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Target CEO calls it quits just five months after data breach

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 5, 2014 8:17 pm

This morning the Associated Press is reporting that Target's CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, has turned in his resignation from the company and has stepped down from his role as CEO as well as its seat on the board of directors. In the interim, Chief Financial Officer, John Mulligan, will take the helm until a replacement CEO can be found.




No official announcement was made on why Steinhafel resigned, but many news sources and industry experts are speculating that it stemmed from immense pressure from shareholders, investors, and the board over last years massive security breach. This resignation falls hot on the heals of the company's Chief Technology Officers resignation last month, and several months of surmounting losses to financial institutions equating to more than $200 million. Steinhafel has been employed by Target for more than 35-years.

Amazon now lets users shop straight from Twitter via #AmazonCart

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 5, 2014 7:35 pm

This morning, announced a new feature that will allow its customers to add products posted on Twitter straight to their shopping card from their personal Twitter accounts. The new feature is called #AmazonCart (#AmazonBasket in the UK) and requires that customers connect their Amazon account with their Twitter account.



Once connected, users can reply to any Tweet that contains an Amazon product link and include the hashtag #AmazonCart or #AmazonBasket for our UK readers, and the product will be added to your shopping cart. Before you get too worried about accidental purchases, this new feature will not allow you to actually complete the purchase, it will simply just add that item to your shopping card. Users will still have to visit to complete the checkout process.

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Unmanned areial vehicles now banned from all national parks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 5, 2014 7:08 pm

As multi-rotor aircraft and First Person Viewing RC flying becomes more popular, more rules and restrictions are being applied to the hobby. This morning the US National Parks Service issued a statement that clarified its stance on unmanned aerial vehicles within its parks boarders. The National Parks Service says that all unmanned aerial vehicles (AKA: Drones) are banned from use inside any national park's boundaries.




"Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape. Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors creating an environment that is not conducive to wilderness travel," the Park Service said in a statement. "The use of drones also interferes with emergency rescue operations and can cause confusion and distraction for rescue personnel and other parties involved in the rescue operation. Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls."

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1:1 scale Minecraft model of Denmark destroyed by griefing players

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2014 5:55 pm

Leave it to griefers to ruin a good thing in Minecraft. Last week Denmark proudly announced the unveiling of a 1:1 scale replica of its country that was built-in Minecraft by a Danish geodata firm. The model was truly a thing of beauty and was built out of more than 4,000,000,000,000,000 blocks which equated to a file size of 1TB. Unfortunately, the firm failed to disable certain features on the server, and griefers soon began blowing up the remarkable digital replica.




"We consider that as a nature of playing Minecraft - elements are broken down and new are being created," the firm said in a statement. "Therefore we will not reboot the demonstration of Denmark in Minecraft. But occasionally we will rebuild minor areas if buildings are removed and nothing new is being created. We are very happy to see so many players around the world creating fancy nice things and have fun."

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Nomad 883 CNC Mill surges past Kickstarter goal in just days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: May 5, 2014 5:07 pm

As the maker and DIY movement continues to grow, so does the availability of less expensive, high-precision CNC machines. We have seen this trend already prove itself in the 3D printer market, and today desktop machining is cheaper than ever thanks to a company called Carbide 3D who launched its first Kickstarter campaign last week. The new Nomad 883 CNC Mill is designed be as easy to use as a 3D Printer, and will fit on most desktop surfaces, or to fit on top of any workbench in your shop.



"We designed the machine from the ground up to address the complaints we've heard about CNC machines - from designing our own spindle to adding automation like tool length probing and custom fixtures to simplify common job setups," said Grzesek, co-founder of Carbide 3D. "We think this is the next step in the recent Digital Manufacturing trend started by low-cost 3D printers."

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Nintendo cuts Wii U sales goals and forecasts net loss

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 5, 2014 4:08 pm

Nintendo continues to struggle on the gaming market around the world. The game firm warned late last week that it would be posting another loss for its current fiscal year. Nintendo has also cut the sales target for the Wii U console as it continues to be outsold massively by competing products.




Sony and Microsoft have been seeing sales boom for their new consoles. The Wii U is underpowered compared to the PS4 and Xbox One and Nintendo has less game support from major developers. Nintendo expects to lose about $240 million in the year up to March.

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EMC kicks off EMC World 2014 with major SDS announcement

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 5, 2014 4:04 pm

EMC World 2014 begins today in Las Vegas with a flurry of announcements from the storage giant. The most interesting announcement today is EMC's quickly expanding entrance into the software-defined storage market with the release of the EMC ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) Appliance. For a company that has very deep roots in selling big iron, this is another strong indicator that EMC is taking the SDS market very seriously.




The ECS Appliance allows customers to create hyper-scale cloud capabilities and capacities in either private or hybrid cloud environments. The new solution combines the best features of public and private clouds at a price point between 9%-28% lower total cost of ownership (in object storage implementations) than leading public cloud offerings from Amazon or Google. The appliance is a modular, scale-out solution built on commodity hardware with up to 2.9 petabytes in a single rack, but can be clustered to exabytes.


EMC is basing many of their announcements, including the ECS Appliance, around the term "3rd Platform". This term refers to the convergence of technologies such as smartphones and mobile devices, cloud computing, social media, big data analytics, and similar technologies that are redefining workloads in modern data centers. These new applications present unique challenges in regards to security, availability, and scale. Software-defined storage solutions built on commodity hardware, such as the EMC ECS Appliance, are built to provide a solution that addresses all the technical challenges associated with the 3rd platform, but at a price point and flexibility never before offered by EMC.

Facebook anonymous login feature limits sharing of information

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 5, 2014 3:02 pm

Many users of Facebook have quite a love/hate relationship with the social network. They love using it to keep up with friends and family they don't get to see that often, but many hate how much data they have to share with Facebook. The social network has reportedly unveiled a new anonymous login feature that allows users to log into apps without sharing any personal information.




Along with the anonymous login feature also comes a new version of Facebook Login with improved privacy controls. The goal of anonymous login is to let the user try apps without sharing personal details. The feature is currently in testing with developers and will be rolled out to more developers in the future. It's unclear when users will gain access to anonymous login.

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PaperFold folding smartphone can turn into a notebook or tablet

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2014 2:00 pm

Researchers are always pushing boundaries when it comes to devices like smartphones and tablets. People want devices with bigger screens, but at the same time, we want devices that are very portable and easy to take with us on the road. PaperFold is a device that researchers have created that it claims to be the world's first foldable smartphone.




The folding smartphone can be converted into a tablet and a notebook by unfolding or folding the hinged display. The device has three flexible electrophoretic displays. The displays are detachable allowing the device to fold into multiple shapes ranging from notebooks to tablets and more.

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Twitter is testing a mute function to silence annoying users

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 5, 2014 12:29 pm

If you use social media like Twitter or Facebook, you know that some people get really annoying. Twitter is said to be testing a new mute function that will allow you to silence tweets from annoying users. The new mute function will give you an option to do something other than unfriend them.




Mute is a great option if the person annoying you is family or a close friend in the real-world who aren't quite as annoying in person. Mute functionality is in testing on the iOS and Android apps according to users. Once muted, the user's tweets are blocked from your timeline.

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