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Five-year-old kid racks up $2500 bill on iPad apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:32 pm

Five-year-old Danny Kitchen asked his parents for the password to their iPad so that he could download a free game, which turned into a nightmare for the Kitchen's, as Danny racked up a $2500 bill in add-on purchases to his mother's credit card.

 

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The culprit? Zombies vs. Ninjas, which is definitely a free game, but Danny ordered extra "darts" and "bombs" to battle those nasty zombies, where weapons range right up to $99.99. Danny's mother had no idea what was happening until she noticed 19 e-mails from iTunes in the morning, receipts of her son's purchases.

 

Sharon didn't think anything of the emails, putting it down to multiple invoices of the one receipt. She ignored it until her credit card company called her regarding the suspicious activity. Sharon told Mashable:

 

I still find it incredible that he managed to do it. He only had the iPad for ten to 15 minutes, so he could've only done the deed within this amount of time. He thought he wasn't doing anything wrong. He was reprimanded and told off, but he was crying. He realized there were going to be consequences and I said, 'You better run and hide,' and he says, 'But mommy, where shall I hide?' I felt so sorry for him and couldn't be mad.

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Gigabyte's Z87 motherboard is ready for some extreme overclocking, meet the Z87X-OC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:15 am

We've already seen what ASRock are working on, but what about Gigabyte? They haven't been sleeping by the looks of things, with the new Z87 range of motherboards, built for overclockers, being noticed at CeBIT.

 

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The best of the bunch, the GA-Z87X-OC, is built with a full 8 Phase Solid VRM using DRMOS, International Rectifier MOSFETs, which should give some crazy stability when pushing that overclock. The Z87X-OC includes that sexy orange and black design we've come to know and love from Gigabyte, as well as the usual buttons for enthusiasts on the board - BCLCK, Turbo, Gear, Power switches at the side of DIMM slots, Voltage measuring points, Debug LED and a Dual BIOS switch.

 

We should expect to see more from Gigabyte at Computex in June, where more consumer-ready boards should be unveiled. There's more in the Z87 range from Gigabyte, with the GA-Z87X-UD5H, GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H and GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H being shown off at Gigabyte's CeBIT 2013 booth.

SGI Launches new InfiniteStorage 5600 RAID Storage Platform

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:01 am

SGI has launched the new InfiniteStorage 5600, a next-generation high performance storage platform. SGI has a huge presence in the storage market, delivering over 600 Petabytes of storage last year alone. This next gen RAID platform provides the highest throughput for its footprint, spindle count, watts consumption and investment dollars. Designed to capitalize on many forms of storage, from SSDs to HDDs, this platform is well suited for high performance computing, research and analysis, simulation and modeling.

 

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The flexible modular architecture of this new system allows customers to tune their specific performance and capacity requirements. The IS5600 can intermix multiple drive types and enclosure densities, ranging from 4TB high capacity drives to extreme performance SSDs in a single, scalable system.

 

With a tremendous advantage in MB/s per spindle over competing solutions, the IS5600 provides higher performance with fewer spindles than any other solution on the market.

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Hands-on video with MSI's WindTop AG2712 AIO PC - the first true gaming all-in-one?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42 am

CeBIT 2013 - One of the final great videos we'll see from Johannes Knapp after his trip to MWC and CeBIT 2013 is of the MSI WindTop AG2712 AIO PC.

 

 

This new all-in-one computer from MSI is claimed to be the world's first true gaming AIO and MSI does manage to back that claim up with some pretty solid specs. It comes packing an Intel Core i7 3630QM processor running at 2.4GHz, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory and a speedy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX CPU with 3GB of GDDR5 memory.

 

The screen included on the unit is 27-inches in size with a solid 1920 x 1080 resolution and includes 10 point multitouch support. The screen is also of the non-glare type, which Johannes liked during his hands-on with the unit. The unit includes a whole bunch of I/O options, with one of the better being HDMI IN, allowing you to use the AIO as a television for other HDMI devices such as your PS3 or Xbox 360.

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Thief reboot confirmed, will stealth onto next-gen consoles and PC in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:31 am

Ah, Thief, a game I remember from the 90s as a huge leap in terms of stealth games. Now we're finally seeing a reboot of the franchise from Eidos Montreal who have been working on the Thief reboot for years, reports Game Informer.

 

 

The rebooted Thief will be released on the PS4 and PC, as well as other next-gen consoles. The above trailer doesn't show you much, but is more of a confirmation that we're to expect Thief. The new game will see series hero Garrett returning to Gothic, an industrial metropolis known as just the 'City'. We should hear more on the game soon now that it has been announced.

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Google reportedly testing out same-day delivery service with local retailers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:29 am

Google are looking to expand into yet another area of the market, with Reuters reporting that the Mountain View-based search giant are apparently working with retailers on a same-day delivery service, along the lines of Amazon Prime and eBay Now and local dispatchers like Postmates' GetItNow.

 

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TechCrunch reported on the story too, where they said the search giant would grab your purchased goods from local retailers, and deliver them to your door through third-party couriers. Google would charge just $64-$69 a year for the service, while Reuters' source said a small fee per purchase might also be tacked on. Either way, it's not expensive - well, not for someone like me in Australia anyway.

 

Reuters have reported that Google are already testing this out in the Bay Area in "recent weeks".

We get a closer look at ASRock's Haswell-based Z87/H87/B85 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:00 am

Yesterday we had a look at a few of ASRock's Haswell-based motherboard offerings, but the pictures weren't too shabby. We're back today with some much better pictures, where we can take a closer look at their upcoming motherboards.

 

The shots are in perfect detail, of each board - the B85M, H87 Pro4, Z87 Extreme6 and Z87 Pro4-M. We have shots of each, as well as the inputs on the back of each board, let's start with the B85M:

 

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LSI first to ship OEMs 12Gb/s SAS ROC and I/O controllers

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:46 am

The introduction of 12Gb/s SAS products has just inched closer, with LSI firing the initial salvos of this new technology by being the first to ship OEMs a 12Gb/s product. Several key players are lining up to provide customers with 12Gb/s products, but LSI has apparently taken the lead in this race with the CeBIT announcement.

 

LSI is currently shipping the LSISAS3108 12GB/s SAS ROC and the LSISAS3008 12Gb/s SAS I/O controller. The new Invader controllers can top 6GB/s in throughput and 915,000 IOPS.

 

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At FMS 2012 we were able to spot some of LSIs new 12Gb/s gear with the MiniSAS HD connections to the rear of the controller. These connections provide 12Gb/s speed in a smaller form factor.

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WiFi Alliance and WiGig join forces, will use their wireless powers for good, not evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:35 am

It has been two months since the WiFi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance shook hands, and planned this adventure, but now the time is here and their powers have been combined. The two companies have been working together on developing and building the 60GHz wireless standard.

 

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But instead, they've decided that it was better to make the partnership official, in order to get the most out of their work together. Their long-term plans include expanding WiGig's capabilities and implementing a baseline interoperability certification program by early next year. The combined effort could push forward a large growth, with ABI Research forecasting that we'll see annual shipments of 1.8 billion devices sporting both WiFi and WiGig support by 2016.

Twitter Global Weekly Giveaway - GIGABYTE X79S-UP5-WIFI (Intel C606) Motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:11 am

In this Twitter weekly giveaway we have teamed up with GIGABYTE to giveaway a hot new motherboard. We're talking about just any motherboard; we're talking about the new and impressive X79S-UP5-WIFI. It's an enthusiast-class board with server like features since it uses the impressive high-end Intel C606 Express chipset.

 

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In our review of the X79S-UP5-WIFI, our motherboard editor Shane Baxtor had the following to say:

 

"When it comes to the features, we've got a strong line up thanks to the eight SAS ports that are brought to the table via the C606 chipset. Along with that we've got all the usual inclusions like USB 3.0 and dual Gigabit networking to name just a few things. The other big feature, though, comes in the bundle via the included WiFi / Bluetooth card that adds another layer of connectivity to the board.

 

Overall GIGABYTE has put together a really strong motherboard that's a great option for anyone who is looking at going down the path of an LGA 2011 build. The toughest decision when it comes to buying a new high-end PC at the moment is do you go down the LGA 2011 path with a X79 / C606 based chipset or follow the impressive LGA 1155 based CPU's with an Z77 chipset, which has proven itself extremely well."

 

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