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Supermicro demonstrates SDN solutions at Interop Las Vegas 2014

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:09 am

Supermicro announced their entry to the software defined network market at Interop Las Vegas 2014 this week by demonstrating its new SDN SuperSwitch and MicroBlade microserver solutions. The new 1U SDN switch platform is based on the Intel Open Network Platform using Intel switches and processors combined with Intel Open Network Software (ONS). The MicroBlade also incorporates Intel switch modules featuring SDN functionality and an Intel Atom C2000 control plane processor.

 

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Leveraging Intel's technology, the new Supermicro SDN solutions offer flexibility, agility, security and dynamic manageability. According to Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel's Data Center Group and general manger of the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, "The new Supermicro SuperSwitch, developed from the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design, delivers a high performance, easy to deploy and cost effective network switch that offers management and control functionality."

 

While there are most likely cost benefits for enterprises that deploy SDN, it is this improved flexibility in management of the network that makes this technology so appealing. According to Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro, the "new SDN enabled SuperSwitch and MicroBlade switches provides Data Center, Cloud and Enterprise environments the greatest flexibility to dynamically allocate networked resources as data demands shift." With datacenter workloads constantly shifting and blending, this ability to dynamically allocate network resources to hungry workloads is paramount.

ROCCAT launches Syva, earbuds designed for gamers, music enthusiasts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 9:20 am

Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT recently launched its latest audio product, releasing the Syva earbuds for gaming and music enthusiasts.

 

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Syva has 10mm drivers for each earbud, and ROCCAT says deep bass and quality treble can be heard while listening to music or playing video games. The earbuds connect via ribbon cable and includes an omni-directional microphone for in-game communication or answering phone calls.

 

"We designed the Syva to provide outstanding mobile sound while still remaining easy and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT CEO and founder, in a press statement. "The Syva comes with three interchangeable ergonomic ear tips to match your ear size and is perfect for gamers who demand the utmost in comfort and sound quality."

 

The ROCCAT Syva is available now with a $34.90 MSRP.

Sally Beauty says data breach larger than initially expected

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 5:18 am

In early March, it was discovered that Sally Beauty Store became the latest retailer to suffer a data breach, with an unknown number of customers compromised.

 

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Shortly after, Sally Beauty said less than 25,000 customers were affected, though has more recently changed its mind and said a larger number were hit.

 

Although the company didn't disclose an exact number yet, it is believed to be higher than 25,000, with debit and credit card information exposed. "As we have said previously, we will not speculate on the scope of our recent data security incident until the forensic review progresses because experience with such incidents at other retailers has taught that it is difficult to ascertain the extent of a data breach incident until the required forensic review is complete."

Feds, local law enforcement increasingly able to bust Tor users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 4:15 am

Prior to former contractor Edward Snowden disclosing the NSA's mass surveillance efforts, many people turned to the Tor Web browser for anonymous Internet searching. However, the free and popular tool is no longer as secure, with law enforcement agencies also able to identify users they suspect of criminal activities.

 

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"There's not a magic way to trace people [through Tor], so we typically capitalize on human error, looking for whatever clues people leave in their wake," said James Kilpatrick, Homeland Security Investigations agent, in a statement.

 

It was only a few years ago when law enforcement and federal agencies believed they couldn't crack Tor, but multi-agency efforts led to better data collection and social engineering patterns.

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Scammers using missing Malaysia Airlines flight as bait for trickery

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 3:44 am

The mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its unusual disappearance has captivated the world, with cybercriminals and scammers cashing in on the tragedy. The scam email says the flight wreckage has been found and invites users to click on a link to learn more, as many email viewers are curious to learn what happened to the flight.

 

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently issued a memo warning users to hover over links to see the URL address, don't trust friends' online tastes for liking and sharing, and report suspected scam posts.

 

Cybercriminals often use holidays, major events, and disasters to influence the spread of malware aimed to compromise users and steal personal information.

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Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for iPad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 3:11 am

Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft officially launched on PC and Mac last month, and today Blizzard has began a limited roll-out on the iPad in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. This news comes hot on the heals of the company announcing that in the last month, Hearthstone has grown to more than 10 million registered accounts.

 

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It is still unclear as to why the roll-out is being limited and not being made available everywhere, but Blizzard did say that it would be opening up to other markets soon. The company also said that it does plan on bringing the game to iPhone and Android later this year, but no official date was given. Have you played Hearthstone yet? Let us know in the comments below.

NASA suspends ties with Russian space program, except at space station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 2:14 am

The US space agency NASA plans to temporarily suspend space-related ties with Russia, except for the multi-national International Space Station (ISS), as both sides continue to fight for political bargaining chips.

 

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Following the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet, the US space agency has relied on Russia to ferry astronauts and supplies into space - and back to Earth again - much to the growing dismay of US lawmakers. The US will still meet with Russia when other partnering space programs are present, as both nations have invested a tremendous amount into the ISS, and will keep the orbiting space station operational and safe.

 

"This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or video conferences," said Michael O'Brien, NASA associate administrator for international and interagency relations, during a public notice.

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Nokia unveils its new Lumia 930 Windows Phone, retails for $599

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:38 am

When Nokia chose not to unveil any new devices at Mobile World Congress 2014, it was unclear if the company would release any more new phones before its acquisition by Microsoft is finalized. Fortunately for Windows Phone fans, that was not the case. During today's Build Conference, Nokia launched several new Lumia Windows Phones including its new flagship the Lumia 930.

 

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is of course the successor to the Lumia 920, and comes to the table with an entirely new setup that I am sure Lumia fans will love. The 930 features a 5-inch full HD screen which is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, along with new touch-screen technology that enables it to work with normal gloves.

 

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is along for the ride and features a core clock of 2.2GHz, while 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage round out the core hardware. Windows 8.1 is on board and a new 20-megapixel rear camera handles all of your imaging duties. This camera is also capable of 1080p video at 30fps as well. Nokia says that the new Lumia 930 will cost consumers $599 off-contract, which puts it into the $199 rage on a 2-year contract.

First movie trailer of Scarlett Johansson as 'Lucy'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:10 am

Scarlett Johansson is back in another action thriller, this time featuring in the sci-fi film "Lucy," in which she goes from drug mule to uber genius and butt kicking machine. Her character is able to retain information at a rapid pace and has physical speed and strength advantages, leading her to destroy as many bad guys as she can come across.

 

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Lucy also features Morgan Freeman, and the Universal Pictures film was written and directed by Luc Besson, while being produced by Besson and Christophe Lambert.

 

Lucy is scheduled for release on August 8.

DICE says that it is working on fixing rubber-banding issues in BF4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 12:51 am

For a few weeks now, Battlefield 4 players who were gaming on 64-player servers have been experiencing rubber-banding randomly when the battle heats up. DICE is still unsure what is causing this, but they did say that they have been very unhappy with server performance as of late and are working hard and investing more to improve the experience across all platforms.

 

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"We wanted to provide a quick update on the issues with Battlefield 4 "rubber banding" that some players on certain platforms have experienced during matches with 64 players.Looking into this further, we're unhappy with our server performance, so we'll be upgrading the hardware as soon as possible, investing more to deliver a better experience," DICE said in an official blog post. "As soon as we know the exact timetable, we'll let you know the ETA. Reducing lag for these players is absolutely a top priority for us to solve and we expect to have the solution very soon."

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