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Best Game Trailers of the Week

These days a game trailer tells a lot about a game and some trailers are pretty darn awesome. If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you should check out the video below. It's just one of the few that have been handpicked.

 

Source: BGR

MicroSD hits 200GB

SanDisk is pushing small form factor storage farther than I thought possible. When MicroSD cards hit 8GB it was ground-breaking and now they are making some pretty impressive 200GB cards. These should be available right away and if you have compatibility for SDXC cards, you'll be good to go... 200GB - in something the size of a fingernail. Wow.

“We continue to push technology boundaries to deliver record-breaking solutions that transform the way consumers use their mobile devices,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “By focusing on achieving new capacity and speed milestones, we are able to deliver trusted mobile memory solutions that give consumers the freedom to never stop capturing, saving, or sharing – with the benefit of fast speeds to transfer it all quickly.” 

Source: SanDisk

Samson Go Mic Direct & Meteorite USB Microphones

We have just posted up our review of a couple of microphones from Samson. We take a look and yell at the Go Mic Direct as well as the Meteorite. Both are USB microphones, both can be packed around and both sound much better than your built-in microphone. They do serve two distinct purposes though, so you'll have to read our review to find out "what it is they're good for".

At the end of the day, while both of these microphones serve a purpose - they are very different from each other. The Go Mic Direct is designed for great portability and it sacrifices quality and enhances audio with software to make it happen. It is far superior to any built-in microphone and is great for Skype calls, voice notes, voice-to-text and even voice command software. The overall audio quality is subpar though, when compared to the Meteorite.

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The Spamming Refrigerator

A new report that looked into some recent botnet attacks (groups or infected 'computers' that are used for cyber attacks) found that smartdevices such as smart TV's, multimedia devices and even a refrigerator were part of the attacks due to the fact that these connected devices have no malware protection. This brings up an interesting point as more and more devices are connected to the internet (and connected 24/7) these devices run the risk of being infected without the owner knowing (or being able to do anything about it). About all you can do at this point is sit down with your smart fridge and have a talk about internet safety and hope for the best.

CNET has the story.

With the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.

It also comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don't have malware protection. And it's now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack — that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam — incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator.

Android 5.1 Announced

According to sources, Google has officially unwrapped Android Lollipop 5.1. This update has a few new features that include device security as well as other fixes and of course HD Calling. As the version number indicates, it's not a huge release, but if any bugs slipped past Android 5.0.1 or 5.0.2, hopefully they will address these as well.

With Device Protection, your lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account - even if someone resets your device to factory settings. This feature will be available on most Android phones and tablets shipped with Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

Source: OfficialAndroid

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