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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline
New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll
AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads
As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads arent necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and
Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough
An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters, must largely be judged failures. They say a password
Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nations largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the
Secretive Funding Fuels Ongoing Net Neutrality Astroturfing Controversy
alphadogg writes: The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process. News stories from a handful of publications
A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)
Sawaiz Syeds LinkedIn page says hes a Hardware Developer at GSU , Department of Physics. Thats a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a nuclear
Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. For a little over two hours,
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Halo: The Master Chief
Available for Xbox One on November 11 and includes a $25 Dell eGift card and free shipping.
The scariest games to play this Halloween
Jeff Bakalar picks the scariest video games to play this Halloween. Player beware!
Nintendo New 3DS adds subtle but appreciated upgrades (pictures)
Nintendos New 3DS isnt all-new by any means, but with an upgraded display and a second analog stick, its certainly a cool upgrade.
These Halloween games are scariest on PC
This collection of classic and new games takes on an extra air of menace when played in the close quarters of a gaming desktop or laptop.
Get a Lord of the Rings game bundle for $9.99
One does not simply buy four games and two DLC packs for a mere 10 dollars. Or does one? (Hint: one does.)
Unity appoints former Electronic Arts chief Riccitiello as new CEO
John Riccitiello, who helmed publisher and game maker EA, now leads the fast-growing company behind multi-platform gaming software.
Up to 70% off family room items at Wayfair
Up to 70% off family room items
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Google giving more control to Android, Chrome chief Sundar Pichai
Pichai has been seeing his star rise at Google steadily. CEO Larry Page is also reportedly taking a step back from day-to-day leadership to focus on new projects.
Of Google, governments and authentication
End-users will ultimately decide on the success of multi-factor authentication. Will the newest efforts toward that end help them make up their minds?
US tops Scandinavia, EU for fastest broadband. No, really
The US enjoys a fleeting moment as a country known for fast broadband, at least in one analysts assessment.
How big does a tech product have to be before we take it seriously?
Analysts and reporters have been spoiled in recent years by companies and categories that produce staggering sales figures. When some products can sell hundreds of millions of units a year, its easy to dismiss small but influential players that sell
Going beyond the PC and the tablet: How to be authentically digital
The computing world has changed, as devices and services become ubiquitous. Now its time to change the apps we build, and the ways we think about work.
Lollipop stops Chromium bugs from endangering Android
Googles WebView for Android will get updates from Google Play, enabling faster security and feature updates.
Inside the iPad mini 3
While there may not be much separating the iPad mini 3 from its predecessor, theres one key difference that will give the new diminutive tablet an edge in the corporate and BYOD environments.
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Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure
WIREDs own Angry Nerd Chris Baker returns to the Game|Life podcast this week! The post Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure appeared first on WIRED.
Google’s Search Czar Just Smashed Felix Baumgartner’s Sky Dive Record
Googles search czar just broke the record for highest sky dive ever. As reported in the New York Times, Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon that was
Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Urges Fans to ‘Be Curious’
Stephen Hawking is exploring yet another bizarre and fascinating part of our universe that stretches the very idea of reality: Facebook. The post Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Urges
The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About
Women must be fully informed about reproductive medicine before setting their hopes on it. Facebook and Apple and all companies would do well by their employees to
A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed
Yahoo Answers. Quora. JustAnswer.com. Over the years, countless sites have offered to answer all your random questions with help from “experts” across the net. They’re called expert
Ebola Shows It Is Process–Not Technology–That Will Protect Us
Technology has driven our economy and made our country powerful, but tech alone is proving to be insufficient to stop the spread of Ebola. The case of Thomas
How to Earn the Right to Buy Ferrari’s Most Exclusive Hypercar
One does not simply walk into Maranello and buy the LaFerrari supercar. The right to spend a million dollars is a reward for the brands most
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Thermaltake's Versa H34 and H35 Also Have Thermaltake LCS Certification
Thermaltakes new Versa H34 and H35 bring the Core V35s internals with a different look.
Soft Machines Startup Promises 'Virtual Cores' Twice As Fast As Physical Cores
New Soft Machines startup invents virtual cores technology that promises to double single-threaded performance of a physical CPU core.
This Is What You Need To Run Civilization: Beyond Earth PC
Civilization: Beyond Earth for the PC is now available.
Fangbook III HX6 Gaming Notebook Has Intel, Nvidia Inside
Cyberpower has a new gaming notebook packed with Intel and Nvidia inside.
Ubisoft Recommends Intel Core i7-3770, Nvidia GTX 780 For Assassin's Creed Unity
Assassins Creed Unity has some very steep system requirements.
Win A Pile Of Awesome Gear From Antec
Were giving away an Antec EDGE Warrior package consisting of a P280 Window Case, TrueQuiet 120 Fan, EDGE 750 Power Supply, Kuhler H2O 1250 Liquid Cooling System, LED Lighting Kit, and a pair of PULSE Headphones.
Acer 'Gets' Gaming; CEO Jason Chen's Wise Words
Acer CEO Jason Chen talked about the companys gaming strategy and showed that he understands what sets gaming devices apart.
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Facebook’s new app harkens back to the AOL chatroom
The company shifts away from real names; Rooms doesnt even use Facebook logins.
AT&T locks multi-carrier iPad SIM, T-Mobile and Sprint leave it open
After buying AT&T data on Apple SIM, you need a new SIM card to switch carriers.
Another Tor router crowdfunding project nixed by Kickstarter
TorFi project, a hack of TP-Link routers, is suspended, developer’s account deleted.
US carbon emissions rose slightly due to cold winter
More coal in the electricity generating mix didnt help, either.
Analysis: Worldwide PS4 sales at least 40 percent better than Xbox One
Ars data-crunching shows Sony with about 60 percent of the two-console market.
Silicon Valley startup unveils Internet-connected smart guns for cops
Real-time data on location, and when weapons are being unholstered and fired.
Verizon Wireless injects identifiers that link its users to Web requests
The provider adds cookie-like tokens to alert advertisers to users’ interests.
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ardware Round-Up II
Cases: AZZA XT 1W Full-Tower @ BCC HardwareFractal Design Core 2500 @ ocaholicCooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ Legit Reviews ETC.: Takstar HD5500 Headphones @ techPowerUP!Motherboards: Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 @ eTeknixStorage: Thecus N2310 NAS @ APH Networks
In Win D-Frame Mini
If you like the looks of the original D-Frame (our review here) but want a much smaller footprint, this review of the In Win D-Frame Mini should be right up your alley. Of all the weird and wonderful cases we
Windows Update Drivers Bricking USB Serial Chips
Whats the easiest way to tell if you have counterfeit chips in your computer? Use Windows Update. Hardware hackers building interactive gadgets based on the Arduino microcontrollers are finding that a recent driver update that Microsoft deployed over Windows Update
Intel X99 Motherboard Goes Up in Smoke
As a computer enthusiast, I can honestly say there is nothing worse than this smell. Nothing good has ever immediately followed the smell of burnt electronics. This morning I woke up bright and early to benchmark some DDR4 memory kits
Will Destiny Survive CoD And Halo?
Im going to go out on a limb here and say the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the next installment in the CoD franchise are going to kick Destiny in its MMO-wannabe nuts....hard. The Master Chief collection
Google Senior VP Falls 26 Miles, Lives To Tell The Tale
It looks like a new world record has been set for falling from really high places. A well-known computer scientist parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere on Friday, falling faster than the speed of sound and
Quantum Break Demo Walkthrough
Those of you looking forward Quantum Break should check out this sixteen minute gameplay video posted today by the folks at Remedy Entertainment.Comments
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Civilization: Beyond Earth CrossFire with Mantle SFR: Not Actually Broken!
Yesterday after an all-day session of benchmarking on Wednesday, we published our initial performance results for Civilization: Beyond Earth. As can often be the case with limited time testing, we ran into a problem and were
GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXBT-1900 Review: A Bay Trail UCFF PC
Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel kickstarted the category with their Sandy Bridge NUC kits in early 2013. Recognizing the popularity
Microsoft Q1 FY 2015 Financial Results: Record Revenue On Strong Consumer Sales
This afternoon, Microsoft announced record first quarter revenue for its fiscal year 2015 which ended September 30. Revenue was up 25% year-over-year, and came in at $23.2 billion. Gross margin was up 12% year-over-year at $14.9
Investigating NVIDIA's BatteryBoost with MSI GT72
BatteryBoost initially launched with the GTX 800M series earlier this year, and our first look at the technology came with the MSI GT70 with GTX 880M. That may not have been the best starting point, and unfortunately most of the
Benchmarked – Civilization: Beyond Earth
One of the longest running gaming franchises around, the Civilization series goes all the way back to my high school years. There have been many changes along the way, but the core turn-based strategy gameplay remains. With this latest release,
NVIDIA 344.48 WHQL Drivers Available
NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles. NVIDIA specifically calls out Civilization: Beyond Earth (launching
AMD APU Price Cuts and Bundles, October 2014
AMD officially announced price cuts on their current APU product stack yesterday, which means the cost of a "mainstream" AMD system is now $20-$30 lower than before. Here's the quick rundown of features and pricing for
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Intoxicating machines
“Mr. Frankel, who started this program, began to suffer from the computer disease that anybody who works with computers now knows about,” Feynman later explained. “The trouble with computers is you play with them.” — George Dyson, describing the …
Commodity data analytics for health care
Analytics are expensive and labor intensive; we need them to be routine and ubiquitous. I complained earlier this year that analytics are hard for health care providers to muster because there’s a shortage of analysts and because every data-driven decision
Four short links: 21 October 2014
The Delusions of Big Data (IEEE) — When you have large amounts of data, your appetite for hypotheses tends to get even larger. And if it’s growing faster than the statistical strength of the data, then many of your inferences
Open data for open lands
President Obama’s well-publicized national open data policy (pdf) makes it clear that government data is a valuable public resource for which the government should be making efforts to maximize access and use. This policy was based on lessons from previous
Four short links: 20 October 2014
Fix Mac OS X — each time you start typing in Spotlight (to open an application or search for a file on your computer), your local search terms and location are sent to Apple and third parties (including Microsoft) under
Four short links: 17 February 2014
Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing
Use data or be data
Arguments from all sides have surrounded the question of whether or not everyone should learn to code. Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of Infoactive, says learning to code changed her life for the better. “These days I don’t spend a
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DailyDirt: Should Touch Typing Replace Cursive?
Kids today are bombarded with technology -- touchscreens, keyboards, Xbox controllers, and various gesture-based user interfaces are all competing against the lowly pencil and paper. Sure, finger painting and crayons are still all the rage with toddlers, but once kids
Shamed By Google's Email Security Transparency Report, Comcast Is Rushing To Better Encrypt Emails
Well, that was quick. Yesterday Google announced its new email security/encryption transparency report, which revealed that Comcast and Verizon were primary offenders, in not using TLS to encrypt emails, making them much more vulnerable to surveillance. And, in less than
Number Of Companies Using The Patent System Is 'Surprisingly Small'
One of the common mantras is that patents are indispensable, particularly for smaller companies, in order to prevent inventions being appropriated. If that is true, then presumably innovative companies are patenting like mad in order to protect their inventions. But
Entrepreneurs Explain How The End Of Net Neutrality Would Mean Their Startups Don't Exist
Most of the discussion on the fight around net neutrality has focused on the big broadband providers, and to a lesser extent, the big tech companies. Unfortunately, that leaves out who will almost certainly be most impacted by all of
Creepypasta Feels Compelled To State That Its Stories Are Fiction & It's Not A Satanic Cult; Th(...)
I wont say I told you so, but...you know what, screw it, I told you so. I told you the horror story out of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where two girls attacked a friend, nearly killing her, invoking the name of Slender
NSA Chief Defends Facial Recognition Database By Denying Claims That Weren't Made
James Clappers defense of leaked NSA programs have fallen into the strictly legal + oversight framework so often its become a cliche that can be ably wielded by lower level staffers. Occasionally, Clapper fires off something longer, like his defense
US Marshals Step In To Keep Florida Police Department's Stingray Documents Out Of The Hands Of (...)
The incredible wall of secrecy erected by law enforcement agencies around their use of stingray devices (cell tower spoofers) continues. Harris, the manufacturer of most of these devices, gets the secrecy ball rolling with non-disclosure agreements, which law enforcement agencies
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card Review
Our first look at Nvidias new flagship card featuring a Maxwell 2.0 GPU.
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review
We have taken a look to one of a gamers dream graphics card based on new Nvidia Maxwell chip. And its unbelievable, but we cannot find any drawbacks in MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming. And now we will try to
Lisa Su Appointed as New CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
Rory Read Steps Down, Lisa Su Becomes New CEO of AMD
Nvidia Quadro K5200, K4200 and K2200 Professional Graphics Cards Review
Nvidia has updated its professional product line-up, promising more onboard memory and up to 40% more performance at the same prices and within the same TDP as before. We are going to test the new graphics cards in comparison with
Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Processors Review
The Devils Canyon processors unveiled this summer push the performance bar to a new level for the LGA1150 platform. Whats more, Intel says packaging optimizations make the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K a real treat for overclockers.
ASUS Z97-Deluxe Mainboard Review
This mainboard looks good, easy to tweak, provides excellent performance at nominal mode and with CPU overclock. And its simple good platform, because its a flagship mainboard designed and manufactured by large and well-known company.
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card Review
AMD is going to significantly increase its market share in the professional graphics segment. To do this, the company had updated its FirePro series lineup. In this review we take a look at the new flagship video card for CAD/CAM,
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