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Facebook shuts down its email service because most users dont use it

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 8:15 am

Despite having a social networking website with one billion users, Facebook is forced to discontinue its email service. The '@Facebook.com' email service was started in 2010 so that users can chat and send email through Facebook messages.

 

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Though many users did not appreciate the social networking company deleted many user's originally submitted email address to '@Facebook.com' counterpart. It was found that most people did not use it, and therefore decided to take it down.

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Hungry? Why not cook some french fries using the heat from your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:28 am

When I had my old Intel Pentium II system, I was quite content playing the Quake and Unreal titles at the time, but I never once thought of cooking up some fries with my system.

 

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Well, a KitGuru reader did just that with his old Pentium II system, where he cooked french fries in oil using the head generated by his ageing CPU. I don't know how healthy this would be, so we don't recommend doing it at home, but it has to be a first for me - seeing someone put their system into a baking tray and cooking a meal using the heat generated from their computer.

Call of Duty: Elite shuts down tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:25 am

Activision launched Call of Duty: Elite back in 2011, an online service dedicated to the game and its players, but come tomorrow, it will be shut down for good.

 

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Elite launched with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, then went free when Black Ops II launched, and from there, it has been a downhill ride. In-game stats will still be shown for both Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, but Elite will be gone as of 1pm Eastern time tomorrow.

SAPPHIRE's upcoming Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X features 8GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:31 am

A tease of SAPPHIRE's upcoming blue-and-black themed Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X GPU has me foaming at the mouth... why? Well, it will ship with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, that's why.

 

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We've seen the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X, which is a great GPU, but 4GB of RAM really holds it back for monster resolutions like 4K and triple-monitor setups. One of the other changes to the VAPOR-X GPU is the beautiful backplate. This won't do much for most people, but with all of that memory (and dual-sided memory modules) it'll do wonders for temperatures.

 

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There's not many more details on this new GPU, but you can bet your bottom dollar we'll get some of these in for some 4K and triple 2560x1440 monitor testing.

Star Citizen's Hangar Module now supports Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:11 am

Roberts Space Industries has just pushed out Star Citizen Patch 11.1, which has enabled support for Oculus Rift within the Hangar Module. This is quite the surprise, but something that was promised when the game hit its $12 million stretch goal.

 

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All you'll need to do is make sure your game is up-to-date with the latest patch, and then create a file named 'user.cfg' in your Star Citizen/CitizenClient folder, and add the lines 'sys_currentHMDtype=1' and 'r_stereostrength=-8' and voila, you have virtual reality support thanks to the Oculus Rift, in Star Citizen.

 

There are various issues of course, as this is just early days yet:

 

  • KNOWN ISSUE - To enable Oculus Rift mode create a file named 'user.cfg' in your 'StarCitizen/CitizenClient' folder and add the lines 'sys_currentHMDtype=1' and 'r_stereostrength=-8'
  • KNOWN ISSUE - You may be able to get a better picture by setting the resolution to the native Oculus Rift resolution (1200-800)
  • KNOWN ISSUE - When in-game, your look direction is independent from your travel direction. The player's body can be turned using the mouse to adjust the player's movement direction.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - There are some camera pops and camera direction changes when entering vehicles and during other animation-driven movements.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - During some player animations the camera may stop being updated by the Rift.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - There is some stereo separation when looking at objects close to the player, eg. ship controls when in cockpits.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - There can be some render skewing/warping when viewing the game at extreme angles.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - Rift head tracking only functions in 1st person mode.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - Some animations can cause the Rift view to become offset from the player's body.
  • KNOWN ISSUE - UI elements such at the "Use" icon are doubled.

Mobster's daughter sues over GTA V, says it copied her life story

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 4:14 am

John Gotti was taken down by a mobster's daughter, who is now suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, alleging that a minor character in the game is based on her life story, and that it was used without her permission. She is seeking a massive payment of $40 million.

 

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In GTA V, "Antonia Bottino" is someone you rescue in a random encounter called "Burial", at the far north of the map. Karen Gravano says that this is part of her life story. Gravano's father was Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a Gambino family underboss who back in 1991 cooperated with federal prosecutors in the trial of Gotti, one of the most notorious latter-day American gangster.

 

Gravano provided evidence that saw Gotti receive a life sentence, while her father received a five-year sentence. He then went into the federal Witness Protection Program, moving out to Arizona. Karen Gravano ended up appearing on the first three seasons of VH1's "Mob Wives" reality TV show, and is currently publishing another book about her life soon.

Apricorn debuts uber-tough crush resistant encrypted SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 3:29 am

Apricorn, one of the industry's leading designers of secure mobile storage solutions has just unveiled its latest rigged mobile storage solution. The Aegis padlock SSD has been designed to specifically meet the stringent and rigorous need of government, military and law enforcement needs when it comes to strong and secure mobile storage.

 

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The Aegis Padlock SSD features a crush-resistant aluminum enclosure that is able to withstand more than 6500-pounds of force and is water-resist, dust proof, and shock proof. With no moving parts, the device is able to withstand the extremely harsh environment of everything from a combat zone, to day-to-day law enforcement use. The device is invincible to key logging attacks, and with all data on the drive being protected with real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, access to the drive is permitted only by the user's unique PIN via an on-board keypad.

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Cellphone unlocking bill passes House, includes limits on reselling

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 2:27 am

Today the US House of Representatives passed a bill that makes it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phones if they wish to take it to another carrier. The bill passed with a vote of 295 to 114, and is now headed to the Senate where it is also expected to pass. If the bill does make it through congress, then it will let consumers unlock their phones without fear of legal ramifications, something that has been illegal since a supreme court ruling in 2012.

 

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The practice was deemed illegal based on wording in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that prevents circumventing of content protection systems, something that was intended to protect DRM on music, video games, and other digital media. Unfortunately the supreme court and lawmakers twisted these words around to include cellular phones under the DMCA's "protection." If passed, this bill could set precedence on who legally owns the cellphone, and if subsidization of devices can legally ban the use of that phone on a network it was not subsidized for.

 

Unfortunately this bill, even if passed and signed into law, will have to be reexamined in just two years, and it also includes an add-on bill that would limit the bulk reselling of any smartphones that have been unlocked. This makes it hard for aging smartphones to be recycled back into the market as cheaper alternatives to those who want a phone but not necessarily an expensive flagship.

Mr. Freeze DLC coming to Batman: Arkham Origins this April

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 1:42 am

At the beginning of the year, it appeared as if the Dr. Freeze DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins may never make it to release, but today the games developer confirmed that the Cold, Cold Heart DLC featuring Mr. Freeze will release on April 22nd of this year. The DLC will be available for PC, PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game, but no official word was given on what the downloadable content will cost gamers.

 

 

Cold, Cold Heart explores the history between the Dark Knight and Mr. Freeze, an icy super villain who's main goal is to put Batman in the deep freeze so he can take over Gotham City. Mr. Freeze first appeared in the Batman Franchise during the 90's in Batman: The Animated Series where he often teamed up with Joker, Clay Face, and Two-Face to clip the bats wings. The DLC also gives Batman a new suit, the "XC" or "Xtreme Cold" suit which helps him thwart off sub-zero attacks from Mr. Freeze.

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US Attorney General Eric Holder wants data breach notification laws

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 12:50 am

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder believes Congress should make it mandatory for data-breach notification laws to better protect shoppers compromised by data breaches.

 

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"As we've seen - especially in recent years- these crimes are becoming all too common," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a recent video. "And although Justice Department officials are working closely with the FBI and prosecutors across the country to bring cybercriminals to justice, it's time for leaders in Washington to provide the tools we need to do even more: by requiring businesses to notify American consumers and law enforcement in the wake of significant data breaches."

 

Following the high-profile Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches, in which millions of customers were affected, trying to figure out how to best inform customers has proven difficult.

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