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Trend Micro Releases Free Heatbleed Scanners

If you are an Android or Google Chrome user, you should head on over to Trend Micro and snag their free utilities that will detect if you have been affected with the Heartbleed bug. These are simple, free, fast and have no strings attached - so for the sake of your own security - go do it; right now.

Trend Micro has announced the availability of two free scanners for the Heartbleed bug, meant for Google Chrome and Android. The first, a browser add-on, allows users to enter and check any specific URL. The second, an Android app, is a little more advanced. It checks whether your device or apps are directly affected by the bug, or whether any installed apps access a cloud service which is still vulnerable.

Source: BetaNews

20% of Hulu and Netflix Subscribers Have Cut the Cord

Streaming services have come a long way in the past few years and as the library at Netflix and Hulu have been growing, so has their satisfied customer list. In fact 20% of their customers are so happy that they've actually quit using their cable or satellite companies and are now streaming only. That's 1:5, and is a number that cable companies should be concerned about.

The study reveals that 6.5 percent of U.S. households cut the cord in 2013, leaving their cable TV service for good, up from 4.5 percent in 2010. This amounts to almost 8 million. If you are a subscriber to Netflix or Hulu, that figure jumps significantly, with 18 percent of Americans using those services having effectively cut the cord. 

Source: AfterDawn

Canonical Pushes Ubuntu 14.04 as XP Alternative

As far as I'm concerned, Linux will never likely replace an OS such as Windows XP or Windows 7 but you can't blame Canonical for trying. In their latest public push to get people to move away from Microsoft, they are showcasing 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) as the perfect product at the perfect time to replace your aging desktop OS. I do wish them luck, but until you can use Windows-compatibel programs on Linux, you're only going to get a very small install base.

The 14.04 LTS release offers a solid, intuitive experience which is easy to manage," Canonical CEO Jane Silber said in a statement. "It is a viable and affordable alternative for those organizations considering a switch from Microsoft, and specifically those replacing XP or Windows 7 as they come to the end of life.

Source: PCMag

Free Games @ Origin

Origin is giving away a couple of free games if you are looking for a trip down memory lane. Battlefield 1942 now free (and you can even mod it to play Desert Combat and other fine add-ons) as well as Dead Space is also free until May 8th. Only stipulation is that you need to install the Origin app. Follow the links below for free games.

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Dead Space

50 of the best cancelled video games

Usually on a slow news day I can always find a best of list and today is no exception. Today's "best of" list features 50 of the best games that got cancelled before completion. Chances are good you can think of a couple already that are on this list that were promised and then eventually cancelled but there are a feew interesting ones that I found that maybe someday will get a 2nd chance when game makers completely run out of ideas. Den of Geek has the list.

We all know that, from time to time, games suffer delays and slippages. Release dates are pushed back, developers need more time to work on a game, or a publisher sees a better launch window that may generate more revenue. It's pretty common, and even big name titles can be affected. However, delays aren't the only problem to hit games, and there's a whole graveyard of cancelled titles, with interesting ideas and unique innovations resting in piece as they failed to make it to stores.

PS4 sells 7 Million units

Since the release of the PS4, Sony has been able to already sell 7 million units and admits they can't keep up with the demand yet. This is good news for Sony as some of their other divisions have been dragging them down and the success of the PS4 might help that temporarily. Phys.org has the full story.

The PS4 is up against Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U for dominance of the digital home entertainment market at a time that consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos.

By comparison, the Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units.

Steam Statistics

Arstechnica has come out with a very interesting article which gives you more statistics about Steam than you ever thought possible. Want to know what the most popular game is? Want to know how many games get bought and never played? Want to know how many hours per game people play on average? All those questions can be answered over here.

Right now, I can tell you that about 37 percent of the roughly 781 million games registered to various Steam accounts haven’t even been loaded a single time. I can tell you that Steam users have put an aggregate of about 3.8 billion hours into Dota 2. I can tell you that Steam users tend to put nearly 600 percent more time into the multiplayer mode on Modern Warfare 2 than the single player mode.

Basically, I can give you an idea of how any of the thousands of games on Steam have performed, both in terms of sales and gameplay hours.

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Toshiba Launches 4K Laptop for $1.5K

Screen resolution is a wonderful thing - especially when you have lots of it. This is the moto of the new Toshiba Satellite P55T laptop that comes with a nice Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA graphics and a 4K panel. While the price tag is pretty reasonable at $1,500 for a 4K machine, that is really the only stand-out specification, but if you believe that you will be needing a 4K panel to stream all that Netflix content, this is a decent portable choice.

The laptop body itself was perfectly fine, but failed to stand out, with a generic-looking silver-grey aluminum body and black island-style keyboard. Some design touches feel ported over from the premium Kirabook line, such as the rounded corners of the chassis, and the similar rounded top corners on the large clickpad-style touch pad.

Source: CNET

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal for $70 a Year

If you have to force a subscription model on people, you should at least make it affordable. This is the message that Adobe is finally getting with their software package and Microsoft is getting as well. Previously, Office 365 was pretty expensive for the casual user, and now with the $70 a year (or $7 a month) option, this makes it a bit more inviting and not a bad deal if you like to keep your Office software current. The downside is that this subscription allows you to install on one PC and one tablet, instead of the five PC limit for teh Office 365 Home package at $99 a year.

An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five.

Source: Office Blog

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