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Monday October 20, 2014

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Google’s Nexus 9 Tablet Brings First 64-bit Computing to Android

Google made history again this week, bringing 64-bit capabilities to Android for the first time with its Nexus 9 tablet. Powered by our 192-core Tegra K1 superchip, the device is also the first tablet to feature the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. It starts at $399 and is up for pre-order today. Our first tablet with Google, the Nexus 7, set new standards for its Tegra-powered multimedia prowess and friendly price when it launched two years ago. The Nexus 9 also breaks new ground. At the heart of the Nexus 9 is Tegra K1, the first ARM processor for Android to take advantage of Lollipop support for 64-bit CPU architectures.

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Sunday October 19, 2014

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

We ran a review from Wired several weeks ago that gave Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor an almost unreal positive review. To be certain it was just that good of a game, we’re running a second review from Stuff and it seems by their review, it might be just that good of a game. cool

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Passage Replaces Your Passwords with Images

Disrupt Europe Hackathon 2014 held in London this weekend produced some really good ideas on security issues and one memorable one was called Passage. A combination of password and image, it perfectly describes the concept of a new, secure and simple type of password.

You can use a different image for every account and even multiple images so you have a fallback for when you lose your driver’s license, for example.

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Microsoft: Surface Pro 3 Is the Most Productive Tablet on the Planet

Microsoft has announced to the world that the Surface Pro 3 is the most productive tablet on the planet and if you don't believe them, they have released a spiffy new video that proves it. big grin

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2014 'League of Legends' World Championship

Riots annual League of Legends Championship was held last night in Seoul, Korea in front of a sellout crowd of 40K fans watching the finals of the 11 Million dollar competition between Korean favorite Samsung White and Starhorn Royal Club from China. eSports is finally beginning to come into its own. cool

The tournament as a whole saw better performance from North American teams than in previous years, though in the end it was still the top Asian teams who made it all the way to the final this time.

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$45K Sun Lounger That Follows the Sun

Looking to do some early Christmas shopping for that millionaire on your list? Check out the luxury sun lounger by Remmus Ltd. It follows the sun's path for that all over tan, mists you when you get too hot, built-in Bose stereo for entertainment and just about anything you can think of to make a rich person more comfortable. Conveniently priced this week at the bargain price of $45,000 dollars. eek!

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer Released Early

Looks like Activision has a ‘why wait until the last minute’ attitude regarding its upcoming release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer. The company decided sooner is better than later and released the gameplay trailer two weeks early. Enjoy. cool

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Pre-Orders and Pre-Downloads for the Master Chief Collection Have Begun

Pre-orders have already begun for Halo: Master Chief Collection and with it comes the chance to pre-download the 20GB day one patch you are going to need in addition to the 45GB space requirement for the Blu-Ray disc installation. Release date for the game has been switched to Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Nice touch, don’t you think. cool

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The UK Will Quadruple Prison Sentences for Online Abuse

Online trolls are not very welcomed in the UK and the government is putting some teeth into new sentencing guidelines to discourage the practice. In what used to be a six-month sentence for online abuse has now grown to a maximum of two years in prison, according to the severity of the offense.

These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media.

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Xbox One Update: New Friends, Snap, TV Features and More

This week Xbox One began rolling out Microsoft’s edition of updates and new features on a staggered schedule. Check out the accompanying video to see exactly what improvements will be installed. cool

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Windows 10 Registry Tweak Will Block Future Updates

If you were one of the many brave souls that performed the registry tweak to be able to unlock new preview builds of Windows 10, you are no longer able to receive future build updates unless you re-tweak your registry. A guide for the tweak to restore Windows 10 is listed in the accompanying article.

After performing that fix, you should be back into the release channel that will allow your machine to receive the new updates. As always, tweaking your registry is not for the novice user and we are betting that if you made the change in the first place, you should know how to perform the action described above.

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Mozilla’s Browser Gets Built-in WebRTC Video Chat

Firefox is about to join the likes of Skype when Firefox 34 beta is released in the next few weeks. Mozilla has partnered with Telefónica to bring WebRTC-based voice and video chats straight from the browser itself.

Firefox Hello will have the added bonus of providing anonymous chat sessions, where the participants use some other service such as email or instant messaging to exchange a URL that enables the conversation.

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HBO's Streaming Service May Cost Almost 2X as Much as Netflix

There is usually a catch when you get really good news, always waiting for that ‘but’ that always lingers at the end. With the news HBO is finally creating a freestanding service, the ‘but’ looms overhead like the Sword of Damocles. In this case, the eventual higher cost of standalone service to consumers according to Martin Peers over at The Information.

It's unclear if consumers will be willing to pay a $15 subscription, especially when there are other cheaper ways of getting that same content.

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343 Industries Releases ‘Remaking the Legend’ Documentary Trailer

If you are pumped about the upcoming release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you will want to take a look at the trailer for the documentary. The trailer chronicles all of the overhauling and remastering work done in the re-releasing of the games included in the collection from 343 and Xbox.

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Saturday October 18, 2014

Project CARS Delayed Until March to Avoid Holiday Season

Slightly Mad Studios is living up to its name, literally. What would be considered a move that is slightly more than crazy, the game studio has announced that it will no longer release Project Cars on November 18th as previously advertised and will opt to skip the holiday buying season altogether for a release date of March 17th.

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Mystery Spy Spaceship Lands on Earth After Record 675-Day Orbit

Alrighty then Space Cadets, it’s time to don those tin foil hats once again. After 675 days in orbit above Earth, the X-37B landed safely with its top secret orbital experiments safely in hand. Conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this one. big grin

The fact that this spacecraft has been in orbit for almost two years and has returned to Earth intact is an amazing technological feat.

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Imperus Technologies to Acquire Social-Game Developer Diwip

A $100M deal has been agreed upon between Imperious Technologies and social-game developer Diwip. The Tel Aviv based company is the maker of Best Casino, a top grossing mobile game and Facebook regular.

In addition to its original games, Diwip also supplies proprietary game-making software to other companies. Licensing technology like that is a lucrative business, and it was another draw for Imperus.

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Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project

Anonabox, the little box that purported to provide you privacy and peace of mind while surfing the Internet is no more. Kickstarter investigated claims that the Anonabox router was not what the maker claimed it to be and pulled the project on Friday afternoon after reaching 82 times the intended goal.

A review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter’s rules. Those rules prohibit offering purchased items and claiming to have made them yourself, presenting someone else’s work as your own and misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator.

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Steam Is Letting You Play Ten Games for Free This Weekend

Running out of things to do this weekend or maybe looking for some new games to try out? Steam has just what you ordered. Ten free games to play, but you better hurry, it all ends Sunday at 4pm. Get it while it’s free. cool

Awesomenauts, Blade Symphony, Company of Heroes 2, Don't Starve, Grid 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killing Floor, Payday 2, Trine 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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On the Long trip to Mars, VR Could Keep Astronauts Sane

NASA is exploring the possibilities of the Oculus Rift in keeping the isolated Mars astronauts in good mental health. In preparation for the long journey to Mars and the subsequent stay on the Red Planet, six test subjects will be entering a simulated Mars habitat using the VR capabilities of Oculus Rift to maintain their sanity.

Dartmouth is pairing the content with realistic sounds and smells too, so an astronaut’s walk on the beach can bring the brain even deeper into an experience.

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Apple Supplier Shutting Down, 727 Employees Laid Off

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. Citing the inability to meet Apple’s quota of Sapphire crystal smartphone displays, Apple has withheld a $139 Million dollar payment to GT Advanced Technologies which sent to company into bankruptcy and causing the layoff of over 700 employees, according to AzCentral.

GTAT first filed for bankruptcy after it was revealed that the company had not been able to meet Apple’s demand for sapphire crystal smartphone displays to be used in the recently-released iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Microsoft Withdraws Another Buggy Update

It’s Déjà vu all over again. Microsoft is at least becoming consistent with its Patch Tuesday releases, each month patches are being recalled on a regular basis. The culprit this month is Microsoft security update 2949927.

It's been a rough few months for Microsoft's update quality control. September updates for Lync and OneDrive for Business were withdrawn because of bugs in the updates. The August patches were an even bigger mess with four updates withdrawn.

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Opera 25 Arrives with Redesigned Start Page

Lest we forget; there are more browsers out there than just the big three. It wasn’t that long ago that Opera was one of the top contenders in the startup browser community and users even paid for that privilege. Opera has hung in there over the years by offering innovative features not available in other browsers. Check out the latest release of the Opera browser, Opera version 25.

Opera 25 FINAL is available now as a freeware download for Windows and Mac. Linux users can road-test Opera 25 Beta, which can also be installed by Windows and Mac users alongside the existing Opera FINAL installation.

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Cord-Cutters Rejoice: CBS Joins Web Stream

It’s beginning to look like HBO opened the flood gates to subscription streaming. CBS announced on Thursday that the network would begin to offer live programming and a treasure trove of past and present shows on demand with no TV subscription required.

CBS and HBO are not the only two new web-only offerings. Sony is preparing an Internet product expected to include programming from Viacom, the parent of networks like Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. DirecTV also said that it would start an online video service. A similar service from Showtime, the premium cable network owned by CBS, is likely in the "not too distant future."

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FCC Commissioner: Butt-Dialing Is Taxing 911

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has been out on a fact finding mission concerning the surge in cell phone butt-dialing instances across the nation. The number of mistakenly dialed 911 calls has risen in the past few years due to the increase in cell phone use and locations where the phones are being carried and stored.

This is a huge waste of resources, raises the cost of providing 911 services, depletes [Public Service Answering Points] morale, and increases the risk that legitimate 911 calls — and first responders — will be delayed.

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The SIM Card is About to Die

Apple has just sounded the death knell for the ubiquitous SIM card. The company is beginning the switch to a reprogrammable SIM that will enable a change in carriers and networks with a simple software tweak. History indicates where Apple goes, other manufacturers will usually follow.

The wounds are mortal. Within a year or two, you'll probably never see a SIM card in an Apple product again.

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Google Fiber to Launch in Austin in December

Okay all of you Austinites, begin icing down the Champaign and get the Hors d'oeuvres ready, it’s almost time to celebrate. Even though it took Google a little longer than expected, their ultrafast Internet service is set to go live in December.

Austin will be the third location for Google Fiber. The service, which offers Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second, about 100 times the U.S. average, came to Kansas City, Mo., first and then Provo, Utah.

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Halo: Spartan Strike Coming in December

Halo: Spartan Strike, the follow-up to Spartan Assault has been confirmed for a December release by 343 Industries and Microsoft. The initial release will be on the Windows platform via Steam.

Spartan Strike also ups the ante with longer gameplay—expect four to five hours, over the three to four of Spartan Assault—and extended, more immersive maps. It also comes with additional vehicles to supplement some returning favorites.

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Apple Patches 144 Security Flaws Across Seven Products

If you are old school like many of us, you probably remember the old days when Apple products were considered to be malware-proof by a majority of its users. Those days are now gone for good and Apple is patching its products on a regular basis. Most recently, Apple just released patches for 144 vulnerabilities for seven different product lines.

More security updates may be coming on Monday, October 20 when Apple releases iOS 8.1. Expect many of the bugs fixed in Yosemite also to be fixed in iOS.

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