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Law student caught trying to hack and change his marks for the better

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Utilizing a staff ID card to gain unauthorized access to a staff-only area of the University of Queensland (UQ), a student recently completed a hack into the private University grading system in an attempt to alter his marks before graduation.




As a result, this man is now scheduled to appear in court on December 3rd and faces 14 total charges, with these charges being partly made up of six based around use of a restricted computer and four for fraud. The 24-year-old man is in what the University called a "very serious matter," refusing to further comment on the allegations.


A statement by UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joanne Wright, reminded students that they "should be aware that academic misconduct can lead to expulsion and criminal charges," further stating "I won't detail how we monitor for and detect cheats, but we have a range of measures to expose hacking and other breaches of information technology systems, plagiarism, and other misconduct."

Black Friday, $500 off Eurocom laptop with Desktop i7 CPU and GTX 980

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Eurocom are known for producing laptops with crazy specifications and price tags to match, but if you get in quick you might be able to score yourself one for below the market price.




As part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Eurocom are offering up its Sky X9 'Desktop Laptop' with a $500 discount. The headline of a recently issued press release shows exactly why a computing enthusiast might drool over this model, with it offering a dekstop Intel Skylake CPU, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop GPU and a smooth 64GB of DDR4 memory.


The Skylake desktop CPU on offer is none other than the Core i7 6700K and it comes paired with two 1Gb LAN ports, a 4K UHD display, USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0 and support for over 5TB of storage, including facilities for RAID, M.2 SSDs, HDDs and normal SSDs alike.

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ESPN subscribers diminish at an alarming rate, streaming is to blame

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

With online streaming becoming more mainstream, ESPN is starting to really feel the heat. ESPN parent company, Disney, said in an earnings conference that subscribers are currently dropping, softening the blow by naming it as "some modest losses."




What exactly does modest mean? According to regulatory files that were made public this week, ESPN now holds 92 million subscribers. While 92 million is still much larger than many other platforms and completely blows things like World of Warcraft out of the water, it becomes alarming when when this number is compared to previous statistics.


With 92 million subscribers in 2015, ESPN posted 95 million in 2014 and an even greater 99 million in 2013. This 7 million drop in subscribers over two years marks just the beginning of what Disney CEO, Bob Iger, says will be an indication of the future.

Someone has hacked Street Fighter 5 Beta for the PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

As seen on Kotaku, PC gamers may rejoice as we all now have access to a cracked version of Street Fighter 5.




This download has 12 total characters available, including the likes of Ken, Ryu, Cammy, Nash, Birdie, Chun-Li, Necalli, the Dictator, Vega, Rashir, R. Mika and Karin. While Street Fighter is all about PvP, this version is unfortunately local only, meaning you're going to have to battle against the AI, and the AI only.


It's recommended that Windows 10 users disable their "World Wide Web Publishing Service," alongside the creator urging everyone to close Skype before launching. The build of this hack is based on the latest Street Fighter 5 Beta, we'll let you know if any new versions come out in the near future.

Hearthstone World Championships 2016 prize pool raised to $1 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

Activision has just upped the ante at its upcoming Hearthstone World Championships prize pool for next year, to $1 million, up from the $250,000 from this year's prize pool.




Activision Blizzard held the 2015 tournament at BlizzCon, where $250,000 was given out to 16 of the participants. Next year, the company is upping the prize pool to $1 million, while the competition remains the same size. A further $100,000 prize pool for each of the nine preliminary events will also be up for grabs, with these matches being held in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific before the World Championship kicks off.


The company has proven that eSports is important to the world, creating a dedicated eSports division led by former ESPN CEO and the former president of Major League Gaming.

Google flooded with 'right to be forgotten', 1 million URLs so far

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

As the EU ruled that 'the right to be forgotten' shall be enforced for its citizens back in May this year, Google has already censored more than one million links in total, now that citizens are allowed to ask this tech giant to delete specific results about them.




While Google is allowed to internally asses if the links should be deleted before doing so, it seems that they are been completely flooded with requests, receiving approximately 350,000 requests since May and to-date taking down over 1.2 million links in total.


The take downs have been spread across things such as requests for individual image removal to more serious matters like "convicted criminals wanting links to stories and blog posts about their deeds to be taken out of Google's index," according to an article by itnews. With 58 percent of current requests being approved, most of the link removal requests have been regarding Facebook.

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OnePlus won't replace faulty USB Type-C cable on its OnePlus 2 handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

The USB Type-C cable in the box for the OnePlus 2 smartphone has been a disaster so far, with Google engineer Benson Leung testing the cable and saying that it "may cause damage to your charger, hub or PC USB port" if used on a fast-charging device.




OnePlus has said that it doesn't conform to the USB Type-C 1.1 spec, and that it will refund customers - but, and this is a big but, since the cable doesn't have issues with the OnePlus 2 smartphone itself, the company will only refund customers who purchased the cable separately. Now this is a huge downer.


The company says that the USB Type-C cable works for what it was intended to, charging the OnePlus 2 smartphone. Outside of that, most people who aren't aware of the issues with the included cable could use it to charge another USB Type-C device, and possibly damage it. The included USB Type-C cable has the wrong resistor for the USB Type-C 1.1 specifications (10 k-ohms versus 56 k-ohms), so the device could draw more power than it can actually support.


A decent USB charger would stop this from happening so that your device doesn't get damaged, but OnePlus seems to not care about that. As Engadget reports, a "better solution might be to recall and replace all the cables out there", which we are in total agreeance with.

Introducing Li-Fi, the Wi-Fi killer that boasts 224Gbps

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

A new technology medium called Li-Fi is ready to shake up the world of wireless connectivity, offering real-world speeds of 1Gbps--100 times the speeds of traditional Wi-Fi.



With 4K resolution just around the corner, the world's appetite data consumption is about to become much more voracious. Communications titans will need to find a new wireless solution to transmit ever-growing data-streams at an efficient rate, and eventually Wi-Fi will have to be left behind. In comes Li-Fi, the light-based technology that was able to hit insane 224 Gbps speeds in a lab environment.


Li-Fi uses the visible light spectrum to transmit data, meaning that everyday LED bulbs can be turned into portable hotspots. In order to transmit data, Li-Fi bulbs use modular pulses of light that flicker in nanoseconds to transmit data streams. Imagine having an intensely powerful and efficient Wi-Fi hotspot in every room of your house--that's the kind of potential that Li-Fi has.

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NVIDIA rumored to be preparing the GeForce GTX 960 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

AMD has hit the headlines in a huge way today, with the tease that the Radeon R9 Fury X2 will be unveiled next month, and that there are huge price drops across their entire range of video cards - with the Fury X now priced at $589.




But news has broken that NVIDIA is preparing the launch of its GeForce GTX 960 Ti, a card that would compete against the just-released Radeon R9 380X from AMD. NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 960 Ti is said to feature a cut-down GM204 GPU, but when it comes to the CUDA count, things could get interesting. The GTX 960 has 1024 CUDA cores while the GTX 970 has 1664 CUDA cores, so we should expect somewhere in the 1280-1408 CUDA core range for the GTX 960 Ti.


As for the SMM count, the GTX 960 has its 1024 CUDA cores in 8 SMMs, while the GTX 970 has its 1664 CUDA cores across 13 SMMs, so the GTX 960 Ti should arrive with 10 or 11 SMMs. The price point of the GTX 960 Ti should be good, with a price of around $249. We should expect NVIDIA to provide a 192-bit memory bus, up from the 128-bit bus found on the GTX 960.

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AMD reduces price on Radeon R9 Fury X, Fury and Nano - Fury X now $589

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

Right off the back of the news that AMD is close to launching its Radeon R9 Fury X2 dual GPU card, news has broken that the company has dropped the price on its Fiji-powered cards in the R9 Fury X, R9 Fury and R9 Nano.




The Radeon R9 Fury X launched with an MSRP of $649 but has dropped to $589 or even $569 after a rebate. The R9 Fury has dropped from its MSRP of $549 to a competitive $499 while the super-small R9 Nano dropped from $649 to $569, or $549 after a rebate. The Radeon 300 series has also received some price cutting love, with the R9 390X dropping from its MSRP of $429 to $379, while the R9 390 drops from $329 to $279.


The mid-range R9 380 2GB drops from $199 to $169, or down to $139 after a rebate while the 4GB version drops from $225 to $179, or only $159 after a rebate. Check out your e-tailer and local retailers to see if these price drops are in effect before purchasing of course.

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