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  • The $1,200 Machine That Lets Anyone Make a Metal Gun at Home

    10/01/2014 9:26:49 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 10.01.14 6:30 am | Andy Greenberg
    WIRED.COM can not be linked to or excerpted according to 'Da Rulz', but I wanted to pass on that the site has an article up about how the creator of the 'plastic gun' has now come up with a computer-controlled milling machine that can create an AR-15 lower receiver. More details at site... Ignore the link above, it only leads to the FR index page. The link to read the article is here: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/cody-wilson-ghost-gunner/
  • Jane Shopping Site Launches Fundraiser for Pro-Abortion Group Girls, Inc

    10/01/2014 3:13:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Ellie Saul
    I just received a disturbing e-mail from Jane.com. I used to enjoy shopping on this site because they have reasonably priced boutique-esque items sent in daily e-mails. The e-mail was information about a fundraiser they have started for Girls Inc. If you didn’t already know, Girls Inc. is an unapologetically pro-abortion organization that promotes sexual activity and abortion rights for girls. Douglas Scott, president of Life Decisions International says about Girls Inc., “Actually, Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that indoctrinates girls so they become pro-abortion advocates. Considering its philosophy, one could reasonably predict that many of these ‘strong, smart, and...
  • Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect

    09/30/2014 10:44:32 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tom Simonite
    A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to “talk” directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. LTE Direct has been pioneered...
  • UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    09/30/2014 10:05:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    Billboard ^ | September 29, 2014 | Marc Schneider
    Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product placement technology to offer Havas clients, which include LVMH, Dish Network and Coca-Cola, opportunities to advertise inside UMG-family music videos. The companies announced the partnership, a first in the fledgling in-video advertising market, on Monday morning. Mirriad scans existing videos for surfaces, like bare brick walls, empty billboards and plain drinking mugs, and is able integrate branded assets such as...
  • Microsoft’s Asimov System to Monitor Users’ Windows 9 Devices in Real-time

    09/30/2014 7:33:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Windows 9 Hub ^ | 9-30-2014 | RaduTyrsina
    According to a recent article in Zdnet, Microsoft will monitor users in the new Windows 9 Operating System in order to determine how the new OS is used, thus decide what tweaks and changes are need to be made. During Windows 8 testing, Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage had dropped, but it seems that the tools they were using at the time weren’t as evolved as the new ‘Asimov’ monitor. The new system is codenamed ‘Asimov’ and will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users’ machines. Rest assured, the data is...
  • Hong Kong Protesters Are Communicating Via A Mobile App That Doesn't Actually Use The Internet

    09/30/2014 7:29:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2014 | James Cook
    Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are taking to the streets of Hong Kong ahead of a national holiday on Wednesday, and they're using a messaging app to keep in touch and defy censorship. FireChat is a messaging app built by the San Francisco-based company Open Garden, which creates products facilitating a more open, decentralized internet. What makes the app fascinating is that it doesn't require the internet for local chat, instead allowing people to connect via Bluetooth. When you first download FireChat, the app doesn't let on that it has become a hub for pro-democracy protesters around the world. Instead, the...
  • Microsoft Indonesia president: Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners

    09/29/2014 2:20:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/29/2014 | Nick Mediati
    We already know quite a bit about Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it). Thanks to the president of Microsoft Indonesia, we might now know another detail about Microsoft’s upcoming OS—its price. According to Indonesian news site Detik.com (via BGR), Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, confirms that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. Why it matters: Users are becoming more accustomed to free operating system updates, given the fact that even major iOS, Android, and OS X updates are gratis. And after the negative reception Windows 8 received, Microsoft has...
  • With Windows 9, Microsoft will try to put Windows 8 era behind it

    09/29/2014 2:16:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/29/2014 | Juan Carlos Perez
    After spending the past two years in damage control mode over Windows 8, Microsoft will officially begin a new era for its OS on Tuesday, when it’s expected to unveil a preview of Windows’ next major version during an event focused on enterprise customers. After the success of Windows 7, Microsoft misread the market with Windows 8 and botched the product’s user interface, leaving a trail of many unhappy customers, especially in the consumer market. Among businesses, Microsoft encountered much resistance to upgrade, as many CIOs clung to the very stable Windows 7, and took a pass on Windows 8...
  • Further flaws render Shellshock patch ineffective

    09/29/2014 11:22:24 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    Australian Business IT News ^ | Sep 29, 2014 10:19 AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Shellshock vulnerability in the commonly used Bash command line interpreter shell is likely to require more patches, as security researchers continue to unearth further problems in the code. Google security researcher Michal "lcamtuf" Zalewski has disclosed to iTnews that over the past two days he has discovered two previously unaddressed issues in the Bash function parser, one of which is as bad as the original Shellshock vulnerability. "The first one likely permits remote code execution, but the attack would require a degree of expertise to carry out," Zalewski said. "The second one is essentially equivalent to the original flaw,...
  • Marines put Microsoft Kinect to work, but not for gaming

    09/29/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | Sep 29, 2014 6:52 AM PT | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft has made the Kinect motion detection sensor available for use in commercial and non-gaming scenarios for some time, but for some reason it hasn't really caught on. We've heard next to no stories about people using it, although it could always be that they are keeping quiet for a competitive advantage. But a military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base...
  • Condoms for a Cause

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    The Grommet ^ | 9-29-14
    "Lack of condoms is a global problem, and Sir Richard's was founded by a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs and designers who are committed to combatting the spread of sexually transmitted infections. They’re vegan-certified, and the silicone-based lubricant doesn’t contain any spermicide, parabens, or glycerin."
  • Back to the Source: Why FOSS is More Important Than Ever

    09/29/2014 5:21:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    linux.com ^ | 25 September 2014 | Carla Schroder
    In the olden days the topic of software freedom was central to Linux and free/open source software. Software freedom needs to remain front and center. Remember Richard Stallman's Four Freedoms?"Nobody should be restricted by the software they use. There are four freedoms that every user should have: the freedom to use the software for any purpose,the freedom to change the software to suit your needs,the freedom to share the software with your friends and neighbors, andthe freedom to share the changes you make." Another way to say this is we should always have the freedom to tinker.We used to take these freedoms...
  • Brian Howard vs Chicago Airport. System Vulnerability, Face Pic, as yet Unseen.

    09/28/2014 4:40:06 PM PDT · by lee martell · 6 replies
    Sept. 28 2014 | lee martell
    By all appearances, Brian Howard acted alone, and brought both of Chicago's Airports to a stand still. The information is sketchy and still coming in. Brian Howard was an eight year independent contracting employee working at the Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill. He started a fire which resulted in over 2000 flights being grounded. This actually does look like the work of one deranged individual and not terrorism, although we have not been told very much about this man. In fact, as of now, I have not even seen his photo posted. Makes you...
  • Myth Busted: Google Glass Distracts Drivers

    09/27/2014 7:42:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    bidnessetc.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Martin Blanc
    The National Safety Council says Google Glass impairs drivers' reaction time like smartphones; though Google's devices fares better than mobile phones
  • Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed

    09/27/2014 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    Consumers Reports ^ | September 26, 2014 | CU Staff
    We stress test Apple's new phones, plus comparable models from Samsung, LG, and HTCCell phones Two days ago, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don’t like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to find out just how delicate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus really are. We also promised to run the same tests on comparable smart phones. We’ve done...
  • Need tech help on Adobe vs. Firefox

    09/27/2014 9:47:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    Help Needed | 9/27/14
    I have both Adobe and Firefox installed on my PC. Whenever I file something I have displayed on Firefox it is saved as a Firefox document. However, loading such a file is endless -- it takes perhaps two minutes with Adobe to load one page. How may I store and retrieve these files as Adobe files, which are much quicker to display? Thanks.
  • No, you probably can’t bend the iPhone 6 Plus. Unless you’re a bodybuilder

    09/27/2014 12:04:20 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2014 | By Hayley Tsukayama
    The verdict is in: You can bend an iPhone 6 Plus. But unless you are really trying to do it, it probably will be fine. That's the conclusion coming out of phone warranty provider and durability testerSquareTrade, which ran some basic bending "tests" this week on the iPhone 6 Plus at The Washington Post's request after reports circulated that the 5.5-inch phone is warping from the strain of being in people's pockets. Apple itself on Thursday acknowledged acknowledged that it has received reports of the phone bending. But cases are "extremely rare." Out of the millions of phones sold, Apple...
  • Yahoo Directory -- once the firm's cornerstone -- to shut down

    09/26/2014 11:48:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/26/14 | Richard Nieva
    The service will shut down on December 31 -- just one of more than 60 products that the company has discontinued over the past two years. But the real significance, if only sentimentally, is the shutting down of Yahoo's Directory -- once the cornerstone of the company.
  • A Wearable Camera That Turns Into a Drone and Flies Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Digitalwack ^ | 9/26/2014 | Digitalwack
    Meet Nixie, a wearable camera that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now we kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the wrist,...
  • Vanity - How do I import my old pst files into windows 8.1?

    09/26/2014 5:23:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    Vanity - How do I import my old pst files into windows 8.1?
  • Black Lady Describes How Speaking Properly Shouldn't Be Viewed As "Talking White"

    09/26/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Sep-26-2014 | Live Leak
    Video Link Here
  • Microsoft event to talk about fresh-start Windows 9

    09/26/2014 1:20:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 09-26-2014 | by Nancy Owano
    Microsoft is about to introduce Windows 9 next week at an event, ahead of its widespread release in 2015. The project for the next Windows operating system has been given the internal code name as Threshold. Microsoft watchers have noted that the next OS could indeed be a needed threshold move to win back business users who were put off by Windows 8 because of its tiles-based interface instead of the start menu they had relied on in Windows 7 and older Windows versions. The frustration was palpable last year, and one example was a posting in Micro Doctor, a...
  • First TSMC 16nm FinFET product announced ( 32 core ARMv8 networking processor )

    09/26/2014 10:22:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:15 | Peter Scott
    ARMv8 networking processor from HiSilicon TSMC and HiSilicon have announced the successful manufacture of the first fully functional 16nm FinFET chip.It is an ARM-based networking processor, which means it is substantially smaller than SoC or a GPU, but it is by no means a small and simple chip to produce. Twice the gate density, half the power TSMC said the new process has twice the gate density of the company’s old 28nm HPM process. It operates about 40 percent faster in the same power envelope and reduces total power consumption by 60 percent."Our FinFET R&D goes back over a...
  • Microsoft offers first look at new Windows - and gives it a name

    09/26/2014 5:36:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:07am EDT | Bill Rigby
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system. The project, known for the past few years as "Threshold" inside the software company and "Windows 9" outside it, will likely get an entirely new brand, or just be called Windows, analysts said, ahead of its full release early next year.
  • \Will it bend? Samsung Galaxy S4

    09/26/2014 1:35:24 AM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 63 replies
    Cnet Analysis ^ | September 23, 2014 | Adam McKeithan
    Reviewed by cnetanalysis on Sep 23, 2014. After seeing the iPhone 6+ bend will the S4 do the same? Yes. Yes it will. After looking very closely it bent around the volume buttons just like the 6+.
  • SquareTrade Breakability Tests: Apple iPhone 6 earns best score ever, iPhone 6 Plus not far behind

    09/26/2014 12:52:10 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 · 9:24 am
    SquareTrade, the electronic device insurer, today announced the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, iPhone 6 Plus, performed impressively in Breakability testing, and each carries the top Breakability Score in their respective category. The SquareTrade Breakability Score ranks today’s top devices based on how prone they are to break due to accidents. Evaluating key elements such as front and back panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, friction quotient, water resistance and grip-ability, SquareTrade’s Breakability Score fills in the missing gap left by traditional device reviews: it tests devices in everyday danger situations brought on by our lifestyles and...
  • Is Apple Picking a Fight With the U.S. Government? Not exactly.

    09/25/2014 11:53:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | September 25, 2014
    Last week Apple released its new iOS 8 operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. Most of the coverage of iOS 8 focuses on visible features that users can interact with. But there’s one major change in iOS 8 that most users probably won’t notice unless they find themselves in a great deal of trouble. Specifically, Apple has radically improved the way that data on those devices is encrypted. Once users set a passcode, Apple will no longer be able to unlock your device—even if ordered to do so by a court. While privacy advocates have praised Apple’s...
  • The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes (video)

    09/25/2014 12:57:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 9-25-2014 | Tom Scott
    Remember Heartbleed? Well, this is probably worse. Here's a (somewhat simplified) explanation of what Shellshock actually is. Don't worry: I haven't included instructions on how to actually exploit it. The moral of the story is: keep your security patches up to date!
  • How to choose the right Linux distro

    09/25/2014 8:14:50 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Network World ^ | 24 September 2014 | Paul Venezia
    Credit: Thinkstock RHEL/CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, and OpenSuse have far more similarities than differences, but choosing the wrong one for the job can make life much harder Unlike most other desktop and server operating systems, Linux comes in a wide variety of flavors, each based on a common core of the Linux kernel and various GNU user space utilities. If you're running Linux servers -- or Linux desktops, for that matter -- you should understand the important differences and be discerning about which flavor of Linux is best suited to any given situation. This article will help you do...
  • This is what it takes to outfit an airplane with WIFI. (video)

    09/25/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | United Airways
    http://www.dump.com/airplanewifi/https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/products-services/pages/united-installs-satellite-wi-fi.aspx
  • Crash Report: Apple's iOS 8 Is Crashing Apps 65 Percent More Than iOS 7

    09/24/2014 10:12:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/24/2014
    Apple's new iOS 8 is causing apps to crash 65 percent more frequently than iOS 7, according to a report updated Wednesday by mobile analytics company Crittercism. But there's a big catch here: Crittercism is comparing current rates for the week-old iOS 8 to the year-old iOS 7. New operating systems frequently launch with initial bugs and other issues -- particularly for the earliest adopters -- and Apple typically pushes system updates through quickly. Overall, iOS 8 is causing apps to crash 3.29 percent of the time as of midnight Tuesday, Crittercism said. That's compared with the current 2 percent...
  • 4 Ways to Spot An Internet Bull**** Artist

    09/24/2014 9:37:05 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 62 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | September 24, 2014 | C. Coville
    I've long been fascinated with Internet fakers: the people who hang around forums and social media sites, vomiting lies out of every orifice like a drunken frat boy who's also possessed by a demon. A few now-defunct communities once cataloged these filthy, filthy liars, but apart from that, Internet fakers really don't get the attention they deserve. And that's weird, because over the years, I've noticed that they share a bunch of bizarre similarities. Like ...
  • Psych study: “trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism”

    09/24/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 23, 2014 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Canadian researchers: “Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling” ... Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures. Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated...
  • Cancel the Unethical 'Daily Show'

    09/24/2014 2:14:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | Brent Bozell
    The liberal legend of Jon Stewart began with his Oct. 15, 2004 appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," where he rhetorically sentenced the show to death. He proclaimed, "It's hurting America. Here is what I wanted to tell you guys: Stop. ... You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably." CNN announced it was canceling the show two months later, as network president Jon Klein told the New York Times "I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart's overall premise." As is so typical of liberals who preach one thing while doing its opposite (Leonardo DiCaprio, call your office), Comedy...
  • Alibaba Founder Jack Ma: If you’re still poor at 35, you deserve it!

    09/23/2014 7:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Vulcan Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | Zach Ho
    You are poor because you have no ambition.Jack Ma: Before I founded Alibaba, I invited 24 friends to my house to discuss the business opportunity. After discussing for a full two hours, they were still confused — I have to say that I may not have put myself across in a clear manner manner then. The verdict: 23 out of the 24 people in the room told me to drop the idea, for a multitude of reasons, such as: ‘you do not know anything about the internet, and more prominently, you do not have the start-up capital for this’...
  • Limbaugh spokesman: #StopRush operatives to be outed later today

    09/23/2014 11:54:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 9-23-2014 | William A. Jacobson
    I can’t believe I’m writing about “StopRush” again.Longtime readers will recall my extensive and groundbreaking research into the StopRush operation just after Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke in 2012, for which he apologized.I proved then that the operation — at least at that time — was a Media Matters astroturfed assault on Limbaugh’s advertiser base, based on a pre-existing plan just waiting for the right moment. Supposedly independent groups coordinated their efforts with an MMFA operative, and then tried to cover it up. My research led Limbaugh to activate his personal Twitter account to spread the results of my research....
  • Anger at the Facebook fortress: Neighbors hit out at Zuckerberg's $10million noisy mansion..

    09/23/2014 7:27:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 23, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    Neighbours surrounding Mark Zuckerberg's $10million home in San Francisco say construction work is causing constant disruptions, taking up parking spaces and causing huge amounts of noise. The six-bedroom luxury house in Dolores Park is one of four properties the billionaire Facebook founder has reportedly bought in the area near his Silicon Valley office. Building work on the 1920s property the 30-year-old purchased with his wife Priscilla Chan has been going on for nearly 17 months - sparking a series of complaints from nearby residents.
  • You Will Never See iPhone Lines The Same After Watching This Unsettling Video in New York City

    09/22/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/22/2014 | Jay Yarow
    On Friday, we, like many others, published photos of thousands of people standing in line to buy the new iPhone, the iPhone 6. Most people think of these lines as being filled with crazed fanboys who just can't wait to get their hands on the latest product from Apple. However, filmmaker Casey Neistat (via Re/code) created a six-minute video that shows there is a dark, disturbing side to these lines.The lines are not filled only with crazed fanboys. Neistat shows that the lines are filled with people waiting for days to buy an iPhone 6, only to flip it as...
  • Large-scale malvertising campaign hidden in online ads hits Last.fm

    09/22/2014 10:47:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    theinquirer.net ^ | Fri Sep 19 2014, 16:45 | By Lee Bell
    1 SECURITY OUTFIT MALWAREBYTES has warned of a malvertising attack that appears to be part of a large scale, ongoing campaign affecting a number of popular websites such as Last.fm.Users are getting infected by the exploit kit that is hidden in online ads, which means they probably don't even know the payload is on their computer.Malwarebytes said The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post were affected by the same attack campaign and looking further into it discovered "it is much bigger" than first thought because it involves doubleclick.net, a subsidiary of Google for online ads, and Zedo, a...
  • THE LIST: EVERY JOURNALIST IN THE GAMEJOURNOPROS GROUP REVEALED

    09/22/2014 6:10:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes. We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list. Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing. But they also include freelancers and staffers for publications as solidly...
  • Waiting on 20nm graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD? Don’t bother.

    09/21/2014 12:12:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    techsoda.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Jim Dotcom
    Billions of dollars are spent every year on shrinking the size of transistors, for good reason.Smaller transistors have superior performance characteristics but the main reason for the shrink is because the smaller the transistors are, the more you can squeeze into a chip.  That means you can get better performance from smaller chips, allowing you to squeeze more chips on to the same wafer – and the more chips on a wafer, the more money you make per wafer.Take this example of a 40nm wafer and a (more advanced) 28nm wafer:The left wafer (40nm transistors) has chips of 150mm^2,...
  • My page/text sizes are wonky!

    09/20/2014 6:54:54 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 26 replies
    Self | 9/20/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    What in the blue blazes is up with my computer now??? First I found it loading pages at a smaller size than I had it set. Then when I corrected the problem on those pages, other pages that I wanted set smaller also jumped up a few sizes. I thought I was supposed to be able to set each page's size individually? Now the size of one page affects the sizes of others!!! Could this have anything to do with that "open candy" my anti-virus shield found?
  • Nvidia sinks moon landing hoax using virtual light

    09/20/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 95 replies
    cnet.com ^ | September 19, 2014 12:50 PM PDT | Nick Statt
    The first manned missions to Earth's satellite began in 1969 with Apollo 11. Just a few years later, conspiracies sprouted up claiming that potentially each of the six lunar landing crews and every one of the 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon had in fact participated in an elaborate ruse. To the conspiracists, it may never have happened -- or didn't happen like NASA said it did -- and oh by the way, we duped the Russians into losing the space race. Voxel global illumination, however, proves them wrong, says Nvidia. The technique, which the new GTX 970...
  • Apple iOS 8 problems: Grimm tale with Slow, Buggy, Laggy, Crashy, Drainy, Bloaty and Doc

    09/20/2014 6:04:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    ComputerWord ^ | 09/20/2014 | By Richi Jennings
    iOS 8 upgrade problems have reared their ugly heads, bang on cue. Early-adopting iMagicMirror owners are finding their devices suffering some seriously poisoned Apple. Here we go again. Every major iOS update causes suspicious slowdowns in older iPhone and iPad types. It's as if Apple wants you to upgrade to the latest shiny. As if. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers set aside their cynicism. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Gregg Keizer takes a beautiful new Queen: The initial uptake for Apple's iOS 8 has been less than half of...iOS 7. … In the 24 hours since...
  • Amazon Kindle Voyage vs Nook GlowLight vs Kobo Aura H2O

    09/19/2014 11:06:10 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    pocket-lint.com ^ | 18 September 2014 | Rik Henderson
    With Amazon's announcement of a new Kindle device in time for Christmas this year and major rivals Barnes & Noble and Kobo also revealing their new eBook readers recently, there seems no better a time than to consider that purchase. However, which should you choose? The eBook reader market has been simplified since Sony's withdrawal, but there are still three main competitors at the top end, each with their own flagship devices, so which of them draws your eye the most?
  • 25 Things You Can Do On iOS 8 That You Couldn't Do On iOS 7

    09/19/2014 11:01:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies
    fieldguide.gizmodo.com/ ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | David Nield
    Load up iOS 8 and you might not notice the difference straight away, but there are plenty of little tweaks and changes behind the scenes. Here are 25 different things you can do on your device that you couldn't do yesterday.
  • Dremel releases a 3D printer for the masses

    09/19/2014 10:18:41 AM PDT · by raybbr · 20 replies
    ComputerWorld.com ^ | 9-18-2014 | Lucas Mearian
    Dremel has announced the first 3D printer to come from a major tool manufacturer, the $999 Dremel 3D Idea Builder. Dremel called it a desktop machine for the masses. The 3D Idea Builder is a fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine that uses a printer head that melts and extrudes a plastic filament layer upon layer to build an object; the thinner the layers, the better the "resolution" or smoothness of an 3D object's surface. Dremel's machine extrudes the melted filament in layers 100 microns thick - about the same thickness as a standard sheet of paper. The 3D thermoplastic filament,...
  • Microsoft's axeman Satya Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

    09/18/2014 12:58:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 09/18/2014 | By Neil McAllister,
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has brought down his axe again, sending off the next batch of the 18,000 employees he has promised will lose their jobs by the end of the year. The Redmond supremo issued about 2,100 pink slips on Thursday, the Seattle Times reports, bringing the total number of layoffs to approximately 15,100 and counting. Throughout the process, Nadella has maintained that most of the cuts will come from Microsoft's new devices and services business, which it bought from Nokia in April. Professional positions and manufacturing jobs in Nokia's factories around the world will be eliminated, he said....
  • Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins ( more USB ports)

    09/18/2014 12:18:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Tony Smith,
    More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it... *********************************************** Review You might think that as a purveyor of a nifty compact computer selling in the millions, you’d consider two years after the debut of your first offering that it was high time you tempted back the buyers with a go-faster, more capacious and shinier model. Heck, Apple and others don’t even wait that long: they upgrade products year in, year out. Not so for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for whom such compressed upgrade cycles are vulgarly short. The very first Raspberry Pi Model B micros slipped out early...
  • Sorry, Windows 9 Fans, This Is How Multiple Desktops Should Work

    09/18/2014 7:39:31 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 17 September 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    The Windows 9 OS will finally get a very coveted feature, multiple desktops, but the Microsoft developers are still pretty far away from what you can get on Linux. The Linux platform has always taken pride in this cool feature. Having multiple desktops is a great way to increase the productivity and there are numerous means to implement it. Lots of Linux distributions have this option, which is used in various ways. Ubuntu has had multiple desktops (or virtual desktops) for many years, and this particular option has been refined over time. Basically, users can add as many desktops as...