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Google Contributor reduces website ads for monthly fee

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 35 mins ago

Google is preparing to launch Contributor, a service that sees you paying in $2-10 per month to see reduced advertising across all participating websites (millions).



Contribute $2/mo and you'll see 5-15% fewer ads; $5/mo and it's 15-25% fewer ads, and $10/mo will show 25-50% fewer ads.

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AMD Radeon Settings, Crimson Edition driver released

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 44 mins ago

Announced back in early November, AMD has at last released its Crimson Edition driver along with Catalyst Control Center replacement Radeon Settings. In short, you get better performance and a drastically different interface with loads of new features.




Feature additions include enabling of LiquidVR (this marks the first driver to do so), asynchronous shaders support for more efficient GPU usage, shader caching support for reduced load times, lower CPU usage, and less stuttering and latency in game, low framerate compensation while using Freesync (when falling below your minimum refresh rate, juddering will be reduced or absent), various video enhancements, and plenty more.

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Microsoft says its worker cutback affected staff diversity

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 37 mins ago

Due to employing 5,701 less women and 5,316 fewer men in 2015 when compared to 2014, Microsoft says that auxiliary layoffs are to blame for its 2.2 percent drop in female workforce percentages.




This drop in diversity wasn't a planned maneuver says Microsoft general manager of diversity and inclusion, Gwen Houston. Houston wrote that this percentage wasn't due to a conscious decision to slash female numbers, but due to slashing the "facilities outside the U.S. that produce handsets and hardware."


With these facilities employing a much larger percentage of females than males, the overall layoff of these staff help explain the widened gap. While the lower-level jobs have seen a slight drop in women, executive role percentages have remained unchanged and the overall racial diversity has seen improvement.

Sony tells users not to upgrade to Windows 10

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 3 hours, 36 mins ago

While Sony had already warned users about waiting to upgrade to Windows 10 due to possible issues, it has now officially announced the upgrade limitations over its complete lineup.




With VAIO desktops and laptops being largely crossed off the upgrade list, Sony reportedly tested its products that were released in 2011 and beyond. While many of the tests have just been preliminary 'upgrade and click around' tests, Sony has begun further testing with many of its product range, while trying to pinpoint and fix exact issues with all of its latest products.


Issues with Windows 10 on Sony VAIO systems range from Blue Screen of Death errors due to switchable internal video cards, AMD video carded systems having limited camera support and the non-complete functionality of many Sony exclusive apps.

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Increase in card use ensures China's payment fraud rises

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 33 mins ago

With China joining the rest of the world in moving away from hard currency towards various card options, Trend Micro says that cyber criminals are beginning to run rampant, stepping up their efforts in card fraud.




As part of a new study, Trend Micro pinpoints that the strong Chinese cyber criminal market has shown particular interest in gathering card payment information online. Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research Team member, Lion Gu, wrote this lengthy report and referred to the growth in the market as an obvious fraud issue. With more users comes more risk of crime, it's not exactly rocket science.


What isn't obviously is exactly how this crime will come about. It's not just dodgy online stores that are being used, some machines are being modified to illegally store and send information, says Gu. Due to the machines passing through many hands and it being sometimes hard to track exactly who has touched them and when, there's a large possibility that criminals are placing these information capture facilities on products at some stage through the supply line, without the end-user or buying business being aware.

Arrests conducted in Britain over malware-assisting website

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 37 mins ago

British police have arrested two young people believed to be spearheading a website named, a company which offered services to malware makers, assisting them to navigate past anti-virus programs.




The two 22 year-olds arrested allegedly kicked off their project in Feburary 2015, advertising themselves through various online malicious forums. Providing support to surpass between 30 and 40 anti-virus programs, the offered service utilized Cryptex Reborn packaging to bypass any new issues that arose during its time of operation. charged license fees to many of its users, asking for $20-90 per month while offering updates when new issues were to arise.

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Multiple University staff injure themselves due to texting and walking

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 39 mins ago

At first it's likely that you thought this was an article on The Onion, however, the 'safety alert' issued by the University of Newcastle is a very real thing.




This has come about thanks to multiple University staff injuring themselves while texting and walking, with the University itself issuing a safety alert warning all employees of the dangers involved with not paying attention to your surroundings. The official warning is said to further include the dangers of bush, bikes and vehicles, with the Universities' associate director of health and safety, Dr Maggie Goldie, confirming that two staff have recently owned up to hurting themselves by messaging and strolling.


Some staff aren't taking this warning seriously, with it coming as part of a string of safety concerns released by the University management, asking patrons to avoid fallen bark and prompting them to hold the handrail when walking on stairs. In an interview with the Newcastle Herald, one disgruntled employee stated: "I await the one about breathing and chewing."

Software modder brings PlayStation's Remote Play to PC... for a price

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 52 mins ago

Sony's Remote Play functionality is one of the most innovative features of our current generation of consoles, and represents a nice boon for PS Vita owners. But why stop at the Vita? Gamers have already brought Remote Play over to Android, so why find a way to bring Remote Play over to desktop PC's? A dedicated software modder has done just that, but his approach might ensure the project is dead on arrival.



Renowned gamer and coder Twisted has spent quite some time on Remote Play PC. After a full year's work, Twisted has announced that the Remote Play PC app is ready to go, and that Sony's cross-platform tech will find its way onto gaming PC's starting tomorrow. But it's not going to be free: Twisted plans on charging $10 for the app.


"I'd like to work on this project full time, adding features, getting it stable and porting it to other platforms which I know a lot of you want," the homebrew dev wrote in the latest announcement update. "The only way to support this is to charge for the app, all my previous projects have been free and I don't want to have to but sadly its the only way to support my living costs. On the plus side this means I have more time to work on the project and provide support to its users, something which I've been limited on in the past."

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Dell admits fault, promises to remove preinstalled security flaw

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 8 hours, 41 mins ago

Described as an "unintended security vulnerability," Dell has admitted that a root certificate preinstalled on some of its models exists and promises to remove it.




A Dell spokesperson explained that "to address this, we are providing our customers with instructions to permanently remove the certificate from their systems via direct email, on our support site, and technical support," further commenting that the computer giant does not install malware on user systems pre-delivery.


While Dell claims no responsibility for this flaw, a security blogger by the name of Hanno Bock disagrees. He says that this root certificate is not only shipped within these pre-built machines, but it's under the name 'eDellRoot' and is linked to 'Dell Foundation Services' drivers.

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