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Apple has filed their plans for a 500,000 square-foot Oregon datacenter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:32 am

It was only back in April that we reported that Apple were investing heavily into an Oregon-based datacenter, putting up $250 million for the site. Well, now it seems that the Cupertino-based company has filed their plans with the city of Prineville, where its goal has been revealed for the datacenter.




The Oregon datacenter is to take up 500,000 square feet of datacenter space, which is around the same as Apple's Maiden, North Carolina facility. The Associated Press reports:


The plan shows two buildings with more than 500,000 square feet of what are described as "data halls," The Bend Bulletin reported Wednesday. The plan doesn't say when Apple might start building.


"They really didn't say how long they are looking at," Prineville senior planner Joshua Smith said.


A company spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, referred Wednesday to the company's early statements on the development, which forecast "hiring dozens of people and bringing hundreds of construction jobs to the area" but didn't set a construction schedule.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets invaded by zombies just before launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 8:29 am

We all know that zombies are all the rage these days, where first-person shooter games seem to feature the brain-eating, vicious creatures in droves. The latest to bring zombies to the genre is Valve with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.




CS:GO launches next week, and in collaboration with a mod team over at, Valve have released a zombie modification for CS:GO that will be made available alongside the FPS' launch, specifically for PC, on August 21. A blog post over on the official Counter-Strike site has said:


It was important to us as we developed CS:GO to make sure it was as moddable and extensible as any CS game. So this is just one of the many mods that will be available in the coming months.

Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, is being cyber-attacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 7:29 am

Saudi Aramco, who has the title of the world's largest oil company, has been struck by a cyber attack. The company has reported that nearly all of their workstations have been hit by malware, and the breach is said to be similar to the attack on Iranian systems back in Apri, but oil-production industrial equipment was not affected.




Saudi Aramco have said they've disconnected their entire network from the Internet as a precautionary measure, and expect a full recovery of their systems before the end of the week. The oil company hasn't said who is involved, but have insisted that the production of oil has not been altered as a result of the breach. The company said in a statement:


The company employs a series of precautionary procedures and multiple redundant systems within its advanced and complex system that are used to protect its operational and database systems.


There are other networks connected to the Aramco system, with companies Chevron and Schlumberger Ltd attached, and vulnerable. Most of the oil industry companies across the world have moved over to Windows-based systems during the Y2K scare, and could face similar problems. Also, the rapid expansion of Internet connectivity mixed with the nature of Windows has increased the chances of a cyber attack to the energy industry.

Cisco outperforms analysts expectations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 6:25 am

Cisco have announced their results for the company's most recently quarter, where they revealed earnings that beat analysts expectations. Cisco is cautiously optimistic regarding the future, but maintains that its too early to call the most recent streak a trend.




Cisco notes that the European market is something of a challenge for the company going forward. The router maker posted $11.7 billion in revenue for the three months, up 4% from the year-earlier quarter. From the $11.7 billion, Cisco took $2.5 billion in operating profit, or 47 cents per share. Wall Street analysts pegged the company to do around $11.6 billion in revenue for the quarter.


The company cited strong Asian demand on their products and services, in particular, China. Cisco saw improvement in the US market, but the European market with its on-going economic problems, saw demand for Cisco-based gear drop. Cisco expects that the on-going financial crisis in Europe will continue to see Cisco orders drop in that part of the world. In order to keep the trend of nice profits, Cisco plans on cost-cutting which they've been doing for quite a while now. This will involve significant job cuts and a refocusing of the company's efforts.

Crytek CEO: Crysis 3 will 'melt down PCs'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 6:18 am

Crysis 3's graphics may look good, but we all know how Crysis 2 turned out, even after Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said just how important PC was to Crytek, and now we're hearing the same things, yet again. Yerli has revealed during an EA livestream that Crysis 3 will push PC gamers' rigs like the first one did.




We all know the next line, "will it run Crysis", was the first comment on most threads, reviews, and websites when a new GPU was launched, it looks like Crysis 3 could do this yet again. Yerli even comments, saying "that joke will be resurrected again with Crysis 3, I'm quite sure about that. There are brutal expectations around the PC version of Crysis 3. So this time we promise to melt down PCs."

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Google flicks the switch on smart updates for Android-based apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 5:29 am

Google talked about this feature at their I/O developer conference earlier this year, but it looks like they've turned on delta updates for apps running on Android 2.3+. These new smart updates enable users getting to sit back and not needing to download the complete app when there's an update.




Instead, just parts of the app that have been changed will be acquired, saving bandwidth, and time. When Google first announced this feature, the company's engineers estimated that the now-live feature would download around one-third the size of the app when updating. Better yet, developers won't need to touch a thing in order to have this feature enabled, as the feature went live just hours ago.


Android Police are reporting that an update for ezPDF Reader is out, which would normally come in at 6.3MB, but with smart update, only consumes 3MB. Instagram, which just hit version 3.0, would normally be a 13MB download, comes in at just 3MB post-smart update. This is a great change from Google, especially if you want to quickly grab that app and you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Blizzard unveils the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 4:40 am

Blizzard's upcoming expansion to World of Warcraft has had its opening cinematic shown off at Gamescom which is happening as we speak over in Cologne, Germany. Mists of Pandaria is the latest expansion to the MMORPG, and fans of the game have been waiting quite patiently for anything new on the game, so without further delay, the cinematic:



The introduction of the Pandaren has been hotly anticipated, and now that time is here. I'm not a WoW player, I've only dabbled in the MMORPG for less than 15 hours or so, and just don't have the time (or patience) to sink hours into it.




But, what are your thoughts on this? Surely we have WoW-based readers here? Does this opening cinematic get your WoW blood churning for the expansion even more now?

RumorTT: Apple's set-top box could include cloud DVR, iPad-like interface, social features, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 4:26 am

Another Apple-related RumorTT post, but this time it's not about their next-gen iPhone, sales, iPad, or their TV. This post is about the Cupertino-based company's vision of a set-top box, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Apple look to want to feature a cloud-based DVR functionality, and an iPad-like interface. The features are said to be summed up into four basic details:




  • Apple wants users of the box to be able to watch any show at any time via the Internet. This would allow them to begin watching shows even after they had begun airing. This would require some significant tweaks to existing digital rights.
  • In conjunction, Apple wants viewers to have access to all television episodes of a current season, instead of just the last few. This would allow people to slip between live content and content from the cloud with ease.
  • The interface is said to, currently, resemble the icons of the iPad. One could also reference the slightly elongated icons on the current Apple TV as being 'like the iPad', so this isn't too surprising. It's not mentioned whether the device would be used via a remote that also featured the icons, or whether it would be on the screen alone.
  • Social features like sharing shows via Twitter and others may be supported on the device.

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Google Play gift cards get caught on camera, lookin' swish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 3:25 am

Whenever I walk through my local supermarket, I see so many giftcards, for Facebook, iTunes for League of Legends, and so much more. Google are the latest with Google Play Store receiving some gift cards, which are clearly marked as such.




Android Central have snapped a few photos of the $10 and $25 gift cards, where they display "Google Play" as well as "Music Movies Books Apps & More" down the bottom. The triangle logo is shown off quite well, and should stand out from the crowd of gift cards, hopefully.


Unknown at the moment, is where the gift cards will be made available. I'm based in Australia, so I most likely won't see them until 2015 or so, but if anyone in the US (which is where they'll most likely launch first) sees them, please do let us know in the comments below!

Instagram reaches version 3.0, adds Photo Maps, infinite scrolling and speed improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 2:27 am

Quick, Instagram has been updated, better go out for lunch or dinner and snap a photo! I kid. But, Facebook's acquisition of Instagram hasn't stopped the photo-sharing service from hitting version 3.0, where there's some nice updates.




Instagram has smashed through 80 million users, and has unveiled a new user interface (UI) overhaul today, where geolocation is a very important part of that. Geotagging has its benefits, but the gem here is most likely going to end up being a Photo Maps view. It overlays photos with a map underneath, showing users where they've taken their photos, very cool.


Instagram 3.0 also adds "mutli-line caption editing, more streamlined photo uploading, speed improvements and infinite scroll". There has been a removal of something quite strange, the Twitter "Find Friends" feature, which is due to Twitter turning off their API to Instagram last month, I wonder why. Instagram user? Your thoughts on the new version?

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