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Thursday October 23, 2014

Police Agencies Sharing Seized Phone Data

Hang on a minute, does this even seem legal to you?

A newly publicized document shows that five local police departments in southeastern Virginia have been secretly and automatically sharing criminal suspects’ telephone metadata and compiling it into a large database for nearly two years.

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IBM And Microsoft To Offer Greater Choice In The Hybrid Cloud

IBM and Microsoft announced today that they are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. As adoption of hybrid cloud computing accelerates, this relationship will give clients, partners and developers more choice in the cloud, helping them drive new business opportunities, spur innovation and reduce costs. Specifically, the newly announced relationship provides the following client benefits:

  • IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure.

  • Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform.

  • To support hybrid cloud deployments, IBM will expand support of its software running on Windows Server Hyper-V, and the companies plan to make IBM Pure Application Service available on Azure.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to Keynote at 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association today announced that Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Krzanich’s keynote is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Jan. 6. During the keynote, Krzanich will address what’s next in computing innovation, the forces driving the next wave of consumer technology, and the company’s plans for bringing amazing experiences that redefine computing to life.

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Wednesday October 22, 2014

[H]ot Deals For [H]alloween

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Microsoft Lumia To Replace The Nokia Brand

According to this report, Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name on its Lumia phones sooner than expected.

Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt "Microsoft Lumia" for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ Guru3D

ETC.: Tt Captain Dracco Headset ThinkComputers

PSU: be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800W @ techPowerUP

Storage: SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD @ eTeknix

SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD @ pcGameware

Video: GeForce GTX 970 On Linux @ Phoronix

Check Out The Chimps With Google Street View

You can check out all the chimpanzees at Gombe National Park now thanks to Google Street View.

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Halo 3 1080p Gameplay Footage

IGN has posted an exclusive Halo 3 1080p gameplay video that is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the franchise

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BofA Apologizes For Apple Pay Double Charges

If you are a Bank of America customer, It would probably be a good idea to stay away from Apple Pay for now.

BofA was smart enough to refund me the money, because they said it was obvious to them that these were duplicate charges for the same exact amount. "We're aware of a Bank of America issue impacting a very small number of Apple Pay users," an Apple spokesman said. "They're working on a fix that will be available shortly and reversing any duplicate transactions."

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Fractal Core 3300 Mid-Tower Case

If you need a case and you are on a budget, you might want to read this review of the Fractal Core 3300 at Modders Inc. today.

Sometime you just want a case that fits your needs that has a few extra touches and that it just simply works. Not everyone likes the big and flashy cases and with the trend going back towards the mid tower or smaller case you might find the Core 3300 to your liking.

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Apple's iPad Air 2 'Smokes' Android Tablets

Apple Insider says that the 64-bit A8X processor in the iPad Air 2 "smokes" new Android tablets. eek!

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Sapphire Manufacturer And Apple Parting Ways "Amicably"

Kinda makes you wonder what these two companies call "amicably." Heck, I'm surprised Apple didn't just buy the company and make its own sapphire screens.

Today, synthetic sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Apple announced their agreement [PDF] to dissolve their partnership amicably after GTAT filed a surprising bankruptcy claim earlier this month. The proceedings threatened to expose information about Apple's dealings with GTAT, something Apple desperately wanted to hide, as evidenced by court filings from Apple asking that its objection to GTAT's Chapter 11 proceedings be submitted in secret.

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Virtual Reality Is The Future Of Porn

It looks like what they say about porn being the first to adopt new technologies is still true. cool

Shuster is currently integrating two new technologies, Oculus Rift and Leap Motion, to create an immersive interactive environment within the VR world. The user is then transported into a 360-degree virtual world. Leap Motion, as explained to me by Shuster, is a camera affixed to the Rift that can add elements of the outside world into the VR world like your body—particularly your hands, thereby doing away with the need for a keyboard or mouse.

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Microsoft Announces $49 Xbox One Kinect Adapter For PCs

Those of you not using your Xbox One Kinect can now use it on your PC thanks to a new adapter. Remember all the cool stuff that came out when the original Kinect was released for the PC?

The new Kinect Adapter for Windows requires a USB 3.0 port and won't work with the Kinect sensor for Xbox 360. It is available for purchase in more than three dozen countries starting today and will be available in a total of 41 countries "in the coming weeks," officials said.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

BF4 Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed @ Joystiq

Fractured Space Announced @ Blue's News

Official Halo: Nightfall Trailer @ YouTube

Titanfall's Three New Game Modes @ Shacknews

GeForce Game Ready Driver 344.48 WHQL

NVIDIA sends word that its brand new GeForce Game Ready Driver 344.48 WHQL is now available.

The new GeForce Game Ready driver, release 344.48 WHQL, allows GeForce owners to continue to have the ultimate gaming experience. This driver brings support for Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) to Kepler and Fermi desktop GPUs. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for the latest new blockbuster titles including Lords of the Fallen, Civilization: Beyond Earth, and Elite: Dangerous.

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Technology Is The Biggest Factor In Inequality

When it comes to inequality, technology is the biggest factor? I knew it! Damn you technology! Damn you!

"My reading of the data is that technology is the main driver of the recent increases in inequality. It’s the biggest factor," says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School. The coauthor, with fellow MIT academic Andrew McAfee, of The Second Machine Age, Brynjolfsson, like Piketty, has recently gained unlikely prominence for an academic economist.

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ASUS X99 Deluxe Review

Overclockers Club has published a review of the ASUS X99 Deluxe today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

With this board, ASUS includes a PCIe 4x adapter for an M.2 solid state drive, as well as a bracket to facilitate mounting an M.2 drive on the right-hand side of the PCB. Both interesting ways to implement the technology to take advantage of the platform's 40 PCIe lanes. The second interesting addition is the Fan Extension card that is used to add up to four more Fan Expert 3-controllable fan headers, a great addition for use with a liquid-cooled system.

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F.E.A.R. Online Is Free-To-Play On Steam

Aeria Games sends word that F.E.A.R. Online is now on Steam. Fans of the franchise will want to give it a try. It's a free-to-play game so there is nothing to lose.

The celebrated horror series makes a return in this brand-new installment. Can you withstand the supernatural menace held within Project Origin? Test your nerves and face your fear!

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: DeepCool GamerStorm GF120 @ Vortez

Deepcool Maelstrom 240 @ Neoseeker

ETC.: Genius DVR-FHD568 Vehicle Recorder @ BmR

Motherboards: ASRock X99 OC Formula @ ocaholic

PSU: Cooler Master V1200 Platinum 1200W @ eTeknix

Video: Gainward GeForce GTX 970 SLI @ TechSpot

Why Car Makers Are Stepping Up Their Video Game Presence

I think it makes perfect sense for car makers to step up their video game presence. It's probably one of the best ways to target current and future drivers all at the same time.

The cost of bringing digital ‘test drives’ to the public is exceptionally lower than the cost of staging worldwide showcase events. The choice for manufacturers is simple when considering that they can reach more people in less time for a lower cost. When it comes to marketing high-end vehicles and future models, the target audience is established career-minded people who play driving games for the joy of driving, and not because they are too young to legally drive on real roads. These people will be the future drivers that boost high-end vehicle sales.

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Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything On The Web

Nielsen is teaming up with Adobe to rank everything on the internet. Why partner with Adobe? frown

The most striking development in Adobe’s new system is that it’s designed for comparing disparate kinds of content. The new ratings, Nielsen says, can rank an online video next to a podcast next to an article. Unlike television or radio, the internet isn’t a medium that funnels just one format. The aim of Nielsen’s new ratings is to create a context to figure out what people care about online, regardless of what form it takes.

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Michigan Joins List Of Tesla-Hating States

Michigan has just jumped on the "let's ban direct sales of Teslas in our state" bandwagon.

That amendment explicitly states that the dealership-only requirement applies to all car companies who sell, service, display or advertise vehicles in the state. This clarification effectively shuts the door on Tesla’s direct-sales approach in Michigan, meaning state residents will need to go out of state to buy one of the cars. That, or Tesla will need to make arrangements with franchised dealerships to sell their cars.

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Cooler Master Nepton 240M CPU Cooler

If you are CPU cooler shopping, the crew at Techgage say that the Cooler Master Nepton 240M is "cool and quiet, like a ninja."

Cooler Master is no newbie in the world of AIO (all-in-one) pre-fab water cooling solutions. Its newest, the Nepton 240M, brings the promise of improved performance over air coolers and other AIO water coolers on a few fronts: Superior thermal dissipation, quieter operation, and easier installation. Does it succeed and deliver on all of these promises?

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Man Convicted In Child Predator Sting With Virtual Girl

While I am not sure how this actually works, at least there is one less scumbag on the streets.

Scott Robert Hansen, who is a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty to three charges in Brisbane District Court. He admitted sending obscene pictures of himself to Sweetie, having images of child sexual abuse on his computer and failing to comply with a sex offenders order.

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GIGABYTE Hosts Halloween Photo Contest For Facebook Fans

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, launched today the GIGABYTE Halloween Photo Contest on its Facebook page, the GIGABYTE Motherboard Tech Column. The GIGABYTE Halloween Photo Contest is a great opportunity for GIGABYTE’s fans to win a brand new motherboard. GIGABYTE wants to see your awesome Halloween costume! You have until November 2nd to show us your disguise and rack up as much votes as possible! So go ahead, get dressed up and share your picture with GIGABYTE! We only ask that your picture must feature one of the following items:

  • A GIGABYTE motherboard or motherboard color box.

  • Your open system with an easily identifiable GIGABYTE motherboard.

  • The following wording: I LOVE GIGABYTE MOTHERBOARDS! (Either written on a piece of paper, photoshoped in the picture, painted on your forehead, tattooed across your back… be creative!)

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Tuesday October 21, 2014

New Windows Zero Day Being Exploited Through PowerPoint

Microsoft has posted a new security advisory (#3010060) warning of a vulnerability in Microsoft OLE that could allow remote code execution using PowerPoint.

Microsoft is aware of a vulnerability affecting all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, excluding Windows Server 2003. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE object. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights. The attack requires user interaction to succeed on Windows clients with a default configuration, as User Account Control (UAC) is enabled and a consent prompt is displayed.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Deepcool Steam Castle Case @ Think Computers

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ Tech Report

Deepcool Maelstrom 120 Cooler @ Technic3D

Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E @ ocaholic

ETC.: Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC @ HotHardware

Motherboards: MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC @ PC Perspective

Video: Palit GTX 980 Super Jetstream @ Guru3D

Microsoft's CEO Set To Make $84M

Hmmm, a total compensation package worth $84.3 million? Not bad for less than nine months on the job.

Microsoft Corp’s new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry’s biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday.

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Metallica To Perform At BlizzCon 2014

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Metallica will be performing at BlizzCon 2014. cool

We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8! If you didn’t score tickets to the show, don’t worry—you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

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