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Rogers set to buy Mountain Cable, would license wireless spectrum from Shaw for $710 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:30 am

Reuters is reporting that Canadian telco Rogers is preparing to buy Mountain Cablevision Limited and license wireless spectrum from cable company Shaw Communications. The deal would be worth $710 million.

 

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This could pave the way for Rogers to buy spectrum licenses from Shaw in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan. TVtropolis, which is a cable channel jointly owned between Shaw and Rogers would see the remaining Shaw-owned stake purchased by Rogers for around 59 million Canadian dollars.

 

At the moment, there's no word when all of this will be penciled in, but it shouldn't be too far away.

Kaspersky uncovers five-year cyber espionage network, makes the Flame malware look like a wimp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:32 am

Kaspersky of all companies have found something utterly shocking, an advanced cyber espionage network that makes last year's infamous Flame malware look like a joke. Dubbed Operation Red October, each attack is handcrafted for its victim in order to make sure it 100% works.

 

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Red October has been hitting systems across the world since at least May 2007 and carefully chooses its victims spanning over two dozen countries who hold positions in government, military, aerospace, research, trade and commerce, nuclear, oil and other important, vital industries. Investigators aren't sure who is behind the attacks, but it is being reported that Chinese hackers may have created the exploit, while the various malware modules deployed seem to have been created by those who speak Russian.

 

Kaspersky can't put their finger on the source, as it is currently being run through at least two layers of proxy servers across Russia, Germany and Austria. Whoever is involved has some skill, as they've been silently sitting, unknown to the user, in major government and industry computers.

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RumorTT: Apple's Thunderbolt monitor supply running short at third-party retailers, signals possible refresh coming

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:03 am

If past history is anything to use to predict the future, then it is pretty likely that Apple is getting ready to refresh its line of Thunderbolt monitors. Traditionally, before Apple launches a refreshed line of products, supply dries up at third-party retailers and then the Apple store.

 

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Amazon, MacMall, and J&R are all out of stock, according to AppleInsider. Furthermore, the Thunderbolt displays have typically used the same, or similar, technology as the iMac line of computers. The iMacs recently underwent a redesign, and the rumor says that the Thunderbolt monitors will likely receive a similar update.

 

"Think of the Thunderbolt display as an iMac minus the computing hardware," Djuric, from iFixit, explained.

 

However, they may not use the same technology, since the iMacs are still heavily constrained, mainly due to a difficult to construct screen. One estimate places it at only 100,000 displays produced between LG and Apple per month.

RumorTT: Dell in talks to take their company private

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 6:37 am

Dell have been going through a painful couple of years, with their consumer division not doing well in this 'post-PC' environment. The latest fuel to this fire is from a report by Bloomberg which states that the company are in buyout talks with at least two private equity firms.

 

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The report cites "two people with knowledge of the matter" that Dell have already talked to numerous banks in order to finance the shift in direction, also noting that the talks are just preliminary right now and could completely fall apart at any minute if financing isn't secured, or an exit strategy isn't agreed upon.

 

We should hear more on this in the coming weeks, but it looks like things are about to get interesting for Dell.

ReportTT: Instagram seeing roughly half the number of daily users after ToS mess

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 6:01 am

Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, had a bit of a screw up with its terms of service when it went to update them in December. The changes included clauses that seemingly give Instagram permission to use users' photos, likeness, and username in paid advertising without any sort of compensation, or even permission.

 

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After an outcry by users, Instagram backpedaled the proposed changes, saying that they were unclear and misunderstood by the public. According to data by AppStats, the number of daily users has decreased by roughly 50 percent since the terms of service fiasco. Prior to the change, 16.35 million people were using it daily. On the day of the change, only 5.2 million used the app.

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Wildman, from the developer who bought us Total Annihilation, needs your Kickstarter funds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:28 am

The days of Total Annihilation ruled me, I played tens of hours per week and upgraded my system constantly to play it smoothly at a high resolution like 1600x1200 back in the CRT days. Well, the developer behind it, Gas Powered Games, are looking to release a new game and need your help to fund it. Gas Powered Games require $1.1 million in funding, which will wrap up on February 15.

 

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Gas Powered Games' master and commander, Chris Taylor, is behind things again and below, you'll find the perfect explanation behind the game from their Kickstarter page:

 

Imagine a game where you control a single hero unit-the "Wildman" - in the middle of a raging battle between opposing forces in a specially designed War Zone. You engage the enemy and see your opponent switching tactics, forcing you to reconfigure your army to counter. You push the enemy back to their base before facing your opponent's champion. Over the course of this battle, you upgrade your armies with new technology, execute special abilities, construct defenses, change your army composition, and shape-shift into new forms that grant you new abilities. This is Wildman.

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Google unveils Chrome 25 beta, includes voice search

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:13 am

Google unveiled Chrome 25 beta today, with some notable improvements, such as voice search. Other changes include the disabling of silent extension installs, the inclusion of Web Speech API, and a new tab page that includes a search box.

 

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You can pick up the latest Chrome beta on Google's website.

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RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S IV to feature 5-inch, 440PPI full HD screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1:18 am

Mark down yet another rumor for the Galaxy S IV, though this one has a bit more weight behind it. Anandtech, while in the demo room of Samsung's booth at CES, saw the following, seen in the picture below, which has caused a bit of a stir regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV:

 

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The roadmap pictured above has several clues that point to this screen being the one present in the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For instance, the release timeframe is that which has been rumored by several other sites. The other screens line up nicely with releases of other devices, as well.

 

The likely screen to be in the next Galaxy S device should be a 4.99-inch, 440PPI full HD screen. Of course, like all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Top Gun to return to theaters for six days in glorious 3D, re-release on Blu-ray after

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:03 am

Fans of the movie Top Gun, rejoice! The classic 80's movie is making a return to theaters, but for only six days. The new theatrical release features the movie in 3D glory and should be another IMAX 3D special. You'll only have six days to catch it, so it's likely to be a full house every day.

 

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If you miss the theatrical release, don't be too sad as the movie is also being re-released on Blu-ray. For your money, you'll get a copy of the 3D movie, a 2D copy, and a digital copy. You'll also get some special features, such as a "making of" documentary and music videos, likely of the iconic soundtrack.

 

The Blu-ray release will occur on February 19, though the disc is already up for pre-order. The theatrical release is set to run for six days starting February 8.

Nintendo Wii gets access to Amazon Instant Video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:01 am

Those who rely on their Wii to provide entertainment in the living room have just been given another tool with which to do it. Amazon has released an app through the Nintendo eShop that will allow the Nintendo Wii to access Amazon Instant Video, much like the Wii can do with Netflix.

 

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It's nice to see Amazon still supporting the older Wii now that the Wii U has been out for a couple of months. The service is only available in the US and there is no word as to whether this will change in the future. It's doubted that they have any reasons for keeping the service to the US only, though, so it should make its way to other regions.

 

Setup is easy. Just download the app from the eShop and head to the special Amazon landing page to register the console.

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