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New Java security exploit means that you should probably disable Java

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 10:27 pm

A new vulnerability has been found in the latest version of Java. The vulnerability is a rather massive hole and users with Java installed in their browser should likely disable it right now to prevent themselves from being infected. Have I scared you enough? But wait, I haven't even told you the problem!




The new security hole allows malicious people to break into users' computers and install nasty malware and viruses. This security hole fits into a category of security flaws known as a "zero-day" threat because it is the first time it has been found. Due to this, there currently exists no way to fix the problem or defend against it, other than disabling Java.


The vulnerabilities were actually found back in April, according to a few sources, and they reportedly told Oracle about the problem. However, Oracle had decided to hold off until the October patch release date to do anything about them. Now, the vulnerabilities have been integrated into BlackHole, a hacking tool.


"SophosLabs has seen samples of [the exploit] from Blackhole and are analyzing them now to determine if they actually work," Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at antivirus firm Sophos, said Tuesday via email. "So, yes, we can confirm it has been added, but still working out if they did it right."

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Logitech launches line of audio products, called Logitech UE

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 8:28 pm

The headline for Logitech's product launch promises big things: "Pure Undiluted Music, Anytime, Anywhere." So, how are they going to do that and what products are in this new line? The press release highlights six new products ranging from boomboxes to headphones, so the line is quite expansive.




"Today's fans have their music with them wherever they go - they carry it with them on their tablet or smartphone," said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president of music. "But no matter how or where you choose to store or access your favorite music, this lineup is the best way for you to experience it. Whether you want to be completely immersed in your favorite song, to share music with friends, or to discover new favorites, Logitech UE is the clear choice."

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Digital Storm's new 17" behemoth: X17E, featuring 7970M or 680M

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 7:04 pm

Digital Storm will announce their new gaming laptop in just a little bit, but we wanted to give you the scoop before anyone else. The new behemoth is a 17-inch monster that Digital Storm calls the X17E. Digital Storm is advertising this as the world's fastest gaming laptop, and by looking at the specs, I don't doubt it.




The laptop will be sold with a choice of either AMD's beefy 7970M or NVIDIA's incredible 680M, both of which are flagship mobile cards. Digital Storm continues the trend of using only the best in this laptop by equipping it with Intel's i7-3920XM. However, they didn't just leave it stock as "Digital Storm's technicians can stably overclock Intel's latest i7-3920XM CPU to an impressive 4.5 GHz."


Configurable with up to 32GB of RAM, you should never ever need to add more. The keyboard supports seven different color options and different lighting zones so the system can be adequately customized to a user's preferences. The price? Under $2000, which is incredible considering what you're getting in a laptop package.

Official Note II specifications leaked ahead of proper announcement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:26 pm

It seems as though no company can keep a secret anymore. Samsung has just suffered a leak, albeit only a few hours prior the official announcement. But, be that as it may, we are going to share with you the official specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, thanks to PocketNow who obtained the press release.




As rumored, and previously thought, the new Samsung Galaxy Note II will feature a 5.5-inch 1280x720 screen, which means it will have a true 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen will be similar to the original, both in resolution and in type--the new one is the same HD Super AMOLED panel. Along with the bigger screen, the Galaxy Note II will receive a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU (type unknown at this time).


It will also feature 2GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera on the rear, and a 1.9 MP camera on the front. Better yet, the new Note II will feature a battery that has more capacity than the original--3,100mAh vs 2,500mAh--while the device will be slimmer. However, the device ends up weighing 2 grams more than the original, big deal.


Most importantly, the device will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so there will be no waiting around to get an update. The Note II ships in Europe starting in October.

HTC ready to fight Apple, will not settle with them

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:29 pm

A report from Asia has come in quoting HTC as saying they are ready to fight Apple should they become Apple's next target. Furthermore, HTC has said that they have no intention of settling with the litigious Apple. All of this has come out after the $1 billion decision against Samsung and somewhat against Android.




However, HTC says that the verdict against Samsung "does not mean the failure of the entire Google Android ecosystem." So, what's HTC's plan? HTC "has great skills in innovation and has the confidence to face legal lawsuits with Apple," the Digitimes report says, attributing those comments to Wang.


HTC has a couple of new phones coming out soon, so we'll see if they look anything like the iPhone. And if they do, we'll get prepared for another legal battle of epic proportions.

ReportTT: Windows 8 cheap upgrade option extended until Valentines Day by Microsoft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 4:29 pm

As always, Microsoft is offering its typical cheap upgrade period just before the launch of a new operating system. Microsoft usually offers a period during which a new PC can be bought and later upgraded to the latest version of Windows for cheap. They do this so as to not kill sales right before the launch.




The period started back in July and the end date has now been extended to around February 14, 2013. For a mere $14.99, you can update from Windows 7 to the latest and greatest, in some people's opinion, Windows 8 operating system. If you're planning on doing this, you can check out the full details from Microsoft's page describing the process.


KitGuru has reported the change, though the official Microsoft page is still saying January 31. Until Microsoft confirms the change on the above linked page, I would live by the January 31 date.

ABC getting pilot of "S.H.I.E.L.D.", a pilot based upon the Avengers, written by Joss Whedon

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:28 pm

The Avengers was a great movie. Don't even try disagreeing with me--the box office numbers are completely on my side of this argument. Due to this great success, everyone seems ready to jump on the bandwagon to try and capitalize on how popular it was. Disney confirmed a sequel was coming May 1, 2015 and now ABS is getting a pilot called "S.H.I.E.L.D."




I'm sure you know exactly who S.H.I.E.L.D. is, so a show by the same name should give you a bit hint as to what it's going to focus on and feature. The show will focus on Nick Fury and the secret law enforcement group that the former leads. For those who missed The Avengers and Iron Man, the acronym stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.


The pilot will be written by Joss Whedon, the person who wrote the original Avengers and who is set to be writing the sequel. If his schedule permits, he may even be the one directing the pilot. Production will be under way as soon as possible. In other news, ABC is planning a series based upon the Hulk.

Samsung pushes out Android 4.0.4 ICS for Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 2:04 pm

Samsung hasn't exactly set any speed records for releasing updates to Android for its line of tablets. However, the fact that it is has already put them ahead of a large majority of manufacturers. When the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-FI got its update to Android ICS, it left many users of the 8.9 Wi-Fi wondering where there's was as the devices are nearly identical.




Well, in good time, Samsung has taken care of it's Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi owners and released an update via OTA or Samsung's Kies app. The update is 313.96MB and just started rolling out in the U.S. The update is virtually identical to it's big brother's and packs Android 4.0.4 with an updated TouchWiz UI.

Flipboard's user base expands rapidly, now sees 20 million flippers in the wild

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 10:28 am

Flipboard is an incredible app, I have it installed on my iPad, and my Android phone, and use it daily. Once I'm done with my day job, and TweakTown work, and I've spent my time my wife and my beautiful daughter, I relax on the lounge and open up the Flipboard app.




It's just so easy, and this ease of use has allowed it to expand its userbase in the last eight months, very, very rapidly. Last December saw the newsreading app reach 5 million users, but in those eight months, they've seen an explosion of 15 million more users, now sitting pretty at a total of 20 million users, and counting.


Flipboard started off as an iPad-exclusive, where it enjoyed eighteen months on iOS. It launched on the iPhone on December where it grew by one million users in just a week. In late-June, we saw the arrival of an Android-based version of Flipboard, as well as international editions with region-specific content landing in China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, and Spain. Flipboard have also not stopped adding features into the app, including audio, Google+ and content from The New York Times.

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Two special editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be released later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 9:26 am

It looks like there will be two Call of Duty: Black Ops II special editions to be released this year, sans Call of Duty: Elite premium subscriptions. Late last year when Modern Warfare 3 came out, they featured a twelve month subscription, providing one year worth of DLC content. Black Ops II flips this, meaning you'll have to get it separately.




The two packages are known as the 'Hardened Edition', and the 'Care Package'. The Hardened Edition comes with a soundtrack CD, steelbook case, Xbox Live avatar prop and zombie avatar consume, two collectable coins, and the Nuketown 2025 map for in-game play. The Care Package is pretty damn sweet, sporting an actual remote control MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone and two PlayStation 3 themes, as well as the soundtrack, case, coins and a massive, awesome looking crate-like box to keep it all in.




Which pack would you pick up if you were to buy Black Ops II? The Care Package looks pretty awesome, and I'm not a fan of the latest versions of Call of Duty, yet I'm somehow tempted to get it, just because it looks so damn cool. It has a damned remote control Drone! Come on!

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