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Tuesday October 21, 2014

New Windows Zero Day Being Exploited Through PowerPoint

Microsoft has posted a new security advisory (#3010060) warning of a vulnerability in Microsoft OLE that could allow remote code execution using PowerPoint.

Microsoft is aware of a vulnerability affecting all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, excluding Windows Server 2003. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE object. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights. The attack requires user interaction to succeed on Windows clients with a default configuration, as User Account Control (UAC) is enabled and a consent prompt is displayed.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Deepcool Steam Castle Case @ Think Computers

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ Tech Report

Deepcool Maelstrom 120 Cooler @ Technic3D

Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E @ ocaholic

ETC.: Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC @ HotHardware

Motherboards: MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC @ PC Perspective

Video: Palit GTX 980 Super Jetstream @ Guru3D

Microsoft's CEO Set To Make $84M

Hmmm, a total compensation package worth $84.3 million? Not bad for less than nine months on the job.

Microsoft Corp’s new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry’s biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday.

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Metallica To Perform At BlizzCon 2014

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Metallica will be performing at BlizzCon 2014. cool

We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8! If you didn’t score tickets to the show, don’t worry—you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

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A Political Party For Nerds And Geeks

As funny as this idea sounds, a political party made up of geeks and nerds would definitely be cooler than what we have now. wink

I propose the Geeks and Nerds United party, or GNU, which is also an awesome triple entendre for fans of both open-source software and wildebeests. It could also be pronounced "new party," since it will also be just that, a new political party.

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USC Researchers Track When The Web Sleeps

Researchers at USC say the internet actually sleeps, almost like a living creature.

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Courts: Not So Fast With Those Red-Light Camera Tickets

Besides being an obvious revenue generator for the city and state, why do they even have red-light camera systems any more? Everywhere they are installed, this ends up happening. Thanks to railhaus for the link.

In Florida, only law enforcement officers and traffic enforcement officers have the legal authority to issue citations for traffic infractions, which means only law enforcement officers and traffic enforcement officers are entitled to determine who gets prosecuted for a red light violation.

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Kickstarter Hoverboard Sounds Like A 'Banshee'

A $10,000 hoverboard that only works on a solid copper floor? I think I'll pass. But hey, if that's too rich for your blood, the company sells non-functioning replicas for just $499. eek!

While "completely safe," it’s far from silent. Where the white box sounded like a loud desktop computer, the sound coming out of the hoverboard prototype is like a high-pitched screech. This will be dampened by the time the company has a more polished version of the hoverboard ready by this time next year, Henderson promises, but for now it’s a cacophony of squeals when you get on. The word "Banshee" comes to mind.

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Twitter 'Source Of All Evil'

I'm not sure what this guy's point is, if you look at Twitter's "About Us" page I'm pretty sure it says "we are the source of all evil...in 140 characters or less." big grin

Twitter is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the microblogging site. Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation", the mufti said.

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Lowly DSL Poised For Gigabit Speed Boost

It looks like there is hope for all you guys stuck on DSL after all. The bad part is that you'll most likely be waiting until 2016.

That's all changing. At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, several companies are announcing and demonstrating products that bring DSL -- or digital subscriber line -- into a future with a speed of 1 gigabit per second. That's about 1,000 times the data-transfer speed the technology offered when it arrived in the late 1990s.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Alien: Isolation DLC This Month @ Blue's News

CoD:AW Getting Dedicated Servers @ VG24/7

DriveClub Server Issues Have Improved @ Shacknews

Xbox One November Update Details @ Joystiq

XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition Video Card Review

If you are looking for a solid, well-built and quiet video card, I recommend reading our evaluation of the XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition when you have a moment.

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Today we are reviewing the new XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition video card. We will compare it to a pair of GeForce GTX 760 based GPUs to determine the best at the sub-$250 price point. XFX states that it is faster than the GTX 760, but that is based on a single synthetic benchmark, let's see how it holds up in real world gaming.

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RAM Soldered Into New Mac Mini To Block Memory Upgrades

Why would a company do something like this to prevent end users from upgrading the memory in....whoops, this is Apple we are talking about...never mind. big grin

For anyone looking for a cheap way to get their hands on a Mac, it's a great starting point -- prices start at just $499. But you'd better make sure you select a model with enough RAM when you place your order -- Apple has taken steps that mean it is impossible for buyers to install more memory.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Antec ISK 600 @ techPowerUP!

Cooler Master Cosmos II @ pcGameware

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ Benchmark Reviews

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 3300MHz DDR4 @ Legit Reviews

Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1866-CL10 1.50V @ ocaholic

Video: ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4GB @ techPowerUP!

Phone Hackers Stealing Billions

While the hackers in this story are the obvious bad guys, phone companies trying to enforce these outrageous bills aren't much better. frown

It wasn’t. Hackers had broken into the phone network of the company, Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture, and routed $166,000 worth of calls from the firm to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. It would have taken 34 years for the firm to run up those charges legitimately, based on its typical phone bill, according to a complaint it filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

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More Consumers Are Ditching Online Shopping For Physical Retailers

Next thing you know, Amazon is going to start complaining about showrooming. big grin

Many of us are guilty of "showrooming" -- the act of using a brick and mortar store like Best Buy or Walmart as a showroom for products we end up buying online. While there is nothing morally wrong about such a practice, I do sometimes feel guilty doing it. In other words, I enjoy saving money by purchasing online, but I would be sad to see brick and mortar stores disappear; I like touching a product before buying.

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Stop Car Thieves With A Simple SMS

Hey, it's a "find my phone" app for your car. Thanks to cageymaru for the link.

What would you do if your car had just been stolen? Take out your phone and call the police? Sure, you could that, but what if instead of asking authorities for help you simply sent a text message? Moreover, what if that SMS went straight to a hidden device inside your car and immediately immobilized the vehicle's engine?

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Raspberry Pi Cassette Player Plays Spotify Music Using Tapes

This Raspberry Pi cassette player is awesome. Well, if you are old enough to remember cassette tape players. wink

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Game Dropped From Steam After Gabe Newell Death Threat

Anyone know a good way to get a game dropped from Steam? What is that you say? Threaten to kill Gabe Newell? That's a brilliant idea! roll eyes (sarcastic)

This was enough to set the developer on a Twitter rampage, labeling Steam "the most incompetent piece of f**king shit", claiming that the service is "f**king taking money out of my pocket" and "misinforming people that my game is in f**king early access". I am going to kill gabe newell.

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Ferrari Sued For Taking Over Facebook Fan Page

What do you guys think of this case? Are the people that created the Ferrari fan page entitled to the billions they are asking for?

In their lawsuit, the Wasems say Ferrari, aided and abetted by Facebook, breached a contract with the Wasems. The deal they struck in 2009 never included handing over control of the page, they argue. The page's value has increased, and the Ferrari Facebook page now has more than 16 million fans. "Ferrari wanted it," the Wasems state in their complaint. "So, with Facebook's knowledge and substantial assistance, Ferrari took it, and they have both profited from what the Wasems created."

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Microsoft Delivers The Industry’s Complete Cloud

Monday, at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella outlined how Microsoft is using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to deliver the industry’s most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography. Furthering this commitment, Microsoft announced several enhancements to its hyper-scale, enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud platform, including the new Azure G-series of virtual machines and Premium Storage; the general availability of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell; partnerships with Cloudera Inc. and CoreOS; and a new Azure Marketplace.

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Intel Xeon E5 v3 Server Processors Power New Microsoft Azure G-series

Today Microsoft announced the new Azure "G-series" – designed to deliver the most powerful VM sizes available in the public cloud. The G-series is powered by a high performance, customized SKU of the latest Intel® Xeon® E5 v3 processor. Customers will have access to up to 32 cores, 448GB RAM and over 6TB of local SSD storage, providing significant performance gains relative to existing VM sizes. The new G-series will benefit customers running large SQL, Oracle and MongoDB databases, big data workloads and enterprise applications that demand powerful processing along with large memory and fast disk performance.

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Monday October 20, 2014

Corsair HX1000i 1000W Power Supply

If you are shopping for a big-watt modular power supply, make sure you take a moment today to read our evaluation of the Corsair HX1000i 1000W PSU.

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Corsair's HX series represents its "second tier" line of enthusiast computer power supplies, but its new HX1000i does take the top spot when it comes to its ~1000 watt power supplies that are Platinum certified and fully modular. Let's see if this latest addition from Corsair represents its quality pedigree of days gone by.

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Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

What happens when you spill coffee on this portable cardboard desk? And why would your desk need to be portable?

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$5 Per Month For Beats Music?

Would you pay $5 per month for Beats Music?

The iPhone maker is sounding out the music labels on the possibility of offering its Beats Music streaming service for $5 per month, Recode is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Beats Music is currently offered at $10 per month.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua IndustrialPPC & Redux Fan Roundup @ OCC

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 @ Hardware Heaven

PSU: Corsair HX1000i 1000W @ Technic3D

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W @ eTeknix

Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB @ Myce

Apple's iPhone Soars While The iPad Languishes

Apple has just reported its fourth quarter results and things are looking good for the iPhone. The iPad...not so much.

Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit -- more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes.

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GeForce GTX 970 Double Header Review

The gang over at Tech Report have a GeForce GTX 970 double header posted today featuring cards from ASUS and MSI.

THERE COMES A TIME IN the life of every PC gamer when you say to yourself: "Self, I'd like to buy a graphics card with more than twice the shader power of a PlayStation 4 for less money." Then you fire up a web browser, read our review of the GeForce GTX 970, and realize you can have what you want. Because that's how life as a PC gamer works.

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343 Industries Explains 20GB Day One Patch

Half the game on disc, half the game is a download? Welcome to the world of current-gen consoles.

According to O'Connor, that 20GB of data is not a fix for in-game issues, but is instead game content that would have otherwise required that the game ship on multiple Blu-ray discs. "The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs," O'Connor told one irate fan.

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Facebook 'Dislike' Button 'Too Complex' To Introduce

A company that manages hundreds of millions of profiles a day and has a trillion ways to monitize every aspect of your personal information says a adding a dislike button is too complex. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"[The dislike button] came up a lot. In fact even the language of the word like was something we discussed a lot as well," said Taylor. "But regarding the dislike button, the main reason is that in the context of the social network, the negativity of that button has a lot of unfortunate consequences.

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