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Malwarebytes Giving Licenses to Pirates

In an interesting move by Malwarebytes, they are offering amnesty to software pirates by giving them a full copy of their software. They want to curb piracy going forward, but they know that asking people to "pay up" won't work, so they are giving people free keys to make their software legit. They are hoping that people won't abuse this program - but I'm sure that there are always people looking for a free ride. Still, this is a nice gesture that is making paying customers question why they actually bought the software.

According to VentureBeat, the move has been hit with a few complaints from paying customers who were miffed by the arrangement, but the company's founder has issued a statement saying:
 
I know this doesn't excuse those who feel cheated because they bought the software. I am happy to work with you on some free shirts, or a free copy of anti-exploit as you continue to support us through this process.

Source: Neowin

Woz Says We Will Become Pets for AI Robots

Steve Wozniak is not a dummy and he figures that machines will keep us humans as pets when AI becomes smarter than us. That's right, he figures when - not if. This could make the future interesting, but according to Woz, robots with incredible AI will know that they need nature and humans are part of nature - so we're going to be ok.

Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he's right and things don't go the other way).

Source: HotHardware

Rosewill USB WiFi Lineup Review

We have just posted up our review of some USB WiFi adapters from Rosewill. We've got three different products ranging from simple 802.11n with a low price tag, all the way up to a 802.11ac USB 3.0 product with a bit higher price tag. For the money, you won't be able to find anything to really compare them to, but just because they are inexpensive doesn't mean they are great value. Check our review for all the details.

In the performance section is where things go from fantastic to just plain average. While the rated speed of these units looked very promising, on our test machines here at BCCHardware, we found the performance numbers to be a bit lacking. While they offer a solid connection, they weren't screaming fast by any means.

Rosewill WiFi

Google Glass is coming back?

Google Glass was 'dead' thanks to a shuffle over at Google, then a couple months later it was upgraded to 'trust us, it's coming back someday', and now thanks to some nifty detective work is in the 'actively testing' stage once again. Thanks to some documents dug up from the FCC, it appears that Google is actively testing the next version of Google Glass which could mean that we are closer than anyone was expecting to seeeing Google Glass 2.0 (or whatever name they go with this time around). Could we see this next generation before the end of the year? Maybe. The Verge has more details.

At the beginning of this year, the Google Glass program was moved into Tony Fadell's Nest division and the questions surrounding the wearable changed from "when will this weird head gadget finally die" to "when will this weird head gadget be reinvented and released to consumers." Since then, Eric Schmidt insisted that the program is far from dead and the CEO of Italian eyewear Luxxotica told the Wall Street Journal said a "second version" that incorporated the "second thoughts" Google had about the platform was coming "soon."

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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