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Razer paid $380,000 for green USB ports used in Blade notebooks

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 14, 2014 12:32 am

Razer updated its Blade series thin-for-a-gaming-laptop system with the newer GTX 800M series video card, and its 14" model using a QHD+ resolution.

 

To maintain a particular form-factor, design and maintaining aesthetics true to Razer's brand name, it goes without saying that the company will spend a lot of money on research and development. Its now known that Razer spent $380,000 for redesigning the standard USB port's colour.

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Razer didn't do any changes to the USB as a hardware, but wished to replace the USB 3.0's blue plastic colour to a custom one that fitted with their brand's theme: black and acidic green.

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Google Glass helping push the boundaries in the operating room

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 14, 2014 12:30 am

Stanford University surgeon Dr. Homero Rivas and other medical experts across the country hope to use Google Glass and augmented reality solutions to aid in medical procedures.

 

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Dr. Rivas and his assistant demonstrated, for example, how Glass can be used to enhance medical procedures with step-by-step images and demonstrations - during a presentation that was streamed to medical experts across the world.

 

"You don't need to go in blind anymore," said Dr. Rivas in an interview with VentureBeat. "Now, we have an educated impression of where a mass is. We can better understand exactly where to make an incision so we can create less trauma."

 

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NoMoreRack.com reportedly hit by data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:38 pm

Online retailer NoMoreRack.com was hit by a second reported data breach in the past seven months, and has been notified by Discover regarding customer card data has been compromised, according to a report on the KrebsOnSecurity website.

 

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Following the first reported attack, NoMoreRack teamed with information security compliance company Trustwave, and the forensic audit turned up "no clear cut evidence" of a successful data breach.

 

"So, as of last week, we engaged with Trustwave again to undergo another audit," said Vishal Agarwal, NoMoreRack Director of Business Development, in a statement. "We have been hearing the complaints from banks, but apart from that, and we've done our analysis and due diligence, and there is nothing seriously we can find that may have resulted in customer cards being compromised."

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Singapore regulates Bitcoin exchanges in effort to prevent laundering

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:27 pm

Today, the Central Bank of Singapore announced that it will now regulate all virtual currency intermediaries that operate and do business within the country's borders. The country says that this move will address concerns over money laundering, and terrorism funding. Starting today, Bitcoin Exchanges, virtual currency ATM's and vending machines that accept Bitcoins or other virtual currencies will have to verify the identity of its customers and report all transactions that seem suspicious in nature.

 

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This aligns Singapore with US efforts to bring regulation to the wild west that is cryptocurrency, but this regulation does not mean that there will be any form of safeguards extended to investors like their are in traditional investments made with analog money. This means that while regulators wish to control the currency, they do not wish to protect its investors against collapse, theft, or loss due to natural disasters.

Silicon Power unveils the Armor A30 a new rugged portable hard drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:34 pm

As we become more mobile with our computing lives, the need for a more robust and rugged portable storage device has arisen and Silicon Power has a solution to fulfill that need. The new Armor A30 from Silicon Power is built using a shock-resistant silica gel that helps cushion falls and impacts while providing a sleek and stylish exterior.

 

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"Instead of building with rigid and rectangular edges, A30 incorporates an ergonomically streamline design, allowing users to hold and operate at ease," the company said in a release. "Topping up with its refreshing colors and ultra-speed transfer rate, the military-grade shockproof A30 suited perfectly for travelers, sport enthusiasts, and businessperson on the go."

 

The Armor A30 features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and is available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB. The drive also feature a free copy of the SP Widget, a software suite that includes 7 leading backup and security tools, and to ensure your confidence, the Armor A30 features a 3-year warranty. Head over to the source link below to find out more about this rugged external hard drive.

Google begins encrypting search results, especially in China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 8:39 pm

In an effort to keep user privacy more secure, search giant Google plans to encrypt searches in China, an effort that will rollout worldwide, to try and limit government snooping.

 

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The Chinese government is well known for its censorship and spying activities, with tech-savvy users already relying on proxies and anonymous Internet browsers to slip past the "Great Firewall of China."

 

"No matter what the cause is, this will help Chinese netizens to access information they've never seen before," noted Percy Alpha, GreatFire.org co-founder, a group designed to monitor Chinese censorship. "It will be a huge headache for Chinese government authorities. We hope other companies will follow Google to make encryption by default."

 

Following reported spying activity from the National Security Agency (NSA), Google and other search companies have been blamed for their role in organized spying efforts. However, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others have boosted search encryption efforts to help boost privacy in an age where government surveillance is a frightening reality.

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Google updates search to remove underlined links

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 8:18 pm

Back in the mid to late 90's, the search engine we know as Google began as a research project between Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, and as with any website that is a product of the end of the 90's some aspects of the original design have remained. With Google search, one last fall back to days past has remained on the site since its inception.

 

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Back in the day web developers use to set all hotlinks to display as underlined in an effort to make the links more visible to a not so computer savvy generation that was just beginning to use the web. The links in Google's search results were all underlined back then and while this trend died off in the mid 2000's, Google kept its links underlined. Today Google decided to remove those underlines as well as increasing the size of result titles.

 

"We've increased the size of result titles, removed the underlines, and evened out all the line heights," says Google lead designer Jon Wiley. "This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look." With these changes also comes new ad labels , and a more modern and well refined search results page. Perhaps one of the best decisions Google made was to no move forward with banner ads in search results, something it had been testing for a few months.

Universities slow to inform students, faculty of data breaches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 7:50 pm

Colleges and universities are popular targets for cybercriminals trying to compromise a large amount of users, stealing as much personal information as possible. However, university officials, after learning of a breach, often are unsure what to do - and struggle to alert students and faculty members in a streamlined manner.

 

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Most recently, hackers compromised North Dakota University and Johns Hopkins University, with hackers stealing personal information.

 

In the Johns Hopkins University breach, hackers stole information on 850 current and former students, though no Social Security Numbers or highly sensitive information was taken. The breach reportedly took place sometime towards the end of 2013, but university officials didn't publicly report the incident until early March.

 

The North Dakota University System breach compromised students from different colleges and universities in North Dakota, hitting a few hundred staff members around 300,000 students - no financial data was stolen, but personal information, including Social Security Numbers, was compromised in the breach. There was a delay in reporting the incident so a forensic analysis could be conducted, according to security specialists.

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Amazon Prime's long rumored price hike is here, now cost $99 per year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 7:28 pm

Earlier this year rumors of an Amazon Prime price increase began appearing everywhere, and today it appears that those rumors were true. Today Amazon announced that it will be raising its annual subscription fee by $20 from $79 per year to $99 per year for regular members. Student memberships also increase from $39 per year to $49 per year.

 

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For those who's Prime membership renews before April 17th, your next year of Amazon Prime will cost $79, but all new accounts will remain at the $99 fee. Anyone renewing their membership after April 17th will also have to pay the $99 fee. There is a one time workaround though. Slickdeals.net is reporting that if you purchase an Amazon Prime Gift Membership and have it sent to you just as your current membership expires, you will also get the $79 price for the next year.

Western Digital unveils new My Passport AV-TV USB 3.0 external HDD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 7:21 pm

Today, Western Digital announced the launch of its latest edition to the company's long-standing My Passport line of external storage devices. The all new My Passport AV-TV is a high-performance compact media drive that is designed to store and playback hundreds of hours of TV entertainment. What makes the drive most unique though is its ability to record from your TV via USB.

 

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Available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB, the new My Passport AV-TV is capable of recording up to two channels at once on TVs that are "Dual-Tuner" equipped with the recordings being saved in full HD format. Western Digital says that the My Passport AV-TV is engineers for high-speed AV applications and features error recovery and continuous streaming command support for accurate recording and playback of video content.

 

"TV lovers want to enjoy their shows at a time convenient to them," said Jim Welsh, WD executive vice president, Branded Products and Worldwide Sales. "Timeshifting, plus the popularity of global events and international sporting events, is increasing consumer demand for recordable TVs and optimized drives. Our customers want a fast and reliable solution. The high-performance My Passport AV-TV - specifically-designed for this application - is the result of their requests."

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