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Goodwill Industries May Have Suffered Payment Card Breach

Category: General News
Posted: July 21, 2014 10:13PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Federal authorities, including the United States Secret Service, are investing a possible payment card breach at United States based Goodwill retail stores, according to Goodwill Industries International. Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Goodwill’s director of public relations, noted that the company was notified about the possible breach last Friday. If a breach is discovered following the completion of the ongoing investigation, Goodwill revealed that it will take appropriate and prompt action in remedying the situation. In the meantime, Goodwill wants customers to know that their data is being properly safeguarded and that the security of payment information is its top priority.

Source: PCWorld


Subscription Service Now Available for Kindle

Category: General News
Posted: July 18, 2014 09:16AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon has now confirmed what has been rumored for some time, and previewed earlier this week, a subscription service is now available for the popular Kindle e-Reader. The Kindle Unlimited service will cost $9.99 per month, with a 30 day trial included, and will give users access to more than 600,000 titles including such popular titles as "The Hunger Games" and "Flash Boys." A number of large publishers including HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster are currently absent from the offerings, but Amazon is also including its selection of audiobooks with the service. Kindle Senior VP Russ Grandinetti described the service saying it is, "by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and e-books together."

Source: NY Times



Amazon Testing Ebook Subscription Service

Category: General News
Posted: July 16, 2014 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon is working on a new service called Kindle Unlimited that will give users unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 per month. The test pages were pulled down today but listed more than 600,000 titles prior to the takedown. The new service from Amazon would join a market that has limited competition where it could see a great deal of traction due to the popularity of the Kindle. The test pages didn't list any books from the big-5 book publishers, which are currently available on competitors Scribd and Oyster.

Source: Gigaom



Alan Mulally Appointed to Google Board of Directors

Category: General News
Posted: July 15, 2014 04:31PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has just announced that it has recently appointed Alan Mulally, a veteran corporate executive of the automotive and aviation industries, to its Board of Directors. The specific role that Mulally will play for Google will be as a member of Google’s Audit Committee, where he looks forward to assisting Google in its mission to enhance the lives of people around the world. The Chief Executive Officer of Google, Larry Page, noted that he is pleased that Mulally is joining Google and that he will bring robust business and leadership experience to the technology giant.

Mulally has had quite a career, serving as Executive Vice President of the Boeing Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Inc. from March 2001 to September 2006, as well as being the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company from September 2006 to June 2014. It will certainly be interesting to see what he can do for Google as the company continues to advance as a global technology leader.

Source: News from Google



LinkedIn Acquires Newsle

Category: General News
Posted: July 14, 2014 02:48PM
Author: Brentt Moore

LinkedIn has announced that it has acquired Newsle, a social service that allows users to receive alerts when updates such as tweets and status messages are posted by people that they choose to follow. In a blog post, LinkedIn notes that Newsle has advanced quite a bit over the years in terms of natural language processing and machine learning algorithms, and that both companies share the same goal of wanting to provide professional insights to help people be better at what they do. By implementing Newsle staff members into its own business, LinkedIn will be able to provide its users with even more information surrounding people within their social network.

While terms of the deal were not publically revealed, Newsle will continue to be available to its users while LinkedIn goes through the process of implementing the alert service into its social networking platform.

Source: Official LinkedIn Blog



Raspberry Pi Adds Features in New Model

Category: General News
Posted: July 14, 2014 02:41PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the availability of a new model of the credit card-sized computer with the Raspberry Pi Model B+. The new model boasts an additional two USB 2.0 ports, lower power consumption, an extra 14 GPIO pins, and a new component layout with an additional mounting hole. The B+ uses the same processor and still has 512MB of RAM and is a "final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi," according to the Foundation. The Model B will continue to be manufactured for users that have a desire to continue to use it, and the Model B+ will maintain the $35 price point.

Source: Mashable



Bethesda Softworks and American Red Cross Hosting QuakeCon 'The Good Within Blood Drive'

Category: General News
Posted: July 9, 2014 11:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore

QuakeCon is the largest LAN party and gaming festival in North America in which attendees can bring their own computer. Individuals who attend QuakeCon 2014 will have an opportunity to take part in something even more special than gaming. Thanks to Bethesda Softworks, QuakeCon 2014 attendees will have the chance to donate blood to the American Red Cross in order to support the community. Known as "The Good Within Blood Drive," the event is inspired by the latest title from Bethesda Softworks and Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within. As such, participants who donate blood at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, will receive an official The Evil Within chill pack for their generosity.

Source: Bethesda Blog



Oculus VR to Host Developer Event

Category: General News
Posted: July 7, 2014 04:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has announced Oculus Connect, a two day game development conference, the first in what could be a long line of events. The conference will take place September 19-20 at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles, California with the intention of bringing together "engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world to share and collaborate in the interest of creating the best virtual reality experiences possible." A number of workshops will be held to give attendees the first look at upcoming developments from the company and several keynotes will be given by company officers including CTO John Carmack. Signups will be available starting July 10 with confirmations distributed the following week.

Source: Oculus VR



Patrick Pruniaux Hired by Apple

Category: General News
Posted: July 4, 2014 07:07PM
Author: Brentt Moore

With Apple iWatch release rumors running rampant recently, especially with the introduction of Android Wear and the coverage that various Android watches have received, it comes as no surprise that Apple has hired a well-respected watch company sales director onto its team. Patrick Pruniaux, the former TAG Heuer Vice President of Global Sales & Retail, has been brought onto the Apple team, with the news confirmed by TAG Heuer itself. Supposedly, Pruniaux is set to work with the team that is developing the highly anticipated Apple iWatch device that will compete with other watch-like wearable devices that are currently available for consumers to purchase.

Source: Mac Rumors



BMW Uses 3D Printing for Custom Thumb Guards

Category: General News
Posted: July 4, 2014 07:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In the past, BMW successfully used 3D printing during the 2012 London Olympics to create custom wheelchair seats for the Great Britain Paralympic team. Now, the German automaker is using the same technology to provide workers located in a Munich factory with thumb guards that assist them with a specific task that they perform time and time again. The thumb guards, which are customized to fit to each worker's thumb, help workers to successfully put rubber plugs into place that are used during the vehicle manufacturing process. Classified as an orthotic device, the thumb guard itself was created by BMW with the help of the Department of Ergonomics at the Technical University of Munichcan.

Source: CNET



Corsair Partners with compLexity Gaming

Category: General News
Posted: July 2, 2014 03:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Corsair has announced a partnership with eSports organization compLexity Gaming to "work together to promote the world of eSports to the masses." Corsair will use the partnership to help develop new products geared towards gamers, similar to work done by Thermaltake and others, and compLexity has gained a new sponsor for its peripheral needs. Senior Director of Consumer Marketing at Corsair Mark Bony said, "compLexity Gaming are both leaders and veterans in the eSports field. We look forward to working with them to elevate the state of the art in PC gaming hardware and broadening the awareness of eSports." COO of compLexity Gaming Jason Bass added, "Corsair is a brand that I have always personally respected. I am very excited to have the opportunity to partner with them as well as to utilize their incredible mice and keyboards."

Source: Press Release



Google Acquires Streaming Service Songza

Category: General News
Posted: July 1, 2014 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Music streaming service Songza is the latest company to be purchased by Google, at a rumored price of $35 million. The company "is in the business of learning about what songs people want to listen to when they’re in particular situations such as a summer cookout or relaxing at home." The acquisition joins a growing number in that technology sector including the purchase of Beats Music by Apple. Google is reportedly planning to use the team to work on the Google Play Music All Access service.

Source: NY Post



BitFenix Parts Store Now Open

Category: General News
Posted: June 30, 2014 04:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The BitFenix Parts Store has just been opened and promises to be your one stop shop for all your spare parts needs for BitFenix cases and accessories. Upon visiting the site users will be presented with an easy to use interface for browsing for all the parts they might need, from side panels to hard drive trays. BitFenix decided to create the parts store after "dozens of requests from enthusiastic BitFenix fans around the world." BitFenix has listed a number of potential uses for the store including "getting practice parts for modding, finding replacement parts for mods that went wrong, and additional side panels for creating custom window mods."

Source: Press Release



Smart Benches Coming to Boston Parks

Category: General News
Posted: June 30, 2014 02:25PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Various parks around Boston, to include Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Boston Common, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, will be receiving smart benches known as “Soofas” over the next week. The benches, which were shown off for the first time at a White House meeting for innovators and entrepreneurs, were invented by MIT Media Lab product Changing Environments, which is a Verizon Innovation Program. Solar panels are incorporated in the benches, allowing visitors to charge their phones while taking a break from the activities located at the Boston parks. Besides providing virtually endless power to charge cellular phones, the benches can also connect wirelessly to the Internet through the Verizon network, sharing location-based environmental information such as air quality and noise data.

Source: The Boston Globe



California Lifts Ban on Alternative Currencies

Category: General News
Posted: June 30, 2014 02:23PM
Author: Brentt Moore

A new law has recently been passed by California Governor Jerry Brown that repeals Section 107 of California’s Corporations Code. This section stated that companies or individuals were prohibited to issue money in any form other than U.S. dollars. Section 107 of California’s Corporations Code covered all alternative currencies, which included virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and others. With the ban on alternative currencies now lifted thanks to the new law, it is obvious that the California state government is looking to accommodate the growth of virtual currencies, something that companies have been racing to do in order to support as many customers as possible.

Source: TechHive



Intel Announces Intel's Next Top Live Streamer

Category: General News
Posted: June 26, 2014 04:09PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Intel has announced a new reality web series, Intel's Next Top Live Streamer, with the goal of choosing a new member of the Intel Stream Team. The contest will pit some of the "most entertaining streamers" from Twitch.tv in "hilarious and exciting weekly challenges." A total of 20 streamers, with 15 invited and five chosen by fans, will be reduced to eight through preliminary rounds of fan voting. These eight finalists will compete in the weekly challenges with the Finals broadcast shown live on OneMoreGameTV starting July 30. In addition to joining the Intel Stream Team, the winner will also receive a makeover for their streaming studio complete with an Intel 4th Gen Core i7 gaming system. Viewers will also have a chance to win prizes throughout the contest including a Lenovo Y50 Quad Core™ i7 gaming notebook, iBuyPower Revolt, or Intel Core i7 4790K.

Source: Press Release



Facebook Releases Diversity Statistics

Category: General News
Posted: June 26, 2014 11:48AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Facebook, for the first time in history, has publically released its current diversity figures. Although the social media company states that diversity is essential to accomplishing its mission of building products that connect people around the world, the data revealed shows that Facebook has a long way to go concerning diversity. The figures reported by Facebook are consistent with those reported by other companies such as Google, as males represent 69 percent of all employees while females represent just 31 percent.  When it comes to ethnicity of United States employees, 57 percent are white, 34 percent are Asian, 4 percent are Hispanic, 3 percent are two or more races, and 2 percent are black. These statistics are even worse when it comes to employees in senior management positions, with white males dominating the employee pool even more.

The company acknowledges that it has room for improvement, and that it is implementing a variety of programs in order to make sure that its employee pool is more diverse in the future. Facebook believes that diversity is a shared responsibility for all of its employees, and the company as a whole is working diligently to find qualified individuals to balance out gender and ethnic dominance that it currently exhibits.

Source: Facebook Newsroom



Aereo Streaming Service Guilty of Copyright Infringement

Category: General News
Posted: June 25, 2014 04:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Aereo, the relatively new service that gave users the ability to "stream and record video content that’s freely broadcasted over the air," was effectively shut down today after a 6-3 ruling by the United States Supreme Court. The service was found to be guilty of copyright infringement with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer stating, "We must decide whether respondent Aereo, Inc., infringes this exclusive [copy]right by selling its subscribers a technologically complex service that allows them to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. We conclude that it does." The decision is a major blow for users that were looking for potential alternatives to large cable providers and broadcast networks.

Source: Venture Beat



NVIDIA GPUs Bring ARM Into High Performance Computing

Category: General News
Posted: June 24, 2014 04:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has announced that its GPUs are being used by multiple vendors to create 64-bit ARM development systems for high performance computing (HPC). Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the ARM chips were intended to be used with micro-servers and web servers. The use of NVIDIA GPUs and the CUDA 6.5 parallel programming platform has allowed these CPUs to break into the HPC market where the power efficiency could be a welcome change. Users will be able to migrate current HPC applications to the new systems be recompiling them for the ARM architecture and the applications will be able to take advantage of the massive computing potential of NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs. Pat McCormick, senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said "We are working with NVIDIA to explore how we can unite GPU acceleration with novel technologies like ARM to drive new levels of scientific discovery and innovation." A number of systems will be available this year from Cirrascale, E4 Computer Engineering, and The Eurotech Group.

Source: NVIDIA



G.SKILL Broke Several Overclocking Records at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 18, 2014 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In the aftermath of the recent Computex 2014 trade show in Taiwan, G.SKILL has announced that six overclocking records were broken using G.SKILL memory modules at the event. Overclocker Sofos1990 paired G.SKILL TridentX memory with an Intel i7-4770k and a pair of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti video cards to achieve a score of 73132 in 3DMark05. Sofos1990 also scored 4985.52 in HWBOT Prime after swapping out the CPU for an Intel Pentium G3258. Sofos1990 completed the hat trick by scoring 177215 in 3DMark2001 SE using two Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Ti GPUs. Overclocker Young Pro set a record of 99045 in 3DMark Vantage using G.SKILL TridentX, an Asus Rampage IV Black Edition, Intel Core i7-4960X overclocked to 6.012GHz, and four Asus R9 290X GPUs. Young Pro also broke the record in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme with a score of 25332. The last record was taken by Vivi in the Unigine Heaven benchmark with Xtreme Presets using G.SKILL TridentX, an Intel Core i7-4770k, and an MSI R9 290X Lightning with a score of 5572.9

Source: Press Release



Nest Relaunches Protect Smoke Alarms

Category: General News
Posted: June 18, 2014 04:37AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Nest Protect smoke alarms were recalled in May of this year and the company itself pulled the product from store shelves in April due to a defect found in the Nest Wave feature, the smoke alarm is now making its way back to consumers. Nest has just relaunched its feature filled smoke alarm, citing that it no longer contains the Nest Wave feature due to safety concerns. The company did mention that it intends to bring the feature back at some point, as it does see an advantage of the technology, but that it was unsure when it would be able to provide the best solution for the feature to customers.

Available now on websites such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Nest, customers can buy the relaunched version of the Nest Protect smoke alarm for $99, a reduction in price compared to its previous offering that sold for $129.

Source: CNET



be quiet! To Release Three New Products This Year

Category: General News
Posted: June 16, 2014 04:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga


German company be quiet! gave a peek at what was to come this year at Computex with the unveil of its first case. The company will also release a new PSU, the Straight Power 10, that hopes to improve on currently available products from the company. The Straight Power 10 uses a 135mm Silent Wings 3 fan to provide lower noise levels while not sacrificing cooling performance. It will be available in September 2014 with capacities ranging from 400W to 800W. The Pure Rock is an entry level CPU cooler compatible with both Intel and AMD CPUs. The cooler features a heat pipe design to help dissipate heat using a 120mm Silent Wings 2 fan that maxes out at 26.8 dB/A. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year at a price of $40.

Source: Press Release




P.F. Chang's Acknowledges Security Breach

Category: General News
Posted: June 13, 2014 08:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Hackers have infiltrated yet another United States business, stealing important customer data such as credit and debit card information. This time the security breach has been announced by P.F. Chang's, a restaurant owned by Centerbridge Partners that serves Asian-inspired dishes to customers in an upscale and casual setting. According to P.F. Chang's CEO, Rick Federico, the company has concluded that data has been compromised and that an investigation with the United States Secret Service and third-party security entities is ongoing. This acknowledgement comes after a report surfaced just a few days ago from Krebs on Security that revealed that thousands of customer credit cards and debit cards were stolen between March and May of this year.

Due to the security breach, P.F. Chang's has implemented within its United States stores a manual credit card imprinting system in order to protect customer data.

Source: CNNMoney and Krebs on Security



Skybox Acquired by Google

Category: General News
Posted: June 10, 2014 08:43PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has officially acquired Skybox, a startup company that specializes in satellite photos, for $500 million. The search engine giant plans to use Skybox to keep its Google Maps service up-to-date with accurate satellite imagery. Besides utilizing Skybox to improve its Google Maps service however, Google noted that in the future it hopes to harness the technology possessed by Skybox to further its intent of providing assistance in disaster relief situations. With Skybox launching one of its own satellites last November in an effort to capture views in major cities around the world, Google will be able to control its own fleet of satellites in order to further its disaster relief goals down the road.

While both companies are on board in regards to the acquisition, the price for Skybox may change and the deal itself is subject to approval by regulators.

Source: CNET


Razer Announces Two New Product Lines

Category: General News
Posted: June 10, 2014 04:31PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has announced new versions of its popular Kraken gaming headsets and headphones. The Kraken Pro Neon Gaming Headset and Kraken Neon Headphones will be available in six new neon colors including blue, orange, and yellow, adding to the classic green and black color choices. The Pro version of the Kraken has a retractable microphone making it great for gaming or any other voice compatible devices. CEO Min-Liang Tan said, "Our community has been asking for color options in our product lines and the Razer Kraken Neon Series offers just that. We chose our most popular family of headsets and headphones for special stylization and are releasing them just in time for the summer months. The six colors give way to a multitude of options. I can’t wait to see the photos our fans send us." The Kraken has an MSRP of $69.99 and the Kraken Pro will cost $89.99.

Razer has also announced a new licensing program, Designed by Razer, that will allow third parties to produce and sell cases designed by and under the Razer brand. NZXT is the first partner for this program with the H440 case, featuring green USB ports, green case lighting, and a windowed side panel. Tan described the program saying, "It’s our goal to service the needs of the hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide and a custom Razer PC case has been sought after for some time. The NZXT H440 – Designed by Razer is the first success with this program and we expect there to be many more." The H440 will be available in July at an MSRP of $149.99

Source: Press Release



Kingston HyperX Announces Several New Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 5, 2014 02:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Kingston is showing off the latest additions to the high performance HyperX line of products at Computex in Taipei this week. HyperX Impact is a new line of SO-DIMM memory modules that operate at frequencies ranging from 1600MHz to 2400MHz at voltages starting at 1.35V. The Impact memory will be available in single stick kits of 4GB or 8GB and dual channel kits of 8GB and 16GB. The FURY SSD is powered by an LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller and offers read and write speeds up to 500MB/s. The FURY will be available in capacities of 120GB and 240GB. Kingston also showed off an upcoming white version of the HyperX Cloud headset and the HyperX Skyn, a hard mouse pad that is very thin and uses adhesive to stick to your desk.

Source: Press Release




Patriot Offering New Wireless Charging Products

Category: General News
Posted: June 2, 2014 05:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The FUEL iON line of products is the latest innovation from Patriot in the wireless charging market. FUEL iON has improved upon the wireless charging concept by increasing charging speed to match that of corded charging. Patriot has provided options for the iPhone 5 and 5s as well s the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the form of a protective carrying case that interacts with a magnetic power transfer pad. The case is secured to the charging pad and allows for full access to buttons and ports while providing flexibility in phone orientation. A car charger attaches to a windshield or smooth dash surface for charging on the go. Product Manager Mike Chang said, "FUEL iON succeeds where induction charging falls short. With an ecosystem that meets every lifestyle while perfectly blending performance and affordability, FUEL iON truly is wireless charging reinvented."

Source: Press Release



Papago! Announces New Dashcams

Category: General News
Posted: June 2, 2014 05:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Papago! has announced that it will be showing off the two newest additions to the GoSafe line of dashcams at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan from June 3-7. The GoSafe 200 clips on the back of your rear view mirror and features a hide-away 2" LCD screen for viewing. The camera records video at 1080p with a 140 degree viewing angle. The GoSafe 260 replaces the rear view mirror entirely and records in 1080p while giving the user the ability to zoom in or out for snapping photos. A 2.7" LCD screen gives the driver a clear picture of what is currently being recorded. The two cameras will be available for purchase starting June 6.

Source: Press Release




Google Suffers Diversity Problem

Category: General News
Posted: May 29, 2014 01:44PM
Author: Brentt Moore

With a new graphical statistic report provided by Google, the search engine and technology giant is admitting to having a diversity problem within its workforce. According to Google, its current workforce consists of 70 percent men and 30 percent women. Additionally, of all of its workers, 61 percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, four percent are two or more races, three percent are Hispanic, two percent are black, and the remaining one percent is classified as other. Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, stated alongside of the report that Google is not where it wants to be in regards to diversity. The company has, and is currently, putting a massive amount of energy, money, and time into a specific education effort. This effort is aimed at improving the rate of women, blacks, and Hispanics graduating college with computer science degrees, a degree that Google generally looks for when hiring applicants.

Source: PCMag



Cox Cable to Offer Gigabit Internet Later This Year

Category: General News
Posted: May 23, 2014 06:49AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Cox Cable is the latest company to announce that it will begin offering Internet service with download speeds up to 1 Gbps, with plans to offer the upgraded speeds later this year in the Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha markets. The company also plans to install the high speed service in new residential construction projects in other areas that it provides service to, and hopes to roll out the gigabit service to all customers by the end of 2016. Users of the 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps plans, such as myself, will see their speeds doubled to 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps, hopefully at no charge.

Source: Wichita Eagle



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