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Sony postpones earnings reports due to hacking attack

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

The beleaguered Sony has announced a delay in reporting their third-quarter earnings. The delay comes as a result of the intense hacking attack suffered at the hands of the North Korean government, if you believe the FBI. The hack was purportedly undertaken as a means of punishing Sony Pictures for the forthcoming movie 'The Interview', which soundly blasts the benevolent Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un.

 

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Sony has requested an approval to delay their earnings report, chalking the issue up to damaged network hardware and the loss of a large amount of data. The reference to network hardware likely means their networked storage, such as HDDs in a SAN or NAS, as the bug wiped the drives clean once the hackers were done stealing data.

 

Sony continues to experience severe disruption of its internal computer systems in the wake of the attack. They initially shut down the entire system, but parts are now functioning again. However, crucial segments, such as financial and accounting applications, are shuttered until the middle of February.

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Apple Watch has great potential, but smartwatches may be too gimmicky

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

The Apple Watch is expected to hit the market sometime this spring, and analysts believe it's going to be a major seller - quickly becoming the most popular smartwatch. More than 40 million smartwatches and fitness bands will be sold in 2015, according to CCS Insight, and that number is going to be boosted by the Watch's release.

 

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Both smartwatches and fitness trackers may have received a lukewarm reception in 2014, and trying to keep people using their wearables will be a major challenge - but Apple will be ready to support app developers, hoping they make wearable-centric offerings.

 

"Apple has access to the best developers in the world, so they've given them all the tools they need to make apps for the Apple Watch, and they will now be having a beauty contest with all of those developers, saying come and show us what you've done," stated Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight. "Then out of those thousands of apps they can pick five knock-out ones that really make the Watch sing, and use them to bring it to life."

Clean builds be gone, this system is a mess of awesome

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

Made known to us by Jaiyen Watercooling, this build brings back some old modding trends in style - a slew of colors, components and modifications.

 

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It seems the current trend is to create cases that are spacious, space-age looking and extremely simplistic - so here's something a little different. Looking messy and unorganized at first glance, the reason we like this case is because it's different. Offering SLI ASUS video cards, a full watercooling setup and what seems to be four sticks of Hyper X DDR3 RAM - this case looks more awesome every time you take a glance.

 

We admit, it's certainly a love or hate thing. Sending this to a few modder and gamer friends of mine, I've gotten some extremely mixed reactions as to the color scheme and styling - what do you think?

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Xiaomi could be worth $100 billion, a billionaire investor claims

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

Xiaomi's estimated valuation could reach $100 billion due to increased interest from potential investors, according to billionaire investor Yuri Milner. The Chinese smartphone maker has seen a continued rise of its low-cost smartphones and tablets, while expanding in select markets outside of China.

 

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"I was attracted by the size of the opportunity ahead of them," said Yuri Milner, a billionaire investor, in an interview with Bloomberg. "I don't think there's any company that has reached $1 billion in revenue as fast as Xiaomi. In every conceivable benchmark, it's almost unprecedented in terms of its speed of growth."

 

Xiaomi wants to become the first major global consumer brand from China, and while the company avoids the United States, will develop its business in China, Brazil, and other select nations.

Twitter now using Bing to translate content

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

All Google vs Bing jokes aside, Bing is now almost-everywhere and used by many different programs, social medias and applications for their translation and content services.

 

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Twitter has followed Facebook in providing users with a translate function thanks to Bing. Unfortunately this new feature isn't quite as easy as seen on it's big blue brother - in Facebook all you have to do is click a little grey text link that automatically translates and displays the English version directly in front of your eyes. However with Twitter, it's a little harder of a task. A small globe will appear in non-English Tweets at the top right, once clicked it will take you to the 'details' tweet page, then once clicked again you'll be displayed with the English translation.

 

As you can see in the image above, we've been informed by the president of Mexico that he went to a cool meeting, or something. Although not as perfect as a real person, this translation tool is now available on web, iOS and Android platforms. However you must be logged in to access it, as we just found out.

The Wall Street Journal warned us in 1990 about sale of personal data

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

Social media platforms like Facebook are being closely watched alongside the tech giant Google - not just for their updates, technology advancements and product launches, but their apparent sale of your personal data to advertisers.

 

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Back in 1990, the Wall Street Journal released an article titled "Computer Disc Spurs New Fears About Privacy," publicizing a concern that marketers are buying your personal data on computer disks. We were reminded by Gizmodo that this information came around due to a company named Lotus selling disks of basic information to companies who would use this for direct mail marketing.

 

This was a big deal in 1990, with the article stating: "Privacy advocates are raising the alarm about a new Lotus Development Corp. product that lists names, addresses, shopping habits and likely income levels for some 80 million U.S. households. Due for release early next year, Lotus Marketplace packs the data on palm-sized compact disks aimed at small and midsized businesses that want to do inexpensive, targeted direct-mail marketing".

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Australian man fined for illegal drone flight thanks to YouTube upload

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

A man from Queensland, Australia has just received a harsh reminder of the drone flight regulations after receiving an $850 fine thanks to uploading drone flight videos to YouTube - in which he displayed illegal activities.

 

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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rang up the Queensland resident, notifying him of multiple breaches he had conducted. He's gotten off lightly as according to CASA, with the investigator stating that "while each individual breach was not major in itself, the number of breaches has caused me concern," as seen on EFTM.

 

As a quick recap of the basic rules, CASA states that non-commercial drone flight must not be conducted:

 

  • Within 3 nautical miles of an airport
  • Above 400 feet in controlled airspace (large towns and cities)
  • Over populous areas
  • Within 30 meters of people
  • At night

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COD: World at War II rumor could be false, Black Ops III instead?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

We only just reported on the first rumor of Call of Duty: World at War II, but it looks like this could be wrong. Instead, Activision will reportedly announce Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Whichever one gets announced, we know a new COD is on the way.

 

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When the news first broke, we were teased that Activision would reveal a new Call of Duty title on May 4. Soon after this happened, Xbox Canada's Community Manager, Ray Patel, tweeted a teaser image which had a hidden message inside. When translated, it matched up with what the leaked poster had to say about the May 4 reveal. Industry insider "shinobi602" has now chimed in, tweeting: "This should be real entertaining since it's not happening," adding "More info regarding Call of Duty: World at War 2 coming soon".

 

This is where it gets confusing, as shinobi602 replied to a fans tweet, where he said: "Bookmark this reply. Come May, and watch when World at War 2 doesn't happen". After that, he replied to a tweet that asked which era the new Call of Duty would be based in, to which he replied "Just remember what Treyarch's big games are". Something that could hint toward Black Ops III. It's all a big whirlwind of mess right now, but I'm sure the picture will become much clearer in the coming months.

Someone just paid close to $130,000 for a 20th Anniversary PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

We unfortunately spoiled the surprise in the headline, but someone has just paid a huge ¥15,135,000 (or around $129,000) for a single 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 console, which comes in the original PlayStation gray color.

 

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Sony performed a huge bidding war on Yahoo Auctions in Japan for the magic 20th Anniversary PS4 with the serial number of 00001 from 12,300 units. The winning bid hit a huge $129,000 with a Sony representative telling The Wall Street Journal: "We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations". The company will be donating the money to Save the Children Japan.

256GB SSDs will cost less than $70 in 2H 2015, according to Apacer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

SSDs are already ridiculously cheap compared to what they used to be a few years ago, but Apacer is predicting that 256GB SSDs will be priced at under $70 by the second half of the year.

 

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According to CK Chang, the General Manager of Apacer Technology, 256GB SSDs will cost under $70 while 128GB drives will be priced at around $40. Chang revealed the news during an interview with DigiTimes, adding that SSD are becoming much more reasonably priced, and that shrinking manufacturing technologies and the falling cost of NAND flash memory chips will continue to push the price of SSDs down.

 

The top NAND flash makers are moving over to 14nm, 15nm and 16nm fabrication processes, as well as the push toward triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and vertically-stacked NAND will only help further the reduction of cost to SSDs. We should expect to see mainstream laptops with 256GB SSDs in the near future, as their price is reduced as we moved into the second half of 2015. With the 256GB SSDs reducing in price, we can expect the 512GB drives to drop, which will hopefully see 512GB become the new 256GB, and 1TB become the new 512GB. Or am I reaching too high, too fast?

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