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HGST Ultrastar He6, 6TB Helium Filled Hard Drive Available Now

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 8:59 am

We finally got our first look at what HGST's 6TB, helium filled HDD will cost on the open market. If you want one, a seller on Amazon has nine listed but the price is a bit inflated from a consumer perspective, $798. The He6 model has a handful of unique features. It's filled with helium and has 6TB of capacity. Paul wrote an editorial about the drive and went over all of the details last November.




What's enterprise today will be consumer tomorrow...or maybe a year from now. It's nice to see HGST moving forward with this technology.

World of Warcraft passes 100 million account milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 8:27 am

Blizzard announced today that World of Warcraft gamers have created over 100 million different accounts, a feat that has taken nearly 10 years, with WoW launching back in November of 2004.




The 100 million World or Warcraft accounts include the creation of trial accounts, and the accounts of gamers across 244 countries. In September 2013, the company announced there were over 7.6 million active subscribers to World of Warcraft. In those 100 million accounts, there are over 500 million characters, with a faction breakdown of 52% Alliance, 47% Horde, and 1% neutral.

DICE will soon thank Battlefield 4 players with Battlepacks, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 7:30 am

DICE is still trying to keep Battlefield 4 fans happy, with yet another apology: this time, in the form of special community missions, and daily giveaways that start on February 1.




During the month of February, Battlefield 4 gamers who log into the game will receive a Bronze Battlepack during the week, and a Silver Battlepack on the weekends. These Battlepacks will give gamers random XP boosts and camouflage skins. There will also be two shortcut bundles, which will unlock all grenade types and handguns.


If you're a Premium owner, you'll receive two additional shortcut bundles that will unlock all the DMRs and shotguns. DICE will also have another double XP weekend sometime during the month too.

US police use 3D scanning technology to archive crime scenes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 6:09 am

Roswell Police in New Mexico are using 3D scanners to preserve a 3D rendering of an area, such as a crime scene, as evidence. The police department are using a scanner made by Faro 3D, which cost $86,000.



The 3D scanning tech is capable of capturing a scene down to an accuracy that spans just "a couple of millimeters" and allows investigators to look over an area from all directions, long after the initial inspection. Scott Stevenson, a Roswell Police Detective, said "It's going to give the judge and the jury a very accurate graphical image of what the scene consists of".




There are downsides to this technology, where post-fact manipulations can be applied. Famous crime scenes can also be leaked to the public, but this is one downside in the many upsides this technology could provide to police.

Morpheus from The Matrix appears in Kia's Super Bowl commercial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:44 am

Laurence Fishburne has reprised his role from what made him famous, The Matrix, in Kia's commercial for the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl, which airs this Sunday, February 2nd, has Kia asking you which key you'd choose: the red key, or the blue key?



The ad is explained by Kia as "an unsuspecting couple meets Morpheus at a valet stand. He presents them with two choices: a red key or a blue key. Should they choose wisely, they'll never look at luxury-or Kia-the same again". Keen eyed Matrix fans will see many things from the movies, such as the woman in the red dress, Agents, a bending spoon, some of the same sound effects, and much more.

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Angry Birds developer defends itself against data sharing allegations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:29 am

A couple of days ago we reported that the NSA uses insecure mobile apps to grab users' data, with Angry Birds mentioned, now Rovio, the developer of the smash hit game, is coming to its defense.




Rovio said that it "does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies". Rovio insisted "Our fans' trust is the most important thing for us and we take privacy extremely seriously. We do not collaborate, collude, or share data with spy agencies anywhere in the world".


Rovio is coming out and putting its foot down that it does not cooperate with spy agencies, and that if Angry Birds gets mentioned as one of these potential information vacuums, that it's only because it's such a large title. Rovio continued "The alleged surveillance may be conducted through third party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries. If advertising networks are indeed targeted, it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance".

EA posts $308 million loss for Q3 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 4:27 am

Electronic Arts has posted its fiscal Q3 2014 results, where the company reported a net revenue of $808 million, compared to $922 million reported in

the same quarter of last year.




The company reported that 50.7% of its $808 million in revenue came in from digital sales, which is a massive point. $410 million, over 50%, came in from non-physical sales. EA is also reporting a trailing twelve-month total revenue of $3.66 billion, with a projected revenue for the entire of fiscal 2014 of $3.52 billion.

BlackBerry to launch its first Foxconn produced smartphone at MWC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 3:27 am

BlackBerry is preparing to launch some new smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, smartphones that are being manufactured with its new partner, Foxconn.




The Foxconn-produced BlackBerry smartphones will debut at MWC 2014, but we don't know what to expect. The struggling Canadian handset maker is going through rough times, but signed a new deal with Foxconn to produce devices aimed at emerging markets. The first Foxconn-produced smartphone will feature a touchscreen, but we should expect other models with physical keyboards, too.

Snowden: NSA can read your emails just by searching your address

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 1:30 am

Do you use e-mail? If so, the NSA probably has your entire digital life tracked, and saved somewhere on its servers. During the 30-minute video of Edward Snowden and German TV station NDR, Snowden admitted:



Every time you pick up the phone, dial a number, write an email, make a purchase, travel on the bus carrying a cell phone, swipe a card somewhere, you leave a trace and the government has decided that it's a good idea to collect it all, everything, even if you've never been suspected of any crime. Traditionally the government would identify a suspect, they would go to a judge, they would say we suspect he's committed this crime, they would get a warrant and then they would be able to use the totality of their powers in pursuit of the investigation. Nowadays what we see is they want to apply the totality of their powers in advance - prior to an investigation.


Snowden's revelations are far reaching, especially as he has admitted that every e-mail, purchase, and move you do is tracked. It seems the government just has a large net where it collects any and all information, whether it needs it or not - as it could come in handy in the future.

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Internet security, what security? Snowden speaks - overhaul time?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 1:15 am

The 30-minute interview with NDR and Snowden is hot right now, which leads to the question - does the Internet need to be rebuilt, so that it better serves the people and their privacy?



Snowden brings up XKeyscore, which is capable of just about anything. The NSA can use this program to access you personally, or any of their targets, and track you across the Internet, and the world.


How the NSA utilizes XKeyscore is by building what Snowden calls a "fingerprint" of you. This fingerprint will lead them to any network activity you create, unique to you, and the NSA can find you anywhere - no matter what hoops you jump through to hide from them. This can include spoofing your IP, and all sorts of Internet magic.


Snowden scares us all by saying "I can track your username on a website on a form somewhere, I can track your real name, I can track associations with your friends and I can build what's called a fingerprint which is network activity unique to you which means anywhere you go in the world anywhere you try to sort of hide your online presence hide your identity, the NSA can find you".

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