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Man receives a Satellite crashing through his ceiling as a Christmas present

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 12:33 pm

Andrei Krivorukov, wherever you are, stop what you are doing right now, buy eleventy million lottery tickets and bunker down. Andrei received quite the strange Christmas present yesterday, a Russian communication satellite crashed directly into his house, with Andrei escaping death by mere meters.

 

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The Russian satellite was a Meridian, which is used for both civilian and military communications. It was destroyed when a Soyuz-2 rocket exploded in mid-air, just a few minutes after launch. The Soyuz-2 rocket had an excellent track record until then, with hundreds of launches since the 1960s.

 

The explosion sent several pieces over Siberia, near the city of Tobolsk, and as far as 100km from the city of Novosibirsk. One of them was the 5kg titanium ball that fell through Andrei's roof, landing where he was just minutes before. Andrei is lucky as he decided to go out into his hard to grab some wood for his fireplace.

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Monday Morning Roundup for December 26, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 12:19 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 26th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Intel LGA 2011 @ Techpowerup

- ASRock X79 Extreme4-M @ Pureoverclock

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Club3D Radeon HD 6950 Battlefield 3 Edition Graphics Card @ eTeknix

- Sapphire HD 6670 Low Profile @ Overclockers Club

- AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB Graphics Card Review - Tahiti at 28nm @ PC Perspective

- Why The Radeon Gallium3D Performance Is Down @ Phoronix

- Sapphire Low-Profile Radeon HD 6670 @ Pro-Clockers

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Google Books for Chrome, now allows you to read eBooks offline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 11:29 am

If you're a frequent eBook reader, this news might definitely be of interest to you. If you're reading a book, and your Internet drops out, you can't read the book you were reading minutes before, or you're you could be on your way on a trip, holiday or a friends house, and want to get into a newly-purchased eBook during that time.

 

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Well, you're in luck. Google eBooks now supports offline reading in Google Chrome. You could be virtually anywhere in the world, as long as you have your device, you can read your Google eBooks in your Chrome browser, or Chromebook.

 

If you want to read your Google eBooks offline, you'll need to install the Google Books app from the Chrome Web Store, and ensure that your Google eBooks are available to read offline.

Anonymous hack US think tank, use stolen credit cards to make Christmas donations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 10:23 am

Anonymous don't rest during the holidays like most people, they've donned their Santa hats and hacked their way into thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of a U.S.-based security think tank, Stratfor.

 

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One of the hackers said their goal was to take the funds from individuals' accounts to give away as Christmas donations. Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor's confidential client list, which includes entities including Apple, the U.S. Air Force, to where Dexter Morgan works, the Miami Police Department. They mined it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.

 

Stratfor is an Austin, Texas-based company which provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk, according to their YouTube page. They charge subscribers for its reports and analysis, which are delivered through the web, e-mail and videos.

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Windows 8 gesture login, perform gestures to unlock your device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 9:20 am

Microsoft is preparing a new way to log into tablet PCs with Windows 8, by allowing a user to perform gestures on a screen instead of typing in letters or numbers. For example, you can use a photo with some personal meaning to you, create a sequence of taps, lines, and circles that must be performed in the right order, in order to unlock the computer.

 

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It is a new form of an unlock procedure, and will have three paths chosen for it: people will love it, people will hate it, or Apple will sue Microsoft for some form of patent rip-off. Microsoft does acknowledge that the new gesture unlock puts smudges on the screen, and recording devices could theoretically allow the gesture password to be compromised, but says the risks are very low.

 

Not everyone agrees with Microsoft, though. Kenneth Weiss, inventor of RSA's SecurID token who now runs a three-factor authentication business called Universal Secure Registry, told Network World that it's not "serious security," that the gestures someone makes upon a screen can easily be recorded from a distance.

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Mozilla's Christmas present: Firefox 10 beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 8:25 am

Google and Firefox signed a three-year agreement just a few days ago to continue Google's default search engine goodness in Firefox, and Mozilla has got yet another gift for the world.

 

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The first public beta build of Firefox version 10.0 has been released, and according to the developers, it comes with Full Screen APIs (so web apps can run in full screen mode), with support for CSS3 3D-Transforms and WebGL Anti-Aliasing, and an added HTML5 nugget: the < bdi > element for bi-directional text isolation.

 

Firefox 10.0 Beta also includes a forward button which stays hidden until you navigate back, an Inspect tool with content highlighting, IndexedDB APIs and a few fixes. Firefox 10.0 Beta is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Download links are available here.

LG's 55-inch 'world's largest' OLED HDTV panel, to be shown off at CES 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 7:31 am

CES 2012 waves it starting flag in just a few days, and ahead of the show, LG has promised the "world's largest" OLED panel for the show. LG will be showing off a 55-inch OLED HDTV for mid-2012, with this news virtually guaranteeing that LG is ready to go mainstream with OLED technology.

 

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LG's technology uses white OLED overlaid with colors, which they claim makes for a lower error rate and clearer "ultra definition" screen, with more colors than standard LCDs. The screen is shown off in a picture below where it is thinner than a pen. A damn pen!

 

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I think the only way I'll be able to accurately report on this HDTV in the future is to use one myself, right, LG? E-mail address is available on our website, and my shipping address I'm happy to give away over e-mail, I mean, I'll take one of these, but I won't be happy with it. Sarcasm all the way, of course. These screens looks impressive and I can't wait to get more details on them when CES starts on January 9.

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AMD readying dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990, launches with 6GB of RAM and ready to again, punch all other GPUs in the nuts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 6:23 am

2011 was relatively quite for GPU releases, it featured more next-gen CPU and APU launches than anything else. We had a few different cards come out, but nothing revolutionary, until last week with AMD's launch of their Graphics Core Next (GCN) and the launch of the AMD Radeon HD 7970.

 

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The new 28nm-based "Tahiti" chips have taken the world by storm, and have been a very impressive GPU, considering early drivers and whatnot. AMD are planning to launch a dual-GPU card codenamed "New Zealand" and will carry the AMD Radeon HD 7990 moniker, launching in Q1 2012.

 

This means we'll see AMD's dual-GPU beast before April Fools next year. Since Tahiti/HD 7970 is so energy-efficient, dual-GPU efficiency should be quite the sight to see. We should see two Tahiti GPUs sporting the same power of the single-GPU HD 7970's, with 6GB of total graphics card memory (3GB per GPU system).

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U.S. Army uses CryEngine 3 for 'Dismounted Soldier Training System'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 5:27 am

In what could look like a pre-alpha video for Battlefield 4 (face it, COD:whatever comes next will feature the same engine as previous games), the U.S. Army has been financing a "game" called Dismounted Soldier Training System, commissioned by the government in May of this year for $57 million.

 

 

The contact was awarded to RealTime Immersive Inc. The simulator is said to be cutting edge, with the director of strategic programs at Intelligent Decisions, Floyd West, stating:

 

With CryEngine 3 being used for Crysis 2 and the capabilities that game engine provides, it allows us to make the most realistic simulation possible. We're able to transport soldiers to accurately recreated locales like Afghanistan and Iraq, where we can simulate everything from visuals to 360-degree sound.

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Dropbox for Android gets dropped a new update, full revamp, new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 4:25 am

Dropbox fans rejoice, Dropbox 2.0 for Android is now here. If you want some cloud storage for your Android-based device, you're in luck. Version 2.0 of the app includes new features and a totally revamped layout. A little arrow can be found to the right of each file in the app, which then leads you to a pop-out menu.

 

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From the pop-up menu, you can share, delete, and favorite, which is a brand new feature to Dropbox. When in the main menu, you'll have three taps up top including Dropbox, Uploads and the new addition, Favorites. From Dropbox, you can put files into your cloud-based storage, which then puts them across all of your devices, and once a file is favorited, you can access it even without an Internet connection because it'll be stored locally on the device itself.

 

Dropbox also includes the ability to rename files directly from the app, as well as uploading files in bulk. If you like to upload from and export to local storage, you're in luck: you can now do this from the Uploads tab. Ice Cream Sandwich support has been baked in, as well as various bug fixes.

 

You can grab Dropbox 2.0 for Android from the Android Market.

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