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General Mayhem / Amazon to launch delivery service
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:35:12 PM »
I think we all saw this coming, but Amazon is said to be launching their own delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx. Not surprisingly, Amazon ships a ton of packages and has enough items going out on a daily basis to setup their own service in larger volume areas. Not that it's that bold of a prediction, but I think we'll see more Amazon trucks on the road in the next year.

TechCrunch has the story.

   Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers, per the report.   The timeframe for rollout is soon, too: Amazon is said to be readying the service for its first launch in LA in the “coming weeks,” starting, not surprisingly, with companies that sell stuff via its website. After its initial launch in LA, Amazon will look to expand it out to other cities, possibly as soon as later this year, the WSJ says.

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General Mayhem / Twitter made a profit
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:12:35 AM »
This is not a typo, Twitter made a profit!

After 12 years, a profit of $91 million dollars was made. Good news right? Well as an investor you are probably pretty happy, although they also revealed that they'd lost a million users in the US (which isn't good).

Regardless, they didn't lose money so maybe those million users they lost were just dragging them down! The Verge has more on this story.

   At nearly 12 years old, and after four years as a public company, Twitter has finally had a profitable quarter. The company said today that it made $91 million during the fourth quarter of 2017, whereas it lost $167 million this time in 2016. Twitter advised investors late last year that it was closing in on its first profitable quarter in large part by cutting costs.   Profitability isn’t the only good news for Twitter this quarter: its revenue also started growing again, rising to $732 million, up 2 percent from $717 million this time in 2016. During the rest of 2017, revenues had declined by 4 to 8 percent year over year. It’s not entirely clear what changed to reverse that, but it’s possible that advertisers were wary to spend money on the platform amid major harassment issues that Twitter began to address in a more serious way as the year went on.

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General Mayhem / Facebook drops 1 million users in North America
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:32:32 PM »
As Facebook works hard to try and change things so that "fake news" is harder to sneak by their censors, they also saw a decrease of 1 million users in North America in Q4 of 2017, going from 185 million daily users to 184 million daily users. The number of users isn't all that relevant as they've still got a massive user base, but it could be a signal that people are starting to find alternatives to get their social media fix. Facebook is playing it cool saying they were expecting a bit of decrease and that people's usage could go down but the time they do spend would be "more valuable". Usage numbers aside, Facebook did see their profits go up which should make the shareholders happy. The Verge has the full story.

   Zuckerberg warned about the decreased usage earlier this month, saying it was an expected effect of the changes being made. “But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable,” he wrote. “And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too.” Zuckerberg said changes started to be made in 2017, but that it will “take months” for it to be seen across all of the company’s products.   “In 2018, we’re focused on making sure Facebook isn’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being and for society,” he said in a statement this afternoon. “We’re doing this by encouraging meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content ... By focusing on meaningful connections, our community and business will be stronger over the long term.”

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General Mayhem / GoPro exits drone business
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:24:53 PM »
GoPro has been a company that has been struggling and the Christmas season of 2017 saw their revenues drop 37% year over year and as a result they're making changes. Part of those changes is cutting 20% of their workforce and announcing they're exiting the drone market. GoPro had released their Karma drone a while back and just wasn't able to gain much traction in the crowded drone space and as a result is making a swift exit. Engadget takes a closer look at GoPro and their struggles.

   The holidays were not kind to GoPro. The action camera company had already issued an earnings warning in January, dropping its projected Q4 revenues from $470 million to $340 million, that's a 37 percent year-over-year decline. The holidays were so dreadful, in fact, that GoPro has since decided to abandon its drone pursuits and a fifth of its workforce, roughly 300 positions. That said, the company did earn $1.18 billion in 2017, flat year-over-year, and the staff reductions did help drop GoPro's operating expenses by 30 percent, which left the company with $247 million in cash and marketable securities at the end of the year. That's $50 million more than it had on hand at the end of Q3.

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Operating Systems & Software / Apple to "fix" throttling in iOS 11.3
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:08:11 AM »
Good news Apple fans, in iOS 11.3 you'll get a fix to the throttling "problem" where as your battery ages your phone slows down. Now I'm being generous saying it's a "problem" because Apple did it to user unknowingly on purpose, but regardless, by Spring 2018 you'll finally have the option to turn that off and sacrifice battery life to maintain performance. Mashable has the story.

   Apple just announced iOS 11.3 (available in beta today and public release this spring) with a boatload of new features worth getting excited about.   The most notable update is the addition of a controversial power management switch that will let iPhone users turn off any performance throttling. Oh, and there's also four new Animoji for the iPhone X. 

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General Mayhem / OnePlus whoops
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:25:38 AM »
The hack of the day comes from OnePlus who have reportedly lost up to 40,000 users credit card information thanks to an exploit that went undiscovered for 2 months. If you've bought anything from OnePlus in the past couple months, you might want to check your statements and maybe get a new credit card. ArsTechnica has the story.

   Earlier this week, numerous reports of credit card fraud started pouring in from OnePlus users. On the company's forums, customers said that credit cards used to purchase a OnePlus smartphone recently were also seeing bogus charges, so OnePlus launched an investigation into the reports. It's now a few days later, and the company has admitted that its servers were compromised—"up to 40,000 users" may have had their credit card data stolen.   OnePlus has posted a FAQ on the incident. "One of our systems was attacked," the post reads. "A malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered." OnePlus believes the script was functional from "mid-November 2017" to January 11, 2018, and it captured credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes that were typed into the site during that time. Users who paid via PayPal or previously entered credit card information are not believed to be affected.

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If you've been looking for a mid-high range video card for the last few months you've probably noticed quite a shortage in addition to prices going up. Well that's thanks to the huge demand caused by the crypto-miners and while that's great for video card makers sales, it's causing a little bit of a public relations disaster and NVIDIA is the first one to speak up. NVIDIA has asked its retailers to limit the number of cards they sell to each person in an attempt to hopefully get them into gamers hands, but of course retailers might not be so excited when they can bundled them into "6 packs" and charge a premium to the crypto-miners. Unfortunately until the cryptocurrency craze dies down, we'll probably be seeing a shortage of higher end video cards. HotHardware has the full story.

   This should be a time when every hard-core PC gamer should be gloating and grinning from ear-to-ear. PC gaming was never dead; it's actually picking up steam in a big way and so is the DIY PC build market. However, there is one thing that's throwing as a wrench in many a PC builder's gears currently and that's pricing. There's no way around it and it's downright painful right now. Cryptocurrency mining isn't the only reason for the currently high cost of a new gaming PC, but it's the one dynamic acting as a true roadblock to people building a new gaming PC themselves. It's also serious motivation to consider a pre-built system, even if you can build one yourself.

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General Mayhem / CPU flaw also affects Apple devices
« on: January 05, 2018, 08:18:20 AM »
As they investigate further into the whole "meltdown" CPU flaw it has been confirmed by Apple that nearly all of their devices are affected as ARM-based CPUs are also vulnerable to the same flaw.

At this point, only the Apple Smarthingych is not vulnerable and Apple is working on fixes to patch these issues. They've also said that these said fixes won't affect performance.

Basically most devices are going to be affected by the "meltdown" issue and everyone is scrambling to get these issues patched. 

Bloomberg has the full story.

   Apple Inc. said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users.   The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box mitigate one of the vulnerabilities known as Meltdown. The Apple Watch, which runs a derivative of the iPhone’s operating system is not affected, according to the company. 

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LAN & General Gaming / Re: Vulclan 2018, anyone?
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:46:47 PM »
But seriously, 16 years of VulcLAN, who let this happen? This LAN party is old enough to drive itself to, well, itself...

LAN & General Gaming / Re: Vulclan 2018, anyone?
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:39:40 PM »
March 15-18th

Official announcements for games and registration will be up hopefully for the middle of the month.

I'm lobbying for a Red Alert 2 only LAN party, because it was the best game ever created. (That is a joke, not about it being the best game ever, but for it being the only game allowed to be played at VulcLAN 16).........

General Mayhem / Intel + AMD
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:27:46 AM »
During a week of not so good Intel news, there were some new information leaked about an upcoming Intel CPU that features AMD graphics. Even typing that combo seems weird, but it's true and will be dubbed the Intel Core i7-8809G and will have AMD Radeon Vega graphics packed inside. It will be very interesting to see the general publics reception to this partnership and might just be the beginning of CPU/GPU projects the companies collaborate on. The details are still a bit vague, however, we should be seeing an official release in the next month or so. Until then, PCWorld breaks down what we know so far.

   Intel India kicked off the new year by (accidentally?) posting finer details about the hotly anticipated Intel CPU with AMD Radeon graphics launching later this quarter, officially dubbed the Intel Core i7-8809G. Those details seemingly confirm one rumor about the processor—and dispel another.   Most notable: The chip will use AMD’s high-end Radeon Vega graphics cores, rather than the Polaris GPU found in mainstream graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 580. That’s no surprise considering the processor’s use of HBM2 memory like the Vega GPUs, but rampant internet rumors suggested the Intel chip would instead pack Polaris cores. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, people.

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General Hardware / Intel CPU flaw is a big deal
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:20:36 AM »
This week it was revealed that Intel has a bit of a security flaw in their CPUs which could allow malware or other programs intercept or steal data on the system. The really bad part of the whole story though is that pretty much every CPU made in the last 20 years could be vulnerable. At this point the fix is going to obviously be a software one, however, early indications are that fixing the problem could come with a cost of performance of potentially 10-30% of CPU performance.

AMD is denying that their CPUs are affected, which is good, however, there is fear that in a rush to fix the flaw, software manufacturers could just slow down all CPUs regardless of brand and/or model.

This is going to be a story that will be ongoing for a while, we'll keep you updated in the coming weeks and months.

For more on this story, The Verge has additional coverage.

   All week, the tech world has been piecing through rumors of a potentially catastrophic flaw in an entire generation of processors — but with all developers subject to a non-disclosure agreement, there were few hard facts to go on.   Now, new details have emerged on how severe and far reaching the vulnerability truly is. ZDNet and the New York Times are reporting that two critical vulnerabilities — dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre” — affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. The result, one researcher told ZDNet, is that "an attacker might be able to steal any data on the system.”PCWorld also has come more coverage.


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General Mayhem / South Korea announces new cryptocurrency regulations
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:51:08 AM »
South Korea is one of the first countries to announce new regulations on cryptocurrenty, and as suspected, Bitcoin takes a ~12% plunge. I doubt this is the last country that will announce regulations and the Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies), could take a kicking as a result.

TechCrunch has the full story.

   The South Korean government announced new legislation today that would put increasingly tough regulations on the country’s burgeoning cryptocurrency markets. Under the legislation, Korea, which is the third largest market for cryptocurrencies in the world after the U.S. and Japan, would ban anonymous accounts and continually monitor crypto exchanges.   Perhaps more ominously, the Wall Street Journal reported as well that the Ministry of Justice is considering unilaterally closing all crypto exchanges in the country, although didn’t provide any detailed guidance or timelines on when such a policy might be enacted.   The news slammed cryptocurrency prices. Bitcoin was hit about 12%, dropping from around $15,500 to eventually hitting a bottom of $13611, according to Coindesk. Ethereum was hit about 8% in the aftermath of the news.

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General Mayhem / Tech Report Cards
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:44:12 AM »
As the end of the year draws near, the big announcements have stopped and everyone is looking back at the year that was 2017.

The guys over at The Verge take a look at some of the biggest names in tech and give them a grade. Spoiler: Nintendo did good, Uber is going to need their parents to come in and meet with the principal.

   2017 has been a tough year for most people, and tech companies were not spared. Most companies found themselves grappling with moral, cultural, and political responsibilities, such as fighting the spread of fake news and advertisements and correcting toxic corporate cultures. Others found runaway success with a viral release of a much needed, innovative product. So, how did giants like Facebook, Google, Nintendo, Uber, Tesla, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, and more do compared to last year? Find out as we take a look back in our 2017 tech report cards, compiled by The Verge staff.

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General Mayhem / Apple says sorry
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:41:44 AM »
Apple must have been really feeling the heat as they apologized yesterday for slowing down your older phones because of degrading batteries. As a token of their extreme amount of sorriness, they're offering $29 battery replacements to make it all better (down from $79). 

Personally, I don't think this cuts it, and I don't think people are going to give Apple a pass on this one. It would have been one thing if they'd told people why their phones were running slower and offered a solution (replace your battery), but I think it'll be a tough pill to swallow for some as Apple didn't say anything until they'd been caught. Maybe I'm just grumpy...

CNBC has more on the big apology from Apple.

   "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There's been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we're making. First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that." 

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