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Edward Snowden nominated to become student rector at a University

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 2:10 am

In a weird but not uncommon twist of events, Edward Snowden has agreed to stand for the post of Student Reactor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The position is basically a three-year position that sees its holder as the representative of the students to the management of the university.

 

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Fortunately for Snowden, the position can be held remotely and never requires the holder to visit in person, unfortunately the position is unpaid. The position has historically been held by those directly involved with controversial political figures or others close to those figuresincluding: Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's former wife and Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu. Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader, is the current incumbent.

 

The position is not locked in for Snowden just yet though as he will have to beat out former Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, clergyman Kelvin Holdsworth, and author Alan Bissett. In any event, the position is mostly honorary, and avocation on the students behalf is a rare occurrence.

Netflix hit 33 million subscribers during the 3rd quarter of 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 1:10 am

2013 was a big year for Netflix, and the service is expected to announce that its number of subscribers has risen to 33.1 million for the third quarter of 2013. That means that analyst expect that Netflix managed to pick up an additional 2.1 million subscribers in the past three months of the year.

 

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With Netflix's stock more than tripping in 2013, investors will be happy to hear that subscriptions are continuing to grow and its expected to see the stock rise after the opening bell tomorrow morning. Even with stiff competition from Hulu, Amazon Prime, and even Google Play, Netflix continues to be somewhat of an unstoppable powerhouse in the media streaming world.

Microsoft wants you to rethink your opinion on Internet Explorer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:42 am

Microsoft Internet Explorer is still the No. 1 Internet browser based on overall market share, but continues to battle heavily against critics. Since the launch of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has worked diligently, listening to user input and making drastic changes to overhaul the browser.

 

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As part of the company's "Rethink" campaign, Microsoft wants to show Internet users the benefits of 3D graphics rendering and an innovative touch-based user experience. In addition, the company is opening up to web developers hoping to optimize code for modern Internet browsing that continually changes.

 

"What if Internet Explorer could show you a web that did things you didn't think were possible?" Microsoft noted on the Rethink website. "From gaming to entertainment, we are helping to create entirely new experiences on the Web that are fast, beautiful and perfect for touch. See for yourself..."

 

Microsoft continues to fight back against Firefox, Chrome and other competitors, capturing 57.91 percent of the market. Firefox is No. 2 with 18.35 percent and Chrome has 16.22 percent of the market, as Microsoft continues to ask for feedback from users.

EA source says it dropped Nintendo after it released the Wii U

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:39 am

CVG has spoken with an EA source who is giving out quite the damning report, that "Nintendo was dead to us very quickly" after it had released its Wii U console.

 

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The same source said that EA felt that the Wii U was becoming a console for kids IP, and that the studio wasn't willing to bring future core titles to the platform. The EA source stated: "Nintendo was dead to us very quickly. It became a kids IP platform and we don't really make games for kids. That was pretty true across the other labels too. Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises".

AMD releases new Piledriver 12 and 16 core server CPUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:10 am

Today AMD announced the launch of its new 12-core and 16-core Opteron 6300 series server processors. The CPU's code named Warsaw have been highly anticipated over the last few months and now that they are here, AMD says that they have been designed with heavy emphasis on Virtualization deployments.

 

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The new 12-core 633P processor features a Piledriver-based 12-core CPU that is clocked at 2.3GHz, and peaks at 2.8GHz during heavy loads. The 16-core 6370P is also Piledriver based and comes clocked at a base frequency of 2.0GHz and when needed can boost to 2.5GHz. Both CPUs are fully compatible with all hardware running existing 6300 series chips, and have a TDP of 99 Watts.

Fox Sports to stream Super Bowl live on internet for free

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 11:43 pm

For the first time, Fox Sports will stream the Super Bowl via its web-based and mobile video streaming service, Fox Sports Go, for free. Fox says that it will use the Super Bowl to showcase its Fox Sports Go service via a free one day pass to anyone who signs up for a free account.

 

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The free day of access will last from 12 A.M eastern on Feb. 2nd until 3 A.M on Feb. 3rd. The entire Super Bowl event will be streamed live including the Pre-Game Show, Super Bowl, Half Time Show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as the post-game activities. Unfortunately the game will not be streamed to smartphones as Verizon and the NFL have an exclusive agreement for mobile streaming.

SteamOS beta updated to now support older PCs and dual booting

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:53 pm

When Valve first launched SteamOS late last year, many enthusiast in the community were a bit annoyed that the operating system required a fairly modern motherboard that supported UEFI BIOS. Additionally the ability to dual boot was not present as well and that too rubbed some people the wrong way.

 

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Today Valve released an update to SteamOS Beta that now allows the operating system to run on motherboards that ate not UEFI-based and the ability to dual boot has been restored. However, Valve says that Dual Booting setup will take place in "Expert Mode," and that very little testing has been done with dual booting. So keep that in mind and back up any important files on the hard drive you will be using.

3D printed gun creator inks book deal, talks controversial activity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:25 pm

Cody Wilson, the person responsible for releasing the first fully 3D printable gun blueprint in 2013, has signed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. Wilson approached several book publishers about Negative Liberty, the working title of the book, though some publishers felt he was trying to circumvent gun laws.

 

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"The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark," Wilson recently noted. "It won't be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers... a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing."

 

The 3D printable gun blueprint quickly racked up more than 100,000 downloads in just two days, and captured mainstream media attention. Suddenly, 3D printing technology, which is still in its relative infancy, caused a major debate about legality and ethics related to 3D printing.

Snow blower causes $450,000 in damage to Manhattan Apple Store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:08 pm

Snow blowers, lawn mowers, and kids playing stick ball are the cause of thousands of window breaks every year, but a recent incident in New York City may be one of the most expensive rock through window accidents in history. During a recent routine snow removal pass by Manhattan's posh $6.7 million Apple Store, a rock was sent flying through the air, striking one of the stores massive panes of glass.

 

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Apple says that the store will stay open despite the damage and I don't see why not as no one appears to be in danger as the glass looks to be coated with safety coatings preventing the glass shards from collapsing. Unfortunately for Apple, the single pane of glass is going to cost a whopping $450,000 to replace, which puts it at one of the most expensive window pane replacements in history.

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Syrian Electronic Army victimizes Microsoft yet again

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 6:34 pm

Just a few hours after Microsoft introduced a revamped Office blog, the Syrian Electronic Army victimized the software company by hacking and defacing the site. A few of the blog posts featured "hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army" byline instead of the original blog titles - with the group confirming the hack via its Twitter account.

 

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No customer information was compromised in the attack, and the blogs were quickly restored back to normal.

 

The Syrian Electronic Army has enjoyed targeting Microsoft, and previously accessed a "small number" of Microsoft employee e-mail accounts. SEA also sent the following Tweet from Microsoft's official Skype account: "Don't use Microsoft emails (Hotmail, Outlook), they are monitoring your accounts and selling data to the governments. More details soon."

 

Expect SEA to target Microsoft in future hacks, as the group continues to target Microsoft, The New York Times, Associated Press, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and other major news media outlets. The group typically uses phishing tactics to gain access into Twitter and other social media platforms, which continue to prove successful.

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