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Mojang: Minecraft passwords compromised by phishing, not hacking

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 35 mins ago

Reports were published within the past week that more than 1,800 Minecraft accounts were hacked, with passwords leaked online - but the company has defended itself, and it looks like phishing attacks are to blame.

 

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"No! We haven't been hacked," said Owen Hill, Chief World Officer at Mojang, in a published blog post. " No one has gained access to the Mojang mainframe. Even if they did, we store your passwords in a super encrypted format. Honestly, you don't need to panic."

 

Affected Minecraft players have been emailed and will now need to reset their passwords. If you want to change your password just in case, head to Minecraft.net/resetpassword.

SkyMall has fallen from grace - Bankruptcy filing is in progress

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 hour, 41 mins ago

If you're after some weird and wacky objects, they might be a little harder to source in the near future as Xhibit Corp. has filed for bankruptcy - we're not talking about the rapper.

 

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Skymall has blamed exterior sources, stating in their announcement that this shut down is apparently due to "the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalogue. [This] resulted in additional competition from e-commerce retailers and additional competition for the attention of passengers, all of which further negatively impacted SkyMall's catalogue sales."

 

Down but not out, SkyMall Chief Executive Scott Wiley states that he's "extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic 'SkyMall' brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years."

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A modders dream? Yet another Parvum modded case hits our radar

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 hour, 48 mins ago

We've already covered Dan Woods' simplistic stunner White Gold Parvum build before finding Project Orange Horizon and being blown away yet again. But wait, there's more! Are you a fan of the Pokemon Haunter or Gengar? Well this custom designed Parvum "beast" project might be right up your alley.

 

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Set to be stuffed with an Intel Core i7-4790k CPU, an ASUS GTX 690 dual GPU and a fully custom EK Water Block cooling setup, this case is going to look a little different from the rest.

 

As I said above, the first thought I had was something similar to the popular purple beasts from Pokemon called Haunter and Gengar. The reason this build catches our attention is due to its 'different' nature - looking toward a custom-designed exterior to set it apart, rather than thousands of dollars in top-notch internal components.

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100 years ago today - the first transcontinental phone call was made

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 2 hours, 51 mins ago

Already almost a thing of the past, we often take for granted the option of landline telephones in this day and age - with mobiles taking over in massive fashion.

 

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On January the 25th, 1915, a call was made from New York to San Francisco - marking a massive advancement in technology and something to keep in the history books for years to come. This task was completed by Alexander Graham Bell, who made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson.

 

This technology was made functional thanks to a single copper circuit, spanning 6,800 miles and allowing one phone call to be made at a time - this advancement was likened to that of man landing on the moon, as according to Anthea Hartig, the executive director of the California Historical Society.

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Packing light when you're out? Check out this card-sized charger

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 39 mins ago

If you're a fan of slim wallets and packing light when going out clubbing, to dinner or to a casual bar with your mates, Justin Portable Power Products may have a solution for you.

 

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Although their name is a bit of a tongue-twister, their 2,000 mAh slim offering is elegant, simple and unique.

 

Quoted on their official website as a "Credit Card Sized Power Bank with Synthetic Leather Carry Case," this product features a handy blue LED battery indicator, a micro-USB in and out port and a leather carry case that can easily hold two or three cards that you may have. Not only do we have one of these for review, but we've been taking it out with us to test it to its limits.

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North Carolina is the next possible Google Fiber target

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 hours, 43 mins ago

Raleigh and Durham will see Google events held within their borders next Wednesday and Thursday respectively, rumored to be an announcement of a Google Fiber service roll-out. Reports claim that construction may begin as of April, as released by the local TV station, WRAL.

 

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These two locations combine with Chapel Hill to make an area known as Research Triangle, all of which were on the preliminary list of 34 locations that Google released last February as possible new Fiber locations.

 

Currently available in Provo, Utah, Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Google Fiber provides consumers with a free 5Mbps service, with only a $300 setup fee needing to be paid. However if you're looking for something more substantial, they offer gigabit plans for $70 per month, or you can pay between $30-$30 more to have 100+ TV channels included in the bundle - both of these latter options requiring no setup fee.

YouTube pressuring artists to sign with YouTube Music Key service

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 5 hours, 47 mins ago

YouTube's Music Key service is trying to build its popularity and apparently they're going the wrong way about it. Zoë Keating has expressed her concerns on Tumblr, asking the simple question "What should I do about YouTube?"

 

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What's the problem, you ask? Summed up in the opening paragraph of this blog, Keating states "...the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new YouTube music services agreement or I will have my YouTube channel blocked." This statement points to a possibility that this is a move by the Google-owned company to force artists over to their new service in a pledge to increase popularity thanks to there being no other option.

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Get in before Nintendo strikes - unlicensed Game Boy mug for $12.32

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 6 hours, 42 mins ago

With five different preset prints available, TheMugEmporium are selling off unlicensed Pokemon mugs for only $15.31 CAD ($12.32) right now.

 

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All three of the original starting Pokemon are on offer, along with a Red or Blue title screen - with 'Gameboy Tint' or straight up white also being available.

 

You can even get your own specialized text written on the other side of the mug for an extra $2, allowing you to always remind Professor Oak what your name is, without stating it over and over again.

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Before the Xbox One, Microsoft knew what it was doing with DirectX 12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 7 hours, 48 mins ago

DirectX 12 is shaping up quite nicely so far, offering up to 50% more performance on CPU bound games, and hopefully some delicious new graphics in unannounced games. But, now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has come out and said: "we knew what DX12 was doing before we built Xbox One". On the PC, DirectX 12 will be exclusive to Windows 10.

 

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This is somewhat interesting, as it shows that Microsoft wasn't just throwing DX12 out there to keep up with the market. It built the Xbox One after it had an idea of where it wanted to go with DirectX 12, something I'm sure even had Windows 10 connected to it, too. As for the Xbox One and DX12, Microsoft's updated API won't offer much additional performance for its Xbox One console.

 

Spencer was asked if DX12 would have a big impact on the Xbox One, where he said: "On the DX12 question, I was asked early on by people if DX12 is gonna dramatically change the graphics capabilities of Xbox One and I said it wouldn't. I'm not trying to rain on anybody's parade, but the CPU, GPU and memory that are on Xbox One don't change when you go to DX12. DX12 makes it easier to do some of the things that Xbox One's good at, which will be nice and you'll see improvement in games that use DX12, but people ask me if it's gonna be dramatic and I think I answered no at the time and I'll say the same thing".

As online sales ramp up, check out this great postage box redesign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 8 hours, 49 mins ago

ChenChen Hu has designed a fancy new shipping box designed to cut the messy tape piles and box-cutter injuries, replacing them with a fancy fold-over design box that contains a dented corner, housing a tab to open up the world of surprises located within.

 

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The Corner Pack has been designed as a solution to annoying packages that are wrapped in seemingly-endless amounts of sticky tape - or those eBay orders that come with a simple 2-inch long strip of tape that couldn't hold down an ant. The only small drawback to this development is the slight loss of space thanks to the 'dented' edge, however this design aspect has a purpose.

 

Thanks to it storing the opening flap out of the way, the box is unlikely to open when stacked with other objects or brushed past by the postman or courier. Meaning that your contents are safely stored inside without any need for sticky tape whatsoever.

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