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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to visit China to discuss antitrust issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reportedly will head to China sometime in September as the Chinese government launches an antitrust investigation targeting Microsoft. The Chinese government said it doesn't believe Microsoft was transparent regarding Windows and Office sales, and Chinese antitrust regulators also want to investigate Internet Explorer and the Windows Media Player.

 

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The timing of the antitrust probe seems rather confusing, with Microsoft settling antitrust issues in the United States and Europe more than 10 years ago. Furthermore, the popularity of Google Android and Apple iOS devices in the smartphone and tablet markets has forced Microsoft to revamp - problems that didn't exist during previous antitrust investigations.

 

Microsoft and other major corporations have a delicate relationship with China, amid growing antitrust probes that seem to target western companies. As Washington and Beijing continue to blame one another for spying and snooping, it looks like Microsoft, Google, and other companies are getting caught in the crossfire - if Microsoft gave the Chinese government access to data, for example, western lawmakers and journalists will heavily criticize the company.

Microsoft will introduce standalone Kinect in October for $150

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

Microsoft will release a standalone Kinect for the Xbox One on October 7 and it will cost $149 with a free copy of Dance Central Spotlight included. The game title will be released in September and will only cost $10. It seems surprising that Microsoft has decided to release the Kinect as a standalone product with such a high price tag, but there will be wiggle room to see if consumers are willing to spend that much for it.

 

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Some have wondered how important the Kinect is for Microsoft's long-term strategy, as the company released a $400 Xbox One bundle in June that didn't include it. However, Microsoft said it saw "increased demand" for the pricier $500 Xbox One bundle that did include the Kinect.

 

It's a good idea for Microsoft to introduce the Kinect as a standalone option, as gamers will be able to pick one up if they don't already own one - a standalone PC version of the Kinect was made available in July for $200, popular among PC enthusiasts and researchers.

Intel's Core i7-5960X CPU has already been overclocked to 6.2GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 4 days, 14 hours ago

Intel will be launching its new Haswell-E based Core processors tomorrow, but some leaked benchmarks are already surfacing over at Videocardz and WCCFTech. When it comes to games, the new Core i7-5960X is around 14% faster than its predecessor, the Core i7-4960X.

 

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The new Core i7-5960X is Intel's first 8-core processor for the consumer market, with a stock frequency of 3GHz, and Boost frequency of 3.5GHz. We have 20MB of L3 cache, 140W TDP and support for DDR4 memory. We should expect a price of $999, which isn't too bad for a processor of this calibre.

 

When it comes to 4K video editing the new Core i7-5960X is around 20% faster than the 4960X, and around 32% faster in 3D rending. 'Thayn3' in the coolaler forums was able to overclock the Core i7-5960X to 4GHz using just 1.2V, but there has been an insane overclock found online, with the new 16-thread CPU clocked up to 6.2GHz on LN2.

FBI, Secret Service hunting hackers targeting banks, customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

A recent string of cyberattacks targeting U.S. financial institutions is now being investigated by the FBI and Secret Service. Foreign hackers continually attack western banks and corporations, with JPMorgan Chase and at least four unnamed banks targeted. It remains unknown whether this was simple theft or if it was used to help aid a cyberespionage campaign targeting U.S. banks and their customers.

 

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Despite having increased cybersecurity to defend against attacks, banks struggle to detect - and shut down - sophisticated, coordinated attacks. Stolen data includes bank customer information, along with checking and savings account numbers from the cyber breach, with digital forensics now being studied. Phishing emails were sent, hosted on a Moscow-based server, and tricked users into turning over their personal information while also installing malware to further torment victims.

 

"We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions," said Joshua Campbell, FBI spokesperson, in a statement.

Google rumored to call the new Nexus smartphone 'Nexus X'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

Google should hopefully take the wraps off of its upcoming next-gen Nexus smartphone soon, a flagship that should arrive with Android L, or Android 5.0, or heck, Android Lemon Meringue Pie, or whatever they call it.

 

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TKTechNews is behind the later rumor, where it shows actual links to the leaked Fnac.pt pages, where you can find a listing for the 64GB Nexus X. The image says that the Nexus X features a 5.2-inch display, 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and a 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera. There are conflicting reports on the display, with some stating it will arrive with a 5.3-inch display, while others state it'll show up with a 5.9-inch panel.

 

The OS is listed as "Android Lemon Meringue 5.0," which is what we should expect Google to unveil with the Nexus X.

Samsung chairman doesn't let his employees look down at him

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee commands some serious behavior changes in his employees, where during one factory visit, workers were told to not look at Lee through the windows as he entered the building. Why? Because they should not look down at him.

 

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Factory employees were told to park their peasantry vehiecles in the rear lot so that Lee wouldn't have to see them, as they weren't nice enough for him to look at. In the bathrooms, mints were provided to improve employees' breath, and a red carpet was laid out for the chairman to walk down as he entered the factory.

GOG.com will soon sell DRM-free movies and TV shows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

GOG.com has been making waves with gamers and its DRM-free games, but now the company is looking to expand its horizons, offering up movies and TV shows without the copyright restrictions that other outlets push on their customers.

 

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The company will be starting out with smaller independent documentaries for $5.99 each, where they hope to eventually offer up studio films and TV shows. A GOG.com representative said in an email to Kotaku: "Most of [the studios we spoke to] admit that DRM does not protect anything, all protections are cracked on the day of the release of the movie or even before and that there is no DRM that can protect a movie against piracy. The whole industry knows DRM is just smoke and mirrors and it does not work, so why not abandon it?"

 

The first indie documentaries to arrive on GOG will be about gaming and Internet culture, with around 20 documentaries to arrive soon including Indie Game: The Movie, Good Game, and Please Subscribe.

The Sims 4 only requires Internet for activation, low PC requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 21 hours ago

The Sims 4 is only a few days away from being launched, with Electronic Arts making the PC requirements made available through the games FAQ page. Most will be surprised that you don't need a powerhouse gaming system to run it, with some pretty relaxed requirements. An Internet connection is only required for activation, so it's not an always-online mess like SimCity was.

 

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You'll only need a "1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)" for the CPU side of things, and 2GB of RAM minimum. 9GB of HDD space is required, with 1GB additional space needed for custom content and saved games.

 

A video card with at least 128MB of RAM is required, with Pixel Shader 3.0 support required - so we have NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, an ATI Radeon X1300 or better, or Intel's GMA X4500 or better. As you can see, the minimum PC requirements are very relaxed. The recommended specifications aren't that much more, with an Intel Core i5/AMD Athlon X4 or higher, 4GB of RAM, the same 9GB of HDD space, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or better and the 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

Apple rumored to launch the iWatch with two new iPhones on September 9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days, 23 hours ago

It feels like there's so much conflicting information on the iWatch right now, but according to Re/code, we should expect Apple to unveil its first wearable next to two new iPhones - which should arrive in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions.

 

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Apple's iWatch should feature deep integration with Apple's health tracking tools, something that will make an appearance with iOS 8. We should also see the health tools go as far as working with home automation kit HomeKit, which is something else that will reportedly arrive with Apple's next iteration of its mobile OS.

Take Two says Lindsay Lohan lawsuit against GTA V was 'for publicity'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days ago

A few months ago, Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against Take Two, the publisher behind Grand Theft Auto V, where she alleged that the publisher used her likeness in GTA V. But now Take Two's lawyers are firing back at the actress, saying that she filed the lawsuit "for publicity purposes".

 

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Take Two is now aiming to have the lawsuit dismissed, with legal fees being pushed across the desk in Lohan's direction. Lohan's complaint alleged that Take Two "incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses" and jeans worn by Lohan into GTA V as the character Lacey Jonas.

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