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House of Cards season 3 teaser drops, Underwood is in power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:22 pm

Netflix is ramping up to launch of season 3 of House of Cards, releasing a teaser on its official YouTube account. The teaser doesn't show much, but it does enough to whet your appetite.



For those who don't know (spoilers after this) Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) takes position as the most powerful man on earth: the President of the United States of America. There are of course some trials and tribulations he has to go through, as Spacey narrates in the teaser "You wanna know what takes real courage? Holding it all together".


House of Cards season 3 premieres on February 27, 2015 - just in time for some binge watching with your loved one.

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Criminals victimize compromised United Airlines MileagePlus accounts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:19 pm

United Airlines says it wasn't breached as several MileagePlus members have discovered fraudulent activity on their accounts. It appears usernames and passwords were compromised from a third-party, and the unauthorized purchases began sometime in December 2014, the airline has confirmed. The California Office of the Attorney General was notified about the incident last week.


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United is still trying to determine how the information was compromised, as criminals have increasingly targeted loyalty programs for airlines, hotels and other travel industry businesses. The accrued points are easy to cash out for restaurants, rental cars, air travel, hotels, and other perks.


Cybercriminals are finding new methods to find usernames and password credentials to steal - and the fraudulent activity suffered by MileagePlus members is an indication that trend will continue.

Berg Insight predicts massive growth in smart thermostats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:09 pm

Connected technology in apartments and households show great potential as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to mature, with consumers interested in select products more than others. The number of North American and European homes with smart thermostats increased 105 percent up to 3.2 million in 2014, according to Berg Insight.


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Most of the growth occurred in North America, which saw 107 percent growth, reaching 2.5 million homes in just one year. Berg Insight believes the North America will continue to see massive growth in smart thermostats, with 24.6 million homes embracing the technology by 2019.


Nest, Honeywell and Ecobee currently lead the North American smart thermostat market, with a growing number of manufacturers and vendors joining the market. The ability for homeowners to more accurately track their utilities, and customize temperature controls, will become even more appealing as the technology matures.

Diamond Multimedia tease wireless AC and 4K devices at CES 2015

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:02 pm

CES 2015 - Diamond Multimedia is well known for their line of AMD GPUs, but recently they have started to focus more on peripherals of all sorts from 4K streaming devices to Wireless AC peripherals. To start off they are launching a powerful router, the WLR1200AC, which features dual-band (5GHz/2.4GHz) wireless 802.11AC.


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Here we have the WR750AC Dual Band Range Extender and WL600AC USB network adapter, which both support the new 802.11AC wireless standard. They also support dual band 5GHz/2.4GHz. The USB adapter comes in two versions, one with the antenna and one without.

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MSI show off USB 3.1, limited edition GTX 970s and more at CES 2015

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:56 pm

CES 2015 - We were invited up to MSI's suite to take a closer look at some of their new products. When we entered, we were welcomed by the X99A Gaming 9 ACK, one of MSI's new boards sporting the latest USB 3.1 technology. It won the CES 2015 Innovation award and rightfully so with USB 3.1, which we saw reach 650MB/s read and write speeds. The board isn't using the new type-c USB 3.1 connector, but instead relies on the traditional USB connector.


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However, MSI did have a board with the new c-type connector in the works, the Z97X Gaming 6. We were able to catch a glimpse of this new technology. It felt very sturdy and yes, we were able to flip it upside down and insert it into the port.

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Mionix hits its $100,000 funding goal for the Quantified Gaming mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:47 pm

Mionix has one of the most interesting mice known to gamers with its Quantified Gaming mouse, a mouse that hit Kickstarter a while back requiring $100,000 to get made.


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Well, they've hit the $100,000 funding goal and now the Quantified Gaming mouse will be made. At the time of writing there were 788 backers, 19 hours to go and $102,393 pledged. If you didn't know about the Quantified Gaming mouse, it is "first smart gaming mouse that tracks your body reactions and provides you with insights into your performance".

GameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream games to mobile users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:24 pm

Video game retailer GameStop has teamed up with Microsoft to use the Azure cloud platform to stream video game and promotional content to user mobile devices while they are in-store. Customers will be able to view video game catalogs, trailers, promotional materials, and other data.


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"Microsoft has always been a fantastic and innovative company for GameStop to collaborate with, both in the technology space as well with their video game consoles and titles," said Jeff Donaldson, SVP of GameStop Technology Institute. "We are continuing to work closely with them to discover and aggressively elevate ways to enhance the retail experience for our customers today and in the future."


GameStop has become more creative in how it approaches gamers, as streaming and digital downloads continue to alter the PC and console gaming markets.

Facebook reportedly approached to invest in Xiaomi smartphone maker

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:12 pm

Smartphone maker Xiaomi reportedly met with No. 1 social networking site Facebook about potential investment opportunities in late 2014. It appears a deal between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun didn't happen, but reveals how serious Xiaomi is to expand into the United States and other lucrative western markets.


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Xiaomi, the No. 3 smartphone manufacturer in the world, and Facebook showed initial interest - but political and commercial roadblocks would have occurred, as Facebook is banned inside of China. Since the deal couldn't be put together, Xiaomi collected $1.1 billion from Chinese investors - and the company's valuation is now estimated at $45 billion.


"Facebook wants to get into China, and Xiaomi is keen to expand outside, so they both recognize the importance of working together," an unnamed source told Reuters.

Islamic State reportedly hacks US Central Command Twitter, YouTube

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:03 pm

It appears the US Central Command Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by the Islamic State, corresponding with President Obama preparing to deliver a speech regarding cybersecurity. Both accounts have been temporarily suspended, as threatening messages were posted aimed at US soldiers.


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One of the messages posted on the US Central Command Twitter page included: American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate" and included a link to a Pastebin link.


This effort was designed to be an annoyance to the US government and US Central Command systems remain secure from attack. Meanwhile, US officials are looking into the breach, including extent of the incident and any messages that may have been sent from the hijacked accounts.

AI researchers called upon to sign open letter for safe development

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:42 am

Research into artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve, and there is growing concern that uncontrolled AI could have a significant impact on mankind. To prevent this from happening, the Future of Life Institute (FLI) wants AI researchers to sign an open letter to protect humans from intelligent machines.


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"We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robost and beneficial: our AI systems must do what we want them to do," the letter reads. "The attached research priorities document gives many examples of such research directions that can help maximize the societal benefit of AI. This research is by necessity interdisciplinary, because it involves both society and AI. It ranges from economics, law and philosophy to computer security, formal methods and, of course, various branches of AI itself."


AI is being used in autonomous weapons systems, robots and humanoids, and in autonomous vehicles - raising serious ethical questions that must be answered.

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