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Pentagon expands its effort to recruit workers for cyber defense roles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:42 pm

The United States military is boosting its cyber capabilities as the Defense Department has almost 1,800 employees as part of its Cyber Mission Force. By the end of 2016, that staffing figure is expected to increase up to 6,000 before the end of 2016, while the US government continues to support in cyberattacks.

 

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To try and increase the staffing level in such a short amount of time, military officials hope to recruit current military personnel - Silicon Valley cybersecurity specialists are unlikely to leave behind high-paying jobs to join the government's new programs.

 

"We spent a lot of time in the last two years in particular figuring out what the [recruiting] model would be,"a senior defense official recently told reporters. "Initially sometimes people will think about recruiting highly skilled people from the outside, and that is one option... but quite honestly, the way we're going to be most successful is using people within the force [including those with no cyber background] and giving them the training.

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Specs for Galaxy S5 mini hit the web showing 4.5-inch screen

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:42 pm

It hasn't been long since Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 smartphone, which is pictured here. Samsung has a history of launching smaller and cheaper versions of its popular device. The smartphone maker is doing just that and specs for the Galaxy S5 mini SM-G800 smartphone have leaked online.

 

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According to the leaked specs, the S5 mini will have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen that has 720p resolution. The operating system for the smartphone will be Android 4.4 KitKat and it will use an unnamed Snapdragon processor.

 

Reports indicate that the processor is likely to be a Snapdragon 400. Other rumored specs include an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. An IR blaster is built-in that should allow it to control a TV and power comes from a 2100 mAh internal battery.

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Amazon's set-top box it here and its called Fire TV, cost just $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:24 pm

Rumors of an Amazon-built set-top have been floating around for the better part of the last year, and today those rumors proved to be true. This morning Amazon.com announced the release of its all new Fire TV set-top box, a media streaming device that fully incorporates the Amazon ecosystem. Amazon is pulling out all the stops as well, and has enlisted Gary Busey to even record a promotional video for the new device.

 

 

Measuring in at less than an inch thick, the new Fire TV set-top box is capable of streaming full HD content to your TV over a common HDMI connection, and includes a remote that allows you to voice your commands, search for movies, and a wealth of other things. Amazon is also offering a separate video game controller that retails for just $40. Fire TV is not just closed to Amazon content, but features apps that integrate Netflix, Hulu Plus and many more services right on the box.=

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Sony 9.1ch digital surround wireless headphones debut

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:07 pm

Sony has announced a new set of headphones called the MDR-HW700DS digital surround wireless headphones. The headphones use Virtualphones technology to reproduce the soundstage of a multichannel speaker system. A 9.1 channel system adds a pair of surround back speakers and a pair of front high speakers to the normal 5.1 set up.

 

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The headphones don't actually have nine speakers inside. The wireless connectivity doesn't come at the detriment of sound quality. Sony uses HDMI connectivity for the headphones offering uncompressed audio transmission. Dual wireless bands are supported with 2.4GHz and 5 GHz.

 

Three different modes allow the user to choose the best mode for what they are doing. Those modes include Cinema, Game, and voice settings. Sony uses pressure-relieving luxury ear cushions for the headphones to make them more comfortable during extended use.

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Amazon Lockers now accept returns making it easier to send stuff back

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 5:33 pm

If you frequently order things from Amazon, you know that it can be a worrisome process if a package has to be left by the door of your house with no one there to get it. There are some products that you might not want to go to your house even if someone is there to receive them, gifts are a good example. Amazon started rolling out its Lockers delivery service a few years ago.

 

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Early on, the lockers could be found in Staples and other locations. Staples has since cancelled the deal and no longer has Lockers in its locations. Originally, all you could do was pick up the items you ordered at the Lockers location, but Amazon is now taking returns at the same Lockers.

 

The lockers return service works much like the delivery service. Amazon will send the person making a return a code to unlock the locker. Boxes up to one square foot in size can be placed inside. By taking returns at the Lockers location, Amazon can presumably save money on shipping since the delivery driver will be there dropping off packages for delivery.

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NZXT Sentry 3 touchscreen fan controller fits in a drive bay

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 4:45 pm

NZXT makes all sorts of cool cases and accessories for building up your PC like fan controllers. The company has unveiled a new fan controller that should work well and allow you to control multiple fans inside the PC and look good too. The Sentry 3 has a 5.4-inch touchscreen on the font.

 

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That touchscreen allows you to touch and control fans consuming up to 15W on each channel and it has five channels. The device is designed to slip into a vacant 5.25-inch drive bay in your case and can control any 3-pin or 4-pin PWM fan on the market.

 

Sentry 3 also has a temperature sensor and shows the temperature inside your case on the front panel along with the speed that the fans are spinning at. The touchscreen is capacitive and the controller has a single Molex connector.

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BlackBerry and T-Mobile cut sales ties with each other

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 4:39 pm

Smartphone maker BlackBerry and wireless carrier T-Mobile have ended their sales partnership, likely due to a recent T-Mobile ad trying to woo users away from BlackBerry devices.

 

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"BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in a recent statement. "Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary, and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers. We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned."

 

In the United States, where T-Mobile is the No. 4 carrier, the company plans to focus more on the Apple iPhone and Google Android-powered devices - and has launched clever marketing and sales campaigns attacking rivals.

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Verizon VMS1100 DVR system has up to 12 tuners and 2TB of storage

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 4:12 pm

If you have a lot of people in your home that like to watch TV and record lots of shows to the DVR, you have undoubtedly run into issues before with not having enough tuners. Your options then are to watch something recorded or interrupt one of the other tuners. If you live in an area served by the Verizon Fios QuantumTV service you can get a new whole home DVR that has the most tuners out there.

 

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The device is the new VMS1100 media server and it has six tuners on its own. It can be paired with another box allowing it to add up to six additional tuners for a total of 12. The VMS1100 on its own has 1TB of storage space when combined with other set top boxes with its own tuners it can have up to 2TB of storage.

 

As you might guess, the cost of a whole home DVR system this powerful isn't cheap. The main box is said to rent for $22 monthly for a single box, $32 monthly for the dual set up with 12 tuners, and each additional box for TVs is $10 monthly. You also have to pay the monthly cable bill.

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Nest smart thermostat launches in the UK with install included

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 3:40 pm

The Nest smart thermostat has been available for people to buy in the US for a longtime now. Not too long ago, Google purchased Nest and kept the people behind the product turning the team into the Google hardware group.

 

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If you live in the UK and have been waiting to get your hands-on a Nest thermostat, it has now launched in your country. As of today, the Nest thermostat can be purchased in the UK starting at £179. That price includes free installation within about ten days of purchase.

 

If you want the Nest and need it installed faster, you can pay £249 and get the Nest with FAST installation within 3-4 days. The thermostat has the same features and style in the UK that it offers in the US. An accessory stand will be available for users who don't want to install it on the wall.

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RumorTT: Apple moving iPhone 6 into mass production in May

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 11:57 pm

With spring fresh in the air in the northern hemisphere, its that time for things to begin blooming once again. However, I am not talking about flowers and trees, I am talking about rumors of Apple's next-generation iPhone. A new report from RedmomdPie is suggesting that Apple will be pushing the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 into mass production beginning sometime in May, but the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S will not be headed to production until later in the summer due to delays.

 

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RedmondPie cites Reuters as the source of the info, which says that its contacts within the Asian manufacturing industry have said that Apple has began pushing out orders to its supply chain for the components that make up the iPhone 6. While I am inclined to take this news as mostly speculation, it is about time for the Cuppertino-based company to begin building up stock if it plans on launching a new phone this year, but with the iPhone 5C being such a major flop, will apple actually bring a second device to market for its sixth iteration of the iPhone? What do you think? Will we see 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone's hit the market later this year?

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