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How high can you stack? HAF stacker mods build in popularity

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:34 pm

Not long ago, we covered GGF LAN and their Cooler Master HAF stacker monster-mash, packed with GTX 780's in SLI and tied in with a ASUS Maximus VI Formula motherboard. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more impressive, take a look at this amazing build by 'Corsaronero333'.

 

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Also featuring a 7-series NVIDIA video card, this heavily modified build also packs a fully custom liquid cooling setup and a front panel design that looks like a space-age futuristic fan. Topped off with a brushed aluminum exterior, there really isn't much more to say about this case - just let the pictures blow you away.

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Almost a mini-Segway, check out the Onewheel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:06 pm

Said to be current technologies' answer to the hover board, Onewheel is some sort of Segway, skateboard and hover board mix. Propelled by a brushless hub motor utilizing only one moving part, simply lean forward to start your journey - no kicking needed.

 

 

What's even cooler is the ability to go off-road - thanks to the larger sized, air-filled tire, the Onewheel can handle all types of terrain for whatever adventures you have in mind.

 

Complete with lithium iron phosphate batteries for extended ride-times and an 'ultra charger' that claims to fill them from empty to 100% in "well under an hour" (later confirmed as 20 minutes), this project is also completely self-balancing - much like a Segway. Now you can see how we came to our explanation above: Self-propelling and balancing like a Segway, board and stance similar to a skateboard and the versatility of a hover board.

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Report: Nearly all US weapons systems in 2014 faced security issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:08 pm

The US government has increased concerns related to cybersecurity, and a new report compiled by Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), likely won't help alleviate those worries. In the published 366-page report, it was discovered that almost all U.S. weapons programs tested during 2014 faced "significant vulnerabilities" related to cyberattacks.

 

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Problems included unpatched and aging software, misconfigured network protocols, and similar issues - opening the door to potential security concerns.

 

"Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades," according to the report. "The continued development of advanced cyber intrusion techniques makes it likely that determined cyber adversaries can acquire a foothold in most (Department of Defense) networks, and could be in a position to degrade important DOD missions when and if they chose to."

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Business leaders increasingly concerned regarding IoT security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:36 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems like something unavoidable, but business leaders have concerns related to privacy and security, and questionable return on investment. There is great optimism mixed with various concerns that companies have shown while research IoT solutions for their workplace.

 

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As part of its IoT survey, Business Insider found 39 percent of business leaders have "concerns about the privacy and security aspects of the IoT," while 27 percent believe IoT has "questionable ROI." Despite these concerns, 62 percent of executives have plans to adopt IoT-based systems or have already deployed at least one IoT platform.

 

With billions of smart devices powered by IoT expected to invade our homes, apartments, and offices, IoT creators are trying to sort themselves out - and provide a majority-backed platform - before potential fragmentation sinks interest among consumers and business leaders.

Microsoft unveils Windows Holographic, introduces HoloLens wearable

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:25 pm

Microsoft publicly unveiled the Windows Holographic and its HoloLens augmented reality headset - and every Windows 10 device will have holographic user interface support.

 

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The HoloLens headset utilizes an onboard CPU and GPU, with a processing chip custom engineered to support augmented reality. In addition to being able to visually see the augmented reality environment, the HoloLens has a speaker unit providing another level of interactivity.

 

"Holographic computing enabled by Windows 10 is here," said Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, during a Windows 10 event at its Redmond office. "Oculus, Magic Leap, Glass developers, and everyone else - we humbly invite you to come create Holograms with us."

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Elder Scrolls Online scraps subscription for PC, Xbox One, PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:48 pm

The Elder Scrolls Online video game from Bethesda will be released for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One on June 9. Bethesda also announced the game won't require a monthly subscription to play, so PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers will be able to save a few bucks per month.

 

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The PC version of the game will be released on March 17, with current players migrated to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

 

However, those interested in ESO Plus will still have access to "exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of Crows to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member."

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Xbox games will stream, and be controlled, with any Windows 10 device

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:35 pm

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will allow users to stream any Xbox One game onto any Windows 10 PC or tablet, and play it from there.

 

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The demo included the presenter playing Forza on the Surface, Microsoft's tablet, but the game was actually running on an Xbox console. This will allow the power of the console's graphics on small devices that would not be able to play the games.

Microsoft: Windows 10 will be free upgrade for Windows 7, 8/8.1 users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:15 pm

As previously rumored, Microsoft plans to make Windows 10 a free upgrade to current Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows Phone users. The promotion is available only during the first year of release for 10, and is designed to help spur adoption to the new operating system.

 

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Windows 10 is scheduled for release before the year, and hardware OEMs and users are cautiously optimistic about the new OS. It appears Microsoft is serious about taking an updated approach to Windows 10, providing a frequently updated, subscription-based strategy.

 

"Overall we know that about only 10% of computers are running Windows 8 and the adoption rate among companies is similar or lower," said Frank Gillett, analyst with the Forrester Research group, in a statement to BBC. "Developers are not paying much attention to Windows for mass market consumer apps, and you could even argue that for enterprise software most of the energy is going into mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets."

The top 5 finance apps that keep you and your money organized

By: Kevin Flanagan (Guest Blogger) | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:02 pm

Mobile devices have given us access to countless conveniences, including the ability to manage our finances from anywhere. Fifty-one percent of smartphone owners use their devices for some form of mobile banking, according to a 2013 Federal Reserve study. As we continue to embrace the use of mobile apps to help us track our money and monitor our finances, check out our list of the top five financial apps that help us stay organized.

 

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Goodbudget

 

Formerly known as Easy Envelope Budget Aid, this app hasn't abandoned its core concept; Goodbudget lets you quickly categorize your income into self-categorized "envelopes," with labels such as rent, groceries, gas, healthcare and utilities. Users then categorize their spending along these lines and their budget is adjusted, just like in the tried-and-true envelope method of budgeting. The free version of the Goodbudget app enables users to create 10 unique envelopes for personal budgeting, while paid subscribers can create unlimited budget envelopes as well as sync their app across five devices.

 

Evernote

 

Evernote is an entire workspace in a single app, helping you to quickly search and collect everything from Web articles to handwritten notes. While not a traditional financial app, Evernote works well for groups looking to get on the same page across their organization. Evernote enables organizations to manage their expenses by organizing receipts, invoices and bills and share in a collaborative workspace. Searchable and shareable, Evernote is a fantastic resources for those who must collaborate in the search to find a financial balance with multiple contributors.

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Professional gaming group caught rigging $10,000 Counter-Strike match

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 3:17 pm

eSports are on the rise worldwide, and competitive leagues are beginning to see problems that plagued traditional sports in the past. A recent Counter Strike: Global Offensive match organized by the CEVO gaming league was rigged, with the losing team placing over $10,000 dollars in bets that paid off if they lost.

 

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The fixed match was apparent as it unfolded, members of the iBuyPower team were laughing as they were blown up by the other team and went for knife kills in an unusual fashion. The team chalked the loss up to jet lag and being unfamiliar with the map, but two pro members on the team spilled the beans on the match fixing.

 

Gambling on the matches is quite popular, and the betting site CS:GO Lounge did some digging to see if they could ferret out evidence of the thrown match. They confirmed that all nine accounts, which each placed the maximum bet, were all from a single user, or people on his Steam friends list. Every one of the bets won $1,200, for a total of $10,800.

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