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Thursday April 24, 2014

Microsoft Has Strong Third Quarter

It looks like things are going pretty good so far under Microsoft's new CEO. Obviously it is too soon to tell what the impact the new leadership will have on the company but at least things didn't take a nosedive after Nadella took over.

Microsoft's fiscal third quarter was better than expected as the company added 1 million Office 365 Home subscribers, benefited from the enterprise move away from Windows XP, rode its enterprise unit and added cloud features.

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Omni VR Treadmill Gets $3M In Seed Funding

Holy cow! Someone actually gave these guys three million bucks? eek!

Virtuix received $3 million to "expand production and distribution of the Omni," the $500 platform that has players strapping in to a harness and wearing special shoes to run, walk and jump using their real-life legs in games. The seed investment round was led by Tekton Ventures and Maveron.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: In Win 901 Mini-ITX @ PureOC

ETC.: Alienware 17 R9 M290X @ HotHardware

CM Storm Trigger-Z Keyboard @ HT4U

Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Dual Band Router @ eTeknix

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 @ Hexus

Storage: Crucial M550 256GB and 512GB SSDs @ Hardware.Info

Video: XFX R7 250 Core Edition @ Hardware Secrets

Russia Orders Bloggers To Register With Government

Requiring bloggers to register with the government? What could possibly go wrong? eek!

Russia: the home of shirtless autocrats, vodka and a love of free speech rivaled by only China. The Kremlin is taking another step to squash people speaking their mind online. After building out an infrastructure that allows the government to more easily block sites it finds objectionable, now it's building a registry of bloggers.

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Unreal Engine 4.1 Adds Linux, SteamOS and Console Support

The Unreal Engine website has a new version of Unreal Engine 4 available for download. Among the highlights of the 4.1 update is support for new consoles, SteamOS and Linux. Hit the link for the complete rundown on what's new.

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Tech Firms Agree To Settle Lawsuit Over No-Hiring Pacts

It looks like Google, Intel, Apple and Adobe have all avoided that class action lawsuit that was supposed to go to trial next month.

Silicon Valley's tech giants aren't going to face that class action lawsuit over no-hiring deals, after all. Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel have all reached a settlement in the case, which would have otherwise headed to trial in late May. The terms of the deal haven't been revealed, but we wouldn't be shocked if a significant amount of cash traded hands.

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Google Senior VP Is Leaving The Company

The head of Google+ is leaving the company. There is no word on why Gundotra is leaving Google but we like to think he might be taking a job with a more popular social network. MySpace maybe?

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

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F.C.C. Backs Fast Lanes For Web Traffic

Does anyone at the Federal Communications Commission even know what net neutrality even means? It sure doesn't seem like it. frown

The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

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New Jersey Thinks 4G And Wired Broadband Are The Same

You have to wonder how government officials, especially ones with no idea how technology works, are in charge of making these types of decisions

Someone at Verizon is wearing a party hat and celebrating this week, as the telecom titan convinced the state of New Jersey to let it wriggle out of a decades-old obligation to provide broadband throughout the entire Garden State, because apparently 4G wireless broadband is the same as a to-the-home wired connection, and broadband competition is completely unnecessary.

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Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Spotted

These aren't just any ol' black holes, they are supermassive black holes! Here's a picture of what two supermassive black holes might look like:

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Two supermassive black holes are the smoking gun that the galaxy has merged with another. That’s because most massive galaxies (including our own) are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Clockwork Empires Early Access Delayed @ Blue's News

FIFA's Weirdest Game-Breaking Glitches Kotaku

Hitman Go Review: The Game Of Death @ Joystiq

Skullgirls Joins PlayStation Plus In May @ Shacknews

Video Game Artist Spotlight: Izabela Zelmańska

Izabela Zelmańska, an extremely talented video game artist, used her own face to create the cool transformation you see in the video below. Izabela is currently working on The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Hit the link to see more examples of her work.

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The Great Stampede: The Heartbleed Bug’s ‘Password Change’

This is your must read Heartbleed story of the day.

Instead of rational approach about what is at the heart of the Heartbleed Bug, we are getting a bunch of Band-Aids thrown at the problem. It’s like a botched surgery taking place in the middle of a fish market. The public is getting scared into paying attention to their passwords once again, but we’re still leaving them vulnerable.

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Facebook Acquires Health And Fitness Tracking App

I believe the key word here is TRACKING. Sure Facebook says they aren't going to blend the data into its own service but you know they will eventually.

Facebook has bought Moves, an app that keeps track of your daily exercise and fitness routine as well as the places you visit. The news was revealed in a blog posted Thursday by ProtoGeo Oy, the company behind Moves. No details about the deal were revealed, simply that Facebook has acquired both the company and the app.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler @ Hardware 360

ETC.: CM Storm Havoc Mouse @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Gigabyte Next Generation Intel Motherboards @ PCPer

Gigabyte Next Generation Intel Motherboards @ Legit Reviews

Gigabyte Next Generation Intel Motherboards @ Tech Report

Video: VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 @ PureOC

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe Review Round-Up

Reviews of the OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD 480GB are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

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Chinese Children Used To Smuggle iPhones Over Border

I wonder if the children that get caught smuggling iPhones across the border will be sentenced to hard labor....at Foxconn....making iPhones.

Since the beginning of the year, China customs officials have uncovered over 30 cases of smuggling by schoolchildren, Guangzhou Daily, a China-based newspaper, reported this week. The children have had luxury goods, including iPhones, tablets, and other products, crammed into their bookbags as they travel from Hong Kong to China on their way back from school, the report claims.

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Quentin Tarantino's Gawker Lawsuit Dismissed

Are we taking bets on whether or not Tarantino will refile this lawsuit? I'm going to go with "yes" on this one. wink

A judge grants the website's motion to dismiss the suit over the leaked "Hateful Eight" script because the director "failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement" by people who clicked on the link.

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Governments 'Responsible For 87% Of Online Spying'

Most people know government spying is at an all time high but I don't think anyone thought the number would be this high. Something is seriously wrong when your government has organized crime beat 8 to 1. eek!

The latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon Communications reveals that there has been a three-fold increase in cyber espionage since the last report was published in April 2013. Of the 511 spying incidents recorded, 87 per cent were conducted by "state-affiliated actors" (governments), as opposed to 11 per cent by organized criminal groups.

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Now Is The Time To Switch Back To Firefox

This guy says that now is the time to switch back to Firefox. How many of you guys are still using Firefox? How many of you aren't using Firefox but plan to switch?

The main reason for switching to Firefox is that, overall, it's better than Chrome. But there are other reasons. The most important is that Firefox is the only major browser that is written to serve users and the open web. Other leading browsers may sometimes do that, but their primary function is to serve the needs of giant corporations -- Apple, Google and Microsoft -- none of which has any interest in preserving your privacy. Usually the reverse, in fact.

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Big Screen Gaming On The VIA Video Wall

The folks at VIA put together a video demonstrating the fact that you can indeed play Crysis on the VIA video wall.

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ASUS First in World to Unleash Full SATA Express Performance

Since the Z87 Deluxe/SATA Express ASUS has been working extensively with Intel and SATA Express SSD chipset manufacturers in developing compatibility and performance reliability for the new standard. As the only motherboard company to commit so early and positively, the fruits of this labor are now beginning to ripen. Today ASUS is announcing that the joint BIOS development teams have yielded a breakthrough in design, and will implement a technology that is critical for SATA Express to perform at its best the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture, or SRIS for short.

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Intel Tops In Green Power

For the seventh year in a row, Intel has topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100, a list of the nation’s leading users of renewable energy. Intel, which meets 100 percent of its electricity load with renewable resources, has been the nation’s largest voluntary purchaser of green power since 2008. Read more about Intel’s commitment to sustainability.

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Wednesday April 23, 2014

FCC To Propose New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is going to propose a new set of rules governing internet access some time tomorrow.

The proposed rules would prevent the service providers from blocking or discriminating against specific websites, but would allow broadband providers to give some traffic preferential treatment, so long as such arrangements are available on "commercially reasonable" terms for all interested content companies. Whether the terms are commercially reasonable would be decided by the FCC on a case-by-case basis.

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Funny Mac Pro vs. BOXX Commercial

The folks over at BOXX have taken a lighthearted jab at Apple's new Mac Pro. The cigarette butt gag at the end cracked me up.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX @ PureOC

ETC.: AMD Athlon 5350 & ASUS AM1I-A @ Neoseeker

Motherboards: EVGA Z87 Stinger ITX @ Hardware Canucks

Storage: Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA @ CPCR

Vantec NexStar 6G 2.5" HDD Enclosure @ HiTech Legion

Video: KFA2 GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB @ eTeknix

Mark Pincus Steps Down From Operational Role At Zynga

The only thing surprising about this news is that Pincus still has a job at Zynga.

Zynga also announced today that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to focus on serving in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors. "I would like to thank Mark for his dedicated service to Zynga players, employees and shareholders since the Company's founding in 2007." s

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[H]ot Deals

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Watch Dogs: 8 Minute Multiplayer Walkthrough

Ubisoft has released an eight minute video of the multiplayer portion of Watch Dogs. What do you guys think?

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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

This has to be the most nerdtastic thing I've heard all day. And I mean that in a good way. cool

Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking 'man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!' We got you covered. Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.

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