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Dark Souls II now up for pre-order on Steam

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 12:38 am

Its been nearly three years since the original Dark Souls launched, and in that time the game has risen to cult classic status. Today Steam announced that it has opened up pre-orders of the games sequel, Dark Souls II. Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, Dark Souls II is the long awaited successor to Dark Souls. Dark Souls II will be a unique old-school action RPG experience that takes players on a journey into the Nexus, the Undead Asylum, and your goal is to figure out who you are and break the curse that plagues you.




Dark Souls II is said to be much more content dense than its predecessor, and will allow players more freedom to shape their destiny as well as being just as tough as the first. There will be no easy mode, and players must duke it out at the same difficulty as everyone else. Dark Souls II launches on April 25th and can be bought on Steam now for just $49.99. Are you itching to play the next installment in the Dark Souls franchise? Let us know in the comments.

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Staples will close 225 stores and focus efforts on online sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 11:38 pm

This morning office supply retail giant, Staples, announced that it plans to close 225 of its retail locations by the end of 2015. Staples says that amidst poor fourth quarter results deriving from what it calls "soft" consumer demand for electronics, the company has no choice but to close up many of its stores to starve off mounting losses. Staples operates 1500 stores in the US, which equates to it closing nearly 1/4 of its in-store retail business.




"With nearly half our sales generated online today, we're meeting the changing needs of business customers and taking aggressive action to reduce costs and improve efficiency," Staples CEO Ron Sargent said. The closings are expected to save the company nearly $500 million by the end of 2015. Staples will focus more of its resources into generating online sales, but with the PC market dwindling and more consumers turning to Amazon, Newegg and Tigerdirect for their electronics these days, this could just be the beginning of more hard times for Staples.

Israel wants to turn country into cybersecurity "global center"

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 11:25 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently discussed his country's budding cybersecurity industry, which is tasked with stopping attacks from Islamist militant organizations and cybercriminal groups.




During the interview, Netanyahu was asked about companies purchasing Israeli technologies and whether they should be worried of NSA-like spying behavior.


"My point is that to build in Israel a global center for cybersecurity, in other words to prevent this spying to prevent the piracy, to prevent sabotage" Netanyahu said in an interview transcribed by BloomBerg. "You have user accounts. You have to protect them. You have bank accounts. You have to protect them. You have electricity grids. You have to protect them, traffic systems and aviation systems. All of these can be both individually and national infrastructures could be imperiled by cyber-attacks, are imperiled by cyber-attacks."


Netanyahu also said he has made it easier for Israeli startup companies to develop technologies and join other companies while trying to improve proprietary knowledge of cybersecurity.

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Court finds man guilty for "webcam" fix that spied on users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 10:20 pm

Andrew Meldrum, a 30-year-old British citizen, has been found guilty of three counts of unauthorized access to computer material after "fixing" webcams so he could remotely watch as many as three victims.




Meldrum was first suspected after one of the victims reported her computer was acting strangely, and it snowballed from there - one victim spoke with someone else, and victim 2 contacted a third victim - all three had the convicted creeper work on their PCs.


"I would like to thank all witnesses in this investigation but especially the three victims who game evidence on matters that were clearly of a private, intimate and personal nature to them," said Nick Pailthorpe, Southwark Borough CID, in a press statement. "I hope that they can take some consolation in the guilty verdict that sends out a clear message to anyone that this type of intrusion into a person's private life is not acceptable and the Metropolitan Police will support all victims and pursue all suspects."

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Smucker's online store compromised, company apologizes to customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 9:17 pm

Fruit jam and jelly company Smucker's reportedly suffered an online store data breach, with customer names, mailing addresses, e-mail, phone numbers, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes at risk.




Security experts believe a sophisticated Trojan is likely to blame for Smucker's issues, with information siphoned from online web server applications.


"We are extremely disappointed this incident occurred and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," Smucker's officials said in an online state. "Please be assured, we continue to thoroughly investigate this matter with federal authorities, and have taken steps to rectify the cause of this incident with the Online Store website."


The same attack has been successful against Adobe, data brokers such as LexisNexis and Dun & Bradstreet, and PR Newswire, with other retailers likely to fall prey in the future.

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Pinterest is currently experiencing a worldwide outage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 8:40 pm

Pinterest appears to be experiencing a world wide outage, and TweakTown has confirmed that the popular image collecting website has been down for at least 15 minutes in the USA, Taiwan, India and the UK. When visiting the site via its main URL users are presented with nothing but a blank screen, and no server error code to identify the problem by.




I experienced an complete Google services outage earlier this afternoon, and it appeared to be DNS related. Whether or not this is related to the Pinterest outage is still a mystery. I have reached out to Pinterest for a statement and will update this post if and when I get a reply.

Plextor set to unveil new M6 SSD line-up at CEBIT 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 8:27 pm

Plextor is gearing up to unveil its new high-performance M6 series of SSDs at the upcoming CEBIT 2014 conference being held next week in Hannover, Germany. Plextor's M6 line-up consist of several form factors of solid state drives including mSATA, M.2, PCIe, and 2.5-inch SATA drives, and the company says that attendees can check out the full lineup on March 10 - 14 in its showcases in the Business Center (Hall 15, Stand A18, Room 18) and at Planet Re-seller (Hall 15, Stand D21, Number 66).




Plextor will show off the new M6S 2.5-inch SSD which features new sustained sequential read / write speeds up to 520 MB/s and 440MB/s and random read / write speeds up to 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS. The M6S will also feature the latest generation of advanced 19nm Toggle NAND flash from Toshiba. The new M6M mSATA SSD will also be on display and features read/write speeds of 520 MB/s and 440MB/s, and random read/write speeds of 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS.

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T-Mobile campaign switches hoards of BlackBerry users to other brands

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 7:44 pm

I am sure that BlackBerry isn't happy with the program that T-Mobile has been running targeting its customers specifically. T-Mobile has been offering a special $200 trade in offer for BlackBerry devices that ended on March 5.




Some numbers from that campaign have now been published and things don't look good for BlackBerry. According to a leaked screenshot, the $200 trade in offer for a working BlackBerry device resulted in 15x the normal number of trade-ins on BlackBerry devices.


The big number here is that almost all of the users who traded in their BlackBerry went to a different platform .T-Mobile says that about 94% of those customers who traded in their device went to a different platform. Those who traded in their BlackBerry during the event received a $50 instant credit if they upgraded to a BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 and free expedited shipping.

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Sally Beauty latest to reportedly get hit by data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 7:42 pm

Salon and beauty supply retailer Sally Beauty Supply is the latest U.S. company to suffer a data breach, confirming it noticed "unusual activity" on its network in late February.




Sally Beauty has 2,700 locations throughout the United States, and is now working with police and federal authorities to investigate the breach. The company promised to continue monitoring its network while improving security as Verizon Enterprise Solutions lends an outside hand.


Security specialists found a fresh batch of 282,000 stolen debit and credit cards on an underground hacker forum available for sale - and some reportedly were used at Sally Beauty locations.

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Wake Up & Smell the Bacon Makes your iPhone smell like pork

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 7:06 pm

Oscar Mayer is a company that has been making lunchmeats and bacon for decades. The company has unveiled an interesting, if a bit weird, accessory for the iPhone called Wake Up & Smell the Bacon. This device is an app and hardware combo.




The hardware plugs into the iPhone and has some sort of system for producing the smell of cooking bacon using a scent canister. The app portion has an alarm clock and when your alarm goes off you are woke up to the sound and smell of cooking bacon.


I can't think of a better way to get up in the morning than the scent of bacon. It would be better if you woke up to real bacon. A company called Scentee in Japan makes the device and you can't buy the device at all. The only way to get your hands-on the bacon-scented alarm clock is by answering a quiz at the Oscar Mayer website. The good news is that anyone who wants to will be able to download the app.