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The group known as Lizard Squad has certainly been busy. Since last week, the group has taken down multiple MMO companies and various networks that include Sony’s PlayStation Network and Blizzard’s Battle.net. Now Twitch can be added in the long list of targets the group has brought down with its DDoS attacks. The DDoS attacks... Read more...
We reported on a rumor at the start of the month about a September 9th event Apple would be holding, and while it took a while to happen, the company has finally confirmed it. On the invite's header graphic, the company teases, "Wish we could say more." Based on that wordage, some are speculating that something... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Dropbox making some major improvements to its Pro and Business accounts - both with regards to storage and pricing - Amazon has decided to expedite the public debut of its Zocalo cloud storage service. This enterprise-targeted offering was first unveiled last month, and is designed as a scale-up... Read more...
Update, 8/28 - 3:15PM - It looks like the account in question is actually restored and functional at this point. The group's last post was about two hours ago.  We reported earlier this week about a collective called Lizard Group that was not only causing some major hassles for certain MMO companies and its... Read more...
Rather than leave its hardware partners floundering in wearable waters to fend for themselves, Google threw them a lifeline in the form of Android Wear, a viable platform for the smartwatch movement that phone makers seem so eager to chase. It's still early in the game, but we're seeing some interesting smartwatches... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and... Read more...
We're still several months removed from spring time, but that didn't stop Microsoft from giving its Windows Store a good cleaning -- a much needed one, we might add -- as it swept away more than 1,500 crummy apps that fall afoul of the company's certification process in one way or another. More app removals could be... Read more...
The path to pole position in mobile lies in the 64-bit fast lane, a place Apple has been cruising along in since dropping its custom A7 chip underneath the hood of its iPhone 5S. Now it looks as though Google's Nexus family is going 64-bit as well. Based on recent leaks, it's likely to happen with with the Nexus 9... Read more...
Although IFA doesn't kick off until next week, a few companies are spilling the beans on what's ahead... ahead of schedule. Samsung's joining that crowd, this week introducing the newest smartwatch in its arsenal: the Gear S. While the display isn't round, it is gently curved to fit flush against your wrist, and... Read more...
It goes without saying that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is the best Surface it's ever created. It righted some of the wrongs of the previous generation, and is simply a drool-worthy tablet / laptop. It's no secret that Microsoft knew that it had a winner on its hands, as it's been pushing the Surface brand hard since... Read more...
When Google began offering its Drive customers a huge 1TB worth of cloud storage for just $10 per month back in March, it seemed inevitable that its competitors would soon follow-suit. In June, Microsoft was the first to do so, offering 1TB as a perk to its Office 365 subscribers. Today, Dropbox has finally joined in as well, which is major... Read more...
Perhaps in another few generations, we'll have super powerful gaming PCs that measure about the size of a fingernail. In the meantime, the mini PC movement is in full force, and Zotac is leading the charge. The newest small form factor (SFF) PC from Zotac is the Zbox PI320 Pico, an ultra-tiny system about the size of... Read more...
Whether Microsoft is ready to fully admit it or not, the Redmond outfit incorrectly surmised that bundling a second generation Kinect motion control sensor with the Xbox One and charging a $100 premium would allow the console to fly off store shelves. To Microsoft's credit, it did sell minutes of units at the $499... Read more...
Netflix has been butting heads with cable companies over tolls the latter want to charge in exchange for guaranteeing that Netflix's streaming content makes it into homes without any hiccups. So, it doesn't come as much surprise that Netflix is one of the first in line to publicly oppose Comcast's proposed buyout of... Read more...
Google may have missed out on purchasing Twitch, but that hasn't stopped the company from acquiring other businesses. Its latest acquisition is Zync Inc, a visual effects cloud-rendering company that was behind Star Trek Into Darkness. Special effects tend to be a costly venture for the film industry. With... Read more...
There have been lots of iPhone 6 rumors, which Apple is expected to announce during a press event next month, but not much speculation about the next iPad. Until now, that is. Word from people who supposedly have knowledge on the matter say that Apple's suppliers are preparing to build the biggest size iPad ever. Beginning in the first quarter... Read more...
We imagine there's an inspirational poster hanging in Snapchat's offices that reads, "Fortune favors the bold." Certainly Snapchat's founders have been bold in reportedly turning down two seemingly obscene acquisition offers, the first for $1 billion and the second for $3 billion, both from Facebook. Rejecting such... Read more...
Looks like Electronic Arts is not holding back this year with its sports games. The video game publisher is expecting to make around $1 billion in revenue from downloadable content and is also taking steps to crack down on cheaters for its various sports titles. Madden NFL 15 is one of the key games to EA’s... Read more...
It's been a rough week for broadband Internet subscribers. Last weekend, Charter Communications suffered a widespread service outage that affected customers in several states, and now Time Warner Cable is scrambling to fix an issue with its Internet infrastructure that also caused service disruptions across the United States. The good news... Read more...
If you're a classic gamer, you've probably had the unhappy experience of firing up a beloved older title you haven't played in a decade or two, squinting at the screen, and thinking: "Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad." The reasons why games can wind up looking dramatically worse than you remember isn't just... Read more...
We suspect quite a few folks will be rejoicing over this one. This week, Google announced that its 64-bit experimentation with Chrome in Windows was a success. Thus, it's planning official, bona fide 64-bit support for Chrome Stable once Chrome 37 hits. As you'd expect, benefits in the departments of "speed... Read more...
Prior to the digital age we are living in, many were skeptical about the need for larger hard drives. Now that we download TV shows, movies, music, video games, books, and other, shall we say, forms of entertainment, our need for larger hard drives continues to grow. So we are sure many people are happy that Seagate... Read more...
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