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Windows 8 packaging revealed, comes in five different designs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 9:10 pm

Microsoft has let slip the packaging design for Windows 8 Professional. With this, we can infer that a similar situation will take place with Windows 8 standard. The packaging is now completely paper-based, except, of course, for the DVD. This has several advantages for Microsoft, and will help to make them a "greener" company.




For one, the new packaging is 41 percent lighter, which will see Microsoft having to pay less for shipping the software. This, in turn, reduces fuel consumption for shipping the software. Combine this with the fact that plastic is made from petroleum, and you find that this change will result in an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption.




The packaging for pro will come in 5 different designs, two of which we have included here. Hit up the source link to see the rest. Pre-orders have also opened for the operating system. Windows 8 Standard will set you back $100 and Pro will set a purchaser back $140, not exactly unreasonable prices.

OCZ stock falling faster than Felix Baumgartner, down to $1.46

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 7:48 pm

It's not exactly a pretty scene over at OCZ Technology Group Inc right now as their stock continues to plunge towards being worthless. On Wednesday morning, the stock plunged a massive 42 percent to $1.88, down from a close of $3.15 the day prior. Today, the stock has taken another dive, though not quite as large.




At the beginning of today's trading, OCZ's stock was valued at $1.84. It has now dived nearly 22 percent to $1.46, at the time of writing. But why is OCZ's stock in the toilet all of a sudden? Well, it stems from OCZ delaying the filing of its financial results for the second quarter for fiscal year 2013.


In the press release detailing the delay, OCZ warned investors that the second quarter revenue would be "materially lower" than the guidance released on September 5, 2012. This decrease is blamed upon "the impact of customer incentive programs." The company now expects to report a "significant net loss."


How come nobody saw this coming? Well, some did. If you look to the previous quarter, OCZ claimed they were making 30 percent margins, though there was basically no way this was possible, considering they were selling drives much cheaper than the competition when all rebates and customer incentives were factored in.

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RumorTT: Apple iPad mini event to happen October 23, according to sources

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 6:58 pm

Those who are waiting for the new, rumored iPad mini will have to wait just a bit longer to find out about it. After the rumored October 10 date had come and gone without a whisper from Apple regarding invitations or when an event would be held, new sources are claiming that the launch event will be held October 23.




Interestingly, October 23 is a Tuesday. Apple traditionally hosts its media events and launches on Wednesdays. There isn't any good explanation on why they would do this, though AllThingsD notes that October 23 is just three days before Microsoft will mark its entry into the tablet market with the release of its Surface tablets.


The thought is that they could be hosting it on this day so that they can take some of the press and interest away from Microsoft's new Surface tablets. But, Wednesday would still be before Microsoft starts selling its Surface tablets. Something still seems fishy about the 23rd. Take it with a grain of salt, as with all rumors.

Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC coming November 27 for 1200 Microsoft Points

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:30 pm

Its big and its coming. Mass Effect 3's Omega DLC is the biggest and most expensive expansion for the game yet, according to BioWare. The expansion will be making an appearance on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 27 for 1200 Microsoft Points, or $15 for those not using Xbox 360.




Omega apparently will be "double the size" of the largest Mass Effect 3 DLC, which probably means double the game content of the Leviathan DLC pack. It will also be the most expensive DLC for Mass Effect 3, coming in at the $15/1200 MS Point mark as previously discussed. This ties the most expensive DLC for the series.


According to Eurogamer, "The existence of an Omega-based storyline has been known about since before Mass Effect 3 launched. The missions were originally included in early versions of the game's script, before being excised (and presumably expanded) for use in a separate DLC pack. An image of Aria T'loak's squadmate icon was actually broadcast during an official BioWare Pulse video."

Family gets stack of notepads instead of iPad that they had purchased from Walmart

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:00 pm

A family in Sealy, Texas had a birthday party ruined when they received a box of notepads instead of the iPad they thought they had purchased from Walmart. It seems they fell victim to a scam that was running rampant last year, albeit a slightly funnier version. Previously, the scammer had used perfectly weighted clay so that the box would be the same weight.




It's slightly funnier that they used notepads to replace an iPad, basically trading the electronic version back for the paper version. But anyway, Bobbi Linden purchased the iPad as a gift for her daughter, who then opened and discovered the issue. I wonder what she must have been thinking? "Is this some sort of joke?" comes to mind.


The family then returned to Walmart to fix things up, but the manager was fully unhelpful. "She was just saying she has never seen it happen before and she couldn't help us," said Linden's daughter Courtney Akers. However, Walmart has since fixed the problem. Linden will be getting a full refund as well as a new iPad and apology for the mistake.


"It appears someone previously purchased the iPad, removed the contents and resealed it in a manner that clearly resembles factory packaging. We have reviewed our surveillance video to see if we can find out who is responsible for this and we are sharing that information with local law enforcement in hopes that whoever is behind this is held responsible for their selfish acts," said Walmart in a statement.

Facebook testing new event reminders that show up with other notifications with some users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 2:23 pm

If only they had had this feature a couple of months ago, I would have missed that really important going away party, but alas, they have only been testing it with a small portion of their user base, and I clearly wasn't one of them. The feature I'm referring to is one that sends a reminder notification to the regular notification center an hour before an event starts that you RSVP'd "yes" to.




This is a feature we've been testing for a couple months with a small percentage of users. How it works is that people who RSVP "Join" to an event will receive a push notification and a jewel notification an hour before the event begins.


This feature should be of great use, and I'm not sure why they haven't done a complete rollout as of yet. Certainly just having the event on the rarely-checked right-hand side of the screen helps somewhat, but I certainly barely look to that portion of the screen as there is really no useful information over there.


This is likely just one of many new notifications that users will soon be receiving. Facebook is toying with the notion of releasing its notification APU, which would allow other people and programmers to take advantage of sending out notifications to users, such as President Obama apparently did when he sent out a notification about voter registration deadlines in Illinois.

Google continue to be the US search engine champion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 12:25 pm

ComScore's latest numbers for the US search market are making Google look even stronger than ever when it comes to the competition. Yahoo's Bing-powered search lost some percentage points, dropping from 12.8% in August to 12.2% last month.




Google added 0.3% in the same time frame, Microsoft stayed steady with 15.9% in both months, the Ask Network increased by 0.3% from 3.2% in August to 3.5% in September and AOL saw a 0.1% increase from 1.7% to $1.8%.


This means that Google commands a 66.7% chunk of the US search market, which is undeniably strong. comScore has also said that in September alone, around 16.3 billion searches were made, which is reportedly 4% down from August.

US Secretary of Defense warns that cyberattacks could threaten infrastructure

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 11:28 am

US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has earned of cybersecurity on Thursday during a speech that the agency is aware of foreign hackers that have remotely gained access to control systems for vital American infrastructure. Examples of this would be chemical, electricity and water plants.




Panetta stated:


We know that foreign cyber actors are probing America's critical infrastructure networks. We know of specific instances where intruders have successfully gained access to these control systems.


Panetta also warned of recent cyberattacks on US financial institutions have been "unprecedented" in both their scale, and speed. If you're a reader of our site, you might remember us reporting in August that the world's largest oil company, Saudi Aramco, were cyber-attacked.

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Mozilla pulls Firefox 16, claims it has "serious security flaw"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 9:30 am

Mozilla have taken to their Security Blog to update users on a security vulnerability they've found in their latest version of Firefox, version 16. The company have stated that there is an update arriving on October 11 on Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux.




This update should fix the problems with the security hole, which Mozilla have stated:


Mozilla is aware of a security vulnerability in the current release version of Firefox (version 16). We are actively working on a fix and plan to ship updates tomorrow. Firefox version 15 is unaffected.


The impact of the hole itself:


The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters. At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.


For the meantime, Mozilla have cleared Firefox 16 from its current installer page.

Grand Theft Auto V seems to be ready, is being shown off to the press

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 8:26 am

Well, one very lucky son of a gun gets to look at Rockstar's upcoming sure-fire hit, Grand Theft Auto V, reports Kotaku. Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, teased the world yesterday on Twitter saying that he was at Rockstar checking out Grand Theft Auto V for the magazine's December cover story.




You can see his tweet above. If Game Informer are looking at the game, that would indicate it'd be in a near-final form. Game Informer normally reveals their covers during the first week of each month before the one on the issue, so we should hear more on GTA V in early-November.


Are you excited? I think GTA V is going to be the last, truly huge seller on current-gen consoles before we see a transition over to next-gen consoles next year.

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