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US Navy under attack! Navy sees 110,000 cyber attacks every hour

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:29 pm

The times are changing and what better way to illustrate this than by telling you how many cyber attacks the Navy sees every hour? The number, by the way, is 110,000, at least according to HP. HP should know, too, as they run the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and protect it from intruders.




The HP's Discover event in Frankfurt, Mike Nefkens, head of enterprise services at HP, told V3, "For the US Navy we provide the network for 800,000 men and woman in 2,000 locations around the world, protecting them against 110,000 cyber attacks every hour. This means the attacks average out at about 1,833 per minute or 30 every second."


Wow. Let me grab a calculator. 24 * 365 * 110,000 = 963,600,000. That works out to 963 million attacks every year. That's an incredible number and really illustrates that our nation needs to secure its IT infrastructure more than anything else.


Good news, at least. 2 Months ago, the FBI decided to work 24/7 investigating hackers and network attacks, but even that might not be enough if the Navy alone is seeing that many attacks. Add in the other three branches of the armed forces, and then add to that all of the other governmental services and you start to see the real nature of the problem.

EU hits six TV/CRT manufacturers with $1.9 billion fine for price fixing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:57 pm

The European Commission isn't happy with LG Electronics, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Technicolor, and Toshiba. They allege that representatives of the companies met regularly in places like Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome for "green meetings." These meetings normally involved a round of golf.




The EC say that the representatives met up to engage in price fixing on televisions and computer monitors that made use of cathode-ray tubes. The EC claims that the companies basically ran cartels from 1996 to 2006. Phillips saw the largest fine, having to pay 313.4 million euros, with LG having to come up with 295.6 million euros.


Panasonic is only on the hook for 157.5 million euros, and Samsung will be paying 150.8 million euros. Toshiba and Technicolor managed to get through without much damage, having to only shell out 28 million and 38.6 million euros, respectively. Of course, Phillips has said they will challenge the ruling and others will likely follow the lead.

Facebook ditches 'Subscribe' in favor of 'Follow' on all profiles

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:33 pm

It's a small change, but Facebook has decided to ditch the word "Subscribe" in favor of "Follow" for all profile pages. This marks a change that brings it in line with the term that Twitter uses to describe the action of electing to receive a profile's public updates.




Subscribe is a bit unclear as to what it does, though once you know what it does, it becomes perfectly clear and acceptable. Clearly, though, not enough people knew what it meant, and this has prompted Facebook to make this change. The function of the button is remaining exactly the same as before.


Starting today we are updating the term "Subscribe" to become "Follow" across the site as we found it is a term that resonates better with people on the service. Nothing is changing about how the feature works.


Did you know what the Subscribe button was used for? Is it a feature that you even knew existed on Facebook? Let us know!

HP debuts the HP EliteBook Revolve, a convertible notebook for business

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:03 pm

HP has unveiled the HP EliteBook Revolve today. The system is a convertible notebook meaning that the screen flips around to become a tablet. The name should give you a bit of a hint of how it does this, but if it doesn't, the picture below will certainly help.




It features an 11.6-inch screen that can spin around and cover the keyboard, enabling the laptop to become a tablet. Unfortunately, the screen only supports a resolution of 1366x768, but at 11.6 inches, it's not as bad as if it were on something a bit larger. The system is powered by either Windows 7 or Windows 8.


It features the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors, and anywhere from 4GB to 12GB of RAM. Aimed at the business and government sectors, the tablet comes with all of the usual accouterments that business and government laptops do. The system is expected to launch in March 2013, at which time pricing will be available.

Oops: iTunes launch in Russia sees the app displaying escort/pornography sites

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:27 pm

iTunes in Russia has a bit of a bug that has iTunes showing ads for pornography websites in the movies section. Clicking on "more films in different languages" results in pornographic content being displayed, with speculating, probably accurately, that the bug comes from the use of temporary xxx placeholder links.




Furthermore, it seems as though iTunes and the App Store are unavailable for many. People have taken to Twitter to complain, though the cause has yet to be ascertained. It's possible that the outage could be linked to the Russian iTunes launch or it could be the result of something completely different. We'll update you when we know more.

Eric Schmidt turns down opportunity to be in Obama cabinet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:02 pm

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, was again offered a position in the president's cabinet, with him being offered a position as either the Treasury or Commerce Secretary. Again, Schmidt turned down the opportunity and said that Google was his "home." How sweet.




Schmidt supported Obama's election bid and reelection bid with monetary donations, so he could be trying to make sure claims of corruption don't tarnish the White House. Google, as a company, sent $700,000 to Obama and Google's Super PAC saw $2.1 million going to the Democrats and $715,000 going to the Republicans.


One anonymous Democrat has said that a position in the cabinet would be found if he changed his mind sometime in the future. It does sound a bit suspicious, doesn't it?

Crysis 3 to come with high-res textures at launch, more customization for graphics settings

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 7:26 pm

I'm a major Crysis fan--I'm sure most of you know that by now--and I think most of you are too, if only so that you can ask "but can it run Crysis?". System requirements for Crysis were outed over the weekend and now we have a bit more information about just what is coming at launch. Hint: High-res textures.




Crysis 3 will launch with high-resolution textures for PC, something Crysis 2 didn't get for quite a while. Another difference from Crysis 2 is that users will be able to customize their graphics experience a bit better than what was available at launch for Crysis 2. Crysis 2 only allowed players to customize v-sync, game resolution, HUD bobbing, and a nondescript quality setting. The following options will all be available for customization at launch:


  • Game Effects
  • Object
  • Particles
  • Post Processing
  • Shading
  • Shadows
  • Water
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • Texture Resolution
  • Motion Blur Amount
  • Lens Flares


I can't wait to get my hands on Crysis 3.

Google Maps for Wii U lets you travel the world from your console in January

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:56 pm

If there was a list of platforms that absolutely didn't need Google Maps, Nintendo's Wii U would be very high on that list, but it looks as though the company thought otherwise as everyone's favorite Maps application will be making its way to the Wii U next month.




Google Maps on the Wii U will use the game console to display a satellite map on the user's television while offering Street View on the GamePad controller. Users will be able to pan around locations to offer a virtual tour of locations they may not be able to see without flying halfway across the world.

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Far Cry 3 in real life video imagines Jason's adventures in first-person view

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:02 pm

Ever since Far Cry 3 released on Tuesday, the talk around the office has gone from the usual chats about The Walking Dead and various Internet-famous felines to chatting specifically what amazing adventures we had in Far Cry 3 the night before. Many of them involved tigers, pirates and a whole lot of shooting, but what would a game like Far Cry 3 look like in real life? Devin Super Tramp did just that as he worked directly with Ubisoft to help produce his homage to Far Cry 3.




The video is completely shot in first-person view as Jason infiltrates a heavily guarded pirate base to rescue one of his friends. The video has a nice combination of action and stealth and even has Jason's ever-growing tattoo on his left arm.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 makes $1 billion in 15 days; beats Modern Warfare 3's record

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 2:59 pm

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launched on November 13th and in its first 24 hours on sale, amassed $500 million. Today, Activision has announced its latest Call of Duty game has broke past the $1 billion mark in just 15 days, beating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's record by just one day.




Not only has Black Ops 2 taken a lot of money from gamers, but it has also taken a lot of time with over 150 million hours of online multiplayer played on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network. This number would be much more if Activision included PC players, which for some reason, they did not in the press release issued today.

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