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Google upgrades its SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA, NSA-proof?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 12:31 pm

It looks like Google is a little more secure today, after the Mountain View-based search giant unveiled that it has completely the upgrade of all its SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA, which is a few months ahead of schedule.

 

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Google Security Engineer, Dan Dulay, said: "we have completed this process which will allow the industry to start removing trust from weaker 1024-bit keys next year." The company announced back in May that it had started work on changing its key lengths, and wanted to complete the task before the end of the year. This was around two weeks prior to Edward Snowden making headlines on the NSA PRISM system.

 

With the new longer key lengths, Google makes cracking SSL connections much harder, which should have e-mail communication, encrypted banking transactions and more, much more secure. Dulay said: "hardware security module that contained our old 1024-bit intermediate certificate has served us well. Its final duty after all outstanding certificates were revoked was to be carefully destroyed."

Samsung hopes to ship over 100 million tablets in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 11:34 am

2014 is shaping up to be an interesting year for consumer devices, where I think we'll see a powerful change from smartphones to wearable devices, like Glass, and tablets do a little better, for some companies at least.

 

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One of those companies would be Samsung, which is looking to double its tablet output next year, from this year's 40 million tablets. This is double the number of slates the South Korean giant shipped last year, but it is looking to really up the ante going into 2014. Samsung is hoping to sell as much as 100 million tablets in 2014, a large increase over 2013's numbers, that's for sure.

Fallout 4 is close to being announced, trademark has been filed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 10:29 am

The world has been waiting for the announcement from Bethesda regarding Fallout 4, but it looks like those days are numbered. The developer has filed for a trademark application for Fallout 4 in Europe.

 

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Of course, this doesn't mean it's going to happen, or we'll hear of something, but remember that IGN reported a teaser website that was uncovered by some keen-eyed Reddit users. Again, this doesn't completely prove the existence of Fallout 4, but it gives it more credit than nothing happening at all. We will have news of Fallout 4 as soon as it breaks.

ASRock unveils its Z87 Extreme11/AC motherboard, with 22 SATA ports!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 9:33 am

You might be used to your motherboard with 6, or maybe 8 SATA ports, but ASRock has your back if you want to cram an insane 22 SATA drives onto your system with its latest Z87 Extreme11 motherboard.

 

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The ASRock Z87 Extreme11 leverages the LSI 3008 chip, partnered with a 3X24R expander to provide an insane sixteen SAS-3/SATA 6Gbps ports, as well as the usual 6 SATA 6Gbps ports provided by the chipset on the board. 22 HDDs installed from a single motherboard? This is now possible, thanks to ASRock. The Z87 Extreme11 motherboard is also outfitted with some impressive dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Purity Sound, 12 x USB 3.0 ports, dual GbE, and two mSATA ports.

Valve will show off its VR prototype in January at its Dev Days event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 8:28 am

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, 2014 is going to be the start of virtual reality moving out from the shadow of being a gimmick, to being the next big leap in gaming and technology.

 

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Now we have Valve scheduling two sessions during its upcoming Developers Day conference in January 2014: What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years, and Virtual Reality and Steam. Valve has effectively teased the world by revealing its VR prototype, and what a great experience it thinks "affordable" VR hardware will be capable of in the near future.

 

The developer is also working on "the Steam Overlay in VR, Steam store changes for VR, and our VR plan for Steamworks." It looks like we might see the mashup of the Oculus Rift and Steam worlds, with an interesting VR interface. Maybe this is why the Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controllers and most of all, Half-Life 3, have been delayed this far.

Microsoft spent over $100 million developing the Xbox One controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 7:32 am

The Xbox One is nearly upon us, but how much did Microsoft spend on the Xbox One controller? It's being reported that over $100 million was pumped into the Xbox One controller's development, a mammoth amount of green for a peripheral, isn't it?

 

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During the development, Microsoft had some interesting ideas for the controller, with two of them being of interest: the first, was a built-in projector that would throw out images into your room. The second, was smell-o-vision, which would've been a truly interesting addition to the next-gen controller. What do you think? If you had to choose one, what would you want? Smell-o-vision, or the built-in projector?

New study says games have no negative impact in kids

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 6:36 am

Are video games causing the youth of today, and tomorrow, with behavioral or emotional problems in the future? Well, according to a huge new study of 11,000 kids, no, no it does not.

 

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The University of Glasgow used surveys from mothers in a massive millennial survey to track behavior over time. The goal of this study was to see if there was any connection between screen time, and behavioral or emotional troubles in the future. The authors dived into the study wanting to use both TV and video games, arguing the point that there is a connection with attention disorders, anger and other problems that might be connected to both.

 

The researchers wanted to know if "games may have more powerful effects due to active user engagement, identification with characters and repeated rehearsal and reinforcement." Then, we have some key findings, where "exposure to video games had no effect on behavior, attention or emotional issues." The study also found that "neither television nor video games lead to attentional or emotional problems."

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A man has been shot dead over a PS4 sale gone bad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:37 am

Two men have been shot, one fatally, over a PlayStation 4 sale that went bad. The event happened in Orlando, Florida, with police confirming Emmanuel Johnson, had agreed to meet a man outside Orlando police HQ at 4:30pm to buy his PS4.

 

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Well, the location was changed at the last minute, and Johnson ended up dying from his gunshot wound. It's a sad story, especially over something that is worth $399, and a life has been lost. It is the first PS4 robbery, and unfortunately, it most likely will not be the last.

Galaxy S3 update 4.3 gets pulled due to problems; Samsung comments

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:03 am

Last week Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was pushed out to the Galaxy S3 but Samsung has pulled the update due to all the problems it was causing. Users were reporting Wi-Fi issues, massive battery drains, random freezes, freezing for incoming calls, as well as Bluetooth problems. Sammobile spoke to the people at Samsung and were given a statement telling them they were working on the problem. Samsung has not announced when the update will be available again, but are making certain it will be as early as possible.

 

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Statement to Sammobile from Samsung Mobile UK: "As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility."

Ubisoft expects big things from next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 4:34 am

Sony has already sold 1 million PS4s, and is hoping to sell a total of 5 million units before March 2014, but Ubisoft is expecting even bigger things from the next-gen consoles.

 

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Senior VP of Marketing and Sales for Ubisoft, Tony Key, recently said that Ubisoft's "feeling is the installed base of these machines will be much faster to take hold than previous generations" when discussing the PS4 and Xbox One during an interview with Games Industry International. When referring to the number of current generation consoles sold over the same period of time, Key said: "In the first couple of years, we expect double the installed based of previous generations. The reason why is: The last cycle was longer, so there's a lot of pent up demand."

 

Remember, Ubisoft has a few tricks up its sleeve, one of them being Watch Dogs, which was delayed into spring 2014, where he said: "Watch Dogs is designed to be a long-term brand for Ubisoft. We won't launch it until we know it's equaling the vision it can achieve."

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