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Yahoo! confirms server breach, had 400k accounts compromised as a "wake-up call"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 8:40 am

We've seen some serious hacking over the last few years, with the last notable tech-related hack being Sony, but now Yahoo! have joined the ranks of victims being hit. Yahoo! confirmed that it had the usernames, and passwords of over 400,000 accounts stolen from its servers earlier this week, and that data from these accounts were posted online briefly.

 

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The data has since been yanked offline, but it turns out that it wasn't just for Yahoo! accounts, as Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, SBC Global, Verizon, BellSouth and Live.com login info was also taken on the day and placed online. Those who hacked the servers said that they did it simply to show Yahoo! the weaknesses in their security software, elaborating:

 

We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat. There have been many security holes exploited in Web servers belonging to Yahoo Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.

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Apple hops back on board the EPEAT train

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 7:18 am

After the strange exit from EPEAT, it looks as though iPad maker, Apple, are back on-board. The decision was announced just before the weekend by Bob Mansfield, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Mansfield had an open letter, which said:

 

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We've recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.

 

What made Apple have a sudden change of heart? Could it have been the sudden loss of government purchases, or the back lash it would've received not just a few weeks from now, but months, or years from now? Why the decision to pull out of EPEAT in the first place? Tim Cook, would you kindly fly me out to the Apple offices for a one-on-one interview? My shout for lunch.

Zuckerberg says the shift to mobile is his biggest challenge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 6:29 am

In a post-IPO world, Facebook isn't doing too well, shares are down 19-percent since their launch in May, down to $30.72. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said right now, his hardest job is figuring out how to adapt Facebook to mobile devices.

 

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Zuckerberg said in an interview from the Allen & Co. media conference that bringing Facebook's features to smart devices is difficult because the user experience is vastly different to that of a desktop PC, at the same time Zuckerberg placed down the problems of running a newly public company. Zuckerberg said "things are not much different". "I'm focused on building product".

 

Facebook is currently under pressure to grab more advertising revenue from its mobile service in order to maintain growth. In order to do this, Facebook are developing location-based features that will allow marketers to target users with more relevant pitches.

RIM suffer again, this time ordered to pay $147 million over Mformation patent infringements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 6:18 am

If RIM weren't already having enough troubles from sticking their fingers in the constant holes popping up in their ship, today is yet another day for the company. Bloomberg are reporting that RIM are looking to hand over $147.2 million to a New Jersey-based mobile device management firm, Mformation.

 

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Back in 2008, Mformation filed a suit against RIM claiming that the company had infringed on two of their patents. Mformation alleges that RIM included patented functionality into their own product after preliminary talks didn't work. The jury sided with Mformation, and now Research in Motion are looking to shell out $8 for each of the 18.4 million devices in question, a bill of around $147.2 million.

 

But, RIM aren't looking to just hand over the cash, with their legal team already moving to have the verdict reversed. Is there anything else that can go wrong for RIM right now?

ESGN Winter 2012 Coverage from the University of New South Wales

By: Matthew Wu | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 5:30 am

The University of New South Wales housed competitive gamers and PC enthusiasts over the second weekend of July 2012. Nearly 300 gamers were competing against their friends to win a share of $20,000 AUD of cash and prizes. ESGN Winter had arrived!

 

Games that were featured at this event;

 

• Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (XBOX360 & PS3)

• FIFA 12: XBOX360 & PS3

• Call of Duty 4 Promod v1.7 (PC)

• League of Legends (PC)

 

Attendees were also treated with exhibitions from the various hardware and gaming sponsors. Hardware highlight of the show was definitely the Eyefinity table, powered by a tiny mITX computer housed in a sexy black BitFenix Prodigy case!

 

Specs of the PC:

 

CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K (overclocked to 4.6GHz)

CPU HSF: Corsair H100

Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX

RAM: G.SKILL ARES 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX680

SSD: 2x Patriot WildFire 240GB (RAID0)

PSU: Corsair HX850

Case: BitFenix Prodigy mITX case

 

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Another interesting demo was a special enclosure for the XBOX360 and PlayStation 3 Slim, which included a 15.5" 60Hz screen inside a hard case for transporting your laptop interstate or overseas! The GAMES G155 is a self-contained unit; it looked like some sort of alien square egg when it was closed and is TSA Approved for travel...

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Valve's Steam Summer Sales plan leaked, complete list is available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 4:29 am

Those great Steam Summer Sales are on right now, where you can pick up some seriously cheap games, either individually, or in packs. But, a Reddit user has revealed what looks to be the full list of the Summer Sales for this year.

 

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The list is unconfirmed, but it looks like 55 games will be up on offer over a period of 11 days, but we have no idea of pricing or any other details. The data reportedly comes from the team behind the Open Steamworks Database, which is a site that provides a description record database for every Steam game and subscription offered by Valve.

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LG have been selected to develop a 60-inch flexible OLED display by 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 2:26 am

Before big-screen OLED displays have even splashed down, LG have been selected by Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy to lead a consortium charged with developing a 60-inch flexible OLED display by 2017. Yes, 60-inch, and yes, flexible!

 

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It's all part of the Future Flagship Program, with its goal to generate exports and create jobs by promoting next-generation technologies. The end goal would be to see these flexible displays being used in windows displaying information at a bus station, or other public places, like retail stores.

 

So, while they may be wishing to use these 60-inch flexible OLED displays for commercial purposes, I wish to cover my walls in them for some seriously slick movies, games, and fish screen savers.

Gigabyte shows off their new Super OverClock Radeon HD 7970, sports five fans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 1:30 am

If video cards these days weren't built crazily enough, Gigabyte's newest kid on the block sure is. Gigabyte's upcoming Super Overclock version of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is looking like it'll stand out from the crowd, sporting five 40mm fans mounted on top of a triple-slot radiator.

 

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Gigabyte's GV-R797SO-3GD is surely going to be one of the hottest cards (and not in the temperature sense) when it hits, sporting a Tahiti XT-based GPU running a 384-bit memory bus backed up by 2048 stream processors. The overclocked model comes with a core clock of 1080MHz, up from the stock clock of 925MHz, and 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocking in at 5500MHz. Output-wise we find ourselves being offered two mini DisplayPorts, one gold-plated HDMI port, a single dual-link DVI port, meaning the card is capable of running four displays simultaneously.

 

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Gigabyte's SOC card uses the five fans mounted at the top of the GPU to "pul" the heated air off the radiator, which the company says reduces "hotspots" on the bottom of the card due to minimal airflow created with traditional cooler designs. What this means is that the HD 7970 SOC is totally silent below 30C, with Gigabyte's Anti-Turbulence Pull Airflow System hitting 53dB at 57C, almost 9dB quieter than a standard HD 7970 running at 64C.

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AMD slashes pricing on Radeon HD 7870, 7950 and 7970 GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2012 12:37 am

It looks like Team Red have just taken a pair of scissors to the pricing of some of their high-end Radeon HD 7000-series GPUs. Three of the cards have just received a price cut, with the new pricing to go into effect on Monday morning with online retailers. Here are some details:

 

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  • $299 for the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition.
  • $349 for the Radeon HD 7950.
  • And $429 for the Radeon HD 7970.

 

But, it seems that a few online retailers are already doing these AMD GPUs cheap. Newegg only charges $289.99 for their cheapest HD 7870, and just $339.99 for the cheapest HD 7950. So one would think that this "new" pricing from AMD, is not that "new", and that maybe something else might happen.

 

Maybe a larger variety of cards, from more graphics card makers will receive cuts thanks to AMD's cutting of the pricing from the top? Whichever way you look at it, price cuts are win-win for customers.

Battlefield 4 teased on Origin, beta access would be included with Medal of Honor: Warfighter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2012 3:08 pm

Has Battlefield 4 just been outed? It might seem so according to the US Origin store popping up with an announcement that users who pre-order the upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter Digital Deluxe Edition would receive Battlefield 4 beta access.

 

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Say. What. Battlefield 4 beta access being announced this early is a double-edged sword. One one hand, it's awesome that Battlefield 4 is close, on the other hand, half of the downloadable content for Battlefield 3 hasn't even been released yet. Battlefield 4 has been mentioned by EA before, by its President Frank Gibeau, but he only uttered the words "there is going to be a Battlefield 4".

 

EA hasn't made an official comment regarding the Battlefield 4 tease, but I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the coming days, and weeks. Let's hope that they've really polished up the Frostbite 2.0 engine, and made those maps bigger, catering to the ever-increasing GPU power us PC gamers have. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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