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Monday December 22, 2014

North Korea's Internet Under Mass Cyber Attack

North Korea is currently under a mass cyber attack? A.) It's Sony retaliating. B.) Serves them right. C.) I didn't know they even had the internet in North Korea.

Internet connectivity between North Korea and the outside world, though never robust to begin with, is currently suffering one of its worst outages in recent memory, suggesting that the country may be enduring a mass cyber attack a few days after President Obama warned the US would launch a "proportional response" to North Korea's hack against Sony.


[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Inateck FE2006 External Drive @ Legit Reviews

PSU: Cooler Master V1200 Platinum @ XtremeHardware

Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB SSD @ HT4U

Samsung 850 EVO SSD @ SSD Review

Video: Assassin's Creed Unity Performance Testing @ HiTech Legion

Game Realism Via NVIDIA Enhanced Effects @ BmR

Google Wants Auto Industry Help For Self-Driving Cars

Hopefully a car manufacturer steps up to help Google make self-driving cars. Seriously, no one wants to see any more of those ugly ass Google made cars. wink

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is on the hunt for partners within the car manufacturing industry. Rather than become a car maker itself, the tech giant would prefer to work with others to bring self-driving cars to market.


Judge Allows Killzone Lawsuit To Move Forward

Hopefully there will be a satisfactory resolution to this case. Satisfactory resolution...get it? big grin

In the class action filed this past August, lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore claims that Sony's "Killzone: Shadow Fall" videogame - pitched by the company as a "crowning achievement in the videogame industry" - was advertised to have multiplayer mode graphics in full 1080p high-definition resolution, but didn't meet that bar. "Gamers quickly noticed and complained that Killzone's multiplayer graphics were blurry to the point of distraction," Ladore's complaint alleges.


Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-2400

ThinkComputers has a couple sticks of Kingston's HyperX Predator DDR4-2400 on the test bench for a little review action today.

We have taken a look at a few different DDR4 memory kits over the past couple of months. The kits ranged from entry-level to high-end. Kingston’s HyperX brand is known as their high-end brand. Their best memory and solid state drives are part of the HyperX family. Of course with DDR4 being new we expected some new HyperX memory and Kingston delivered with their HyperX Predator series.


More And More Consumers Skipping TV, Going Broadband Only

When will cable companies wake up and smell the coffee? Numbers like these have got to have them spooked.

The number of consumers that are skipping cable TV and only ordering broadband services from their ISP is accelerating, according to a new study by Marchex. In a survey of 500 customers of large ISPs, the company found that 27% are now ordering just broadband from their provider, while just 22% now order just television services. Sports -- specifically and especially ESPN -- continues to be the biggest thing keeping consumers from cutting the cord.


North Korea Threatens US Over Film Plot

Did these morons just say our president was behind a fictional assassination attempt against Kim Jong-un? Ummm, what?!?

North Korea is threatening to retaliate against the US over a Hollywood film portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it has "clear evidence" that Washington was heavily involved in devising the plot. Accusations the US government was involved in the film’s plot were issued by the North Korea’s powerful Policy National Defence Commission in a 1,600-word statement run on North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA.


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Ubisoft: Accepting A Free Game Forfeits Your Right To Sue

You know that free game Ubisoft is handing out to people that bought Assassin's Creed: Unity? You have to forfeit your right to sue the company in order to get your free game.

You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally RELEASE, WAIVE, AND FOREVER DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., and each of its past, present and future divisions, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, predecessors, successors and assigns, together with all of their respective past, present and future employees, officers, shareholders, directors and agents, and those who give recommendations, directions, or instructions or engage in risk evaluation or loss control activities regarding the Campaign....


Intel Capital Caps Off Another Successful Year

Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, caps off 2014 with $355 million dollars in 123 investments across 27 countries. Spanning the technology continuum from wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) to big data analytics, these companies include investments from the Intel Capital China Smart Device Innovation Fund launched in April. This year, Intel Capital saw 25 exits (three IPO, 22 M&A) from its portfolio and has been recognized as the most active IoT investor of 2014 by CB Insights. To date, Intel Capital has invested in over $11.4 billion in 1,403 companies in 57 countries.


Sunday December 21, 2014

MythBusters Returns with New Vibe, Casting Changes

One of the favorite TV shows for gadget geeks and techno-nerds will be airing on January 10th. Mythbusters will be returning on the Discovery Channel, but the show will look and feel quite differently this year. The show is returning to its roots as primarily an educational science program and will be missing some familiar cast members.

Now that the show will focus only on Savage and Hyneman, the stakes are arguably higher to produce an educational science show with plenty of action and exciting experiments to keep the audience interested.


Cadillac to Replace Rearview Mirror with a Video Feed

GM announced this week that in 2016, models of the Cadillac CT6 will replace the ever present rearview mirror with a more efficient wide angle video feed from onboard rear mounted video camera. Undoubtedly this will begin a new race in auto companies attempting to build a bigger and better gadget to impress the new car buyer. cool

Rearview mirrors with HD camera feeds have been available as aftermarket upgrades for some time, but car manufacturers have yet to make them standard options on their vehicles


New Final Fantasy XV Trailer Shows Off Road Trip

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything at all from Square Enix and the production of Final Fantasy XV. That took a sudden turn this weekend at Japan’s Jump Fiesta 2015 when the developers provided us with seven minutes of gameplay. Check it out. cool


The Internet Is Coming to Cuba

The once isolated island of Cuba is to become the next country to log onto the Internet and from all information released so far, it will come in a big way. About one quarter of Cubans have access to a state run closed version of the Internet, but that looks to be ready to change since a shift in US policy toward Cuba took place this week.

Cuba’s Internet, Press says, is a "greenfield," meaning whatever networks are built won’t be encumbered by pre-existing infrastructure, because so little of it exists. That means Cuba could bypass older, slower technologies and leapfrog right to ultra-fast fiber


Gamer Guilty of Reporting Grand Theft Auto Shooting

This is another result of not having a lifeguard on duty in the gene pool. The latest in a long line of Darwin Award winners is the gamer in the UK who reported a real-life shooting to 911 (999 in the UK) while he was engaged in playing Grand Theft Auto. Please learn to distinguish between VR and real life and step away from the keyboard sir, we think you are done. big grin

The dispatcher sent two ambulances to Helens' house. What the ambulance personnel found was zero dead bodies, zero injuries and one apparent nincompoop.


Judge: It’s OK for Cops to Create Fake Instagram Accounts

For all the crooks out there that just have to have social interaction via Instagram: Beware who you boast to and what you divulge, your new best friend may just be the police. A Federal judge ruled this week that consensual exchanges between the police and unsuspecting felons needs no special search warrant to aid in nabbing a suspect.

No search warrant is required for the consensual sharing of this type of information, United States District Judge William Martini wrote in an opinion published last Tuesday.


Sony Hack Was 'Cyber Vandalism,' Not Act of War

We can now stand down the Armies, disarm the nukes and go back to DEFCON 5, condition Green for the foreseeable future. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, President Obama stated that North Korea’s alleged cyber-attacks on Sony did not constitute a state of war, but may land North Korea back on the state sponsored terrorist list.

Hours before broadcast of the TV interview, North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission issued a statement that again denied any link with the Sony hack but repeated praise for the action of the hacker group, which used the name "Guardians of Peace."


5 Waves of Tech Disruption That Are Just Getting Started

Every year about this time, the procrastinators come out of the woodwork predicting what will happen in the near future, technology-wise. How about a long-term vision of what will be taking place in 15-20 years from a think-tank professional that makes some real-world sense.


2014 Welcomes the Net's New Names

Ring out the old, ring in the new…… Internet top level domain names, and they are some real doozies. I never realized how many wang lovers there were in the world. big grin

With the GTLD expansion, people can identify themselves by profession -- for instance, .photography, .florist, .realtor, .pizza and .plumber. They can indicate where they live or do business -- for instance, .nyc, .paris, .london and .berlin. And they no longer have to rely on Latin-based alphabets and keyboards, which is why the very first new GTLDs that arrived were in Russian, Chinese and Arabic.


Fox News, Fox Business Removed from Dish

If you are a Dish Network customer and looking for a Fox channel, you’re not going to find it until negotiations resume. Talks have broken down between Fox News and Dish Network over disagreement on contract rates and terms. The failure of the negotiations has led to Dish pulling Fox News and Fox Business Network from the lineup. More squabbling over money and the viewers once again pay the price.

"Dish has had a productive relationship with Fox for many years," said Schlichting. "We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish's programming lineup."


Technology Gone Terribly Wrong

An elderly couple were trapped inside their brand new Mazda 3 for 13 hours. The car was equipped with push button starting and keyless entry all controlled by a radio-controlled by a key fob, which was lost. The couple were rescued the next morning by neighbors when the couple was close to death, according to emergency services. Maybe this is a good time to remind senior citizens not to get all of the available bells and whistles on their new cars. big grin

The Otago Daily Times explains that a "series of unfortunate events" and "a combination of stress, night-time, and what they called a lack of information from the salesperson" conspired against the pair.


Latest Call of Duty DLC Stars Bill Paxton, John Malkovich

It’s getting to the point these days where you might choose a game or DLC not by its content, but for who it stars. Case in point: The new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC will star Bill Paxton, John Malkovich, Jon Bernthal and Rose McGowan in leading character roles.


Surface Pro 3 Review: Microsoft Proves It's Third Time Lucky

It’s still a shocker that Microsoft has hit on a winner with its Surface Pro 3. Microsoft has always had a reputation for being last to the dance and this is no different except in one major area: It clicked. If you are interested in a tablet, check out the in-depth review of Microsoft’s winning entry into the market.

By focusing the compromising of the Surface Pro 3 on the already weak areas from the previous Surface devices, Microsoft has created the first Surface Pro that I feel I could offer a general recommendation to the ‘average’ user.


Google Fiber Expansion into 34 New Cities Has Been Delayed

Without giving a reason, Google announced that the proposed fiber expansion into 34 new cities and 9 metro areas will be delayed into 2015. Google said it would be in contact with the areas with updates early in 2015.

While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we'll be back in touch sometime early next year.


Saturday December 20, 2014

Microsoft Plans a Virtual Reality Headset for Xbox One

Microsoft has been working quietly in the background developing a competitor for the Oculus Rift designed for the Xbox One. Reports have been circulating about the VR device, but precious few details have made it outside of the project. But now, rumors of a developer kit that has been distributed to game developers have been verified, so the possibility of gaining some information about Microsoft’s contribution to the world of virtual reality should be forthcoming.

While there's no information on the design of the headset or the type of games being developed, Microsoft is rumored to officially announce the VR headset at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.


LinuxFest Northwest 2015

All of you Linux gurus need to mark your calendars for LinuxFest Northwest 2015 which was announced on Friday. The event will be running from April 25th-26th and as always, the event is free and open to the public. cool

LinuxFest Northwest strives to be a free and open community event. The goal of LinuxFest Northwest is to bring together fun, smart, open minds in the community to learn, teach and share.


10 Biggest Things That Will Happen With the Internet In 2015

We’re coming up on the New Year and as some people look to what has happened in the past, Business Insider contributor Ben Schachter, looks straight to the future of the Internet in 2015.


Dell's Announces New SonicPoint AC Wireless Access Point

This week Dell announced that the company will be launching its new series SonicPoint AC access point. The SonicPoint series is aimed for the small to medium sizes businesses looking for a lower cost solution to a more secure ‘enterprise-class’ network.

Dell cites research that claims prevalence of technologically superior 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points have increased from 8% to 45% since 2013, and the company says its new WAPs represent an "essential solution" as that continues to increase.


North Korea Wants Joint Probe into Sony Hack

The Sony hack left the corporation in shambles, the President of the US weighs in on not releasing the movie, the FBI declared North Korea is behind the hacks, and now North Korea wants to team up with the US to find the real culprit behind the hack…..or else. So where does that leave the US in options?

Moreover, Obama talked about a "proportional" response. What would that be in this case?


FCC Moves to Clear the Way for Online TV Providers

It seems like the FCC is making room for startups and the little guys as well as the mega-corporations with TV streaming over the Internet by making a slight change in the current law. It seems like Aereo just didn’t hold their mouth just right in asking for acceptance, maybe they are due for another bite at the apple soon.

Analysts have said that this shift could mean an influx of competition into the TV industry, as well as rapid growth for television delivered over the Internet.


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