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President Obama's new executive order addresses cybersecurity issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:37 am

President Obama is getting a bit of attention today thanks to his State of the Union speech, where he introduced a new executive order to address cybersecurity problems across the United States.

 

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The now second term President said that the US and allied nations must take action to stop the constant attacks, as "we cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy." The new executive order continues on a voluntary initiative that started in May 2012, supervised by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

 

The already in-place measure has been criticized over its lack of definition and scope, as well as its failure to find what actually makes up a cyber attack that requires a response. The original proposal has a lack of civil rights protections, which is, of course, a huge problem. In a draft of the document released during the State of the Union speech, the White House notes that the new measure must include "strong privacy and civil liberties protections", where it addresses the criticisms of the program currently enacted by 12 companies, as well as the federal government.

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During his State of the Union speech, President Obama talks about Apple bringing Mac production to the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:36 am

If you didn't watch it live, President Obama had his State of the Union speech a few hours ago, and mentioned Apple during his speech to Congress. Obama took a few minutes to talk about Apple bringing Mac production back to the US this year.

 

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President Obama didn't specifically name which Macs would be manufactured in the US, but we should see the Mac mini manufactured in the US - creating nearly 200 jobs in the US. Obama said:

 

Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.

 

After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook was right there, sitting in the First Lady's box (take that as you will) which is the usual spot for guests who are mentioned during the President's speech.

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 is out, give your GPU a workout

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:39 am

Unigine Corp. have just released the latest revision to their GPU benchmark, Heaven Benchmark 4.0. Heaven 4.0 is perfect for stability testing on your system, mainly for your GPU.

 

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Heaven 4.0 has full support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0, works across multiple platforms - Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and includes countless settings for you to tinker with. Best of all, it has support for multi-monitor setups as well as different stereo 3D models. What's new in Heaven 4.0? Here's a list of what to expect:

  • Benchmarking presets for convenient comparison of results
  • GPU temperature and clock monitoring
  • Drastic improvement of SSDO
  • Stars at nighttime
  • Improvement of lens flare
  • New, improved version of UNIGINE Engine under the hood
  • Detection of multiple GPUs
  • Anti-aliasing support on Mac OS X
  • Enhancement of automation scripts in Pro version
  • New Advanced edition (see details below)
  • Russian and Chinese localization

 

You can download Heaven Benchmark 4.0 here.

Controller designer and hardware lead for Steam Box fired from Valve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:34 am

Valve's Steam Box could be in a little trouble now, as the controller designer and hardware lead, Jeri Ellsworth, has been fired. The news comes from Ellsworth's Twitter account, where she tweeted "Yup. Got fired today. Time for new exciting projects."

 

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Ellsworth was working on prototypes of controllers to use from your couch on the console we should hopefully soon expect from Valve. Should we expect delays from Valve on the Steam Box? I'm guessing not. Getting fired from Valve is pretty serious, as they have a very laid back working environment.

RumorTT: More talk on Apple's 'watch computer' floats around, rumors of a 100 person team circling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 6:38 am

A new rumor has crawled out of the probably dusty and dirty rumor mill, this time coming from Bloomberg. Peter Burrows and Adam Satariano report that Apple have a team of around 100 product designers working on a 'wristwatch-like' device that shares functions from iOS devices.

 

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The report listed managers, members of the marketing group and engineers that worked on both the iPad and iPhone. Two specific Apple employees are named, first, James Foster, who is a Senior Director of Engineering and another manager named Achim Pantfoerder, who are said to be on the - what I'm calling - iWatch team.

 

Pantfoerder has been credited with multiple patents, one of which is a joint patent with Apple's Tony Fadell for integrated proximity and light sensors that ended up getting baked into the iPod touch, iPhone and iPads, as well as another patent in relation to Apple's stereo headset jacks, and more. We should see this third rumor as solidification of Apple releasing a wearable computing device, and not just some rumor from 'sources within the upstream supply chain'.

Apple enjoys success in Japan, tops their mobile industry for the first time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 5:41 am

Japan's mobile market is a new territory for Apple to conquer, but it looks like last year was good to them as the iPhone maker scooped up the top spot in Japan's mobile phone market for a twelve-month period for the first time ever.

 

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Apple took 16% of Japan's mobile market - this includes smartphones and feature phones - in Q4 2012, giving them an overall 15% share of the year as a whole. This pushes Apple just ahead of Japan locals Sharp and Fujitsu who both held 14% share eacj, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research.

 

Apple have previously taken the top spot in Japan's mobile industry but it has always been short lived and usually happened at the beginning of new product launches, like the iPhone 4S' launch in 2011. Apple reaching the top is a big fact, with Sharp being knocked off their top spot after a six-year run as number one.

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BlueStacks provides the ability to run Android apps on Microsoft's Surface Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 4:37 am

BlueStacks is at it again, this time updating their application to work with Microsoft's Surface Pro, as well as Windows 8, providing the ability to run Android apps on the tablet and OS, respectively.

 

 

The latest version of their app fully supports Windows 8, right down to the charms bar and rotation support, as well as being optimized for the Surface Pro. Best of all, BlueStacks' app is free, giving you the ability to run Android apps on Windows 8 devices, or if you were lucky enough to score one of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets in the last couple of days.

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LG unveils their Optimus G Pro, features a 5.5-inch display, curved glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 3:31 am

I've said it previously, but I think we're going to see LG really crank up their quality moving into 2013 and it looks like this is happening. Today we have the unveiling of the South Korean-based company's Optimus G Pro.

 

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LG's Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch display, and a curved glass design available in both black and white which LG says produces a "2.5D effect". The aforementioned 5.5-inch display ushers in 1920x1080 pixels, a quad-core processor that we should expect to arrive as Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro.

 

We should expect a launch later this month, but LG haven't stated whether this would be locked to just South Korea or not. We should hear more later this month at Mobile World Congress.

Corsair acquires Scotland-based Simple Audio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:37 am

On their rampage for world domination, Corsair have just acquired Scotland-based Simple Audio. Simple Audio have been around for five years and is mostly known in Europe for their networked set-top receivers.

 

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These receivers are capable of sharing music from PCs, Macs, TVs, iPods and MP3 players, so we should expect Corsair to expand their audio lineup in the coming months and years. Corsair's acquisition will see Simple Audio's products jump across the pond, hopefully sooner rather than later.

 

Corsair haven't said anything about the amount of money they paid for Simple Audio, but the American computer component maker have said that they'd been checking out Simple Audio's dance moves for a while now - even since 2010 - and felt that now is the right time to acquire them.

New Batman Arkham game coming this year, not developed by Rocksteady Studios unfortunately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:23 am

The two Batman games we've been treated to over the last few years have been homeruns for Rocksteady Studios, but according to the latest investor from Time Warner, we should expect a third Batman Arkham game this year, not made by Rocksteady Studios. Time Warner's CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, John K. Martin, said:

 

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And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.

 

VG247's sources have confirmed that Rocksteady Studios' hands won't be all over this one, sadly.

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