-Link AC1900 Gigabit Cloud Router @ Legit Reviews

SteelSeries Siberia V3 @ LanOC

Video: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming @ ThinkComputers

MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G @ pcGameware

Indie Developers Gaming Steam's Greenlight Projects?

I wonder what Valve will have to say about this?

  • Vote for others' projects, no questions asked

  • Comment on projects you have voted for

  • Post your Greenlight project for others to vote

  • Periodically post screenshots of your Greenlight stats progress

  • Respect other developers. We are here to help each other


MPAA Concerned Pirates Are Being Exposed To Malware

Dear Internet Pirate Person,

The reason we fine you $25,000 per movie is because we are worried about crooks getting a hold of your bank account...before we do.


Your Friends at the MPAA

"It is important to note that websites that traffic in infringing movies, television shows, and other copyrighted content do not harm only the rights holder. Malicious software or malware, which puts Internet users at risk of identity theft, fraud, and other ills, is increasingly becoming a source of revenue for pirate sites," the lobbying group told (PDF) US trade officials on Monday in its latest report about global "notorious markets" for illegal content.


Western Digital Announces Financial Results For First Quarter Fiscal 2015

Western Digital® Corp. today reported revenue of $3.9 billion and net income of $423 million, or $1.76 per share, for its first fiscal quarter ended Oct. 3, 2014. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $504 million or $2.10 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.8 billion and net income of $495 million, or $2.05 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $514 million, or $2.12 per share.

The company generated $827 million in cash from operations during the September quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $5.2 billion. During the September quarter, the company utilized $223 million to repurchase 2.2 million shares of common stock. On Aug. 5, the company declared a $0.40 per common-share dividend, which was paid on Oct. 15.


Lowe's Now Using Robots

When the robot apocalypse begins, I want you all to remember it was Lowe's, not Skynet, that brought on judgment day.

Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's Companies Inc. in San Jose, California.


FTC Sues AT&T; For Limiting Unlimited-Data Customers

This certainly has been a long time coming. Aside from the part where AT&T; will settle without admitting guilt, are we taking bets on the what the actual settlement will be?

The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T; Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for "unlimited" data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately disclose to its customers on unlimited data plans that, if they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T; reduces – or "throttles" – their data speeds to the point that many common mobile phone applications – like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video – become difficult or nearly impossible to use.


FBI Created Fake Web Page To Nab Bomb-Threat Suspect

Not only did the FBI make a fake web page to catch a bomb-threat suspect, they made the fake page look like the Seattle Times. For the full story, here's a link to the real Seattle Times website (trust us).

The FBI in Seattle created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Lacey’s Timberline High School in 2007, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in San Francisco.


Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

The folks at Solid Concepts have another 3D-printed gun coming out. Although there is no real information on the gun yet, it looks pretty bad ass.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Alien: Isolation - Corporate Lockdown Released @ Blue's News

Bungie Working On Destiny PS4 Sign-In Issues @ Joystiq

New Ship & Sparrow Shaders Coming For Destiny @ PD

Rockstar Details GTA V Exclusive Content @ Shacknews

Mind Blowing Statistics On Men and Women Gamers

I know this is going to be hard to believe but a recent study found that...wait for it...wait for play first person shooters while women prefer HayDay and Candy Crush. Whoa. eek!

Men and women enjoy video games, but some genres tend to attract one gender over the other, SuperData Research finds in a 2014 US study provided to Joystiq. Women compose 57.8 percent of the mobile market, 53.6 percent of the RPG market and 50.2 percent of the PC market (including social games), the report says. The study finds that men make up 66 percent of MMO players, 66 percent of FPS players and 63 percent of digital console players.


YouTube CEO Confirms Music Subscription Service Is Coming Soon

I could swear that one of the biggest attractions of YouTube, especially for teens, is that you can listen to music for free. Who is going to pay to listen to music on YouTube?

In an interview at Code/Mobile, the executive said that her team was indeed "working on it" and that this is a near-term goal. While she didn't get into specifics on the program, which may or may not be called Music Key (according to rumors, that is), she stated that one of the obstacles is figuring out "how to give people options" -- likely a way of saying that YouTube is still working out the pricing tiers and what features would be available for each individual plan.


Ex-PlayStation Boss: Xbox On The Right Path

Am I the only one that was surprised that Microsoft or Nintendo didn't hire Jack Tretton after he quit Sony over a salary dispute?

As for Microsoft, he said the company has come around to what customers want after flubbing the device's launch with a high price tag ($499 when it launched, compared to $399 for the PS4) and unpopular policies around sharing and reselling used games. Microsoft reversed its unpopular policies and introduced a $399 version of its console in June to more directly compete with the PS4 on price, and it has instituted various promotions to drive the price even lower.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: SilverStone SST-AR06 Low-Profile HSF @ eTeknix

Motherboards: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC @ Modders Inc.

PSU: Chieftec APS-850CB @ ocaholic

DeepCool Aurora DA500 @ Cowcotland

Storage: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD @ Guru3D

Video: HIS R9 290X Hybrid IceQ 4GB @ Legion Hardware

Violent Video Games In 3-D Can Lead To higher Levels Of Anger

Wait, so if we believe what these guys are saying, we need a ban on 3-D televisions ASAP!

"Violent video games increase angry feelings and aggressive impulses when played on an ordinary desktop computer," Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at OSU, said in an email. "Our research shows that the effects are much larger when the same game is played on a large screen in 3-D."


Silverstone Fortress FT05 Case Review

There is a review of the Silverstone Fortress FT05 case posted today at Benchmark Reviews. You can see our recent evaluation here for comparison purposes.

While the Raven and Fortress series appear to be very different, they often use the same interior design. This is certainly the case with the RV05 and the FT05 cases. With this in mind, how can consumers decide which chassis suits their needs? In this Benchmark Reviews article, I will discuss the differences between the RV05 and FT05 and potential reasons to pick one over the other before delivering my final rating of the FT05.


Cisco Fixes 3-Year-Old Vulnerability Affecting Security Appliances

When it comes to security fixes, I guess the old saying "better late than never" applies.

Cisco has released software updates to address a three-year-old vulnerability in the Telnet code of Cisco AsyncOS, the operating systems used in some of the company's security appliances. The flaw affecting the telnetd daemon (CVE-2011-4862) was disclosed by the FreeBSD Project back in December 2011. However, earlier this year, researcher Glafkos Charalambous noticed that some Cisco security appliances are still impacted by the vulnerability.


How An Autistic Boy Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

Not only is this your feel good story of the day, it is probably the best use of Siri we have ever heard of.

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s "intelligent personal assistant" on the iPhone, is currently his BFF.


Intel Pentium 4 Settlement

If you bought a computer with a Pentium 4 in it between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002, you may be entitled to a cash settlement! How much money will you receive? Brace yourselves, we are talking about a one-time lump sum cash payment of up to fifteen dollars!

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that Intel manipulated the performance benchmark scores for its first-generation Pentium 4 processors and that HP aided and abetted Intel’s allegedly unlawful conduct. Intel and HP deny any liability and all claims of misconduct and Intel contends that the performance benchmarks challenged by Plaintiffs fairly measured the performance of the Pentium 4 processor.


Forrest Norrod Joins AMD as Senior Vice President

​AMD today announced that Forrest Norrod (49) has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom (EESC) business group, reporting to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. Norrod will be responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering, and sales for AMD’s EESC business. He replaces Dr. Su, who has held the position on an interim basis since July.


Microsoft Delivers Wave Of Innovation At TechEd Europe

Tuesday at TechEd Europe, Microsoft Corp. announced new cloud services, mobility solutions, APIs, tools and an expanded ecosystem of partner solutions, all designed to help IT professionals and developers compete and thrive in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. "Today’s enterprise is always on, and IT professionals and developers are under constant pressure to keep up with the demands of the business," said Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. "We are using the power of our cloud platform — Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics — to deliver technology solutions that empower IT professionals, developers and end users to do more."


Countdown to Intel Capital Global Summit

The 15th annual Intel Capital Global Summit will kick off next week in Huntington Beach, California. From Nov. 3-5, this invite-only event will bring together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, global CEOs, Fortune 1000 executives and industry influencers from more than 15 countries. This year’s list of speakers includes former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Stanford President John L. Hennessy ("godfather of Silicon Valley"), and former FCC chairman Reed Hundt. A press conference with Intel Capital president Arvind Sodhani will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at 12:20pm Pacific Time, and will be webcast in our online newsroom. Follow #icapsummit and @intelcapital for updates throughout the conference.


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