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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Tech Crime of the Century

What kind of deranged bastard would do something like this? I hope this criminal is swiftly brought to justice.

A resident on West Lake Cowdery Road reported he believes someone came into his house and changed the settings on his PlayStation 4.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare Gets DLC @ VG24/7

Dragon Age Inquisition Free & Paid DLC @ Blue's News

Get 50% Off Destiny Today @ Shacknews

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Coming In 2016 @ Joystiq

PC Hound in Public Beta

PC Hound is the latest and greatest PC building and specification system with focus on the hardware enthusiast. PC Hound checks compatibility, prices, shipping, rebates, even tax, and gives you a nice tidy and extremely quick format when doing so. PC Hound gives you several code-out options so you can easily post your build in forums you frequent. Save your build-outs for later as well.

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ICANN Falls For Spear Phishing Attack

You'd think that the people at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers would be smart enough to avoid spear phishing attacks. frown

ICANN believes that the attack was committed in late November using emails sent to staff members that were designed to look like they came from within ICANN. As a result of the attack, the email credentials of several ICANN staff members were compromised. Those credentials were then used to compromise other ICANN systems, including the CZDS.

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You Can See Our Holiday Lights From Space

I can actually hear the Team America song in my head as I read this. big grin

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People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity Patch Is 40GB?

The Assassin's Creed Unity patch is a 40GB download? Why would a patch require you to re-download the entire game? Oh wait, this is Ubisoft we are talking about, that explains it. frown

We have received and confirmed reports that some Xbox One players who have previously applied Patch 3 are seeing a 40GB download instead of the expected 6.7GB download. Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe @ Technic3D

Cooling: Thermalright Macho Zero @ HiTech Legion

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 3000c12 @ Cowcotland

Storage: Asustor AS7004T 4-Bay NAS @ Legion Hardware

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Poseidon Platinum @ ocaholic

How to Fool a Computer With Optical Illusions

Fooling computers with optical illusions? Whatever happened to the days when you fooled WOPR by running a nuclear war simulation?

And computer brains have become really, really good at being able to identify all kinds of things. Machines can recognize faces, read handwriting, interpret EKGs, even describe what's happening in a photograph. But that doesn't mean that computers see all those things the same way that people do.

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Your Linux PC Isn't As Secure As You Think It Is

Even if your Linux box isn't as secure as you think, it is still way better than the alternatives when it comes to security.

It’s been an apocalyptic year for Linux security, with a sophisticated Trojan and security holes over 20 years old. The Shellshock bug left Linux desktops and servers wide open for anyone to own. Security updates fixed these problems—but you may not even be getting those patches.

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Valve Apologizes As Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns

Apparently Gabe Newell has decided to step in and reverse an earlier decision to remove Hatred from Greenlight.

The Steam Greenlight campaign for Hatred has returned, not long after it was ended by Valve, who said at the time: "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down." Polish developer Destructive Creations' announcement of this isometric shooter admitted its themes are "disturbing," and this sparked controversy from the start.

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Jury Finds Apple Not Guilty Of Antitrust

It looks as though Apple has walked away with a unanimous "not guilty" verdict from the jury yesterday. The plaintiff has promised to appeal but, at least for now, this case is finally over.

The plaintiffs represented a group of digital music consumers who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009 and alleged that Apple unfairly locked users into iTunes software on iPods, and in turn, locked out competitors. They sought damages of close to $350 million, which could have gone to $1 billion had Apple been found in violation of antitrust laws.

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The Crew Review

Overclockers Club has a review of The Crew posted today that is certainly worth checking out. While we are on the subject, make sure you read our The Crew Performance Video Card Review if you haven't done so already.

It is a fun game and if you have an itch for a racing game, but not necessarily one limited to racetracks, this is a game to consider. The graphics are not the best, but considering how much there is to the game world, and the importance of strong, solid performance, this is forgivable. The story is nothing much to talk about as all it does is connect the various campaign missions, and nothing more. The gameplay has some issues, but is largely solid and fun. Those issues can also be avoided fairly comfortably.

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Facebook Now Automatically Enhancing Your Mobile Photos

Whatever happened to the concept of just uploading my damn picture like I asked? No filters or adjustments, just upload the picture.

Photos uploaded to Facebook on an iPhone will now be gently enhanced by default, with the app adjusting lighting, shadows, and general clarity. You'll be able to remove the changes entirely, or you can enhance the photo further.

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Lessons You Can Learn from Top Universities When Considering the Cloud

From Roger Williams University, with its renowned architecture program, to Villanova University, a leading regional school outside Philadelphia, to La Cité, one of Ontario, Canada’s top-ranked schools, universities are offering lessons in adopting virtualization that any business can learn from. And they’re doing it with NVIDIA GRID technology, which virtualizes the GPU to deliver true PC-quality graphics from the cloud to any device. So, break out your notepad. Here are three lessons universities can teach us regarding virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

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Tuesday December 16, 2014

Amazon Sellers Threatening Customers With Collections Over Pricing Error

I'm not sure what the laws are in the UK but is this even legal over there or just a lame scare tactic?

We understand that you think you may have grabbed a great bargain, but we have instructed amazon to revert the prices to our usual prices and recharge your card with the correct amount owed. We would like to offer customers a grace period of 7 days to create a return request and return any stock incorrect priced and dispatched. If this action isn’t carried out, we will seek to recover sums owed 1. By recharging your credit/debit card 2. If funds are not available, passing to a debt collection agency 3. Informing experian and getting your address added to the mail order black list

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The 14 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2015

While it isn't a surprise to discover Google, NVIDIA, Apple, and Facebook top this list, I am a bit shocked by the big name tech companies that didn't make this list.

A number of notable tech companies included in the 2014 list didn’t make the top 50 for 2015, including Twitter, Intel, Citrix, eBay and Salesforce. Overall, fewer tech companies (14) made this year’s top 50 than last year (22). But tech companies as a group still make a good showing when it comes to employee satisfaction.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: NZXT H440 Special Edition @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Gamdias Hermes Ultimate @ PureOC

Gigabyte Raptor Mouse @ pcGameware

Motherboards: ASRock Z97 Anniversary @ Hardware Secrets

Network.: Linksys EA9200 AC3200 @ Legit Reviews

PSU: SilverStone SX600-G SFX 600W @ PCPer

Amazon Echo Teardown

iFixit has posted a teardown of the Amazon Echo this afternoon. What's the verdict? Like most things, it's easy to take a part but hard to put back together.

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AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps have published a review of the AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD today for those of you interested.

The R7 240 AMD-Branded SSD succeeds to perform really well and positions itself along with the latest Vertex 460 and Vector 150 drives from OCZ; the product succeeds to render very good write speeds and it comes in 7mm format, which makes it compatible with the latest ultrabooks. AMD has extended the warranty to 4 years and for added value we are also getting the Acronis proven drive cloning software for easy migration.

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New Features Proposed For Fedora 22

The crew at Phoronix have the lowdown on what new features are being proposed for Fedora 22.

Fedora 22 will be released no earlier than next May while the full schedule has yet to be set in stone. As more Fedora 22 features are proposed and other changes talked about, you can expect to find them mentioned on Phoronix. The work mentioned here is just the start with Fedora 21 having been (finally) released just this past week.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Patch Is 6.7GB

According to the patch notes, the long awaited patch for Assassin's Creed Unity tips the scales at a whopping 6.7GB. eek! Console version is out today, the PC patch is coming "later this week." Here's a partial list of what has been fixed in this patch:

Stability, Performance and Save Game:

  • Fixed numerous random crashes both on Campaign and Coop

  • Implemented multiple optimizations and fixes to improve overall performance

  • Fixed save issue caused by the companion app on the main menu (loss of data)

  • Fixed save issue caused by contacts list (crash occurring). Users should now have access to save

PC-Specific:

  • Fixed crash on "Quit to Windows" in free roam mode

  • Fixed crash on accepting multiple "Join the club" requests

  • Fixed issues with TXAA

  • Fixed issues with PCSS

  • Fixed issues with textures on NPCs

  • Fixed black texture issues on MSAA-4x, MSAA-8x and TXAA

  • Right Control now can be assigned as a hotkey

  • Minor UI fixes

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces the Poseidon GTX 980

ASUS Republic of Gamers today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with a hybrid thermal solution that enables efficient cooling by either air or water. Armed with a host of exclusive ROG features, the Poseidon GTX 980 is for gamers that want superlative performance without compromise. Cooler, Quieter and Faster with DirectCU H20. The ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is fitted with exclusive DirectCU H2O technology, which employs a combined air and water channel to provide complete flexibility for the user.

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A custom vapor chamber is in direct contact with the card’s GPU for faster heat dispersal, while copper heat-pipes and extended cooling fins further transfer heat out and away from the card to keep it running cool. With water cooling, the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves up to 27°C-lower running temperatures than reference designs — translating to gaming performance that’s up to 10% faster in Watch Dogs™ and 7% faster in Battlefield 4™. What’s more, with standard ¼-inch threaded fittings, the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 easily accommodates existing cooling equipment, so users can get going with water cooling right away. The new card also features dust-proof fans that are both quiet and help keep the card free of particulates, reducing the need for routine cleaning or maintenance.

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Ex-Employees File Lawsuit Against Sony

Sony better bust out the checkbook because I don't think they have a leg to stand on in this case.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Michael Corona, who says he worked at the company from 2004 to 2007, and Christina Mathis, who says she worked at the company between 2000 and 2002. Both say they had information such as Social Security numbers leaked. Corona also alleges that his salary history and reason for resigning were breached.

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Plane That Can Fly Anywhere In 4 Hours

What's better than a plane that can fly anywhere in four hours? One that can fly anywhere in four hours...including space. eek!

British aerospace firm Reaction Engines has been working on an aircraft it believes would be able to take passengers anywhere in the world in just four hours. If that doesn't sound utterly awesome enough, how about this: The vehicle would also be able to fly in outer space.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Ciri Confirmed for The Witcher 3 @ Blue's News

Destiny's Biggest Flaw @ Kotaku

Destiny's DLC Punishes Players @ Polygon

GTA Online Heists Hitting "Early 2015″ @ VG24/7

Shadow of Mordor DLC Out Today @ Joystiq

T-Mobile Unveils Data Stash

I've heard off rollover minutes but rollover data? That's actually a pretty good idea.

T-Mobile today announced its next industry-rocking Un-carrier™ move − eliminating the infuriating wireless industry practice of confiscating unused data you’ve already paid for. With Un-carrier 8.0, high-speed data you don’t use each month automatically rolls into a personal Data Stash™ so you can use it when you need it for up to a year. And, the best part is that Data Stash is included at no extra charge for every single new and existing T-Mobile customer – individual, family or business – on an eligible postpaid Simple Choice plan who buys extra high-speed data for their smartphone or tablet.

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DRM Is Screwing Over Blind People

Screwed over by DRM? Don't feel bad, it is screwing over blind people too.

More commonly, though, people just strip the DRM off ebooks they buy. Then, the ebook can be uploaded to and read through an e-reader’s existing TTS feature. The problem is, both those workarounds are technically illegal under an esoteric clause in US copyright law.

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Amazon Extends Free Holiday Shipping Deadline

Amazon today announced it extended holiday shipping deadlines, allowing customers to order with Free Shipping by Dec. 19 and receive items before the Christmas holiday. Prime members can order by Dec. 22 and, for the truly last-minute shoppers, customers in 12 major metro areas can choose from as many as a million eligible items for same-day delivery, order as late as 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 24 and have items delivered before Santa arrives. Customers will continue to find incredible holiday deals on the widest selection of gifts.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: iTek Iron Soldier @ XtremeHardware

Cooling: Thermalright Macho 90 Cooler @ HT4U

Thermalright Macho 90 Cooler @ Technic3D

ETC.: Gigabyte Force H3X @ Cowcotland

Storage: Western Digital Red 6TB @ TechARP


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