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Thursday August 28, 2014

Almost 70% Of IT Professionals Suffer Weekly Phishing Attacks

Whoa, seventy percent? The work of an IT professional is never done.

It reveals that 69 percent of IT professionals have to deal with phishing attacks at least once a week, with customer and financial data the main targets. The survey also finds that seven out of 10 attacks originating from inside the network come from a malware infected machine.


Robots To Teach In Abu Dhabi School

What will these robots be teaching the kids? How to get used to taking commands from our new robot overlords.

Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence. Humanoid AISOY Raspberry Pi robot will teach basic addition and subtraction while Nao, the 57-cm tall Evolution Humanoid robot from France, will help special needs children.


Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis

Techgage has published a review of the Corsair Obsidian 450D case today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Corsair’s Obsidian series of PC chassis represents the apex of the company’s offerings in the market. Innovative and user-friendly, they’ve also been overkill for most users. Now, though, the 450D has come onto the scene, intent on proving that the Obsidians shouldn’t be the exclusive preserve of users with deep pockets. Does it live up to its pedigree?


Google To Collect $1.3M From Patent Troll

Google will collect $1.3 million from patent troll caught suing its customers. The trick now is getting paid.

The money isn't a significant amount to a company as big as Google, but beating a patent troll on what is sometimes seen as their "home turf" in East Texas is still significant. It will be a kind of trophy case that Google can use to show other trolls that it's willing to fight back hard if they overstep—and that it may be the troll, not a big tech defendant, writing a check at the end of the day.


NVIDIA, Cancer Institute Distributing Up to $2M To Cancer Researchers

It’s time for big data to get into the fight against cancer. We’re working with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium to fund researchers using data-intensive computational tools to find new ways to treat cancer. Up for grabs is a $200,000 grant from the NVIDIA Foundation through its Compute the Cure initiative. At the same time, the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium will make up to three awards for a total of as much as $1.8 million.


Timothy Leyden Retires As Western Digital CFO

Western Digital Corp. today announced that chief financial officer Tim Leyden, 62, is retiring after 24 years of distinguished service at the company. He is being succeeded by Olivier Leonetti, 50, who has served as vice president, finance at Amgen Inc. from 2011, after having previously spent 14 years in global finance leadership positions at Dell Inc. Leyden will remain with the company through January 2015 in a transition role and advisory capacity to president and chief executive officer Steve Milligan and to Leonetti for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition. The changes are effective as of September 8, 2014.


Intel Announces New Packaging and Test Technologies for Foundry Customers

Intel Corporation today announced two new technologies for Intel Custom Foundry customers that need cost-effective advanced packaging and test technologies. Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), available to 14nm foundry customers, is a breakthrough that enables a lower cost and simpler 2.5D packaging approach for very high density interconnects between heterogeneous dies on a single package. Instead of an expensive silicon interposer with TSV (through silicon via), a small silicon bridge chip is embedded in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate. EMIB eliminates the need for TSVs and specialized interposer silicon that add complexity and cost.


Wednesday August 27, 2014

Microsoft Reissues Flawed Windows Security Update With New Flaws

Yo dog, I heard you liked security updates with flaws so we put more flaws in our reissued security update. cool

The security bulletin says that "Microsoft strongly recommends that customers who have not uninstalled the 2982791 update [i.e., the old version, released on Patch Tuesday] do so prior to applying the 2993651 update [the new version]." This recommendation applies to users whether they are having problems with the old update or not. Note that Windows Update and Automatic Updates do not remove the old version.


Germany Mulls Ban On After-Hours Work Emails And Calls

Germany wants to ban after-hours e-mail and calls. Still perfectly fine with spam and telemarketers. stick out tongue

Now a ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law. German labor minister Andrea Nahles said in a Tuesday interview that the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) was consulting on how such a law could be made – what thresholds would need to be mandated, and so on. She said the first results were expected in 2015.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: CM Storm Mizar @ Cowcotland

CM Storm Sirus-C Headset @ pcGameware

Tt eSPORTS Meka G1 Keyboard @ XtremeHardware

Mobile: MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Notebook @ TechSpot

Storage: Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD @ NikKTech

Video: 20-Way Open-Source Radeon Comparison @ Phoronix

Mystery Of The "Sailing Stones" Solved

Damn, I was really hoping it was going to be aliens moving the rocks. frown

During winter 2013-2014, members of our group were present while the playa was flooded and frozen. A steady wind drag moved the thin ice sheets covering the playa’s south end, and these sheets pushed the rocks along, creating the characteristic furrows in the playa’s muddy surface.


Windows 9 Will Offer Desktop Or Start Screen

According to this article Windows 9 will offer you the desktop or the modern UI, not both.

There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have the desktop. You either have the desktop or you have the Modern UI, you cannot have both. As reported around a month ago, the Start Menu for desktop users in Windows Threshold can 'act' like a full screen Start Menu however, meaning if you want that functionality you can have it on the desktop.


Corsair RM Series 1000W PSU

If you need a big watt power supply, the crew at techPowerUP! have the Corsair RM Series 1000W in-house for a little review action today. Here's a quote from the full review:

The RM1000 is Gold certified and has a fully modular cabling design, two features common to all RM units. Corsair also says it to be optimized for silence as its high efficiency and low-noise capacitors and transformers will eliminate coil-whine issues, a problem many modern high-performance platforms suffer from. Its fan also operates semi-passively and Corsair promises this PSU to be whisper-quiet even while being pushed hard.


This Gas May Erase Bad Memories

A gas that erases ALL memories? Sure, I'd believe that. A gas that erases only bad memories? I'm not buying it.

"In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events," Edward G. Meloni, an assistant psychologist at the hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said in a release. "It's an exciting breakthrough, as this has the potential to be a new treatment for individuals suffering from PTSD."


Snapchat Fetches $10 Billion Valuation

Someone please tell me how Snapchat, a company with no revenue, is worth $10 billion?

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in the fast-growing ephemeral message service Snapchat Inc. at a valuation of close to $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.


Nerdtastic Ice Chest Breaks Funding Record With $10.6M

I was fully prepared to make fun of the Coolest Cooler, until I saw the video of it in action. Now I want one. wink


Twitch The Latest Target Of DDoS Attack

Those Lizard Squad guys sure have been busy lately.

Lizard Squad is at it again. This time, they've targeted Twitch, hitting the streaming giant with a DDoS attack, with no sign that they'll bring it back up anytime soon. As with many of their other attacks, they've claimed responsibility on their Twitter account.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Saints Row 5 Reveal At PAX? @ VG24/7

Steam Allows Multiple Game Installs @ Blue's News

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Review @ Shacknews

Xbox One Kinect Sensor To Be $150 @ Joystiq

GOG.com Now Offering DRM-Free Movies

GOG announced today that it is now offering DRM-free movies for $5.99 each. There isn't much in the way of movies just yet but the company promises more movies each week.

More and more users start to expect and demand the digital content they paid for to be free from any kind of restrictive mechanisms that limit access to their collections and get in the way of enjoyment. We think this is a good time to take the next step in our quest to make digital entertainment better for everyone. Today we set out to spread our DRM-Free ideas across the movie industry! That's right: GOG.com now offers DRM-Free movies.


DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

It looks like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is actually moving ahead on this. The Department of Transportation announced back in December that it wanted black boxes in all new cars by next month by next month. eek!

The "Basic Safety Message" will be broadcast by the vehicle's dedicated short-range communications system. According to NHTSA, this system will need to transmit certain specific information. "For example," says the technical report, "when a DSRC unit sends out a BSM, the BSM needs to: Contain the relevant elements and describe them accurately (e.g., vehicle speed; GPS position; vehicle heading; DSRC message ID, etc.)."


Netflix And Dish Ask FCC To Block Comcast-TWC Merger

Consumerist has put together a list of companies that are opposed to the Comcast-TWC merger. Among the companies trying to block the deal are Netflix, the Free Press, Dish Network and others.

The merger will give Comcast control over such a huge percentage of residential internet that we won’t be able to grow or innovate anymore. Dish, as a satellite TV company, does compete directly with Comcast for video subscribers. And Dish also has to pay fees to Comcast for every single NBCU network every single Dish subscriber gets.


Escape Dead Island Unraveled Trailer

The folks at Deep Silver have put out a new Escape Dead Island Unraveled trailer today. Zombie gore might make this one NSFW, your mileage may vary. The game will ship for the PC in November.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Aerocool DS200 @ Vortez

Cooling: bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim @ Hardware Asylum

ETC.: Tt eSPORTS THERON @ Legit Reviews

PSU: Corsair HX750i @ ThinkComputers

Corsair RM Series 1000W @ techPowerUP!

L.A. School District Halts Contract For iPads

That controversial iPad program in Los Angeles has been scrapped. Did anyone think that this was a good idea in the fist place?

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.


GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard

Techgage has posted a review of the GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK motherboard today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Our last two Z97 reviews involved some petite motherboards, so it’s time to go all-out – something GIGABYTE’s Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK helps us pull off. Its name implies that gamers are the target here, and as you’d expect from its $350 price tag, it’s packed with features. What more reason do you need to read? Come on in.


Why So Many People Are Watching Twitch

This is probably the best explanation of why so many people are watching Twitch.

"Why do people spend so much time watching other people play a game they could just as easily play themselves?" "Why do so many people watch the NFL when they could just as easily play a game of football in their yard?" I reply.


Why Government Researchers Think We May Be Living in a 2D Hologram

Government researchers believe we are living in a 2D hologram? What? Is this guy on to something or just on something?

It sounds completely off-the-walls insane, but the incongruities between Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and some of Max Planck's discoveries about the nature of matter can only be explained if we're living in a Matrix-style holographic illusion, according to Craig Hogan, director of the Department of Energy's Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.


SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD

The gang at Overclockers Club have taken the SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD out for a spin today to see how it performs. Overall they seem impressed with this solid state drive...and the chocolate.

One could argue that any SSD will seem like a big step up in performance over a HDD, and I cannot disagree with that fact. There are, however, a few more features that bring the Extreme PRO upwards in the rankings, despite its semi-premium price compared to bottom-barrel value SSDs.


Electronic Art's $1 Billion DLC Goal

Holy (cash) cow, did he just say EA was planning on making "stadiums full of money" off DLC this year? eek!

A story on Bloomberg about the stadiums full of money EA expects to earn from the new Madden game describes the publisher's lofty general goals for add-on content, saying they hope to reach the one billion dollar mark in DLC sales this year.


Intel Enhances Parallel Programming Tools with Explicit Vectorization Programming

Today, Intel launched Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015, the latest release of its developer toolkit for high performance computing (HPC) and technical computing applications. The latest version includes first-to-market explicit vector programming capabilities which enable developers to optimize processing cycles through concurrent operations on Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015 also supports new standards including OpenMP 4.0 that delivers unprecedented vectorization support to developers. The updated release also gives developers comprehensive optimization reports that provide deep insights on code performance. For more information or to download Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015, visit the Intel® Developer Zone.


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