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LG's unveils Watch Urbane LTE, lets you make calls from your wrist

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 9:54 am

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, LG has just unveiled the LTE-capable version of its Watch Urbane. Watch Urbane LTE will be better detailed during MWC 2015 by LG next week.

 

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The new LTE-capable smartwatch is just a great-looking wrist-mounted cell phone, with the ability to make voice calls without the need of a smartphone. Not only that, but the Watch Urbane LTE is also capable of translating foreign speech, take voice calls, share your GPS location, track your fitness, and monitor your heart rate and atmospheric pressure. Also, just in case, there's an SOS button that lets you place an emergency call to your contacts.

 

LG has also baked in NFC capabilities that allows for NFC-based payments to be made, something that is exclusive to the Watch Urbane LTE right now. The new LG Watch Urbane LTE features a 700mAh internal battery, up from the 410mAh in the non-LTE versions. As for the OS, it runs LG's proprietary wearable platform, and not Android Wear like competing smartwatches.

Corporate leaders are aware of IoT, but aren't really prepared for it

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 8:20 am

More than 40 percent of organizations anticipate the Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to significant changes in the next three years, but that doesn't mean senior business leaders are prepared. Less than 25 percent of companies have chosen an executive to lead IoT, according to Gartner - a troubling sign if businesses are going to begin relying on IoT services.

 

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There seem to be enough problems related to cybersecurity in the enterprise, and IoT may only further complicate things. Security protocols are difficult enough to follow, but with connected technologies growing, companies must be proactive.

 

For companies interested in adopting IoT rapidly, a high-level business executive leader must be chosen to drive IoT initiatives. In addition, the entire organization must be educated regarding IoT adoption - including potential opportunities and pitfalls. Analysts also recommend planning sooner rather than later, especially if IoT solutions will be utilized quickly.

Companies transitioning to better detection, response of cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 7:15 am

By 2018, 40 percent of large enterprises will have some type of plan to respond to aggressive cybersecurity business disruptions, a drastic increase from zero percent in 2015, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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Gartner describes an aggressive business disruption attack as a coordinated and sophisticated effort to interfere with and damage business operations - wiped data, servers knocked offline, intellectual property stolen.

 

"Entirely avoiding a compromise in a large complex enterprise is just not possible, so a new emphasis toward detect and respond approaches has been building for several years, as several attack patterns and overwhelming evidence support that a compromise will occur," said Paul Proctor, VP and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Preventive controls, such as firewalls, antivirus and vulnerability management, should not be the only focus of a mature security program."

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Not a Rubix Cube - much cooler. Waterproof linux-powered cube PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 6:02 am

With six 16x16 displays giving you the ability to run various applications, the Cuberox PC project sets out to be the perfect home solution.

 

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When turned off this product looks like just a general cube, but this waterproof casing houses a fully-functional computer within. Running on a Linux operating system, this product allows users to run different applications on each side of the cube, alongside giving developers full reign of application support and development through APR written on JavaScript.

 

Achieving a full waterproof seal thanks to wireless charging, this Kickstarter project also features some cool things like built-in speakers and a multicolor smart backlight. If you're feeling extra special you can partake in multiplayer games or even apparently install office on your device.

 

With just under $30,000 pledged of their $150,000 goal and 30 days to go, purchasing a basic package price of $199 will see you receive your cube at a special $100 off the final retail price.

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Win a trip to Computex 2015 from GIGABYTE by overclocking your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 5:57 am

Out of all of the trade shows I've ever been to, Computex is definitely my favorite - so when the opportunity comes for you to win a chance to go, you take it! GIGABYTE is offering one lucky person the chance to attend Computex 2015 in its new GIGABYTE Z79 - X99 BIG XTU Challenge on HWBOT.org.

 

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In order to enter, you'll need to tweak your systems for a very specific benchmark - Intel's XTU. Overclockers can submit their scores in order to reach a secret target, where you'll rack points up in order for the chance to win cash prizes, hardware, and the coveted trip to Computex 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan in June.

 

There are over $4000 in prizes up for grabs, four GIGABYTE motherboards, and then the trip to Computex 2015 up for grabs. GIGABYTE explains the competition: "Each of the 4 rounds will have 10 secret target scores which will be revealed only after their submission period. But to guide you, a target range will be announced in advance. Your goal is to submit as many scores within that range during a 3 days period and try to hit the secret score. Participants who hit the secret target score will cumulate a point and have a chance at winning the Grand Prize or cash prize!"

 

For all the details on the GIGABYTE Z79 - X99 BIG XTU Challenge, click here.

Apple teases media event for March 9, could we meet the Apple Watch?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 5:08 am

Apple has just sent invitations to select members of the media for an event on March 9 which it has teased as "spring forward". This is a reference to Daylight Savings Time, which could mean we're going to see a much more detailed look at Apple Watch.

 

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We have heard that Apple wants to ship its first-gen Watch in April, so this event is perfect timing. It shouldn't just be about Watch either, as we can expect to hear about other products like the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, which should be a revised Air. The new Air should sport a thinner profile, edge-to-edge keyboard, and a USB Type-C connector that will replace the full-sized USB port on the current MBA.

 

Throwing another rumor out there, is that Apple could show off the iPad Pro, with its 12.9-inch (or so) display. We don't know about that yet, as there haven't been too many leaks on the larger-screen iPad lately, but it could still happen.

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Bumblebee is that you? Hardware Extreme's black and yellow project

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 4:03 am

Making Wiz Khalifa proud, this black and yellow build spotted on the EK Water Blocks Facebook page is jam-packed with ASRock, Intel and EK Water Blocks components.

 

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Finally a build that isn't featuring rigid tubing, this mod project has interestingly placed the Kingston HyperX SSD Na'Vi Edition directly onto the power supply likely due to space constrictions.

 

Alongside providing yellow died liquid for aesthetics, even the RAM has been properly color coordinated alongside brilliantly sleeved cables. This fully water cooled system only features one video card this time, but it's still going to be enough for general duties.

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Samsung provides YouTube stream for its Galaxy S6 launch event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 3:34 am

Samsung will be hosting its Samsung Unpacked event on March 1 at 12:30pm Eastern time, where we should be introduced to the new Galaxy S6, and possibly Galaxy S6 Edge.

 

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The South Korean giant has just provided the world with a YouTube link where we can watch it live, as it happens in Barcelona, Spain. We should expect Samsung to not only unveil the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge products, but maybe some new tablets, and I hope (long shot) to see a new Gear VR device unveiled.

 

You can watch the Samsung Unpacked event right here.

Swedish professional CS:GO player Joel "emilio" Mako admits cheating

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 2:38 am

Joel "emilio" Mako was slapped with a Valve Anti-Cheat ban (VAC ban) whilst playing in a match against rival team HellRaisers in an online tournament match, which saw his gaming team releasing him immediately.

 

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VAC ban's generally come in waves, with multiple players being banned in one go and this action happening often weeks after their cheating experience took place - this helps create confusion as to exactly what cheat program the hackers have used as they are not told exactly what got them banned.

 

Mako claimed he was not guilty and in an interview with HLTV he stated that "I am leaving this in Valve's hands. I cannot prove my innocence, but I know they can."

 

Now a confession has been issued by the Sweedish pro player, confirming that he used wall-hack style cheat to gain advantage in an online match-making environment (not tournament). In an interview with Aftonbladet, he confessed "me and my IRL friends were playing matchmaking together with X-ray cheat. For the moment it was fun, until the consequences blew back in my face. Even though I never cheated in an official match I realize it was wrong and I regret it every day."

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Wax on, wax off, charge your products in your 'alone time' - Wankband

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 2:10 am

This new wearable device is a fitness tracker done right, giving you the ability to charge your products while you enjoy some self-enjoyment alone time.

 

 

The Wankband has been put into production by Pornhub and utilizes a small inner valve within the band to send a weight speeding up and down with every stroke in order to produce some 'handy' power.

 

Currently in development stages, this landing page will give you a little more information in a Safe For Work environment - or you can watch the clean video above and wait for more information, which will be released "in the coming months."

 

The power generated by this device isn't going to be enough to replenish your Telsa electric car, however with enough time and dedication you might be able to keep your iPhone 3 clunking for another hour - or add 40 years to your Nokia 3310.

 

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