News en Google Reveals Pricing Plans for Google Fiber in Austin <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/google_fiber_austin.jpg" alt="Google Fiber" title="Google Fiber" width="200" height="134" style="float: right;" />Insanely fast internet for $70</h3> <p>Austin, Texas is one of the areas that Google is currently developing its fiber network. While the company is still constructing the network, <strong>Google has revealed its residential pricing plans for Google Fiber in Austin</strong>&nbsp;before residents will be able to sign up for the service next month.&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="Google Fiber Pricing" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">The deal</span></a>, which is almost the same as that of <a title="MPC Fiber pricing in KC" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Kansas City</span></a>, will require residents to pay a $300 construction fee that will be waived if they sign a one-year commitment for <a title="Google Fiber is Wickedly Fast" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google Fiber</span></a>. After that, local users will have to pay $70 per month which will give them up to 1,000Mbps upload and download speeds along with 1TB of Google Cloud storage. Those who wish to have the “full Fiber experience” can shell out $130 per month which gives them same perks of the lower pricing plan but also includes over 150 channels and the ability to record up to 8 shows at the same time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is also offering a free option to Austin residents as well. All they have to do is pay the $300 construction fee in one payment, or pay $25 per month for 12 months, and they will have access to 5Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds for no additional fee.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from Austin residents gaining access to Google Fiber, Google also intends to connect public institutions such as hospitals, schools, and community centers to its network at no cost.</p> <p>What do you think of Google’s price plans?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> austin fast internet Fiber free internet Google google fiber News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:37:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28995 at Black Friday Sale Starts Now for EA's Origin Service <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_sale.jpg" alt="Origin Sale" title="Origin Sale" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Save up to 75 percent</h3> <p>Do not adjust your calendar, it's not Black Friday yet. Nevertheless, some retailers and e-tailers have already begun offering <strong>Black Friday sales, including Electronic Arts through its Origin service</strong>. Starting now, you can save up to 75 percent off select titles on Origin, which include both new and classic titles. Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition is now $20, marked down from $40, or you can get the Premium Edition for $48, marked down from $60.</p> <p>Some of the titles are super cheap, like Mass Effect ($3.74, down from $15), Mass Effect 2 ($5, down from $20), and Popcap Hero Bundle consisting of Plants vs Zombies, Bejeweled 3, and Peggle ($5, down from $10). And some are downright old school gems, like all three Populous games ($2.50 each, down from $5) and Magic Carpet ($2.50, down from $5).</p> <p>Not all the titles are games. For example, The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 ($0.74, down fro $3) and The Final Hours of Titanfall ($1, down from $2) are behind the scenes looks that detail what went into building each game -- possible gift ideas for the gamer who has everything.</p> <p>Assuming Origin isn't a deal killer, <a href="" target="_blank">give the sale a look</a>, and happy gaming.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> black friday EA Electronic Arts games origin News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:25:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28992 at IDC: Competition Affecting PC Sales Shifts From Tablets to Smartphones and Phablets <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/smartphone_0.jpg" alt="Smartphone" title="Smartphone" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Windows XP replacement activity helped ease PC shipment declines in 2014</h3> <p>It wasn't that long ago when analysts had the PC market pegged for extinction in favor of tablets. Somehow they envisioned us all getting real work done on iPads and Android slate -- not even in a parallel universe where everything is topsy-turvy could such a scenario exists. Fast forward to today and things look quite a bit different. <strong>According to IDC, pressure from tablets seems to be waning, while smartphones and phablets are beginning to compete with PCs for disposable income</strong>.</p> <p>"In the best case for PCs, we'd see a significant wave of replacements as users who spent on phones and tablets in recent years decide they really need to update their PC. Features like touch or convertibility, as well as Windows 10 could make systems more versatile and appealing, along with lower prices," <a href="" target="_blank">said Loren Loverde</a>, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers. "However, we've seen steady progress on prices and new designs over the past year, and replacements are stabilizing PC shipments but not boosting total volume. Going forward, as younger generations become more mobile and web oriented, and emerging regions in particular prioritize converged devices (or economy in number of devices to purchase), the PC market will continue to face tough competition and be more focused on replacements, with limited potential for growth."</p> <p>IDC now expects PC shipments to slip 2.7 percent in 2014, an improvement over the previous forecast of a 3.7 percent decline. That's mainly due to a better-than-expected third quarter in which entry-level models running Windows 8 with Bing won favor among consumers. Chromebooks also helped boost the low-end commercial segment, IDC says.</p> <p>Though overall PC sales are still declining, shipments still total in the hundreds of millions. Last year saw 315.1 million PC shipments, with this year on pace to see another 306.7 million shipments. Looking a little further down the road, IDC expects to see 291.9 million shipments in 2018.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Highways Agency)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> computers Hardware idc pcs phablets smartphones tablets News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:33:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28991 at Hackers Infilitrate Sony Pictures PCs, Threatens to Release "Secrets" <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hackedbygop.jpg" alt="Hacked By #GOP" title="Hacked By #GOP" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Hacker group claims to be in possession of Sony's "secrets"</h3> <p>What secrets might Sony Pictures be hiding? We don't know the answer to that, but apparently a hacker group does, or at least is claiming that to be the case. <strong>Sony Pictures suffered a security breach by a hacker group called #GOP</strong>, which forced employees to shut down their systems and stay off the movie studio's network. The hackers say they're in possession of internal data, including the company's "secrets."</p> <p>The hacker group is threatening to release the stolen data to the public if its demands aren't met, though it's not clear outside Sony what exactly #GOP is demanding.</p> <p>"We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met," read a message that appeared on affected computer screens.</p> <p>Sony isn't saying much on the matter. In a <a href="" target="_blank">statement to </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter</a>,</em> Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson Jean Guerin said the company is experiencing a "system disruption, which we are working diligently to resolve."</p> <p>It's been a rough week for Sony. News of the attack comes just a day after another hacker group (DerpTrolling) claimed it hacked into Sony's PlayStation Network and published the email addresses and passwords of gamers. Sony denied the claim, saying no breach occurred.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> hackers Security sony Sony Pictures News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:08:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28989 at Nvidia Rolls Out Two Shield Bundles for Black Friday <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/shield_devices.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Devices" title="Nvidia Shield Devices" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Choose your weapon: Shield portable or Shield tablet</h3> <p>If you happen to be in the market for a <strong>Shield (in either handheld portable or tablet form)</strong>, or are otherwise looking for gift ideas this holiday season, hold your horses for just a few more days and you'll score a better deal. Like many, <strong>Nvidia is participating in the Black Friday festivities, and it's doing it with a couple of bundle options for the aforementioned mobile gaming devices</strong>, both of which will come a few extra incentives.</p> <p>On Friday, you can buy the 32GB Shield tablet with LTE capabilities for $399 and receive a free Shield controller, Green Box bundle, and Nvidia GRID on-demand gaming service. Included in the Green Box bundle is Half Life 2, Portal, and Half Life 2: Episode One, which is the first time the latter has been available on mobile. While that's the same price as the 32GB Shield tablet with LTE normally sells for, the extras bump up the total value to $488.</p> <p>As for the handheld Shield device, it too will sell for its regular price of $199, but will come with a carrying case and glossy black armor, and of course Nvidia's GRID on-demand gaming service. All combined, that's a $258 value.</p> <p>That's not a bad score with the <a href="" target="_blank">GRID service</a>, which is free for Shield owners until June 30, 2015. GRID's on-demand game library is worth over $400 and includes nearly two dozen titles, including Batman: Arkham City, Borderlands (1+2), Lego Batman 2, The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings, and more.</p> <p>Nvidia's <a href="" target="_blank">Black Friday promotion</a> runs on November 28 from 12:01 AM PST to 11:59 PM PST, or while supplies last. And for more Black Friday deals, be sure to bookmark and check often our regularly updated <a href="">Black Friday Deals 2014 Round Up</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> black friday games Hardware mobile nvidia shield shield tablet News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28988 at Turtle Beach Announces 'Heroes of the Storm' Themed PC Headset <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/turtle_bech_heroes_headset.jpg" alt="Turtle Beach Heroes Headset" title="Turtle Beach Heroes Headset" width="228" height="249" style="float: right;" />Now available in stores and online</h3> <p>In anticipation of Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game, audio peripheral company <strong>Turtle Beach announced today the availability of its Heroes of the Storm PC gaming headset</strong>. The headset features swappable speaker plates depicting iconic Blizzard characters from the past 20 years, including those found in its Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft franchises.</p> <p>At present there are just three speaker plates -- Arthas, Diablo, and Kerrigan -- though more will be added over time. Underneath the plates are 50nm neodymium drivers that supposedly deliver "crisp highs and booming lows."</p> <p>Turtle Beach says the breathable around-the-ear cushions are optimized for noise isolation and comfort. There's also a high-sensitive microphone on a removable boom and an inline remote with volume control and a microphone mute button.</p> <p>Heroes of the Storm is a team brawler combining characters from Blizzard's most popular franchises. It features 5 versus 5 matches on with three game modes. Heroes rotate each week, though you can unlock permanent access to a hero through money earned in game or bought via microtransaction.</p> <p>Turtle Beach's headset is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a> for $80 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> audio Gaming Hardware headset heroes of the storm turtle beach News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:04:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28987 at Kickstarter Suspends Gaming Project that Draws Human Blood for Donation <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blood_sport.jpg" alt="Blood Sport" title="Blood Sport" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />If you're harmed in game, you lose real blood</h3> <p>Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has put the kibosh on <strong>Blood Sport, an immersive gaming experience in which in-game damage results in the player losing real blood</strong>. On the surface, that sounds like a horrendously bad idea -- imagine if a hacker infected your system with malware to disengage any safety measures that make sure you don't lose so much blood you become unconscious. However, this isn't a technology meant for homes.</p> <p>The creators came up with the idea as a fun way of promoting blood donations. What they've done is take a pre-existing blood collection machine and integrate into gaming -- the bigger goal is to develop a refined multi-player experience across the country for blood donation events.</p> <p>"We are not a charity and we are not a game manufacturer. We are simply creating the gaming hardware that will allow us to get gamers thinking about more important issues while still doing what they love. From there, we’ll partner with the appropriate organizations in both the gaming and medical communities to bring it all to life," <a href="" target="_blank">the creators explain</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>How it works is rather simple. Using just a pair of wires, they connect your gamepad controller to the blood collection machine via an Arduino board. When it rumbles, the blood collection machine draws blood from your arm into a bag. The Arduino board both keeps the signal going to the blood collection system and also keeps track of how much blood you've spilled so that you end up like a Walker -- the amount it's allowed to draw is based on your age, weight, and any pre-existing medical conditions.</p> <p>The project was initially timed to release on March 17th with the Battlefield Hardline launch, provided it reached its goal of $250,000 CAD. That doesn't seem likely now that Kickstarter has pulled the plug.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> blood sport games kickstarter News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:26:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28985 at Yahoo Mail Outage Lingers into Day Four Due to Severed Undersea Cable <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/yahoo.jpg" alt="Yahoo" title="Yahoo" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Yahoo scrambles to fix an undersea cable affecting its mail service</h3> <p><strong>Some Yahoo Mail users are suffering through a fourth consecutive day of service interruptions, the result of an underwater fiber cable cut</strong>. Yahoo says the cable was damaged by an unnamed third party that was attempting to fix a different cable and that it knows the exact location of the cut, which it is now in the process of repairing and testing. Users are hoping a fix comes soon, as they've been contending with slow or nonexistent service since November 20.</p> <p>"We are aware that Yahoo Mail is slow or inaccessible for some of our users. The issues were a result of an underwater fiber cable cut, caused by a third party while fixing a separate cable," Yahoo stated in a blog post. "The engineering team has rerouted email traffic to mitigate accessibility issues. A cable repair ship has been mobilized and will be at the site this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience as we certainly understand email is a critical service for our customers."</p> <p>You can catch a visual of where outages are most prominent on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>'s</em> map</a>; it appears the eastern U.S. and western Europe are the two areas that have been hit the hardest by this incident.</p> <p>To Yahoo's credit, it's been providing a steady stream of updates over the past few days regarding the incident, though that comes as little consolation to those anxious to access their email. In any event, you can follow <a href="" target="_blank">@YahooCare</a> on Twitter for the latest information.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> email undersea cable webmail yahoo mail News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:38:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28984 at AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Receive Surprise Price Cut, Now Street Below $800 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/his_radeon_r9_295x2.jpg" alt="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" title="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 drops another $200</h3> <p>Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We're not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter -- <strong>dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770</strong>, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.</p> <p>There has been <a href="">chatter</a> that AMD will release new Hawaii cards next year, though heading into the holiday shopping season, the company doesn't have any GPUs on tap, at least none that we're aware of. That could be one reason for the sizable price cut.</p> <p>The least expensive 295X2 on Newegg is the <a href=";cm_re=radeon_r9_295x2-_-14-161-458-_-Product" target="_blank">HIS Radeon R9 295X2</a>. It's listed at $770 with free shipping, no rebate or coupon code required, and it comes with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The card also qualifies for AMD's Gold tier Never Settle Space Edition, which lets you choose three additional games from a selection of titles that include Thief, Watchdog, PayDay 2, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and more.</p> <p>VisionTek, XFX, Sapphire, and Diamond also offer models on Newegg for at least a penny below $800.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware price cut radeon r9 295x2 Video Card News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28983 at ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Features Four LAN Ports with Teaming Support <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asrock_x99_ws-e_10g.jpg" alt="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" title="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />A board that lets you stick it to the LAN</h3> <p>If you've always wanted a hybrid workstation motherboard with four LAN ports, ASRock today has answered the call. A former subsidiary of Asus, <strong>ASRock today announced its X99 WS-E/10GB motherboard with dual Intel 10G BASE-T LAN ports</strong> powered by an Intel X540 Ethernet controller chip, <strong>plus dual Intel gigabit LAN ports</strong> powered by a pair of Intel I210AT Ethernet controller chips.</p> <p>You typically only find 10G BASE-T LAN ports on server boards, though ASRock is billing the X99 WS-E/10G as a hybrid motherboard that's equally suited for home enthusiasts.&nbsp; It's a bit of a future proofing play on the network side, if you're into that sort of thing, though ASRock says you can use Teaming to combine all four LAN ports for a super 22Gbps connection.</p> <p>"By running IxChariot to test our quad LAN setup's Internet bandwidth, we've reached a mind blowing 20,360MB/s!," <a href="" target="_blank">ASRock said</a>.</p> <p>ASRock's latest board boasts a 12-phase power design and supports 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. It's an LGA 2011-3 socket motherboard (Haswell-E), has eight DDR4 memory slots with quad-channel ECC technology, a dozen SATA 6Gbps ports, a single SATA Express 10Gb/s connector, and a PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 slot.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asrock Build a PC Hardware Intel 10G BASE-T lan motherboard X99 WS-E/10G News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:38:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28982 at Patriot Memory Expands Capacity Ceiling of LX Series SDXC and microSDXC Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/patriot_lx_series.jpg" alt="Patriot LX Series" title="Patriot LX Series" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />More capacity? Yes, please!</h3> <p>Not only are we taking more photos and videos than ever before with our plethora of digital devices, but thanks to increases in resolution and quality, we're also consuming more space on our media. To keep pace with these growing needs, <strong>Patriot today upgraded its LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC cards to new capacities</strong> -- 256GB for the former and 128GB for the latter, the company announced.</p> <p>Patriot's LX Series 256GB UHS-I Class 10 SDXC flash card joins existing 128GB and 64GB models. It's fast enough to record Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) video with read and write speeds of up to 80MB/s and 20MB/s, respectively. There's also a write protection switch to prevent users from accidentally deleting videos or images.</p> <p>The 128GB microSDXC variant doubles the storage of Patriot's existing 64GB model, and like the SDXC card, it's compliant with the latest SD Association 3.0 specification. It's read time is a little slower at 70MB/s, while writes are the same at up to 20MB/s.</p> <p>Both cards retail for $130 MSRP and are available now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> lx series microsdxc mobile Patriot SDXC storage News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:16:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28981 at Fractal Design Debuts Define R5 PC Case for Quiet Computing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_r5.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define R5" title="Fractal Design Define R5" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />A mid-tower for quiet types</h3> <p><strong>Fractal-Design added a new enclosure to its quiet oriented Define Series today, the Define R5</strong>, which supposedly boasts the highest level of silent computing yet. That claim comes from the Define R5's use of strategically paced dense sound-absorbing material, updated "ModuVent" fan vent covers, and new Dynamic Series fans that are finely tuned for low noise and aided by an integrated three-speed fan controller.</p> <p>The Define R5 can hold up to eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives through cages that can be removed or relocated, plus another two 2.5-inch SSDs in tool-free mounts behind the motherboard tray. Same goes with the optical disc drive cage -- it too can be removed for more internal space or to accommodate an HDD drive cage.</p> <p>Cooling is handled by two included Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans that occupy a pair of the nine fan mounts. If you're into liquid cooling, the Define R5 can house radiators up to 420mm in the top, 360mm in the front, to 240mm in the bottom, and up to 140mm in the rear.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Define R5</a> is available with a side window for $120 or without a window for $110.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis define r5 enclosure fractal design Hardware quiet computing silence News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:25:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28980 at Symantec Discovers Super Stealthy ‘Regin’ Spyware <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Regin Malware" title="Regin Malware" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>‘One of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state’</h3> <p>Cyber security firm Symantec has discovered a new piece of malware that is said to be so advanced as to practically rule out the involvement of any entity other than a powerful nation state. Called ‘Regin’, this malware has been used to spy on everyone from governments to private individuals across the world since 2008, although not uninterruptedly as <strong>whoever is behind Regin abruptly withdrew the original version sometime in 2011, only to introduce a more sophisticated strain in 2013.<br /></strong></p> <p>“A back door-type Trojan, Regin is a complex piece of malware whose structure displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen,” Symantec said in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post announcing its discovery of Regin</a>, which it suspects “took months, if not years” to develop. </p> <p>“Regin uses a modular approach, giving flexibility to the threat operators as they can load custom features tailored to individual targets when required. Some custom payloads are very advanced and exhibit a high degree of expertise in specialist sectors, further evidence of the level of resources available to Regin’s authors,” the company added. “There are dozens of Regin payloads. The threat’s standard capabilities include several Remote Access Trojan (RAT) features, such as capturing screenshots, taking control of the mouse’s point-and-click functions, stealing passwords, monitoring network traffic, and recovering deleted files.”</p> <p>According to the security company, a little over half of Regin’s victims are located in Russia and Saudi Arabia. Other countries on the list of countries worst affected by this highly stealthy piece of malware are Mexico, Ireland, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan.</p> <p>Its hard-to-detect nature is said to be ideal for multi-year espionage efforts, says the company, adding that mere detection isn’t enough as determining what it is up to is just as big a headache (if not bigger).</p> <p>“It has several ‘stealth’ features. These include anti-forensics capabilities, a custom-built encrypted virtual file system (EVFS), and alternative encryption in the form of a variant of RC5, which isn’t commonly used. Regin uses multiple sophisticated means to covertly communicate with the attacker including via ICMP/ping, embedding commands in HTTP cookies, and custom TCP and UDP protocols.”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> cyberespionage malware regin russia saudi arabia Security symantec News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:36:22 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28979 at Samsung Files ITC Complaint Seeking Ban on Nvidia Chips in U.S. <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Samsung Logo" title="Samsung Logo" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Both companies are trying to get each other’s products banned</h3> <p>As companies faced with the prospect of having their products banned in the U.S. over a patent infringement complaint by an adversary are wont to do, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Samsung has hit back at Nvidia with a sales ban request of its own</strong></a>. The world’s leading smartphone maker <a href="" target="_blank">filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)</a> Friday, requesting that the latter institute an investigation against Nvidia “under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, regarding certain graphics processing chips, Systems on a Chip, and products containing the same.”</p> <p>Section 337 of the said act deals with unfair import trade practices, which include, inter alia, the importation into the United States of goods that “infringe a valid and enforceable United States patent.” A successful section 337 complaint can result in such goods being banned from entering the States; the goods can even be excluded from entry during the course of the investigation if the ITC so deems necessary.</p> <p>This complaint shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as the <a href="" target="_blank">South Korean company pretty much telegraphed the move </a>when it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nvidia earlier this month.</p> <h4 style="text-align: left;"><strong>The Samsung-Nvidia Patent Battle So Far</strong></h4> <ul> <li>September 4, 2014: <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia files patent infringement complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm</a> with both the ITC and the U.S. District Court, in Delaware, seeking a ban on Samsung devices containing Qualcomm’s Adreno, ARM’s Mali or Imagination’s PowerVR graphics chips.</li> <li>November 4, 2014: Samsung responds with a patent infringement lawsuit of its own against Nvidia, alleging that the latter infringes on six of its patents.</li> <li>November 11, 2014: Taiwanese company labels <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung’s lawsuit a “predictable tactic.”</a></li> <li>November 21, 20014: Samsung follows up the lawsuit with a section 337 complaint with the ITC.</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> ban chips gpu itc legal nvidia Patent Infringement samsung samsung-nvidia legal battle soc usitc News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:45:54 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28978 at Microsoft Adds Skype-powered Document Chat to Office Online <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Skype Document Chat in Office Online" title="Skype Document Chat in Office Online" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Available in Word and PowerPoint web apps</h3> <p>Over a year after it <a href="" target="_blank">first introduced real-time co-authoring in Office Online</a> (or Office Web Apps as it was known back then), Microsoft has finally gotten around to making the next logical addition to its online productivity suite: the <strong>ability to chat in real time with other collaborators from within an Office Online web app</strong>. The Redmond-based tech giant has now begun rolling out the long overdue feature to Office Online users and the roll out is expected to span a few weeks.</p> <p>For now available only in the Word and PowerPoint web apps, the document chat feature is powered by Skype, meaning that your Office Online conversations won’t just be restricted to the four virtual walls of the online office suite, but will be available for review or resumption from within Skype proper.</p> <p>“Document chat is available when collaborating with others in real-time in Word and PowerPoint. Simply click the Chat button [in the top-right corner] to begin chatting with everyone working in the document,” Nelson Siu, a program manager for the Office Shared Experiences team, wrote in <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a> Thursday. “Continue to chat with those same people after leaving the document via Skype on your desktop or phone. Know when your team is working on the document and chime in.”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> document chat microsoft office online office web apps online productivity suite Skype News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:57:25 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28977 at