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Apple toots its own horn, indirectly helped create 1 million jobs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:32 am

Apple added 9,000 new jobs in 2014 alone, but says it has directly and indirectly led to more than 1 million jobs being "created or supported" by the company. In addition to its Apple headquarters and stores throughout the country, Apple also has generated great interest among app developers within the community.

 

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"This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community," said Eddy Cue, senior VP of Internet software and services at Apple. "We're so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion."

 

Apple is off to another tremendous start with its App Store, racking up almost half a billion dollars on mobile apps and in-app purchases during the first week of January - and New Year's Day was the highest-grossing day of all-time for the App Store.

Malaysia bans 'Achmed The Dead Terrorist', Jeff Dunham creates brother

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:42 am

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is known worldwide for his character Achmed the Dead Terrorist, but what happens when a nation becomes sensitive and expressly prohibits him from performing with the character? Well, Dunham gives him a beret, an accent and a new name and continues the performance regardless!

 

 

Dunham said that Malaysia's Ministry of Culture and Arts requested that his act be changed for local sensitivities, including his name, likeness, references to virgins or Muslims. Now released on DVD, the footage from the performance from last May can now be enjoyed. During the setup, Dunham notes:

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US says it didn't attack North Korea, and Pyongyang's security is poor

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:29 am

The FBI continues to say North Korea is responsible for a crippling cyberattack and data breach of Sony Pictures, and the Obama Administration vowed revenge, but Washington didn't drop the North Korean Internet, sources claim. However, those responsible for hitting North Korea likely didn't need to work very hard, and future attacks could be imminent.

 

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"It looks more like the result of an infrastructure attack than an infrastructure failure," said James Cowie, chief scientist of Dynamic Network Services, in a statement to the AP. "There's nothing you can point to that says it has all the hallmarks of an attack by a nation state. It could have been anybody."

 

The entire country of North Korea only has four principal access point to the Internet, and while the US government has the capabilities to impact them, so do multiple other nation states - and smaller hacker groups.

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Ransomware, cyberespionage continuing to plague companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:13 am

Before Sony Pictures had its data released to the Internet, the Guardians of Peace offered to simply disappear if they were paid a ransom - an extortion attempt that Sony promptly denied. However, this type of criminal activity is overshadowed by the new forms of malware customized to encrypt files and demand payment from compromised victims.

 

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Ransomware attacks tend to get the most attention when a new piece of malware hits the Web, infecting end-users and corporations. The ransoms range from as low as $200 up to thousands of dollars, with a short deadline before the files are permanently encrypted.

 

Cybersecurity experts warn these types of attacks will continue to increase in popularity, as many victims provide payment to the criminals.

Budweiser is preparing their life-sized Pacman for the Super Bowl

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:56 am

Often known for their hilarious Bud Light commercials over the years, Budweiser are currently building a life-size Pacman arena for the upcoming Super Bowl festivities.

 

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Photos have begun surfacing on Twitter and other social medias, sharing the preliminary stages of building for this Pacman maze extravaganza, complete with illuminated walls and enemy jellies. This is a move by Budweiser to do a little different than the usual half-time ad campaign, which generally sets back companies around $4 million for a 30 second segment or a whopping $8 million for 60 seconds of fame.

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You can now play Doom on a toaster - Not really, but close

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:39 am

People often refer to slow PC's as a potato or a toaster, so what better to do than make a spin-off of someone playing the beloved original Doom title through a few toasters hooked together?

 

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Created by YouTuber Vexel, this programmer has set out to use his families toasters for a new purpose. Utilizing them as a form of gaming controller, he has apparently hacked them to enable full in-game support.

 

As seen through the video, quick hands are a must - so sit back and enjoy.

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Pre-built and overclocked systems gain popularity

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:26 am

A few years ago, it was unlikely you could find a top of the range PC build in your local computer store, likely having to purchase and install your AGP video cards and Athlon processors yourself - either the store wouldn't support the option or you didn't trust them to complete the task.

 

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Looking at brick-and-mortar and online retail shops as of late, you'll begin to notice a massive trend toward 'gamer' PC's and overclocked systems. There are large retailers now who fully specialize in these kinds of builds, seeing companies like CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower reach massive popularity in the wider gaming market.

 

But what about the 'general' PC store retailer, or those looking to do a little more than just build and ship gaming products. Australian retailer MWave claims to the be biggest in the business and after a quick search around their website, I stumbled across their beast system simply titled as the "Mwave Intel OverClocked 10.1 Gaming PC."

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The Apple iPhone was announced just over eight years ago

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:07 am

Eight years is a really long time in the technology world, because around this time in 2007, Steve Jobs was unveiling Apple's first addition to the smartphone market and little did we know what it would amount to today.

 

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With Samsung and BlackBerry running rampant in the smartphone community and with many users still using their trusty flip phones, Apple came in with a bang, instantly winning over millions of devout fanatics and birthing Apple fanboys - but at the same time providing a decent product at a respectable price point.

 

On January the 9th at MacWorld 2007, the late Jobs unveiled his first addition to the smartphone community - aiming to steal the thunder from CES 2007, he certainly did a good job. Teasing the release by claiming that Apple had produced a "widescreen iPod with touch controls" and a "breakthrough Internet communication device," Jobs produced a 3.5-inch touch-screen offering - set to rock the technology world.

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Parvum impresses again - This Project Orange Horizon build is amazing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:51 am

Following our report on Daniel Woods and his amazingly simplistic Arctic Gold Parvum case build, we've stumbled across another beauty in the form of Max NB's Project Orange Horizon. This project was spotted on the Watercooled PC Facebook group.

 

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Also utilizing a Parvum case, this modded system has set him back around $3,700 in total and must be seen in its entirety to be appreciated properly. Including SLI-GTX 780 Ti Superclocked video cards, an Intel Core i5 4690K Unlocked Quad Core and a handy 500GB Samsung 840 Evo series SSD, Max has made sure his stunning system also packs a powerful punch for any gaming he may want to take place.

 

What's even more impressive is the list of water cooling components on display, exceeding $800 in retail value. We understand that not all of our readers are watercooling experts (nor am I), but the sheer length of this list should at least impress you - even if you have no idea what's going on. Let's just say that he's put many hours and a lot of elbow grease into building and maintaining this beast.

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Twitter is launching a video service soon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:32 am

Twitter is planning to roll out their native video feature in just a few short weeks, reports claim. This service is said to not be a competitor to YouTube, but to help promote a positive experience for users and keep them coming back to the social media platform - don't forget that Twitter own Vine, so this is certainly possible.

 

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Rumors claim that 20 seconds is the possible video length to be available, which is a vast improvement on Vine's six seconds or the fact that every other Twitter-linked video would have to have been from an alternative source. However this 20-second limit isn't set in stone, Twitter are reportedly going to be 'testing the waters' over the next few weeks, months or years.

 

This feature will be coming to the browser and the app versions, seeing users gain the ability to record their video through the app itself or upload any pre-existing clip.

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