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President Obama does an AMA on Reddit, just secured a bunch of voters in the process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 1:36 am

President Obama has turned to popular 'first page of the Internet' site, Reddit, to do an AMA. If you haven't heard of an AMA before, I suggest you visit Reddit, and from now on in, goodbye, it was nice to know you. Reddit is a huge time waster, and is one of the best sites on the Internet.

 

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Obama's staff must know this, and this is why he did an AMA. An AMA is "Ask Me Anything", and there are plenty of them on Reddit. Having Obama do one, well, took the site to a whole new level, causing some serious issues of traffic congestion for the site. Even the link to Obama's AMA is in "read-only mode" due to the heavy traffic the site is experiencing.

 

Obama answered questions for thirty minutes, where he tackled just a handful of them on his AMA. You'll notice on the picture that Obama is using an Apple MacBook Pro. Just thought I'd point that out.

Mozilla releases Thunderbird 15, receives visual refresh, live chat

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 1:12 am

If you're a fan of Mozilla's mail software, Thunderbird, then you might want to update to the latest version that has just been released. Mozilla have pushed out Thunderbird 15, and with it, includes a refreshed visual dash of paint.

 

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Mozilla wants to share the look between their apps, meaning that Thunderbird now sports a more Firefox-like UI, which is a good thing. Thunderbird 15 also includes live chat, where you can skip waiting for that next e-mail, a Do Not Track option for web searches, and finally, the choice of using Ubuntu One cloud storage for large attachments.

 

If you want to get in on the Thunderbird 15 action, download it here.

Unreal Engine 3 ported to Windows RT ARM-powered tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 11:20 pm

Unreal Engine 3 has been ported to run on Windows RT ARM-powered devices, bring full gaming to the ARM market. The port was a joint effort between Epic and NVIDIA and was made available to developers last week. This means that some of your favorite Unreal Engine 3-powered games should be available on Windows RT tablets.

 

 

"The Unreal Engine 3-powered 'Epic Citadel' demonstration for Windows RT tablets implements the full DirectX 9 pipeline, with shaders and materials, all running beautifully on Tegra 3," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "By porting the full engine as opposed to a modified mobile version, NVIDIA and Epic have made it easy for UE3 developers around the world to bring their best content to Windows RT, Windows 8 and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor. Windows RT code is available to licensees from Epic now and we're excited to see the great games they develop with it."

 

The nice part about this port is that it is the full version that has been ported. It's not some stripped down version, which is good for developers and consumers. It makes porting games easier for developers and it allows consumers to receive the full version of the game and in a much shorter time frame than would otherwise have been required.

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New Java security exploit means that you should probably disable Java

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 10:27 pm

A new vulnerability has been found in the latest version of Java. The vulnerability is a rather massive hole and users with Java installed in their browser should likely disable it right now to prevent themselves from being infected. Have I scared you enough? But wait, I haven't even told you the problem!

 

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The new security hole allows malicious people to break into users' computers and install nasty malware and viruses. This security hole fits into a category of security flaws known as a "zero-day" threat because it is the first time it has been found. Due to this, there currently exists no way to fix the problem or defend against it, other than disabling Java.

 

The vulnerabilities were actually found back in April, according to a few sources, and they reportedly told Oracle about the problem. However, Oracle had decided to hold off until the October patch release date to do anything about them. Now, the vulnerabilities have been integrated into BlackHole, a hacking tool.

 

"SophosLabs has seen samples of [the exploit] from Blackhole and are analyzing them now to determine if they actually work," Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at antivirus firm Sophos, said Tuesday via email. "So, yes, we can confirm it has been added, but still working out if they did it right."

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Logitech launches line of audio products, called Logitech UE

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 8:28 pm

The headline for Logitech's product launch promises big things: "Pure Undiluted Music, Anytime, Anywhere." So, how are they going to do that and what products are in this new line? The press release highlights six new products ranging from boomboxes to headphones, so the line is quite expansive.

 

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"Today's fans have their music with them wherever they go - they carry it with them on their tablet or smartphone," said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president of music. "But no matter how or where you choose to store or access your favorite music, this lineup is the best way for you to experience it. Whether you want to be completely immersed in your favorite song, to share music with friends, or to discover new favorites, Logitech UE is the clear choice."

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Digital Storm's new 17" behemoth: X17E, featuring 7970M or 680M

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 7:04 pm

Digital Storm will announce their new gaming laptop in just a little bit, but we wanted to give you the scoop before anyone else. The new behemoth is a 17-inch monster that Digital Storm calls the X17E. Digital Storm is advertising this as the world's fastest gaming laptop, and by looking at the specs, I don't doubt it.

 

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The laptop will be sold with a choice of either AMD's beefy 7970M or NVIDIA's incredible 680M, both of which are flagship mobile cards. Digital Storm continues the trend of using only the best in this laptop by equipping it with Intel's i7-3920XM. However, they didn't just leave it stock as "Digital Storm's technicians can stably overclock Intel's latest i7-3920XM CPU to an impressive 4.5 GHz."

 

Configurable with up to 32GB of RAM, you should never ever need to add more. The keyboard supports seven different color options and different lighting zones so the system can be adequately customized to a user's preferences. The price? Under $2000, which is incredible considering what you're getting in a laptop package.

Official Note II specifications leaked ahead of proper announcement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:26 pm

It seems as though no company can keep a secret anymore. Samsung has just suffered a leak, albeit only a few hours prior the official announcement. But, be that as it may, we are going to share with you the official specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, thanks to PocketNow who obtained the press release.

 

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As rumored, and previously thought, the new Samsung Galaxy Note II will feature a 5.5-inch 1280x720 screen, which means it will have a true 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen will be similar to the original, both in resolution and in type--the new one is the same HD Super AMOLED panel. Along with the bigger screen, the Galaxy Note II will receive a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU (type unknown at this time).

 

It will also feature 2GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera on the rear, and a 1.9 MP camera on the front. Better yet, the new Note II will feature a battery that has more capacity than the original--3,100mAh vs 2,500mAh--while the device will be slimmer. However, the device ends up weighing 2 grams more than the original, big deal.

 

Most importantly, the device will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so there will be no waiting around to get an update. The Note II ships in Europe starting in October.

HTC ready to fight Apple, will not settle with them

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:29 pm

A report from Asia has come in quoting HTC as saying they are ready to fight Apple should they become Apple's next target. Furthermore, HTC has said that they have no intention of settling with the litigious Apple. All of this has come out after the $1 billion decision against Samsung and somewhat against Android.

 

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However, HTC says that the verdict against Samsung "does not mean the failure of the entire Google Android ecosystem." So, what's HTC's plan? HTC "has great skills in innovation and has the confidence to face legal lawsuits with Apple," the Digitimes report says, attributing those comments to Wang.

 

HTC has a couple of new phones coming out soon, so we'll see if they look anything like the iPhone. And if they do, we'll get prepared for another legal battle of epic proportions.

ReportTT: Windows 8 cheap upgrade option extended until Valentines Day by Microsoft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 4:29 pm

As always, Microsoft is offering its typical cheap upgrade period just before the launch of a new operating system. Microsoft usually offers a period during which a new PC can be bought and later upgraded to the latest version of Windows for cheap. They do this so as to not kill sales right before the launch.

 

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The period started back in July and the end date has now been extended to around February 14, 2013. For a mere $14.99, you can update from Windows 7 to the latest and greatest, in some people's opinion, Windows 8 operating system. If you're planning on doing this, you can check out the full details from Microsoft's page describing the process.

 

KitGuru has reported the change, though the official Microsoft page is still saying January 31. Until Microsoft confirms the change on the above linked page, I would live by the January 31 date.

ABC getting pilot of "S.H.I.E.L.D.", a pilot based upon the Avengers, written by Joss Whedon

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:28 pm

The Avengers was a great movie. Don't even try disagreeing with me--the box office numbers are completely on my side of this argument. Due to this great success, everyone seems ready to jump on the bandwagon to try and capitalize on how popular it was. Disney confirmed a sequel was coming May 1, 2015 and now ABS is getting a pilot called "S.H.I.E.L.D."

 

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I'm sure you know exactly who S.H.I.E.L.D. is, so a show by the same name should give you a bit hint as to what it's going to focus on and feature. The show will focus on Nick Fury and the secret law enforcement group that the former leads. For those who missed The Avengers and Iron Man, the acronym stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

 

The pilot will be written by Joss Whedon, the person who wrote the original Avengers and who is set to be writing the sequel. If his schedule permits, he may even be the one directing the pilot. Production will be under way as soon as possible. In other news, ABC is planning a series based upon the Hulk.

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