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OUYA CEO Leaves as Razer Takes Over

Razer is trying really hard to get in the living room of the gaming community. We saw at CES 2015 some of their VR tech that apparently was pretty incredible and with their commitment to the micro-console market and Android TV, they are continuing to beg for your attention. Now that they've acquired the software section - as well as publishing partners of OUYA, they have a chance to leverage even more toward their goal. On a completely unrelated note, co-founder Julie Uhrman walked away.

In the near future, Razer will be providing existing OUYA users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle. Razer’s intention is to allow OUYA users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console, advancing the experience of Android gaming on TV that they have previously enjoyed.

Source: Razer, Twitter

Android MMS Hack Surfaces

Android has joined the MMS hack club as a hacker recently discovered that sending a specially crafted MMS can allow code to be remotely executed on the victims phone. The exploit users an Android software feature called "Stagefright" and this needs to be patched as soon as possible. In the meantime, if someone you don't know texts you a video, don't watch it. All the hacker has to do, is know your cell phone number.

The researcher didn’t just find the vulnerabilities, but actually created the necessary patches and shared them with Google in April and early May. The company took the issues very seriously and applied the patches to its internal Android code base within 48 hours, he said.

Source: PCWorld

Windows 10 Could Break the Internet

Microsoft has already started gearing up and rolling out Windows 10, but with the launch day set for today (Wednesday, July 29), they say that things may not be as smooth as they hope. The fact is that huge Apple events and software rollouts use up to 8TB/s and Microsoft has already reserved 40TB/s. It's quite likely that they could exceed that bandwidth, but hopefully all their third-party CDNs will hold up.

Unless Windows 10 is a complete flop and people don’t upgrade as quickly as Microsoft expects, Windows 10 is going to create some serious havoc with regards to the user experience. Expect to see some download times in the days, not hours, especially if any other content owners happen to have larger than expected traffic at the same time.

Source: StreamingMedia

Facebook Wants to Make Money on Messenger

Facebook has laid out their plans for Messenger and from the sounds of it, they want it to replace email as your go-to form of communication. Normally Facebook has waiting until they've reached 1 Billion users on each service before they start to monetize but I think investors have probably put a little pressure to start earlier with Messenger (which now has 700 Million users). Business Insider has the full story.

We know the plan for Instagram. Earlier this quarter, Facebook rolled out a major app update for Instagram and announced plans to open up all of Facebook's ad-targeting tools to the photo-sharing service. It also now lets brands use a new format in which they can create slideshows of multiple photos, with links.

Messenger's road to dollar signs hasn't been quite as clear, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook's plans much more clearly during the earnings call.

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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