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Mozilla's CEO, Brendan Eich, resigns over anti-gay controversy

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 9:33 pm

Mozilla's co-founder and CEO, Brendan Eich has come under a lot of fire as of late over a $1000 donation he made to a political group that supported California's Proposition 8, and today he has announced that he will be resigning from the company he helped build. Mozilla says that it takes pride in being held to a different standard, and it knows that it did not live up to that standard over the past week.

 

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"We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves," Mozilla's chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, said on the company's blog. "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better. Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community."

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Google adds Streetview tour of Angkor Wat for virtual exploration

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 8:48 pm

Angkor Wat is a monument in Cambodia that was built-in the 12th century. It is the largest religious monument in the world and has been in a number of movies over the years. If you have always wanted to explore the monument, but can't take off to Cambodia to check it out, Google has you covered.

 

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Google has been working on a Streetview project since July of 2013 to let people virtually explore the monument using its 360-degree camera tech. Google has been adding lots of new monuments to the Streetview service over the last several months.

 

The Streetview exploration of Angkor Wat was cobbled together out of over 90,000 high-resolution images. The mass of images shows detail on over 100 of the temples in the complex. Google completed the project to put the temple project on Streetview with help from the Apsara Authority of the Kingdom of Cambodia.


Two US men plead guilty for their role in global hacking operation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 8:14 pm

Two members of an international cybercrime, identity theft and credit card fraud ring pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft, the Department of Justice announced.

 

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Robert Dubuc, 40, from Massachusetts along with Oleg Pidtergerya, 49, of New York, used information stolen from more than 12 banks, payroll processing companies, brokerage firms and government agencies - in their effort, more than $15 million in funds have been reportedly stolen.

 

"Both Dubuc and Pidtergerya were asked by leaders of the conspiracy to participate in a scheme to 'cash out' bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others," according to the DoJ press release.

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Ridley Scott confirmed to produce Halo digital feature

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 7:18 pm

If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you may be like me and get a little angry each time you think of the big screen movie based on the game that was cancelled years ago. The upside is that we have seen some cool live action in the Halo world with Forward Unto Dawn.

 

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Not too long ago rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on a Halo film that would be produced by Ridley Scott. Scott is the man behind films like Prometheus, Aliens, and Blade Runner. A Microsoft rep has now confirmed that the production the software giant denied was in the works not long ago is indeed happening.

 

Scott will be the executive producer on a new Halo digital production. The digital production is going to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan best known for direction Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, and Heroes. Between these two they should certainly, be able to do a digital Halo production proud.

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Casio XJ-UT310WN LampFree projector offers 3100 lumens of light

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 6:46 pm

Casio has an interesting new projector that is a short throw until able to produce a big image from only a short distance away from the projection surface. That is a nice feature on its own, but the XJ-UT310WN projector has a cooler feature. This is one of the LampFree projectors that Casio makes and instead of using an expensive lamp to create the light that only last a few hundred hours, the light source in this projector is good for tens of thousands of hours.

 

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Casio's LampFree tech combines a LED, laser, and a florescent lamp to create a light source that is good for about 20,000 hours. Often these alternate light source projectors are too dim for some uses, but this new projector has 3100 lumens of brightness making it work in just about any setting. the native resolution is 1280 x 800 and the contrast ratio is 1800:1.

 

The short throw tech allows the projector to throw a 67-inch image from only 23-inches from the surface. Other features include 2GB of integrated storage for giving presentation without a PC. Connectivity options include HDMI, D-sub, and composite inputs. An available mobile app lets a presenter annotate images in real-time and supports a real-time web browser. Casio will ship the projector in Q3 2014 for $1999.99.

Gartner offers advice on companies struggling to leave Windows XP

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 6:16 pm

Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.

 

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Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.

 

"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.

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Garmin Zumo 590LM motorcycle GPS finds curvy roads for you

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 5:46 pm

If you are a motorcyclist, you can use a car GPS on your bike but it's not exactly ideal. Gamin makes a lien of GPS devices just for motorcycles and the latest in that line is the Zumo 590LM. The device is weather and fuel resistant so it should be able to survive attached to a motorcycle out in the weather.

 

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The GPS device ships with a removable battery for power on the bike and comes with a car mount and a power cable for use in the car as well. The touchscreen is usable with a glove on and is designed for easy reading in direct sunlight. Bluetooth connectivity can send the driving directions and music to your Bluetooth earpiece or helmet.

 

The 590LM is also compatible with the iPhone or iPad for music playback control from the touchscreen. Weather and traffic details are offered on the GPS device screen thanks to an app that runs on the smartphone.

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Law enforcement trying to fight child porn are careful not to snoop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 5:43 pm

Law enforcement agencies trying to clamp down on the vast underground market for child pornography are now attempting to find methods to track criminals down without being accused of snooping.

 

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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his countless cases of US and British snooping, have made companies and Internet providers "wary" of cooperating with the government, according to British politicians.

 

"The Snowden affair has made the industry wary of government interference," said Damian Green, British Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, during a recent conference. "That is why I emphasize to the industry that they should treat child abuse images as a separate case from anything else."

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Nokia MD-12 Bluetooth speaker uses hard surfaces to improve bass

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 5:12 pm

Nokia has rolled out a new Bluetooth speaker that is interesting in that it is able to improve the bass response using any flat surface. Nokia says that hard surfaces are particularly good for improving the bass, and all you need to do is set the speaker down or it to work. The MD-12 has a built-in vibration actuator that allows it to produce a surprising amount of bass for its size.

 

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Power for the MD-12 comes from a rechargeable battery and it can run for 15 hours per charge. That should be plenty of time for you to play music on the go. The device also has an integrated microphone so it can be used as a speakerphone.

 

Bluetooth technology links the speaker to a mobile device and NFC tech is integrated too. NFC makes it easy to pair a device supporting NFC. The compact speaker weighs 180g and promises big bass and sound thanks to its vibration actuator. For devices that lack Bluetooth, a 3.5mm connector is available and the cable is included.

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NEC E232WMT is a 23-inch multi-touch LED display with a HD webcam

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 4:38 pm

NEC has rolled out a new computer monitor that has a 23-inch screen size and an integrated HD webcam. The monitor is called the E232WMT and one of the key features it offers is support for multi-touch. Users can touch the screen with ten points at once to manipulate images and more.

 

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NEC also equips the monitor with integrated speakers and when combined with the integrated webcam, the monitor is ready for video chats and conferences. Connectivity options include HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, and USB 3.0.

 

NEC uses a LED backlit AH-IPS panel with wide viewing angles and natural color reproduction. The brightness rating is 250cd/m2 and the dynamic contrast ratio is 15000:1. Ergonomic adjustability is built into the stand with height and tilt adjustment. NEC also rolls in a USB 3.0 hub that makes it easy to connect peripherals to the display. The E22WMT will ship this month for $629.

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