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John McAfee now claims that employees were plotting to kill him

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 9:42 am

The founder of McAfee, John McAfee, has been on the run from authorities for a while now, and has added an interesting new twist to the already interesting story.




McAfee is currently wanted by the police in Belize, for questioning in regards to the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. McAfee of course denies that he murdered Faull, and is now stating that he is the victim of a murder plot. Forgetting that he's not starring in his own movie, McAfee is posted a transcript of a conversation that allegedly took place between an ex-employee, and another employee, which McAfee says he taped using "secret recording devices" on the grounds of his $1.5 million property.


The post shows that the two men were talking about planting a bomb at McAfee's house, and afterwards calling officials in the police force, which they suggest are involved in the conspiracy. But, if this post isn't a troll, it would explain why McAfee is afraid that the police will kill him if he comes in for questioning.

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1TB optical discs are coming, but you'll have to wait until 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 8:39 am

I still remember the days of optical discs, where they played an important role in my life. There was a time I burnt myself "system discs", that I had drivers, pictures, updates (for software/games), and much more on it. In the days of dial-up, and in the days when tech didn't change so quickly with updates being freely available over the Internet.




These days, I don't use optical discs - period. Nearly everything I use is online, or on my QNAP NAS - but that hasn't stopped the world of optical discs from moving forward. We're now staring down the barrel of 1TB of data on a single optical disc. Fujifilm have developed a new recording method which is reportedly capable of delivering up to 1TB per disc.


This is done through 25GB per layer, which is the same amount of data a single-layer Blu-ray disc holds. But Fujifilm's new tech can cram in up to 20 layer of 25GB, amounting to 1TB in total.

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Windows 8's store adds 7,000 apps in two weeks, nearly 18,000 out of the 20,000 in the store are free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 7:32 am

It has nearly been a month since Windows 8 has launched, so just how is Microsoft's Windows Store faring? Well, they've seen 2,000 more apps added to the store, bringing the total to over 20,000 apps.




Better yet, nearly 18,000 of those apps are actually free - an impressive feat. But, are all of those apps worthwhile? That's the real question. Win App Update keeps tracks of the totals, posting on Twitter that the milestone was probably passed on Tuesday. Not all of the apps are available in all regions and languages, with your particular market sporting much less than that 20,000 apps market.


Out of the 20,000 apps, Win App Update says that almost 18,000 of those are free. Breaking them down into locations, the US has nearly 13,000, Canada has almost 14,000 and the UK sits pretty with just 11,000.

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Steam's Autumn sales begins, offers The Walking Dead at 50% off, Max Payne 3 at 75% off and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 6:34 am

Steam have kicked off their Autumn Sale, which includes a combination of deals running up until November 26, with quicker 'flash sales' that last for just a few hours. The biggest sales here would be The Walking Dead and Max Payne 3, with 50% and 75% off, respectively.




Valve have started their sales off with a bang with some huge sales, such as Max Payne 3 - which here in Australia usually goes for $89.99 and has dropped to just $22.49, representing a 75% drop. Other games include ArmA II, Sleeping Dogs, Portal 2, Prototype 2, and more.




The 'flash sales' include SimCity 4, Amnesia, Tower Wars, To The Moon, Jagged Alliance - Back in Action, and Ravaged - all ranging between 50% and 80% off. These games are all under $8 each which is a great offer.

Saudi Arabia pushes for electronic tracking system... for women

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 5:29 am

At the moment, Saudi Arabian men exert quite a lot of power over women, as a woman requires a "male guardian" to approve of their travelling, and much more. Women are banned from travelling without consent 'from their male guardians', and banned from driving altogether.




It has gone a few steps worse recently, where since last week Saudi's women's male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones, which informed them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together - yikes. This is thanks to a new electronic system that tracks any and all cross-border movements.


One woman became the symbol of a campaign that was launched last year, Manal al-Sherif, who started spreading the information through Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple. The husband was travelling with his wife, when he received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh.

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Galaxy Note II sporting dual-SIM slots gets donned officially in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 4:36 am

If you've been waiting for that 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II to grow up and learn the ability to house two SIM cards, well, it has just been made official in China.




It sports a mix of micro and full-size SIM slots, as well as its powerhouse internals - a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, and the usual radios (GSM 850/900/1, 800/1,900, WCDMA 850/900/1,900/2100 MHz).


The dual-SIM Galaxy Note II will go on sale on December 3 - so you don't have long to get a second SIM now, do you?

Google makes their indoor maps accessible to desktop, iOS and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 3:46 am

Google Maps, how could we live without you (unless you're on iOS 6 - snicker)? Well, now the Android app has been joined by the desktop, which now has the ability of looking at indoor maps of shopping malls, just in time for the sales!




The feature sports around 10,000 floor plans for select locations in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK, and the US.


If you want to bring up a floor plan, just zoom into a building on Google Maps and as long as the data has been uploaded, you'll be able to see a birds eye view of the stores within a shopping mall, sections within a department store, or supermarket, the gate layout of an airport, or better yet - the poker tables within a casino, and more.

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ASUS Padfone 2 gets teased in white, is the first time it has been shown off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 3:32 am

ASUS' Padfone 2 launches next month, but in order to drum up some of that sweet swagger, the Taiwanese company have started showing off the white model of the Padfone 2. Until now, the black version has been the only one unveiled.




The Padfone 2 sports nearly the same specs as the ever-so-awesome Google Nexus 4 (in terms of CPU and RAM grunt), so we're looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and comes in either 32GB or 64GB.


The Padfone 2 won't be jumping across the pond and reaching the UK until 2013, and there's been no mention of a US launch yet, either. Until then, marvel at the white-colored Padfone 2 picture above.

US requests the most user data from Google, followed by India and Brazil

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 2:05 am

Google updated its Transparency Report last month and it now shows more data than it previously did. The new information includes numbers on government requests to Google for user data. This means Google is reporting how many warrants or other requests for information (subpoena, etc) they get by which governments.




I'm sure you can guess which country makes the most requests of Google, and, no, it isn't Iran or China. In fact, it's the United States and Google says most of the requests are to aid in criminal investigations, however, Google "can't always be sure that a request necessarily relates to a criminal investigation."


Go figure. Following the United States, India, Brazil, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have the next highest number of requests, but they are a good distance behind the good ol' US. The US has requested nearly 8,000 times about more than 16,000 users. 90 percent of these requests have been partially or fully complied with.


India, the number two country, has only filed 2,300 requests about 3,500 users. Only 64 percent of those were partially or completely complied with.

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YouTube app now available for Wii U

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 11:27 pm

The Wii U wouldn't have survived without apps. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon apps have already launched on the platform, and now, so has a YouTube app. The new app allows Wii U users to search videos, watch videos, and get additional information via their GamePad. Videos will play in resolutions up to 1080p.




Videos will be played on the television screen with the GamePad being used as a supplement. The GamePad will provide details regarding the video. The app has expected features, such as being able to search videos and flip through subscribed channels. Without features like that, the app would have been DOA.


If you're the proud owner of a Wii U, you can download the promised app from the Wii U main menu. Other video services available include Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon, all of which were promised to come with the Wii U. The apps are designed to turn the Wii U into a media hub instead of just a gaming console.

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