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MegaUpload saga: MegaUpload asks US court to dismiss piracy charges

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 30, 2012 9:32 pm

Attorneys representing the now defunct upload site MegaUpload have filed a motion with the court to dismiss criminal piracy charges due to the fact the US had no jurisdiction. "Megaupload does not have an office in the United States, nor has it had one previously," MegaUpload's lawyers wrote in their motion to dismiss. "Service of a criminal summons on Megaupload is therefore impossible."




The filing came today and is just the latest in a long drawn out court battle between MegaUpload and the United States. The sad part is that millions of legitimate users have been affected and their files, some the only copy, have been put into jeopardy at the hands of the US government. The issue at hand is that MegaUpload has never had a US-based agent or office:


Wholly foreign corporations, therefore, may not be prosecuted for alleged violations of federal criminal law unless they waive service In short, a corporation such as Megaupload cannot be brought within the jurisdiction of this Court for criminal proceedings absent its consent.


The company's lawyers have once again asked for funds to be released to allow for a proper defense. DotCom and three other managers are in New Zealand where they continue to fight extradition. "We told the court that the United States lacked probable cause to take down the entire site," said Ira Rothken, the attorney leading MegaUpload's worldwide defense.

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Sony to introduce two water resistant smartphones Q3 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2012 8:31 pm

According to Sony's market research and general common sense, water proof smartphones are something that everyone wants. Finally enough people have sounded off that Sony has decided to appease them. The Sony Xperia Go appears to replace last year's Xperia Active and the Xperia arco S appears to be an international Xperia arco HD.



Sony Xperia go specifications:

  • 3.5" Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine with 480 x 320 resolution
  • 5MP fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second
  • Scratch resistant mineral glass display with wet finger tracking
  • Highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone - IP67 Rating
  • 1Ghz dual core processor gives consumers super fast performance
  • 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus MicroSD slot
  • Launching on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 on its way
  • To be available in black, white and yellow colours
  • 1305 mAh battery capacity
  • Weighs 110 grams, 9.8mm thin

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US military chip made in China has security backdoor, massive national security concerns

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 30, 2012 7:29 pm

A new discovery has been made by a Cambridge University researcher that a chip used by the US military features a security backdoor which could have massive implications on on national security. The chip, which was built in China, cannot simply be reprogrammed as the security backdoor is physically present on the silicon.




Sergei Skorobogatov of Quo Vadis Labs at Cambridge University said:


Our aim was to perform advanced code breaking and to see if there were any unexpected features on the (US Military) chip. We scanned the silicon chip in an affordable time and found a previously unknown backdoor inserted by the manufacturer. This backdoor has a key, which we were able to extract. If you use this key you can disable the chip or reprogram it at will, even if locked by the user with their own key. This particular chip is prevalent in many systems from weapons, nuclear power plants to public transport. In other words, this backdoor access could be turned into an advanced Stuxnet weapon to attack potentially millions of systems. The scale and range of possible attacks has huge implications for National Security and public infrastructure.


Now, let's be fair: it isn't a sure thing that the backdoor was introduced by the Chinese. It's more probable that the backdoor was present in the original design as a debugging tool for the designer. This is a common practice and these backdoors are often present and not malicious.

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Verizon ups FiOS speeds, top tier now hits 300Mb/s

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 30, 2012 6:32 pm

Thought your FiOS fiber connection wasn't fast enough? Well, you won't have to worry any more as Verizon has just announced speed upgrades to all of the FiOS tiers except for the base 15Mb/s connection. The increase in speed across the board is at least double, and in some cases triple, so there will be no more waiting for downloads.




Even the uploads have seen a boost in speed, though not quite as much as the downloads. Verizon is touting that both a 2-hour HD movie download and a 10GB backup will finish in 22 minutes or less on the faster connection. Verizon is saying that they are increasing the speed because of people needing it for uses like previously described.


There is no announcement regarding pricing. It's possible that there could be a price drop, although I don't see that in the cards. There also could be a price increase, although I don't see that as very likely either. We'll just have to wait until the speed rolls out this coming June. Verizon just needs to get the availability increased as I would love to get this to my house.

OCZ intros Indilinx Everest 2-based Agility 4 series SSDs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 30, 2012 5:29 pm

Solid state drives are becoming a dime a dozen as more manufacturers intro models at lower and lower prices. These drives often don't sacrifice any performance to save costs. Today OCZ has introduced a new set of Agility 4 SSDs "for Mainstream Users Requiring the Best Price-to-Performance Ratio." We haven't tested that claim quite yet.




The newest line of solid state drives by OCZ is powered by an Everest 2 controller platform and "excels in real-world compressible and incompressible workload performance." OCZ is claiming the drives consistently exceed transfer rates of up to 400MB/s, and up to 85,000 random write IOPS. The press release says: "The dual core controller architecture also includes an advanced error correction code (ECC) engine, dynamic wear-leveling, auto encryption, and Indilinx Ndurance 2.0 technology that addresses and overcomes specific shortcomings of NAND flash memory to extend flash life well beyond the manufacturer's rated program and erase cycle specifications."


"For mainstream storage applications, there is no product better suited in the industry than our Agility 4 SSDs, providing the ultimate in access speed, application performance, endurance and reliability, at price points that most cost-conscious users will find appealing," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology.

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ENERMAX will join the liquid cooling crowd at Computex 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 30, 2012 4:34 pm

With Computex rapidly approaching, more and more manufacturers are making their Computex plans clear. Today we have learned that ENERMAX will be joining the liquid cooling crowd with a new all-in-one liquid cooling solution. ENERMAX is known for their power supplies, so jumping to liquid cooling is a bit of a stretch.




Currently, we don't know very much, if any thing, about the upcoming liquid cooling solution. All we have is the picture shown above. Since our crew will be in attendance of Computex, we will be sure to get the scoop on the latest addition to the ever more crowded all-in-one liquid cooling market.


In other news, ENERMAX will also be showing off some new power supplies to compliment the liquid cooling solution it is going to be showing off. ENERMAX will unveil the new PLATIMAX models - the higher wattage of 1350W and 1700W! In addition, more new industrial power series will be debuted, including the refreshing 2500W LED Power. If you are attending Computex, they will be exhibiting at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, 1st floor, No. I-1110.

Far Cry 3: E3 teaser trailer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 30, 2012 3:29 pm

The producers of Far Cry have released a trailer ahead of E3 so that they could advertise the live stream of their press conference. In the video, it shows some pretty good graphics, but these could be pre-rendered which would give them an advantage over actual in-game footage. It doesn't give much of the story away and contains some NSFW language.



Overall, the upcoming game looks pretty good. If you are a Far Cry fan, then you should watch Ubisoft's press conference. It will start June 4 at 3PM PDT and is available on or This means 6PM for NY, 11PM for London, and June 5 for Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.


We will do our best to bring you the latest Far Cry information from E3 while we are there covering the show. Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments!

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GSkill is bringing 8 professional overclockers to Computex 2012, visit them at the GSkill booth

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: May 30, 2012 2:01 pm

Like overclocking? Are you going to be at Computex Taipei 2012? If so, let me recommend that you head on over to GSkill's booth where 8 professional overclockers will be waiting. There will be several professional overclockers from various manufacturers at the booth doing 4 days on non-stop overclocking on 4 different motherboard manufacturers every day.




If you are going to be in Taipei for Computex, this really cool event will be going on in GSkill's booth which is located at .Computex Taipei 2012, Nangang Exhibition Hall, Booth I0118. It's going to be awesome to watch these professionals overclock everything in sight. You might even pick up an overclocking trick or two.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that Apple TV sales to double in 2012, 2.7 million sold thus far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2012 5:26 am

During a speech at the AllThingsD Conference yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about various things, one of these topics was the Apple TV. Cook revealed that Apple was on track to double the sales of the Apple TV this year, where they've already racked up 2.7 million sold. Considering that 3 million were sold throughout the entire of 2011, this is not bad at all.




Cook added that staying in the Apple TV market was uncharacteristic for Apple:


We're not a hobby kind of company as you know. Our tendency is to do very few things. And, if something creeps in and isn't a big success, we get it out of the way and put our energies on something else. With Apple TV though, you see what we've done. We've stuck in this, it's not the fifth leg of the stool. It's not the same size as the iPhone or Mac or tablet business. But last year we sold a little less than three million Apple TVs.

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Dell announces XPS One 27 all-in-one machine, sports 2560x1440 screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2012 4:32 am

Dell have just outed the XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which sports a 27-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440. One of the good things with the XPS One 27 range is that all configurations ship with third-generation Intel Core processors in the Ivy Bridge flavor.




They ship with either Core i5 or i7 offerings, with up to 16GB of RAM, a standard 1TB 7,200 RPM hard drive which can be upgraded to either a 2TB drive or a 32GB SSD. Adding to this we find Waves MaxxAudio 4, Infinity-branded speakers, a Blu-ray drive and optional 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU.


An optional TV tuner is available, and finishing things off we have four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports with power charge, audio out, HDMI, VGA, mic and headphone jacks an an 8-in-1 memory card reader. Dell's XPS One 27 starts at $1,399 and is available in Asia starting today, expect it to his the US in the next month or so.

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