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HTC brings back Robert Downey Jr to back the HTC One M8

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 2:51 am

Last year, HTC elicited the talent of Robert Downey Jr. to promote the HTC One, and this year's HTC One M8 is now getting the RDJ treatment as well. Downey take a more serious roll this time and talks about how the HTC One received the highest praises at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, and how they mean nothing now that the HTC One M8 is out.

 

 

The video was evidently filmed before the HTC One M8 was released as RDJ talks about how he has a pre-release version, but none the less, HTC shelled out the big bucks to have him endorse the product. I do like how he credits the best tech journalists in the world during the video, and can somehow only think that he knows that I am part of that list... Yea I know, dreams can come true.

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Royals' Omar Infante takes fastball to the face

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 1:48 am

Kansas City Royals second baseman, Omar Infante experienced a sprained jaw after a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays' Heath Miller caught him in the face. Infante was able to walk away under his own power, albeit spitting blood. The Royals said Tuesday morning that Infante had suffered a "non-concussive head injury" that required six stitches. Infante will remain under evaluation for 48 hrs while the Royals decide whether ot not to put the second baseman on the 15 day DL.

 

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When asked about Infante, Royals manager Ned Yost replied "He was smoked. We're worried about a concussion, too. It shakes you for sure because it's a very ugly sound for somebody to be hit in the face, It was a cool night, but I noticed I broke out in a sweat real quick, so it definitely affected me. Of course, you have a lot of worry about it."


Windows 8.1 update 1 is finally here and you can download it now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 12:54 am

Microsoft has been talking about the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 for months now, and today the Redmond, Washington-based giant has finally released the update to the public. Windows 8.1 users can head over to Windows Update and install Update 1 to their system now, or you can wait and let Windows run the update for you when your automatic updates are scheduled to run.

 

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"Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update include improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for devices that use touch and mouse input and to make Windows available on a wider variety of devices, so you have more to choose from. Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update also include security and performance updates, and they must be installed for your PC to receive any future security updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1," Microsoft said in a release.

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Super Planet Crash is the best physics-based game on the internet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 12:08 am

Physics games are one of my favorite time killers on the internet, and the study of planetary systems is another small hobby I like to pursue when I have fleeting moments of free time. Today I learned of a new internet game that combines the two into a game more addicting than Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, or Gem Miner combined.

 

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Super Planet Crash is a game designed by Stefano Meschiari, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, that challenges players to create planetary systems using various stellar bodies such as Earth and super Earth-sized planets, ice giants, gas giants and even other stars such as brown dwarfs. The object is to design a solar system that is capable of making it to the 500-year milestone without having any planets or stars crash into each other or exit the solar system bounds.

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Cybercriminals greatly benefit from launching "mega breaches"

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 11:41 pm

Cybercriminals are continually changing their strategy to compromise PCs and networks, with an increased shift towards well-researched, sophisticated attacks instead of simple attacks, according to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.

 

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There was a 62 percent year-over-year increase in data breaches at the end of 2012, Symantec said, with more than 550 million identities exposed to potential theft. In addition to lost productivity, companies also risk public reputation - with the top eight data breaches in 2013 yielding large sums of personal information compromised.

 

"One mega breach can be worth 50 smaller attacks," noted Kevin Haley, Symantec Security Response director, in a press release. "While the level of sophistication continues to grow among attackers, what was surprising las year was their willingness to be a lot more patient - waiting to strike until the reward is bigger and better. Nothing breeds success like success - especially if you're a cybercriminal. The potential for huge paydays means large-scale attacks are here to stay. Companies of all sizes need to re-examine, re-think and possibly re-architect their security posture."

SK Hynix unveils a DDR4 module packed with 128GB of RAM

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:41 pm

DDR4 RAM is still in its infancy and at the moment it's use is relegated to the high-end enterprise server world, but that has not stopped silicon manufacturer, SK Hynix, from pushing the new standard to the next level. Today the company unveiled its latest DDR4 module that boast an impressive 128GB of RAM on a single DIMM sized stick.

 

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"The development of the world's first 128GB DDR4 module has its significance in opening ultrahigh density server market" said Sung Joo Hong, the head of DRAM development at SK Hynix in s statement.. "The company will further strengthen its competitiveness in premium DRAM sphere with the development of high density, ultrahigh speed and low power consuming products."

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US Attorney General Eric Holder says DoJ hesitant of bitcoin

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:18 pm

The United States government is worried that the bitcoin cryptocurrency can be used by criminals to help commit money laundering, and will take creative strategy by lawmakers, according to US Attorney General Eric Holder.

 

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Some investors have embraced bitcoin as a viable digital currency, though the demise of Mt. Gox and other exchange services have alarmed lawmakers. Bitcoin exchange operators are under close federal scrutiny, as the government continues to look at new methods criminals might use to move funds quietly.

 

"The department is committed to innovating alongside this new technology in order to ensure our investigations are not impeded by any improvement in criminals' ability to move funds anonymously," Holder said during a recent House Judiciary Committee. "Virtual currencies can pose challenges for law enforcement given the appeal they have among those seeking to conceal illegal activity. This potential must be closely considered."

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Medicaid agencies face "high-risk" security threats, HHS report finds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 9:20 pm

As many as 10 state Medicaid agencies faced "high-risk" security issues, found while studying audits conducted from 2010 to 2012, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Inspector General's Office.

 

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The report didn't identify the Medicaid programs, so the affected programs didn't suffer further attack. A mix of access control problems, network operation controls, and entity-wide controls were found in programs spread across 10 states - with 79 confirmed security problems noted.

 

Employers aren't encrypting information, keeping patches updated, or taking basic steps to keep information secure. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently said government agencies don't do enough after suffering data breaches, and this report further confirms the problem.

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Netflix has begun to stream 4K Video to its customers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 8:59 pm

Today Netflix announced that it has began streaming its first pieces of 4K content to customers with 2014 model 4K TVs that support the H.265/HEVC decoder. House of Cards gets the title of the first TV series to get streamed in 4K, and a couple of nature documentaries are also being offered in 4K. Unfortunately, those who have 4K televisions that were manufactured or bought in 2013 will not be able to enjoy these offerings from Netflix due to codec incompatibilities.

 

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Website HDTVTest is reporting that the 4K streams coming from Netflix are being delivered at 15.6Mbp/s and show obvious signs of compression, but does look better than Netflix's previous high-quality offering of the so-called "SuperHD" format. Unfortunately there are just not enough 4K TVs out there at the moment for widespread testing results to call back to, but I feel that Netflix will have a long journey ahead before any full-quality 4K content is passed on to customers.

Noctua's unveils the successor to the NH-D14, the NH-D15

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 7:21 pm

With its previous flagship CPU cooler, the massive NH-D14, being widely recognized as one of the best CPU coolers ever made, Noctua has once again released a larger-than-life tower cooler to aid in your CPU cooling needs. The all new NH-D15 elite-class dial tower CPU cooler features several major improvements over its predecessor that not only improves performance, but continues Noctua's goal of creating the quietest CPU coolers in the world.

 

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"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heat sinks," explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."

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