Archive for December, 2011

Stratfor security firm hit by Anonymous

Stratfor security firm hit by Anonymous

Hacker group anonymous has hit a security firm based in Austin, Texas called Stratfor. The hackers are alleging that they were able to gain access to the security firm's servers and steal detailed information on customers, including credit card details. Anonymous claims that they could steal the detailed information because Stratfor didn’t encrypt the data.

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Amazon’s cloud supercomputer is the 42nd fastest around

Amazon’s cloud supercomputer is the 42nd fastest around

Supercomputers have been getting ranked on their performance for a long time now. The list of the fastest surfaces each year and often it changes from printing to printing as new supercomputers are deployed around the world for scientific and educational purposes. Generally, the machines are in place at government labs and universities and are only for use by the staff at those locations.

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Boxee 1.5 releases as final version for desktop

Boxee 1.5 releases as final version for desktop

Boxee's newest 1.5 update today essentially marks the company's transition from focusing their media-streaming service on the desktop, to that of devices. With that said, the app comes with a newly revamped interface, that provides faster access to the browser and the menu appearing as an overlay, along with an easier to access search function. The movie and TV sections have also both been updated, given more effortless navigation by genres and sources, and making it easier to check for previously unwatched video episodes.

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Apple’s kicks off 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in Europe and Canada

Apple’s kicks off 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in Europe and Canada

It's the time of the year when Apple fires up its 12 Days of Christmas app once again, to mark the start of its annual holiday promotion that gives away free songs, music videos, apps, and books to Canadian and most European residents all around the world. Although the promotion does not run to Apple customers based in the US, the app is available for download from the iTunes stores in Canada, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries.

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Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O reportedly broadening beyond Mac in 2012

Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O reportedly broadening beyond Mac in 2012

It's the day after Christmas eve, and we've just found out that Intel has reportedly told company partners that a full release of their Thunderbolt I/O technology is slated in April 2012. Intel is prepping to go beyond just Macs (Apple's the only company w/Thunderbolt support on its MacBook Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro lineups), and will allegedly launch Thunderbolt on motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs, springtime of next year.

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Crappy Android tablet : a Christmas Guide

Crappy Android tablet : a Christmas Guide

When the going gets tough, and you first-world gift receivers are crying because ALL YOU GOT was an Android tablet that wasn't quite the iPad 2 or the Transformer Prime you were hoping for, listen to this: I'm not going to punch you in the face for being ungrateful more than one time, and here's a list of things you can do with this non-returnable hunk of technology trash. You've got a tablet running some form of Android and a processor that's not the worst in the world, but certainly isn't as nice as even the most basic high-end smartphone out there: what do you do? You fill it up to the brim with music, news, and simple games with low requirements for high amounts of fun.

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Action Movie FX for iPhone lets you blow everything up with your camera

Action Movie FX for iPhone lets you blow everything up with your camera

It's time to get serious about blowing up everything from your car to your pet dog to your swingset and back down to your salt and pepper shakers - with Action Mobile FX for iPhone, you can do such a thing with the greatest of ease. This application was released on the 22nd of December, right before the holiday rush, and is set to set the virtual world on fire directly through your device's camera. You select your effect (the missile is best), hit GO for your camera, film a short scene, and the effect is added automatically: fire, fire for everyone!

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Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Holidays are generally a time for high blood-pressure, so it's always nice when technology steps in to smooth frustrations and make things easier. Unfortunately, time with family - or indeed away from them - can also introduce its own electronic headaches. Many of us make the annual pilgrimage to the family home with a bag full of cables, gadgets and thumb-drives loaded with anti-malware software, along with the apprehension that we'll be the unpaid Geek Squad while we're there. Some things, though, should be simple: talking to distant family via Skype, for instance. Unfortunately, as I discovered myself this Christmas, that wasn't to be the case.

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Spinner 360 Leather Edition camera takes lomography to a strange new place

Spinner 360 Leather Edition camera takes lomography to a strange new place

There are two main hero features on the camera you're about to witness: the first being that it's essentially got a drawstring that'll blast the lens around in a 360 degree circle so you can capture the area you're in in a full panorama scene. The second bit is that this camera is clad in Italian Toledo leather, complete with a lovely thatched pattern so you're in style in the field. Take it out to a field full of cows for ultimate odd artistic appeal.

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LG Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule dropped

LG Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule dropped

The folks at LG have let known today what and when they plan on doing with their active line of smart devices in regards to the newest Google-made mobile operating system Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. What they've got on the books as of today is a "global upgrade schedule" beginning in the second and third quarters of 2012, followed then by a "global roll out." There is a list, of course, which we're hoping LG will follow implicitly, as they promise that they're "taking all possible measure to offer a smooth OS upgrade in a timely manner." On the other hand, they do not that exact start dates very well could vary by market as each country, carrier, and smartphone model have different requirements.

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