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Adobe's user forum hacked, company takes site offline

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:38 pm

Adobe has suffered a breach on its user forums resulting in the resetting of approximately 150,000 member passwords. The site in question, connectusers.com, was breached by a hacker claiming to be from Egypt. The hacker released 644 records from the site. he says he targeted Adobe because of their slow response to fixing security problems.

 

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Adobe has confirmed that its Connect web conferencing service, among other websites ran by Adobe, were not affected by this breach. We first caught wind of the breach on Tuesday, after the hacker posted on the internet claiming that he stole the log-in combos for 150,000 Adobe customers and partners.

 

It's not clear what all data has been compromised. The hacker has said that he will also release data stolen from Yahoo, though Yahoo did not comment upon this.

Israel, Hamas make use of Twitter to live-blog Gaza skirmishes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:34 pm

Israeli defense forces and Hamas have taken to Twitter to live blog the happenings of a new Gaza skirmish. The two sides in the fight have side-stepped the traditional news organizations, which allow them to release the information they want with the spin they want. It allows propaganda to be easily spread and for the forces to control what info gets out quickly.

 

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Furthermore, it's likely that people will prefer to watch the Twitter feed of what's happening, versus a news source, due to it being quickly updated. True, the source will be biased, something most people hope typical news sources aren't, but it is likely the way wars of the future will be covered: 140 characters at a time.

 

@IDFSpokesperson:

 

We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.

 

@AlqassamBrigade:

 

@IDFSpokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)

Rightware releases Browsermark 2.0, benchmark designed to test performance of mobile devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:16 pm

Browsermark 2.0 is now available. Browsermark, a benchmark produced by Rightware, is a benchmarking tool designed to test mobile and embedded devices, though it will work on any browser that has an internet connection. This means the benchmark can be used to analyze high performance desktops all the way down to that single core phone from 2008.

 

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"We are all frustrated with the performance of our browser, based on the device we are web browsing on, and continually ask, 'Am I expecting too much from my tablet?'" said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Rightware. "Browsermark answers that question for you! This simple-to-run test will help you decide which browser provides the best web experience for your device. In addition to measuring your own device, consumers can check out the latest results of many devices in our Power Board online database. We believe these two technologies will help to improve the user experience on every device."

 

The test covers the usual: page loading, page resizing, conformance testing, and network speed. However, the new version also covers WebGL, Canvas, HTML5, and CSS3/3D. Best yet, the Browsermark 2.0 benchmark is completely free to use for everyone, which will make it easier for you to compare your shiny new device to your friend's old one.

 

You can try out the benchmark on Rightware's website.

Google Fiber installation begins in Kansas City

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:30 pm

Google Fiber is an idea Google has been kicking around for the past couple of years as it aims to become an Internet Service Provider that will offer customers in the U.S. the speeds they deserve at a reasonable price. Earlier this year, they announced Kansas City would be one of the first to receive Google Fiber promising 1 gigabit download and upload speeds for only $70. Today, Google has announced its Google Fiber installation has officially kicked off in Kansas City.

 

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If you live in Kansas City, specifically in Hanover Heights, and see a new box on the side of your home and a sticky note on your door indicating your home is ready for Google Fiber, Google will be contacting you by phone or email within the next couple of days to schedule an appointment with you.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted demo now available on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 4:00 pm

Before Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 took over my gaming time, I was playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted on a very regular basis. Its driving mechanics felt a tad heavy compared to previous Criterion titles, but after spending several hours with the game, I became used to it and enjoyed my time with it before first-person shooters took dominance over all games.

 

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If you have yet to pick up Need for Speed: Most Wanted and are the type to try a game before you spend your hard-earned cash on it, then you should head over to Xbox Live or PlayStation Network as EA has announced a demo for the game is now available.

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Iron Man 3 trailer gets low budget remake

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:00 pm

It was just a few weeks ago when the first official Iron Man 3 trailer hit the Internet to which many comic book and action film fans probably thought, "Boy! There sure are a lot of nifty special effects in this trailer. I wonder what it would look like if it received a low budget remake?"

 

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For the twenty-seven of you that thought a low budget remake would be cool to see, you were completely right as Dumb Drum put together a video that accurately replicates the original Iron Man 3 trailer, just without all of those fancy special effects.

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Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus spotted in Black Ops 2

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 2:00 pm

It seems for the past couple of days, the two things that have been on everyone's lips have been Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus' uncovered scandal. Who knew that these two topics of discussion would come together in an unholy union of extreme irony.

 

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Apparently, in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Ex-CIA Director Petraus would have still been going strong in the military world making it all the way to become the US Secretary of Defense by 2025.

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BioWare offers Mass Effect Trilogy to Black Ops 2 PC players affected by mishap

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 1:05 pm

Yesterday, we reported on PC copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 including a Mass Effect 2 disc instead of the second disc of the game. If you were one of those unlucky few, your luck has instantly changed overnight as BioWare has got a sweet deal for you.

 

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BioWare, who are the developers behind the Mass Effect trilogy, has seen the mixup as an omen which have given these select few a surprise Mass Effect 2 disc. With that said, BioWare is reaching out to those few who were accidentally given Mass Effect 2 discs and giving them the complete Mass Effect Trilogy they never wanted.

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PC sales may decline "for years to come", analysts begin to worry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:30 pm

This should really come as a surprise to, well, no one. The consumer tech world has changed, and gone are the requirement for desktops for productivity work or surfing the web - you can do all of this on a smartphone, or a notebook. Recent figures have pointed toward a decline for this year in relation to PC sales, a first in 11 years.

 

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More and more consumers are grabbing smart devices, and while some analysts have hopes for Windows 8, Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, isn't so sure on PC sales. Reitzes says that PC sales could decline "for years to come" and has now reduced his estimates for 2012, all the way up until 2016. Reitzes wrote in a research note that Forbes reported on:

 

We are lowering our 2012-2016 PC forecasts due to weak macro conditions, confusion around Windows 8, ongoing cannibalization from tablets, and an elongation in replacement cycles.

 

Reitzes estimates a 6% year-over-year decline for the PC industry in Q4, and a 3% year-over-year decline for the entire of 2012. He expects the market to continue to slide in 2013, dropping another 4%,"as the consumer market remains weak and the tablet and smartphone markets continue to cannibalize the PC market; the iPad mini, new iPad and iPhone 5 could continue to take wallet share". The analyst isn't a big fan of Windows 8, noting that "Windows 8 and ultrabooks are creating confusion within the PC ecosystem, which has hampered execution and worsened the downturn".

Sprint holds off on offering Windows Phone 8 devices, will wait until 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 11:33 am

Windows Phone 8 is here, but it hasn't made that much of a wave in the market yet, and now Sprint are looking to not even bother selling any Windows Phone 8-based devices this year at all. Sprint are reportedly waiting it out, until next year, to see how Microsoft's latest mobile OS is received.

 

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TechCrunch have reported that the US carrier is waiting to see if Windows Phone 8 is worth the investment, but haven't released an official statement just yet. They could be delaying it for their $20 billion acquisition by Softbank, and don't have the time or money to invest in a yet unproven platform, especially with iOS and Android are already so strong.

 

Windows Phone 7 wasn't received that well compared to the mobile OS competition found in Google and Apple's offerings, so Sprint are probably just playing a waiting game. I don't blame them, and I would be doing the same thing. If there was an absolutely killer Windows Phone 8-based smartphone, like the iPhone was when it came out - then that would be different. As good as the Nokia Lumia 920 is, it's not the absolute be all and end all of smartphones.

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