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iBUYPOWER introduces the SBX Entertainment System

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

iBUYPOWER introduces its newest 'ultra-simplified' entertainment center: SBX Entertainment System. The team designed this new unit to make it reflect the aesthetics and physical characteristics of a game console, but with the raw power that only high-end desktop systems can provide.

 

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The unit is designed keeping living room computing in mind, and iBUYPOWER assures that its new system can provide 60FPS gameplay at high definition resolutions. As you'd imagine, just like any game console or any properly configured and optimized desktop rigs, this is made to provide the best out-of-the-box PC gaming and entertainment experience.

 

"What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way, " said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. "All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door."

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Apple remains the No. 1 most valuable brand in the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Apple has been awarded the most valuable brand in the world for a second consecutive year, worth an estimated $119 billion, according to the Interbrands 2014 Best Global Brands list. There are four technology companies in the top 10 this year, though tech remains extremely fickle, forcing companies to try to adapt to changing customer demands.

 

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"A lot of our thinking about this year's report is really around the 'Age of You,'" said Alfred DuPuy, Interbrand Executive Director.

 

Trailing behind Apple is Google ($107.4 billion), a 15 percent increase year-over-year, and Coca-Cola round out the top three - with IBM, Microsoft, General Electric, Samsung, Toyota, McDonald's, and Mercedes-Benz round out the top 10 overall most valued brands in the world. As an honorable mention, Facebook's value increased 86 percent, and the company jumped up to No. 29 on the list - and will likely continue to rise.

No Halo: The Master Chief Collection for U.S. gamers anytime soon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Microsoft showed off its Halo: The Master Chief Collection white Xbox One game console bundle, which will be available in Brazil and other countries. Despite initial interest in the limited-time bundle, Microsoft currently has "no plans" to release it for U.S. consumers.

 

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The bundle includes a white Xbox One console, one white controller, and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection - which features versions of Halo 1 through Halo 4, including the Halo 5: Guardians beta.

 

If the Master Chief bundle proves popular among international gamers, then it would be foolish for Microsoft to skip the U.S. market. However, interested gamers will be able to purchase a white Xbox One later this month, in a $399 Sunset Overdrive bundle.

Smartphones, tablets in police custody being remotely wiped

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

New anti-theft technologies for smartphones and tablets allow owners to lock and remotely wipe their device, but these solutions are giving suspects the ability to secure seized devices. Several police agencies in the UK recently reported that devices previously seized as evidence were wiped, all of them while in police custody.

 

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"There were six incidents, but we don't know how people wiped them," said a spokesperson from the Dorset police department in the UK. "We have cases where phones get seized, and they are not necessarily taken from an arrested person - but we don't know the details of these cases as there is not a reason to keep records of this."

 

If this becomes a widespread problem, police need to change their practices, which should begin with putting all seized electronics in a radio-frequency shielded bag.

Hackers to post thousands of stolen Snapchat photos to 4chan

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Hackers aren't only interested in embarrassing celebrities, as thousands of pictures and videos were stolen from Snapchat users and will be posted online. The online service was quick to confirm its servers weren't breached, however, users of third-party Snapchat apps were targeted - and will be posted online in a searchable database.

 

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Unfortunately for the users, they believed the images were quickly purged after being sent - instead, "The Snappening" will be posted on 4chan and other websites soon enough.

 

"We can confirm that Snapchat's servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks," a Snapchat spokesperson recently said. "Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users' security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed."

Xbox boss promises a more personal Xbox One going into the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

As it stands, the PlayStation 4 seems to be winning the 'next-gen' and now current-gen console war, with the Xbox One lagging behind. Microsoft obviously wants to change this, something that was pointed out in an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast, with the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.

 

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Spencer said during the interview: "I'll announce it here: I was told themes and background [pictures] are something that we are working on. And screenshots, I know people beat me up on screenshots". Spencer is aware that Xbox One gamers want to be able to personalize their dashboards, and do things that PC gamers can do easily, such as taking in-game screenshots without having to have the game have a built-in screenshot-taking feature.

 

He wasn't willing to tell the world when these new themes, backgrounds and screenshot-taking abilities would be appearing, but he did say "people should know that they're in development".

Telltale teases 'IRONWOODS' for its upcoming Game of Thrones game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The developer behind the successful, and very popular The Walking Dead game, Telltale Games, has teased its latest film-to-game adaption, Game of Thrones.

 

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Telltale took to its Twitter account, teasing the phrase: "a wood of stubborn sentinel trees armored in grey-green needles, of might oaks of Ironwoods as old as the real itself". It's a quote directly from A Game of Thrones, but I'm sure Game of Thrones fans can pick at that quote, and the image above, with more information than what a fan of the TV show, like myself, could.

EA giving away Dragon Age: Origins for free via Origin

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

EA is doing something good for PC gamers and it's something that a lot of people would appreciate. The company is giving away Dragon Age: Origins for free via Origin. The best part is that this does not come with any strings attached - no gameplay time limits, no restrictions such as minimum purchase/regular Origin user - just a free copy of DA: Origins for all.

 

You will have to claim the free copy of Dragon Age: Origins before October 14th and you will need an Origin account. The game can be claimed from here

 

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Dragon Age: Origins is developed by Bioware in 2009 and its an action-based RPG game. The game retails for $20. EA is going to release the sequel of the game Dragon Age: Inquisition On November 18th and there's no better way to increase the fan base before the sequel release by providing the first instalment up for the grabs, for free.

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Amazon planning New York bricks and mortar store

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Amazon might have completely changed the landscape for retailers and shoppers across the world, but according to a report published today by the Wall Street Journal, it seems that the online giant is not beyond taking on traditional bricks and mortar stores more aggressively, by opening their own physical store in downtown New York.

 

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To be located across from New York icon and tourist mecca the Empire State Building, the store is said to serve multiple purposes, including acting as a showcase for Kindle devices, allowing customers to collect online orders, but also act as a distribution center for couriers and delivery services.

 

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Amazon have yet to confirm the store opening, but it is said to be opening in time for the holiday season.

Flipkart Big Billion Day sale angers Tech giants, cries foul

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Flipkart barely can step out of the oven now that the Indian government plans to crack down 'predatory discount' and unfair trade practice claims. But now its all ready to be grilled thanks to top electronic makers like LG, Sony and even Samsung.

 

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While Flipkart claimed that its Big Billion Day Sale was a HUGE success despite the server downtime issues it faced, consumer good manufacturers were not amused. The companies dis not like what Flipkart did, and are considering legal action over 'predatory pricing and discount scheme' allegations. Several personnel assumed that Flipkart intends to disrupt the livelihood of the organized retail market in India.

 

One of the company personnel also claimed that goods that are sold via Flipkart with unrealistic pricing are via unauthorized channels. Therefore, they will be compelled not to provide warranty to those consumers who have purchased from such sites. An executive said,"This is a clear case of predatory pricing just to shoot up traffic at their website, and build up valuations unrealistically. This is not acceptable and we will ensure that this does not happen again."

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