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Don't mess with Zelda fans: Man stabbed with Master Sword in dispute

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 5:23 pm

Anyone who has ever played any of the games in the Legend of Zelda franchise has dreamed of wielding the legendary Master Sword to combat the forces of evil. A new police report out of Harris County, Texas, shows that one man did in fact wield the Master Sword and actually used it to stab the estranged husband of his current girlfriend.




According to deputies, a man named Eugene Thompson was at his home with his girlfriend when the woman's estranged husband arrived at the home around 10PM on Saturday night. When the husband entered the home, he began to chase Thompson around the house, at which point Thompson grabbed his replica of the famed Master Sword to protect himself. During the altercation, deputies say that the husband ran into the sword causing it to enter his body.


The excitement does not stop there though. The wounded husband was then thrown out of the house only to return by physically breaking the door back down and reentering the house. At this point, the two men fought over the sword and the husband was stabbed yet again in the chest and leg. Out of a scene from a movie or cartoon, the harshly wounded husband managed to retreat to outside of the house where he grabbed a flower pot and then proceeded to smash it over the boyfriend's head.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 hits RTM according to source

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 5:09 pm

If you are a user of Windows 8.1 on a computer that lacks a touchscreen, you may be very frustrated at the user experience that the OS has offered so far. One of the things that Microsoft has promised to address with the first update for Windows 8.1 is making it easier for people not on touch PCs.




We mentioned last week that rumors pegged the launch of the update for Windows 8.1 to happen on April 8. That also happens to be the same day that Windows XP reaches the end of support date. Word has surfaced from sources who claim to be familiar with the goings on at Microsoft that the update has reached Release to Manufacturing or RTM.


That is a significant milestone for software and means that the update is officially ready to ship. The source also claims that Update 1 for Windows 8.1 has also been shared with PC makers and partners. The final update is said to have been compiled on February 21.

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Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard makes typing easy on your console

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 4:40 pm

Logitech has been making its line of Harmony universal remote controls for a number of years. These remotes are notable because they all have macro buttons that make changing multiple inputs on your home theater system as easy as pushing a single button. Logitech has rolled out a new Harmony product called the Harmony Smart Keyboard.




The device is exactly what you think it is, a keyboard that can be used as a universal remote. The device is compatible with set top boxes like the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360, and PS3 consoles. It will also work with the Xbox One, but support for the PS4 isn't mentioned.


The QWERTY keyboard lets you easily type searches or chat. The keyboard also has the buttons you expect for controlling media and has a guide button. The keyboard also ships with the Harmony Hub that launched last summer as a standalone device.

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Hackers compromised more than 300,000 SOHO wireless routers

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 4:24 pm

Researchers have discovered a large number of comprised small office and home wireless routers. Hackers attacked more than 300,000 wireless router devices manufactured by D-Link, Micronet, Tenda, TP-Link and more. This discovery was made by researchers from a security firm 'Team Cymru' who has also disclosed a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) where attackers can access TP-Link routers using a blank password.




The idea is that hackers use multiple techniques to take over the wireless routers. Once the hackers get access, they change the domain name system (DNS) servers that's used to translate 'human-friendly' domain names into IP addresses for computers to track down web servers. The router re-directs to a fake website via the DNS where the unsuspecting victims insert login credentials. Once the credentials are inserted, the attackers use it to log into victims' accounts and uses socially engineering sms to induce the victim to unknowingly approve a transfer of funds to the attackers online banking account.

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PS4 game console reaches 6 million units sold globally since launch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 4:07 pm

Back in late February, Sony offered up some details on the PS4 game console and the number of units sold globally since it launched. The numbers showed that as of February 18, the console had sold 5.3 million units globally. Sales in Japan have helped that number grow significantly in short order.




Sony announced yesterday that the PS4 game console has now reached 6 million units sold globally. That is a gain of around 700,000 units sold in only a couple weeks. Sony also detailed some other interesting items about the console.


There have been more than 3.6 million live broadcasts and 56 million spectate sessions via Twitch and Ustream from the PS4. Sony notes that PS4 gamers account for almost 20% of all daily broadcasts on Twitch. Another interesting tidbit is that the share button on the PS4 controller has been pressed over 10 million times.

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Watchdogs will release June 30th if a recent leak from Sony is true

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 3:30 pm

Watchdogs is one of the most highly anticipated games arriving on Sony's PlayStation 4 this year, but up until now, Sony has kept quiet about its launch date. We first got a glimpse of Watchdogs during PS4's launch event last year, and the game wowed us with its new style and ideas, but since then we have heard very little about the game other than a few features and specifications.




Today Sony accidentally let the release date for Watchdogs slip when it published the games launch date on its website. The leak says that Watchdogs will release on June 30, 2014, as well as showing a retail price of $59.99, and that 608 people have already rated it... This leak is most likely the result of a website developer testing functionality, and all the information could be false filler, that was entered for testing purposes.



Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.



Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy... and more.

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OCZ Storage Solutions releases Z-Drive 4500

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 1:56 pm

One of the greatest benefits for Toshiba when they purchased OCZ was their access to PCIe technology. Toshiba has a strong stable of enterprise SSDs, but they did lack the PCIe component. The release of the new OCZ Storage Solutions Z-Drive 4500 is a good example of the benefits of the acquisition in action. The access to Toshiba flash will also allow for more competitive pricing and a solid product supply for OCZ.




The Z-Drive 4500 features 8 SF-2582 processors in conjunction with Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND and the VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology to deliver impressive specifications. The drive delivers maximum read bandwidth of up to 2,900 MB/s, maximum write bandwidth of up to 2,200 MB/s, random 4K block read throughput of up to 252,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and random 4K block write throughput of up to 76,000 IOPS.

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Mobile DDoS attacks on the rise, with companies on alert

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 12:25 pm

The use of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks typically target servers and hit PC users, but DDoS attacks are increasing from mobile users.




Attacks typically rely on covertly-installed malicious apps that are able to use hardware and software on the device to contribute to the DDoS network.


The prevalence of mobile apps also provides cybercriminals an increased opportunity to compromise devices which can be remotely hijacked.


"The denial of mobile phone usage will create havoc and blowback to those perceived as responsible, which may be the companies involved because they didn't prevent the attack," said Ray Van Dyke, principal at Van Dyke Law, in a statement to The Mobility Hub.

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Ouya will soon be baked into other devices, is now an 'ecosystem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 11:28 am

It looks like we will soon see the world of Ouya expand far beyond its own consoles, with Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman confirming that the company will begin building the Android-powered goodness into other devices.




Uhrman said: "One thing you'll start to see is Ouya on other people's devices. We started with a $99 box, but we always wanted to create a console platform that can live on other people's devices. We just knew it was going to take us a little bit of time to get it ready. Now we think the software is good enough, it's ready to be embedded in other people's devices".


Uhrman said that Ouya officials started talking with hardware partners during CES 2014 earlier in the year, where "the takeup was so great that we're really jumping into the strategy with both feet this year". Ouya will maintain a baseline standard to make sure that compatibility across Ouya, and future devices, while the Ouya console will continue to live on as a "reference device".

Ellen breaks Twitter records at the Oscars thanks to celebrities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 10:29 am

Ellen broke Twitter during the Oscars, thanks to a celebrity-filled selfie that she took at the event itself. Ellen's post to Twitter broke the social network temporarily, where history was made for Twitter.




Shortly after Twitter went down, DeGeneres said: "We got an email from Twitter and we crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history". Bradley Cooper, star of American Hustle, took the picture, which was posted up to Ellen's Twitter account. He took the picture using the front-facing camera on a Samsung smartphone.


You can see a number of celebrities in the shot, including Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and more. The selfie saw an amazing, record-breaking 3 million re-tweets. The previous record was from US President Barack Obama, with his "Four More Years" re-election victory shot. Obama saw over 780,000 re-tweets, but now DeGeneres' re-tweet has blown that out of the water.