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FTC slaps a $160M fine onto Scareware creators who scared users into buying fake anti-virus software

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 11:30 pm

The government may finally have your back when it comes to computer-based scams. The Federal Trade Commission has slapped a massive fine onto advertisers who scared users into believing that their computers were infected with malicious files, viruses, and pornography so that they would spend money on a bogus removal program.




The advertisers responsible for peddling this "scareware" have been fined $163 million for misrepresenting "expressly or by implication, that they had conducted scans of consumers' computers and detected security or privacy issues, including viruses, spyware, system errors, and pornography."


In other words, they have been fined for false advertising as these ads for the scareware didn't actually complete any sort of scan to arrive at the conclusion that users' computers were infected. Of course, users were then redirected to buy removal software that would take care of the non-existent problem.


Kristy Ross, Sam Jain, Daniel Sundin will get to share the large portion of the fine, an amount that is roughly triple what they brought in from 2000 to 2008 ($60M).

RumorTT: Microsoft is developing its own Windows Phone 8 device to be marketed under the Surface brand

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 10:29 pm

Microsoft appears to be taking another stab at its partners as rumors have surfaced that Microsoft is developing a Windows Phone 8 device that would go toe-to-toe with the new iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as its own partners' devices like the Nokia Lumia 920.




The new Surface-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphone will likely not launch with the first wave of Windows Phone 8 devices that are set to launch in November. Instead, BGR's sources figure it will launch sometime after Microsoft's partners have had their first launch wave. This should reduce the feeling that Microsoft is making an attack on their partners' businesses.


It will likely be a device featuring high-end specs like a fast dual-core processor, 1 Gigabyte of RAM, and an 8MP camera. Not much is known, other than the rumor that it is in late stages development. We will be sure to keep you posted if or when this rumor is confirmed.


Would you buy a Microsoft-made Windows Phone 8 device? Let us know!

Steam software store launches with only 7 titles, all 10% off in celebration

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:28 pm

Fans of the content distribution system better known as Steam will be delighted to hear that Steam's software store has launched and now has software available, including the ever-popular 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11. Right now, the store only has seven pieces of software up for sale, but that is sure to grow in the coming days and weeks.




The titles in the store are ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11, and Source Filmmaker. The prices on these titles range from free to $89.10, with the 10 percent discount that is currently being offered in celebration of the launch of the new Steam-powered store.


You can check out the new Steam Software store on their website. Publishers will likely take advantage of Steam's proven sales model to bring unknown or older titles to market. What do you think about the new store? Is it the future of content delivery? Wish Steam would focus on games? Let us know in the comments!

RumorTT: Samsung to announce pint-sized S III on October 11, dubbed the Galaxy S III Mini

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 8:31 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a giant phone, there's no two ways about it. Not wanting to be out done by Apple's rumored iPad mini, the South Korean electronics giant is rumored to be working on a pint-sized Galaxy S III, which is affectionately being called the Samsung Galaxy S III mini.




Rumor has it that the device will be announced on October 11 and will come with similar specs to its older brother, save for the giant screen. This is good news for consumers, as many feel the current S III is too large. Indeed, it is the reason I went with the new iPhone. I felt the screen was just too big and wouldn't fit in my hand nicely, or my pocket, for that matter.


Samsung can use this shrinking of its flagship device to steal back some of the press from Apple and all of the press going to the iPhone 5. Furthermore, it could use it's own shrink to steal press away from the rumored shrinking of the iPad by Apple. Only time will tell if the clues provided by the invitation to an event in Germany will prove true.

Microsoft opening holiday stores on October 26, just in time for Surface tablet launch

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 7:28 pm

Microsoft is putting up some 30+ pop up stores for the holidays, but no one knew when they were going to be opening. However, we now know that the stores will be opening just in time for the Microsoft Surface tablet launch. This means that these stores will be opening on October 26 and users should be able to go hands on with the new tablets.




As it stands right now, Microsoft has some 24 stores open worldwide. Last year, Microsoft stated they were planning on opening 75 additional stores over the next two to three years. Microsoft has reported that they will have an additional 44 retail locations in place by the end of fiscal year 2013, which means at the end of June 2013.


Microsoft is holding the Windows 8 launch party on October 25. Microsoft is bringing these pop-up holiday stores to cities around the country, including Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, and Vancouver. It's not clear if Microsoft will be bringing pop-up holiday stores to other countries.

iOS 6 adoption is high on all devices, highest on iPhone with iPod trailing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 6:31 pm

Apple has always seen good adoption of its latest operating system, and iOS 6 is doesn't break away from this norm. Undoubtedly, the over-the-air nature of this latest update improved adoption rates and shortened the time it took for the adoption rate to hit 50 percent and other benchmark numbers.




iPhone users were most likely to upgrade to the latest operating system, with roughly 60 percent of owners having upgraded to the latest and greatest operating system as of Sunday. iPad users are also upgrade happy, though not quite as much as their iPhone-owning counterparts as only 45 percent had upgraded as of Sunday.


iPod touch users seem a bit more disinterested in upgrading, and this could be due, in part, to them having to be connected to Wi-Fi. It limits the locations that upgrades can take place, and I would venture to guess hampered upgrades. They reached 40 percent as of last Sunday, which still blows away Android's adoption rate.

A summary of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) 2012 Grand Final

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 5:49 pm

The biggest extreme overclocking event this year was held in motherboard capital of Taipei, Taiwan. Sixteen teams representing fourteen countries competed in the fifth Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) held by MSI. Held at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei on the 28th September 2012, this year's MOA event coincided with Typhoon Jelawat, but luckily the extreme weather caused no problems with the competition.




The MOA 2012 Worldwide Grand Final had a strict contest schedule to ensure the event was smooth flowing and on time. After the short opening ceremony where the overclockers were introduced, hardware was randomly selected by pulling out a number from the box that corresponded to a set of motherboards, video cards, processors and RAM.






After all the teams drew their hardware, the contestants were given 90 minutes of preparation time. This time was spent building the machine and installing the heavy CPU pots to contain the icy cold liquid nitrogen (LN2). During this time, testing was also done on the CPU to find its highest clock...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 goes back on sale in the United States after sales ban lifted

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 5:29 pm

You will once again be able to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States of America now that the sales ban instituted at the start of the Apple v Samsung trial has been lifted. It's lifting follows a finding by the jury, who awarded Apple $1+ billion in damages, that the tablet didn't infringe on a single Apple patent.




Samsung will also be receiving a $2.6 million bond that was placed in case the injunction was determined to be unfair. Samsung will likely seek damages for lost sales from Apple as the sales ban was unfairly sought and imposed. Whether or not they will receive anything is a different matter.


The Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't out of the woods yet, though. Apple has filed a "rule 50 motion" looking to overturn the jury's' decision in December. If this motion is successful, then the tablet will see a permanent sales ban in the United States. If you're looking to obtain a Galaxy Tab 10.1, you should buy it before December, just in case Apple succeeds.

Listen to the sound of Earth, from Space, if your ears were antennas

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 4:25 pm

This is absolutely fantastic, there's no two ways about it. NASA has launched two space probes into the Van Allen radiation belts to study "killer electrons." On those probes is the Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) receiver, a device that records the electromagnetic radiation and turns it into sound.



The video above goes into a bit more detail on the sound recording, but you really need to listen to the sound to be amazed. HAM radio operators have been able to hear the sound for years, however, what they hear isn't nearly as clear as what was just recorded on NASA's new probes.


"This is what the radiation belts would sound like to a human being if we had radio antennas for ears," said Craig Kletzing, a physics professor at the University of Iowa. You can listen to the sound from NASA's website. Right now, it is a 16-bit sampled recording in mono, however, there are plans to make a stereo recording.

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AT&T, Time Warner Cable upset by deal Google got in Kansas City, they want in as well

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 3:24 pm

Part of the reason Google brought their new Google Fiber service to Kansas City was because of the deal that the city offered them. Basically the city waved any fee that other telecoms would have to pay, be it fees for hanging wire on city-owned poles or fees for digging and laying cable in public right-of-way.




Furthermore, the city offered Google all city "assets and infrastructure -- including fiber, buildings, land, and computer tools" to use for free, in addition to a "dedicated" team of government employees. Now, Time Warner Cable and AT&T are after similar agreements with the city, claiming they want "an even playing field."


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Time Warner Cable has written a "parity" deal with one of the Kansas Cities, but needs to do it with the other. Thankfully, the cities are asking AT&T and Time Warner to improve their service before being granted these parity deals. Seems like a fair trade.

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