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Former NSA lawyer: Snowden 'really set back' cybersecurity discussion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 58 mins ago

Edward Snowden doesn't have very many fans when it comes to people in the US government and the National Surveillance Agency (NSA).

 

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"It is hard to quantify this harm, such as it is, but I think the inflammatory nature of the way the Snowden affair played out really set back our collective discussion on cybersecurity," said Rajesh De, former general counsel for the NSA, when asked about Snowden's data leaks during the Big Law Business Summit.

 

The White House recently responded to a petition to the White House that sought an official pardon for Snowden. Of course, that's not going to happen:

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AOC readies similar 32-inch monitors, 4K U3277PQU and WQHD Q3277PQU

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 hour, 55 mins ago

Identical in stature but different in features, AOC has showcased its 4K U3277PQU and WQHD Q3277PQU monitors, offering 3840 x 2160 and 2560 x 1440 pixel resolutions respectively.

 

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The 4K U3277PQU monitor brandishes an IPS display, 178-178 degree viewing angles, a 30-bit color range, a 4ms response time, a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2 and dynamic mega-contrast ratio. With ports on board including HDMI with MHL and DisplayPort 1.2, expect to shell out $800 to get one of your own.

 

Looking similar, the WQHD Q3277PQU offers an AMVA display panel, identical response times, viewing angles colors and dynamic mega-contrast ratio, but a lower maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2. As for input ports, expect dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 with MHL - be prepared to pay $600 for this beauty on release.

Download Windows 10 to a USB flash drive or ISO file with this link

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

Have you been patiently waiting for your PC to tell you that your reserved copy of Windows 10 was ready? So have I, until I stumbled across this link to the Microsoft website where you can download Windows 10.

 

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If you've already got a Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 serial key, you can download Windows 10 to a USB flash drive or ISO file. The download link includes the Download Tool, available in both 32- and 64-bit, where you can download and install Windows 10 easily. Mine has just finished downloading, so the servers are full steam ahead right now thanks to Microsoft reserving a huge 40Tbps of bandwidth for the launch of Windows 10.

$150,000 price pool announced for CS:GO CEVO Season 8, featuring MLG

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 59 mins ago

As its seventh season came to a close, CEVO was on the ball in announcing Season 8, featuring an improved $150,000 prize pool from the $135,000 offered previously. Once again partnered with MLG, this seasons' LAN finals will be showcased within the MLG.tv studio in Columbus, Ohio on November 6-8.

 

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The $150,000 in cash is spread over four different ranked pools, being professional, main, intermediate and amateur - poised to help emerging teams work their way up the ranks as they hone in-game skills.

 

Teams will gain a point for each map won in the best-of-two pool play, whereas last season saw three points for a series win or one for a tie.

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The insanely good looking Need for Speed will be playable at Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 49 mins ago

Electronic Arts is set to steal the show at Gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany, where it will be showing off the incredibly beautiful new Need for Speed.

 

 

The new Need for Speed will be playable for the first time at the show, after EA's big press conference on August 5. Need for Speed can be found at the EA booth in hall 6 (for those who are going to Gamescom), where it will be available to play. Need for Speed is quite large, with EA teasing it is set in a world that is twice the size of that in Need for Speed Rivals.

 

Need for Speed slides onto the Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 3.

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Microsoft's 'flagship' store in NYC opens its doors in the fall

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 hours, 51 mins ago

While there are Microsoft stores around the United States, the company will be opening its 'flagship' store in New York City's Fifth Avenue later in the fall, according to the company.

 

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Microsoft is most likely waiting for the lucrative holiday season before it opens up shop in Fifth Avenue, as there will be plenty of new Windows 10 devices and PCs to sell, as well as the new OS itself. Surface is continuing to sell well, but with Windows 10 launching today, Microsoft is in the perfect position to open up a new flagship store.

MSI teases its Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 6 hours, 56 mins ago

Intel is about to press the launch button on its upcoming Skylake processors, a range that will include the new flagship Core i7-6700K processor, and while we've seen some of the GIGABYTE and BIOSTAR boards, now we're getting a sneak peak at one of MSI's enthusiast boards.

 

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The MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition is a work of art, sporting a beautiful white and black color scheme that is going to look great with the right components. One of the standout features on the new Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard is the inclusion of the 'MSI OC Dashboard'. This dashboard is located next to the DIMMs, and lets you overclock your system very easily.

 

The MSI OC Dashboard has a few buttons on it that lets you overclock your CPU, but it also features direct BCLK control from the new tool. You can also do a complete discharge of the motherboard, which is a different touch than we're used to. On the board itself, we have two M.2 slots, 8 x SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA Express ports, two USB 2.0 connectors, a right-angled USB 3.0 connector, and an internal USB 2.0 port.

Mafia 3 confirmed, will be shown off during Gamescom next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 51 mins ago

The announcement of Mafia 3 being in development has just happened, with 2K Games officially announcing the game through Twitter, with a full reveal on August 5, during Gamescom.

 

 

Mafia 2 was released in August 2010, some eight years after the original Mafia was released. We have been hearing about Mafia 3 for quite sometime now, but it looks like we will be hearing all about it next week. Mafia 3 is currently in development by 2K Games studio Hangar 13.

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Windows 10 launch has Microsoft securing 40Tbps of bandwidth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 9 hours, 3 mins ago

The launch of Windows 10 is here, with Microsoft blasting out the Windows 10 update to some PCs who had 'reserved' a copy of the new desktop operating system.

 

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Users are reporting that they're seeing a "'$Windows.~BT' folder onto the C:/ of their system, with Plaffo.com reporting: "Several users have noticed a new folder in the main memory of your PC called '$Windows.~ BT' that contains the files for the installation of Windows 10". The folder sitting in C:/ is only visible if you enabled hidden files and folders in your Windows settings.

 

But the more interesting news is coming from the fact that Windows 10 is going to chew up a considerable amount of the Internet for the coming days, with Dan Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan saying that Microsoft had wanted to start blasting out Windows 10 to users on July 25, but had to wait for the delivery and distribution partners to free up capacity up to an insane 40Tbps (over 4TB/sec).

Xbox chief happy to see 'death of consoles' talk proven wrong

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 10 hours, 8 mins ago

Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes it's a great time for the gaming console market, and years ago shot down talk of the console business dying. Instead, the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 have both garnered major attention by gamers:

 

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"I have a lot of respect for the team at Sony and the success they've had with PS4, and it's a great time for the console industry," Spencer said in an interview with Edge. "I've said this a few times, but four years ago when I was sitting doing these interviews it was, 'do people need consoles any more?' and, 'isn't this just dead? Everybody's playing on their phone.' And now you're looking at the PS4 having sold over - I don't remember their last number - but over 20 million."

 

Game studios still must work hard to develop AAA games for consoles that are successful - and some wonder if game console units are actually profitable for Microsoft or Sony. In the end, manufacturers will continue pushing forward with consoles, as gamers are still interested in buying them.

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