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Cougar unveils new MX300 mid-tower PC chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 5:05 pm

This morning, Cougar unveiled its latest mid-tower PC chassis that has been designed with gamers in mind. The all new MX300 features a rugged honeycomb mesh front facade that allows ample airflow through the case. The MX300 is designed to provide gamers with an aggressive style while packing in all of the latest high-performance hardware.

 

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The MX300 is able to accommodate discrete GPUs up to 310mm in length as well as three 3.5-inch hard drives. For those who still use optical drives, the new chassis has room for three 5.25-inch drives as well. The entire drive system features tool-less mounting solutions for added convenience. The top of the case features dual USB 3.0 ports, while support for up to 7 120mm fans can be found on the inside. Cable management solutions have been provided inside the chassis for a clean and efficient setup as well.

 

All in all, the MX300 from Cougar appears to be a solid mid-tower chassis that is perfect for those building a gaming PC but are not ready to spend the cash needed to get a premium full-tower chassis. Personally I would have liked to seen more space for 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives and the removal of the 5.25-inch bays. The amount of fan options mean that there is ample room for cooling solutions and it looks like you may even be able to fit in a 240mm radiator from a AiO cooling system.

Microsoft sees revenue boost from Xbox One, 2013 holiday sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 4:50 pm

Microsoft has something to cheer about after the company saw strong year-over-year sales for the Xbox 360 game console, with the next-generation Xbox One also posting strong sales figures. The company sold 7.4 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles during the holiday shopping season, as Microsoft competes with the Sony PlayStation 4 in the game console market.

 

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In addition, the Microsoft Surface line of tablets saw revenue double, reaching $893 million from the previous quarter, as the company continues to try and invade the mobile market. Overall device revenue increased a massive 68 percent, reaching $4.73 billion, outpacing investor estimates.

 

However, Microsoft is still dealing with Windows revenue shrinking, as consumers and business users still waffle about embracing Windows 8/8.1, which will be a continued battle. The company once dominated software sales offering its products on CDs and DVDs, but expanding to the cloud - and increasing hardware sales - has continued to be a slippery slope for the tech giant.

HTC says its One will be getting the Android 4.4 treatment soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 3:39 pm

Owners of HTC's flagship, the One, will be happy to hear that the company has just announced that it has released its Android 4.4, KitKat, update to carrier level testing. This means that each service provider who carries the HTC One will now begin testing the update with their devices, and if everything passes, the updates should begin rolling out shortly.

 

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There is no set time limit on carrier testing, and any one of them could reject the update if it does not play well with each network in question. HTC says that certification could come as early as next week, but even so, it could take weeks before the carriers stage an OTA update roll out. Unfortunately, European HTC One owners will have to wait longer for their 4.4 update as HTC had no comment on when it may roll out.

King of 'revenge porn' charged, setting future precedent

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 3:30 pm

The proclaimed "king of revenge porn," Hunter Moore, and one other person were arrested and charged based on activities related to the once-popular website, isanyoneup.com.

 

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"The moral of the story is that his revenge porn site wasn't a good enough business model, and that he had to engage in illegal activity to populate the site with pictures," noted Wes Hsu, assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California/leader of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime Section.

 

Both Moore and Charles Evens were charged with conspiracy, seven counts of aggravated identity theft and seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, including efforts to hack e-mail accounts to steal personal information. Moore previously stated on numerous occasions that everyone on the site were anonymously submitted to isanyoneup.com, which the federal government claims isn't true.

 

Evens was reportedly paid $200 per week for his criminal activity, with the working relationship first starting sometime in 2011. Hearing that both men could face up to five years in federal prison is little solace for the people that had their pictures and personal information published on the website.

Neiman Marcus confirms the obvious: 1.1 million customers compromised

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 2:43 pm

High-end boutique retailer Neiman Marcus confirmed up to 1.1 million credit cards were affected during a security data breach that was disclosed over the 2013 holiday shopping season. Starting in mid-July to late October last year, malware collected credit card and debit card information, with 2,400 cards reportedly used for fraudulent purchases.

 

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Customer Social Security numbers, debit card PIN numbers and birth dates weren't disclosed, and online shoppers haven't been affected.

 

"The malware the thieves deployed is more sophisticated and an unusual and a new way of gathering data," said David Robertson, The Nilson Report publisher, when speaking with the media. "In the history of the fight between hackers and retailers and anyone who holds payment data, the attack has occurred at the data center. That's where the largest number of accounts are. That's where the attack occurred because that's the biggest payoff."

 

Retailers already must deal with a number of different online threats, but malware and security risks facing brick and mortar retailers is a newer issue.

Thermaltake-operated LUXA2 brand launches GroovyW Bluetooth speaker

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 10:07 am

LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake specializing in mobile products, recently announced the GroovyW Bluetooth speaker with wireless charging station.

 

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The LUXA2 GroovyW is Bluetooth 3.0-enabled and offers a sleek design, LED touch panel, speakerphone option, and NFC capability. The unit can reportedly play music for up to 15 hours, or 30 hours, when using a charging pad designed for any Q1 electronics, and easy portability. The LED touch panel provides instant access to volume control, play/pause and on/off features on top of the unit.

 

There is a growing demand for Bluetooth-powered portable speakers, as more consumers have smartphones and tablets - and tend to enjoy streaming music from online radio stations or previously downloaded music.

Syrian Electronic Army claims latest victim, plagues CNN's accounts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 7:44 am

Media giant CNN was recently attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group, with several social media accounts and one live blog targeted. The official CNN Twitter and Facebook accounts were temporarily defaced before CNN was able to regain control within a few minutes.

 

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The CNN Twitter feed featured the following tweet, for example: "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here... Stop Lying.... All your reports are fake!"

 

CNN was reportedly targeted for reportedly "viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in Syria," according to the group.

 

The Syrian Electronic Army recently targeted Microsoft's social media accounts, and continues to take aim at high-profile targets. Even if the compromised company is able to reset passwords and delete fraudulent postings, screenshots are quickly shared. The SEA also has hit The New York Times, Associated Press, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and other major global news publications during its campaign.

British government wants to throw file sharers into the slammer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 6:35 am

British government officials are currently debating the Intellectual Property Bill, with the Prime Minister's staff looking to crack down severely on repeat file sharers. The government wants to begin removing Internet access privileges to repeat offenders that are determined to be 'persistent offenders.' In fact, increasing the maximum penalty for copyright infringement up to 10 years is a current topic of discussion during the meeting.

 

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"The discrepancy I mentioned is a source of great frustration," said Mike Weatherly, the Prime Minister's intellectual property MP, in a statement. "For example, the private prosecution by the Federation Against Copyright Theft of Anton Vickerman, who was making £50,000 a month from running a website (SurfTheChannel) that facilitated mass-scale copyright infringement, saw him convicted of conspiracy to defraud and sentenced to four years in prison."

 

A counter argument issued by Helen Goodman, UK MP, noted that it seems ignorant to distinguish between the teenager downloading music for a mobile device and organized copyright piracy groups.

 

National governments in North America and much of Europe are trying to combat online piracy and copyright infringement - with varying levels of success - and will continue to be a major issue in 2014.

Edward Snowden says he can't get a fair trial if he returns to the US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 5:07 am

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) IT contractor now living in Russia following his high-profile data leak, won't return to the United States until current laws are changed. The federal Whistleblower Protection Act isn't applicable to former government contractors, which means he could face significant legal trouble if he returns to the United States.

 

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"Returning to the U.S., I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it's unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws," Snowden said in response to a question about getting a fair shake if he one day returns to the United States.

 

It seems highly unlikely Snowden will return to the U.S. unless he's offered immunity by the U.S. government, which is something the White House hasn't recently discussed publicly. It seems that the NSA and other government agencies would be able to learn from Snowden, but he won't touch U.S. soil just to face possible espionage charges.

 

Snowden is currently in Russia where he was given one-year asylum, and could eventually find his way to a country like Brazil after his stay in Russia ends. There are rumors private Russian companies are interested in hiring Snowden and trying to help him secure permanent residency.

Tivo axes most of hardware team, shifting efforts to software

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 24, 2014 3:41 am

TiVo has laid off its hardware team as the company continues to transition into cloud-based streaming services, while the home entertainment industry continues to evolve. The company didn't officially say the hardware staff was laid off, with company executives noted the employees were "reassigned," though didn't mention if they were given a new role.

 

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"We continue to balance appropriate levels of staffing and expertise necessary to support our existing hardware business and continue our innovation in hardware platforms and accessories with the need to allocate resources where strategic growth opportunities exist - and there is no doubt that we expect growth in the cloud-based delivery aspects of TiVo's business," said Steve Wymer, TiVo VP of Public Relations and corporate communications.

 

During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, TiVo didn't announce any new direct-to-consumer products.

 

If TiVo is axing its hardware division, it's hard to imagine the company will continue on making set-top boxes and other hardware - even if company officials claim they plan to.

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