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The US government declares professional League of Legends gamers as athletes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 6:27 am

It's official. The US government has now declared that being a professional League of Legends gamer makes you an athlete. Riot eSports manager, Nick Allen, when speaking with GameSpot, said:

 

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The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and awards Visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. So this is groundbreaking for eSports. Now when [international players] come over, it's a much easier process because they are actually recognized by the government. It's a huge thing.

 

Riot reportedly had to fight very hard to get to this point, using all of their micro to get here. Considering the amount of work some of these League of Legends gamers put themselves through, they deserve it. Great news for LoL fans today.

Amazon reach record highs on share prices, are valued at $140 billion right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 5:32 am

Amazon, for the first time in the company's history, has had their shares trade at over $300 last week. Amazon went public in 1997, where their shares were trading at just $2, so this is quite the rise.

 

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On Friday, Amazon shares closed at a record $307 per share. With the current stock price in mind, Amazon's market capitalization stands at $140 billion. Talking market caps, Google scoop up $306 billion with their power, and Apple enjoy a nice chunk of $400 billion. Amazon are far out and away from Facebook, though, who have just $63 billion.

 

During the first three months of 2013, Amazon reported net sales of $16.07 billion, which represents a 22% increase for the same quarter of 2012. Net income fell however, to $82 million, down 37%.

HP caught red-handed installing secret backdoors into their enterprise storage products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 4:32 am

After the last month or so with the unveiling of the NSA PRISM system from Edward Snowden, as well as GCHQ, you'd think people would be up in arms over their security. How deep does the rabbit hole go, you ask?

 

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Well, it's now coming to the point where Hewlett-Packard have had to admit, for the second time in a month, that they've built secret backdoors into their enterprise storage products. Technion, a blogger, is the one who has blown the whistle on this one, who saw the security issue in one of HP's StoreOnce systems last month, but then found more backdoors in HP's storage and SAN products.

 

HP's statement, after Technion blew the whistle, admitted that "all HP StoreVirtual Storage systems are equipped with a mechanism that allows HP support to access the underlying operating system if permission and access is provided by the customer."

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Dell begins shipping their Haswell-based, refreshed XPS 12 Ultrabook/tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 3:34 am

If you've been waiting for another Haswell-based Ultrabook option, Dell might just tickle your fancy with their refreshed XPS 12 Ultrabook. The XPS 12 launched last year and was one of the first Windows 8-based notebooks that could double as a tablet.

 

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Dell refreshed the XPS 12 with Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, with the company claiming that this boosts the XPS 12's speed by around 1.6 times and the battery life by 2.5 hours. Dell have also pumped NFC into the refreshed XPS 12 and have a starting price of $1,199. This is up from the original XPS 12 which started at $1,099.

 

For $1,199 you'll receive the XPS 12 with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. For an extra $200, you can bump it up to the Core i7-4500U processor and 8GB of RAM, totaling in at $1,399. This is something I'd recommend for sure. For $1,999 you can opt for the crazy 512GB model, but I think that is a bit crazy. $1,399 for the refreshed XPS 12 doesn't sound too bad at all to me.

Splinter Cell boss wants the to see the Splinter Cell movie become as big as James Bond

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 2:32 am

James Bond is a huge franchise, we all know that, but just how big could the Splinter Cell franchise be when it makes a stealth move onto the silver screen? Well, according to Splinter Cell: Blacklist's Creative Director, Maxine Beland, she'd like it to be "as big as James Bond."

 

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During an interview with GamesRadar, Beland said: "I really want Splinter Cell to have an amazing movie franchise and to be as big as James Bond. There are some great Bond movies, and they're obviously a big point of reference for us. At the same time, I'm so hungry for a good Splinter Cell movie. I know we're developing one now, and that people are responding to it."

 

We are to expect a Splinter Cell movie in the near future starring Tom Hardy of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises fame.

Valve announces 'Pipeline', will help high school students break into the video game industry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 1:30 am

Valve have just announced and launched Pipeline, which is a community website dedicated to helping high school students who are looking into a career in the video game industry.

 

 

Pipeline was the creation of a group of high school interns working at Valve, who hope to "establish a connection to the world of teenagers that are asking many questions about getting into the gaming industry." Valve's managing director, Gabe Newell, said in a promotional video for Pipeline: "This website was created entirely be teenagers."

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The PS4 will be hands-on for the public at Comic-Con 2013 next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 12:15 am

If you're like me and want to get some hands-on time with Sony's next-generation console, you can have your chance at Comic-Con 2013 which starts next week.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will be available to the public for some hands-on gaming with three demo titles on offer: Drive Club, Knack and Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Too bad they won't be showing off any of their other huge games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to open Center for Innovation this fall to inspire young entrepreneurs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 7:57 am

When you're one of the world's richest e-commerce tycoons, there's not much left to do other than fund other projects. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has funded everything from nuclear fusion startups to commercial spaceflight ventures and everything in between. Today, we are learning that his next big venture is a center for innovation built at the Museum of History and Industry.

 

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After more than two years of development and $10 million from Bezos' own pockets, the Museum of History and Industry will open the doors to the Bezos Center for Innovation on October 12. The center aims to help visitors learn about the importance of innovation through many interactive exhibits. It will also showcase Seattle for being the birthplace of so many trailblazing companies such as Amazon. I feel that this Innovation Center is an amazing idea and a perfect way to teach children that bucking convention is sometimes the right thing to do.

ZTE's Intel-powered Geek will arrive on retail shelves in China on July 25

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 4:32 am

Little-known mobile phone manufacturer ZTE will be launching its Intel-powered GEEK smartphone in China later this month. Featuring the Clover Trail+ processor, which is the same as Lenovo's K900, the GEEK features paired-down features that allows ZTE to sell it at a lower price point.

 

The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features a 5-inch 1080 x 720 pixel display. An eight megapixel rear camera handles all the selfies you can take while 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage help keep things running smoothly.

 

The ZTE GEEK will make an exclusive arrival at Jingdong Mall on July 25, where it'll retail for ¥1,888 ($307). If you despise cables and your wallet can take a hit, you can also get one bundled with a wireless charging kit for ¥2,288 ($372).

Google to shut down Alfred, the local recommendation app, next week on July 19

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 3:29 am

Lately, it appears that Google is shutting down more of its services than it is creating. Today, we learned that the local recommendations application known as Alfred will cease to exist after July 19. Alfred came to Google back in December 2011 when Google purchased Clever Sense, but development seemed to progress at a snail's pace as Google was focused on making its Google+ Local service better.

 

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Alfred was a sort of a digital concierge that would inform you of the best places to eat, drink, and party based on your taste. At one point it was even being pitched as a Pandora for the real-world. Google did not issue an official blog post about the shutdown like it has for previous service shutdowns such as Reader or Latitude. The announcement came, however, in the form of a notification when users loaded the Alfred app on their mobile device.

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