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China opposes cyberattack against Sony Pictures, don't place blame

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 19 mins ago

The Chinese government, which has been blamed for organizing cyberattacks against foreign interests, spoke out against the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures. However, the country didn't specifically call out North Korea for its likely role in the breach, which stemmed because of the government's disdain for "The Interview."


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"(China) opposes any country or individual using other countries' domestic facilities to conduct cyberattacks on third-party nations," according to a statement issued by Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, when speaking to US Secretary of State John Kerry.


North Korea and China have a strong political friendship - as one of Kim Jong Un's only foreign allies - and would be an important asset for any future cyberattacks. Pres. Obama's administration is weighing potential options to retaliate against North Korea, though China would likely strongly condemn any future actions.

BIOSTAR implements #LAN surge protection for all new motherboards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 43 mins ago

If you're looking to add a little safety to your rig and already have a surge-protection power-board installed, Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer BIOSTAR are now offering built-in LAN surge protection for their whole product range.


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They've added an integrated chip to strengthen the electrical stability of their newest motherboards, said to prevent any damage from lighting strikes and electrical surges. BIOSTAR is the first manufacturer of its kind to offer such a service, with this features official name being "SUPER LAN Surge Protection" as laid out in their recently issued press release.

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Younger drivers more skilled at texting and driving than others

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 2 mins ago

Half of drivers tested by researchers from Wayne State University committed "lane excursions" into other lanes, while being instructed to text and drive with one hand on the steering wheel. However, it would appear older, more experienced drivers were more likely to drift into other lanes - as 100 percent of drivers from 45 to 59 years of age committed this driving error, with younger drivers doing better.


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Eighty percent of drivers from their mid-thirties to mid-forties committed lane excursions, with that number dropping to 50 percent for drivers from 25 to 34 years of age. Just 25 percent of drivers from 18 to 24 years of age swerved while texting and driving, researchers noted, doing better than what many would assume.


"Generally, people believe that younger drivers are more easily distracted and therefore would be more susceptible to the dangers of texting and driving," said Randall Commissaris, one of the authors of the study. "However, our study - which included drivers ranging in age from 18 to 59 - demonstrated just the opposite. Although texting while driving had a negative impact on drivers of all ages, younger drivers were less distracted by texting, and older drivers' performance was much worse because of their texting."

Computer games in the mainstream, CS:GO at X Games Aspen aired by ESPN

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 41 mins ago

Often it's a pretty heated debate on the internet - "is competitive gaming a real sport?". Well, in more MLG news - they're bringing Valve's popular FPS title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to the public scene and the television via the X Games and ESPN. This comes to light after we've recently reported on MLG working behind the scenes to run the biggest Dota2 league in history.


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Set for kickoff on the 23rd of January 2015, X Games Aspen will be looking for another sell-out audience - seeing eSports now added to the foray of hardcore high-adrenaline sports on offer. This partnership will see team up with the ESPN and ABC to bring this event to the wider audience.


Sundance DiGiovanni, Co-founder and CEO of MLG, commented that "2014 was a breakout year for eSports with the first ever MLG tournament at X Games Austin, millions watching competition on, and more than 71 million people competing in or watching eSports events around the globe," further adding "Our X Games debut was such a success we knew we had to continue the tradition. The MLG X Games Aspen Invitational will further elevate eSports placing our top competitors amongst the best winter athletes in the world and continues to solidify as the leading destination for premium eSports pro gaming."

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Samsung tease their new SE790C curved monitor

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 2 hours, 42 mins ago

"All curves are not created equal. Samsung's SE790C offers an industry-leading and award-winning curvature for a truly immersive, comfortable and differentiating viewing experience," claims Samsung's Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Business, Seoggi Kim.


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The tech-giant has just pushed a press release, claiming a soon-to-be launch of their brand-new 3000R (curvature radius of 3,000mm) monitor, the SE70C. Said to closely match the natural curve of the human eye, this monitor is claimed by the manufacturer to create a distortion-free viewing experience with less eye strain for all.


Incorporating a 21:9 aspect ratio and an ULTRA-WQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, the SE790C has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and 300 CD/m2 typical brightness. There are some handy features included out of the box including Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture capabilities, alongside two 7-watt stereo speakers located within the build.

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The world's largest DOTA2 league has been announced

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 45 mins ago

Featuring a minimum prize pool of $475,000 alongside an offered $90,000 worth of player travel support, joinDOTA have teamed up with Major League Gaming (MLG) to build the world's largest Dota 2 league.


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Coming off the back of an extremely successful 'International' held by the game developer Valve in 2014, seeing over $10m in prize money being given out to the competing teams alongside free travel and hotel arrangements, joinDOTA and MLG are trying to step up the game - offering a long-standing tournament for many teams to compete in.


Claimed to take "competitive Dota 2 to the next level," their recently issued press release states that this World Championship event follows on from the renewal of the joinDOTA league. Teams who competed in the last 'jDL Division 1' competition will be given the chance to qualify for a spot in the season finals, alongside multiple big-name entities being selected to attend.

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Samsung to can their 'ChatOn' service in 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 hours, 34 mins ago

Have you ever used ChatOn to chat to your friends? We haven't either. Samsung's unpopular messenger service has been marked for closure on the first day of February, 2015.


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Unfortunately this messenger app didn't really gain traction in the wider market, which is currently heavily saturated. If you're wanting to chat to a friend there is a seemingly endless list of ways to contact them in this day and age through your mobile. Off the top of my head I can immediately rattle off: Steam, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Xfire, WhatsApp, Line - amongst many others.

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Valve updates the Steam Controller, adds a directional pad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 6 hours, 5 mins ago

Valve is constantly tinkering with its still unreleased Steam Controller, but the latest design shown off sports a directional pad. This is joined by traditional face buttons, and an analog thumbstick.


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The new image, something that was found by Game Informer in the latest Steam Client beta, shows off a d-pad on the new Steam Controller. The directional pad replaces the left-side haptic touchpad, but unfortunately this isn't the final design so we don't know if we'll receive a d-pad on the Steam Controller when it's released next year. Boo.

Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone listed for a crazy price of $19.99

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 42 mins ago

Some say the number is 100 off the best internet-joke ever, the Nokia 520 has been listed for a tiny price of $29 from the Microsoft Store as spotted earlier this month, but it gets even better than that - Amazon are now offering it up for a tiny price of $19.99.


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Originally released for the pocket-money price of $39.99 in the last summer, this Nokia phone wasn't expected to budge much in price but now it's 50% off. Running a 1GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM isn't anything amazing - but for a spare phone can you really complain with a $19.99 price tag and no lock-in contract?


Comparing this entry-level Microsoft offering to Android sees it come up quite short, alongside it having only 8GB of internal storage (MicroSD expandable however), it has a 800x480 resolution screen, a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1430 mAh battery. However these specifications should be suspected given it's under half the price of most second hand phones you can find on the market.

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Mike Myers teases North Korea on SNL playing Dr Evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 7 hours, 9 mins ago

The Obama administration may want to retaliate against North Korea, without showing any proof of it yet, but Mike Myers has reprised his role as the infamous Dr Evil, to take a laugh or three at North Korea.



Myers reprised his role as Dr Evil on Saturday Night Live, to talk about what true evil is all about. Dr Evil talks about North Korea's attack on Sony, as two bald men fighting over a comb... who cares, is the point. He also takes a bit of a hit at the Guardians of Peace, the hackers behind the story, and even makes fun of himself in the bomb Love Guru. Check it out above.

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