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Wednesday October 01, 2014

'Shellshock' Attacks Could Already Top 1 Billion

It is important to note that this report "estimates" that attacks "could be as high as one billion."

The Shellshock vulnerability is dangerous because it can be exploited to remotely execute code on affected machines, which could lead to malware injections, data theft and server hijacking. Because the shell is widely used, millions of users are at risk. In the four days since the vulnerability was disclosed, Incapsula's Web application firewall deflected more than 217,000 exploit attempts on over 4,100 domains.

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LEGO DOOM

This is one of the coolest things you will see all day. cool

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: AZZA ‘Z’ CSAZ-103 Mini-ITX @ BmR

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper D92 @ FrostyTech

ETC.: Roccat Tyon Mouse @ Hardware Heaven

SteelSeries 9H Headset @ pcGameware

Motherboards: GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi @ Legit Reviews

Storage: QNAP TS-653 Pro @ Legion Hardware

Lamborghini Reveals New Hybrid Concept Car

While I'm not too impressed with the way they come up with the "910 horsepower" rating, this hybrid beast is still a beautiful car.

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Lamboghini has announced its first plug-in hybrid showpiece, and it's quite beautiful. The Asterion LPI 910-4 packs in a 5.2-liter V10 with 610 horsepower, and its trio of electric motors beef up that latter figure another 300 (hence the 910 moniker). Those numbers puts the hypercar in the same neighborhood as McLaren's P1 and the LaFerrari hybrid.

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LEPA LV12 CPU Cooler

The crew at ThinkComputers just finished their review of the LEPA LV12 CPU cooler. Overall they seemed rather impressed with the heatsink, giving it a 9 out of 10.

Today we will be taking a look at one of their latest CPU Coolers the LV12. The single tower cooler comes in white or black flavors to match your hardware and features four large copper heatpipes, a 120 mm cooling fan, a louver fin design and H.D.T. (Heatpipe Direct Touch) Technology which means the heatpipes will make direct contact with your CPU. Review @ ThinkComputers

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Global And US Internet Speeds Increasing

Although it may not seem like it, the latest report from Akamai says internet speeds are increasing almost everywhere in the US.

Major ISPs, such as AT&T and Verizon, are pleading with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to boost its definition of broadband to 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) from its current benchmark of 4Mbps. Ironically, Akamai's latest report on The State of the Internet for the 2nd quarter of 2014, says "a total of 39 states saw 4K readiness rate more than double over the past year." That is to say, these states saw a major increase in the availability of the 15Mpbs speed needed for 4K video.

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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens, Alters Identity Policy

Facebook is changing its policy on the use of pseudonyms so that people are not forced to use their birth names.

I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.

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Cool Video of the Day

I have no idea why the Texas A&M Transportation Institute crashed this truck but it sure is neat to watch. The slow motion playback is awesome. cool

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UK Legalizes CD Ripping and Cloud Backups Today

It would seem that our brothers and sisters across the pond will now be able to legally back up their movies and music for personal use.

Starting today UK citizens are free to copy MP3s, CDs, DVDs and live broadcasts for personal use. After an unexpected delay, UK copyright law was amended to legalize this common form of copying. In addition, the changes also broaden other forms of fair use, including parody and quotation rights.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview

For those of you interested in checking out Windows 10, the tech preview is out now. Thanks to Larry Y. for the heads up.

If you're a PC expert or an IT pro, come on a journey with us and be part of creating the best Windows yet. Be a part of every step. Join the Windows Insider Program so you can be part of every key moment along the way as we create Windows 10. You'll get Windows 10 Technical Preview, all the builds as soon as they're available, and an easy-to-use feedback app.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD:Advanced Warfare Will Sell Less Than Ghosts @ VG24/7

PS3 Battlefield 4 Trial Starts Today @ Shacknews

South Park Pinball Coming This Month @ Joystiq

Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record @ Blue's News

Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Case

If you are a water cooling enthusiast looking for a new chassis, you owe it to yourself to read our evaluation of the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower chassis.

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Thermaltake has some very lofty goals set for its new mid-tower case. Its primary goal is to deliver outstanding cooling performance which is always high on our priority list as well. Form and function both seem to be well served in this new Core V51 model as its performance profile is not hard on the eyes.

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Walmart’s Online Grocery Order Pickup Center Is Here

Anyone have plans to use Walmart’s online grocery order pickup center? I was interested once I heard you can even order beer online. smile

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It looks like a lime green gas station, but the new Walmart store concept in the chain’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas doesn’t fill your gas tank: it fills your car with groceries. Announced earlier this year, Walmart Pick-Up Grocery opened on Monday, combining Walmart prices with the experience of not needing to get out of your car.

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Google Offering Students, Schools Unlimited Storage For Free

Google has announced Drive for Education, an upgrade from Google Apps for Education service.

Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.

  • Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.

  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 @ ocaholic

ETC.: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism @ LanOC

Tesoro Kuven Gaming Headset @ Vortez

PSU: Be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W @ Tweak.dk

Enermax Revolution X't 430W @ techPowerUP!

Video: GeForce GTX 980 2 and 3-way SLI @ Guru3D

Projection Mapping Gone Wrong

Remember when projection mapping was cool? Well, that's a thing of the past now that Disney got its hands on it. frown

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ASUS X99 DELUXE Motherboard

The ASUS X99 DELUXE motherboard is on the test bench at techPowerUP today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

We take our first look at ASUS's LGA 2011-3 products, starting with the ASUS X99 DELUXE. Wrapped in new clothing, the ASUS X99 DELUXE not only has DELUXE looks and DELUXE features, it also has a DELUXE socket for you to place your new Haswell-E CPU into, with an additional 48 pins.

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Main Ingredient In Beer Can Help Improve Memory

Beer can help improve your memory? Whoa. Think about that the next time you knock back a cold one. cool

Beer is better for the brain than you might believe. A new study finds the frothy beverage can improve memory. A researcher at Oregon State University points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice

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Why Oculus Rift Is Bound To Fail

The Oculus Rift is bound to fail? Is this guy onto something or just on something?

Despite the soaring plaudits from professional technophiles, despite the growing support from the video game industry, the latest run at mainstreaming wearable virtual reality is doomed to be a commercial failure. Yes, the Oculus Rift has reignited an interest in virtual reality goggles not seen in decades. And yes, the company behind the technology was purchased by Facebook for billions.

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Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Case

Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps have published a review of the Corsair Carbide 240 AIR case today that is certainly worth checking out. Here's a que from the full review:

Corsair has been bombarding the MadShrimps reviewers with loads of new stuff since Computex 2014. Since motherboard brands are including mATX and even mITX boards in their lineup we see more and more of these tiny form factors appear at LAN parties. Portability is a big added bonus if you are a frequent LAN party visitor. Enclosure manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon and are including more frequently mITX cases.

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AMD Demonstrates First Network Function Virtualization Solution on 64-bit AMD and ARM Technology

AMD today demonstrated the first network function virtualization (NFV) solution on AMD’s 64-bit ARM-based SoC and announced that it is now sampling to AMD’s embedded customers. The NFV demonstration is powered by a 64-bit ARM-based AMD Embedded R-Series SoC, codenamed "Hierofalcon," supported with technology from two key ecosystem partners – Aricent for the networking software stack and Mentor Graphics for embedded Linux® and tools. NFV is an innovative solution that simplifies deployment and management for network and telecommunications service providers with a fully virtualized communications infrastructure that helps maximize performance, while working to reduce costs.

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Intel Discusses How Megabits Per Second Won't Define 5G

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager for standards and advanced technology at Intel’s Mobile Communication Group, recently penned a blog post on how 5G will be different from previous networks. Keddy shares her thoughts on the need for 5G to support the billions of smart ‘things’ by 2020 and how 5G will be unlike from any other wireless standards before it. In particular, bits per second is the standard way of measuring network performance, but measuring 5G will involve bits per joule, bits per Hertz, bits per square meter of coverage and bits per dollar because 5G will address a variety of challenges, including energy efficiency, spectrum performance, reliability and cost.

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Tuesday September 30, 2014

Microsoft CEO: EQ Trumps IQ In the Long Run

According to Microsoft's CEO, emotional quotient trumps IQ. I'm sure you guys will remember this quote when someone with an IQ of 68 gets turned down for an engineering job in Redmond.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella quoted Mahatma Gandhi to tell students today, "Live everyday as if it is your last day but learn as if you are going to live forever." He also said that, "In the long run, EQ (emotional quotient) trumps IQ (intelligence quotient). Without being a source of energy for others very little can be accomplished."

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Fear And Anxiety Accompany Forced Internet Unplugging

Fear and anxiety? Yeah, that sounds like me every time the internet goes out. wink

It's fairly common knowledge that Americans have a serious dependency on the Internet. But according to a new report released today by Tata Communications, that dependency is accompanied by some intense psychological and physical repercussions.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool Dead Silence Cube @ ocaholic

Cooling: Alphacool NexXxoS Cool H20 Kit @ NikKTech

CPU: AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370e @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset @ Techgage

Storage: Micron M600 SSD @ PCPer

Video: XFX R7 250E Core Edition @ Neoseeker

Dead Rising Movie Will Be Like Indiana Jones With Zombies

Indiana Jones with Zombies could be the worst idea I've ever heard...or pure genius. big grin

"It's definitely got its dark scary beats, but ultimately it's an adventure film," Lipovsky said. "Every time I get scared or laugh while playing, I make a note to add it to the script. Tonally it will be like 'Indiana Jones with Zombies'. Fun, scary, dramatic action."

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Four Hackers Stole $100M In Army And Xbox Technology

Oh come on, $100 million? It's not like they were illegally downloading movies or music. wink

According to prosecutors, the defendants stole intellectual property and other proprietary data related to the Xbox One gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming system, and pre-release copies of popular video games. The Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed the technology was worth between $100m and $200m, a figure hotly disputed by one of those facing charges.

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iOS 8 Bug Can Delete iCloud Drive Documents

I can hear the Apple representative now..."You're resetting it wrong." big grin

Tapping the option to Reset All Settings vaporizes some iCloud Drive files, say a handful of iOS users. An alleged bug in iOS 8 appears to be deleting documents stored in iCloud Drive without the user's permission.

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XFX R7 250E Video Card

If you need a budget video card, check out this review of the XFX R7 250E at Overclockers Club today.

When you go to play in the wheel house it fits in, you can get performance up and over the commonly recognized 30 FPS threshold for playable performance at 1920x1080, or even higher at 1680x1050. When you get down to its DNA, this card has its roots in the 2012 release of AMD's Cape Verde Pro GCN architecture and is comparable to the HD 7750 seen at that time.

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Large Hadron Collider Chamber Music

This is the cool video of the day. Enjoy.

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