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The 'CyberCaliphate' hacks Newsweek, other Twitter feeds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 6:43 pm

The main Twitter page for Newsweek was hacked by CyberCaliphate, a mysterious pro-ISIS group, with a new profile picture, main image and number of tweets posted. A series of tweets also took aim at the first lady Michelle Obama and her family, threatening them - and the FBI is now investigating the matter.

 

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"We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward," said Kira Bindrim, Managing Editor of Newsweek, in response to the data breach.

 

Newsweek was able to regain control of its Twitter account in 20 minutes, but the hijacked Twitter messages were tweeted and shared among the news organization's 2.51 million followers.

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JetBlue rolling out Apple Pay for travelers already in the air

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 5:41 pm

JetBlue customers will be able to use Apple Pay to purchase snacks, drinks and other amenities while flying, with the airline company becoming the first to accept the mobile payment service. Since 2007, JetBlue has been cashless for on-board purchases, and the addition of mobile payments seems like a natural progression.

 

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The new service will begin on JetBlue transcontinental flights from New York to either San Francisco or Los Angeles later this month.

 

"The sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to mobile payments with Apple Pay," said Marty St George, SVP of commercial flights at JetBlue. "Customers want an easy and fast transaction when they decide to make an on-board purchase so that they can get back to enjoying their flight."

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Apple will 'give Tesla a run for its money' with its latest project

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 12:35 pm

An Apple employee has teased some exciting news with Business Insider, that the company is working on a new project that would "give Tesla a run for its money".

 

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Business Insider reports: "After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle development" at the company. Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," the person said. "I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money".

 

We know that Apple employees have been moving over to Tesla Motors in droves, but now it's being reported that Tesla employees are coming back to Apple for this mysterious project, which sounds like a stretch. If Apple were working a self-driving car, it could be a big deal, but a self-driving car consists of many technologies that need to work together perfectly, on its first shot. We'll continue to report on this as it breaks.

AMD acknowledges that fake processors were sold through Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 11:08 am

AMD and NVIDIA have been in the headlines quite often lately, with AMD now in the headlines for something completely different. The chipmaker has acknowledged that some consumers have purchased counterfeit processors from Amazon.

 

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The fake processors have heatspreaders that say that they are an FM2+ AMD A8-7600 but the CPU underneath of the heatspreader is just an older AMD APU, which is not compatible with the AM2+ motherboard at all. The CPU that most people seem to be securing is the very old AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ which will not work on current motherboards.

 

AMD has released a statement to Overlock3D, saying: "It is apparent that this isolated incident is not related in any way to AMD's manufacturing or packaging, however AMD takes any reports of product tampering very seriously. As part of our ongoing efforts to help ensure consumers and businesses are sold only genuine AMD processors, we thoroughly investigate these extremely rare incidents in an effort to determine the source of the altered products, and consider all available legal remedies - including both civil and criminal prosecution - against persons found to have engaged in fraudulent actions affecting AMD products".

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Qualcomm settles antitrust dispute with China for $975 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 9:36 am

After a 14-month investigation, China has said that it has found that Qualcomm has engaged in anti-competitive practices in the country. This has seen Qualcomm entered into a settlement with the government of China's National Development and Reform Commission.

 

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This settlement has seen Qualcomm hand over $975 million, and in addition to the near $1 billion, the company has said that it will change "certain of its business practices in China". Qualcomm has added: "Although Qualcomm is disappointed with the results of the investigation, it is pleased that the NDRC has reviewed and approved the Company's rectification plan".

TSMC is investing $16 billion in a new advanced chip factory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 8:04 am

Some interesting news has just appeared online, but first we'll tackle the business side of things. TSMC has said that it is investing a hefty $16 billion on creating a new chip factory, but there was some more interesting news that didn't seem to make the headlines.

 

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TSMC will never make a 20nm GPU, with the reasoning behind this is that there are very low yields associated with the big cores and high performance requirements. Starting next year the Taiwanese giant will switch over to 16nm FinFET, but it wants to shift into 10nm as early as late 2016.

 

Intel is another player in the 10nm business, where it has invested $6 billion in fabrication facilities over in Israel. The chipmaker has already invested into the R&D of 7nm, which should happen before 2020. TSMC shifting to 16nm and then 10nm so quickly is a pre-emptive move against Samsung and Globalfoundaries, which have just joined forces in the R&D side of things.

Evolve's 3GB day one patch will reduce long loading times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 6:39 am

Evolve launches today, with Turtle Rock Studios to launch a patch that will arrive at 3GB that will fix general bugs, and performance to the competitive first-person shooter.

 

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Before you can jump into online matches, you'll need to download the patch, which should weigh in at around 3GB for most people. The patch itself will fix up some of the load times in matchmaking as well as optimizing network bandwidth, and also open connectivity to work with the newly released match-3 Evolve Hunters Quest app.

South Korean woman survives a robot vacuum hair-ial assault

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 4:08 am

Robot vacuums have been around for quite some time, with offerings from Roomba, LG and Samsung encompassing the offerings over many different department stores. If you've purchased one of these for yourself and enjoy napping on the floor, as do many South Koreans, you may want to be fully aware of your newly-found vicious floor predator.

 

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Spanning several drama-filled minutes, a South Korean woman was recently assaulted by her robot vacuum cleaner - eventually managing to switch it off and notify authorities, who came to her aide and managed to pry the poor innocent woman's hair from the robots vice-like grip.

 

We've been warned of robot attacks in the past, this could be just the beginning. However on a more serious note - don't sleep on the floor when your robot vacuum is active, especially if you've got long hair.

 

This article is filled with sarcasm, the attack did happen - however we don't think that robots are trying to kill us, yet.

Rigid tubing done differently - Math Military takes on carbon fiber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 3:04 am

It seems that basically any large-scale build in this day and age is not complete without a full rigid-tubed liquid cooling loop. Besides wacky color schemes and cutting numerous holes in your chassis, what else can you do to truly set your system apart from the rest?

 

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Math Military Modding has developed their own special method of water cooling design - real carbon fiber tubes. The images you can see are part of the latest update on the ASUS Strix modding project and help symbolize the projects goal, which is to be designed and built from the ground up - allowing for a scratch-built and completely custom project.

 

The carbon fiber tubes have been purchased from FlashRC and will be circulating coolant around the system. It looks very interesting and is quite light - but is it worth the cost or will it perform properly? That's up to you to decide.

 

Besides this crazy tubing option, it seems that EK Water Blocks have made their way into yet another stunning custom project.

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The ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team have had Valve's lifetime bans lifted

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 2:03 am

Yesterday we reported on numerous French and Polish CS:GO players being handed life-long Valve bans due to alleged match-fixing issues. The Polish ex-ESCGaming team were hard hit by this ruling as they were destined to compete in a major tournament within one week of the ban taking place.

 

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Thanks to information provided by HLTV, the Poles appealed the ban, asking Valve exactly why the ban took place and further requesting for evidence to be supplied. To which, a representative from Valve replied: "The ex-ESC players were restricted from participating in Valve-sponsored events because their historical account activity matched allegations of misconduct." Without any solid evidence in place, the ruling was immediately revoked - "However, further investigation has clarified their role in the matter, and the restriction has been lifted."

 

Is this a little worrying to anyone else? Valve has seemingly placed a life-long ban on these professional players, thus killing their careers and income completely and have done so without any concrete evidence in place?

 

The ban being lifted means that they can now compete for the last available Katowice spot in a few days time.

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