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ICANN gets hacked after employees hand out private data in phishing scam

Dec 18, 2014 2:45 pm

ICANN has recently reported a major security breach. The organization, which is responsible for managing IP addresses (among other things) for the internet, was hacked late last month. [more]

Mojang to collaborate with Telltale Games on narrative-driven Minecraft: Story Mode

Dec 18, 2014 1:45 pm

Telltale Games, the folks behind episodic game titles for The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, and Game of Thrones is set to collaborate with Mojang on a new narrative-driven game set in the world of Minecraft. [more]

News Corp's Fox is Terrified of North Korea, Kills Upcoming Steve Carell Film

Dec 18, 2014 1:09 pm

Decision to pull the plug on indie film came after Sony Pictures was forced to cancel "The Interview" [more]

BlackBerry returns to its roots with new Classic smartphone

Dec 18, 2014 1:00 pm

In an era when touch-screen-only phones have become the order of the day, BlackBerry, whose global market share stayed flat at 1% in the past year, has launched a smartphone that features a traditional QWERTY keyboard as well as other signature BlackBerry phone features like a trackpad. [more]

Microsoft no longer has to promote rival browsers in Europe

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 pm

Back in 2009, to comply with a court order, Microsoft began offering a choice of browsers to European customers who were booting up a copy of Windows for the first time. The screen offered the option to download Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera alongside some lesser known... [more]

Windows 10 Tech Preview: Over 1.5 million testers, 450k "highly active"

Dec 18, 2014 11:00 am

Microsoft has published an update on its Windows Insider Program, which allows you to experience the latest Windows 10 preview builds once out, revealing that as of December more than 1.5 million registered users are participating in it. Roughly 450k of those are what Microsoft considers... [more]

Uber Admits Employees Abused "God View" Location Tracking

Dec 18, 2014 10:02 am

App will only be used for "legitimate business purposes", which Uber conveniently left undefined [more]

Amazon announces one-hour delivery service in New York City

Dec 18, 2014 9:45 am

Those living in New York can now get their Amazon deliveries even faster. The company today introduced a new service for Prime subscribers called Prime Now, which promises to deliver a range of daily essentials in select areas of Manhattan, in under one hour for $7.99 or within two hours... [more]

Neowin: Nest learning thermostat review

Dec 18, 2014 9:00 am

The Nest Thermostat has been available in the U.S. for a few years now, but it has only recently made its way across the pond to the United Kingdom, so it seemed like a good time as any for a review -- in its second generation form. The company was bought out by Google earlier... [more]

Job listing reveals Apple Pay global expansion plans

Dec 18, 2014 7:45 am

Launched back in October this year, Apple Pay is officially only available in the US, but that could change in future, as a new job listing on the Apple’s website indicates that the company is planning to expand the service globally. [more]

Sony pulls The Interview after US officials confirm North Korea's involvement in the cyberattack

Dec 18, 2014 6:30 am

Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the release of its upcoming film, The Interview, after reportedly confirming that the North Korean government was behind the recent hack attack that brought the company to a standstill. [more]

Nvidia launches 347.09 beta drivers, Game Ready for Elite: Dangerous

Dec 18, 2014 5:15 am

Nvidia has launched a new set of GeForce beta drivers, version 347.09, which are Game Ready for Elite: Dangerous and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Both of these titles launched this week on Windows, in what's the last main week for releases in the year. [more]

KitGuru visits Logitech’s G Labs in Switzerland

Dec 18, 2014 2:03 am

Logitech invited Kitguru to their test labs in Switzerland. These guys take peripheral development very seriously and we were given a tour of all their facility - their stress testing alone needs to be seen. Driving over a keyboard in a truck? Just one of the tests! These guys don't mess around.... [more]

Nvidia Shield Tablet Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

Dec 18, 2014 2:02 am

The Nvidia Shield Tablet has already landed many awards for being a great gaming tablet, I myself reviewed it just a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it! However, not all of the features were ready from day one and Nvidia have been working hard to bring the latest Android 5.0 update to their... [more]

Lian Li PC-V359 M-ATX Chassis Review

Dec 18, 2014 2:01 am

ian-Li have one of the best reputations in the chassis industry, it’s as if this company finds it impossible to make a product that is anything less than incredible. They are the masters of aluminium chassis construction and time and time again we’ve seen them release award-winning chassis... [more]

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Mobile & PC Keyboard Review

Dec 18, 2014 2:00 am

Gaming is incredibly popular, that much is obvious to anyone who hasn’t been living on a remote island for the last 40 years! It doesn’t matter what kind of games you play, these days you’re overwhelmed with options of when and where you can play; gaming at home on your desktop computer,... [more]

AMD FX-8350 & FX-6300 Overclocked: Real world power to performance testing

Dec 17, 2014 10:15 pm

Intel has been beating AMD on every front but price for a couple of generations now as the Bulldozer microarchitecture and its descendants have had an unpleasant uphill climb. Power consumption, performance per clock, it all takes its toll. However, we took a couple of AMD’s most popular... [more]

Offline playback "is never going to happen" on Netflix

Dec 17, 2014 3:41 pm

While there was a time when some had hope offline functionality would make its way to Netflix, it appears that will not be the case. The company’s head of communications was recently quoted as saying an offline feature for Netflix was not only not here yet but was "never going... [more]

Sprint faces $105 million fine over fraudulent charges on customers' bills

Dec 17, 2014 2:15 pm

Sprint could be slapped with a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission for placing third-party charges on customers’ bills without their knowledge or authorization, a practice often referred to as cramming, according to a National Journal report. [more]

Love and Hate: Mass Murder Game Flirts With Steam Censorship, Then Hits #1

Dec 17, 2014 2:02 pm

Provocative delivery got isometric shooter pulled from Steam Greenlight before Valve recanted, now it's subject of a parody [more]

Google's new content security aims to protect you from malicious Gmail extensions

Dec 17, 2014 1:00 pm

There are many extensions available for Chrome and specifically those for Gmail, and while Google has always done its best to ensure malicious add-ons don’t become widespread, they are certainly out there. Over the last year, the company has taken steps to improve privacy for its Gmail... [more]

Dutch watchdog says Facebook must delay its new privacy policy for review, Facebook says it won't

Dec 17, 2014 11:45 am

Just over a month after Facebook updated its privacy policy, a Dutch-government affiliated watchdog has said that it will investigate the changes, asking the company to hold off its implementation, which is scheduled for January 1. [more]

Steam is region locking PC games to stop people exploiting low currency values

Dec 17, 2014 10:30 am

Only a day after Apple pulled the plug on online sales in Russia, Valve is also taking measures to prevent users from exploiting low currency values on Steam. Effectively immediately the company says that games bought on its platform will be region locked to the region it was purchased from. [more]

Scientist Confirm Men are More Likely to Die in "Idiotic" Ways

Dec 17, 2014 10:07 am

Genetics sometimes drives mankind to do foolish, foolish things [more]

Sony may pull The Interview amid terrorist threats

Dec 17, 2014 9:15 am

Just a day after the group behind the attack on Sony Pictures allegedly posted a message on Pastebin threatening violence against movie theaters showing the studio’s upcoming film, The Interview, the company has put the ball in theater operators’ court, saying that they are free to... [more]

Microsoft exploring app and game streaming through 'Arcadia'

Dec 17, 2014 8:00 am

Microsoft is looking at streaming apps and games through a new service codenamed 'Arcadia', which is currently being built by a team in the company's Operating Systems Group. [more]

Jury Concludes DRM is Good, Apple Triumphs in "Billion Dollar" iTunes Case

Dec 17, 2014 7:24 am

Attempt to win class action damages falls flat in federal court [more]

Apple wins decade-old, billion-dollar iPod antitrust lawsuit

Dec 17, 2014 6:45 am

A federal jury has ruled in favor of Apple in the nearly decade old class-action lawsuit that had the company accused of trying to monopolize online music distribution. [more]

Facebook will auto-enhance your mobile photos

Dec 17, 2014 5:45 am

Facebook doesn't want a whole bunch of mediocre mobile photos littered throughout its service, so starting today it will automatically enhance any photos uploaded through its application. [more]

Apple pulls the plug on online sales in Russia as Ruble nosedives

Dec 17, 2014 4:15 am

In a move that highlights the country’s worsening economic conditions, Apple has stopped online sales in Russia citing "extreme fluctuations" in the local currency, the ruble. [more]

Transcend Drive Pro 200 Wi-Fi Car Video Recorder Review

Dec 17, 2014 2:03 am

We take a look at one of the latest products from Transcend, the Drive Pro 200. If you need an aid in recording your driving, this could be for you." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

SuperTooth HD VOICE In-Car Speakerphone Review

Dec 17, 2014 2:02 am

Even if the law in some countries didn't "force" the use of hands free devices while in the car purely for safety reasons i really believe that this is one of the most important things drivers should always have in their cars (providing the car doesn't have a built-in one tied to the music... [more]

BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP to DRAM Prefetch.

Dec 17, 2014 2:01 am

"This is where the Primary VGA BIOS feature comes in. It allows you to select whether to boot the system using the AGP graphics card or the PCI graphics card. If you are only using a single graphics card, then the BIOS will detect it as such and boot it up, irrespective of what you set the... [more]

D-Link DCS-2210 Full HD PoE Day/Night IP Network Camera Review

Dec 17, 2014 2:00 am

We take a look at the PoE surveillance solution from D-Link, the DCS-2210. This device includes some handy features such as 1080p recording and more." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review: Slim, light, flexible

Dec 16, 2014 10:15 pm

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro features an aluminium body with an intriguing watchband hinge, it's surprisingly thin and light, it sports an ultra high resolution display, and a bleeding edge Core M processor that promises decent performance with lower power consumption. At least on paper it ticks all... [more]

Quick Note: Facebook Wants to Make Your Mobile Photos Prettier

Dec 16, 2014 8:50 pm

It now is hard selling feature to users, by turning on the enhancements as the default option [more]

The Pirate Bay shutdown hasn't affected torrent traffic

Dec 16, 2014 8:30 pm

Last week, Swedish police raided a data center used to host The Pirate Bay, shutting down the popular torrent website in the process. Although the website hasn't made a comeback as yet, data obtained by TorrentFreak shows that the raid hasn't had much of an effect. [more]

Shoppers Surprised to Find Cards Against Humanity's Bullsh*t is Real Feces

Dec 16, 2014 8:14 pm

"Limited edition" boxes of excrement are fetching $20-30 USD on eBay [more]

Former employees are suing Sony Pictures for failing to protect their data

Dec 16, 2014 3:00 pm

A group Sony employees affected by the recent hack have filed a legal complaint with the California District Court. The current and former employees are suing Sony Pictures for failing to keep their private data protected. [more]

Apple Abandons Russia; Ruinous Ruble Run Sees 25% Inflation in a Single Day

Dec 16, 2014 2:40 pm

Oil price plunge has driven Putin's regime to the brink; Ruble saw 25 percent inflation in just a single day on Tuesday [more]

Uncarrier 8.0: T-Mobile announces rollover for your data

Dec 16, 2014 2:00 pm

T-Mobile is pushing forward with its ‘Uncarrier’ strategy, announcing a new plan called “Data Stash” that will allow customers to roll over their unused data each month for up to a year. CEO John Legere noted this is one of the most frequent request from customers and it... [more]

Google's top searches of 2014: Robin Williams, the World Cup and ALS

Dec 16, 2014 12:30 pm

As you likely remember, Google releases its list of the most searched items, people and events each year. This year it has been re-named “A Year in Search: the moments that defined 2014,” and offers a wide range of stats on a number on the most popular search terms of... [more]

Razer Leviathan 5.1 channel surround sound bar review

Dec 16, 2014 11:30 am

For years peripheral maker Razer has been pumping sound directly into our ears via gaming headsets. The Leviathan marks its first attempt at sharing that sound with the rest of the room, and a valiant first attempt at that. [more]

Federal Court: Cops Can't Spy on Your Yard and Home Without Warrant

Dec 16, 2014 11:26 am

Washington district court beats back attempt to scrap due process says cops must follow the law of the land (the Constitution) [more]

Google faces $18 million fine in The Netherlands over privacy policy

Dec 16, 2014 10:00 am

Google could be slapped with a fine of up to €15 million ($19 million) for violating Netherland’s data protection laws, according to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA), the country’s national privacy watchdog. [more]

Google may team up with retailers on 1-click "Buy Now" button, two-day shipping

Dec 16, 2014 8:30 am

Google is mulling the idea of having a “buy” button on its Google Shopping listings allowing users to purchase products with a single click, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Similar to Amazon’s “one-click ordering”, the new feature would not only make... [more]

Valve pulls mass shooter game Hatred from Steam Greenlight

Dec 16, 2014 7:30 am

Valve rarely prevents a game from being published through Steam, but when the gruesome mass shooter game Hatred appeared on Steam Greenlight, the company felt it was necessary to intervene. Just hours after the game was launched on Greenlight, allowing gamers to vote for its inclusion in the main... [more]

BMW Testing Tech to Allow Users to Auto-Park, Summon Cars Via Smartwatch

Dec 16, 2014 6:30 am

"Remote Valet Parking Assistant" uses a mix of advanced sensors and digital floor plans of parking structures to safely park [more]

Russian malware targets WordPress users, over 100,000 sites infected

Dec 16, 2014 6:15 am

A Russian malware dubbed SoakSoak has infected nearly 100,000 WordPress websites since Sunday, prompting Google to blacklist over 11,000 of those domains (the number is increasing), according to a report from cybersecurity firm Sucuri. [more]

Gigabyte's GTX 980 tri-SLI Waterforce cooler launches for $3,000

Dec 16, 2014 4:45 am

Gigabyte's crazy closed-loop water cooling solution for three high-end graphics cards, Waterforce, is now on sale with a whopping $3,000 price tag. The mammoth liquid cooling unit that sits atop your PC case does come with three Nvidia GeForce GTX 980s, but the price tag is still hard to... [more]

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