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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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Chinese cyberattacks left Microsoft's Outlook vulnerable, reports say

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:26 am

The Microsoft Outlook.com email service reportedly was breached by Chinese authorities, using a "man-in-the-middle" type attack, according to the GreatFire watchdog group.

 

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MITM attacks typically rely on hijacked online connections used to monitor and control communications through an online communication - with email users relying on IMAP and SMTP to access Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and other apps left vulnerable.

 

"We suspect that the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is directly in charge of censorship... is directly responsible for the MITM attack against Outlook, and the recent related MITM attacks in China," according to the report.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 won't use Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 as it 'overheats'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:29 am

After years upon years and millions upon millions of devices sold with Qualcomm processors inside, Samsung is rumored to be dropping the Snapdragon 810 processor from its upcoming Galaxy S6. The reason? Bloomberg is reporting that the South Korean giant isn't happy with overheating issues in its new Galaxy S6 handset.

 

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The new report from Bloomberg says that Samsung would be "dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip that overheated during the Korean company's testing". The chip that Bloomberg is referring to is the Snapdragon 810, which has been used in many devices so far, and even upcoming devices like the new LG G Flex 2 smartphone, and it should be baked into the upcoming HTC One M9 smartphone.

 

Bloomberg says that the "new Galaxy S will be equipped with Samsung's most advanced chips" which would mean we could expect Samsung to provide its own Exynos range of processors inside of the Galaxy S6. We normally see Samsung use its Exynos range in some of its smartphones, usually splitting the load with Qualcomm processors depending on the market. But a full head first dive into only using Exynos processors for its upcoming flagship smartphone would be a big shift for the company.

Java software becoming more secure, as hackers target Silverlight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:20 am

Cybercriminals are always-on the lookout for software bugs they can exploit, allowing them to hopefully compromise users. Keeping software updated, for example, helps close backdoors and make it harder to find access points - but many people fail to update software, and avoid potentially preventable security incidents.

 

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Another aspect to good cybersecurity is understanding what types of software are being targeted - and why - with clues gathered from this type of information. Java, which has been a longtime favorite for exploits, has increased focus on security, so users have shifted attention to Microsoft Silverlight. As such, experts have seen a strong uptick in Silverlight-based attacks:

 

"We saw a 34 percent drop in exploits in Java," said Jason Brvenik, principal engineer of security business at Cisco, in a statement to SCMagazine.com. "Java has become more secure. Attackers have noted this, so we saw a rise in the exploit of Silverlight consequently."

Battlefield Hardline will reach the Xbox One first thanks to EA Access

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:38 am

Xbox One owners will get a four-day head start on Battlefield Hardline thanks to the preview program EA access offers, which should have owners of Microsoft's now current-gen console very happy.

 

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The previews themselves are limited to just six hours of gameplay over the four days, but any of the save games and other files generated over that time will transfer over to the full release on March 17. The preview is free, but EA Access costs $5 per month, or $30 for the year.

 

Battlefield Hardline will launch on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on March 17. But before the full launch, we are to expect another open beta, which there are no specific dates for just yet.

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