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Barracuda Networks Threatglass aims to study malicious websites

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:42 am

Network hardware and cloud company Barracuda Networks announced the Threatglass website, an online tool designed for security specialists to browse, share and analyze website malware.


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The website is designed to help show visitors detailed information of activities on malicious websites, and also includeds screenshots of the browser, e-mails sent, and number of domains and objects requested.


"'Good sites gone bad' is a daily problem for popular websites targeted by attackers and used to serve malware to their unsuspecting visitors," said Dr. Paul Judge, Barracuda Networks chief research officer, in a press statement. "Threatglass was designed for both casual users and the research community to provide a way to document and better understand this ongoing problem."


In a time of continued cyber threats, the Barracuda Threatglass resource will prove to be an interesting place to view infection incident reports. Visitors have the ability to view the most recent group of compromised sites, and screenshots are hidden until users choose to view them - because quite a few compromised websites have pornography or other adult content.

GIGABYTE debuts the P34G V2, a 14-inch gaming laptop

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:10 am

Laptops capable of playing the latest video games are quickly becoming the norm, and today GIGABYTE has added another high-performance gaming notebook to the mix. The new P34G V2 is a 14-inch Ultraforce gaming laptop that is just 20mm thick and weighs less than three-pounds. GIGABYTE says that the Ultraforce P34G V2 is the company's answer to the fast growing demand for ultra-powerful notebooks, and delivers heavy-weight performance in a light-weight package.


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"This new breed of gaming laptop grants gamers superior mobility as well as uncompromised performance, readying users with full-throttle gaming on major titles and bringing a whole new definition to gaming on the go. The simple yet sleek style makes P34G v2 a great choice for business people that like to kick back and game on the side when not presenting or typing up reports on the P34G v2," GIGABYTE said in a release.

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GIGABYTE unveils two new AMD Radeon GPUs, R9 280 and R7 265 OC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 1:08 am

Today GIGABYTE announced the launch of two new AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) based video cards. The new GIGABYTE GV-R928WF3OC-3GD and GV-R7265WF2OC-2GD are based on AMD's Radeon R9 280 and R7 265 video cards and feature several upgrades that take them above and beyond AMD's reference designs.


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The GV-R928WF3OC-3GD features 1792 GCN stream processor and 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory that runs on a 384-bit memory interface. Cooling is handled by a WINDFORCE 3X cooling system that ensures gamers get every ounce of performance out of this factory overclocked GPU. The GV-R7265WF2OC-2GD boast 1024 GCN stream processor, 2GB of GDDR5 memory and 256-bit memory interface. Cooling is again handled by GIGABYTE's WINDFORCE cooler, but features only 2 fans instead of the three seen on the R9 280 OC.

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Sony announces Project Morpheus, its VR headset for the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 1:03 am

GDC 2014 - After months upon months of teasing the world, Sony has just taken the wraps off of its VR headset for the PlayStation 4, known as Project Morpheus.


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Project Morpheus is a VR headset designed for the PlayStation 4, which comes in two pieces: a closed display, and something that resembles the PlayStation Move sensor. The unit unveiled at GDC 2014 is the development kit for Sony VR games, with Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony saying: "We believe Morpheus will further enhance, with integration with PlayStation Camera and PS Move." Yoshida has said that the prototype of Project Morpheus is "by no means final," so we should expect a change in the final product.


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PlayStation R&D Engineer Richard Marks talked about Morpheus, saying that it needed a high-resolution, high-quality screen, great sound, and control - all of which Sony seems to have under control. SCE is working on "binaural tech" for the audio side of things, with Marks making a point of the PS4 camera being "almost custom-built for VR."


Marks said that VR needs to be easy to use, something that should be as easy as picking it up off your coffee table, and jumping into a virtual world. For this to happen, I really want to see Project Morpheus be wireless, but I think for the first-gen device we're going to have a cable attached.

Pixar announces two new sequels and two 3D re-releases

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:44 am

Pixar have never been shy producing sequels for the most loved films including Toy Story and Monsters Inc., but today Disney head Bob Iger has announced that the studio will produce a sequel to Brad Bird's The Incredibles and a second sequel to the popular Cars franchise. These will join the previously announced Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory due in 2016, alongside original titles The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out both of which are coming in 2015.


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The studio's recent sequels Cars 2 and Monsters University were both critical disappointments, which also failed to light up the box office as expected. However, the former has gone on to become an incredibly lucrative money train for the company, mostly off the back of assorted merchandise which continues to sell in impressive figures.


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Just a few hours previously, Pixar representatives at the 3D Creative Summit in London announced the studio are currently undertaking 3D conversions for both Ratatouille and the original The Incredibles which will likely be released directly to 3D Blu-ray. This leaves only two films in the Pixar stable to be without a 3D retrofit; Pixar's second feature film A Bugs Life and Wall-E both of which are expected to receive similar treatment in the coming years.

SimCity finally playable offline as EA releases offline mode update

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:15 am

About a year ago, Electronic Arts launched SimCity to great fanfare, but just as quickly as the excitement grew, disappointment quickly took over as the game was plagued with weeks of issues surrounding its "always online" requirement. This method of DRM caused the game to crash frequently, and for some, made it impossible to play as firewall, network, and downstream issues prevented the game from authenticating. During this time, fan who paid more than $80 for the game begged EA to remove the online requirements, but the company never did.


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Eventually the issues were resolved, but a call to remove the online requirement remained. Today EA has finally taken note of its customers cries and has issued an update that lets users play SimCity offline from any PC that it is installed on. Unfortunately, update 10 only allows the game to be played without an internet connection, users will still have to launch SimCity through Origin if they wish to play.

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Walmart will soon begin new game trade-in system in its stores

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 11:37 pm

Trading in video games is something most of us have done before, and until now, we have been limited to stores such as EB Games and Gamestop. Today that ends as Walmart has announced that it has began rolling out a new Video Game Trade-in program that will let customers trade in used video games and receive a Walmart gift-card in exchange. This means that customers can use the credit they received for the games on anything that Walmart sells, from food, to car tires and even clothing.


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"Gaming continues to be an important business for us, and we're actively taking aim at the $2 billion preowned video game opportunity," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walmart U.S. Walmart says that the gift-cards will be normal Walmart gift-cards that can be used at any Walmart, Neighborhood Market, or Sam's Club in the US, and that the program will be handled by the same company that oversees its smartphone and tablet buyback program that launched last fall.

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The HTC One may be available for purchase right after launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 10:15 pm

A year ago, when HTC announced its flagship, the HTC One, the tech world was set ablaze with some of the revolutionary and unique features that this next-gen Android phone had. Unfortunately the company took more than two months to actually bring the phone to market, and by then, most of the buzz that was generated, had already died down, and everyone had refocused onto Samsung's Galaxy S4. Despite rave reviews, and claims of the One being the best phone ever, HTC suffered greatly as a result of the delayed release.


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Today one of the largest retailers of HTC devices, Carphone Warehouse, leaked PR documentation that showed that it would be offering the HTC One for sale immediately after the phone is officially launched on March 25th. It does appear that HTC will first focus its marketing efforts on the UK in an attempt to boost sales of its upcoming flagship in the UK, while Americans will have to wait until April to pick up the smartphone.

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's Twitter account hacked

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 8:48 pm

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's official Twitter account was recently hacked, with Bishop confirming the breach. The fake tweets:


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Bishop responded by saying ,"Yes my Twitter account has been hacked/compromised." Not surprisingly, the fake tweets were quickly deleted, passwords reset, and Bishop will be able to continue her job normally.


Typically just an annoyance when a high-profile figure is publicly hacked, though the fake links posted on Bishop's page led to a replicated Twitter login page. The links are no longer active, but it's unknown how many users mistakenly entered username and password information.


Creative cybercriminals use hacked accounts to try and phish followers, or steal personal information, which is easier to do when a Twitter user is high-profile - and has a large number of followers - which means users must always keep vigilant.

Motorola unveils the Moto 360, first smartwatch based on Android Wear

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 7:15 pm

Just hours after Google announced its new operating system for smartwatches called Android Wear, Motorola had an announcement of its own to make. The Lenovo-owned smartphone giant has just announced that it is the first manufacturer to release a smartwatch design based around Android Wear.


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Motorola's new Moto 360 is the first smartwatch to utilize the new Android Wear OS from Google, but that is no surprise as Motorola was owned by Google up until about 2 months ago. The Moto 360 utilizes the new round form factor design which is one of two supported shapes (the other is square) in Android Wear. The smartwatch features OK Google voice control, alerts and notifications, and can display information such as weather, and fitness metrics.

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