John McAfee gets apprehended by the police

Anthony Garreffa | BREAKING STORY | Dec 2, 2012 5:43 AM CST

After a while on the run, the founder of anti-virus company McAfee has been caught by the police. John McAfee was wanted by police over the murder of his neighbor, and has finally been found after weeks in hiding.

McAfee set up a website, whoismcafee.com, and has had updates of his progress since the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, on November 11. The McAfee founder has also tapped Twitter to promote his posts, too. His site used a title "Breaking: John Captured" on December 1, stating "we have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico". Then teasing "more information as it is received".

McAfee actually wrote entries to the blog, where he has said he disguised himself as a beggar, a street trader and a drunken German tourist - all an elaborate plan so he could watch police as they searched his home in Belize. He also states that at one stage, he was hiding out on his compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.

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RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to launch in time for the 2013 holidays

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 2, 2012 5:17 AM CST

We all know it's coming - but when exactly? Will the next-gen Xbox be revealed at CES in Las Vegas next month? Or will Microsoft wait until E3 in LA in June to unveil the Xbox 360's successor.

Well, "people familiar with the company's plans" have spoken up - telling everyone that Microsoft are preparing for the next-gen Xbox, which is usually referred to as the Xbox 720, and will be released in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season.

The next-gen Xbox, which I think will just be known as "Xbox", is rumored to pack a quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, directional audio, Kinect 2.0 support as well as sport a Blu-ray player. We should expect a decent kick in the ass in terms of GPU capabilities, with full DX11 support and hopefully 1080p @ 60fps support and 4K support built-in.

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Bloomberg: Microsoft will release next Xbox in time for 2013 holiday season

Daniel Perez | Gaming | Nov 30, 2012 1:00 PM CST

If you were thinking of buying a second or third Xbox 360 this holiday season for your mansion, you might want to hold off on having one of your butlers order it for you as by this time next year, we'll be graced with a new Xbox console.

According to Bloomberg whose sources are "familiar with the company's plans," Microsoft will be making its next Xbox available for retail in time to be available for Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping next year. As of now, Microsoft isn't entirely sure when exactly they should unveil its next Xbox as its currently debating whether to unveil it at E3 in June or at an entirely different event completely dedicated to the unveiling.

With all of the recent rumors and possible leaks of the next Xbox's hardware, it does seem like much of what Microsoft has planned for its next console is already finalized at this point and they just need to decide when to announce it to the world. For now, we just need to sit back and wait to receive our invites to whenever Microsoft decides to announce its next Xbox, which will hopefully be soon as I'm sure many of you are waiting with your wads of cash in your hands right now waiting to throw it at Microsoft for its next-gen Xbox.

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Microsoft claims Google users are getting 'Scroogled' by not using Bing when shopping online

Daniel Perez | Internet & Websites | Nov 30, 2012 11:43 AM CST

Microsoft has been directing the majority of its marketing campaigns lately directly at Google with its recent campaign pitting Bing directly against Google in blind tests comparing the two services. This week, the company has launched another campaign, this time, going against Google's Shopping search results.

According to Microsoft's new "Scroogled" campaign, it's suggesting Google users are getting the short end of the stick when they search in Google's Shopping section as those results are paid for and not based on relevance of what users are searching for.

"They Scroogle you by defining relevance as how much they're getting paid. Don't get scroogled, you may be missing out on the best prices and highest quality products."

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Sony reveals PlayStation Vita with PS Plus Instant Game Collection Bundle for $299.99

Daniel Perez | Gaming | Nov 30, 2012 9:02 AM CST

I've been enjoying my PlayStation Vita since it was released nearly a year ago, but I certainly have been feeling the big game releases have been too far and in between. With Sony's news of its PlayStation Plus service being made available on the PS Vita, they've decided to deliver a bundle that brings its popular premium service to new PS Vita owners.

The PS Plus Instant Game Collection PS Vita Bundle, which I hope you all take note as it may be a product with the longest name ever, comes with a 3G / Wi-Fi PS Vita, one-year membership to PS Plus, a voucher for Unit 13 and a 4GB memory card for $299.99.

With the PS Plus service on your Vita, you can access a number of the handheld's most popular titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush and WipEout 2048. But if you plan on taking full advantage of PS Plus on your Vita with this bundle, you may think about investing in a new memory card as 4GB absolutely will not cut it with how much you'll download from PS Plus.

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eBay dons the Nexus 4 with high-demand sales restrictions

The Nexus 4 has been one of the most popular devices released this year, selling out in minutes across the world - I was lucky enough to score one here in Australia and you can read our review on it here.

Well, it has been so popular that eBay has deemed the demand high enough that they're enforcing sales restrictions on the quad-core smartphone. These restrictions are normally places on hot items like the iPad or the Nintendo Wii, with the rules covering just how many phones a seller can list.

You may list a Google Nexus 4 with some limitations:

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Dell offers up Ubuntu-based XPS 13, priced at $1549

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Nov 30, 2012 4:39 AM CST

Dell's once internal skunkworks project dubbed "Project Sputnik" eventually launched as the XPS 13 Developer Edition, but now the Ultrabook-based is now shipping with a Precise Pangolin Ubuntu build that comes pre-installed.

It also sports feature-complete drivers that make sure that the maximum peripheral compatibility is great out of the box. The XPS 13 also comes bundled with Project Sputnik's open source tools, such as Profile Tool and Cloud Launcher, that are included to help developers install and deploy their projects in a quick and timely manner.

Hardware wise, the new XPS 13 is quite powerful - sporting a choice of an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SATA III SSD. The Developer Edition of the XPS 13 costs $1549, which is $50 more than the Windows-based XPS 13.

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Syria gets cut off from the Internet

Anthony Garreffa | Current Affairs | Nov 29, 2012 11:59 PM CST

Things haven't been good in Syria for a while now, but things have just taken a turn for the worse. A few hours ago, Syria dropped off of the Internet completely. All access to the world wide web has been cut from them.

Research for Renesys, who keeps track of the status and health of the technical underpinnings of the Internet across the world, reported at 10:26 UTC that all of Syria's international Internet connectivity was completely shut off. More precisely, that within the global routing table, all 84 blocks of IP addresses assigned to the country have gone unreachable.

This means that any Internet traffic headed to Syria will be undelivered, and that traffic coming from within Syria cannot get to the outside world. This usually happens when they don't want information getting out of the country - and is not a good sign as the regime of Bashar al-Assad is going to do one of two things.

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The Humble THQ Bundle includes seven games, starts from just $5.70 - proceeds go to charity

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Nov 29, 2012 11:30 PM CST

There's quite the gaming bundle available right now offering some amazing prices on a bunch of great games called the Humble THQ Bundle. Pay $1 or more for Steam keys for Company of Heroes (and its two full-blown expansions Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor), Darksiders, Metro 2033, and Red Faction: Armageddon.

If you pay over the average price ($5.75 will do) you'l receive all of those games, as well as Saints Row: The Third. The games bought will be available through Steam, and included in the bundle are a collection of DRM-free soundtracks! You really can't go wrong here, folks.

Buying all of these games separately would set you back $190, but THQ are letting you, the consumer, set the price. At the time of writing, there had been close to $1.7 million paid with the average price of $5.71. Nearly 295,000 purchases with the top contributor being "Jason Rubin" who contributed a very nice $1050. Turtle Rock Studios' contribution of $1024 is second and @WrapBootstrap is third with $1000.

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iPhone 5 readily available at retail U.S. Apple Stores; one-week ship time for online orders

Daniel Perez | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Nov 29, 2012 11:21 AM CST

When Apple launched the iPhone 5 this past September, it ran into some production issues that kept its latest iPhone from the hands of its customers. For weeks now, the iPhone 5 has been a difficult device to purchase as retail Apple Stores barely had them in stock and shipping from Apple's online store kept the device from customers' hands for weeks.

It seems the iPhone 5 drought is nearly done with as it looks as though Apple has finally caught up with demand as AppleInsider conducted a poll of 20 U.S. Apple Stores to reveal the iPhone 5 is readily available for customers who wish to purchase them.

Not only that, but customers who prefer to receive their iOS devices via online shopping can now purchase their iPhone 5 from Apple's online store and have it ship out in about a week.

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