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Hundreds of Dropbox usernames were posted online, Dropbox denies hack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Hundreds of Dropbox usernames and passwords were posted online, and the hackers reportedly have almost 7 million other compromised accounts. The breach took place because of third-party apps which can access Dropbox, and wasn't a direct breach of Dropbox.

 

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Dropbox denied it was hacked (via The Next Web): "Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We'd previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have expired as well."

 

Despite the appeal of online storage services, users must be cautious when they grant third-party applications access to accounts. While Dropbox wasn't directly hacked, it's questionable as to what apps should be allowed access - as these third-party services are now popular targets for cyberattacks.

Four men arrested for smuggling cocaine inside Xbox consoles

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Life for the older gaming consoles can be tough, but not in the sense they'll be used as containers to smuggle drugs. Older consoles were used as containers for smuggling cocaine, with four men arrested for allegedly smuggling thousands of grams of cocaine since Microsoft's first gaming console.

 

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According to the investigation report, a pack of 1100 grams of cocaine worth over $100,000 was stashed inside an Xbox 360, and sent to a house in Reading, Pennsylvania. As investigations progressed, the police followed a vehicle where the suspects arrived in their home at Hancock Boulevard, with police raiding both houses after getting a search warrant, where they found a large amount of cocaine and even Xbox consoles, accessories and other parts.

 

The items are as follows:

 

  • 1100 grams of cocaine with the potential street value in excess of $100,000
  • Representative kilogram substitute containing a testable quantity of cocaine
  • Miscellaneous x-box game console and parts.
  • Miscellaneous documents pertaining to the defendants
  • Miscellaneous packaging material related to cocaine
  • Heat sealer machine
  • Additional miscellaneous x-box components and shipping packaging
  • Cutting agent related to cocaine.
  • Five counter-surveillance cameras
  • Over fourteen cellular telephones
  • Box of .40 caliber ammunition and loaded gun magazine
  • Digital scale
  • Plastic bag containing "crack" cocaine
  • Approx. $600.00 in U.S. Currency

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Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One bundle reportedly leaked online

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It appears an Australian retailer has published details of the Microsoft Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle, which could be announced in the near future. Retailing for around $650 for the Australian market, the bundle includes a black 500GB Xbox One unit, Kinect, Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The bundle without a Kinect will cost around $521 but include the same console and games.

 

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Microsoft hopes its gaming bundles will help draw interest from gamers ahead of the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season - an important time for the company desperate to try to catch up to the Sony PlayStation 4. The company recently announced its Halo: The Master Chief bundle, but it won't be available to U.S. gamers, however.

Apple fines sapphire screen maker $50 million for leaking info

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Apple is cracking a whip to set an example over smaller companies and suppliers who received (or will receive) contracts from the company to make components for its devices. The company slapped a sapphire display maker with a $50 million fine for leaking the information about its devices' specification and other information that they were obligated to be silent about.

 

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According to the report, the information came out because GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy once they have decided to sell off their sapphire crystal manufacturing factories. The company was responsible for leaking information about the presence of sapphire display for iPhone 6 before its release. But at the time when it was found that iPhone 6 will be using 'ion-strengthened glass', the share prices took a nose dive. Furthermore, the company owes about $600 million for the displays that are not used.

 

According to the bankruptcy report, the company said that its deal with Apple for iPhone screens was oppressive and burdensome where they had to terminate the agreement to deal with the situation. As a result, the company's facilities in Arizona and Massachusetts will close down, affecting up to 890 people's jobs. 13 employees would be getting bonuses adding up to $64,700.

New generation of prosthetics help patients regain sense of touch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Technological advances have allowed researchers to create prosthetic limbs that are able to better mimic the natural movement of human limbs, with medical patients able to regain their sense of touch. In one study, researchers in the United States manufactured a prosthetic hand that uses electric signals sent into a medical patient's harm and brain, providing a sense of "feel."

 

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"The sense of touch is one of the ways we interact with objects around us," said Dustin Tyler, Case Western Reserve associate professor of biomedical engineering and the study's author. "The work reactivates areas of the brain that produce the sense of touch. When the hand is lost, the inputs that switched on these areas were lost."

 

A group of Swedish scientists created a mind-controlled prosthetic arm that connects to the medical patient's arm, nerves and muscles. This type of research has great potential for those injured in serious incidents, and will continue to be a topic of focus for researchers.

Firefly Online's first footage appears out of nowhere

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

A video of Firefly Online was spotted in YouTube which was showing off its 3D environment engine. The game is designed by Spark Plug Games, and the sneak peak shows a one-minute video of the derelict ship's environment.

 

 

The video doesn't show much, except a lot of running around an abandoned ship, but it does give a good look of the game, and the progress the designs have made so far. Firefly is an MMO where the series' cast will be present in the game. According to Andy Fore, the CEO of Quantum Mechanix Interactive who is the publisher for Firefly Online, this will not be a traditional MMO since Firefly wasn't a typical sci-fi show.

 

When you're a captain of a ship in the game, you will need to get crew members. The crew members are NPCs, but unlike typical NPCs, they have an independent control of their life, and have the ability to transfer to ships belonging to other captains, retaining memories, personality traits and even grudges. The relationship between the character and the NPC is based on loyalty. There isn't much information about the game's release, as the developer is being quiet, unlike other publishers. While it's too early to say if this game will be good, I am sure this will satisfy a lot of Firefly fans.

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Twitter partners with French Bank to test out money transfers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Social media site Twitter has partnered with Groupe BPCE to test transferring money using tweets, as Twitter continues to show interest in online payments. Meanwhile, Groupe BPCE is the second largest bank in France based on total number of customers, with the money transfers available to customers of any bank.

 

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The bank's S-Money service will be responsible for managing Twitter-based payments, and already supports text message money transfers.

 

"(S-Money) offers Twitter users in France a new way to send each other money, irrespective of their bank and without having to enter the beneficiary's bank details, with a simple tweet," said S-Money chief executive, in a press statement.

Anonabox, a $45 router that routes your traffic through Tor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

In this government-spies-on-everyone age, anonymity is hard to come by. But, a group of privacy-focused developers have taken to Kickstarter, asking for funding from the world for something they call, Anonabox. With a goal of $7500, they've blown past that with a huge $146,755 (at the time of writing), with another 28 days still to go.

 

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Anonabox is an open-source router that automatically directs all of your data, with it connecting to your router through Wi-Fi or ethernet, through the Tor network. This hides users' IP addresses, and skips over censorship. Better yet, Anonabox is tiny - small enough that it could easily fit inside of your pocket, or be easily placed anywhere near your router.

 

Thanks to its tiny size, users can take it with them, plugging it into any router, making their work and Internet use completely anonymous. For people who travel, they could use it in their hotel rooms, or for people in China at an Internet cafe, they can skip over the Great Firewall of China. August Germar, who has spent four years working on Anonabox, explains: "Now all your programs, no matter what you do on your computer, are routed over the Tor network". Germar says that the idea behind Anonabox making the use of Tor easier, but for those who reside in Internet-repressive regimes. He added: "It was important to us that it be portable and small-something you can easily conceal or even throw away if you have to get rid of it".

Shadow of Mordor's 6GB VRAM texture pack barely changes visual quality

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has an insane Ultra HD texture pack, with a requirement of 6GB of VRAM from your GPU. But, by the looks of a comparison between the Ultra HD texture pack, and High settings, there isn't much of a change in visuals.

 

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The Ultra HD texture pack is a separate 3.7GB download, but when enabled, apart from requiring 6GB of VRAM, it doesn't seem to look much better. There are some comparison screenshots above, and below, which compare both the Ultra HD texture settings, and the normal High setting within the game, that doesn't require 6GB of VRAM.

 

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In the screenshots, the top half is the High settings screenshot, while the bottom shot is from the Ultra HD texture pack enabled version of the game.

ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop features GeForce GTX 980M, external 4K out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

ASUS has unveiled its new Republic of Gamers G751 series gaming laptop, which can be configured up to be a serious gaming powerhouse. This includes the option of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900M series GPU, the second-generation Maxwell chip that is doing wonders for gamers, as well as the exclusive ASUS TurboMaster GPU overclocking technology from ASUS.

 

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First up, the G751 has a "stealthy F-22 Raptor-inspired" design, which definitely looks like a mean gaming machine. On top of that, we have a 17.3-inch Full HD display, with touch support being included on the G751JM model. The configurable specs start with multiple options of Intel's Core range of processors. We have the i7-4860HQ and i7-4710HQ for the G751JT model, the i7-4710HQ for the G751JT, and finally, the Core i7-4710HQ or i5-4200H for the G751JM.

 

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The ASUS ROG G751 can house up to 32GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, a slew of storage options with up to a 512GB NGFF PCIe-based SSD, but when it comes to GPUs, this is where it gets fun. The new gaming notebook from ASUS can be configured with up to the new Maxwell-based, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, on the G751JY at least. The G751JT features the GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of RAM, while the G751JM includes the GTX 860M with 2GB of RAM.

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