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Microsoft Surface to land October 26 with release of Windows 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:27 pm

Microsoft has been keeping some information about Surface secret, namely it's price and launch date. Thanks to a filing with the SEC, we can now report the launch date of the upcoming Surface tablets. According to the filing, the new Surface tablets will go on sale October 26 alongside the launch of Windows 8.




In Microsoft's annual filing, you can find the following: "The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices." We still don't have any numbers on the price.


A typically ambitious Microsoft is looking to sell "a few million Surface PCs" in the coming year", but this could prove easier said than done. Apple has a major stronghold on the tablet market and Google is adding to the competition with its newly released Nexus 7. Not knowing the price could cause people to write the tablets off before they even launch so it's important for Microsoft to get that information out.


However, it is understandable why Microsoft doesn't want to set pricing. For one, they may need to modify it later if the cost to build increases. Another issue could be that Microsoft might have to lower the price to be competitive. Both of these reasons could be why Microsoft is keeping pricing secret, at least for now.

Ubisoft accidentally installed a backdoor with its DRM

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:29 pm

Earlier today, stories were hitting the web that Ubisoft's DRM installed a browser plug-in that contained a backdoor. Ubisoft acted quickly and has released a patch to fix the security hole as it turns out that the backdoor was an accident and was in no way meant to be there, or at least not exploitable as it was.




Tavis Ormandy, a Google security engineer, found the backdoor and wrote about it on the mailing list on Sunday. Mr. Ormandy went as far as to post a few lines of Javascript as an untested proof of concept. This morning, the story made it onto Hacker News along with a working proof of concept.


The list of games which come with Uplay, and the vulnerability, are as follows:


Assassin's Creed II

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy

Assassin's Creed Revelations

Assassin's Creed III

Beowulf: The Game

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4

Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Driver: San Francisco

Heroes of Might and Magic VI

Just Dance 3

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Pure Football


Shaun White Skateboarding

Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

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Google updates Gmail to include Hangouts, launch virtual meetings from inbox

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 5:32 pm

Google has been doing a lot of updating to numerous services lately and Hangouts is the latest to receive the update. This is just the latest in a series of updates that Hangouts has been getting. Some of the other updates include the ability to add digital mustaches and schedule video chats before a Google+ event.



Google has now added Hangouts to Gmail so that users can video chat straight from Gmail. Wait, they could do that already? Well, now you can group video chat and host virtual meetings right from Gmail. The new addition should provide a higher quality video chat experience along with several other benefits.


For one, using Hangouts will allow users on Android, iOS, or Google+ in a web browser to join in the fun. Furthermore, it will allow users to video chat with up to nine friends, as opposed to the previous option of only one. It may not be one of Google's coolest updates, but it certainly makes sense. Check out the videos above and below if you need more convincing.

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Weekly Giveaway: BitFenix goodies up for grabs - Prodigy, Recon and Hydra Pro

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 4:22 pm

This week we have teamed up with BitFenix who are giving away one of their brand new and super popular Prodigy computer cases (you can pick black or white) as well as a Recon and Hydra Pro to go along with it. One lucky winner will take home all three BitFenix goodies.




Meticulously crafted and beautifully engineered, Prodigy redefines the Mini-ITX chassis. The compact housing is suspended by handles made with BitFenix FyberFlex™ Composite for easy portability and maximum shock absorption. On the inside, our modular FlexCage™ gives you the flexibility to install up to five 3.5" hard disks or 2.5" SSDs, or remove it entirely to fit up to 240mm watercooling radiators and long graphics cards. For added flexibility, additional SSD locations are also included, and a choice of Midnight Black or Arctic White with interchangeable front facades mean Prodigy will suit your individual style. With tool-free convenience, two USB 3.0 ports, filtered intakes, and proprietary BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, Prodigy is the compact case with no compromises...


Head on over to our forum contest thread

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 accessories

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 12:29 pm

Microsoft will release Windows 8 on October 26, and have today unveiled a bunch of accessories that are designed to work with the new operating system. Microsoft unveiled five new products which are made up from two Bluetooth-enabled keyboards, and three wireless mice. All of the accessories will be made available from Microsoft's online store, as well as the usual retailers, and will be priced from $49.95 to $79.95.




First up there's the Wedge Mobile Keyboard. It's a stylish Bluetooth keyboard that has been made specifically for tablet use, sporting a slim design with Win 8 hot keys for quick access to search, device settings, and more. It includes a protective that can be folded at different angles, so that you can use it as a stand for your tablet. If it's placed over the keyboard, it will power down the Windows 8-based device in order to save battery. The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard will be priced at $79.95.

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Apple acquire Authentic, a security company, for $356 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 9:45 am

Apple acquired Authentic, who is a leading provider of mobile and network security for the tidy sum of $356 million last week. Under the deal, Authentic are set to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple.




Shares of Authentic closed at $5.07 on the 27th of July, with Apple paying a 58-percent premium on this valuation at $8 per share. This means that share holders of Authentic would've had a nice surprise for the weekend just gone. Authentic are best known for producing fingerprint sensors, NFC chips and security software for mobiles.


Authentic has some big customers in their pockets, such as Samsung, HP, Fujitsu, Dell and Lenovo. Apple seem to have secured a firm which deals in security, after the many many stories of their OS being not as secure as they're previously stated. We should hopefully see the effects of Apple's latest acquisition in the coming years.

RumorTT: NVIDIA to launch mid-range GeForce GT 660 Ti on August 16

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 9:27 am

SweOverclockers is reporting that NVIDIA are set to launch their mid-range GPU, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti on August 16. We've had a few previous posts on this, but the date is getting closer and closer.




August 16 is just over a fortnight away, remember. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 Ti is based on NVIDIA's GK104 core, which is the same core that is baked into each GTX 670.


It will sport 1344 stream processors, a memory interface of 192-bit, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and core/boost/memory frequencies of 915MHz/980MHz and 6008MHz, respectively. TDP comes in at 150W, 20W less than the higher-end GTX 670 GPU.

Apple see iPhone sales drop in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 8:28 am

Considering Apple's next major market is mainland China, with a population of over one billion people, its strange to hear that Apple has just a very small portion of Chinese customers. The news has also leaked that Apple's revenues in the market have slipped.




In the third quarter of this fiscal year, Apple's sales have experienced a drop when compared to the two previous quarters, with a big portion of this decline coming from their iPhone. Revenue for the third quarter in Greater China came to $5.7 billion, which is a total of 16-percent of Apple's total revenues. Considering revenues were up 48-percent from the same quarter last year, it had fallen by a sharp 27-percent from the previous quarter.


Increased competition from companies such as Samsung as well as domestic Chinese smartphones brands, the iPhones momentum has been slowing down over the past few months according to Li Yi, the secretary of China Mobile Internet Industry Alliance. Apple have sold 26 million iPhones last quarter, down a very sharp 26-percent, something I noted on last week. These sales figures were below what was expected by Wall St analysts.

Gigabyte show off an insane 2000W of power delivery through a CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:31 am

If you thought Gigabyte's motherboards were good, you ain't seen nothing yet. How would Gigabyte best show off what 32-phases of power regulation can do? In Gigabyte's case, you grab two 1200W power supplies, wire up the motherboard to handle three DC load testers, and throw 2000W of power through the CPU socket, that's what.



Gigabyte says that this is enough power to power 25 of Intel's Core i7-3770K CPUs. But, you might already know you won't ever need to draw down 2000W, but the company is simply showing off how good their new Ultra Durable 5 motherboard design using PowIRstage's is compared to previous boards.




The demonstration is meant to whet the appetite of enthusiasts for their upcoming Z77X-UP7. It's also the first sneak peak at the final board design, which has changed slightly from the last board seen at Computex, now sporting a gorgeous black and orange look, with a new heatsink design.

Security firm BT says that one-third of all Android apps have malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:24 am

Security firm BT are claiming that more than one-third of all Android apps have malware baked inside of them. BT bases their statement on tests that the firm itself has conducted, where they examined more than 1,000 Android apps.




According to the company, the fact that malware is in that many devices means that those devices are compromised in some way or another. The company said this during a panel discussion at NetEvents Americas conference. The panel moderator pointed out that he had found malware in an application whilst reviewing Samsung's latest Galaxy S III, with BT's representatives detailing the company's findings.


One thing that BT hasn't revealed is whether the malware they found was found in apps coming from Google's Play Store. With Google's Android-based devices being capable of downloading apps from more than one place, it may be possible that BT's numbers are a bit explosive, and aren't really a representation of people who download apps directly from the Play Store, and nowhere else.

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