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Tesla Model S owner fiddles with car's network and gets warned to stop

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

An owner of a Tesla Model S was recently fiddling about with his car after discovering a hidden Ethernet port inside the vehicle. He cobbled together some sort of Ethernet cable and set about sniffing the car's network for fun.


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The owner found that the car has a 100 Mbps full duplex Ethernet network with three devices on it. The addresses on the network are in the subnet and includes the center console, dashboard/nav screen and another unknown device.


He found that some of the ports and services were open and that Port 80 was being used to serve a webpage with the image or media for the current song being played. He also notes that the OS is a modified version of Ubuntu.

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Oppo Find 7a pre-orders begin with free battery and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Oppo has announced that it is now taking pre-orders for its latest smartphone called the Fine 7a. The smartphone will come with three free gifts for everyone who pre-orders and these are very nice gifts. The freebies include a 2800mAh battery to help keep the smartphone running longer. A Navy Blue Easy-cover case is offered free as well as a free 32GB microSD card.


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The smartphone has a 5.5-inch screen with full HD resolution. The processor is a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm. That processor is paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The battery that comes with the smartphone is a 2800 mAh unit and with the free second battery you get or pre-ordering, the device should be able to last all day for most people.


The Find 7a comes in white or midnight colors and versions for the US or international users are available. Either of those versions will cost you $499. It's unclear right now when the smartphone will ship, but if you want one, the freebies here are the best reason I have seen to pro-order any smartphone.

Samsung, 'Big Papi' embroiled in White House Obama selfie drama

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Three-time World Series champion David Ortiz, best known to the Fenway Faithful as "Big Papi," may have ruined it for everyone else wanting to take a 'selfie' with President Barack Obama. During a White House visit by the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team, Ortiz took a picture with Obama which quickly went viral.


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Ortiz, using his sponsored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the White House visit, initially had praise from Obama for the picture: "He wants to take a selfie! It's the Big Papi selfie."


However, after learning Samsung reportedly used the picture in marketing material, the White House wasn't pleased with Ortiz's tweet.

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HP DreamColor Z24x and Z27x displays offer over a billion colors

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

HP has been making a line of monitors that aim at very high levels of color reproduction for years now. These monitors fall into the DreamColor range and are aimed at pros that need the most color reproduction possible. Two new monitors have been added to the range including the Z27x and Z24x.


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These screen swill work with Mac or PC systems and each support up to 1.07 billion colors on the screen. HP says that the amount of color error the screens produce is so small that the human eye can't even see it. Both of the monitors have 10-bit color accuracy and are made for easy color calibration using commercially available sensors.


The Z27x supports 100% of the sRGB gamut, 100% of the AdobeRGB gamut, and 99% of the DCI-P3 gamut. This monitor also supports HP Night vision interface that has fading button backlights and a red backlight color for better visibility in low light.

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Yahoo wants four original comedy shows for its streaming video push

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Yahoo has made no secret of its desire to compete in the video streaming market. It tried to buy DailyMotion last year, but failed to close that deal. Rumors continue to circulate that Yahoo will launch its own video streaming platform. Whether it will buy an existing service or roll its own remains to be seen.


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Sources that claim to be familiar with the goings on at Yahoo are claiming that the company is looking to land four TV quality shows to help its streaming effort. According to this source, Yahoo wants a quartet of half hour comedy shows written and directed by people that have TV experience.


The budget for these programs is tipped to be in the range of $700,000 to a million dollars per episode. Each of the shows will have ten episodes making for a lot of money spent. There is no word at this time indicating if Yahoo is negotiating on specific shows.

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Xbox Entertainment Studios and Channel 4 team for sci-fi series Humans

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Science fiction fans will get a kick out of a new announcement that was made this week by Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox and the UK TV network are teaming up on a new science fiction series that is based on a Swedish series called Real Humans.


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On Channel 4 and Xbox, the series will be called "Humans" and follows the same basic premise of the Swedish series. That premise is that in the future people have robotic servants called Synths. The show follows a family who buys a refurbished Synth that has some sort of secret.


The show will "share a premiere" window in 2015 on the Xbox and Channel 4. That doesn't mean that all episodes will be aired on the Xbox. It almost sounds from the description that only the premiere episode will be shown on the Xbox. The show is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.


"In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, but they're also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live," Channel 4 drama boss Piers Wenger said.

ThinkGeek Game of Thrones replica dragon eggs are not fireproof

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you are a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones, you will recognize these replica eggs right away. These look like the ones given as a wedding gift to Daenerys Targaryen when she married Drogo. The eggs hatched into three dragons when she walked with them into her husband's funeral pyre. That is one of the most iconic images in the series.


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If you like the idea of having your own replicas of those eggs, ThinkGeek has a set that is worth a look. The collectable eggs are officially licensed Game of Thrones merchandise. The eggs aren't petrified dragons; they are made from a resin material that will melt if you burn it.


The eggs lay inside a wooden case with a black silk lining and brass hardware. The top of the wooden box has the Targaryen sigil silkscreened on top in red and white colors. The eggs in their decorative box are available now for $99.99 via ThinkGeek.

Seagate Technology begins shipping world's fastest 6TB hard drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

This morning, Seagate Technology announced that it has begun shipping the world's fastest 6TB capacity 3.5-inch hard drive. The new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD V4 features the fastest performance available for a "nearline" HDD, thanks to Seagate's utilization of an eighth-generation platform that allows the new HDD to deliver up to 25-percent more performance than competing 6TB drives.


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"Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers."

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Britain woman given 20 months in jail for trolling herself

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Michelle Chapman, a 24-year-old British woman has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after she setup multiple fake Facebook accounts abusing herself - where she pretended to be her father and his wife.


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Chapman took to Facebook to send herself abusive messages, and then complained to police. Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC at Truro crown court called the woman "wicked". The court listened to how her actions resulted in innocent people being arrested, and receiving police cautions, and resulted in her father's marriage ending.


She blasted the abuse at herself over a period of an entire year, which only came to an end when forensic Internet inquiries revealed that the Facebook accounts that were abusing her were coming from her own address.

Rare Quake Arcade Tournament Edition on EBay - 1 of 20?

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

A rare Quake Arcade Tournament Edition cabinet from LAZER-TRON tipped up on EBay this past week. The seller claims it's one of only twenty made. This is the first one we've ever seen or heard of.


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From the seller:


This is the real deal. A complete, working, original Lazer-Tron Quake Arcade Tournament Edition game. Comes complete with the original Pentium II Quantum3D Quicksilver Arcade PC, prize redemption printer, keyboard, mouse, and manuals.


Legend has it that only twenty of these prototypes were manufactured. When the game was first introduced, Lazer-Tron was bought out and due to problems with the contracted programmer, the game was never further developed. This is one of the 20 prototypes! You will likely never again have an opportunity to purchase a game like this!


Game Info:


The classic PC shooting game has been adapted for tournament play in the arcade. This prototype features modified deathmatch levels and a special custom weapon. Machines may be linked to provide competitive play. The game is a direct conversion from the PC game, but with a few changes. The monsters may drop an occasional prize pack when killed. The machine contains a prize printer that would print out a special ticket reward, presumably much like a redemption machine. The game is powered by a complete Pentium PC inside the game. A keyboard and mouse can be found immediately below the control panel (not accessible by the player, however). The PC contains a Quantum 3D video card used to display the game's graphics. There are a number of settings that affect options not available in the original PC version of the game. At least two cabinets can be linked together for deathmatch competitions.


That's not the whole story though.

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