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NZXT Phantom 240 mid-tower case offers a window and budget price

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:21 pm

If you have ever bought the parts to build up a new PC, you know that the case can be one of the more expensive parts. Most of us want a case that looks cool and has plenty of cooling, but we don't want to spend a fortune. NZXT has unveiled a new case that ticks all the boxes for most system builders.




The PC chassis is called the Phantom 240 and it sells for $69.99. It comes in white with black trim and has a standard side window. Cooling hardware inside the case includes a pair of the new 120mm FN V2 case fans from NZXT that have better performance and quiet operation.

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Multi-state tax scam aimed at medical professionals causing headaches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:23 pm

Medical professionals have become victims of identity theft, with Social Security Numbers and other personal information used to help process fraudulent tax returns, according to recent reports. The victims, less than 1,000 total so far, didn't know about the breach until they tried to file their returns and found that someone else already had beaten them to the punch.




Victims were found in the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Iowa, North Carolina, South Dakota, Maine, Indiana, and New Hampshire. The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) sent a memo to healthcare professionals in the state to be aware of the tax scam.


"The DOR is viewing this as a large problem and officials are very concerned," said Julie Reed, ISMA general council, during a recent conversation. "While their investigation has not yet identified the source of the presumed breach, they are tracking all the cases, looking for patterns, and actively investigating and pursuing leads."

Parents need to learn to put down smartphones for benefit of the kids

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:25 pm

Smartphones and tablets are seemingly everywhere, and while they often help us complete work tasks and stay entertained, there is a growing issue of smartphone overuse. This is even more problematic for parents that are glued to their smartphones, inadvertently missing critical communication and interaction lessons for their kids, according to researchers.




"They learn language, they learn about their own emotions, they learn how to regulate them," said Dr. Jenny Radesky, a Boston Medical Center researcher, in a statement to NPR. "They learn by watching us how to have a conversation, how to read other people's facial expressions. And if that's not happening, children are missing out on important development milestones."


Although Dr. Radesky's study, which found 40 of 55 parents in an informal study used a mobile device and were so absorbed that they didn't interact with their kids during a meal. Unfortunately, playing on Facebook and watching YouTube videos can be detrimental for child development, as kids learn by face-to-face interaction.

LG's G Watch will feature an always-on, water-resistant screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:31 am

LG has been teasing its G Watch smartwatch for quite sometime now, but more details continue to leak out about the Android Wear-powered device. Now we're hearing it will come in two colors: stealth black and champagne gold.




Not only that, but the display will be an always-on screen, with the G Watch being both dust and water-resistant. The always-on screen should be the biggest thing to take away from this news, as it would make sense to have it always-on, and always-listening thanks to the "OK Google" commands that you can use.

Retail stores can use NEC technology to conduct facial recognition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 10:37 am

NEC Hong Kong is currently developing a new facial recognition technology that can be used by stores, hotels, and other retail establishments to quickly identify customers. Retailers have tried to use smartphones to help monitor customer activity, especially if guests log onto free, open Wi-Fi hotspots, though customers found ways to disable such features.




When most people think of facial recognition, it's in regards to security and possible privacy issues - but NEC and companies have a more unique reasoning behind why stores, hotels, and other establishments might want to adopt the technology:


"Everyone loves to feel special. That's why any organization that can greet a customer by name and start helping them the minute they walk in to a shop, bank or hotel will have a tremendous advantage over one that relies on ID cards or other impersonal procedures," said Elsa Wong, NEC Hong Kong Managing Director, in a press statement.

LG G3 mini rumored to feature 720p display, 8-megapixel rear camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 10:27 am

According to leaked documents that My LG Cell Phones has gotten its hands-on, we should be expecting the G3 mini smartphone unveiled by LG in the near future.




LG's smaller G3 mini smartphone will reportedly come with a 720p display - which should be sized at around 4.7 inches - and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. There's not much else known on the G3 mini right now, but it should launch shortly after the G3 smartphone, which will be an important launch for the South Korean-based LG.

Samsung drops the price of the Galaxy S5 in India

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:35 am

The Galaxy S5 is one of the freshest smartphones on the market, but Samsung is already cutting the price of its latest flagship in the third largest smartphone market in the world, India.




Samsung has cut the price from $860 to $775, close to $100 off its original off-contract price. The Galaxy S5 is selling well, so one of the main reasons for the price drop is to be on an even more offensive stance because of the release of HTC's One M8 smartphone.

AMD launches Catalyst 14.4 RC drivers, compatible the R9 295X2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:33 am

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is now available, but what good is the fastest GPU on the planet without some compatible drivers? Well, it's good timing that AMD has just made its new Catalyst 14.4 drivers available, compatible with the dual-Hawaii-based GPU.




The new Catalyst 14.4 drivers are from a new driver branch - 14.100 - which include some new features. We have OpenGL 4.4 support for AMD GPUs, support for sparse textures, and buffer storage objects that can be used with processors that sport unified memory between the CPU and GPU - such as AMD's Kaveri range of chips.


We have the usual CrossFire improvements, with performance boosts for Crysis 3, Titanfall, Metro: Last Light and more. The Mantle side of things has been improved, fixing up some edge cases in Battlefield 4, as well as performance hits when you alt-tab. These new drivers are in the Release Candidate variety, so use them at your own risk. They're also 301MB, marking the first time an AMD driver has been over 300MB. You can download them here.

You can now use Google Wallet on Android to order Domino's Pizza

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7:35 am

Domino's Pizza now accepts payments for orders through Google Wallet, with the new payment method now baked into the company's Android-based application. Once you're in the check out with your pizza order, you can select "Buy with Google" to complete the order.




In order to promote the new payment method, Domino's is offering a free order of its specialty chicken to anyone who places an order of $10 or more, and pays through Google Wallet. This deal is all good until June 15, so get your Google Wallet ready, and order yourself some pizza!

Malwarebytes warns of 2014 FIFA World Cup Internet scam

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7:17 am

Internet users are now being warned of a recent 2014 FIFA World Cup scam that promises recipients of a cash prize and free tickets - including an offering for more than $5 million cash and a trip to the World Cup.




Despite the outlandish offer of money, poorly written email, and rather silly email subject line, it appears that some Internet users might be getting caught up in the scam.


The World Cup runs from June 12 to July 13, and cybersecurity experts warn of other possible scams that could capitalize on the popular sporting event. As noted by Malwarebytes, "major sporting events are traditionally a huge draw for scammers and there will no doubt be many more of these come from now until June."