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Glance out the window in many neighborhoods around the United States, and you're likely to see groups of people completely ignoring the social distancing mandate to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has teamed up with the video game industry on a new initiative to help encourage physical distancing and staying indoors to help stop the spread of the virus plaguing the world. The campaign is called #PlayApartTogether, and is described as a promotional campaign encouraging healthy physical distancing while bringing special events, exclusives, activities, rewards, and more for some of the most popular games out there. Many major gaming... Read more...
The coronavirus has taken the world by storm in the past month, and is actively disrupting travel, trade, and unfortunately taking lives in the process. For those that are concerned about the coronavirus, or simply would like to see a detailed graphical representation of reported cases around the globe, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering has constructed an informative live dashboard to track it. The coronavirus live dashboard gives us an incredibly detailed look at the coronavirus thanks to it pulling data from multiple sources including the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control... Read more...
Are you an avid gamer? And we don't mean simply gaming a few hours a day -- we're talking about every waking hour of the day; every free moment glued to your mouse, keyboard and monitor as you consume yourself in games like Overwatch and Fortnite. If this describes your life, you could actually have a gaming disorder according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Gaming disorder” is now classified as a mental health condition, which is a controversial designation for medical professionals to say the least. It is defined by the following three characteristics according to the WHO: A pattern of gaming behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming Increasing... Read more...
In a one-city crusade, San Francisco attempted to pass an ordinance requiring retailers to post warnings to consumers about the potentially dangerous levels of radiation coming from their cell phones. It didn’t get far, as a judge blocked the 2011 ordinance before it could take effect, and now, Reuters reports that the city has backed down from the measure. The city had already lost in court against the CTIA, and the permanent injunction against the ordinance was part of a settlement. The CTIA had posited that such an ordinance would violate its free speech rights and would mislead consumers about an issue that currently doesn’t appear to have consensus among the scientific community.... Read more...
Who will be the Champion of the GO OC 2008-Visit the GO OC website to make your prediction, and get the chance to win some GO OC loot of your own- Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 – GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world?s top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan? It's ok, GIGABYTE will have a live blogcast from the competition at... Read more...
As the price of gas continues to rise, fewer folks are buying automobiles--especially gas-guzzlers like trucks and SUVs. Throw in a limping economy, record job losses, and a crippled housing market, and it's amazing anyone drives anywhere other than to work and the grocery store. There's also the growing environmentally conscious crowd who is concerned over the impact emissions from internal combustion engines have on global climate change. Short of everyone switching to bicycles as their primary means of transportation, what are cash-strapped, eco-friendly people to do? Philadelphia steel wholesaler Barry D. Bernsten thinks he has the answer: electric cars.    Credit: BG Automotive... Read more...
The folks over at Skype are hoping that you want to be a beta tester. Starting today, Skype 4.0 Beta 1 for Windows goes into public beta, and there are a number of significant changes in the new version. The most noticeable transformation from the existing client to the new beta is a much lager default video window for video calls. (Skype estimates that about 25 percent of current Skype users use the software's video calling feature.) The user interface is being reworked a bit as well to make it easier to "resize and move your own video window around the screen" and to position your IM conversation window next to the video window. Also, instead of spreading all of your conversations across a... Read more...
At HP's invitation-only "Connecting Your World" media event in Berlin today, HP unveiled a slew of new laptop designs--some of which will be available in just a few weeks. Leading off the gaggle of new laptops is HP's Pavillion "dv" consumer series: "The entertainment-packed HP Pavilion "dv"-series notebooks is adorned with a sleek, liquid-metallic HP Imprint 2 surface design, "magic chrome" touch controls that appear at the touch of a finger, and intuitive, one-click access to high-quality TV, photos, movies and music from nearly any location. The notebook series also features built-in HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection, which automatically stops the hard drive from spinning after it detects... Read more...
Hot on the heels of a study released by Microsoft subsidiary and in-game advertising firm Massive, Inc. which indicated that in-game ads "enhanced the realism of the game," comes the news from Sony that it is opening its gaming platform to in-game ads from outside companies.In-game ads firm IGA Worldwide has secured a multi-year deal with Electronic Arts to provide advertising for its sports and racing titles.The two year deal will cover EA Sports franchises Madden NFL, NBA Live, NASCAR and the NHL series, as well as racers Need for Speed and Burnout."We are thrilled at this opportunity to expand our strong relationship with EA and are pleased to have been selected to support EA and Sony on this... Read more...
An interesting tale from a reliable source has just tipped up regarding buying bargain iPods online: “The iPod came in just a couple of days--but as soon as I unwrapped it and connected it to my Mac at home I got an ominous alert from my usually quiet antivirus software.  The iPod, it informed me, contained some virus known as AdobeR.exe. As I dug into the problem, I learned something I probably should have realized before I ordered.  The ‘recertified’ iPod wasn't recertified by Apple, but instead through some third party.” The moral of the story is that if you’re going to buy a recertified part, get it directly from the manufacturer.  A virus on the device could end up being the... Read more...
Never heard of Quanta Computer? Can't blame you. They don't put their own nameplate on the laptop computers they build in Taiwan. They manufacture units for most all major computer vendors, so if you've got a Dell or an HP in your lap, for instance, the chances are pretty good that Quanta made it, or one just like it. They even make the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's laptop. Since they serve so many masters, their sales outlook is useful in gauging worldwide demand for laptops in general. The company has factored in the shaky global economy to its 2008 laptop shipment forecast, Leung said. "It looks like there will be some impact on the notebook market in the U.S., but Europe and other areas... Read more...
The amount of videos viewed online rose 66 percent in the US in February, compared to the same period last year. The huge goose in traffic is interesting, but what might be even more interesting is how little of that traffic is enjoyed by sites run by television networks. From the figures, the only way networks can get anybody to look at what they're offering online is to get it pirated and uploaded to YouTube.Some networks said they are stymied by instant piracy in which uploads of their content make it to other Web sites just minutes after broadcast.The culprits often post the footage on Google Inc.'s YouTube.com, the dominant video service in the new survey.YouTube racked up one-third of the... Read more...
When we heard about a Vista Home Premium upgrade edition bundled with OneCare stuffed into a box that looked like it belonged to Hello Kitty, we were naturally wondering if we ate some bad seafood.  Here's more:“As a special promotion for the Japanese market, an upgrade version of Windows Vista Home Premium is bundled with a year’s subscription of Windows Live OneCare and a copy of a Vista tips and tricks book. If that deal isn’t sweet enough, then you better know it comes in a pink box with little flower petals plastered all over. Imagine checking out of the electronic store with a copy of Crysis in one hand, and this in the other.”Memo to Apple: we're not entirely sure, but we think that... Read more...
VLC Player is a very useful media player, as it can play almost any sort of video codec you can name, and it's free. But if you like using VLC Player to look at the media files you acquire as you make your way across the video landscape, beware: the latest version of VLC has a big security flaw. The problem occurs when a someone loads a subtitle file, which causes a buffer overflow that can be exploited. The security flaw is platform independent, which means it affects Windows, Mac and Linux users.Initially it was reported that the flaws in version 0.8.6d were fixed in the latest release, but this turns out not to be the case. Auriemma writes: “The old buffer-overflow in the subtitles handled... Read more...
After disastrous legal troubles, which many feel the company brought upon itself, it seemed that industry mainstay SCO might be gone for good.  Luckily, that doesn't seem as if it will happen.“Stephen Norris & Co. Capital Partners said Thursday it and unnamed Middle Eastern partners will fund The SCO Group with up to $100 million to take over the financially beleaguered Unix company, move it out of bankruptcy protection, complete its controversial and unsuccessful Linux litigation, and take it private.”We'll continue snooping around and trying to discover who the new owners are.  All we can say is that $100 million is probably the best Valentine's day gift we've ever heard of.... Read more...
In addition to WoW's recent announcement that they've sucked 10 million paying customers into the world of Azeroth, it seems that a player in the world of online piracy has reached the same milestone.  Sweden's own Pirate Bay has topped 10 million unique and simultaneous peer-to-peer users.“Let's consider these staggering numbers. 10 million simultaneous users represents a number never duplicated by any file-sharing entity. The largest P2P networks, such as FastTrack and eDonkey2000, both topped out with approximately 5 million users. Gnutella, fronted by LimeWire, is more difficult to calculate, however reasonable estimates place Gnutella's population among the P2P heavyweights. Despite... Read more...
Blizzard Entertainment announced yesterday that their MMORPG game World of Warcraft  passed the ten million subscriber mark. Interestingly, 5.5 million of those users are in Asia, with 2 million in Europe and 2.5 million in North America. Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007.* In addition to being the bestselling PC game of 2007 in both North America and Europe, The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of... Read more...
If you've ever hosted a website, you know all about Whois. Whois is the searchable database of contact information for the owners of webdomains, overseen and admiministered by ICANN. (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names And Numbers.  It's very useful in combatting various kinds of internet annoyances, and downright criminality, at least insofar as the registration information is accurate in the first place. It's a daily part of the lives of many in law enforcement, systems administration, law and journalism.  And it might be going away. "The Whois database is in fact the best, most well-recognized tool that we have to be able to track down who in fact you are doing business... Read more...
Microsoft and Google have been locked together in a corporate struggle of titanic proportions for the past few years, one from which a clear victor has yet to emerge.  The battle sprawls from search engines, to office suites, and now the video services are becoming the new focal point of the conflict.On the Google side of the line is the reigning king of video sharing services, YouTube.  In Microsoft's corner is the up and coming Soapbox.  Both services have a few unique twists, but at the end of the day they're just different takes on the same concept.  Microsoft and Google aren't the only two players present, however.In fact, there are numerous sites following the 'me too' business model, but... Read more...
While some Wikipedia entries or edits can prove to be humorous, or spark rumors that keep us all amused, it could actually be more interesting to see who is doing the editing & the occasional deleting.What the world (wide web) needs is a method to determine if corporations and government bodies are intentionally trying to use Wikipedia to misinform people, or if most of the edits are from college students looking for a quick giggle.  Apparently such a tool already exists (who knew?), and it's called the Wikipedia Scanner: “Wikipedia Scanner -- the brainchild of Cal Tech computation and neural-systems graduate student Virgil Griffith -- offers users a searchable database that ties millions... Read more...
We’re not necessarily talking about gamers who need to eat more Subway sandwiches here, but rather people who are gaming fanatics.  Enough to dedicate large blocks of time and money to thier hobby.  So who are they and what are their defining characteristics?  A recent survey says that the so-called “Heavy Gamers” make up about 2% of all gamers: “The 2 percent Heavy Gamer crowd comes from about 191 million total gamers, representing just 3.8 million individuals, and yet their wallets pack quite a punch. Heavy Gamers purchased the most titles (13.1 in the past three months), while Avid Console Gamers purchased 1.9 titles, and Mass Market Gamers purchased 2.0 titles. Unsurprisingly, Heavy Gamers... Read more...
It's a charming idea: Why not have municipal Wi-Fi in your town or city, just like municipal water?  Well, a lot of municipalities are giving it a go --424 according to  industry cheerleader Esme Vos of MuniWireless LLC--and they're discovering that it's expensive, and it doesn't work very well.  Some municipal officials whose cities are launching Wi-Fi projects said they remain buoyant about the prospects for success. They added that they see political and economic concerns as being more important than possible technology roadblocks, although that’s partly because their projects are still in the early stages. But Michael Merrill, a selectman in Brookline, Mass., noted that creating a... Read more...
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