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How to Stop ATM Card Skimmers

There are several ways to stop ATM card skimming - the first of which is to walk into a bank, talk to a human an get cash from your account. It's weird, but it does work. Another way has recently been developed by Diebold, a company that makes ATM machines and their rotate your card sideways so the magentic strip doesn't slide in past the reader. It's a super simple idea, and it should work until crooks find a way to work with this as well.

With ActivEdge, Diebold has separated the two steps of the card-reading process. First, by having users turn the card sideways, and secondly by reading the magnetic stripe information from that position. "Instead of moving the card over the read head, once it’s inside the card reader, we take the read head and move it across the stripe at 90 degrees,” said Natoli.

Source: ABCNews

Thermaltake @ CES 2013

We had the opportunity to stop by Thermaltake today and check out their new products for 2013. Thermaltake has a full lineup of keyboards, mice, power supplies, headphones, and more that they were showing off.

We took a look at Thermaltake’s Tt esports keyboards which featured their MEKA keyboards which are mechanical keyboards built with gamers in mind.

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Thermaltake also was showing off some of their new headphones also from the Tt esports lineup which feature the CRONOS, DRACCO, and ISURUS headphones. 

 

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Make sure to check out our CES 2013 gallery for more pictures of Thermaltake's new products.

ROCCAT @ CES 2014

We met up with ROCCAT to take a look at some of their new offerings for this upcoming year here at CES 2014. 


ROCCAT has a new line of headsets, the Kave, which has a couple different versions (an analog version and a digital 5.1 surround version). We didn't get much of a chance to demo these too in-depth but given ROCCAT's track record we are looking forward to getting them onto the BCCHardware test bench for some more testing.



ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Gaming Headset


ROCCAT was also showing off their lineup of keyboards which is highlighted by the Ryos mechanical keyboards. The Ryos keyboards aren't new but they have introduced a new smaller version of the Ryos dubbed the Ryos TKL which is the same keyboard minus the number pad to make it fit into tighter desk configurations where a full keyboard might not work.



ROCCAT Ryos TKL Mechanical Keyboard

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Nintendo Shopping Improves

For those currently using the Wii U, you might have noticed that if you don’t appreciate using the gamepad for everything you are still forced to use it for the Nintendo eShop. The new update for the Wii U has finally fixed this issue and allows you to use the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller and the Classic Controller. The really frustrating part for owners is that, up until now, the interface showed that you could shop without the gamepad, but it wouldn’t work.

Changes to Nintendo eShop:
Users can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller

 

At this rate, the Wii U will actually be worth buying by sometime in 2018. Good job Nintendo!

Source: Nintendo

OS X Yosemite Preview

If you're all about having the latest version of your software, you may want to try and get in on the open beta of the new OS X. Yosemite is a major change for Apple and according to many people, it is a welcome change and takes a few of its cures from iOS. While Microsoft tried to do this with Windows 8, it's possible that Apple got it right. Take a look at the link below and see what they think.

The last time Apple released a new version of OS X, we came away feeling a little... underwhelmed. Don't get us wrong: We'll never say no to a free software upgrade. But despite a handful of new apps and features, last year's Mavericks release still felt like the same old OS X. You can't say that about Yosemite, though. The company's next-gen operating system ushers in the Mac's biggest makeover in years, with a flat, streamlined look inspired by iOS 7.

Source: Engadget

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