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Hackers continue attacking Israel, begins to get serious

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 3:26 am

Last Friday, a group of purportedly Gazan hackers defaced Israel's Fire and Rescue Services website. They didn't just do any old hack, but added a "death to Israel" message on the website and a tweaked picture of Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, where they superimposed foot prints over his face.




Ayalon is the public official responsible for a strongly worded statement denouncing hacking, likening it to terrorism and threatening (bad move) that:


Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action.


Now, I'm sure you can imagine that the hackers were not happy with Ayalon's choice of words. The statement was made as a response to a cyber attack against Israel where hackers claimed to have taken 400,000 "Zionist" credit cards, including addresses, names and Israeli ID numbers (like Social Security). It has been reported that at least several thousand of those credit card numbers were verified as legitimate cards.

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Samsung's White Knight? Galaxy Nexus spotted, in white

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 2:25 am

Not much to be said here really, but anyone interested in a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the phone that rocks Google's delicious Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 might want to wait. It seems there is a white version on the horizon.


samsung_s_white_knight_galaxy_nexus_spotted_in_white_02 spotted it, and have blasted the picture through the tubes. The bezel on the front remains black, but nearly everything else is white. It does look quite good in that color and I think having the choice between black and white is much better than a single choice.


samsung_s_white_knight_galaxy_nexus_spotted_in_white_03 state that there are no changes hardware-wise, as its just a color change. The black front/white back is actually kind of sexy.

Diablo 3 is coming to consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 1:19 am

Diablo 3 hitting the consoles has been a rumor for quite a while now, and unfortunately, that rumor is now fact. Blizzard admitted last year that they were experimenting with a console version of Diablo 3, but according to a tweet from a Blizzard community manager, Diablo 3 on consoles is all but confirmed.




A fan on Twitter asked "can you confirm or deny Diablo 3 coming to consoles?" with community manager "Bashiok" responding with "Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo 3 console project". No more details or specifics were unveiled.


Now that news, I don't mind. As long as the game isn't like all other multi-platform releases where the PC controls suffer because of the slow movement of console controllers, and the slow response time of TVs, etc. But when Blizzard first revealed they were looking at bringing RPGs to consoles, director Jay Wilson actually said the game felt better in some ways with a controller, as opposed to a mouse and keyboard.

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ioSafe Thinks TweakTown is Great and the Real Story Behind Tesla Testing

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2012 10:10 am

CES 2012 - With the CES attendees safe at home we can now tell you the full story behind the ioSafe Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self Event. By now you've certainly seen the 8 foot tall tesla coil that put on an amazing display. The tesla testing was actually part of an interactive magic show. The ioSafe Rugged Portable Thunderbolt drive did take several direct hits from the simulated lightening but the results were as expected, the drive survived and held the data we put on.




The drive was filled with several documents and other files, one you can see here. The drive was then blasted, we were there and smelled the ions in the air. The data survived.




What you haven't heard yet is what happened next. To protect all of our electronics equipment from the charged air our backpacks and cell phones were placed in a protective cage that was grounded. Being ioSafe, the company who delivered the first waterproof data backup system none of us thought anything about the giant tub of water sitting close by. Dunking drives in water is actually on the tame side with ioSafe.


Read on to learn more.

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RunCore Shows PCIe and Marvell at CES 2012

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2012 9:30 am

CES 2012 - RunCore made the trip to CES this year and brought with them a glimpse of next generation SSD technology.




With Samsung and Apple soaking up supply of Samsung 20nm NAND flash, Toshiba 24nm in limited supply and SandForce staying quiet for the first half of the year, companies are turning to Marvell to bring something fresh to the SSD market. RunCore is no exception and they will have a new Marvell high performance SSD on the market soon. With speed of around 550MB/s read and 450MB/s write we are starting to get excited to see more of these drives.


Open the link for more exciting products.

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OWC Embraces PCIe and miniSAS

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2012 8:50 am

CES 2012 - Cameron is still in Vegas for a couple of more days but I darted back home to coach youth basketball. After spending the last two days of CES in a steak coma I'm ready to get back to work and finish up the CES coverage. The show was really good this year with more than 152,000 visitors and more than 20,000 products launched.




OWC ( was exhibiting on the show floor with a booth that was absolutely jam packed with enthusiasts. Industry insider Andy Marken from Marken Communications personally gave us the tour. The first stop of the day tipped up a little PCIe action. Here we see a new OWC PCIe SSD that uses a Marvell RAID controller and four custom SandForce SF-2281 controlled SSDs. Each SSD uses Toshiba NAND flash and different capacity sizes should be available. The capacity will ramp up quickly with four slots. The Marvell controller supports several different levels of RAID including 0,1,5 and 10. Performance will only be limited by the PCIe 2.0 4 lane link so we are expecting some amazing performance out of this product.


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Razer has some cool new toys! Razer Blade and Project Fiona

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 14, 2012 1:29 pm



CES 2012 - Here we are looking at the near $2800 Razer Blade, is the fastest PC I have ever seen boot with my own eyes first off. Beside the raw speed of this unit, there have been a few really innovative additions included. The mouse pad has been moved to the right and has LED lit function buttons that will change the operation of this multi-touch LCD mouse pad. This will allow for real time stats to be displayed, even the option to get on the net and watch game play video as the game is still on the main screen. I know that is a lot of money to pay for a mobile gaming system, but this is the coolest laptop/notebook that I have ever had the pleasure of using.




They also made something that was awarded for CES 2012, Project Fiona! This is essentially a tablet with a thick aluminum frame added to support the handles of the game pad controllers that are derived from the Hydra Nunchucks. This is still in development, and there are beta testers with new requests, and Razer is working out all of the final details still. I for one like the idea, and hopefully Fiona makes her way to store shelves, as I think there is a ton of potential here!




For those Star Wars freaks out there Razer is delivering a newly painted and backlit kit of this keyboard featuring the mouse pad of the Blade along with a Naga mouse...

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New cases from the SilverStone suite at CES

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 14, 2012 1:25 pm



CES 2012 - During my meeting with Tony at SilverStone I saw a few cases around the room that looked very familiar, yet not exactly what we have seen to date. For instance we have the chassis seen here. At first glance you are thinking this is the FT-03, and it is, but in m-ITX form factor this time! Various changes were made to the cooling system shrinking in fan diameter, as well as the entire chassis getting much smaller, offering this new solution, the FT-03 Mini.




With three of the four side panels removed you can get a look at the interior design of the FT-03 Mini, and can also now see that this chassis will use a SFX power supply to aide in keeping the overall size of this chassis to bare minimum. I was told these should be arriving sometime in March, but pricing was not discussed at this time.




I also took a look at the GD06 and reviewed it not too long ago, but I guess there were some requests that came from users in what might improve the user's experience. For instance the GD07 pictured here, near the power button is a power LED that now has a dimmer switch on it, and also has a power button lock out mechanism to disable any accidental power downs from curious children's fingers. There are also some interior changes that have been made, and I was told to expect mine soon, so that I can show you in more detail what is new there...

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What's new for ARCTIC besides the dropping of "cooling" from their name?

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 14, 2012 1:22 pm



CES 2012 - I found ARCTIC on the floor at CES and found a few coolers on display. Here we have the i30 in this image. There is an a30 model for AMD mounting which is exactly the same as this i30 model sans the mounting hardware, of course that has to be different. This four pipe cooler was in full operational speed, and both were dead silent. I just spoke with Daniel while I was in Las Vegas, and was told this cooler is in transit right now, so expect this review very soon!




On the wall behind the CPU cooler display were the new series of GPU coolers. This is a redesign of the original Twin Turbo Cooler. The Twin Turbo II has a changed heat pipe arrangement under it, but since they were mounted to the display I couldn't get a great image of it. You can tell from the top that the fan spacing has been changed, the black shroud has been increased in size, and this cooler still connects to most of the older cards, as well as a few that the original did not.




Next to the Twin Turbo II was mounted next to this new design as well. Here we have the Accelero Xtreme which is just like the one I reviewed previously, but this time is specifically designed to work with the AMD HD 7970. The main change to the cooler for this card is the addition of a few millimeters of extra copper to the base of the cooler to allow contact with the die height of these new cards...

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 13, 2012 3:23 pm

Our Deal of the Day is: Newegg - Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!




Offer: Awesome price for this Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD. This is an excellent way to boost your computer performance. 80GB is plenty to host your operating system, the scratch disk, and a few intensive programs.




Use coupon code: IntelSSD for the $20 discount. Expires 01/15/2012.


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