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Microsoft says that external storage will be headed to Xbox One soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 11:08 pm

When the Xbox One launched without any mention of external storage, many gamers quickly grew concerned over how many games they would actually be able to install on the device's internal hard drive. With games like Call of Duty Ghost, Battlefield 4, and Titanfall consuming over 25GB each, and DLC packs averaging between 5GB and 10GB, there was good reason for this concern. As expected, Xbox One owners quickly filled their storage space and had to begin deleting content just to play a new game.

 

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It appears that Microsoft is just about ready to release a fix for these issues, and in a post on Reddit, the company's Major Nelson confirmed that an external storage solution is on the way. When asked about external game storage, Nelson said: "External game storage is coming soon... I need to check on media support." So does this mean that Microsoft is going to open up the USB port to accept that external hard drive you have laying around? Not likely, as we expect the company to offer a 1TB and 2TB Xbox-branded external drive which it will charge a premium for.

Amazon's Fire TV gets torn down earns 6 out of 10 repairibility score

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 10:14 pm

Being one of those people who love to tear things apart to see what makes them tick, I look forward to iFixit's new device teardown every time something new is released. This weeks Amazon Fire TV was no exception, but it is a little disappointing to say the least. iFixit managed the teardown in no time at all, and what was reveled is a single-board design that leaves little repair room that a DIYer would be capable of.

 

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Scoring just a 6 out of a possible 10, the Fire TV is nothing more than another board in a box, meaning that no other electronic components reside off of its PCB. This is the way most devices are being manufactured in modern times as components are continuing to shrink and SoC's are increasingly becoming more powerful and capable of multi-tasking. The device does feature a Qualcomm Processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of NAND flash. It's basically any smartphone produced in the last two years minus the screen.

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Government agencies don't do enough after suffering data breaches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:53 pm

aFederal agencies aren't seriously defending against data breaches and personal identifiable information (PII) is increasingly finding its way into the hands of cybercriminals, according to a recent report published from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

 

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The number of government data breaches increased up to 25,566, twice the amount as reported in 2010 - and affected companies often are unfamiliar with how to respond properly.

 

The GAO has criticized federal government branches, specifically the Department of the Army, IRS, SEC, and a few other agencies, falling short of mandating information security programs and being lackadaisical about security efforts.

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Yelp now lets users search reviews by using emojis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:26 pm

Searching Yelp has always been an easy process, and for that matter, searching anything on the internet has always been an easy process. There are those out there however who feel that it should be even easier, and today Yelp became one of those companies. users of the popular restaurant rating service can now search for good eats by simply typing in a single emoji.

 

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That's right, iOS users can now flip to their alternate keyboard when searching Yelp an enter in one of the small cartoon-like emojis that appear on the screen. This move signifies Yelp's commitment to improving its mobile platform, something most of its users now use to access the service. This news follows a recent decision by Twitter to begin allowing the use of Emojis on its mobile platform as well.

XYZprinting announces its new da Vinci line of affordable 3D printers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 8:19 pm

XYZ Printing has just unveiled two new 3D Printers to its da Vinci line of affordable 3D Printers. The new da Vinci 2.0 Duo, and da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus bring several new features to the popular da Vinci 3D Printer. The new da Vinci 2.0 Duo and 2.1 Duo Plus are dual-nozzle 3D printers that are capable of printing in 2 colors at once, with the da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus functioning as a completely stand-alone unit.

 

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The da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus features Wi-Fi connectivity, and allows remote access and printing through a remote app, and allows users to monitor the print via a built-in camera. An easy to use touch-screen panel is also present for added functionality. The new da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus is capable of printing in two colors at once just like its counterpart, the da Vinci 2.0. The 5-inch touchscreen LCD panel runs a version of Android, and allows users to select models to print that have been placed on a USB thumb drive as well.

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Microsoft open sources 'Roslyn', its .NET compiler platform

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 7:25 pm

Yesterday during Microsoft's Build Conference, the Redmond-based company took to the stage to announce that it is releasing its Roslyn .Net compiler platform to an open source development model. The project is now public on Codeplex, and can be forked, modified, or improved upon by anyone.

 

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I know that most of you are asking "What is Roslyn," and that is a very good question for those who are not savvy on the development world. Roslyn is a set of APIs Microsoft created to help developers better interface .NET with their apps, websites, and other coding adventures. It is comprised of c#, VB.Net, and other compilers that are written in the languages themselves. This makes them available to traditional command-line interfaces.

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Sapphire announces the launch of the R9 290 Vapor-X OC GPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:38 pm

This morning Sapphire Technology launched a new version of its R9 290 Radeon GPU that features a new cooler and some factory boosted performance. The new R9 290 Vapor-X OC video card features several of Sapphire's leading technology including its high-performance Vapor-X cooling solution, which keeps the factory-overclocked card running cool.

 

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The new R9 290 Vapor-X OC GPU is based on AMD's Graphics Core Next technology and features 2560 Stream Processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1400MHz, and a high-speed engine clock of 1030MHz. Sapphire says that these features combine to create industry-leading performance, stability, and longevity. The Vapor-X Cooler utilizes a "Tri-X" structure that is made from five heat-pipes, three fans, and efficient cooling fins.

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Five-year-old kid discovers Xbox Live password security flaw

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:10 pm

A five-year-old boy named Kristoffer Von Hassel from San Diego was able to gain access to his father's Xbox Live account without inserting the right password.

 

All he had to do was put any wrong password to access second verification screen and then spam it using the space bar!

 

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The incident came into light when a local news station KGTV reported the incident. The preschooler was obviously excited that he was able to gain access to Xbox Live, but then said that he got nervous thinking that his dad would find out. What's interesting is that his father, Robert, works in computer security. As one would imagine, he is very proud of his boy for discovering the flaw.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype testing with Sebastian Vettel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 pm

Infiniti has been teasing a new sports car that it is working on called the Q50 Eau Rouge. The car has been seen at the car shows, but so far no real-world performance numbers have been offered. That will soon change when Infiniti unveils footage of F1 champ Sebastian Vettel running tests on a prototype.

 

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Vettel is the Infiniti Director of Performance and he will be shown behind the wheel of one of the 560hp Q50 Eau Rouge prototypes. The video will be shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto show. Vettel tested the car at the Millbrook Proving Grounds testing facility in the UK.

 

The car was put through a series of performance, handling, and precision driving tests. Infiniti says that the feedback that is received from Vettel will be used into the engineering for the next steps of the prototypes development program. For now, all we get is the teaser video you see here.

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Mario Kart 8 details unveiled including new power ups and characters

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 5:18 pm

As far as I can see, one of the few compelling reasons to buy a Wii U is Mario Kart 8. If you are one of the many gamers that have been playing various iterations of this game for years, you will appreciate the latest details of the coming Mario Kart 8 game that have been revealed.

 

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We already know some of the fun in store for the game, like the ability to drive on the ceilings and walls of some levels. Nintendo has now announced some more features for the game including a spin boost power up for when you are on those walks and ceilings.

 

Spin boost will activate when you bump other characters or certain obstacles on the track. Some new returning characters have also been revealed with Metal Mario, Lakitu, and Shy Guy returning as playable characters.

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