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Silk Road drug dealer, turned witness, given less than three years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was given two life sentences and a mix of three lesser sentences for his role in operating the underground drug website. The hammer has dropped for a different drug dealer on the Silk Road website, after a guilty plea late last year for drug conspiracy charges, leading to 2-1/2 years in prison.

 

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Michael Duch, a heroin dealer using the website under the alias "deezletime," will be given 21 months credit for time served. Although his attorney, Samuel Braverman, asked US District Judge Katherine Forrest to release his client to a drug rehabilitation center, that doesn't seem likely just yet.

 

Duch reportedly used Silk Road to purchase painkillers, and when his addiction spiraled out of control, began selling narcotics on the site.

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Anonymous hacker group takes aim at Islamic State sympathizers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Anonymous has posted a list of accounts suspected of aiding the Islamic State, typically by spreading propaganda and opening up dialogue with possible recruits. Some members are being spammed, while others have been suspended or removed from Twitter.

 

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In addition to Twitter, Anonymous wants to identify Facebook pages, websites, blogs, and the Web proxies used by the Islamic State. One such tactic is using images of the "ISIS-Chan" anime character and using search engine optimization to influence how the accounts are found.

 

The United States has struggled against the Islamic State's massive social media campaign, with Google and other companies pledging to step up. However, trying to clamp down on 50,000 accounts sending out around 100,000 daily Islamic State-themed tweets will be no easy task.

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Huawei: Global smartphone sales jumped almost 40% during 2015 so far

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Chinese tech company Huawei has a lot to be happy about, with 30 percent growth in overall revenue and a massive 39 percent global smartphone sales jump during the first half of 2015.

 

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Shipping 48.2 million units during Q1 and Q2 in 2015 gave the Chinese company a whopping 87 percent boost in handset sales - and is now competing with Xiaomi and Apple for the top spot in China. In impressing fashion, Huawei fended off a Chinese market slowdown that hit Xiaomi, Samsung and Apple in China.

 

Huawei, currently the No. 4 largest smartphone maker in the world, created a roadmap that focuses on low-cost models for emerging markets and high-end devices for established markets. Consumers have a large variety of different phones to choose from at the moment, with most devices powered by Google Android.

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Gamers want to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Red Dead Redemption was the most-requested game to receive backward compatibility for the Microsoft Xbox One, but the title has been dethroned by Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

 

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The top 15, as reported by GameSpot:

 

1.Call of Duty: Black Ops II

2. Red Dead Redemption

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

5. Halo: Reach

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops

7. Gears of War 3

8. Fallout 3

9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

11. Mass Effect 3

12. Call of Duty: World at War

13. BioShock Infinite

14. Fallout: New Vegas

15. Left 4 Dead 2

 

The following six Call of Duty games are in the top 12 requested so far: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty: World at War.

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Apple relying on iPhone more than any other product, including Watch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Apple faces extremely high expectations during its investment calls, and despite 35 percent more iPhone sold during Q3 2015 over one year before, the company was aware revenue could drop below financial forecasts.

 

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Shortly after its latest Q3 financial forecast, the company's stock value dropped up to seven percent during after-hours trading - and dropped more than 5 percent on Wednesday morning. Not surprisingly, the iPhone is the most valuable product for Apple, accounting for almost two-thirds of the company's revenue.

 

The launch of the Apple Watch smartwatch, which has reportedly sold millions of units, still hasn't been able to live up to such high expectations. Of course, the Apple Watch has quickly outsold rival models from Samsung, LG, Motorola, ASUS, and others - and that trend will likely continue in the future.

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Xbox chief excited about sales bump related to backward compatibility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The addition of backward compatibility for the Microsoft Xbox One likely played a part in massive Xbox One sales during the month of June. The company saw a 51 percent year-over-year bump when compared to June 2014, and there was a massive sales boost of 79 percent during E3 week.

 

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In addition to a new controller, game titles and other content to look forward to - Microsoft introduced backward compatibility, so gamers will be able to play their Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One. Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said the Xbox platform has built momentum in part because of backward compatibility and exclusive games that will be available in time for Christmas.

 

"June was a good month and I think backwards compatibility matters," Spencer said via Twitter. "Lots of 360 owners deciding when to make the jump, big focus for us."

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

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Australian game retailer EB Games exposed for alleged employee abuse

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

You may have noticed this news across your social media feeds over the past few days, if not - you're likely in for a sad surprise. Kotaku recently published a story 'exposing' behind-the-scenes happenings in Australian branches of the game retail chain EB Games, covering topics such as unpaid overtime, sexual harassment, verbal abuse and more.

 

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Focused mainly around one district manager by the name of Mark DiStefano, employee accounts within this article covered topics ranging from racial slurs, barrages of abuse, tears and more. Other accounts discussed rejected sexual harassment claims due to the lack of an internal HR department and 'forced' unpaid labor - threatening employees with a cut back on casual hours if unpaid work was not completed regularly.

 

EB Games management told Kotaku that they comply "with all Fair Work Australia's rules and regulations," with no pressing statements being spotted by the company just yet. Brandishing an extremely active Twitter, this may be one place to stay tuned for official updates from EB itself.

Apple posts record financial results thanks to iPhone, Mac, App Store

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

In a recently issued press release, technology giant Apple bragged a fiscal 2015 third quarter pull of $49.6 billion in revenue and $10.7 billion profit, measuring in at $1.85 per diluted share.

 

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Compared to this time last year when Apple was pulling in $37.4 billion in revenue and a net profit of $7.7 billion, CEO Tim Cook is obviously happy with the results. With the hike explained as gaining assistance thanks to "iPhone revenue [being] up 59 percent" when compared to last year, the "strong sales of Mac, [and] all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch" all played a part, said Cook.

 

Set with eyes on the future, Cook further commented that customers should expect iOS 9, OS X EL Capitan and watchOS2 this coming fall.

New 007 film 'Spectre' drops full trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Sony Pictures have fed the marketing beast once again, dropping a full trailer for 'Spectre', the much anticipated follow-up to the highest grossing Bond picture of all time; 'Skyfall'.

 

 

Starring Daniel Craig reprising his role as secret agent James Bond for the fourth time, 'Spectre' also stars 'Guardians of the Galaxy's David Bautista, Christoph Waltz as mysterious bad guy Oberhauser and Italian siren Monica Belucci as femme fatale Lucia Sciarra.

 

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The 'Spectre' world premiere on October 26th will kick off the film's worldwide release schedule, which hits Australia a little later on November 12th.

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