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Friday, April 18, 2014

Digital Storm launches four new gaming notebooks for growing market

Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.

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The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.

"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."

The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.

The Javelin starts at $1,196; Lance starts at $1,430; Krypton starts at $1,478; and the Behemoth begins at $2,289, respectively.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ridley Scott confirmed to produce Halo digital feature

If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you may be like me and get a little angry each time you think of the big screen movie based on the game that was cancelled years ago. The upside is that we have seen some cool live action in the Halo world with Forward Unto Dawn.

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Not too long ago rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on a Halo film that would be produced by Ridley Scott. Scott is the man behind films like Prometheus, Aliens, and Blade Runner. A Microsoft rep has now confirmed that the production the software giant denied was in the works not long ago is indeed happening.

Scott will be the executive producer on a new Halo digital production. The digital production is going to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan best known for direction Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, and Heroes. Between these two they should certainly, be able to do a digital Halo production proud.

Another interesting tidbit offered up by Microsoft is that the partnership with Steven Spielberg for a live action TV show has nothing to do with the Ridley Scott digital production. That means that there are two Halo productions coming and that is something fans should be excited about. There is no indication of when either of those productions will air.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gartner offers advice on companies struggling to leave Windows XP

Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.

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Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.

"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.

Ideally, Microsoft and security vendors want to see users leave XP behind, as malware and coordinated attacks are expected to begin after end of support is lifted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How We Use Mobiles & Facebook: Women Play More Games, Men Use QR Codes

Social Media has been an integral part of our life. We would spend hours on such sites on a daily basis. So how exactly do we use social media? Let's say if we divide it via the different gender strata.


Financesonline has created this infograph on how different groups of people use Social Media sites for different purposes.

future of social media
Originally published at http://reviews.financesonline.com | Author: David Adelman | Visit our Twitter

Monday, April 14, 2014

G5 Entertainment releases new games this coming week!

G5 Entertainment releases new games this coming week!

On April 17th - Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair  will be launched on iOS;

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek will be available on Mac;
On April 16th - Inbetween Land comes in a full version to Google Play and Kindle Fire;

Virtual City hits Windows Store as a full app;
From April 14-20th, we are giving away Twin Moons on iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire and Mac.


Follow Mina once again to find the lair of the evil spirit called Strix in Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair. It has been years since brave Mina Lockheart defeated Lord Strix. But dark shadows are rising once again, and restless mythical creatures beseech Mina's protection! Join Mina and her best friend Malik in their dangerous trip to turn up clues and locate Lord Strix's lair. Meet different creatures along your journey, help them and have them help you. Hurry! Lord Strix and his ruthless army are getting stronger every minute! 

Save your best friend and an entire 1950s town from a terrifying threat in 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek! Your dearest friend, the journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she's missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she'd discovered. She asked you to come immediately...

Investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to Helen. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!

Inbetween Land acquaints you with the plight of a missing childhood friend, possibly aboard a mysterious flying island hovering just above our world. Through mini-games and fragmented hidden object areas, you piece together the details of your friend's disappearance and how it ties into floating Sky Island. The game begins as a science-fiction story and soon involves players in the rescue mission for alien creatures.

If world domination is your thing, Virtual City is a great city simulator to get you started. Build your own city and manage it. Jobs are the lynch pin of the economy. As mayor, do everything you can to make sure industry is running. Fuel the city's economy by forming transport routes and developing a public transit system. Explore five states on the U.S. map and find perfect balance between key parameters of your success: Time, Income, Environment, Population, and Happiness. Make your dream city your people's paradise!

In Twin Moons, Jack, a researcher at the isolated Twin Moons Institute, has no memory following a car accident. But a few fuzzy flashbacks suggest he participated in some kind of dangerous experiment. Help Jack find answers to his numerous questions and decide whether his friends, colleagues and even his fiancĂ©e are worthy of his trust.  Explore eerie locations and piece together the truth about a mysterious portal that could change the world as we know it!

Google Glass to go on sale April 15 for $1,500

It looks like Google is pushing up the release of its Glass headset, where it will begin selling the wearable device to consumers on April 15. The search giant will make Glass available to the US public for a limited time, starting Tuesday.

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Google hasn't said just how many Glass units it will make available, but the quantity would be very limited. The company said in a blog post: "Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass".

Most people, myself included, expected Google to push Glass out later in the year - so this feels like an extension of the Explorer program, and not the real consumer version. I'm expecting the real release to be much more powerful in terms of hardware, something the current Glass device lacks.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Casetop updates from Livi Design

For those interested parties who are waiting for the launch of Casetop, here are some updates for the product.

We are moving steadily towards final manufacturable design and production of the Casetop. Since the strong showing at our Kickstarter campaign last summer (thanks again!), there have been many challenges overcome and goals accomplished. Firstly, I have joined John on his journey to create the first universal work dock for your pokedex. I am currently completing my MBA in technology commercialization and I bring with me many skills in business that will benefit Livi Design moving forward. In addition, Henry Choy has also joined the team and brings accounting and financial knowledge with his CA and experience working with startup companies previously. 
Updated Spec SheetUpdated Spec Sheet
*Chromakey Green only for Press Images 
 Secondly, we have moved from the proof of concept stage to the production prototyping stage. We have engaged a technical institute and other board manufacturing companies in order to design a customized motherboard that will contain all the functionality we envision the Casetop to have and more. 

Casetop.ca Update

We have a new redesigned website to become more accessible and informative. We invite you to check out the new website and tell your friends to sign up for our newsletter and updates. So you are probably wondering at this point when you will get the Casetop in your hands. We apologize for the delays so far but we want to be able to deliver a high quality product. In striving for that, inevitably there will be challenges we need to overcome and resulting delays. While it is difficult for us to give you an exact date, we are hoping, if the design and prototyping goes smoothly, to have units ready to ship during Quarter 3 of 2014. We understand your disappointment in this news, and as Kickstarter fans, we’ve been on your side many times as well. We’d love to have you all along on this wonderful adventure in changing the world, one Casetop at a time. 

Logitech launches the world's first 12,000 DPI mouse

Logitech introduced its newest Logitech G mouse, the Logitech® G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse. This extremely customizable mouse combines the world’s first 12,000 DPI sensor with advanced surface and weight tuning to help you maximize your victory potential.

"I've been super excited to use this mouse in public, I got to test it and it felt great! Was super comfortable and just fit perfectly to my hand, said Hai Lam, team captain for Cloud 9. “Adjusting the DPI is super easy and very flexible. This is probably my favorite mouse to date!"

As with every product in the Logitech G lineup, Proteus Core reflects Logitech’s commitment to putting science to work to help you win.

"With the world's best sensor technology, complete surface, weight and balance tuning and mechanical switches, we have made a mouse that dominates,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the
Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G team believes that when hype fades, Science Wins!" Superior Tracking

Proteus Core features the Logitech G exclusive Delta Zero™ technology in the world’s most powerful and accurate sensor. Combining a huge DPI range of 200 all the way up to 12,000 with zero sensor acceleration, zero smoothing or filtering, and zero pixel rounding, the mouse is designed to deliver unparalleled tracking performance and responsiveness, and can track movement at 300 inches per second.

Superior Tuning
Proteus Core allows you to calibrate the sensor against a gaming surface’s unique physical and reflective characteristics, reconfiguring itself for optimal performance. This means you can achieve peak tracking speed and minimal lift-off distance on whatever gaming surface you use. So whether you prefer your mouse pads hard or soft, light or dark, you can get the best-possible tracking response.

To maximize physical feel and performance, Proteus Core lets you adjust its weight and center of balance through the placement of up to five 3.6g weights in the mouse.

For complete control over your game you can use Logitech Gaming Software to reassign any command or macro to one of the 11 programmable buttons thanks to the 32-bit ARM processor controlling Proteus Core’s onboard memory.

Superior Controls
While most gaming mice feature a monolithic key-plate that can flex and warp, Proteus Core has individual left and right keys that provide a rigid and stable platform, resulting in more precise, durable, and satisfying clicks. To further enhance feel, speed, and accuracy, we use mechanical micro-switches under every key. And our exclusive dual-mode hyper-fast scroll wheel has been improved to offer enhanced click-to-click precision and lightning-fast scrolling for the Web.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse is expected to be available in Singapore mid-

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What To Do If Identity Theft Happens To You

Identity theft can happen to anyone, anywhere, any time. Receiving that dreaded call or alert can swiftly send you into a fury, leaving you unsure how to proceed or regain control of your financial security. One thing is certain: your identity has been compromised and there is fraudulent activity on your account(s). Though the news can be overwhelming, there are several steps you must immediately take in order to protect yourself and your credit.

1. Place A Fraud Alert



Your first call to action should be contacting one of the three credit reporting bureaus, Experian, TransUnion or Equifax, to have a fraud alert placed on your credit report. By placing this alert on your account, businesses must first verify your identity before extending any line of credit in your name. The report will remain on your credit report for 90 days, and you'll be provided with one free credit report from each of the reporting companies.

Quick Tip: Take the time to educate yourself on the topic. Identity theft is a complex landscape and the best way to stay out of trouble is to remain informed. You can easily implement several basic preventive steps into your regular routine by strengthening your passwords, shredding sensitive documents, checking website and URL authenticity and reviewing website privacy terms or policies.

2. Cancel Your Cards



The next step is canceling your cards. This extends from debit or personal checking accounts to credit cards. It can often be hard to determine exactly how the breach occurred, and there are cases where individual debit and credit card numbers were obtained and distributed. Once you've contacted your bank, they will continue to monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. Drop by your neighborhood branch and snag a temporary card to use in the interim.

3. Contact Your Local Authorities



Reach out to your local authorities and provide them with details of the fraud. Include information such as specific charges and dollar amounts, where the fraud occurred, dates the charges were made, and how your identity (if you're aware) was compromised.

4. Order A Free Credit Report



Obtaining a copy of your credit report is important not just from a security standpoint, your credit score and report can also affect mortgage rates, credit approvals and rental or job applications. By ordering a free report annually, you're in a position to catch any suspicious activity and keep an eye on your credit score.

5. Protect Your Information



Expand your security precautions to all the digital areas of your life, including your laptop, tablet or any cloud storage space. Consider equipping your digital accessories with firewall and spyware software programs. Never provide your personal bank information or social security number via email or text. Take the extra step by employing a service that prevents identity theft before it happens, by monitoring and tracking your information from impending threats. Remember, there are countless ways an e-commerce breach can occur, be mindful and careful with any and all personal materials.

Friday, April 11, 2014

JAWBONE® LAUNCHES UP24TM IN SINGAPORE

 Jawbone® today announced the launch of UP24™ in Singapore. UP24™ is the newest hardware option for the UP® system – the wristband, app and data service that helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make choices to live better.

The new UP24 wristband connects wirelessly to your iOS® or AndroidTM device via Bluetooth® Smart to provide continuous feedback and in-the-moment notifications to help you achieve your goals. The UP App uses your own data to deliver insights and celebrate milestones while challenging you to accomplish more each day and also gives you individually tailored reports on how your sleep and activity interrelate. In addition, the standalone iOS app UP Coffee™ tracks caffeine intake over time to demonstrate the impact of caffeine on sleep.

Designed for the way you live, UP24 features the same sophisticated form factor and technology that current UP users love. The smooth, hypoallergenic, medical-grade rubber exterior features a new, stylish textural design, and like UP, UP24 is small and comfortable enough to wear throughout each day and night.

“The UP community has already logged more than 500 billion steps and 50 million nights of sleep. It's an astounding amount of data," said Travis Bogard, vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone. "While data is good, understanding is better. UP24 is the first lifestyle tracker to help people make real sense of their data, understand their patterns over time and make smarter choices. UP pushes timely information to you to help turn your intentions into action – a gentle nudge suggesting an earlier bedtime if you want to meet your sleep target or an alert that you have nearly reached your steps target for the day.”
The UP App for iOS and Android encourages and motivates you to take small steps that can turn into long-term progress – all based on your unique data from your UP or UP24 wristband:
·         Today I Will: The UP Insight EngineTM delivers simple, achievable opt-in commitments called “Today I Will” focused in one of three categories – sleep, movement, or water intake – that challenge you to accomplish a suggested goal in a day’s time.
·         Streaks & Milestones: As you continue to achieve your goals over time, the UP App rewards you with celebrations of your short-and long-term progress.
·         Activity Alerts:  When using UP24, you’ll receive relevant move notifications from the UP App throughout the day. These personalized nudges are delivered at a time and place relevant to you – based on your data – all enabled by UP24.
·         Sleep Recovery: UP and UP24 users can get the benefit of the bands’ revolutionary sleep tracking system even if they occasionally forget to put their band in Sleep Mode.
·         Activity Log: The UP App lets you reflect on your recent activity by giving you a snapshot of the steps, sleep, workouts and meals you’ve logged since you last visited the app.

The UP App for iOS also includes additional features which analyze data from your UP or UP24 band to provide you with tailored insights around how your sleep and activity interrelate as well as reminders.
·         New Insights:  After consistently tracking sleep and activity for several weeks, the UP Insight Engine will generate a personalized assessment of your steps and sleep.
·         Reminders: To stay on track, the UP App allows you to set tailored reminders that prompt you to conduct a desired task at a desired time. Customize your own reminder to complete a workout, get ready for bed, or take a pill, and UP will remind you with an app notification and gentle band buzz.

UP Coffee
In recognition of the millions of coffee and tea lovers worldwide, Jawbone has launched the UP Coffee app to help people track their caffeine intake and understand the impact on their sleep.

UP Coffee is available on iOS as a standalone app, but when it is linked with data from your UP or UP24 band, UP Coffee analyzes how your caffeine intake affects your sleep patterns. The standalone application helps you understand more about your caffeine choices by correlating caffeine intake and projected sleep time. Simply log a coffee, tea, energy drink or other caffeinated beverage in the UP Coffee app to see a visual display of where you fall on a spectrum from “Wired” to “Sleep Ready” at any given time. After tracking both caffeine intake and sleep for 10 days, UP Coffee can tell you things like the amount of sleep you lose on average for every 100mg of caffeine you ingest.

Available in Singapore on 10 April 2014  
The UP24 band comes in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) and two colors (Onyx and Persimmon), and will be available today for a recommended retail price of S$249 at Jawbone.com, and at Apple and Apple Premium Resellers, Apple online store, Sprint Cass, Challenger, Harvey Norman and Courts stores beginning 10 April 2014.

Google's impressive Project Ara technology detailed in a new video

Project Ara is getting closer and closer, with Google hosting its Ara Developers Conference between April 15-16, but the Mountain View-based search giant has decided to show off a behind the scenes look at its development process in a new video.


The video introduces you to some of the crew of the Ara team, where you get to have a tease of some of the prototypes floating around, and how some of these pieces will gel together in the end to make your own personalized smartphone. We should see more details at the Ara Developers Conference in just a couple of weeks time.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bundle Stars presents The Kalypso Bundle for Steam® gamers‏

 Bundle Stars (www.bundlestars.com) has joined forces with one of the world’s leading PC game publishers, Kalypso Media Digital, to launch a massive new bundle which knocks an incredible $150 off the price of awesome Steam games.
The Kalypso Bundle gives gamers 10 spectacular Steam games and 14 must-have Steam DLC (downloadable content packs), all for the insanely low price of just $3.99 (3.99 USD). 
The $3.99 Kalypso Bundle provides 24 new additions to a gamer’s Steam library for less than 17 US cents each:
  • Jagged Alliance Collection (2 standalone games, Back in Action and Crossfire, plus 6 DLC)
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/57740/
  • Tank Operations – European CampaignSteam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/258240/
  • Tropico 3 Gold (Tropico 3, plus Absolute Power DLC)
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/6253/
  • Alien Spidy (plus 2 DLC)
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/207000/
  • Sine Mora
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/207040/
  • Skydrift
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/91100/
  • Disciples III: Resurrection
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/200670/
  • Dollar Dash (plus 3 DLC)
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/214320/
  • Dungeons Steam Special Edition (plus 2 DLC)
    Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/57650/
After redeeming their bundle keys on Steam (a free user account is required), gamers can download their games and start playing straight away. All the games in this bundle run on Windows. Jagged Alliance: Back in Action and Alien Spidyalso run on Mac.
Gamers who buy The Kalypso Bundle in the first 48 hours of launch will also be entered into a $5,000 giveaway, with 10 prizes worth $500 up for grabs. Each prize consists of Steam keys for all Kalypso’s games that are not in this bundle, including Demonicon, Blood Knights, Rise of Venice, and the eagerly awaited Tropico 5 when it’s launched later this year.