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Thursday September 03, 2015

WD Makes Cloud Storage More Personal (And Private)

WD®, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced significant enhancements to WD’s family of My Cloud® personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, Software Developer Kit (SDK) enabling enhanced app integration and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage offering increased memory and faster processing performance than previous generations. WD’s My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface delivering a rich content sharing experience, and back-up and sync capabilities that elevate the personal cloud NAS offering while retaining the privacy and control unique to personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.

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Intel Invests US$50 Million to Advance Quantum Computing

Today Intel Corporation announced a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. To achieve this goal, Intel will invest US$50 million and will provide significant engineering resources both on-site and at Intel, as well as technical support. Quantum computing holds the promise of solving complex problems that are practically insurmountable today, including intricate simulations such as large-scale financial analysis and more effective drug development. Quantum computing is an area of research that Intel has been exploring because it has the potential to augment the capabilities of tomorrow's high performance computers.

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Wednesday September 02, 2015

Intel: Criminals Getting Better At Data Exfiltration

According to a new report from Intel Security, crooks are finding new ways smuggle data out of the workplace.

For example, if a company's employees post pictures to Twitter, attackers can embed data into images so that the image still looks normal to the human eye, and attach the image to an otherwise harmless-sounding Twitter post. "The attacker can then follow the Twitter feed," said Grobman. "It looks legitimate but it is actually smuggling data out."

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LinkedIn Slams Google for Its ‘Flawed’ Mobile App Study

Uh oh, it looks like LinkedIn is pissed off at Google over the changes the search giant has made to its mobile search results.

Several companies were wary of Google’s move, particularly those that make their living on their app and like to hawk it in as many ways as possible. One of those companies, LinkedIn, aired that wariness publicly. Omar Restom, a mobile product manager for the professional networking site, wrote a post on Tuesday evening calling Google’s study "quite flawed."

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Raidmax Hyperion Case @ Technic3D

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15S @ pcGameware

ETC.: Desktop CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Motherboards: MSI 990FXA-Gaming @ PC Perspective

Video: Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming @ HotHardware

Ultra HD Monitor Round-Up @ Hardware.info

Philadelphia Sues, Fines Uber $300K For Operating Illegally

It looks like Uber will be spending more investors' money on attorney fees and fines.

"Uber knew or should have known that the service they offer and provide by connecting passengers with drivers using the smartphone application is subject to regulation by the Authority," the suit states. "Since the launch [of the service] at least one million unauthorized trips occurred using the smartphone application."

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MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Review

The Tech Report gang has posted a review of the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard this afternoon for those of you interested.

This board sticks with the now-familiar red-and-black color scheme on which almost all makers of gaming-focused hardware have standardized. The full-sized ATX board has a mostly blacked-out look, thanks to the matte black PCB. The VRM heatsinks provide some of the red for its red-and-black theme, and the PCH cooler is adorned with MSI Gaming's dragon logo.

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California DOJ Unveils Website With Law Enforcement Data

The California Department of Justice launched a new website that contains data about police officers interaction with the public. Data sets include deaths in custody, arrest-related deaths and officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty.

The initial "OpenJustice" dashboard includes three datasets: law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty; deaths in custody, including arrest-related deaths; and arrests and bookings. State officials say the dashboard will likely be expanded to include additional data sets.

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YouTube Gamers Are Mad At Jimmy Kimmel

Gamers sending Jimmy Kimmel death threats? I wonder if he is going to flee his home and start taking donations to "help" him cope with this injustice. big grin

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Pirate Sites Must Pay Legal Costs of Own Blockade

I'm pretty sure this is what they call "adding insult to injury." Raise your hand if you think Hollywood is going to see a single penny from this ruling. Anyone? Hello?

Several major pirate sites including The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent must pay legal costs incurred by Hollywood when the studios applied to have the sites blocked in Norway. The decision is part of an order handed down by a local court today which will see the country's leading ISPs block pirate sites for the very first time.

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YouTube Network "Deceived Customers" With Paid-For Xbox One Videos

Holy moly, forty five thousand dollars for four video reviews that barely broke a million and a half views between them?

A pair of YouTubers were paid $45,000 between them to publish two video reviews each, both of which beamed positive messages about Xbox One without stating that they were paid endorsements. "In a separate phase of the marketing program, Machinima promised to pay a larger group of influencers $1 for every 1,000 video views, up to a total of $25,000," it said. "Machinima did not require any of the influencers to disclose they were being paid for their endorsement."

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Ace Attorney 6 In Development @ VG24/7

No Star Wars Battlefront Server Browser @ Blue's News

PlayStation 4 update 3.0.0 Details @ Shacknews

Warcraft Movie Director Responds to Leak @ GameSpot

Internet-Connected Baby Monitors Are Trivial To Hack

This seems like a perfect time to say "won't somebody please think of the children?" big grin

"Eight of the 9 cameras got an F and one got a D minus," says security researcher Mark Stanislav of Rapid 7. "Every camera had one hidden account that a consumer can’t change because it’s hard coded or not easily accessible. Whether intended for admin or support, it gives an outsider backdoor access to the camera."

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Research: 34 Percent Afraid Of Artificial Intelligence

According to this article, 34% of the people surveyed said they are afraid of artificial intelligence. The other 66% are just stupid because everyone knows the machines are going to KILL US ALL!

It's been the subject of numerous sci-fi movies and books throughout the decades. It elicits fear and fascination because of the intelligent potential exhibited by machines and computer software. The idea of machines thinking on their own is a bit scary when the mind making the decisions has no concept of good versus evil.

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Hulu Adds Commercial-Free Viewing

Hulu announced today that it is offering a commercial-free option to subscribers. Yay! The bad news is that it will cost you an additional $4 per month. Boo! frown

Today Hulu is offering a commercial-free option to subscribers. Viewers now have the choice to watch Hulu commercial free for $11.99 per month or with limited commercials for $7.99 per month. Current Hulu subscribers will maintain their existing subscription, but will have the choice to switch to the commercial-free option at any time for an additional $4 per month. For viewers who choose to watch content with limited commercials, Hulu will continue to show fewer commercials than scheduled television.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Thermaltake Suppressor F51 @ CowcotLand

ETC.: Creative T3250 Wireless Speakers @ Vortez

Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Keyboard @ Legion Hardware

Motherboards: MSI B150A Gaming PRO @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Crucial BX100 250GB SSD @ MadShrimps

Video: AMD Linux Graphics Test @ Phoronix

Google's Guide To Making Your Site Mobile Friendly

Here's a few tips from Google on making sure your website is "mobile friendly."

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Starting today, we’ll be updating the Mobile-Friendly Test to indicate that sites should avoid showing app install interstitials that hide a significant amount of content on the transition from the search result page. The Mobile Usability report in Search Console will show webmasters the number of pages across their site that have this issue.

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The ASUS ROG GX700 Has An Insane Liquid Cooling Dock

Windows Central got up close and personal with the upcoming ASUS ROG GX700 gaming laptop and its closed-loop liquid cooled docking station.

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Seeing as the dock is pumping liquid coolant through the laptop, you want a tight and secure fit to avoid any leakage, and in our time with the GX700 we saw just that. Pushing down on the latch slightly firmly the laptop in and connects the conduits, expanding the cooling loop to the large radiator and fans in the rear dock. If you're overclocking the processor, this seems to be a must, lest you start melting your keyboard in the process. Undocking is a two-step process: push down forcefully on the button close to the back of the laptop and then lift up on the latch. Seems kind of necessary to us that it be difficult — we wouldn't want to pick it up and have coolant pour out all over our desk.

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Netflix Is Actively Becoming Just Another TV Channel

I can't tell if this article is saying Netflix is "becoming just like every other television channel" is a good thing or bad. wink

In that sense, Netflix is becoming just like every other television channel, albeit with the added bonus of owning its own distribution model: Netflix takes all of the money its subscribers pay each month, whereas regular television channels have to deal with complex cable company deals. Sarandos's comment hints that Netflix no longer wants to become a replacement for cable (or for Blockbuster, for that matter). Instead, it wants to be seen as more of a standalone content producer—a service you pay for regardless of whether or not you have a cable subscription. Netflix, it’s now clear, was running a long con the whole time.

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Noctua NH-L9x65 Review

If you are looking for a low profile cooler, you might want to read this review of the Noctua NH-L9x65 at Overclockers Club this morning.

As far as performance goes, things got a little toasty in my testing, which was expected. But my testing is really outside the boundaries of what this cooler would normally be subjected. My testing did show that this little cooler that can almost fit in the palm of your hand still kept an overclocked 4770K a few degrees below 100 °C. While that is a bit on the high side, I hesitate to list the cooling performance as a Con, because if you use the cooler within the design intention, which is small form factor cases and HTPC environments, then you will have no problems. It does a fine job of cooling. If you try to cool an overclocked gaming system, well, Noctua has a variety of coolers that are better choices.

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Lizard Squad Launches DDoS Against UK Law Enforcement Agency

This will end well. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The website of the UK's National Crime Agency was briefly affected by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack today, just a few days after the agency announced the arrest of six teenagers for using a paid DDoS service. Lizard Squad, the group behind the attack service, is claiming responsibility on Twitter—and turning it into an advertisement for the service's next version.

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New My Book Pro Is WD's Fastest External Solution

WD®, a Western Digital company, today introduced the My Book® Pro storage device, providing professionals and enthusiasts who must efficiently manage large amounts of digital content with up to 435 MB/s transfer rates on WD’s fastest external storage solution yet. With capacity options including 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB and 12 TB1 , the power of two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel’s Thunderbolt™ 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller, the My Book Pro device enables creative professionals and enthusiasts alike to focus on what they love doing by significantly cutting the time to transfer large videos, photos and audio files.

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Intel Announces its 6th Gen Intel Core Processor Family

Today Intel Corporation introduced the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, the company's best processors ever. The launch marks a turning point in people's relationship with computers. The 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver enhanced performance and new immersive experiences at the lowest power levels ever and also support the broadest range of device designs – from the ultra-mobile compute stick, to 2 in 1s and huge high-definition All-in-One desktops, to new mobile workstations.

The new 6th Gen Intel Core processor family enables a broad range of designs to fit virtually every need. Intel® Core™ M processors, which can offer twice the performance of leading premium tablets, will now include brand levels Intel Core m3, m5 and m7 processors to provide people with more clarity and choice in finding the Intel Core M processor-based device that best meets their specific needs. The Intel® Compute Stick lineup expands to include a version powered by the 6th Gen Intel Core M processor.

This new generation of Intel processors also includes several firsts for mobile designs: a mobile "K" SKU that is unlocked to enable overclocking with even more user control, a new quad-core Intel® Core™ i5 processor that offers up to 60 percent improved mobile multitasking, and the Intel® Xeon® E3 processor family now powering mobile workstations. The 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver significant improvements in graphics performance to offer stunning visuals for gaming as well as compelling 4K content creation and media playback. New Intel® Speed Shift technology improves the responsiveness of mobile systems so people can, for example, apply a photo filter up to 45 percent faster.

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Tuesday September 01, 2015

ASUS Announces H170, B150, H110 and Q170 Motherboard Series

ASUS today announced Signature and Pro Gaming motherboards based on the latest Intel® H170, B150, H110 and Q170 chipsets for 6th-generation Intel Core™ processors, and available in a variety of popular board sizes for maximum build flexibility — including ATX, mATX and mITX.

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ASUS Signature motherboards span the four new chipsets, both DDR3 and DDR4 memory types, and all price ranges. They provide exceptional everyday computing, with advanced technologies including ultra-stable 5X Protection II, convenient USB Type-C connectivity, and beautiful LED-illuminated audio.

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ASUS Pro Gaming motherboards appeal to today’s modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS-exclusive innovations to unleash full performance potential, including SupremeFX gaming audio with Sonic Radar II, gaming-optimized networking with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst technology and LANGuard, plus Gamer's Guardian and smart DIY features for superb durability and easier builds.

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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Is Coming Early October

Electronic Arts has just announced that the Star Wars Battlefront Beta is coming in early October for the PC and current-gen consoles. Here's the Walker Assault on Hoth multiplayer video from E3 to hold you over until next month. wink

Coming early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC, the Star Wars Battlefront Beta* is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces.

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Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler

The folks at Neoseeker have posted a review of the Noctua NH-C14S low profile CPU cooler today. If you need a cooler for a small form factor build, this review should be of interest to you.

Armed with a single NF-A14 PWM fan out of the box, the NH-C14S has a deeper fin stack for performance matching and quieter operation than the dual fan setup of its predecessor. With the ability to mount the NF-A14 fan either on top of the aluminum fin cooler stack for maximum memory module clearance or below for HTPC cases, the offset design will prove versatile with use on micro to full ATX size Intel and AMD motherboards."

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design NODE 202 @ techPowerUP!

Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3000 @ Hexus

Motherboards: ASRock N3150M mATX @ XtremeHardware

MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium @ Guru3D

Video: Colorful iGame GTX 980 Ti 6GB @ techPowerUP!

Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

US Government Denies Responsibility for Megaupload’s Servers

This went exactly how we thought it would.

"…the government has already completed its acquisition of data from the Carpathia Servers authorized by the warrant, which the defendants will be entitled to during discovery. As such, there is no basis for the Court to order the government to assume possession of the Carpathia Servers or reimburse Carpathia for ‘allocated costs’ related to their continued maintenance."

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Killing Floor 2: Incinerate 'N Detonate Released

Tripwire Interactive has released the Incinerate 'N Detonate free content update for Killing Floor 2. Watch the video below to get an idea what you can expect:

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U.S. Judge Gives Uber Drivers Class Action Status

I think it is safe to say we all saw this coming. Now it's just matter of whether or not Uber drivers end up being classified as employees or contractors.

A U.S. judge said on Tuesday Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, part of a case that could have wide implications for the sharing economy.

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