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Russian spy agency tried to recruit Edward Snowden to join its ranks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:09 pm

The Russian FSB intelligence security service reportedly tried to recruit former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, approaching him while he was stranded in the Sheremetyevo International Airport in 2013. The American fugitive declined the offer.


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Snowden was reportedly approached only once and he "didn't give anything to the Russians at all," according to WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison, a close friend to the stranded American.


Snowden was granted temporary asylum to stay in Russia in August 2013, and he remains inside of Russian borders.

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Purported in-game shots of Grand Theft Auto V for the PC arrive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:09 pm

A couple of screenshots for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V have surfaced, showing the difference between low and high settings. The screenshots are coming from NfoHump user 'Neon' who is surely going to have most of the Internet talking with these GTA V screenshots.


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The two shots are in-game shots from the PC version of GTA V, but it was only a few days ago that the same user posted some shots of the Settings menu of GTA V on the PC (above), as well as a few other screenshots of the game. Now we have a a low quality, and high quality screenshot to see if we can spot a big difference in quality.


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Above, we have the low quality and high quality screenshots (low is the top one, high the one below it). Both of these screenshots were reportedly taken on a GeForce GTX 970 with 4GB of RAM. As you can see, there is quite a large difference between the low and high quality settings in the game, such as draw distance, shadowing, reflections on the car, and much more.

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Digital eye strain causing problems, after hours of looking at screens

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:56 pm

Millions of Americans are at risk of digital eye strain, with 30 percent of adults using a digital device for nine or more hours per day, according to the Vision Council. Due to increased PC, smartphone, tablet, and other electronics usage, 61 percent of Americans suffer from dryness, blurred vision, irritation, and other vision-related problems, according to the Vision Council study.


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Almost seventy percent of Millennials suffer from some type of digital eye strain, which is higher than Gen Xers (63 percent) and Baby Boomers (57 percent).


Study authors recommend tech users create a more ergonomic workspace, that reinforces proper posture, centering digital displays in front of the chair, keeping arms-length away from the screen, and minimizing screen glare. Also, it's recommended to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, while looking at something at least 20 feet away from the screen.

Razer knocks up to 50% its gaming goods, but get in quick!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:30 pm

Razer has a huge sale on right now, offering all of its gaming gear and systems for up to 50% off. The sale starts at 6PM today, and ends on January 13, at 5:59PM PT.


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It's a huge sale, with all of their gaming gear available at 50% off, while systems are enjoying a huge 30% off. The company will be limiting sales to just one item per customer, which is fair enough considering the discount. Razer has warned "During this time, the store will get an intense amount of traffic, slow down, etc and things will fly off the virtual shelves so get ready".

House of Cards season 3 teaser drops, Underwood is in power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:22 pm

Netflix is ramping up to launch of season 3 of House of Cards, releasing a teaser on its official YouTube account. The teaser doesn't show much, but it does enough to whet your appetite.



For those who don't know (spoilers after this) Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) takes position as the most powerful man on earth: the President of the United States of America. There are of course some trials and tribulations he has to go through, as Spacey narrates in the teaser "You wanna know what takes real courage? Holding it all together".


House of Cards season 3 premieres on February 27, 2015 - just in time for some binge watching with your loved one.

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Criminals victimize compromised United Airlines MileagePlus accounts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:19 pm

United Airlines says it wasn't breached as several MileagePlus members have discovered fraudulent activity on their accounts. It appears usernames and passwords were compromised from a third-party, and the unauthorized purchases began sometime in December 2014, the airline has confirmed. The California Office of the Attorney General was notified about the incident last week.


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United is still trying to determine how the information was compromised, as criminals have increasingly targeted loyalty programs for airlines, hotels and other travel industry businesses. The accrued points are easy to cash out for restaurants, rental cars, air travel, hotels, and other perks.


Cybercriminals are finding new methods to find usernames and password credentials to steal - and the fraudulent activity suffered by MileagePlus members is an indication that trend will continue.

Berg Insight predicts massive growth in smart thermostats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:09 pm

Connected technology in apartments and households show great potential as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to mature, with consumers interested in select products more than others. The number of North American and European homes with smart thermostats increased 105 percent up to 3.2 million in 2014, according to Berg Insight.


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Most of the growth occurred in North America, which saw 107 percent growth, reaching 2.5 million homes in just one year. Berg Insight believes the North America will continue to see massive growth in smart thermostats, with 24.6 million homes embracing the technology by 2019.


Nest, Honeywell and Ecobee currently lead the North American smart thermostat market, with a growing number of manufacturers and vendors joining the market. The ability for homeowners to more accurately track their utilities, and customize temperature controls, will become even more appealing as the technology matures.

Diamond Multimedia tease wireless AC and 4K devices at CES 2015

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:02 pm

CES 2015 - Diamond Multimedia is well known for their line of AMD GPUs, but recently they have started to focus more on peripherals of all sorts from 4K streaming devices to Wireless AC peripherals. To start off they are launching a powerful router, the WLR1200AC, which features dual-band (5GHz/2.4GHz) wireless 802.11AC.


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Here we have the WR750AC Dual Band Range Extender and WL600AC USB network adapter, which both support the new 802.11AC wireless standard. They also support dual band 5GHz/2.4GHz. The USB adapter comes in two versions, one with the antenna and one without.

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MSI show off USB 3.1, limited edition GTX 970s and more at CES 2015

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:56 pm

CES 2015 - We were invited up to MSI's suite to take a closer look at some of their new products. When we entered, we were welcomed by the X99A Gaming 9 ACK, one of MSI's new boards sporting the latest USB 3.1 technology. It won the CES 2015 Innovation award and rightfully so with USB 3.1, which we saw reach 650MB/s read and write speeds. The board isn't using the new type-c USB 3.1 connector, but instead relies on the traditional USB connector.


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However, MSI did have a board with the new c-type connector in the works, the Z97X Gaming 6. We were able to catch a glimpse of this new technology. It felt very sturdy and yes, we were able to flip it upside down and insert it into the port.

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Mionix hits its $100,000 funding goal for the Quantified Gaming mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:47 pm

Mionix has one of the most interesting mice known to gamers with its Quantified Gaming mouse, a mouse that hit Kickstarter a while back requiring $100,000 to get made.


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Well, they've hit the $100,000 funding goal and now the Quantified Gaming mouse will be made. At the time of writing there were 788 backers, 19 hours to go and $102,393 pledged. If you didn't know about the Quantified Gaming mouse, it is "first smart gaming mouse that tracks your body reactions and provides you with insights into your performance".

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