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The Last of Us Remastered hits PS4 June 20

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 9 hours, 13 mins ago

The first grumblings of The Last of Us coming to the PS4 started late last month. In late March, a Sony manger tipped that the game would be landing this summer for PS4 gamers. He didn't offer a more specific launch window.

 

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We have some new details on the launch of The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4 and these details have come from several major game retailers. Target, Best Buy, and GameFly all list the launch date of The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4 as June 20.

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Trinity portable wind turbine charges your USB gadgets

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 47 mins ago

Wind turbines are being used around the world in different sizes to generate electricity used to power homes and business. A new smaller scale wind turbine project has hit Kickstarter that is called the Trinity.

 

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Trinity is a small 12-inch cylinder when folded down to make it portable. It is designed to generate power that can be used to charge up any USB gadget that you might have. Trinity is able to produce 15W of power and has its own internal 15000-mAh battery.

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Minecraft retail version for PS3 coming soon

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 10 hours, 18 mins ago

I don't venture into the game store in the local mall that often, but every time I do, at least one kid comes in wanting to know if they can buy a copy of Minecraft. They always get the same snooty answer from the guys working at the store, "It's download only kid."

 

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That will soon change according to a repot that the first retail disc version of Minecraft is coming soon. The disc version will be for the PS3 according to reports and will be on a Blu-ray disc like other PS3 games.

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Burger King teams with AT&T to bring Whopper Wi-Fi to US restaurants

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Networking | Posted: 10 hours, 57 mins ago

Fast food restaurant Burger King is expanding its business relationship with AT&T, in an effort to roll out Whopper Wi-Fi nationwide. Using the plug-and-play AT&T Ready Zone, restaurants like Burger King are able to more easily roll out Wi-Fi functionality to restaurant guests.

 

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"Whopper Wi-Fi is about improving the in-restaurant experience for our guests," said Alex Macdeo, Burger King North America President, in a press statement. "Most of our guests carry smartphones or tablets, and this upgrade makes their time with us easier and more enjoyable. We are committed to enhancing our digital platforms across the board and having Whopper Wi-Fi is just the beginning."

 

There is growing competition among fast food and "fast casual" restaurants, and free Wi-Fi offers a competitive advantage over rivals.

Mt. Gox tosses out idea of rebuilding, will try to liquidate assets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 11 hours, 25 mins ago

The shuttered Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange has asked a Japanese court to grant liquidation of the company's assets, and will no longer seek bankruptcy protection. Following the catastrophic loss of bitcoin currency, the site quickly shuttered - with customers essentially left out in the cold.

 

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The company doesn't seemingly have a realistic approach to rehabilitating the company - and Mt. Gox creditors and investors spread across the world - it would simply be too difficult to arrange necessary meetings. There was initially hope an outside investor would buy the exchange, promising creditors a cut of future profits, but they will now settle for a slice of the liquidation.

 

Mt. Gox founder Mark Karpeles didn't want to visit the United States to explain his defunct company's actions which led to millions of dollars of bitcoin cryptocurrency lost.

Retailer LaCie fesses up to one-year data breach, customers at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 12 hours, 47 mins ago

Electronics retailer LaCie is the latest company to suffer a security breach, with scores of customer records up for grabs, left exposed for one year. LaCie, which is now owned by Seagate, was informed of the breach by the FBI, which will also contribute to the investigation.

 

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It's unknown how many customers were exposed in the breach, with limited information until the forensics analysis is completed. However, it appears the hackers were able to compromise LaCie's online store using the same Adobe ColdFusion vulnerabilities that led to breaches among other retailers.

 

"The information that may have been accessed by the unauthorized person includes name, address, email address, payment card number and card expiration date for transactions made between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014," according to a statement emailed to Krebs on Security. "We engaged a leading forensic investigation firm, who conducted a thorough investigation into this matter."

Google aims for January 2015 for its Project Ara modular smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 31 mins ago

We're beginning to hear more and more about Google's modular smartphone, Project Ara, as we get deeper into 2014. But when will we see the super-cheap, modular smartphone arrive in our hands? January 2015.

 

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Google announced the news at its Project Ara developers conference, with modular smartphones beginning at just $50. Paul Eremenko, Project Lead on the modular smartphone said: "It's called the Gray Phone because it's meant to be drab gray to get people to customize it". And while Project Ara supports Android - of course - Android itself doesn't have the required drivers for the modular smartphone to work.

 

Eremenko continued: "It's true that Android does not support dynamic hardware today. The good news is that we're Google". The Mountain View-based search giant wants to stay "as hands-off as possible" once the modular smartphone launches in January. Eremenko will be finished with the project by April, leaving it to third-party developers and manufacturers to develop the components. Google will, from behind the scenes, support the ecosystem.

Avast survey finds 27 percent of users don't plan to leave XP

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 13 hours, 50 mins ago

More than one-quarter of Avast's current Microsoft Windows XP customers don't plan to leave behind the OS that is now no longer supported by Microsoft, according to a recent survey conducted by the security company.

 

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Prior to the end of support date on April 8, XP users were already under increased threat of cyberattacks, and that trend is only expected to continue.

 

"XP users were not planning on doing anything," said Ondrej Vlcek, Avast Chief Operating Officer, in a blog post. "As Avast users they are protecting themselves since we will continue to support Windows XP users for at least the next three years."

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Sony is trying to make its 4K-capable Bravia TVs more affordable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 14 hours, 29 mins ago

Sony has announced the pricing for its latest line of Bravia TVs which are 4K-capable, with the entry-level 49-inch model, the XBR-X850B starting off at $2,099.

 

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Moving our way from the 49-inch model, we have the 55-inch XBR-X900B priced at $3,999. The 79-inch model will set you back $8,999 and if you have money that you simply need to burn, you can opt for the 85-inch model for $24,999. Each 4K-capable Bravia TV will be shipping in June. Sony's 4K media player, the FMP-X10, will be getting upgraded, but the company hasn't announced pricing on that just yet.

Google rumored to expand its Fiber service into New York City

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 15 hours, 27 mins ago

It looks like Google could be making its super-fast Fiber service available in New York City if a new job listing found by Geek.com is anything to go by. They spotted a job listing for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager for New York.

 

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This position would see the candidate to "manage multiple teams that evangelize Google Fiber services to MDU (multi-dwelling apartments and condos) and large SMB owners". We've seen Google Fiber be a success in other parts of the United States, so it would be good to see Google make it happen in NYC.

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