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More Sony hacking news, why aren't these hackers using their powers for good?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 25, 2011 5:31 am

This is something I just don't understand, these hackers are targeting Sony - for whatever reason I don't care, that is not my business and I'm not employed by Sony. But, another hack has just happened and it appears Sony BMG Greece was hacked on Sunday using an SQL injection attack and lost more than 8000 customer records. LulzSecurity, known for hacking's login database are responsible and it seems that Sony just aren't really caring about the amount of attacks happening to them.




Now the question is, what are Sony doing? The message is clear, customers can't trust Sony anymore. Sophos Security researcher Chester Wisniewski wrote about the Greece intrusion, saying:


Sophos Security researcher Chester Wisniewski , who yesterday took a gentler tone when covering the Greece intrusion, this time firmly admonished Sony, writing:


While there is an enormous target on Sony's back as a result of these very public attacks it is unclear why this is happening. Is Sony taking security seriously or are there simply so many flaws from the past that exist in their public facing sites that it will take them a long time to patch them all?


I hope this is the last time I have to report on a flaw at Sony. Sony has announced they are working with several professional organizations to get their security house in order and for their sake I hope this happens sooner rather than later.

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Deal of the Day: Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive with 3 Year Warranty for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: May 25, 2011 5:08 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive with 3 Year Warranty for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: $89.99 with FREE shipping and no rebate to send in gets you this 2TB Fantom Drives Gforce 3 external hard drive with USB 3.0 connection (backwards compatible with USB 2.0). This drive is virtually silent (no fan) and has a 3 year warranty too.






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Telstra to throttle mobile users after quota exceeded, all data plans are now virtually unlimited

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 25, 2011 4:39 am

Telstra has done it again, not only have they recently reduced pricing and increased value in their plans but they have now revealed plans to start throttling data speeds on customers mobile phones when they exceed their included monthly data allowance. This move is to avoid the "bill shock" phenomenon when customers go over their data allowance and receive a massive bill at the end of the month.




This move is not something new for the fixed-broadband world, with caps allowing x amount of GB and when exceeded, receive speed throttles to 64Kbps for example, the same speed as a dial-up connection. Telstra finance chief John Stanhope said that customers deserve to be able to enjoy the full capabilities of their Telstra mobiles on plans without fear of a large, unexpected bill.

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Duke Nukem Forever Will Actually Ship June 14th

By: | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2011 2:50 am

No, really. After 15 years of "development", we're finally going to get to see the title that everybody- well, by now, probably at least some people are waiting for. Gearbox Software and 2K reportedly confirmed that the development of the game was at long last completed. The game is set to ship internationally on June 10th, domestically on June 14 for PC, XBox 360 and PS3. Players that buy the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition and/or pre-order the game itself will we treated to a special demo on June 3rd.




Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K Games, told IGN:


Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshippable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history. Today marks an amazing day in the annals of gaming lore, the day where the legend of Duke Nukem Forever is finally complete and it takes that final step towards becoming a reality.


"Precipice of history?" "Annals of gaming lore?" Maybe I'm the only naysayer in this, but can this game possibly be that good? Let's be serious, back in the day DN was just a Doom clone with more profanity and half-naked pixellated dancing girls. Yeah, I'm sure I'll get a bunch of hate mail for this, but again, c'mon. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it will be an extremely entertaining FPS- or at least, it better be with 15 years of hype behind it. Check out IGN for lots and lots of images and promo shots.

Dell unleashes new XPS 15z

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 25, 2011 1:53 am

Dell have finally released their aimed-at-the-Apple-MacBook-Pro notebook in the form of the Dell XPS 15z, a 15-inch, powerhouse of a system that looks virtually identical to the stylish-yet-expensive MacBook Pro. Dell's XPS 15z starts at a decent $999 and can be ordered today. The XPS 15z features both Core i5 and Core i7 options from the second-generation Core architecture, weighs in at 5.54 pounds and is under an inch thick.




Dell is making claims that it is the thinnest 15-inch PC on the market (key word there being PC). Display options come in the form of 1366x768 standard or the option of upgrading to a 1920x1080 screen. The XPS 15z can be optioned with 8GB of RAM and features the Intel HM67 chipset. Two GPUs are on the block here, the GeForce GT 525M with Optimus technology including 1GB of RAM. For those who want some oomph in gaming performance, the same GPU is offered but with 2GB of RAM.

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Opera Mini 6 for iOS, browser goodness for iPhone and iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 25, 2011 1:31 am

I used to be Opera-exclusive a few years ago, before the big Firefox craze and before Google Chrome was even thought of. I'm a Chrome fanboy on both PC and Mac now, but for my iPad - Opera Mini 6 rocks the house. I downloaded it this morning and compared to Safari, it just rocks. Opera Mini iPhone App made a pretty amazing entrance to the App Store in April last year; grabbing 1 million downloads in its first day.




However, they just released Opera Mini 6 for iOS and this morning I tried it before driving to my day job and it is simply amazing. I had 5 minutes with it and my initial impressions left me wanting to use it more. Pages seemed to load up at least twice as fast as the stock browser and the interface feels so much more intuitive. Opera Software says the browser features up to 90-percent compression of data traffic for faster browsing, improved display and a refreshed user interface to accommodate for various screen sizes.


Another bonus? Well, it's free!

GDC Online 2011 Advisory Board Full Of Pros

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 25, 2011 12:03 am

Seems like we're all just talking about conferences lately. The online version of the annual San Francisco Game Developer's Conference will occur in Austin, TX this fall, and will feature some pretty heavy hitters organizing it, including reps from Zynga, PopCap and even Blizzard that will be orchestrating all of the fun and, especially, games going on at the conference.




The conference will once again be in Austin, TX, from Oct 10-13, in the Austin Convention Center. More information at the GDC online website, and be sure to check out the press release below about some of the developers and luminaries advising and speaking this year.


SAN FRANCISCO - UBM TechWeb Game Network, organizers of the Game Developers Conference Online (GDC Online) are revealing the latest game industry leaders from the worlds of social and connected gaming to serve on both the Main Conference and Summit-specific advisory boards for the conference this year.


These industry luminaries, each of whom have rated, commented on and discussed more than 340 submissions for GDC Online 2011, represent companies including Zynga, ngmoco, PopCap, Playdom, CCP, Blizzard and Riot Games.

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EA To Broadcast E3 Press Conference On Spike TV

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2011 11:40 pm

Electronic Arts announced today that they will be broadcasting their press conference, live from, ah, Spike TV of all places. You all remember Spike TV, right? It used to be called TNN and only showed reruns and the Grand Ol' Opry? And then it turned into something resembling a bastard child of the NASCAR channel and G4? Yeah, well, that's where EA's press conference is going to be, June 6th, 12:30PM PDT.




EA has already stated they're going to be showing a new Battlefield 3 Demo, gameplay from Mass Effect 3 (sick!) and "news on unannounced projects." So if you have American cable, tune your Tivo to Spike- otherwise...well, I'm sorry you don't have Spike TV?


Also, kids: please don't confuse Spike TV with the Spice Channel (not a food network).

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Next Batch of BlizzCon Tix On Sale Tomorrow

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2011 11:27 pm

The next installment of tickets for this sure-to-be insanely fun conference goes on sale 5/25 7PM PDT, so if you're located in the US you'll have plenty of time to get home from work only to post up on your computer, eagerly awaiting the the clock striking sevenfold. Or something. Either way, you'll get another chance, and tickets are actually a very decent $175- though if you miss out on those, you'll have the opportunity to spend $500 to go to a dinner with the Blizzard / Activision Execs. Oh, c'mon, it's for charity.




Readers will recall that BlizzCon tickets first went on sale the same day as the prophesied Rapture, which we believed had the potential to drastically interfere. The event however weathered the End of Days (I refuse to repost the trailer, go watch it yourselves) without a hitch, as the allotted tickets for that round sold out in less than 24 hours.


Check out more information at Blizzard's BlizzCon site or check out the posts below.


The initial allotment of tickets for BlizzCon 2011 has now been sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets this time, you'll have another chance on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, when a second batch goes on sale.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for May 24, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 24, 2011 3:12 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - May 24th, 2011




- Gateway DX4850-45 @ TechReviewSource

- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s @ TechreviewSource




- Gigabyte Z68X UD7 B3 Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) @ Techpowerup

- ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ECS Elitegroup H67H2-I LGA1155 Mini-ITX Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Futurelooks




- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-17000 CL9D 2133MHz Memory Kit @ eTeknix

- Patriot Division2 Viper Xtreme 4GB DDR3 RAM kit @ Techwarelabs

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