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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.

EA ponders a future in which tablets are more powerful than consoles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 12:55 am

The tablet market is constantly changing, and each generation features newer and faster hardware being deployed in the mobile products. It's possible EA wants to try to win over casual tablet gamers and turn them into console and PC gamers, and that will require something beyond simple casual games that are racking up increased usage.

 

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Most mobile games have focused on the casual sector, but that could change depending on how far hardware develops. EA and other game studios are trying to create gaming products so they can be used away from PCs and game consoles, and that could mean better developed, more immersive software titles in the future.

 

"What gets us the most excited is the power, the computing power, of mobile devices and the speed at which that's growing," said Blake Jorgensen, CFO of Electronic Arts, speaking during the 2015 Technology, Internet & Media Conference. "What that might mean is that a tablet, three or four years from now, has more power than what a typical console has. And that will open up a whole new set of people to console-style games that are much more immersive, much deeper, much more character-driven than simply a static mobile game that you might play for a small burst of time while you're waiting for the bus."

Chipotle apologizes after cyberattack leaves Twitter page defaced

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 11:32 pm

Popular fast casual restaurant Chipotle has issued an apology to its Twitter followers, after being hacked over the weekend. Insensitive tweets were published to more than its 634,000 followers, including racist messages aimed at President Obama - before Twitter could suspend the account. A separate tweet claimed the company would be shutting restaurants before the end of the year.

 

 

 

The attack also reportedly hit the official Chipotle website, which led visitors to a different website.

 

"Our Twitter account was hijacked overnight for about two hours during which a series of offensive tweets was posted to the account," said Chris Arnold, communications director of Chipotle. "We apologize for the nature of the posts that were made during that time, and we are now conducting an investigation to try to determine what happened and who might have been involved."

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New York plans to conduct cybersecurity audits of insurers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 10:03 pm

In the aftermath of the Anthem data breach last week, the New York Financial Services Department said it plans to conduct cybersecurity audits of insurance companies. The "regular" and "targeted assessments" will be a part of its examination process, and enhanced regulations should keep New York insurance members safer from future data breaches.

 

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The Anthem data breach could affect upwards of 80 million people, as personal information was taken during the sophisticated cyberattack.

 

"We're still in the process of finalizing and determining the enhanced requirements, but we are moving quickly and expect to begin putting them forward in the coming weeks," said Matt Anderson, spokesman of the New York Financial Services Department, in a statement published by Reuters. "These requirements are specific to New York, but we're of course always willing to discuss these issues with other states."

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Woman uses mobile payment app to steal $2,500 from restaurant

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 9:22 pm

Donna Prouty, 57, is accused of stealing more than $2,500 in credits from a restaurant, accessing the restaurant's mobile payment account. Her husband allegedly allowed her to use the app to transfer funds from the restaurant's bank accounts into her own personal accounts.

 

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The Maryland District Court Commissioner has charged Prouty with theft, theft scheme, and several counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

 

Restaurants and other businesses hope that accepting mobile payments will make it easier for customers to pay - but mobile security remains a critical issue. It's unknown what service the restaurant uses to collect mobile payments, however, this type of issue must be solved to prevent similar security breaches.

Anonymous calls ISIS a 'virus,' promises to disrupt group online

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 9:09 pm

The Anonymous hacker collective is taking aim at ISIS in Syria and Iraq, launching attacks to disrupt the group's social media accounts. As part of its #OpISIS campaign, Anonymous has taken down hundreds of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts linked to ISIS - used to spread propaganda and woo potential recruits.

 

 

"ISIS: We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you," Anonymous pledges. "From now on, no safe place for you online... you will be treated like a Virus, and we are the cure. We own the Internet. We are Anonymous; we are Legion; we do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us."

 

In addition to listing Twitter and Facebook accounts - of both compromised accounts and possible targets - Anonymous has revealed email addresses, IP addresses, VPN connections and websites used by the extremist group.

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Expert: Trying to keep companies, data secure from cyberattack is hard

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 6:32 pm

The recent data breach suffered by Anthem is further proof that companies are under cyberattack - and find it difficult to keep up with increasing numbers of sophisticated attacks. Many corporations understand they face cybersecurity threats, but can do very little to prevent crippling data breaches.

 

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"For any given unit of time that goes by, the probability of an organization being compromised is trending to 100 percent," said John Hering, co-founder of the Lookout security firm, in a statement to CNBC. "We need to move to a world where security is not reactive, but proactive and predictive."

 

Financial institutions and medical companies typically have more stringent security protocols in place, but still find it difficult to prevent attacks. Late last year, JPMorgan Chase suffered a data breach that affected millions of customers, with phishing attacks and other threats targeting compromised victims.

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