Google's latest transparency report has a new look
Don't be surprised if Google's new Transparency Report for the June through December period in 2013 looks different to you, that's by design. The search giant explains in a blog post that after doing things the same way for nearly five years, it was time to give its Transparency Report an update. In addition to a new look, there are also some new features that are intended to make the information more meaningful.
New site helps MacBook users make the switch to Surface
Microsoft wasn't so brazen as to post a website trying to lure MacBook users to its original Surface products, including the Surface RT, a particularly forgettable product. But with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has hit a groove and come out with a product that, for some, is a tablet that can truly replace their laptop. With its new-found confidence, Microsoft has gone gunning for MacBook users with a new website to help them make the switch to Surface Pro 3.
North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, North Korea also contends that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.
Microsoft's deal with the National Football League to showcase Surface Pro 2 hardware during games got off to a rocky start when TV commentators and players alike repeatedly referred to the devices as iPads. That amounted to free advertising for the competition, for which Microsoft paid good money ($400 million), but that's all in the past. Furthermore, Microsoft's Surface deal with the NFL is winning over players, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who revealed a dark secret.
The Tor Project put out a warning to its users that there may be an attempt to incapacitate its network through the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities, which help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the Tor network. Project leader Roger Dingledine, or "arma" as he commonly goes by, said steps are now being taken to ensure the safety of its users.
Kudos to you if you can make it to the end of the year without anything but a bare wallet and depleted PayPal account. Anything else is a tall order with all the holiday sales -- it started with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both of which were extended by most retailers, and continued with things like Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals, GOG Autumn sale, Steam Holiday sale, and so forth. And just when you thought the madness was over, Amazon has come out swinging with some tantalizing daily deals of its own -- today Amazon is offering is flagship Fire HDX 8.9 tablet starting at $299, a 30 percent savings over its regular selling price.
One reason to get into the hardcore overclocking scene is because you get to play with the latest gear. If you're particularly good at your craft, companies will stumble over themselves trying to hook you up with high-end hardware as you chase world overclocking and benchmark records, as they all want their brands associated with such feats. So, it's not surprising that Asus has sent out a handful of external power card prototypes to the overclocking community.
Here's the thing, folks -- if you want to protect your PC from lightning strikes and other electrical surges, plug it into a UPS backup power supply with built-in surge protection. For added caution, shut down and unplug your PC during lightning storms. And if you're super paranoid about your LAN port giving up the ghost, well, you'll be happy to know that Biostar has your back and will begin integrating a chip into its motherboards to strengthen electrical stability.
Chides company and shareholders’ lawyers for ‘abdication of their responsibility’
We are sure Hewlett-Packard would like nothing more than to efface the memory of its disastrous 2011 acquisition of British software company Autonomy, but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon as right now it is struggling to get a federal judge to accept its settlement proposals in a shareholder lawsuit over the multi-billion dollar debacle — a $11.1 billion acquisition that resulted in a $8.8 billion write-down a year later, of which $5 billion was said to be on account of “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures” at Autonomy.
Dev kits have reportedly already reached some developers
Rumors of a virtual reality (VR) headset for Microsoft’s Xbox One console first began to swirl in March — around the same time as Sony’s Project Morpheus announcement at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) — but almost ten months later we have yet to see such a head-mounted display (HMD) with our own eyes. However, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer admitting, time and again, to “playing with virtual reality”, we can be certain of one thing: we are not dealing with a piece of vaporware here.