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Pujols Hits 499th and 500th Career Homerun, Reaches Milestone

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Albert Pujols, L.A Angels first baseman has hit eight homeruns in the last thirteen games, with two coming tonight against the Washington Nationals. The second home run by Pujols lifted the 34 yr old major leaguer into the record books as the third youngest to reach the 500 home run milestone, while also becoming the first to hit home run 499 and 500 in the same game. This makes a strong case for the veteran who is in the third year of his 10-year $240 Million contract he signed in 2012.

 

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When asked about reaching the milstone Pujols responded "It tastes better with a win, I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win. To have more than 19,000 players who wore a big league uniform and to have only 26 players to do this, it's pretty special,"

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Iowa State University data breach could affect up to 30,000

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Iowa State University recently confirmed it suffered a data breach and the personal information of up to 30,000 current and former students is now at risk. Particularly, the Social Security Numbers of students enrolled at ISU between 1995 and 2012 were vulnerable, though it doesn't appear cyberattackers accessed the information.

 

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Instead, those responsible for the attack decided to mine for bitcoins using the school's servers - with ISU believing five network attached storage drives manufactured by Synology are at fault.

 

"We don't believe our students' personal information was a target in this incident, but it was exposed," said Jonathan Wickert, Senior VP and Provost, in a press statement. "We have notified law enforcement, and we are contacting and encouraging those whose Social Security numbers were on the compromised servers to monitor their financial reports."


Founder of Russian social media site VKontakte fired, flees country

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

The founder of VKontakte (VK), Pavel Durov, has been fired and reportedly has fled the country as Moscow takes control of his website. Durov faced pressure from the Federal Security Service (FSB) to reveal user information about political activists, which he routinely rejected.

 

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"Judging by the news, I was fired today as the general director of VKontakte," Durov wrote in an online post. "Interestingly, the shareholders did not have the courage to do it directly and I learned about my mysterious dismissal from the press."

 

There has been a continued fight between VK's owners, after the United Capital Partners (UCP) purchased 48 percent of the company - and has battled with Mail.Ru, a company that owns 52 percent. Meanwhile, Durov said he has left the country and likely won't go back due to the Russian government's incompatibility with Internet businesses.

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HTC is eyeballing Nokia's India-based manufacturing facility

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days ago

With Microsoft closing its acquisition deal with Nokia this week, HTC has began eyeballing some of the Nokia-owned assets that will not be transferring over in the deal. A new report from CNET says that HTC is looking to purchase Nokia's manufacturing facility located in Chennai, India. The news comes from HTC's CFO, Chialin Chang, who said that his company was looking into a possible purchase of the facility.

 

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Unfortunately for HTC, the plant has been mixed up in a tax debate in which the Indian government says Nokia owes $500 million in back taxes on the facility. This is one of the major reasons that Microsoft has no interest in the facility, and has expressly avoided adding it into its acquisition deal with Nokia. This could turn out to be a major win for HTC though as the Indian Government could seize the facility and sell it to HTC for pennies on the dollar.

Codemasters announces Grid Autosport for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days ago

Codemasters announced Grid Autosport and is all for release on 27th June for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, along with a teaser video of its upcoming game. The games designer wanted to produce a more authentic motorsport racing game, and emphasized that they have made implementations based on the feedback received by fans for Grid 2.

 

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The cars will be ranging from Indycars to supercars, and will be bringing back drift. The game brings back a lot of content from the original Grid as the in-game campaign will lets you acquire sponsors and teammates.

 

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The game will also be bringing back cockpit view. There are two options within cockpit view- view with driver's hands and another will be closer to the track.

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Silicon Power unveils new 240GB Thunder T11 External Thunderbolt Drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

Today Silicon Power unveiled an updated version of its popular Thunder T11 external Thunderbolt solid state drive. The new Thunder T11 features an enlarged capacity and is now capable of storing up to 240GB of data and deliver it back as blazing Thunderbolt speeds. Silicon Power says that the Thunderbolt T11 is capable of read speeds up to 380MB/s and write speeds of 340MB/s.

 

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Along with evolving technology development and increasing demands for data storage efficiency, Silicon Power introduces the pioneering Thunderbolt external SSD - Thunder T11, which enhances storage solution with Thunderbolt SuperSpeed I/O technology and delivers astonishing transfer rates up to Read/Write 380 MB/340 MB/sec. With such incredibly high transfer speed that is three times that of USB 3.0 HDD, Thunder T11 is ideal for professionals who attach importance to speed performance, such as photographers, videographers, video gamers and businessmen. Moreover, Thunder T11 stands out by its stunning look with extremely tiny and featherweight design. Only weighting 65g and having half the size of ordinary storage devices, Thunder T11 is not only the lightest but also the smallest Thunderbolt SSD on the market. Accompanied with exquisite Aluminum enclosure, Thunder T11 creates a truly hi-tech product with high fashion design and is perfect for trendy professionals on the go.

AT&T puts $500 million into creating the next Netflix

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Media streaming has been slowly replacing cable subscriptions for people for the last few years, and in the past 12 months, it has exploded with help from set-top boxes and HDMI dongles such as Google's Chromecast. As such, media streaming apps and services have been popping up left and right, and now it appears that AT&T wants its cut of the action as well.

 

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Today AT&T announced that it has partnered up with the Chernin Group to develop the next major media streaming service that would be a direct competitor to the current number one, Netflix. AT&T says that together, the partnership has committed $500 million in funding the new service, and are currently working out how the service would work. Luckily for AT&T, the Chernin Group already owns such a service, called Crunchroll.

 

"A critical part of The Chernin Group's strategy has been our significant focus on the online video industry, and joining forces with AT&T only further underscores our strategic commitment in this area as operators, investors and programmers," said Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO, The Chernin Group. "Consumers are increasingly viewing video content on their phones, tablets, computers, game consoles and connected TVs on mobile and broadband networks. AT&T's massive reach on those platforms across mobile and broadband and their commitment to the online video space make them the perfect fit for this venture with us."

Micron announces release of its new M500DC SSD for data centers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Today Micron announced the launch of a new enterprise-class solid state drive that has been custom designed for use in data center storage platforms. Micron says that its new MD500DC SATA SSD fills a growing need for high-performing, enterprise-class solid state storage at an affordable price.

 

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"System administrators are realizing that there is a need for an SSD that delivers more enterprise-features than a client drive at a more affordable price than most enterprise drives," said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights. "Products such as Micron's M500DC SSD offer data centers the optimal balance of enterprise class features, performance and price for demanding 24/7 enterprise workloads."

 

Micron's new MD500DC is built on a 20nm MLC NAND Flash design and utilizes the company's fifth-generation custom firmware. The M500DC ensures high reliability in this advanced media by integrating its Extended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology (XPERT) feature suite. The M500DC is available in 120, 240, 480 and 800GB capacities and 1.8-inch, 5-millimeter (mm) and 2.5-inch, 7mm SATA form factors. The drive is currently in production and is sold direct to OEMs and through Micron's distribution channels.

Airwolf 3D launches first hot-end for Polycarbonate and Nylon printing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Airwolf 3D has just announced the launch of its first hot-end for 3D printers that allows customers to print in engineering-grade materials such as polycarbonate, Bridge Nylon and Nylon 645. The new JRx Hot-End is patent pending and not only allows users to print in the hotter temperature range of Nylon and PC, but also retains printing capabilities in the ABS and PLA ranges as well.

 

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"Printing polycarbonate is the holy grail for prosumer 3D printers," stated Erick Wolf, president and founder of Airwolf 3D. "Personally, however, I think printing nylon is going to explode because it is incredibly strong and has almost unlimited applications. You can even dye different layers to get multi-colored products. Bridge nylon, for example, has been reformulated to meet the growing demand for the material. At 270 degrees Celsius (518 degrees Fahrenheit) we find the layer-to-layer adhesion is superb and the prints stick uniformly to our heated bed. When dealing with nylon at lower temperatures there tends to be trial and error to achieve ideal layer strength. That won't happen with our new JRx hot end."

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Obama must explain drone strikes against US citizens overseas

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

The U.S. Department of Justice must hand over information that justified the launch of drone attacks, including at least two cases in which U.S. citizens were killed abroad. Of note, there has been significant concern over the legality of killing U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike while hiding in Yemen in 2011.

 

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"Whatever protection the legal analysis might once have had has been lost by virtue of public statements of public officials at the highest levels and official disclosure of the DOJ White Paper," wrote New York Circuit Judge Jon Newman.

 

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has told the federal government to release a Justice Department memo from 2010 that discussed the legality of drone attacks on U.S. citizens overseas.

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