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GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

Steven tells us all about GIGABYTE's BRIX BXi7H-5500, an ultra compact mini PC that he says packs a pretty big punch for its size.

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Two federal officers charged with bitcoin during investigation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 39 mins ago

Two former agents have been charged with stealing money while conducting an undercover investigation against Silk Road.

 

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Carl Mark Force IV was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and Shaun Bridges worked for the US Secret Service - accused of taking bitcoins and converting them into cash, and then depositing it into their own accounts. Bridges allegedly ended up stealing more than $800,000 in bitcoins.

 

Force has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and theft of government property, while Bridges has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Both men were part of a task force in Baltimore assigned with investigating Silk Road - and both men have resigned from their respective agencies, with additional details expected in the future.

British Airways suspends frequent flyer program after cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 24 mins ago

Cybercriminals were able to gain access to thousands of British Airways Executive Club frequent-flyer accounts. It doesn't appear any personal information was viewed or taken during the breach, and British Airways has frozen accounts while an investigation is underway.

 

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"British Airways has become aware of some unauthorized activity in relation to a small number of frequent-flyer executive club accounts," a British Airways spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian.

 

It remains unknown who is responsible for the Executive Club system intrusion.

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One killed, others injured in failed attack against NSA campus

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: 1 hour, 43 mins ago

One person was killed and another was injured on Monday morning after attempting to RAM their vehicle through a National Security Agency (NSA) gate at the Fort Meade United States Army Base. Both suspects, dressed as women and driving a stolen Ford Escape, were stopped while trying to accelerate towards a police vehicle.

 

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Initial reports indicate the case isn't related to terrorism, and the crime scene has been contained. There are more than 29,000 civilian employees and 11,000 military personnel located at Fort Meade.

 

"Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate," said Jonathan Freed, director of strategic communications at the NSA. "The driver failed to obey an NSA Police Officer's routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus. The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed."

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Mobile payments are appealing, but still no threat to credit cards

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 19 mins ago

Mobile payments might capture a lot of media and consumer attention, but there still isn't an enticing reason for consumers to leave behind credit cards in favor of mobile payments, according to a leading credit card executive.

 

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"Apple is a great brand and so the whole world was talking about Apple Pay for a little while. But the noise has calmed down, and so [it] will for Samsung and Google, and all the banks are launching their own version, then there's our MasterPass and Visa Checkout," said Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard, in a statement published by the Sydney Morning Herald. "All of this is because of the fact that this physical/digital world is converging."

 

Mobile payments heavily rely on traditional credit card companies - and there will be continued coexistence between debit and credit cards along with numerous mobile payment offerings. However, banks have embraced their own apps to help make it easier for shoppers to make payments at checkout.

Chinese hackers blamed in recent GitHub DDoS cyberattack siege

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 hours, 37 mins ago

The GitHub coding website has suffered from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattack onslaught that lasted more than four days. It appears China could be behind the attack, as search traffic for Baidu, the top search engine in China, was rerouted and meant to take aim at GitHub.

 

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Specifically, all of the Baidu traffic went to GitHub pages that had copies of websites currently banned in China. Baidu noted that its networks weren't compromised in the attack, and claims it wasn't involved in the DDoS siege of GitHub, though cybersecurity researchers say Chinese government officials have to be involved.

 

Since the attackers were able to direct high volumes of traffic tied to the Chinese Internet infrastructure to GitHub, "it had to be someone who had the ability to tamper with all the Internet traffic coming into China," F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hyponen told the Wall Street Journal.

Meet The SKEYE Nano Drone The World's Smallest Quadcopter

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 3 hours, 38 mins ago

Drones are delightful, yes. But have you ever actually used one? If you have, great. But most folks haven't, and if you'd like something to train on--something tiny, nimble, lightfooted and cost-conscious, the SKEYE Nano Drone is the way to go.

 

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This puppy fits in your hand, your pocket, your... we'll stop there. It can do it's thing inside and out--flips, acrobatics, six-axis control--and now it can be yours for a 41% discount. That's almost half off.

 

Although it's wee, the SKEYE can hold its own in an open-air environment, even with wind. With its on-board stabilization gyroscope, you can do pretty much anything you want. It even has different modes for beginner, intermediate, and expert pilots. With the right amount of practice and man-hours, the SKEYE pulls figure eights and flips. Flight time per charge is around 7-8 minutes, enough to give you a good idea of your control in the field. The drone also has LEDs for night-time explorations.

 

We think our discount is the best you'll find. Give it a shot and practice your flying... you never know when you'll be called upon to battle for the Rebel Resistance. 41% is almost half-off. Seriously... this isn't happening anywhere else. Only we are nerdy enough. >> Get 41% off the SKEYE Nano Drone ($34.99 incl. shipping)

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IDC: Wearables market to reach 45.7 million shipped in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 59 mins ago

The wearables market is evolving as new vendors, devices and consumer knowledge help push the industry forward.

 

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Manufacturers will ship 45.7 million units this year, a 133.4 percent growth from 19.6 million units year-over-year, according to the IDC research group. In addition, shipment volumes will reach 126.1 million units by 2019 - as more consumers show faith in adopting wearables.

 

"The explosion of wearable devices was clearly led by fitness bands, which until recently commanded prices that provided comfortable margins, but those days are changing," said Ryan Reith, program director of the IDC worldwide quarterly device trackers program. "The price of these fitness bands have come down so significantly in some markets that smartphone OEMs are now bundling them with smartphones at little cost."

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One interesting marketing video - MSI shows you how to build a PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 8 hours, 31 mins ago

For those out there looking to partake in their first PC building project, where exactly should you begin? There's a myriad of technology forums, YouTube channels and Facebook pages alongside specific component Facebook groups to help you on your way.

 

 

If you're a fan of the video side of things you may have come across MSI's marketing video titled "How to build a MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING PC". This film features a a scantily-clad technology enthusiast partaking in an educational journey of computer building for the benefit of the audience.

 

It's sitting at a massive 1.8 million views at the time of writing this article, but the feedback isn't all positive. With 8,687 thumbs down compared to 8,311 thumbs up, the comments section is filled with criticisms of the advice at hand.

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Fitbit not intimidated by upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 9 hours, 19 mins ago

Wearable maker Fitbit understands the entire wearables industry will be strongly shaken up with the upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch - but is taking a glass half-full approach, welcoming the Silicon Valley giant.

 

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"I think the more important thing for any emerging category is consumer awareness. That's the biggest barrier to success," said James Park, CEO of Fitbit, in an interview with Washington Post. "Anyone - especially a large company - comes in and is able to raise the level of consumer awareness. It's great for everybody."

 

Fitbit has worked to improve the comfort of its products, while also improving battery life and other hardware functionality.

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ESL brags 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch.TV over Katowice event

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 27 mins ago

Wondering if eSports is growing? The answer is yes! ESL recently released an info-graphic showing that they played host to 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch TV alone throughout their Katowice ESL One CS:GO event - meaning this does not include any other streaming service or live audience members.

 

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Other than this 198% rise in unique viewership, they also broke the 1 million concurrent viewer milestone - seeing 1,012,745 tune in at one time.

 

As for the tournament itself Fnatic took the crown, seeing their player Olofmeister rated as the highest-point fantasy league player alongside his team conceding the quickest round loss of 13 seconds.

 

Click on the image for a closer look.

 

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