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The iGame Z97 is a water-cooled motherboard that looks sleek as hell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We don't see many water-cooled motherboards, but here we are: the iGame Z97 motherboard is a concept board that shows off a beautiful, sleek motherboard, cooled with liquid.

 

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The company is closer to releasing the board, with a release date that is still "unknown" for the iGame Z97 Ymir X - a confusing name, but it doesn't take anything away from its beauty. We have 16-phase IPP high-profile power, a silver and all-metal look, with a brushed surface. We have four DDR3 slots, three PCIe 3.0 16x slots, four PCIe 2.0 single-land slots, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, mSATA and mPCIe, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Killer NIC E2200, four USB 3.0 ports, and more from the front header, 8-channel HD audio, and more.

 

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Firefox's default search engine is Yahoo, which replaced Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Mozilla and Yahoo have announced a new "strategic five-year partnership that makes Yahoo the default search experience for Firefox in the United States on mobile and desktop", with the companies adding they will explore other potential "future product integrations and distribution opportunities to other markets".

 

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Until now, Google was the default search engine in Firefox, Mozilla's popular web browser, which will be replaced with Yahoo. There was a time when Firefox was the biggest competitor to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but now Google is the competitor with Chrome. Firefox has around 16% of the browser market in the US according to StatCounter.

 

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took to the company blog, talking about the new partnership: "At Yahoo, we believe deeply in search - it's an area of investment and opportunity for us. It's also a key growth area for us - we've now seen 11 consecutive quarters of growth in our search revenue on an ex-TAC basis. This partnership helps to expand our reach in search and gives us an opportunity to work even more closely with Mozilla to find ways to innovate in search, communications, and digital content. I'm also excited about the long-term framework we developed with Mozilla for future product integrations and expansion into international markets".

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Trying to convince hardcore gamers to adopt mobile gaming is difficult

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Video game studios want to keep gamers engaged on PCs, consoles and mobile gaming, but trying to convince hardcore gamers to play on smartphones and tablets remains difficult. Hardcore gamers largely stick to their console or PC and shrug off mobile games, which are typically designed more towards casual gamers.

 

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"There are a number of developers targeting hardcore PC gamers and trying to get them to pick up their phones," said Brian Blau, Gartner analyst. "Some of them are labeling them mid-core, to describe something sort of halfway between hardcore and casual."

 

Some game studios that have large followings in the console and PC space could try to convince customers to give mobile gaming a serious look - but they don't want to do so at the expense of their own traditional software titles. However, the Nintendo 3DS, NVIDIA Shield, Sony PlayStation Vita and other mobile gaming hardware have been able to find success - but with heavy smartphone and tablet saturation, studios want to tap into the booming mobile market.

Police adopting officer body cams, and don't inform while recording

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A growing number of police agencies are adopting body cameras that officers wear while on patrol, providing a better account of what happens during interactions with the public. The cameras, about the size of a pack of cigarettes and worn on an officer's chest, can record at angles civilian cell phones and police cruiser in-dash cams can miss.

 

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"In a couple of decades... every public safety employee, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, everybody will have them," said Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) chief. "I think it improves behavior on both sides of the camera, which is our goal."

 

In addition to police officers behaving more appropriately, citizens - and potential suspects - could behave better if they know they are being recorded. However, there are privacy concerns because police officers are not required to inform people if they are recording.

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Microsoft Xbox One owners racked up 2 billion hours of game play

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Microsoft Xbox One will reach its one-year launch anniversary on Saturday, November 22, and gamers have racked up more than 2 billion hours of console gaming. The Xbox One has been soundly outsold by the Sony PlayStation 4, but a recent price cut could help lead to an increase in fellow Xbox One gamers.

 

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Xbox One owners who are located in an original 13 launch market - and sign up for the Xbox Marketing emails - will receive a personalized email about their game play since last November. The top four most popular achievements have been Forza Motorsport 5: Welcome to Forza Motorsport, Titanfall: Build Yourself, Destiny: Ship Rite, and Call of Duty: Ghosts: Spatial Awareness.

 

Microsoft will launch A Year One gamer picture, new Xbox One backgrounds, A Year One background image for Twitter, free rental of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and a free rental of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods.

Kaspersky Lab says it blocked one billion malicious attacks during Q3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Kaspersky Lab security software firm blocked more than one billion attacks during Q3, which is a 33.1 percent increase over Q2. Targeted attacks and malware are significant threats to consumers and businesses alike, and continue to keep security software companies busy.

 

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The company also added 74,500 new mobile malware samples to its library, a 14.4 percent increase - and an indication that cybercriminals still want to find ways to compromise smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

 

"In Q3, Web antivirus modules were triggered at least once on almost one third of computers while owners were surfing the Web," said Maria Garnaeva, Kaspersky Lab Security Researcher of the Global Research and Analysis Team. "This figure has been falling for a year: in Q3 2013 it was 34.1 percent, in Q1 2014 it fell to 33.2 percent and starting from Q2 it 'froze' at 29.5 percent. This is due to a number of factors. First, browsers and search engines started helping to combat malicious sites. Second, there were fewer attacks involving exploit packs following the arrests of several developers."

Report: Data breach of Staples, Michaels likely connected

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The office supply store Staples and Michaels craft stores were both hit by data breaches in 2014, joining a growing list of companies hit by point of sale malware attacks. It would appear both retailers were hit by identical criminal infrastructure, with the malware targeting debit and credit card data captured on POS machines at checkout. The malware that hit Staples was connecting to the same control networks as the malware that hit Michaels - and it wouldn't be surprising if the same cybercriminal group was behind the incident.

 

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"We are continuing to investigate a data security incident involving an intrusion into some of our retail point of sale and computer systems," said Mark Cautela, Staples spokesman, in a statement to KrebsOnSecurity. "We believe we have eradicated the malware used in the intrusion and have taken steps to further enhance the security of our network."

 

The volume of data breaches in 2013-2014 indicate these attacks are likely being orchestrated by state-sponsored hackers, and trying to prevent these incidents has proven difficult.

Apple will embed Beats to iOS, coming to iPads and iPhones near you

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Apple will pre-load the Beats subscription music service into iOS sometime next year, launching the app on all iPhones and iPads. This is an important effort for Apple, as iTunes song and album downloads are on the decline, and marks the company's first major effort in subscription music.

 

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Apple wants to rely on Beats to put pressure on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and other competitors fighting in the online music subscription space. The company acquired Beats for $3 billion and many analysts were unsure what the company would do with the Beats subscription service. However, Apple wants to develop the online music offering to find new revenue to counter dropping iTunes music sales.

 

Ensuring apps are pre-installed on smartphones and tablets is a good method to reach new potential subscribers - and Beats has an estimated 110,000 subscribers - so there is plenty of room for long-term growth.

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop update frustrating some users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It would appear some Google Android 5.0 Lollipop early adopters are having trouble with their update, with Google Nexus 7 tablets running slowly and crashing. Apps built by Adobe Air are being automatically uninstalled and users cannot reinstall the missing apps - Adobe has escalated the problem with Google, trying to find a solution as quickly as possible.

 

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Google has promoted Android 5.0 as a "quantum leap forward" and demand for the mobile OS has accelerated. However, user problems might have other Android supporters rethinking updating their smartphones and tablets until these problems are resolved.

 

Google Nexus, LG Electronics, NVIDIA and Motorola have rolled out Android Lollipop updates for their mobile devices, but with apps crashing or freezing, it's possible to hear even more user complaints in the near future. If nothing else, Google is likely working quickly to ensure these problems are fixed as more devices are expected to receive the update.

Scammers take advantage of Walmart, get PlayStation 4 consoles for $90

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Walmart is desperate to compete with Amazon, Best Buy, and other rivals ahead of Christmas, and have been getting tricked by a price-matching scam. People are creating fake Amazon selling accounts and listing Sony PlayStation 4 units as low as $50, taking a screenshot of the online price, and taking it to a local Walmart to claim their prize. Other sneaky customers were picking up PS4 bundles for $100, but it looks like Walmart has wised up and has altered its price matching policy.

 

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Previously, Walmart was getting scammed into selling $60 Nintendo Wii U and 3DS bundles, thanks to a mistake on the Sears website. Customers quickly jumped on the erroneous listing, and found that Walmart met the price match even with a wrong price on a rivals website.

 

"We're committed to providing low prices every day," the Walmart website proudly boasts. "On everything. So if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we'll match it. Right at the register."

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