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Valve adds CAPTCHA test to Steam to stop potential malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 8:09 pm

Valve has added a new CAPTCHA test to Steam for its trading process, something that should stop potential malware from taking users' inventory during a trade.

 

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Steam both announced and apologized for the introduction of the CAPTCHA test, where John Cook from Valve said "We know it's a bit of a hassle and we don't like making trading harder for users, but we do expect it to significantly help customers who are tricked into downloading and running malware from losing their items."

 

It's not all bad, as third-party trading services will continue to work through Steam, without CAPTCHA, "so they can continue to function."

Anonymous plans to retaliate against Islamic groups for terror attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 8:59 am

The Anonymous hacker collective has publicly launched a campaign against Islamic extremists tied to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, which has killed 12 people. The group plans to target al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorists, with a focus on bringing down their social media accounts and websites used to spread propaganda.

 

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"We, Anonymous around the world, have decided to declare war on you the terrorists," the group declared in a YouTube video. "We intend to take revenge in their name, we are going to survey your activities on the net, we are going to shut down your accounts on all social networks."

 

#OpCharlieHebdo has already claimed one victim, though the victimized website returned to service after an hour or two of downtime. However, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other cyberattacks are expected to target the terrorist groups operating in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Steiger Dynamics new LEET Pro PC is a workstation for the living room

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 1:22 am

CES 2015 - Steiger Dynamics has just taken off the wraps of its impressive new LEET Studio and LEET Pro PCs, both of which are workstation versions of their award-winning LEET Living Room PC.

 

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The two new PCs can be configured with the full range of Intel's Core processors, right up to the Xeon processor with up to 18 cores. There can be triple workstation-class AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro GPUs installed, super-fast SSDs, and ECC memory. This brings Steiger Dynamics machines up to the quality, specifications and style of Apple's popular Mac Pro range.

 

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Steiger Dynamics are pricing their LEET Studio and LEET Pro Pcs from $1999 and $2999 respectively, and are available starting January 6.

Steiger Dynamics announces its new high-end SFF PC known as 'Era'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:57 am

CES 2015 - Steiger Dynamics has announced its latest Era home theater PC lineup, with the latest addition joining its growing line of custom-made HTPCs. Inside of the new Era SFF PC we have some serious power, something that includes a Blu-ray player in its small footprint.

 

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The new Era PC features Intel's latest processors, an SSD, DDR3 RAM, and more. We have up to 6TB of storage inside of the Era PC, 4K support, Blu-ray playback in Dolby TrueHD, and more. We also have support for the use of wired controls through the use of your smartphone, tablet, touchpad, mouse and keyboard, or even an Xbox controllers.

 

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Steiger Dynamics' new Era PC starts from $899 and is available right now.

The Razer Turret brings PC gaming into the living room

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:39 am

CES 2015 - Razer wants to be in your living room, especially with its new Turret that it was showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas.

 

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Turret is a keyboard, mouse and docking station that lets gamers put their keyboard and mouse on their lap so they can sit on their lounge and still get some PC gaming on.

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Razer unveils the new Nabu X smartband at CES 2015 for just $49.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:20 am

CES 2015 - Most Razer fans already know about the Nabu smartband, but the gaming peripheral giant has just unveiled the new Nabu X at CES 2015.

 

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Razer is pricing the new Nabu X smartband competitively, at just $49.99, with both fitness and sleep tracking capabilities. Not only that, but we have discreet notifications and band-to-band social capabilities, too. There is no screen here, as it is more of a basic smartband compare to the Nabu.

 

The Razer Nabu X will launch on January 13 to qualified fans on Razer's Insider Forums for just $19.99, with retail units reaching consumers in spring for $49.99.

Razer was showing off their new OSVR headset at CES 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:07 am

CES 2015 - VR was something that was much bigger at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, with Razer unveiling their new OSVR headset.

 

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Razer is expected to launch the headset sometime last this year, but from the pictures you can see that it looks very similar to the Oculus Rift. Right down to the strap and visual cable going over the top of the headset and your head (when it's on your head).

 

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We will have more on this in the future when we can get our hands-on one to review! VR is getting some major traction, and I cannot be happier about it.

South Korea says North Korea is advancing its cyber army

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 11:55 pm

The North Korean Bureau 121 cyber warfare unit has continued to recruit new computer experts to its unit, with potential long-term plans of conducting wide-scale cyberespionage operations. Despite additional sanctions levied against Pyongyang, it hasn't slowed momentum of the secretive cyber unit.

 

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"North Korea is currently running its 6,000 (-member) workforce for cyber warfare and performing cyberattacks for physical and psychological paralysis inside South Korea such as causing troubles for military operations and national infrastructures," said the South Korean Defense Ministry, in a statement published by Reuters.

 

The North Korean government has denied it was involved in breaching Sony Pictures Entertainment - but details of its hacker group continue to be published. Bureau 121 has been blamed for several notable breaches targeting South Korean banks and other infrastructure, with the unit's skills reportedly developing.

IN WIN continues to impress at CES 2015, especially with the S-Frame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 11:46 pm

CES 2015 - IN WIN is a company that has been impressing us more and more, but it hit a peak when we saw their S-Frame chassis at Computex 2014 back in June.

 

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The IN WIN S-Frame is made fro ma single 4mm thick sheet of aluminum that is bent very specifically, and very beautifully into its final form. IN WIN were showing the chassis off at Computex, as well as the new S-Box.

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Report: 85% of US consumers don't want to buy a fitness tracker

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 11:04 pm

The wearable industry is expected to see strong growth in the years to come, but it looks like manufacturers need to revamp their sales and marketing campaign to sell fitness trackers. Eighty-five percent of consumers said they didn't want to purchase a fitness tracker, according to a report from Baird's William Power.

 

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"Fitness trackers are becoming mainstream products, with one company noting that their marketing is now less about education and introduction and more about helping customers choose the right device in its portfolio," said Katy Huberty, managing director of Morgan Stanley, during CES.

 

Manufacturers will continue to crank out a number of different wearables, and fitness trackers will continue to be made, with prices dropping as features increase.

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