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Come one, come all - this amalgamation of tech makes for an awesome PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 3:10 am

Generally in modding circles we will see a sponsored or personal build running one companies products mainly as a whole - be it MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE or more. In an attempt to break the trend, High Resolution Computers Shop (HRC) has produced a stunning red and black build with components from a vast array of companies, including:

 

  • Intel
  • MSI
  • AVIEXIR
  • Samsung
  • Corsair
  • EK Water Blocks
  • Bitspower, and
  • Galaxy
  • Mayhem die
  • NZXT

 

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This PC is running a stunning Mayhem Pastel Red + Mayhem X1 Red die combination, complete with custom-PSU sleeving, rigid-tubed watercooling and an Intel i7 790K to top it all off - this computer is a dream build for many.

 

We'll add this PC to yet another list showcasing the might that is rigid tubing and its great to see someone changing up the normal build process.

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A 15 year old kid just won a $3,000,000 Dota2 tournament

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 2:02 am

How many times has your mother in the past told you to get off the computer and "do something productive" with your time. Ignoring her, for me, landed me a job in eSports, ignoring her for 15 year old Syed "Suma1L" Hassan, meant he carried his team to victory in the Dota 2 Asian Championships - playing a massive hand in his team walking away with the $1,284,158 first place prize incentive.

 

 

Not only was this Suma1L's first attendance at a massive major live event, he more than paid for his own worth - as you can see in the video above. On top of his amazing Tinker playing ability, he helped carry his team to victory when playing Storm Spirit. In the final game of the grans final series, although dieing four times quickly at the beginning, he managed to use his incredible placement, micro and forward-thinking techniques to run rings around his opponents.

 

So I'll just let that sink in for you all - a 15 year old has just walked away with $250,000 in prize money after beating the best Dota2 teams in the world. It gets even better - Suma1L and his new-found teammate Aui_2000 were both stand-ins for this event. Although not 'officially' on the Evil Geniuses Roster, they were called upon to play due to the departure of Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg (to Team Secret).

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Titanfall 2 could be available for PlayStation 4, not just Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 1:13 am

Titanfall 2 from Electronic Arts and Respawn could be available for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox one game consoles, according to recent reports. The original Titanfall game was only available for the Xbox One and PC - but releasing the sequel to the PS4, which has easily outsold the Xbox One, opens the door to a larger market of console gamers.

 

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"Last year it was on the Xbox only; in the future, we haven't yet announced, but we'll probably have another Titanfall game," said Blake Jorgensen, CFO of Electronic Arts, speaking at the 2015 Technology, Internet & Media Conference. "It will probably be a bigger footprint than just a single platform. I think that's a huge positive for us."

 

Microsoft was hoping the first Titanfall to be a major blockbuster, and while it sold fairly well, many gamers were still left disappointed - and Microsoft reportedly won't open up the checkbook to make an Xbox One console exclusive again.

Companies should focus on neutralizing hackers once they are inside

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 11:58 pm

Cybersecurity incidents are going to occur, and companies should rethink their current security strategies. Instead of focusing on preventing criminals from accessing their data - which has become increasingly difficult - decision leaders should have a plan in place for when a breach finally does occur.

 

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The median length cybercriminals have inside a compromised victim's network is 229 days, which gives them a significant amount of time to access data, find additional loopholes, and plan what information they will take. Companies often are unaware a breach has taken place, and don't have an appropriate strategy to boot the hackers and secure their networks.

 

Typical cybersecurity defenses need to focus on having "a description of the bad guys before they can help you find them," said Dave Merkel, CTO of FireEye, in a statement published by the San Jose Mercury News. "That's just old and outmoded. And just doesn't work anymore. There's no way to guarantee that you never are the victim of a cyberattack."

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HP says home security systems aren't as secure as people like to think

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 10:54 pm

Security systems connected to the Internet of things (IoT) could create an unexpected back door that puts owners at risk, according to a new security report from Hewlett-Packard. Specifically, brute-force attacks can be especially helpful in breaking through security, with manufacturers neglecting to use lockout procedures after failed repeated login attempts.

 

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In addition, there were security vulnerabilities found in user interfaces on mobile, desktop and cloud platforms utilized by home owners. HP didn't disclose which vendors it used in its IoT security system study, but this appears to be a major problem that must be addressed.

 

"The results were pretty startling," said Daniel Miessler, practice principal at HP Fortify, in a statement to eWeek. "The big finding was that 10 out of 10 systems could be brute-forced to extract usernames and passwords via the Internet."

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Google announces Google I/O dates for May 28-29, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 10:46 pm

Google has just announced the dates for Google I/O 2015, its annual developer conference. The conference will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, on May 28-29, 2015.

 

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We don't know what Google will unveil at the event, but last year we had the first public look at Android 5.0, or at the time Android "L". The bigger question is, who will get tickets? Google I/O's own registration page says that developers can register for the event between March 17-19, but after that attendees will be selected "at random".

United States creates cybersecurity center to help study cyber threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 8:04 pm

The United States publicly unveiled its Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new program designed to study cyber threats facing government agencies.

 

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The idea of increased communication between federal government agencies, law enforcement and private sector corporations seems like a wise idea - but is going to be extremely difficult. The CTIIC wants to create a first step towards that goal, with government agencies and law enforcement coordinating to discuss current cyberattack patterns.

 

Even though the US government is being pressured to become more proactive in the fight against cyberattacks, some have questioned if the CTIIC will be an effective tool. "In principle, having a single 'belly button' is a nice idea," said Jeff Williams, CTO and founder of Contrast Security, in a statement to NBC News. "But in reality, it's just one more agency with cybersecurity responsibility."

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The 'CyberCaliphate' hacks Newsweek, other Twitter feeds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 6:43 pm

The main Twitter page for Newsweek was hacked by CyberCaliphate, a mysterious pro-ISIS group, with a new profile picture, main image and number of tweets posted. A series of tweets also took aim at the first lady Michelle Obama and her family, threatening them - and the FBI is now investigating the matter.

 

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"We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward," said Kira Bindrim, Managing Editor of Newsweek, in response to the data breach.

 

Newsweek was able to regain control of its Twitter account in 20 minutes, but the hijacked Twitter messages were tweeted and shared among the news organization's 2.51 million followers.

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JetBlue rolling out Apple Pay for travelers already in the air

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 5:41 pm

JetBlue customers will be able to use Apple Pay to purchase snacks, drinks and other amenities while flying, with the airline company becoming the first to accept the mobile payment service. Since 2007, JetBlue has been cashless for on-board purchases, and the addition of mobile payments seems like a natural progression.

 

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The new service will begin on JetBlue transcontinental flights from New York to either San Francisco or Los Angeles later this month.

 

"The sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to mobile payments with Apple Pay," said Marty St George, SVP of commercial flights at JetBlue. "Customers want an easy and fast transaction when they decide to make an on-board purchase so that they can get back to enjoying their flight."

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Apple will 'give Tesla a run for its money' with its latest project

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 12:35 pm

An Apple employee has teased some exciting news with Business Insider, that the company is working on a new project that would "give Tesla a run for its money".

 

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Business Insider reports: "After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle development" at the company. Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," the person said. "I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money".

 

We know that Apple employees have been moving over to Tesla Motors in droves, but now it's being reported that Tesla employees are coming back to Apple for this mysterious project, which sounds like a stretch. If Apple were working a self-driving car, it could be a big deal, but a self-driving car consists of many technologies that need to work together perfectly, on its first shot. We'll continue to report on this as it breaks.

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