NVIDIA users experiencing performance issues in Tomb Raider, forces the company to make a statement

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 8, 2013 4:35 AM CST

Crystal Dynamics' reboot of Tomb Raider has just been released, and being an AMD Gaming Evolved title, Radeon owners haven't been having an issue running it at all. GeForce users on the other hand? Well, you should read on.

GeForce users have been having huge problems with the game, so much so that NVIDIA's Andrew Burnes, the editor of the official GeForce.com website, wrote a three-paragraph statement regarding the performance issues of Tomb Raider on NVIDIA hardware:

We are aware of performance and stability issues with GeForce GPUs running Tomb Raider with maximum settings. Unfortunately, NVIDIA didn't receive final game code until this past weekend which substantially decreased stability, image quality and performance over a build we were previously provided. We are working closely with Crystal Dynamics to address and resolve all game issues as quickly as possible.

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Android malware numbers are staggering, with the OS accounting for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Mar 8, 2013 12:35 AM CST

According to F-Secure, a security firm, Android accounted for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012. This is an increase of 66.7% and 11.25% for 2011 and 2010, respectively. Apple's iOS doesn't even attempt to come close to these numbers, and only accounted for 0.7% of mobile malware in 2012.

Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian all entered the pie with much less than Android, with 0.3%, 0.3% and 19%, for Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian, respectively. The security firm also discovered that Android saw a surge in malware at the end of the year, but most of the malware is found in emerging markets. This means that most, not all, people in Europe and the US won't be affected, but everyone should always play it safe when opening up messages, links and emails.

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Motorola Droid RAZR & RAZR MAXX get OTA Jelly Bean 4.1 update

Trace Hagan | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mar 7, 2013 8:02 PM CST

Motorola has confirmed that the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX will be getting updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This update will allow these two devices to have access to Google Now, a feature that is being hailed as revolutionary. It makes sense that Motorola would want to update their devices to the latest Android as they are owned by Google.

Like most over-the-air updates, this update will be rolled out in stages. If you don't have the update quite yet, don't worry as it will eventually roll out to your device. You can find out more information about the updates from Motorola's blog post.

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Researchers exploit Chrome at Pwn2Own, receive $100,000 prize

Trace Hagan | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Mar 7, 2013 6:03 PM CST

At the Pwn2Own hacking competition currently running in Vancouver, Canada, two security researchers from MWR Labs have managed to exploit Google Chrome. As a result of this impressive feat, they have been awarded a $100,000 prize. The exploit relied on a bug in Chrome as well as a bug in the kernel of Windows 7.

By visiting a malicious webpage, users could be susceptible to the exploit, even if they are running fully patched software. The exploit allowed the researchers to run code in the sandboxed renderer process. They then utilized a kernel exploit in Windows 7, which granted them elevated privileges.

We were able to exploit the first vulnerability in multiple ways, allowing us to leak the addresses of several objects in memory, calculate the base address of certain system dlls, read arbitrary data, and gain code execution. This allowed us to bypass ALSR by leaking the base address of a dll, and to bypass DEP by reading that dll's .text segment into a javascript string, allowing us to dynamically calculate the addresses of ROP gadgets.

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EA disabling "non-critical" SimCity features

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Mar 7, 2013 2:02 PM CST

As part of the ongoing launch troubles that SimCity has undergone, EA has announced that they will be shutting down some of the non-critical features of the game to help with server load and connectivity. Most of these features, ironically, are the ones that would require an always-on internet connection.

We are continuing to do everything we can to address the server issues. In the meantime, so that we can give you as good an experience as possible, we are in the process of deploying a hotfix to all servers. This includes various improvements and also disables a few non-critical gameplay features (leaderboards, achievements and region filters). Disabling these features will in no way affect your core gameplay experience.

EA is also adding servers to help with the load. They have said that customers can request a refund, though this didn't work out too well for at least one person who tried. We'll keep looking for SimCity news, hopefully of the variety that EA has fixed all of the problems. If you haven't picked up the game yet, you would be advised to hold off until the all-clear is given by EA.

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Facebook's new News Feed design

Trace Hagan | Internet & Websites | Mar 7, 2013 12:17 PM CST

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is currently up on stage talking about how they want to turn the News Feed into the best newspaper in the world. He has pulled up a picture of what the News Feed looked like in 2007. Zuckerberg notes that the News Feed has shifted towards visual content:

Zuckerberg has just debuted the new look:

They are looking to feature the same design across the desktop and mobile environment. The new design will make use of more of the available screen real estate. The current design uses only about 40 percent of available space. The new design features larger pictures that will be the focus of the updated design.

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China removes ban on IMDb after three years of censorship

Charles Gantt | Internet & Websites | Mar 7, 2013 9:08 AM CST

Back in 2010, the Internet Movie Database or IMDb.com was banned from access from within China's borders because of a documentary on Tibet that was prominently displayed on its homepage. The ban was not a popular one among Chinese citizens, but remained in effect until today.

The Chinese government has unexpectedly lifted the ban on the encyclopedic movie website, making it fully available in both Chinese and English. The South China Morning Post is reporting that the removal of the ban is being met with great fanfare with many people thanking China's new leaders.

No official explanation on why the ban was lifted has been released by the Chinese government yet, but in my opinion, that does not really matter. The important story here is that China has removed one of its long standing website bans, and hopefully we will see similar action taken to other internet bans being currently enforced.

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Hands-on video with Acer's take on cloud storage, AcerCloud

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Mar 7, 2013 8:33 AM CST

Today we were invited out to the Acer headquarters here in Taipei, Taiwan where we were given an introduction to the company's take on cloud storage which they named AcerCloud.

Acer's cloud system is different ones such as Apple's iCloud, Google's Drive or Dropbox. Instead of sending your data up into the cloud, AcerCloud is more personal in nature. In technical terms, that means that your data is not stored on servers on the web. The data is instead accessed from your PC or laptop which has AcerCloud software installed and is of course connected to the internet.

AcerCloud launched towards the end of last year, but it was our first chance to go hands-on with it today, and it's quite good. Within AcerCloud are separate applications including clear.fi Media, clear.fi Photo, clear.fi Music, clear.fi Video. Each app handles different files and allows you to view saved files on any device with AcerCloud - that is a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8, and iOS device running OS version 5.0.1 or above and any Android device running OS version 2.3 and above.

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RumorTT: Facebook looking into monthly subscription service, would add extra profile features, remove ads

Charles Gantt | Internet & Websites | Mar 7, 2013 7:52 AM CST

Patents are often a double edged sword that can lend an interesting look into the way a company thinks. It's something we see and speculate on all the time, and this morning is nothing different. Facebook has filed a patent that could drastically change the social network's business model.

US Patent 20130030987 A1 was filed in 2011 and was granted in January of this year. It's titled "Paid Profile Personalization" and describes a method that would allow Facebook to remove ads, and implement "premium" features to the profiles of users who subscribe to a monthly service.

Does this mean that Facebook could be investigating a paid subscription service that would let you spice up your profile and remove those annoying tiny ads? Truthfully, I have no idea. The fact is that most patents remain unused and in recent times, they are used more as a blocking agent than a true "innovative idea."

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RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox might not include a Blu-ray drive after all

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 7, 2013 5:34 AM CST

We've already been greeted with the PlayStation 4 specs, and now it's edging closer to Microsoft's time of unveiling their next-gen Xbox. Gaming Capacity have spoken with a source, who has had hands-on time with the next-gen Xbox prototype, unveiling some new details. The source wanted to stay anonymous, stating the following in regards to testing:

Microsoft has the prototypes monitored under a microscope and an air tight confidentiality clause.

The source was able to unveil some details, which might surprise some:

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