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ECS announces their first ever Modmen PC modding competition, $33,333 holiday up for grabs!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:50 pm

If you have any sort of modding ability, this might be the time to stand up and pit yourself against the competition across the world. Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) have just announced that they're teaming up with Thermaltake, G.Skill and a bunch of media partners to bring you the first ever worldwide Modmen PC modding competition.




The competition started on October 11, 2012, where ECS are on the hunt for the Modmen of the year. The best bit? The Grand Prize will become a Taiwan millionaire with the prize pool of NT$1,000,000 - roughly USD$33,333.


There are two stages of the competition, with the first beginning online. The top 10 case modders will be determined from a combination of online votes and ECS' own modding judges. Whoever gets donned with the most votes, wins $1,000. From there, the top 5 PC modders qualifying for the second stage of the competition will be flown to Taiwan, put up in accommodation, and will compete at Computex 2013 for a chance of the Grand Prize - the NT$1 million, or USD$33,333. This is on top of the cash and prizes in between.

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Wii U U.K. launch event giving games away to attendees on Nov. 30th

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:15 pm

The Nintendo Wii U launched in the U.S. nearly a week ago, but others around the world are still waiting for their official release dates for Nintendo's console to release in their neck of the woods. The Wii U is set to release in Europe on November 30th, and it seems like their official launch event is going to blow the U.S. launch event out of the water in terms of goodies attendees will walk away with.




If you're in Europe and plan on attending Nintendo's launch event at the HMV Oxford Street store, you might want to get there quick as there will be a number of freebies available for those who are one of the first to purchase the Nintendo Wii U.

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Japan makes it illegal to import R4 cartridges, probably just a bit too late

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:02 am

Users of the Nintendo DS are likely to know what an R4 cartridge is. For those who don't, it's a device that allows gamers to get around the security measures implemented on the DS so that they can run homebrew or illegally downloaded games. It basically allows users to play ROMs on their system, much like you can do on a computer.




In the UK, these have actually been illegal to import, advertise, or sell since July 2010. However, in Japan, the country where Nintendo hails from, it has been illegal to sell them for three years. Only this Spring, though, did an actual arrest take place because of someone breaking that law.


Of course, Nintendo is against these cartridges because they allow people to illegally download games, which cuts into their revenue. Japan has now made it illegal for the devices to even be imported into the country, though this seems a bit late. The 3DS is taking over and the DS is falling by the wayside. Currently, no device exists that does the same thing for the 3DS.

Updated: GoDaddy has DNS compromised causing some site visitors to get infected

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:03 am

GoDaddy is having more trouble with their DNS. After a major outage took down a large portion of the internet, they are again facing issues. This time, DNS records of websites hosted on GoDaddy are being modified. The modification adds subdomains that point to infected websites under the control of malicious users.




Once a computer is redirected to the malicious IP, the server attempts to exploit the system using the Cool Exploit kit. Because of the record being modified at the DNS level, the URL and site look to be legitimate. If a user becomes infected, the computer is locked down via ransomware and the user is made to pay to unlock it.


It's the typical ransomware setup--it uses local currency and information to make it look as if local law enforcement are the ones who locked it down. Affected webmasters should check their DNS records to make sure that they don't have these rogue subdomains and users who have been affected should contact a virus removal expert.

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Facebook looking to create official external advertising network

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:06 am

Facebook has a lot of data about you. They know what you like, you who know, and what you post and they use all of that information to allow advertisers to target you while you're surfing Facebook. But what if that information could be used to target you when you're running around the rest of the web?




Well, it looks as though we'll soon find out. Facebook is reportedly looking to start up an external advertising agency. This means that Facebook would allow advertisers to use Facebook information about you to target ads at you as you surf around the net. The whole reason Facebook would want to do this is because it would bring it lots of revenue.


One estimate says that they could double their current revenue by doing this. Increasing revenue is an important thing for Facebook as they are now a publicly traded company. The model would be similar to Google's AdSense, something that has proven popular and effective. Facebook, if they do this right, could possibly compete with Google's advertising, something that has previously been unobtainable by anyone.


Chris Dixon: "An external ad network is inevitable. Google proved this model with Adsense. With an already huge base of advertisers bidding on CPCs, it is impossible for most other ad networks to compete on publisher payouts. But Facebook's traffic is so great now that an external ad network might increase their revenues by 2x or so."


Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer has even said that this is allowed in an in

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Instagram sees 10 million Thanksgiving photos uploaded, sets records on Thursday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:28 pm

Instagram, that hit photo sharing app and website, saw records smashed on Thursday with the influx of people posting pictures of their Thanksgiving, most of which were of the food they were about to eat. Thursday was the busiest day ever on record for Instagram as users sought to share their Thanksgiving dinner with everyone.




Instagram saw a total of 10 million photos posted on Thursday that mentioned Thanksgiving in the comments. At points throughout the day, the photo sharing site was seeing 200+ photos being uploaded every second. This peaked at roguhly 12:40p.m. at which time the social network recorded a massive 220 photos per second.


"Overall, the day broke all Instagram records as we saw the number of shared photos more than double from the day before, making it our busiest day so far. We're thrilled to see people use Instagram to share their holidays. Whether celebrating with friends and family or sharing photos with them halfway across the globe, we're excited to see the intimacy and immediacy of the Instagram experience bring us all closer together over this holiday season."

Be on the lookout for fake iTunes invoices, cybercriminals looking to infect Windows users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 9:29 pm

Windows users beware: cybercriminals are at it again and are trying to get you to download and install malware. The new trick is relying on forged iTunes invoices and IRS warnings and aims to get you to question the charges so that you'll infect your system with malware and they will get your banking details.




The scam is just about as elaborate as those fake Windows tech support calls are, so we'll try to explain it all. It begins with a fake Apple iTunes invoice being e-mailed to you. The invoice is for a Postcard and supposedly cost you $699.99. The links, if you dare to click them, will lead you to this weird IRS prompt:




If you see this and your system isn't completely patched up, the Blackhole Exploit kit will have you infected in no time. Should you decide to update your browser, you'll download a file called "upload.exe," which is the Zeus Trojan. The Zeus Trojan is a keylogger and aims to log your back credentials.


Be warned, stay fully patched, and never click on links in suspicious e-mails.

Google finally promises a fix for a 2.5 year-old bug, says it will come in next Android version

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 8:29 pm

A few users of Android have had to deal with a bug for two and a half years now prompting some to question Google as to why it hasn't been fixed as of yet. Well, all of this questioning has finally made some progress with Google as they have now promised to fix the bug in the next version of Android.




The bug is a very specific and limited bug that only affects a few groups of users. In April 2010, it was discovered and reported that Android wouldn't allow a given device to resolve a hostname to the correct IP address on a local domain. This bug is only really a problem for some university students and IT professionals.


Since it had limited scope, Google wasn't in a rush to fix it as they had more pressing matters to attend to. However, Google has finally stated that a fix for this bug is the next version of Android. Unfortunately for those experiencing the bug, Google missed putting the fix into Android 4.2, so they'll have to wait for 4.3.


"Guys, it was a matter of prioritization and resources. We don't have people to put on every requested feature and we certainly were not idle during this time," a Google employee stated. "I apologize it took so long. I can't say what the next version will be (neither know it nor can discuss it) but it will be after 4.2, which has already gone out."

Go Figure: UK movie pirates spend more at the box office than non-pirates

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 7:32 pm

It's a constant message repeated by the RIAA, MPAA, and others: Pirating is bad. However, a new study conducted in the UK has shown that UK customers who pirate end up spending way more at the box office than those who don't do any sort of illegal file sharing. It's the type of findings that the RIAA don't like people to hear.




The survey, conducted by OFCOM, interviewed 4,400 Internet users aged 12 and up. The resulting 94-page report shows that 16 percent of respondents had downloaded at least one item illegally and one-quarter of the group consumed only pirated content. The flip-side of this is that 75 percent of the pirates also pay for digital content.


The so-called "hybrid" pirates make up roughly 12 percent of the British population and the report claims that people in this group spend up to three times as much as non-pirates on legal purchases. 48 percent of respondents said they download illegally because it's convenient and 44 percent said they do it because it's quick.

Skyrim with over 100 mods looks gorgeous, hopefully this soon becomes the norm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:33 am

If you've read any of my editorials, or some of the thoughts I slide into my news - you'll know that I'm not happy with the state of PC graphics, their engines and the entire high-end hardware market right now. It has suffered for so long since around 2005-2006 with the debut of the current-generation consoles.



Anyway, Skyrim has been here for quite a while and the team behind the game, Bethesda, really embraced the modding community with the game, as they usually do.


One gamer, who goes by the name "Unreal", has tested over 300 mods and has mixed 100 of them into his own version of Skyrim. It looks utterly gorgeous, and a true step up on the already beautiful Skyrim. His changes include modifications to the lighting, vegetation density, UI and water appearance - there are much more changes, these are just a few examples.

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