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Google wants to take its Android platform into connected cars in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Google wants to see its Android mobile operating system built directly into connected cars, hoping drivers and passengers are able to enjoy connectivity even before connecting their smartphones. If this occurs in 2015, it would be a major step beyond just the Google Android Auto software - and the first wave of vehicles should be available sometime in 2015.

 

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Despite increased interest in connected vehicles, Google still has remained relatively quiet about its long-term Android plans in vehicles. However, Android M should have a major role in providing connected features to drivers. If everything goes according to Google's plan, Android will evolve into the major platform used to power infotainment and navigation for connected cars.

 

"It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said Thilo Koslowski, VP and Automotive Practice Leader of Gartner, in a statement published by Reuters.

SS7 security flaw enables hackers to read your text messages

By: Chris Smith | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Signal System 7 (SS7) powers multiple phone carriers across the world including big names such as AT&T and Verizon - its global telecom network is used to route calls and text and in recent news, this technology has been reported to have some huge security issues associated inside. These issues come in the form of security holes that let hackers listen in to your calls and texts.

 

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ACLU's Cheif Technologist has informed Gizmodo that this flaw is so serious that people should consider no longer using their mobile phone for calls until the problems are fixed.

 

SS7's outdated infrastructure is said to be the cause of this issue, with German research discovering this invasion of privacy, said to be publishing their full findings later this month at a conference in Hamburg (as according to the Washington Post).

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Lian Li launches its new O Series wall-mountable chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Lian Li still make some of the most unique chassis' on the market, but the new O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis really takes teh cake. There are four new models, the PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S which are sure to impress.

 

 

The first two models, the PC-O5 and PC-O5S are mini-ITX variants, while the PC-O6S is a micro-ATX offering, with the PC-O7S being an ATX model. All four models feature Lian Li's impressive aluminum design, with all four cases featuring a very similar look. All four allow you to show off the hardware inside of your chassis, with the entire build visible through glass.

 

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The video cards are installed parallel to the motherboard which will have some of your friends freaking out, but it will also look super awesome, too. This is achieved by Lian Li offering PCI riser cards and extensions with the new chassis models. Customizable storage options are also on offer, with hard drives capable of being mounted in the HDD cage, which is hidden by a nice shield. Water cooling support is also provided, with the "S" variants of the new O Series cases denoting which ones are capable of being water cooled.

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Minecraft creator just purchased a $70 million house in Beverly Hills

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

Markus "Notch" Persson is spending some of those billions that Microsoft paid for Mojang, buying a $70 million mansion, which just so happened to be the most expensive house in Beverly Hills.

 

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The John Aaroe Group announced the sale, a record $70 million, with the following press release: "Persson's purchase included everything in the house from luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal."

 

Notch's new digs are pretty damn nice, with the house taking up a massive 23,000 square feet. The $70 million mansion features "vodka and tequila bars, a candy room, an 18-seat tiered screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an exquisite 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each. Three high-definition 90-inch television screens bring panoramic views of Los Angeles from the roof into the down stairs lounge - especially breathtaking at night, says De Los Reyes. Art pieces include a replica of James Dean's motorcycle and a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun. On a conventional note, the home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms all equipped with Toto Neorest toilets at a price of $5,600 each."

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Blizzard experiences server issues again, WoW and Hearthstone affected

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

It's been a few rough months for Blizzard, their servers have experiences different niggling issues - seemingly since around the release of the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

 

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Last night, Blizzard's Oceania servers took a tumble with locals reporting "incompatible server" issues being widespread amongst World of Warcraft Oceanic based offerings.

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Rockstar adds snowball fights and ugly sweater parties to GTA Online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

Rockstar has announced the new "Festive Surprise" for Grand Theft Auto Online, a new update which adds snowball fights, Christmas sweathers and much more.

 

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There are new weapons in the form of a new homing missile launcher and proximity mines, as well as some new vehicles with the Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, Slam Van, and the Massacro and Jester sports cars. GTA Online gamers are now welcome to a third garage to store their vehicles, with the new weapons available at the in-game Ammu-Nation.

 

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There's also some seasonal clothing included with the "Festive Surprise" update, something that includes scarves, masks and holiday pyjamas for free. These items will continue to be made available through to January 5, with special holiday crates dropping "frequently" between now and then.

Oceania gets a taste of eSports - Smite offering global support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

Since the dawn of eSports, poor old Oceania has been heavily neglected in receiving invites, qualifiers or any chances to enter global gaming competitions. In a move to capture a new audience, HiRez Studios have just announced that players from this region will now have the ability to qualify for the Smite world championships, season 2.

 

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This free, Multilayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) 3rd-person game has begun a massive push into the Australian market - after a positive showing at PAX Australia 2014 and the recent acquisition of well-known fighting games player and organizer Daniel Chlebowczyk, they're looking to give the locals something that they've been wanting for ages - international exposure.

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Obama administration could 'respond' to North Korea hacking Sony

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

It looks like the US government could respond to North Korea hacking Sony Pictures, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest telling reporters that the attack was an example of "destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor."

 

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Earnest continued, saying that US national security leaders "would be mindful of the fact that we need a proportional response. They were also aware that people carrying out such attacks are "often seeking to provoke a response." He added that "They may believe that a response from us in one fashion or another would be advantageous to them" by helping their image on the world stage. The White House spokesman added that the US viewed North Korea hacking Sony as "a serious national security matter."

 

Sony has since cancelled the release of 'The Interview' from US theaters, after North Korea threatened an attack under the guise of the 'Guardians of Peace' or GOP.

Techland says 'not a chance' on downgraded graphics for Dying Light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

There have been a few videos floating around the Internet comparing Techland's upcoming zombie survival shooter, with claims that Dying Light has been graphically downgraded. We've seen it before with Ubisoft's titles, such as Watch Dogs and The Division, but now the claims of Dying Light have PC gamers in a fit, and rightly so.

 

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Techland's Paul Milewski spoke with GamingBolt, where he said "If you compare the 2103 footage to any of the material released lately, you can clearly see major improvements. Downgraded? Not a chance. Just look at the latest interactive footage released by us a couple of days ago." Milewski added "Also, consider that most of the recent media and YouTuber gameplay that's out there is all on PCs that we have no idea what's in them. And yet they all look better compared to the 2013 promo material which was recorded on a high-end PC at the time."

 

Dying Light hits the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next month.

BBC details Apple 'failing to protect' workers in Chinese factories

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

An undercover BBC investigation revealed ongoing poor working conditions of employees inside of factories manufacturing Apple products. At a Pegatron factory manufacturing iPhone 6 smartphones, there were routinely broken guidelines, with workers' hours, dormitories, work meetings, juvenile workers and ID cars being breached in day-to-day operations.

 

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Not surprisingly, Apple "strongly disagreed" with conclusions from the investigations - despite video showing employees falling asleep during 12-hour shifts. One employee worked 18 consecutive days, despite previously asking for a day off. A different worker had to work a 16-hour shift and said that he or she wouldn't want to move, and just wanted to lie down and rest: "I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

 

Here is what Apple noted in a statement: "Worker safety and well-being are our top priorities. We set very high standards, conduct rigorous training for managers and workers, and have external auditors regularly visiting our facilities to find areas for improvement."

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