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Simplemodz takes it back to basics with this WIP Green Molecule build

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 9:48 am

Set to be stuffed full of high-tech components including GTX 970's in SLI and an Intel 3770K slotted into an ASUS Maximus V Gene - this work in progress build by Simplemodz sets out to be a little different from the rest.

 

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This Fractal Design R2 Mini has been custom-painted and cut up, displaying the molecules proudly through a green and white color scheme.

 

There's also a few display windows cut on the reverse side in order to display the HDD and Corsair SSD alongside Bitspower liquid cooling products currently being installed to help keep the system at low temperatures.

 

Stay tuned for more updates as this build progresses.

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Did you miss the memo? Here's a CS:GO team on a chocolate bar

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 8:56 am

Just in case you weren't sure if eSports and professional gaming is reaching the general public just yet, I want to remind you all about that one time this world-class CS:GO team got themselves their own chocolate bar.

 

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Ninjas in Pajamas (NiP) previously played host to the best CS:GO team in the world - by far, still managing to place highly in events, they once won 10 tournaments in a row without losing a single series to any team. Later on they developed into a larger organization, seeing a foray into League of Legends and Dota 2 expand them further into the market.

 

On April 2, 2014, the news was broken on their website that NiP would be collaborating with Candy People in order to produce their own chocolate bar product. Originally released as an April Fools joke, it was re-released as fact the day after.

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These robot tendons are surprisingly effective

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 7:56 am

Designed to mimic the human hand, this robot device with tendons can rotate two Baoding balls with ease - simulating the same process completed by your body.

 

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We're told by Gizmodo that this task isn't exactly easy for just anyone to complete, further adding to the complexity displayed within this exercise. Most robots are clunky and stiff in their movements, however through the use of human-like tendons, this simulation is able to make light work of this difficult and nimble task.

 

Created through an extensive process, first the researchers created a dummy hand, then tracked and measuring six separate hand poses in which were used to rotate the ball, finally designing this tendon system to control the fake hand.

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Technology destined to make you feel good, really good

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 6:52 am

"Miss On the Go lets you tone your pelvic muscles at all times. Fantasies come alive with our app!" is what the Kickstarter headline reads, instantly jumping out at you.

 

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So what exactly does this product intend to do? The answer is "combine utility & pleasure with technology to rev up your day!" The 'Ladies, Miss On the Go' claims to tone your pelvic muscles while delivering a vibrant experience -all controlled by a mobile application. If you're still not sure exactly what's going on, you can dig deeper.

 

Setting Canadian's back $95 CAD and the rest of the world $105 CAD for the first batch, it will be priced at $169 CAD once it's available for retail.

 

This product is water resistant, will last 3 hours on one charge and is reportedly whisper quiet. We certainly haven't seen anything like it before on Kickstater before.

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Samsung, Fitbit currently lead the smart wearable band market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 5:50 am

The current smart wearable band market is led by Samsung, while the basic wearable band leader is Fitbit, according to the Canalys research group. The smart wearable band is considered any device able to run third-party applications, and the basic wearable band is unable to run apps.

 

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"Samsung has launched six devices in just 14 months, on different platforms and still leads the smart band market," said Chris Jones, VP and principal analyst Canalys, in a statement published by Mobihealthnews. "But it has struggled to keep consumers engaged and must work hard to attract developers while it focuses on [operating system] Tizen for its wearables."

 

Samsung, Fitbit, and other manufacturers will need to keep their sights set on Xiaomi, a surging smartphone manufacturer, which has also shipped more than 1 million non-smartwatch wearable Mi Bands.

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NSA says North Korea definitely to blame for Sony attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 21, 2015 3:48 am

The National Security Agency (NSA) believes North Korea is behind the Sony Pictures attack because of software used to breach the company. SPE was targeted in November by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace," with emails, employee personal information, movies, and other data stolen - and posted online.

 

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"We ultimately ended up generating the signatures to recognize the activity used against Sony," said NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, in a statement during a security conference in Canada. "From the time the malware left North Korea to the time it got to Sony's headquarters in California, it crossed four different commanders' lines or areas in the US construct."

 

Cyberattacks are causing confusion for government agents, unexpectedly spending more time investigating breaches against private sector companies - as attacks mount against critical infrastructure and government agencies.

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Drone makers, owners benefit from clarified FAA flying rules

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 10:55 pm

Businesses hoping to conduct drone flights as part of their business operations have a bit of clarity after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released flight guidelines. Guidelines for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) opens the door to the industry and customers, according to a veteran aviation attorney.

 

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The FAA wants drone operators to continue providing feedback for additional changes along the way - it's still a new and relatively unknown industry for businesses and the government alike. Real estate agents and other companies using hobbyist drones will now be regulated, with manufacturers tasked with discussing regulations to customers.

 

"Regulatory clarity could be a boon to makers and sellers of small UAS, in particular," said Tim Adelman, head of the SeClairRYan practice group. "However, as the industry grows we can expect corresponding growth of FAA enforcement actions. UAS operators should take care to avoid running afoul of the FAA."

DHS recommends users uninstall Superfish adware from Lenovo products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:46 pm

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommended Lenovo customers remove the Superfish adware from their computers and laptops. The Chinese electronics company installed the software on machines beginning in 2010 until January 2015, and Lenovo is no longer installing it on consumer products.

 

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Despite Lenovo saying there were no cybersecurity issues, the National Cyber Awareness System said customers are vulnerable to SSL spoofing attacks. "Systems that came with the software already installed will continue to be vulnerable until corrective actions have been taken," the DHS said in a statement published by Reuters.

 

"We should have known about this sooner," said Brion Tingler, Lenovo spokesman, in a statement to Reuters. "And if we could go back, we never would have installed this software on our machines. But we can't, so we are dealing with this head on."

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Report: Growing 'Appdiction' to smartphones, mobile apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:29 pm

There is alarming concern over the rising number of smartphone owners addicted to their mobile devices and apps, altering their real-world relationships. A recent survey found 92 percent of smartphone owners admit their device has altered how they connect with friends, while 58 percent say smartphones altered health.

 

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Users are becoming more dependent on smartphones and mobile apps, with 55 percent of the "top app users" saying they check at least one app on their phone every hour.

 

"Regardless of how much or how little people are using their smartphones, to me the bottom line is whether it is making their work, play and relationships better," said Bryan Kirschner, Apigee Institute director, in a statement published by CNBC. "While some of the usage data in our research is striking, on balance, I believe that smartphones are making lives better."

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Lenovo defends itself, says Superfish didn't create cybersecurity risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:53 pm

Lenovo is under fire by cybersecurity experts and consumers over the discovery of Superfish adware installed on PCs and laptops. The company confirmed the software is no longer being installed on any Lenovo devices, and it was never installed on ThinkPad desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones or servers.

 

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Lenovo shut down server connections that activate the controversial software in January, after customer complaints. Even though Lenovo said there were no security risks, cybersecurity experts noted that Superfish issued certificates for every secure Web page - and no protocols were in place that would have stopped the software from picking up confidential information, including passwords and credit card information.

 

"In reality, we had customer complaints about the software," the Lenovo statement reads. "We acted swiftly and decisively once these concerns began to be raised. We apologize for causing any concern to any users for any reason - and we are always trying to learn from experience and improve what we do and how we do it."

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